Pickerington Elementary News

October 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Families,


Our PTO's Welcome Back Party on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, was a great success. We had one of the best turn outs ever and the weather was beautiful. Thanks to all of you who were able to attend with your children. We hope you were able to meet some of their friends, learn more about our wonderfully supportive PTO, and have fun!


It was also nice to see some new faces at our first PTO meeting of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The PTO is continuously looking for new families to be involved in the organization and our school. If you couldn't make our first meeting, the next one will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in our Media Center with child care provided for free.


Our first set of Parent/Teacher conferences is rapidly approaching. There will be a day of Parent/Teacher conferences from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on October 21, 2019, with no school for students. They also will be held from 4:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. the evenings of October 17, 2019 and October 24, 2019. The information regarding conferences will be sent home with your child on October 1, 2019. Please plan to schedule a conference.


We've had another great start to a new school year. Your children are working very hard while they're here, exhibiting good behavior and practicing their seven habits. They're making us all proud. Thank you for your support.


Melissa Moriarty, Principal

K.I.S.S. Luncheon

Our KISS Luncheons, Kids Invite Someone Special, are planned for families to enjoy a school lunch together. Please mark the date on your calendar from the schedule below. We hope you can join us.


November 8, 2019 - Miss Henne, Mr. DiCerbo, Mr. Friedrich, Mrs Stemm


November 15, 2019 - Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Klipa, Ms. Kovar, Mrs. Brockwell


March 13, 2020 - Miss Manalac, Mrs. Bryan, Mrs. Schaar, Mrs. Hissom


March 20, 2020 - Mrs. Gutzeit, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Wolfinger

COUNSELING NEWS

Gifted and Talented Testing (Second AND Third Grade)

2nd and 3rd-grade students will take the gifted and talented assessments for math and reading. Testing will take place at Pickerington Elementary October 1st through October 14th. 2nd-grade students will take the Naglieri assessment, while 3rd-grade students will take the CogAT. Assessment results will inform teachers of student achievement in comparison to other students across the country. As well, the assessment will identify the student as gifted and talented. We ask that you please be mindful of scheduling appointments around the testing window.

Ohio State Tests (Third Grade ONLY)

3rd-grade students will take the OST ELA test on Tuesday, October 22nd and Wednesday, October 23rd. We ask that you please be mindful of scheduling appointments around the testing window.

Red Ribbon Week

RRW will be October 28th - November 1st



  • Monday - I "Mustache" you not to do drugs - Wear Red and a mustache (mustache provided)


  • Tuesday - Don't get mixed up in drugs - Wear mixed-up or mismatched clothes/hair


  • Wednesday - Don't be caught sleeping, say "no" to drugs! - Come to school in your pajamas, be sure to wear shoes


  • Thursday - Say "Boo" to Drugs - Wear orange and black and bring a canned food item to donate to the Pickerington food pantry


  • Friday - Team up against drugs! - Wear your favorite jersey or team shirt

Holiday Assistance

Dear Families,


The holidays are quickly approaching along with all the wonderful memories made during this special time of the year. The holidays are an enjoyable time with family and friends, however, that does not mean that they are not stressful! I realize some families may need some extra assistance providing a more memorable holiday for their children. Pickerington Schools are teaming up once again, with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.


For those out and about during the holiday season, you may see big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools. If you would like to donate a new toy/gift for the holiday season it can be placed in the big red boxes. Gift cards are also appreciated. If you would prefer to donate in other ways, please let me know.


If you would like to a request form for holiday assistance this year, please contact me at kendra_stewart@plsd.us or (614) 548-1431. The request form will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner; however, the information will be shared with local agencies. More details will be shared with those families requesting holiday assistance. The forms must be turned into a Pickerington school counselor by Friday, November 22nd.


Best Wishes,

Kendra Stewart

Pickerington Elementary School - PLSD

School Counselor

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ACHIEVEMENT RECORDS

As we continue to evolve with technology and cost-saving measures, parents of elementary students will now receive achievement records digitally through Infinite Campus starting with the 2019-2020 school year.


