TGE Toll Gate Times

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December 2017

Happy Holidays from the TGE Staff!

TGE Staff 17Happy Holidays from TGE Staff!

The holiday season is now upon us and 2017 is rapidly coming to a close. It is a good time to reflect back on the many gifts we have been given. We thank you for the gift of your children who we have the privilege of working with each day. We also thank you as parents for the partnership you have helped us to create. As a staff, we feel truly blessed to be, along with you and your children, part of the Toll Gate Elementary family.

We would like to extend to you our warmest wishes throughout this holiday season. However you may celebrate this most special time of year, we offer our sincerest wishes that 2018 would be a year of peace, health and prosperity for all of you. We have much left to teach your children in the year ahead and we look forward to continuing a strong partnership with you. We hope that this season you will give the gift of time to share and enjoy your family and friends.

 

From our family to yours,
The Toll Gate Elementary Staff

TGE December 2017 Dates to Remember

Toll Gate Elementary

Dates to Remember

December 2017

Dec. 4-8  Toys for Kids Toy Drive for Violet Township Fire Dept.

Dec. 6  Two Hour Delay for Professional Development.  School day schedule as follows:

Grades 1-4 – 11:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

AM Kindergarten – 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten – 2:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Dec. 20  Chorale here @ 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 5-7  PTO Holiday Shop 6-8 p.m. on cafeteria stage

Dec. 21  End of second grading period

Dec. 22-Jan. 7  No school – Holiday Break

Jan. 8  No school – Teacher Record Day

Jan. 9  Classes Resume

Holiday Assistance thru Violet Township Fire Department

Dear Toll Gate Elementary Parents,

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, along with all the joy and memories it brings.  However, it is not a joyous time for all families due to financial hardship or difficult family situations.

PLSD is once again partnering with the Violet Fire Department to collect toys and gift cards for families within our school district.  If you are out and about and can pick up needed items, please bring or send them to Toll Gate Elementary School during the week of December 4th – 8th. We will have a large red collection box in front of the media center.

Toll Gate Elementary and Middle School

Birthday Book Club Members

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club collection. Thank you for supporting our school library!

Jack A.

Dylan F.

Sophya P.

Luca D.

Deanna A.

Olivia E.

Xavier J.

Abigail E.

Isaac P.

Maksym H.

Newbery Reader

Read 10 of the most distinguished children’s books of all time!

Challenge yourself with these rigorous literary masterpieces and join the Newbery Club!

Toll Gate Elementary School’s prestigious Newbery Reader Club is in its fourth year and would like to invite you to become a member.  To be recognized as a distinguished reader you must read 10 of the Newbery Medal Winners and pass the accompanying Accelerated Reader Quiz for each book.  You may earn this achievement in one school year or over multiple years.  At the end of each school year, the names of all students who have earned this award will be permanently placed on a plaque in the library.  These winners will also be invited to a year-end celebration.  If you have questions or would like help selecting books please see your media specialist or gifted education teacher.

Congratulations to our newest member: Kelechi C.

Find a complete list of all Newbery Medal Winners here.

November 2017

Letter from the Principal

TGE is proud to be a Leader in Me School. Students learn and grow through the 8 effective habits identified by Stephen Covey as promoting student success. Talk with your child about which habits they see as strengths in themselves.   The 8 habits are:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think Win Win
  • Seek First to Understand and then to be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw
  • Find your Voice

We are proud to announce that we will be reviewed on November 21 for Lighthouse status. This means that a review team will visit our school and rate our progress on implementing the Leader in Me process.

Our journey began four years ago when our staff began training and preparing to become a Leader in Me School. Through book studies, formal training, and school site visits, we learned more about the powerful impact of students recognizing their strengths as leaders. I can truly say that over the last four years, students are more involved in their learning by goal setting, data tracking, and identifying their strengths. We look forward to continuing this educational journey with your family.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch, Principal

Growing Leaders

 

TGE Important Dates - November 2017

Dates to Remember

November 2017

Nov. 1     Two Hour Delay – Professional Development

School day schedule as follows:

Gr. 1-4 – 11:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

AM Kindergarten – 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten – 2:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Nov. 7     No School – Professional Development Day

Nov. 10     Wear red, white & blue – Students may invite a Veteran to lunch

Nov. 13-17     Book Fair

Nov. 16     Family Book Fair Night

PTO Meeting @ 7pm

Nov. 17     Lunch with A Loved One – Grades 1 & 4.

Grade 1     12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Grade 4     11:15 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nov. 22-24     No school – Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 6     Two Hour Delay – Professional Development

School day schedule as follows:

Gr. 1-4 – 11:15 a.m.-4:05 p.m.

AM Kindergarten – 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten – 2:00 p.m.-4:05 p.m.

Dec. 22-Jan. 8     No school – Holiday Break

Jan. 9     Classes Resume

Holiday Assistance

Dear Toll Gate Elementary Parents,

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, along with all the joy and memories it brings.  However, it is not a joyous time for all families due to financial hardship or difficult family situations.

PLSD is once again partnering with the Violet Fire Department to collect toys and gift cards for families within our school district.  If you are out and about and can pick up needed items, please bring or send them to Toll Gate Elementary School on the week of December 5th – 9th. We will have a large red collection box.

We will also be accepting confidential applications for assistance through November 18th.  Please contact Mr. Drake for an application.  (darren_drake@plsd.us or 614-834-6315 – it is OK to leave a detailed voicemail it is password protected)

Only one application is required per family.

News from the Nurse

The state mandated Vision and Hearing screenings are in the process of being done for all Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th graders. If your student does not pass, you will be notified that further assessment by a professional eye or ear specialist is recommended. If your child is not in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd or 5th grade, and you are concerned about their vision or hearing, please let me know and I will gladly do a screening for your student. Also, as we get closer to cold and flu season, please remember to follow the district guidelines in regards to medications at school as well as keeping your child home when ill. You can find the details for this information in the packet of information sent home at the beginning of the school year, as well as at the Health Services section of the PLSD website.

