The Leighton News

September 30th, 2022

From the Principals

Dear Leighton Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying these beautiful Fall days filled with cooler temperatures and Fall colors. Somehow the days are turning into weeks and the weeks to months as the seasons change and our students grow in skills and knowledge! With the end of the first quarter quickly approaching, we are looking forward to continuing to dive deep into our reading, writing, and math frameworks to refine our skills and challenge our thinking through using strategies learned, engaging in critical thinking and problem solving, and focusing on the process vs. the product as learning is social and a collaborative endeavor. The excitement of students and the high levels of engagement in classrooms during science and social studies lessons including problem-based learning, hands-on explorations, inquiry, and innovation-driven projects is contagious. The academic rigor coupled with our supportive, safe, and nurturing learning environments that fosters growth in all learners continues to be paramount to our efforts to create the best possible learning environments for each student.

We are looking forward to the bookfair coming up next week Oct 3rd - Oct 7th. We will also be kicking off the month of October with a Spirit Week as we help celebrate homecoming week for our older learners. The month of October is also Bullying Prevention Month where we will be capitalizing on kindness, prosocial behaviors, unity, and good choices while celebrating each Tuesday of the week with a special themed day! Wednesday, Oct 19th is also Unity Day and students can help celebrate this day by wearing orange. See the Spirit Day Flyer below! We are looking forward to a fun-filled, spirit-filled month of October.

As always, I must convey the staff and my appreciation for entrusting us with your children each day! They fill our days with such joy and a love for learning that we continually hope they will pass along to others as we foster a strong sense of character education as well as our academic rigor. Thank you for your continued support, partnership, and teamwork as we work to ensure each learner reaches their fullest potential. We are so proud of all of our Leighton Learners!

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

October Spirit Days!

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We Filled our Pom Pom Pail and enjoyed a Building Wide Greenmen Colors Spirit Day and extra recess!

Counselor's Corner

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

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


Laps for Leighton was a huge success!!

Spotlight on PBIS!

We have been off to a great start with teaching, learning, and reinforcing, our 3 pillars of being respectful, responsible, and problem solvers. Our 3 pillars 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 will be 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 was " I can listen and follow directions right away". Next week's focus skill is " I can have a safe body (hands, feet, and unkind words to myself)."

Students and staff have been excited about our new "Pom pom" system representing our 3 pillars (green poms=respectful; white= responsible; and black= problem solving) and earning poms for demonstrating these pillars in any area of the school. Each pom earned is used to fill up their classroom pom pom jars. When these jars are filled, student bring their classroom jars to the office and empty them into the Building Wide Pom Pom Pail!!

We are so excited to find out what our building wide reward will be as we have almost filled up our building wide Pom Pom Pail.

Don't be surprised if you child comes home excited about earning the "platinum platter" as a class 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 occur every Friday where we acknowledge students over announcements who have earned a special shout out for outstanding efforts in demonstrating our 3 pillars in their academic or behavioral pursuits. Students will recieve a pom pom shout out 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 "Pom Pom Shout Out" September Award Winners!

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Reading Club Signup

Come join Mrs. VanFossen for Leighton's Reading Club! We will meet over four weeks to discuss books that match our school theme of "We are a Community". Fun projects and activities will wrap up each session this school year.

Join Session 1 using this google form.

Reading Club is looking for readers! National Read Aloud to a Child Week is October 24 - October 28. Take this opportunity to volunteer! We are looking for community members to video record a book that we can share with Leighton Elementary students. Community members can be parents, grandparents, people who work in the community, teachers, or anyone else associated with Aurora.

More information and directions for recording can be found here. Email Mrs. VanFossen at with questions.

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PTO News

A special THANK YOU to all of our volunteers for our recent events!

Volunteer Opportunities:


Recent Fundraisers:

Mumkins Raised: $7,063

Chipotle Raised: $172.67

Laps For Leighton: $6,500 and counting

Upcoming Events:

9/26-9/30: Leighton Laps Fundraiser during PE times

9/30: Cruisin For Craddock

10/3- 10/7: LES Book Fair

10/5: Family Book Fair Night 5pm-7:30pm LES Media Center

10/5: 2nd AEPTO Meeting 10am at the C&I center



10/24: Angelo's Community Give Back Night

10/25 & 10/30- Miller Conferences

10/31: Fall Festival

Laps for Leighton:

Laps for Leighton Cheddar Up Link here:

Thank you all so much for your participation in our new event. The kids had a fantastic time, set goals and crushed them. Thank you to Mrs. Barnes, Mr. Spacek & Mrs. Scaffide, Mrs. Nizen, Mr. Lehman & Staff for joining me to put on this event, we are thrilled by the excitement, participation and money raised.

Laps totals and wrist bands will be coming home early next week. If you chose to do donations based on per lap, please have money in by Thursday October 6th. If you have any questions please reach out to Natasha Rodriguez-Olah:


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to LES October 3rd-7th. Students will get the chance to browse the books before making any purchases later in the week. This year's theme is, "Bolder, Prouder, Stronger Reader." All fair info can be found on our school's personal fair website at:

Our School's homepage to set up the eWallet is at:

Cash and checks will be accepted (as well as credit cards on Family Night.) Follow the link above to set up your eWallet.

