Heritage Elementary

11/16/2018

Heritage Elementary

100 N. East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147

(614) 833-6385 - phone

(614) 833-6415 - fax


Principal - Mr. Chad Rice - chad_rice@plsd.us

Counselor - Mrs. Marieca Mattox - marieca_mattox@plsd.us

School Nurse - Mrs. Marni Dreher - marnica_dreher@plsd.us

Secretary - Mrs. Katie Thielman - katie_thielman@plsd.us

Office Assistant - Mrs. Lisa Karavakis - lisa_karavakis@plsd.us

IMPORTANT DATES

18/19 SCHOOL CALENDAR


11/21/18 - 11/23/18: No School - Thanksgiving Break

12/5/18: 2Hr late start - Professional Development

12/21/18: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Day

12/24/18 - 1/4/19: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

BREAKFAST/LUNCH MENU

Elementary Breakfast Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu


* Morning Breakfast*

Heritage serves breakfast every morning from 9:00 am to 9:15 am. The above breakfast menu has prices for your reference. Please communicate with your student whether or not they are to purchase breakfast. Thank you.


LUNCH SCHEDULE:

4th Grade 12:00 to 12:45 pm

1st Grade 12:15 to 1:00 pm

3rd Grade 12:30 to 1:15 pm

2nd Grade 12:45 to 1:30 pm


Click Here to add money to a lunch account using "My Payments Plus"

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OUTDOOR RECESS

Children are required to go outside unless prohibited by weather conditions or health reasons. Indoor recess will be held on days of inclement weather or when the wind chill factor is below 25 degrees. Please make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather.

COUGH DROP POLICY

Nonprescription Medication Policy

Nonprescription medication such as Advil, Tylenol, cough drops, etc. may be administered to students if the parent/guardian brings in the medication along with written permission for the medication to be given. All medications must be sent in the original container. Dosages cannot exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight. We must have a note from the doctor to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.

Cough Drops - Students must leave cough drops in the clinic and students must remain in the clinic until a cough drop is fully dissolved.

For additional information, see Board Policy 5330 and 5330 AG.

MEDICATION PROCEDURES

PICKERINGTON SCHOOLS

Health Services Department


Medication Procedures:


  1. A PLSD Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel Form must be completed and signed by the medical provider and parent/guardian.

  • A separate authorization form must be completed for EACH medication.

  • Changes in medication require a new authorization form to be completed and signed by the medical provider and parent/guardian. This includes orders to stop/discontinue medications.

  • If these requirements are not met, PLSD staff will not be able to administer medication. The parent/guardian will be notified and arrangements will need to be made by the parent/guardian to administer the medication to his or her child.


2. A parent/guardian must deliver and pick up medications to the school clinic.

  • No medication is to be transported by students. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make arrangements for the transportation of his or her child’s medication to and from school. Exception: Self-carry and self administration for asthma and epi-pens. Proper documentation from the medical provider and parent/guardian must be on file in the school clinic.

  • Medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container and may not be expired.

  • Pharmacy label must include student’s name, medical provider’s name, medication name, medication strength and direction for usage.

  • Prescription medication must be counted by the school staff member receiving the medication and in the presence of the parent/guardian. Be sure to count in a private area to maintain confidentiality. This information is to be recorded on the Medication Documentation Record (MDR). School staff and the parent must sign and date the information.

  • In the event a student brings in medication, the medication must be counted by 2 staff members in the presence of the student, and the parent/guardian is to be notified by telephone of the medication count. Remind parent/guardian that medication is to be transported to school by parent/guardian. All information is to be documented on the MDR.

  • Notify the School Nurse of receipt of medication for documentation in Infinite Campus.

Nonprescription/Over the Counter Medications:

  • The parent/guardian must complete Administering Nonprescription Medications - Grades K-12 form or note with student's name, date of birth, homeroom teacher's name, grade, name of medication, strength, dosage, time of day medication to be administered, dates to start and discontinue medication, parent/guardian printed name, telephone number, signature and date.

  • Over the counter medication must have the original manufacturer's label attached

  • A courtesy call is to be made to the student’s parent/guardian to alert them when medicine is low.

  • A photo of the student should be posted on Medication Documentation Record.


3. All medication is to be kept in the clinic, locked at all times. Keys are to be kept secure as determined by building administration.

  • Clinic staff is responsible for the security of keys and locked medication cabinets. No medications will be stored in the clinic during summer break.

  • Parents/guardians will be reminded to pick up remaining medication prior to the end of the school year.

  • In the event medication is not picked up, proper disposal will be made.

