Violet Elementary School At-a-Glance

Important contacts and other valuable information about Violet Elementary School.

Important Contacts

Dorethia (Dee) Copas
Dorethia (Dee) Copas
Principal
614.548.1500
Lisa Lowe
Lisa Lowe
School Counselor
614-548-1500
Donna Treneff
Donna Treneff
Building Secretary
614.548.1500

Principal's Message

Violet Elementary School has grown to accommodate and educate the many diverse families that make up our community. Our school has provided an exceptional education to many wonderful boys and girls over the years. Violet Elementary is a fine example of the quality education that is provided in Pickerington Local School District. As the newest addition and principal, I look forward to continuing the long-standing tradition of excellence that has been established over the years.

The experience that I bring to the district is grounded in the vast knowledge needed in leading a building of professionals and eager learners. I’m excited to be a part of the Violet Elementary family, and I look forward to getting to know the families and students over the next coming months. Your active support and cooperation, combined with our professional efforts, will ensure academic success for your child. It is the goal of our teachers and staff to continue to develop innovative and creative ways to improve all students’ overall success. Through continuing education and professional development, we strive to expand our students’ skills and knowledge by developing their strategies to be exceptional problem solvers and motivated learners. We believe that all students can learn and it is our goal to provide them with a positive learning environment.

As I begin year one at Violet, I want to extend a warm welcome and an open invitation for you to visit with us at any time to see all the wonderful things that are happening at Violet Elementary. It is my top priority to provide students with a safe and effective learning environment, full of rich experiences.

Let’s have an amazing 2016-17 school year! I’m proud to be a “Super Violet”.

Mrs. Dee Copas
Principal

Information at Your Fingertips

Important Phone Numbers

Main: 614.548-1500

Fax: 614.548.1510

Petermann Transportation: 614.837.8525

Food Services: 614.833.3645

Treasurer’s Office (school fees): 614.833.2112

Place money on your “MYPaymentsPlus” account: Go online or call 1-866-771-7341; Parent help line: 1-877-237-0946

 

School Hours

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.

Kindergarten Hours

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 a.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.

Absence Reporting

When a child will be absent from or tardy to school, parents/guardians are required to notify the school by telephone the morning of the absence. Please call the Violet office at 614-548-1500 to report absences.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Bus riders will be loading and unloading in the front of the building. No cars should be parked in this area during arrival (9:00-9:45am) and dismissal times (3:50-4:15pm). Parents dropping off or picking up students, please drive to the blacktop playground area, and circle around to the back West B (second) entrance for entering and exiting. As you exit the school parking lot, turn right only and exit onto Education Drive. The right turn applies during school arrival and dismissal times only. Please do not park on the playground blacktop area.

Children going to day care centers will exit with bus riders in the front of the building.

At dismissal time, walkers will be dismissed first. If your child is a Melrose walker, they will exit in back and walk down the path. If your child is a Chevington walker, you or your adult designee may meet them in front by the lightpost. Your child must be an assigned walker in order to exit this way. All other students must be picked up in the back parking lot or ride a bus or daycare van. Do not park on Education Drive or Ravine Drive and ask your child to meet you. This increased traffic creates an unsafe condition for students.

You may only park on these streets if your child is an assigned Chevington walker. This means that they live in that subdivision and you have designated on their emergency card that you want them to walk. We would like to remind parents the safest crossing points are the crosswalks at Melrose Boulevard and Ravine Avenue. The traffic flow runs fairly smoothly, however, 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. We will assign a last name card that corresponds to your child. We ask that you display these on the front passenger side.

Please remember students are not permitted to go to their classrooms until 9:05 am. Please do not drop off students early because supervision is not available before 8:50 am. Students are not permitted to be on the playground before school starts unless supervised by a parent. Students must be in their classrooms by the tardy bell at 9:15 am. 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.

Dismissal Changes

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.

