The Parsons Happenings

Friday, February 28, 2020

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

As we celebrate Read Across America Week and the love for reading, I feel compelled to share my thoughts (from my mom perspective) on reading to your kiddos.

Much has been written about the myriad benefits of parents reading to their children. Research shows that it encourages a child's cognitive development, improves language skills and academic performance, and aids in emotional attachment. Babies can benefit from an early introduction to books, and even older children profit from continued parental involvement in reading. Even if this means sitting in the same room enjoying a quiet reading time. This is all good news, of course, but most parents know this.

What is not often pointed out, however, is how the parent benefits in this scenario, and I think it is a valuable angle to consider. While I am thrilled that my children’s lives have been enriched by our reading together, I have been even more surprised and delighted to discover just how much I have gained from this experience as a mom. My reading journey with my kids has been the greatest of joys, and it has been over twenty years in the making.

My children are now 20 and 17. They have been surrounded by books from the moment they entered the world. When we started our own family, it was natural to share reading with our kids.We began, like many other parents, watching our babies happily gnawing and drooling on the chubby board versions of Goodnight Moon and Tumble Bumble. Then we moved on to the maddeningly repetitive toddler years, when I read, How to be a Pirate, so many times I wanted to hide the book just so they would have to choose some other book.

When my kids started reading on their own, their personalities shone through in their reading habits and selections. Chase chose anything nonfiction and took on a love for history. This love continues to this day (He is the 20 year old choosing to go to Washington DC on his college spring break). Kailey Ann fell in love with the Babysitter series and to this day she displays a servant heart like the many characters she read about.

I suppose I thought reading with my children was something I was doing for them. But now it is clear that I am the one who has benefited the most. Personally, the best part of reading with my children when they were young has been seeing them evolve into engaged readers as young adults. My life is infinitely better for it.

So let me encourage you young parents out there. To the exhausted mom who is reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the fourteenth time after a long work day. To the dad who gets up early on Saturday morning and heads with his kids to the library instead of playing golf. I salute you. Keep up the good work. Because some day, after many years of your reading to them, you will realize how important the time was to YOU!

Proud to be YOUR Principal,

Laura Clark

Welcome Dominique King, Parsons Clinic Worker

We are happy to announce that we have a new clinic worker, Dominique King. We are very excited to have her join our staff and serve the health needs of our students.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Please take the time to read the letter below from Gwinnett County Public Schools concerning the Coronavirus. Please also read the COVID-19 Flyer that contains information from the County Health Department on the virus.

Achieving and Believing

This past weekend was full of achievements. Our Chess Club won the district championship and our Readers Rally Team won the Division title. Our readers won our division competing in 6 intense rounds and then won the tie breaker in the semi round against Jackson ES. We are definitely Achieving and Believing!
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Chess Champions

We are so proud of Parsons ES Chess Club for winning the 2020 East Metro Atlanta Gwinnett
County Championship, and 5th place in K-5.

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Ethan Pak, Kameron Lee, Ryan Pak, Bobby Li, Arkin Luo (not pictured)

Dual Language Immersion Program for 2020-2021

Do you have a rising Kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year, or do you have a friend who has a child entering kindergarten? If so, we are hosting a Dual Language Immersion Kindergarten Parent meeting to share information about our Korean DLI program. If you are interested or just want to learn more about your child participating in the DLI program for Kindergarten, you will need to attend one of the upcoming parent meetings. See the flyer below or visit our website for more information.

Read Across America Spirit Week: March 2nd-6th

To celebrate Read Across America Week, Parsons will have a spirit week during the week of March 2nd-6th. Each day is a different theme. See the attached document for each day's theme.

Student Council Presented the Acts of Kindness Schoolwide Challenge February 1-29

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Georgia Milestones for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades in April

Georgia Milestones begins April 7th and runs through April 28th. We know that our students will be well prepared for testing! Below you will find the flyers that include the dates that each grade will be testing.

You can find more information on GMAS, at the Georgia Departement of Education website. In addition, you can find more GMAS resources on this website too.

Promotion Criteria

The document below explains the 2019-2020 promotion requirements for each grade level. Please be aware of the requirements that are used for promotion.

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program: Earn a Free Six Flags Ticket

See the flyer below for more information.

Field Day 2020

Field Day shirts will be on sale soon on MyPaymentsPlus. See the attached flyer for Field Day dates and the t-shirt design for Field Day 2020.

Week at a Glance



Read Across America Week

Pajama Day to celebrate!

Exceptional Children's Week

Autism Awareness Puzzle Pieces ~ $1 donation

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Books with Badges 2nd grade ~ 9:45 am

Books with Badges 1st grade ~ 1:30 pm

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run ~ 4:00 pm

DLI Parent Meeting ~ 6:00 pm (For parents that are interested in DLI program for 2020-21 for new kindergarteners)



Read Across America Week

Wear Green!

Autism Awareness Puzzle Pieces ~ $1 donation

Learning through the Arts ~ And Then They Came for Me (5th grade) ~ 9:15 am

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Read Across America Week

Dress Wacky! Wear inside out, backwards, Who Hair or Crazy Hat!

Autism Awareness Puzzle Pieces ~ $1 donation

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm

Tiger Jo's Takewon Do ~ 3:30 pm

Girls on the Run ~ 4:00 pm



Read Across America Week

Wear Crazy socks and/or Shoes

Autism Awareness Puzzle Pieces ~ $1 donation

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Witzzle Pro ~ 7:40 am

i9 Sports Club ~ 3:30 pm

Korean Language Club ~ 3:30 pm

Robotics Club ~ 3:45 pm



Read Across America Week

Dress up as what you want to do for the future!

Autism Awareness Puzzle Pieces ~ $1 donation

Student Council ~ 7:45 am

PTA Board Meeting ~ 9:00 am

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Student Checkout

Anyone checking out a child must present photo identification and be listed in our system as someone able to have access to the student. If you need to make changes to your list of approved emergency contacts, you may make changes on the Parent Portal or stop by the office to update this information. As a reminder, students may NOT be checked out after 3:00 PM.

For assistance in updating contact information on the parent portal, please visit

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Class Placement Information: Parent Input

Forms due by April 17th.

Afternoon Transportation

All transportation changes must be made in writing.Whenever you need to make a change to your child's afternoon transportation plan, please complete an Afternoon Transportation Change Form, which can be found here or on our school's website, and send it in to your child's teacher. We will utilize this form to create the appropriate afternoon transportation pass. Please remember the GCPS Bus Rule: No passes will be issued for play dates, birthdays, weekend sleepovers, etc. For security reasons we DO NOT accept transportation changes through phone calls or emails.

Parsons Elementary School Vision and Mission

Vision: The vision of Parsons Elementary is to become a school of choice with a welcoming, safe and secure environment that provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete successfully in the 21st century and to be compassionate, conscientious, and productive leaders and citizens for our community, country, and world.

Mission: Parsons Elementary is a learning community that promotes individual academic excellence with a commitment to continuous improvement.

Motto: Achieving and believing


¨ All students can learn.

¨ Student learning is the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

¨ Students learn in different ways and need to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills as well as be actively engaged in solving problems and producing quality work.

¨ Our commitment to continuous improvement is imperative so our school can enable students to become confident, self-directed life-long learners.

¨ A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.

¨ Teachers, administrators, parents, and community share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.

Parsons Elementary Business Partners

We are so very thankful for our businesses in the area that have partnered with us this year. If you would like to get more information about how to become a Business Partner with Parsons, please contact Michelle Miller @
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