Paw Prints 🐾 March 2022

The Newsletter of Auburn Early Education Center

Principal's Message

Hello and Happy March!

It has been a fun week so far with more activities to come as we celebrate Read Across America Week. Thank you or participating! See remaining dress-up days below under Upcoming Dates.

Multicultural Fair/Literacy Night is on Thursday, April 21st from 5:30-6:30 pm. Please consider sharing your culture and customs! We are still looking for families to participate. See more information here:

Grade level showcase nights are on! Come see your child's art work, music performance, writing, and visit the classrooms!

- Kindergarten Showcase Event: April 7th, 5:30-6:30 pm.
- 1st Grade Showcase Event: March 31st, 5:30-6:30 pm.
- 2nd Grade Showcase Event: May 10th, 5:30-6:30 pm.

Spring Picture Day is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd. These are individual pictures that you will have the opportunity to purchase.

Kindergarten Kickoff is planned as a live event at AEEC this year! Please help spread the word should you know of rising families. This will be Thursday, April 28th from 5:30-7:00 pm.

2nd Grade ACAP Testing starts at the end of this month! March 29th, 30th is Reading and April 12th, 13th is Math. Testing begins each day at 8:00 am.

Family lunches may now resume. If you decide to join your child for lunch, please remember these important steps:
- Identify the exact time through the classroom teacher. Please arrive and depart during that time slot as not to interrupt instructional time.
- Remember your ID and check in at front office to get your visitor sticker.
- We have tables set up in each pod to eat with your child. Other friends will not be able to join at this time.
- Check with your child’s teacher first, but weather permitting, you may also be able to eat at tables in courtyard spaces adjacent to some classrooms.

Thank you for your continued support as we wrap up the 3rd quarter and enter the final 9 weeks of the year on March 21st!

Curriculum News

Happy March! March is always a beautiful month when spring starts to shine brightly and the days become warmer. Teachers and students are in full swing getting ready to enjoy Read Across America, Spring Break, and finally to begin the fourth nine weeks on March 21st. I always feel that these last three months fly by with so much happening in our schools.

For this month, I would like to share with you a link about the importance of understanding working memory and why it is important. When you have time, please click this link:

Working Memory

The link will take you to a highly respected site to share with you information on working memory and its impact on reading. The link will take you to a short read and a video.

I hope you have a wonderful month in March. It is always a busy one at school, and I hope you enjoy your spring break.

Please never hesitate to reach me via email at or phone me at (334) 887-4950 if you have any questions or concerns.

Always Choose Kindness,

Dr. Dorman

Title 1 News

I am so excited about March and all the “Reading Madness” that it brings. Our children shall take the time to celebrate “Read Across America” since March is designated as National Reading Month. We will have a reading party with Dr. Seuss books, design reading contests, plan literacy events, and partake in reading activities filled with reading fun for our students. The goal is to get and keep our student motivated to read every day of the year. So everyone please help us reach the goal of motivating children by putting a spotlight on reading!

Counselor News

March's Core Essential word is "cooperation". Cooperation means working together to do more than you can do alone. At school, we are discussing and working on ways to help friends with something in order to accomplish a goal. Students will share times when they worked alone and how it might have been helpful to have someone help. They will also discuss a time when they worked together with a team toward a common goal. We will all look for ways to show others that we are willing to cooperate. Together, we can do a lot more!

Nurse News

March is brain injury awareness month. Here at AEEC we follow concussion protocols and screen students. We wanted to want to share this information on concussions as the weather warms up and outside play time increases.

A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young, developing brain and need to be addressed correctly.

You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after an injury or may not appear or be noticed until hours or days after the injury. Please monitor your child after any head injuries and be in communication with the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns. We truly appreciate your helpfulness in keeping our students safe!

Media Center News

In library media classes , we constructed a Super Car with our VexGo kits and explored the genre biography. Our Spring Book Fair was another success! We cannot thank you enough for supporting this fair and getting great reading materials in the hands of your children! In celebration of Read Across America Week, the library was turned into Dr. Seuss’ Cafe. Our second graders did a great job hosting and reading to all of our first grade and kindergarten friends. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss

Music and Art News

It is such a joy to make music with AEEC’s talented students every day. Each grade level has begun to practice the music programs for our grade level Showcase Nights and we are getting excited to show you what we have learned! 1st Grade will present their show “Jungle Jammin’” on March 31. Kindergarten will follow with their show “School is Cool!” on April 7, and 2nd Grade will take you “Under the Sea” on May 10. We can’t wait for you to be a part of it!

The art room has been bursting with color this month! Kindergarteners have learned all about the rainbow order and have created two different rainbow themed artworks-perhaps your child has come home singing all about our new friend Roy G. Biv? First graders have been working hard on a multi-part tiger artwork in preparation for their upcoming jungle-themed Showcase night. They’ve painted paper, drawn tigers, and are currently collaging their finished pieces together. Second graders circled back to finish some paper plate weavings we started back in the Fall. They also learned all about scientist Wilson Bentley and created snowflake drawings inspired by his research!

PTO News

AEEC Families,

There are some exciting things happening this month! On Thursday, March 3rd, it is spirit night at Mikata Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. You can go anytime from 5:00-8:30 (dine in or take out) and they will give 20% of all sales to our school!

Also, Teacher Appreciation Week is March 28th-April 1st. Be on the lookout for details on how we are going to celebrate our teachers during this special week! Make sure you follow our PTO Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest news ‘AEEC PTO 2021-2022’!

Thanks for your support of our wonderful staff and school!


Upcoming Dates for AEEC

February 28-March 4 Read Across America Week/Dress-up Days *See Flyer

February 28/Monday: Reading Jogs the Mind (wear athletic of fitness apparel)

March 1/Tuesday: Hats Off to Reading (wear a hat)

March 2/Wednesday: Team Up for Reading (wear team apparel)

March 3/Thursday: Snuggle Up & Read (wear pajamas)/Mikata's Spirit Night

March 4/Friday: Character Day (dress as any book character) & Character Parade (Kindergarten at 8:15am, 1st Gr. at 12:45pm, 2nd Gr. at 10:15am)

March 7-11: Spring Break/No School

March 22: Spring Individual Pictures

March 25: Pep Rally

March 28: Checklists Go Home

March 28-April 1: Teacher Appreciation Week

March 29 and March 30: ACAP Testing for 2nd Graders

March 31: 1st Grade Showcase Night 5:30-6:30pm