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March 2017-18 Newsletter

Principals Message

March 2018

Will March come in like a lamb or a lion? It’s hard to believe that we’ll soon find out! I’d like to ask that you pay particular attention to the dates listed in this and the next two newsletters. There are many important events coming up this spring of which you will want to be aware.

First, I would like to draw your attention to the state testing dates for grades 3 & 4, which are April 9-12 and April 23-26.  It is especially important that your child report to school on time on these days. Please refer to specific information in this newsletter. Remember the first bell rings at 9:05 a.m. with the tardy bell ringing at 9:15 a.m. Students need to be in their class by 9:15 a.m. in order to participate in testing on these days.

In addition, please review your child’s teacher’s classroom newsletter/webpage. It contains information about upcoming classroom activities.

Our spring break will be March 26-30. Classes resume April, 2.

We look forward to continuing to provide a quality educational experience for your child over the next three months.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch, Principal

Growing Leaders

 

Dates To Remember March 2018

Mar. 7     2 hour late start

Grades 1 – 4 (11:15 – 4:05 pm)

AM Kindergarten – 11:15 – 1:15pm

PM Kindergarten – 2:00 – 4:05pm

Mar. 8     K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher conferences 4:30 – 8:00pm

Mar. 11    Don’t Forget – Turn clocks ahead

Mar. 12-16 Spring Book Fair

Mar. 13    K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher conferences 4:30 – 8:00pm

Mar. 14    Kindergarten registration for the 2018 – 19 school year will begin online

Mar. 15    PTO Meeting – 7pm in Media Center

Mar. 16    Lunch with A Loved One – Grades 2 & 3.

Grade 2: 12:45 – 1:30 pm

Grade 3: 11:45 – 12:30 pm

Mar. 23    Achievement Records

Mar. 26-30 No School – Spring Break

Apr. 2       Classes Resume

Spring Air Testing Schedule - 2017-18

3rd Grade: AIR – ELA – April 9th  –  Part 1,  April 10th – Part 2

3rd Grade: AIR – Math – April 23rd – Part 1,  April 24th – Part 2

4th Grade: AIR – ELA – April 11th – Part 1,  April 12th – Part 2

4th Grade: AIR – Math – April 25th – Part 1,  April 26th – Part 2

Kindergarten Registration Information for 2018-19

Please Note: Parents are advised that, due to the high number of callers, our staff and phone lines at the Welcome Center may be very busy at the beginning of kindergarten registration. Thank you for your patience!

Kindergarten registration for Fall 2018 begins in the district Wednesday, March 14.

Children must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2018, to be registered for kindergarten this fall. The district offers half-day kindergarten in both morning and afternoon sessions. Parents may request a morning or afternoon preference. Depending on the number of parents with preferences, a lottery may be held to determine placement.

The kindergarten registration process begins by filling out the online registration form on March 14.

Access to the kindergarten registration system will be open by approximately 9 a.m. that morning. After filling out the basic registration information, parents will receive an e-mail with details about contacting the district’s Welcome Center to arrange an appointment to sign paperwork. At that time, parents also will set up an appointment for a readiness assessment for their children Those assessments will be held April 30, May 1, and May 3 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road (S.R. 204).

Parents may register online through Infinite Campus starting on that date. Access to the kindergarten registration system will be open by approximately 9 a.m. that morning. After filling out the basic registration information, parents will receive an email with details about contacting the district’s Welcome Center to arrange an appointment to sign paperwork. At that time, parents also will set an appointment for a readiness assessment for their children. Those assessments will be held April 24, 25 and 27 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick-Eastern Road (S.R. 204).

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?

Assuming your child will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, the district will perform an assessment. This year, those assessments will be April 24, 25 and 27 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick-Eastern Road (S.R. 204). These individual screenings (called Bracken assessments) are performed by trained district educators. They are only used by the district to help teachers determine where to begin teaching individual children.

The Bracken assessment tests children on skills such as identifying common colors by name, identifying upper case and lower case letters, identifying single and double-digit numbers, counting objects, demonstrating a basic knowledge of words used to depict size, identifying shapes, and matching or differentiating objects based on specific characteristics.

Find complete information about kindergarten registration and assessments on our website.

Newbery Club Members

Become a Newbery Reader at Toll Gate Elementary!

Newbery Club

Congratulations to Elle F. and Jenna P. who have earned their place in the Newbery Club by reading 10 Newbery winning books and passing the AR quizzes. Jenna P joins both of her older sisters in the Newbery Club. She is the 3rd member of her family to earn this honor. Consider picking up a Newbery winning book and starting to work toward the club. Our library just received 4 copies of the latest Newbery winner, The Crossover.

View a complete list of all Newbery Medal Books

Dismissal Procedures

If your child is going home differently than usual, we must have a note from you signifying this. Otherwise, your child will be sent home his/her usual way. If an emergency arises, please call the office before 2:30 p.m. to change your child’s dismissal procedure. We cannot ensure that your child will get the message after this time, as this is when classroom folders with messages are delivered. Thanks!

Safety Procedures/School Visits

Parents, please remember to sign in and take a badge from the office when you enter the building. You should always enter from the front, office entrance. Wearing a badge lets our staff know that you have officially signed in with the office. If you are dropping off items for your child, we will call them to the office to limit classroom interruptions. We are very protective of our instructional time and we try to maximize our teachers’ time with students. We appreciate your understanding and your help in limiting classroom interruptions.

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.

Camden S.                   Janie M.                         Brennen T.

Riley H.                        Olivia N.                          Josiah W.

Drew P.                         BJ  G.                             Julia B.

Christos S.

School Fees Reminder

School fees are due. If you haven’t paid fees, please send in a check payable to PLSD and indicate on memo line school fees and student ID#. You may also contact the Treasurer’s office at (614) 833-2112 or pay online using the parent portal on Infinite Campus.

