November 5, 2021
Upcoming important dates:
November 5 - School Store Fundraiser begins!
November 18th - Mobile Dentist
November 22nd - Barn Hill Animal Preserve
November 24-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES
Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO
Message from Mr. Z
Dear Parent Drop-Off Families,
I am sure you have all enjoyed seeing me standing outside to ensure the safety of our students. Overall I have been very pleased to see most families using the drop-off line. This is by no means a way to say "gotcha" but rather a way to remind everyone of the protocols we have in place to keep our students safe. I understand that life happens and you may be in a rush or a few minutes late, which is understandable. Just give us a call if you need to talk about a special circumstance. I just want us all to remember that everyone's time is just a valuable as the next. Please practice kindness and understanding while dropping your students off. A few areas where I see we as a school community could improve upon would be:
1. Use the proper exits after your child has been dropped off....you know what I mean.
2. Arriving past the time of our late bell (9:15) we give a minute buffer here and there, but please plan on having your student in the door by 9:15 am.
3. If you are in the drop-off line by 9:15 am you will be fine, but if you arrive after that point we will need you to sign your student in at the front.
4. Please say your goodbyes, have a great day, hugs and kisses, while waiting to drop off, when you wait to give that extra love right when you drop off it stalls the process. Our goal is to get the kids safely into the building, quickly, and without incident.
Please do not park and walk your student to the front of the building, the drop-off point is at the side of the building. Also please be mindful of how you are exiting the school premises within your vehicle. You may ONLY turn left out of the exit furthest from Diley road. This helps keep the flow of parents exiting our parking lot smooth, which allows for parents in the drop-off line to actually pull into our lot. This really does not take any more time and helps the process so much! Thank you all for your cooperation.
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.
Pickerington Schools are once again teaming up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.
In need of assistance?
Request an online form for holiday assistance by contacting me at email@example.com or 614-548-1431. The request link will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner with more details from your school counselor. Please remember that we will only be able to supplement your holiday. The online form must be completed by Monday, November 23rd.
Wanting to donate?
There are several ways to donate this year:
The traditional big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools accepting donations of new toys/gifts.
Gift cards are also appreciated.
Cash donations through Paypal.
Another way of donating this year is through Amazon and Target. If you would prefer to donate in this way, click on the links below. Be sure to ship to Violet Township Fire Department Toy Drive (address will appear as an option).
Lost and found!
🦷 The Mobile Dentist is coming November 18th 🦷
Year long fundraiser with School Store
Today, your child is bringing home a Parent Information Envelope letting you know about a safe and easy way for our school to raise funds for essential tools our students and teachers need to succeed.
The SchoolStore fundraiser is 100% online so there is no face-to-face selling, handling money, or delivering products. Your participation will take less than 12 minutes, and there are exciting prizes to make it fun for the students.
Here is all you need to do to participate:
1. Go to https://www.schoolstore.net/sid.t?0000169833 to sign up.
2. Send form emails inviting family, friends and co-workers to support your child.
3. Return the Envelope with the Student Prize Code to school for your child to get their fun participation prize.
Be sure to ask your child for the Parent Envelope tonight. Your participation will make a difference for our school and teachers!
Pickerington Elementary School
To sign up:
go to schoolstore.net
Our school code is: 169833
Shop at Schoolstore.com
This program will run all year and will help Pickerington Elementary keep our PBIS initiatives like Stripes' GRRR buck store, as well as teacher support and appreciation. Thank you for always supporting our school!
Barn Hill Animal Preserve
Barn Hill Preserve strives to educate students about animals from wild places across the world by bringing the zoo to your school! Our enthusiastic animal experts, who are experienced in the fields of wildlife rehabilitation, zoological conservation, and captive breeding programs, will give a FREE 45-minute presentation at your child’s school where they will learn about our awesome Animal Ambassadors! By purchasing an optional photo or merchandise item, you can help provide care to our Animal Ambassadors. 100% of profits from our Adventure Squad bracelets are donated to support wildlife rehabilitation in Australia. Please visit our Facebook
page Barn Hill Preserve of Delaware for more information, including sample photos of the photos and merchandise you can order! To order online visit www.barnhillpreserve.com When ordering online please turn in a copy of the receipt to the classroom teacher prior to the presentation.
*ALL students must have a signed permission slip in order to attend.
Did you Move?🏡
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.
