Heritage Elementary


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



3/17/19: Spring Forward

3/13/19: Kindergarten Registration Open

3/14/19: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/18/19 -- 3/22/19: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

3/29/19: Heritage Boys Bring Someone Special Night (Glow Party)

4/15/19: 3rd Grade AIR Testing - ELA Part 1

4/16/19: 3rd Grade AIR Testing - ELA Part 2

4/17/19: 4th Grade AIR Testing - ELA Part 1

4/18/19: 4th Grade AIR Testing - ELA Part 2

4/29/19: 3rd Grade AIR Testing - Math Part 1

4/30/19: 3rd Grade AIR Testing - Math Part 2

5/2/19: 4th Grade AIR Testing - Math Part 1

5/3/19: 4th Grade AIR Testing - Math Part 2

3rd & 4th Grade Parents: AIR TESTING DATES

We respectfully request for parents to please avoid scheduling appointments or having their child miss school on the following dates:

Grade 3

Monday, April 15th - ELA Part 1

Tuesday, April 16th - ELA Part 2

Monday, April 29th - Math Part 1

Tuesday, April 30th - Math Part 2

Grade 4

Wednesday, April 17th - ELA Part 1

Thursday, April 18th - ELA Part 2

Thursday, May 2nd - Math Part 1

Friday, May 3rd - Math Part 2


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Springing the clock forward this weekend for daylight saving takes a toll on all of our sleep schedules.

But for children and teens with a mental health disorder, sleep is especially important, as they may be more sensitive than the typical child or teen.

For example:

  • Children and teens with bipolar disorder often sleep less when manic, or hypomanic. In certain instances, changes to the circadian rhythm (sleep/wake schedule) of a child or teen with bipolar disorder can cause a manic episode. This can be triggered by the time change.
  • Depression may make it more difficult for a child to fall asleep and stay asleep. Teens with anxiety often struggle with insomnia because their anxiety makes it difficult to relax and fall asleep.
  • Children with autism tend to sleep one to two hours less than other children their age. They also wake up earlier, although researchers currently do not know the cause of this trend.
  • For some children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stimulant medications can cause “rebound hyperactivity” close to bedtime, making it difficult for them to fall asleep.
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Artsonia: Online Gallery

If you've never seen our online art gallery, check it out!

Many schools use Artsonia as a gallery and fundraiser. Students get their own unique login for a personal gallery which never is deleted, even through high school! Families love seeing the artwork online!


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3rd Grade Recycling Contest Winners

3rd-grade students participated in a countywide recycling contest. Students had to design a billboard to promote recycling.

The winner's entries will be sent on to the countywide contest where they will compete to have their drawing made into a billboard.

Colin Vandervoort 1st place

Miriam Reiber 2nd place

Josephine Grubb-Luttrell 3rd place


Nonprescription Medication Policy

Nonprescription medication such as Advil, Tylenol, cough drops, etc. may be administered to students if the parent/guardian brings in the medication along with written permission for the medication to be given. All medications must be sent in the original container. Dosages cannot exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight. We must have a note from the doctor to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.

Cough Drops - Students must leave cough drops in the clinic and students must remain in the clinic until a cough drop is fully dissolved.

For additional information, see Board Policy 5330 and 5330 AG.


Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will begin online Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by August 1 of that school year to enroll. For more information, see Board Policy 5112.

To start the kindergarten registration process, parents fill out the online registration form through Infinite Campus. This form will not be active for the 2019-20 school year until Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

The first step in the process is to identify yourself as an “existing” or “new” family in the district.

Existing families are those who have a student currently enrolled in our district. These families should register students by logging into their existing Infinite Campus parent portal account. If you do not know your access information, see the Infinite Campus information below.

New families have never had a child enrolled in our district. “New” families should proceed by going to the online registration form.

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will begin online Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Please note that if you are not the residential/custodial parent or if you do not currently live in the district, you should call the Welcome Center at 614.920.6180 before beginning the enrollment process.

If you experience technical issues while accessing the online registration system, please try the following:

  • Read and follow all directions carefully.
  • Close applications and files other than the web browser you are using to register.
  • Update your web browser to the latest version, or try a different browser.
  • Registering with a tablet or smartphone is not recommended.

News from our Instructional Coach

Youtube Channels for Kids and Parents

Parents, check out this awesome link for some great resources for your children.

Link to 12 Awesome Youtube Channels for Kids and Parents

Disclaimer: Heritage Elementary and PLSD are not promoting nor receiving incentives from the Ozobot company.


