Tussing Elementary'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 for all the information you'll need to get your kids ready for school at Tussing 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

Dear Tussing Families,

Can you believe it? It’s already time to start thinking about next school year. We could not be more excited to welcome you all back into the building as our custodians have been working tirelessly to get the building ready.  The first day of school will be Aug. 15 for students grades 1-4 and Aug. 21 for our kindergarteners. The 2018-2019 school year promises to be a great one, and the staff at Tussing Elementary eagerly awaits your arrival.  

Please mark your calendar for the Tussing Open House/Back to School Night on Tuesday, Aug. 14. During this event,  you will have a chance to visit your child’s teacher as well as explore key locations, reunite with friendly faces, and learn about opportunities that await your child throughout the year.  

We will be sending more information about the Open House with your class enrollment letter at the beginning of August. You can also find important dates right here on the Tussing website, so keep checking back with us. We look forward to our partnership with our families so that we can ensure each child reaches his/her potential. Through our collaborative efforts, we will continue to witness why Tussing is such a great place to be!


Matt Dansby
Building Principal
Twitter:  @Mr_Dansby

Mark Your Calendars!

Tuesday, Aug. 14 will be our Back to School Night. Tussing families are asked to gather in the commons area at your designated session time for a short meeting with our school principal. Please plan to arrive at the following times.

  • Session 1: Last names beginning with letters A-K from 5 pm to 5:50 pm
  • Session 2: Last names beginning with the letters L-Z from 6 pm – 6:50 pm

After the meeting, you are welcome to proceed to your child’s classroom and meet the teacher!

Please feel free to bring your child’s school supplies with you and drop them off in their classroom.

Kindergarten Student Orientation & Assessment

All kindergarten students will need to be scheduled to attend a two-hour orientation and assessment in their kindergarten classrooms. Parents will drop students off from 9:30-11:30 am for morning kindergarten or 1-3 pm for afternoon kindergarten. No kindergarten classes will be held on these Aug. 15, 16, 17 and 20.

Parents do not attend this orientation/assessment with the students. Please prepare your child to be dropped off, and let them know that you will return to pick them up in two hours.  

Please call the office beginning July 24 to schedule your child to attend one of these sessions.

First Day of Kindergarten Classes

Tuesday, August 21 (AM 9:15-12:15 and PM 1:05-4:05)

From Our PTO: Welcome and Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Tussing Families,

The Tussing Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would love to welcome you to our team. It’s a new school year, with new beginnings. Your child(ren) may be returning or making their first steps in our hallways, your Tussing PTO wants to nurture each child’s experience with lasting memories.

PTO is a non-profit organization, we are not a part of any state or national affiliation. Our committee is made up of 6 chairs; President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Ways/Means and Social Coordinator. We help our school by raising funds for activities, resources and events not covered by our school budget. Fundraisers are essential to the success of our school. 100% of all funds raised go directly back to us.  We responsibly use the money to help support Tussing Elementary.

So, who can be a member? Are you a father, mother, protector, guardian, and/or a person who teaches/instructs at Tussing. If you answered YES, then you are automatically a member. Becoming an active member is simple, attend one of our monthly meeting to discover opportunities to support our school.

Here are a few programs that we sponsor and/or support: Fall Family Night, School Spring Book Fairs, Valentines Dance, Carnival, Teacher Appreciation, Fun Day, and various other fundraisers throughout the year. This is where YOU come in.  I truly understand how daunting volunteering can be.  Questions such as: How much time are we talking about here? Will I be required to take on event or committee responsibilities? Or something as simple as, what exactly is required of me? Are all very normal. I am here to assure you that we will never force anyone to dedicate more time than they are willing.  ANY time that ANY individual is willing to offer is more valuable than I can relate!  We also understand that in today’s world it is increasingly more difficult to be able to find time to give, even such as one to two hours once a month, which is how often the committee meets.

Volunteering doesn’t mean a huge time commitment.  Whatever your time schedule and interests are, we have need of you.  We have tasks that can be performed in the evenings, during the day or that don’t even involve coming to the school at all. Volunteering your time is such a priceless gift with lasting benefits.

Our primary way to communicate with you will be via email and social media (Facebook: “Tussing Elementary PTO”). Please understand that our office staff goes over and beyond for our children every day which keeps them busy during school hours, consider emailing us instead of calling the school directly. PTO works directly with the school and will make every effort to answer any PTO related question or concern including any interest in being a more active member.

We look forward to an amazing school year. Open communication is key to our success. Your voice is welcomed and needed. We look forward to meeting you!


Keisha Robinson

PTO President



At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. – Jane D. Hul

Important Back To School Information

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.