Miller Elementary Weekly Update

May 7, 2023

Mrs. Goodman's Message

Hello Miller Families,

This upcoming week is National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! Though you helped us celebrate our staff back in February, I always take the time during this special week to say how much WE APPRECIATE each and every staff member at Miller. Your children adore everyone in our building from Mr. Jimmy and Mr. Anthony who keep our building safe and clean, to nurse Jackie and Jamie who checks on them when they are feeling ill, to Ms. Stacy who helps make our lunches in the kitchen and of course all our amazing educators and paraeducators! THANK YOU! WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Each year, the staff of the Aurora Schools takes time to nominate and recognize a teacher of excellence and classified staff member of excellence. It's one small way we can acknowledge our own colleagues who go above and beyond to impact the children and families in the Aurora Schools. It is humbling to announce that the two award winners for the 22-23 school year are both Miller staff members who impact the lives of your children each and every day!

Stacey Barnes (PE Teacher) and Milka Begovic (Paraeducator) have been selected as the Aurora Teacher and Service Staff Member of the Year for the Aurora City Schools! If you ask anyone about Ms. Milka, or Mrs. Barnes (or Ms. Stacey to our Preschoolers), I'm sure everyone will have a story to share, a compliment to give and they too have felt the devotion and love from these two extraordinary educators. Your children are so lucky to have them in their lives and I will share that every staff member at Miller feels honored to be partners with Mrs. Barnes and Ms. Milka each day! They both will be honored at the May 22nd Board of Education Meeting. Please help me congratulate the two of them and say MANY THANKS for their continued and unwavering dedication!

Finally, we wanted to share that yearbooks will be delivered to Miller during the week of May 22nd. We will distribute them to students who pre-ordered a yearbook. We always get a few extra in case families did not get one. We will sell the extras we have on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information to come!

All the best!

Maria Goodman

Miller Elementary School - Principal



Principal Pals - Week of May 8th

At the end of each year, I like to celebrate with all classes with an activity called Principal Pals. I will make a visit to each class, read a story and pass out a small treat. This year we will be serving a fruit juice frozen slushie cup. I have included the ingredient list for everyone to review. If you have a specific request that your child should not have this treat, please email your child's teacher so we can have an alternative option provided. I'm looking forward to celebrating with each class!
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A Message from Mrs. Menta - Craddock Principal

Greetings Families of Incoming First Graders!

It is hard to believe but, we are fully in the planning phase for the 23-24 school year. Below you will find the link to a Student Placement Parent Feedback form. While I cannot accept specific teacher requests, you are invited to fill out the short Google form linked below to share what type of teacher your child does best with. I will personally read all of those submissions and combine your thoughts with the information from our school staff to make the best placement for your child. If you would like your feedback considered, please fill out this form instead of emailing me. It helps me greatly to stay organized and have all of this important information in one place! You are also more than welcome to come in and meet with me to talk about your thoughts. My contact information is below.

We need to begin placement of students in approximately one month, so any feedback you'd like to provide must be to me no later than Friday, May 12th if you would like it considered. Thank you and please reach out with any questions, concerns or feedback!

Slider and the CLE Hot Dogs are Coming to Miller - Thurs. May 18th

As you've seen in earlier newsletters, Slider and the CLE Hot Dogs will be coming to Miller on Thursday, May 18th! This will be our final PBIS celebration to honor all our efforts of being respectful, responsible, and problem solvers all year long! Children can wear Guardians Gear, or Red, Yellow, or White in support of their favorite condiment! This will be a fun-filled day!

Due to scheduling constraints and our unique AM/PM school schedule, we only have the CLE team in the afternoon on Thursday, May 18th at 1:45. If your child is in AM preschool or kindergarten, you are invited to bring your child to school for this event. We understand this brings a little extra scheduling on your part, but we're hopeful with advance notice you and your child can come to Miller for this event. If you have a particular need or have any questions, please feel free to call or email me and I'm happy to help troubleshoot.

