Paw Prints 🐾 April 2022

The Newsletter of Auburn Early Education Center

Principal's Message

Hello AEEC Families!


It has been a wonderful week as our 2nd graders excelled with their efforts on the ACAP. They have worked so hard, and we are very proud of our students and teachers!


We also celebrated our 1st graders at our Showcase Night "Jungle Jammin''". They performed songs, shared art, and presented work projects to friends and families. Way to go First Grade! Our Kindergarten Showcase Night is Thursday, April 7th at 5:30 pm.


Our PTO and families have been so kind this week as we celebrated teacher and staff appreciation week. Thank you! We are also celebrating many wonderful individuals this month who make our school run so smoothly. Next week is Assistant Principal Week for Mrs. Lammons and Monday is Librarian Appreciation Day for Mrs. Sartain. Wednesday is Paraprofessional Day where we recognize the amazing efforts of our 15 instructional aides. They make our school a special place!


Please note that since we do not have any weather days to make up, April 15th and April 18th are off days for students.


Have a wonderful month, and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Showcase Nights and Multicultural Fair!


With appreciation,

Matt Bruner

Curriculum News

I’m sure you have noticed how much your child has grown in reading over the course of the school year. His or her reading has become more fluent, filled with expression and automaticity of recognizing words in stories. Letting your child read independently or aloud with you is still one of the most important literacy activities you can be doing with your child in the evenings. Please continue to help your child with choosing just the right books for them to build those literacy skills such as fluency and comprehension, but most importantly to build an enjoyment and a love for reading. A book can take an imagination anywhere!

Here is a link to a blog that gives suggestions on choosing the right book to promote independent reading: https://syllableslearningcenter.com/choosing-the-right-reading-material-for-your-child/. Please let me know if you have any questions! Happy Reading!

Choose Kindness Anyways,

Dr. Dorman

Title 1 News

Do you need a good laugh? Well, it is April and I dare you to “SPRING” into action and pull out the funniest book ever and read it. April is National Humor Month and National Poetry Month, which makes it the perfect time of the year to dive into funny stories and all kinds of entertaining books. In addition to spring being here, can you believe we are already beginning to prepare for the next school year? Returning student registration for school year 2022-23 is scheduled for April 11th-May 23rd. The Parent Center will be open to offer assistance to any parent who wishes to come in and register their student. The ESL Team will assist at the Parent Center the week of April 25th-29th from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Title I Team will assist at the Parent Center the week of May 2nd-6th. You are more than welcome to visit the Parent Center to register your child. We hope to see you there!

Counselor News

In guidance during the month of April, we will be learning all about HOPE (Believing that something good will happen). We will also continue learning about careers and analyzing our skills/interests. I will also be teaching our “Safer, Smarter Kids” curriculum, also known as Erin’s Law. For more information regarding Erin’s law, you can visit www.erinslaw.org.

Nurse News


Happy Spring! We hope everyone is enjoying the outdoors. We wanted to share these tips on seasonal allergies as we all have seen the wave of pollen arrive.


Here are 7 tips on how to treat your child's allergies:

  • Allergies can feel like a cold, and symptoms can include runny nose, stuffy nose, itchy nose and/or eyes, and sneezing. Some children may also have headaches and/or fatigue. Allergy symptoms can get in the way of school, fun and family time. Ask your pediatrician about medications to manage allergies. ​Here are common treatments:​

    • Antihistamines: Taken by mouth, they can help with itchy watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing, as well as itchy skin and hives. Some types cause drowsiness.

    • Nasal Corticosteroids: Highly effective for allergy symptom control and widely used to stop chronic symptoms. Safe to use in children over long periods of time. Must be used daily for maximal effectiveness.

  • Knowing what your child is allergic to can be an important step in finding the right treatment. Allergy testing should be performed to determine whether your child is allergic to any environmental allergens. Nasal allergy symptoms can be caused by a variety of environmental allergens including indoor allergens such as dust mites, pets, and pests as well as outdoor allergens such as pollens. Molds, which can be found indoors and outdoors, can also trigger nasal allergy symptoms.

  • An important step in managing allergy symptoms is avoidance of the allergens that trigger the symptoms. If your child is allergic to pets, the addition of pets to your family would not be recommended. If your child has allergy symptoms and is allergic to a pet that lives in your home, the only way to have a significant impact on your child's exposure to pet allergens is to find the pet a new home.

