Heritage Elementary Weekly Blast

End of Year Newsletter

Heritage Elementary

100 N. East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147

(614) 833-6385 - phone

(614) 833-6415 - fax

(614) 920-6100 - attendance line

Principal - Mr. Chad Rice

Counselor - Mrs. Marieca Mattox

School Nurse - Mrs. Marni Dreher

Secretary - Mrs. Katie Thielman

Office Assistant - Mrs. Lisa Karavakis


Friday, May 25th is the last day of school.

Children will be dismissed 2 hours early.

Elementary schools: 2:05 p.m.

Hours for morning kindergarten will be 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Afternoon kindergarten will be 11:50 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.


5/18/18 - 4th Grade Statehouse Field Trip

5/22/18 - 3rd Grade Zoo Field Trip

5/24/18 - Kindergarten Graduation

5/25/18 - Last Day of School

Changemakers Summit

On Thursday, May 10th, students from Mrs. Palmer's 1st grade class attended the 2018 Changemakers Summit at the Mid Ohio Food Bank.

These students presented their poster "Heritage Leaders Found Their Voices" and spoke to children of all ages about the different ways students can help when disaster strikes.

They were the youngest presenters in the history of the summit.

This event was a way for the children to celebrate the district wide school supply fundraiser. The school supplies gathered were shipped to San Jan and will help replenish what was lost in the hurricane.

Summer Lunch Program

Summer lunch program returns to Tussing in June.

Please click here for more details.

The meals are sponsored by the USDA, so are free for all children between ages 0 and 18. All meals must be eaten on site.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There is no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

The district needs adult volunteers to help monitor the lunchroom in June. If you are interested in helping with the lunch program, contact Judy Riley at (614) 833-3645, or judy_riley@plsd.us.


School Supply Kit orders are available for you to order! Don't Delay!

Missing your order form? Check with your school's kit sale coordinator for ordering instructions. Tessa Martinez: tejm2324@aol.com


End of the Year News From the Clinic

Medication in the clinic:

If your child has medication in the clinic, please make sure a parent or guardian picks it up on or before (unless it is an emergency or daily medication) the last day of school. We cannot send home medication with your child at the end of the school year. Any medication that is not picked up will be destroyed. Emergency and daily medications should be picked up the last day (2 hour early dismissal). Call the clinic if you have questions.


If your child will need prescription medicine for the 2018-19 school year, please feel free to pick up a "Request for Administration of Medicine by School Personnel" from the office or download from the PLSD Website @ https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/forms/

Health Concerns:

If your child has any significant changes in health or medical needs, please be sure to alert the school nurse before the first day of school. Be sure to also note this information on the Emergency Medical Authorization form.

Clothes Needed for K-6 Buildings:

Please continue to donate gently used clothing to our clinic for use when children have accidents and spills.

*If your child has borrowed clothing from the clinic, please be sure to return them.

Immunizations & Physical Exam:



5 doses of DTP (Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)

4 doses of OPV/IPV (Polio)

3 doses of Hepatitis B

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

2 does of Varicella (Chicken pox)**

Physical Exam: Due by August 1, 2018

7th Grade-

1 does Tdap & 1 dose MCV4

12th Grade-

1 dose MCV4

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Each year Heritage Elementary purchases consumable materials for the students to use in their classrooms. These items would not be available to your student without your contribution through the nominal fees that are charged. 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 18-19 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. No personal financial information is maintained by the District.

Fees are still payable in person at Heritage or mailed to the Treasurer's Office:

Pickerington Local Schools

Treasurer's Office

90 East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147


From the Instructional Coach

FREE Summer reading programs and book logs for kids & teens -- earn free books & more!!

As parents, we know that connecting kids with books throughout the summer months is SUCH a good thing.

Summer reading helps them to keep their vocab and comprehension skills strong so those first weeks back to school are much easier!

But honestly, keeping them reading can be a challenge with all the other fun activities they have going on -- like the pool and friends and s'mores by the fire ... not to mention the availability of technology and the desire to get sticky, dirty and wet any chance they get ;)

Which is why this first post in our 105 Days of Free Summer Fun includes awesome ideas & freebies that will not only inspire your kids to read but also allow us to retain our 'cool Mom/Dad' status without constantly bugging them to pick up a book!

2018 Summer Reading Programs & Book Logs

There are a number of wonderful businesses that offer free books & other reading rewards or incentives for kids who read during the summer.

In most cases, you'll just need to have your kids track their books on a reading log and then head to the store to exchange it for a free book or other fun things!

