The Parsons Happenings

March 5, 2021

In this edition...

No School on Friday, March 12

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

National Women's History Month

Child Lures Prevention Information

Class Placement Parent Information

March is Youth Art Month

Special Ed Parent Learning Session

Spring Picture Day

Handbook Highlight-Birthday Celebrations

Relay for Life Campaign

Instructional Resource Review

PRYAA Football Flyer

PRYAA Cheer Flyer

Attendance Reminders and Updates

Autism Awareness

Weekly Events

Updated COVID Travel Guidelines

Media Center Updates

PTA News

Business Partners

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Parsons Community...Let's participate in the United Way's 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

GCPS encourages staff, students, families and community members to join the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge starting in March. Sponsored by the United Way of Greater Atlanta, the self-guided learning activity will explore the history and impact of racism and how it has shaped child well-being across Greater Atlanta. Registration is free and anyone can participate—individually or with a group. Please click here to learn more about this informative and engaging opportunity.

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March is National Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the women who have made an impact on our history, culture and society. We celebrate to recognize the efforts of those who challenged the status quo and didn't back down, and to reflect on the progress that has been made and be inspired to act for the future.

Click here to download our 2021 Women's History Month Resource Toolkit, filled with links to biographies, events and programming to celebrate this important month.

Child Lures Prevention

During the month of March, all K-5 students will receive the annual personal safety lesson designed to prevent sexual abuse. Due to the importance of this topic, materials will be available for parent viewing. Please see below for more information regarding this research-based program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our School Counselor, Ms. Vosough, at 678.512.6008 or
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Class Placement Parent Information

Please complete the form to share information to assist us in creating class lists for the upcoming school year. Forms are due by Friday, March 19, 2021.

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March is Youth Art Month

To help celebrate Youth Art Month, Mrs. Sheppard would like staff to vote in the "Art March Madness". Please see the document below that will give you the link to vote for your favorite artist or artwork that we have talked about this year.

Special Ed Parent Learning Session

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Coming Soon!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Be watching for more information regarding Spring Picture Day. Photo flyers will be sent home soon.

Digital Student Picture Day Information

Picture Day is coming up Tuesday, March 23rd. We will have a camera set up for digital students to use in the gym between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Parents will park in the car rider parking lot, walk your student to the gym door and wait by the gym for your student to return. There will be a staff member there to check students in and get them prepared. Parents and students must wear masks (students will take off for picture only) and stay socially distanced while waiting. There is hand sanitizer to be used before going in the gym and may be used on exit. The wait time should be minimal. There will be no intermingling with in person students or classes.

Students need to bring a card with them to give to the photographer with the following information:

Teacher Name/Grade

Student Name

Student ID

There will be no make up day.

Handbook Highlight

We know that birthdays are a special day for our students, but due to Covid we are not accepting birthday treats from home. If parents wish, they may contact the teacher to purchase ice cream for the class on their child's special day.

The handbook states:

Birthday Celebrations

Due to the pandemic, we will not be accepting birthday treats from home. If you would like to purchase school ice cream for the class, please contact your child’s teacher.

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Parsons Elementary School

Relay for Life Stronger Together One Time Gift Campaign

February 24th – March 31st , 2021

We are Stronger Together! We can do so much more together to beat cancer! We would like to challenge each family to give a one-time donation to help us reach our Parsons school 2021 Relay for Life goal of $2,000. If we could have 200 families give $10/each, it is within our reach!

This year has been a very challenging one with only half of our students here in the building. So, this would be a fundraiser that would be easy for every student and staff member to be able to support, whether you are a Roomie or a Zoomie.

As the American Cancer Society's most successful fundraiser and the organization's signature event, the mission of Relay for Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers. Won’t you help us with this most important mission of raising money to help cancer patients?

We all have someone in our life that we know or love that has had cancer. You can make a donation in honor or in memory of that person. Once your donation of $10 or more has processed on MyPaymentsPlus, you will receive a link to a Padlet that you will be able to upload information and a picture about your person you are honoring with your donation.

