September 17, 2021
Upcoming important dates:
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15.
October 6 - Virtual Learning Day/Professional Development
October 7 - K-12 Virtual Evening Parent/Teacher Conference
October 8 - Picture Day 📸
October 11 - No School Kindergarten Only (All day virtual P/T conference)
October 12 - No School K-8 (Virtual P/T conference)
Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES
Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO
Message from Mr. Z
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
Please call the school office if your child is going to be absent or late. State law requires a daily check of students who are absent. A 24-hour answering machine is available to receive absence or tardy calls. Please use this machine for all calls after 4:30 p.m. and before 8:30 a.m. The phone number is 614-548-1400, option 1. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please remember to send in a note if you need to pick up your child early. When you arrive to pick up your student, ring the buzzer, scan the QR code on the window and fill out the form. The office staff will call your student down and come out to check ID.
End of Day Changes
Parents, if an emergency arise and you need to change the way your child is going home at the end of the day, please make sure you are notifying the office. We ask that all changes are made before 3pm. Once we receive the information we will let the classroom teacher know about the change.
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
10/13 - Restaurant Night - Chipotle 4p-8p
10/14 - Girls Fun Night 5p-8p
10/20 - PTO Meeting 7p
11/12 - Restaurant Night - Boston Market 5p-8p
11/16 - Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Pickup Time TBD
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
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.
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
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month
MS. STEWART'S COUNSELOR CORNER
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.
Reese- Therapy Dog
Pickerington Elementary will have the opportunity to provide some therapeutic work to our students and staff this year through the use of a therapy dog. The dog that will be coming into our building has been certified by a therapy dog licensing agency and has completed extensive training to provide support and service to individuals in a variety of settings, including schools. Please click the link for more information.
NEWS FROM THE NURSE
CHANGE OF CLOTHING
There may be times when your student has to come to the clinic and receive a change of clothing. If your child comes home in a different outfit, please wash it and return it to school the next day. We are low on extra clothing and would like to make sure we can accommodate students when needed.
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