Worthington Park Shark Sentinel

Friday, September 10th, 2021


Dear Worthington Park Families,

Good Afternoon Shark Families!

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who was able to attend our building's curriculum night yesterday evening. I was so encouraged to see so many parents and guardians coming into the building and meeting with our teaching team to better understand our district programs and building goals for the year. I am so proud of the hard work your children are showing daily and we look forward to an amazing week next week! As always, please do not hesitate to contact the office with any questions.

Enjoy your weekend and GO SHARKS!

-Principal Garrity



Review and Update your Emergency Information

Each school year, our front office staff and teachers review student emergency information to ensure everything is up to date. Please take a minute to log into our system and ensure that we have your correct contact information as well as emergency medical information. Linked here is Step by Step Directions for this review process!

This is the same site you will use for other district permission forms such as Field Trips, Directory information, etc. We ask that all families review and update their information no later than September 30th. Thank you!

Interested in Volunteering at Worthington Park?

We are looking for Parent Volunteers to help with our Upcoming Book Fair and other events around the school.

Here is a link to the Worthington Schools' Volunteer Website which can give you more information about how to register as a Volunteer. ***If you have previous completed the background check to be a volunteer, check your picture ID badge that was given by our Human Resource Department. Each badge does have an expiration date printed.

Thank you again for being a huge part of Worthington Park Elementary and Worthington Schools!

Student Picture Day

Your child will be bringing home a flyer today regarding student pictures here at Park. Our picture day is set for Monday, September 20. You are, of course, not obligated to purchase any pictures, but we do ask that all students bring that flyer on back to school on Picture Day as it helps with the process of connecting the picture with your child's information.

If interested, you may purchase pictures with the flyer or online, using the promo code: MYNAME.

Wondering How to Pay School Fees & Kdg Tuition?

In Worthington Schools, we use an online site called MyPaymentsPlus.com. To get started you you will need your Student ID# (available on Infinite Campus.)

*If you need your parent login information for Infinite Campus, click Password Recovery Link

***Need help navigating the site? Here are Parent Instructions for Infinite Campus

Just a reminder, the yearly instruction fee for students are as follows:

  • Kdg = $24
  • 1st-3rd = $42
  • 4th-5th = $36

Student Instructional Fees are due by September 30.

All-Day Kindergarten Tuition is due on the 15th of each month. This is the same website that you will use when students have Field Trips in the Spring and may need to submit additional payments for those.

Reporting a case of Covid or close contact exposure

If your child tests positive for Covid-19 or has a "close contact exposure" outside of school, please complete a report at this link or call the Covid hotline at 614-450-3900.

Planning for Safety in our Schools

The safety of our staff, students, and community is always a priority in Worthington Schools

Statistics show that when staff and students within a school are prepared with knowledge and practice, they respond to emergency situations with positive results. For that reason, schools have always engaged in routines, drills and learning that support everyone’s safety.

Historically, our schools have participated in the following safety drills:

A. Fire Drills that provide knowledge about reporting fire hazards, and experience with a safe evacuation of the building using multiple exits

B. Weather Drills that provide knowledge about how to be calm and safe in the event of weather-related events (such as a tornado), and experience with locating sheltered space within the building in which safety is maximized.

C. Lock-Down Drills that provide knowledge about circumstances in which free movement in and around the building is curtailed (such as neighborhood disturbances or unruly school visitors), and experience with locking down the school perimeter, classrooms, and common areas to keep students safe in a secure area until the circumstance passes.

D. Rally-Point Drills that provide knowledge about exiting the building safely, (such as a gas leak or unsafe school visitor), and experience with walking to a predetermined safe space.

Public schools are required by Ohio law to engage in a "Full Scale" Safety Drill every three years. A "Full Scale" drill is one that combines traditionally practiced drills and will include a controlled classroom lockdown and simulated evacuation of the school, including processes to move students away from the school building in the case of the presence of danger at school.

Worthington school staff have been trained in emergency response using the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training model. Part of this training for staff included how to take additional countermeasures during a “lockdown” to facilitate students in an evacuation to a school “Rally Point” from which students could be transported to a “reunification” location to be joined with parents/guardians. Reunification points may vary, but the Worthington Education Center (WEC) would be considered first.

Prior to conducting the full scale safety drill, it is important to prepare students for participation in an age-appropriate manner.

During the month of September, our elementary Library Media Staff will be sharing an age-appropriate informational picture book with students in grades K-2. The book outlines awareness building for students and includes teaching about a school rally point, which students will locate and visit. Students in grades 3-5 have participated in this read-aloud previously. Should you like to preview the book, please reach out to your building principal.

Additionally, in the days leading up to each building’s full-scale drill, classroom teachers will lead students in an age-appropriate discussion that allows students to understand the steps involved in completing the full-scale drill. The purpose of this is to eliminate any feelings of surprise and to allow students to know what to expect.

Our schools are great communities for learning. Being prepared for unplanned interruptions is one way to build confidence for ultimate student safety. The safety of our staff, students, and community is always our priority.


Join Our Team

Worthington Park Elementary is looking for a Lunch Aide to assist in our cafeteria space with your students! This paid aide position would be two hours daily and would be available while the district continues to socially distance elementary students 6 feet during lunches. If you are interested, please contact Principal Garrity at pgarrity@wscloud.org


All Worthington Buildings are Nut Free

Just a reminder that all buildings in Worthington Schools are nut-free as they were last year. We want to create a PEANUT/NUT FREE environments in order to protect students with life-threatening allergies. Parents and guardians are asked NOT TO PACK SCHOOL LUNCHES or send any food items to school that contain NUTS or NUT PRODUCTS.



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Worthington Park's Walk-a-thon is our exciting annual fundraiser and relies on our students to seek Walk pledges from their friends and family. This is really the only time all year that we ask our families for donations!

This fundraising effort is vital because it allows the PTA to support our school with things that are not in the school budget- like playground equipment, art supplies, new equipment for the Gym, and other needed technology for the school. In addition, the PTA supports scholarships to students in our district, stipends for each teacher to purchase items for their classrooms, as well as provides fun events for the school like our awesome Spring Fling and Family Movie Nights.

To reward the students who participate in the Walk-a-thon, and the top student fundraisers, we provide prizes such as gift cards and experiences that are generously donated by local businesses. We can't do any of this without the support of our amazing Park Shark families and our community!

On Monday, September 13th, a packet will be sent home with each student that contains information about the walkathon and will be used to hold any cash or check donations. Online donations are available on the website - link below.


We thank you in advance for contributing to our fundraiser and allowing us to continue to provide the experiences that we do for our students!


  • September 11th- Patriot's Day

  • September 17th- Constitution Day

  • September 20th- School Picture Day (during the school day)

  • September 24th- Worthington Park Walk-A-Thon

  • September 27th- Middle of 1st Trimester

  • October 11-14th- Parent-Teacher Conference Week

  • October 12th / 13th- Book Fair

  • October 15th- No School

  • October 18th- School Safety Drill

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