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HOLIDAY DONATION BOXES

The red Holiday Donation boxes have arrived! 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. The Heritage donation box is located in front of the main office. 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.

As a reminder, the deadline to request holiday assistance is Monday, November 19th. If you are in need of holiday assistance, please contact Heritage School Counselor, Marieca Mattox, at the number below by Monday, November 19th.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Marieca Mattox

School Counselor

Heritage Elementary School – PLSD

614-833-6385

marieca_mattox@plsd.us

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HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

From the CDC

HOLIDAY HACKS


  • Have pumpkin pie instead of pecan pie. Even with a dollop of whipped cream, you'll cut calories and sugar by at least a third.
  • Break physical activity up into smaller chunks so it fits into your schedule, like walking 10 minutes several times a day.
  • Schedule some "me" time every day -- a nap, dog walk, or hot bath to get your energy back for the next celebration.
  • Have a small plate of foods you like best and then move away from the buffet table.
  • Start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite.
  • Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you're full.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food. Alcohol can lower blood sugar and interact with diabetes medicines.
  • Keep Moving! Being active is your secret holiday weapon; it can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress during the most stressful time of year. Get moving with friends and family, such as taking a walk after a holiday meal.
  • Get your Zzz's. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to guard against mindless eating.
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SCHOOL FEES DEADLINE


Dear Parents,

Please note that the final deadline for paying 2018-19 student fees is Nov. 16. For details regarding any outstanding students fees, go to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at https://pickeringtonoh.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/pickerington.jsp

There are three available payment options:

1. Go to https://pickeringtonoh.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/pickerington.jsp and pay outstanding fees online with a credit card or e-check.

2. Mail payments to Pickerington Schools, Treasurer's Office, 90 N. East Street, Pickerington, OH 43147.

3. Stop by District Office during normal business hours at 90 N. East Street.

All checks or money orders should be made payable to Pickerington Local Schools. To ensure proper posting, please reference your student's name and student ID. Cash payments cannot be accepted by mail.

If you have questions regarding fees, please contact your child's school or call the Treasurer's Office at (614)-833-2110.

HERITAGE SPIRITWEAR SALE

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VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY

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EVERY-1-CONNECTED PROGRAM

Starting in November, students with limited or no internet access in their homes can gain access to WiFi for their homework and other school projects thanks to a new Pickerington Schools program.

Through the Every-1-Connected program, the district will offer a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices to students who have limited or no internet access at home. Students can borrow the devices from their building media center.

This program is open to Pickerington School students who are fully enrolled in one of the 15 district buildings. Priority will be given to students on the free/reduced lunch list and who have little to no household internet access.

“Every-1-Connected gives students with the greatest need the opportunity to borrow a free hotspot device for two-week periods during the school year,” said Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology. “These devices hook up to district iPads and Chromebooks and allow free access to the internet.”

Seymour said the devices will help students who need internet access complete homework or other major projects. Because multiple students can sign on to a single hotspot, the devices also can be used to facilitate group projects.

There is no cost to students to borrow the hotspots, which were funded by the district and through a grant from T-Mobile.

“The reality is that not every household can afford internet connectivity in the home,” Seymour said. “With our emphasis on one-to-one technology, we knew we needed to find ways to bridge the digital divide and ensure educational equity for all our students. These hotspots are a step in that direction.”

The devices use internet content filtering, and student browsing history is recorded, Seymour said. While only one device may be borrowed per household, the hotspots can be signed out repeatedly throughout the year, based on availability.

For students to participate in the program, parents must complete a form (available from the school and on the district website). The form indicates that parents will assume financial responsibility for the equipment if it is damaged due to intentional reckless, willful, wanton or malicious conduct. The devices are covered under the district’s existing Technology Protection Plan, which is already available to families to cover district-provided Chromebooks and tablets.

Complete information about the program, including instructions for requesting a hotspot, are available online under “Every-1-Connected Program.”

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7 Habits Family Letter

Dear Families,

As many of you know, Heritage is a Leader in Me school, where we focus on teaching the principles and practices of the 7 Habits to our students to help them develop leadership skills they will use as they continue to grow. We are reaching out to you to develop a home-school connection to bridge what they are learning here at school, with practical ways they can apply the habits at home.


We will be supporting you through a new initiative at school. Every 4 weeks we will send home some fun 7 Habits activities for your family to complete together. This will give you a chance to talk about the habits, to make plans as a family, and to work together to inspire the leaders in your children. These activities should be sent back to school once they are completed as they will foster continued conversation and learning in our classrooms. Our End in Mind is that 100% of our students will complete these activities. Thanks so much for your continued support!


