Worthington Park Shark Sentinel

Friday, October 8th, 2021


Dear Worthington Park Families,

Good Afternoon Shark Families!

What an amazing week here at Worthington Park. As our students transition into the Fall and the second portion of our trimester, we are proud of their hard work and growth. We look forward to seeing many of you in person and on Zoom this week for Parent-Teacher Conferences throughout the week. Below you will find information from our building and district. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Just a reminder that Worthington Schools are closed on Friday, October 15th.

Enjoy your weekend and GO SHARKS!

-Principal Garrity



Parent Teacher Conferences

A reminder that Worthington Park will be hosting our conferences during the week of October 11th. Classroom teachers have sent out a signup genius link to select for a conference time that works for you. We are holding after-school conferences on Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th from 3 pm - 7:30 pm. Conferences can either be in person or on Zoom. Please share your preference with your child's teacher.

Reporting a case of Covid or close contact exposure

If your child tests positive for Covid-19 or has a "close contact exposure" outside of school, please complete a report at this link or call the Covid hotline at 614-450-3900.

Halloween Celebration at Park

We are excited to celebrate the Halloween Season in the coming weeks at Worthington Park. We will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 29th in the afternoon. While classroom celebrations will look different than they have due to social distancing protocols, we are bringing back our Halloween Costume Parade. Students will walk the perimeter of the back playground and show off their costumes before dismissal on Friday! Parents are welcome to attend the parade outside of the building and are not required to sign in.

We do ask families to consider the following when sending a student in/ with a costume:

  • Students must be able to put their costumes (on top of their other clothes) on their own.
  • No costumes that cover the entire face
  • Please refrain from costumes depicting violence or gore
  • No additional costume pieces such as weapons
  • Please refrain from inflatable costumes with built-in fans

We look forward to celebrating at the end of the month!

Winter Coat Drive

Worthington Park is partnering with St. Michael Church & Saint Vincent de Paul to help collect new or gently used coats and hooded sweatshirts for those in need this winter. We are accepting donations here at school untilOctober 30th. Ms. Julie has placed a Holiday Drop Box outside the Front Office.

Thanks so much for your donation!

Student School Pictures -- Tuesday, October 26

  • Retakes - If you would like your student's picture retaken, they will need to bring the original package to school on the 26th. Students will give the package to the photographer who will take a new picture and order the same package.

  • New - If your student was absent on the original picture day or is new to Worthington Park, please email Renee (rfisher@wscloud.org) & she will send home an order form with your student. On October 26, your student will need to bring this form to school with payment. You can also pay online (Promo Code: MYNAME).

Wondering How to Pay School Fees & Kdg Tuition?

In Worthington Schools, we use an online site called MyPaymentsPlus.com. To get started you you will need your Student ID# (available on Infinite Campus.)

*If you need your parent login information for Infinite Campus, click Password Recovery Link

***Need help navigating the site? Here are Parent Instructions for Infinite Campus

Just a reminder, the yearly instruction fee for students are as follows:

  • Kdg = $24
  • 1st-3rd = $42
  • 4th-5th = $36

All-Day Kindergarten Tuition is due on the 15th of each month. This is the same website that you will use when students have Field Trips in the Spring and may need to submit additional payments for those.

Special Education Parent Meeting

Worthington Schools is hosting an in-person meeting for all families who have students in our Special Education program across the district. Our meeting will be Tuesday, October 19th from 6:00-7:30 pm, at the Worthington Education Center at 200 E. Wilson Bridge Rd. We will also have future meetings in January and April!

Facilities Planning: We Need Your Feedback!

The community-led task force is considering five possible options for the next phase of the Master Facilities Plan.

Please watch the presentation, review the options and take the survey at: www.worthington.k12.oh.us/mfp2

Board of Education: Meet the Candidates Event

Get To Know the Worthington Board of Education Candidates Up for Election in November 2021. The event is on October 12, 2021 7:30 PM Via Live Stream and it will be recorded. More information in the flyer is attached!

Planning for Safety in our Schools

The safety of our staff, students, and community is always a priority in Worthington Schools

Statistics show that when staff and students within a school are prepared with knowledge and practice, they respond to emergency situations with positive results. For that reason, schools have always engaged in routines, drills and learning that support everyone’s safety.

