Pickerington Elementary

April 23, 2021

Pickerington Elementary

Upcoming important dates:

🚨 April 28th: after school Outdoor Book Fair, Flower pick up, Kona Ice, Poppy's Roadside Diner, PTO Apparel Sale...and Mr. Z gets pied 7x 🥧 😳 in the face....oh boy!

*Please do not forget to follow us on Facebook, this will be the best way to stay up to date on the happenings around Pickerington Elementary!

Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES

Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO


Summer Camp Suggestions

Recreation Unlimited- Recreation Unlimited was very pleased to offer camp sessions for individuals with disabilities and health concerns in 2020. We are looking forward to continuing with camps and programs for individuals with disabilities and health concerns in 2021.

We have worked with the Delaware General Health Department and our medical team to determine the best protocols on running a safe camp. Commonly touched surfaces will be routinely disinfected, hand washing will be done on a regular basis, masks will be worn, physical distancing practiced, and daily temperature checks will be a few of the protocols being implemented.


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When making decisions about classroom placements, we believe it is important to provide parents the opportunity to give input into your child’s classroom placement. The information you provide should focus on your child’s specific academic needs, preferred learning styles, or other descriptive information that will enable us to better understand your child. Along with many other factors, your input will be taken into consideration to ensure the success of your child at Pickerington Elementary.

If you would like to provide some input, please complete the Class Placement form and return it to the school office by May 7, 2021. Please remember, we do not take requests for a specific teacher. As always, our primary goal is to effectively meet the academic needs of every child who attends Pickerington Elementary.


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📚 PTO News

Wednesday, April 28th: Pickerington Elementary PTO is hosting a family night on April 28 from 4:00 - 7:00pm. All activities are outside. We are seeking volunteers for unloading, sorting, and passing out plants from the spring fundraiser, assisting with selling apparel and outdoor book fair. There will also be Kona Ice and Poppy’s Roadside Diner food trucks. All families are welcome to attend. Volunteers may sign-up for times they are available to work. Thank you for your support. Please contact Lisa Winters at rlwinters2002@yahoo.com with any questions.

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Wanna help out?

Please sign up to volunteer your time during April 28th, we would love to have you!


🚨Wanna be a part of the PTO?🚨

Now is the time to sign up and get involved with everything PTO has to offer. There are several areas where you can help out your Pickerington Elementary PTO - 2 officer positions and many chair openings for the 2021-22 school year. If you would like more information on any position, please feel free to contact either Emily Haverfield @ haverfieldt@hotmail.com or Darcie Adams @ darcieadams13@gmail.com The PTO is a great organization and we love partnering with Pickerington Elementary to help our students have a well-rounded education. We will have one last meeting May 19th, 2021 at 7:00pm to vote in officers. Thank you for all your support this year! We know it has been a different year but the students have done an amazing job with adjusting to so many changes. We could not do it without you!


If you are placing money on an e-Wallet for your child, please note the following change:

eWallet funds are no longer returned to a credit card. After the Book Fair, the balance will be available to spend at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.

Parent Pick-Up/Drop-off

Dear Parent Drop-Off Families,

The past couple of days we have allowed students to exit their vehicles before the arrival bell. This has helped with the length of the drop-off line, your wait in the line, and the students' arrival to their classrooms on time. We have appreciated your patience and being mindful of our students' safety. However, if it is raining we will NOT be letting students out early to stand in the rain. We will be following procedures as normal. Arrival is at 9:05 am. Pull up to the sidewalk, drop off (4-5 cars at a time), stay in your vehicle, and the student will walk inside the building. Your student will not be marked late during these days.

How can you help?

1. Have your student, with masks on, ready to go when you pull up to the sidewalk (very important).

2. Follow the protocols (pull all the way up before dropping off to allow 4-5 cars to drop off their student(s) at a time, have your child ready to exit, stay in your vehicle).

3. Be ready for a wait, arriving early only creates a long line that may disrupt the flow of traffic on Long or Diley and compromise the safety of all drivers and students.

4. Please DO NOT cut other vehicles off in line. We acknowledge that the line can be lengthy. Your student may also ride the bus if the morning drop-off does not work with your schedule. Petermann Busing can help you arrange transportation (614-837-8525).

News from our Nurse

Hello, Pickerington Elementary Families!

If your child is absent from school for reasons due to COVID-19, please be sure to call the School Nurse, Melanie Thompson at 614-548-1408 as soon as possible. You may also reach her by email at melanie_thompson@plsd.us

Additionally, if you have questions about the quarantine period for those family members who have tested positive or for those who have been exposed to a COVID positive person, please call the school nurse. Determining the correct quarantine period is key to preventing the spread of the virus.

Both of these are very important when recording absences and tracking COVID-19 cases in the school building. We appreciate everyone's help in assuring that we keep our school safe and our students and staff healthy.

Mobile Dentist Scheduled for May 6th

Good news! The Dentist is coming to school! The Ohio Dental Outreach will be at our school on May 6th. A form will go home with your student the week after break, or you can fill it out online at www.MySchoolDentist.com. If you have any questions please email the school nurse (melanie_thompson@plsd.us).

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"

Watch: Ask PLSD on Facebook, YouTube or our website

You asked - we answered! Our team responds to your questions about the upcoming May 4 ballot issue in our ongoing Ask PLSD video series. You can watch the latest videos on PLSD's Facebook page, on our website, or on the PLSD Communications YouTube channel.

Pickerington residents will decide the future of Pickerington Schools with the May 4 ballot issue. A rapidly growing community is leading to a rapidly growing student body and many of our schools are already at capacity. The ballot issue represents our Plan for Progress and will fund solutions to the District’s facilities needs including:

  • the construction of a new junior high school, which would allow for the subsequent redistribution of the student population to alleviate overcrowding.
  • reconfiguration of the current Ridgeview Junior High to house elementary school, middle school, and Gateway Academy (gifted) students.
  • reconfiguration of Heritage Elementary to house a special needs preschool and the Welcome Center.
  • 18-24 classrooms built at both high schools and additional cafeteria space at Pickerington High School Central.
  • All buildings would receive some updates to accommodate flexible learning environments.
  • Additions or upgrades to current junior high and high school extracurricular spaces.
  • New secure entryways would be constructed at both high schools.

If you have a question we haven’t answered yet, please send us an email to ask@plsd.us, and you may see your answer on a future video!

Information about voting is available at: www.VoteOhio.gov. Early voting began on April 6.