Star News

October 1, 2020

A Message from Dr. Connery


Greetings Simpson Parents,

Happy fall! I am excited to serve in my first full year at Simpson Elementary! The students, teachers, and support staff work very hard to ensure every minute of the school day is meaningful for students! Parents, thank you for all you do to partner with us to support your children. A message that continues to ring true today, more than ever, is Great Schools Build Great Communities and in turn Great Communities Build Great Schools! Thank you to the entire Peachtree Corners/Norcross Parent-Community for supporting our school with teacher incentives, snacks, and encouraging notes. We could not do this without you! Thanks for keeping us Simpson Strong!

It was so great to see so many of you last month during our Virtual Curriculum Night! I had a chance to join several grade levels via ZOOM to hear parents ask curriculum questions and teachers providing supportive resources. Now, it is time for us to schedule Early Release Conferences. Please save the date for Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd.

Conferences will be held in-person by appointment ONLY or via ZOOM. The Early Release Conference Sign up link will be available via our school website on October 5th at 9 a.m. and closes Wednesday, October 14th at 3:00 p.m.

We have received amazing entries for the Reflections competition this year. Thank you Simpson Superstars and good luck! We will have the results from the judges by the end of October. Superstars, please help me share a BIG congratulations to Francis VanMeter for winning at the National level for Reflections in Music Composition! We are so proud of you Francis for this is a major accomplishment. Please keep up the good work!

Finally, I want to congratulate Ms. Sarah Mazzatta our Simpson Elementary School 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Mazzatta has been in the field of education for ten years and eight of those years have been at Simpson Elementary. She currently serves as a Special Education Teacher, resides in Gwinnett County, and is married with two kids. Thank you Ms. Mazzatta for all that you do to support high student achievement!

Proud to be your principal,

Dr. Connery

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Changes for In-Person or Digital

Greetings Simpson Parents,

As you are aware communication was sent from GCPS regarding the commitment to in-person or digital instruction until the end of the first semester (in December). However, changes for individual students may be considered for the 2nd nine weeks, beginning Tuesday, October 13th. The window to request changes for in-person or digital is Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 2nd. You will need to provide an email notification to your child’s grade level administrator, if interested.

Ms. Jeanette Johnson, K-2nd AP

Ms. Bylan Swift, 3rd- 5th AP

Ms. Stephanie Wells, Special Education AP

Month At-A-Glance

October Calendar Dates:

Fall Break – October 8th, 9th and 12th

Early Release Conferences – October 21st & 22nd

Fall Picture Day - October 27th

PTA Spirit Night- October 29th

Interested in Serving on School Council?

Greetings Simpson Parents,

Are you looking for additional ways to volunteer and support your child’s school? If so, we would love to have you join our 2020-21 Simpson Elementary School Council. As a school council member, your responsibility will be to support your child's school with guidance, questions, and valuable input. Your feedback will be used to foster a positive learning environment for all school stakeholders. School Council meetings will continue to be held every last Friday of the month, at 7:30 a.m. via ZOOM. If interested, please contact administrative assistant, Ms. Traci Douglas on or before, Monday, October 26, 2020. Thank you in advance for your support!

~ Principal Connery

Simpson School Council 2020-2021 Meetings

October 30, 2020, via ZOOM at 7:30 AM

November 20, 2020, via ZOOM at 7:30 AM

January 28, 2021, via ZOOM at 7:30 AM

February 26, 2021, via Zoom at 7:30 AM

March 26, 2021, via ZOOM at 7:30 AM

April 21, 2021, via ZOOM at 7:30 AM

A Note from Nurse Norris


Happy Fall Superstars! As we head into cold and flu season, please follow these important guidelines so we can continue to have a safe, healthy and fun fall!


Please keep your child home if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms:

-Fever of 100.4 or above -headache -sore throat

-cough -loss of taste or smell -congestion or runny nose

-fatigue -nausea or vomiting -diarrhea

-shortness of breath -muscle or body aches


If a student has symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 while at school, they will be sent to the isolation room and you will be notified to pick them up immediately. We will be evaluating suspected cases on a case by case basis according to the Department of Public Health guidelines for when they can return to school.


Medications:

If your child has medication that must be taken at school (inhalers, epi-pens, etc), please call the clinic at 770-417-2405 to schedule an appointment for medication drop off. All medications MUST be brought in by a parent. Students are not allowed to bring medications to school. Forms that need to be completed for medication and health plans are on the Simpson website on the clinic site: https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/7660

Connections Corner

Dear Families,


As your children return to school in person we are working hard to keep them healthy and safe. Each child has been provided a drawstring bag to carry their necessary supplies to Connections. The students are placing their headphones in the bags to use in STEM, folders for Spanish and STEM, and pencils, crayons, scissors and glue sticks for art class. This way each student will have their own materials to use so we can avoid sharing germs with each other. The students may access the materials in their own classrooms and then wear their bags to Connections. These bags stay in the classroom and are not sent home.


Please check with your child to be sure they have the supplies they need in their bags. We are not asking you to go to the store and buy new materials - just send in anything that you may have "extra" or leftover from a previous year. We have had some items donated that will help but we would like to re-use, repurpose and recycle what we can before buying more supplies.


Thanks for your support,

The Connections Team

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Book Fair is Coming! November 16th!

Book Fair will be Virtual this year!

We are excited to offer a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair beginning November 16th and running through December 4th.

All purchases will be sent directly to your home.

More detailed information will be forthcoming.

After School Is Back at the YMCA!

Check out the fun!

Check Out the Girl Scouts at Simpson Elementary School

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https://www.gcpsk12.org/SimpsonES

Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2019!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

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National Walk to School Day!

