Heritage Elementary

Thursday, November 19th

Building Information

Mr. Chad Rice, Principal

Mrs. Marieca Mattox, School Counselor

Mrs. Marni Dreher, School Nurse

Mrs. Katie Thielman, Building Secretary

Mrs. Lisa Karavakis, Office Assistant


November 25-27 No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 21-31 No School - Winter Break

January 1 - No School - Winter Break

January 4 - No School - Teacher Record Day

January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

January 20 - No School - Innovation Day (Prof. Dev.)

Golden Book Signer

1st Golden Book Signer

Our friend Believe from Mrs. Lyon's Kindergarten class is our very first Golden Book Signer for the 20/21 school year! Believe consistently demonstrates the traits of being a leader in class by helping his teachers and being a great role model for his peers. Way to go Believe!
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Dress for the Weather

It is that time of year when the temperature may vary greatly from day to day. Please be sure that your student comes to school dressed for the weather each day. We go outside for recess unless we have inclement weather or the wind chill factor is below 25 degrees.


Do you know a Heritage Elementary School staff member who is truly the heart of Heritage? Someone who goes above and beyond to make a difference for your child, our school, or our community? Click on the link below to recognize a HES staff member as the Heart of Heritage.


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 email or PHONE. 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 Friday, November 20th.

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).




Thank you,

Marieca Mattox (Heritage School Counselor)

(614) 548-1322 - Office Phone



Join us Thursday, November 19th at 7pm for our November PTO meeting! This will be a virtual meeting, please email PTO secretary Leslie Weibush at leslieweibush@icloud.com to request to be added to the Zoom invite (we will not be posting a link or meeting code for security purposes). See you there!
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Yearbook Cover Contest

Attention Students!

Would you like your drawing to be on the cover of the yearbook?

All submissions are due to your teacher by 11/30/20!

We can't wait to see your creativity shine!

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Spirit Wear Update:

Spirit wear orders have been placed and are anticipated to arrive the first week of December! We plan to get these sorted and sent home with students as soon as we can after they come in. Stay tuned!

Virtual Book Fair:

Here is a link for the online shopping that opens for 2 weeks on Sunday, November 29th and a link for the virtual flyer.

Shopping Link:https://www.scholastic.com/bf/heritageelementaryschool18

Flyer Link: https://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/flippingbooks/F20-premium-booklist/F20-premium-booklist.html#p=1

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Annual Nationwide Children's Toy Drive

It’s time to spread love and sunshine the Heritage Elementary way!

Every year our kindergarten students ask for donations to give to the children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Many children visit Nationwide for various medical needs. Families travel from all around the world to seek the best treatment for their children.

We would like to ask our Heritage Families to once again bring in a new donation from the list below. These are the most needed items. We would like to focus on school-aged children's interest at this time.

During the week of November 23rd and 30th, we are asking for these donations to be brought in. We will have a box in the office and near the kindergarten classrooms.

Thank you for all your support!


The Heritage Kindergarten Team

School Age

  • Games: Headbands, Operation, Connect Four, Sorry, Trouble, Life Guess Who, Jenga
  • Cards: Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase Ten, Playing Cards
  • Lego sets
  • Craft kits, Painting Kits, Beading Kits, Hemp Jewelry Kits, Ink Stamps Kits, Wooden Item Kits
  • Matchbox cars/trucks
  • Toy dinosaurs, insects, animals
  • Non-violent action figures
  • Dolls & doll clothes
  • 24 + piece puzzles

Teens (area of HIGH NEED)

  • Games: Checkers, Adult Headbands, Scattergories, trivia games
  • Sketch pads, drawing pencils, colored pencils
  • Craft kits: latch hook with hook, bead/string kits, fabric painting, wooden items
  • Model kits (cars, planes, boats)
  • Journals (no spiral)
  • New Fingernail Polish/nail polish removal
  • Teen reading books
  • Playing Cards
  • Teen DVDs
  • Gift Cards (Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc)
  • Word search, Mad Libs, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku books
  • Magazines of teen interest

Second Grade Pioneer Days

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What is Kroger Community Rewards?

