Pickerington Elementary

September 24, 2021

Pickerington Elementary

Upcoming important dates:

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15.

October 6 - Virtual Learning Day/Professional Development

October 7 - K-12 Virtual Evening Parent/Teacher Conference

October 8 - Picture Day 📸

October 11 - No School Kindergarten Only (All day virtual P/T conference)

October 12 - No School K-8 (Virtual P/T conference)

Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES

Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO


Picture Day is coming up on 10/08/2021! Order online at inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/63432ZF



Please call the school office if your child is going to be absent or late. 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 4:30 p.m. and before 8:30 a.m. The phone number is 614-548-1400, option 1. Thank you for your cooperation.

Early Dismissal

Please remember to send in a note if you need to pick up your child early. When you arrive to pick up your student, ring the buzzer, scan the QR code on the window and fill out the form. The office staff will call your student down and come out to check ID.

End of Day Changes

Parents, if an emergency arise and you need to change the way your child is going home at the end of the day, please make sure you are notifying the office. We ask that all changes are made before 3pm. Once we receive the information we will let the classroom teacher know about the change.

Pickerington Elementary Staff "Shout Out"

Has a Pickerington Elementary staff member gone above the call of duty to ensure your child has had an amazing day, week, month or even a year? 😁 Please take a moment to let us know by completing the form below. Pickerington Elementary is very fortunate to have an outstanding staff that loves working with your children. We all need a little “pat on the back” from time to time. We will make certain that this commendation is delivered to the appropriate staff member and that they are properly recognized.

Pickerington Elementary Staff "Shout Out"


The district will be conducting an online survey that your 3rd and 4th grade child(ren) will be completing at school. The survey will provide us with social and emotional learning information. The feedback from your child will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how to improve and adapt our district to their needs. The attached letter will give you more information on the survey.

Panorama SEL Fall Survey

Panorama SEL Otoño Survey Spanish 2021

Gifted Testing

Information about 2nd and 3rd grade gifted testing can be found in the attached letter.

Gifted Letter

Phonics in the Classroom

Please take a look at the attached letter that shares information about the best practices our district is using to teach students to read.

SOR Letter for parents

PTO News



10/8 - Spirit Wear Orders are due ONLINE AND PAPER FORMS

10/11-10/28 - Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Fundraiser Sale

10/13 - Restaurant Night - Chipotle 4p-8p

10/14 - Girls Fun Night 5p-8p

10/20 - PTO Meeting 7p


11/12 - Restaurant Night - Boston Market 5p-8p

11/16 - Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Pickup Time TBD

11/17 - PTO Meeting 7p


12/16 - Family Fun Night - Get Air


1/19 - PTO Meeting 7p


2/10 - Boys Fun Night 5p-8p

2/16 - PTO Meeting 7p


3/3-3/20 - Foertmeyer Flower Sale

3/16 - PTO Meeting 7p


4/20 - PTO Meeting 7p

TBD - Penny Wars


TBD - Foertmeyer Flower Pickup

5/19 - 4th Grade Pizza Party



The Annual PEF Dinner and Auction is coming up. This year the Pickerington Elementary PTO has the Theme Pets - Dogs for our silent auction tree. Please if you are able to help with donating any dog-related items and/or financial means to help us get a valued tree of $250 for this amazing organization to give back the funds raised to our teachers/staff of Pickerington Local School District! Please sign up and all items/donations need to be turned into the front office by October 1st, 2021. Thank you for your time and support!


Please let me know if you have any questions at darcieadams13@gmail.com.

Roosters Fun Cards Roosters Fun Cards are on sale for $10.00 each. The card is good for 10% off any dine-in Roosters location, seven days a week and it expires December 31, 2022. *Please make sure you turn in the payment with the form.*

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear orders are due October 8th, 2021 online and paper order forms. Please make sure you turn in the payment with your order forms and include all information on the forms.

Stripes, GRRR, Bucks??? What is all this?

Pickerington Elementary is excited to announce a new Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative that has started this school year. Our goal is to encourage students to show Grit, and be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready while here at school. When our students demonstrate GRRR characteristics, they will have the opportunity to earn:

A Golden Stripe; once a month, one student per class will be nominated by their teacher.

