PICKERINGTON ELEMENTARY NEWS

August/September 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Families,


Welcome Back to another year at Pickerington Elementary! We are all so excited and happy to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. We're off to a great start.


If you are new to our school or the community, we truly hope you'll like it here. Our school and district have a positive reputation, and we presume that is one of the reason you chose to move here. During the 2013-2014 school year, our school received the "Hall of Fame" Award, only one of six schools in the State of Ohio to do so. We will continue to work hard for our students and families to show that we are indeed, an exemplary school.


It was a pleasure greeting familiar faces and meeting new ones at our "Meet the Teacher" night on August 14, 2019. We hope you found the information shared in the classroom and at the Title I Station helpful and informative. Please remember to mark your calendars for our PTO's Welcome Back Party on Thursday, August 29 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.


As always, if you ever need to speak to me, your child's teacher, our school counselor, or any other staff member, please calla the school office at (614) 548-1400.


With your partnership, we're looking forward to another great year!


Melissa Moriarty, Principal

PLAN FOR PROGRESS

Dear Pickerington Elementary Families,


Pickerington Elementary Schools is rolling out The Pickerington Plan for Progress, a roadmap for the future that ensures we are attaining greater levels of efficiency, reaching a higher level of community trust, and graduating students that are prepared for today's world.


The Plan for Progress will focus on three key goals:


Academic Excellence - What must we do to engage all of our students in relevant and rich learning experiences that will prepare them for career, college and life?


Efficient Operation - What can we do now to maximize resources and ensure the school district is operating efficiently?


Modern Facilities - Do our facilities reflect the environment needed to be successful in today’s world?


We encourage you to visit our website at www.pickerington.k12.0h.us/p4p/ to learn about the Plan for Progress.

COUNSELING NEWS!

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Please contact Kendra Stewart, School Counselor at Pickerington Elementary School, if you are interested in this program or would like to learn more about it.


Phone: 614-548-1400 email: kendra_stewart@plsd.us

SAVE THE DATE

Aug 28 - School Pictures

Aug 29 - PTO Welcome Back Party - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Aug 30 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Sept 2 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

Sept 11 - Two-Hour Late Start - Professional Development

Sept 18 - PTO Meeting - 7:00pm


*Note: Please refer to the PLSD Website and Pickerington Elementary Website for any updates to the calendar.

WELCOME NEW STAFF

It is a pleasure to introduce and welcome our new staff members. They are all excited to be a part of the Pickerington Elementary family.


Miss Whitney Bobo - Grade K

Miss Samantha Henne - Grade 1

Mrs. Lindsey Hillerich - Grade K

Ms. Alexa Irwin - School Psychologist

Mrs. Taddy Jorge - Duty Aide

Ms. Becca Kovar - Grade 3

Mr. Ryan Sayers - Intervention Specialist

Mrs. Ashleigh Traster - Duty Aide

Mrs. Allison Zweifel - Special Education Coordinator

BUILDING TIME SCHEDULE

OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

STUDENT DAY: 9:15 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.


Students may arrive at school at 9:05 a.m. Please do not drop off students before this time, as there will no adult to supervise students. Dismissal time for students is 4:05 p.m.

ABSENTEES/STUDENT SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT PROCEDURES

Please call the school office if your child is absent or late. State law requires a daily check of students who are absent. A 24-hour answering machine is available to receive absence or tardy calls. Please use this machine for all calls after 4:30 p.m. and before 8:30 a.m. The phone number is 614-548-1400, option 1. Thank you for helping us comply with the state requirements.

  • If your child is going to be lated, please call the school office. When you do bring your child to school, please come to the office and sign your child in. He/she will need a written pass to class.
  • If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note to your child's teacher, and then come to the office at the designated time and office staff will call your child from the classroom.
  • It is important to make arrangements with your child before school each morning so they will know what to do at dismissal. In emergencies, please contact the school office and we will inform your child of any changes in arrangements.

We ask your patience and understanding in this matter. We have a tremendous responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for all your children. Thank you for your assistance.

