Pickerington Elementary Newsletter

Read a message from the principal and view other important building information. The PES newsletter is updated monthly throughout the school year.

May Newsletter 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Families: We’ve had another fantastic school year. Thank you so much for all of your support!

Our PTO-sponsored Mother-Son Night at Rule 3 on April 12 was a big hit with more than 250 people attending. Thank you to Heidi Burkey and Michelle Dufort for planning the fun-filled event.

During PTO meeting held on April 18, seven students were chosen as school leaders for the month of March. Each of the students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described 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. During the meeting, the selected students received a leadership T-shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to the following students: Jillian M., Ivana K., Todd D., Donovan G., Nawrus A., David H. and Erika S. Great job students!

Fairfield County sponsors two contests related to the environment and recycling, and our school was represented in both categories. In the Third Grade Billboard Contest, Sydney Young placed 10th. Sydney is in Beth Schaar’s homeroom, and she received an award certificate and a prize made from recycled material. Fairfield County also sponsors an Environmental Educator of the Year Award and Alena Bryan won!! Alena is a second-grade teacher here at Pickerington Elementary and she won for coordinating the second grade environmental education day for 8 years. Congratulations to both of you.

Our district partners with the Pickerington Education Foundation (PEF) to give grants to teachers. This year Beth Klamo our English Learner (EL) teacher won a grant she wrote with Brigid Fry, another district EL teacher. Congratulations, Mrs. Klamo. The grant will allow the teachers to purchase green screen video production kits for EL students and others in the school to use.

Congratulations also go out to our building Pride of Pickerington Schools Award winners. In the teacher category, Ms. Melissa Woodward, Response to Intervention teacher, and in the support staff category, Ms. Tonda Nelson, Paraprofessional was chosen. Once again congratulations to both of you!

The school year is almost over now that we’re turned the calendar to May. We all hope you enjoy the summer with your children and families. Be safe and have fun!

Instructional Coach Curriculum News

Dear Pickerington Elementary Families,

Below you will find information and ideas on curriculum that will help keep your child engaged in learning during the summer months.

  • Reading

o Encourage your child to read daily.
o Encourage your child to read a variety of books.
o Read to your child and provide time for your child to read to you.
Link to PBS Kids Reading
Link to STAR fall reading
Link to Pickerington Library and events
Link to Columbus Public Library

  • Math

Link to other math practice sites
Link to PBS Kids math
Link to Soft Schools Math

  • Writing

o Encourage your child to keep a journal.
o Allow time for free writing.
Link to Summer writing Prompts – Encourage your child to add details to the writing

  • STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math

Link to STEM Challenges for the Family – (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)


Final Achievement Reports

Student’s final achievement report will be mailed. All student fees, including school fees and library fees, need to be paid before it is mailed.

News from the Clinic

If your child has medication in the clinic, please make sure a parent or guardian picks it up on or before the last day of school. We cannot send home medication with your child at the end of the school year. Any medication that is not picked up by 2 pm will be destroyed. Call the clinic if you have questions.

If your child will need prescription medicine for the 2018-2019 school year, please fill out the “Request for Administration of Medicine by School Personnel” or pick up a form the office. New forms are required to be filled out each school year.

If your child has any significant changes in health or medical needs, please be sure to alert the school nurse before the first day of the next school year.

Super Games

Super Games is coming to our school May 10th! We need plenty of volunteers to make this successful! if you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Kim Smith at ksmit10@gmail.com.

Summer Food Program

School will soon be out until fall, but lunch is still available. Pickerington Schools will once again participate in the USDA’s Summer Food Program. Lunch will be provided at Tussing

Elementary School from 11:230a.m. – 1:00p.m. weekdays in June.

The meals are sponsored by the USDA at no charge for all children between ages 0 and 18. All meals must be eaten on site.


Technology and education go hand-in-hand in Pickerington Schools, and a special event planned for May 10 will give parents, students, and the community a chance to see first-hand how the district is creating 21st-century learning environments.

The community is invited to “TechConnect,” a first-ever event featuring students and teachers sharing how technology is being used to support learning in Pickerington Schools. The event will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Heritage Elementary, 100 N. East Street.

The event is for all age levels and will begin in the Heritage gymnasium with a technology playground, allowing all attendees to discover and ask questions about various technologies being used by our students and teachers. Featured booths will include how students are using drones, coding, Bloxels, Ozobots, WeVideo, virtual reality, Google Suite, Puzzlets, Digital Clue, student news crews, and more.

