Welcome to Wickliffe – Denise McGee

photoWho’s that new face in the office at Wickliffe this year?  It’s Denise McGee.  Denise is Wickliffe’s new building secretary, replacing Sheila Millard who retired at the end of last year.  Though this is Denise’s first year in this role, she is definitely not new to Upper Arlington schools or Wickliffe Progressive School.

Denise has worked in various roles throughout the district for the last 12 years, including roles as EIS secretary at each of the elementary schools, and most recently as secretary for the Transportation Department.  Denise has also held two previous positions here at Wickliffe (media clerk and EIS secretary) and her own daughters also attended Wickliffe.  Denise describes this as her “dream job” and is pleased to be “back at Wickliffe for good”.   She says “I love everything about Wickliffe, the staff, the children, the parents .. .  .the whole community.  Wickliffe is a very special place and you don’t realize just how wonderful until you’re not living it daily.”

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Fall Festival is Next Friday – September 26

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Join Wickliffe PTO for the annual Fall Festival on September 26, 2014.  Many fun activities, crafts, food, and experiences start at 6:00 PM.

Kid Activities

  • Farm Animal Petting Zoo
  • Bounce House
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Craft Rooms
  • Treat Walk
  • Gym Activities
  • Face Painting/Hair Chalking
  • Photo Booth
  • UA Police Car and Fire Truck

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Special Book Reading

There will also be a special book reading event with author and Wickliffe Mom Dee Knight.  She is going to read her book MONTY THE MONSTER

Food Trucks

Lots of food trucks (including dairy-free, vegetarian and gluten free options) will be at the Fall Festival this year, including:  MojoTago, Skyward Grille, Giant Eagle, Sweet! Cbus, and Kona Ice.



We still need volunteers to help run Fall Festival.  Please check out for opportunities to help out and meet new friends.

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Wickliffe Fall Festival-2014


Walking Club

Hiking_335x225ImageFall Walking Club is on the way!  Beginning September 29th, every M-W-F from 11am-12pm during lunch recess, the kids will be given the opportunity to put on their walking shoes and earn some bling!  Most of the kids know the drill.  When they come out before and/or after eating lunch, they grab their WC card from their class’s pouch, grab a friend, and start walking!  For each trip around the field, they get a check mark on their card.  For every four laps they’ve walked is a mile, and they can pick out a colorful foot pendant for their WC chain necklace that they earned with their first mile.  The kids are really proud of their accomplishments, and their brains and body are ready for the second half of the day!  This is such a great program that is sponsored by the Wickliffe PTO.

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Walking Wednesdays are Back!!! – Volunteers Needed

walkWalking Wednesday Passports will be distributed soon, and Wednesday, September 10th will be the first morning for Walking Wednesdays.  We cannot wait to see all our old friends and meet new ones.  As usual, when you receive your walking passport from your teacher please put your name on the back in sharpie and attach it to your backpack, or keep it in a safe place, then all you have to do is walk or bike to school on Wednesday mornings.  A parent volunteer will be at one of three locations around the school to punch the cards.


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Informal Affair – Needs You

Nichole Bellair and Anne Harrison volunteered to coordinate the Family Donations for the Informal Affair this year.  They are so excited to get started!!!  They have created a Sign-Up Genius to coordinate all our volunteers.  They have put slots for 2 people in each position so everyone can have a little help.




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Extra-curricular Activities at Wickliffe

There are quite a few extra-curricular activities at Wickliffe not sponsored by Upper Arlington Schools.  Most of this information used to come home in our kids backpacks, but now we have the Flyer Connection.   The District recognizes the value in providing information to our families and students about opportunities within our community that promote the intellectual, physical, personal and social development of our students.


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After School Discovery – Registration is OPEN

What is After School Discovery?

After School Discovery is a PTO after school enrichment program that runs through the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each session we have a calendar full of fun, educational, and recreational programs designed for our students. Classes vary by grades and interests and are priced reasonably so that our students can discover something new!

Classes are open to any and all Wickliffe students that fall into the right age category for that class.  Each session we try to offer something new while keeping some of our popular classes throughout the year.

Class Descriptions and Schedules will be posted on the new PTO website.  Registering and paying online is simple and the best way to insure your child has a spot.   Our new website will make signing-up your kids convenient and better than ever!

We welcome any class suggestions or recommendations so if you have an idea for a class in the future please let us know.

For more information or if you have any questions please email Dana Grimes at

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Wickliffe Progressive School – Philosophy Statement

Wickliffe Progressive School supports and emphasizes a child-centered approach to learning. As Progressive educators, we recognize and agree that the teacher’s role is critical. This complex role of the teacher requires a commitment to fostering the democratic process in the classroom along with attention to the needs of the individual student. The classroom teacher will strive to develop a well-provisioned learning environment, as well as to implement a fresh, relevant and dynamic curriculum. The content areas of the curriculum will be integrated into a meaningful context whenever feasible. The teacher will provide a broad range of literary experiences. Student growth will be observed and assessed in a contextually valid environment.