  • If your child is allergic to pests in the home, professional extermination, sealing holes and cracks that serve as entry points for pests, storing foods in plastic containers with lids and meticulous cleanup of food remains can help to eliminate pests and reduce allergen levels.

  • Dust mites congregate where moisture is retained, and food for them (human skin scales) is plentiful. They are especially numerous in bedding, upholstered furniture, and rugs. Padded furnishings such as mattresses, box springs, and pillows should be encased in allergen-proof, zip-up covers, which are available through catalogs and specialized retailers. Wash linens weekly and other bedding, such as blankets, every 1 to 2 weeks in hot water. (The minimum temperature to kill mites is 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If you set your water heater higher than 120 degrees, the recommended temperature to avoid accidental scald burns, take care if young children are present in the home.)

  • If your child is allergic to outdoor allergens, it can be helpful to use air conditioners when possible. Showering or bathing at the end of the day to remove allergens from body surfaces and hair can also be helpful. For patients with grass pollen allergy, remaining indoors when grass is mowed and avoiding playing in fields of tall grass may be helpful during grass pollen season. Children with allergies to molds should avoid playing in piles of dead leaves in the fall. Pets tracking in and out of the house can also bring pollen and mold indoors.

  • Ask your pediatrician about allergy immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, may be recommended to reduce your child's allergy symptoms. Allergy shots are prescribed only for patients with confirmed allergy. If allergen avoidance and medications are not successful, allergy shots for treatment of respiratory allergies to pollens, dust mites, cat and dog dander, and molds can help decrease the need for daily medication.

Media Center News

Our final book fair for this school year is May 2nd – 6th. This is our BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Fair. Be on the lookout for more information in the following weeks.


Since April is poetry month, we will be talking about the genre poetry and discovering a cool website www.poetry4kids.com. The other genre we will learn about is mystery.


We have also have been constructing with VEX GO materials to build the next step of our Super Car using a crank and rubber band.


As May draws near, here are some dates about library books. The last day to checkout books for the year is Friday, April 29th and all library books are due back on Friday, May 6th.


“To learn to read is to light a fire.” – Victor Hugo

Music and Art News

Kindergarteners have been learning all about texture this month. We’ve done texture rubbings and created textured ceramic owls. I’m looking forward to seeing them all decorated! First graders finished up their multi-step tiger project for display at their Jungle themed showcase. We’ve moved on to discussing symmetry in art and have created some symmetrical butterfly prints. Clay is coming next for them! Second graders have begun working on ocean themed artwork for their upcoming Showcase in May. They’ve printed paper, started to draw their animals, and collaged a background. I can’t wait to see all of their chosen sea creatures come to life!


We are SO excited to share our Showcase Nights with you! Thank you to First Grade for doing an AMAZING job and kicking us off with their show, “Jungle Jammin’!” They worked so hard and had a blast! Kindergarten can’t wait to show you our favorite things about school on April 7 as we present “School is Cool!” Second Grade is getting ready to dive “Under the Sea” as we work to make our Showcase Night incredible on May 10. Be on the lookout for sharks that rap! Thank you for everything you do to support fine arts at AEEC!

PTO News

Hello AEEC families! Teacher Appreciation Week was a huge success! Thank you for giving generously during our campaign so that we could provide the staff with lunch and treats throughout the week. Also, thank you for purchasing items off the Amazon Wish Lists and sending in notes and other treats for your teachers! We are blessed with a wonderful school and the teachers were so grateful for everything that was done for them during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Upcoming Dates for AEEC

April 4: Library Appreciation Day

April 4-8: Assistant Principal's Appreciation Week

April 6: 2nd Grade Earth Day Field Trip

April 6: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

April 7: Kindergarten Showcase Night 5:30-6:30pm

April 12 and 13: 2nd Grade ACAP Math Testing

April April 15 & 18: No School/Weather Makeup Days

April 19: Progress Reports Go Home

April 21: Multicultural Fair Literacy Night 5:30-6:30pm

April 27: Administrative Professional's Day

April 28: Kindergarten Kickoff 5:30-7:00pm

April 29: Pep Rally 8:00am