Slate Hill Newsletter

October 30, 2022

Principal's Corner

Dear Slate Hill Families,

Thank you to all of the families that attended our Halloween Parade on Friday! It was great to see all of the smiles on our students faces all day. We also had our 3rd annual Slate Hill staff costume contest(Click on the link to see all of the costumes). Each classroom votes two times for their favorite costumes (not their teachers) and then the votes are tallied. The winner this year was our Related Arts team who were dressed as Pokeman characters.

As part of our PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports) plan, we are adding reward parties (Glow Parties). The first one will be soon so this is a reminder of our PBIS plan. We will have several of these this year with the last one being Star Fun Day. Each week your child's teacher reviews with your child how he or she did during the week following

Our Slate Hill Expectations:

  • We are respectful and responsible
  • We are safe
  • We take care of ourselves, others and our property
  • We are active and engaged learners

The goal is for our students to meet these expectations or show growth in these areas to attend our reward parties. If a student is not meeting these expectations or showing growth with these expectations, he or she will miss the reward party and instead participate in a review lesson and activity. The goal is to help our Slate Hill Stars improve their behavior so that they are not missing out on their learning and class activities. We feel this new addition will assist all of our Slate Hill Stars in their growth as a learner and as a member of our school community.

The Adventure Awaits at the Slate!

Julie (=

Julie Gulley, Slate Hill Principal

School Wide Safety Drill information

Slate Hill Elementary will be participating in a school-wide safety drill on November 17th at 10am. Students and staff will practice the Lock-out and Lock-down safety drills - two drills intended to keep students in classrooms during a suspected emergency and prevent all outside entrance into the school.

We realize that safety drills have the potential to create anxiety for students. Our goal will be to provide clear information in a caring manner and to conduct drills in a way that does not cause fear or anxiety for students. Prior to the drill, teachers will work with students in an age appropriate way to understand the difference between the two types of drills and to review expectations during each drill.

In addition, this safety drill will allow our school to practice communication in the event of a true emergency. As a parent/guardian, you can expect to receive notification on the day of the safety drill via email and text message at the onset of the drill and after it has concluded. Since this is occurring across all of our buildings, families with children in multiple schools will receive drill messages from each school. We apologize in advance for sending multiple messages, but we want to make sure all of our systems are working.

If you would like to confirm or correct a phone number or email address so you can receive notifications, please update your information in the Emergency Data Review section of the parent portal. Instructions can be found here: Emergency Data Review Instructions. Please update any information in advance of the scheduled drill.

Worthington Food Drive - Donate through November 17th!

Slate Hill is helping the Worthington Resource Pantry and St. Michael Church with their annual Holiday Food Drive this year! Now, through November 17th, Slate Hill will be collecting granola bars, healthy snacks, canned soups, canned chicken/tuna, shampoo, hand soap, and body wash. Feel free to send items in with your student, or drop items off during the school day. We will have boxes near the school office to collect the donated items. Thank you for your support!

PTA Corner

Upcoming Events:

- Thurs, Nov. 10th: PTA Meeting at 7pm in the Slate Hill Library

- Fri, Nov. 11th: BIBIBOP! Restaurant Night (Polaris Mall location), 10am-8pm (flyer attached below and in the eBackpack with all the details)

- Weds, Jan. 11th - Chipotle restaurant night! 4-8pm at 191 E. Campus View Blvd. location

Joining Kroger Community Rewards is a great way to support the PTA! The program is free and does not take anything away from your Fuel Points or any other Kroger programs. To get started, click here! Our organization is Slate Hill PTA or use code IW349.

We hope you will join our PTA this year and support the great things they are doing for our Slate Hill Stars! You can join by completing the paper form that was sent home with your student(s), or by using this link.


We are planning a Fun Family Night at Slate Hill on December 1st! This event will be from 6:30-8pm listening to an author share some books, wearing our pajamas, snacks and playing board game with our families! More details to come! Please plan to join us for an evening of Slate Hill famiy fun!

Girl Scouts Information

KINDERGARTEN & 1ST GRADE GIRL SCOUTS – All Slate Hill K and 1st grade girls interested in trying Girl Scouts are invited to a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria at Worthington Park Elementary School (500 Park Rd.). Girls will learn some fun Girl Scout traditions, hear the story of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, make a craft to remember the Girl Scout Law, and sing a silly song! To RSVP or for more information, email Laurie Wirt at or click on this link:

Boy Scouts Update

Cub Scout Pack 357 has decided to close down and merge into Pack 632 based out of Wilson Hill Elementary. Pack 357 will not be offering Scouting programs going forward but they encourage any Slate Hill Elementary students interested in Scouting to contact Pack 632. They can be reached at

Pack 357 has existed for 32 years so the decision to discontinue was not an easy one, but as interest in Scouting has decreased, merging two smaller packs into one is the best choice for current and future youth interested in Scouting.

Thank You!

Justin Allman

Cubmaster Pack 357

Title I Information

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Our school receives Title IA funding.

Parents/families of students in our building have a right to know about teacher qualifications and state-mandated assessments. In addition to being linked here, these documents are available on the Title IA page of our school website.

Counselor's Corner

Now that the temperature is starting to fall, it is a great time to snuggle up together on the couch, floor, or whatever comfy space to watch a movie. Watching a movie with your student(s) is a great way to engage them in conversation and discussion. Here is a list of 50+ movies about resilience, change, growth, and perseverance that you can check out. A few of my favorites are Big Hero 6, Meet the Robinsons, Wonder, and The Mitchells vs. the Machines.

Stefanee Loges, MA

Licensed Professional School Counselor

Slate Hill Elementary School



Please review the eBackpack for flyers with information on upcoming events, information, projects/classes, the breakfast & lunch menus, and more!

District Updates

Worthington Schools October Newsletter


Did you know Worthington Schools has a new financial information resource. Check it out on our website: Financial FAQ

Health Guidelines

As a reminder, if your child has any of the following symptoms, we strongly suggest that you keep them home from school and contact their pediatrician for additional guidance:

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

  • New or worsened cough

  • New onset severe headache

  • Shortness of breath

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

If your student has COVID-19 symptoms, you can pick up a test from your school's office.

Care After School is Hiring!

We are reaching out to share a job opportunity within the Worthington School District. We are Care After School, a self-funded non-profit that provides after school care to children in the eleven Worthington elementary schools. We currently have Recreation Leader ($15/hour) openings to start as early as next week. Hours 2-6 pm, M-F and we operate when school is in session (End time can be flexible after 5 if needed). Your elementary school-age child(ren) may attend CAS at no charge.

Check us out at and apply online at your convenience. Call or email Kathy or Leslie with any questions.

Assistant Director/Hiring Manager Leslie Rubinoski,, 614-431-2266 ext. 225.

Director Kathy Rayner,, 614-431-2266 ext. 222.

Slate Hill Elementary School

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