Heritage Elementary

12/14/2018

Building Information

Mr. Chad Rice, Principal

Mrs. Marieca Mattox, School Counselor

Mrs. Marni Dreher, School Nurse

Mrs. Katie Thielman, Building Secretary

Mrs. Lisa Karavakis, Office Assistant

IMPORTANT DATES

18/19 SCHOOL CALENDAR


12/20/18: End of 2nd grading period

12/21/18: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Day

12/24/18 - 1/4/19: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

1/7/19: Classes Resume

1/14/19: 4th Grade Spelling Bee

1/18/19: NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

1/21/19: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

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Sending Breakfast/Lunch Money to School

Parents,

Here are a few tips to remember when sending lunch money to the school.


  • You may send cash or check (made to PLSD Food Services) with your student to school.
  • Please place cash/check in an envelope.
  • Please write your student's name, homeroom, and student id# on the envelope.
  • You may also make pre-payments or check on your child's lunch account by using: mypaymentsplus.com or call 1-877-237-0946
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Holiday Health Tip From The School Nurse

Prevent injuries:

Injuries can happen anywhere, and some often occur around the holidays. Use step stools instead of climbing on furniture when hanging decorations. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or skateboarding to help prevent head injuries. Keep vaccinations up to date.

Most residential fires occur during the winter months. Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended. Don’t use generators, grills, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning devices inside your home or garage. Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Test them once a month, and replace batteries twice a year.

(Information from CDC.gov)

Board of Education Approves 2019-20 District Calendar

The Board of Education approved the district’s 2019-2020 school calendar at the December 10 board meeting. Find the full story and download the calendar on the district website.



Parents are encouraged to refer to this calendar when planning activities such as vacations, family trips, and doctor’s visits.


The first day of school for grades 1-12 will be Thursday, Aug. 15, and the last day for grades K-11 is scheduled for May 22, 2020. Winter break for students will begin on December 23 and classes will resume on January 6, 2020. Spring break is scheduled for March 23-27, 2020.


If the district has a calamity/snow day before Presidents Day on February 17, 2020, the district will use that date as the make-up. The following 2-4 calamity days will be made up with student “ blizzard bags.” For information on blizzard bags visit the calamity day page.

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IMPORTANT PARENT PICK-UP (CAR RIDERS) INFORMATION

In order to keep our students safe during dismissal for parent pick-up, please only use the parent pick-up line. Do not park across the street and walk students in the busy traffic. Often the cars are unable to see students darting out in between vehicles. Due to this unforeseen circumstance, first priority will be given to car riders.

Thank you.

Heritage Elementary named as a finalist in the UnitedHealthcare PLAYMAKERS!

Thank you to the Frost family for nominating Heritage! Heritage has won a $1,000 donation to the school and is now in the running for the grand prize of $25,000!!!


What is PLAYMAKERS?

Sports, physical activity, and active play can help kids maintain a healthy lifestyle. PLAYMAKERS is a sweepstakes designed to improve the health of young Buckeyes by advancing school resources for physical activity. Enter weekly throughout the 2018 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Season for a chance to score an Ohio State Prize Pack including autographed merchandise, and $25,000 for your Ohio Elementary School (grades K-6).

OUTDOOR RECESS

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Children are required to go outside unless prohibited by weather conditions or health reasons. Indoor recess will be held on days of inclement weather or when the wind chill factor is below 25 degrees. Please make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather.

COUGH DROP POLICY

Nonprescription Medication Policy

Nonprescription medication such as Advil, Tylenol, cough drops, etc. may be administered to students if the parent/guardian brings in the medication along with written permission for the medication to be given. All medications must be sent in the original container. Dosages cannot exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight. We must have a note from the doctor to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.

Cough Drops - Students must leave cough drops in the clinic and students must remain in the clinic until a cough drop is fully dissolved.

For additional information, see Board Policy 5330 and 5330 AG.

MEDICATION PROCEDURES

PICKERINGTON SCHOOLS

Health Services Department


Medication Procedures:


  1. A PLSD Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel Form must be completed and signed by the medical provider and parent/guardian.

  • A separate authorization form must be completed for EACH medication.

