PICKERINGTON ELEMENTARY NEWS

May 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Families: We’ve had another wonderful school year and we hope you and your children agree. Thank you so much for all of your support!



During our PTO meeting held on April 17, seven students were chosen as school leaders for the month of March. Each of the students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described in the book The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey, and in the series of books titled The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. Each student demonstrated what a highly effective leader looks like. During the meeting, the selected students received a leadership T-shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to the following students; Kayra J., Ian M., Katelyn S., Quinn J., Kloie T-M., Liam., and Grayson B. Great job students!



Fairfield County sponsors two contests related to the environment and recycling. In the Third Grade Billboard Contest, Karis Luke placed 2nd. Karis is in Craig Friedrich’s homeroom, and this past Saturday she received a check, an award certificate and items made from recycled materials. There were 1,046 third graders from the county that entered the contest. Congratulations Karis!

Our district partners with the Pickerington Education Foundation (PEF) to give grants to teachers. This year Erin Bowman, Kindergarten teacher, won a grant titled “Walking Through Reading With Literacy Footprints.” This grant will allow our Kindergarten teachers to purchase more guided reading books that are differentiated to reading levels for our students. In addition, Beatrice Horsford, Instructional Coach, won for her grant titled, “Preparing Today’s Girls for a Future in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).” Mrs. Horsford will buy materials for design challenges during our STEM Girls Tiger Team meetings. Congratulations to both of you!



Congratulations also go out to our building Pride of Pickerington Schools Award Winners. In the teacher category, Craig Friedrich, Third Grade teacher, and in the support staff category, Julie Lewis, Media Center Aide was chosen. Once again, congratulations to you both!



The school year is almost over now that we’ve turned the calendar to May. We all hope you enjoy the summer with your children and families. Be safe and have fun!

FROM THE OFFICE

Final Achievement Records

Student’s final achievement record will be sent home with students on the last day of school. All student fees, including school fees and library fees, must be paid before the achievement record is sent home.


Online payments can be made through the Parent Portal using checking or credit/debit card. All financial information goes through Vanco Services, a contracted secure third party processing merchant.


Fees are still payable in person at your student’s school, the Treasurer’s Office or by mail to:


Pickerington Local Schools

Treasurer’s Office

90 East Street

Pickerington, OH 43147


Always include your student’s name and student ID. If opting to pay via check, please make payable to Pickerington Local Schools.


Last Day of School – May 24th

We will release at 2:05 pm on the last day of school – Friday, May 24, 2019. Morning kindergarten sessions will run from 9:15 am – 11:00 am. Afternoon kindergarten sessions will run from 11:50 am – 2:05 pm.

CLINIC NEWS

If your child has medication in the clinic, please make sure that a parent or guardian picks it up on or before the last day of school. We CANNOT send home any medication with your child. Any medication that is not picked up by 2PM ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL will be discarded. Please, call the clinic with any questions or concerns.


If your child will need prescription medication for the 2019-2020 school year, please fill out the form, "Request for Administration of Medicine by School Personnel". This form can be found on the PLSD website or you can pick it up from the school clinic. New forms are required each school year and do not transfer over from the previous year.


All medical forms can be found at the following link:

https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/health-services/

Instructional Coach Curriculum News

Dear Pickerington Elementary Families,


Below you will find information and ideas on curriculum that will help keep your child engaged in learning during the summer months. Students will have access to class links and programs.


Additional ideas include:


· Reading

o Encourage your child to read daily.
o Encourage your child to read a variety of books.
o Read to your child and provide time for your child to read to you.
o Link to PBS Kids Reading
o Link to STAR fall reading
o Link to Pickerington Library and events
o Link to Columbus Public Library

· Math

o Link to other math practice sites
o Link to PBS Kids math
o Link to Soft Schools Math

· Writing

o Encourage your child to keep a journal.
o Allow time for free writing.
o Link to Summer writing Prompts – Encourage your child to add details to the writing

· STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math

o Link to STEM Challenges for the Family – (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

o http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com/year-four/teachers_activities.php

News from the Cafeteria

For your information, please verify that your child's meal account is paid in full before the end of the school year. All negative balances must be paid in full before May 24, 2019. All balances will transfer with your child in the 2019-2020 school year.

Updates from the Media Center

Newbery participants and number of books read...


Payton H. – 7

Emmanuel A. – 4

Violet A. – 1

Angel M. – 2

Queen M. – 1

Sophie M. – 9

Shelby M. – 9

Isabella C. – 1

Lilly H. – 1

Rylee K. – 1

Summer Lunch Program

School will soon be out until fall, but lunch is still available!


The Pickerington Schools Food Services Department’s Summer Meals Program returns to Tussing Elementary this summer. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays in June.


“When school lets out, learning does not end,” said Judy Riley, the Supervisor of Food Service at Pickerington Schools. “Neither does the need for good nutrition.”


The ability to provide at least one meal a day to the students of Pickerington helps ensure that no child will go hungry in our community this summer. This also allows for learning and social opportunities for the students to keep their brains engaged.


Every Friday at lunch will be library day. Tuesdays allow for nutrition and fitness activities, courtesy of The Ohio State University Extension Office. Other special events will include Donato’s Pizza Days, “Zoo Day,” and other great events.


The meals are sponsored by the USDA, so are free for all children between ages 0 and 18. All meals must be eaten on site.


Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There is no discrimination in the course of the meal service as Pickerington Schools is an equal opportunity provider.


The district needs adult volunteers to help monitor the lunchroom in June. If you are interested in helping with the lunch program, contact Judy Riley at (614) 833-3645, or judy_riley@plsd.us.


In addition to the Pickerington lunch program, the Ohio Department of Education provides a list of other resources for summer meals on its website.

Super Games

Super Games is coming to our school May 17th! We need plenty of volunteers to make this successful! If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Jen Simmons at montecarlo13@yahoo.com.

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