The Leighton News

February 10, 2023

From the Principals

Dear Leighton Families,

Happy February and Happy Kindness Month!! See the flyer below for some fun spirit days next week! I can't believe that we are closing in on the last 4 months of the school year!! I feel like it was yesterday we were welcoming everyone back to the building for the start of school. This month sure is a busy one with Valentine parties, conferences, teacher and counselor appreciation week, and lots of academic rigor as we get ready for Spring Testing. Our students and staff are working hard to ensure each of our learners gets exactly what they need to reach their fullest potential and we couldn't be more proud of learners daily effort, persistence, and resiliency.

Just a reminder that as the temperatures ebb and flow, please ensure that your child is dressed for the cold days and the cold weather. Students should dress in warm clothes including winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, snow pants etc . We typically go out to recess if the "feels like" temperature is between 15-20 degrees or above.

Parent/ Teacher Conferences are also coming up this week on February 15th and February 23rd from 5:30-8:30 pm or by appointment with your child's teacher. We will be holding conferences in person but a virtual meeting can be arranged if needed. We are looking forward to seeing our families and celebrating your children with you!

Thank you to our amazing PTO and parent community for helping to make this past week filled with so many wonderful surprises for our staff to celebrate them during Teacher Appreciation Week. The smiles were contagious this week and you filled our hearts with so much joy. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness, everlasting support, and partnership! We feel so blessed to have such a great educational team!

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner

National Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 12th -18th. Our February class lessons will focus on Acts of Kindness. I will be sending home an Act of Kindness BINGO sheet with each student on Friday, February 10th, so that you can all complete it together at home!

I would like to start working on the lessons for the students pertaining to College and Career Readiness soon, but I need some help.......if you are interested in sharing information about your job or even the jobs you've had previously, please send me an email at and I'll be in touch. THANKS!!!

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

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


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February's PBIS Drawing Winners!

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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! This week's focus skill is " I can stop, think, and make a good choice". Next week's focus will be " I can have a safe body. "

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

Our Pom Pom Pail has been filled for the fourth time!!! We had so much fun at our Building Wide Bingo Event. Enjoy the pictures below.

"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!

School Wide BINGO Celebration

Our learners have been working so hard to display our 3 pillars in all areas of the school. We have filled up our classroom jars with poms and emptied them into our building wide pom pom pail! This week, we filled our Pom-Pom Pail and celebrated with our Building Wide Bingo Event. Enjoy the pictures below!! We had so much fun!

Grade 5 Boys and Girls Basketball Team Wins the Big Leaf Championship!!! Congratulations to these awesome young athletes!

We are wishing our Aurora JAWS Boys Wrestling Team good luck this weekend as they will be competing in the district tournament this Sunday! Looking forward to sharing pictures!

Robot Performance Award and Championship Award

Our Team 'Bionic Beasts' received two top prestigious awards (Robot Performance Award and Championship Award) in the FLL challenge districts event held at Great Lakes Science Center on 2/5/2023 in Cleveland. Now they are advancing to the State's Tournament in the Dayton Area on March 11th and 12th.
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Spanish Club Returns : Session 2

After a successful introductory session of Spanish Club, we are pleased to say that we will be offering a second session beginning in February. This is a pilot year for Spanish Club and we are using our sessions this year to gather feedback and data in order to learn what works best, and to strategically structure the sessions for next year.

For this reason, and due to the extremely large waitlist, it has been decided that this second session will initially be offered to the first 24 5th graders who are on the waitlist. Parents of these students have already been contacted, and we will continue to reach out to 5th grade parents further down on the waitlist if a spot becomes available. We will also be using this session to determine how to proceed for the third and final session of this school year (which will begin in April).

We appreciate the ongoing excitement for this club, as well as everyone's patience and understanding. Our goal is to include as many students as possible, while also making it the best experience we can for those participating!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kayt Binns at or Lauren Brancazio at

PTO News

March 1st

Our next meeting will be March 1st at 10AM at the C&I Building (119 W. Pioneer Trail). LES Principal Nizen will be our guest speaker and will be discussing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), as well as the Handle with Care Program. Please plan to join us!

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Teacher Appreciation Week was celebrated this week and there is no doubt our teachers felt appreciated and special!

A huge THANK YOU to our head room parents for helping make this week a success, and to all of our Leighton families for supporting our teachers and staff.

February 13th, 10:30AM - 9PM

Bring the family out for pizza and give back to your local community while supporting our elementary schools! Gionino's will give back 15% of the day's proceeds back to AEPTO.

February 14th

Valentine's Day class parties will be held next 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 links are posted on Schoolze, and volunteer spots are available to all Leighton families. Please see the following links to view and sign up for any remaining volunteer spots.
3rd Grade:
4th Grade:
5th Grade:

Thank you for volunteering your time!

February 28th - March 14th

Our Foertmeyer Spring Flower Fundraiser is just around the corner! Watch for information to arrive home with your students on February 28th, with order dates running from February 28th- March14th. Our flower pick up date is scheduled for the morning of May 7th - just in time for Mother's Day gifting!

THANK YOU to our chairs, Katie Stump and Anna Kandra, for organizing this fundraiser!

April 6th, 5-9PM

We are excited to announce that our 2023 Mother & Son event will be hosted at Fun "n" Stuff in Macedonia!

We will have the entire place rented out from 5-9PM for our Pre-K thru 5th Grade boys and their 1 adult guest. This is only for boys attending Miller, Craddock or Leighton - no other siblings please. Pricing will be $20 for the adult, and $10 for each student. This includes all available attractions (outdoor will be weather pending), but does exclude tokens. Tokens will be available for purchase, and the snack bar will be open as well. Sign up for this event will be available on Schoolze toward the end of the month.

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 and there are a limited number of tickets. 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 the previously sent email for more information and details on how to register for prize giveaways.


Kalahari February 16th
While we are happy to share that we sold out of all of our rooms, we do apologize to any families that were unable to take advantage of the discounted room rates. We hope to make this an annual community event in the future!

Monster Jam at Rocket Mortgage Field House - February 18th/19th
Special discounted tickets are being offered for the Monster Jam on February 18th and February 19th. Most shows are nearly sold out, so get your discounted tickets while they are still available. There are a few different show times to choose from, and you can use the following link and code to purchase tickets.
Code: NEOPTA22

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).

March 7th, 8th and 9th, 8:10AM-8:45PM

Leighton Donut Days are back! We are thrilled to bring Donut Days back to Leighton this year and look forward to this fun event.

Donut Days will be as follows, from 8:10AM-8:45AM each day:
3rd Grade: Tuesday, March 7th
4th Grade: Wednesday, March 8th
5th Grade: Thursday, March 9th

Students will be able to bring one special guest for this event, and we kindly ask that no other siblings attend. Watch for additional details and RSVP information to come out soon!

2/13: Gionino's Give Back Event, 10:30AM-9PM
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
2/28-3/14: Foertmeyers Spring Flower Fundraiser (Pick up 5/7)
3/5: Ol'chefski's Give Back Event, 12Noon-7PM (or until sold out)
3/6: No School - this is a board approved change to the district calendar
3/8 & 3/9: Kindergarten Registration

If you need any additional information or have any questions please contact the PTO Leighton VP at
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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.

Important Dates and Reminders


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)

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 note that we are seeing an increase in strep throat cases. Please be sure to monitor your child for symptoms and keep them home if they are not feeling well. We continue to increase our cleaning protocols and encourage good hygiene practices such as hand washing daily.

  • 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