Craddock's Weekly Update

For the Week of February 27, 2023

Mrs. Menta's Message

Happy Sunny Sunday Craddock Families!

It sure was nice to wake up today to sunny skies. Now we just need the temperatures to warm up once and for all! Wishful thinking for NE Ohio in February I'm sure!

The last time I put out a Weekly Update was two weeks ago, so I never had the chance to thank our PTO and parent volunteers for all they did to make our Valentine's party so much fun on February 14th! The kids loved the treat from PTO and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities the parents planned. Thank you for all you did to make it such a special celebration!

This Thursday, March 2nd we will celebrate Read Across America by asking all of our 1st and 2nd graders to bring in 3-4 of their favorite books from home to read at school! In addition, we are asking for everyone to wear as many articles of clothing as possible that have something to read on them. Hats are perfectly fine! Students will have some time carved out of their day to enjoy some of their favorite books!

Friday, March 3rd is the last day of our second trimester. Please know that means that your child's Gather narratives will go live Friday, March 10th. I will be sending home a reminder for how to access this important information. If you need any support, you can also always reach out to your child's teacher or myself! In addition to Gather becoming available, Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming 3/07 and 3/09. Your child's teacher has sent home information about signing up for these, if one is needed.

Many thanks to all of our safe and respectful car rider families! It's a process each day to get all the kids in and out safely and your support is greatly appreciated. As a reminder, please try to avoid the use of Willard Road during drop off and pick up. It creates additional congestion.

Thank you!

Have a wonderful week as we welcome March on Wednesday! Let's hope some spring-like weather follows!

Take care,

Kim Menta

330-562-3175 - office

216-849-2552 - cell (call or text)

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!

Click Here for Craddock's Lunch Menu

It is recommended you check this link often when making decisions about whether your child is buying lunch or not. The menu has been changing more often than we anticipated. Thank you!

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, 2/27 - Board Meeting at 7:00 in the Conference Center

Wednesday, 3/01 - Elementary PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, 3/02 - Read Across America Day (bring favorite books in and wear clothes with writing)

Friday, 3/03 - End of the 2nd Trimester at Craddock and Student Rally!

Monday, 3/06 - No School (PD Day for Staff) **Recent board-approved change to the district calendar.

Tuesday, 3/07 - Spring Conferences Night #1

Thursday, 3/09 - Spring Conferences Night #2

Friday, 3/10 - Trimester 2 Gather Reports Go Live for Parents

Tuesday, 3/14 - 1st Grade Donut Day from 7:45 - 8:25 in the Cafeteria/Gym

Wednesday, 3/15 - 2nd Grade Donut Day from 7:45 - 8:25 in the Cafeteria/Gym

Week of March 20th - Principal Pals :)

Saturday, 3/25 - Sunday, 4/02 - Aurora Spring Break

Wednesday, 4/05 - Elementary PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, 4/07 - No School (Good Friday)

Monday, 4/10 - No School (Easter Monday)

Wednesday, 5/03 - 2nd Grade Performance at AHS Auditorium

Monday, 5/15 - K to 1st Grade Parent Orientation at 6:00 at Craddock

Friday, 5/19 - Field Day for Craddock

Thursday, 5/25 - Lunch on the Lawn for 2nd Grade

Thursday, 5/25 - Last Day of School - HAPPY SUMMER!

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Donut Days are Coming March 14th and 15th!

AEPTO and the Elementary Principals are bringing back a parent and student favorite, Donut Days! We are inviting ONE parent or special adult to come in and have a donut with their student before school.

FIRST GRADE WILL BE 3/14 7:45-8:25

SECOND GRADE WILL BE 3/15 7:45-8:25

Parents AND students will be dismissed from the gym. Parents need to be out of the parking lots by 8:40 to allow for safe arrival of the busses. You will not be allowed to walk your child to their classroom.

We will be serving donuts from Mad Batter's in Bainbridge and will be providing fruit and drinks. We will be offering nut free options for those with allergies.


Please RSVP at the link below! You can also sign up to volunteer to help if you wish!

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Spring Conference Letter

Please click for more information on our upcoming spring parent/teacher conferences.

Latest ACSD Update from Mr. Roberto

Please view the Superintendent’s video update to all Aurora City School District (ACSD) families for 1/25/23 at the link below.

Video Link:

Key points in the video include:

-Update on New Potential Construction

-Parent/Teacher Conference Reminders

-Change in the School Calendar: No School 3/6/23

-Thank you to the Aurora Board of Education

Important Links

Transcript Link

PDF Transcript Link

ThenDesign Architecture (tda) Presentations

tda Primary Submission Presentation (Round 1)

tda Secondary Submission Presentation (Round 2)

AEPTO Spring Flower Sale

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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Craddock's Nurse, Mrs. Courtad

Hello Craddock families! I have a district cell phone I am using now that will allow me to have much more convenient access to you! Please know you may receive a text from me for minor clinic visits. Any serious issues I will address with a phone call. You are welcome to store the number and can also send me a message during school hours with any questions or concerns for your child. Feel free to email as well! My school cell number is 330-285-3714. Take care and stay healthy!

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News from Our School Counselor, Mrs. Ambrosia

Hello Families! I am happy to share that all Craddock students have benefited from a review of expected behaviors within their individual classrooms. All classrooms focused on the following nine expected behaviors:

  1. I can use walking feet.

  2. I can use a safe body.

  3. I am ready to learn.

  4. I can share, take turns and wait.

  5. I can stop, think and make a good choice.

  6. I can listen and follow directions right away.

  7. I can clean up.

  8. I can be a good friend and use kind words.

  9. I can only worry about myself (role model skills).

I will continue to support students with a positive focus on these expected behaviors!

Moving forward, we will focus on the topics of kindness, diversity and inclusion. During this month of February, our focus will be to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week and Black History Month.

Beginning next week, we will focus on the following kind acts each day:

Monday, February 13- Tell someone, “Good job.”

Tuesday, February 14- Give a silent wave.

Wednesday, February 15- Say, “Hi!” to someone you don’t normally talk to.

Thursday, February 16- Give three students a compliment.

Classrooms will visit these topics in varying ways, but I wanted to share with you some of the activities and resources your children may be referring to at home:

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation | Kindness at Home

Kindness Slide-Ambrosia

K-2 Diversity & Inclusion Literature for Families

As always, please reach out with any questions! I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend at home with your families!

Lindsey Ambrosia

School Counselor

Miller Elementary School

330.562.6199, ext. 5414

Craddock Elementary School

330.562.3175, ext. 1260

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Important PTO Information

Click Here to Join Aurora's PTO

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