Toll Gate Times

November, 2019

Ms. Kristi Motsch, Principal

Toll Gate Elementary

12183 Toll Gate Road

Pickerington, Ohio 43147


Letter From The Principal

TGE is proud to be a Leader in Me School. Students learn and grow through the 7 effective habits identified by Stephen Covey as promoting student success. Talk with your child about which habits they see as strengths in themselves. The 7 habits are:

v Be Proactive

v Begin with the end in mind

v Put first things first

v Think Win Win

v Seek First to Understand and then to be Understood

v Synergize

v Sharpen the Saw

v All Habits together allow students to Find Their Voice.

Our journey began five years ago when our staff began training and preparing to become a Leader in Me School. Through book studies, formal training, and school site visits we learned more about the powerful impact of students recognizing their strengths as leaders. I can truly say that over the last five years, students are more involved in their learning by goal setting, data tracking, and identifying their strengths. We received Lighthouse Status in 2017, making us an exemplar Leader in ME School. This year we have made family engagement a priority. Look for our monthly “homework assignments” on the 7 habits to complete as a family. All students who complete these will be entered into a drawing for popsicles with the principal. We look forward to continuing this educational journey with your family.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch, Principal

Growing Leaders

Important Dates

Toll Gate Elementary


November 2019

Nov. 5 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Develoopment

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day - Wear red, white & blue - Students may invite a Veteran to lunch

Nov. 21 - PTO Meeting @ 7 pm

Nov. 22 - TGE Carnival

Nov. 27-29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 11 - Two Hour Delay - Professional Development

School day as follows:

Gr. 1- 4 - 11:15 am - 4:5 pm

AM Kndg. - 11:15 am - 1:15 pm

PM Kndg. - 2:00 pm - 4:05 pm

Dec. 23- Jan. 3 - NO SCHOOL - Holiday Break

Jan. 6 - Classes Resume

Counselor Notes

Holiday Assistance

Pickerington Schools are teaming up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.

If you would like to complete an online form for holiday assistance this year, please contact Mr. Drake Phone: (614)834-6315 or E-Mail:

The request link will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner; however, the information will be shared with local agencies. More details will be shared with those families requesting holiday assistance. Please remember that we will only be able to supplement your holiday. The online form must be completed by Friday, November 22nd.

Dad’s Basketball:

We have Dad’s Basketball on Tuesday nights at 8 PM for any Dads of Toll Gate Elementary School. Due to space, this is limited to Dads only. Please refrain from inviting other friends or children. Hope to see you next Tuesday night.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask Mr. Drake - School Counselor

Phone: (614)834-6315


News From The Nurse

Dental News from the School Nurse:

The Smiles Program Mobile Dentist is coming to Toll Gate Elementary on Wednesday, December 4, 2019!

Dental care remains the greatest unmet health need among U.S. children. Over 50% of children have a cavity, which can cause pain leading to missed school.

Enrollment forms will be sent home with your child as soon as they are available. To take advantage of this convenient opportunity and have your child see the dentist at school, please fill out and sign the enrollment form and return it to the school with your child. If you have not received a form, please contact the school and ask for one to be sent home with your child. Together, we can keep our children healthy, in school, and learning!

In good dental health,

Tami Tackett, RN, BSN, School

G.O.O.D. Students

Our 4th grade students participate annually in the G.O.O.D. (Going On Or Defeated) program. Ron Derry, former educator, discusses his handicap with the students and talks to them about the decision he had to make when he lost his sight. He could either go on or be defeated. He encourages the students to always try their best and each 9 weeks one student who exemplifies the spirit of this program is chosen from each classroom to receive a G.O.O.D. t-shirt. The students chosen for this 9 weeks are: Sydney M.,Gabriella W.,Varsha R.,Kamryn T.,Maki K.,& Josh C. Congratulations!

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.

Ava S. Quinn M. Lydia P.

David A. John A. Beckett W.

Karver N. Stella S. Caleb K.

Bella H. Charlotte F. Jayden K.

Maddie G. Delanie L. Cali H.

Mia M. Ava R. Penelope A.

Luke M. Lia K. Aarav A.

Emma C. Addison B. Levi R.

Courtland S. Olivia S.