The Parsons Happenings

eNewsletter October 4, 2019

A Message from Proud Principal, Laura Clark

Happy Fall Y'all! It looks like we may have some 'fall like' weather this weekend. Finally!

Hopefully you can take some time to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather. We have a short three day week ahead and then our Fall BREAK will begin.

Walk to School Day was a HUGE success! It was great to see students, parents, puppies, and teachers walking together to meet collectively at our school. Seeing the large crowd on our front lawn was such a proud moment. Just another example of our strong school community.

I am still amazed that our students raised over $31,000 during our school fund raiser. Although I am not a fan of having pie in my face...I took a pie for Parsons. It's all worth it when our students benefit.

Have a great 'fall like' weekend!

Proud to be your Principal,

Mrs. Clark

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Our first Lockdown Drill went GREAT! Students, staff, and our local School Resource Officers practiced what to do if our school was ever in eminent danger and we needed to ensure students’ safety. We appreciate the role parents played in discussing this safety procedure with their child. We want to thank our entire Parsons community for making student safety a top priority.

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Walk to School Day 2019

What a great way to start the day! It brought such a point of pride to so many of Parsons students, parents, teachers, and police officers participating in our annual Walk to School Day!

Our lawn celebration was filled with smiles and cheers.

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Pie in the Face

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We NEED complete the Georgia Parent Survey!

Please take a moment to complete the Georgia Parent Survey. The survey was developed to measure parent perceptions of school climate. As principal it is my goal to ensure that our school climate is ljfd;jg;oahg;oaihg;or. Every school in the state is asked to participate.

Week at a Glance



Fire Prevention Week

Readers Rally ~ 7:30 am

Tennis Club ~ 3:30 pm

Chess Club ~ 3:30 pm



PTA Spirit Night at Choi's Restaurant (See info below)

Spanish Club ~ 3:30 pm

Young Rembrandts ~ 3:30 pm



Relay for Life Pajama Day ~ $1 donation

Chorus Practice ~ 7:30 am

Drama Kids ~ 3:30 pm



Fall Break ~ No School



Fall Break ~ No School



Fall Break ~ Student Holiday

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Relay for Life Pajama Day

It's Pajama Day on Wednesday, October 9 in support of Relay for Life. Wear your pajamas and donate $1. Let's see how much Parsons can raise to help fight cancer!

For safety reasons, please do not wear slippers.

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Young Georgia Authors Writing Contest

2019-2020 Young Georgia Authors

About The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition

This contest is open to any student currently enrolled in a GCPS school, grades K -12. Initial contest entries will be accepted at the school level. Schools will conduct a school-wide contest, forwarding a package of the school’s winning entries (no more than one winner per grade level) to the GCPS Language Arts Office by the October 31 deadline. Judging will be coordinated by the Language Arts Office.

Important note: Winners at the county-level will be submitted as entries to the annual Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition. The GCPS writing competition guidelines are patterned after the YGA guidelines.

Requirements: Unlike many writing competitions, YGA does not provide a prompt to which students must respond or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity beyond a 1900-word maximum length. Entries may include:


Unlike many writing competitions, YGA does not provide a prompt to which students must respond or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity beyond a 1900-word maximum length, which is no more than five pages if typed (Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced).

Gwinnett County Public Schools does request that submissions be appropriate for the school setting.

Entries may include:

· Short Stories

· Poetry

· Essays

· Expository Writing

· Personal Narratives

· Any Other Original Student Writing


· Winning students, their families, select teachers, and their principal will be invited to a reception and special presentation by a published author. Date for this event is to be determined.

· Winners will receive a framed certificate and a prize.

· The highest-scoring entries in each of four groups (grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) will receive an additional cash prize from the GCPS Foundation Fund.

· Winning entries will be submitted to represent GCPS in the Georgia Young Authors Writing Competition in the spring.

· The contest will yield no more than 13 winners, one per grade level (K-12).

If you submit an entry, please make sure that you complete the entry form and sign the student and parent section.

v Please return entries to Parsons no later than October 18, 2019 and complete the writing contest entry form.

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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.

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

Parsons Reading Program

The Parsons Reading Program will begin in September and continue until the end of March. Students need to read a minimum of 100 minutes per week. “Reading for 20 minutes per day exposes you to 1.8 million words a year.” We are fortunate to be able to use the same Beanstack program that is offered through the Gwinnett County Public Library to track our minutes at Parsons. This is the same format that is used for the summer reading program. You will only be logging minutes (100 minutes per week), and they must be submitted online through Beanstack during the program. If your student attended Parsons last year, they should already have an account. Please check before you create another account for your student. You will need to edit the patron and check the current grade level and add the homeroom teacher's name in the name field along with your student's name. Those students who read 2500 minutes this year will receive a certificate of accomplishment and will be invited to the Reading Celebration at the end of the school year. Please see the directions attached to this eNews. Happy Reading!
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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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