Welcome to Sycamore Creek Elementary

For Back To School Information, please make sure your email information is up to date in your Infinite Campus Parent Account. Also, keep checking social media pages for the most up to date information being provided by Pickerington Local Schools.

Important Phone Numbers

Main: 614.834.6200
Fax: 614.834.6210
Attendance: 614.834.6200, Follow Prompts or Email to sceattendance@plsd.us

Petermann Transportation: 614.837.8525
Food Services: 614.833.3645
Treasurer’s Office (School Fees): 614.833.2112
Place money on your “MYPaymentsPlus” account: Go online or call 1.866.771.7341; Parent help-line: 1.877.237.0946

Preschool at Sycamore Creek Elementary: 614-834-2620

Important Contacts

Pamela Bertke
Pamela Bertke
Building Principal
614-834.6200
Dr. RacQuelle Major-Holland
Dr. RacQuelle Major-Holland
Assistant Principal
614.834.6200

Letter from Mrs. Bertke, Principal

Welcome Sycamore Creek Families,

I am super excited to start this year as the principal of Sycamore Creek Elementary.  I have heard very positive things about the students, staff and parents of Sycamore Creek, and am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community.

Our school year will be different than any year we have experienced in education.  It is critical that we face the year with an open mind, understanding and flexibility.  I promise to do my very best to keep in contact with families and communicate important information in a timely manner.  It will be very important that your contact information is correct on Infinite Campus as emails will be the most efficient and effective way to communicate with all families at one time.  Each week a parent newsletter will be sent via email, as well as any other communication that must happen between newsletters.

I encourage you to review the Flexible Learning Plan 2.0 available on the district website to preview what this year can look like.  This plan includes great detail for what instruction will look like, what safety precautions the district is taking and what the expectations are for students, staff and parents.

Our focus on positive character, leadership and accountability are the foundation of all that happens at Sycamore Creek Elementary.  Our foundation is built on Hard work, Enthusiasm, Responsibility and Organization of our students, staff and families.  During these challenging times, it will be even more crucial that students, staff and families maintain high levels of respect and work to build positive relationships so that we are all working together to make this year successful academically while at the same time and most importantly, keeping all members of our community healthy and safe.

Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to working with you and your student to help all students reach their full potential and have a successful school year.

Pamela Bertke, Principal

614-834-6200

Pamela_Bertke@plsd.us

School Hours

Grades 1 through 4

Standard Day                                                         Days with 2 hour Delay/Late Start

Start time:  9:15 am                                                  Start time:  11:15 am

Dismissal time:  4:05 pm                                        Dismissal time:  4:05 pm

 

AM Kindergarten

Standard Day                                                         Days with 2 Hour Delay/Late Start

Start time:  9:15 am                                                  Start time:  11:15 am

Dismissal time:  12:15 pm                                       Dismissal time:  1:15 pm

 

PM Kindergarten

Standard Day                                                          Days with 2 Hour Delay/Late Start

Start time:  1:05 pm                                                   Start time:  2:00 pm

Dismissal time:  4:05 pm                                         Dismissal time:  4:05 pm

 

AM PreSchool – No Classes on Wednesdays

Standard Day                                                      Days with 2 Hour Delay/Late Start

Start time:  8:00 am                                                 Start time:  10:00 am

Dismissal time:  10:45 am                                       Dismissal time:  11:45 am

 

PM PreSchool – No Classes on Wednesdays

Standard Day                                                         Days with 2 Hour Delay/Late Start

Start time:  12:00 pm                                               Start time:  1:00 pm

Dismissal time:  2:45 pm                                        Dismissal time:  2:45 pm

 

Information at Your Fingertips

Location

Sycamore Creek Elementary
500 Sycamore Creek Street
Pickerington, Ohio 43147

 

Student Absence or Late Arrival

The school day starts at 9:15 a.m. when students should be in their classroom. Any student arriving after 9:15 a.m. will be considered late. If students arrive after 9:15 we ask parents to bring the students into the office to sign-in and obtain a classroom pass. Please do not drop students off unattended at the front of the building.

Absences and known late arrivals should be reported before 10:30 a.m.. You may call the 24 hour Attendance Line at 614-834-6200 (follow the prompts for attendance) or send an email to sceattendance@plsd.us.   Please do not email the teacher as they may be absent, or may not have time to check their email before the office does attendance.

Student Early Sign-Out or Dismissal Change

If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note in with your student, then come to the office at the designated time and the office staff will call your child from the classroom.  It is the school’s practice to not take student’s out of academic time any earlier than your arrival in the office.

Please contact the school office with any request for early dismissal or changes in transportation by 3:00 p.m.