After the Technology Playground, guests will move to the auditorium to watch students and teachers present projects they have completed this year. Students will use the stage to give a 5-minute presentation to present their project. Presentations will include students and teachers from all grades bands. Watch first graders using Ozobots robots, elementary students creating digital books, middle school students creating podcasts, junior high students designing digital portraits, high school students creating and annotating video, and more.

The Pickerington Police Department also will be on hand to present a session on digital safety in our community.

News from the Cafeteria

Important end-of-year information about your student’s lunch account:

Beginning on Thursday, May 10, 2018, your student will no longer be able to “charge”.

Please do not allow your student’s balance to go in the negative.

Please remember that if your student has an account balance at the end of the school year, it will carry over to the next school year, unless you leave the school district.

Pickerington Food Truck Festival

The Pickerington North & Pickerington Central Drug-Free Clubs will be hosting a community event called the Pickerington Food Truck Festival. The event will be held on May 5th from noon-6pm. It will be located in the front of Pickerington North; if the weather is bad we will move it inside to the Field House. There will be inflatables, games, face painting, sand volleyball tournament, a chance to challenge ‘Jimmy Football’ in a game of QB Blitz, etc.

There will also be Live Music:

· 12:15- Forever Unknown (band consisting of North & Central students)
· 1:30- Yours For the Taking (band consisting of former Pickerington students)
· 3:00- Shane Runion (up & coming Nashville artist)
· 4:45- Hog Weasel Breakdown (band consisting of some of our very own Pickerington North teachers)

Food Trucks that will be at this event:

· Pompeii’s Inferno Pizza
· Burrito Bus
· Shark Tato
· Loco Sweets
· Rockin’ Rolls

There is no entrance fee for this event, so please come out and enjoy a fun-filled day! If you have any questions you can contact Alicia Newbury at alicia_newbury@plsd.us


Recycling Billboard Contest

During their study of Earth conservation, the third-grade students participated in the annual third-grade Recycling Billboard Contest. Sydney Young, Addison Long, and Anna Petropavlovskiy posters were chosen to represent Pickerington Elementary. 1,376 third graders in Fairfield County participated in the contest. Sydney Young from Mrs. Schaar’s class poster won tenth place overall. She was honored on Earth Day, April 21, 2018, at Alley Park in Lancaster.

Recycle Billboard Contestents

2018 Summer Programs/Family Activities

Food programs
· Pickerington Summer lunch program (Tussing Elementary)
· Summer Lunch Program Ohio

Summer Camps/Programs
· Jerry Garver YMCA camp accepts applications for subsidized fees/scholarships must submit an application by May 15th (7am-6pm)

· Sycamore Creek Park Summer Camp (through YMCA).  Accepts applications for subsidized fees/scholarships MUST submit an application by May 15th (8am-4pm)

· Free 4 Day Art and Play through Columbus Parks and Rec 4-Day Art & Play Coming to a neighborhood near you! “4-Day Art & Play” will transform your neighborhood park for four fantastically fun days with art and physical sports activities for children ages six and older. Create individual and group art projects, possibly run a watery obstacle course or win the “Mystery Contest” of the day. Make music and invent new games or scale the climbing wall. “4-Day Art & Play” promises a different event/adventure every day. All you need to do is bring your imagination, enthusiasm and a smile. It’s all free courtesy of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

June 11-14 John Burroughs Park
June 18-21 Independence Park (closest to SCE)
June 25-28 Cremeans Park
July 9-12 Nelson Park
July 16-19 Alkire Woods Park
July 23-26 Weinland Park
July 30-Aug 2- Innis Park

Schedule: 9-9:30 am Registration 9:15-9:45 am Free Breakfast (18 and under) 9:45 am-1 pm Special Art and Physical Activities 1-1:45 pm Free Lunch (18 and under) 1:45-5 pm Special Art and Physical Activities 5-5:30 pm Clean-up A detailed daily schedule will be posted at playground site. Registration Monday – Thursday 9 – 9:30 am daily on site. Pre-registration not required.

· Eastland Fairfield and Tech “Test Drive Your Future” free 3 day camp for grades 6-8 (not applicable to our students, but may be helpful for siblings). Registration is going on now!

· Ohio University Lancaster “Kids In College” Summer program- Does not offer subsidized fees, however, students with IEPs can apply to receive a scholarship to register for one or two sessions free of charge. Available for students entering 4th grade- 9th grade. Contact Maryann Lape for scholarship information 740-681-3339 or lape@ohiou.edu or complete the Kids in College Scholarship Form.

