Ms. Kristi Motsch - Principal

Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents:

Spring is definitely in the air and, with it, many important dates. It is hard to believe but summer is just around the corner and we have already started planning for the next school year.

Third and fourth grade testing dates are listed in this newsletter and we ask that you please make sure that your child arrives on time to school these days. Students arriving late will be unable to go to their classroom until testing is completed. We also ask that you avoid scheduling appointments in the morning on testing days.

Earth Day is April 22 and we want to encourage everyone to recycle all paper products in our recycling bin. Please help our school by recycling all paper products in the recycling bin located in our parking lot! We cannot accept phone books, food containers, cardboard or laminated paper.

Enjoy the sunshine and warm weather with your family.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch

Mrs. Kristi Motsch

Happy Spring!


APRIL 2019

  • April 3 - 2 Hour Late Start-Professional Development Day
  • April 15-18 - AIR Testing
  • April 19 - NO SCHOOL
  • April 22 - NO SCHOOL- Professional Development
  • April 23-26 - Air Make-up
  • April 26 - Carnival 5:30-8:30 p.m. - Calling all Volunteers!!


3rd Grade - AIR - ELA - April 15th - Part 1

April 16th - Part 2

4th Grade - AIR - ELA - April 17th - Part 1

April 18th - Part 2

3rd Grade - AIR - MATH - April 29th - Part 1

- April 30th - Part 2

4th Grade - AIR - MATH - May 2nd - Part 1

May 3rd - Part 2

Reminder: May 24 is our last school day!!

Early dismissal - 2:05 p.m.

AM KG: 9:15-11:00 a.m. PM KG: 11:50-2:05 p.m



The end of the school year is quickly coming upon us and we have reviewed our records regarding unpaid fees. If you have not paid your school fees this year, please do so as soon as possible.

KG- $19.00

First - $17.00

Second - $17.50

Third - $22.00

Fourth - $22.00

Your child’s fees can be viewed in the parent portal. For more information on how to access this information visit the following website: The district has posted instructions for activating accounts, using the Infinite Campus portal, and getting help for portal-related issues on this website.

You now have three payment options available to you to pay your student's fees.

1. Go to the link, and pay online via credit card or e-check,

2. Mail your payment to: Pickerington Local Schools

Treasurer's Office

90 N. East Street

Pickerington, Ohio 43147

3. Pay in person at your student's building, or the Treasurer's Office.

All checks or money orders should be made payable to Pickerington Local Schools and reference your student's name or student ID. Cash payments cannot be accepted by mail. Any questions regarding your student's fees, please contact their building of attendance or the Treasurer's Office (614) 833-2112.


Please update any changes in address, telephone number, custody information, emergency contact information, etc…in Infinite Campus

Birthday Book Club Members

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club Collection. Thank you for supporting our school library.

Vlad L., Paige J., Rylee H., Stephanie I., Hailey G., Anthony D., Colin R., Wesley W.,

Shannon D., Elizabeth A., Blake G., Ben M.

Newbery Club Members

Congratulations to Nolan B., & Lily E. for earning their spots in the Newbery Club by reading 10 Newbery Award winning books and passing the AR quizzes. Great job! If you haven't read a Newbery Award winning book why don't you challenge yourself to read one during this last quarter of the year?

For a complete list of all Newbery Medal Books go to:

4th Grade G.O.O.D. Students

Our 4th grade students participate annually in the G.O.O.D. (going on or defeated) program. Ron Derry, former educator, discusses his handicap with the students and talks to them about the decision he had to make when he lost his sight. He could either go on or be defeated. He encourages the students to always try their best and each 9 weeks one student who exemplifies the spirit of this program is chosen from each classroom to receive a G.O.O.D. t-shirt. The students’ chosen for these 9 weeks are: Gus D., Ethan P., Sophya P., Kristian B.,Addie G.,& Elliot H.

Congratulations to our Library

We are excited to announce that the Toll Gate Elementary Library has received the Celebrating Ohio Book Awards and Authors (COBAA) grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services and The State Library of Ohio. The purpose of this grant is to provide funds specifically for collection development in libraries. Awarded federal funds will be used to purchase copies of Ohio award-winning books and books written by Ohio authors. Eligible titles include those nominated and awarded the Ohioana Book Awards, Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award , James Cook Book Award , Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Norman A. Sugarman Children's Biography Award within the past 10-15 years. Also included are all Choose to Read Ohio and Floyd’s Pick selections to date.

We are looking forward to displaying the books, holding a mini book contest, our student “Recommended Reads” board and “Book Talks”, book inspired crafts, art projects, and a PTSO sponsored visit by author Jeffrey Ebbeler.

Nurse Notes

Reminders about Medications at School...

As we go into the spring season, I’d like to remind parents about the school district policy for sending in medications to school. This policy states that a note from the parent and/or doctor must accompany the medication. Below you will find information regarding the Medication Policy for Prescription and Non-Prescription Medications.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION can be administered at school, if necessary, following all of these steps:

1. Note from physician with: **

a. Name of medication

b. Dosage

c. Time to be administered

d. Side effects

e. Start/ End Date

f. Signature of the physician

2. Note from the parent giving permission to administer (with parent’s signature)

3. Medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container.

** You may obtain a Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel Grades K-12 form in the school office or on the PLSD website.

NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION (like cough drops, Tylenol, cough syrup) can be administered, if necessary, and requires:

1. Note from parent with: ***

a. Name of student

b. Name of medication

c. Time to be administered

d. Dosage to be given

e. Signature of parent and date

2. Medication must be in the original container

3. Dosage must be age and weight appropriate for your child.

(i.e., We cannot administer medication to children under 12 if the label says: “Do not administer to children under 12, except under the direction of a physician.” We need to have a note from the doctor in order to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.)

*** You may obtain an Administering Nonprescription Medication-Grades K-12 form in the school office or on the PLSD website.

Any questions, please contact the School Nurse:

Tami Tackett, RN, BSN

Toll Gate Elementary

Heritage Elementary

Toll Gate Middle School

Staff Recognition



Has your child been helped in some special way

by an adult at Toll Gate Elementary?

If so, won’t you please take a moment to let us know by filling out the form below? Toll Gate Elementary is very fortunate to have an outstanding staff that love working with your outstanding 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. Please mail or return this form to the school office, to Mrs. Motsch’s attention. We thank you for your continued support.


Name of Employee/ Position

I would like to commend this employee for:

My Name


My Child’s Name Grade


Signature: __________________________ Date: ________

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