Heritage Elementary Weekly Blast

Friday, May 4th

Heritage Elementary

100 N. East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147

(614) 833-6385 - phone

(614) 833-6415 - fax

(614) 920-6100 - attendance line

Principal - Mr. Chad Rice

Counselor - Mrs. Marieca Mattox

School Nurse - Mrs. Marni Dreher

Secretary - Mrs. Katie Thielman

Office Assistant - Mrs. Lisa Karavakis


5/7/18 - Kindergarten eats lunch!

5/10/18 - Last Day to Charge Meals

5/11/18 - Kindergarten Mother's Day Tea

5/16/18 - Fun Day

5/18/18 - 4th Grade Statehouse Field Trip

5/22/18 - 3rd Grade Zoo Field Trip

5/24/18 - Kindergarten Graduation

5/25/18 - Last Day of School

Last Day to "Charge" Meals will be May 10


Please note that the last day students will be able to charge a meal will be Thursday, May 10.

Please check your student’s My Payments Plus account at https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/ regularly to ensure there is sufficient money to receive a meal, as well as to clear up any possible negative balance.

Kids Who Cook - 4th Annual Cookbook

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As the end of the school year approaches, I'd like to remind parents, that ALL medication must be picked up by an adult by noon on May 25th. Per school policy, I am required to discard/destroy all remaining medication, whether nonprescription or prescription, which have not been picked up. The school cannot store any medication for the following school year. New medication forms must be filled out every school year. These forms can be obtained via the Pickerington Local School District website or can be requested from the clinic. Please call the clinic with any questions or concerns.

Marni Dreher RN, MSN

School Nurse


3rd Grade News and Updates!

Spring is in the air for our 3rd graders at Heritage Elementary! We have some fun traditions coming up and wanted to let you know about our busy end of the year calendar. Please Check your child's planner and folder for our permission slip and reminders.

Tuesday, April 24 - Our chick eggs arrived! *Ask your child about our ChickQuest 4-H Project sponsored by O.S.U. Extension

Wednesday, May 16th - FUN Day

  • Thank you PTO and parent volunteers!

  • Sunscreen, hat, and towel

  • Change of clothes

Tuesday, May 15 - Anticipated Chick Hatching!

Tuesday, May 22nd - Field Trip to The Columbus Zoo

  • Level 2 volunteers needed to chaperone. Please return your form as soon as possible

  • THROW AWAY sack lunch and drink

  • sunscreen applied at home and a hat

  • no money should be brought to school


Free/Discounted Summer Programs/Family Activities for SUMMER 2018

Food programs

Summer Camps/Programs

  • Jerry Garver YMCA camp http://daycamp.ymcacolumbus.org/garver Accepts applications for subsidized fees/scholarships MUST submit application by May 15th (7am-6pm)

  • Sycamore Creek Park Summer Camp (through YMCA) http://daycamp.ymcacolumbus.org/sycamore . Accepts applications for subsidized fees/scholarships MUST submit application by May 15th (8am-4pm)

  • FREE 4 Day Art and Play through Columbus Parks and Rec 4-Day Art & Play Coming to a neighborhood near you! "4-Day Art & Play" will transform your neighborhood park for four fantastically fun days with art and physical sport activities for children ages six and older. Create individual and group art projects, possibly run a watery obstacle course or win the "Mystery Contest" of the day. Make music and invent new games or scale the climbing wall. "4-Day Art & Play" promises a different event/adventure every day. All you need to do is bring your imagination, enthusiasm and a smile. It's all FREE courtesy of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.


June 11-14 John Burroughs Park

June 18-21 Independence Park (closest to SCE)

June 25-28 Cremeans Park

July 9-12 Nelson Park

July 16-19 Alkire Woods Park

July 23-26 Weinland Park

July 30-Aug 2- Innis Park

Schedule: 9-9:30 am Registration 9:15-9:45 am Free Breakfast (18 and under) 9:45 am-1 pm Special Art and Physical Activities 1-1:45 pm Free Lunch (18 and under) 1:45-5 pm Special Art and Physical Activities 5-5:30 pm Clean-up A detailed daily schedule will be posted at playground site. Registration Monday - Thursday 9 - 9:30 am daily on site. Pre-registration not required.

  • Eastland Fairfield and Tech “Test Drive Your Future” FREE 3 day camp for grades 6-8 (not applicable to our students, but may be helpful for siblings). My son Andrew also participates in this one. An excellent camp with a variety of activities (he likes the bodyshop/mechanical courses) Registration is going on now! http://www.eastlandfairfield.com/SummerCamp.aspx

  • Ohio University Lancaster “Kids In College” Summer program- Does not offer subsidized fees, however, students with IEPs can apply to receive a scholarship to register for one or two sessions free of charge. Both of my sons participate in this program. Available for students entering 4th grade- 9th grade. Contact Maryann Lape for scholarship information 740-681-3339 or lape@ohiou.edu or complete this form KIDS IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FORM


Other activities

  • Pickerington Special Olympics (PSO Jaguars)- ALL sports/activities are free of charge. (bowling, basketball, track/field, volleyball)- Athletes also participate/compete in a free 3 DAY Ohio Summer Olympic Games at OSU (all special olympics teams throughout OSU) mid June (free room and board on campus)....PSO has events/training/games year rounds- please see me if you’d like more info. My son is an athlete with PSO and he loves it!

