The Eagle's Beak

"Auburn Pride Starts Inside"

March 30, 2020

Auburn Families -

We will try to keep you supplied with important resources and information every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher. If you are not getting the Eagle's Beak please let me know via email at Also, please see Auburn's Facebook page, the Auburn Elementary website and the Avondale School District website as a resource for valuable information to stay connected with Auburn and the community.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to respond to changing dynamics of the situation. We will put forth our best efforts to support our Auburn families during this time. We are hoping you and your families stay safe and healthy in the coming weeks.

Ms. Middleton

The Positivity Project - Humor

Humor means that you like to laugh and bring smiles to other people. Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing at the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are. Humor can have a dark side, depending on how it’s used. Some humor is mean spirited and bullying. The strength of humor that the character strength focuses on is that which raises the spirits of other people.

This week’s character strength example is Robin Williams. He was an all-time great comedian who loved to make other people smile. In the video below, from the movie Patch Adams, Williams plays the real-life character of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams. In this clip, Patch is using his character strength of humor to lift the spirits of children in the hospital.

Video Clip

So, why does humor matter? For individuals, humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical. Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert. Making people laugh also produces positive emotions and happiness for the initiator. And, when people are on the receiving end of humor, they also receive many benefits. Scientists have shown that laughter reduces stress, promotes connection with other people, and can even improve focus. Laughter is contagious and bonds us to other people.

Humor plays an important role in helping groups of people rise above difficult circumstances and boost moral. It removes us from our present difficulties by easing tension and making life more fun. On a larger societal level, humor often helps downtrodden groups find cohesion and strength. This is why Simon Wiesenthal said, “Humor is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed smile at the situation that pains them.”

Chartwell's Food Service Providing FREE Breakfast & Lunches

Avondale School District is teaming with Chartwells Food Service to provide FREE Breakfasts and Lunches for area children.

  • For ages 0 - 18 and up to age 26 for persons with special needs.
  • Children DO NOT have to be enrolled in an Avondale School District to receive meals.
  • Children DO NOT need to be present.
  • DRIVE UP PICK UP service in the bus loops at the following locations:

Avondale High School (in the bus loop)

2800 Waukegan, Auburn Hills

Avondale Meadows (in the bus loop - west side of building)

1435 W Auburn Road, Rochester Hills

NEW DATES: March 31 AND April 3, 2020

2 Pick Ups: 9AM - 11AM and 12Noon - 1PM

Co-Curricular Enrichment Links

Mrs. Lewallen's Week 3 - Art Enrichment

Mr. Kilbourn's P.E. Enrichment

For your child's P.E. enrichment, please click HERE.

Ms. Erspamer's March 30 - Music Enrichment

Ms. Erspamer introduces a new “friend” in this songwriting video.

- Remember to check Auburn Elementary Music for student work and new activities -

Podcasts for Kids & Teens

What are the 25+ best podcasts for kids to listen to and learn from? Clink on the link below to see what teachers recommend.

25 Best Podcasts for Kids & Teens

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs. Please, carefully follow the steps shown in this training video to know how to handwash with soap and water.

Proper Handwashing Technique

Mrs. Sakalian's Chicken and Rice Casserole

This recipe is from a former student, Gavin Stewart, and it’s delicious, easy and makes a lot. Gavin would eat it cold for a morning snack.

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

2 cans cream of celery soup

5 cans of water

4 cups of Minute Rice

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed, any size is good

2 packages of Lipton’s onion soup mix or any dry onion soup mix

Place everything in a large crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours.

Coronavirus Story

Below you will find a story that is being used to help explain coronavirus to young children to help ease fears. You may find this helpful if your child(ren) is concerned and asking questions.

Oakland Community Health Network Resources for Families

Oakland Community Health Network (formerly Community Mental Health) is staffed up to be able to provide help for students and other adults during this time of stress.

Resources and more information are available on their website at

Families can call the Crisis line at 800-231-1127 - 24 hours a day. They have text and chat services available particularly for students.

There is also a non-emergency help and substance abuse counseling at 248-464-6363, during the day.

Online Library Card Forms

In light of recent events, the Library has been able to expand our online services to patrons. The Library now has a new page that displays more information about our online services (

The main online service I wanted to let you, your staff, and families know about today was that we now have the option to sign up for a library card online. To sign up you need to be:

  • Over 18 (we can't offer minors online sign up, unfortunately)
  • an Auburn Hills resident (Rochester Hills and Pontiac are offering similar services at their libraries for those residents)

The form can be found at the top of our digital page, linked above! An email will be sent to you with a Library card number and pin, which will be valid for 90 days. After we reopen, you can stop by the Library to get your card in person. For the time being, this card will give you access to all of our ebooks, audiobooks, movies, databases, and learning websites. Although we can't sign up minors, parents would of course be able to check out items for their families to enjoy.

Please let me know if you have any questions about signing up for a card or the Library's online resources. I hope this will help staff and families who haven't been able to get a Library card and would now like to access some of these resources.

Thank you!

Erin Look

(248) 364-6711

Building Healthy Communities

Dear Parents,

As you know, the Building Healthy Communities program has been working in your child’s

school throughout the past year to promote healthy lifestyle activities. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and their families in elementary schools across the state – and we’re more committed to that now than ever.

Even though we can’t be with your children in their schools, learning about how to eat healthfully and be physically active doesn’t have to stop! We’ve worked with our program staff

to develop daily activities that you can use to help your child continue their learning about

nutrition, exercise, and health. We hope these resources help your children manage their energy while they are cooped up and takes some of the stress off of you to find things to keep your children active.

To access the activity suggestions, nutrition resources, and fun challenges, you can find weekly calendars and lessons, here, or you can follow along with us on social media:

Facebook (Wayne State University Kinesiology, Health & Sports Studies)

Twitter (Wayne State KHS)

Instagram (WSUKHS)

We hope you enjoy the activities!

The Building Healthy Communities Staff

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ASD 2020-2021 School Calendar

Avondale School District has announced the 2020-2021 school year calendar. These dates are CONFIRMED (other dates including half-days, PD days, etc. will be provided at a later date).

  • First Day of School for STUDENTS: September 1, 2020 (1/2 day) followed by full days on September 2 and 3, 2020 and NO SCHOOL on September 4, 2020 AND September 7, 2020 (Labor Day Observance).

  • Holiday Break: December 21, 2020 THROUGH January 1, 2021. (Last day of school before break is December 18, 2020 and the first day of school after break is January 4, 2021).

  • Mid-Winter Break: To Be Determined

  • Spring Break: March 29, 2021 THROUGH April 2, 2021. (Last day of school before break is March 26, 2021 and the first day of school after break is April 5, 2021).

  • LAST Day of School: June 11, 2021

We will provide you with the complete 2020-21 calendar as soon as it is available.

Emergency Food Resources