Other Activities

· Pickerington Special Olympics (PSO Jaguars)- All sports/activities are free of charge (bowling, basketball, track/field, volleyball) – Athletes also participate/compete in a free 3 day Ohio Summer Olympic Games at OSU (all special Olympics teams throughout OSU) mid-June (free room and board on campus)…PSO has events/training/games year rounds- please see me if you’d like more info. My son is an athlete with PSO and he loves it!

· Columbus Parks and Rec P.L.A.Y. Grant (for low income)- can apply to receive reduced fees for all Columbus Parks summer camps/activities. (can receive one free week of camp and a reduced fee for other activities depending on income)

· Columbus Leisure Card– access to Columbus Community Centers and Pools (do not have to be a resident of Columbus). Leisure card costs $1 and just need to present the leisure card and .50 to enter Columbus pools during the summer.

· Kids Bowl Free -Register online for child(ren) to receive 2 free games of bowling on most days during the summer!!! The closest participating bowling alley is Tiki Bowling Lanes in Lancaster.  Bowling schedule and registration form can be found here.

· COTA Zoo Bus – ride the COTA bus to the zoo ($2/person; children $1) and show transfer ticket to receive $3 admission into Zoo and $10 admission into Zoombezi Bay (May 30th-Sept 4th). (regular price for zoo ranges from $14.99-19.99 for Fairfield County Residents). A schedule will be posted on COTA website soon.

· Inclusive Basketball camp (No Limits Basketball) at OUL $15 June 26-28 5-6: 30 pm

· Pickerington Friday Night Flicks (free) around 9pm throughout the summer- bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks June 1- Despicable Me 3, June 8- The Nut Job 2, June 15- The Lego Ninjago movie, June 22- Beauty and The Beast, June 29- Beethoven, July 13- Coco, July 20- Cars 3, July 27- The Incredibles

· Pickerington Summer Concert Series (free) Sundays throughout the summer 7-8: 30 pm

Last Day of School - May 25th

We will release at 2:05 pm on the last day of school – Friday, May 25, 2018. Morning kindergarten sessions will run from 9:15 am = 11:00am. Afternoon kindergarten sessions will run from 11:50am – 2:05pm.

PCMA Food Pantry

PCMA Food Pantry

Food Truck Frenzy
Held at Peace United Methodist Church
235 Diley Road
Sunday, June 3rd
12 – 6pm


Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered this school year! Our PTO could not do it without the support of our parent and families! Have a wonderful summer and we will see you in August!

April Newsletter 2018

Principal's Message

We held our final two K.I.S.S. Luncheons for selected homerooms on Friday, March 9 and March 16, 2018. Our book fair was open during both luncheons and we were happy to see so many families at our school. Additionally, our PTO-sponsored movie night the evening of Friday, March 9 was a huge success. Thanks to our volunteers who served and ran the table during the luncheons, to Patty Richardson for planning and running the fair, and to Terri Carter and Jennifer Simmons for organizing the movie night.

During our PTO meeting held on March 21, 2018, seven students were chosen as school leaders for the month of February. Each of the students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described 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. During the meeting, the selected students received a leadership T-shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to the following students: Sydney R., Tommy P., Gavin S., Jackson C., MacKenzie S., Piper E., and Max M.

Thank you from all of us for the support you continue to provide your children and our school!

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 month of April.  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 9th
ELA 2 – April 10th
Math 1 – April 23rd
Math 2 – April 25th

Fourth Grade:
ELA 1 – April 11th
ELA 2 – April 12th
Math 1 – April 25th
Math 2 – April 26th

News from the Cafeteria

Please note that the last day students will be able to charge a meal will be Thursday, May 10. After that date, students must have money in their My Payments Plus account to purchase lunch. This ensures the district can clear up end-of-year negative balances.

Please check your student’s My Payments Plus account regularly to ensure there is sufficient money to receive a meal, as well as to clear up any possible negative balance.

Any money left over in the account will transfer over to next school year.

If a parent has a student who is graduating and has a positive balance of more than $5 left in the lunch account, there are two options.

The first option is to request a transfer of that money to any other student they may have at Pickerington Schools.

If a refund is requested the parent calls the Food Service Office at 614-833-3645. Refunds are done through the Treasurer’s Office. They are done once a month at the end of the month. Upon request, we fill out a refund slip with the student information, refund amount, and the name/address of the parent so a check can be mailed out.

Refunds of less than $5 will not be processed.

Class List Preparation for 2018-2019

The Pickerington Elementary Staff would like to take this opportunity to explain the procedures that are followed for the placement of students into classrooms for the following school year. The process is actually ongoing throughout the year, as staff meets to review the needs of students. Student progress is reviewed, and interventions are implemented, so each child is provided with an opportunity to be successful.