Instructional Resource Review

Staff, parents, students, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum resources for three high school courses—Portuguese I, Forest Science, and Natural Resources Management, starting Feb. 12. Additional resources for select courses will be added Mar. 1. The virtual public review of all resources will run through Mar. 12. Before adopting instructional resources for classroom use, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) holds an extensive review with multiple stakeholders. Data from the reviews and a pilot with students will be considered in making adoption recommendations to the Board of Education. To begin the review, please visit this link. For more about the instructional resources review process, contact the Office of Instructional Resources and Support at 678-301-6828.

Attendance Updates and Reminders

We will begin using a new attendance code in the 4th nine weeks for our Digital Learners who log on to eClass, but are not present throughout the day digitally. If you have a digital student, please read the letter attached. If you have any questions, please discuss with your child's teacher.

We've also had a few parents ask the following question about attendance, so we wanted to share with everyone just in case you had the same question...Why was my child, who is an in person student, marked absent from school even though they completed the work digitally on the day they stayed home? For students who are "in person" learners, their classroom teacher takes attendance based on if they are "in person" in the classroom. If the student is not present in the classroom, they will be marked as absent even if they complete the work from home digitally. Make up work is expected from all students when they miss a day.

Support Autism Awareness

You are now able to place your order for this year's Autism T-shirts. You can find the order form attached below. Orders started on February 16 and will continue until March 16, 2021. If your child is digital you will be notified when the T-shirts are ready for pick-up from the school.

Please keep these dates in mind for planned Autism activities:

On March 19, 2021, donate $1.00 and get an autism puzzle piece to be decorated at home and bring them back to school the week of March 22nd- 26th, 2021. We are planning to use the decorated puzzles on the trees in the school hallways.

On April 2nd and April 30th, students may wear something blue to school and donate $1.00.

We need your participation to make this event a success! All proceeds will go towards Autism Speaks Organization. Brought to you by the Parsons Special Education Department.

Thank you for helping to support a great cause!

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Monday, 3/8/21

  • National School Breakfast Week

Tuesday, 3/9/21

Wednesday, 3/10/21

Thursday, 3/11/21

  • Johnny Appleseed Day

Friday, 3/12/21

  • Student/Teacher Holiday ~ No School
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GCPS shares CDC guidelines for international travel

If your family has international travel plans for Spring Break, make sure to build in an extra week away from school to self-quarantine. Gwinnett County Public Schools follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding international travel.

Media Center Information

All students can still get library books during digital days using curbside checkout. When ANY student is digital, curbside checkout is available. Curbside is not available for in-person students when they are actually in the school building. The Media Center staff always wears gloves and a mask when they handle books and also quarantine books based on GCPS guidelines. It is easy to check out books even if students are at home learning digitally. Here are some guidelines:

  1. Books must be placed on hold by midnight each Sunday night for pickup that week. They will go off hold if they are not picked up. All books are shelved each Friday and not held over to the following week. Students should only place books on hold if their parent/ neighbor/relative is able to pick up the books that particular week.
  2. Parents will receive an email on Monday morning letting them know the books are ready to pick up.
  3. Parents drive through the car rider lane on Wednesday or Thursday between 11:30 - 1:00 based on the first letter of their last name. A-M come on Wednesday & N-Z come on Thursday. Library books will be given through the window or placed in the trunk as requested. Parents will not exit their car.
  4. Students should place only one graphic novel and one book from a series on hold at a time so others can enjoy these books too.
  5. Library books can be kept for 2 weeks before they need to be returned. When students are finished with a library book, they can return it either to curbside checkout or to the book return outside the front of the school. Books must be returned before new books are checked out. If students checked out books this week at school, those books need to be returned before getting new books.

  6. Students who are digital get to place one extra book on hold since they might not be able to get library books as often as in-person students. When students are learning from home, they are all considered digital learners for library curbside pickup.
  7. The Gwinnett County Public Library also offers curbside pickup with later hours and weekend pickup options. Students can login to the Public Library using their student number and 4-digit birthday as their pin just as they use for Beanstack to log reading minutes for the Parsons Schoolwide Reading Challenge.
  8. Visit Ms. Britt's eCLASS page for more information about curbside checkout along with videos to learn how to place a book on hold.
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Mark your Calendars!

Chick Fil A Spirit Night

Thursday, March 18th. Be sure to go through Chick Fil A drive thru (2020 Satellite Blvd.)and let them know you are with Parsons Elementary school. A portion of the proceeds will be returned to the school PTA.

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Parsons Business Partners 2020-2021

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