PICKERINGTON ELEMENTARY NEWS

February 2020

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

P.R.O.U.D. Winners

It is exciting to share that during our January PTO meeting, 14 students were recognized for being chosen as school leaders in our new decade, seven for the month of November and seven for the month of December. Each of the fourteen students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described in the book The Leader in Me by Stephen 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, the students were given a leadership T-Shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to the following students. November: Habit 1 - Reagan T., Habit 2 - Queen M-B., Habit 3 - Riley M., Habit 4 - Johanna O., Habit 5 - Kailin K., Habit 6 - Hunter T., and Habit 7 - Quinn G. December: Habit 1 - Jackson C., Habit 2 - Lily R., Habit 3 - Bella N., Habit 4 - Kayel L., Habit 5 - Kendle T., Habit 6 - Cali S., and Habit 7 - Max S. Great job to all students!

Fourth Grade Spelling Bee

Our Fourth Grade Spelling Bee was held the evening of January 9, 2020. Congratulations to our winner Ahmed Shahid and our runner-up Sydney Rausch. Ahmed took another test, online, in hopes of being able to represent our school at the regional Bee at Ohio University in Athens on March 21st. We are waiting for the results. Good luck Ahmed!

Pride of Pickerington Schools (POPS) Winners

Our POPS winners were announced during professional development on Friday, January 17, 2020. Our winners were Beth Schaar, third grade teacher and Valerie Jackson, School Secretary. Congratulations to both of you! They will be honored at a reception in May.

Thank You

Thak you for your continued support, and helping us establish a positive learning climate. Stay informed and involved with your child's education!



Melissa Moriarty, Principal

FROM THE OFFICE

Fee Reminder


A reminder to those who haven't paid your student fees for the 2019 - 2020 school year, please do so as soon as possible. Here are the fees for each grade level:


Kindergarten - $19.00

First Grade - $17.00

Second Grade - $17.50

Third Grade - $22.00

Fourth Grade - $23.50



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.


Family Math Night


Please join us for Family Math Night on Tuesday, March 31st from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin online on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.


Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by August 1 of that school year to enroll. For more information, see Board Policy 5112.


To start the kindergarten registration process, parents fill out the online registration form through Infinite Campus. This form will not be active for the 2020-21 school year until Wednesday, March 11, 2020.


The first step in the process is to identify yourself as an “existing” or “new” family in the district.


Existing families are those who have a student currently enrolled in our district. These families should register students by logging into their existing Infinite Campus parent portal account. If you do not know your access information, see the Infinite Campus information below.


New families have never had a child enrolled in our district. “New” families should proceed by going to the online registration form.


Please note that if you are not the residential/custodial parent or if you do not currently live in the district, you should call the Welcome Center at 614.920.6180 before beginning the enrollment process.


After completing the registration online, parents will receive an email with information about contacting the Welcome Center to set up an appointment to sign final registration paperwork. Parents will register for a screening appointment at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road (S.R. 204) at the time of this appointment. The district administers the Bracken School Readiness assessment for incoming kindergarten students. These screenings for 2020 will be on April 27, April 28, and April 30 from 8 am - 8 pm.


Parents may request a morning or afternoon kindergarten preference. A lottery will be held if necessary.


To be considered for the lottery, all necessary forms must be submitted by May 1.


How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?


Assuming your child will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, the district will perform an assessment. This year those assessments will be April 27, April 28, and April 30 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road (S.R. 204). These individual screenings (called Bracken assessments) are performed by trained educators. They are only used by the district to help teachers determine where to begin teaching individual children.


The Bracken assessment tests children on skills as identifying common color by name, identifying upper case and lower case letters, identifying single and double-digit numbers, counting objects, demonstrating a basic knowledge of words used to depict size, identifying shapes, and matching or differentiating objects based on specific characteristics.