Paper copies of achievement records will not be sent home unless internet access is not available. If this is the case please let your teacher or principal know as soon as possible.


At the end of each quarter, you will receive an e-mail from Infinite Campus (from the building) alerting you that achievement records are available to view through the parent portal.


Below are directions for accessing your child’s achievement records in IC.
How to find your student's achievement record in Infinite Campus


The achievement record will be a PDF version which can be downloaded and printed.

Please feel free to reach out to your teacher with questions and concerns.

NEWS FROM THE CLINIC

Emergency Medical Forms

We are still missing emergency medical forms . These forms should be completed online this year. If you have not completed your online forms, please do so immediately at https://Plsd.esvportal.com.

Clothing

Thank you to those who have donated used clothing to the clinic. You can rest assured they'll be put to good use! We could still use pants, especially boys with elasticized waists, athletic pants/shorts and sweats.

School and Illness: Shoud Your Child Stay Home

Parents often have trouble knowing whether their child is too ill to go to school. The following guidelines will help you decide.


Your child is too ill to go to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:



  • Has vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Has a cough that interrupts his/her normal activity
  • Has a temperature above 100.5 degrees by mouth
  • Has drainage from the eye(s)
  • Unexplained rash
  • Overly tired



Fever


  • Your child should not go to school if his/her temperature is above 100.5 degrees. He or she may return to school 24 hours after his temperature is below 100.5 degrees without the use of fever-reducing medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin, and he or she is feeling better.



Contagious Disease


  • A contagious disease is one that can be spread by close contact with a person or object. Examples of contagious disease are; chickenpox, the flu, stomach virus, strep throat, and "pink eye". A disease is most often contagious 24 hours before the child shows signs of illness. It is very hard to prevent the spread of some germs, especially in a school classroom. Good hand washing will prevent the spread of germs.
  • Your child should stay home from school if he or she has a contagious disease to keep from spreading it to others.



Please Remember


  • School is important for normal development. If your child is absent often, it may be harder to keep up with the class.
  • Ask your doctor if you are not sure about keeping your child home or sending them to school.

CAFETERIA NEWS

Please practice your student's six-digit lunch account numbers with them. This is their student ID number and they enter it on a keypad in the lunchroom as they buy their lunches.

National School Lunch Week

Next week, October 14-18, is National School Lunch Week! This year's theme is "What is on PLSD's Playlist - Feed the Rockstars!" National School Lunch Week is a week long observance of events and activities designed to promote the benefits of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and recognizes the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child's life.


In honor of the theme, names of popular school lunches at Pickerington Schools will be slightly different. On Wednesday, October 16, "Billboard" Donato's Pizza will be served at all K-6 buildings.

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Save the Date! - Pickerington Elementary Right to Read Week December 2nd through 6th

The theme this year is "Seasonal Traditions" with special dress-up days and reading events throughout the week.


On Friday, December 6th, we will welcome illustrator Steve Harpster for a school visit as well as a family reading night and movie night. Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this event.


More information to come!

Food Truck

Pickerington Elementary will have a food truck on our last Parent/Teacher Conference night, Thursday, October 24, 2019. Chris's Snack Shack, will be available from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Feel free to stop by and pick up dinner!
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Dates to Remember

10/1/19 - 10/14/19: 2nd & 3rd Grade Gifted TEsting Window (please try not to schedule appointments during this timeframe)

10/4/19: STEAM Day/PTO Walk-a-thon

10/11/19: NO SCHOOL - Professional Development

10/14/19: PTO Chipotle Fundraiser (4pm - 8pm)

10/17/19: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/21/19: NO SCHOOL K-8 Only (All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences)

10/22/19: NO SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN ONLY (All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences)

10/22/19 and 10/23/19: Third Grade AIR Testing (Please try not to schedule appointments during this timeframe)

10/24/19: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences