Pickerington Elementary

January 21, 2022

Pickerington Elementary

Upcoming important dates:

January 24th -28th - Great Kindness Challenge

January 26th -No School - Professional Development

Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES

Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO

Great Kindness Week 🕊

The Great Kindness Challenge will be the week of January 24th. Kindness activities will be completed at school and we will also celebrate with the following spirit days:

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4th Grade Spelling Bee Results

Congratulations to our 4th Grade 2022 Pickerington Elementary Spelling Bee participants!

Evan C. won after 13 rounds by correctly spelling the word "scrawny."

Olivia S. is our runner-up.

Evan will take an online qualification test in mid-February for a possible invitation to the regional spelling bee at Ohio University in March.

All 16 spellers earned GRRR stripes for their classroom pennants. They showed "Grit" by persevering through each competition round as the words became more challenging. They were "Respectful" to other participants and our bee officials, Ms. Westwood, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith, and Ms. Woodward. They were "Responsible" for following the spelling bee rules. Finally, they all showed how "Ready" they were for the bee by studying the word lists for several weeks. We are proud of you!

Level UP initiative! 🎮 ⬆️

We all want our students to be successful learners. This second half of the year will challenge our students to level themselves up! So often our kids take the time to level up their own character/avatar on a video game...I want our students to take the same passion they put forth in leveling up virtually and apply that to leveling up academically. Our students and staff will be using our iReady data, Ohio state test data, and other pieces of information to help your student understand how to level themselves up! You should begin to hear about our iReady monthly challenges, your student's goal setting, data chats, and the term "level up".

Be on the lookout for how you can help at home because we all know this can be overwhelming at times. For now, keep encouraging your students to use their best effort at school, continue to complete their iReady lessons (on their own of course), and make sure they are not spending too much time on their device working on iReady...moderation is important. iReady suggests 45 minutes a week for a reason....burnout is real.

We cannot succeed without our families' support! Thank you for all you do to help your student(s) level up! this initiative will help us score better on our state report card and help us achieve our building goals. Check them out below!

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YouTube ▶️

Did you know that we have our own YouTube page? Make sure you subscribe to see all the latest happenings!

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🚘 Drop off/Pick up/Early dismissal reminders 🚘

Please review:

These protocols are in place to keep your child safe and our school day on time. Please be mindful of them when dropping off/picking up your student. My hope is that you, the families, take the time to review these protocols to ensure the safety and learning of our students.

Drop off:

  • Students should not be dropped off at the front of the building before 9:15 am. You must use the parent pick-up line if you are choosing to drive your student to school.
  • Walking families, please do not have your student arrive before 9:05 am, we have no one supervising until 9:05 am. Too many students arrive and stand outside (even with freezing temps) waiting to come into the building at 9:05 am.
  • If you are driving your student to school you MUST get in the parent drop-off line regardless of your normal routine.
  • If you come after 9:15 am, you will need to come to the front of the building and sign your student in. Please do NOT drop your students off and have them walk up by themselves, you need to sign them in.
  • If our teachers on drop-off duty shut the door as you are pulling up, please understand that they are not being rude, but rather following our protocols. They have students to instruct starting at 9:15 am.


  • Students should not be picked up from the office between 3:45 pm and 4:15 pm. The buses need the bus lane clear and open to pull up.
  • If you are changing how your student gets home you must send in a note (email, handwritten, phonecall) describing the change. Too often students claim they are parent pick up just to have no one come and get them. No note means we will proceed as usual.
  • When you use the pick-up line, please keep your hanging sign visible until your student enters your vehicle. This will help our teachers direct your student to the proper vehicle

Early Dismissal and End of day changes:

  • All changes or early dismissal need to be communicated to our office staff by 3:30 pm

Thank you!

I truly do appreciate all that you do for your students. Thank you to those who consistently follow the protocols to keep the lines moving..only turning right at the "short-cut" exit, having your student ready to hop out of the car and head into the building, and those that wave to me, Mr. Z, when I am out and about during these times.

