Toll Gate Times October 2020


Mrs. Kristi Motsch, Principal

Mrs. Andrea McVay, Asst. Principal

12183 Toll Gate Road

Pickerington, Ohio 43147


Letter From the Principal

October 2020

A Letter From The Principal

Did you know that our school has a Building Leadership Team? This team is comprised of grade level teachers, academic coach and intervention staff. Our task is to implement a school improvement plan based on available school data. We meet monthly to track updates & prepare professional development opportunities for our staff. Our goal is to provide all students with excellent and sound instruction so that each student benefits from their educational experience with us.

Additionally, all K-4 students were assessed in reading & math using iReady.

iReady is an adaptive program that is standards based. Student lessons are based on their mastery of individual standards. The complexity of the lessons self adjust based on how students progress through the lessons. Teachers monitor both time on task & accuracy as students progress through their lessons. This particular program is to be used by students without assistance, since progress is based on a child’s amount of time spent on lessons & successful completion of lessons. Students will take an iReady diagnostic assessment in December & March to see how close they are to achieving their goals. Students will be progress monitored in between these 2 benchmarks. Teachers will be monitoring student progress and providing intervention/enrichment opportunities. Our school wide focus in Reading will be phonics instructions for grades K-2and instruction in vocabulary for grades 3 & 4. For more information see link below.

All parents will receive a letter informing you if your child is “on track” in reading. A reading improvement monitoring plan (RIMP) will be developed for any student determined “not on track“ in reading. This plan will be monitored regularly & updated by your child’s teacher. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch

Kristi Motsch, Principal

Toll Gate Elementary

~Growing Leaders~

October Happenings 2020


Oct. 15 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 20 NO SCHOOL (Kdg. Only) – Parent Teacher conferences

Oct. 22 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 26, 27 Cohort A - Ohio’s State Test for 3rd grade

Oct. 28 - VLA - Ohio's State Test for 3rd grade

Oct. 29, 30 Cohort B - Ohio’s State Test for 3rd grade

Weather Watch

Fall is here and that means we can have 80 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next. Please be diligent in watching the weather and make sure your children have the appropriate clothing for outside recess.

School Fees

For your convenience, you may pay your school fees online or in our office. You may make your payment by credit card, check (payable to Pickerington Local School District or PLSD) or cash at Toll Gate Elementary. When paying by check, please remember to write your student’s name and ID (same as lunch account number) in the memo area.

Fees for 2020-21


GRADE 1 $17.00

GRADE 2 $17.50

GRADE 3 $22.00

GRADE 4 $23.50

Student Devices

Student devices should only be used by the student to whom they were issued for school purposes only. Student devices only allow for a limited amount of memory and therefore should only be used either at home or at school for assigned tasks. Please refrain from downloading additional apps or taking non-school related pictures. These take up storage on the device and can slow the device down.


Please be sure to to log in and mark your child's attendance on their virtual learning days. Parent University has many resources related to attendance and technology resources. Please follow the link to quickly access Infinite Campus resources.

Parent University - Infinite Campus Resources


Please call the school if your child is absent. State Law requires a daily check of students who are absent. A 24-hour answering machine is available to receive absence or tardy calls. Please use this machine for all calls after 4:15 p.m. and before 8:15 a.m. The number is 834-6301. Please make yourself familiar with district policy regarding attendance and excused and unexcused absences. We ask that you schedule appointments on days your child is not in school, however, if you must pick them up during school hours, you may sign them out in the outside vestibule. Please allow time for your child to prepare to meet you.

Dismissal Changes

While we all know that consistency in important in a child’s life, it may become necessary to change your child’s dismissal plans. If you must change the way your child is to be dismissed, we ask that you follow the following procedures:

1) Send a note in advance to your child’s teacher. They will then inform the office.

2) Please allow enough time for your child to come to the office. You can sign your child out in the inside vestibule. Students will be called from class to meet you there.

3) We ask that you do not call the office after 2:30 p.m. with alternate plans for your child. This causes interruptions to the classroom instruction and with over 600 students and 5 different grade level schedules; it takes an inordinate amount of time out of the school day. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Emergency School Dismissal

During the course of the school year, it may become necessary to send the children home due to an emergency. Weather, electrical outage, or other types of emergencies as determined by emergency personnel could cause an emergency dismissal. These emergency situations could occur suddenly leaving no time for parent notification other than radio announcement. In order to help our staff prepare for any such emergency, please complete the Dismissal Form if you have not done so yet! Click on the following link to access our building form - TGE Dismissal Form.

As a reminder, our phone system does not operate during electrical outages and waiting at school to be picked up is NOT an option if we are told to evacuate by emergency personnel. Please take time to consider your emergency plan and help us keep your child safe.

3rd Grade - Ohio State Testing

We are still moving forward with the Ohio State Testing for the 2020-2021 school year. Third-grade testing is still in place as it has been for the past years. We will need to test all third-grade students. This does include Virtual Learning Academy students, and they have to take the test in person. ODE does not allow the Ohio State Tests to be given virtually. As we get closer to the testing dates we will give more detailed information. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

Testing Schedule

Monday, October 26th - ELA 3 - Part 1 - Cohort A

Tuesday, October 27th - ELA 3 - Part 2 - Cohort A

Wednesday, October 28th - ELA 3 - Part 1 & Part 2 - VLA

Thursday, October 29th - ELA 3 - Part 1 - Cohort B

Friday, October 30th - ELA 3 - Part 2 - Cohort B


Petermann Transportation is our district bus transportation company. If you have any concerns or questions, please call the telephone number below:

Petermann Transportation

Office: (614) 837-8525

Fax: (614) 837-9485


Office Hours 8:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Student Hours 9:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m

Teacher Hours 8:15 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Kndg. AM 9:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Kndg. PM 1:00 p.m – 4:05 p.m.