I also want to share that we are aware some children may be a little shy around costumes. We will be seated on the grassy area of our playground away from Slider and the Hot Dogs. We have a calm room if needed and it would be helpful if you communicate any concerns with me or your child's teacher.

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Spring Music Updates

Hello Families!

We wanted to share that we have an additional music educator, Mr. Justin Moore, joining us to teach our afternoon music classes for the remainder of the year. Mrs. Iriarte will still be teaching classes that have music in the morning, so your children may still have her as their music educator. Mr. Moore has been a music educator in the district for the past year and a half and is stepping in and teaching in the afternoons. If you have any questions, please let us know! Welcome, Mr. Moore!

The spring is full of musical sounds and your child has been wonderfully learning about rhythm patterns, moving to the beat and choreographed movements to folk partner songs with classmates. We are sharing a digital music performance with our kindergarten families this year instead of a music concert. Your classroom teacher will share this copy by the end of the school year.

Look for a few sneak previews in ClassDojo this spring as we continue to learn and grow in our musical abilities!

All the best,

Mrs. Iriarte, Mr. Moore, and Mrs. Goodman

Important Dates and Events

Week of May 8th - Principal Pal Celebrations

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

Thursday, 5/18 - Cleveland Guardians Assembly w/Slider & the CLE Hot Dogs 1:45 PM

Tuesday, 5/23 - Kindergarten Visit to Craddock & Preschool Visits Kindergarten

Tuesday, 5/23- Preschool Graduation @ 5:30 PM Miller Playground (See Invitation)

Wednesday 5/24 - End of the Year Parties (Volunteer Sign-ups Coming Soon)

Thursday, 5/25 - Last Day of School - Preschool Family Party on the Playground (AM 11:00-11:30 & PM 2:30-3:00)

Extra Clothes

With the warmer temperatures this week, our students enjoyed some messy recess time! Although we make parts of our outdoor play areas off-limits, little children seem to find the mud from time to time.

1: Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack. This includes extra socks and underwear. They often feel more comfortable in their own clothing.

2: Our clinic is running low on pants. If your family has a pair of girls or boys pants that your child has out grown and you would be willing to donate to our school, we would appreciate any donations. Please send in washed items labeled "Extra Clinic Clothes" and we will put them to good use. Thank you!

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ACSD Update from Mr. Roberto

Please view the Superintendent’s video update to all Aurora City School District (ACSD) families for 4/26/23 by clicking the button below.

Key points in the video include:

-Invitation to the Potential Construction Open House Nights

-Shout out to AHS for earning Purple Star status

-Family Kindness Festival Information

Important Links

Transcript Link

PDF Transcript Link

Family Kindness Festival

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

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Important PTO Information

Hello Miller Families! Below are AEPTO updates.

We hope everyone had an amazing time at the Magic Gives Back Show! Thank you to all our PTO Board Members for organizing the fun-filled event!

Foertmeyers Spring Flower Pick Up is Sunday, May 7 10:30am-1:30pm

  • Please remember parents are responsible for the pick up of all items ordered and delivering to anyone who ordered from your child.
  • Any plants that have not been picked up by 1:30 pm on delivery day will be considered a generous donation to Aurora Elementary PTO.

We will also need volunteers to help on pick up day. We will need help unloading the truck when it arrives, and then help loading the items into cars. If you are able to help, please sign up using the link below. Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer!! We appreciate your help!

Flower Pick Up Volunteer Signup

A huge THANK YOU to our chairs - Katie Stump and Anna Kandra - for organizing another successful flower fundraiser! We exceeded our goal and raised $6,364.00!

Upcoming Events

5/3 - Mazzulo's Community Give Back Event

5/7 - Spring flower pick up

5/7 - Magic Gives Back Event

5/25 - Last day of school

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Jen Borman

Aurora Schools Foundation

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