November 20, 2020
November 16th: Virtual Book Fair Begins!
November 25-27: Thanksgiving break (NO School)
November 23-27: No bagged meal this week from the cafeteria.
I know it’s been tough lately with so many changes occurring all around us and COVID-19 cases continuing to climb. With the Thanksgiving Holiday just around the corner, I hope you will be able to concentrate on those people that mean the most to you, even if you can’t be with them. Our family usually has a huge gathering of 50 - 60 people and that’s not happening. We’ll look forward to being with everyone again next year.
Keep reading for more information that will help you stay up to date and in the know, especially concerning our wonderful PTO.
Stay safe and enjoy our Thanksgiving break!
Holiday Assistance (Deadline TODAY)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Friday, November 20th.
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).
Click to donate
PTO News and Notes
Virtual Book Fair
We are so excited to bring you our Fall Book Fair this year! It looks a little different, but what doesn't these days. We will be all virtual and I'm excited that all orders over $25.00 will have FREE shipping!! Just in time for Christmas gifts or some fun new books during our break.
Our homepage will be active starting November 16th and will remain open until November 29th.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Emily Haverfield at email@example.com
Did you know you can become a member of the PTO?
find out more here
Make sure to follow our PTO on their NEW Facebook page!
AR Workshop Night!
Is anyone already in the Holiday crafting spirit? Preorder an ornament kit from AR Workshop AND support the Pickerington Elementary PTO!
Order directly from the link by December 2nd. Pick up your ornament to-go kit on Saturday, December 5 between 12-5 pm!
Committee Heads needed/Volunteers
We are excited to announce we have many spaces available to help our children at the PTO! We are currently looking for and AP Treasurer and need Chairs for the following Committees:
Family Fun Night
Kids Care Club
If you are interested in any of the committees and want more information please feel free to contact either Darcie Adams @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Haverfield @ email@example.com The PTO is an amazing organization that provides so many fun opportunities for your students. Even if you would not like to be a Chairperson we are always looking for volunteers throughout the year. Please join the Pickerington Elementary PTO to find out more about those opportunities.
Support our PTO by purchasing your very own
Parents of students in grades K-4 must mark their student "present" on virtual days. Parents can check in their student at any time during the virtual day. This can be done through your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. Remember to complete this Check-In process for all your students each day they are attending school virtually. Below are instructions on how to log your student in as well as an instructional video.
Failure to check your student in daily could result in attendance letters that lead to physician’s notes being required for verification and possibly being referred to an Absence Intervention Team. If you have questions regarding attendance check-in please contact the office at 614-548-1400.
Each year the district assesses a fee to all students for supplies and consumable materials. The deadline for paying fees is November 20, 2020. To make a payment, log in to your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. You may also send a check to school with your student made payable to Pickerington Local Schools or PLSD. To ensure proper posting, please reference your student's name and student ID. If school fees are not paid, it will result in grades and transcripts being held until payment is received.
Fees for each grade level are:
Kindergarten - $19.00
First Grade - $17.00
Second Grade - $17.50
Third Grade - $22.00
Fourth Grade - $23.50
If you have questions regarding fees, please contact Pickerington Elementary at 614-548-1400 or call the Treasurer's Office at 614-833-2110.
Pickerington Elementary "Winter Wonderland"
Pickerington Elementary along with the PTO are working together to raise money for the Violet Township Firefighters’ Toy Drive. During the three weeks between Thanksgiving break and Winter break, we will be offering fun opportunities for students. These activities will be pay-to-participate in order to raise money for holiday assistance. All proceeds will be donated to the Violet Township Firefighters’ Toy Drive. Please see the flyers below!
Coach's Update from Mrs. Horsford
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, our students and teachers have been working hard and progressing in their learning. Read below for a few highlights of learning in each grade level.
Kindergarten - In math, students are learning about 2-d and 3-d shapes. In English Language Arts, they are continuing to practice rhyming letter recognition, syllables, and blending words.
1st Grade - Students are learning to analyze informational text and use that information to respond to a prompt in writing through the "Creature Feature" texts. In math, they are using different strategies to add numbers within 20.
2nd Grade - Students are learning to describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges through the "American West " texts. They will use these texts to respond to an informative writing prompt. In math, they are using addition and subtraction strategies to solve word problems.
3rd Grade - Opinion writing is the focus in third grade. Students are using texts from the "Outer Space" module to write paragraphs and to compare and contrast details between two texts. In math, they are using multiplication and division to solve word problems.
4th Grade - Students are going more in-depth to describe characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the texts through their "Extreme Settings" module. In writing, they are responding to narrative prompts.
Hope this gives you a glimpse into all of the great learning here at Pickerington Elementary.