  • Changes in medication require a new authorization form to be completed and signed by the medical provider and parent/guardian. This includes orders to stop/discontinue medications.

  • If these requirements are not met, PLSD staff will not be able to administer medication. The parent/guardian will be notified and arrangements will need to be made by the parent/guardian to administer the medication to his or her child.


2. A parent/guardian must deliver and pick up medications to the school clinic.

  • No medication is to be transported by students. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make arrangements for the transportation of his or her child’s medication to and from school. Exception: Self-carry and self administration for asthma and epi-pens. Proper documentation from the medical provider and parent/guardian must be on file in the school clinic.

  • Medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container and may not be expired.

  • Pharmacy label must include student’s name, medical provider’s name, medication name, medication strength and direction for usage.

  • Prescription medication must be counted by the school staff member receiving the medication and in the presence of the parent/guardian. Be sure to count in a private area to maintain confidentiality. This information is to be recorded on the Medication Documentation Record (MDR). School staff and the parent must sign and date the information.

  • In the event a student brings in medication, the medication must be counted by 2 staff members in the presence of the student, and the parent/guardian is to be notified by telephone of the medication count. Remind parent/guardian that medication is to be transported to school by parent/guardian. All information is to be documented on the MDR.

  • Notify the School Nurse of receipt of medication for documentation in Infinite Campus.

Nonprescription/Over the Counter Medications:

  • The parent/guardian must complete Administering Nonprescription Medications - Grades K-12 form or note with student's name, date of birth, homeroom teacher's name, grade, name of medication, strength, dosage, time of day medication to be administered, dates to start and discontinue medication, parent/guardian printed name, telephone number, signature and date.

  • Over the counter medication must have the original manufacturer's label attached

  • A courtesy call is to be made to the student’s parent/guardian to alert them when medicine is low.

  • A photo of the student should be posted on Medication Documentation Record.


3. All medication is to be kept in the clinic, locked at all times. Keys are to be kept secure as determined by building administration.

  • Clinic staff is responsible for the security of keys and locked medication cabinets. No medications will be stored in the clinic during summer break.

  • Parents/guardians will be reminded to pick up remaining medication prior to the end of the school year.

  • In the event medication is not picked up, proper disposal will be made.

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HOLIDAY DONATION BOXES

The red Holiday Donation boxes have arrived! 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. The Heritage donation box is located in front of the main office. 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.

As a reminder, the deadline to request holiday assistance is Monday, November 19th. If you are in need of holiday assistance, please contact Heritage School Counselor, Marieca Mattox, at the number below by Monday, November 19th.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Marieca Mattox

School Counselor

Heritage Elementary School – PLSD

614-833-6385

marieca_mattox@plsd.us

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EVERY-1-CONNECTED PROGRAM

WiFi

Starting in November, students with limited or no internet access in their homes can gain access to WiFi for their homework and other school projects thanks to a new Pickerington Schools program.

Through the Every-1-Connected program, the district will offer a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices to students who have limited or no internet access at home. Students can borrow the devices from their building media center.

This program is open to Pickerington School students who are fully enrolled in one of the 15 district buildings. Priority will be given to students on the free/reduced lunch list and who have little to no household internet access.

“Every-1-Connected gives students with the greatest need the opportunity to borrow a free hotspot device for two-week periods during the school year,” said Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology. “These devices hook up to district iPads and Chromebooks and allow free access to the internet.”

Seymour said the devices will help students who need internet access complete homework or other major projects. Because multiple students can sign on to a single hotspot, the devices also can be used to facilitate group projects.

There is no cost to students to borrow the hotspots, which were funded by the district and through a grant from T-Mobile.

“The reality is that not every household can afford internet connectivity in the home,” Seymour said. “With our emphasis on one-to-one technology, we knew we needed to find ways to bridge the digital divide and ensure educational equity for all our students. These hotspots are a step in that direction.”

The devices use internet content filtering, and student browsing history is recorded, Seymour said. While only one device may be borrowed per household, the hotspots can be signed out repeatedly throughout the year, based on availability.