SCHOOL FEES

The school fees for the 2019-2020 school year are listed below. You may pay online in Infinite Campus, or in person with check, cash, or credit card.


Kindergarten - $19.00

Grade 1 - $17.00

Grade 2 - $17.50

Grade 3 - $22.00

Grade 4 - $23.50

SCHOOL ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

We would like to thank everyone in advance for your cooperation in following our procedures for arrival and dismissal of students. With an enrollment of 425 students, being accountable for safety, as well as the academic program, takes much effort from the school, parents, and students. Together we can make it work.


MORNING ARRIVAL

In all of our elementary buildings, the buses will be unloading at 9:05 a.m. While we encourage parents to send children to school on the bus if assigned, if you are dropping off your child in the morning, please adhere as closely as possible to the 9:05 a.m. time. Walkers should also wait until 9:05 a.m. to arrive as explained in the letter to families of walkers received. Since school does not not begin until 9:15 a.m., we believe this provides plenty of time for our children to get to their classrooms. Students will not be permitted to go to their classrooms until 9:05 a.m.


AFTERNOON DISMISSAL

Each day as school ends, we dismiss the same 425 students. We have buses, cars and daycare vans picking up children.


We will use the following procedure for dismissal:


  • Children who are being picked up will wait on the West, Diley Road side of the building with an adult on duty.
  • If you are picking up your child, please remain in your car, following the arrows on the parking lot blacktop. Your child will be released to your vehicle.
  • Walkers will be dismissed to the front of the building as explained in the letter families of walkers received.
  • Bus riders are dismissed to board the buses that are parked in the bus lane in front of the building.


The teacher and the office need to be notified of any changes that will occur at dismissal. Thank you again for your help in allowing our arrival and dismissal procedures to operate smoothly.

LUNCH

Students may pay for meals in advance. Money can be deposited into the student's account with cash, check or money order as the child is going through the line. No change will be given for check or money order deposit. The money will be deducted from the student's account when the student enters his/her special ID number when going through the lunch line. Checks should be made payable to "Pickerington Local Food Service". You may also make deposits and check and check account balances for your student online. Visit www.mealpayplus.com and have your student's account number ready for reference.


LUNCH PRICES - $2.75

MILK - $.50

EXTRA - $1.75

SCHOOL PICTURES

School Pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2019. T order online please visit inter-state.com/order and use the order code: 42003JB. Reminders will be sent home with your child on Tuesday.

NEWBURY CLUB

Once again this year, third and fourth graders will have the opportunity to participate in the Newbery Book Club. This club encourages great reading! This year students will be required to read a Newbury Medal- winning book or a Newbery Honor Book (both on display in our library). After reading a Newbery selection, students just need to get a Newbery Book Report Sandwich packet from Mr. Lewis, complete the packet, and turn it in. We will gather for lunch once a month in the media center and celebrate at the end of the year. Happy Reading!

KISS LUNCHEONS

Our KISS Luncheons, Kids Invite Someone Special, are planned for families to enjoy a school lunch together. Our next newsletter will include a schedule of homerooms, grades 1-4.

2019 Pickerington CommUNITY Fair

On Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Pickerington Local School District will be hosting its 4th annual CommUNITY Fair that celebrates different cultures, ethnicities, and religions from around the world. It will be held at Pickerington High School North. Students in this district come from five continents and speak over 40 languages. Our hope is through gaining knowledge and learning respect for diversity within our community and throughout the world, planet earth will become a more peaceful, kind, and accepting place. The CommUNITY Fair will feature student projects, presentations, dances, a henna artist, games, cultural crafts to make, food trucks, vendors, a fashion show, and much more. Come and learn about your neighbors! Come and join the fun!

SAVE THE DATE! - Pickerington Elementary Right to Read Week December 2nd - 6th

The theme this year is "Seasonal Traditions" with special dress-up days and reading events throughout the week. On Friday, December 6th, we will welcome illustrator Steve Harpster for a school visit as well as a family reading night and movie night. Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this event.


More information to come!