Stay Healthy!

Tami Tackett, RN, BSN

School Nurse

Toll Gate Elementary: 834-6300

Toll Gate Middle: 834-6400

tami_tackett@plsd.us

Flu Season is Coming

Which of these symptoms describe influenza?

  1. Stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
  2. Runny nose, sneezing and normal temperature.
  3. High fever, headache and cough.

If you picked #3, you are right! Vomiting and diarrhea are not the flu at all, but you will hear many people saying they have “the flu” with these symptoms. Actually they may have an infection in their stomach or intestinal system called gastroenteritis.

A cold is described in #2. Headaches and fever do not commonly occur with a cold, but cold symptoms are present with influenza. You may also have body aches, feel tired, have chills, a cough and a sore throat with the flu.

Like many illnesses, the influenza virus is spread from the respiratory tract. If the mouth or nose is exposed to the virus particles in the air, or on a surface that has been contaminated with the virus, you are likely to get sick with influenza. Someone is contagious from one day before symptoms start until five days after becoming ill. You can help to prevent illnesses by using good personal hygiene. Persons with colds or the flu need to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing. Then immediately afterward wash their hands because any article they touch after sneezing may carry a virus. The other way to prevent spreading the illness is by washing your own hands frequently. This is especially true before eating.

The best way to prevent getting infected by the influenza virus is by getting a flu vaccine every year. The earlier in the season that you get the shot, the stronger your immunity will be to fight the virus. The flu vaccine is safe and recommended for most of the population. The people who should not get the vaccine are children under six months of age, those with a severe egg allergy, having a history of developing Guillain-Barreí syndrome after a previous vaccine, and people who have a moderate or severe illness accompanied by a fever (you just need to wait until the fever is gone before getting the vaccine).

The vaccine is especially recommended for those at high risk, which include children from 6 months to 19 years, pregnant women, people over 50, those with a chronic medical condition and those living with or caring for those who are at high risk of getting the flu. The flu vaccine contains killed virus with which the body will build defenses. Since there is no live virus in the vaccine, you cannot get ill from getting the flu shot.

See if you can identify the true statements from the myths.

True or False (answers at bottom of the page)

  1. More than 200,000 people each year have complications from the flu that put them in the hospital.
  2. People with asthma should not get the vaccine.
  3. It is not safe to return to work or school after resting for a day or two of having the flu since you are still contagious.
  4. You have to get a new shot every year, because different viruses cause the flu each year.
  5. Over the counter medications can help relieve some of the symptoms of the flu.
  6. The flu can be diarrhea and vomiting rather than cold like symptoms.
  7. A cough can last for weeks to months after the other flu symptoms disappear.
  8. When sick with the flu, you need to drink a lot of liquid and get plenty of rest.

One last note, if you or a loved one comes down with flu symptoms, you should go to your doctor right away. If caught in the first day or two, the doctor may give you anti-viral medication that will decrease the symptoms and length of your illness. Some great Internet resources about influenza are:

American Lung Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

KidsHealth

*For influenza information in languages other than English:

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Answers to quiz above: 1-T, 2-F, 3-T, 4-T, 5-T, 6-F, 7-T, 8-T

Follow the Pickerington School Nurses on Twitter for school health updates in the district!  @PLSDNurses

Dental News from the School Nurse

The Smiles Program Mobile Dentist is coming to Toll Gate Elementary on Wednesday, December 6, 2017!  Dental care remains the greatest unmet health need among U.S. children.  Over 50% of children have a cavity, which can cause pain leading to missed school.  Enrollment forms will be sent home with your child as soon as they are available,  To take advantage of this convenient opportunity and have your child see the dentist at school, please fill out and sign the enrollment form and return it to the school with your child.  If you have not received a form, please contact the school and ask for one to be sent home with your child.  Together, we can keep our children healthy, in school, and learning! In good dental health,

Tami Tackett, RN, BSN

 

TGE Newbery Reader

Read 10 of the most distinguished children’s books of all time! Challenge yourself with these rigorous literary masterpieces and join the Newbery Club!

Toll Gate Elementary School’s prestigious Newbery Reader Club is in its seventh year and would like to invite you to become a member. To be recognized as a distinguished reader you must read 10 of the Newbery Medal Winners and pass the accompanying Accelerated Reader Quiz for each book. You may earn this achievement in one school year or over multiple years. At the end of each school year, the names of all students who have earned this award will be permanently placed on a plaque in the library. These winners will also be invited to a year-end celebration. If you have questions or would like help selecting books please see your media specialist or gifted education teacher. Congratulations to Jack A., our newest Newbery member!

Find a complete list of all Newbery Medal Winners on the ALSC website.

G.O.O.D. Students

4th Grade G.O.O.D. Students

Our 4th grade students participate annually in the G.O.O.D. (Going On Or Defeated) program. Ron Derry, former educator, discusses his handicap with the students and talks to them about the decision he had to make when he lost his sight. He could either go on or be defeated. He encourages the students to always try their best and each 9 weeks one student who exemplifies the spirit of this program is chosen from each classroom to receive a G.O.O.D. t-shirt. The students chosen for this 9 weeks are: Madison C., Julianne R., Aiden S., Luca D., Maddox D., & Alivia B. Congratulations!

Birthday Book Club Members

Birthday Book Club Members

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club Collection. Thank you for supporting our school library.

Henry G.  Jayden K. Bella C.  Maya M.  Devon T.  Cali H.

Keegan R.  Maxwell H.  Luke M.  Ryan B.  Lauren W.  Kierian T.

Pickerington HS Central Antique & Crafts Show

Tickets to Antique and Craft Show Now Available Online.

Tickets to the 33rd annual Pickerington Antique and Craft Show are available online this year through the Pickerington High School North and Pickerington High School Central box offices.

Tickets are $4 for general admission and $2 for seniors. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

This year’s festival will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Pickerington High School Central. All funds raised at the event benefit both high schools providing resources for the classrooms and scholarships for graduating seniors.