For students to participate in the program, parents must complete a form (available from the school and on the district website). The form indicates that parents will assume financial responsibility for the equipment if it is damaged due to intentional reckless, willful, wanton or malicious conduct. The devices are covered under the district’s existing Technology Protection Plan, which is already available to families to cover district-provided Chromebooks and tablets.

Complete information about the program, including instructions for requesting a hotspot, are available online under “Every-1-Connected Program.”

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Weekend Food Program - Violet Baptist Church


This program was created to help those families in need of meals for their children over the weekend. This is a wonderful program that helps those families in need within the PLSD.


What it is:

Food provided per student for 3 meals a day over Saturday and Sunday.

The food will be dropped off at the school office on Fridays.

The appropriate student will be notified and will come to retrieve their food bag.


We follow the school calendar & inclement weather schedule. No deliveries on Friday if no school. If we do know of a long weekend, we can arrange to drop for 3 days worth of meals. We have been approached by Mid Ohio Food Bank and have partnered with them to grow this program. Violet Baptist Church has volunteered to host the program and recruit volunteers from the community to join at VBC weekly to pack the food and distribute to the appropriate schools. Again, HOPE does not know whom the recipients are in order to keep strict confidentiality. If there is a food allergy we do identify that up front.


We keep strict guidelines on safety at the elementary levels for food prep. No food that needs a can opener, heat or microwave for little hands and safety. This changes for the upper levels. Also, we keep records for food safety and handling according to the standards set by the FDA and have completed training for such at Mid Ohio.


Lastly, this is no strings attached. Absolutely FREE for the student. If a household has more than one student, each student would receive a bag of food.


Please contact Marieca Mattox, School Counselor at Heritage Elementary School, if you are interested in this program or would like to learn more about it.


Phone: 614-833-6385 email: marieca_mattox@plsd.us

Important Forms

Volunteer Application

* To volunteer in PLSD, a volunteer application must be completed annually.

Emergency Medical Authorization Form

Kindergarten Physical Form

SCHOOL HOURS

Regular School Hours:

1st - 4th Grade 9:15 - 4:05

AM Kindergarten 9:15 - 12:15

PM Kindergarten 1:05 - 4:05


Two Hour Delay Schedule:

1st - 4th Grade 11:15 - 4:05

AM Kindergarten 11:15 - 1:15

PM Kindergarten 2:00 - 4:05

BREAKFAST/LUNCH MENU

Elementary Breakfast Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu


* Morning Breakfast*

Heritage serves breakfast every morning from 9:00 am to 9:15 am. The above breakfast menu has prices for your reference. Please communicate with your student whether or not they are to purchase breakfast. Thank you.


LUNCH SCHEDULE:

4th Grade 12:00 to 12:45 pm

1st Grade 12:15 to 1:00 pm

3rd Grade 12:30 to 1:15 pm

2nd Grade 12:45 to 1:30 pm


Click Here to add money to a lunch account using "My Payments Plus"

Drop Off Map

Morning Parent Drop Off


Heritage Elementary School

Morning Parent Drop Off

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.


1. Any child being dropped off in a car will need to take Northern Avenue to Lakeview Drive and turn right onto the school grounds. Students will be dropped off on the playground. Please note: Law enforcement is requesting parents to utilize North Center Street and enter the school from the north side of either East Street or Lakeview Drive.


2. Please be courteous to the cars around you and make sure that when you pull onto the school grounds your student is ready to get out of the car in order to keep the line moving. If your student exits your car on the passenger side, please allow them to cross in front of your car before you move to ensure their safety.


3. We ask that cars remain in a single file line and do not pass the car in front of them. Exit onto East Street will be right turn only.


4. Busses will be dropping students off in front of the school. Reminder: State law states that when a bus has its red lights flashing and the “Stop” sign out, cars cannot pass the bus in either direction.


Late Arrivals:

Any student arriving after 9:15 will need to be walked into the building and signed in by an adult. You will need to use the front entrance for late arrivals.


Afternoon Pick-Up:

During Pick-Up, busses will pick up students from the playground and parents can pick up students on North East Street in front of the main office/cafeteria.


Kindergarten Pick-Up & Drop-Off:

Kindergarteners may be dropped off and picked up on North East Street in front of the main office. Please keep in mind that busses will also be utilizing this area for kindergarten drop-off and pick-up.