The Heritage Elementary Staff

FREE English Classes for Adults!

STARTING NOVEMBER 1ST!


Beginner English Classes

When: Thursday nights from 6 - 7:30 pm.

Where: Fairfield Elementary

Instructor: Cara Brill

Email: cara_brill@plsd.us


Intermediate English Classes

When: Thursday nights from 7:30 - 9 pm.

Where: Fairfield Elementary

Instructor: Cara Brill

Email: cara_brill@plsd.us

REQUIRED EMERGENCY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATIONS

Custodial parents of students in kindergarten through grade 12 must fill out all back-to-school forms using the district’s OneView Forms System. Preschool parents receive a separate mailed packet of forms. This is a separate system from Infinite Campus. Parents must create a new account in OneView Forms using the instructions below.

FOR A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO COMPLETE THE REQUIRED eSchoolView OneVIew Portal please go to the following link: https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/back-to-school-2018/

Heritage WILL NOT ACCEPT paper copies of the required Emergency Medical Authorization.

Art with Mrs. M

For the next nine weeks, students will not have art, as Mrs. M will be at Sycamore Creek teaching their artists. Students will have a technology class instead.



Please check out our masterpieces from the past nine weeks on our ARTSONIA page :)


If you really miss your time with Mrs. M, check out her clay classes at Picktown Art Works here in town!


See you in January!

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FROM THE MEDIA CENTER

Dear Parents,


I am in the process of creating a "makerspace" area in our media center. Some of you may be wondering...What is a makerspace? Well, in simple terms, it is a place where students can gather to collaborate, create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of different materials. I am so excited to bring this opportunity to our students, but in order to do so, I need your help!

I am in need of several items to be donated to our makerspace. Some items may already be in your home. If you are able, I would be so appreciative of any donation that you are willing to provide.


The items needed are:

Straws

Popsicle sticks and larger craft sticks

Pipe cleaners

Rolls of Duct tape

Scotch tape/Masking tape

Markers

Styrofoam cups, Dixie size cups, or red plastic cups

Rolls of foil

Toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes

Rubberbands

Yarn & string

Coffee filters (all kinds)

Cotton Balls

Toothpicks

Paper plates (big and small)

Buttons

Big Paper Clips

Gluesticks


Any donations can be sent in with your student and dropped off in the media center.


Thanks so much for any donations and your support in creating this fun, innovative, and hands-on space for all of our "Makers".


Julie Seibert

Library/Media Aide

IMPORTANT CLASSLINK HOME ACCESS INFORMATION

ClassLink Log in Information for Home Access


Parents and Guardians,

This year students will be accessing many district programs like ST Math through an app/website called ClassLink (very similar to Clever which was used last year in the district). Below are the directions for logging into ClassLink and ST math as well as other district approved programs on an iPad or a computer while at home. If your child is in grades K - 2 they will need to get their QuickCard from their teacher.


iPad/Tablet (exception Amazon Fire Tablet) Access Grades K - 2:

1. Download the ClassLink App 2. Download the ST Math App 3. Open ClassLink and choose the QuickCard option (below sign in with Google) hold the student’s Quick Card up to the camera; once scanned your child will be logged into ClassLink.

a. If you do not have the Quick Card you can log the student in with their Google

email and password. b. Enter your child’s email address - firstname_lastnameXXX@students.plsd.us

(REMINDER THE X’S REPRESENT THE LAST THREE DIGITS OF THEIR STUDENT ID) 4. Inside of the ClassLink app, click on ST Math. 5. You will be prompted to open this page in “ST Math”, click open 6. Your child will be logged into ST Math


iPad/Tablet (exception Amazon Fire Tablet) Access Grades 3 - 4 (NO QuickCards):

1. Download the ClassLink App 2. Download the ST Math App 3. Open ClassLink and choose Log in with your username and password 4. Choose log in with Google 5. Enter your child’s email address - firstname_lastnameXXX@students.plsd.us

(REMINDER THE X’S REPRESENT THE LAST THREE DIGITS OF THEIR STUDENT ID) 6. Click Next 7. Enter the password - StudentID00 (REMINDER THIS IS THEIR LUNCH CODE AND 00) 8. Inside of the ClassLink app, click open ST Math 9. You will be prompted to open this page in “ST Math”, click open 10. Your child will be logged into ST Math


Computer Access Grades K - 2:

1. Go to ClassLink.com 2. Choose the QuickCard Log In option 3. This will activate your webcam, you will need to approve this.

a. If you do not have a webcam or the student’s QuickCard please use the

instructions below labeled “computer access grades 3-4” 4. Hold your child’s Quick Card up to be scanned.

a. If you do not have the Quick Card you can log the student in with their Google

email and password. b. Enter your child’s email address - firstname_lastnameXXX@students.plsd.us

(REMINDER THE X’S REPRESENT THE LAST THREE DIGITS OF THEIR STUDENT ID) 5. Once in ClassLink click on ST Math 6. Your child will be directed to the ST Math Website where they will be automatically

logged in.


