The Parsons Happenings

September 11, 2020


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Dear Parents,

Most of us remember the events that took place on September 11, 2001. You may have been about the age of your children now. For me, it is a day that I will never forget. I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing, and who I was with. It was a day that has forever changed me.

In the following days and weeks, I remember a strong sense of UNITY in our Nation. People hung their flags. People went out of their way to be kind to one another. People came together and there was a strong belief that we were stronger together no matter our ethnicity, faith, viewpoints or interest.

President Barack Obama declared in his proclamation on September 11, 2016, that September 11, would be known as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. In his speech he stated, "We must ensure that darkness is no match for the light we shine by engaging in acts of service and charity. I invite all Americans to observe this day with compassionate and selfless deeds that embody the values that define our people, and to find opportunities to give back to their communities."

As a nation and as a community, we have faced much darkness in the last several months. From a national pandemic to social injustices, the darkness has surrounded us. Much like the aftermath of September 11, 2001, our Parsons' community has come together to shine the light during these tough times. We truly are #STRONGERTOGETHER and our unity continues to pave the way for our students' successes.

I hope you take time this weekend to pour into your children and model for them what it means to be unified by showing compassion for ALL and doing for others. Our lights together will surely mean a bright future for our students.

Your BEYOND proud principal,

Laura Clark

Click the link for President Obama's complete proclamation from September 16, 2016.

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What does Stronger Together mean to you?

"When we are together we can solve problems that may be difficult to solve by yourself. We have to do it together. Like right now, we all need to do our part by wearing our masks and social distancing. It wouldn't do any good if only one person was doing this."

~Craig, Ms. Austin's 5th grade class

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" When I think of Stronger Together I think about all of us using our strengths to support one another in order to become a stronger team and better individuals."

~Ms. Vosough, Parsons' Counselor

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"Stronger Together means that when you work as a group you are more likely to get things right than if you did things by yourself. You don't want one mind doing all the work. It takes all our minds. That's why I like group work. There are lots of minds working together."

~Isabella, Ms. Piper's 4th grade class

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Want to share your thoughts of what it means to be STRONGER TOGETHER to be shared in an upcoming eNews? Just share your thoughts in an email to me,

Here's a short video capturing this week's events with 4th and 5th graders returning to in person!

What a week we've had at Parsons! It's hard to believe we are already in the 4th week of school. Each week beginning August 26th, we have phased in two grade levels. This week we welcomed back our "in person" 4th and 5th graders. Be sure to check out the video capturing some of the great moments from this week. Some of the pictures show how our students have come together as a learning community in both the digital platform and in person. I have to say it's been such a great 4 weeks because WE are committed to our students and their success.
Week of September 7

GCPS to provide meals free of charge to students and to children 18 and younger

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted additional waiver extensions that allow school districts to offer meals at no charge through December 31 through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This extension, paired with guidance received from the Georgia Department of Education, will allow Gwinnett County Public Schools to offer meals at no charge at school sites to all students. These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the federal School Nutrition Program.

Students Attending School In-Person

Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their school’s scheduled meal times.

Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners

Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up programs at each school, Monday through Thursday, between 11:15am and 12:30pm. Each day’s pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch with Thursday’s pick-up including meals for Friday. Families should check with their local school for specific curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. (Click here for a list of the 132 schools offering curbside pick-up.)

Curbside Pick-up for Others 18 Years of Age or Younger:

As part of the Seamless Summer Option, curbside pick-up meals also will be available at no charge to anyone 18 years of age or younger, even to children who are not a GCPS student. Please check with your local school for curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.

Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free & Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when this waiver expires. The application is available on the GCPS website or at

Menu for the Week of September 14:

Monday: Corn dogs

Tuesday: Chicken Dill bites

Wednesday: Chicken sandwich

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: PBJ

Menu for Week of September 21:

Monday: Asian Chicken Bites

Tuesday: Hotdogs

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Cheeseburgers

Friday: PBJ

Please contact Nicole Nowell, Cafeteria Manager, at or

(678) 512-6010 with any questions.

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Tuesday, 9/15/20
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month begins
  • CogAT Testing 1st Grade Students

Wednesday, 9/16/20
  • CogAT Testing 2nd Grade Students

Thursday, 9/17/20
  • CogAT Testing 5th Grade Students
  • Citizenship Day/Constitution Week
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Hispanic Heritage Month

At Parsons, we take much pride in our diverse population. It is important for us to celebrate the many different cultures that make up our PRIDE. Each year, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. In celebration, we will be doing many activities that honor Hispanic Heritage.

Here are a few things you can do at home:

  • On September 15 at 3:00pm, Gwinnett Public Library will host Hispanic Heritage Month Artist Series. Students can learn how to create their own piece of art inspired by artist, Frida Kahlo. She was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Click here for the link:
  • Kiddos love poetry. Why not read read Hispanic poetry. Try the poems of Francisco X. Alarcón, such as “My Mother’s Hands” from Angels Ride Bikes and “Keys to the Universe” in From the Bellybutton of the Moon. Both poems underscore the importance of learning from other cultures.
  • Love to eat food from other cultures? Eat Salvadorian street food with your family. Peel a green mango and cut into small slices. Drizzle slices with lime juice, roasted pumpkin seeds (or pepitas), and a pinch of salt. Enjoy!

You can also visit the website below for more great activities. Our goal is to have our kiddos exposed to the many different cultures that make up our Parsons PRIDE.

Ice Cream Sales begin for in person students on Monday, September 21st.

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Covid-19 Morning Check - Click the link below

Digital Citizenship Family Tip

It's important to balance the amount of technology we use in our lives. Families can keep media and tech use in check by following a few simple practices. Check out the flyer below for some great tips for your family.

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!

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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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 has been extended! It now ends on Sunday, September 20th!!!

We know this has been a time in our lives that we have so much uncertainty. We are making judgement on whether to send our kids in-person or stay digital. Is it safe to attend an after school activity, do we see our doctors for their annual check up? There are a million questions that as of last year were a no-brainer. I am proud of our school leaders, our teachers, parents and caregivers and every Parsons Cub. We have all had to adapt and be ready for our current day changes. It is no different within PTA. We have had to make decisions on which programs can continue and which ones we will tabled for next year based on fundraising efforts.

Fundraising participation is about 10%, raising so far $4,835. We are far from the goal of $25,000.

What will the support of PTA look like without reaching our goal? We will have to make severe cutbacks to the support of our teachers and kids. Covid-19 restrictions have knocked out many gatherings such as All Pro Dads, Learning Through the Arts, Bingo night, and Author Visits. Many things will not continue if we do not raise adequate funds such as Room Parties, Classroom Grants for teachers to buy materials that help their students, Teacher and Staff Early Dismissal and End of Year lunch, a Teacher Appreciation gift for all that they do towards the education of our kids, Counselor Grant and School Improvements.

Below are some of the cuts that will be proposed at the next PTA meeting if we are not able to raise enough money through fundraising.

We are fortunate that we had a surplus from last year that has carried forward to this year. However, without YOUR help we will not be able to fund the above programs. Thank you for all the donations that have come through, they are all very much appreciated. We will extend the Fundraiser for one more week. It is extended in hopes that we can raise a few more dollars and get more participation from our awesome Parsons Parents.


Katherine Johnson and Mabel Goldsmith

PTA Co-Presidents

Please send any questions to

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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.

We will begin collecting your 2020 Reflections on September 21st, and the final day to drop off submissions is Thursday, the 24th. You can drop off at the front office or in the media center curbside book drop off on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 11:30 to 1:00.

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