Sycamore Creek's 2021 Back-to-School Info

From supply lists to student handbooks, from school menus to easy ways to update your family's information online, this page is your one-stop shop with all the information you'll need to get your kids ready for school at Sycamore Creek Elementary!

Welcome

Information From The District

If you have not yet filled in your back-to-school forms and reviewed the important back-to-school information from the district, please visit the Pickerington Schools Back-To-School page for 2021/22.

Letter From the 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.  An extensive Q&A page answers some of the common questions about the plan.

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

From Our PTO: Welcome and Information Links

Sycamore Creek Elementary PTO… enriching the lives of students, supporting the work of teachers, and building a caring community.  Welcome to an exciting school year at Sycamore Creek Elementary School!

PTO Meeting Dates

Join us for our meetings each month and help make a difference for our SCE students! We meet the first Thursday of each month at 7pm.  Location of the meetings is to be determined at a later date.

September 2

October 7

November 4

December 2

January 6

February 3

March 3

April 7

May 5

For More Information about the PTO, committees, volunteer opportunities, etc., please visit the PTO website

Important Back To School Information

Student Arrival and Dismissal Information

Student morning drop-off

Please read the following instructions carefully as our goal is always to have students arrive safely and expeditiously.

Students should not arrive at school prior to 9:05 a.m., as there is no adult supervision before that time. This includes the playground area.  Please do NOT drop your child off to let them play and wait for the doors to open.  There is NO ADULT SUPERVISION on the playground before school begins.

Parent drop off 

Students should be letting themselves out of the vehicle once it is stopped.  Please do not wait for staff to open the car door for your child as this creates a longer drop off time for everyone.  Staff are there to assist the flow of traffic.  When entering the parking lot from Sycamore Creek Street, please follow the directional arrows to “snake” through the parking lot.  This prevents cars from lining up on the street and disrupting the flow of traffic in the neighborhood.  When you get to the front of the building, form a line along the curb.  The first car should be pulled up to the sign that says “student drop off”.  Parents must stay in the car. Since it is a Fire Lane these are not spaces to park and come into the building, but are designed for the driver to pull up, drop off the student and pull away. At no time should a parent be pulling into the striped line area next to the handicap spaces and leaving their car.  This is a no parking zone and it will affect the flow of traffic.  Parking and leaving your car is only allowed if you are in a traditional parking space. In the morning, there will be adults supervising children getting out of the cars.

If a student is riding a bike to school, the bike should be parked in our bike rack. We do not have locks, but you may certainly provide your own.

Bus drop off is at the hard-surfaced playground area off Fairfield Street. This area is for buses only (no parent drop-offs.) Students will remain on the bus until 9:05 a.m., at which time they will enter the building through the POD doors. Adults will be on duty directing them to the appropriate destination. After the buses are unloaded and have departed, the gates to that area will be closed and locked. Do not drive on the playground parking lot while students are present.

End of Day Dismissal

One of the greatest challenges we face daily is ensuring that each student gets dismissed in a timely and safe manner.  Please limit the changes in your student’s dismissal to emergencies or absolute necessities.   This ensures your student knows how they are consistently getting home and dismissal transitions smoothly for all.  If it is necessary to change how your student will be getting home, please notify the school office by 3pm to ensure the message gets to your student and teacher in a timely manner.   If a permanent change in dismissal is necessary, please send in a letter stating the change to the school office so it may be kept on file.

Student Dismissal:

By car

When picking up students after school, parents should pull into the front parking lot  and follow the arrows to snake through the parking lot. The cars should be lined up along the curb with the first car pulled up to the “student drop off” sign. Please do not arrive prior to 3:45 p.m. as the area in front of the building also serves as our fire lane. Adults will be on duty outside at the car area and inside the cafeteria where students will be waiting. As cars pull up, you will be asked whom you are picking up or you will have a sign to display in your front window. We will “radio” for your student to come out to your car.  If a staff member does not know you, you may be asked to show ID. Only those individuals listed on dismissal forms will be allowed to pick up a student unless notified by the office. Once the children are safely in the car, the next cars will pull up and the process will continue. Again, we ask that you have patience as we get to know all the students and parents and their schedules.

Daycare

Daycare students will be assembled in our first grade hallway and will be escorted to the daycare vehicles waiting in the pick-up space on the hard surfaced playground area.

Bus

Bus pick-up is on the hard-surfaced playground where students will be supervised as they board the buses. Parents cannot pick up students at anytime from the playground area.  It is important that all students are accounted for before buses will be dismissed from the school.

