Miller Elementary Weekly Update
December 4, 2022
Mrs. Goodman's Message
Hello Miller Families!
Mr. Roberto shared this week that the spirit of giving is being felt throughout the district! We want to thank the many children and families who participated in our Giving Tree Campaign over the past few weeks. We were able to send in dozens of hats, gloves, scarves, and gift cards to the Center of Hope of Portage County. We want to thank all of the families for supporting this great cause. We have included a picture of some students after we collected all of the donations!
This upcoming week, we also will hold our annual Holiday Shop! This is a special event sponsored by our PTO for your little ones to shop alongside a helper so they can pick out special items and gifts for family members. This allows them to participate in the spirit of giving during the holiday season. Items range in cost from $1.00 to $8.00 and a special envelope will be coming home with your child to list who they will be shopping for and how much your child is allowed to spend. This is an optional activity and we will carefully take our shoppers to the Holiday Shop (in the library) that would like to participate. Preschool and half-day kindergarten will be shopping on Thursday 12/8 and full-day kindergarten will be shopping on Friday 12/9.
Finally, the entire district is participating in the NHS Coin Wars this upcoming week! Please see the flyer below or the one sent home outlining how we will be collecting coins each day. We are looking forward to coming together as a district to kick off another year of giving back.
I hope your family is enjoying this special time of year! I certainly know the hustle and bustle can be very busy but we are enjoying hearing all about the ways you celebrate various holidays and traditions with your family.
Here's to a wonderful week ahead!
Miller Elementary School - Principal
Check out our Book Fair winners! A big thank you goes out to our PTO for another fun-filled event centered around the love of reading!
Nurse Update: Cold, Flu, COVID, & RSV
As you are aware, the current cold, flu, COVID, and RSV season has started out pretty unique in Northeast Ohio. We continue to stress the importance of good hygiene, handwashing, and proper sneeze/cough etiquette. Our youngest children are still developing skills to properly cover their cough and how to use tissues. We want to stress the importance of letting your child rest and recuperate when they are ill or showing symptoms.
Here are some important reminders to ensure the safety of our school community each day:
- Check your child each day for illness symptoms. If they begin to feel ill during the day, please know our school nurse, Jackie Pawlowski, will assess your child and make contact with a family member when necessary.
- 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 will be calling for you to come and pick him/her up. Please help to support our efforts in this area. This also is the protocol if your child is vomiting. They need to be vomit free for 24 hours to return to school.
- We will send a Final Forms notification if there is a communicable disease reported in your child's classroom. This can help you monitor your own child and make informed decisions about symptoms.
- Please make sure your Final Forms medical information is up to date. We will closely read the health section to address any medical concerns.
Finally, please make sure your child has extra clothes in his/her backpack. Accidents and spills happen all the time and they often prefer to have their own clothes instead of wearing our spare clothes.
Lost & Found - Do you see an item that belongs to your child? Please feel free to reply back and we will make sure the item returns back to its owner!
School Counselor Updates: Mrs. Ambrosia
Greetings Families! I have enjoyed visiting the Kindergarten classrooms this week to continue to teach the students about the ZONES of Regulation. This session, we focused on the yellow zone and feeling frustrated, nervous, silly or excited. Our read-aloud was Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. The students were able to identify all the parts in the story where the main character was feeling silly, excited and nervous. They also did a wonderful job pointing out the frustration of Clark’s classmates during his times of silliness! We always end our lessons by reminding ourselves that any feeling is okay, and when we identify our feelings it is helpful to us and others.
On another note, a resource of interest is this awesome site shared with me by our Director of Special Services, Mike Maglionico: On Our Sleeves.
This site is a simple way to gather community resources, contacts, talking points and activities to benefit your family’s well-being and mental health over the holidays. I found the How-To articles super helpful because as a counselor and a parent, I know how I want my students and children to think of themselves, but am often refining the process in which I use to correct their thinking in a more positive way. I hope you find this resource helpful!
(330) 562-6199, ext. 5414
Dismissal and Parking Lot Reminders
We want to give another important reminder about the safety in our parking lot and dismissal area. As you know, our parking is very limited. Please try to find a space that will not block others as well as we need to save our handicap-accessible spaces for those with the correct signs. If there is a space open, please use these first in lieu of creating unmarked spots.
