Pickerington Elementary

September 30, 2022

Pickerington Elementary

Upcoming important dates:

October 3rd - Picture Retake Day

October 4th - K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conference

October 5th - Virtual Learning Day/Professional Development

October 10th - No School K-8 Only (Parent Teacher Conference)

October 11th - No School Kindergarten Only (All Day Parent/Teacher Conference)

October 13th - K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conference

Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES

Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO

PTO email 📨 pickelempto@gmail.com

Picture Retake Day 📸

Monday, October 3rd. If your student still needs to take a school picture have them "dress their best" on Monday. Please don't wear green.


We are having virtual parent teacher conferences this year. Please make sure you schedule a time with your child's teacher to talk about how your child is doing so far this year.


Parents please remember that on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, students will have a virtual learning day.

Golden Stripe Winners!

We had our first Golden Stripe Ceremony today! One student per class is recognized monthly during a whole school assembly. During the assembly each winner earn the golden stripe to add to their pennant AND a golden token to use at the book vending machine. We also have a winning classroom for each of our related arts as well. Congratulations to all our winners who exhibited our GRRR expectations during the month of September!

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🚨 Nov. 8 Bond Issue🚨

If passed, what will the Nov. 8 bond issue cost residents?

Pickerington Schools estimates that passage of the Nov. 8 levy will not increase tax rates (measured in mills) for our residents. The county auditor has estimated that the $89.930 million bond issue will require 2.80 mills for debt payments. But, because property valuations are forecasted to increase by an average of 24% for 2022, and due to the structure of the proposed new debt, district leaders forecast that the county auditor will actually be able to decrease the total tax rate needed to pay district debt service by ½ of a mill.

The tax rate collected by the district to pay debt payments has decreased as outstanding debt has been retired, refunded for better interest rates, and as district valuation has increased. Visit https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/bond-issue-info/ under the “What Will It Cost?” section to read more on how the tax rate has changed since 2015, and the forecasted tax rate for the 2022 tax year (which will first be paid in 2023).

Huge Thank you!

Thank you families for supporting our fall fundraiser, APEX. You all did amazing! Stay tuned for our final total!
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Gifted Testing

Information about 2nd and 3rd grade gifted testing can be found in the attached letter.

Gifted Testing Letter


The theme for this year's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” to honor the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latina/o/x Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. The theme encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.



Event Code: FE191122

Also Needed: Lunch ID


Good news! JostensPIX was recently at your school to photograph picture day,

and your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering!

Click on the button below to get started.






  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text

  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once

Language Assistance

Notice of Language Assistance Plan

In English:

Pickerington Schools will take reasonable steps to ensure that persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access and an equal opportunity to participate in all services, activities, and programs available throughout the district. It is the policy of PLSD to ensure meaningful communication with LEP students and families and to communicate information related to the education of all students. All services needed to comply with this policy will be provided for students and their families in need of such assistance free of charge. For assistance, please call 614-833-2110.

(In Nepali)

भाषा सहायतासम्बन्धी सूचना:

Pickerington Schools ले सीमित अङ्ग्रेजी प्रवीणता (LEP) भएका व्यक्तिहरूसँग डिस्ट्रिक्टभर उपलब्ध सबै सेवा, क्रियाकलाप र कार्यक्रमहरूमा अर्थपूर्ण पहुँच र सहभागी हुन पाउने समान अवसर छ भनी सुनिश्चित गर्नका लागि उचित कदमहरू चाल्ने छ। LEP भएका विद्यार्थी र परिवारहरूसँग अर्थपूर्ण सञ्चार सुनिश्चित गर्ने र सबै विद्यार्थीहरूको शिक्षासँग सम्बन्धित जानकारी सञ्चार गर्ने PLSD को नीति हो। यो नीतिको अनुपालन गर्न आवश्यक पर्ने सबै सेवाहरू यस प्रकारको सहायता आवश्यक भएका विद्यार्थी र उहाँहरूका परिवारहरूलाई निःशुल्क रूपमा उपलब्ध गराइने छ। सहायताको लागि, कृपया 614-833-2110 मा कल गर्नुहोस्

En Español:

Las escuelas de Pickerington tomarán medidas razonables para garantizar que las personas con dominio limitado del inglés (LEP) tengan un acceso fácil y la misma oportunidad de participar en todos los servicios, actividades y programas disponibles en todo el distrito. La política de PLSD es asegurar una comunicación significativa con los estudiantes LEP, sus familias y comunicar información relacionada con la educación de todos los estudiantes. Todos los servicios necesarios para cumplir con esta política se proporcionarán a los estudiantes y sus familias que necesiten dicha asistencia de forma gratuita. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 614-833-2110.



