The Leighton News

January 13, 2023

From the Principals

Dear Leighton Families,

Happy New Year!!! We hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday as we had a great 2 weeks back to school! All of our students did a great job of remembering all routines, expectations, and rekindling friendships. We are very excited and looking forward to all the learning, growth, and gains we will make during the second semester. A special thank you to all of our families who touched our hearts with the gifts prior to the Holidays. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.

Few important reminders and updates to share with our families: Please don't forget that the cold weather is upon us and students should dress in warm clothes including winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc . We typically go out to recess if the "feel like" temperature is between 15-20 degrees or above.

This past week kicked off Winter Benchmarking for reading and math with our Aimsweb Assessments. We are excited to see the continued growth our students have had since the start of the school year.

For our Third Grade families, please continue to be on the lookout for your child's Third Grade score reports and parent letters in regards to the Fall AIR State Tests coming home the first few weeks in January. We are still waiting to receive our parent letters from the State and they are expected very soon. We are looking forward to celebrating our learners successes with you and continuing to help them grow!

You may have noticed that our modular units are still located in the front lot of Leighton. With the winter months on hand, we are at a bit of a standstill but are looking forward to hearing the good news of forward momentum in regards to the movement of the modular units to their location on the Third Grade side of the building and their usage in the future.

Don't forget to stop up at Dairy Queen in Streetsboro on January 18th where Leighton teachers and Principals will be serving Ice Cream on our DQ celebrity day! Mrs. Nizen, Mr. Lehman, and our teachers are looking forward to seeing our students at this fun event!

January is Board of Education Month and we want to give a special thank you to our amazing Board of Education for all they do to support our schools, students, staff, and administration. We celebrate and appreciate each of our Board Members.

We are looking forward to a productive, learning filled second semester. Thank you for your continued support, partnership, and active role in your child's education.

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

Leighton Leaders Hat, Coat, and Glove Drive

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Fun in our Specials!

Counselor's Corner

Our January class lessons have started on RESILIENCY and just like in December, the conversations with the students are going great!!! Please be sure to ask your student about our time together!

National Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 12th -18th. Our February class lessons will focus on Acts of Kindness and I will be posting ideas to share at home on my Google Site.

Be sure to visit my Google Site (often) for updates and fun things we are doing!!

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


Spotlight on PBIS!

Our 3 pillars of being respectful, responsible, and problem solvers make up the heart of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports framework in our K-5 Elementary Buildings. Each week teachers have taught and reinforced these 3 pillars and what each of them looks like and sounds like in all areas of the school. This has been followed by teaching and reinforcing our 11 "focus skills" which support students in making good behavior choices and positively reinforces those choices so we continue to support and promote the prosocial behaviors we want to see! The month of January kicks off our "PBIS Reboot" where re teach or 3 pillars and what it looks like and sounds like in each area of the school. Last week's focus was on being respectful. This week's focus skill is " I can be Responsible ". Next week's focus will be on being a problem solver.

Students are hard at work earning poms and filling up their classroom jars! When these jars are filled, student bring their classroom jars to the office and empty them into the Building Wide Pom Pom Pail!!

Our Pom Pom Pail located in the office is filling fast as excitement builds for our next building wide event!

"Platinum platter" award winners abound as our classes are doing a great job demonstrating our 3 pillars during lunch and recess. Classes are always working to earn "positive compliments" during lunch and recess. Every two weeks, classes who earn the most "positive compliments" earn the right to display the "platinum platter" outside their classroom door for all to see and enjoy popsicles at lunch or an extra recess with Mrs. Nizen and Mr. Lehman.

Pom Pom Shout Out are shared over the announcements every day where we acknowledge students who have earned a special shout out for outstanding efforts in demonstrating our 3 pillars in their academic or behavioral pursuits. Students will receive a pom pom shout out classroom reward and those names are entered into a monthly drawing to pick out of our PBIS store at the end of the month.

Leighton Pride is Building Wide!

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2023 Princess Prom Returns

After a hiatus due to a pandemic, the Aurora High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) presents a dazzling night of fun at Princess Prom. Aurora students, kindergarten through 5th grade, and their royal chaperone are invited to join us on February 4th from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The proceeds of this magical event will help fund the NHS scholarships.

The cost of the event will be $25 and additional princesses are $10. Snacks, music, dancing, games and crafts, along with photo opportunities with your favorite storybook prince and princess are included in the magical night.

Ticket payment will be collected at the door the day of the event. Only checks made out to Aurora City Schools or exact change will be accepted as payment.

To reserve your space at the Princess Prom, please sign-up using the link below. Please realize that attendance is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. The link will go live beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 16th, and will close on Friday, January 20th, by noon. The link will close once full.

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PBIS Families Survey

Please take a moment to complete this survey to help our school know how we can continue to create an exemplary PBIS program and learning environments for our student

Dairy Queen Give Back Nights : Save the Date!

Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 5-8pm

9391 Ohio 14

Streetsboro, OH

When: January 18th from 5-8 p.m.

Where: Streetsboro Dairy Queen

Who is invited: You and your whole family!!!!

Event Details: Join the AEPTO, your school principals and a few celebrity teachers for a fun night out at the Dairy Queen in Streetsboro!!! Bring your families to see your teachers and principals behind the DQ counter for a night of sweet treats!

Special complimentary coupons for a free sundae will be coming early in January!

Why: Partnering with DQ for a Fundraiser that will send 30% of the total sales back to the AEPTO!!!

Leighton Students hard at work!

PTO News

AEPTO UPDATE - Leighton Elementary
January 13th, 2023

AEPTO meeting notes from 1/4/23 have gone out to our members. Thank you to those who were able to attend! Our next meeting will be on February 1st, 2023 at 6:30PM at the C&I building.


January 18th, 5-8PM at Streetsboro DQ (9081 SR14)

Come support LES and see Mrs. Nizen, Mr. Lehman and a few surprise teachers serving up your favorite treats! Students and families will love seeing familiar faces in action behind the counter, and 30% of the total sales will go back to AEPTO!

The Aurora for Others Coin War initiative was a huge success!

Although this is not a PTO initiative, it does have special meaning for our Leighton community this year, so nwe wanted to provide a brief overview of where the initiative stands:

  • District wide earnings were $17,073 in just 2 weeks
  • Greenmen Cafe is donating $2,000, Camp Sunshine donated $500, and an anonymous donor matched an additional $11,000
  • Total earnings so far are $30,573 - they are continuing to receive donations from families and companies, and are working on grant applications as well
  • The goal is $50,000, which would cover 3 pieces of adaptive equipment, flooring for access to the equipment and labor costs

A huge THANK YOU to Jen Simmerman and Kasie Stewart for leading this initiative, and to the AHS students for volunteering their time to count and roll all of the donations!

Winterfest made its return to Leighton this year and was a fun day for all! A member survey sent out included a section for feedback on Winterfest from families/students to help guide decisions for next year. Also, please feel free to send any pictures you have from the parties to Danielle Felice at for the yearbook.

THANK YOU to our chairs - Nicole Swope, Neha Gupta, Lindsey Twarogowski, Alyssa Hicks, and Megan Grasso - and to all of our parent volunteers for making Winterfest a fun celebration for the students!

February 14th

Valentine's Day Parties will be held on Tuesday, February 14th at the following times:

  • 3rd grade: 10:15-11 AM (volunteers arrive at 10AM)
  • 4th/5th grades: 2:30-3:15 PM (volunteers arrive at 2:15PM)

The Sign Up Genius will be coming out on 1/13, with the links being posted on the Schoolze App (not emailed).

For the first week, the volunteer sign up will only be open to PTO members who have NOT previously volunteered for a party - if you volunteered for a previous party, please allow others the opportunity to sign up first. After the first week, any PTO member may sign up to volunteer, and a week after that the sign up will be available to non-members if spots are still available. Thank you!

As we head into the new year, AEPTO will continue to make the transition to the Schoolze app for communication. Please note that all future AEPTO updates will be posted on Schoolze, although bi-monthly AEPTO updates will still be included in this newsletter. Our goal is to streamline AEPTO communication and processes and we are very excited about bringing this to our schools, but please remember this is new for everyone. We will work to minimize any issues and address them as quickly as possible should they arise!

PTO members should have received an email invite to join the Schoolze app. If you haven't already, we encourage you to join to help avoid missed communication. Non PTO members can also access some of the posted information by visiting https://aurora elementary

If you have any questions or concerns related to Schoolze, please reach out to Stacy Golding at

May 7th, 2PM - Solon High School Auditorium

AEPTO is partnering with the Harmon High PTO (HHPTO) to proudly present Magic Gives Back. “Magic Gives Back!” is a new and unique fundraising platform developed specifically for local schools and communities. Rick Smith, Jr., the magician, has been featured on the Ellen Show and Shark Tank. This program offers an opportunity to buy tickets to a Las Vegas-style Stage Variety and Illusion Show; an entertainment experience that everyone can experience and enjoy together with their family and friends.

This is a one-day only event - there are a limited number of tickets, and tickets will sell quickly so please purchase as soon as possible to reserve your seats. The site is now live and you are able to purchase tickets.

Please see previously sent email for more information and details on how to register for prize giveaways.


Kalahari February 16th
Discounted Room Rates for $154.00
Book online today!
For call-in reservations, call 1-877-525-2427 and ask for the Aurora Elementary PTO Group Rate
The deadline to sign up for this discounted rate is Monday, January 16th.

AEPTO is now up and running on AmazonSmile! It is available at and can also be activated in the Amazon app. You can use the following link to activate or find by searching “Aurora Parents-Teachers Organization” in AmazonSmile: Your shopping experience and all pricing remains the same, but a small percentage of eligible sales goes back to AEPTO.