Kona Ice 🐧 🍧

Kona Kocoa will join us during lunchtimes on January 27th to help us celebrate Kindness Week. Proceeds will support a local animal shelter. All flavors will be one size and are $4. We are trying a different process where these can be purchased prior to the event through the link below. We will also accept cash the day of but wanted to try to streamline the process.

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Stripes has a Surprise this Month!

Almost time!

Our new Head Custodian Mr. Powers trying to figure out how to get this thing into the building
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School Fee Reminder

If you have not paid your school fees yet please make sure to take care of it. The school fees for the 2021-2022 school year are listed below and were due by November 19, 2021. You may pay online in Infinite Campus or send a check with your student to school. Please make sure it is clearly marked with your student's name and teacher and indicate that it is for student fees. Checks should be made payable to PLSD.

Kindergarten - $19.00

Grade 1 - $17.00

Grade 2 - $17.50

Grade 3 - $22.00

Grade 4 - $23.50

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"

PTO News


*Dates & Times are subject to change*


1/4 - 1/31 - Yearbook Sale


2/10 - Boys Fun Night 5p-8p

2/16 - PTO Meeting 7p


3/3-3/20 - Foertmeyer Flower Sale

3/16 - PTO Meeting 7p


4/20 - PTO Meeting 7p

TBD - Penny Wars


TBD - Foertmeyer Flower Pickup

5/19 - 4th Grade Pizza Party


Roosters Fun Cards Roosters Fun Cards are on sale for $10.00 each. The card is good for 10% off any dine-in Roosters location, seven days a week and it expires December 31, 2022. *Please make sure you turn in the payment with the form.*

Support our school just by shopping!

Do you shop online at Walmart, Kohl's, Disney Store or even Sam's Club? Well, just by shopping at your favorite online stores you can help Pickerington Elementary earn money!💵 Your holiday shopping online will GREATLY impact our school initiatives. simply shop at the places you normally do, but go through school store first, find our school, select the merchant tab, and then find your favorite store. Thank you!

Our school code is: 169833

Shop at Schoolstore.com

This program will run all year and will help Pickerington Elementary keep our PBIS initiatives like Stripes' GRRR buck store, as well as teacher support and appreciation. Thank you for always supporting our school!


PLSD has a critical need for substitute paraprofessionals, health care assistants, duty aides, custodians, and food service employees! Do you love working with kids? Do you need a job that will work around your schedule? If so, please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/pickerington/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute+Positions&fbclid=IwAR0WbQ0l5J_O4KbMRDbQsHphmBptPL5rS5W1pC_yQp8u_QpXTSgLZClEUgE


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.



We are seeing an increasing number of students coming to school with symptoms such as a cough, headache, sore throat, cold symptoms, ear ache, fever, stomach issues, etc. It is VITAL that you keep your child home if he/she is feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of an illness to help us prevent the spread of ALL illnesses in our classrooms. We need everyone's help to keep our students healthy.

Also, just a reminder that you should not send medications to school with your child. Students are not permitted to carry over the counter or prescription medications in their book bag. If your child needs medication during the school day please complete the corresponding form and bring the medication to the school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Prescription Administration Form.docx



Please see the following guidance for at home Covid-19 test kits:

BinaxNow Antigen Card or Ag Card (these tests are given out by schools, libraries, churches, other places too)

  • Require an app to be downloaded and to be done in conjunction with a telehealth visit.

  • When done properly with the telehealth visit, this can be accepted as a positive test at school. Or if negative, when tested between days 5 and 7, can be accepted to end quarantine on day 8.

  • These results should come up in the app, and a screenshot can be sent to the School Nurse.

  • If the test is not completed with telehealth (we see this is if someone doesn’t download the app, just tests themselves) we cannot accept these results (positive or negative) as they were not proctored in the manner in which they were intended/approved.

Self Tests (BinaxNow Self Test, Ellume or some other brands)

  • Available over the counter at places like CVS or Walgreens where there is no app to be downloaded or telehealth visit component

  • Cannot be accepted as a negative for someone who is trying to end their quarantine after day 7. The packing inserts indicate that they are not designed for that type of situation where a proof of negative is required

  • If they were to test positive using one of these tests, please contact your Health Care Provider.