The Eagle's Beak

"Auburn Pride Starts Inside"

September 16, 2022

Dear Auburn Families,

Thank you to the families that came out to Coffee with the Principal today. It was a wonderful way to connect and hear about how the beginning of the year has been so far. I will be hosting these coffees once a month, so if you weren't able to come today, there will be multiple opportunities throughout the year.

As our Read A Thon is winding down, I am challenging students to take a picture of themselves reading and email it to me or post it on one of our social media pages. All students who submit pictures will be entered into a raffle for a book of their choice from the Book Fair!

This week all of the teachers were given release time to be able to meet for data meetings with our reading interventionists. The team analyzed multiple data points and began instructional planning for small groups. This collaborative time together is essential in creating strategic and purposeful instruction in literacy. If your child requires an Individualized Reading Improvement Plan, I will be reaching out to meet with you. It is important that you understand where your student needs support and how we are addressing those needs at school. We will also review what you can do at home to support your student’s literacy skills.

Our school resource officer, Officer Lane, came to our assembly today and talked to the students about staying safe in an emergency. Our philosophy is that students should be prepared, not scared, and Officer Lane did a phenomenal job teaching our kids how to be prepared. Next week we will be having an evacuation drill. During this drill, the entire school will walk to our meeting place, which is the church at Waukegan and Squirrel. We practice this drill, just as we would a fire or tornado drill. We want to make sure that we are prepared for the unlikely event that we would need to evacuate the school.

Enjoy all of the wonderful pictures below!

Ms. Middleton

Rock Stars and Stripes

Students, Mathew M., Carter S. and Daniel M. will be responsible for raising and lowering the flag here at Auburn.


Current Standings:

Top Donations -Matilda L. $400

Top Reader-Dakota J. 660 minutes

Top Class Reader: Sakalian 2088 minutes

Top Class Donations: Allison $885

Keep on reading!!

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  • September 6-20: Read-A-Thon
  • September 16: 5th Grade Instrument Rental at Graham 3:15-5:15pm Media Center
  • September 16, 20, 30: Vision Screening (TK, K, 2nd and 4th Grade)
  • September 19: Picture Day
  • September 22: Early Dismissal 1:35pm
  • September 26-30: Book Fair
  • September 28: PTO Homecoming Float Party 3:45-6pm
  • October 4: Board of Education Meeting 7pm
  • October 5: COUNT DAY & PTO Homecoming Float Party 3:45-6pm
  • October 7: SOTM Breakfast 8am, Ambassadors Assembly 8:45am and Coffee with the Principal 9:45am
  • October 8: PTO Homecoming Float Party 10-12am (if needed)
  • October 10-14: Spirit Week
  • October 12: PTO Homecoming Float Party 3:45-6pm
  • October 13: PTO Meeting 6:00pm in the Media Center
  • October 18: Dentist R Us & Board of Education Meeting 7pm
  • October 19: Kindergarten Field Trip
  • October 20: Half Day 11:45am
  • October 21-24: NO SCHOOL
  • October 24-Nov 11: Conferences (Teachers will send home more info)
  • October 31: Halloween Parade 10am & Early Dismissal 1:35pm

Happy Birthday To You!

September 10th: Briella B.

September 11th: Vanessa C., Zarianna F.

September 12th: Sasha T.

September 13th: RJ C.

September 16th: Braylen R.


School Name: Auburn Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Monday, September 19


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Snack Pantry

We are always in need of healthy snacks for our students. We would appreciate any donations you can provide!!!

Positivity Project- Curiosity

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Curiosity. Curiosity means you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

Curiosity is a crucial component of one’s character. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plotlines of movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places. All individuals experience curiosity but differ in their willingness to experience it -- behaviorally, intellectually, and emotionally.

Individuals with the character strength of curiosity are more likely to ask questions and try new things. Curiosity, then, is a form of courage. Asking questions exposes the fact that we don’t know and trying a new activity means we might fail. But, it’s only through asking questions and exploring new opportunities that we learn and grow.