Please join our e-mail communication system. This system gives our schools an easy and efficient way of sending newsletters, as well as communicating other important information, to anyone who wishes to receive it. Parents benefit by having timely access to important information regarding their child’s school, including news events, reminders, closings, and other updates. Go to to reach the district website. Scroll down to “Join our mailing list” to sign up. We will not share your e-mail address with anyone. This is strictly used for communication purposes between the school district and our subscribers.

You can also sign up for text alert so you can be informed of any school delays or closings. Also go to district website to join the text alert.

Celebrating Birthdays

Please refer to our handbook for additional information regarding our policy. In an effort not to interfere with instructional time, and to accommodate medical concerns, we announce your child’s name on the day of their birthday.

Birthday Book Club Members

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club Collection. Thank you for supporting our school library.

Quinn M.

Stella S.

Scotty S.

Branson D.

Kara B.

Calvin H.

Seth S.

Elijah M.

Gianna S.

Safety Drills

Safety drills will be conducted periodically throughout the year. Fire drills will be practiced monthly, while tornado drills, lock-down, active shooter and medical procedures will be practiced during the school year. Each classroom is provided with a crisis management plan. These plans are reviewed with staff and with substitute teachers.

Behavior Rating Checklist Procedures

Periodically throughout the year, parents request information regarding their child for doctors, psychologists and other professionals. Please note the following guidelines, when requesting information from teachers, counselors and administrators.

  • All requests for teachers/counselors to complete behavior ratings,
  • narratives, etc. must be handled through the guidance office.
  • A written release must accompany the request. Included must be student name, parent signature, phone number, date and the name and address of the physician/agency. This release should be returned to Darren Drake.
  • The parent should also provide a pre-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. The counselor will mail the completed forms directly to the doctor, etc. Copies of the completed forms will be kept in the guidance office should you want a copy.
  • Allow at least two weeks from the time the counselor receives the form (s) to the date the physician/agency needs the material. Identify, specifically, which teachers are to complete the forms (core academics/special areas such as physical education, art, etc.) Should each teacher do it independently or should the information be completed in a team meeting?

Parents should provide enough copies of the behavior rating, etc. for each teacher who is requested to respond.

If you have questions, please call Darren Drake at 834-6300.

Safe School Help Line Available

Pickerington Local School District has taken a proactive approach to assure that students are able to learn in a safe, friendly environment by offering them and their parents the availability of the Safe School Help Line. The Safe School Help line allows students/parents to anonymously report wrongdoing and have this information reported to school officials. The toll free number assigned to our school district is 1-800-418-6423, ext. 359. When you dial this number, you will be instructed as to how to leave your information. We hope that any information, which could negatively impact our school, will be reported, so that the staff can respond in an appropriate manner to keep our schools safe for all students.

Custody Counts

To serve the requirements of child custody order, a parent should present an official order to be placed on record for the guidance, attendance and administrative offices. Ohio Revised Code 3313.673 states for“…the custodial parent of the child shall notify the school of those custodial arrangements. Our primary concern is knowing who is the legal custodian, residential parent, and knowing the answer to the question, “Can your child be dismissed to a non-custodial parent?” Schools are obligated to follow court documentation regarding the rights of a non-custodial parent.

Behavioral Expectations

The emphasis at Toll Gate Elementary is on safety and learning. Each staff member works toward providing the safest and best educational environment for your child. Good discipline promotes an appropriate learning environment. We ask that each parent support this expectation of student behavior by encouraging their child to follow school expectations. A list of expectations is printed in the student handbook (please review these with your child). Behavior that interferes with the educational process cannot be tolerated. Your support will help promote the educational process.

Pickerington Local Schools Food Service Department

Reasons why you should take advantage of FREE MEALS that our district is offering:
  • It saves you time shopping and preparing meals.
  • It is convenient!
  • It is comforting and familiar to your kids.
  • It is delicious and nutritious.
  • It helps keep the food supply chain flowing. This helps farmers, truckers and local employees.
  • Each meal served provides funding to your district’s food service department from USDA-not local monies. Free meals will continue until December 31, 2020 or when the USDA runs out of funding.
  • It may extend your household food budget.
  • These meals help to keep our staff employed.
  • Every meal we prepare is carefully prepared with enhanced food safety protocols in place.
  • We LOVE to provide meals to our students. It is what we do best and it helps us to deal with the disruptions around us.

Nurse Notes

Please click below to see Nurse October Newsletter:

Nurses' Fall Newsletter 2020

Tami Tackett, School Nurse

Toll Gate Elementary School

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Counselor's Notes:


Each week the H.O.P.E. Packs Program offers a weekend bag of food for children who meet one of the following requirements: a) if your child in the past has received a H.O.P.E. Pack, (b) has been eligible for free or reduced lunch, or (c) your household income is low.

The food is intended to be kid-friendly, easy to prepare, and supply supplemental food over the weekend. The bags are not to be opened until your child gets home.

To sign up for this free program, contact Mr. Drake, School Counselor at Toll Gate Elementary School. He can be reached either by phone: (614)834-6315 (direct number) or by e-mail:

This program is not the PLSD Food Service program. This is a supplemental food program offered by Violet Baptist Church.

Group Counseling

We do offer group counseling at Toll Gate Elementary School. A couple of things happen in groups. One of the first things is the understanding that each student in the group realizes they are not the only ones going through the particular situation. They become close and loyal and notice who is absent at each group meeting. Group counseling happens at lunch so there isn’t any instructional time lost. Please note that if a group doesn’t have enough students signed up we may not meet. I want them to have fun while learning new skills. If you are interested in having your child participate in group counseling please feel free to print and complete the form linked below and send it in to your child’s teacher.

Group Counseling Signup Sheet