Walkers and bike riders picked up by a parent/caregiver

Students walking home with parents will be picked up at the door at the cafeteria entrance, labeled “S”. Please line up in an orderly fashion against the building and wait until school personnel dismiss your child to you. Only those individuals listed on dismissal forms will be allowed to pick up student unless notified by the office. We want to make certain all students are released to the appropriate parties.

Walkers and bike riders permitted to leave the building unaccompanied

Walkers and bike riders will be dismissed with the staff member(s) on duty to accompany the children to the crosswalks in front of the building. It is important that each student is accounted for in dismissal before we release the children who will be walking and riding their bikes unaccompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Kindergarten release and drop-off (AM dismissal, PM drop-off)

Mid-day buses will be loading at the front of the building in the “student drop off” lane. Please permit the buses and daycare vans to pull in the lane before parent pick up. This will permit us to safely get as many students in vehicles as quickly as possible.

Morning students will be dismissed out the main school doors and will be accompanied to the buses by staff. Walkers and bike riders will be the last to be dismissed. If you are waiting for a walker or bike rider, please stand in the grass area by the bike racks. Morning kindergarten dismissal is at 12:15 p.m.. Please do not arrive prior to 12:05 p.m. for pick up.

Those kindergarten students arriving to school for afternoon kindergarten will be dropped off at the main door and wait for staff to proceed into the building to their rooms. Staff members will be outside to escort them. After the buses and daycare vans unload, parents may pull into the “student drop-off” lane and proceed to drop off students. Afternoon kindergarten students may be dropped off no earlier than 12:55 p.m.

Afternoon students dismissal is the same as Grade 1-4 students, 4:05pm.

Daily Schedule (Start/Stop Times)

Grades 1 – 4

Standard day

Start time: 9:15 a.m. – Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 11:15 a.m. – Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

 

AM Kindergarten

Standard day

Start time: 9:15 a.m. – Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Dismissal time: 12:15 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start Time: 11:15 p.m. – Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Dismissal Time: 1:15 p.m.

 

PM Kindergarten

Standard day

Start time: 1:05 p.m. – Doors open at 12:55 p.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 2:00 p.m. – Doors open at 1:50 p.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

 

AM PreSchool

Standard Day

Start time: 8:00 a.m.  “B” Doors will open at 8:00 a.m.

Dismissal time:  10:45 a.m.

Days with 2 Hour Delay

Start time:  10:00 a.m.  “B” Doors will open at 10:00 a.m.

Dismissal time:  11:45 a.m.

 

PM PreSchool

Standard Day

Start time:  12:00 p.m.  “B” Doors will open at 12:00 p.m.

Dismissal time:  2:45 p.m.

Days with 2 Hour Delay

Start time:  1:00 p.m.  “B” Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

Dismissal time:  2:45 p.m.

 

 

 

