PICKERINGTON ELEMENTARY NEWS

March 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

It’s hard to believe that we’re more than halfway through our school year. With that said, you should have received information about our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences during the evenings of Thursday, March 7 and Thursday, March 14. While our teachers do their best to accommodate everyone, they do so based on the order that requests come back to them. If you are requesting a conference, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.


P.R.O.U.D. Winners

Seven amazing students were chosen as school leaders for the month of January. Each of the students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits describe3d in the book The Leader in Me by Stephen R. Covey, and in the series of books titled The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. Each student demonstrated what a highly effective leader looks like and was recognized during the February 20, 2019, PTO meeting. During the meeting, the selected students received a leadership T-shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to the following students: Julian D., Juliana M., Aleena F., Nate V., Jonathan C., Oumar L., and London S.


On behalf of the entire staff, we wish all of our families a relaxing week during our upcoming Spring Break, March 18-22, 2019, and we’ll look forward to having students back in the building on Monday, March 25, 2019.

COUNSELING NEWS

The Great Kindness Challenge

Thank you for your support and participation in the 2019 Great Kindness Week at Pickerington Elementary. Students and staff alike enjoyed practicing and celebration random acts of kindness through our spirit days, Kind Act Tic Tac Toe, food drive, and Kona Ice. Students raised $490, which will be donated to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. The building also donated 219 items of food to the Pickerington Food Pantry.


State Testing – Third and Fourth Grade

Third and Fourth-grade students will take the Ohio State Test in English Language Arts and Math during the months of April and May. Please note that testing will begin at 9:30 am sharp. If possible, please schedule appointments in the afternoon on these days.


Third Grade:

ELA 1 – April 15th

ELA 2 – April 16th

Math 1 – April 29th

Math 2 – April 30th


Fourth Grade:

ELA 1 – April 17th

ELA 2 – April 18th

Math 1 – May 2nd

Math 2 – May 3rd


Community Assistance Needed?

I recently received an updated list of community resources available to families in Fairfield County. Please call 614-548-1400 or email me at Kendra_stewart@plsd.us if you are interested in receiving the information.

FROM THE OFFICE

PAWS for Reading Week Make-up Event

This is a reminder that our Book Character Dress Up Day has moved to Friday, March 1st. it was rescheduled due to snow days during Paws for Reading Week. Students may dress up as characters from animal books or Dr. Seuss books.


K.I.S.S. Luncheon

Our Kids Invite Someone Special (KISS) luncheons are planned for families to enjoy a school lunch together. Please mark the date on your calendar from the schedule below. We hope you can join us.


March 8 – Manalac, Klipa, Way, Stemm

March 15 – Rogers, Friedrich, Burre


Family Math Night

Save the Date! Join us for Math & Science Night on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. There will be math and science activities to be enjoyed by all, even a special visit from PHSN Team Physics.


Fee Reminder

A reminder to those who haven’t paid your student fees for the 2018-2019 school year, please do so as soon as possible. Here are the fees for each grade level:


Kindergarten - $19.00

First Grade - $17.00

Second Grade - $17.50

Third Grade - $22.00

Fourth Grade - $22.00

School Calendar

The Board of Education approved the district’s 2019-2020 school calendar at the December 10 board meeting. The calendar can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/2SF5lg4


Parents are encouraged to refer to this calendar when planning activities such as vacations, family trips, and doctor’s visits.


The first day of school for grades 1-12 will be Thursday, Aug. 15, and the last day for grades K-11 is scheduled for May 22, 2020. Winter break for students will begin on December 23 and classes will resume on January 6, 2020. Spring break is scheduled for March 23-27, 2020.


If the district has a calamity/snow day before Presidents Day on February 17, 2020, the district will use that date as the make-up. The following 2-4 calamity days will be made up with student “blizzard bags.” For information on blizzard bags visit the calamity day page.


Key dates on the calendar include:


August 15: First Day of School (grades 1-12)
August 21: First Day of Kindergarten
August 30: No School, Teacher Professional Development
September 2: No School, Labor Day
September 11: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
October 11: No School, Teacher Professional Development
October 17: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 21: No School K-8 Only, All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 22: No School Kindergarten Only, All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 24: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 5: No School, Teacher Professional Development
November 27-29: No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 11: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
December 23-Jan. 2: No School, Winter Break
January 3: No School, Teacher Record Day
January 17: No School, Innovation Day (Teacher Professional Development)
January 20: No School, Martin Luther King Day
February 12: No School, Teacher Professional Development
February 17: No School, Presidents Day (unless needed to use as make-up for calamity day)
March 5: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 10: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 11: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
March 23-27: No School, Spring Break
April 10: No School, Good Friday
April 15: No School, Teacher Professional Development
May 19: Last day for Seniors
May 22: Last day of School (K-11)
May 23: Graduation Day!

Updates from the Media Center

Newberry participants and the number of books read


Portia M. - 3

Ethan A. - 1

Jonas W. - 1

Aminata S. - 1

Payton H. - 5

Kayra J. - 3

Emmanuel A. - 3

Karis L. - 1

Greyson F. - 1

Cienna W. - 1

Blake K. - 1

Shelby M. - 8

Haylee K. - 2

Sophie M. - 7

Angel M. - 1

Tommy P. - 1

Eli K. - 3

Jacob W. - 3

IMPORTANT DATES

March 6

2-Hour Late Start


March 7

Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences


March 8

PTO Movie Night


March 13

Kindergarten registration begins


March 14

K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences


March 18 -22

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break