Miller Elementary Weekly Update

October 16, 2022

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Mrs. Goodman's Message

Hello Miller Families!

I hope your family is enjoying this extended long weekend! As a reminder, we do not have school on Monday 10/16 as our staff will be participating in our Professional Development Day. This day is filled with experiences and presentations to help our staff continuously improve their craft of teaching and learning.

This upcoming week will be a busy one at Miller! As shared in communication from Mr. Roberto, our district will be participating in a full-scale practice evacuation drill on Tuesday, October, 18th. Our staff participates in ongoing safety training and this is one of many required activities to ensure we are continuously preparing for emergency events. Just like fire drills and tornado drills, we approach the situation with kid-friendly language and developmentally appropriate measures. We will be evacuating to Leighton Elementary school and as Mr. Roberto shared, you will receive communication about the event. We shared a social story with your child this previous Thursday which tells about the event and what to expect. If your child was absent or you would like to view the story, please see the link below.

This Wednesday we will be participating in Aurora's UNITY DAY and ask that our littlest Greenmen wear ORANGE to show our unity as a school community.

I hope you are enjoying the weather this weekend along with some amazing Cleveland Sports! GO, GUARDIANS!

I will be communicating more detailed information about our Fall Festival and Costume parade in the days ahead so please stay tuned!


Maria Goodman

Miller Elementary School - Principal

330-954-2189 Email

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Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

It is hard to believe how quickly our first quarter of the school year is passing by! Each fall, we spend time connecting with families either with a parent-teacher conference or parent-school team meeting. Conferences will be offered on Thursday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 25th. There may be some additional days and times and your child's teacher will communicate more specific information. This year, conferences will be held at school with your child’s teacher, but if that does not work for your family schedule, you will have the option for a virtual or phone conference. We are very excited to meet with each of you to share all of the successes your child has experienced since starting preschool or kindergarten and what we have in store for the months ahead!

Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to Miller

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Miller during the week of November 7th-11th! Your child will get to preview books with a special shopper and have the opportunity to purchase books on another day. Please use the link below to view information about our upcoming book fair and payment options instead of sending in cash or check! Thank you to all the volunteers for organizing such a wonderful opportunity to bring books to our students!


We will be hosting a Family Shopping Night on Wednesday, November 9th from 5:00-7:30PM.

Fall Festival Party

This year, we want to celebrate the fall season with our students as well as enjoy the traditions of dressing up in costumes at school. I want to share some of the guidelines that we will be implementing for our Fall Parties so you can plan accordingly.

Preschool Fall Festival: Monday, October 31st, 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Kindergarten Fall Festival: Monday, October 31st, 10:30 AM (AM Kinder) & 2:30 PM (Full Day & PM Kinder)

  • At Miller, we are asking that your child brings their costume to school in a bag and they will change before our party times. If your child needs to wear a portion of their costume (specific pants, leggings, or shirt) throughout the day, that is perfectly OK. Please advise that costumes need to be functional, school safe, no weapons can accompany a costume, and no full face coverings. Children will wear their costumes home on the bus.
  • We will be working with our PTO headroom parents to plan fun games or activities, and specific visitors will be allowed into our school for the Fall Festival Party. All visitors will be checking in and no other siblings or guests will be able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • We will have a weather-permitting outdoor costume parade where you can come up to the school and view all your wonderful children! A specific map and times will be shared closer to the date of our party. If the weather conditions are poor, the outdoor parade will be canceled and we will not hold an indoor event.
  • The PTO will be supplying regular or gluten-free Oreos as a sweet treat for our party. More information about the snack will be forthcoming.

Please advise that our costume guidelines are different than the other buildings this year. Our children will not be wearing their costumes all day due to some challenges with restroom breaks throughout the day. We have learned from past experience that many costumes zip and snap in the back and children cannot manage this in the restroom independently.

If you would like to sign up to assist in your child's classroom during the Fall Festival, please use the link below to help out! Thank you!

