Toll Gate Times

December, 2020

Happy Holidays


The holiday season is now upon us and 2020 is rapidly coming to a close. It is a good time to reflect back on the many gifts we have been given. We thank you for the gift of your children who we have the privilege of working with each day. We also thank you as parents for the partnership you have helped us to create. As a staff, we feel truly blessed to be, along with you and your children, part of the Toll Gate Elementary family. We would like to extend to you our warmest wishes throughout this holiday season. However you may celebrate this most special time of year, we offer our sincerest wishes that 2021 would be a year of peace, health, and prosperity for all of you. We have much left to teach your children in the year ahead and we look forward to continuing a strong partnership with you. We hope that this season you will give the gift of time to share and enjoy your family and friends.


The Toll Gate Elementary Staff

Dates to Remember

December 2020

Dec. 18 - End of Quarter

Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Jan. 4 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Day

Jan. 5 Return to School

Jan. 18 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 20 NO SCHOOL - Innovation Day (Prof. Dev.)

Quarter 1 Chomps Champs

These are our first Chomps Champs selected 1st quarter. They are selected from each grade level as exemplar students who use the 7 habits. We will select students each quarter. Congrats!

1st Grade

Mya Gent - Steele

Maggie Cox - Gullet

2nd Grade

Kylie Shelton - Gates

Shiloh Abbiw - Iten

3rd Grade

Chloee Mathias - Shrieve/Mackey

Grant Notestone - Shrieve/Mackey

4th Grade

Sam Pacifico - Sensabaugh/Wilson

Madison Turner - Sensabaugh/Wilson

Counselor Notes

Holiday Assistance

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, along with all the joy and memories it brings. However, it is not a joyous time for all families due to financial hardship or difficult family situations. PLSD is once again partnering with the Violet Fire Department to collect toys and gift cards for families within our school district.

There are several ways to donate this year:

*The traditional big red boxes throughout the community & schools are accepting donations of new toys/gifts. Our red box will be available Monday, November 30th - Friday, December 11th for kids to drop off unwrapped toy donations.

* Gift cards are also appreciated

* Cash donations through Paypal (Link provided below)

* 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).




The deadline for online donations is Sunday, December 13th.

We look forward to another successful year!

Habits @ Home

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Nurse Notes

The clinic is in need of clothing for when the unexpected happens!

The following items are needed:

**Socks (new)- all sizes

**Underwear (new) - Boys and Girls: Small 6-8, Medium 8-10, Large 10-14

**Sweatpants (new or gently used) gender-neutral

Sizes: Small 6-8, Medium 8-10, Large 10-12, X Large 14

Tips for Keeping Your Children Healthy

During this time of year, parents are taking extra precautions to keep their children healthy. Below are some helpful tips that have been recommended by the CDC.

  1. Hand Washing: If you can, always use soap and water to wash your hands. You should scrub your hands for 20 seconds, making sure to scrub in between your fingers and your wrist area. Hand sanitizer is a great option if soap &/or water is unavailable. Choose a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and supervise your child while they are sanitizing their hands.

  1. Wear a Mask: Anyone who is older than age 2 should be wearing a mask in public spaces or around people they do not live with. Teach your child how to properly wear a mask so that they receive the best protection.

  2. Maintain Social Distancing: This one can be hard, even for adults! Remind your child to stay at least 6 feet away from children and adults who do not live with them.

  3. Cover Coughs and Sneezes: When you cough or sneeze remember to cover your mouth with a tissue, even when you are wearing a mask. Throw the tissue in the trash can and wash your hands.

  4. Finally, remember to bring your child for their well-child visits with their health care provider. Well-child visits are essential for a child’s healthy growth and development.

Weekly Sign up for Meals on Virtual Days

As of November 1st, the Food Service Department has changed the signup deadline for cohort and virtual food bags. The deadline is now every Monday at 10 am. If you would like to receive breakfast and lunch for the days your student is virtual, please click on the correct link below to sign up. Remember that this is free for ALL students, but you need to do this every week.

Virtual Learning Academy link -

Cohort A link

Cohort B link

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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.

Delanie L., Ellie H., Braden M., Isaac M., Autumn W., Xavier J., Jackson M., Scarlett B., Brooklyn L., Penelope S., Isaac T.