October 22, 2021
Upcoming important dates:
October 25th - 29th - Red Ribbon Week
November 2 - No School
Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES
Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO
Message from Mr. Z
Drop off reminders
Dear Parent Drop-Off Families,
Please do not park and walk your student to the front of the building, the drop-off point is at the side of the building. Also please be mindful of how you are exiting the school premises within your vehicle. You may ONLY turn left out of the exit furthest from Diley road. This helps keep the flow of parents exiting our parking lot smooth, which allows for parents in the drop-off line to actually pull into our lot. This really does not take any more time and helps the process so much! Thank you all for your cooperation.
How can you help?
1. Have your student, with masks on, ready to go when you pull up to the sidewalk (very important).
2. Follow the protocols (pull all the way up before dropping off to allow 4-5 cars to drop off their student(s) at a time, have your child ready to exit, stay in your vehicle).
3. Be ready for a wait, arriving early only creates a long line that may disrupt the flow of traffic on Long or Diley and compromise the safety of all drivers and students.
4. Please DO NOT cut other vehicles off in line. We acknowledge that the line can be lengthy.
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Achievement Records are available to view through your Infinite Campus parent portal.
Below are directions for accessing your child’s achievement records in IC. The Achievement Record will be a PDF version which can be downloaded and printed.
How to find your student's Achievement Record in Infinite Campus
Paper copies of achievement Records will not be sent home unless internet access is not available. If this is the case please let your teacher or the principal know as soon as possible.
Please feel free to reach out to your teacher with questions and concerns.
Ohio State Tests (Third Grade ONLY)
3rd-grade students will take the ELA OST test on Tuesday, October 26th and Wednesday October 27th. We ask that you please be mindful of scheduling appointments around the testing window.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is the nation's largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. At the elementary level we are focusing on making positive and healthy choices. You can go to https://www.redribbon.org/ to learn more.
Click on the image below to view the flyer for our Red Ribbon Spirit Week happening October 25 through October 29. Announcements will be made daily and crossword and word search puzzles will be offered as additional activities in classrooms.
Red Ribbon Week Costume Parade
On Friday, October 29th, we will have a costume parade as part of our final day of Red Ribbon Week. Students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes as we parade around the school to “Say Boo! to drugs and bad choices”.
Parents are invited to come for the parade which will be held outdoors at 9:30 AM and then for afternoon Kindergarten students only at 1:30PM.
Parents do not need to sign in at the front office, but instead, are invited to stand around the building lining the sidewalk of the school. Please do not stand on the sidewalk, as that is where the students will be walking during the. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will still have the parade but it will be held inside only...if we are able, If this is the case, parents will not be able to watch live, but we will record the parade and send it out for families to view.
Parade route below⬇️
CANDY GRAM SALE 🍭
Send a special treat to your child, friend(s), & teachers in celebration of Fall! Dum Dum Lollipops* disguised as ghosts will be delivered throughout the week of October 25th.
Boo Grams are $0.25 each. Money raised will go toward purchasing items for the GumDrop Forest which benefits the Holiday Toy Drive. Boo Grams were sent home this week with your students. If you need more than eight Boo Grams feel free to print more using the link below. You can also contact your child's teacher for additional copies.
Please return the completed Boo Grams, there is space on the back for a message, and the money no later than October 28th.
*Dum Dum Lollipops are Allergy Friendly and FREE of: peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, wheat, eggs, milk, & shellfish*
The Mobile Dentist is coming November 18th!!!!
Good news! The Ohio Dental Outreach will be at our school on November 18th. A form will go home with your student soon or you can fill it out online at www.MySchoolDentist.com. If you have any questions please email the school nurse (email@example.com).
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.
SAVE THE DATES! 📅
*Dates & Times are subject to change*
10/11-10/28 - Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Fundraiser Sale
TBD - Book Fair
11/12 - Restaurant Night - Boston Market 5p-8p
11/16 - Family Fun Night and Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Pickup Time 4:30p-7:30p
11/17 - PTO Meeting 7p
12/16 - Family Fun Night - Get Air
1/19 - PTO Meeting 7p
2/10 - Boys Fun Night 5p-8p
2/16 - PTO Meeting 7p
3/3-3/20 - Foertmeyer Flower Sale
3/16 - PTO Meeting 7p
4/20 - PTO Meeting 7p
TBD - Penny Wars
TBD - Foertmeyer Flower Pickup
5/19 - 4th Grade Pizza Party
5/20 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Roosters Fun Cards Roosters Fun Cards are on sale for $10.00 each. The card is good for 10% off any dine-in Roosters location, seven days a week and it expires December 31, 2022. *Please make sure you turn in the payment with the form.* These make great Holiday Gifts! Get them while you can!
