Toll Gate Times

Browse below to read important building information along with the latest news and events.

January 2018 Newsletter

Letter from the Principal
January 2018A Letter From The PrincipalTraditionally the New Year is a time to reflect on past practices and look forward to new challenges. I would like to ask you to reflect on your child’s past attendance practices and challenge you to keep his/her education a priority. Since the first day of school to present, collectively our students have acquired over 1800 attendance instances of missed instruction. This includes days out of school for sickness, vacations, early dismissals & late arrivals. Missed school means missed instruction, and missed instruction means missed learning, which can lead to lack of progress.     Understandably, there are times due to sickness, that students must miss school and sometimes this occurs more frequently in certain years.

It is our hope that you have planned and organized to make school a priority in your family. By making carpooling arrangements, planning trips during school holidays and break times, and having a back-up person available to take your child to school if you are ill or otherwise unable to do so, can be of great assistance in achieving this goal.

We work very hard to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. We cannot do that if your child is not in school – on time, every day, when your child is healthy. Please help us to provide the outstanding education your child deserves by championing for your children with great attendance.

Thanks you very much for your cooperation.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch, Principal

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TGE Upcoming Events

 Jan. 9             Classes Resume – WELCOME BACK!

Jan. 12             Achievement Records

PTO Movie Night

 Jan. 15            NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 19             NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day

Jan. 25            PTO Meeting @ 7pm in media center

Jan. 26            Father/Daughter Dance


Early Dismissal due to Emergency & Everyday Ways to support TGE


At the beginning of each school year, you are asked to complete a “Calamity” form that details, for each day of the week, what your child should do in the event of an emergency early dismissal. To avoid a great deal of anxiety, please make sure your children know what their plans are. We ask that you review your calamity plan and revise it, if necessary, and then discuss with your child. Please report any changes to your child’s teacher.


There are so many simple and free ways to support Toll Gate Elementary.  From clipping Box Tops and Campbell’s Soup labels, registering and swiping your loyalty cards at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Target and/or Meijer, and taking pictures of your receipts with the Shoparoo App, you can earn money and much-needed supplies for TGES.  These “everyday ways” helped earn approximately $3,000 last year alone.


Open Enrollment Request Deadline & School Fees

OPEN ENROLLMENT REQUEST for 2018-19 deadline – July 31, 2018. Form is available on the district web site.


School Fees were due November 13.   Fees may be paid at the school office, district office or via on-line at Infinite Campus parent portal. In the school office we can accept checks payable to PLSD, Credit Card or exact cash amount.  School fees are for consumable items.

KG- $19.00

1st – $17.00

2nd – $17.50

3rd – $22.00

4th – $22.00

Updating you contact information: All students K-12

Update or verify your phone number(s) and email address(es) to ensure you are receiving important news. Submit your information through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal by going to the Pickerington School website: and then:


Access Infinite Campus

Can’t remember your parent portal log in or password? Go to Infinite Campus, Getting help.

Complete an online help request and they will be happy to assist you in retrieving that information.

Thank you for partnering with us to ensure effective communication between home and school!

Calls after 3:00 P.M

We are receiving an unusually high number of daily calls changing students’ dismissal procedures. It is becoming almost impossible for our school secretary to handle the volume of calls, especially after 3:00 pm, as she is the only one in the office after this time. Additionally, it is causing multiple interruptions to our classroom instruction. I would ask that you send in a note if your child is going home differently than usual. We cannot continue to take calls after 3:30 pm to change dismissal procedures, as this is when classroom folders with messages are delivered. I would ask that you help us to preserve classroom interruptions and call only in emergency situations.   Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Closing & Delays
Occasionally, Pickerington Local School District (PLSD) may determine it is appropriate and prudent to close or delay the start times of schools based on inclement weather. These decisions are made for the safety of our students. We understand that these decisions have a big effect on families as they plan their day, and now is an excellent time to establish your family emergency plan for such potential closings.


When school is delayed district wide due to inclement weather, students will report to school two hours later. Our junior high schools and high schools will follow shortened periods. The elementary and middle schools will run a normal schedule from the time of arrival.
Where Does the District Announce Closings and Delays?

Phone and email alerts: Pickerington Schools will announce emergency closing and delay information through pre-recorded telephone calls to current parents/guardians telephone numbers on file with the district. The district also sends email messages about any delays or closures via this notification system. It is important to keep student contact information current by logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and updating your contact information.

District website and social media

Information about school closures or delays will be posted on the home page of the district’s website, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter.

Television and Radio Stations

Pickerington Schools shares any school delay or closure information with local television and radio stations.

Each local television station offers a school closing/delays text message program that sends closure/delay information directly to your phone.

Channel 4

Channel 6

Channel 10


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.


Newbery Club & 4th Grade G.O.O.D. students

Newbery Club

Read 10 of the most distinguished children’s books of all time! Challenge yourself with these rigorous literary masterpieces. To be recognized as a distinguished reader you must read 10 of the Newbery Medal winners and pass the AR quiz for each book. You can earn this achievement in one school year or over multiple years.

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: Dylan F., Ethan E., Bella V., Anissa R.,

Addison M. & Grant W.         Congratulations!

December 2017 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.

Kaelyn F.            Callie M.         Juliana S.

Kadyn K.             Matthew P.    Nolan M.