The Leighton News

February 24, 2023

From the Principals

Dear Leighton Families,

What a fabulous month it has been filled with hearts, kindness, caring, and lots of love!! We have included some fun memories from our Valentine's parties below for our families to enjoy. The halls were buzzing with cheer and kindness as students were engaged in crafts, opening Valentine's, and playing virtual and in-person games. Many thanks to our amazing PTO for providing delicious treats and to all of our headroom parents for helping to plan such fun activities. The students and staff had a blast!!

I also wanted to take a second to truly acknowledge all that our PTO does for our students and staff from supporting classroom parties, events, donating to our PBIS program, helping plan the beginning and end of the year festivities, teacher appreciation, and the list goes on. Your devotion, partnership, and support never go unrecognized or unappreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do for Leighton Elementary and our schools! Your impact is immeasurable!

As we head into March we continue to keep our lens on our targeted instructional practices and academic rigor through our reading, writing, and mathematics frameworks while preparing and supporting all of our students with the knowledge and skills for the end of the year assessments coming up in April. Our science and social studies curriculum has taken a shift towards inquiry based learning where students are actively engaged in asking and answering questions, researching various topics, and demonstrating their learning through a variety of media and authentic assessment measures. Students are soaring with their strengths and working hard to reach their goals and we are so proud of them.

Enjoy the weekend ahead and thank you, as always, for your continued partnership and support this school year. We are grateful for the support of our amazing parent community and are blessed to have the distinct honor of teaching your children.

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner

We are finishing up our kindness class lessons and will be moving onto our March topic. During the month of March, I will be visiting the classrooms to talk about being ready to take tests. Even though this topic is falling right before our state tests, it is something they need to be armed with on a daily basis. Please be sure to ask your child about some of the strategies we are discussing!

I would like to start working on the lessons for the students pertaining to College and Career Readiness soon, but I need some help.......if you are interested in sharing information about your job or even the jobs you've had previously, please send me an email at and I'll be in touch. THANKS!!!

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

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor

330-562-2209 Option 3

Third Grade Valentine's Day Party

Fourth Grade Valentine's Day Party

Fifth Grade Valentine's Day Party

Spotlight on PBIS!

Our 3 pillars of being respectful, responsible, and problem solvers make up the heart of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports framework in our K-5 Elementary Buildings. Each week teachers have taught and reinforced these 3 pillars and what each of them looks like and sounds like in all areas of the school. This has been followed by teaching and reinforcing our 11 "focus skills" which support students in making good behavior choices and positively reinforces those choices so we continue to support and promote the prosocial behaviors we want to see! This week's focus skill is " I can worry about myself". Next week's focus will be " I can listen and follow directions right away."

Students are hard at work earning poms and filling up their classroom jars! When these jars are filled, students bring their classroom jars to the office and empty them into the Building Wide Pom Pom Pail!!

Our Pom Pom Pail has been filled for the fourth time!!! We had so much fun at our Building Wide Bingo Event and are already halfway to filling up our pom pom pail once again.

"Platinum platter" award winners abound as our classes are doing a great job demonstrating our 3 pillars during lunch and recess. Classes are always working to earn "positive compliments" during lunch and recess. Every two weeks, classes who earn the most "positive compliments" earn the right to display the "platinum platter" outside their classroom door for all to see and enjoy popsicles at lunch or an extra recess with Mrs. Nizen and Mr. Lehman.

Pom Pom Shout Out are shared over the announcements every day where we acknowledge students who have earned a special shout out for outstanding efforts in demonstrating our 3 pillars in their academic or behavioral pursuits. Students will receive a pom pom shout out classroom reward and those names are entered into a monthly drawing to pick out of our PBIS store at the end of the month.

Leighton Pride is Building Wide!

PBIS February Award Winners

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Kid's Heart Challenge!

Hello, Heart Heroes! Are you ready?! The Kid's Heart Challenge will be coming to our school soon! We have some exciting things planned this year to get us moving, helping others, and having fun. Get a head start by signing up today and helping your student choose a daily health challenge. Visit the Miller School page at or download the Kids Heart Challenge app! We are kicking off the Kids Heart Challenge on MONDAY during PE class! All donations will be due on Friday, March 10th.

