Star News

"Where Every Child Is A Star!"

October 25, 2019

Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2016!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

Time to Purchase Yearbooks!

Yearbooks are available for purchase starting October 21 - November 2, 2019!!!! This is the first time yearbooks have been available to purchase this year.

The cost is $30 per yearbook. You can purchase yearbooks online at via credit card. Please be sure to select Simpson Elementary School in Norcross, GA on You can also send payment (check or money order) in a labeled envelope to school with your child. Students should give the envelope to their teacher. Cash will not be accepted.

No yearbooks will be available for purchase in May.

**We want to include pictures from the Fall Festival and Starburst!** Please submit them to the Yearbook Committee through one of the following ways:

1. Upload the photos through the Balfour:

a. Website:

b. ImageShare App on iPhone and Android devices

Project number is: 025879

No passcode required

2. E-mail your pictures to:

REMINDER: When taking pictures, please avoid taking "full face" pictures of students for safety and security reasons.

Questions? Email:


A BIG superstar thank you to Lori Van Duyne, Kim May and the team of volunteers for coordinating this year's fabulous Fall Festival. It was a wonderful celebration of Simpson Elementary and all of the staff, teachers, parents and students who make our school so special.

A special superstar thank you to all our Fall Festival Business Partners:

Justin White,

The Nancy Minor Team



Matilda Jane Clothing

Frost Salon

U.S.Taido Karate School

Buckhead Yard Greetings

A big thank you to Ms. Nakano, Ms. Popov and the PTA Book Fair Chairs, Liz Dunn and Jennifer Arvidson, for coordinating the fall Scholastic Book Fair! Additionally, a big thanks to all our parent volunteers who helped set up, assisted students shopping and making their wish lists, restocked shelves, and took down the fair. Many hands make light work and your time and assistance is greatly appreciated! Thanks to all the superstars who shopped and donated to class libraries. Happy reading everyone!

School Climate Survey!

As part of the state's College and Career Readiness Index (CCRPI) which is similar to a report card, the Department of Education asks parents to participate in a short survey (24 questions). The percentage of parents who participate directly impacts our School Climate Star Rating on the CCRPI.

30 parents have completed this survey - thank you!

if you haven't taken the survey yet, please take a few minutes to complete it now!

Parent Input Requested for the Selection of Principal

Our Superintendent and Human Resources Office are seeking input from Simpson parents to be used in the hiring of Ms. Schmit's replacement. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts. Thank you!

Click here for survey...

Halloween at Simpson

Just a reminder to all our families that we do not "celebrate" Halloween by wearing costumes to school. Thank you!

Please send in all "extra" Halloween candy you have after trick or treating! We have an organization who picks up all the candy and sends it to our troops! The troops are so appreciative of the special treats that are added to their holiday boxes.

Original Works Orders

Please look for Original Works Packets that will be coming home on Friday, October 25th. Through the unique ONLINE ART GALLERY, you may view your child’s artwork, and order a variety of high-quality products featuring their work of art. Ordering is easy and convenient at

Orders are due Sunday, November 3. All orders will be sent home before Thanksgiving Break and make a wonderful gift for relatives!

Red Ribbon Week (October 28-November 1)

During Red Ribbon Week, we celebrate making safe and healthy choices. Help us raise awareness with the following dress ups days!

Monday, October 28: Wear Red "I'm Red-Y to Be Healthy and Safe!"

Tuesday, October 29: Wear Bright or Neon Colors-"I'm Bright When I Stay Healthy and Safe."

Wednesday, October 30: Wear Crazy Socks-"From Head to Toe I'm Healthy and Safe."

Thursday, October 31: Wear Your Favorite Athletic Wear-"Team Up for Healthy Choices."

Friday, November 1: Wear your Simpson Spirit Wear- "We Show Spirit When We're Healthy."

Thank you for your support!

Our Next Box Top Drawing is Friday, November 22nd!

Five lucky winners will get a free ice cream coupon!

-Send 10 trimmed unexpired box tops per snack-size Ziploc bag.

-Include child’s name, teacher and grade on each bag.

-Tell children to put the bags in the “Box Tops” box located in Simpson Square.

Remember to also use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will automatically find the products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online.

Thank you for supporting our school programs.


Mark your calendar for opportunities to learn about Pinckneyville Middle School!

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Car Rider Parents - Watch Out!

Our car rider lane has a specific pattern for car flow because our campus is so small. We have 2 lanes that merge into 1 lane. When two cars arrive at the merging point together, we ask parents to alternate (sign is posted!) in order to be courteous to fellow parents. We've had several close calls in recent weeks! Take a deep breath and practice taking turns!


Often, our Simpson Superstars shine outside the school.

We want to celebrate every time they shine!

If your child receives an honor, award, championship, please let us know and we’ll highlight it in “Star News!” Please include your child's name and teacher.

We would like to recognize our runners who ran in the Pinckneyville Color Run as an unofficial team event for our Kilometer Kids program. Even with the rainy forecast, they showed up with smiles on their faces and worked hard to complete either the 5K or 1K. We will have 2 other events this season for our over 90 participants, but this was our first unofficial event in which we competed. The runners displayed perseverance, determination, and courage, especially as the weather was a challenge, the course presented some hills, and it was the first race experience for many!

5th Grade

Lilah C. - Ms. Molina

Matthew I. - Ms. Dingler

Miles Heintz - Ms. Aronstein

Nolan N. - Ms. Molina

Nolan P. - Ms. Charloff

4th Grade

Felix H. - Ms. Guenther

Luke T. - Ms. Hardin

Orion M. - Ms. Golt

3rd Grade

Addison A. - Ms. Williams

Alice V. - Ms. Johnson

Dillon B. - Ms. Kendall

2nd Grade

Matthew C. - Ms. Stidham

1st Grade

Gus H. - Ms. Crawley

Jacob W. - Ms. Malone


Catherine E. - Ms. Donaldson

Emory C. - Ms. Frick

Jack V. - Ms. Donaldson


We will post the monthly costs of breakfast and lunch in Star News in case parents want to make monthly payments.
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