Sycamore Creek's 2018 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!


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 2018.

Letter From the Principal

Welcome Sycamore Creek families,

We are excited to begin another fantastic year of learning and growing together! Our school is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated students, staff and parents that make Sycamore Creek a positive, enjoyable learning environment full of new and exciting experiences!

Our staff is committed to maximizing individual student’s potential, while promoting essential skills such as questioning, imagining, planning, creating and improving their knowledge through an innovative and collaborative environment that prepares students for our ever-changing world. We also recognize that education consists of not only academic preparations, but also the acquisition of skills that help our children become more productive citizens.

Our focus on positive character, leadership and accountability are the foundation of all we do at Sycamore Creek Elementary.  I am continually humbled by the expectations our staff and students maintain for themselves and others, as well as the level of respect and character displayed by all, even in times of challenge!  This would not be possible without the Hard work, Enthusiasm, Responsibility and Organization of our students, staff and families.

As we continue our journey together, I consider it a privilege to be a part of such an awesome team of H.E.R.O.s and hope you will continue to share your ideas and concerns to strengthen our partnerships and provide our students with an outstanding educational experience at Sycamore Creek!

Nikki Arnold, principal

Sycamore Creek Elementary

500 Sycamore Creek Street

Pickerington, Ohio  43147


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, from 7-8pm in the school’s media center. Childcare is provided!

September 6

October 4

November 1

December – No Meeting

January 10 (second Thursday due to Winter Break)

February 7

March 7

April 4

May 2

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

Open House Nights

Monday, August 13th – Kindergarten Open House

5:00pm – 5:45pm = AM Kindergarten Only

6:00pm – 6:45pm = PM Kindergarten Only

Kindergarten Students and parents are invited to see their classroom and meet their teacher.  Students will only remain in the classroom for a few minutes, and then they will be taken outside to the playground to meet their new friends and enjoy a treat from our PTO.  PTO members will supervise students on the playground and the parents only will sit with the teachers for important classroom information.  Parents will then pick up their students from the playground at the end of the 45 minute session.  We respectfully ask that siblings do not attend this open house due to space restrictions and supervision limitations.

Tuesday, August 14 – Grades 1 – 4 Open House

Grades 1 and 2 can come in and meet their teachers from 5:00pm to 5:45pm.  When finished visiting your classroom, you may then proceed outside to the playground for socializing and a treat from our PTO until 6:45pm.

Grades 3 and 4 can come out to the playground for socializing and a treat from our PTO before meeting their teachers from 5:00pm to 5:45pm.  Starting at 6:00pm until 6:45pm, these students and parents can enter the building to meet their teachers and see their classrooms.

Parents must stay with their students/children at all times, whether in the building or on the playground.  There is no supervision available during these times as staff and teachers will be working inside.

Due to limited space and time, homeroom teachers will not be reviewing curriculum or discussing individual student concerns during Open House.  If you feel you need to discuss your child’s individual needs, please contact your teacher to schedule a conference.  Teachers will be sending information about their classroom expectations and curriculum home with students as they settle in for the year and complete initial assessments.


Important Back To School Information

School Supply Lists

2018/19 School Supply List


Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies specific to their classrooms

  • Binder 1-inch notebook with clear front cover and name on the inside – 1
  • Book bag, zipper closure, large, no wheels – 1
  • Disinfectant cleaning wipes (Clorox or Lysol) – 1
  • Elmers Glue Sticks, large (.77) – 4
  • Expo Brand Dry Erase Markers, chisel tip, black – 4
  • Highlighters – 1 pink, 1 yellow
  • Gallon baggies – 1 Box
  • Quart baggies – 1 Box
  • Box of tissues – 1
  • 2 Pocket Folder with fasteners labeled with name on the outside – 1 any design

First grade

  • Binders, 1-inch notebook, clear view cover, black or white – 1 – no Trapper Keepers please
  • Book bag, no wheels – 1
  • Crayons, 24 count – 2 boxes
  • Disinfectant cleaning wipes, 75 count – 1
  • Dry Erase Markers, Expo Brand – 8
  • Scotch Tape – 1
  • Glue sticks, large (.77oz) – 4
  • Highlighter, yellow – 2
  • Markers, Crayola Washable Regular Colors, 8 count – 2 boxes
  • Pencils, #2 pre-sharpened all wood pencils (no designs, color, etc.) – 24
  • Pocket folders, plastic, two pocket with three prongs – 1 Blue, 1 Red, 1 Green – please no designs/graphics
  • School box, approximate 5″x7″ size – 1
  • Scissors, plastic handle with sharp point (Fiskars) – 1
  • Tissues – 1 Large Box
  • White sock, clean – 1
  • Gallon Size Ziploc Bags – 1 Box Girls Only
  • Quart Size Ziploc Bags – 1 Box Boys Only

Second grade

Please do not label supplies with your child’s name. Individual teachers may request additional supplies.