Computer Access Grades 3 - 4:

1. Go to ClassLink.com 2. Click on the sign in with Google option. 3. Enter your child’s email address - firstname_lastnameXXX@students.plsd.us

(REMINDER THE X’S REPRESENT THE LAST THREE DIGITS OF THEIR STUDENT ID) 4. Click Next 5. Enter the password - StudentID00 (REMINDER THIS IS THEIR LUNCH CODE AND 00) 6. Click on ST Math 7. A new tab will open to the ST Math website 8. Your child will be logged into ST Math

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

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 a request form for holiday assistance this year, please contact me at marieca_mattox@plsd.us or (614) 548-1322. 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 Monday, November 19th.

Best Wishes,

Marieca Mattox

Heritage Elementary School - PLSD

School Counselor


marieca_mattox@plsd.us



Weekend Food Program

Violet Baptist Church


This program was created to help those families in need of meals for their children over the weekend. This is a wonderful program that helps those families in need within the PLSD.


What it is:

Food provided per student for 3 meals a day over Saturday and Sunday.

The food will be dropped off at the school office on Fridays.

The appropriate student will be notified and will come to retrieve their food bag.


We follow the school calendar & inclement weather schedule. No deliveries on Friday if no school. If we do know of a long weekend, we can arrange to drop for 3 days worth of meals. We have been approached by Mid Ohio Food Bank and have partnered with them to grow this program. Violet Baptist Church has volunteered to host the program and recruit volunteers from the community to join at VBC weekly to pack the food and distribute to the appropriate schools. Again, HOPE does not know whom the recipients are in order to keep strict confidentiality. If there is a food allergy we do identify that up front.


We keep strict guidelines on safety at the elementary levels for food prep. No food that needs a can opener, heat or microwave for little hands and safety. This changes for the upper levels. Also, we keep records for food safety and handling according to the standards set by the FDA and have completed training for such at Mid Ohio.


Lastly, this is no strings attached. Absolutely FREE for the student. If a household has more than one student, each student would receive a bag of food.


Please contact Marieca Mattox, School Counselor at Heritage Elementary School, if you are interested in this program or would like to learn more about it.


Phone: 614-833-6385 email: marieca_mattox@plsd.us

Important Forms

Volunteer Application

* To volunteer in PLSD, a volunteer application must be completed annually.

Emergency Medical Authorization Form

Kindergarten Physical Form

SCHOOL HOURS

Regular School Hours:

1st - 4th Grade 9:15 - 4:05

AM Kindergarten 9:15 - 12:15

PM Kindergarten 1:05 - 4:05


Two Hour Delay Schedule:

1st - 4th Grade 11:15 - 4:05

AM Kindergarten 11:15 - 1:15

PM Kindergarten 2:00 - 4:05

Drop Off Map

Morning Parent Drop Off


Heritage Elementary School

Morning Parent Drop Off

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.


1. Any child being dropped off in a car will need to take Northern Avenue to Lakeview Drive and turn right onto the school grounds. Students will be dropped off on the playground. Please note: Law enforcement is requesting parents to utilize North Center Street and enter the school from the north side of either East Street or Lakeview Drive.


2. Please be courteous to the cars around you and make sure that when you pull onto the school grounds your student is ready to get out of the car in order to keep the line moving. If your student exits your car on the passenger side, please allow them to cross in front of your car before you move to ensure their safety.


3. We ask that cars remain in a single file line and do not pass the car in front of them. Exit onto East Street will be right turn only.


4. Busses will be dropping students off in front of the school. Reminder: State law states that when a bus has its red lights flashing and the “Stop” sign out, cars cannot pass the bus in either direction.


Late Arrivals:

Any student arriving after 9:15 will need to be walked into the building and signed in by an adult. You will need to use the front entrance for late arrivals.


Afternoon Pick-Up:

During Pick-Up, busses will pick up students from the playground and parents can pick up students on North East Street in front of the main office/cafeteria.


Kindergarten Pick-Up & Drop-Off:

Kindergarteners may be dropped off and picked up on North East Street in front of the main office. Please keep in mind that busses will also be utilizing this area for kindergarten drop-off and pick-up.