I often get a thumbs-up from my kids when I find them free things ;)

We're including some of our favorite summer reading programs along with FREE book logs that offer a variety of challenges & a cool place to record all those pages read! We've also included affiliate links to some of our favorite books for summer reading too.

Local Library Reading Programs

First, be sure to sign them up for summer reading at your local library!

Most libraries will have a kids program and also one for teens.

Every summer, our kids have earned free books, coupons for ice cream, headphones and entries into some big giveaways (gift cards to a local bookstore and iPad minis)!

All libraries offer different incentives but most really hit it big over the summer to keep kids of all ages -- toddlers to teens -- reading!

pssttt ... many libraries also offering reading programs for adults too (with prizes!) -- no reason that the kids should have all the fun, right? So sign yourself up while you're there 'cause you know reading at the pool or beach is gonna happen ;)

Digital to Nature Summer Reading Program

Arbordale Publishing is one of our FAVORITE publishers of kids books!! Seriously, they have the best nature & STEM books ever!!

And each summer, they offer FREE access to some of their ebooks along with FREE activities for each book!! One thing I adore about the books is that they are read aloud to your kids and they have cool features like highlighting the words while the story is read and online reading quizzes & challenges kids can do for comprehension.

Your kids will love going on a scavenger hunt, play memory games, keep a bug journal and more fun activities -- plus, all the books are available online which means you can pull them up on your phone!

If you have an Audible account, you'll have FREE access to more than 50+ of these books through Audible!

And if you don't yet have an Audible account, you can start a FREE 30 day Audible trial & earn 2 books for free too!

2018 Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

One of the most well known summer reading programs, kids ages 1st - 6th grades can read 8 books this summer and turn in their reading journal for a free book (they have a nice variety of books including picture books, early readers and chapter books).

I love that B&N includes both newer titles (like the Book Scavenger) along with classic books (Ms. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is one of our all-time faves!) as reading rewards! So even if your kids are set on reading the same type of books all summer, they are encouraged to 'branch out' to something new when choosing their free item.

The 2018 program runs from May 15th through Sept. 3rd!

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Feed Your Brain at Half Price Books

One of the few summer reading programs for kids & teens of all ages!!

Kids 14 and under can participate in the Feed Your Brain summer reading program in June & July. Younger kids can be read to while older kids who can read on their own will record their reading time each month. Download & print the reading log! The best part -- kids earn Bookworm bucks so they can buy their favorite books at the store!

If you have teens, encourage them to read one of the featured books & write an online review! Book bucks are sent to your email account and can be used at your local Half Price Books store.

2018 Scholastic Reading Road Trip

Kids can register to log minutes & unlock rewards on the Scholastic Summer Reading site -- AND you can see if the Reading Road Trip is coming to your city too!

This year's theme is Harry Potter & a Magical Summer of Reading! They have a cool Harry Potter themed certificate that teachers (or parents) can print off and give kids once they reach their reading goals.

The program runs from May 7th - September 7th and has a number of recommended reading lists for kids along with their minutes being logged toward their schools' total which may win the school some prizes too!

Looking for Summer Reading Book Lists?!! Try these!

Books about Life in the Forest

25 Kids Books that Were Made into Movies

15 Classic Books about Summer

Amazing Books that Introduce Kids to Space

Kids Who Cook - 4th Annual Cookbook

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3rd Grade News and Updates!

Spring is in the air for our 3rd graders at Heritage Elementary! We have some fun traditions coming up and wanted to let you know about our busy end of the year calendar. Please Check your child's planner and folder for our permission slip and reminders.

Tuesday, May 15 - Anticipated Chick Hatching!

Tuesday, May 22nd - Field Trip to The Columbus Zoo

  • Level 2 volunteers needed to chaperone. Please return your form as soon as possible

  • THROW AWAY sack lunch and drink

  • sunscreen applied at home and a hat

  • no money should be brought to school


Free/Discounted Summer Programs/Family Activities for SUMMER 2018

Food programs

Summer Camps/Programs

  • Jerry Garver YMCA camp http://daycamp.ymcacolumbus.org/garver Accepts applications for subsidized fees/scholarships MUST submit application by May 15th (7am-6pm)

  • Sycamore Creek Park Summer Camp (through YMCA) http://daycamp.ymcacolumbus.org/sycamore . Accepts applications for subsidized fees/scholarships MUST submit application by May 15th (8am-4pm)

  • FREE 4 Day Art and Play through Columbus Parks and Rec 4-Day Art & Play Coming to a neighborhood near you! "4-Day Art & Play" will transform your neighborhood park for four fantastically fun days with art and physical sport activities for children ages six and older. Create individual and group art projects, possibly run a watery obstacle course or win the "Mystery Contest" of the day. Make music and invent new games or scale the climbing wall. "4-Day Art & Play" promises a different event/adventure every day. All you need to do is bring your imagination, enthusiasm and a smile. It's all FREE courtesy of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.