Kroger Community Rewards makes fundraising easy by donating to Heritage

Elementary based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you link your card

to HES, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

How do I sign up?

To link your Kroger card, visit www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com

-If you have an existing account, click on "Sign-In"

-Otherwise, click on "Create An Account"

-Click on "Community", then "Community Rewards"

-Click on "Enroll Now"

-Enter Heritage PTO's Number: QI599

-Click on "Save"




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Directly email the PLSD technology department for tech support.


If you are in need of help please email asktech@plsd.us, please be sure to include as much information in the email as you can, include your name, building, a detailed explanation of the problem, if you are on a Chromebook or iPad. The more information we have the quicker we can solve the issue.

Also, remember that we have technology repair days every Wednesday and lots of information on our technology department page on the District website.

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Counselor Connection


Dear Heritage families,

We are looking forward to another amazing year at Heritage Elementary, a Leader In Me Lighthouse School. The beginning of this year is different from anything we have experienced and as such we have incorporated some building changes in order to adhere to the guidelines. Things seem like they are continually changing and we are doing our best to stay current with all expectations from the Ohio Department of Education as well as the Ohio Department of Health. Below are the updates to the building procedures.


Bus: As students arrive they will be dismissed one bus at a time starting at 9:05. As students enter the building they will either a) go directly to their classroom or b) go to the cafeteria to get breakfast.

  • Breakfast- if your student is getting breakfast they will enter the cafeteria using the hallway entrance. Once they get their breakfast they will then proceed directly to their classroom to eat their breakfast.

Parent Drop-Off: Students that are being dropped off by their parent will enter the building starting at 9:05.

K-1st: Students will enter the building using doors marked BB

2nd - 3rd : Students will enter the building through the alley using doors marked AA

4th & Breakfast eaters: Enter the door marked B

Water bottles:Our building now has 2 touch free drinking fountains. If your student is being sent to school with a water bottle to be refilled, please make sure your student’s name is on the bottle.


Here are the student lunch times for 1st-4th grade:

4th- 11:45-12:30

1st- 12:15- 1:00

3rd- 12:45-1:30

2nd- 1:15- 2:00

Packers: if a student is bringing a lunch from home we ask that they either put it in a brown bag so that all contents can be thrown away after eating or that they have a bag in their lunch box that they can get prior to going to lunch to take with them. We are trying to avoid taking lunch boxes to the cafeteria as we no longer will have teacher classroom totes to hold lunch boxes.

Kindergarten AM dismissal-

Bus- Students will be taken by an adult to their bus pick up in front of the building.

Parent Pick Up- Parents will remain behind the buses and allow them to pick up their students first. The first parent pickup car should start at the yellow “Buses Only” sign located in front of the building. After buses have departed we will begin dismissing students one by one. Please have your neon green sign provided by Heritage Elementary visible in your windshield to help with dismissal.

Kindergarten PM arrival-

Bus: Students will exit one bus at a time and proceed to their classroom teacher located near door A (main entrance).

Parent drop off: Parents will remain behind the buses and allow them to release their students first. The first parent pickup car should start at the yellow “Buses Only” sign located in front of the building. After buses have departed we will begin dismissing students one by one.


While at recess we ask that students wear a mask when they are not able to remain socially distant. Students may be permitted to remove their mask when they can be socially distant. Students are responsible for their own mask at all times.


Parent Pick-up: Students that are going to be picked up by a parent or guardian will need to have the neon green sign provided by Heritage in the wind shield of their car. Due to social distancing guidelines, all parent pick ups will use the designated car line. Students will only be released to a vehicle in the car line. Only students designated as “walkers” at Heritage Elementary will be permitted to leave without a vehicle (designated walkers will have a different colored sign). Please do not park and walk to the door with your sign, you must remain in your car.


Students will be called to the buses from their classroom as soon as their bus arrives. Buses will only be called one at a time to avoid overcrowding in the hallways. Students are required to wear a mask at all times during dismissal as well as on the bus ride home.

Thank you all for helping us to continue to make Heritage Elementary a place where our students can be Learners, Leaders and Leave a Legacy.


Mr. Rice



Please refer to our District's homepage to find the school supply list for all Heritage students.

You can access that page by clicking here!