Historically, our schools have participated in the following safety drills:

A. Fire Drills that provide knowledge about reporting fire hazards, and experience with a safe evacuation of the building using multiple exits

B. Weather Drills that provide knowledge about how to be calm and safe in the event of weather-related events (such as a tornado), and experience with locating sheltered space within the building in which safety is maximized.

C. Lock-Down Drills that provide knowledge about circumstances in which free movement in and around the building is curtailed (such as neighborhood disturbances or unruly school visitors), and experience with locking down the school perimeter, classrooms, and common areas to keep students safe in a secure area until the circumstance passes.

D. Rally-Point Drills that provide knowledge about exiting the building safely, (such as a gas leak or unsafe school visitor), and experience with walking to a predetermined safe space.

Public schools are required by Ohio law to engage in a "Full Scale" Safety Drill every three years. A "Full Scale" drill is one that combines traditionally practiced drills and will include a controlled classroom lockdown and simulated evacuation of the school, including processes to move students away from the school building in the case of the presence of danger at school.

Worthington school staff have been trained in emergency response using the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training model. Part of this training for staff included how to take additional countermeasures during a “lockdown” to facilitate students in an evacuation to a school “Rally Point” from which students could be transported to a “reunification” location to be joined with parents/guardians. Reunification points may vary, but the Worthington Education Center (WEC) would be considered first.

Prior to conducting the full scale safety drill, it is important to prepare students for participation in an age-appropriate manner.

During the month of September, our elementary Library Media Staff will be sharing an age-appropriate informational picture book with students in grades K-2. The book outlines awareness building for students and includes teaching about a school rally point, which students will locate and visit. Students in grades 3-5 have participated in this read-aloud previously. Should you like to preview the book, please reach out to your building principal.

Additionally, in the days leading up to each building’s full-scale drill, classroom teachers will lead students in an age-appropriate discussion that allows students to understand the steps involved in completing the full-scale drill. The purpose of this is to eliminate any feelings of surprise and to allow students to know what to expect.

Our schools are great communities for learning. Being prepared for unplanned interruptions is one way to build confidence for ultimate student safety. The safety of our staff, students, and community is always our priority.


All Worthington Buildings are Nut Free

Just a reminder that all buildings in Worthington Schools are nut-free as they were last year. We want to create a PEANUT/NUT FREE environments in order to protect students with life-threatening allergies. Parents and guardians are asked NOT TO PACK SCHOOL LUNCHES or send any food items to school that contain NUTS or NUT PRODUCTS.

Interested in Volunteering at Worthington Park?

Here is a link to the Worthington Schools' Volunteer Website/Badge Process which can give you more information about how to register as a Volunteer. ***If you have previously completed the background check to be a volunteer, check your picture ID badge that was given by our Human Resource Department. Each badge does have an expiration date printed.

Thank you again for being a huge part of Worthington Park Elementary and Worthington Schools!


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Help Stock the Teacher's Lounge

We would like to have a Stock the Lounge for our teachers and staff during Fall 2021 Parent/ Teacher Conference week! Our staff is so busy teaching all day, then staying late for Conferences- We love the opportunity to fill the staff lounge with easy-to-grab and eat on-the-run treats to keep the energy high!!

You can drop donated items off to my house ( 8126 Storrow) on Sunday, October 10th and I will be happy to deliver the items to the school on Monday! (Please bear in mind, Worthington City Schools are Nut-Free so please choose nut-free options! Thank you) :)

Again, THANK YOU for your support! Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns! ( Lori- 614-738-3474; kratzer.loribeth@gmail.com)


Red Robin PTA FUNdraiser Dinner

We are excited to announce our PTA FUNdraiser dinner is scheduled for 10/18/2021 at Red Robin Polaris from 4 pm-8 pm. In-person visits or ordering online. Instructions are on the attached flyer can be found here. Please consider ordering as 20% of your sale comes back to WoPark! Thank you



  • October 11-14th- Parent-Teacher Conference Week

  • October 12th- Conferences at Park from 3 pm - 7:30 pm

  • October 13th- Conferences at Park from 3 pm - 7:30 pm

  • October 12th / 13th- Book Fair during conferences

  • October 15th- No School

  • October 18th- School Safety Drill

  • October 18th- PTA Red Robin Dinner

  • October 19th- District Special Education Parent Meeting 6:00 pm

  • October 29th- Fall Celebration at Park

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