Craddock's Weekly Update

For the Week of September 5, 2022

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Mrs. Menta's Message

Hello Craddock families!

I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend, spending some time with family and/or friends. It was a much quieter one for my house, as my youngest fractured his shoulder last week and had surgery. He is doing remarkably well and will be back in action in no time, but for now, the calendar of events has cleared!

We are on the back end of our fall benchmarking period. I cannot thank our entire staff enough for being patient and flexible as we tackled this large, but very important job. We had so many staff members dedicate endless hours to supporting fall assessments and I couldn't be more grateful.

As a quick reminder, please do not use Willard when picking up your child from school. There have been days where the back up there has caused issues with our buses getting out and on the road. We have 19 buses this year and getting them loaded and out of Craddock quickly is pivotal, as they then go to Leighton and Miller. Thank you for your help!

Have a wonderful week! Please consider coming to see Mr. Roberto at the Conference Center on Wednesday, 9/07 at 7:00 p.m. to provide input on the tentative new construction project. It will be very informative.

We cannot wait to see all of our 1st and 2nd grade friends back in the halls of Craddock tomorrow! Have a fantastic week ahead and as always, don't hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or feedback.


Kim Menta


330-562-3175 (office)

216-849-2552 (cell) Feel free to call or text this number.

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Car Rider Protocol - IMPORTANT!

Many thanks for your patience as we get things up and running. It will take us a few weeks to run at optimal speed. We will work daily to fix, modify and adapt things to be as efficient as possible. Your patience is greatly appreciated by all our staff.

Students can be dropped off at 8:40 a.m. at the earliest! Please do not allow them to exit your car until that time, as there is no staff to monitor them. Pick up will begin promptly at 3:10 each day. If everyone knows the system and cooperates, we will have all students in cars in 15-20 minutes.

Here are some things I need all car rider families to do, which will help immensely.

  • Please do not use Willard to line up for drop off or pick up. We are working with the police to get it blocked off, but in the meantime, please avoid it. Enter Hurd Road off of New Hudson and begin lining up there. Please see the map below for guidance.
  • Parents are not permitted to get out of their car when dropping off or picking up their child(ren). It is one of the main reasons the flow of traffic slows down. If you need to do that, you must pull into a marked parking spot. Again, we ask you don't do it at all. We have plenty of staff available to help your child in or out safely.
  • All students must exit their car on the passenger side of the vehicle. We understand this can be tricky with child locks and car seats, but it is in the best interest of all our car riders to have it be this way. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • We are not permitting people to turn left into the school from Hurd Road. You will be asked to continue down Hurd, turn around and join the end of the line.
  • We ask that you please respect the guidelines we have set up and follow them consistently. Everyone involved in the car rider process, staff and parents, thank you!
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Craddock Transportation Request 22-23

If at any time, you wish to change your child's mode of transportation for one or more days, you must fill out the Google form attached. We are no longer able to accept notes, phone calls and/or emails to do this, outside of emergencies. Thank you!

An Update from Our Superintendent, Mr. Roberto

Click the button below to view the latest Aurora City Schools update from Mr. Roberto.

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Thanks for taking the time to review this message. Take care and GO GREENMEN!

A Message from Our School Counselor, Mrs. Ambrosia!

Hello Craddock! I am honored to be your child’s school counselor for the 2022-2023 school year. I am available to support students, families and staff with any social-emotional, academic and believe it or not- career exploration which at Craddock may be focusing on student strengths! There is no question too small to contact me about. I encourage and welcome open-communication as we all have the same goal: school success for your students!

During the school day, I will provide individual counseling, small group counseling and classroom guidance lessons. Initially, I will ensure that all students transition from summer break to their school day with ease. My first visit to classrooms will allow the students to become more familiar with me and explain how I can help them during the day.

The 2022-2023 school year will be my eighteenth year in education. I have spent the previous years working as a classroom teacher, middle school counselor and an elementary school counselor. Helping students is what I love to do!

When I am not at school, you can usually find me at a sporting event for one of my three children: Dominic (11), Daniel (9) and Elle (9). We live around the corner in Hudson with my husband, Brian and miniature goldendoodle, Louie. If there is anything you need, I am here to help! Please reach out via email to or 330.562.3175, extension 1260.

The Giving Pump

Fuel up and help support our Elementary schools! Please help support "The Giving Pump." Now through Oct. 31st, TrueNorth (Shell gas station at 43 and 82) will be donating a portion of sales from pumps #3 and #4 to the Aurora Elementary PTO!

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, 9/07 - Elementary PTO Meeting at Mad Jacks at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 9/07 - Community Input Session for New Construction at 7:00 p.m. at the Conference Center

Saturday, 9/17 - Chipotle Give Back 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Twinsburg location (2640 Creekside Dr.)

Sunday, 9/18 - Mumkin Flower Pickup at the Board Office from 10:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Mumkin Flower Pick Up

THANK YOU to all who ordered from our Mumkin fundraiser! We were able to raise $7,063, which is over $1,000 of our set goal! Any orders that had 10 or more items will receive a copy of your order slip so you can make arrangements for pick up.

  • Sunday September 18 – Your flowers arrive at The Board of Education parking lot, pick up time is from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    • PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to pick up your plants on this date and time, please make arrangements with friends or family to have them picked up. We are NOT responsible for any plants not picked up.

Mumkin Volunteer Sign Up

If you are able to donate some time on 9/18 to help sort and distribute plants to buyers, please click the link. Thank you!

School Nurse and Medication at School

We are so lucky to have Mrs. Dana Courtad as Craddock's school nurse. She is incredibly knowledgeable and always able to help a scraped knee, lost tooth, hurt belly and so much more! She is in the building whenever students are five days a week and we are grateful!

If your child needs to take medication at school, please fill out the forms shown below and bring the medication to Craddock. Your child is not permitted to carry the medication in him/herself. An adult must transport it.

If you have any questions at all, please call our main office at 330-562-3175.

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Important PTO Information

A Message from Our PTO Vice President

Dear Craddock Families:

Please see flyer below to join the Elementary PTO! Deadline to sign up 9/30. For those

interested in helping as Head Room Parent, you must be signed up and have paid your

membership dues. Deadline to be considered for Head Room Parent is 8/31. If you

have any questions regarding membership please reach out to Craddock VP, Samantha


Please join us at Mad Jack’s at 6:30 p.m. on September 7 for our first meeting!!!! We

look forward to seeing you there!!!!

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Want to Help During the 22-23 School Year?

Click the button to find out how! You can also email with any questions.

Click Here to Join Aurora's PTO

If you'd like to join PTO, please click the link and fill out the form.