RaiseRight makes fundraising easy. Give back to the organization by purchasing gift cards for daily use or for gifting to others, and the retailer gives a % back to AEPTO. Cards can be ordered through a website or app, with some also being reloadable for regular use. 750+ top retailers participate and they determine the % back (up to 25%, with 6% being the average). You can sign up at using AEPTO’s code (8HBWMFJ4XLVS).

1/16: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
1/17:Head Room Parent Meeting - 1PM (C&I) and 6PM (Zoom)
1/18: LES Streetsboro DQ Give Back Night, 5-8PM
1/19: MES Bingo Night, 7PM
1/28: Cleveland Monsters Family Night, 7PM
2/1: AEPTO Meeting C&I Building, 6:30PM
2/6-2/10: Teacher Appreciation Week
2/14: LES Valentine's Class Parties - 3rd Grade 10:15-11AM, 4th/5th Grade 2:30-3:15PM
2/15: LES Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:30PM
2/16: Kalahari AEPTO Event
2/17-2/20: NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service Day and President's Day
2/21: MES Kick-Off to Kindergarten 6:30-7:30PM
2/23: LES Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:30PM

3/6: NO SCHOOL - this is a recently board approved change to the district calendar

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Aurora Schools Foundation

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Leighton Elementary Ready Club

Hot Lunches/ Lunch Menu


Two ways to pay for school lunches: Parents can either send their student in with money to pay for lunches (and they can bring in any amount essentially) or pay online! Parents can go to the Aurora Schools Website and go to Lunch Accounts on the left side under the quick links tabs to get to the MY Payments Plus section and add money to their kids account in this manner as well. The cafeteria staff would appreciate any efforts to pay in advance online if possible over bringing in money. If you have any questions please reach out to Brandon Zimmerman at

Here is the link for My Payments Plus:

We are excited to be working with a new food service provider called the Nutrition Group! They are working to provide balanced and healthy meals to our children each day.

Click on the link below for the school lunch menus

Please reach out to Sal Arquilla at for any questions.

Car Riders: Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Just a few important reminders in regards to pick up and drop off for car riders to continue to help us maintain a smooth, safe, and efficient pick up and drop off. Thank you so much for your support and help in following our safety procedures.

1. Please pull all the way up to the "unloading" zone at the top of the car line when dropping off or picking up. This allows us to load as many students as possible into their cars.

2. Please exit on the passenger side only as getting out on the other side presents safety issues for students.

3. Please DO NOT pull around cars unless a teacher motions you around. This is for the safety of our students. At times, cars may be stopped to wait for a student to get in. Please wait for the adult outside to motion cars through the traffic flow pattern.

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

5. 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.

Transportation Information

We are no longer mailing out transportation information. You can go to: (cut & paste into your browser or use the button link below.)

The login information is as follows:

User name = jane.smith (That is the student's first name period last name with no spaces) Password = students date of birth 01012021 with no characters or spaces between mmdayyear

Once you are in, go to "Work with students" and then "View my students"; you should see all your students to choose from. Routes do change from time to time when new students are added so please check back over the next week to ensure your pick-up and drop-off times.

All students are assigned a bus route using their home address. If your child will be using an alternative stop such as a daycare or caregiver, please make sure you submit an alternative bus stop form as soon as possible.

We also 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 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Note, we are never sure how many students will be riding the buses. Once schools open we will make necessary adjustments for buses that may be full.

Thank you and have a safe school year, Transportation Department

Important Dates and Reminders


2-3 NO SCHOOL ~ Winter Break

4 School Resumes

4 PTO Meeting at C&I Building (10:00 AM)

6 Report Cards Distributed

11 Club and Candid Picture Day

16 NO SCHOOL ~ Martin Luther King Day


1 PTO Meeting at C&I Building (6:30 PM)

14 Valentine’s Day Parties

15 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

17 NO SCHOOL ~ Teacher Professional Day

20 NO SCHOOL ~ Presidents Day

23 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

Final Forms Reminder

Please be sure to update your Final Forms information for this school year to ensure you can receive the important information and newsletters from our school. If you need any help with updating your Final Forms please contact

Please use the following link:

Clinic Updates

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. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Sharrotta at the main office at 330-954-2206 or email her at

As a reminder, please monitor your child for any illness -related symptoms and contact our school nurse if you have any questions. We appreciate your attention to this.

  • Check your child each day for any signs of illness. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or greater, vomiting or diarrhea they need to stay home. For cold/flu-like symptoms such as cough, congestion and sore throat that are not well contained, it is preferred they stay home. If you would like your student to have cough drops at school, please send them in with a note or email the clinic.
  • Students sent home with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea may not return to school until they are free of these symptoms without medication for 24 hours. This means if your child was sent home in the afternoon he/she may not be able to return to school the next day. If your child returns too soon, our school nurse may be calling for you to come to pick him/her up if your child is not feeling well. 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