As the year comes to a close, the classroom teacher is aware of the needs, academically, behaviorally and socially, of each individual child. When it comes time to place students into classrooms for the next school year, all of the previously mentioned needs of the student are reviewed and placement is made according to what is best for the student.

Factors which also affect the makeup of a classroom include:

  • Students that are receiving special programming, such as speech, enrichment, special education services and intervention, are placed according to teacher’s schedules.
  • Each classroom has a mixture of students of all ability levels.
  • Students who may not get along socially, are separated.

When preparing class lists, we also consider available input from parents. Therefore, if you have any specific placement concerns regarding your child, please complete a parent form. Forms will be posted on our website and will also be available in the school office. Keep in mind that parental input should focus on academic needs for your child in regard to placement into a classroom. May 11, 2018, is the deadline for returning the parental input form.

Download the Classroom Placement Form (PDF)
Download the Classroom Placement Form (RTF)

From the Clinic

It’s almost time to put away those winter clothes and get out spring and summer attire. Before you get rid of clothing your child has outgrown, please consider donating it to the Pickerington Elementary clinic. We are in particular need of size 5-8 pants, especially sweats, athletic pants, and leggings.


Outside Recess

Spring has arrived! Children will be outside for recess in the remaining months of school, weather permitting. We use the following guidelines for allowing students to wear shorts to school:

  • Students may wear shorts whenever parents feel that it is appropriate according to weather conditions.
  • Clothes cannot be changed at school if the weather changes.
  • Students are required to go outside during recess, weather permitting.

Are you planning to move this summer? If so, and you have yet to inform the school office, please call the office at 614-548-1400.

How to Talk to Your Kids About School Violence

Have you checked in with your children regarding the recent school shooting in Florida to see what they’re thinking and how they’re feeling about it? Do you know what to say? It is only natural for us parents to struggle with what to say about this senseless tragedy, along with the additional acts and threats of school violence that have since followed. While it may not a comfortable topic to discuss with our children, it is a necessary one; and one that will hopefully help to ease some young peoples’ anxiety and fear after witnessing (through news and social media) the horrific events unfold right in front of their eyes, then replayed again and again.

As parents, it is up to us to provide a filter for what they’re seeing and hearing, give them factual information, clear up any questions, and help them feel safe.

How can we do this? 

  1. Consider your own reactions: Your child is watching you and taking notes. The way you handle yourself in the midst of tragedy will hugely impact the way your child handles it. If you are able to remain calm and rational, they will be more likely to do the same.
  2. Let them express themselves: This is especially important for our teens, as they will have absorbed information independently of us. Ask your child what they’ve heard and how they’re feeling, then listen carefully to determine how to best continue the conversation.
  3. Share the truth: Do not dismiss anything your child has to say, but do address any misinformation or misunderstandings. Give them age-appropriate information so that they have an understanding of the events that took place. Experts warn, however, to avoid graphic details and unnecessary information. Older children, for instance, may be able to understand the moral implications of taking another person’s life and the social consequences.
  4. Give them a chance to ask questions: And if you don’t have all the answers, which most of us don’t, it is ok to admit it. Assure your child that he or she is safe and, if needed, seek the help of a trained professional if your child’s distress continues for several weeks.
  5. Be aware of your child’s social media activity and monitor and/or limit their exposure to the news: Experts say young children should not be allowed to watch live images of traumatic events playing out. Even for our teens, experts advise parents to watch the news with them to talk through what is happening. Depending on the needs of your child in particular, you can take it one step further by recording and screening the news ahead of time, then using the pause button to stop and address questions and concerns as things unfold.
  6. Reassure children of their safety: This is the number one goal – for our children to be able to feel safe at school – so that they can learn and grow, and just enjoy being kids. Remind them of the safety measures their school takes to protect them. And regardless of where you stand on gun control issues, let your teen know that your family, their school, and the community cares about them deeply. Remind them that all of you, and adults nationwide, are working very hard to determine and implement new measures that will protect them and prevent tragedies like this in the future.

Even as we try to move forward, this conversation will need to continue. Don’t worry about saying everything perfectly. The biggest mistake we can make is to avoid the conversation with our children. If we are the ones leading the discussion, we are in the best position possible to provide them with appropriate and correct information, as well as lend our support along the way.

* If your child is afraid to go to school, try to ease their mind by taking them through their school’s current safety/security plan in detail, including any additional measures the school may be introducing. Let your child know that in the unlikely event something were to happen, you would be made aware of it right away and that you would rush to be there for them. If your child continues to struggle with feelings of fear related to the recent school tragedy or threats of additional school violence, it may be necessary to reach out to a counselor or therapist.