Family Night- 10/5: 5:00pm-7:30pm in Media Center

*The only difference this year for our Book Fair is that Scholastic has switched from a wholesaler to a retailer. This affects us because now we have to include tax when your children make purchases. This is a change from the state unfortunately, so we apologize for any inconvenience.

Here is a digital flyer of books that anyone can peruse:

Any questions can be directed to this year's book fair chairs:

Erin Toler:

Neha Gupta:

Community Give Back Night:

October 24th- Lee Angelo's Community Give back night. Lee Angelo's will give back 20% of ALL DAY Sales to the PTO.

New APP coming soon: Schoolze more information to come! For more information please reach out to

More fun with Laps for Leighton !!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to LES October 3rd-7th. Students will get the chance to browse the books before making any purchases later in the week. This year's theme is, "Bolder, Prouder, Stronger Reader."

Family Night is on Wednesday, October 5th. It will be held in the in the media center from 5-7:30 pm!

All fair info can be found on our school's personal fair website at:

Cash and checks will be accepted (as well as credit cards on Family Night.) Follow the link above to set up your eWallet.

*The only difference this year for our Book Fair is that Scholastic has switched from a wholesaler to a retailer. This affects us because now we have to include tax when your children make purchases. This is a change from the state unfortunately, so we apologize for any inconvenience.

Any questions can be directed to this year's book fair chairs:

Erin Toler:

Neha Gupta:

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Aurora Schools Foundation

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Hot Lunches/ Lunch Menu

September Lunch Menu

For the month of September, we will only be providing one option for lunch choices. The alternate lunch choice will not be available for this month and we will communicate when the alternative choice returns. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The "no-cost" lunch program will no longer be provided by the government for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Students will again be required to pay for their lunches. If a family feels they may qualify-permanently or temporarily-for the 'Free and Reduced Lunch Program', then please have the form filled-out and submitted prior to the school year. The link for this form and the lunch menu for each day can be found on the ACSD's home page under "Forms & Links" (

Please be sure to keep tabs on your child’s lunch account balance to avoid going into a negative balance. We will always ensure all students have access to eat lunch, but it is appreciated by our lunch staff if a positive balance can be maintained.

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.

Transportation Information

We are no longer mailing out transportation information. You can go to: (cut & paste into your browser or use the button link below.)

The login information is as follows:

User name = jane.smith (That is the student's first name period last name with no spaces) Password = students date of birth 01012021 with no characters or spaces between mmdayyear

Once you are in, go to "Work with students" and then "View my students"; you should see all your students to choose from. Routes do change from time to time when new students are added so please check back over the next week to ensure your pick-up and drop-off times.

All students are assigned a bus route using their home address. If your child will be using an alternative stop such as a daycare or caregiver, please make sure you submit an alternative bus stop form as soon as possible.

We also now have GPS on all of the school buses. You can see when the bus is to arrive at your home. Download the app "versatrans my stop" from the app store and sign in the same as above. If you have any questions or concerns with transportation, please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Note, we are never sure how many students will be riding the buses. Once schools open we will make necessary adjustments for buses that may be full.

Thank you and have a safe school year, Transportation Department

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

As a reminder, you can find our arrival and dismissal procedures here.

We are off to a great start to the school year with a smooth, safe, and expedient arrival and dismissal process.

Thank you to all of our parents for your help in making these processes so smooth!

Drop off cart

Many of you have probably noticed the gray cart next to main entrance buzzer and wondered what it is for. To make it easier for families to drop off materials for students there is a gray cart outside the main office doors. Often times students might forget a lunch, instrument, or binder and a parent will drop it off so we can get it to their student. We use this cart system as part of our safety protocols as we work limit the amount of traffic coming in and out of the building each day. If you are dropping something off for a student, we just ask that you use one of the sticky notes and pen to write your students and name, and their teacher's name, and place it on the cart. We will make sure it makes it to your student. You may also buzz in to let the main office know you are dropping off an item.

Important Dates and Reminders


3-7 PTO Book Fair

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

13 End of 1st Grading Period


17 NO SCHOOL ~ Teacher Professional Day

21 Report Cards Distributed

27 LES Band Concert at High School (7:00 PM)

31 Fall Festival


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

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

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

17 School Picture Retake Day

23-27 NO SCHOOL ~ Thanksgiving Break

28 School Resumes

28-30 PTO Holiday Shop

Final Forms Reminder

Please be sure to update your Final Forms information for this school year to ensure you can receive the important information and newsletters from our school. If you need any help with updating your Final Forms please contact

Please use the following link:

School Fees

Three ways to pay your student's school fees:

1. Send in with your student a check made out to Aurora City Schools.

2. Call the Board of Education office to make a credit card payment between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM at 330-954-2228.

3. Go to the Aurora City Schools website and go to the Parent Page and click on Fee Payments On-Line.

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 Mrs. Tanski in the clinic at 330-954-2285 or email her at

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

  • Check your child each day for COVID-related symptoms. If your child is showing any symptoms whatsoever, it is best to keep him/her home to monitor.
  • 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 nurse will be calling for you to come to pick him/her up. 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 make sure your Final Forms medical information is up to date. We will closely read the health sections to address any medical concerns.

**** If your child will be absent for an extended period, please reach out to your child's teacher and they will get school work ready for your student for the period of the absence. You may pick up the work outside the main office on a table that will be labeled with your student's name.

Community Announcements

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