The Parsons Happenings
January 22, 2021
In this edition...
District Announcement about Return to Learning on Monday
Meals on the Bus Info for Digital Learning Day-January 26
Kids Heart Challenge
Zoom Party with Mrs. Kennedy and Ms. Vosough
2021-2022 GCPS Calendar and Calendar adjustments
Media Center Updates
Message from Your Proud Principal
Well, we will be transitioning from a week of all students being digital to resuming in person instruction for those families who selected this option. It seems we must be ready to pivot just as we have done since March of last year. I want to assure you that no matter what decision is made and what platform of learning we are in...we are committed to keeping the main thing, the main thing and that is TEACHING and LEARNING!
After hearing Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old poet who delivered a poem at the Presidential Inauguration, she opened by acknowledging the reasons why hope can be challenging. "Where can we find light in this never ending shade?" she asked.
"And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it. Somehow we do it. Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished."
"The new dawn blooms as we free it," she said.
"For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it--if only we are brave enough to be it."
Not only did her presence on the stage bring me much pride, her words brought me hope.
There are so many unknowns in this world right now, but there are so many signs of hope. With the virus that has plagued our world, we have hope through vaccination. With turmoil in our government, we have hope with leadership. With division among our nation, we have hope through healing. With our children learning in ways different than ever before, we have hope because our Parsons' community continues to work together to ensure our students are thriving because we are willing to be the light!
Proud to be your Principal,
District Announcement About Monday's Return to Learning
On Monday, January 25, Gwinnett County Public Schools will resume in-person instruction for students whose families selected that option. Families should note that Tuesday, January 26, is a scheduled Digital Learning Day (DLD) for all students. This is the first of four at-home asynchronous learning days this semester that will provide additional planning time for teachers. (Note that students will access lessons in eCLASS but will not have virtual class time with their teachers on these scheduled DLDs.) On Tuesday, meals will be available for curbside pick-up at schools, and the district will deliver meals along all bus routes countywide. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., beginning at the first stops on the route. Again, in-person instruction will start again on Monday, January 25, and will be followed by a scheduled digital learning day on Tuesday, January 26. Following this districtwide digital learning day, students will return to their selected instructional preference (in-person or digital) for the remainder of the week.
Kids Heart Challenge Starts NEXT WEEK!
It’s almost here… Kids Heart Challenge starts next week, and we are so excited to start learning
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District shares 2021-2022 Calendar and Calendar Adjustments for Spring 2021
2nd semester calendar changes are all students will learn at home on digital learning days (January 26, March 2, March 16, and April 20). GCPS School Nutrition Program will provide lunches through curbside pick up on January 26, March 2, March 16, and April 20th from 11:15am to 12:30pm.
The new 2021-2022 calendar features an August 4 start, staggered return of students, and digital learning days throughout the year.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
- A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and socially interact
- An estimated 1 out of 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls are diagnosed with ASD
- More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability
- ASD now affects 1 in 59 children
What can we do to help?
Autism Awareness at Parsons Elementary School
- Help to bring awareness and support this great cause
- Watch out for various ways to raise funds
- Register online to donate or join our team @ Team Parsons https://www.autismspeaks.org/
- Be on the lookout for our annual t-shirts coming soon
- Join us for the annual Autism Walk. More information will come later.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Kids Heart Challenge begins
Students will be Digital Learners (Asynchronous) ~ Digital Learning Day #1
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Doing our part to stop the spread of Covid-19
Please use the COVID-19 Morning Checklist to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please continue to follow the guidelines each morning when sending your in person student to school. We have seen a slight increase of cases in Gwinnett and we want to make sure we are ALL doing our part.
Each school in our district has a trained Health Response Team (HRT). If a suspected case of Covid-19 is reported at our school, the team follows set guidelines and procedures. Please be assured that you will be contacted by an HRT member if your child has been identified as 'close contact' to someone in our school who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The most important thing we can do is continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing, and wash hands regularly. We are #STRONGERTOGETHER when we all do our part.
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:
- 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.
- Parents will receive an email on Monday morning letting them know the books are ready to pick up.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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