A Pennant Stripe; once a week, three to five students per class will be nominated by their teacher.

GRRR Bucks; throughout the day, all students will be able to earn and then later spend at the Stripes Store.

Once a month students will have the opportunity to spend GRRR bucks at our Stripes Store. The store will include prizes such as fidgets, pop-its, squishy balls, erasers, slap bracelets, board games, and coupons (think Rule 3 prizes!). Students have also requested food items such as Takis, Cheetos, little bags of cookies, fruit snacks, and candy to be available at our store. If there are items that you would prefer your student not “purchase,” please email your respective homeroom teacher.

If you would like to donate to the Stripes Store, feel free to have your student bring items to the office or click here for Pickerington Elementary’s Amazon Wishlist.


PLSD has a critical need for substitute paraprofessionals, health care assistants, duty aides, custodians, and food service employees! Do you love working with kids? Do you need a job that will work around your schedule? If so, please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/pickerington/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute+Positions&fbclid=IwAR0WbQ0l5J_O4KbMRDbQsHphmBptPL5rS5W1pC_yQp8u_QpXTSgLZClEUgE

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. This year's theme is "Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. We will have daily announcements to celebrate the exceptional contributions of persons of the Hispanic/Latinx community.



The social work intern, Miss Dowery, and I will be starting small group sessions in the next couple of weeks. Please refer to the form for additional information. If you feel your student could benefit from one of these groups, please complete the form. Additional information will be sent home to those students chosen to participate in the group.

Small Group Form

H.O.P.E Food Bags

Violet Baptist Church offers a Weekend Food Program. This program was created to help those families in need of meals for their children over the weekend. This is offered to our students for FREE. Each student in the house is eligible. Students will take their bags home on either Monday or Thursday, depending on which hybrid day they are here. If your student is VLA and would like to participate, you will pick up the bag(s) from the school on Thursday or Friday. Please reach out to Kendra Stewart, School Counselor by phone at 614-548-1431 or email at kendra_stewart@plsd.us in order to sign up.



There may be times when your student has to come to the clinic and receive a change of clothing. If your child comes home in a different outfit, please wash it and return it to school the next day. We are low on extra clothing and would like to make sure we can accommodate students when needed.


We are seeing an increasing number of students coming to school with symptoms such as a cough, headache, sore throat, cold symptoms, ear ache, fever, stomach issues, etc. It is VITAL that you keep your child home if he/she is feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of an illness to help us prevent the spread of ALL illnesses in our classrooms. We need everyone's help to keep our students healthy.

Also, just a reminder that you should not send medications to school with your child. Students are not permitted to carry over the counter or prescription medications in their book bag. If your child needs medication during the school day please complete the corresponding form and bring the medication to the school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Prescription Administration Form.docx



Please see the following guidance for at home Covid-19 test kits:

BinaxNow Antigen Card or Ag Card (these tests are given out by schools, libraries, churches, other places too)

  • Require an app to be downloaded and to be done in conjunction with a telehealth visit.

  • When done properly with the telehealth visit, this can be accepted as a positive test at school. Or if negative, when tested between days 5 and 7, can be accepted to end quarantine on day 8.

  • These results should come up in the app, and a screenshot can be sent to the School Nurse.

  • If the test is not completed with telehealth (we see this is if someone doesn’t download the app, just tests themselves) we cannot accept these results (positive or negative) as they were not proctored in the manner in which they were intended/approved.

Self Tests (BinaxNow Self Test, Ellume or some other brands)

  • Available over the counter at places like CVS or Walgreens where there is no app to be downloaded or telehealth visit component

  • Cannot be accepted as a negative for someone who is trying to end their quarantine after day 7. The packing inserts indicate that they are not designed for that type of situation where a proof of negative is required

  • If they were to test positive using one of these tests, please contact your Health Care Provider.

Parent's Guide to Student Success

Parent Guides for Student Success


  • An overview of some of the key things your child will learn in English/Literacy and Math in Kindergarten through High School
  • Ideas for activities to help your child learn at home
  • Topics of discussion for talking to your child’s teacher about his or her academic progress