The Parsons Happenings

October 2, 2020

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A message from your Proud Principal


Message from Proud Principal

Please use the COVID-19 Morning Checklist to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please continue to follow the guidelines each morning when sending your 'in person' student to school. We have seen a slight increase of cases in Gwinnett and we want to make sure we are ALL doing our part.

Each school in our district has a trained Health Response Team (HRT Team). If a suspected case of Covid is reported at our school, this team follows set guidelines. Please be assured that you will be contacted by an HRT team member if your child has been identified as 'close contact' to someone in our school who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The most important thing we can do is continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing, and wash hands regularly. We are #STRONGERTOGETHER when we all do our part.

Parent Conferences Fall 2020

It's that time of year again! Parent Conferences will be held the week of October 19th. We will release from school early on October 21st and 22nd beginning at 12:50 pm so that teachers can meet virtually with parents. Parent Conferences will be held over Zoom this year. Please be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher with the sign-up link. Once you sign up for a time with your child's teacher, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. For help on using Sign Up Genius, please see the attached parent guide.
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Monday, 10/5/20

  • Fire Prevention Week
  • Sukot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish

Tuesday, 10/6/20
  • Papa John's Spirit Night (Pick up and Delivery) See code and flyer below
  • Sukot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish

Wednesday, 10/7/20

  • Sukot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish

Thursday, 10/8/20
  • Fall Break (Student/Teacher Holiday)

Friday, 10/9/20

  • Fall Break (Student/Teacher Holiday)

Monday, 10/12/20

  • Fall Break (Student Holiday)
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Student Engagement Survey: Grades 3-5

The Student Engagement Instrument (SEI) is a survey used to measure how engaged students are at school and with learning. When taking the SEI, students respond to items that cover a variety of topics related to their engagement in their education, including the level of support they receive from teachers, peers, and family, as well as their perceptions of school work and future educational goals. We measure student engagement in GCPS because it is related to important outcomes such as on-time graduation and postsecondary success.

This year's survey will provide us with current data but it will also allow us to compare student engagement from this year to last year. Our students in grades 3-5, digital and in person, will be completing the survey in the upcoming weeks with their teacher.

*Last year's average Student Engagement Instrument Composite Score for Parsons ES was 4.25, which was higher than the GCPS average of 4.24.

Important Reminders for Online Learners

In order for our students to have a successful digital learning experiences, please ensure the following things:
  • It is an expectation that all digital students attend all classroom Zoom meetings.
  • Digital Learners should follow the Digital Lesson Plans for each day, complete all assignments, and submit the assignments on time for each lesson.
  • Students should have their cameras turned on when possible. This is very helpful to the teacher and helps build a classroom community.
  • Active participation in all Zoom lessons helps students actively learn.
  • Please follow the daily schedule on the Digital Lesson Plan for each day.
  • Please be on time for all Zoom Meetings.
  • Sometimes, especially for our younger students, parents or caregivers may need to assist our younger students with sticking to the schedule and submitting/uploading assignments.
Thank you in advance for helping your child be a successful online learner!
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What does Stronger Together mean to you?

"If you were all alone, you couldn’t accomplish very much, and you’d be very lonely; but if we have a team, you can accomplish more and make more friends!" ~Rory, Mrs. Piper's 4th Grade
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"Stronger Together is realizing you have an entire team in front of you, behind you, and beside you. We have mercy for each other and we support one another." ~Mrs. Lewis, ESOL Teacher
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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,

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We ask that you support our Gwinnett County School Nutrition program and not bring in any fast food for your student.

Important Reminder from Cafe Gwinnett

An Important reminder from Café Gwinnett: If participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch program, the application must be completed each school year. Even if you filled one out in the spring, you still need to fill out a new one for this school year. The online application for 2020-21 is now available at Note that those eligible for free and reduced-priced meals may be able to access other types of public assistance or services that may be available during this pandemic. All applicants need to be prepared as the Federal Grant for free lunch to all students will expire on December 31, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact our cafeteria manager, Nikole Nowell, by email @ or by phone at 678-957-3050.

Digital Citizenship Family Tips

Check out the Digital Citizenship Family Activities below. The digital citizen activities from Common Sense Media include some great ideas for your family to discuss ways to be good digital citizens.
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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:

  • Kiddos love poetry. Why not 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.

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.

How to register for the Parsons Reading Challenge

Did you know you have to register for the Parsons Reading Challenge each year just like you register for the Summer Reading Program? You also need to change your homeroom teacher's name in the name field and your new grade level. You already have an account. Your username is your student number, and your PIN is your 4-digit birthday. You have until the end of March to complete the program. You need to enter at least 2500 minutes to earn the reward in the spring. There are monthly competitions along the way. You can earn a badge just by registering and another badge by editing your profile following the directions in the video. Let's get reading, Parsons! Click here to sign in. Beanstack

Beanstack How to Join the Challenge and Edit Profile.mp4

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The Scholastic Time Machine Book Fair is coming to Parsons from October 13 - 23! We will have many options for you to shop including Sidewalk Shopping in the Car Rider Lane on Wednesday, October 21 from 10AM - 6PM (except during Early Release dismissal) for all our parents, students, and digital learners. You can shop online from Scholastic and have the books delivered to your home, you can shop using the flyer or Google Form and have books ready to pick up at our regular Curbside Checkout or delivered to your child's classroom, and your child can shop in person if they are currently at school. We will be accepting a check made payable to Scholastic Book Fair for the exact amount, a credit card on October 21st from a parent/guardian, and a Scholastic eWallet (you can load an amount with your credit card at home). Unfortunately, we will not be accepting cash at this Book Fair. Details and links are all in the Parent Letter. We hope you can get some great books at the Book Fair because Reading Can Take You Anywhere!

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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 to 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
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PTA Spirit Night

We have a PAPA JOHN'S Spirit Night on Tuesday, October 6th. Please send the Promo code to friends and family in the metro Atlanta area. It all adds up for our school.

Pickup and delivery at Papa John’s Pizza PROMO CODE: PES20

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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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