Pickerington Elementary

October 9, 2020

Pickerington Elementary

October 12th-23rd: Panorama survey (3rd and 4th, see below)

October 15th: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening)

October 20th: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (Kindergarten Only)

October 22nd: Picture Retakes (Cohort B) 📸😁, Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening)

October 26th-30th: 3rd grade Ohio State Testing (OST)

October 27th: Picture Retakes (Cohort A)📸😁

November 3rd: Go Vote! -Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (11 am - 7 pm)

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"

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up!

They are scheduled for October 15th, 20th (Kdg. only), 22nd, and November 3rd. All parent/teacher conferences will be virtual this year through a Google Meet.

Cohort A and B - Letters will go home with Cohort B students today and Cohort A students on Monday, October 5, 2020. Please fill out the conference time request form and return it to your child's teacher. Note: Some teachers may have you sign up a different way, but they will contact you and let you know if they do.

VLA Parents - A copy of the letter is attached for you to view. The teacher will contact you with information on how to set up your virtual conference. A copy of the letters can be seen by clicking below. Please be sure you are looking at the correct letter.

Grades 1-4


Counselor Connection with Ms. Stewart

Holiday Assistance

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 kendra_stewart@plsd.us 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 Friday, November 20th.

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).




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 kendra_stewart@plsd.us in order to sign up.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program

Pickerington Elementary would like to introduce Big Brothers Big Sisters and its school-based mentoring program. School-based mentoring assists youths in realizing their full potential academically. Bigs meet with Littles at school, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. Currently, meetings are happening virtually on the students' virtual learning days with their 'Big' as a BBBS staff member monitors the hangout. When we return to full-time in-person learning and once visitors are allowed to return to buildings, Bigs would come to our school to meet with the Little at a time that works best for the pair. These meetings are typically scheduled during lunch/recess depending on the availability of the Big. The meetings usually last about 40 to 45 minutes once per week throughout the school year.

If you think this would be a good fit for your child please contact Ms. Stewart or Ms. Smith (Intern) at (614) 548-1431 or by email at kendra_stewart@plsd.us / ashley_smith@plsd.us.

Please click the link below to learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mrs. Horsford Coach's Update

This month third-grade students throughout Ohio will take the Fall 2020, Third Grade Reading Ohio State Test (OST). Our third graders will take the test during the week of October 26 - 30, 2020. Attached are links to the Ohio Department of Education’s Students and Families’ website. They provide overviews of the test and links for student practice.


Mrs. Horsford

Ohio Department of Education - Students and Families Resource Page Ohio State Test

Third Grade Practice Test from Ohio Department of Education

Link to Online Practice Tests - Sign in as guest

Testing Month!

Testing Information

Panorama Survey (Third AND Fourth Grade)

Between October 12th and 23rd, the school counselor will go into your 3rd and/or 4th-grade student's homeroom class to proctor a 30-minute Panorama Survey. VLA students will also be asked to complete this survey. This survey is offered district-wide to students 3rd through 12th grade. The survey will provide us with social and emotional learning (SEL) information. SEL is the process through which children and adults apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These are skill sets that support college and career readiness and promote success in life.

*Please click on the attached documents to learn more about Panorama Survey and options to opt-out.



Ohio State Tests (Third Grade ONLY)

Co-Hort A 3rd-grade students will take the ELA OST test on Monday, October 26th, and Tuesday, October 27th. Co-Hort B students will take the ELA OST on Thursday, October 29th, and Friday, October 30th. VLA students will need to come into the building on Wednesday, October 28th to take both parts 1 and 2 of the ELA OST. We ask that you please be mindful of scheduling appointments around the testing window.

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 on November 2nd and 5th. 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.


Gear Up!

Support our PTO by purchasing your very own

Pickerington Elementary Gear

Sam's Pumpkin Patch:

Shop at Sams Pumpkin Patch October 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th and show your flyer with PICKERINGTON ELEMENTARY written in and Sams will donate a portion of your sale back to the school! Click on the file below to show them!

Early Dismissal Protocol

If you are planning an early dismissal, please send in a signed note OR call the school office to let us know before coming to pick up your child. This will ensure your child is ready to go at the requested time.

Also, If you need to sign your child in or out of school, please use the QR code located on the front doors. All parents are expected to walk their child to and from the main entrance when signing a child in or out of school. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow parents in the building due to COVID unless it is an emergency.

Tech Help

If seeking help or have signed up for tech help at the district office please reference the district website.


Current tech support hours AND the location at Heritage Auditorium. Parents must go to doors P and O (not District Office or The Elementary School).

This information is on the District website but we have had many students/parents come here today saying their teacher sent them.

*the current hours are only for the month of October!

Chromebook restart message

If students see a message telling them they will be logged out soon, this is because they have not turned off or logged out of their computer for some time. This can cause issues with memory among other issues. Logging out and back in should solve any issues. If they ignore this message they will be logged out by the computer. No worries, they will be able to log right back in. The worst case scenario is they may be kicked off during work they are completing.