Sources: Caroline Knorr. CommonSenseMedia.org: Explaining the News to Our Kids. Oct. 2, 2017.  Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, and Martha M. Jablow. American Academy of Pediatrics – HealthyChildren.org: How to Support Your Child’s Resilience in a Time of Crisis. Nov. 21, 2015.   David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP. American Academy of Pediatrics – HealthyChildren.org: Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events. July 9, 2016.  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Understanding Child Trauma.

Newbery Club

The participants of the Newbery Club and number of books they have read are as follows:

Wyatt W. – 1
Kiran O – 1
Holt Y. – 2
Tyler V – 1
Corey B. – 1
Adam M – 1
Amina N – 1
Isaac Y. – 2
Portia M. – 1
Erika S. – 1
Marley C. – 1
Sasha B. – 1

March Newsletter 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Families:

Our PTO sponsored Father/Daughter event was held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at our school. Aryn Goslee and Lisa Winters planned a Carnival themed evening for the girls and their special guests. Than you to everyone who helped make the event a success, especially Mrs. Goslee and Mrs. Winters.


Seven 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 described 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 were recognized during the February 21, 2018, PTO meeting. During the meeting, the selected students received a leadership T-shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to the following students: Juliet S., Catherine A., Daisha A., Kalel B., Kayra J., Hanna C., and Hudson S.


On behalf of the entire staff, we wish all of our families a relaxing week during our upcoming Spring Break, March 26-30, 2018, and we’ll look forward to having students back in the building on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Counseling News

Shayna Mikes, a counseling student at The Ohio State University, will join Mrs. Lowe on Mondays and Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year to obtain her internship hours.  We look forward to having her in our building and working with our students!  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Lowe with any questions or concerns.


The Great Kindness Challenge

Thank you for your support and participation in the 2018 Great Kindness Week at Pickerington Elementary.  Students and staff alike enjoyed practicing and celebrating random acts of kindness through our spirit days and Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief initiative.  Students raised over $300, which will be used to build playgrounds in the areas devastated by hurricanes this past fall

K.I.S.S. Luncheons

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 9 – Manalac, Klipa, Schaar, Stemm
March 16 – Gutzeit, Rogers, Wolfinger, Burre

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 month of April.  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 9th
ELA 2 – April 10th
Math 1 – April 23rd
Math 2 – April 25th
Fourth Grade:
ELA 1 – April 11th
ELA 2 – April 12th
Math 1 – April 25th
Math 2 – April 26th

Electronic Device Policy

As we learn to incorporate the increased usage of electronic devices in our schools, we must make some adjustments to keep children safe from posts, applications, and sites that they should not see. With a recent change of restrictions within YouTube, we have removed that option from all district-owned, student iPads in the elementary buildings.

Since our district is moving towards 1:1 devices for all students, all elementary buildings will institute a guideline requiring students to keep personal devices, such as cell phones and iPads, off and in their book bags during school hours. This also applies to recess, whether indoor or outdoor.

School Calendar

The Board of Education approved the district’s 2018-2019 school calendar at the Feb. 12 board meeting. Download the calendar.

The first day of school for grades 1-12 will be Wednesday, Aug. 15, and the last day for grades K-11 is scheduled for May 24, 2019. Winter break for students will begin on December 21 and classes will resume on January 7, 2019. Spring break is scheduled for March 18-22, 2019.

If the district has a calamity/snow day before Presidents Day on February 18, 2019, 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 31: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • September 3: No School, Labor Day
  • September 5: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • October 3:  Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • October 12: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • October 18: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 22: No School K-8 Only, All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 23: No School Kindergarten Only, All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 25: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 6: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • November 21-23: No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 5: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • December 21: No School, Teacher Record Day
  • December 24Jan. 4: No School, Winter Break
  • January 18: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • January 21: No School, Martin Luther King Day
  • February 6: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • February 18: No School, Presidents Day (unless needed to use as make-up for calamity day)
  • March 6: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • March 7: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 14: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18-22: No School, Spring Break
  • April 3: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • April 19: No School, Good Friday
  • April 22: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • May 1: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • May 21: Last day for Seniors
  • May 24: Last day of School (K-11)
  • May 25: Graduation Day! (Central at noon, North at 4 p.m.)