Simpson Superstars, join us for Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7th.


Join children and adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking to school.


Walk to school day is an event that promotes walking for several reasons: physical activity, teaching safe pedestrian skills to children, awareness of how walkable a community is and where improvements can be made, concern for the environment, reducing traffic congestion, pollution, and speed near schools, and sharing time with parents and children.


Mark your calendars and walk to school on National Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 7th.


*Please remember to stay safe and social distance on sidewalks as you make your way to school that morning.

Bestselling author and illustrator visits Simpson

The PTA Arts in Education Program welcomed #1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Ryan T. Higgins for a virtual visit on September 24th! Mr. Higgins is the creative mind behind such favorites as We Don't Eat Our Classmates and The Mother Bruce series.


Students in Pre-K through 2nd-grade enjoyed a unique opportunity on Zoom learning all about Mr. Higgins' writing and illustrating process, how he started in his career, and what sources he taps for story ideas. Classes were thrilled with a read-aloud from the author's newest book We Will Rock Our Classmates, as well as a first-hand tutorial on how he draws a couple of his most beloved book characters, Penelope Rex and Bruce the grumpy bear. Our Superstars had some really inquisitive questions for Mr. Higgins during his visit!


The Arts in Ed Program is eagerly anticipating a virtual visit for Grades 3-5 with #1 New York Times Bestselling and Caldecott Honor winning author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi on October 7th!


A BIG Superstar thank you to our PTA Arts in Education Chair, Megan Skurski, for coordinating this opportunity for our kids and staff. And an extra-special thank you to Mrs. Conley for her technology expertise in getting this Zoom meeting set up for our Pre-K, K, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms and digital learners!

Attention 4th- and 5th-Grade Parents of Current Bike Riders!

Our Simpson bike policy allows 4th- and 5th-grade students to ride their bikes to and from school without supervision. Parents and students were asked to sign a form at the beginning of the year stating they understood the importance of safe bike riding and our Simpson Bike Riding Norms.


Our PTA has arranged with the Gwinnett County Police Department to offer a bike safety class to current 4th- and 5th-grade students who ride their bikes to and from school this year. The class costs $10.00 and will last one and a half hours. The class includes:

  • Helmet Safety
  • Bike check for safety
  • Sidewalk Riding
  • Vehicular Safety
  • Stranger/danger
  • A cone course including braking exercises, etc.

Soon after successfully completing the class, each student will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Simpson Biker’s License. The class will be offered on the following date and can accommodate 25-30 students: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 4:30-6:00 pm.


More information will come home in the Friday Folders.

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We received so many amazing entries for the Reflections competition this year. Thank you Simpson Superstars and good luck! We will have the results back from the judges by the end of October. Also, a BIG congratulations to Francis VanMeter for winning at the National level for Reflections in Music Composition. We are so proud of you Francis, that is a major accomplishment. Great job!

Special Education Staff Breakfasts!

This is the PTA's 4th year of providing monthly breakfasts for these teachers and support staff; however, this year looks very different due to COVID-19 precautions. This year, we can provide ONLY prepackaged food from grocery stores or restaurants (no homemade items), so instead of asking for food from you, we are asking for gift cards!


We have 8 Breakfasts scheduled for this year, and whatever donations we receive, we will divide between the 8 dates as best as possible.


Please click HERE to sign up


THANK YOU for your generosity!

Attention Kindergarten Parents!

Do you want to stay informed about activities at Simpson and in your child's class? If so, the PTA and your Class Coordinator need your contact info!


Please note that the school does not share your contact info with the PTA. Visit the following link to fill out a 2-minute form: www.entersimpsonptainfo.org

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Thank you to all our Simpson Families and our PTA Family Support and Outreach Committee for donating supplies to help support our Special Education classrooms!


EVERY Special Education class received a supply of:

- Alcohol Wipes

- Hand Sanitizter

- Disposable Masks

- Ziploc Bags of various sizes

- Expo Dry Erase Markers

That's a Wrap!

Thank you to our Fall Fundraiser Charleston Wrap chairs, Sarah Olejnik and Sara Wiggins, and to our Simpson Superstars for another fantastic year of raising funds to support the Simpson PTA programs.
Thank you to Kathryn Dudley and the team of Neely Farm parents that showered the Simpson Staff with love and snacks on the first day back to school last month!

SPIRIT NIGHT - Sushi Osawa!

Sushi Osawa Spirit Night is happening on October 29th, and includes both lunch and dinner (dine-in and take-out). You will also receive 10% off your order amount.

EARN CASH FOR OUR SCHOOL WITH BOX TOPS!

With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for Simpson. Here is how:

  1. SIGN UP for Box Tops. Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account (you can create one via the Box Tops app or website).
  2. BUY the Box Tops products you already know and love.
  3. SCAN your receipt so that your Box Tops purchases are recognized. Or FORWARD your email receipt to receipts@boxtops4education.com using the same email that's associated with your BTFE account.
  4. EARN cash for Simpson, based on your eligible purchases. Box Tops will be credited within 1 business day and you can view your earnings in the MY EARNINGS section for the app or YOUR ACTIVITY section of the website.
And, in case you didn’t already know, here are some of the many Box Tops products that are probably already in your pantry: Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Nature Valley®, Totino’s®, Old El Paso ®, Annie’s®, Yoplait®, Fiber One®, Chex®, Paper Mate®, Nestlé® Pure Life®, Lysol®, Boise® and more. Just look for the Box Tops label on the package. For a complete list of participating products, visit BTFE.com. Our first Box Top Drawing will take place in September. To enter, send a screenshot of the earning or activity section in the app or website and email it to boxtops@simpsonespta.org.
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