Michael's Meats Fundraiser
Michael's Meats Fundraiser has kicked off! Our goal is to raise $5,000.00 to continue offering our students and staff events and programs during the school year. Orders are due by October 28th, 2021. Parents will need to collect money and checks made payable to the parent(s) and then submit ONE (1) check payable to PE PTO or exact cash in the amount of the total amount of the order. Families with more than one student, please submit all orders under on form. Pick up will be at Pickerington Elementary Cafeteria from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm on November 16th, 2021.
Family Fun Night
Stripes, GRRR, Bucks??? What is all this?
Pickerington Elementary is excited to announce a new Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative that has started this school year. Our goal is to encourage students to show Grit, and be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready while here at school. When our students demonstrate GRRR characteristics, they will have the opportunity to earn:
A Golden Stripe; once a month, one student per class will be nominated by their teacher.
A Pennant Stripe; once a week, three to five students per class will be nominated by their teacher.
GRRR Bucks; throughout the day, all students will be able to earn and then later spend at the Stripes Store.
Once a month students will have the opportunity to spend GRRR bucks at our Stripes Store. The store will include prizes such as fidgets, pop-its, squishy balls, erasers, slap bracelets, board games, and coupons (think Rule 3 prizes!). Students have also requested food items such as Takis, Cheetos, little bags of cookies, fruit snacks, and candy to be available at our store. If there are items that you would prefer your student not “purchase,” please email your respective homeroom teacher.
If you would like to donate to the Stripes Store, feel free to have your student bring items to the office or click here for Pickerington Elementary’s Amazon Wishlist.
WANT TO JOIN THE CUB SCOUTS
PLSD NEEDS YOU!
PLSD has a critical need for substitute paraprofessionals, health care assistants, duty aides, custodians, and food service employees! Do you love working with kids? Do you need a job that will work around your schedule? If so, please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/pickerington/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute+Positions&fbclid=IwAR0WbQ0l5J_O4KbMRDbQsHphmBptPL5rS5W1pC_yQp8u_QpXTSgLZClEUgE
MS. STEWART'S COUNSELOR CORNER
Thanksgiving Meal Assistance Available
Local community members are interested in donating Thanksgiving meals to other Pickerington families. This is a confidential donation, neither the names of donors or recipients will be shared. Due to the amount of food in the box, an adult will need to be available to come and pick it up from Pickerington Elementary on Monday November 22nd or Tuesday November 23rd. The pick up time is to be determined and will be communicated closer to that date.
If you are interested in receiving a Turkey dinner, please contact me at Phone:(614)548-1431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12th.
Please let me know how many family members live in your house so we can make sure the appropriate amount of food is boxed.
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 email@example.com 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 Monday, November 23rd.
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).
The social work intern, Miss Dowery, and I will be starting small group sessions in the next couple of weeks. Please refer to the form for additional information. If you feel your student could benefit from one of these groups, please complete the form. Additional information will be sent home to those students chosen to participate in the group.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in order to sign up.
NEWS FROM THE NURSE
STAY HOME WHEN FEELING ILL AND/OR EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS
We are seeing an increasing number of students coming to school with symptoms such as a cough, headache, sore throat, cold symptoms, ear ache, fever, stomach issues, etc. It is VITAL that you keep your child home if he/she is feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of an illness to help us prevent the spread of ALL illnesses in our classrooms. We need everyone's help to keep our students healthy.
Also, just a reminder that you should not send medications to school with your child. Students are not permitted to carry over the counter or prescription medications in their book bag. If your child needs medication during the school day please complete the corresponding form and bring the medication to the school. Thank you for your cooperation.
COVID-19 HOME TEST KITS
Please see the following guidance for at home Covid-19 test kits:
BinaxNow Antigen Card or Ag Card (these tests are given out by schools, libraries, churches, other places too)
Require an app to be downloaded and to be done in conjunction with a telehealth visit.
When done properly with the telehealth visit, this can be accepted as a positive test at school. Or if negative, when tested between days 5 and 7, can be accepted to end quarantine on day 8.
These results should come up in the app, and a screenshot can be sent to the School Nurse.
If the test is not completed with telehealth (we see this is if someone doesn’t download the app, just tests themselves) we cannot accept these results (positive or negative) as they were not proctored in the manner in which they were intended/approved.
Self Tests (BinaxNow Self Test, Ellume or some other brands)
Available over the counter at places like CVS or Walgreens where there is no app to be downloaded or telehealth visit component
Cannot be accepted as a negative for someone who is trying to end their quarantine after day 7. The packing inserts indicate that they are not designed for that type of situation where a proof of negative is required
If they were to test positive using one of these tests, please contact your Health Care Provider.
Parent's Guide to Student Success
THIS GUIDE INCLUDES
- An overview of some of the key things your child will learn in English/Literacy and Math in Kindergarten through High School
- Ideas for activities to help your child learn at home
- Topics of discussion for talking to your child’s teacher about his or her academic progress