A committee of volunteers from both Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North Parent Teacher Organizations organizes this annual community event.

The Antique and Craft Show provides a large number of vendors that have handmade or antique items on sale for those who attend.

All vendors accept cash, most accept checks, and some have credit card capabilities.

School Fees Now Due

School Fees are now due.

For your convenience, you may pay your school fees in our office. You may make your payment by credit card, check (payable to Pickerington Local School District or PLSD) or cash at Toll Gate Elementary. When paying by check, please remember to write your student’s name and ID (same as lunch account number) in the memo area.   Fees for 2017-18 are as follows:

KINDERGARTEN   $19.00

GRADE 1                   $17.00

GRADE 2                   $17.50

 GRADE 3                   $22.00

GRADE 4                   $22.00

October 2017

Happy Fall! A letter from the Principal

Did you know that our school has a Building Leadership Team? This team is comprised of grade level teachers, academic coach and intervention staff. Our task is to implement a school improvement plan based on available school data. We meet monthly to track updates & prepare professional development opportunities for our staff. Our goal is to provide all students with excellent and sound instruction so that each student benefits from their educational experience with us.

Additionally, all K-4 students were assessed in reading & math using the Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading/Math (STAR).

All parents will receive a letter informing you if your child is “on track” in reading. A reading improvement monitoring plan (RIMP) will be developed for any student determined “not on track“ in reading. This plan will be monitored regularly & updated each 9 weeks depending on your child’s progress. Our Response to Intervention (RTI) team met to identify students that will receive reading or math intervention from our RTI staff. These students scored in either the Urgent Intervention or Intervention sections according to our STAR scores. This team also reviewed scores from the Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA). Students who scored significantly below grade level, according to the DRA cut points, were also recommended for RTI services. These students will be progressed monitored using STAR every 3-4 weeks. Students in the on watch area may be progressed monitored monthly by classroom teachers, with intervention occurring during Enrichment/Intervention time. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

 

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch

Kristi Motsch, Principal

Toll Gate Elementary

~Growing Leaders~

 

Dates To Remember - October 2017

DATES TO REMEMBER

OCTOBER 2017

Oct. 4        Two Hour Delay-Professional Development,

School day schedule as follows:

Grades 1-4 –       11:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

AM Kindergarten – 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten – 2:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m

Oct. 12      End of First Grading Period

Oct. 13      NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day

Oct. 16      NO SCHOOL (K-8 only) – Parent/Teacher conferences

Oct. 17      NO SCHOOL (Kindergarten Only) – Parent/Teacher conferences

Oct. 18      PTO Fundraiser Delivery

Oct. 19      Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 20      PTO Trunk or Treat – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Picture Re-take

Oct. 23      Trunk or Treat rain date

Oct. 24      Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 25-26         Third grade Reading State Testing (AIR)

 

Visitors To Our School

Because students are our most precious resource, we care deeply about their safety. We ask all visitors to sign in and obtain a visitors pass to be in the school. Please make sure you sign our visitor/volunteer policy in the office. Parents are asked to respect the teacher’s duty to provide instruction from 9:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m. We try to limit the number of classroom interruptions during the school day. Please make sure that your child brings their homework, lunch money, projects, etc to school in the morning. In addition, if you are interested in visiting your child’s classroom, please make arrangements in advance with the teacher according to our districts’ policy, which is displayed by the front office door.

 

Weather Watch

WEATHER WATCH

Fall is here and that means we can have 80 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next. Please be diligent in watching the weather and make sure your children have the appropriate clothing.

School Fees 2017-18

SCHOOL FEES

For your convenience, you may pay your school fees in our office. You may make your payment by credit card, check (payable to Pickerington Local School District or PLSD) or cash at Toll Gate Elementary. When paying by check, please remember to write your student’s name and ID (same as lunch account number) in the memo area.

Fees for 2017-18

KINDERGARTEN   $19.00

 GRADE 1                   $17.00

 GRADE 2                   $17.50

 GRADE 3                   $22.00

 GRADE 4                   $22.00

Attendance & Dismissal Changes

ATTENDANCE

Please note that attendance is now counted by hours missed, not days.

DISMISSAL CHANGES

While we all know that consistency is important in a child’s life, it may become necessary to change your child’s dismissal plans. If you must change the way your child is to be dismissed, we ask that you follow the following procedures:

1)    Send a note in advance to your child’s teacher. They will then inform the office.

2)    Please allow enough time for you to come into the building to sign your child out.  Students will be called from class to meet you in the office.

3)        We ask that you do not call the office after 2:30 p.m. with alternate plans for your child. This causes interruptions to the classroom instruction and with almost 650 students and 5 different grade level schedules; it takes an inordinate amount of time out of the school day. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Emergency School Dismissal:

EMERGENCY SCHOOL DISMISSAL

During the course of the school year, it may become necessary to send the children home due to an emergency. Weather, electrical outage, or other types of emergencies as determined by emergency personnel could cause an emergency dismissal. These emergency situations could occur suddenly leaving no time for parent notification other than radio announcement. In order to help our staff prepare for any such emergency, please complete the Calamity Form included in your back to school folder.

Please list on the form the instructions your child is to follow when leaving school and returning home. For example:

  • Do they know how to enter your home?
  • Do they go to the neighbors?
  • Who do they call when they arrive?
  • Do they have a list of phone numbers?
  • Do they ride another bus with a friend?

As a reminder, our phone system does not operate during electrical outages and waiting at school to be picked up is NOT an option if we are told to evacuate by emergency personnel. Please take time to consider your emergency plan and help us keep your child safe.

 

Important Bus Transportation Note:

IMPORTANT BUS TRANSPORTATION NOTE:

Petermann Transportation is our district bus transportation company. If you have any concerns or questions, please call the telephone number below:

Petermann Transportation

Office:           837-8525

Fax:                 837-9485

Building Hours

BUILDING HOURS

Office Hours 

8:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Student Hours 9:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m           

Teacher Hours 8:15 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Kindergarten AM 9:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Kindergarten PM 1:00 p.m – 4:05 p.m.

