Partee General News

Partee ES Parent Newsletter - September 2020

9/7 - Happy Labor Day! - Student/Teacher Holiday

9/10 - Title 1 Meeting 4:30 pm Zoom

9/15 - 09/17 - CoGat Grades 1, 2, 5

09/29 - 09/30 - Iowa Grade 2

Principal's Message

We have had a great kick off to the new school year. August went by very quickly and was filled with positive learning experiences for our students. Thank you for ALL of your support as we transition students back into in-person learning!

Our kindergarten, first grade, special needs students have been doing an awesome job during in-person learning. They have transitioned very well and they know the routines. We are looking forward to the second, third, fourth and fifth grade students transitioning back to in-person learning.

This month our 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade students will participate in the 2020 administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and IOWA.

  • CogAT Testing Dates: 1st Grade - Tues, September 15th, 2nd Grade - Wednesday, Sept 16th, 5th Grade - Thursday, Sept 17th
  • IOWA Testing Dates: 2nd Grade - Tuesday, September 29th and Wednesday, September 30th

While it is not required, students who are attending school digitally may still participate in these in-person assessments. Please complete the form below so that we have an accurate count of students wishing to take these assessments.

Although no studying or preparation is necessary for this test, the following recommendations should help your child do his/her best each day:

· Get plenty of rest

· Eat a healthy breakfast

· Be at school on time

· Be prepared (glasses if needed)

Thank you for your continued support.

Generals Salute,

Dr. Kelli McCcain

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller

Important Information

School phone number: 770-982-6920

School Hours: 8:20 AM-3:20 PM

Early check out: For the safety and security of our Generals, early check out will not be allowed after 2:30 PM. You must show ID and be listed as one who is approved to check the student out.

Please adhere to the procedures for car rider drop off and pick up times.

Drop off - 8:20 - 8:45 AM

Pick up - 3:20 - 3:40 PM

* Parking in the bus lane is not permitted, even at the end of the driveway.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications due by September 23

A new form must be completed each school year! If you have not completed a new form by September 23rd, your child will be charged the full price for lunch beginning September 23rd. Please don't wait to get this done!

The Parent Center

The 2020-2021 school year is off to a great start even with Digital Learning.

You are your child’s first and best teacher, and we support you in your efforts to help your child receive a quality education. The Parent Center is designed to be a welcoming, safe place to find support, information, and advice. We’re all about bringing home, school, and community closer together to strengthen student learning and development. Think of us as a resource center, available to give you information and materials to help your children learn. If you have concerns and need additional resources, please contact the Parent Liaison, Ms. Deborah Bridges.

Media Center

Don't let COVID-19 keep you from reading the books you love! Check out a book safely from the Partee Library.

The Partee Library is open to all students, digital and in-person, with modified access and times. In-person students will be able to select books according to their classroom schedule. Digital students may browse books during curbside pick-up on Wednesdays & Thursdays between 11am-1pm or schedule an appointment at to browse the entire library. Library books may also be placed on hold through the Media Catalog and picked up at the school.


Lunch pick-up for digital learning students will continue from 11:00 - 12:15 at Partee ES. Please proceed through the bus lane to pick up lunch.

Also, beginning September 2, Gwinnett County Public Library, in partnership with Lettum Eat! Inc., will hold free weekly drive through meal distributions at the Buford & Centerville Branches. Meals are available on a first come, first served basis. Limit one meal per person.

Thursdays at 11:00 am

Centerville Branch

3205 Bethany Church Rd

Snellville, Georgia

Counselor's Corner

Parents here are some tips to help your child succeed during digital learning:

  • Reduce Distractions - Consider setting up a quiet, clutter-free workspace that is comfortable for your child.
  • Brain breaks for digital learning- When students are given breaks by their teachers, make sure they are away from their devices.
  • Time management tips - Having a consistent schedule for schoolwork will allow student's more easily transition in and out of school time.
  • Reach out to their teachers if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Parents please be reminded that this is the student's instructional time, and any individual issues should be discussed privately not during the whole group class time.
  • During instructional time, please refrain from participating in the lesson.

Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes towards learning, self, and society.

Counseling Services

* Classroom Guidance Lessons

* Individual Meeting

* Small Group Meeting

* Crisis Intervention

* Consultation with parents and teachers

* Coordination with outside agencies and therapist referrals for community services

Kerronn Kitchen


Inclement Weather

The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) 2020-21 school calendar includes make‐up days to address school days missed due to inclement weather. In addition to these days, GCPS also has the option of making up days missed due to inclement weather using Digital Learning Days. Should a decision be made to cancel school, students, parents, and staff will be notified via SchoolMessenger of the closing and if the day is a Digital Learning Day. Please also check the local news stations for any school closing information.

Have You Signed Up for the Parent Portal?

It's easy! Log on to and create your account. With access you can: update student information, check your child's attendance record, see their grades; and opt into School Messenger. With School Messenger, you get text messages on school wide events and notification of when your child's bus has let the campus late.

From the Clinic

Parents: Thank you for your contributions to the clinic through My Payments Plus. With approximately 700 students and 100 staff, we are always in need of supplies. Feel free to donate any of the following throughout the year: band-aids, alcohol swabs, cotton balls, baby wipes, ziploc bags-sandwich and quart sizes.

  • If your student has a medical condition that requires treatment at school, please contact the clinic at (678) 344-4406 to find out what paperwork you'll need to complete.
  • Per GCPS policy, medications need to be dropped off and picked up by an adult only.
  • Masks are required in the building.

Reasons To Keep Your Child Home from School

Please keep your child home if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Please notify the school immediately and contact your health care provider for guidance.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever >100.4 or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

"Too Sick For School" adapted from CHOA: Children/adults with the following symptoms should be kept home until the symptoms go way for a full 24 hours* (without the aid of medication.*Count the 24 hrs from the last vomit/diarrhea episode, or from the time the fever breaks):

  • Diarrhea (3 or more in a 24 hour period)
  • Vomiting (3 or more episodes in a 24 hour period)
  • Fever: Greater than 100.3 F if child has other symptoms, or Greater than 100.4 if child has no other symptoms

To prevent the spread of illnesses:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with inner elbow or with a tissue. Always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Do not share personal items, such as drinking cups, utensils, clothes, combs and brushes because they may contain germs that can make you sick.

Additional Reminders


  • Visitors are not permitted at this time during lunch.
  • Birthdays can only be celebrated during lunch. We now offer Ice Cream for $1 per Student. You have this option to celebrate with your student's classmates. You can pay with check or cash. However, we are unable to give change for checks if it is over the amount of students. The overage will be a donation to the school. Ask your teacher how many student's are in the class. No balloons, stuffed animals, etc. please.

Transportation Changes

For the safety and security of all students, please try to keep afternoon transportation consistent. In the event that changes are needed, please do the following:

  • One-day change: Write a note and attach a copy of your driver's license. Requests can be delivered by the student, faxed to 678-344-4400, or emailed to Please call the school by 2:30 to verify that the request was received.
  • Temporary Change (minimum of 5 days): The parent or guardian must come in and complete a "change of transportation" form in the front office.

Play 2 Learn

See the flyer below. Please contact Deborah Bridges if you are interested in this program. The program begins September 16.
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Looking Ahead - October Events

10/1 - School Council Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

10/8 & 10/9 - Fall Break - No School

10/12 - Columbus Day - Student Holiday

10/21 & 10/22 - Early Release - more information coming soon!

10/28-11/1 - Red Ribbon Week