The Leighton News

May 15th, 2022

From the Principal

Dear Leighton Families,

I can not believe there are only 10 more days of school left in the 21-22 school year. It has been such a wonderful school year and the growth our student have shown, both academically and social emotionally, has been amazing to watch. This is such a testiment to the resilency, support, and fostering of ideals of our entire educational community to ensure our learners are future ready. The end of the school year is also a time of reflection to allow us to celebrate our successes and make modifications to areas in which we would like to continue to grow. While our teams within the building are getting ready for summer break, we are also setting ourselves up for another success school year by using data to continually plan for curricular and SEL needs. In the hussle and bussle of the end of the school year we continue to keep the lense of our learners and ensuring to create those small and big moments together to ensure they continue to thrive!

Please be sure to reference the important dates section included at the end of each newsletter for up to date infromation including 2nd to 3rd Grade trip to Leighton, 5th to 6th Grade trip to Harmon, Band and Orchestra concerts; 5th Grade Clap out (Students only with PTO livestreaming the event..please note this is due to safety with cars and bus riders being at capacity in the parking lot), and Field Days (With Kona Ice Trunk treat during lunches). Thank you to our amazing PTO who has once again organized an amazing Field Day experience for our students and helped support several of our end of the school events. Please be sure to check out the pictures for some of the fun events that occured this past week! There will be many more to come!

Thank you for entrusting your children to our care. We are looking forward to having an outstanding end of the school year together. Thank you for all your support, patience, and partnership as we head into the home strech of this school year. Stay tuned for all the end of the year memories we capture in our upcoming newsletter!!

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Mrs. Maria Goodman, Assistant Principal

Principal of the Day!

5th Grade to Harmon Visitations and Upcoming Parent Night!

Just a reminder that Monday, May 16th is the 5th Grade visit to Harmon Middle School at 9:15am. Incoming 5th graders will walk (or bus, if raining) over to Harmon Middle School for a student orientation! Then at 7:00pm, 5th grade parents are invited to attend the Parent Orientation in the Harmon Middle School Cafeteria.

Thank you and enjoy the day!

Mr. Mark Abramovich, Principal

Mr. Ryan Beaumount, Assistant Principal

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Counselor's Corner

As we get ready to close another school year, I wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU for your continued support. What a blessing it is to have the support of so many in our community!

For May, our class lesson topic is College and Career Readiness. Each student has the presentation loaded into our School Counseling Google Classrooms. Please be sure to take a minute to review it with your child......this would be a great conversation starter to see what interests your child has or is starting to grow in a certain area. Talk to them about your story....the path or paths you have taken to get where you are today!

Have a great summer with your families! See you in August!

Just a reminder to be sure to stop by my Google Site (link below) often as there are many useful resources located on it.

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


Grade 4 Track and Field Event

Grade 5: Leighton Leaders : Selling Bracelets and Lemonade to Fight Childhood Cancer

Spotlight on PBIS

We continue to capitalize on opportunities to teach and reinforce our 3 pillars of Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being a Problem Solver through our daily words and actions and celebrate our students' successes with "caught being good tickets." Each week we teach our students "focus skills" based on the data from the previous week including any referrals or situations that have arisen. This week's focus skill is I can stop, think, and make a good choice.

Our UDL (Universally Designed Lessons) hone in on each focus skill allowing us to explicitly teach those skills, reinforce them, and connect them to our strategic vision including our 6 competencies of a learner (critical thinker, collaborator, innovator, resilient, balanced, and empathetic). Ms. Mazzella also capitalizes on teaching these skills in her classroom lessons focused on various topics including friendships, growth mindset, perseverance as it relates to school work, etc.

We announced our next Golden Fork winners and congratulations went out to Mrs. Core, Mrs. Landberger, and Mrs. Skeels! These classrooms earn this honor by demonstrating our 3 pillars in the lunchroom and at recess while following all the expectations. These classrooms will be passing the Golden Fork along to the next winning classes to display outside their classroom doors next week.

Our next monthly PBIS office raffle will be Wednesday, May 25th. Students are busy turning in their caught being good tickets to the office and we are busy getting ready for our building-wide drawing! Caught being good tickets will be read over the announcements and students will pick a prize from our PBIS rewards cart.