To practice and encourage the character strength of curiosity with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

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Buddy's Corner

BJ hanging out with his pal Buddy.
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October 14th

ALL Auburn students are welcome to walk in the parade with Auburn's float. Please wear spirit wear or something purple.


Auburn Elementary is participating in the Avondale Homecoming Parade. This year's theme is Hollywood. The PTO plans to do a movie themed float, but we need your help!

September 28th 3:45-6pm

October 5th 3:45-6pm

October 8th 10-12pm (if needed)

October 12th 3:45-6pm

An adult must be present to participate in the Float Parties. Any Auburn students and siblings are welcome to participate.


Large (refrigerator/oven) card board boxes

Large wood wire reels (like you see on construction sites)

5 sheets of poster board

Paint (quarts): 2 black, 4 red, 2 white, 4 grey

44ish Yellow cake plates

Large black permanent markers

6-8 Purple tablecloths

**If you plan to donate please text 586-291-3877, so that we do not end up with duplicates**

The pictures below are the ideas we are basing the float on.

Interested in Volunteering?

Please use this link to fill out the information required to volunteer. We can't wait to see you!


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Specials Calendar

Click here for our specials calendar.
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Breakfast and Lunch Menu

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Meal Magic

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Free and Reduced Lunch

Click the link below for the Free & Reduced lunch application.

Blessings in a Backpack

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Considering the tough economic times and the rising food costs facing our area, we are attempting to help Avondale families by making sure all our children have enough food. “Blessings in a Backpack” is a program designed to provide students on the free and reduced lunch program with enough food for three meals a day during the weekends. This program is a community-based program sponsored by Blessings in a Backpack-Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, the Meijer Corporation, the Avondale Community and will continue for children attending schools in the Avondale School District. If you agree to take part in this program, during the school year, your child will receive a bag filled with purchased food for the weekend. Bags will be dispensed in a discreet and caring manner. The simple

meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned chicken, canned tuna, granola bars, peanut butter, soups, fruit, and other items. For you there is no cost associated with this program. To ensure, as to the best of our ability, to provide for a safe packing environment all volunteers will follow the guidelines established by the Avondale School District. All food will be sent home in disposable plastic bags.

If you would like to have your child participate in this program, fill out the form below and return it to your child’s school AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you have more than one child attending the school, list the names of all children in this school. Please be sure to indicate on the form if your child has any food allergies. If your child has a food allergy, you as the parent are responsible for checking all food labels when the food arrives home.

Avondale School District as well as Blessings in a Backpack-Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Rochester and Meijer will not be held responsible for any accidental food allergen exposure. Return this form to your child’s school OR, sign your child(ren) up to receive Blessings in a Backpack online at:

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Hello Oakland African American Family Network Chairs, Parents, and Leaders,

I hope this message finds each of you in great spirits. Over the coming weeks, the Oakland African American Family Network (OAAFN) in conjunction with the Avondale African American Family Network (AAAFN) will be hosting two, black history tours (e.g., Black Scroll Tours) with Bro. Jamon Jordan in October.

Along with learning more about our history, these events will also provide an opportunity for you and your family to learn more about the amazing work that OAAFN is doing and how each of us can benefit as well as get involved.

For those interested in attending, please complete the Google form (accessible from link below) with this message below. You will be asked to provide your Name, Phone Number, Email Address, and the number of family members attending the tours.

Please contact myself and Tia Marie Sanders if you have any questions.

Thank you.


Bryan D. Castleberry

Chair – Avondale African American Family Network (AAAFN)

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After School Care

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Stop the Silence. Help End the Violence.

Now more than ever, parents and students should familiarize themselves with OK2SAY, which is Michigan’s student safety program to help keep students safe. Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees or schools.

Tips, which can be anonymous, can be reported in 31 different tip categories, including planned school attacks, threats, bullying and more. Tips can be submitted 24/7 in one of the following ways:

  • Call: 8-555-OK2SAY, 855-565-2729
  • Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)
  • Email OK2SAY
  • Visit the OK2SAY website
  • OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for iOS and Android mobile devices.
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