The school board also received a basic outline of the proposed 2019-2020 school year calendar. The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2019. Winter break is scheduled for Dec. 23Jan. 3 and spring break is scheduled for March 23-27, 2020. The last day of school is scheduled for May 22, with graduation scheduled on May 23, 2019. Ceremony times will be determined at a later date.

Please note that the 2019-2020 calendar dates are subject to change.

Pennies for Patients

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is an organization that helps find treatments for Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Throughout the week of March 19th through March 23rd our school will participate in Pennies for Patients.  Each day students can contribute to this wonderful cause by bringing in spare change.  More information to come!

Newberry Club Participants for March Newsletter

The participants of the Newbery Club and number of books they have read are as follows:

Destiny C. – 1
Luisa S. – 1
Aidan K. – 1
Haylee G. – 1
Hamid M. – 2
Holt Y. – 1
Sasha B. – 1
Tyler V. – 1
Julia G. – 1
Corey B. – 1
Jadalyn H. – 1
Erika S. – 1
Blake K. – 1

February Newsletter 2018

Principal's Message

P.R.O.U.D. Winners – It is exciting to share that during our January PTO meeting, 14 students were recognized for being chosen as school leaders, seven for the month of November and seven for the month of December. Each of the fourteen students were nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described 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. During the meeting, the students were given a leadership T-Shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to the following students: November: Habit 1 – Cayden R., Habit 2 – Julia G., Habit 3 – Haley W., Habit 4 – Benjamin A., Habit 5 – Olivia C., Habit 6 – Mariah H., Habit 7 – Braylon J. December: Habit 1 – Bradley M., Habit 2 – Jaxon R., Habit 3 – Ava F., Habit 4 – Violet A., Habit 5 – Sage M., Habit 6 – Karis L., Habit 7 – Aubrey S. Great job students!

Mindful Music Moments – If you haven’t heard your child talk about Mindful Music Moments (MMM), ask. We started the program this month after an introduction on 1/12/18. Our school counselor heard about MMM at the summer OAESA conference and shared it with a group of staff before school started. All present agreed that it would be a wonderful addition to our school. Check out the nice article on the PLSD website if you would like even more information. We’re the first school in central Ohio to start the program and the purpose is to help our students start their day in a calmer, relaxed manner. Than you to Lisa Lowe, school counselor, Stacy Sims, founder of Mindful Music Moments, and the Columbus partners, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Columbus, for getting this started.

Fourth Grade Spelling Bee – Our Fourth Grade Spelling Bee was held the evening of January 18, 2018. Congratulations to our winner, Ethan Hartung and our runner-up, Karley Skidmore.  Ethan will now take another test, online, in hopes of being able to represent our school at the Regional Bee at Ohio University in Athens on March 24th.  Good luck Ethan!

Thank You – Thank you for your continued support, and helping us establish a positive learning climate. Stay warm in this cold weather, and stay involved with your child’s education!

Melissa Moriarty, Principal

Counseling News

Start With Hello (February 5th through February 9th) – Schools across the district will participate in Start with Hello the week of February 5th through February 9th.  Start with Hello is a prevention program that teaches children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other.  Students’ will learn how to Start with Hello by using three simple steps:

  1. See someone alone
  2. Reach out and help
  3. Just start with hello

On Thursday, February 22nd, third and fourth-grade students will listen to a special assembly presented by high school students from the Pickerington Community School.

Pickerington for Puerto Rico (February 26th through March 2nd) – The destruction from Hurricane Maria was so devastating in rural areas that many families, schools, and businesses lost everything.  During the week, our building along with many others will participate in a supply drive to collect materials and help kids like ours rebuild their schools and get back to learning.

Monday (Arts and Crafts Day):  pencils, pens, colored pencils, paints, crayons, paper, glue, beads, craft sticks, paint brushes, scissors, stickers, dry erase markers

Tuesday (Backpack Day):  new backpacks for kids of various sizes and ages

Wednesday (Classroom Materials Day):  rulers, composition books, notebook paper, scotch tape, masking tape, staples, white out, post-its

Thursday (Science and Math Day):  New or gently used calculators, Judy Clocks, Math games, Math counters, compasses, flash cards, playing cards

Friday (Book Day):  New or gently used graphic novels, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Spanish/English Dictionaries, History and Science books, Harry Potter, CS Lewis books, Twilight, poetry books

Kindergarten Registration

PLEASE NOTE: All families (whether new to the district or with existing students) should begin the kindergarten registration process by using the online registration form.

Kindergarten registration for Fall 2018 begins in the district Wednesday, March 14.

Children must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2018, to be registered for kindergarten this fall. The district offers half-day kindergarten in both morning and afternoon sessions. Parents may request a morning or afternoon preference. Depending on the number of parents with preferences, a lottery may be held to determine placement.

