Weekly Violet Views 11/18/22
HOME OF THE SUPERVIOLETS
Calling All Watch D.O.G.S.!
We are excited to bring back The Watch D.O.G.S. program this year! This program has been so successful in bringing fathers and father-figures into the classroom. Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) is a national program designed to get fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures involved in volunteering at their student's school. The two main goals are:
- To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
- To provide an extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
The program has been very positive for students of every grade level. Here is what we know: Kids develop more fully - socially, physically, academically, emotionally and spiritually - when they have a positive role model actively engaged in their life. “Actively Engaged!!” This is a call for all of our Watch Dog Dads to join us on Saturday, November 19th at 9:00am for our kick-off meeting in the cafeteria. Then you can begin to schedule a time on the calendar to come in and strengthen our school by mentoring and tutoring our students and demonstrating through your actions how much you value your children’s education. We all appreciate your time and positivity when you volunteer in our school!
Learn more about the Watch D.O.G.S. program.
To sign up for a day or half-day, please click HERE. We will then make a schedule for you that will include times to assist in classrooms, the library, gym class, and cafeteria/recess. We hope to see you soon!
Parent Drop Off
As the weather gets cooler please dress your child appropriately. Students will go outside for recess every day the air temperature is 25 degrees and above. If you are in need of any cold weather gear (hats/gloves/coats) please reach out to Mrs. Lowe. Lisa_Lowe@plsd.us
Managing Holiday Stress
The holidays can be a wonderful time of year for children, but they can also be very stressful. Please see the information below about managing holiday stress.
We are here to help for the holidays! If your family needs assistance OR would like to help with donations please see the attachment below. Please open the pdf attachment below. If your family is in need of assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a link. Online forms must be completed by November 18th.
Violet Elementary School
Students will have the opportunity to visit the PTO Holiday Shoppe December 5th-9th. More information will be sent home soon.
Holiday Movie Night
Join us on Friday, December 9th at 6:00pm for our Holiday Movie Night! We will be watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Please bring blankets or chairs. Families can bring dinner or snacks to enjoy with the movie. There will be free popcorn, while it lasts! In order for everyone to enjoy the movie, all students need to have an adult chaperone with them. This is not a "drop off" event.
We are asking that families bring one canned food item per person for the Pickerington Food Pantry as "admission" to the movie. We hope to see you there!
Thank You Pickerington families!
We can't thank you enough Pickerington families for your support of the bond issue on Nov. 8! We are so pleased that 57% of voters supported the bond issue for our students, for more space for teaching and learning, and for the future of Pickerington Schools and the entire community as we faced unprecedented growth!
Now with your support, district leaders will begin working right away on implementing the district’s capital plan, which includes the proceeds from the $89.930 million bond issue, to:
- Build a new junior high school that can house up to 1,300 students
- Renovate all of Ridgeview Junior High to convert to a building holding separate kindergarten to fourth grade elementary and fifth to sixth grade middle schools; this creates an eighth elementary school that will house about 450 elementary students, and a fourth middle school that will house about 450 middle school students
- Add 24 additional classrooms at Central High School housing up to 650 students; upgrade the cafeteria, expanding capacity by 200 additional students; install secure entryways
- Add 18 additional classrooms to North High School housing up to 470 additional students; install secure entryways
- Renovate and upgrade multiple elementary schools to accommodate growth, making room for up to 375 additional students.
While it may take awhile for all of the construction to be completed, rest assured we will move forward as quickly as possible and will post updates on our progress, every step of the way. We are so #PLSDProud of the confidence you have demonstrated in the district at the polls, and we are ready and eager to do the work that will continue to make Pickerington Schools a destination district that is Educating for Tomorrow.
November 19 Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Meeting 9:00am
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break
December 5-9 PTO Holiday Shoppe
December 9 PTO Movie Night
December 20 Last Day of 2nd Grading Period
December 21 - January 3 No School, Winter Break
January 4 No School, Teacher Record Day