Miller Elementary Weekly Update

March 12, 2023

Mrs. Goodman's Message

Hello Miller Families,

I think "springing forward" has me feeling a bit off and the day quickly passed by! How about you? I hope everyone in your home is adjusting to the time change and you're gearing up for another fun-filled week.

This is one last reminder that yearbook orders are due on Monday, March 13th. I've included the link below in case you missed previous communication. Additionally, our PTO Donut Days are quickly approaching and we are looking forward to this special event. This is a fun way to start our morning with a special adult all while enjoying a tasty treat.

We want to thank all the preschool families for coming out to Kindergarten Registration for the 23-24 school year! It was an exciting two days to meet many new families that will be joining the Aurora Schools this upcoming fall along with our current preschoolers who are making this exciting transition. This might have our current kindergarten families getting curious about the transition to Craddock and first grade. Mrs. Menta will be sending out communication in April and there will be a K to 1st Grade Parent Transition Meeting on Monday, May 15th at 6:00 PM at Craddock. Mrs. Menta and I will be communicating more specific information but we know how busy springtime can be, so please mark this date on your calendar now!

Here's to a great week ahead!

All the best,

Maria Goodman

Miller Elementary School - Principal



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Save the Date for Donut Days

The Aurora Elementary PTO will be hosting 2 Donut Days on March 21st and 22nd for all Miller Elementary children. Please see the schedule listed below for your child's assigned day. We will be sending home a flyer requesting a response if you plan on attending this fun event. This response helps us order enough tasty treats! If you have a child in both preschool and kindergarten or in different classes, you may select one of the days to attend or come on each of the scheduled days so your child can be with their classmates.

Tuesday, March 21:

  • All preschool classes, AM & PM (Ms. Sarah, Ms. Jaime, Ms. Lauren, and Ms. Amanda)
  • 1/2 day Kindergarten, AM & PM (Mrs. Verhotz)
  • Mrs. Buettin
  • Mrs. Forster

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Mrs. Sabulsky
  • Mrs. Yonally
  • Mrs. Kidwell
  • Mrs. Gallucci
  • Mrs. Jaworski
  • Mrs. Haughey
  • Mrs. Smerkar

Please make sure you RSVP for DONUT DAYS!

Extra Clothes

With the warmer temperatures this week, our students enjoyed some messy recess time! Although we make parts of our outdoor play areas off-limits, little children seem to find the mud from time to time.

1: Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack. This includes extra socks and underwear. They often feel more comfortable in their own clothing.

2: Our clinic is running low on pants. If your family has a pair of girls or boys pants that your child has out grown and you would be willing to donate to our school, we would appreciate any donations. Please send in washed items labeled "Extra Clinic Clothes" and we will put them to good use. Thank you!

Right to Read Week will be celebrated March 20th-24th! Please see this important update to find a gently used book that you would like to donate for our book swap. More information about Right to Read Week will be shared next week!

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Important Dates and Events

Sunday, 3/12 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

Week of March 20th - Right to Read Week

Tuesday, 3/21- Donut Days (See Schedule)

Wednesday, 3/22 - Donut Days (See Schedule)

Week of March 26th - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Monday, 4/1 - School Resumes After Spring Break

Friday, 4/7 - No School

Monday, 4/10 - No School

Monday, 5/15 - K to 1st Grade Parent Orientation at 6:00 at Craddock

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Nurse Update: Cold, Flu, COVID, & RSV

Here are some important reminders to ensure the safety of our school community each day:

  • Check your child each day for illness symptoms. If they begin to feel ill during the day, please know our school nurse, Jackie Pawlowski, will assess your child and make contact with a family member when necessary.
  • 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 will be calling for you to come and pick him/her up. Please help to support our efforts in this area. This also is the protocol if your child is vomiting. They need to be vomit free for 24 hours to return to school.
  • We will send a Final Forms notification if there is a communicable disease reported in your child's classroom. This can help you monitor your own child and make informed decisions about symptoms.
  • Please make sure your Final Forms medical information is up to date. We will closely read the health section to address any medical concerns.

Finally, please make sure your child has extra clothes in his/her backpack. Accidents and spills happen all the time and they often prefer to have their own clothes instead of wearing our spare clothes.

School Counselor Updates: Mrs. Ambrosia

Hello Families! I am happy to share all Kindergarten Students are ZONES of Regulation “graduates.” This means they can recognize and identify their feelings and connect those feelings with possible coping skills. We have been working over the last few weeks to understand all feelings are okay, triggers may cause certain feelings, and coping skills are the things we do to self-regulate. Triggers are the events that happen right before a feeling. Coping skills help us “regulate,” independently. If we can’t self-regulate, it’s okay to ask a trusted adult to help us!