The kindergarten registration process begins by filling out the online registration form.

Access to the kindergarten registration system will be open by approximately 9 a.m. that morning. After filling out the basic registration information, parents will receive an email with details about contacting the district’s Welcome Center to arrange an appointment to sign paperwork. At that time, parents also will set an appointment for a readiness assessment for their children. Those assessments will be held April 30May 1 and May 3 at Violet Baptist Church8345 Blacklick-Eastern Road (S.R. 204).

Parents are advised that, due to the high number of callers, our staff and phone lines at the Welcome Center may be very busy at the beginning of kindergarten registration. We appreciate your patience!

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?
Assuming your child will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, the district will perform an assessment. This year, those assessments will be April 30May 1 and May 3 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick-Eastern Road (S.R. 204). These individual screenings (called Bracken assessments) are performed by trained district educators. They are only used by the district to help teachers determine where to begin teaching individual children.

The Bracken assessment tests children on skills such as identifying common colors by name, identifying upper case and lower case letters, identifying single and double-digit numbers, counting objects, demonstrating a basic knowledge of words used to depict size, identifying shapes, and matching or differentiating objects based on specific characteristics.

Find complete information about kindergarten registration and assessments on our website.

Open Enrollment (Intradistrict Building Transfer) 2018/2019

Intradistrict building transfer (OE) is only in effect for one school year and there is no guarantee of approval for your child in future years. Those interested in open enrollment are required to complete an application each year for your child to be considered for the Open Enrollment program. The open enrollment application for the 2018-2019 school year must be completed and on file with the district by July 31, 2018, per district policy.

Fee Reminder

A reminder to those who haven’t yet paid your student fees for the 2017-18 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

Newberry Club Participants

The participants of the Newbery Club and number of books they have read are as follows:

Haylee G. – 2

Holt Y. – 1

Sasha B. – 1

Tyler V. – 1

Jadalyn H – 1

Isaac Y. – 1

Kendal M. – 1

Madison M. – 1

Portia M. – 1

Blake K. – 1

Enya S. – 1

Inaya S. – 1

Bryce E. – 1

Todd D. – 1

Singing Valentine

Looking for something different to surprise your Valentine this year? Let the Pickerington North High School Choirs Help! Choir members will deliver a Singing, fun card to that special someone while performing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”. They will be providing this fundraising service on Wednesday, February 14th from 7:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. The cost is $10.00 for delivery to any schools, businesses, or community members in the Pickerington school district area. For ordering details visit the Singing Valentine’s Registration Form or contact: Janiece Mason Janiecemason@att.net or Lori_Vance@plsd.us.

News From Your Art Teacher!!

I’ve started Artists of the Month for the time I teach at Pickerington Elementary. These students are excellent artist and exemplify a strong work ethic. The winners for December were:

K – Malick D.
1st – Liam P.
2nd – Makayla W.
3rd – Hailey P.
4th – Luisa S.

The winners for January were:

K – Evan C.
1st – Sage M.
2nd – Jaxon R.
3rd – Lucy S.
4th – Titus O.

Congratulations to this great group of students.

Lehanna Amos
Visual Arts Teacher
Pickerington and Violet Elementary

Rave To Save

Come help raise money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital!  There will be a Family Rave to Save at Pickerington High School North on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 5-8pm. A donation to enter is being requested. There will be Caricature artists, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Laser Tag & Wacky Ball, Photo Booth, Face painting and Raffles. We will be selling raffle tickets for awesome gift baskets, Astronaut American Girl Doll & a Lego set! The Newport Aquarium is bringing animals to pet and take pictures with from 5-7pm. Flyers will come home with students soon.

PLSD Elementary Music Festival

We are pleased to announce a very special event happening at Pickerington North High School! PLSD Elementary Music Festival: Come Sail Away. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, a very special day of music-making and singing under the direction of Dr. Julia Shaw is planned including performances by the combined North and Central High School Choirs. This event is for all PLSD Fourth Graders. There is a $10 registration fee that includes lunch and t-shirt (Need-based scholarships available).

Students will have the chance to work with Dr. Julia Shaw from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Shaw holds a Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University, a master of music in choral conduction from Butler University, and a bachelor of music education with high distinction from Indiana University. Her teaching experience includes years working in diverse school and non-profit settings in Indianapolis and Chicago. Dr. Shaw was honored as Teacher of the Year for the Zionsville Community Schools and Boone County in 2007. She has worked extensively with children’s choirs, including the Chicago Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and the Indiana University Children’s Choir.