SAVE THE DATES! 📅
*Dates & Times are subject to change*
11/12 - Restaurant Night - Boston Market 5p-8p
11/16 - Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Pickup Time TBD
11/16 - Family Fun Night 5:30-7:30p
11/17 - PTO Meeting 7p
12/16 - Family Fun Night - Get Air
1/4 - 1/31 - Yearbook Sale
1/19 - PTO Meeting 7p
2/10 - Boys Fun Night 5p-8p
2/16 - PTO Meeting 7p
3/3-3/20 - Foertmeyer Flower Sale
3/16 - PTO Meeting 7p
4/20 - PTO Meeting 7p
TBD - Penny Wars
TBD - Foertmeyer Flower Pickup
5/19 - 4th Grade Pizza Party
5/20 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Roosters Fun Cards Roosters Fun Cards are on sale for $10.00 each. The card is good for 10% off any dine-in Roosters location, seven days a week and it expires December 31, 2022. *Please make sure you turn in the payment with the form.*
Spirit Wear orders came in! Teachers have them and should be handing them out. If you have any questions or have any issues with not getting your order, please reach out to Darcie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Eden R. Sarver with HER Realtors, Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home, Rutherford Autobody, Marquard Dental, and Compassionate Care Animal Hospital for sponsoring Pickerington Elementary PTO! We appreciate and are blessed to have your support!
Family Fun Night
Stripes, GRRR, Bucks??? What is all this?
Pickerington Elementary is excited to announce a new Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative that has started this school year. Our goal is to encourage students to show Grit, and be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready while here at school. When our students demonstrate GRRR characteristics, they will have the opportunity to earn:
A Golden Stripe; once a month, one student per class will be nominated by their teacher.
A Pennant Stripe; once a week, three to five students per class will be nominated by their teacher.
GRRR Bucks; throughout the day, all students will be able to earn and then later spend at the Stripes Store.
Once a month students will have the opportunity to spend GRRR bucks at our Stripes Store. The store will include prizes such as fidgets, pop-its, squishy balls, erasers, slap bracelets, board games, and coupons (think Rule 3 prizes!). Students have also requested food items such as Takis, Cheetos, little bags of cookies, fruit snacks, and candy to be available at our store. If there are items that you would prefer your student not “purchase,” please email your respective homeroom teacher.
If you would like to donate to the Stripes Store, feel free to have your student bring items to the office or click here for Pickerington Elementary’s Amazon Wishlist.
PLSD NEEDS YOU!
PLSD has a critical need for substitute paraprofessionals, health care assistants, duty aides, custodians, and food service employees! Do you love working with kids? Do you need a job that will work around your schedule? If so, please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/pickerington/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute+Positions&fbclid=IwAR0WbQ0l5J_O4KbMRDbQsHphmBptPL5rS5W1pC_yQp8u_QpXTSgLZClEUgE
MS. STEWART'S COUNSELOR CORNER
Thanksgiving Meal Assistance Available
Local community members are interested in donating Thanksgiving meals to other Pickerington families. This is a confidential donation, neither the names of donors or recipients will be shared. Due to the amount of food in the box, an adult will need to be available to come and pick it up from Pickerington Elementary on Monday November 22nd or Tuesday November 23rd. The pick up time is to be determined and will be communicated closer to that date.
If you are interested in receiving a Turkey dinner, please contact me at Phone:(614)548-1431 or email email@example.com by November 15th.
Please let me know how many family members live in your house so we can make sure the appropriate amount of food is boxed.
H.O.P.E Food Bags
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.
NEWS FROM THE NURSE
STAY HOME WHEN FEELING ILL AND/OR EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS
We are seeing an increasing number of students coming to school with symptoms such as a cough, headache, sore throat, cold symptoms, ear ache, fever, stomach issues, etc. It is VITAL that you keep your child home if he/she is feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of an illness to help us prevent the spread of ALL illnesses in our classrooms. We need everyone's help to keep our students healthy.
Also, just a reminder that you should not send medications to school with your child. Students are not permitted to carry over the counter or prescription medications in their book bag. If your child needs medication during the school day please complete the corresponding form and bring the medication to the school. Thank you for your cooperation.
COVID-19 HOME TEST KITS
Please see the following guidance for at home Covid-19 test kits:
BinaxNow Antigen Card or Ag Card (these tests are given out by schools, libraries, churches, other places too)
Require an app to be downloaded and to be done in conjunction with a telehealth visit.
When done properly with the telehealth visit, this can be accepted as a positive test at school. Or if negative, when tested between days 5 and 7, can be accepted to end quarantine on day 8.
These results should come up in the app, and a screenshot can be sent to the School Nurse.
If the test is not completed with telehealth (we see this is if someone doesn’t download the app, just tests themselves) we cannot accept these results (positive or negative) as they were not proctored in the manner in which they were intended/approved.
Self Tests (BinaxNow Self Test, Ellume or some other brands)
Available over the counter at places like CVS or Walgreens where there is no app to be downloaded or telehealth visit component
Cannot be accepted as a negative for someone who is trying to end their quarantine after day 7. The packing inserts indicate that they are not designed for that type of situation where a proof of negative is required
If they were to test positive using one of these tests, please contact your Health Care Provider.