Paw Prints 🐾 February 2021

The Newsletter of Auburn Early Education Center

Principal's Message

Hello AEEC Families!


February is off to a wonderful start! The springtime is typically full of school events and welcoming families. Hopefully soon we will be back to that again soon. Until then, we continue to share many fun and enriching activities with our students each day.


Pep Rally: Last Friday’s pep rally featured the word RESPONSIBILITY. Our animal for the month was a German Shepherd. Our students learned they show responsibility as they are often used as police support, guide dogs, airport security, military support, and more. Our featured guests were ACS’s very own School Resource Officers Sergeant Jim Perry and Officer Brandon Elliot, along with APD dog Ikea.


Principals of the Day: We enjoyed fun days with Delaney Kebe, Townes Carmichael, and Reynolds Phillips as they spent the day as principals! These students earned the recognition as they were top contributors for the Color Me AEEC campaign drive.


School Counseling Week: The theme "School Counselors: All In for All Students," is Feb. 1-5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. We celebrate and appreciate our school counselor, Mrs. Brittany Handley!


Book Fair: February 22-26 marks our spring book fair. Like in the fall, students and parents will be able to shop without touching and order virtually in order to keep our book fairs a healthy experience!


Chappy’s Deli Spirit Night: We had a great turnout for our restaurant spirit night! A percentage of the proceeds go right back to our school! We thank our family and community for their continued support.


Core Essentials – KINDNESS: For our character education value for February, we are working with the word kindness. We are learning this as “Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.” We should be able to Say It, Know It, See It, Be It! We show videos on Tiger Cub TV, hear about it on the announcements, and model in the classrooms and hallways. Way to go Tiger Cubs!

Curriculum News

Happy February! For this month, I would like to share with you the “Gradual Release Model” that Auburn City Schools has chosen as their instructional model for all teachers and educators to use daily when implementing the Literacy Frameworks of reading, writing, and mathematics.

The “Gradual Release Model” is a research-based instructional model that shows the process of learning from teacher-provided focused instruction to independence of learning activities from students. This model is used daily in classrooms and supports student independency in all aspects of learning. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Always Choose Kindness- Dr. Dorman

Title 1 News

Create a Book!

Let us open up our hearts and create a book for the month of February. Encourage your child to become a creative author and illustrator. Let them write and draw their own story to share with family and friends. Book creation is a great tool that will teach your student to fall in love with reading and make connections with learning. It gives students a platform for sharing their experiences with peers and others. Creating a book makes books relevant to the child and gives them a sense of pride and ownership. Make sure your child has lots of fun while creating a book this February!

Counselor News

During the month of February we will be learning all about KINDNESS and how to show others how valuable and important they are to us by the way we treat them. We will be doing so many fun random acts of kindness activities throughout the month. Remember to pay it forward…it doesn’t cost any money to spread kindness. Kindness is contagious.

We will also continue learning about conflict resolution and the importance of relationships in our guidance classes.

Nurse News

Healthy Hearts:

February is American Heart Month. This is a time to bring awareness to heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is often preventable. At AEEC, we are taking steps to reduce our risk by making physical activity part of our daily routine and having healthy meals served during lunch. Please stay tuned for ways that you can participate in Jump Rope for Heart through our PE program to help raise support the American Heart Association.


Health Reminders:

As you have seen, exposures to Covid-positive family and friends continue to rise. Please check your child for any symptoms before sending them to school. If anyone in your household has a pending Covid test, do not send your child to school until a negative test has been received. If someone in your household tests positive, do not send your child to school. Please notify the school nurse for further information. Thank you!


Click on the link to see the Auburn City School Spring 2021 plan.

ACS Return to Learning Plan Spring 2021

Media Center News

We hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Break and did a lot of reading! We have been busy reviewing library book care and exploring some really cool coloring apps. Here are a few friendly reminders regarding library books. Library books may be checked out for a two-week period if needed. Since we are not having flex media and students only see us once a week, you may want to remember to return library books each week on your student’s scheduled library day. Please remember to keep library books away from food and drinks and watch out for those water bottles in the backpacks. Mark your calendars for our Spring Book Fair, beginning Monday, February 22nd and running through Friday, March 5th. We will run it like we did the fall book fair. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Music and Art News

This month in Music, we are beginning our unit on French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals. We are engaging in listening and beat-keeping activities, locomotor and non-locomotor movement, and hands-on projects to correspond with the different movements in this fun and exciting piece. Each movement in the piece reflects a different animal or group of animals. Ask us about Carnival of the Animals!


This month in Art Class we’ve been discussing the concept of space in art and creating winter themed landscapes. Kindergarten took a look at Canadian artist Ted Harrison’s bright colorful winter landscapes and created polar bears in a setting inspired by his work. First graders have been learning all about foreground, middle ground, and background in artwork while also learning about mixing tints and shades of paint. They’ve painted a snowy landscape with evergreen trees at various distances. Second graders listened to the Robert Frost poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and discussed the setting before creating a winter evening landscape inspired by the poem.

PTO News

Click on the MySchoolBucks link to purchase your AEEC PTO membership for the 20-21 school year.

Upcoming Dates for AEEC

February 2: Chappy's Deli Restaurant Night 4-8 pm (Dine in or Takeout)*Make sure to tell them you're with AEEC!!

February 11: Second Grade Vision Screenings

February 12: Valentine's Class Parties

February 15: Progress Reports Go Home

February 16-18: Second Grade OLSAT Testing

February 22-March 5: Book Fair

February 26: Pep Rally 8:00am