Partee General News

Partee ES Parent Newsletter - September 2019

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 to our All Pro Dads and all of our volunteers that help support learning everyday.

This month our 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade students will participate in the 2019 administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Testing will begin on Monday, September 9th and will conclude on Wednesday, September 11th. 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.

"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.

9/2 -Happy Labor Day! - Student/Teacher Holiday

9/4 - Bus Evacuation Practice

9/4 - Guest Reader @ 9:00 a.m.

9/5 - Grandparents Luncheon -- see article below

9/6 - All Pro Dads Meeting @ 7:30 a.m. in Cafe

9/6 - Progress Reports go home

9/9 - Boy Scout Visits during school

9/9 - CogAT Testing Begins - Grades 1, 2 & 5

9/12 - Title I Parent meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

9/13 - Title I Parent meeting @ 9:30

PTA Back to School Dance @ 4:00 p.m.

9/20 - Popcorn on Sale

9/23 - IOWA Testing Begins - Grades 2 & 5

9/30 - Picture Day

Partee ES Celebrates Grandparents Day

Thursday, September 5, 2018


Choice of Personal Pan Pizza, Mac and Cheese or Peanut Butter & Jelly with sides of Hot Veggies and Fresh Fruit and your choice of Tea or Lemonade

Lunch Prices

Adult Lunch Price: $3.00 per person

Grade Level Lunch Times

Pre K 11:00 – 11:30am

Kindergarten 12:30 – 1:06 pm

1st Grade 12:06 – 12:46 pm

2nd Grade 12:00 – 1:06 pm

3rd Grade 11:00 – 11:33 am

4th Grade 11:06 – 11:39 am

5th Grade 11:30 – 12:06 pm

Vasquez & Mays 11:00-11:30 pm

Cooley & Atha 11:30-12:00

*Lunch times for our students are limited to 30 minutes. RSVP deadline was Friday, August 30.

Seating is limited. Please be considerate and plan to exit at the end of the scheduled lunch period.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications due by September 16

A new form must be completed each school year! If you have not completed a new form by September 16th, your child will be charged the full price for lunch beginning September 17th. Please don't wait to get this done!

The Parent Center

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start! The next time you are at Partee Elementary, please visit the The Parent Center.

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.

Are you Interested in Volunteering? If so, our school and classrooms have many opportunities for parents and community members to serve children. If this is something that you would like to become a part of, please contact our Parent Liaison, Ms. Deborah Bridges.

International Night

Come celebrate the cultures of Partee Elementary.

It's an evening of fun for the entire family!

Thursday, October 3rd

6 – 8 PM

Stroll our halls to see and taste the many cultures of Partee.

Contact Deborah Bridges at 770-982-6920 or speak with your child’s teacher if you are interested in preparing a dish, playing an instrument or bringing an artifact that reflects your family’s heritage.

Guest Reader

Partee Elementary invites YOU to take part in our Guest Reader program! Guest Readers are parents and community members that read to students in various classroom and encourage them to develop a love for reading. Guest Readers will take place quarterly, on select Fridays, throughout the year. Sign up now for our first session on Wednesay, September 4th by visiting Readings begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

Counselor's Corner


  • Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
  • Children who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior
  • We know that stress can affect focus and learning, but its impact can be reduced with proven self-regulation strategies.
  • Schools, parents, and communities that communicate and collaborate provide the most effective support to children.

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) 2019-20 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.

Please review the handout that was sent home in Friday Folders regarding inclement weather and Digital Learning Days.

Looking Ahead - October Events

10/3 - School Council Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

10/3 - International Night

10/7 - 1st Quarter DAs Begin

10/10 & 10/11 - Fall Break - No School

10/14 - Columbus Day - Student Holiday

10/21 - 10/25 Book Fair

10/23 & 10/24 - Early Release - more information coming soon!

10/28-11/1 - Red Ribbon Week

10/31 - Fall Festival

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.

"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 24hours* (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 101F 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.

Please note: 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.

Courtesy Reminders:

  • The Dentist is coming to school! Don't forget to fill out and send the permission form with your student, or save time and sign up online at
  • Per GCPS policy, medications need to be dropped off and picked up by an adult.

Additional Reminders

Lunch visitors

  • Food from outside the cafeteria is not permitted.
  • Birthdays can only be celebrated during lunch. 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.

Lost and Found We already have a number of items in Lost and Found. To help us return lost items to their owner, please put your student's name and teacher name on the label of your child's clothing.