Pickerington Elementary

January 15th, 2021

Pickerington Elementary

January 18 No School, Martin Luther King Day

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

Did you know?

Pickerington Elementary is designated as a wetlands site? We have many animals visit our students (from a distance of course) during their recess time. We are very lucky to have our school located in an area where the local wildlife feels comfortable to check up on us from time to time. One little owl visited us yesterday...maybe he heard about our amazing students too!

Ms. Stewart's counselor connection

The Great Kindness Challenge


We will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge Monday, January 25th through Friday, January 29th. Your student(s) can participate in our different theme days along with additional activities taking place at school to promote being kind no matter where they are. Click here to view the flyer of each theme day and additional activities.


If your students are participating in our theme days at home, please include @PickeringtonES in your Facebook post or tag us on Twitter @PickeringtonES


At School...

~We will be creating a “Be the ‘I’ in Kind” wall where students will place hearts on the wall with kind acts that they spot during the day.

~We will be collecting coloring books and/or supplies to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

~Kona Ice ‘hot chocolate’ will be here to help us raise money for the Ronald McDonald House as well. Students who are interested in participating will bring $3 on Tuesday, January 26th or Friday, January 29th to purchase hot chocolate with 50% of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

~Finally, we will be participating in a service project at school. We will be participating in creating “Seeds of Caring” cheer cards that will be sent out to the frontline workers at Mt. Carmel Hospitals. The Seeds of Caring organization has many additional opportunities to give back to the community, if you are interested in getting involved click here for more information.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children ages birth until 5 years old, no matter their family’s income. These books are typically sent out on a monthly basis. According to readingrockets.org, reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. If you are interested in signing up or learning more about this program click here.

Mrs. Horsford coach's update

Big picture

4-H Opportunities

Take a look at the flyers to learn more about the opportunities for your child to get involved with 4-H.

Class photos

Class Composites are now available to order! Get yours today at inter-state.com/order. Use Order Code 56399GQ. These are available until 02/17/2021 at 11:59 pm.

Brrrr!

Just a reminder that Ohio weather can be sporadic and the temperature changes all the time. Please have your student wear the proper jackets and coats to ensure their comfort while playing outside during recess.


If your child needs a new coat or does not have heavy enough to block out the cold, please contact our school counselor Ms. Kendra Stewart at kendra_stewart@plsd.us and she will be able to confidentially assist you and your child's needs.

Pickerington Elementary 4th Grade Spelling Bee 2021

Dear Families of 4th Grade Students,


This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Pickerington Elementary to host a school spelling bee program, whether your children are learning in classrooms or remotely from your homes. Participation is completely optional this year.


  • We will hold the first level of competition, the qualification stage, through an online spelling test. The first step to spelling bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com. Enter our zip code (43147) and select our school (Pickerington Elementary).


  • Please see the attached instructions to walk you through the online registration and spelling test process.


  • Once you have registered, I will be able to assign the 4th Grade spelling test to your child. Your child must complete the 25-word test before January 20th.


  • Again, the first step to spelling bee participation is to register at https://online-test.spellingbee.com Please register on or before January 11th as I will begin assigning tests to students soon.


  • The 10 students with the highest scores will be notified and will move on to compete at the school-level bee. This year, our 4th Grade Spelling Bee will take place at school on Wednesday, January 27th in the cafeteria at 3:00. Only the 10 spelling bee contestants (VLA and Hybrid students) and a small number of staff members as bee officials will be in attendance. Due to COVID restrictions, this event will not have an audience. Families will not be allowed in the building, but they may drop off the bee participants at the front doors of the school from 2:30 to 2:45 and pick them up at the conclusion of the bee from 3:45 to 4:00.


Our school champion will then move on to represent Pickerington Elementary in the regional spelling bee at Ohio University on a weekend date to be determined in February or March. The next stage of competition may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.


Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. I look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!


Sincerely,


Ms. Melissa Woodward

PTO News


4TH GRADE PARENTS:

Then and Now Pictures for the Yearbook

If you would like to include your 4th graders' Then & Now pictures in the school yearbook this year please send them to Darcie Adams at darcieadams13@gmail.com. All pictures need to be received NO LATER THAN January 29th, 2021 in order to be included in the yearbook.


Yearbooks on sale now!

If you would like to purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook they are on sale from now until March 5th. The cost of the yearbooks are $20.00 each. You are able to order online at the following link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1147376/Pickerington-Elementary-School/2021-Yearbook/20201219042027977121/CATALOG_SHOP/


OR you could pay by cash/check and send it in a marked envelope with your student's name, teacher's name, and exact amount. Make checks payable to PE PTO. If you have any questions, please contact Darcie Adams at darcieadams13@gmail.com.

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"

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