Pickerington Elementary

February 25, 2022

Pickerington Elementary

Upcoming important dates:

March 2nd - Virtual Learning Day/Professional Development

March 3rd - K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conference

March 7th -11th - Rainbow of Reading

March 8th - Spring Picture Day

March 8th - K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conference

March 21-25 - No School - Spring Break

Pickerington Elementary: @PickeringtonES

Pickerington Elementary PTO: @PickElemPTO

🚨 PTO new email 📨 pickelempto@gmail.com


Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Conferences will be on March 3rd and March 8th. They will be held virtually through a Google Meet. Please make sure you fill out the conference time request form and return it to your child's teacher.

March 9th - Virtual Learning Day

Pickerington Schools will be converting Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to a virtual learning day for students. While March 9, 2022, will be a virtual asynchronous learning day for our students, our teachers will be using this much needed time to analyze student data and parental feedback, meet in Teacher Based Teams, and/or complete other critical professional responsibilities as we begin the final ‘push’ for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Students will be able to access their asynchronous assignments through Google Classroom or SeeSaw, but given that this day is intended to be for teacher professional responsibilities and data analysis, there will be no requirement for teachers to hold office hours on March 9th via Google Meet.

We recognize that this year has been challenging, and the Pickerington Education Association (PEA) and Pickerington Schools District Leadership Team are working in conjunction to provide our teachers with the time needed to increase student achievement and meet our educational goals.

VLA Enrollment for 2022-2023

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 partners 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: https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/virtual-learning-academy/

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 VLA@plsd.us

Thank you,

Brian Seymour

Executive Director of Instructional Technology & Innovation

Principal - Virtual Learning Academy

Spring Picture Day!

Say Cheese! March 8th is spring picture day. More information will be coming home next week.

SAVE THE DATE - Family Reading Night 📖

Please join us for the Pickerington Elementary "Rainbow of Reading" Family Night on Thursday, March 10th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. We will have a presentation from Doggy Drama series author Andra Gillum, and her books will be available for sale(use the order form below) and signing. Thank you to the Pickerington Elementary PTO for sponsoring our author. Families will also get to read with Debbie Wilson and Reese, our therapy dog. The teachers on the Pickerington Elementary reading committee are hosting the event, and they have created several interactive book craft stations along with a Book Scavenger Hunt. Students may earn a GRRR buck for each completed activity, up to $25 GRRR bucks!

Book Order Form

Kona Ice is Coming!

Kona Ice will be at Pickerington Elementary School during the Family Reading Night.
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🌈 Rainbow of Reading Week

Our Right to Read Week will be March 7th - 11th. This year's theme is "Rainbow of Reading." Check out all the fun activities we have planned to support and encourage all our students to read!
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📚 Book Drive 📚

We are having a book drive during our Right to Read Week! Please consider dropping off new and unused books the week of March 7th to add to our new book vending machine. You can find details below!
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Parent Drop-off UPDATE

Parent drop-off will begin letting students into the building at 8:50 am.

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.

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*Dates & Times are subject to change*


3/3-3/20 - Foertmeyer Flower Sale

3/16 - PTO Meeting 7p


4/2 - Family Fun Night Chiller-Easton

4/20 - PTO Meeting 7p

TBD - Penny Wars


5/2 - Foertmeyer Flower Pickup

5/2 - Family Fun Night 5-8pm

5/19 - 4th Grade Pizza Party


Roosters Fun Cards Roosters Fun Cards are on sale for $5.00 each while supplies last. The card is good for 10% off any dine-in Roosters location, seven days a week and it expires December 31, 2022. *Cash or check to PE PTO.*

Parent/Teacher Conference Night Dinner

PTO is providing dinner for teachers for Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 3rd. We are asking for your help with providing drinks and treats. Please sign up using the sign up genius link and then deliver all items to the school by Tuesday March 1st.

Thank you!



Mark your calendars for an evening of skating fun! Pickerington Elementary PTO has reserved the Chiller Easton on Saturday, April 2nd from 4:30 pm - 6:30pm just for our students. More information coming soon!

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

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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!

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"