October 8, 2021
Upcoming important dates:
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15.
October 11 - No School Kindergarten Only (All day virtual P/T conference)
October 12 - No School K-8 (Virtual P/T conference)
Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES
Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO
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.
Pickerington Education Foundation Charity
The Pickerington Education Foundation is a public charity that provides grants and matching programs for classroom opportunities and solutions; new ideas and programs to develop life skills and promote service learning across the district. Each year the Foundation host a charity dinner and auction.
The event includes dinner, drinks, entertainment, silent & live auctions, and a Reverse Raffle. It will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., at the Wigwam Event Center, 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Rd. NW, Pickerington, OH 43147. The event is a truly enjoyable and fun way to support our schools!
Tickets are $50 per person and are on sale now. To get more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/pickerington-education-foundation/
SAVE THE DATES! 📅
10/11-10/28 - Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Fundraiser Sale
10/13 - Restaurant Night - Chipotle 4p-8p
10/14 - Girls Fun Night 5p-8p
10/20 - PTO Meeting 7p
11/12 - Restaurant Night - Boston Market 5p-8p
11/16 - Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Pickup Time TBD
11/17 - PTO Meeting 7p
12/16 - Family Fun Night - Get Air
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.*
Thank you to Artica Tree Services and Smile Doctor for sponsoring Pickerington Elementary PTO! Thank you to the families for their donations to help with our PEF Tree. We appreciate and are blessed to have your support!
PTO Fundraisers 🎃 🥩
Girl's Fun Night👧🏼🎳
Want to volunteer? The PTO could use some help. Take a look at this link and sign up!
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
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month
MS. STEWART'S COUNSELOR CORNER
Gifted and Talented Testing (Second AND Third Grade)
2nd and 3rd-grade students will take the gifted and talented assessment for math and reading. Testing will take place at Pickerington Elementary October 13th for 2nd and 3rd grades(part 1) and October 14th for 3rd graders (part 2). 2nd-grade students will take the Naglieri assessment, while 3rd-grade students will take the CogAT. Assessment results will inform teachers of student achievement in comparison to other students across the country. As well, the assessment will identify the student as gifted and talented. We ask that you please be mindful of scheduling appointments around the testing window.
Ohio State Tests (Third Grade ONLY)
3rd-grade students will take the ELA OST test on Tuesday, October 26th and Wednesday October 27th. We ask that you please be mindful of scheduling appointments around the testing window.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is the nation's largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. At the elementary level we are focusing on making positive and healthy choices. You can go to https://www.redribbon.org/ to learn more.
Click on the image below to view the flyer for our Red Ribbon Spirit Week happening October 25 through October 29. Announcements will be made daily and crossword and word search puzzles will be offered as additional activities in classrooms.
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).
The social work intern, Miss Dowery, and I will be starting small group sessions in the next couple of weeks. Please refer to the form for additional information. If you feel your student could benefit from one of these groups, please complete the form. Additional information will be sent home to those students chosen to participate in the group.
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.
Parent's Guide to Student Success
THIS GUIDE INCLUDES
- An overview of some of the key things your child will learn in English/Literacy and Math in Kindergarten through High School
- Ideas for activities to help your child learn at home
- Topics of discussion for talking to your child’s teacher about his or her academic progress