June 11-14 John Burroughs Park

June 18-21 Independence Park (closest to SCE)

June 25-28 Cremeans Park

July 9-12 Nelson Park

July 16-19 Alkire Woods Park

July 23-26 Weinland Park

July 30-Aug 2- Innis Park

Schedule: 9-9:30 am Registration 9:15-9:45 am Free Breakfast (18 and under) 9:45 am-1 pm Special Art and Physical Activities 1-1:45 pm Free Lunch (18 and under) 1:45-5 pm Special Art and Physical Activities 5-5:30 pm Clean-up A detailed daily schedule will be posted at playground site. Registration Monday - Thursday 9 - 9:30 am daily on site. Pre-registration not required.

  • Eastland Fairfield and Tech “Test Drive Your Future” FREE 3 day camp for grades 6-8 (not applicable to our students, but may be helpful for siblings). My son Andrew also participates in this one. An excellent camp with a variety of activities (he likes the bodyshop/mechanical courses) Registration is going on now! http://www.eastlandfairfield.com/SummerCamp.aspx

  • Ohio University Lancaster “Kids In College” Summer program- Does not offer subsidized fees, however, students with IEPs can apply to receive a scholarship to register for one or two sessions free of charge. Both of my sons participate in this program. Available for students entering 4th grade- 9th grade. Contact Maryann Lape for scholarship information 740-681-3339 or lape@ohiou.edu or complete this form KIDS IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FORM


Other activities

  • Pickerington Special Olympics (PSO Jaguars)- ALL sports/activities are free of charge. (bowling, basketball, track/field, volleyball)- Athletes also participate/compete in a free 3 DAY Ohio Summer Olympic Games at OSU (all special olympics teams throughout OSU) mid June (free room and board on campus)....PSO has events/training/games year rounds- please see me if you’d like more info. My son is an athlete with PSO and he loves it!

  • Columbus Parks and Rec P.L.A.Y Grant (for low income)- can apply to receive reduced fees for all Columbus Parks summer camps/activities. (can receive one free week of camp and reduced fee for other activitie dpending on income) https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/PLAY/

  • Columbus LEISURE Card- access to Columbus Community Centers and Pools (do not have to be a resident of Columbus). Leisure card costs $1 and just need to present the leisure card and .50 to enter Columbus pools during the summer. https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/about-us/Leisure-Cards/

  • FREE Passes to Kings Island and BOGO Columbus Zoo- Donate blood & Save Lives through American Red Cross. June 28th all day at Schottenstein Center. Will receive one free pass per donor/or donation attempt to Kings Island or Cedar Point https://www.redcrossblood.org/events/centralohio/abc6-fox28-and-qfm-blood-drive-2018

  • KIDS BOWL FREE -Register online for child(ren) to receive 2 FREE games of bowling on most days during the summer!!! https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/ The closest participating bowling alley is Tiki Bowling Lanes in Lancaster. Bowling schedule can be found and registration form can be found HERE

  • COTA Zoo Bus- ride the COTA bus to the zoo ($2/person; children $1) and show transfer ticket to receive $3 admission in to Zoo and $10 admission in to Zoombezi Bay (May 30th-Sept 4th). (regular price for zoo ranges from $14.99-19.99 for Fairfield County Residents). Schedule will be posted on COTA website soon. (note: I do this with my family at least twice during the summer to save money. I recommend driving to the Griggs Dam Park and Ride (one of the last bus stops)- only 10 minutes bus ride from zoo, but you can still take advantage of the discount.

  • Inclusive Basketball camp (NO LIMITS Basketball) at OUL $15 June 26-28 5-6:30pm https://www.ci.lancaster.oh.us/DocumentCenter/View/2965 (both of my sons are signed up for this one as well)

  • Pickerington Friday Night Flicks (FREE) around 9pm throughout the summer- bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks June 1- Despicable Me 3, June 8- The Nut Job 2, June 15- The Lego Ninjago movie, June 22- Beauty and The Beast, June 29- Beethoven, July 13- Coco, July 20- Cars 3, July 27- The Incredibles

  • Pickerington Summer Concert series (FREE) Sundays throughout the summer 7-8:30pm

Intra-District Building Transfer Request Form (Open Enrollment)

This form is for parents to request that their children be allowed to attend school in a building in a different attendance area than the one they would normally be enrolled in based on where the student lives.

This form is required to be completed on an annual basis.


Intra-District Building Transfer Request Form

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