Pickerington Elementary

January 8th, 2021

Pickerington Elementary

January 18 No School, Martin Luther King Day

January 20 No School, Professional Development Day (Innovation Day)

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed a restful and re-energizing break. I know I did...for as much as my one and three-year-old would let me! We enjoyed playing in the snow, playing with my sons' marble run games, and of course watching the Buckeyes win while my son broke his leg...long story. The second half of this school year will be one of resiliency. We have all been out of our comfort zone and have needed to change so many aspects of our life. Our students are no different, but they have taken it in stride...they are the definition of resilient. I look forward to meeting and working with each one of you as we partner together for your student's overall success at Pickerington Elementary. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do!


Mr. Zwiebel

Principal (officially)


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Chicken, chicken...what combo you pickin’

Raising Cane's Fundraiser

Our PTO has partnered with Raising Canes (Pickerington Location) on Monday, January 11th! Simply mention the fundraiser and our PTO will receive 15% of the sales made that day. Follow the link below for more info!


https://www.raisingcanes.com/fundraiser/Pickerington-Elementary-PTO-Fundraising-Night

Brrrr!

Just a reminder that Ohio weather can be sporadic and the temperature changes all the time. Please have your student wear the proper jackets and coats to ensure their comfort while playing outside during recess.


If your child needs a new coat or does not have heavy enough to block out the cold, please contact our school counselor Ms. Kendra Stewart at kendra_stewart@plsd.us and she will be able to confidentially assist you and your child's needs.

Pickerington Elementary 4th Grade Spelling Bee 2021

Dear Families of 4th Grade Students,


This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Pickerington Elementary to host a school spelling bee program, whether your children are learning in classrooms or remotely from your homes. Participation is completely optional this year.


  • We will hold the first level of competition, the qualification stage, through an online spelling test. The first step to spelling bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com. Enter our zip code (43147) and select our school (Pickerington Elementary).


  • Please see the attached instructions to walk you through the online registration and spelling test process.


  • Once you have registered, I will be able to assign the 4th Grade spelling test to your child. Your child must complete the 25-word test before January 20th.


  • Again, the first step to spelling bee participation is to register at https://online-test.spellingbee.com Please register on or before January 11th as I will begin assigning tests to students soon.


  • The 10 students with the highest scores will be notified and will move on to compete at the school-level bee. This year, our 4th Grade Spelling Bee will take place at school on Wednesday, January 27th in the cafeteria at 3:00. Only the 10 spelling bee contestants (VLA and Hybrid students) and a small number of staff members as bee officials will be in attendance. Due to COVID restrictions, this event will not have an audience. Families will not be allowed in the building, but they may drop off the bee participants at the front doors of the school from 2:30 to 2:45 and pick them up at the conclusion of the bee from 3:45 to 4:00.


Our school champion will then move on to represent Pickerington Elementary in the regional spelling bee at Ohio University on a weekend date to be determined in February or March. The next stage of competition may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.


Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. I look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!


Sincerely,


Ms. Melissa Woodward

PTO News


4TH GRADE PARENTS:

Then and Now Pictures for the Yearbook

If you would like to include your 4th graders' Then & Now pictures in the school yearbook this year please send them to Darcie Adams at darcieadams13@gmail.com. All pictures need to be received NO LATER THAN January 29th, 2021 in order to be included in the yearbook.


Yearbooks on sale now!

If you would like to purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook they are on sale from now until March 5th. The cost of the yearbooks are $20.00 each. You are able to order online at the following link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1147376/Pickerington-Elementary-School/2021-Yearbook/20201219042027977121/CATALOG_SHOP/


OR you could pay by cash/check and send it in a marked envelope with your student's name, teacher's name, and exact amount. Make checks payable to PE PTO. If you have any questions, please contact Darcie Adams at darcieadams13@gmail.com.

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"

Calamity Days?

Calamity days are not school closure days as they have been in the past. Calamity days have been converted to virtual learning days. You will note that students are still required to attend school virtually from home.


All students need to log in for attendance through Infinite Campus on the calamity virtual learning day. Note that Infinite Campus may be slightly delayed for a student who would have otherwise been “in person.”


Students will be able obtain assignments via SeeSaw in grades K-4 and Google Classroom in grades 5-12 starting at 10:00 AM. Virtual work needs to be issued for the students who were scheduled to attend in-person. This is under the assumption the opposite cohort already has direction on what work needs completed on the planned-for virtual day.


All teachers will give their best attempt to arrange for and communicate with their students to attend at minimum one Google Meet session. Invites should come from the homeroom teacher. For related arts teachers, 1:00-2:00 has been reserved for Google Meets and other work with students. We are sympathetic to the adjustments families need to make for a calamity virtual learning day, but strongly encourage students to attend their Meet times if possible.


VLA will follow their normal schedule to the best extent possible. Any changes will be communicated by the classroom teacher.


Please contact your building principal or classroom teachers for further guidance or clarification.


Sincerely,


Sabrina Woodruff,

Chief Academic Officer