The Parsons Happenings

Friday, October 18, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

Happy Friday! Looks like we are finally getting the Fall weather.

I can't wait to see all our parents this week as you attend Parent Teacher Conferences. I am so thankful that we have a school district that values the collaboration of parents and teachers by allowing us Early Release Days. Our students are WHY we show up each day to ensure they receive the BEST teaching and learning. We are lucky to have such an amazing community that values education and supports our school! I know the parent teacher conferences will be valuable to ALL!

We want to thank our wonderful Pre K and Kindergarten parents for the HUGE spread of staff goodies that you brought to show appreciation to our staff! It was absolutely incredible!

Have a great weekend making memories with your kiddos!

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

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Don't Forget...Early Release for Parent Teacher Conferences

Our students will dismiss at 12:50 PM on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 for Early Release Conferences. If you need to change your child's transportation, please refer to the procedure below.

Afternoon Transportation

All transportation changes must be made in writing.Whenever you need to make a change to your child's afternoon transportation plan, please complete an Afternoon Transportation Change Form, which can be found here or on our school's website, and send it in to your child's teacher. We will utilize this form to create the appropriate afternoon transportation pass. Please remember the GCPS Bus Rule: No passes will be issued for play dates, birthdays, weekend sleepovers, etc. For security reasons we DO NOT accept transportation changes through phone calls or emails.
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We NEED complete the Georgia Parent Survey!

Please take a moment to complete the Georgia Parent Survey. The survey was developed to measure parent perceptions of school climate. As principal it is my goal to ensure that our school climate is ljfd;jg;oahg;oaihg;or. Every school in the state is asked to participate.

Great Days of Service: Food Drive

Gwinnett's Great Days of Service is coming! Did you know that in Gwinnett County, 1 in 10 people are food insecure? To help our local families in need, we will be having a Canned Food Drive from October 21st-October 25th! Please bring in non-perishable food items and personal care items. Our school will be donating these items to one of our local Food Pantries. Want to spend the weekend giving back to our community? There are lots of different volunteer opportunities that you and your family can participate in together! Check out to see how you can contribute!

Week at a Glance



Great Days of Service Begins
Progress Reports Emailed
National School Bus Safety Week

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm



Relay for Life Boo Grams for sale ~ $1 ~ See attached flyer

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Early Release ~ 12:50 pm dismissal

Relay for Life Boo Grams for sale ~ $1

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am



Early Release ~ 12:50 pm dismissal

Relay for Life Boo Grams for sale ~ $1

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am



Falcons Friday ~ Wear Falcons colors to support our team!

Crazy Hair/Hat Day ~ $1

All Pro Dads ~ 7:15 am (Cafeteria)

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

Relay for Life Boo Grams for sale ~ $1 Last Day to Purchase!

Progress Reports Emailed (Conferences)

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MyPaymentsPlus Giveaway

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Student Checkout

Anyone checking out a child must present photo identification and be listed in our system as someone able to have access to the student. If you need to make changes to your list of approved emergency contacts, you may make changes on the Parent Portal or stop by the office to update this information. As a reminder, students may NOT be checked out after 3:00 PM.

For assistance in updating contact information on the parent portal, please visit

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Early Release ~ Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24

Dismissal on 10/23 and 10/24 will be at 12:50 pm. No check outs after 12:30 pm for these two dates. We will not be able to accomodate parent lunches those days due to lunch schedule changes. Thank you for your understanding.
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Thanksgiving Luncheon

Parents- please plan to join us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon. Grades 1, 3 and 5 will be on November 13th. Grades K, 2 and 4 will be on November 14th. Our Pre K classes will be split over the two days. Reservations are required and need to be sent in by October 30th. The original order form is being sent in your students Friday Folders today. You can also print out the flyer below and send in with your reservation.

We are also attaching the Lunch time schedule so that you can plan ahead. The lunch times for your student's class will be different for these days. See flyer below for more information.

GCPS Office of Student Discipline Community Outreach

Attention all 5th grade parents:

You are invited to attend a Peachtree Ridge Cluster meeting at PRHS in the Peachtree Ridge Commons on Monday, October 28th at 6:00 pm to discuss topics that will include social media, dangerous APPs, cyberbullying/online threats, trending drugs, weapons, and dangerous trends for teens. See attached flyer for more information.

Parsons Elementary School Vision and Mission

Vision: The vision of Parsons Elementary is to become a school of choice with a welcoming, safe and secure environment that provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete successfully in the 21st century and to be compassionate, conscientious, and productive leaders and citizens for our community, country, and world.

Mission: Parsons Elementary is a learning community that promotes individual academic excellence with a commitment to continuous improvement.

Motto: Achieving and believing


¨ All students can learn.

¨ Student learning is the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

¨ Students learn in different ways and need to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills as well as be actively engaged in solving problems and producing quality work.

¨ Our commitment to continuous improvement is imperative so our school can enable students to become confident, self-directed life-long learners.

¨ A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.

¨ Teachers, administrators, parents, and community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.

Parsons Elementary Business Partners

We are so very thankful for our businesses in the area that have partnered with us this year. If you would like to get more information about how to become a Business Partner with Parsons, please contact Michelle Miller @
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