Toll Gate Times

March 2020

Letter from the Principal:

Mrs. Kristi Motsch, Principal

12183 Toll Gate Road

Pickerington, Ohio 43147


Dear Parents:

Will March come in like a lamb or a lion? It’s hard to believe that we’ll soon find out! I’d like to ask that you pay particular attention to the dates listed in this and the next two newsletters. There are many important events coming up this spring of which you will want to be aware.

First, I would like to draw your attention to the state testing dates for grades 3 & 4, which are April 16-21(ELA) & April 27-30 (Math). It is especially important that your child report to school on time on these days. Please refer to specific information in this newsletter. Remember the first bell rings at 9:05 a.m. with the tardy bell ringing at 9:15 a.m. Students need to be in their class by 9:15 a.m. in order to participate in testing on these days.

In addition, please review your child’s teacher’s classroom newsletter/webpage. It contains information about upcoming classroom activities.

Our spring break will be March 23-27. Classes resume March 30.

We look forward to continuing to provide a quality educational experience for your child over the next three months.

Educationally Yours,

Mrs. Kristi Motsch, Principal


Mar. 5 K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher conferences – 4:15-8:15-pm

Mar. 6 End of 9 weeks

Mar. 8 Don’t Forget – Turn Clocks ahead

Mar. 9-13 Spring Book Fair

Mar. 10 K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher conferences – 4:15-8:15 pm

Mar. 11 2Hr. late start – Gr. 1-4 (11:15-4:05 pm)

Kdg. AM – 11:15-1:15pm

Kdg. PM – 2:00-4:05pm

Mar. 11 Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will begin online. More Information is included in this newsletter.

Mar. 13 Lunch with A Loved One – Grades 3 & 4.

Grade 3 11:30 -12:15 pm

Grade 4 12:45-1:30 pm

Note: Lunch time changes for all grade levels on this day are below:

2nd – 11:00-11:45

3rd – 11:30-12:15

1st – 12:00-12:45

4th – 12:45-1:30

Mar. 13 Achievement Records

Mar. 23-27 NO School - Spring Break


March 30-Apr. 14 i-Ready Diagnostic Testing

Plan for Progress

Our teachers and classrooms are adapting to meet the changing needs of our students as we enter a new decade. Read more about the shifts in education and in our district on Superintendent Dr. Chris Briggs’ latest Plan for Progress Promise blog post at
Big picture

Spring AIR Testing Schedule

3rd Grade - AIR - ELA - April 16 - Part 1

April 17 - Part 2

4th Grade - AIR - ELA - April 20 - Part 1

April 21 - Part 2

3rd Grade - AIR - Math - April 27 - Part 1

April 28 - Part 2

4th Grade - AIR - Math – April 29 - Part 1

April 30 - Part 2

Big picture

Right to Read Week

Dear Parents,

Our Right to Read Week this year is going to be March 16-20. Our theme is Surfin' Through Books! So think Hawaii, beaches, water, warm sun, etc. Below is a list of events for each day. Feel free to participate as much as you can! See you on the waves of a good book!

Monday – 16

Dress up like tourists in Hawaii, Hawaiian shirt day, leis, etc.

Tuesday – 17

Read a Button day

Wednesday – 18

Read a Shirt day

Thursday – 19

Poem/Joke/Riddle in your pocket Day

Read a hat day

Friday – 20

Dress up like your favorite book character day.

Kindergarten Registration 2020-21 school year

PLEASE NOTE: Parents are advised that, due to the high number of callers, our staff and phone lines at the Welcome Center may be very busy at the beginning of kindergarten registration. Thank you for your patience!

Kindergarten registration for Fall 2020 begins in the district Wednesday, March 11.

Children must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2020, to be registered for kindergarten this fall. The district offers half-day kindergarten in both morning and afternoon sessions. Parents may request a morning or afternoon preference. Depending on the number of parents with preferences, a lottery may be held to determine placement.

The kindergarten registration process begins by filling out the online registration form on March 13. Parents may register online through Infinite Campus starting on that date.

