Heritage Elementary

5/3/19

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


5/7/19: 3rd Grade Walking Field Trip

5/8/19: The Leader in Me WALKATHON

5/10/19: Kindergarten Mother's Day Tea

5/17/19: 4th Grade Field Trip

5/21/19: 3rd Grade Field Trip

5/22/19: Kindergarten Graduation

5/23/19: Heritage Fun Day

5/24/19: Last Day of School - 2hr. Early Dismissal

Attention 4th Grade Families - The amazing race to middle school!

THE AMAZING RACE TO MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Toll Gate Middle and Diley Middle School will be hosting a scavenger hunt/tour for 4th graders entering middle school next year.

The event will be held on May 14th.

Toll Gate Middle School: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Diley Middle School: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Attention 4th Grade Parents!

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IMPORTANT Message from the School Nurse

If your child has medication in the clinic, please make sure that a parent or guardian picks it up on or before the last day of school. We CANNOT send home any medication with your child. Any medication that is not picked up by NOON ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL will be discarded. Please, call the clinic with any questions or concerns.

If your child will need prescription medication for the 2019-2020 school year, please fill out the form, "Request for Administration of Medicine by School Personnel". This form can be found on the PLSD website or you can pick it up from the school clinic. New forms are required each school year and do not transfer over from the previous year.
All medical forms can be found at the following link:

https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/health-services/--

Health Requirements For Incoming Kindergarten Students

Nurse Notes

1.) Information for the Incoming Kindergarten Class:

Health Requirements for incoming kindergarten students:

The 2019-2020 Required Childhood Immunization Schedule per the Ohio Department of Health:

Immunizations: 5 doses of DTP (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)

4 doses of OPV/IPV (Polio)

3 doses of Hepatitis B

2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)***

2 doses of Varivax (chicken pox)**

**Or written proof from physician or parent of when the child had the disease

(***Note: 1st dose of MMR and Varivax should have been given ON or AFTER the 1st birthday, and not prior to)

Physical Exam: Due by August 1, 2019

Physician’s Report (Blue form) must be filled out and signed by your child's physician

** Please be sure that it is complete with Date of Exam and has a signature from the Physician ONLY.

(**Must be on file at school in order for your child to start school on time)

2.) Year End Information:

MEDICATIONS: If your child has medication here at school, especially prescription medication, please make arrangements to pick up the medicine before the school year ends. We cannot send home medication with your child at the end of the school year. Any medication that is left in the clinic over the summer will be destroyed.

If your child will need prescription medication for the 2019-2020 school year, please feel free to pick up a "Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel" form at the office or download from the PLSD website @ www.pickerington.k12.oh.us

3.) Health Concerns:

In thinking ahead to next school year, please be sure to alert the school nurse, before the first day of school, regarding any significant changes in your child’s health or medical needs. Be sure to also note this information on the Emergency Medical Authorization form that will be filled out online or come home in your student’s first day packet of information. Any health concerns noted this school year, will be shared with your child’s school nurse for next school year.

4.) Dressing for spring and summer:

Please remember to dress your child appropriately with changing temperatures. Remember to send them with a light jacket as needed.

Also, tennis shoes are the safest shoes to protect your child's feet from injury.

5.) Article about Readiness to be home alone in the summer:

Leaving Your Child Home Alone

As the end of the school year approaches, many working parents are faced with childcare decisions. One question parents often have is when is it appropriate to leave children home alone while parents work? Like most other states, Ohio does not indicate an age at which children are deemed old enough to be on their own. This means parents must decide for themselves when they and their children are ready. This article will provide you with some guidelines to help you assess your family’s childcare needs before summer arrives.

Readiness of Your Child

Parents often use age as the main factor in deciding to leave the children at home. This may work if the child is a 13-year-old or a responsible 9-yr-old, but what about middle school-aged kids? Although maturity levels vary greatly, most children 10 and under would not be adequately equipped to respond in an emergency situation. So how do you know what to do? Well, you know your child. Ask how he or she feels about being home alone. Does he/she seem anxious or confident that he/she can handle it? Some other things to consider include:

· Does your child listen and follow directions?

· Does your child accept responsibility such as homework and household chores?

· Does your child remain calm or become upset when things don’t go his or her way?

· Does your child make good choices or take unnecessary risks?

Preparing Your Child

It’s a good idea to make sure your child knows what to do in various situations, including emergencies. Experts recommend discussing in detail and even writing out instructions for you child explaining what to do in specific situations such as:

· Locking/ unlocking doors, using a security system if applicable.

· Answering the phone (not letting the caller know a parent isn’t home).