Supply Lists

2021/22 Sycamore Creek Elementary Grade Level Supply Lists

KINDERGARTEN – 2021/22 – Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies QUANTITY
BOOK BAG, ZIPPER CLOSURE, LARGE ENOUGH TO FIT A FOLDER AND BINDER, NO WHEELS 1
BINDER 1″ NOTEBOOK WITH CLEAR FRONT COVER AND NAME ON THE INSIDE 1
DISINFECTANT CLEANING WIPES (CLOROX OR LYSOL) 2
ELMERS GLUE STICKS, LARGE ONLY – .77 OZ. SIZE 4
EXPO BRAND DRY ERASE MARKERS, CHISEL TIP, BLACK – NOTHING ATTACHED TO MARKERS INCLUDING ERASERS 6
HIGHLIGHTERS – YELLOW ONLY PLEASE 4
BOX OF TISSUES 1
HEADPHONES, NOT EARBUDS PLEASE, PREFER SMALL EAR PADS – REQUIRED 1
PLASTIC 5″ X 7″ ZIPPER PENCIL POUCH FOR INSIDE BINDER, NO BOXES PLEASE 1
ZIPLOC BAGS – NO SLIDE CLOSURES PLEASE GIRLS, 1 BOX GALLON SIZE
BOYS, 1 BOX QUART SIZE
FIRST GRADE – 2021/22 – Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies
BOOK BAG, NO WHEELS PLEASE 1
CRAYONS, 24 COUNT 2 BOXES
DISINFECTANT CLEANING WIPES, 75 COUNT OR LARGER 2
DRY ERASE MARKERS, EXPO BRAND 8
GLUE STICKS, LARGE .77 OZ 4
MARKERS, CRAYOLA WASHABLE, REGULAR COLORS, 8 COUNT 2 BOXES
PENCILS, #2 PRE SHARPENED, NO DESIGNS OR COLORS, STANDARD #2 YELLOW 24
POCKET FOLDERS, PLASTIC, 2 POCKET WITH 3 PRONGS, ONE BLUE, ONE RED, NO DESIGNS 1 BLUE, 1 RED
SCHOOL BOX, PLASTIC, APPROXIMATELY 5″X7″ SIZE 1
SCISSORS, PLASTIC HANDLE, SHARP POINT 1
TISSUES 1 LARGE BOX
WHITE SOCK, CLEAN FOR DRY ERASE BOARDS 1
HEADPHONES, DURABLE AND PLEASE NO EARBUDS 1
ZIPLOC BAGS GIRLS, 1 BOX GALLON SIZE
BOYS, 1 QUART SIZE BOX
SECOND GRADE – 2021/22 – Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies
BOOK BAG, NO WHEELS PLEASE 1
CRAYONS, 24 COUNT 2 BOXES
MARKERS, 8 PACK WASHABLE, REGULAR COLORS 1 BOX
CLOROX WIPES, 64 COUNT OR GREATER 1 CONTAINER
EXPO DRY ERASE MARKERS, 4 PACK BLACK ONLY, CHISEL TIP 2 PACKS, 8 MARKERS TOTAL
ERASERS, PINK 2
FLASHCARDS – ADDITION 1 SET
FLASHCARDS – SUBTRACTION 1 SET
GLUE STICKS 5
#2 PRE SHARPENED PENCILS, YELLOW 48
PENCIL SHARPENER WITH BARREL COVER 2
POCKET FOLDERS, PLAIN, PLASTIC 2 POCKET, NO GRAPHICS – 1 RED 1 RED
POST IT NOTE SQUARES, LINED 3X3 1
SCHOOL BOX, APPROXIMATELY 5″X7″ 1
SCISSORS, POINTED 1
SCOTCH TAPE 1
TISSUES 2 BOXES
HEADPHONES, NOT EARBUDS PLEASE 1
ZIPLOC BAGS GIRLS, 1 BOX GALLON SIZE
BOYS, 1 BOX QUART SIZE
THIRD GRADE – 2021/22 – Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies
NO TRAPPER KEEPERS, NO MECHANICAL PENCILS, NO INDIVIDUAL PENCIL SHARPENERS PLEASE
BOOK BAG, NO WHEELS PLEASE
COLORED PENCILS, 24 COUNT 1 BOX – OPTIONAL
CRAYONS, 24 COUNT 2 BOX
SCOTCH TAPE 2 ROLLS
DISINFECTING WIPES 2 CONTAINERS
DRY ERASE MARKERS, CHISEL TIP 1 PACK of 4
MASKING TAPE 1 ROLL
RULER 1
#2 PENCILS – TICONDEROGA BRAND PLEASE 48 TICONDEROGA
SCISSORS 1 PAIR
TISSUES, LARGE BOX 1 BOX
SCHOOL BOX TO HOLD SUPPLIES, PLASTIC 5″ X 7″ 1
HEADPHONES, NOT EARBUDS PLEASE 1
ZIPLOC BAGGIES BOYS ONLY, 1 BOX GALLON SIZE
GIRLS ONLY, BOX QUART SIZE
FOURTH GRADE – 2021/22 – Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies
NO PERSONAL PENCIL SHARPENERS, NO MECHANICAL PENCILS PLEASE
BOOK BAG, NO WHEELS PLEASE 1
COLORED PENCILS, 12-24 COUNT 1 BOX
CRAYONS, 16-24 COUNT 1 BOX
DISINFECTING WIPES 1 CONTAINER
DRY ERASE MARKERS, ANY COLOR 4 LARGE, 2 SKINNY
GLUE STICKS, LARGE .77 OZ. 2
HIGHLIGHTER, ANY COLOR 2
COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK (NOT SPIRAL BOUND) 2
LINED NOTEBOOK PAPER – LOOSE, NOT SPIRAL BOUND 1
RED PEN 2
SUPPLY BOX, PLASTIC 5″ X 7″ 1
#2 PENCILS – NO MECHANICAL PENCILS PLEASE 36
POCKET FOLDERS 3 PLASTIC
POST IT NOTES 3 PACKS
SCISSORS, POINTED 7 INCH 1
TAB INDEX DIVIDERS FOR 3 RING BINDER, 8 COUNT 1 PACKAGE
TISSUES 1 BOX
ZIPLOC BAGGIES – GALLON SIZE 1 BOX
HEADPHONES, NOT EARBUDS PLEASE 1