Access to the kindergarten registration system will be open by approximately 9 a.m. that morning. After filling out the basic registration information, parents will receive an e-mail with details about contacting the district’s Welcome Center to arrange an appointment to sign paperwork. At that time, parents also will set up an appointment for a readiness assessment for their children. Those assessments will be held April 29, 30, and May 2 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road (S.R. 204).

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?

Assuming your child will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, the district will perform an assessment. This year, those assessments will be April 29, 30 and May 2 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick-Eastern Road (S.R. 204). These individual screenings (called Bracken assessments) are performed by trained district educators. They are only used by the district to help teachers determine where to begin teaching individual children.

The Bracken assessment tests children on skills such as identifying common colors by name, identifying upper case and lower case letters, identifying single and double-digit numbers, counting objects, demonstrating a basic knowledge of words used to depict size, identifying shapes, and matching or differentiating objects based on specific characteristics.

Find complete information about kindergarten registration and assessments on our website.

Newbery reader

Newbery Club

Read 5 of the most distinguished children's books of all time! Challenge yourself with these rigorous literary masterpieces and join the Newbery Club! Toll Gate Elementary School’s prestigious Newbery Reader Club is in its fifth year and would like to invite you to become a member. To be recognized as a distinguished reader you must read 5 of the Newbery Medal Winners and be able to answer questions about the texts in a jeopardy game format. You may earn this achievement in one school year or over multiple years. At the end of each school year the names of all students who have earned this award will be permanently placed on a plaque in the library. These winners will also be invited to a year-end celebration. If you have questions or would like help selecting books please see your media specialist or gifted education teacher.

Dismissal Procedures

If your child is going home differently than usual, we must have a note from you signifying this. Otherwise your child will be sent home his/her usual way. If an emergency arises, please call the office before 2:30 p.m. to change your child’s dismissal procedure. We cannot ensure that your child will get the message after this time, as this is when classroom folders with messages are delivered. Thanks!

Safety Procedures/School Visits

Parents, please remember to sign in and take a badge from the office when you enter the building. You should always enter from the front, office entrance. Wearing a badge lets our staff know that you have officially signed in with the office. If you are dropping off items for your child, we will call them to the office to limit classroom interruptions. We are very protective of our instructional time and we try to maximize our teachers’ time with students. We appreciate your understanding and your help in limiting classroom interruptions.

Birthday Book Club March Members

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club Collection. Thank you for supporting our school library. Parker E., Maria G., Robyn P.,

Andrew G., & Roman Q.

School Fees Reminder:

School fees are due. If you haven’t paid fees, please send in a check payable to PLSD and indicate on memo line school fees and student ID#. You may also contact the Treasurer’s office at 833- 2112 or pay online using the parent portal on Infinite Campus.

KG - $19.00

First - $17.00

Second - $17.50

Third - $22.00

Fourth – 23.50

G.O.O.D. Program

Our 4th grade students participate annually in the G.O.O.D. (Going On Or Defeated) program. Ron Derry, former educator, discusses his handicap with the students and talks to them about the decision he had to make when he lost his sight. He could either go on or be defeated. He encourages the students to always try their best and each 9 weeks one student who exemplifies the spirit of this program is chosen from each classroom to receive a G.O.O.D. t-shirt. The students chosen for this 9 weeks are: Cali H.,Evie B.,Harley G.,Finn G.,Shiloh L.,& Dawson B. Congratulations!


Fight Flu First to Prevent Coronavirus

February 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

As more information is released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about the Coronavirus and its potential impact on our school community, we want you to be aware that we are staying up-to-date on the latest information and we’re reviewing all of our public safety plans. Prevention of the spread of disease in our school community is an initiative we work on daily in all of our Pickerington Schools. We need the help of our students, families and staff to continue in this effort.

We know an outbreak in our region could impact schools, so we are preparing for many what-if scenarios to minimize disruption while keeping students and staff safe. In the meantime, our school nurses are educated on the signs and symptoms of the coronavirus—many of which are similar to the flu. We encourage you to visit the CDC website to learn more about prevention and treatment.

Just as with other illnesses, we are asking you to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease. The CDC recommends these everyday preventive steps:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. This is worth repeating…PLEASE stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We are committed to the health and safety of our community and we will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.