· How to call parent (work, cell phone numbers).

· How and when to call 911, what information to provide.

· Answering the door.

· Basic first aid.

· How to prepare food – microwave, cold food already prepared, use of stove.

· Threat of severe weather.

In addition to the above information, it’s recommended that children are also given names and phone numbers of trusted adults they can contact, such as a neighbor or family friend who can be available if needed. Other helpful numbers would be the non-emergency police and fire department numbers, family doctor and local emergency room numbers. This information should be posted in a central location such as the kitchen, where the child can find it easily.

Be aware of daily schedules and discuss any changes to the schedule in advance if possible. Have designated times that you and your child will call to “check in” with each other during the day.

Regardless of how old or responsible your children are, please take the time to “childproof” your home if you will be leaving children home alone. Children of all ages can fall prey to the dangers in our homes. These include things such as alcohol, prescription and nonprescription medications, tobacco products, matches and lighters, guns and even car keys to spare cars.

Preparing to Go

Once you decide that you and your child are ready, it’s best to ease into your new situation. Experts recommend leaving the child alone for short periods at first and gradually extending the time periods. While doing this, you can assess how your child is feeling about his/ her new role and address any concerns along the way. No child should be forced into accepting too much responsibility before he or she is ready. Hopefully these guidelines will help you make the best decision for your family.

Sources:

KidsHealth.org

American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry

National Crime Prevention Council

Immunization Clinics

See Attachment for Immunization clinics near you.

Immunizations

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Important Lunch Account Information

For your information, please verify that your child's meal account is paid in full before the end of the school year. All negative balances must be paid in full before May 24, 2019. All balances will transfer with your child in the 2019-2020 school year.

Food Services - (614) 833-3645

Friends and Family Affidavit

For families that are on a Friends & Family status, you can renew your form for the 19/20 school year starting now. You may click on the link below to access the form.

Friends & Family Affidavit

The Leader in Me Parent Survey

Dear Heritage Families,

Each year as a part of our Leader in Me process we ask parents to complete a short survey. This survey provides us with valuable information about the school, the culture of the building and student leadership. Results of the survey will be used as we make plans for the future, and all feedback is valuable. We appreciate you taking the time to do this at your earliest convenience.

Heritage Parent Survey

Heritage Elementary Walkathon Pledge Card

Students will be coming home with an envelope and an attached pledge card for our upcoming Heritage Elementary Walkathon for The Leader in Me! This event will be held during the school day on May 8th. The children will have an opportunity to participate in an obstacle course, walk laps, and enjoy popsicles when finished! Additionally, prizes will be awarded for the class with the most money raised! This a great opportunity for students to utilize Habit 7 "Sharpen the Saw"! All donations will support The Leader in Me at Heritage.
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Bring The Leader in Me into Your Home!

Heritage Families,


Are you looking for a fun way to bring The Leader in Me into your homes this spring and summer? How about a family bingo game? Work together as a family to complete the activities on the attached bingo board and then celebrate with a fun family activity! This is a fun way to continue the work your children do at school and keep them using their habits all summer long!


Grade Cards

This year, grade cards will be sent home with students on the last day of school, not mailed home as in the past.

Your student's grade card will not be sent home if:

-You have not yet paid the 18/19 school fees.

-Have library books/fines.

-Owe lunch money.

Fees can be paid in person at your student's school, the Treasurer's Office or by mail to:

Pickerington Local Schools

Treasurer's Office

90 East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147

Always include your student's name and student ID. If opting to pay via check, please make payable to Pickerington Local Schools.

Kindergarten Mother's Day Tea

Kindergarten Mother's day Tea

When: Friday, May 10th.

AM 11:15am-dismissal

PM 3:00pm-dismissal

***If parents want to take their child home after the celebration they must arrange it through the office prior to leaving.

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IMPORTANT: SCHOOL FEES

School Fees and Mailing of Final Grade Cards!


If your student's fees are not paid in full:


  • Their 4th quarter grade card will not be sent home.
  • They will not receive an Early Placement Letter in the mail for the 19/20 school year.
  • Their records will be withheld (in the event of a withdrawal).
  • Their graduation diploma will be withheld.


Online payments can be made through the Parent Portal using checking or credit/debit card. All financial information goes through Vanco Services, a contracted secure third party processing merchant.



Fees are still payable in person at your student's school, the Treasurer's Office or by mail to:

Pickerington Local Schools

Treasurer's Office

90 East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147


Always include your student's name and student ID. If opting to pay via check, please make payable to Pickerington Local Schools.

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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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.

Important Forms

Volunteer Application

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

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.