During lunch this week (Tuesday - Friday), the Leighton kiddos can pay $.25 and guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar. Each guess is $.25! ALL proceeds will benefit the Leighton Kids Challenge! Our Kids Challenge link:

The person who gets the closest guess (under or over) wins ALL of the candy and a $25 gift card of their choice! The winner will be announced Friday (3/3/23) afternoon!

If your kiddo has an allergy to the candy in the jar and would still like to participate... if they WIN, I will get them a safe candy or treat!

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PTO News

AEPTO UPDATE - Leighton Elementary
February 24th, 2023

AEPTO MEETING - Location Changed to Schell Bell
March 1st, 10AM
Our next meeting will be March 1st at 10AM at Schell Bell Boutique (334 E. Garfield Rd). LES Principal Nizen will be our guest speaker and will be discussing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), as well as the Handle with Care Program. HHPTO will also be joining us!

THANK YOU to Michelle Schenker for hosting us this month!!

March 7th, 8th and 9th, 8:10AM-8:45AM
**RSVP deadline for this event is February 27th.

Leighton Donut Days are back!

We are currently looking for volunteers to help the morning of each event - we need help with setting up, serving and cleaning up in order to make each day a success! Please look at the following grade specific links to volunteer for open needs.

Donut Days will be as follows, from 8:10AM-8:45AM each day:

3rd Grade: Tuesday, March 7th
Volunteer Sign Up:

4th Grade: Wednesday, March 8th
Volunteer Sign Up:

5th Grade: Thursday, March 9th
Volunteer Sign Up:

Students will be able to bring ONE special guest for this event, and we kindly ask that no other siblings attend. This year we moved the RSVP form to an electronic format. You should have already received it via FinalForms, but here is the link again if anyone needs it:

Please contact Kayt Binns at with any questions.

THANK YOU to our chairs - Melissa Knott, Kari Gillen, Anusha Gibson, and Angela Rosko - for planning this fun event!

March 5th, 12PM-7PM (or until sold out)
Treat the family to some delicious BBQ on March 5th, and support our elementary schools too! Ol'chefski's will give back a percentage of proceeds from sales between 12pm-7pm (unless they sell out earlier).

February 10th - March 10th
The Leighton Elementary School yearbook sale has started and runs now through Friday, March 10. The yearbook cost is $17.00 and they can only be purchased online at The password is leighton23. Please see the below flyer for any additional ordering information, and contact Mrs. Verdova in the office with any questions.
Leighton ES_22-23.pdf

February 28th - March 14th
Our Foertmeyer Spring Flower Fundraiser is just around the corner! Watch for information to arrive home with your students on February 28th, with order dates running from February 28th- March14th. Our flower pick up date is scheduled for the morning of May 7th - just in time for Mother's Day gifting!

THANK YOU to our chairs, Katie Stump and Anna Kandra, for organizing this fundraiser!

April 6th, 5-9PM
We are excited to announce that our 2023 Mother & Son event will be hosted at Fun "n" Stuff in Macedonia!

We will have the entire place rented out from 5-9PM for our Pre-K thru 5th Grade boys and their 1 adult guest. This is only for boys attending Miller, Craddock or Leighton - no other siblings please. Pricing will be $20 for the adult, and $10 for each student. This includes all available attractions (outdoor will be weather pending), but does exclude tokens. Tokens will be available for purchase, and the snack bar will be open as well.

Sign up for this event is now available on Schoolze and can also be accessed using this link:

Ol'chefski's Give Back Event -
March 5th, 12PM-7PM (or until sold out)
Treat the family to some delicious BBQ on March 5th, and support our elementary schools too! Ol'chefski's will give back a percentage of proceeds from sales between 12pm-7pm (unless they sell out earlier).

Schell Bell Give Back Event -
April 13, 14th and 15th
Join us in April for a fun give back event at Schell Bell! Details to follow.

RaiseRight makes fundraising easy. Give back to the organization by purchasing gift cards for daily use or for gifting to others, and the retailer gives a % back to AEPTO. Cards can be ordered through a website or app, with some also being reloadable for regular use. 750+ top retailers participate and they determine the % back (up to 25%, with 6% being the average). You can sign up at using AEPTO’s code (8HBWMFJ4XLVS).