Birthday Book Club Members:

BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB MEMBERS

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club Collection.  Thank you for supporting our

school library.

Jesse V.                       Bransen D.                 Ella A.             Vlad L.

E-Mail & Text Alert

E-MAIL AND TEXT ALERTS

Please join our e-mail communication system. This system gives our schools an easy and efficient way of sending newsletters, as well as communicating other important information, to anyone who wishes to receive it. Parents benefit by having timely access to important information regarding their child’s school, including news events, reminders, closings, and other updates. Go to www.pickerington.k12.oh.us to reach the district website. Scroll down to “Join our mailing list” to sign up. We will not share your e-mail address with anyone. This is strictly used for communication purposes between the school district and our subscribers.

 

You can also sign up for text alert so you can be informed of any school delays or closings. Also go to district website to join the text alert.

Group Counseling Sign-Up Sheet 2017-18

Click on link below for Group Counseling Sign Up Sheet:

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August/September 2017 Newsletter

Principals Message

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking forward to seeing all of you and providing excellent educational opportunities for our children.

We would like to ask that you go to the Back to School Page on our district website (http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/back-to-school-2017/) and review the forms now located online and follow the directions where indicated. This webpage will be available mid July. Pay particular attention to the Student Handbook and digitally signing the acknowledgement that you have read the handbook. A registration card will be coming home with your child on the first day of school. Please fill that out and return so we have the correct contact information.

Please make sure you have signed up in Infinite Campus for a parent portal account. You can start this process online by going to the top right of the district website under the “I want to” box. Scroll down to the “Access Infinite Campus” to start the process. By registering for a parent account you will automatically receive important school information, such as upcoming school events and cancelations due to bad weather. Our goal is to provide efficient communication to our school community. I would also encourage you to frequently visit Toll Gate Elementary’s webpage for current information of upcoming events. Our webpage can be accessed by going to our district’s website at Click “Schools” at the top and scroll down to Toll Gate Elementary.

On behalf of our entire staff, we are honored to serve your child on his/her educational journey. Remember that together we can accomplish great things for our children!

Sincerely,
Kristi Motsch, Principal
Toll Gate Elementary

Dates to Remember: August/September 2017

DATES TO REMEMBER – August/September 2016

Please join us for an Open House on August 15. In order to accommodate grade level presentations and parking, we ask for your cooperation with the following schedule:
Aug. 15 Open House –
4:30-5:00 p.m – 4th Grade
5:00-5:30 p.m. – 3rd Grade
5:30-6:00 p.m. – KAM & 2nd Grade
6:00-6:30 p.m.– KPM & 1st Grade

You and your child will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and see the classroom. They will also be making presentations during the above times.
We look forward to seeing you on August 15!

Aug. 16 First Day of School – Grades 1-4

Aug. 16-21 Kindergarten Assessments

Aug. 22 First Day of School (Kindergarten)

Sept. 04 NO SCHOOL – LABOR DAY

Sept. 06 Two Hour Delay (start times below)
Grades 1-4 – 11:15 a.m.
AM Kindergarten 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
PM Kindergarten 1:55 p.m. -4:05 p.m.

Sept. 08 Picture Day

Safe & Orderly Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

SAFE & ORDERLY SCHOOL ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Bus riders will be loading and unloading in the back of the building. No cars should be parked in this area during the school day. Parents dropping off students in the morning may do so in the front of the building at the second set of double doors (by cafeteria). As you exit the school parking lot, please obey all stop signs. Please park in the front parking lot in designated parking spaces. Side parking is for staff only.

Parents picking up students after school may pick students up at 3:55 p.m. in front of the school at the second set of double doors (by cafeteria). Staff will help load students in your car as you pull up in line. Children going to day care centers will exit and be picked up at the side of the building.

The traffic flow only runs smoothly if everyone follows the arrows & waits patiently. Inclement weather conditions will certainly impact dismissal time. We ask for your patience and cooperation in helping us dismiss your student directly to you in a safe and timely manner. During inclement weather, students will wait inside in the cafeteria, right inside the second set of double doors. Staff will assist students to your car as you pull up in line. Student dismissal procedures are usually finished by 4:15 p.m.

If there is a change in the student’s normal arrival and dismissal routine, please write a note to notify the school; otherwise, normal procedure will be followed. Please do not call the school for dismissal changes after 2:30 p.m. unless an emergency.

Please remember students are not permitted to go to their classrooms until 9:05 a.m. Please do not drop off students early because supervision is not available before 8:55 a.m. Students must be in their classrooms by the tardy bell at 9:15 a.m. Please drop them off in plenty of time to walk to their classroom. We appreciate all your help and cooperation in helping us keep your child safe while at school.

All Kindergarten AM pick up (12:15) will be at the first set of doors (by office). Please park and walk your child to the front doors.

All Kindergarten PM drop off (1:00) will be at the first set of doors, (by office). Please park & walk your child to the front doors.

Absences

ABSENTEES
Please call the school if your child is absent. 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 4:15 p.m. and before 8:15 a.m. The number is 834-6301. Homework requests must be placed by 8:30 a.m. in order to allow teachers time to prepare these plans. They must be picked up by 4:15 p.m. Please make sure that you make arrangements as teachers spend quality time preparing these materials. Please make yourself familiar with district policy regarding attendance. You can read more about excused and unexcused absences in the school folder.

Building Hours, & Building Expectations

BUILDING HOURS
Office Hours 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Student Hours 9:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Teacher Hours 8:15 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
Kindergarten AM 9:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Kindergarten PM 1:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Remember all school visits begin in the office. If your child is tardy or if they are returning from an appointment, please come into the office with them to sign in.

