PICKERINGTON ELEMENTARY NEWS

November 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

P.R.O.U.D. Winners

During our October PTO meeting, seven students were our first of the year to be recognized for being chosen as school leaders for a month, September. Each of the students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described in the book, The Leader in Me, by Steven R. Covey and in the series of books titled, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, by Sean Covey. Each student demonstrated what a highly effective leader looks like. During the meeting, students were given a leadership T-Shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to Gabrielle G., Caleb B., Landon T., Peyton O., Cameryn F., Cecilia A., and Zekaryah O.

Walk-a-thon Top Earners

Our PTO sponsored walkathon went very well on 10/4/19. Students who won prizes for being top earners are: Chanden S., Samuel M., Carson O., Zack R., and Paige Y. Thanks to all of you and your families for helping us raise money for our school.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We had a great response to our parent/teacher conferences that were held this past month. Thank you family members for partnering with us in your child's education.

COUNSELING NEWS

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Holiday Assistance

Dear Families,


The holidays are quickly approaching along with all the wonderful memories made during this special time of the year. The holidays are an enjoyable time with family and friends, however, that does not mean that they are not stressful! I realize some families may need some extra assistance providing a more memorable holiday for their children. Pickerington Schools are teaming up once again, with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.


For those out and about during the holiday season, you may see big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools. If you would like to donate a new toy/gift for the holiday season it can be placed in the big red boxes. Gift cards are also appreciated. If you would prefer to donate in other ways, please let me know.


If you would like to a request form for holiday assistance this year, please contact me at kendra_stewart@plsd.us or (614) 548-1431. The request form will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner; however, the information will be shared with local agencies. More details will be shared with those families requesting holiday assistance. The forms must be turned into a Pickerington school counselor by Friday, November 22nd.


Best Wishes,

Kendra Stewart

Pickerington Elementary School - PLSD

School Counselor

FROM THE OFFICE

Notes - Please remember to send notes in with your children when they will be leaving early for appointments. This allows the teachers to be prepared and to have them ready to go at the designated time. Thank you!


Cold Weather Preparations - Students continue to go outside during the winter months when weather permits. Children should always come to school prepared for outside recess, wearing coats, hats, gloves, etc. Remember to listen to your radio or watch television for weather-related school closings and delayed openings. You may also sign up for text alerts by going to the Pickerington Local School District website and following the directions. On a two (2) hour delay, morning kindergarten times are 11:15 am to 1:15 pm and afternoon kindergarten is from 1:55 pm to 4:05 pm.

School Fees

The final deadline for paying 2019-2020 student fees is November 15, 2019. For details regarding any outstanding student fees or to make a payment, log into your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. You can also stop into the school office to make a payment. All checks and money orders should be made payable to Pickerington Local Schools or PLSD. To ensure proper posting, please reference your student's name and student ID.


If you have questions regarding fees, please contact Pickerington Elementary at 614-548-1400 or call the Treasurer's Office at 614-833-2110.

K.I.S.S. Luncheon

Our KISS Luncheons, Kids Invite Someone Special, are planned for families to enjoy a school lunch together. Please mark the date on your calendar from the schedule below. We hope you can join us.


November 8, 2019 - Miss Henne, Mr. DiCerbo, Mr. Friedrich, Mrs. Stemm


November 15, 2019 - Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Klipa, Ms. Kovar, Mrs. Brockwell


March 13, 2020 - Miss Manalac, Mrs. Bryan, Mrs. Schaar, Mrs. Hissom


March 20, 2019 - Mrs. Gutzeit, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Wolfinger

NEWS FROM THE CLINIC

Clothing - We really appreciate the clothing that parents have donated to the clinic. Thank you for your generosity. We're still low on pants, especially those with elastic waistbands. If you have any that your child has outgrown, feel free to send them our way. The clinic is also in need of underwear. Please consider donating packs of NEW underwear to our students in need. Also, if your child has borrowed clothing from the clinic, please wash and return them.


Taking Care of a Cold - Most people get several colds a year. You cannot completely avoid them, but you can reduce the chances by keeping your hands away from your face and washing your hands frequently. The common cold is caused by viruses and lasts 7-14 days. It usually starts with a sore throat, sneezing, and runny nose. You may have a mild fever or a headache, stuffy nose, and thicker yellowish mucous. Stuffy ears and sinus pressures around the eyes, forehead, and cheekbones may develop.


Flu Season is right around the corner. Don't forget to get your flu shot.

NEWS FROM THE CAFETERIA

Are you looking for a way to earn money while your kids are in school, and be off with them when they’re out of school? Well, working as a substitute for PLSD in the food service department is the perfect solution!


We are looking for friendly, reliable people to work in our department. No food service training? No problem! We train you. Please call 614-833-3645 for more information. To apply, visit the Pickerington Local School District website and fill out an application on Applitrack for substitute cook.

Mrs. Horsford's Instructional Coach Curriculum Updates

Greetings Families!

The 1st Quarter of school has ended and we are into the 2nd Quarter. Students have been working hard using the i-Ready program for reading and math online instruction. In ELA (English Language Arts), 1st - 4th grade students are now into module 2 of the Great Minds/Wit and Wisdom reading program. Below are the themes:

  • 4th Grade - "Extreme Settings" - Students will explore extreme environments by examining setting through the following texts: Mountains, SAS Survival Handbook, Hatchet and Fallwater(Art).
  • 3rd Grade - "Outer Space" - Students will explore space through the following texts: One Giant Leap, Moonshot, Starry Messenger, and a few others.
  • 2nd Grade - "The American West"- Students will explore the early American West and the challenges through the following texts: John Henry, The Buffalo are Back, The Story of Johnny Appleseed and a few others.
  • 1st Grade - "Creature Features" - Students will explore the features of animals through the texts, Never Smile at a Monkey, Seven Blind Mice, Seahorse, and a few others.
In kindergarten, teachers and students will continue to focus on print features, rhyming and blending words,retelling stories, and identifying characters, setting and major events. They will begin to write narratives.

COSI

Although COSI is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during the fall and winter, they plan to open this year on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. COSI will be open on election day so students and families can enjoy a fun, educational day while they're off school. They will be open from 10 am - 5 pm.

Right to Read Week

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Family Reading Night/Movie Night

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Animal Shelter Collection

In the spirit of giving for the month of November, please don't forget our furry friends:) The Tiger Paws Tiger Team will be collecting items for local animal shelters. Some items we are looking for are: blankets, towels, food, treats, toys, leashes, shampoos, brushes. Please have your child bring all items to school by Tuesday November 26.

Pickerington Schools College and Career Night

It's never too early to start building foundations for your child's college and career! Join us Wednesday, Nov. 13, - 8:00 pm, Ridgeview. Join us and start the planning process at this event designed specifically for Pickerington junior high and middle school students (with their parents). You may purchase dinner at food trucks on site. Non-perishable food items will be collected at the door to support the Pickerington Food Pantry.

Dates to Remember

November 5

No School - Professional Development Day


November 27 - 29

No School - Thanksgiving Break


December 11

2 Hr Late Start - Professional Development


December 23 - January 2

No School - Winter Break


January 3

No School - Records Day


January 6

Classes Resume