2/28-3/14: Foertmeyers Spring Flower Fundraiser (Pick up 5/7)
3/5: Ol'chefski's Give Back Event, 12Noon-7PM (or until sold out)
3/6: No School - this is a board approved change to the district calendar
3/7: 3rd Grade Donut Day, 8:10AM-8:45AM
3/8: 4th Grade Donut Day, 8:10AM-8:45AM
3/9: 5th Grade Donut Day, 8:10AM-8:45AM
3/8 & 3/9: Kindergarten Registration
3/10: End of 3rd Grading Period
3/21: LES Spring Talent Showcase,6:30PM
3/27-3/31: No School - Spring Break
4/6: AEPTO Mother/Son Night at Fun 'N Stuff, 5-9PM
4/7 & 4/10: No School
4/13, 4/14 & 4/15: Schell Bell Give Back Event

The AEPTO Treasurer position is open for next year! If you would be interested in hearing more about the role, please email Ashley Keating at

If you need any additional information or have any questions please contact the PTO Leighton VP at


It's that time of year, AEPTO's Spring Flower Sale!!!

Next week your student will come home with a catalog and parent letter with instructions on how to set up your students shopping link.

Key Dates:

Sale Runs: 2/28 - 3/14

Flower Delivery Date: May 7th (Before Mother's Day!!!

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

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Aurora Schools Foundation

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Hot Lunches/ Lunch Menu


Two ways to pay for school lunches: Parents can either send their student in with money to pay for lunches (and they can bring in any amount essentially) or pay online! Parents can go to the Aurora Schools Website and go to Lunch Accounts on the left side under the quick links tabs to get to the MY Payments Plus section and add money to their kids account in this manner as well. The cafeteria staff would appreciate any efforts to pay in advance online if possible over bringing in money. If you have any questions please reach out to Brandon Zimmerman at

Here is the link for My Payments Plus:

We are excited to be working with a new food service provider called the Nutrition Group! They are working to provide balanced and healthy meals to our children each day.

Click on the link below for the school lunch menus

Please reach out to Sal Arquilla at for any questions.

Car Riders: Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Just a few important reminders in regards to pick up and drop off for car riders to continue to help us maintain a smooth, safe, and efficient pick up and drop off. Thank you so much for your support and help in following our safety procedures.

1. Please pull all the way up to the "unloading" zone at the top of the car line when dropping off or picking up. This allows us to load as many students as possible into their cars.

2. Please exit on the passenger side only as getting out on the other side presents safety issues for students.

3. Please DO NOT pull around cars unless a teacher motions you around. This is for the safety of our students. At times, cars may be stopped to wait for a student to get in. Please wait for the adult outside to motion cars through the traffic flow pattern.

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

5. Please be sure to have your orange tag in your car window visibly so staff can see it when calling students to cars. If you need another orange tag, please ask a staff member who is outside.

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

Important Dates and Reminders


1 PTO Meeting at C&I Building (6:30 PM)

14 Valentine’s Day Parties

15 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

17 NO SCHOOL ~ Teacher Professional Day

20 NO SCHOOL ~ Presidents Day

23 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)


1 PTO Meeting at C&I Building (10:00 AM)

7 3rd-Grade Donut Day (8:15 AM to 9:00 AM)

8 4th-Grade Donut Day (8:15 AM to 9:00 AM)

9 5th-Grade Donut Day (8:15 AM to 9:00 AM)

10 End of 3rd Grading Period

17 Report Cards Distributed

21 LES Spring Talent Showcase at Leighton (6:30 PM)

27-31 NO SCHOOL ~ Spring Break

Clinic Updates

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. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Sharrotta at the main office at 330-954-2206 or email her at

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

  • Check your child each day for any signs of illness. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or greater, vomiting or diarrhea they need to stay home. For cold/flu-like symptoms such as cough, congestion and sore throat that are not well contained, it is preferred they stay home. If you would like your student to have cough drops at school, please send them in with a note or email the clinic.
  • Students sent home with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea may not return to school until they are free of these symptoms without medication for 24 hours. This means if your child was sent home in the afternoon he/she may not be able to return to school the next day. If your child returns too soon, our school nurse may be calling for you to come to pick him/her up if your child is not feeling well. 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 note that we are seeing an increase in strep throat cases. Please be sure to monitor your child for symptoms and keep them home if they are not feeling well. We continue to increase our cleaning protocols and encourage good hygiene practices such as hand washing daily.

  • 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