The Leighton News

December 10, 2021

From the Principal

Dear Leighton Families,

What a great week it has been as we gear up for the excitement and holiday spirit starting next week. Please see below for our Holiday Spirit Week festivities starting next week December 13th and running through December 21st! We are looking forward to celebrating all of our student's successes both academically and behaviorally with our quarterly PBIS Building Wide Movie Event on December 21st as well.

Tis the season for Holiday Shop, Spirit Week, Movie Events, Holiday Concerts, and classroom parties. During these fun-filled weeks, the students have also been hard at work wrapping up the second quarter with presentations, projects, peer review writing assignments, summatives, and collaborative learning endeavors. It is always the highlight of my days to spend these times with our students in their classrooms watching them flourish, grow, goal set, and achieve! I couldn't be more proud of our staff and students and all their hard work this year to continually develop the whole child!

Our Aurora For Others Fundraiser was a huge success this past week. Thank you to all of our families for sending in money to support our Money Wars. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade jars will be collected today to conclude the event and the top contributor will be notified and take part in sharing this donation with a local charity!

For our Third Grade families, please be on the lookout for your child's Third Grade score reports and parent letters in regards to the Fall AIR State Tests. We are waiting to receive them from the State and they are expected shortly.

As we begin to close the second quarter it is absolutely amazing to see and celebrate the growth of each of our students. Thank you for your continued support, partnership, and teamwork at every turn. Please know how much we value each of you and all you do to help us create the best possible learning environments for our students. We truly feel very blessed to work with such a wonderful and supportive educational community.

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Maria Goodman, Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner

A great big THANK YOU goes out to the following groups or individuals for helping with donations to Project Back Pack during this holiday season:

Agape' Word and Worship Center

Liz Sutter and The Church in Aurora

The Wurm Family

Mrs. Draganic

Kappa Delta Cleveland West Alumnae Chapter

Mrs. Rataj, Mrs. Heller, Mrs. Grabfelder, Mrs. Nagy, Mrs. McNally, Mrs. Logan, Ms. Landenberger, Mrs. Arters, Miss Catalani, Mrs. Zorc, Miss Most, Mrs. Core, Mrs. Mudrey, Mrs. French, and Mrs. Jina

I wouldn't be able to do what I do without the support of so many!

Be sure to visit my Google Site (often) for updates, resources, and fun things we are doing!!

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


Spotlight on PBIS

We continue to capitalize on opportunities to teach and reinforce our 3 pillars of Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being a Problem Solver through our daily words and actions and celebrate our students' successes with "caught being good tickets." Each week we teach our students "focus skills" based on the data from the previous week including any referrals or situations that have arisen. This week's focus skill is I can listen and follow directions. Our UDL (Universally Designed) lessons hone in on each focus skill allowing us to explicitly teach those skills, reinforce them, and connect them to our strategic vision including our 6 competencies of a learner (critical thinker, collaborator, innovator, resilient, balanced, and empathetic). Ms. Mazzella also capitalizes on teaching these skills in her classroom lessons focused on various topics including friendships, growth mindset, perseverance as it relates to school work, etc. We are looking forward to announcing our Golden Fork winners every 2 weeks for demonstrating our 3 pillars in the lunchroom and at recess while following all the expectations. Congratulations went to Mrs. Bindus, Mrs. Sanford, and Mrs. Skeels this week who earned the Golden Fork and will be getting ready to pass it along to the next winning classes to display outside their classroom doors. Lastly, our monthly PBIS office raffle will be Friday, December 17th. Students turn in their caught being good tickets to the office and a building-wide drawing takes place, where caught being good tickets are read over the announcements and students pick a prize from our PBIS rewards cart. We always capture that moment with a group photo.

Here are some great resources to support your PBIS efforts at home. Thank you for your partnership!

Lastly, we are excited about our PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Programming and the engaging, safe, and supportive learning environments it fosters. Part of the program's effectiveness is looking at feedback from all stakeholders including students, staff, and parents. Please take a moment to complete our PBIS family survey linked here to help us continue to enhance our PBIS program. We always look forward to your feedback!


