Simonton Parent Newsletter

Monday, July 27, 2020

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

Message from Ms. Perkins

First Day of School

The first day of school for all students will be on Wednesday, August 12, 2020!
Parent Technology Survey

Please click here to take the Parent Survey that will help us determine the technology needs of our students. Please fill out a separate form for each child that attends Simonton Elementary.

Registration is Open!

Do you have a rising kindergarten student or know a friend or neighbor who does? Registration is open for students in grades K-5. Information about registration and the required documents can be found on our school website. Go to for more information.

Open House/Meet Your Teacher Day

At Simonton, we are committed to starting our school year building a strong relationship with students and families. We also understand the importance of keeping everyone healthy and safe. Please see the schedule for Open House that will take place on Monday, August 3, 2020, below.

Open House

*Teachers will post a recording of the meeting and a copy of their presentation on eCLASS after the meeting and send a copy to parents via email. Teachers will share the daily schedule for digital learning and student expectations.

8:15 – 9:00 am ~ Pre-K/K/1st (Virtual)

9:15 – 10:00 am ~ 2nd/3rd (Virtual)

10:15 – 11:00 am ~ 4th/5th (Virtual)

Optional for Families

*Limited to one parent with the student.

*All children and adults must wear a mask.

12:30 – 1:15 pm ~ Pre-K/Kindergarten/1st Grade (New to Simonton ES )

1:30 – 2:15 pm ~ 2nd/3rd Grade (New to Simonton ES)

2:30 – 3:15 pm ~ 4th/5th Grade (New to Simonton ES)

Free and Reduced Lunch

The application for free and reduced lunch is now available. If you received this service last year, and you feel you still qualify, you must complete an application again this year.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Frequently Asked Questions about free and reduced lunch


We are so excited to begin preparations for the 2020-21 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.

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 (coming soon!) 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...

School Messenger

SchoolMessenger is a rapid notification system used to contact families in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) via telephone messages, text messages, and email messages. The district uses the system to commu-nicate information related to districtwide events, including safety alerts and school closings due to inclement weather. Schools also may use the system to communicate general/non-emergency information related to school events and attendance messages via email.



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


Superintendent- Mr. J. Alvin Wilbanks

Assistant Superintendent- Dr. Terry Watlington

Board Member- Mr. Steven B. Knudsen

Principal- Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal- Daphne Miles

Assistant Principal- Nicole Tomlinson

Assistant Principal- Emily Young