The Parsons Happenings

September 4, 2020


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Dear Parents,

This week was super exciting as we welcomed back our second phase of in person students. As we greeted the smiling, masked faces of our 2nd and 3rd graders to our building, we also saw proof of just how amazing our Parsons learning community is as we transitioned to the "hybrid" platform of learning. Is it new? Yes. Have we ever done this before in the history of education? No. Are there going to be a few kinks that need to be tweaked? Yes. BUT, because we are in this together, ALL our students are connected and learning alongside one another whether they are in person or digital. We are #PARSONSSTRONG!

Following our 3-Day weekend, we will be welcoming our 4th and 5th graders, who selected in person, back to the building on Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Students will remain with their current homeroom teachers. Teachers will implement the hybrid model of instruction, where the digital and in-person students are learning together.

Be sure to check out our weekly video capturing some of the GREAT things that took place this week as our 2nd and 3rd graders came back in person.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend and thank you for making Parsons the best!

Your BEYOND proud principal,

Laura Clark

Here's a short video capturing our 2nd and 3rd Grade Students In Person Return!

Welcome Back 2nd & 3rd Graders

Preparing for Students to Return

As we prepare for our 4th and 5th graders whose parents chose in person instruction to return on Wednesday, September 9th, we wanted to share the COVID-19 Morning Checklists and the GCPS TV Return to School Health & Safety Video.

Covid-19 Morning Check - Click the link below

Click the link below to view the GCPS TV video which focuses on everything we are doing to keep students safe, as well as healthy practices we should all employ. We are excited to have a few of our Parsons' students featured in the video.

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  • Monday, 9/7/20 - System-wide Holiday ~ School closed in observance of Labor Day
  • Tuesday, 9/8/20 ~ International Literacy Day
  • Wednesday, 9/9/20 ~ Phasing back to In Person Grades 4th and 5th (for those students that chose In Person learning)
  • Friday, 9/11/20 ~ Patriot Day
  • Friday, 9/11/20 ~ PTA Fundraiser Ending Celebration ~ Parent Zoom Chat Party 1-2 pm
  • Tuesday, 9/15/20 ~ CogAT for 1st Grade
  • Wednesday, 9/16/20 ~ CogAT for 2nd Grade
  • Thursday, 9/17/20 ~ CogAT for 5th Grade
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CogAT is coming soon!

GCPS will be administering the CogAT Assessment in-person to 1st, 2nd and 5th grade students. All students who are scheduled to be in person will take the assessment. Students who elected to continue all-digital instruction may still participate in this assessment at Parsons Elementary School. If your child is digital and you want them to participate in CogAT testing, please complete the form linked below. By doing this, you are registering your child to take the CogAT on the grade level assigned testing date. You will need to complete a Registration Survey for each of your students in 1st, 2nd and 5th grade. The assessment will only be given on the date listed and there will be no make-up days offered. Students must arrive at school by 8:50am in order to participate in testing. CogAT Registration for digital students must be completed by Thursday, September 10, 2020.

CogAT 2020 Registration Survey link

Media Center Information

Are you ready for some books? If you didn't come for Media Center Curbside Checkout this week, you can come next week. You now access the Media Catalog through the icon on the eCLASS landing page. All you have to do is place your books on hold by midnight this Sunday and you can pick up your books during our curbside pickup times in the Car Rider Lane. See the flyer for more details including the days and times for your pickup. Hope to see you next week to get new books!

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Parsons School-Wide Reading Program

The Parsons School-Wide Reading Program is here. Watch this video to learn more about how to participate.
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Curbside pickup procedures SY20/21

Students and their parents or guardians may pick up breakfast and lunch meals at any school within their cluster. We will use ID cards with our scanners to charge student accounts. Meals are not free unless the student is participating in the Gwinnett County Public Schools Free and Reduced Priced Meal Plan. The application for free or reduced meals must be completed every school year. To access the application go to .

Students will not be able to charge meals at this time. Please use MyPaymentsPlus to add money to student accounts.

We will offer curbside pickup in front of the school from 11:15am to 1:15pm, Monday through Thursday. Thursday students will have the option to take breakfast and/or lunch meals for Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at the same time.

We have a two-week rotating menu. We will offer two vegetables and one fruit with each entrée.

Menu for the Week of September 7:

Monday: System-wide Holiday ~ Labor Day

Tuesday: Hotdogs

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Cheeseburgers

Friday: PBJ

Menu for the Week of September 14:

Monday: Corn dogs

Tuesday: Chicken Dill bites

Wednesday: Chicken sandwich

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: PBJ

Please contact Nicole Nowell, Cafeteria Manager, at or

(678) 512-6010 with any questions.

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Please sign off on the following forms in MyPaymentsPlus

The orientation forms are...

  • The Parsons Parent/Student Handbook
  • The GCPS Parent/Student Handbook
  • Attendance Protocol
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Grade Level AKS

Please consider contributing for the following items in MyPaymentsPlus

The contributions are...

  • Agenda
  • Clinic Supply Contribution
  • Headphones
  • PTA Dues
  • Yearbook
  • Social Studies Weekly for 2nd and 4th Grades ONLY
  • Supply Contribution
  • Technology Supply Contribution is Available to Help
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PTA Fundraiser continues!! See video link below for details!

Please send any questions to

2020 Reflections Competition: Let's Get Creative!

This year's theme for Reflections is "I Matter Because..." Visit the Parsons' PTA website for more information and the entry form.
2020-2021 Reflections Call for Entries

Kindness Cubs Club

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Box Top App

Download the Box Top App. Shop at Walmart, Costco & Kroger and then scan the receipt. Scan old receipts too (up to 14 days old) and earn money for the school. Every dime helps. This is so much easier than clipping Box Tops!! Give it a try!
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Parsons Business Partners 2020-2021

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Message from your Proud Principal, Laura Clark