  • Book bag, no wheels – 1
  • One Inch 3 ring Binder, Avery Heavy Duty view binder – 2
  • Composition notebook lined – 2
  • Crayola Crayons, box of 24 – 2
  • Crayola Markers, 8 pack washable, regular colors – 1 box
  • Clorox/Lysol wipes, 64 count or greater – 1 container
  • Dry Eraser Markers, 4 pack, low odor, chisel tip – 2 packs (8 total markers)
  • Erasers, large pink – 2
  • Flashcards, addition and subtraction for home and school use – 1 set each
  • Glue sticks (.21 oz small) – 5
  • Wash cloth, clean – 1
  • Pencils, #2 Pre-Sharpened, yellow – 48
  • Pencil sharpener with barrel cover – 2
  • Pocket folders, plain, plastic, 2 pocket, with prongs, no graphics, colors: 1 red, 1 blue and 1 green
  • Post-It Note squares, Lined 3×3 – 1
  • School box, approximate 5″x7″ size – 1
  • Scissors, pointed, school size- 1 pair
  • Scotch Tape – 1
  • Tissues – 2 boxes
  • Gallon Size, 24 count or larger, Ziploc Bags – 1 Boys only
  • Quart Size, 24 count or larger, Ziploc Bags – 1 Girls only

Third grade

Please do not put names on supplies unless otherwise indicated.  No trapper keepers, no mechanical pencils, no individual pencil sharpeners please.

  • Book bag, no wheels – 1
  • Markers – 1 box
  • Colored pencils, 24 count – 1 box
  • Crayons, 24 count – 1 box
  • Disinfecting wipes- 2 containers
  • Scotch Tape – 2
  • Dry Erase Markers, chisel tip, 4 count – 1 pack
  • Flashcards, multiplication and division for at home practice
  • Jumbo Glue Stick – 1
  • #2 Ticonderoga pencils, sharpened – 72
  • Post It Notes, 3×3 size – 1 pack
  • Sharpie – 2
  • Ruler, inch and centimeter, non-bendable – 1
  • Scissors, pointed – 1
  • Tissues, large box – 1
  • White socks to clean dry erase boards – 2
  • Gallon Size Ziploc Bags – 1 Boys Only
  • Quart Size Ziploc Bags – 1 Girls only

Fourth grade

Please do not put names on supplies unless otherwise indicated.  No personal pencil sharpeners please.

  • Binder, 1 inch, 3 ring, clear view cover – 1 – Not Trapper Keeper
  • Book bag, no wheels
  • Colored pencils, 12-24 count – 1 box
  • Crayons, 16-24 count – 1 box
  • Disinfecting wipes – 1 container boys only
  • Dry Erase Markers – 2 “fat” any color, 2 “skinny” any color
  • Glue sticks, large – 2
  • Highlighter, different colors – 2
  • Notebook, composition, not spiral – 2
  • Red Pen – 2
  • Pencil pouch ( easier for kids, less spills) or box – 1
  • Pencils, #2 – 36 – No Mechanical Pencils Please
  • Pocket folders, 2 pockets  – 3 plastic
  • Post-it Notes – 3 packs
  • Scissors, pointed, 7 inch – 1
  • Tab index dividers for 3-ring binder, 5 count – 1 package
  • Tissues – 2 boxes Girls only
  • Quart Size Ziploc Bags – 1 Boys Only
Student Arrival and Dismissal Information

Student dismissal form

Please let us know specific information about your child’s drop-off/dismissal by completing the form that will be sent with your student’s classroom assignment and returning it to the school office on Welcome Back Night.

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 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 8:50 a.m., as there is no adult supervision before that time.

Parent drop off and daycare drop off

This will take place at the front of the building (Sycamore Creek Street). When entering the parking lot, stay next to curb forming a line. There are marked spaces in front of the building with a sign that is labeled “student drop off.” It is important that the first car in line to unload pulls all the way up to the sign before allowing students to get out of the car. 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 into the spot, drop off the student and pull away. In the morning, there will be adults supervising children getting out of the cars. Please note that as you exit the parking lot, there is no left turn.

Grade 1-4 students will enter the building through the doors to the right of the main entrance, labeled “S”, which leads into the cafeteria. Kindergarten students will enter main entrance, labeled “A”,  and go to the media center.

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. Bike riders and walkers may enter through the main entrance.

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.

Student pick-up at dismissal

By car

When picking up students after school, parents should pull into the parking lot between the curbs and follow the arrows to snake through the parking lot. The spaces in front of the building are labeled “student drop off.” 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. We will “radio” for your student to come out to your car. (A sign will be provided for your car window as well). 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 students will be assembled by our computer lab and will be escorted to the daycare vehicles waiting in the pick-up space on the hard surfaced playground area.


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 adult(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)

Morning students will arrive as listed for other students but will go to media center.

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)

Standard day

Start time: 9:15 a.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 11:15 a.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.


AM kindergarten

Standard day

Start time: 9:15 a.m.

Dismissal time: 12:15 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start Time: 11:15 p.m.

Dismissal Time: 1:15 p.m.


PM Kindergarten

Standard day

Start time: 1:05 p.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 2:00 p.m.

Dismissal time: 4:05 p.m.