Heritage Elementary

August 4, 2023

Building Information

Mr. Chad Rice, Principal

Mrs. Courtney Smoot, School Counselor

Mrs. Marni Dreher, School Nurse

Mrs. Katie Thielman, Building Secretary

Mrs. Jessica Bristle, Office Assistant

Staggered Start Announcement

Dear Heritage Parents and Families,

As a part of our Staggered Start days (August 15th and 16th), there will be a parent component from 9:30-10:00. During this time myself as well as Mrs. Smoot (counselor) will go over some building level expectations as well as procedures. We will also be on hand to hopefully answer any questions that you might have about Heritage Elementary. Attendance is not required but we do hope you have time to join us on the 15th or the 16th.


Mr. Rice


A message from Mr. Rice!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Heritage Elementary! As we come to the end of our summer break I would like to take the opportunity to welcome everyone back as well as welcome all of our new students and families. We are very fortunate to begin another school year and get the opportunity to start our learning journey together.

This school year will bring about some changes at Heritage. We have some new staff members, as well as some staff members that have changed positions within the school. These changes are exciting and new, much like many of the changes that our students might go through, they also provide an opportunity for growth. Another thing that you might realize is the absence of The Leader In Me in our building. We made the decision to embark on our own and revamp our foundation. So, starting for the 2023 school year we will be Heritage Elementary TIGERS.

We made the decision as a staff last year to start this year fresh with implementing TIGERS for our students. This aligns with our core values as being educators, leaders, parents, continual learners and members of the community. The 6 facets of TIGERS are foundational to being thriving members of our community and future leaders. TIGERS is an acronym and stands for:







We will take the time throughout the year to reflect upon these traits and discuss with our students on what they mean, how to use them and how they can look different. We will use TIGER Paws building-wide to recognize students that are using any of the 6 traits.

We are all looking forward to another great year at Heritage Elementary, and we will look forward to continuing to form relationships with our students, parents and community. On behalf of all of our staff, we look forward to seeing you during our Welcome Back night as well as having a safe and successful school year.


Mr. Rice


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Kindergarten Playdate!

Heritage PTO will be hosting 2 play dates for our incoming kindergartners! This is an informal time to introduce our new Tigers to the playground and meet some new friends!

Sunday 8/6 at 6:00 PM and Thursday 8/10 at 6:00 PM on the playground at Heritage Elementary. Come to one or both! No RSVP needed.


Please help us make your student's first days successful with smooth transitions from school to home!

Maintaining a consistent dismissal procedure starting on their first day is very helpful!

Please complete HERITAGE DISMISSAL FORM 23/24 with your child's dismissal information!


FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION: Remember, you do not need to submit an application if your children were automatically approved (directly certified) for free meals during the 2023-2024 school year.Households that were automatically approved were notified through a


sent by their school.

MyPaymentsPlus: Pay for meals, view cafeteria purchases, receive low balance alerts or enroll in autopay.

*Below is a picture of the key pad all students use to order breakfast or lunch. Their 6-digit student ID is the number they should practice entering. We suggest having your student practice entering their number using the picture below!

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YMCA Before & After School Programming

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* Parents have been contacted, but please note that YMCA Before & After care will not start until August 17th!!!


August 14th - Back-to-School Night 4-6pm

August 15th/16th = First Day Staggered Start (Please refer to the email sent on July 10th)

August 18th - First day of Kindergarten

September 4th = No School - Labor Day

Back-to-School Night! 8/14/2023

Grades 1st through 4th

Monday: August 14th is our Back-to-School Night!

Last name beginning with:

A-M = 4pm to 5pm

Last name beginning with:

N-Z = 5pm to 6pm

Kindergarten: If your student is entering Kindergarten, it is not necessary to bring them to Back-to-School night. The kindergarteners will get a detailed orientation on their scheduled orientation day. August 14th is the parent's opportunity to see the kindergarten room and meet the teacher.

Bus Information (Transportation)

Pickerington Schools contracts with Petermann Bus Services for its transportation services. You can contact Petermann at 614-837-8525 with any questions.

CLICK HERE for detailed information on how to access your child's transportation information.

School Supply Lists

Here is where you can find the school supply lists for the 2023/2024 school year!

Click to View School Supply Lists

School Lunch Menu and Prices

Please visit the district's website with important information about price changes for school lunches this year.


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Required Back to School and EMA Forms

All families with students grades 1-4 are required to update their Back To School/EMA Form in Infinite Campus prior to the first day of school. If your student is a kindergarten student or newly enrolled to the district, your information is already complete. Please remember, once you've enrolled, these online forms MUST be completed annually.

There are simple step-by-step instructions on the district's website for your convenience.

Back to School 2023: A Step-by-Step Guide