Pickerington Elementary

October 16, 2020

Pickerington Elementary

October 20th: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (Kindergarten Only)

October 22nd: Picture Retakes (Cohort B) 📸😁, Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening)

October 26th-30th: 3rd grade Ohio State Testing (OST)

October 27th: Picture Retakes (Cohort A)📸😁

November 3rd: Go Vote! -Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (11 am - 7 pm)

UPDATE: VLA Families

At the October 12th, 2020 PLSD Board of Education Meeting, the Board determined that hybrid students (Cohorts A & B) will return to full in person learning Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning on November 16th. Wednesday will remain a virtual learning day for the remainder of the semester for these students.

The administration and the Board also decided to allow full time VLA students the opportunity to apply for a return to the face to face model based on space and availability by grade/building. While we understand the original commitment to the VLA program was for a full year, we are trying to accommodate families that are struggling with the full virtual setting. This will be the only opportunity for you to apply for your student to return to face to face learning.

In order to be fair to all parties requesting consideration to return to face to face learning, a lottery will be held for any spots available by grade/building. In order to be considered, you must submit an application for each student you are requesting consideration for. The district will be sending out a communication to the K-6 VLA families on Monday 10/19 at 8 AM along with a list of open seats available for hybrid by building/grade level. The email will also include a link to a survey that must be completed to be considered for the lottery. If you would like to be considered for having your student return to in-person learning, please be on the lookout for the email. The survey link will be open until Friday 10/23 at 4PM. If you’re content with the VLA, there will be no action needed on your part.

Come join us!

PLSD has multiple classified job openings, including duty aides, health care assistants, and two full-time custodian positions. We also need substitutes in all areas, but especially custodians. If you or someone you know is interested, you can go to the Human Resources page on the district website or contact Scott Philabaum at Scott_Philabaum@plsd.us.

Free meals at school!

We just got word from the ODE Child Nutrition Department that all meals are free through June 2021. No paperwork needs to be completed. Your student simply needs to go through the line. Please take advantage of this amazing program!

Counselor Connection with Ms. Stewart

Thanksgiving Meal Assistance Available

Local community members are interested in donating Thanksgiving meals (Gift Card for a Turkey, Stuffing, Pie, Corn, Green Beans, Turkey Pan, Biscuit Mix) to other Pickerington families. This is a confidential donation, neither the names of donors or recipients will be shared. Due to the amount of food in the box, an adult will need to be available to come and pick it up from Pickerington Elementary on Friday, November 20th. The pick-up time is to be determined and will be communicated closer to that date.


If you are interested in receiving a Turkey dinner, please contact me at Phone:(614)548-1431 or email kendra_stewart@plsd.us by November 4th.


Please let me know how many family members live in your house so we can make sure the appropriate amount of food is boxed.


Holiday Assistance


Pickerington Schools are once again teaming up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.


In need of assistance?

Request an online form for holiday assistance by contacting me at kendra_stewart@plsd.us or 614-548-1431. The request link will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner with more details from your school counselor. Please remember that we will only be able to supplement your holiday. The online form must be completed by Friday, November 20th.


Wanting to donate?

There are several ways to donate this year:

  • The traditional big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools accepting donations of new toys/gifts.

  • Gift cards are also appreciated.

  • Cash donations through Paypal.

  • Another way of donating this year is through Amazon and Target. If you would prefer to donate in this way, click on the links below. Be sure to ship to Violet Township Fire Department Toy Drive (address will appear as an option).


Target

Amazon

PayPal


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. Students will take their bags home on either Monday or Thursday, depending on which hybrid day they are here. If your student is VLA and would like to participate, you will pick up the bag(s) from the school on Thursday or Friday. 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.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program

Pickerington Elementary would like to introduce Big Brothers Big Sisters and its school-based mentoring program. School-based mentoring assists youths in realizing their full potential academically. Bigs meet with Littles at school, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. Currently, meetings are happening virtually on the students' virtual learning days with their 'Big' as a BBBS staff member monitors the hangout. When we return to full-time in-person learning and once visitors are allowed to return to buildings, Bigs would come to our school to meet with the Little at a time that works best for the pair. These meetings are typically scheduled during lunch/recess depending on the availability of the Big. The meetings usually last about 40 to 45 minutes once per week throughout the school year.


If you think this would be a good fit for your child please contact Ms. Stewart or Ms. Smith (Intern) at (614) 548-1431 or by email at kendra_stewart@plsd.us / ashley_smith@plsd.us.


Please click the link below to learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters


Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the nation's largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. You can go to https://www.redribbon.org/ to learn more.

Click on the image below to view the flyer for our Red Ribbon Spirit Week happening October 26 through October 30. Additional activities will occur at school and through Seesaw.

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"

Testing Month!


Testing Information



Ohio State Tests (Third Grade ONLY)

Co-Hort A 3rd-grade students will take the ELA OST test on Monday, October 26th, and Tuesday, October 27th. Co-Hort B students will take the ELA OST on Thursday, October 29th, and Friday, October 30th. VLA students will need to come into the building on Wednesday, October 28th to take both parts 1 and 2 of the ELA OST. We ask that you please be mindful of scheduling appointments around the testing window.


Gifted and Talented Testing (Second AND Third Grade)

2nd and 3rd-grade students will take the gifted and talented assessment for math and reading. Testing will take place at Pickerington Elementary on November 2nd and 5th. 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.

PTO

POPCORN TIME!!!

The Pickerington Elementary PTO is hosting a fundraiser at Fat Baby's Gourmet Popcorn on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Stop in and check out their wide selection of unique popcorn flavors. A portion of all sales will benefit Pickerington Elementary PTO.

See you Saturday!



Gear Up!

Support our PTO by purchasing your very own

Pickerington Elementary Gear

Early Dismissal Protocol

If you are planning an early dismissal, please send in a signed note OR call the school office to let us know before coming to pick up your child. This will ensure your child is ready to go at the requested time.


Also, If you need to sign your child in or out of school, please use the QR code located on the front doors. All parents are expected to walk their child to and from the main entrance when signing a child in or out of school. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow parents in the building due to COVID unless it is an emergency.

Tech Help

If seeking help or have signed up for tech help at the district office please reference the district website.


https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/news/new-plsd-technology-hours/


Current tech support hours AND the location at Heritage Auditorium. Parents must go to doors P and O (not District Office or The Elementary School).


This information is on the District website but we have had many students/parents come here today saying their teacher sent them.

*the current hours are only for the month of October!


Chromebook restart message

If students see a message telling them they will be logged out soon, this is because they have not turned off or logged out of their computer for some time. This can cause issues with memory among other issues. Logging out and back in should solve any issues. If they ignore this message they will be logged out by the computer. No worries, they will be able to log right back in. The worst case scenario is they may be kicked off during work they are completing.