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
The emphasis at Toll Gate Elementary is on safety and learning. Each staff member works toward providing the safest and best educational environment for your child. Good discipline promotes an appropriate learning environment. We ask that each parent support this expectation of student behavior by encouraging their child to obey school rules. A list of rules is printed in the student handbook (please review these with your child). Behavior that interferes with the educational process cannot be tolerated. Your support will help promote the educational process. A copy of the district disciplinary policy is in the school office for parental review upon request.

Safety Drills & Celebrating Birthdays

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS
Please refer to our handbook for additional information regarding our policy. In an effort not to interfere with instructional time, and to accommodate medical concerns, we ask that you send in pre-packaged, non-food items that can be passed out for students to take home. Other ideas include a classroom book or game instead of individual items.

SAFETY DRILLS
Safety drills will be conducted periodically throughout the year. Fire drills will be practiced 4 ties a year, while tornado drills, lock-down, active shooter and medical procedures will be practiced during the school year. Each classroom is provided with a crisis management plan. These plans are reviewed with staff and with substitute teachers.

School Lunches

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Scheduled Lunch Times: Lunch Cost – $2.35
Grade 1 – 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grade 2 – 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grade 3 – 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grade 4 – 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Each day your child may choose the following meal for their school lunch:
A) The hot meal as listed on the menu.
B) A grilled chicken salad, tossed salad with cheese, grilled cheese, yogurt, egg omelet with bread item, fruit and/or vegetables and milk are included with these choices in place of the main entrée. Students can pay for meals in advance – up to one month. 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 a check or money order deposit. Money will be deducted from the student’s account when the student enters his/her ID number as they go through the lunch line. Checks are to be made out to Pickerington Food Service. If a student should forget their money, they may charge their lunch and bring the money the next day. A student may charge up to 3 lunches. After that, lunch may be denied. Detailed information and lunch account report are available to families through or by calling 1-866-542-4197.

School Fees

SCHOOL FEES
Grade level fees are collected for student workbooks and consumables. For your convenience, fee payments may be made at Back to School Nights. You may make your payment by credit card, cash or check (please make payable to PLSD)
KINDERGARTEN $19.00
GRADE 1 $17.00
GRADE 2 $17.50
GRADE 3 $22.00
GRADE 4 $22.00

Dismissal Changes

DISMISSAL CHANGES
While we all know that consistency in important in a child’s life, it may become necessary to change your child’s dismissal plans. If you must change the way your child is to be dismissed, we ask that you follow the following procedures:
1) Send a note in advance to your child’s teacher. They will then inform the office.
2) Please allow enough time for you to come into the building to sign your child out. Students will be called from class to meet you in the office.
3) We ask that you do not call the office with alternate plans for your child. This causes interruptions to the classroom instruction and with over 600 students and 5 different grade level schedules; it takes an inordinate amount of time out of the school day. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Staff Changes

STAFF CHANGES
The following staff additions and changes for this year are:
Elizabeth Smith – Duty Aide
Trisha Reed – Para pro
Kaye Cabbagestalk- moved to 3rd grade
Tracey Gates – Moved to 2nd grade
Sheila Woodall – Moved to Kindergarten
We are pleased to have these dynamic individuals join our TGE team

Behaviour Rating Checklist Procedures

Behavior Rating Checklist Procedures

Periodically throughout the year, parents request information regarding their child for doctors, psychologists and other professionals. Please note the following guidelines, when requesting information from teachers, counselors and administrators.

All requests for teachers/counselors to complete behavior ratings,
narratives, etc. must be handled through the guidance office.

A written release must accompany the request. Included must be student name, parent signature, phone number, date and the name and address of the physician/agency. This release should be returned to Darren Drake.

The parent should also provide a pre-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. The counselor will mail the completed forms directly to the doctor, etc. Copies of the completed forms will be kept in the guidance office should you want a copy.

Allow at least two weeks from the time the counselor receives the form (s) to the date the physician/agency needs the material. Identify, specifically, which teachers are to complete the forms (core academics/special areas such as physical education, art, etc.) Should each teacher do it independently or should the information be completed in a team meeting?

Parents should provide enough copies of the behavior rating, etc. for each teacher who is requested to respond.

If you have questions, please call Darren Drake at 834-6300.

2017-18 Supply Lists

KINDERGARTEN
 Backpack with large opening (no wheels)
 3 Large Elmer’s Glue Sticks
 24 count Crayola crayons regular size (not jumbo)
 pocket folder
 2 black dry-erase markers, Expo2 – low odor (chisel tip)
 AM GIRLS – 1container Clorox Wipes
 AM BOYS – 1 container Clorox Wipes
 PM GIRLS – 1 box tissues and 1 additional box of 24 count Crayola crayons
 PM BOYS – 1 box tissues and 1 additional box of 24 count Crayola crayons
 1 single-subject spiral notebooks, wide ruled (70 sheets)
1 set of headphones
If possible, bring your child’s school supplies on his/her staggered start day rather than sending them on the first day of school.

Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies. All supplies may be community items and used by all the students, therefore, we suggest that you keep “special” items at home to complete homework. Please write your child’s first and last name on backpack, pocket folder, spiral notebook, and headphones. It is not necessary to write name on the other supplies.

FIRST GRADE
 24 – SHARPENED pencils
 2 – 24 Count Crayola Crayons
 2 – Plain 2 Pocket Folders
 1 – Yellow highlighter
 4 – Black Dry-Erase markers
 1 – Box of 8 washable markers
 1 – Pair of Pointy Scissors
 1 – Composition Notebook
 1 – Container of Clorox Wipes
 1 – large box tissues
 1 – 4 pk. Small Elmers Glue Stick

1 Set of Headphones for Computer or Listening Center
BOYS – 1 Box of Gallon Size Ziplock Bags
GIRLS – 1 Box of Sandwich Size Ziplock Bags

Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies. Most items will need to be replenished throughout the year. All supplies may be community items and used by all the students, therefore, we suggest that you keep “special” items at home to complete homework. Please do not write your child’s name on school supplies except for book bag, lunch bags, and coats unless otherwise noted.