You might have heard that during the month of May each classroom has two secret missions which are tied to our 3 pillars and focus skill for students to work on earning Monday- Thursday of each week. On Friday, all classes who have earned their secret mission will earn a "Fun Friday" reward and a chance to earn the Principal's award.

Lastly, our 4th quarter PBIS building wide reward will be a school wide Bingo Event! Thank you to our PTO for helping with prizes for this fun event!

Here are some great resources to support your PBIS efforts at home. Thank you for your partnership!

Leighton Pride is Building Wide!


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PTO News


THANK YOU to all who ordered from our spring Foertmyer & Sons fundraiser!!!

PICK UP for the flowers is this SUNDAY MAY 15th in the Leighton Parking lot from 9:15am - 1:00pm


We are happy to let you know that we will be holding 5th Grade Field Day on Thursday May 26th if you would like to volunteer please use the link below

3rd & 4th Grade Field Days will be held on Friday May 27th.

On Friday May 27th the PTO is providing Gionino's Pizza for lunch for all grade levels. We have sign ups to help supplement a side and water. Please see the links below if you can help.


Our PTO is supplying Kona Ice for all students for Field Days. The shaved ice truck will be visiting Leighton Elementary School on Thursday May 26th and Friday May 27th during each grade's recess.

We have included important allergen information for you to know about the ice flavor concentrates used on the icy treat. If your child requires an alternative option, please let your child's teacher know and we will make sure an allergy-safe option is provided. Additionally, if you do not want your child to have the flavored ice treat, please reach out to your child's teacher and we will provide an alternative option.

Want to Help Next Year?

Use this link to sign up to chair events next year. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Special Olympics Event

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Aurora Schools Foundation

The Aurora Schools Foundation funds innovative grants that are outside of the school budget.

Each year, the Aurora Schools Foundation offers three $1000 scholarships to deserving seniors who demonstrate a commitment to community service, among other qualities. This year, a generous donation to ASF provided a fourth scholarship in memory of Jerry Kohanski. ASF received and reviewed sixty-two essay submissions and awarded scholarships to the following individuals:

June LaGalbo - The City of Aurora Bicentennial Scholarship | $1000

Elizabeth Crawford - The Linda Allenspach Scholarship | $1000

Brandon Witmer - The Aurora Schools Foundation Scholarship | $1000

Devon Salgado - Special Scholarship in memory of Gerald Kohanski | $1000

We are so blessed to have a wonderful PTO and Aurora Schools Foundation to support our staff, students, and teaching and learning! If you would like to learn more about Aurora Schools Foundation, please visit their website at

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Important Dates and Reminders


9 2nd to 3rd Grade Parent Orientation (6:30 PM)

11 4th-Grade Track Meet at High School (PE event)

16 5th Grade to Harmon (Building Tour@9:15- 10:30am)

16 5th to 6th Parent Orientation at Harmon Middle School @ 7:00pm at Harmon

18 LES Orchestra Concerts at High School 4th-Grade (6:30 PM) & 5th-Grade (7:30 PM)

23 Grade 2 Visits Leighton Elementary (9:30 am-10:30am)

24 LES Band Concert at High School (7:00 PM)

26 5th-Grade Field Day

27 3rd & 4th-Grade Field Day

27 5th Grade Student Clap Out (3:20pm- students only/PTO Livestream video shared with parents)

27 End of 4th Grading Period

27 Report Cards Distributed


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Please see some reminders in regards to our car rider line

1. When a teacher shows the stop signal with their hand or does not motion for your child to exit the car please do not let them get out of the car.

2. Please DO NOT pull around cars unless a teacher motions you around. This is for the safety of our students.

3. Please make sure your child is ready to go when they reach the front of the car line.

4. Please be sure to have your orange tag in your car window visibly so staff can see it when calling students to cars. If you need another orange tag, please ask a staff member who is outside.

Thank you for your help in making the car line run as smoothly and safely as possible.


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.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures and Transportation

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

Thank you for all your assistance on helping us make sure our arrival and dismissal procedures are safe, smooth, and rapid.

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