Our afternoon dismissal is growing to be problematic so here are some important reminders:
Preschool Dismissal is first at 3:20 PM
Kindergarten Dismissal is second at 3:30 PM
We created the 10-minute delay so we could clear out one group of children and then move to the next group to ensure safe reunification.
Once we have released your child to you, it is best to clear the dismissal area so we can see other families arriving for dismissal and ensure a safe transfer from school to the caregiver. Our front steps, walkway, and grassy areas are not suited as a play area. There is a lot of traffic and commotion with arrival and dismissal and we don't want to see any accidental injuries.
Please remember this is for the safety of our children and families! Thank you for your cooperation!
School Wide PBIS Skill of the Week
We have finished explicitly teaching all 9 of our school wide PBIS expectations! These skills have been taught and practiced during the first 9 weeks of the school year so that your children can become responsible, respectful, and problem solvers throughout their school day. It's important to remember that many of these skills will need continued practice and repetition so that they become more automatic. We will continue to take notice of areas of strength and areas we need to practice throughout our school day. Here is a reminder of the big ideas that we have been working on.
- I can use walking feet!
- I can have a safe body!
- I am ready to learn!
- I can share, take turns and wait!
- I can stop, think and do the right thing!
- I can listen and follow directions right away!
- I can clean up!
- I can be a good friend and use kind words!
- I can be a good role model and worry about myself!
We will continue to earn Greenmen Proud Poms and celebrate our great choices. As soon as we fill up our classroom buckets and school wide buckets, we will enjoy some fun rewards! Please let us know if you need any support at home reinforcing any of these skills across other settings at home or in other settings.
We ask that you call Miller School at 330-562-6199 to either speak with Vicki Wolf or leave a message. Please share your child's first name, last name, teacher, and the reason for the absence. If they are going to an appointment, please ask for a doctor's note to have on file here at school. Thank you!
If your family will have a planned absence due to an event or vacation, you will need to fill out a planned absence form for our schools. Please send in a note requesting this form as soon as you know your anticipated date.
If your child is experiencing illness symptoms and you have questions for our school nurse, Jackie Pawlowski, you may call 330-954-2286. She can help answer any questions.
Important PTO Information
1. The Giving Tree - Thank you to our chairs, Kristi Kline and Jen Johnson for coordinating this project. Thank you to all the families who donated!
2. Thursday, December 8 - Friday, December 9 - Miller's Holiday Shop
If you would like to volunteer at the Holiday Shop, please use the link below.
The Holiday Shop gives students an opportunity to shop (with a volunteer's help) for holiday gifts! More information will be sent out soon.
Thank you to our chairs, Samantha Nelson and Kate Nixon, for planning this!
3. Thursday, December 8 - Sunday, December 11 - Evexia Community Give Back Days! 8:00am-3:00pm. Just mention PTO when ordering in person or use code PTO to order online. Evexia will give you a 10% discount AND will donate 10% to AEPTO! Flyer is attached.
4. Wednesday, December 21 - Winter Festival classroom parties
Kindergarten AM & Pre-K AM - 10:30am-11:15am
Kindergarten Full Day/PM & Pre-K PM - 2:30pm-3:15pm
If you would like to volunteer, please use the link below to sign up.
5. Save the dates for AEPTO winter family fun events!!
Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Join us for a family night at the Cleveland Monsters Hockey game! Please see the updated attached flyer for more details, including how to purchase tickets. Order forms must be turned in by December 21st. You can send the form and payment to Miller. Please make sure it is in a sealed envelope with PTO on the front.
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Join us for a family night at Kalahari indoor water park! Please see the attached flyer for more details.
12/8-12/9 - Miller's Holiday Shop (more info to come)
12/8-12/11 - Evexia Community Give Back Days
12/21 - Winter Festival Class Parties (more info to come) & Monsters Hockey game form and payment due
12/22-1/3 - No School, Winter Break
1/4 - AEPTO Meeting at 10:00am in the C&I Building
If you have any questions, please let me know!