Heritage Elementary

Friday, October 23rd

Building Information

Mr. Chad Rice, Principal

Mrs. Marieca Mattox, School Counselor

Mrs. Marni Dreher, School Nurse

Mrs. Katie Thielman, Building Secretary

Mrs. Lisa Karavakis, Office Assistant


10/26/20 - 10/30/20 - RED RIBBON Week

11/2/20: Gifted Testing 2nd & 3rd grade - Cohort A

11/3/20: No School K-8 Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/5/20: Gifted Testing 2nd & 3rd grade - Cohort B

11/6/20: Cohort B - The Mobile Dentist

11/9/20: Cohort A - The Mobile Dentist

11/10/20: Cohort A - Picture Day Retakes

11/13/20: Cohort B - Picture Day Retakes

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2nd grade students were soaking up the warm weather while writing closed syllable exception words outside!
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4th Grade Leaders Keeping the Playground Clean

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4th Grade Shape Poems

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3rd Grade Testing

3rd grade testing begins Monday for Cohort A, Thursday for Cohort B. Students need to bring a fully charged Chromebook for testing.

Update From Food Services

The Food Service Department is sending out negative balance letters to parents and guardians. Most of these balances are carryover balances from last year. We encourage you to pay off the balances as soon as possible. If your child wishes to purchase any extra items that are not included in the free meals they will need to have money on their account. A safe and easy way to add money to your account is by using mypaymentsplus.com.

Thank you,

Judy Riley

Supervisor of Food Service

Pickerington Local School District

90 East Street

Pickerington, Oh 43147

614-833-3645 Phone

614-833-3649 Fax

Library Book Returns

A friendly reminder about library procedures!

When students check out books, they are due the following week. Your child may return or renew their next scheduled library time.

Please help your child find a safe, clean place at home to keep his/her Library books. Make sure they are out of reach of family pets and younger siblings.

Kindergarten and 1st grade students check out one book at a time.

2nd grade students can check out 2 books at a time and 3rd/4th grade students are permitted 3 books at a time.

Fees are only charged to a student's account if a book is lost or damaged.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Mrs. Seibert

Media Aide

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Please Support Our School!

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Veterans Day Wall of Honor

Dear Families,

Our Wall of Honor will recognize veterans and current service men and women from all of our Heritage families. If your child would like to participate, attached is a yellow star for your student to complete and return to school by Monday, November 2nd. If you have multiple family or friends that your student would like to honor, please email katie_thielman@plsd.us or call Heritage office (614) 833-6385 and additional stars will be sent home. Thank you!

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Dear Parents/ Guardians of VLA Students,

At the October 12th, 2020 PLSD Board of Education Meeting, the Board determined that hybrid students (Cohorts A & B) will return to full in person learning Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning on November 16th. Wednesday will remain a virtual learning day for the remainder of the semester for these students.

The administration and the Board also decided to allow full time VLA students the opportunity to apply for a return to the face to face model based on space and availability by grade/building. While we understand the original commitment to the VLA program was for a full year, we are trying to accommodate families that are struggling with the full virtual setting. This will be the only opportunity for you to apply for your student to return to face to face learning.

In order to be fair to all parties requesting consideration to return to face to face learning, a lottery will be held for any spots available by grade/building. In order to be considered, you must submit an application for each student you are requesting consideration for. The district will be sending out a communication to the K-6 VLA families on Monday 10/19 at 8 AM along with a list of open seats available for hybrid by building/grade level. The email will also include a link to a survey that must be completed to be considered for the lottery. If you would like to be considered for having your student return to in-person learning, please be on the lookout for the email. The survey link will be open until Friday 10/23 at 4PM. If you’re content with the VLA, there will be no action needed on your part.

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PLSD has multiple classified job openings, including duty aides, health care assistants, and two full-time custodian positions. We also need substitutes in all areas, but especially custodians. If you or someone you know is interested, you can go to the Human Resources page on the district website or contact Scott Philabaum at Scott_Philabaum@plsd.us.
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Please no flip-flops or open toe shoes

Dear Families,

It is in the best interest of the students and a strong recommendation from Heritage faculty and staff that students don't wear flip flops or open toe shoes to school. Students will not be able to participate in PE if not wearing appropriate footwear and are limited to where they can play on the playground.

Thank you.

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Holiday Assistance

Dear Families,

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 or PHONE. 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).




Thank you,

Marieca Mattox (Heritage School Counselor)

(614) 548-1322 - Office Phone

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Thanksgiving Meal Assistance

Is your family in need of Thanksgiving meal assistance this year?

Local good samaritans are organizing and providing Thanksgiving meals to Pickerington families in need! The meal boxes include multiple food items for you to prepare for your Thanksgiving meal. If you are in need of Thanksgiving meals, please contact Marieca Mattox, Heritage School Counselor, by November 2nd. Information regarding pickup dates and times will be provided once you have made contact.

Phone - (614) 548-1322

Email - marieca_mattox@plsd.us

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Heritage Library with Mrs. Seibert!

Check out our October Virtual Library with Mrs. Seibert!


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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held virtually this fall.

Teachers will reach out to parents to inform them of the scheduling process.

