Pickerington Elementary

February 18, 2022

Pickerington Elementary

Upcoming important dates:

February 21st -No School - Presidents Day

March 2nd - Virtual Learning Day/Professional Development

March 3rd - K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conference

March 8th - K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conference

March 21-25 - No School - Spring Break

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Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO

🚨 PTO new email 📨 pickelempto@gmail.com

A Message from Mr. Z

Mr. Z's Message (2/18/22)


Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Conferences will be on March 3rd and March 8th. They will be held virtually through a Google Meet. Please make sure you fill out the conference time request form and return it to your child's teacher.

Fun on TWOSday 2-22-22

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Awesome things are happening here at Pickerington Elementary that has landed us in the news! During our January Golden Stripe Ceremony, a brand new vending machine was unveiled in the cafeteria. Instead of dispensing snacks or drinks, our vending machine dispenses books. Our book vending machine made the PLSD news as well as the Columbus Dispatch. If you missed the articles you can find them below.

PLSD News Article

Columbus Dispatch Article

Pickerington Elementary promotes reading, good behavior with book vending machine

Excitement is up at Pickerington Elementary over a new vending machine in the school's cafeteria.

Rather than doling out sodas and sweets, however, this vending machine is stocked with books, which school officials hope will ply students who exhibit good behavior with stories to bolster their reading skills and fire their imaginations.

"I think it's awesome, since reading books is one of my favorite things to do," third-grader Abdulwassie Suleman said.

Fellow third-grader Erin Ampah said she now has added motivation to earn a Golden Stripe Award, recognition given to Pickerington Elementary students for positive behavior; those who earn the awards also get to select a book from the machine.

"I will try to win the Golden Stripe because that’s the only way to get a book," Erin said. "I hope to get a book from the vending machine because reading can be fun."

The $5,000 machine, unveiled Jan. 25, was purchased with money raised through a Parent Teacher Organization flower sale.

Once a month, each teacher will select a student to receive a Golden Stripe Award. That student then will be able to insert a golden token into the machine to receive a book as part of the school’s Project Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative.

The school’s PBIS motto is “We earn our stripes when we GRRR.”

GRRR stands for Grit, Respect, Responsible and Ready.

“We wanted to have something extra special for those winners, which is where the book vending machine came into conversations,” Principal Dave Zwiebel said. “The hope is to partner with our community and families to keep the vending machine stocked.”

Zwiebel said the machine can hold up to 300 books, and the initial stock also was provided by the PTO.

He added that the school is planning a book drive during Right to Read Week, which is March 1-5, and the staff will ask families to sponsor or donate new or unused books.

"We would like for our students to develop a love of reading, and the book vending machine can help with that," Zwiebel said. "The machine can provide a wide variety of books that will encourage the students to read more about a specific topic or character, which in turn will help students develop a reading habit.

"We want the gift of a book for their positive behavior to continually reinforce the intrinsic motivation that drive all of us to be well-rounded individuals.”

Third-graders Calvin Brokaw, London Towns, Janae Jordan and Micah Haverfield all said they're being extra mindful about practicing the "GRRR" principles in hopes of receiving a Golden Stripes Award.

"I think it is cool because people can keep the books that they like and get better at reading," Calvin said.

Janae added, "I think it is really surprising to have a new machine in the school building so all of the Golden Stripe winners can get more reading experience. It will help me be a stronger reader."

Zwiebel said he hopes the machine will encourage reading and good behavior, as well as help the school build partnerships with families and students.

He plans to reach out to Barnes and Noble to create a designated day annually at the company's Pickerington store to aid drives to stock the machine.

"Even if the families choose to use an online retailer, we would be able to have them 'add a note' or 'gift message' on the item and send it to us to make sure that message goes into the machine for the next generation," Zwiebel said. "This idea is the one I am most excited about and hope that our community helps it come to fruition.”



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How can you help your students reach their academic goals?

This document helps guide you thru some frequently asked questions regarding iReady, how we are using it at the school and how you can better utilize the program at home!

iReady Parent Resources

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*Dates & Times are subject to change*


3/3-3/20 - Foertmeyer Flower Sale

3/16 - PTO Meeting 7p


4/2 - Family Fun Night Chiller-Easton

4/20 - PTO Meeting 7p

TBD - Penny Wars


5/2 - Foertmeyer Flower Pickup

5/2 - Family Fun Night 5-8pm

5/19 - 4th Grade Pizza Party


Roosters Fun Cards Roosters Fun Cards are on sale for $5.00 each while supplies last. The card is good for 10% off any dine-in Roosters location, seven days a week and it expires December 31, 2022. *Cash or check to PE PTO.*


Mark your calendars for an evening of skating fun! Pickerington Elementary PTO has reserved the Chiller Easton on Saturday, April 2nd from 4:30 pm - 6:30pm just for our students. More information coming soon!

Support our school just by shopping!

Do you shop online at Walmart, Kohl's, Disney Store or even Sam's Club? Well, just by shopping at your favorite online stores you can help Pickerington Elementary earn money!💵 Your holiday shopping online will GREATLY impact our school initiatives. simply shop at the places you normally do, but go through school store first, find our school, select the merchant tab, and then find your favorite store. Thank you!

Our school code is: 169833

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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!

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 Elementary Staff "Shout Out"