An Overview of Progressive Education in the Informal Program

About Wickliffe Progressive School 


Fall Festival – September 26, 2014

Join family and friends for the annual Fall Festival on September 26, 2014. There are many fun activities, crafts, and experiences for the children to do, all sponsored by the Wickliffe PTO.

Wickliffe Fall Celebration 2014

We need volunteers to help run Fall Festival.  Please check out for opportunities.


Upper Arlington Education Foundation – Golden Bear Bash

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The Upper Arlington Education Foundation committee is looking for helpers this Friday at 9 a.m. at Arlington Bank at Tremont Center.  They also need 10 people to help with auction clean up.  They would report to Arlington Bank at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday.   Please respond to at if you can help! 

 The UAEF is a  wonderful foundation that supports our school in many ways. Over the years the have helped fund author visits, facilities improvements.  When we ask for help with funding, they are always there. 

Volunteers Option 2

Volunteers are also needed during the Bash.   If you volunteer during the Bash, you will need to purchase a ticket to the Bash ($50) and work for one hour during the Bash selling raffle and drink tickets.  After you sign up under your school, go to to register for the Bash.


Each school that has 10 volunteers sign up and work will receive popcorn for their September PTO meeting, courtesy of Greensview’s PTO.  A member of the Bash committee will contact you regarding specific details and volunteer time slots closer to the date.  Click here if you can work for an hour during the fundraiser:

If you have time to give, we would deeply appreciate it.


Informal Affair T-shirts Available


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Purchase your Informal Affair T-shirts here: BUY NOW 

Pay By Cash or Check

If you would rather pay by cash or check, please download this PDF and bring it to the Wickliffe office: T-shirt Order Form


UPDATED: Volunteers Needed

School Picture Day is August 28, 2014

Lifetouch, the school picture people,  has asked for TWO parent volunteer helpers for Picture Day on August 28, 2014.  These volunteers will receive a $25 voucher to use toward the purchase of school pictures.  If you’re interested, please contact:

Denise McGee
Wickliffe Progressive School


Wickliffe Office Help

The Wickliffe school office needs help covering the phone, front door, & visitors daily from 11:oo AM-12:00 PM.  We are looking for standing volunteers for each day of the week.  Let Cat Hiller know if you are interested.



If you are picking up or dropping off your child at the beginning or the end of the day and a vehicle is part of the mix, please be mindful that many of our students are walkers or riding a bicycle. While we remind our walkers and bikers to cross at crosswalks only, and we remind our bikers to walk their bikes until they have crossed over Eastcleft, Cimmaron, or Wickliffe, and while we have Safety Patrollers on duty, PLEASE WATCH  FOR CHILDREN! So, as adults please remember to


  1. Wait patiently in the line of cars if you pick up or drop off your child in the Eastcleft parking lot near the playground/Castle Park-Big Toy or in front of the school. Don’t attempt to go around, cut off, or pass a car already in line.
  3. Be mindful at the corners of Eastcleft/Cimmaron and Wickliffe/Cimmaron where our Safety Patrol students are positioned. All walkers, including adults, should cross at the crosswalks always.
  4. When using CROSSWALKS, use care to cross Cimmaron to get to your car parked on the west side of Cimarron.  DO NOT CROSS the street or walk in-between the waiting buses during dismissal.
  5. Ensure your child exits the car on the sidewalk side during drop-off wherever you are.  Have them go out on the sidewalk side of the car and walk to the  corner to cross.
  6. Drive slowly and cautiously. I understand there are schedules to keep. But there is no schedule to keep that outweighs a child’s safety.

Thank you for keeping an eye out for all of our children at these busy times in the day.


Back-to-school Coffee

Please join us on the first day of school for coffee in the courtyard outside the school library. We will gather at 8:15 to celebrate the end of summer, the end of “back-to-school” stress, and share the contagious excitement for the start of a new school year!



Welcome to Wickliffe

Hi friends,

What an exciting time it is at Wickliffe! The floors look like a fresh skating rink right after the Zamboni sweeps through. It won’t be that way for long, soon our kiddos will leave their mark, as they should! Welcome to a new slate, new pencils, and a new year!

I wanted to share a few words about changes at Wickliffe Progressive. There will be many changes that impact our community, some that many of you may have already noticed.


There will be many new faces at Wickliffe. Last year we said good bye to several of our experienced, dynamic teachers & staff who were rooted in progressive education. There were 7 days of interviews to find their replacements, and our own teachers hand picked their new colleagues. Every new teacher came here seeking our progressive program. The new staff members in our community will bring new energy & interests that will make for a great year. I can’t wait to leverage their ideas & enthusiasm. So if you’re a veteran, be sure to welcome them to our progressive community.


Many of you may remember last fall when our children & teachers waded through several new & old required evaluations. It was stressful, and many of us noticed the increased classroom time dedicated to these tests. The district recognized the impact and made changes, so that our children & teachers can spend more time learning & less time evaluating. For Wickliffe, this means more time exploring & experiencing information, allowing teachers the opportunity for authentic, emergent learning. I can’t tell you how excited I am about that change!