Conference dates:

October 20th - Kindergarten only, virtual conferences (No school for kindergarten students)

October 22nd - Virtual evening conferences 4:45pm to 8:00pm Grades K-4

November 3rd - No School K - 8. Virtual parent/teacher conferences 11am - 7pm

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The Mobile Dentist

COHORT A = 11/9/20

COHORT B = 11/6/20

Dear Parent,

Great news! Our school has partnered with Smile Programs...the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care. Sign up your child today at www.myschooldentist.com.

Even better, dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.

Convenient and Comfortable

Our in-school dental program saves you time and provides a safe and comfortable place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed local professionals. Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.

Dental Care For a Healthy Life

Children who see a dentist regularly may have fewer health issues like:

  • Early tooth loss due to dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Help keep your child healthy, in school and learning.

Simply go to www.myschooldentist.com

Grade 3 ELA Ohio State Testing

If possible, please avoid scheduling appointments for your 3rd grade student during the following dates:

Monday, 10/26 Part 1 Cohort A

Tuesday, 10/27 Part 2 Cohort A

Wednesday, 10/28 VLA Part 1 and 2

Thursday, 10/29 Part 1 Cohort B

Friday, 10/30 Part 2 Cohort B

Family Resource Page

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Habit 1

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Directly email the PLSD technology department for tech support.


If you are in need of help please email asktech@plsd.us, please be sure to include as much information in the email as you can, include your name, building, a detailed explanation of the problem, if you are on a Chromebook or iPad. The more information we have the quicker we can solve the issue.

Also, remember that we have technology repair days every Wednesday and lots of information on our technology department page on the District website.

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Please click on the following link and proceed to step 5 for information about paying school fees.

Thank you.


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Counselor Connection


Dear Heritage families,

We are looking forward to another amazing year at Heritage Elementary, a Leader In Me Lighthouse School. The beginning of this year is different from anything we have experienced and as such we have incorporated some building changes in order to adhere to the guidelines. Things seem like they are continually changing and we are doing our best to stay current with all expectations from the Ohio Department of Education as well as the Ohio Department of Health. Below are the updates to the building procedures.


Bus: As students arrive they will be dismissed one bus at a time starting at 9:05. As students enter the building they will either a) go directly to their classroom or b) go to the cafeteria to get breakfast.

  • Breakfast- if your student is getting breakfast they will enter the cafeteria using the hallway entrance. Once they get their breakfast they will then proceed directly to their classroom to eat their breakfast.

Parent Drop-Off: Students that are being dropped off by their parent will enter the building starting at 9:05.

K-1st: Students will enter the building using doors marked BB

2nd - 3rd : Students will enter the building through the alley using doors marked AA

4th & Breakfast eaters: Enter the door marked B

Water bottles:Our building now has 2 touch free drinking fountains. If your student is being sent to school with a water bottle to be refilled, please make sure your student’s name is on the bottle.


Here are the student lunch times for 1st-4th grade:

4th- 11:45-12:30

1st- 12:15- 1:00

3rd- 12:45-1:30

2nd- 1:15- 2:00

Packers: if a student is bringing a lunch from home we ask that they either put it in a brown bag so that all contents can be thrown away after eating or that they have a bag in their lunch box that they can get prior to going to lunch to take with them. We are trying to avoid taking lunch boxes to the cafeteria as we no longer will have teacher classroom totes to hold lunch boxes.

Kindergarten AM dismissal-

Bus- Students will be taken by an adult to their bus pick up in front of the building.

Parent Pick Up- Parents will remain behind the buses and allow them to pick up their students first. The first parent pickup car should start at the yellow “Buses Only” sign located in front of the building. After buses have departed we will begin dismissing students one by one. Please have your neon green sign provided by Heritage Elementary visible in your windshield to help with dismissal.

Kindergarten PM arrival-

Bus: Students will exit one bus at a time and proceed to their classroom teacher located near door A (main entrance).

Parent drop off: Parents will remain behind the buses and allow them to release their students first. The first parent pickup car should start at the yellow “Buses Only” sign located in front of the building. After buses have departed we will begin dismissing students one by one.


While at recess we ask that students wear a mask when they are not able to remain socially distant. Students may be permitted to remove their mask when they can be socially distant. Students are responsible for their own mask at all times.


Parent Pick-up: Students that are going to be picked up by a parent or guardian will need to have the neon green sign provided by Heritage in the wind shield of their car. Due to social distancing guidelines, all parent pick ups will use the designated car line. Students will only be released to a vehicle in the car line. Only students designated as “walkers” at Heritage Elementary will be permitted to leave without a vehicle (designated walkers will have a different colored sign). Please do not park and walk to the door with your sign, you must remain in your car.


Students will be called to the buses from their classroom as soon as their bus arrives. Buses will only be called one at a time to avoid overcrowding in the hallways. Students are required to wear a mask at all times during dismissal as well as on the bus ride home.

Thank you all for helping us to continue to make Heritage Elementary a place where our students can be Learners, Leaders and Leave a Legacy.


Mr. Rice



Please refer to our District's homepage to find the school supply list for all Heritage students.

You can access that page by clicking here!