SECOND GRADE
1 pair of pointed scissors
24 sharpened yellow pencils (Ticonderoga brand)
2 large white pencil erasers (Staedtler Mars brand)
2 boxes crayons, 24 count
2 yellow highlighters
8 pack low-odor dry erase markers – black only
2 large glue sticks – prefer Elmer’s brand
2 composition notebooks
1 large box of tissues
1 container of disinfecting wipes
1 pair of “over the head” headphones (no earbuds)
1 pack of 5 tab dividers
1 pack of colored pencils

Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies. All supplies may be community items and used by all students, therefore, we suggest that you keep “special” items at home to complete homework. Please do not write your child’s name on supplies except for book bag, lunch boxes, and coats.

THIRD GRADE
 1 large Paper Mate Pink Pearl latex-free eraser
 2 packages pencil eraser tops (12 count)
 Pencil pouch with grommets (no box) Ruckh, Baiocco, Shrieve and Oakley only
 1 plastic 2-pocket folder with prongs (red)
 1 plastic 2-pocket folder with prongs (green)
 1 plastic 2-pocket folder with prongs (blue)
 2 highlighters
 3 large or 6 small glue sticks, white all purpose washable
 1 pair pointed scissors 5”
 3 dozen #2 pencils (prefer Dixon or Papermate)
 I box of crayons (24 count)
 1 box of washable markers
 4 low odor fine tip dry-erase markers (black)
 1 pack full length colored pencils (sharpened 12 count)
 1 pack post-it-notes (100 ct. 3 x 3)
 1 box of tissues
 1 Sharpie
 1 pair small headphones/or earbuds (please label with child’s name)
 1 Mead Composition Book (Wide Rule) 100 ct. 9.75×7.5
 3 sets of large 5-tab dividers (15 dividers total)
 1 disinfecting wipes pop-up canister bleach free (use for surfaces)
 2 spiral notebooks 1 subject wide rule 70 ct.
 GIRLS ONLY – 1 sealable freezer bag (quart size)
 BOYS ONLY – 1 sealable freezer bag (gallon size)

**Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies. Most items will need replenished throughout the year. All supplies may be community items and used by all the students, therefore, we suggest that you keep “special” items at home to complete homework. **Please put your child’s name on all items.

FOURTH GRADE
 1 package of colored pencils
 1 package of 8 tab dividers (with pockets)
 (2) 24 ct. packages of #2 pencils
 2 red grading pens
 1 box crayons, 24 count
 1 package loose-leaf paper (wide-ruled)
 1 Fiskar brand student-sized scissors
 1 zippered pencil bag (no boxes please)
 1 container of disinfecting wipes (Lysol/Clorox preferred)
 1 pink block eraser OR 1 package of eraser caps
 2 large glue sticks OR 4 small glue sticks
 1 large box of tissues
 1 package broad tip Crayola Markers (8 count)
 4 Expo brand chisel tip (red, green, blue or black) dry erase markers
 1 Book bag (no wheels please)
 1 Papermate Flair Felt Tip – Black
 1 hand held personal pencil sharpener
 2 Spiral notebooks (wide-ruled) any color approx. 70 count
 1 pair small headphones/or earbuds (please label with child’s name)
 Girls Only – 1 box gallon size Ziploc bags, 1 dispenser/roll of scotch tape,
1 pk. of post-it notes
 Boys only – 1 box Quart size Ziplock bags, 1 roll masking tape, 1pk. Index cards
 2 inch Heavy Duty binder with pockets in front and back covers. This will get daily heavy use.

**Some supplies may need to be replenished throughout the year (pencils)

May 2017 Newsletter

Letter from the Principal

May 2017

Dear Parents:

10 more school days! Can you believe that this school year is almost over? There are still many important upcoming events so please check the calendar on the other side, as well as your child’s classroom newsletter.

We would like to thank the countless volunteers that contribute so much to our school community. We hope that you will stop in the Volunteer Room sometime during the week of May 8 for a special gift. This is our chance to let you know how much we appreciate you!

We are encouraging our friends and neighbors to clean out their old newspapers, magazines, shopping catalogs and papers and put them in the green and yellow paper-recycling container located in our front parking lot. No cardboard or other recyclables please. Spread the word! Let’s get our community involved!

We hope that you will join us for our Celebration of Learning on May 8, 10 & 11. This is an opportunity for your children to showcase their learning opportunities for the year. Please look at the grade level schedule of specific events in this newsletter. Since we have several performances taking place, please allow time for parking & walking into the building.

We look forward to another awesome school year. To our 4th graders, we wish you well as you enter Middle School.

Enjoy the sunshine and warm weather with your family.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch

Mrs. Kristi Motsch

Principal, Toll Gate Elementary

Growing Leaders!

DATES TO REMEMBER May/June 2017

May 8                   Celebration of Learning – 4th Grade

May 10                 2 Hour delay – Professional Development Day

                             Celebration of Learning – Kindergarten &                                1st Grade

May 11                 Celebration of Learning – 2nd & 3rd Grade

May 18                 Kindergarten Lunch

May 22                 Fun Day/Grill-Out Day for students

                               Zoo Assembly

May 24                 Last Day of School

                                EARLY DISMISSAL – 1:40 p.m.

                                AM Kindergarten – 9:15am-11:15am

                                 PM Kindergarten – 12:05pm-2:05pm

June 09                Achievement Records mailed home

 

Celebration of Learning Information

CELEBRATION OF LEARNING

Our annual Celebration of Learning will be held May 08, 10 & 11.                             Students and their parents may stroll through the halls to see special exhibits & published works. The following is a schedule of performances. Since this is rather a tight schedule, please allow time for parking & walking. Please only use the front office doors due to performances in session in the cafeteria.

May 8                   4th Grade Hero presentation – 6:00 p.m. in classrooms

May 10                 Kindergarten Musical Performance on stage @ 6:00 p.m.

