The Toll Gator Gazette

MARCH 2022

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Mrs. Kristi Motsch, Principal

Mrs. Andrea McVay, Assistant Principal

Mr. Darren Drake, Counselor

Mrs. Tassie Hall, Secretary

Mrs. Shelly Gillies, Office Assistant

12183 Toll Gate Road

Pickerington Ohio 43147


Mrs. Motsch's Monthly Report

Dear Parent,

Will March come in like a lamb or a lion? It's hard to believe that we will soon find out! I'd like to ask that you pay particular attention to the dates listed in this newsletter. I would like to draw your attention to the state testing dates for grades 3 & 4. 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.

Our spring break will be March 21st - March 27th with classes resuming for all students on March 28th. We look forward to continuing to provide a quality education experience for your child over the next 2 months.

Kristi Motsch


Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Participants:

1. Gabe Marteney

2. Kate Potter

3. Kareem Gabi

4. Nolan Montei

5. Maks Hamilton

6. Mae Kittle

7. Dominic Rasmussen

8. Gavin Hinks

9. Brynn Binting

10. Olivia Ruperti

11. Addi Sweeting

The winners are:

Winner Kareem Gabi and Runner Up- Nolan Montei

Fairfield County Recycling Billboard Contest

The Third Grade finalists for the recycling Billboard contest are:

3rd Place - Bay Wade

2nd Place - Katherine Epley

1st Place - Scott Sears

These students will be moving on to the countywide judging.

Good Luck students!

Dates To Remember

Mar. 3rd - Parent - teacher virtual conferences 4:15 p.m.-8:15p.m.

Mar. 8th - Parent - teacher virtual conferences 4:45p.m. - 8:15p.m.

Mar 13th - Don't Forget - Turn clocks ahead

Mar. 21st - Mar. 27 - SPRING BREAK

Mar. 28th All Students return to school from break.

Pickerington North Youth Elite Football Camp

If your student loves football, and they are free during spring break. We have the thing for you.

Pickerington North Elite Football camp for grades K-7. Please see the link below to sign up.

The Counselor's Corner

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Technical Issues: We are aware that we’ve had some technical issues with the Habits @ Home series - we heard that some of the families were unable to use the links provided. After several attempts to fix it, we think we have figured it out. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please let us know if you have any questions or issues with this month’s edition.

This is totally voluntary. If you choose to participate, please watch the video together and click the bottom link below to enter your prize entry. Students with submissions will be randomly selected to win a FUN SESSION with Mr. B. and Mr. Drake in the gym or outside.

This month’s video is about the habit “Begin with the End in Mind”. Again, no assignment afterwards - just watch the video and then click the link to complete the Google Form confirming you watched the video.

Deadline for submissions is March 31st.

Link to the Video: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade.

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Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

Kindergarten registration for fall 2022 begins in the district on Monday March 14, 2022. ( The link is active now, but the dropdown menu for 2022-2023 registration will not be available until the morning of March 14th.)

Children must be at least 5 years old by August 1st 2022 to be registered for kindergarten this fall. The district offers half-day kindergarten both morning and afternoon sessions. Parents may request a morning or afternoon preference. Depending on the number of parents with preferences, a lottery may have to be held to determine placement.

The kindergarten registration process begins by filling out the online registration. The system will be open by approximately 9 a.m. that morning. After completing the application - including uploading required documents - please submit the application. Once submitted, Welcome Center staff will review the application and contact you by email if there is anything else needed. If all is complete, an email will be sent to the parent stating the application has been approved/processed and the paperwork will be forwarded to the appropriate school.

All kindergarten students will be assessed in August. Parents may begin calling in July to schedule an appointment

VLA Enrollment

Dear Pickerington Families,

Enrollment for the Pickerington Schools’ Virtual Learning Academy for the 2022-2023 school year will open Thursday, February 24th (at 9:00 AM) and close on Friday, March 11th.

The VLA is a fully virtual option for students in grades 1-8 and a partially virtual option for students in grades 9-12.

There is a one-year commitment for enrolling in the VLA. There are no transfers in or out of the VLA in the middle of a semester.

Pickerington Schools partner with APEX and Edmentum to provide curriculum and teachers in a virtual setting. The majority of the work is self-paced and teacher access is limited.

If you are interested in learning more about the Pickerington Schools’ VLA please view the Virtual Learning Academy page at:

Also, available (starting at 9:00 AM on 2/24/2022) on the VLA site is the waitlist/registration form that needs to be completed if you would like your student to be placed on the waitlist for VLA for the 22-23 school year. In addition to completing the form, parents and students are required to attend an in-person orientation. Information about the dates, times and locations of the orientation sessions is on the VLA website.

If you have any questions, please email those to

Thank you,

School Fees

School Fees, If you have not paid your fees for school year 21-22 (this year) please either go on The Pickerington Local Website or you can stop into the office and pay them. (Cash, check or charge.)

Thank you

Kindergarten $19.00

First. $17.00

Second. $17.50

Third. $22.00

Fourth $23.50