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Doodle For Google!

Doodle For Google!

Each year, Google puts on a contest for kids across the world. Young artists have an opportunity to draw the Google logo to fit a theme. The winning design will be featured on Google's homepage for an entire day. Also, the winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school. Other grade-level finalists can win $5,000. This is a great way to practice art skills while entering a well-known contest.

Visit the website for entry forms, directions, rules, and more information which can help with brainstorming for this year's theme of "When I grow up, I hope..."

Entries are due by March 18th. Entries can be submitted digitally or mailed in. Mrs. M, our art teacher will collect mailed entries at school until March 7th. Good luck!

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Students Can Borrow District Hotspot Devices

Students with limited or no internet access in their homes can gain access to WiFi for their homework and other school projects thanks to a new Pickerington Schools program.

Through the Every-1-Connected program, the district will offer a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices to students who have limited or no internet access at home. Students can borrow the devices from their building media center.

This program is open to Pickerington School students who are fully enrolled in one of the 15 district buildings. Priority will be given to students on the free/reduced lunch list and who have little to no household internet access.

Please click here to access the application.

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2018/2019 Past Due Student Fees

Each year Heritage Elementary purchases consumable materials for the students to use in their classrooms. These items would not be available to your student without your contribution through nominal fees that are charged. If your student's fees are not paid in full:

  • Their 4th quarter grade card will not be sent home.
  • They will not receive an Early Placement Letter in the mail for the 19-20 school year.
  • Their records will be withheld (in the event of a withdrawal).
  • Their graduation diploma will be withheld.

Online payments can be made through the Parent Portal using checking or credit/debit card. All financial information goes through Vanco Services, a contracted secure third-party processing merchant. No personal financial information is maintained by the District.

Fees can be paid in person at your student's school, the Treasurer's Office or by mail.

Sending Breakfast/Lunch Money to School


Here are a few tips to remember when sending lunch money to the school.

  • You may send cash or check (made to PLSD Food Services) with your student to school.
  • Please place cash/check in an envelope.
  • Please write your student's name, homeroom, and student id# on the envelope.
  • You may also make pre-payments or check on your child's lunch account by using: mypaymentsplus.com or call 1-877-237-0946
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In order to keep our students safe during dismissal for parent pick-up, please only use the parent pick-up line. Do not park across the street and walk students in the busy traffic. Often the cars are unable to see students darting out in between vehicles. Due to this unforeseen circumstance, first priority will be given to car riders.

Thank you.


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Children are required to go outside unless prohibited by weather conditions or health reasons. Indoor recess will be held on days of inclement weather or when the wind chill factor is below 25 degrees. Please make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather.



Health Services Department

Medication Procedures:

  1. A PLSD Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel Form must be completed and signed by the medical provider and parent/guardian.

  • A separate authorization form must be completed for EACH medication.

  • Changes in medication require a new authorization form to be completed and signed by the medical provider and parent/guardian. This includes orders to stop/discontinue medications.

  • If these requirements are not met, PLSD staff will not be able to administer medication. The parent/guardian will be notified and arrangements will need to be made by the parent/guardian to administer the medication to his or her child.

2. A parent/guardian must deliver and pick up medications to the school clinic.

  • No medication is to be transported by students. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make arrangements for the transportation of his or her child’s medication to and from school. Exception: Self-carry and self administration for asthma and epi-pens. Proper documentation from the medical provider and parent/guardian must be on file in the school clinic.

  • Medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container and may not be expired.

  • Pharmacy label must include student’s name, medical provider’s name, medication name, medication strength and direction for usage.

  • Prescription medication must be counted by the school staff member receiving the medication and in the presence of the parent/guardian. Be sure to count in a private area to maintain confidentiality. This information is to be recorded on the Medication Documentation Record (MDR). School staff and the parent must sign and date the information.

  • In the event a student brings in medication, the medication must be counted by 2 staff members in the presence of the student, and the parent/guardian is to be notified by telephone of the medication count. Remind parent/guardian that medication is to be transported to school by parent/guardian. All information is to be documented on the MDR.

  • Notify the School Nurse of receipt of medication for documentation in Infinite Campus.

Nonprescription/Over the Counter Medications:

  • The parent/guardian must complete Administering Nonprescription Medications - Grades K-12 form or note with student's name, date of birth, homeroom teacher's name, grade, name of medication, strength, dosage, time of day medication to be administered, dates to start and discontinue medication, parent/guardian printed name, telephone number, signature and date.