For more information and to have a copy of the registration form emailed to you, please send an email to Erika Schoenbeck, Erika_Schoenbeck@plsd.us.

December 2017/January 2018 Newsletter

Principal's Message

P.R.O.U.D. Winners from October – During our November PTO meeting, seven students were recognized for being chosen as school leaders for the month of October. Each of the seven students was nominated by a staff member for demonstrating one of the seven habits described in the book The Leader in Me by Steven 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. During the meeting, the students were given a leadership T-shirt, a certificate, and a charm. Congratulations to: Braylon S., Jake P., Andrea C., Addison F., Bryson T., Aiden M., and Aryan K.

OSCAR Award – Our school counselor, Lisa Lowe, received an honor for our school last month during the Ohio School Counselor Association conference. It’s called an OSCAR, not the movie kind, which stands for Ohio School Counselor Accountability Reports. Lisa had to document the continuous improvement our school shows with students, directly related to the effectiveness of school counseling. Seven other PLSD schools received the award. Congratulations Lisa, and thanks for all of the work you put in allowing our school to obtain this award.

KISS Luncheons – we had a wonderful turnout for our November KISS luncheons. Many family members shared that they were so appreciative of the opportunity to enjoy a short activity or program prior to lunch, and to spend time here at school during lunch too. Families, who are new to Pickerington Elementary and those with first graders, also mentioned that they loved our luncheons! Our book fair was open during the same time frame and was very well attended during the luncheons. If you didn’t receive an invitation to a November luncheon, your child will have a luncheon in March, and you will receive an invitation approximately two weeks before the event. Thank you to everyone who attended, to our teachers for opening up their classrooms, to our students who were greeters and guides, and to our PTO members who helped set up and serve during the luncheons, and worked our book fair.

Fall Family Evening of Fun and Learning – it was great to see so many families at our evening event. Thank you so much for attending. Students and their guests were treated to STEM projects and demonstrations, health and fitness activities, a photography booth, a “Wild West” book fair, a book swap, and brain games. Thanks to many who donated their time to make the evening a success; Brian Seymour, PHSC students, staff members, and Melissa Woodward, organizer of the evening.

Holiday Season – As we enter the holiday season, we’re thankful for our wonderful students, staff, and families at Pickerington Elementary. The entire staff wishes you a safe and restful holiday break!

Spelling Bee

Please join us in the cafeteria at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 18th, 2017 to see some of our 4th-grade students compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the regional bee.

The spelling bee contestants will be selected from the top scores on the January 11th written test. Words for this test will be sent home with all 4th-grade students on December 20th for them to study over the winter break.

Counseling News

Holiday Assistance – Thank you to families who expressed interest in receiving assistance over the holiday season! Unfortunately, the November 20th 2017 application deadline has come to a close.   Please contact Maywood Mission at 740-653-5734 if you are still interested in receiving assistance with food, clothing and/or toys during the holiday season.

Violet Township Fire Department, Holiday Toy Drive – Pickerington Schools have teamed up once again with the Violet Township Fire Department to collect new, unwrapped toys for families in need this holiday season! Families are encouraged to donate items in our red holiday box, located just inside the main entrance at Pickerington Elementary. Any item you provide will be greatly appreciated!

Small Group Counseling – In August, a letter was sent home to families explaining the Small Group Counseling Program. For those families who expressed interest, groups began in November. The second session of groups will begin in February.

Cozy Up With A Book

As we prepare for winter break, we would like to invite our students to “Cozy Up With A Book” on December 21st. Students may have read-a-thon events in classrooms, wear pajamas, and bring blankets, stuffed animals, and slippers that day!

News from the PE Cafeteria and Food Services

Pickerington Elementary families, if you have any questions about your child’s lunch account, including how much money is on it, buying extra, etc, please contact:

The Pickerington Food Service Office at 614-833-3645 or our Head Cook, Cindy Morrison at 614-548-1445

Music News

Do you like to sing and have fun with your friends?  New for 2018 we will be holding our first annual PLSD Elementary Choral Festival.  This year’s theme is Come Sail Away and will feature tons of fun music and games. There will also be performances by the combined North and Central High School Choirs.

Students will have the chance to work with Dr. Julia Shaw from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Shaw has worked with youth choirs all around the world and is excited to work with our students.

Who:              All 4th Grade Students

What:             Come Sail Away With Music

When:            Saturday, March 3, 2017 (9am Start, 2pm Concert)

Where:           Pickerington North High School

Cost               $10: Includes Lunch and a T-Shirt