While your student has some visual reminders about coping skills within their classroom and possibly some that they brought home, I wanted to provide you with additional resources to ensure you can find the coping skill that best suits your home needs. Please check out these additional resources below:

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Moving forward, we will focus on the topics of kindness, diversity and inclusion. During this month of February, our focus will be to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week and Black History Month. Beginning next week, we will focus on the following kind acts each day:

Monday, February 13- Tell someone, “Good job.”

Tuesday, February 14- Give a silent wave.

Wednesday, February 15- Say, “Hi!” to someone you don’t normally talk to.

Thursday, February 16- Give three students a compliment.

Kindergarten and Preschool classrooms will visit these topics in varying ways, but I wanted to share with you some of the activities and resources your children may be referring to at home:

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation | Kindness at Home

Kindness Slide-Ambrosia

K-2 Diversity & Inclusion Literature for Families

As always, please reach out with any questions! I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend at home with your families!

Lindsey Ambrosia

School Counselor

Miller Elementary School

330.562.6199, ext. 5414

Craddock Elementary School

330.562.3175, ext. 1260

Reporting Absences

There will be times when your child is ill or needs to miss school due to appointments.

We ask that you call Miller School at 330-562-6199 to either speak with Vicki Wolf or leave a message. Please share your child's first name, last name, teacher, and the reason for the absence. If they are going to an appointment, please ask for a doctor's note to have on file here at school. Thank you!

If your family will have a planned absence due to an event or vacation, you will need to fill out a planned absence form for our schools. Please send in a note requesting this form as soon as you know your anticipated date.

If your child is experiencing illness symptoms and you have questions for our school nurse, Jackie Pawlowski, you may call 330-954-2286. She can help answer any questions.

Important PTO Information

1. Our next AEPTO meeting is April 5 at 6:30pm at the C&I Building or via Zoom.

2. Save the Dates!

March 21 & 22 at 8:15am - Miller Donut Days

We are inviting ONE parent or special adult per family to come in and enjoy a donut in the gym with their student before school. We will divide classes between the two days -

Tuesday, March 21:

  • all preschool classes, AM & PM (Ms. Sarah, Ms. Jaime, Ms. Lauren, and Ms. Amanda)
  • 1/2 day kindergarten, AM & PM (Mrs. Verhotz)
  • Mrs. Buettin
  • Mrs. Forster

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Mrs. Sabulsky
  • Mrs. Yonally
  • Mrs. Kidwell
  • Mrs. Gallucci
  • Mrs. Jawroski
  • Mrs. Haughey
  • Mrs. Smerkar

If your family has kids scheduled on both days, please choose one day that works best for your schedule.

If you plan to attend, please complete the form at the link below by FRIDAY, MARCH 10th!!

Miller Donut Days RSVP

We also need a few volunteers each day to help with serving donuts and clean up! If you would like to volunteer, please use the link below.

Miller Donut Days Volunteer SignUp

Thank you to our chairs, Ashley Ingersoll and Kate Nixon, for working on this event!

Thursday, April 6 from 5:00pm-9:00pm - Mother & Son Event at Fun 'n' Stuff!

Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase tickets through the Schoolze app (under the fundraiser section) or through our website ( Adult tickets are $20 and sons are $10 each. This event is only open to boys in pre-K - 5th grade at Miller, Craddock, or Leighton Elementary Schools.

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2:00pm - Magic Gives Back

AEPTO and the Harmon High PTO (HHPTO) are partnering with Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora to proudly present "Magic Gives Back!" This is a Vegas style magic show and a unique fundraising platform developed specifically for local schools and communities. Magic Gives back will be held at the Solon High School Auditorium.

3. AEPTO Board Positions for 2023-24 year

Samantha, our current VP for Craddock, will be the VP at Leighton next year. Therefore, the VP position for Craddock will be available! Please email her at if you would like to hear more about the role or if you are interested! The Treasurer position will also be open next year, if you would be interested in hearing more about that role please email Ashley at

4. Foertmeyers Spring Flower Sale!

Your student should have brought home a brochure and sale information.

Sale extended until March 21!

Flower pickup is still on May 7th (Before Mother's Day!!!)

Any questions, please reach out to Katie Stump at or Anna Kandra at

Upcoming Events

3/21 - Spring Flower sale ends

3/21 - Miller Donut Days

3/22 - Miller Donut Days

3/27-3/31 - Spring Break, no school

4/5 - AEPTO Meeting 6:30pm

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Jen Borman


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Aurora Schools Foundation

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Important Updates From Our Superintendent Mike Roberto