***Enrollments for grades 1 through 12 for the 2020-21 school year will begin May 4, 2020.***

Intradistrict Building Transfer 2020/2021

Intradistrict building transfer is only in effect for one school year and there is no guarantee of approval for your child in future years. Those interested in open enrollment are required to complete an application for your child to be considered for the Open Enrollment Program. If approved, transportation to the new school is the responsibility of the parent. The open enrollment application for the 2020-2021 school year must be completed and on file with the district by June 30, 2020, per district policy.


Details about intradistrict building transfer are provided through Board Policy 5113.01 and 5113.01 AG and on the intradistrict transfer request form (PDF) | intradistrict transfer request form (RTF).

Quarter 3 Curriculum Updates - Pickerington Elementary

Greetings Families,


Winter is here! We are now in the 3rd quarter of the 2019- 2020 school year.


The i-Ready program for reading and math assessment was new to everyone this year. Students have been busy working on their lessons. Teachers have been analyzing student results and meeting with students for data chats and reinforcing lessons.


In ELA (English Language Arts) each grade level (1st - 4th) is working on Module 3 of the Great Minds - Wit & Wisdom program.

  • 1st grade - Powerful Forces - wind, weather, forces and feelings

  • 2nd grade - Civil Rights Heroes - young and old who impacted the Civil Rights Movement

  • 3rd grade - A New Home - Immigration

  • 4th grade - The Redcoats are Coming! - The American Revolution and Paul Revere


In Math each grade level is using Eureka Math. Below are a few highlights of what students are learning in math for the 3rd quarter.

  • Kindergarten - Counting to 100, addition, subtraction, and decomposing numbers.

  • 1st Grade - Add and subtract within 20, add within 100 and subtract multiples of 10.

  • 2nd Grade - Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental math, odd and even numbers, and addition to find objects in an array.

  • 3rd Grade - Multiply and divide within 100, two- step word problems, fractions as equal parts and representation on a number line and time and money.

  • 4th Grade - Multiply or divide to solve word problems, multi-step word problems, fraction comparison, draw( lines, segments, rays, angles, perpendicular and parallel lines,) and recognize right angles.


In April, Our 3rd and 4th grade students will be assessed on Ohio’s math and reading standards through the use of the Ohio State Test( OST or AIR) . We are working to make sure that students are familiar with the tools on the test. We use the OST released practice items from the Ohio Department of Education. Below is the link that we use and that you can use at home with your child.


Mrs. Horsford

Instructional Coach

News from the Cafeteria

School Breakfast out of this World!

National School Breakfast week 2020

March 2-6, 2020

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Music News

Do you like to sing and have fun with your friends? We will be holding our third annual PLSD Elementary Music Festival. This year's theme is Sing! and will feature music from around the world and tons of fun games. There will also be performances by the combined Pickerington North and Central High School Choirs.


Students will have the opportunity to work with Molly Rule from the Columbus Children's Choir. Molly is a former teacher at Fairfield Elementary School in Pickerington.


Who: All 4th grade students

What: Sing!

When: Saturday, February 29 (9 am start, 2 pm concert)

Cost: $10, includes lunch and a t-shirt


Keep an eye out for registration flyer or go to our website:

https://sites.google.com/plsd.us/plsd-elementary-music-festival/home?authuser=0

Fleece for A Cause

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Help Wanted - Support Staff Substitutes

We need your help!


The following positions or departments are in need of support staff substitutes: Duty Aides, Library Aides, Kindergarten Aides, Food Service, Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, Office Assistants, and Health Care Assistants.


If interested, please fill out the application here:
https://www.applitrack.com/pickerington/…/_application.aspx…


If you have any questions, please reach out to Nichole Walters in the Human Resources Department at (614) 920-6108 or nichole_walters@plsd.us.

Family Rave to Save


Pickerington High School North's Club Hope and Student Council are putting on the annual Rave to Save for Nationwide Children's Hospital Main Campus on February 22, 6-9 pm. Just donate to enter this fun-filled event!



Please see the flyer for more information.

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Important Dates

February 12

No School, Professional Development


February 17

Presidents Day


March 5

K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences


March 10

K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences


March 11

2 Hour Late Start


March 23-27

NO SCHOOL -Spring Break