December 11, 2020
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!
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!
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
If you are interested in any of the committees and want more information please feel free to contact either Darcie Adams @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Haverfield @ email@example.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.
Support our PTO by purchasing your very own
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
Update from Mrs. Horsford
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.
Chief Academic Officer