December 2019/January 2020


P.R.O.U.D. Winners

During our November PTO meeting, seven students were recognized for being chosen as school leaders for the month of October. Each of the seven students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described in the book, The Leader in Me by Steven R. Covey and in the series of books titled the 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. Each student demonstrated what a highly effective leader looks like. During the meeting, the students were given a leadership T-shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to Brody C., William H., Kaylla J., Liam B., Khalid N., Ella W., and Ella C.

K.I.S.S. Luncheon

We had a fantastic turnout for our November KISS luncheons. Many family members shared that they enjoy them and love the opportunity to enjoy a short activity or program prior to lunch, and spending time here at school with their children. Families who are new to Pickerington Elementary and those with first graders also mentioned that they appreciated our luncheons! Our book fair was open during the same time frame and was very well attended during the luncheons! If you didn't receive an invitation to a November luncheon, your child will have a luncheon in March, and you will receive an invitation approximately two weeks before the event. Thank you to everyone who attended, to our teachers for opening up their classrooms, to our students who were greeters and guides, and to our PTO members who helped set up and worked our book fair.

Holiday Season

As we enter the holiday season, we're thankful for our wonderful students, staff, and families at Pickerington Elementary. The entire staff wishes you a safe and restful holiday break!

Melissa Moriarty, Principal


Holiday Toy Drive

Pickerington Schools have teamed up once again with the Violet Township Fire Department to collect new, unwrapped toys for families in need this holiday season! Families are encouraged to donate items in our red holiday box, located just inside the main entrance at Pickerington Elementary. Any item you provide will be greatly appreciated!


End of Day Dismissal

We try to limit the number of classroom interruptions during the school day, however, we realize that it may become necessary to change your child's dismissal plans. If you must change the way your child is to be dismissed, we ask that you send a note in advance. If you have to make a change via telephone, we ask that you do it as early as possible. Please try not to call with dismissal changes after 3:00pm.

Also, as the winter season approaches, some parents may decide to pick up/drop off their children who normally walk to and from school. Please remember that the front of the building is designated for buses only. If you choose to pick up/drop off your child you must do so in the parent line on the side of the building. If you choose to pick your walker up at the end of the day, please send in a note informing us of the end of the day change. This is necessary so that we can ensure your child is sent to the parent pick up line at the end of the day.


Please remember, you must send a note in with your children when they will be leaving early for appointments. This allows the teachers to be prepared and to have them ready to go at the designated time. Please allow enough tome for you to come into the building to sign your child out. Students will be called from class once you come into the office. You may send in the doctor's excuse the next day. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Right to Read Week

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Fourth Grade Spelling Bee

On Wednesday, December 11th, all fourth-grade students will take a written spelling test in an effort to qualify for the annual Pickerington Elementary Spelling Bee. A word study list will be sent home the first week of December.

Students invited to the bee will be notified before winter break, based on written qualification test results. The spelling bee is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th at 6:00 p.m. Good luck to all participants!

Music News

Do you like to sing and have fun with your friends? We will be holding our third annual PLSD Elementary Music Festival. This year's theme is Sing! and will feature music from around the world and tons of fun games. There will also be performances by the combined Pickerington North and Central High School Choirs.

Students will have the opportunity to work with Molly Rule from the Columbus Children's Choir. Molly is a former teacher at Fairfield Elementary School here in Pickerington.

Keep an eye out for registration information in January!

Who: All 4th grade students

What: Sing!

When: Saturday February 29 (9 am start, 2 pm concert)

Cost: $10, includes lunch and a t-shirt

Updates from the Media Center

Newberry participants and the number of books read

Sophie M. - 3

Payton H. - 2

Kayra J. - 1

Addi F. - 1

Shelby M. - 2

Lily R. - 1

Tanisha I. - 1

Sydney R. - 1

Kendle T. - 2

Madison G. - 1

Doug R. - 3

Katelyn R. - 2

Chanden S. - 2

Kevin O. - 3

Taylor A. - 3

Autumn K. - 2

Juliet S. - 1

Riley H. - 1

Isaac R. - 2

Ethan C. - 2

James O. - 2

Jake P. - 1

Jonah M. - 1

Laurie H. - 1

Cafeteria News

Are you looking for a way to earn money while your kids are in school, and be off with them when they're out of school? Well, working as a substitute for PLSD in the food service department is the perfect solution!

We are looking for friendly, reliable people to work in our department. No food service training? No problem! We train you. Please call 614-833-3645 for more information. To apply, visit the Pickerington Local School District website and fill out an application on Applitrack for substitute cook.

Important Dates

December 11

2-Hour Late Start - Professional Development

December 23 - January 2

No School - Winter Break

January 3

No School - Teacher Record Day

January 6

Classes Resume

January 17

No School - Innovation Conference Day (Prof. Dev.)

January 20

No School - Martin Luther King Day