February 12th, 2021
February 15th: NO SCHOOL - President's Day
March 2nd: Book Character Day (Coh A)
March 4th: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 5th: Book Character Day (Coh B)
***March 5th is the last day to order yearbooks! Do not miss out!***
March 9th: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 29th-April 1st: Spring Break
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Black History Month
We have many celebrations happening during Black History Month. Please check out the link below to read up on how PLSD is celebrating. One of my favorites is playing music from inspirational Black Americans as the students and staff begin their day. Music from The Sledge Sisters, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles among many others starts our day off right!
Check it Out!
Students have started a unit on Black History. So far they researched influential African Americans and shared their information by creating flipgrid videos. Currently, they are exploring African culture and history through, trivia games, videos, and music. They have an opportunity to do their own learning by looking for answers to Black History "challenge" questions each week. Students will continue to explore African American and black history in chronological order. Looking ahead, they will be talking about slavery, civil rights, and exploring the music and art from the Harlem Renaissance. Below you will find Mrs. Hissom's student teacher, Miss Bateman, instructing our students on the topics at hand.
Parent drop off and pick up (Important Info)
- Please have your student exit and enter your vehicle from the passenger side, if they need to exit from the driver's side the parent will need to escort them to the sidewalk.
- You may NOT park in the parking lot and escort your child into the building.
- During drop off, once the traffic line has stopped and your vehicle is in a position to let your student out on the sidewalk, please do so. We kindly ask that you do NOT wait to drop them off until you are all the way to the door.
- during pick up, please follow our teachers on duty instructions on which cone you will need to park next to in order to pick up your child.
These expectations and guidelines keep our drop off and dismissal running as smoothly as possible for all families. We thank you for your cooperation.
Attendance and Virtual Activities
Mrs. Horsford's update
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 email@example.com and she will be able to confidentially assist you and your child's needs.
Mrs. Lewis' Virtual Library!
Ms. Stewart's Counselor Corner
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Great Kindness Challenge a couple of weeks ago!!
We sent over 210 cards to frontline workers at multiple local Mount Carmel Hospitals through Seeds of Caring, we donated $341.50 to the Ronald McDonald House through proceeds from our Kona Ice of Lancaster and Buckeye City Hot Chocolate purchases, and over 200 coloring books/supplies/items were also donated to the Ronald McDonald House as well. The staff even came together and purchased shirts through a great young lady, Jordyn's Summer Shirt Project. The Pickerington Elementary community sure helped spread the kindness! Keep it up!
H.O.P.E Food Bags are still available
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in order to sign up.
Please contact Ms. Stewart if you are interested in tutoring for your students. There are a couple of options available that she can share with you. Please email at email@example.com or call directly at 614-548-1431.
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.
A reminder to those who haven’t paid your student fees for the 2020-2021 school year, please do so as soon as possible.
Each year the district assesses a fee to all students for supplies and consumable materials. The deadline for paying fees has passed. To make a payment, log in to your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. You may also send a check to the school with your student made payable to Pickerington Local Schools or PLSD. To ensure proper posting, please reference your student's name and student ID. If school fees are not paid, it will result in grades and transcripts being held until payment is received.
Here are the fees for each grade level:
Kindergarten - $19.00
First Grade - $17.00
Second Grade - $17.50
Third Grade - $22.00
Fourth Grade - $23.50
If you have questions regarding fees, please contact Pickerington Elementary at 614-548-1400 or call the Treasurer's Office at 614-833-2110.
Pickerington Elementary Staff "Shout Out"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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