Visiting Our School

Remember, all school visits begin by signing in at the office first. This safety measure alerts us as to who is in the building. Please remember that if you would like to observe your child in their classroom, we ask that you give your child’s teacher 24 hours advance notice. This will help ensure that there is not more than 1 parent in the classroom at a time and will avoid scheduling conflicts. We also ask that you help minimize classroom disruption by not interacting with students or the teacher at this time. Audio or video taping is also not allowed.

Custody Counts

To serve to requirements of a child custody order, a parent should present an official order to be placed on record for the guidance, attendance and administrative offices. Ohio Revised Code 3313.673 states “…the custodial parent of the child shall notify the school of those custodial arrangements…”

Our primary concern is knowing the legal custodian, residential parent, and knowing the answer to the question, “Can your child be dismissed to a non-custodial parent?”

Schools are obligated to follow court documentation regarding the rights of a non-custodial parent.

Change of Address / Updating Student Information

All requests for changes of address on school records must be submitted to the Welcome Center for processing. Residential address changes cannot be processed by a child’s school office staff or by Petermann Transportation.

Any changes to a student’s home address must be requested on the district’s change of student information form. This form includes a standard authorization, to be signed by the parent, allowing for the release of residential and utility information to Pickerington Schools upon request, if necessary.

This release also includes an explanation, per Ohio Revised Code, as to how it is determined where your child is to receive his/her tuition-free, public school education. By signing this release, you are also verifying that you have been informed of your legal responsibility to withdraw a child from school if you ever move outside school district boundaries. It also informs you of your tuition obligations if you fail to withdraw.

If you do not have the capability to print the form, contact the Welcome Center at 614.920.6180. We will be happy to mail, email or fax the form to you for completion. You also may pick up or return the form directly to the Welcome Center, rather than turning it in at your school office for intra-office transfer to us. This expedites the address change process.

After a change of student information form is received at our Welcome Center, the request will be checked to verify that:

  • the request has been signed and dated by the parent of the student;
  • acceptable proof of the change in residence is attached to the request;
  • an open enrollment request has been completed, if applicable. This is necessary if a change of residence, made during the school year, causes a change in the student’s attendance area but the parent wishes to have the student finish the current school year at his/her current building. Such a request is only considered for the student’s continued attendance through the end of the current school year. Note that buses do not cross school boundary lines to accommodate open enrollment students. Parents are responsible for transportation.

If the move has caused a change in the building the student is to attend, the involved school buildings are notified and the electronic and physical transfer of records takes place. Arrangements for the official start date in the new school can be made between you and the office staff of your child’s new school.

Bus transportation after change of address

The Welcome Center will notify Petermann Transportation of your change of home address. If bus service is available in your new area for your child, we begin the steps needed to arrange a new bus stop location “from and to” your new residence. Petermann staff establish all bus stops and notify drivers as quickly as possible. Your school building office staff will obtain all bus stop information from Petermann Transportation.

If a new bus stop must be established at any point in the route where the driver does not currently make a stop, this process may take two to three days. If necessary, your child’s school office can issue a bus pass if your child must ride the bus before the change can be finalized by Petermann Transportation.

This change in address change procedure applies only to changes in the actual physical address where a parent and the student reside. A temporary change of bus stop location at a place other than the student’s home (for situations such as babysitting arrangements) may be accepted in the school office of the building where your child attends.

A form requesting a new bus stop location can be downloaded from Petermann Transportation. The Welcome Center does not handle these changes. The forms should be submitted to your child’s school office or faxed them directly to Petermann Transportation.

Attendance Boundary Maps

The following maps provide a general outline of school building boundaries at the elementary school level. For reference, one of the maps superimposes the junior high/high school attendance boundaries over the elementary school boundaries. For a complete set of attendance maps, visit the district website.

Note that these maps should not be used when purchasing a home in Pickerington Schools, particularly near the shown boundaries. To confirm the attendance area of any property in the district, call our Welcome Center at 614.920.6180.

Elementary school boundaries

Elementary school boundaries (showing high school attendance boundaries)

 

Volunteer In Our Schools

Individuals interested in volunteering in our schools must fill out an application and submit it to a building principal.