School Counselor Updates: Mrs. Ambrosia

Greetings Miller Families! I had the pleasure of visiting the Kindergarten classrooms to introduce myself and review playground expectations this month. I’m sure your full-day Kindergarten student would love to show you their favorite activities on the playground using these Miller Playground Safety slides. All students did a great job explaining how they can be respectful, responsible and problem-solvers while on the playground!

Aurora City Schools also partners with several community organizations, including our very own PTO, to connect with families in need of community resources, food, clothing, funds for book fairs or holiday shops, and assistance with holiday gifting or celebrations. This form can be completed when a need arises. As always, please contact me at any time for more information.

Mrs. Lindsey Ambrosia

School Counselor

Miller Elementary

330.562.6199, ext. 5414

Craddock Elementary

330.562.3175, ext. 1260

Important Dates and Events

Friday, 10/14 - No School - NEOEA Day

Monday, 10/17 - No School - Teacher Professional Day

Tuesday, 10/18 - Full-Scale Evacuation Drill

Wednesday, 10/19 - WEAR ORANGE - Aurora Unity Day

Thursday, 10/20 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, 10/25 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, 10/31 - Fall Festival & Costume Party

Monday, 11/14 - Picture Retake Day

School Wide PBIS Skill of the Week

Our teaching and reinforcing of school expectations and appropriate choices has continued with another new skill, "I CAN BE A GOOD FRIEND AND USE KIND WORDS." We often ask our youngest of children to be kind, however do they have the words and language to communicate these expectations. There are many skills wrapped into the statement, "Be Kind." Children have to understand feelings, develop a sense of others, be ready to share, and be ready to show empathy towards other's feelings. The best way to support our children is through modeling and giving them the practice with the language and actions. Here are some statements that you can teach your child so they can clearly communicate with peers and adults:

1- I'm happy/sad/tired/frustrated/excited - (help your child name their feelings.)

2- Can I play with you?

3- No, thank you.

4- I'll let you know when I'm done.

5- Can I have a turn with that when you're done?

For our children developing language skills, use short sentence structures:

1 - Help please.

2- Turn please.

3- My turn.

4- More please.

5- No, thank you.

Our PBIS skill is reinforced with a Greenmen Proud Pom. When we see a child "being a kind friend or using kind words" they earn a pom and help to fill our class bucket and school bucket. You can try this at home to encourage the skill of kindness at home too!

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Reporting Absences

There will be times when your child is ill or needs to miss school due to appointments.

We ask that you call Miller School at 330-562-6199 to either speak with Vicki Wolf or leave a message. Please share your child's first name, last name, teacher, and the reason for the absence. If they are going to an appointment, please ask for a doctor's note to have on file here at school. Thank you!

If your family will have a planned absence due to an event or vacation, you will need to fill out a planned absence form for our schools. Please send in a note requesting this form as soon as you know your anticipated date.

If your child is experiencing illness symptoms and you have questions for our school nurse, Jackie Pawlowski, you may call 330-954-2286. She can help answer any questions.

Important Updates from our Superintendent Mike Roberto

Important PTO Information

Hello Millier Families!

1. Monday, October 24 (11:00am-9:00pm) - Community give back day at Lee Angelos! Lee Angelos is giving back 20% of all sales on 10/24 to AEPTO.

2. Monday, October 31 - Fall Festival!

If you would like to volunteer to help plan the class parties, please click the link below. Please read all information on the sign up sheet. Party guidelines will be sent out to all volunteers.

3. Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30pm - AEPTO Meeting at the C&I Building (off Pioneer, in front of the High School)

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School Nurse: Jackie Pawlowski

Here are some important reminders to ensure the safety of our school community each day:

  • Check your child each day for illness symptoms. If they begin to feel ill, please know she will assess your child and make contact with a family member when necessary.
  • 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 will be calling for you to come and pick him/her up. Please help to support our efforts in this area.
  • Please make sure your Final Forms medical information is up to date. We will closely read the health sections to address any medical concerns.

Finally, please make sure your child has extra clothes in his/her backpack. Accidents and spills happen all the time and it's safe to always have their own clothes in their book bag instead of wearing our spare clothes.