Slate Hill Newsletter

October 23, 2022

Principal's Corner

Dear Slate Hill Families,


It was another beautiful weekend so I hope that you had some fun family time! Thank you to all of the families that attended parent teacher conferences last week. We value your partnership in your child's learning and hope that you were able to learn ways to support your child at home.

Also, thank you to our all of the families that donated food to our PTA Taco Bar Conference dinner for the Slate Hill staff. It was such a wonderful treat! The book fair last week was also a huge success, and we appreciate all of the families that supported it. It will be open one more day on Monday, October 24th!

Be sure to mark your calendar for this week's Halloween Parade on Friday 10/28 at 2pm!


The Adventure Awaits at the Slate!

Julie (=

Julie Gulley, Slate Hill Principal

Halloween Parade on October 28th!

Mark your calendars for our Halloween Parade on Friday, October 28th at 2pm. Families may gather outside on the track and playground area to view all of our Slate Hill stars in their costumes during our Halloween parade. AM Kindergarten students are invited to return to school at 1:45pm to be part of the 2pm parade. We will start our parade by exciting the gym doors and parade around the building to the front of the building where we will reenter. The parade will go in grade level order beginning with 5th, 4th, 3rd ... and ending with our Kindergarten students. If it rains, parents will be invited to enter through the back of the building and gather in the gym and cafeteria areas to view the parade. Classroom teachers will have some fun class activities for students in their classroom afterwards. We will also have our 3rd annual staff costume contest where our students will get to vote on the winning team.

School Wide Safety Drill information

Slate Hill Elementary will be participating in a school-wide safety drill on November 17th at 10am. Students and staff will practice the Lock-out and Lock-down safety drills - two drills intended to keep students in classrooms during a suspected emergency and prevent all outside entrance into the school.


We realize that safety drills have the potential to create anxiety for students. Our goal will be to provide clear information in a caring manner and to conduct drills in a way that does not cause fear or anxiety for students. Prior to the drill, teachers will work with students in an age appropriate way to understand the difference between the two types of drills and to review expectations during each drill.


In addition, this safety drill will allow our school to practice communication in the event of a true emergency. As a parent/guardian, you can expect to receive notification on the day of the safety drill via email and text message at the onset of the drill and after it has concluded. Since this is occurring across all of our buildings, families with children in multiple schools will receive drill messages from each school. We apologize in advance for sending multiple messages, but we want to make sure all of our systems are working.


If you would like to confirm or correct a phone number or email address so you can receive notifications, please update your information in the Emergency Data Review section of the parent portal. Instructions can be found here: Emergency Data Review Instructions. Please update any information in advance of the scheduled drill.


PTA Corner

Thank you to all the families who provided items for the Teacher Dinner on Oct 19th!! Everything was amazing, and very appreciated by all the teachers and staff!!


Other Upcoming Events:

- Thurs, Nov. 10th: PTA Meeting at 7pm in the Slate Hill Library

- Fri, Nov. 11th: BIBIBOP! Restaurant Night (Polaris Mall location), 10am-8pm (flyer attached below and in the eBackpack with all the details)


Joining Kroger Community Rewards is a great way to support the PTA! The program is free and does not take anything away from your Fuel Points or any other Kroger programs. To get started, click here! Our organization is Slate Hill PTA or use code IW349.


We hope you will join our PTA this year and support the great things they are doing for our Slate Hill Stars! You can join by completing the paper form that was sent home with your student(s), or by using this link. https://slatehillpta.memberhub.com/store

Slate Hill Book Fair ends Oct 24th!

The book fair will be open one final day, Monday, October 24th!


For those who can’t attend in person, you can shop the book fair on-line (until October 24th) and still support Slate Hill! This is also where parents can purchase digital gift cards for their students. Here is the link: https://efairs.literati.com/?school=slate-hill-elementary-school-worthington-oh


Congratulations to Mrs. Hollingsworth's class who will receive 3 classroom books from winning the coin drive! Thank you for your genorosity in donating your loose change!!

Title I Information

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Our school receives Title IA funding.


Parents/families of students in our building have a right to know about teacher qualifications and state-mandated assessments. In addition to being linked here, these documents are available on the Title IA page of our school website.

St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Assistance

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Michael Church offers assistance to families who are unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children under 15 years old. For those families who are in need of help this holiday season, and completed the Google form link ; thirty (30) families will be randomly selected to receive the St. Vincent's application. This year, St. Vincent's is also requiring an in person interview in order to receive help. If you are randomly selected to receive an application, that will be due by October 27th.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

We are planning a Fun Family Night at Slate Hill on December 1st! This event will be from 6:30-8pm listening to an author share some books, wearing our pajamas, snacks and playing board game with our families! More details to come! Please plan to join us for an evening of Slate Hill famiy fun!

Annual Coat Drive - Please Donate by October 28th!

Saint Vincent de Paul Society of St. Michael's Church will be conducting their annual winter coat drive and is asking for your help in obtaining gently used or new coats, hoodies, hats and gloves to provide to Worthington area students and families in need for the coming winter season. Many Worthington school students and families will have a much warmer winter this year with your help and generosity. Thank You!!

Worthington Food Drive - through November 17th

Slate Hill is helping the Worthington Resource Pantry and St. Michael Church with their annual Holiday Food Drive this year! Now, through November 17th, Slate Hill will be collecting granola bars, healthy snacks, canned soups, canned chicken/tuna, shampoo, hand soap, and body wash. Feel free to send items in with your student, or drop items off during the school day. We will have boxes near the school office to collect the donated items. Thank you for your support!

Counselor's Corner

Now that we are a couple months into the year, our students are growing more than ever! With this growth, it's never too early to start looking for the signs of puberty. The attached article outlines 6 tips for teaching your child about good hygiene routines including a discussion about their bodies changing, odor developing, and hair growing.


If you need any additional resources, please feel free to reach out to me or our nurse, Ms. Keathley (mkeathley@wscloud.org).


Stefanee Loges, MA

Licensed Professional School Counselor

Slate Hill Elementary School

614.450.5020

sloges@wscloud.org

Lost & Found! Last Call!

The Lost & Found is overflowing! Please have your students go through the Lost & Found by October 28th; after that all items will be donated. Thank You!

Ebackpack

Please review the eBackpack for flyers with information on upcoming events, information, homework help, how to become a volunteer in Worthington Schools, the breakfast & lunch menus, and more!

Health Guidelines

As a reminder, if your child has any of the following symptoms, we strongly suggest that you keep them home from school and contact their pediatrician for additional guidance:


  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

  • New or worsened cough

  • New onset severe headache

  • Shortness of breath

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

If your student has COVID-19 symptoms, you can pick up a test from your school's office.

District Updates

September District Newsletter


FINANCIAL FAQ

Did you know Worthington Schools has a new financial information resource. Check it out on our website: Financial FAQ

Care After School is Hiring!

We are reaching out to share a job opportunity within the Worthington School District. We are Care After School, a self-funded non-profit that provides after school care to children in the eleven Worthington elementary schools. We currently have Recreation Leader ($15/hour) openings to start as early as next week. Hours 2-6 pm, M-F and we operate when school is in session (End time can be flexible after 5 if needed). Your elementary school-age child(ren) may attend CAS at no charge.


Check us out at careafterschool.com and apply online at your convenience. Call or email Kathy or Leslie with any questions.


Assistant Director/Hiring Manager Leslie Rubinoski, lrubinoski@careafterschool.com, 614-431-2266 ext. 225.

Director Kathy Rayner, krayner@careafterschool.com, 614-431-2266 ext. 222.

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