Dashain is also called “Bijaya Dashami”. It is a religious Hindu festival celebrated annually between the months of September and October. This year, Hindu Nepalese are celebrating Dashain from 10/04-10/08. All government agencies, educational institutions, and other public sectors will be closed down during these festivals in Nepal. This is the longest festival celebrated in Nepal. Usually, Nepalese celebrate this festival for fifteen days. The festival is celebrated by Hindus in Nepal, some parts of India, and elsewhere in the world.

The significance of the festival is the triumph of good over evil, commemorating the victory over the wicked ones, and honors the Victory of God over Demons.

This is a great time for family reunion. Basically, families and relatives visit their elder’s house, get tika(a mixture of rice and red color) and Jamara(yellow plant made of maize, wheat and rice) and blessings, exchange gifts, share sorrow and happiness, and prepare local/traditional dishes and eat together. If a family member has been abroad for education/job/business, they will come back to their home during this festival. Kids and teenagers make colorful kites and enjoy flying them over the sky . Build bamboo swings (Pings) , and get involved in different kinds of entertaining activities. Decorating houses and getting new clothes are part of celebrating this festival too. It is a relaxing time of the year.

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🍔 Apply for Free/reduced meals at PLSD 🥦

Easy process online to help out during the year with the cost of meals for your students if you qualify


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.

Pickerington Elementary Staff "Shout Out"


Panorama Survey

The district will be conducting an online survey that your 3rd and 4th grade child(ren) will be completing at school. The survey will provide us with social and emotional learning information. The feedback from your child will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how to improve and adapt our district to their needs. The attached letter will give you more information on the survey.

Panorama SEL Fall Survey English 2022

Panorama SEL Otoño Survey Spanish 2022

Nepali Version of Panorama SEL Fall Survey

How Can You Help Your Students Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program?

  • Donate a new copy of your family's favorite book for our Book Vending Machine!

Family Resources

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. Please reach out to Kendra Stewart, School Counselor by phone at 614-548-1431 or email at kendra_stewart@plsd.us in order to sign up.

Ohio Adoption & Kinship Network

OhioKAN is a new statewide program designed to help kinship and adoptive families navigate and connect with all available resources. We work to help families build connections and find resources in their area by providing personalized and customized referral information. We are also able, in Region 7 (Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison and Pickaway Counties), to assist with flexible funds and hard goods. The feedback from families served has been incredibly positive! There are no income eligibility requirements and we serve formal and informal kinship placements, as well as adoptive families. We are here to listen, link and empower families. https://ohiokan.jfs.ohio.gov.

Parenting Workshop



  • Remember, students are not allowed to transport medication to school in their book bag. If you want your student to have medication available at school, the correct paperwork must be completed and the medication must be brought to the school by a parent or guardian.

  • Medication must be brought in the original container and must not be expired.

  • Prescription medication (including inhalers) must be in the original container with the pharmacy label attached. The label must include the student’s name, provider’s name, name of the medication, dosage to be given and time to be administered.

  • Medication forms are available here: https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/forms/ (under Health and Medical).

Emergency Medical Forms

  • Please make sure you have updated the forms for the 22/23 school year for each of your students in Infinite Campus.

Change of Clothing

  • If your student has needed to borrow clothing from the clinic, please wash and return the clothing as soon as possible.


PTO Officers

2022-2023 PTO Officers

Co-Presidents: Emily Haverfield and Camille Browning

Vice President: Kayla Hamlin

Secretary: Jennifer Mayberry

AR Treasurer: Lisa Winters

AP Treasurer: David Albanese

If you need to contact the PTO please feel free to contact us at pickelempto@gmail.com We are excited to be your representatives next year!

Rooster Fun Cards

The Rooster’s Fun Card are available now until they sell out. Save 10% each time you dine-in at any location until 12/31/2023! The cards are $10 each, cash or check payable to PEPTO. Email PTO with any questions at pickelempto@gmail.com.
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Save the Date


10/19 - PTO Meeting 7pm

10/19 - Restaurant Night - Chipotle 5p-9p

10/26-11/4 - Bookfair

10/30 - Family Fun Day - Trunk or Treat 2p-5p


11/1-11/4 - Bookfair

11/8 - Texas Roadhouse Reynoldsburg 4p-10p

11/16 - PTO Meeting 7p

YouTube ▶️

Did you know that we have our own YouTube page? Make sure you subscribe to see all the latest happenings!

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Available Resources for Parents

The link below contains FREE resources that are being made available to our PLSD parents through a grant between the Fairfield County Educational Service Center and the Cook Center for Human Connection. They are provided as a convenience for our parents and families.


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