The Patrick Parent Weekly

February 15, 2023

Announcements and Reminders

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Parent/ Teacher Conferences

The time is drawing near for our March Early Release Conference Days. The early release dates for conferences are March 1st and March 2nd, 2023. Both days are early release days where students attend school in person and will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. to give teachers an opportunity to continue meeting with parents.

We encourage in-person conferences but will also offer the convenience of online Zoom conferences to our parents on an as needed basis. This allows you to make and change your conference appointments more easily and choose times that best match your family’s schedule.

Patrick Elementary School is using for conference signups. Please use the link below to sign up for a conference.

1) Go to

2) Select the conference for your child’s teacher

3) Fill in the required information.

4) Please be sure to indicate whether you would like to meet in-person or via Zoom by typing that in next to your child’s name.

Parents who need an interpreter must sign up for a time during the following blocks of time:

  • Between 1- 5 on Wednesday, March 1st
  • Between 1 - 3 on Thursday, March 2nd

We look forward to seeing you!

As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools' family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow them to help their children at home. Our AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families of children in grades K-5 so that they truly are partners in their children’s learning. Click here for more information

February AI challenge

Our AI challenge for February focuses on Decision Making. Everyday students are faced with many decisions. One of the most important decisions they can make is to be kind. Click the link below for the AI challenge which offers children an opportunity to show off making kind decisions.

Check out all the fun and exciting things happening in Art class!

Art News flyer

Come join us and be inspired by the works of art that our students have created! The show is conveniently scheduled on early release days, March 1st and 2nd from 1pm-4pm so that you may view artwork before or after conferences. Student musician performances from 2pm-3pm. We hope to see you there!

Art Show flyer

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Parents, our clinic is in need of clean, gently used clothing. If you would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. We are in need of pants, but any donations would be put to good use!

Thank you!

*sizes 6-14

Child Lures Abuse Prevention classroom lesson

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors are required to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education by way of interactive classroom lessons, classroom posters, role playing and corresponding activities. Think First & Stay Safe™ enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from abuse and exploitation. A committee of professional school counselors reviewed the program and selected components that were developmentally appropriate for elementary students and developed lessons around those concepts.

Please see the attached pdf for more information.

How to Decide if Your Child’s Too Sick for School

Play 2 Learn

Gwinnett County Public Schools offers a BIRTH TO FIVE program for you and your child at Patrick Elementary for the 2022-2023 school year!

‐ Learn how to find the teachable moments in everyday activities
‐ Learn how to engage with your child in play
‐ Learn how to continue learning at home or anywhere
‐ Learn about your child’s educational milestones
‐ Learn how to get your child READY FOR SCHOOL!

The GCPS Play 2 Learn website is filled with information about this program, as well as exciting read-alouds, easy ideas for activities at home, and important early learning resources.

Interested parents can email Kim Kooi or visit the front office at Patrick to sign up for this wonderful program!

Pups Around the World

We are so excited to learn about and celebrate our students' heritage here at Patrick. Click HERE to share more with us about your child's cultural background.

All students who participate will be included on our PES World Map. Thanks for sharing!

Free and Reduced Lunch

Children need healthy meals to learn. Gwinnett County Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.50; lunch costs $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 at middle and high schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. The reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.

Please see the GCPS School Nutrition page for more information about free and reduced meal benefits.

PTA Information

Interested to be on the PTA Executive Board for the 2023-2024 school year? Fill out a Nomination Google Form today!

KONA ICE will be here on Friday, February 24th! Order your Kona Ice today! See flyer for more information.

FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE tickets are on sale in the PTA Store! Pre Order price: $40 per family. At the Door price: $60 per family. This event is for father and daughter(s) that are Patrick students only. See flyer for more information.

Want to volunteer for FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE? Due to fire code and room capacity, Moms, Grandmas, and non Patrick children are not allowed to attend this event. However, Moms... we need lots of volunteers to make this a successful event. Click on this SignUp Genius to volunteer today!

Calling all Artists!! We are having a Yearbook Cover contest! See flyer for more information!

To view all of the current PTA flyers, visit the new PTA Webpage!

Follow us on Facebook! Find the Patrick Elementary School PTA page and answer all 4 security questions to join our PTA Facebook group.

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Buy your Yearbook Now!

Visit the Treering Website to order your yearbook today.

Patrick Elementary passcode: 101502462275974

Cluster Information

Upcoming Football Camp for Rising 1st to 8th Graders

Seckinger's new head football coach, Toni Lotti, is hosting a Youth Football Camp this June for rising 1st through 8th graders. Each camper will receive a T-Shirt and learn the fundamentals of football.

When: June 13 - June 15 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Seckinger High School Football Field - Jaquar Stadium

Instructors: Seckinger Football Staff and Special Instructors

Cost: $75 each ($55 for additional sibling)

Equipment Needed: Football cleats (tennis shoes in case of weather)

Questions: Contact Head Coach Toni Lotti at

See below for attached PDF sign up form to learn more about how to sign up for the camp.

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SKG Athletics, Arts, & Club Activities


  • Basketball Season Reminders
    • Only Seckinger HS students and opposing HS students will be permitted in games without a parent. High School IDs will be checked.
    • Students must leave school on game day and can return one hour prior to tip-off. Students will enter through the main gym lobby.
    • All games are available for purchase online. Visit the GoFan website here:
  • All elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult at all sporting events.

Community Information

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Upcoming Events

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Please check out our Parent/Student Google Calendar for important dates.