Pickerington Elementary

November 13, 2020

Pickerington Elementary

November 16th: Virtual Book Fair Begins!

November 25-27: Thanksgiving break (NO School)

Good Luck Pickerington Central Tigers Football Team!!!

Note from Mr. Z

I just cannot say enough about your students! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the young scholars here at Pickerington Elementary. Their personalities shine through their masks and their eyes give away the dedication to their learning, feelings, and of course their smiles. We all know this year has not been ideal and have differing thoughts/opinions on this school year. No matter which way you lean, the main goal remains the same....the student's emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Our teachers and staff have done an amazing job working with the guidelines to ensure a positive learning environment. Thank you families for your continued support in making sure your child is logging on and marked "present", attempting Seesaw activities, and coming prepared to learn on the days they are in the building. Every one of us has a part in shaping our youth and I couldn't more PROUD of how we ALL are coming together to make this year a success. Take care and be safe!

Mr. Zwiebel

Holiday Assistance (Deadline Approaching)

Holiday Assistance

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 kendra_stewart@plsd.us or 614-548-1431. 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).




Click to donate

Coach's Update from Mrs. Horsford

Greetings Families!

Hope everyone is well and staying safe! Hope you have found the curriculum resources that I have been sharing in our newsletters helpful. Just wanted to take some time to give you a little information about myself and my role as an instructional coach. In 1992, I began my teaching career after graduating from Nicholls State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Since then, I have taught in 4 states. The grades include kindergarten through sixth grade. In 2001, I obtained my master's degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University while living in Florida.

As an instructional coach, a few of my responsibilities include the following:

  • Supporting teachers as they implement our district's curriculum frameworks
  • Providing professional development
  • Co-teaching or modeling lessons in classrooms
  • Analyzing student assessment data during our teacher based team meetings
  • Working collaboratively with other instructional coaches and our Teaching and Learning department
  • Supporting students as they progress throughout the year

I will continue to share current and relevant curriculum updates through our school newsletter.

All the best,

Mrs. Horsford

Nurse News

Pickerington Local School District has changed the policy on when students can return after illness. Students must be fever and symptom free for 72 hours without the use of medication to return to school. This is a change from 24 hours.

Please remember to assess your child for symptoms before school each day. Do not send children to school with any of the following symptoms:

  • Temperature 100.0 degrees or higher

  • New or worsened cough

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • New or worsened nasal congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

Do not send students to school is they have 2 or more of the following:

  • Headache

  • Body aches

  • New or worsened fatigue

  • Diarrhea

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff safe during these challenging times. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions.

Melanie Thompson BSN, RN

School Nurse

Lakeview Junior High


Pickerington Elementary



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"

Mrs. Lewis' Virtual Library

Check out what is happening this month!

Virtual Library

Counselor Connection with Ms. Stewart

5 Tips to Help Kids Find Media Balance

A few simple practices that can help families keep media and tech use in check.

H.O.P.E Food Bags

Violet Baptist Church offers a Weekend Food Program. This program was created to help those families in need of meals for their children over the weekend. This is offered to our students for FREE. Each student in the house is eligible. Students will take their bags home on either Monday or Thursday, depending on which hybrid day they are here. If your student is VLA and would like to participate, you will pick up the bag(s) from the school on Thursday or Friday. Please reach out to Kendra Stewart, School Counselor by phone at 614-548-1431 or email at kendra_stewart@plsd.us in order to sign up.

Free meals at school!

We just got word from the ODE Child Nutrition Department that all meals are free through June 2021. No paperwork needs to be completed. Your student simply needs to go through the line. Please take advantage of this amazing program!

PTO News and Notes

AR Workshop Night!

Is anyone already in the Holiday crafting spirit? Preorder an ornament kit from AR Workshop AND support the Pickerington Elementary PTO!

Order directly from the link by December 2nd. Pick up your ornament to-go kit on Saturday, December 5 between 12-5 pm!

https://www. arworkshop.com/ event/?loc=pickerington&ev= 200501

November PTO meeting

November 18th is the next PTO meeting, all are welcome! For more information please contact Darcie Adams at darcieadams13@gmail.com

Virtual Book Fair

Begins on November 16th.

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


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.

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!


Gear Up!

Support our PTO by purchasing your very own

Pickerington Elementary Gear