Paw Prints 🐾 February 2022

The Newsletter of Auburn Early Education Center

Principal's Message

Hello AEEC Families and Happy February!

We are off to a great start so far this month! We are, or will be, recognizing and celebrating a variety of areas including Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Dental Health Month, Valentine's Day, and our value of the month - compassion. Our rooms are hopping with much love and learning this month!

Additionally, we are planning several events for the Spring Semester. These include grade level showcase events for arts and academics, a multicultural fair, and a Literacy Night Event. We are moving forward with planning in hopes all is well to welcome families into the building for after school events. Be on the lookout for more information soon on these events that are planned for March, April, and May.

We are going to hold off on lunch visitors once again this month. We continue to monitor Covid numbers in the school and community, and we will work with our partner school and make decisions as the semester unfolds.

Lastly, please remember to send a note in to school when your child returns from any illness. This is our way to mark as "excused" and keep your child's attendance record strong!

Thank you again for all of your support and cooperation as we partner in your child's education!

Matt Bruner, Principal

Curriculum News

Welcome back to a new year! The first two semesters have flown by and we are looking forward to finishing out the 2021-2022 school year with a bang! I hope that you and your family had some much needed time together to celebrate each other and relax.

I would like to share with you a link that will give you recommendations for a variety of literacy apps. The link will have recommendations by topic: phonics, comprehension, social skills, etc. Please click on the topic of your choice to check out all of the literacy apps that are recommended to help your child improve in that particular area.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Happy January!


Always Choose Kindness,

Dr. Dorman

Title 1 News

February may be the shortest month of the year, but there is a ton to celebrate! Black History, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day are all included in this month’s festivities. Encourage your child to take on the challenge of selecting books on Black History where he or she can learn some very interesting facts. Read a book about Valentine’s Day to help spread giving, love, and kindness. Research some informational text about our current and former presidents, so students will gain knowledge about our country. Set goals for students that will allow them to learn about the experiences of others so that they too can make a difference in the world and leave a legacy for others to read about in the future. Happy reading to you all!

Counselor News

During the month of February in guidance, we will be learning all about our word of the month, COMPASSION. We will celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th. For more information, you can visit:

We will also begin discussing career awareness and analyzing our skills/interests.

Nurse News

Healthy Hearts:

February is American Heart Month. This is a time to bring awareness to heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is often preventable. At AEEC, we are taking steps to reduce our risk by making physical activity part of our daily routine and having healthy meals served during lunch. Please stay tuned for ways that you can participate in Jump Rope for Heart through our PE program to help raise support the American Heart Association.

Covid Protocols:

Thank you for monitoring symptoms at home and notifying the school should your child test positive. Please note: should your child need picked up related to illness, the nurse pick up sign is located in between the front teacher parking area and the Tiger's Den. You may notify the front office via phone or check-in and the pull around to meet the nurse.

Other Notes:

If your child is accident prone, please send an extra change of clothes in their backpack. If your student has borrowed clothes from the school, we encourage washing & returning those items. Well wishes to you and your family!

Media Center News

We hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Break and did a lot of reading! We have been busy reviewing library book care, discussing the genre humor and learning how to use the Destiny Library Search. Here are a few friendly reminders regarding library books. Library books may be checked out for a two-week period if needed. Please remember to keep library books away from food and drinks and watch out for those water bottles in the backpacks. Mark your calendars for our Spring Book Fair, beginning Friday, February 18th and running through Friday, February 25th. Be on the lookout for more information about our Spring Book Fair! “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Music and Art News

All students have started the semester with winter landscapes. We’ve learned (or reviewed) vocabulary words like landscape, foreground, middle ground, and background, while discussing different techniques for creating the illusion of space in our artwork. Kindergarteners took a look at Canadian artist Ted Harrison’s colorful landscape paintings and created a mixed media artwork inspired by his work. First graders worked on blending oil pastels to create values in a nighttime snowy landscape. Second graders have created a winter scene inspired by the Robert Frost poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Students were particularly excited that we actually got some snowy weather recently to match our snow-themed artworks!

This month in Music we have explored important musical concepts of pitch (high and low), tempo (fast and slow), and dynamics (loud and soft). We have been distinguishing between beat vs. rhythm and having fun reading rhythms using body percussion. We love vocal and movement exploration, and 2nd grade has also added crescendo, decrescendo, and the sixteenth note to their repertoire.

PTO News

It is hard to believe that it is already February! This month, we are excited about our Spring Book Fair and Bus Driver Appreciation Day. The book fair will be on Friday, February 18th and Tuesday, February 22nd through Friday, February 25th. We will post volunteer opportunities on our Facebook page (‘AEEC PTO 2021-2022’) so be on the lookout for a post! Bus Driver Appreciation Day is on Tuesday, February 22nd. Please make sure and tell your bus driver how thankful you are for them! Thanks for all that you do to support our students and school!

Upcoming Dates for AEEC

February 14: Valentine's Class Parties

February 14: Progress Reports Go Home

February 18-25: Spring Book Fair

February 21-President's Day/No School

February 22: Spring Pictures & Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 25: Pep Rally 8:00am