The Leighton News

October 15, 2021

From the Principal

Dear Leighton Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying these beautiful Fall days filled with warm 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 ending today, 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, and innovation-driven projects is contagious. The academic rigor coupled with our supportive, safe, and nurturing learning environments that foster all learners continues to be paramount to our efforts to create the best possible learning environments for each student.

You may have noticed some campus renovations! In working with our grounds and maintenance crew, we have had a few trees on campus that were invasive species and needed to be removed. In their place will be newly sprouted grassy areas and plants to make our campus vibrant and seasonal. When on campus, stop by and check out the newly restored Leighton Garden and Trail. A huge thanks go out to our Fifth Grade teachers, students, and families who have given their time to help cultivate what began as a student-initiated proposal to create a beautification garden project. The garden and trail look great and we are excited to capitalize on the outdoor learning opportunities to come! Thank you to our current student, staff, and parent committee who gave of their Friday evening to help support the renovation of these two areas!

Lastly, we are excited about some upcoming events including Fall Festival, classroom parties, Fall conferences, and an upcoming band concert. Please see the information and important dates below pertaining to each of these items.

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.

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Maria Goodman, Assistant Principal

Spotlight on PBIS!!!

We are looking forward to the awards ceremony that will be held virtually on December 9, 2021, to honor and recognize Leighton Elementary for its strong implementation efforts in creating safe and supportive learning environments and a Bronze Recognition from the State. As previously shared, Leighton Elementary School has been recognized for its success with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for the 2020-2021 school year. PBIS involves teaching students expected behaviors in a consistent and positive way, modeling and acknowledging those behaviors, and helping all students meet expectations and be successful. Since the start of the school year, students have learned, reviewed, and practiced what each of our 3 pillars (being respectful, responsible, and a problem solver) look like and sound like in all areas of the school. Over the past few weeks we have been tapping into our focus skills.

This week's focus skill is I can have a safe body (keep hands, feet, and unkind words to myself)

You can reinforce this skill and other focus skills each week at home by talking with your child about the focus skill, what it looks like and sounds like, as well as different examples of expected behaviors and unexpected behaviors as it relates to the focus skills.

Students are positively reinforced for demonstrating expected behaviors using our token economy of caught being good tickets where they are entered into office drawing for an opportunity to pick out of our PBIS store. We hold quarterly building-wide events and students love seeing which classrooms earn the golden fork to display outside their classroom doors for being respectful, responsible, and problem-solvers during lunch and recess.

We had a great time during our building-wide extra recess event held today to celebrate our students' successes for the first quarter.

Leighton Pride is Building Wide!!!

School Picture Retake Day!

Ripcho photographers will be at Leighton on Monday, November 1st for picture retake day. If you need a new picture form your student can stop in the office and retrieve one.

Counselor's Corner

A quick reminder that October 20th is National Unity Day ~ please wear orange to show your support!!!

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

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


Fall Festival

We are looking forward to the Fall Festival and have a few important reminders about the day:

K-5 we will not be able to host a building-wide parade this year.

PTO head room parents will be contacting a total of 3 parents to help with classroom parties.

Building parties will be from 2:15 -3:15 PM on Friday, October 29th.

Snacks will be provided by PTO at lunchtime.

Costumes may be worn all day to school but need to be tasteful in nature with no masks outside from those worn for Covid prevention.

Fall Conferences

Fall conferences will be here before we know it. Conferences are scheduled for the following dates this year:

Nov. 3rd - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Nov. 11th - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Times should be set up with the classroom teachers and they will be reaching out to schedule conferences with families. We received a lot of positive feedback in regards to virtual conferences last year and will still be holding conferences in this manner, but can also support any face-to-face conferences requested as well. Please let your classroom teacher know your preference upon scheduling.

Mrs. Mastri's Hands On 100's Chart

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PTO News

If you would like to join the PTO please click the link and fill out the form.

Head Room Parent Communication:

If you would like to receive communication from your head room parent, please click on the link and fill out the form.

4th Annual 1 Mile Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk & 5K Haunted Hustle:

Saturday 10/16 at Sunny Lake Park

Schedule: 7:30 AM - Registration Begins

8:30 AM - 1 Mile Race Starts

9:30 AM - 5K Race Starts

Guyette Farms

Looking for a fun way to support the Aurora Elementary PTO and have some fun with your family this Fall? Well, mark your calendars for Friday, Oct 15th between 5 and 8 pm! Guyette Farms in Mantua will be hosting this upcoming fundraiser.

Admission is $7 per person and includes a maze, petting zoo, launcher, corn box, slides, round bale obstacle course, pumpkin bowling, hamster wheels, gourd golf, and hayride to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins from the patch are $.25/lb.

Their market will be open with cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, straw bales, honey, and syrup. They have so graciously offered to donate $2.00 per admission, so let's go have fun and help support the PTO.

Charleston Wrap

We’re already halfway through our Charleston Wrap fundraiser! Have you registered yet? Can you TEXT 10 of your friends & family right now and help us reach our goal? #charlestonwrap #fundraiser #weneedyourhelp Sale extended to 10/29

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Important Dates and Reminders

Friday, 10/15 - End of 1st Grading Period

Friday, 10/22 - Report Cards Distributed

Monday, 10/25 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM

Friday, 10/29 - Fall Festival

Monday, 11/1 - School Picture Re-Take Day

Wednesday, 11/3 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Thursday, 11/4 - LES Band Concert 7:00 PM at High School

Wednesday, 11/10 - PTO Meeting 9:30 AM at the Annex

Thursday, 11/11 to Friday, 11/19 - PTO Book Fair

Thursday, 11/11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Monday, 11/22 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM

Wednesday, 11/24 to Monday, 11/29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

Tuesday, 11/30 - Classes Resume

Tuesday, 11/30 to Friday, 12/3 - PTO Holiday Shop


Click on the link below to view the school lunch menus. We are excited to have the Nutrition Group supporting our lunch program this year. Our students have been enjoying the variety of options. We HIGHLY encourage you to check the menu each week to see if any changes will be occurring.

Student Attendance

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.

Clinic Updates

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 you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tanski in the clinic at 330-954-2285 or email her at

**** 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. We are a google district and utilize google classroom in our 3-5 classes. Please check in with your child's teacher about any google classroom posting and/or assignments in his/her absence.

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Arrival/Dismissal Procedures and Transportation

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

Thank you for your patience as we have worked very hard to ensure a safe, smooth, and rapid arrival and dismissal process.

For transportation information go to: (cut & paste into your browser)

The login information is as follows:

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

Please be reminded we 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