  • Columbus Parks and Rec P.L.A.Y Grant (for low income)- can apply to receive reduced fees for all Columbus Parks summer camps/activities. (can receive one free week of camp and reduced fee for other activitie dpending on income) https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/PLAY/

  • Columbus LEISURE Card- access to Columbus Community Centers and Pools (do not have to be a resident of Columbus). Leisure card costs $1 and just need to present the leisure card and .50 to enter Columbus pools during the summer. https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/about-us/Leisure-Cards/

  • FREE Passes to Kings Island and BOGO Columbus Zoo- Donate blood & Save Lives through American Red Cross. June 28th all day at Schottenstein Center. Will receive one free pass per donor/or donation attempt to Kings Island or Cedar Point https://www.redcrossblood.org/events/centralohio/abc6-fox28-and-qfm-blood-drive-2018

  • KIDS BOWL FREE -Register online for child(ren) to receive 2 FREE games of bowling on most days during the summer!!! https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/ The closest participating bowling alley is Tiki Bowling Lanes in Lancaster. Bowling schedule can be found and registration form can be found HERE

  • COTA Zoo Bus- ride the COTA bus to the zoo ($2/person; children $1) and show transfer ticket to receive $3 admission in to Zoo and $10 admission in to Zoombezi Bay (May 30th-Sept 4th). (regular price for zoo ranges from $14.99-19.99 for Fairfield County Residents). Schedule will be posted on COTA website soon. (note: I do this with my family at least twice during the summer to save money. I recommend driving to the Griggs Dam Park and Ride (one of the last bus stops)- only 10 minutes bus ride from zoo, but you can still take advantage of the discount.

  • Inclusive Basketball camp (NO LIMITS Basketball) at OUL $15 June 26-28 5-6:30pm https://www.ci.lancaster.oh.us/DocumentCenter/View/2965 (both of my sons are signed up for this one as well)

  • Pickerington Friday Night Flicks (FREE) around 9pm throughout the summer- bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks June 1- Despicable Me 3, June 8- The Nut Job 2, June 15- The Lego Ninjago movie, June 22- Beauty and The Beast, June 29- Beethoven, July 13- Coco, July 20- Cars 3, July 27- The Incredibles

  • Pickerington Summer Concert series (FREE) Sundays throughout the summer 7-8:30pm

Pride of Pickerington (POPs) Award Winners


Certificated Staff Member: Blythe Wood

Classified Staff Member: Bryan Moore

Congratulations to this year’s Pride of Pickerington (POPs) building-level winners!

Fourteen educators and 15 support personnel have received the 2018 “Pride of Pickerington” (POP) employee-of-the-year awards for their individual buildings. These individuals were selected by their colleagues as representing the best of the best of our talented, dedicated staff.

The 29 winners will now be considered for the district-wide Pride of Pickerington employee of the year awards. Those two winners – one certificated, one classified – will be announced at the May 21 meeting of the Board of Education. All 29 building winners will be recognized at that meeting.

These building POPs winners were selected after a nomination process that included nominations by other staff members, voting within each building, and a review of the nominations by the building principals. Criteria included how well nominees represent the district in areas such as core values, work performance, dedication, collaboration, and the Pickerington Schools mission.


You are invited to join us on May 10th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Heritage Elementary School, as Pickerington Local Schools will host our first ever TechConnect event featuring students and teachers sharing how technology is being used to support learning in our schools. The event is for all age levels and will begin in the Heritage Gymnasium showcasing a technology playground allowing all attendees to play with and ask questions about various technologies being used by our students and teachers. Featured booths include how students are using Drones, Coding, Bloxels, Ozobots, Wevideo, Virtual Reality, Google Suite, Puzzlets, Digital Clue, student news crews and more.

Following the Technology Playground, we will move to the Auditorium to watch students and teachers present projects they have completed this year. Each student will use the stage to give a 5-minute presentation to present their project. Presentations will include students and teachers from all grades bands and feature projects including first graders using Ozobots robots, elementary students creating digital books, middle school students creating podcasts, junior high students designing digital portraits, high school students creating and annotating video and more.

Additionally, we are proud to announce that the Pickerington Police Department has accepted our invitation to present a session on Digital Safety in our community.

6:00 - 6:30 Technology Playground in the Heritage Gymnasium

6:30 - 7:00 TechConnect Student and Teacher Presentations

7:00 - 7:20 Digital Saftey presented by Pickerington Police Department

7:20 - 7:45 TechConnect Student and Teacher Presentations

Please check out our TechConnect website for additional information.

Intra-District Building Transfer Request Form (Open Enrollment)

This form is for parents to request that their children be allowed to attend school in a building in a different attendance area than the one they would normally be enrolled in based on where the student lives.

This form is required to be completed on an annual basis.


Intra-District Building Transfer Request Form

Past Due School Fees

Each year Heritage Elementary purchases consumable materials for the students to use in their classrooms. These items would not be available to your student without your contribution through the nominal fees that are charged. If your student's fees are not paid in full:
  • Their 4th quarter grade card will not be sent home.
  • They will not receive an Early Placement Letter in the mail for the 18-19 school year.
  • Their records will be withheld (in the event of a withdrawal).
  • Their graduation diploma will be withheld.

Online payments can be made through the Parent Portal using checking or credit/debit card. All financial information goes through Vanco Services, a contracted secure third party processing merchant. No personal financial information is maintained by the District.

Fees are still payable in person at Heritage or mailed to the Treasurer's Office:

Pickerington Local Schools

Treasurer's Office

90 East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147


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