  • Over the counter medication must have the original manufacturer's label attached

  • A courtesy call is to be made to the student’s parent/guardian to alert them when medicine is low.

  • A photo of the student should be posted on Medication Documentation Record.

3. All medication is to be kept in the clinic, locked at all times. Keys are to be kept secure as determined by building administration.

  • Clinic staff is responsible for the security of keys and locked medication cabinets. No medications will be stored in the clinic during summer break.

  • Parents/guardians will be reminded to pick up remaining medication prior to the end of the school year.

  • In the event medication is not picked up, proper disposal will be made.


Weekend Food Program - Violet Baptist Church

This program was created to help those families in need of meals for their children over the weekend. This is a wonderful program that helps those families in need within the PLSD.

What it is:

Food provided per student for 3 meals a day over Saturday and Sunday.

The food will be dropped off at the school office on Fridays.

The appropriate student will be notified and will come to retrieve their food bag.

We follow the school calendar & inclement weather schedule. No deliveries on Friday if no school. If we do know of a long weekend, we can arrange to drop for 3 days worth of meals. We have been approached by Mid Ohio Food Bank and have partnered with them to grow this program. Violet Baptist Church has volunteered to host the program and recruit volunteers from the community to join at VBC weekly to pack the food and distribute to the appropriate schools. Again, HOPE does not know whom the recipients are in order to keep strict confidentiality. If there is a food allergy we do identify that up front.

We keep strict guidelines on safety at the elementary levels for food prep. No food that needs a can opener, heat or microwave for little hands and safety. This changes for the upper levels. Also, we keep records for food safety and handling according to the standards set by the FDA and have completed training for such at Mid Ohio.

Lastly, this is no strings attached. Absolutely FREE for the student. If a household has more than one student, each student would receive a bag of food.

Please contact Marieca Mattox, School Counselor at Heritage Elementary School, if you are interested in this program or would like to learn more about it.

Phone: 614-833-6385 email: marieca_mattox@plsd.us

Important Forms

Volunteer Application

* To volunteer in PLSD, a volunteer application must be completed annually.

Emergency Medical Authorization Form

Kindergarten Physical Form


Regular School Hours:

1st - 4th Grade 9:15 - 4:05

AM Kindergarten 9:15 - 12:15

PM Kindergarten 1:05 - 4:05

Two Hour Delay Schedule:

1st - 4th Grade 11:15 - 4:05

AM Kindergarten 11:15 - 1:15

PM Kindergarten 2:00 - 4:05


Elementary Breakfast Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu

* Morning Breakfast*

Heritage serves breakfast every morning from 9:00 am to 9:15 am. The above breakfast menu has prices for your reference. Please communicate with your student whether or not they are to purchase breakfast. Thank you.


4th Grade 12:00 to 12:45 pm

1st Grade 12:15 to 1:00 pm

3rd Grade 12:30 to 1:15 pm

2nd Grade 12:45 to 1:30 pm

Click Here to add money to a lunch account using "My Payments Plus"

Drop Off Map

Morning Parent Drop Off

Heritage Elementary School

Morning Parent Drop Off

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

1. Any child being dropped off in a car will need to take Northern Avenue to Lakeview Drive and turn right onto the school grounds. Students will be dropped off on the playground. Please note: Law enforcement is requesting parents to utilize North Center Street and enter the school from the north side of either East Street or Lakeview Drive.

2. Please be courteous to the cars around you and make sure that when you pull onto the school grounds your student is ready to get out of the car in order to keep the line moving. If your student exits your car on the passenger side, please allow them to cross in front of your car before you move to ensure their safety.

3. We ask that cars remain in a single file line and do not pass the car in front of them. Exit onto East Street will be right turn only.

4. Busses will be dropping students off in front of the school. Reminder: State law states that when a bus has its red lights flashing and the “Stop” sign out, cars cannot pass the bus in either direction.

Late Arrivals:

Any student arriving after 9:15 will need to be walked into the building and signed in by an adult. You will need to use the front entrance for late arrivals.

Afternoon Pick-Up:

During Pick-Up, busses will pick up students from the playground and parents can pick up students on North East Street in front of the main office/cafeteria.

Kindergarten Pick-Up & Drop-Off:

Kindergarteners may be dropped off and picked up on North East Street in front of the main office. Please keep in mind that busses will also be utilizing this area for kindergarten drop-off and pick-up.