Pickerington Elementary

December 11, 2020

Pickerington Elementary

December 18 End of 2nd Grading Period

December 21-Jan 1 No School, Winter Break

January 4 No School, Teacher Record Day

January 18 No School, Martin Luther King Day

January 20 No School, Professional Development Day (Innovation Day)

Take a Holiday "Field Trip"

We wanted to share this Holiday Celebrations Guide, from the Ohio Department of Health, as a resource for parents and students to learn about Holidays Around the World. Help your kids learn about festive traditions from around the world. Thanks to Violet Elementary "Violet Views" for the article and idea.

Virtual Family Reading Night!

Dear Pickerington Elementary Families,


We would like to invite you to our 1st Virtual Family Reading Night! The event will take place from December 21st - January 4th. You can complete the activities at your own pace in your own space! If your children are restless or bored over winter break, this is the perfect solution to keep them engaged.


Please visit the link https://bit.ly/FamilyReadingPE to access all of the online activities. The theme is “Winter Fun,” and the reading activities celebrate the traditions of the Pickerington community.


Please make sure to complete the Exit Ticket (Google Form) linked in the presentation. There will be a “prize pack” drawing from all completed Exit Tickets on Friday, January 8th!


If you have questions, please contact your Pickerington Elementary Reading Service Team Teachers: Mrs. Bowman, Mrs. Klamo, Mrs. Gutzeit, Mrs. Wolfinger & Ms. Hennessy, Mrs. Horsford, or Ms. Woodward (Chairperson).

Have fun and keep reading over break!

Pickerington Elementary's "Winter Wonderland"

Pickerington Elementary along with the PTO are working together to raise money for the Violet Township Firefighters’ Toy Drive. During the three weeks between Thanksgiving break and Winter break, we will be offering fun opportunities for students. These activities will be pay-to-participate in order to raise money for holiday assistance. All proceeds will be donated to the Violet Township Firefighters’ Toy Drive. Please see the flyers below!

Winter Wonderland

Click to donate to the VTFD Holiday Toy Drive

PTO News and Notes


Did you know you can become a member of the PTO?

find out more here


Make sure to follow our PTO on their NEW Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/PickElemPTO


Committee Heads needed/Volunteers

We are excited to announce we have many spaces available to help our children at the PTO! We are currently looking for and AP Treasurer and need Chairs for the following Committees:


Family Fun Night

Kids Care Club

K.I.S.S. Luncheon

Movie Nights

Staff Appreciation

Walk-a-thon

Super Games


If you are interested in any of the committees and want more information please feel free to contact either Darcie Adams @ darcieadams13@gmail.com or Emily Haverfield @ haverfieldt@hotmail.com The PTO is an amazing organization that provides so many fun opportunities for your students. Even if you would not like to be a Chairperson we are always looking for volunteers throughout the year. Please join the Pickerington Elementary PTO to find out more about those opportunities.


Gear Up!

Support our PTO by purchasing your very own

Pickerington Elementary Gear

Counselor Connection with Ms. Stewart

Tips for Handling a Hectic Holiday


Here are a few tips to head off that hectic holiday feeling and help you enjoy the season. Balance that long to-do list with these self-care techniques to reduce stress and increase your sense of joy.


  • Don't over-schedule to prevent from getting overwhelmed
  • Exercise – it is a mood booster and gives you more energy
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Enjoy nature for your mental and physical well-being
  • Listen to music as it is calming and good for your heart
  • Love on an animal to ease loneliness and reduce anxiety
  • Establish a budget and stick with it – overspending causes stress
  • Don't compare your holidays with others, especially on social media

Mrs. Lewis' Virtual Library

Check out what is happening this month!


Virtual Library

Update from Mrs. Horsford

Update from Mrs. Horsford

Calamity Days?

Calamity days are not school closure days as they have been in the past. Calamity days have been converted to virtual learning days. You will note that students are still required to attend school virtually from home.


All students need to log in for attendance through Infinite Campus on the calamity virtual learning day. Note that Infinite Campus may be slightly delayed for a student who would have otherwise been “in person.”


Students will be able obtain assignments via SeeSaw in grades K-4 and Google Classroom in grades 5-12 starting at 10:00 AM. Virtual work needs to be issued for the students who were scheduled to attend in-person. This is under the assumption the opposite cohort already has direction on what work needs completed on the planned-for virtual day.


All teachers will give their best attempt to arrange for and communicate with their students to attend at minimum one Google Meet session. Invites should come from the homeroom teacher. For related arts teachers, 1:00-2:00 has been reserved for Google Meets and other work with students. We are sympathetic to the adjustments families need to make for a calamity virtual learning day, but strongly encourage students to attend their Meet times if possible.


VLA will follow their normal schedule to the best extent possible. Any changes will be communicated by the classroom teacher.


Please contact your building principal or classroom teachers for further guidance or clarification.


Sincerely,


Sabrina Woodruff,

Chief Academic Officer

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"