The safety of the children, staff, and guests at Leighton Elementary School is very important to us. To maintain a safe environment for our children to learn and grow, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans throughout the school year by having drills designed to exercise our procedures. Each year we conduct fire drills, tornado drills, and ALICE drills.

Next week on Thursday, December 16th, we will be conducting an Alice Drill where staff will be talking about ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, and reminding students what to do in the event an intruder was in the building. These are all developmentally appropriate conversations to remind students of our safety procedures and protocols. For this ALICE drill, a scenario will be given and students will practice the parts of the ALICE safety procedure. We work with our local law enforcement during these drills. We wanted to share this communication in the event students may be discussing the Alice Drill occurring next Thursday at home.

Holiday Spirit Week December 13th - December 21st!

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Miss Iseman's Class Making Dog Treats for the Holidays!

PTO News

If you would like to join the PTO please click the link and fill out the form.

Head Room Parent Communication:

If you would like to receive communication from your head room parent, please click on the link and fill out the form.

Important Dates and Reminders

Thursday, 12/16 - 4th Gr. Orchestra Concert @ High School 6:30 PM

Thursday, 12/16 - 5th Gr. Orchestra Concert @ High School 7:30 PM

Monday, 12/20 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM

Tuesday, 12/21 - Classroom Holiday Parties

Tuesday, 12/21 - End of 2nd Grading Period

Wednesday, 12/22 to January 1/3/22 - Winter Break

Tuesday, 1/4 - Classes Resume

Please see some reminders in regards to our car rider line

1. When a teacher shows the stop signal with their hand or does not motion for your child to exit the car please do not let them get out of the car.

2. Please DO NOT pull around cars unless a teacher motions you around. This is for the safety of our students.

3. Please make sure your child is ready to go when they reach the front of the car line.

Thank you for your help in making the car line run as smoothly and safely as possible.

Lost and Found

Please be sure to have your student check the lost and found in the cafeteria. There are many items that have not been claimed. Whatever is still left behind at Winter Break will be given to charity.
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Click on the link below to view the school lunch menus. We are excited to have the Nutrition Group supporting our lunch program this year. Our students have been enjoying the variety of options. We HIGHLY encourage you to check the menu each week to see if any changes will be occurring.

Student Attendance

Please remember that when you take your child out of school for a doctor or dentist appointment, the State of Ohio requires that a doctor's note be brought back to the school for attendance purposes. You can give the note to the secretaries in the main office.

Clinic Updates

As a reminder, please monitor your child for any COVID-related symptoms and contact our school nurse if you have any questions. We appreciate your attention to this.

  • Check your child each day for COVID-related symptoms. If your child is showing any symptoms whatsoever, it is best to keep him/her home to monitor.
  • Students sent home with a fever, may not return to school until they are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours. This means if your child was sent home on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. with a fever, he/she may not return to school until Thursday. If your child does return the next day, our school nurse will be calling for you to come to pick him/her up. Thank you for your support and efforts in this area.
  • We have COVID-19 home testing kits available that we can send home with any child or family should you question symptoms or exposure. We will be able to answer any questions about these kits should the need arise.
  • Please make sure your Final Forms medical information is up to date. We will closely read the health sections to address any medical concerns.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tanski in the clinic at 330-954-2285 or email her at

**** If your child will be absent for an extended period, please reach out to your child's teacher and they will get school work ready for your student for the period of the absence. You may pick up the work outside the main office on a table that will be labeled with your student's name. We are a google district and utilize google classroom in our 3-5 classes. Please check in with your child's teacher about any google classroom posting and/or assignments in his/her absence.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures and Transportation

As a reminder, you can find our arrival and dismissal procedures here.

Thank you for all your assistance on helping us make sure our arrival and dismissal procedures are safe, smooth, and rapid.

For transportation information go to: (cut & paste into your browser)

The login information is as follows:

User name = jane.smith (That is the students first name period last name with no spaces) Password = students date of birth 01012021 with no characters or spaces between mmdayyear

Please be reminded we now have GPS on all of the school buses. You can see when the bus is to arrive at your home. Download the app "versatrans my stop" from the app store and sign in the same as above. If you have any questions or concerns with transportation, please email us at