Pickerington Elementary

January 22th, 2021

Always Learning...Don't Stop!

Hello Pickerington Elementary Family,


No matter how much you think you know, you can always learn more! Being a principal of this building has so far been an amazing experience and has taught me that I will never stop learning. As adults, we can find ourselves in a rut or simply feeling comfortable with many aspects of our lives. This week our teachers took advantage to rejuvenate their hearts and minds while attending PLSD's virtual innovation conference. The messages gave us all an opportunity to decompress with our peers, obtain amazing skills to use with our students and acknowledgment that WE ALL are doing a good job (This includes YOU too) See the video below for reference ☺️. Thank you for helping your students continue their learning alongside us. Never stop learning! One quote has stuck with me the conference. Tom Murray spoke about being personal and authentic with your interactions, while also taking care of yourself. Tom said, "Self-care is not selfish". Take care of yourselves out there today and tomorrow too!


Mr. Zwiebel aka Mr. Z

Principal


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All the feels...

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes

We are PROUD of you!

Congratulations to our PROUD award winners!


Habit 1- Be Proactive- Mikayla Danso

Habit 2- Begin with the End in Mind- Edmund McAllister

Habit 3- Put First Things First- Arjun Modi

Habit 4- Think Win Win- Alyssa Ofei- Amoh

Habit 5- Seek First to Understand Then Be Understood- Ethan Chifamba

Habit 6- Synergize- Sophia Marchan

Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw- Erica Cibulskas

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The Great Kindness Challenge


We will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge starting Monday, January 25th through Friday, January 29th. Your student(s) can participate in our different theme days along with additional activities taking place at school to promote being kind no matter where they are. If your students are participating in our theme days at home, please include @PickeringtonES in your Facebook post or tag us on Twitter @PickeringtonES


At School...

~We will be creating a “Be the ‘I’ in Kind” wall where students will place hearts on the wall with kind acts that they spot during the day.

~We will be collecting coloring books and/or supplies to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

~Kona Ice ‘hot chocolate’ will be here to help us raise money for the Ronald McDonald House as well. Students who are interested in participating will bring $3 on Tuesday, January 26th or Friday, January 29th to purchase hot chocolate with 50% of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

~Finally, we will be participating in a service project at school. We will be participating in creating “Seeds of Caring” cheer cards that will be sent out to the frontline workers at Mt. Carmel Hospitals. The Seeds of Caring organization has many additional opportunities to give back to the community, if you are interested in getting involved click here for more information.

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Mrs. Horsford's update

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4th Grade Spelling Bee Update

Based on the online qualification test, we have 5 students who will compete in the Pickerington Elementary 2021 Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 27th! Good luck to Benjamin A., Arabella D., Bedelia K., Elnathan M., and Chanden S.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children ages birth until 5 years old, no matter their family’s income. These books are typically sent out on a monthly basis. According to readingrockets.org, reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. If you are interested in signing up or learning more about this program click here.

Brrrr!

Just a reminder that Ohio weather can be sporadic and the temperature changes all the time. Please have your student wear the proper jackets and coats to ensure their comfort while playing outside during recess.


If your child needs a new coat or does not have heavy enough to block out the cold, please contact our school counselor Ms. Kendra Stewart at kendra_stewart@plsd.us and she will be able to confidentially assist you and your child's needs.

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Deadlines apporaching!


4TH GRADE PARENTS:

Then and Now Pictures for the Yearbook

If you would like to include your 4th graders' Then & Now pictures in the school yearbook this year please send them to Darcie Adams at darcieadams13@gmail.com. All pictures need to be received NO LATER THAN January 29th, 2021 in order to be included in the yearbook.


Yearbooks on sale now!

If you would like to purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook they are on sale from now until March 5th. The cost of the yearbooks are $20.00 each. You are able to order online at the following link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1147376/Pickerington-Elementary-School/2021-Yearbook/20201219042027977121/CATALOG_SHOP/


OR you could pay by cash/check and send it in a marked envelope with your student's name, teacher's name, and exact amount. Make checks payable to PE PTO. If you have any questions, please contact Darcie Adams at darcieadams13@gmail.com.

Calamity Days?

Calamity days are not school closure days as they have been in the past. Calamity days have been converted to virtual learning days. You will note that students are still required to attend school virtually from home.


All students need to log in for attendance through Infinite Campus on the calamity virtual learning day. Note that Infinite Campus may be slightly delayed for a student who would have otherwise been “in person.”


Students will be able obtain assignments via SeeSaw in grades K-4 and Google Classroom in grades 5-12 starting at 10:00 AM. Virtual work needs to be issued for the students who were scheduled to attend in-person. This is under the assumption the opposite cohort already has direction on what work needs completed on the planned-for virtual day.


All teachers will give their best attempt to arrange for and communicate with their students to attend at minimum one Google Meet session. Invites should come from the homeroom teacher. For related arts teachers, 1:00-2:00 has been reserved for Google Meets and other work with students. We are sympathetic to the adjustments families need to make for a calamity virtual learning day, but strongly encourage students to attend their Meet times if possible.


VLA will follow their normal schedule to the best extent possible. Any changes will be communicated by the classroom teacher.


Please contact your building principal or classroom teachers for further guidance or clarification.


Sincerely,


Sabrina Woodruff,

Chief Academic Officer