Pickerington Elementary

October 29, 2021

Pickerington Elementary

Upcoming important dates:

November 2 - No School

Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES

Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO

Message from Mr. Z

Drop off reminders

Dear Parent Drop-Off Families,

Please do not park and walk your student to the front of the building, the drop-off point is at the side of the building. Also please be mindful of how you are exiting the school premises within your vehicle. You may ONLY turn left out of the exit furthest from Diley road. This helps keep the flow of parents exiting our parking lot smooth, which allows for parents in the drop-off line to actually pull into our lot. This really does not take any more time and helps the process so much! Thank you all for your cooperation.

Mr. Z

How can you help?

1. Have your student, with masks on, ready to go when you pull up to the sidewalk (very important).

2. Follow the protocols (pull all the way up before dropping off to allow 4-5 cars to drop off their student(s) at a time, have your child ready to exit, stay in your vehicle).

3. Be ready for a wait, arriving early only creates a long line that may disrupt the flow of traffic on Long or Diley and compromise the safety of all drivers and students.

4. Please DO NOT cut other vehicles off in line. We acknowledge that the line can be lengthy.

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Thank you Ms. Rita!

Congratulations on your retirement!


Ms. Rita is riding off into the sunset as our building sparkles due to her dedication. Rita we cannot thank you enough for your years of serving PLSD and creating such amazing connections with the students and staff. Good luck with your next chapter and relax!

As you tell Rita was thrilled to be taking a picture, always working hard up until the last minute! Some may say she has a heart of a lion.

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Pick Costume Parade

Costume Parade at PickES 10/29/21

Lost and found!

Our lost and found is growing! Please make sure your child double-checks that they have all their belongings and let us know if you see something that may be yours

Golden Stripe Winners

Congratulations to October's Golden Stripe Winners!

GSW KA - 2

GSW KP, 3-4

Achievement Records

Achievement Records are available to view through your Infinite Campus parent portal.

Below are directions for accessing your child’s achievement records in IC. The Achievement Record will be a PDF version which can be downloaded and printed.
How to find your student's Achievement Record in Infinite Campus

Paper copies of achievement Records will not be sent home unless internet access is not available. If this is the case please let your teacher or the principal know as soon as possible.

Please feel free to reach out to your teacher with questions and concerns.

🦷 The Mobile Dentist is coming November 18th!!!! 🦷

Good news! The Ohio Dental Outreach will be at our school on November 18th. A form will go home with your student soon or you can fill it out online at www.MySchoolDentist.com. If you have any questions please email the school nurse (melanie_thompson@plsd.us).

Thank You!

Thanks to your awesome generosity and support, we were able to raise over $600 from the Boo Gram sales. Money raised will go toward purchasing items for the GumDrop Forest
which benefits the Holiday Toy Drive.

Did you Move?🏡

Just a reminder that if your address changes from the one that is on file in Infinite Campus you must let the Welcome Center know. Even if the move is within the district, you are still required to provide that information to the Welcome Center. Also, if you changed your address online during your annual update, please report that to the Welcome Center as well, it does not automatically update in Infinite Campus.

Change of Student Information

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*


TBD - Book Fair

11/12 - Restaurant Night - Boston Market 5p-8p

11/16 - Family Fun Night and Michael's Fine Seafood and Meats Pickup Time 4:30p-7:30p

11/17 - PTO Meeting 7p


12/16 - Family Fun Night - Get Air


1/19 - PTO Meeting 7p


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.* These make great Holiday Gifts! Get them while you can!

Family Fun Night

Are you ready for some carnival FUN!! On November 16th the PTO will be hosting a Family Fun Night from 5:30pm - 7:30pm here at the school during the meat sale pickup. Come out and enjoy a magic show, food trucks and more!
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Stripes, GRRR, Bucks??? What is all this?

Pickerington Elementary is excited to announce a new Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative that has started this school year. Our goal is to encourage students to show Grit, and be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready while here at school. When our students demonstrate GRRR characteristics, they will have the opportunity to earn:

A Golden Stripe; once a month, one student per class will be nominated by their teacher.

A Pennant Stripe; once a week, three to five students per class will be nominated by their teacher.

GRRR Bucks; throughout the day, all students will be able to earn and then later spend at the Stripes Store.

Once a month students will have the opportunity to spend GRRR bucks at our Stripes Store. The store will include prizes such as fidgets, pop-its, squishy balls, erasers, slap bracelets, board games, and coupons (think Rule 3 prizes!). Students have also requested food items such as Takis, Cheetos, little bags of cookies, fruit snacks, and candy to be available at our store. If there are items that you would prefer your student not “purchase,” please email your respective homeroom teacher.

If you would like to donate to the Stripes Store, feel free to have your student bring items to the office or click here for Pickerington Elementary’s Amazon Wishlist.


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


Thanksgiving Meal Assistance Available

Local community members are interested in donating Thanksgiving meals to other Pickerington families. This is a confidential donation, neither the names of donors or recipients will be shared. Due to the amount of food in the box, an adult will need to be available to come and pick it up from Pickerington Elementary on Monday November 22nd or Tuesday November 23rd. The pick up time is to be determined and will be communicated closer to that date.

If you are interested in receiving a Turkey dinner, please contact me at Phone:(614)548-1431 or email kendra_stewart@plsd.us by November 12th.

Please let me know how many family members live in your house so we can make sure the appropriate amount of food is boxed.

Holiday Assistance

Dear Families,

Pickerington Schools are once again teaming up with the Violet Township Fire Department to help provide some holiday assistance for families in need during this holiday season.

In need of assistance?

Request an online form for holiday assistance by contacting me at kendra_stewart@plsd.us or 614-548-1431. The request link will then be provided to you, only one per household please. This form is handled in a confidential manner with more details from your school counselor. Please remember that we will only be able to supplement your holiday. The online form must be completed by Monday, November 23rd.

Wanting to donate?

There are several ways to donate this year:

  • The traditional big red boxes throughout the community and in the schools accepting donations of new toys/gifts.

  • Gift cards are also appreciated.

  • Cash donations through Paypal.

  • Another way of donating this year is through Amazon and Target. If you would prefer to donate in this way, click on the links below. Be sure to ship to Violet Township Fire Department Toy Drive (address will appear as an option).





The social work intern, Miss Dowery, and I will be starting small group sessions in the next couple of weeks. Please refer to the form for additional information. If you feel your student could benefit from one of these groups, please complete the form. Additional information will be sent home to those students chosen to participate in the group.

Small Group Form

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.

Parent's Guide to Student Success

Parent Guides for Student Success


  • An overview of some of the key things your child will learn in English/Literacy and Math in Kindergarten through High School
  • Ideas for activities to help your child learn at home
  • Topics of discussion for talking to your child’s teacher about his or her academic progress