Please join us on the first day of school for coffee in the courtyard outside the school library. We will gather at 8:15 to celebrate the end of summer, the end of “back-to-school” stress, and share the contagious excitement for the start of a new school year!

Cat Hiller – PTO President

And all of our awesome Wickliffe PTO Executive Board


Back to School Information


Wickliffe Elementary School

August 18 – AM kindergarten parent information night, 6:30 p.m.

August 18 – PM kindergarten parent information night, 7:15 p.m.

August 28 – Parent information night for grade four, 6 p.m.

August 28 – Parent information night for grade five, 6:45 p.m.

August 28 – Parent information night for grades 1st – 3rd, 7:30 p.m.

September 29 – Wickliffe PTO – Fall Festival


A new online system will make it quicker and more convenient to complete back-to-school forms this year. Parents/guardians should have received an email from by the end of July. This email contains instructions and a link to the registration documents for an individual student. Parents/guardians will be asked to verify the information on file and update anything that is outdated. For students in grades six though twelve, these online forms must be completed before the designated schedule pick-up time. For students in grades one through five, the forms should be completed by the first day of school. Parents/guardians with multiple children will receive a separate email for each child. If you did not receive an email for your student, please call the school office.

This new online process is meant to create greater efficiency for families and for the staff in our schools. Last fall, more than 1,800 parents and community members responded to the district’s Efficiency Survey. More than 95 percent of respondents indicated they were in favor of making the move to online forms, which will also create a more efficient workflow in our school offices. If you without internet access, please call the school office to schedule a time to complete the forms on a school computer.


Bus route information for the 2014-2015 school year is now available online. Please click here to visit the transportation page and view your child’s bus stop location and times. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Abbott, director of custodial and transportation services, at or (614) 487-6477.


SPS EZpay allows families to pay school fees and add money to lunch accounts online.



Joyce Cornelious

Dear Wickliffe Family,

It is with a very heavy heart that I share this incredibly sad news with our Wickliffe family. Percy Cornelious, our long time Head custodian lost his wife, Joyce, suddenly after a devastating car accident on Thursday.

The support and love of our community will mean a great deal to him in the coming days & months ahead.

Arrangements have not been finalized. I will pass along information to all of you as soon as they are made.

Please keep Percy and his family in your thoughts at this tragically sad time.

Cat Hiller


PTO Supply Sale – What You Need To Know

The Wickliffe PTO School Supply Sale will be open on August 14th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  


Thanks you for all your pre-orders!  We had a great response from the Wickliffe community, and we’re currently busy processing all the pre-orders.

All pre-paid orders will be available in the BLUE GYM on August 14th.  If you didn’t pre-order your schools supplies, you can still shop for your supplies in the RED GYM.  We will be taking CASH, CHECK, or CREDIT CARDS.

If you ordered your school supplies AFTER 12:00 PM on August 12th, your school supply order WILL NOT BE READY until after 3:00 PM on August 14th.

We will be having Popsicles on the Playground at 6:00 PM, so bring the whole family and pick up your school supplies.  

We Still Need Volunteers

We’re still looking for volunteers to help at the Wickliffe PTO School Supply Sale on August 14.  Please sign up, help us sell School Supplies, and catch-up with friends. 

Sign Up Now!
Let your High School and Middle School students know about this volunteer opportunity, as it is a great way to get service hours!

Join Wickliffe PTO

If you didn’t join Wicklife PTO when you placed your school supply order, you can go back to our new website and join HERE


PRE-ORDER DEADLINE – School Supply Sale

The Wickliffe PTO School Supply Sale will be open on August 14th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  We will be having Popsicles on the Playground at 6:00 PM, so bring the whole family.  

Avoid the lines, save time, order your school supplies on-line at the Wickliffe PTO website, and pick up your order during the School Supply Sale.  Pre-orders after 12:00 PM on August 12 will be available to be picked up after 3:00 PM on August 14.

We Still Need Volunteers

We’re still looking for volunteers to help at the Wickliffe PTO School Supply Sale on August 14.  Please sign up, help us sell School Supplies, and catch-up with friends. 

Sign Up Now!
Let your High School and Middle School students know about this volunteer opportunity, as it is a great way to get service hours!

Pre-order DEADLINE: Tuesday, August 12 at 12:00 PM

If you order AFTER 12:00 PM on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, then your order will not be ready until the AFTERNOON session of the School Supply Sale from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM.


Pre-Order School Supplies and Teacher Lists – Now Available



Come shop with us and catch up with friends before the new school year starts! Wickliffe PTO is holding its annual School Supply Sale on August 14th, 2014.

This year you can pre-order your school supplies on-line, and we will have them ready to pick up on August 14th, 2014.   Pre-ordering deadline is Tuesday, August 12 at 12:00 PM.

Shopping/Pick-up Hours on August 14th, 2014 will be 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

If you decide not to pre-order the entire list, you will be able to purchase individual items from your teacher’s supply list as-needed during the Wickliffe PTO School Supply Sale shopping hours.

PTO will be having Popsicles on the Playground starting at 6:00 PM.

We still need volunteers during the sale on August 14, 2014, please sign up here:

Sign Up Now!