Grade 1 – Musical performance on stage @ 6:30 p.m.

May 11                 Grade 2 – Musical Performance on Stage @ 6:00 p.m.

Grade 3 – Musical Performance on stage @ 6:30 p.m.

 

4th Grade Family Night at Toll Gate Middle School

FOURTH GRADE FAMILY NIGHT AT TOLL GATE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Parents of all current 4th graders and students that are planning to attend

Toll Gate Middle School next year are invited to attend a Family Night on May

11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

 

LUNCH INFO

LUNCH

May 9 will be the last day that a student may charge a lunch.  Lunch cost is $2.35. Also, any negative balances should be paid off in full. Starting on May 10, NO CHARGING OF ANY MEALS WILL BE ALLOWED.  If a student has a negative balance, or a balance not high enough to cover the cost of a lunch, the balance will need to be paid or increased prior to the student receiving lunch. Use www.mypaymentsplus.comor call 1-866-711-7341 if you need to know the balance in your student’s lunch account or to add money to your student’s account.

Birthday Book Club Members for May

Birthday Book Club Members

Birthday Book Club Members

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club Collection. Thank you for supporting our school library.

Maki K. Nellie Z. Luke S.

Ashley D. Jenna P. Abby B.

Alivia B. Elgin B. Caleb R. Aidan M.

Newbery Club Members for May 2017

BECOME A NEWBERY READER AT TOLL GATE ELEMENTARY

Newbery Club

Congratulations to 3rd grader Jess L. for earning their spots in the Newbery Club by reading 10 Newbery winning books and passing the AR quizzes. Consider picking up a Newbery winning book and starting to work toward the club. If you haven’t read a Newbery Award winning book why don’t you challenge yourself to read one during this last quarter of the year? For a complete list of all Newbery Medal Books go to: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberywinners

Nurse Notes

1.) Information for the Incoming Kindergarten Class:

Health Requirements for incoming kindergarten students:

The 2017-2018 Required Childhood Immunization Schedule per the Ohio Department of Health:

Immunizations:    5 doses of DTP (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)

4 doses of OPV/IPV (Polio)

3 doses of Hepatitis B

2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)***

2 doses of Varivax (chicken pox)**

**Or written proof from physician or parent of when the child had the disease

(***Note: 1st dose of MMR and Varivax should have been given ON or AFTER the 1st birthday, and not prior to)

Physical Exam: Due by August 1, 2017

Physician’s Report (Blue form) must be filled out and signed by your child’s physician.

** Please be sure that it is complete with Date of Exam and has a signature from  the Physician ONLY.

(**Must be on file at school in order for your child to start school on time)

 2017 immunization clinic schedule2017 Immz Clinic Schedule

 

2.) Year End Information:

         MEDICATIONS: If your child has medication here at school, especially prescription medication, please make arrangements to pick up the medicine before the school year ends. We cannot send home medication with your child at the end of the school year. Any medication that is left in the clinic over the summer will be destroyed.

If your child will need prescription medication for the 2017-2018 school year, please feel free to pick up a “Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel” form at the office or download from the PLSD website @ www.pickerington.k12.oh.us

3.) Health Concerns:

In thinking ahead to next school year, please be sure to alert the school nurse, before the first day of school, regarding any significant changes in your child’s health or medical needs. Be sure to also note this information on the Emergency Medical Authorization form that will come home in your student’s first day packet of information. Any health concerns noted this school year, will be shared with your child’s school nurse for next school year.

4.) Dressing for spring and summer:

Please remember to dress your child appropriately with changing temperatures. Remember to send them with a light jacket as needed.

Also, tennis shoes are the safest shoes to protect your child’s feet from injury. 

 

Pride of Pickerington Awards

“POP” Pride of Pickerington Award

We would like to congratulate Leanne Ross & Deanna Gray as our 2016-17 Pride of Pickerington, employees of the year. Teachers and support staff are nominated & voted on by their colleagues as a model for their profession. We are very proud of Leanne and Deanna and their accomplishments here at Toll Gate Elementary.

Summer Meals Program

SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM

Pickerington Schools will once again participate in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program through the district’s Summer Food Program. Lunch will be provided at Tussing Elementary from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in June. A complete menu for the month and information about special events will be announced soon. 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. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There is no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Moving Over the Summer??

TOLL GATE ELEMENTARY

 MOVING?

Are you planning to move this summer? If so, and have yet to inform the school office, would you please complete this form and return ASAP. This will help us to maintain current and accurate records. Thank you for your cooperation.

Child(ren) Name (s) __________________________________________________

Teacher (s) __________________________________________________________

Address ________________________________ Phone#____________________

Moving to what district? ____________________ Date ___________________

(If applicable, please pay fees, lunch charges and return all books)

 

4th Grade G.O.O.D. Students

4th Grade G.O.O.D. Students

 Our 4th grade students participate annually in the G.O.O.D. (Going On Or Defeated) program. Ron Derry, former educator, discusses his handicap with the students and talks to them about the decision he had to make when he lost his sight. He could either go on or be defeated.  He encourages the students to always try their best and each 9 weeks one student who exemplifies the spirit of this program is chosen from each classroom to receive a G.O.O.D. t-shirt.   The students chosen for this 9 weeks are:

Alayna B., Connor B., Reagan D., James D., Mayson R., & Lydia S., Congratulations!

December 2016 Newsletter

Happy Holidays!

staff pic 16-17

The holiday season is now upon us and 2016 is rapidly coming to a close. It is a good time to reflect back on the many gifts we have been given. We thank you for the gift of your children who we have the privilege of working with each day. We also thank you as parents for the partnership you have helped us to create. As a staff, we feel truly blessed to be, along with you and your children, part of the Toll Gate Elementary family.

We would like to extend to you our warmest wishes throughout this holiday season. However you may celebrate this most special time of year, we offer our sincerest wishes that 2017 would be a year of peace, health and prosperity for all of you. We have much left to teach your children in the year ahead and we look forward to continuing a strong partnership with you. We hope that this season you will give the gift of time to share and enjoy your family and friends.

