Knightly News

Friday, July 14, 2023

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Message from Ms. Perkins ~ Simonton ES Principal

Click on the link below to view a special message from Ms. Perkins.

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1st Day of School

The first day of school for all students (Pre-K through 5th grade) is Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

Clinic Card

Does your child have a medical concern that we need to be aware of? Stop in to see Mrs. Tammy Jones in the clinic.

Complete the clinic card if your child has any medical concerns that we need to be aware of. We also need to know any medication your child is taking and directions of what to do while we are caring for your child until you arrive.


We are so excited to begin preparations for the 2023-24 school year. Simonton Elementary will continue to use MyPaymentsPlus (MPP) for you to electronically review and digitally sign required Gwinnett County Public Schools orientation forms. We encourage all families to create a MPP account. No purchase is necessary to have a MPP account. You will be able to read and digitally sign documents and/or make necessary payments. It is a great way for you to manage and keep track of all of your student payments and forms in one place throughout the school year.

MyPaymentsPlus is linked directly to your school’s student information system (SIS), enabling us to show real-time balances and invoices, and eliminating the need to call or visit your school in search of information.

Whether you’re viewing what your 2nd grader ate for lunch, renting a locker for your middle schooler, or purchasing a parking permit for that new driver in your family, MyPaymentsPlus ensures you never miss a beat, from Pre-K to graduation day.

Simply create a free MyPaymentsPlus account to get started today.

simonton es spiritwear

We are excited to offer Simonton ES spiritwear to staff, students and families. An order form is attached and can be returned to Ms. Karen Serna. Order forms will also be available in the front office. All spirit wear shirts are $15.00 (S - XL) and $20.00 (XXL and XXXL).

2023-2024 School Supply List

Attached is an updated school supply list. You can also find the list on the Simonton ES school website.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

The application for free and reduced lunch is now available. There will be no waiver in place to offer free lunch for all students. Please complete the application if you feel this is a service your family will need. All students who have not been approved for free or reduced lunch service will be charged the full price each day.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Simonton ES Afternoon Transportation Form

It is important for us to know how every student is expected to go home each day. The Simonton ES Transportation form will need to be completed for EVERY student. A copy of the form is attached and can be returned to your child's teacher. Copies will be provided at Open House on July 28, 2023.

*This form should be used each time a student has a change in transportation.

Simonton ES PTA

Join the Simonton ES PTA! Individual membership is only $6.00. Our awesome PTA has many great events and activities planned for this school year. We need your help to provide these great experiences for our kids.

*Movie and snack celebration (Parents must be members)

*Fall Festival

*Halloween Hair Day

*Winter Holiday Shop

*Sprit nights

Print the attached membership form and return it to the Simonton ES PTA. They will also have a table at open house. Sign up for a membership and volunteer to support an event!

Parent Portal

We know that families want easy access and one, go-to location for need-to-know information about their student's education— from records to resources. Just as important, you want an easy way to stay in touch with the school. The Updated Parent Portal gives parents access to grades, assignments, and communication with teachers. The Parent Portal gives families a direct line to the classroom, with 24/7 real-time information and anytime, anywhere access, with in-portal translation in multiple languages. And that's just the beginning...

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We are excited to announce that our school district has adopted a new form of school-to-home communication called ParentSquare. This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with your child’s school and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

ParentSquare provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to receive and send information, such as:

  • Weather-related closings & delays
  • School and class information
  • Share pictures and files
  • See calendar items
  • Upcoming class activities

Beginning July 18, 2023, district and school information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text via ParentSquare. For even more convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free for iOS and Android devices). Please note that some schools and teachers may still use other district approved tools for the 2023-2024 school year to communicate with their families.

Click on the link below for more information about ParentSquare and activating your account.



Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.

Core Belief

Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel


  • We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.

  • We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.

  • We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.

  • We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.

  • We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling

Simonton Elementary School

Superintendent ~ Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Board Member ~ Mr. Steven B. Knudsen

Principal ~ Ms. Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal ~ Mr. Nicholas Gilmore

Assistant Principal ~ Dr. Joe Sanfilippo

Assistant Principal ~ Mrs. Amy Steinberg