KG – $19.00

First – $17.00

Second – $17.50

Third – $22.00

Fourth – 22.00

 

3rd Grade Recycling Poster Contest

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Recycling poster contest:

3rd Place – Elle F.

2nd Place – Ethan P.

1st Place – Maggie B

February Newsletter 2017-18

Principal's Message

February 2018

As our staff looks forward to this semester, it is equally important for us to refer back to our earlier work this year. One document that we use to guide us is our building continuous improvement plan.

This plan was developed by our Building Leadership Team, and acts as a vehicle to move us towards better instruction. These plans have led us, as both educators and learners, to effective methods that improve student learning & generate more authentic teaching practices. We acknowledge that our students need to be competent in communication (oral & written), collaboration, and critical thinking skills.

Providing lessons that utilize these practices makes learning more relevant to our students. I am excited and honored to continue our journey towards offering the highest quality services for your children.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch, Principal

Growing Leaders

February 2017-18 Dates to Remember

Feb. 7:  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.

Feb. 15:  PTO Meeting @ 7 p.m. in Media Center

Feb. 23:  Mother/Son Event

Birthday Book Club Members-February 2018

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.

Nash K.                                               Hailey G.                                     Jacob D.

Julian Z.                                             Andrew G.

Valentines Day Info.

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time in which friendships are celebrated with valentines or special thoughts.  Please keep in mind our district’s policy on food due to allergies and medical conditions. We encourage healthy snacks that are pre-packaged or non-food items.  Most classes will spend some time exchanging Valentines. Your child’s teacher will be sending more specific information about any necessary restrictions.

TGE Carnival

Our annual PTO carnival is coming April 27. This is a fun evening where kids can try their hand at different carnival games, win prizes, eat great food & enjoy time with family & friends. In order to continue this great Toll Gate tradition, we need tons of volunteers. An informative flyer will be coming home soon. Please consider donating some of your time for this fun event. Also, please fill out a volunteer form if you haven’t already done so. Volunteer forms can be found on the school website or in the office.

 

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-19 School Year

Please note: All families (whether new to the district or with existing students) should begin the kindergarten registration process by using the online registration form.

Kindergarten registration for Fall 2018 begins in the district Wednesday, March 14.

Children must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2018, to be registered for kindergarten this fall. The district offers half-day kindergarten in both morning and afternoon sessions. Parents may request a morning or afternoon preference. Depending on the number of parents with preferences, a lottery may be held to determine placement.

The kindergarten registration process begins by filling out the online registration form.

Access to the kindergarten registration system will be open by approximately 9 a.m. that morning. After filling out the basic registration information, parents will receive an email with details about contacting the district’s Welcome Center to arrange an appointment to sign paperwork. At that time, parents also will set an appointment for a readiness assessment for their children. Those assessments will be held April 30, May 1 and May 3 at Violet Baptist Church8345 Blacklick-Eastern Road (S.R. 204).

Parents are advised that, due to the high number of callers, our staff and phone lines at the Welcome Center may be very busy at the beginning of kindergarten registration. We appreciate your patience!

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?
Assuming your child will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, the district will perform an assessment. This year, those assessments will be April 30, May 1 and May 3 at Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick-Eastern Road (S.R. 204). These individual screenings (called Bracken assessments) are performed by trained district educators. They are only used by the district to help teachers determine where to begin teaching individual children.

The Bracken assessment tests children on skills such as identifying common colors by name, identifying upper case and lower case letters, identifying single and double-digit numbers, counting objects, demonstrating a basic knowledge of words used to depict size, identifying shapes, and matching or differentiating objects based on specific characteristics.

Find complete information about kindergarten registration and assessments on our web

Open Enrollment Requests Deadline for 2018-19

Open Enrollment Requests for 2018-2019 Deadline – July 31, 2018

The form is available on the district website under District forms, Enrolling and Open Enrollment. The application is necessary for the district to consider allowing students to attend a school outside their normal attendance boundaries. Interested K-6 parents must submit an application each year they are requesting intradistrict open enrollment. Applying is not a guarantee that students will be open enrolled. Approval is based on staffing and space availability.

Newbery Members for February 2018

Become a Newbery Reader at Toll Gate Elementary!

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. This month’s winner is Lauren W. Congratulations! For a complete list of all Newbery Medal Books visit the ALA website.

Nurse Notes & Jump Rope for Heart Info:

February is American Heart Month.  Click on these links for more information.

American Heart Month

Jump Rope for Heart – “The Scare Squad: On the Prowl for Heart Health”  Visit the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart webpage or download the app.  Find your school and join the team.  Your school name will be listed as Toll Gate Elementary.  Select whether you are a new or returning participant.  If you are new, fill out the form to set up your account.  If you are returning, enter your username and password and update your information.  Now you may customize your child’s personal page for this online only fundraising event.  Track your progress, send email and ecards to request donations, earn badges, and fundraise with Facebook to unlock your monsters.  Online donations are due by Friday, February 23, 2018.

January 2018 Newsletter

Letter from the Principal

Traditionally, 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.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Educationally Yours,

Kristi Motsch, Principal

Growing Leaders

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 @ 7 pm in media center

Jan. 26            Father/Daughter Dance

 

Early Dismissal due to Emergency & Everyday Ways to support TGE

Early Dismissals Due to Emergency

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.

Everyday Ways

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: submission deadline is July 31, 2018.  Request form is available on the district website.

School Fees

School Fees were due November 13.   Fees may be paid at the school office, district office or online at the 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.

Kindergarten – $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:

I Want To:

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 and 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.

Two Hour Delayed Start

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?

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

http://www.10tv.com

 

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.

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.