Paw Prints September 2021

The Newsletter of Auburn Early Education Center

Principal's Message

Hello AEEC Families,

Welcome to September! We had an excellent first month. Students are enjoying being back in school with their friends and teachers, and classrooms are abuzz with engaged, active learners. We thank you for all of your support with helping your child, as well as AEEC, get off to such a great start. Below is a bit more information about some upcoming events in the month of September.

STEM Night: Thursday, September 9th is our STEM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The fun activities for this event are led by Auburn High School’s Technology and Robotics Clubs. We hope you can join us! It runs from 5:45-7:00 pm in the Tigers Den.

Constitution Day: Friday, September 17th is Constitution and Citizenship Day. This day is to commemorate the creation of the oldest national constitution still in existence and to honor the privileges and responsibilities of US citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Our students will engage in activities around this topic on the 17th.

Vision Screenings: All Kindergarten and 2nd grade students participate in vision screenings each year. This year is Sept. 15th for Kindergarten and Sept. 16th for 2nd Grade. As soon as results are back, we will send home to the families.

Thank you again for your support of AEEC and your child's education!

Matt Bruner, Principal

Curriculum News

Welcome back to another exciting school year at AEEC! We are so thrilled to be back in school with your child(ren). Students have been busy building relationships, learning routines and procedures, and building a strong community within their classroom.

While at AEEC, one of our main goals is building a strong foundation of reading and writing for your child to build upon as he gets older. Reading is very complex and requires for many components (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, oral language, etc.) to be explicitly and systematically taught. We are working hard with your child every day to build a strong reading foundation, but the learning doesn’t stop at school. Having your child read for pleasure at home, having conversations, and learning through playing are all valuable moments in helping your child build a strong reading and writing foundation. Honestly, we just want to build a LOVE for reading in your sweet child.

I am providing an excellent research-based resource for you to look at any time you have a spare moment. Please visit this website: Reading Rockets will provide you insight to all things reading-including blogs, research-based articles, and advice from the experts. I hope you enjoy learning from this website.

Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions at I will be happy to help as best as I can with any questions. I hope you have a happy month of September!

Always Choose Kindness,

Dr. Dorman

Title 1 News

Hello everyone and welcome to September which is a wonderful month to balance out the light and heavy; sweet and spicy; and coolness of being able to return to school. As we balance school, life, and all things, I want you to know reading and math interventions are here and will be matched to meet the needs of our students who are still a little wobbly from the summer slides. Reading interventions will focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Math interventions will focus on number sense, numbers and operations, number talks, number thinking, measurement, data, and geometry. As we strive to meet the needs of our students, please feel free to contact me at the school or email me at if you have any questions or concerns. I will be more than happy to help. Thanks, and let us make it a September to remember!

Counselor News

Our word of the month is "Initiative". Initiative means seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Below are some ways that your child can show initiative at home:

-Volunteer to do the dishes after dinner.

-During breakfast, write one or two goals to accomplish during the day.

-During recess, organize a fun game for your classmates.

We love seeing AEEC students show initiative at school and hearing about ways that they did this at home!

Nurse News

Welcome to the new school year! It is so good to see all of our returning students and new friends! Please note that Vision Research will be here for kindergarten screenings on September 15th & 2nd grade screenings on September 16th. Forms should have already been sent home. Please return them in the blue weekly folder. Please read the ACS Wellness Policy guidelines and do not send medications with your student to school. Please call with any questions. Looking forward to a happy and healthy school year!

Students should stay home from school if they:

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or more
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Vomiting, nausea or abdominal pain
  • One or more episodes of diarrhea
  • Complains of severe earache, with or without fever
  • Severe sore throat with symptoms indicating possible strep throat
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Persistent cough
  • Any sore oozing fluid or pus

  • Students may return to school:
  • 24 hours after fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
  • 12 hours after last episode of vomiting and diarrhea
  • 24 hours after their first dose of medication with a diagnosis of strep throat or conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Media Center News

Things are off to a great start in the library! It has been wonderful having our students back in the library for library media classes this year! Our library media lessons have focused on reviewing library procedures, expectations and book care. Second grade and first grade have begun checking out library books. Our second graders have been helping first graders use their shelf markers to learn the checkout procedures. Next week they will be assisting our kindergarten students with book checkout. It’s so nice to have responsible students to help teach library skills. We’re so excited about working with your children this year in the library! If you need information about our library, go to our AEEC website under “Classrooms” and “Specials”. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Sir Richard Steele

Music and Art News

Welcome back to the Art Room! We’ve spent the first few weeks learning and practicing art room procedures while completing some drawing and watercolor activities, but now we’re ready for our first big project! All students are now beginning to work on Square1Art projects. Square1Art is a fundraising company that provides the opportunity to purchase your child’s artwork reproduced on various products, while directly supporting the art program here at AEEC. Just for participating, every child will get a sheet of stickers with their artwork on it for FREE. Those stickers will come home with an order form later this Fall along with everything you need to know about purchasing should you choose to do so. Kindergarteners have been working on some beautiful colorful hearts. First graders are creating sunflowers inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. And, second graders are creating Wayne Thiebaud inspired cupcakes. It has been so wonderful to welcome students back into the art room!

This month in Music, we are diving into locomotor and non-locomotor movement, learning simple songs, action songs, echo songs, and call-and-response songs, and distinguishing between our four voice types (shouting, speaking, singing, and whispering). We have also begun to play classroom instruments and learn about the four instrument families: Percussion, Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings.

PTO News

Click on the MySchoolBucks link to purchase your AEEC PTO membership for the 21-22 school year.

I hope that everyone is adjusting well to the new school year. The PTO has some exciting events happening over the next few months. On October 5th-7th we will have the opportunity to enjoy sweet treats from TCBY with a portion of proceeds going to AEEC.

Our annual fundraising campaign will begin October 15th. Help us make this year’s campaign extraordinary as we celebrate 30 years of excellence at AEEC! Be on the lookout for more information.

We look forward to partnering with the staff and families to make this a fantastic school year. Thanks for all your support!

Katie Guess

PTO President

*Click on the MySchoolBucks link to purchase your AEEC PTO membership for the 21-22 school year.

Upcoming Dates for AEEC

September 6: Labor Day Holiday/No School

September 9: STEM night @ AEEC 5:45pm-7pm

September 13: Homeroom School Group Pictures/Individual Picture Makeups

September 13: Progress Reports Sent Home

September 15: Kindergarten Vision Screenings

September 16: Second Grade Vision Screenings

September 17: Constitution Day