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS,

The Toll Gate Elementary Staff

TGE December 2016 Important Dates:

Toll Gate Elementary

DATES TO REMEMBER

  December 2016

  • Dec. 5-9   Toys for Kids Toy Drive for Violet Township Fire Dept.
  • Dec. 6-9   PTO Holiday Shop 6-8 p.m. on cafeteria stage
  • Dec. 14    Two Hour Delay – Professional Development
  •                    School day schedule as follows:
  •                   Grades 1 – 4 – 11:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.
  •                   AM Kindergarten – 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  •                   PM Kindergarten – 2:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
  •  Dec. 21   End of second grading period
  •  Dec. 22-Jan. 3    NO SCHOOL– Holiday Break
  •  Jan. 4     Classes Resume
Holiday Assistance

Holiday Assistance

Dear Toll Gate Elementary Parents,
The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, along with all the joy and memories it brings.  However, it is not a joyous time for all families due to financial hardship or difficult family situations.  PLSD is once again partnering with the Violet Fire Department to collect toys and gift cards for families within our school district.  If you are out and about and can pick up needed items, please bring or send them to Toll Gate Elementary School on the week of December 5th – 9th. We will have a large red collection box in front of the Media Center

 

Birthday Book Club Members for December

BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB MEMBERS

The following students have helped our library grow by purchasing a book from our Birthday Book Club collection. Thank you for supporting our school library!

Sophia D.                 Luca D.                     Alex P.           Ashley P.                   Keegan R.

Mary B.                      Sophya P.                 Noor A.         Jameson L.

Newbery Reader Club

BECOME A NEWBERY READER AT TOLL GATE ELEMENTARY!

Read 10 of the most distinguished children’s books of all time!

Challenge yourself with these rigorous literary masterpieces and join the Newbery Club!

Toll Gate Elementary School’s prestigious Newbery Reader Club is in its fourth year and would like to invite you to become a member.  To be recognized as a distinguished reader you must read 10 of the Newbery Medal Winners and pass the accompanying Accelerated Reader Quiz for each book.  You may earn this achievement in one school year or over multiple years.  At the end of each school year the names of all students who have earned this award will be permanently placed on a plaque in the library.  These winners will also be invited to a year-end celebration.  If you have questions or would like help selecting books please see your media specialist or gifted education teacher.

Congratulations to our newest member: Addison W.

Find a complete list of all Newbery Medal Winners at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberywinners/medalwinners.cfm

Nurse News

NOTES FROM THE NURSE

The clinic is in need of clothing for when the unexpected happens!

The following items are needed:

**Socks (new)—all sizes

**Underwear (new): Boys and Girls – small 6-8 medium 8-10, large 10-14

**Sweatshirts, sweatpants (new or gently used) …gender neutral

Sizes: S 6-8, M 8-10, L 10-12, XL 14.   

You can leave the items in the office.

Holiday Stress and Children

Help your child beat the holiday stress by following these tips:

  1. Limit TV and video games It may be easier to let the TV or video games occupy your child’s time, however, children who are stressed need some type of physical activity or exercise. Physical activity is a great way to decrease stress in everyone.
  2. Remember routines Routines are very important to children. During the holiday season, children’s routines can be disrupted with shopping expeditions and special events. When a routine is broken, stress can result. Try to keep your child on their routine to keep the stress level down.
  3. Family traditions are very important to children. They offer comfort and security. Enjoy the family traditions you have started. Some traditions to try might be, baking cookies, reading holiday books together, or visiting an elderly person.
  4. Attitude check Both children and parents need to have an attitude check before the holiday season begins. Take a deep breath, and have everyone in the family pledge to make the holiday season a time of joy and peace. With the right attitude, everyone can enjoy the holiday season.
  5. Nutrition Eating healthy helps us to stay well. Plan at least one healthy meal as a family everyday. Remember to toss in a healthy snack while you’re out shopping.
  6. Rest and relaxation Everyone, especially children need to take a “time out” over the holiday season to rest and relax. When a child is well rested, they will enjoy the holiday activities better. Schedule some R&R time for everyone in the family.
  7. Laugh  Laughter is still the best way to beat stress and change everyone’s mood from bad to good. Take time to read the comics to your children or find a holiday joke book with family humor at your bookstore or library.

The holiday season does not have to be a time of stress and exhaustion. Hopefully, following these simple tips will help reduce the holiday stress in your family.

Tami Tackett, R.N, BSN, School Nurse

Toll Gate Elementary and Middle School

PTO News

PTO INFO: EVERYDAY WAYS

Please continue to support the Toll Gate PTO by participating in the following free and easy “Everyday Ways:”

  1. Box Top for Education- Just clip out and send in to earn money for TGES.
  2. Shoparoo App- Download the Shoparoo App on your smartphone and then start snapping away, taking pictures of your grocery receipts to earn money for our school.
  3. Rewards Cards- Register your Kroger, Meijer, and/or Giant Eagle reward cards and earn money every time you shop and swipe.

Also, there is no December meeting due to the busy holiday season.  However, the PTO will be sponsoring a Holiday Shop, running December 6th through 9th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. on the cafeteria stage.

 

Petermann Transportation Bus Mobile App

Petermann Transportation Bus Company has provided a mobile app, which parents can use to track their children’s buses.  The new version can be downloaded at http://www.petermannbus.com/Pages/PetermannBusTracker.aspx

Parents will need their children’s student ID number to set up the app.

Petermann will have the ability to communicate directly with parents about bus delays and other issues.  Please be reminded not to use the system to wait until the last minute to send their child to the bus stop.  Students should be at designated stop by the scheduled bus arrival time, and waiting until last minute can be dangerous if children are running to meet their bus.

The system operates by tracking the GPS units in each bus, so it operates on a lag that can be up to two minutes.  During that time the bus may have made progress on its route, so GPS locations are only approximate.