Homework Requests

Parents may request homework assignments if your child is going to be absent for 2 or more consecutive days. The request can be made when calling in the student absence on our attendance line at 614-834-6200, please follow the prompts.   We ask all homework requests be submitted by 10:00 a.m. to provide enough time for teacher to prepare work to go home.   If picking up work in the office, remember to pick-up after 2:00 and prior to 4:00 p.m.

Birthday Celebrations

While your child’s special day will be recognized, our classrooms do not conduct individual birthday celebrations.  If you choose to send in a special item for your child to share, we ask that you send only non-food items such as stickers, pencils, erasers or a game for the classroom.  We also ask that no flowers or balloons be delivered to the school.  For liability reasons, teachers are not permitted to hand out food items or provide personal information for party invitations.  We also ask that you refrain from sending invitations to be passed out in the classroom, as it often creates a distraction to the instructional day.

Custody Changes

All custody changes or paperwork must be submitted to the District Welcome Center located at Ridgeview Jr. High School.  Appropriate documentation will need to be provided.  Please contact the Welcome Center directly with any questions.

614-920-6180

Change of Address / Updating Student Information

All requests for changes of address on school records must be submitted to the Welcome Center for processing. Residential address changes cannot be processed by a child’s school office staff or by Petermann Transportation.

Any changes to a student’s home address must be requested on the district’s change of student information form. This form includes a standard authorization, to be signed by the parent, allowing for the release of residential and utility information to Pickerington Schools upon request, if necessary.

This release also includes an explanation, per Ohio Revised Code, as to how it is determined where your child is to receive his/her tuition-free, public school education. By signing this release, you are also verifying that you have been informed of your legal responsibility to withdraw a child from school if you ever move outside school district boundaries. It also informs you of your tuition obligations if you fail to withdraw.

If you do not have the capability to print the form, contact the Welcome Center at 614.920.6180. We will be happy to mail, email or fax the form to you for completion. You also may pick up or return the form directly to the Welcome Center, rather than turning it in at your school office for intra-office transfer to us. This expedites the address change process.

After a change of student information form is received at our Welcome Center, the request will be checked to verify that:

  • the request has been signed and dated by the parent of the student;
  • acceptable proof of the change in residence is attached to the request;
  • an open enrollment request has been completed, if applicable. This is necessary if a change of residence, made during the school year, causes a change in the student’s attendance area but the parent wishes to have the student finish the current school year at his/her current building. Such a request is only considered for the student’s continued attendance through the end of the current school year. Note that buses do not cross school boundary lines to accommodate open enrollment students. Parents are responsible for transportation.

If the move has caused a change in the building the student is to attend, the involved school buildings are notified and the electronic and physical transfer of records takes place. Arrangements for the official start date in the new school can be made between you and the office staff of your child’s new school.

Bus transportation after change of address

The Welcome Center will notify Petermann Transportation of your change of home address. If bus service is available in your new area for your child, we begin the steps needed to arrange a new bus stop location “from and to” your new residence. Petermann staff establish all bus stops and notify drivers as quickly as possible. Your school building office staff will obtain all bus stop information from Petermann Transportation.

If a new bus stop must be established at any point in the route where the driver does not currently make a stop, this process may take two to three days. If necessary, your child’s school office can issue a bus pass if your child must ride the bus before the change can be finalized by Petermann Transportation.

This change in address change procedure applies only to changes in the actual physical address where a parent and the student reside. A temporary change of bus stop location at a place other than the student’s home (for situations such as babysitting arrangements) may be accepted in the school office of the building where your child attends.

A form requesting a new bus stop location can be downloaded from Petermann Transportation. The Welcome Center does not handle these changes. The forms should be submitted to your child’s school office or faxed them directly to Petermann Transportation.

Attendance Boundary Maps

 

The following maps provide a general outline of school building boundaries at the elementary school level. For reference, one of the maps superimposes the junior high/high school attendance boundaries over the elementary school boundaries. For a complete set of attendance maps, visit the district website.

Note that these maps should not be used when purchasing a home in Pickerington Schools, particularly near the shown boundaries. To confirm the attendance area of any property in the district, call our Welcome Center at 614.920.6180.

Elementary school boundaries

Elementary school boundaries (showing high school attendance boundaries)

 

Volunteer In Our School

Unfortunately due to the current health situation, we cannot have volunteers in the building this academic year.  When we resume allowing volunteers, those individuals interested in volunteering must fill out an application and submit it to a building principal.  Applications must be submitted each academic year.

Lunch Times

First Grade  11:45 – 12:30

Second Grade 12:15 – 1:00

Third Grade 12:45 – 1:30

Fourth Grade 1:15 – 2:00