Craddock's Weekly Update

For the Week of May 1, 2023

Mrs. Menta's Message

Greetings Craddock Families!

What an AMAZING week it was at Craddock! Principal Pals was a blast, spring benchmarking is well underway and our 2nd graders are just about ready to perform their wonderful program and showcase their artistic talents! The end of the year is busy, but filled with so many fantastic events!

As we begin the journey of May, please stay closely connected to all that's happening through our Weekly Update. I will do my best to include really important information about all that's upcoming in here.

Please be reminded that if you would like your feedback considered in your child's placement for the 23-24 school year, it must be submitted through the Google form linked below by May 12th. I read each and every submission as I work with staff to carefully choose the best placement for your child! Reach out with any questions you may have!

Finally, if you are a PM car rider parent, please be cognizant not to block driveways as you line up on Hurd Road waiting for your child. I have received some concern from residents that their driveway is blocked during this time. I assured them I would place this reminder in my weekly communication. Thank you in advance!

Have a wonderful weekend! We are headed to Dayton tomorrow for baseball. I am keeping my fingers crossed the rain stays up here!

Take care,

Kim Menta

330-562-3175 (office)

216-8489-2552 (cell)

2nd Grade Program on Wednesday, May 3rd!

After many long months of prep and practice, our second graders are more than ready to share their hard work with those they love the most! Please join us on Wednesday evening, May 3rd for this special event. Due to the size of our grade level, two separate performances have been scheduled. Please see the details below as a reminder! We hope to see all of you there to see this amazing performance!
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2nd Grade Lunch on the Lawn RSVP - May 25, 2023

We are excited to welcome families of 2nd grade students in for our traditional Lunch on the Lawn celebration from 12:00-1:00 on Thursday, May 25, 2023. All students need an RSVP filled out whether family is attending or not. Thank you!

Principal Pal Fun

Endless thanks to Mrs. Motheral, Mrs. Nelson and the bevy of parents who came in to volunteer for Principal Pals. We had so much fun with the kids and the help was greatly appreciated! Each class heard a story, made a related-craft and had a treat! It was a blast and THE BEST few days I've had this entire year. There is nothing better than spending time with the kids. Check out pictures below!

Major shoutout to Wal-Mart for donating all 200 plus cupcakes for 2nd grade and to an anonymous donor for covering half of the cookies for 1st! We are incredibly grateful for your generosity!

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Student Placement Parent Feedback Form

Please click here if you would like to provide input on your child's placement for the 23-24 school year.

Summer Academy

Each year, Aurora offers reading and math support for many of our students throughout the summer months. While this support would benefit all of our students, we are not able to open up enrollment to everyone. We use a combination of relevant data and teacher recommendation to determine who will be invited to attend.

Please know these invitations will go out Monday, May 1st via Final Forms to any family whose child has been recommended and data supports the need to attend. You will need to RSVP yes or no via a Google form on the invite.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to me.

ACSD Update from Mr. Roberto

Please view the Superintendent’s video update to all Aurora City School District (ACSD) families for 4/26/23 by clicking the button below.

Key points in the video include:

-Invitation to the Potential Construction Open House Nights

-Shout out to AHS for earning Purple Star status

-Family Kindness Festival Information

Important Links

Transcript Link

PDF Transcript Link

Family Kindness Festival

Thanks for taking the time to review this message. Take care and GO GREENMEN!

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Craddock Transportation Request 22-23

If at any time, you wish to change your child's mode of transportation for one or more days, you must fill out the Google form attached. We are no longer able to accept notes, phone calls and/or emails to do this, outside of emergencies. Thank you!

Click Here for Craddock's Lunch Menu

It is recommended you check this link often when making decisions about whether your child is buying lunch or not. The menu has been changing more often than we anticipated. Thank you!

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2nd to 3rd Grade Parent Orientation is Coming Soon!

Welcome to all of our Upcoming Leighton Families! It is so hard to believe that the end of another school year is upon us and we will once again be welcoming a new group of 3rd Graders to Leighton Elementary.

I am so excited to meet each of you and am looking forward to welcoming you to Leighton Elementary on Monday, May 8th for our in-person 2nd to 3rd Grade Parent Meeting from 6:30-7:30pm. The parent meeting will be held in the Leighton Gym where we will open our evening together with a presentation from myself, Mr. Lehman, Assistant Principal, and Mrs. Mazzella, School Guidance Counselor, so we can share all the wonderful things that make Leighton Elementary an amazing place to learn and grow. Our presentation will be followed by a building tour and a visit to the 3rd Grade classrooms. There will also be time for a question and answer session!

We are equally as excited to meet our upcoming 3rd Graders on May 22nd when they make their way over to Leighton Elementary from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to enjoy meeting Mrs.Nizen, Mr. Lehman, Mrs. Mazzella, the Third Grade Teachers, and, of course, spending some time on the playground. During this time students will start their morning with a brief welcome by me, and then each classroom will be paired with our Fifth Grade Leighton Leaders who will help take students on a tour around the building and even make a visit to the third grade classrooms to meet the teachers. Our time together will end with a visit to the playground. I can not wait to meet each of you and our upcoming Third Graders in the next few weeks! See you soon at the May 8th 2nd to 3rd Grade Parent Meeting!

As we near the end of the school year our teams at Leighton will be getting ready to begin the process of student placements for our third, fourth, and fifth graders. This process takes several days to complete as many factors are worked through including servicing needs, data to support best placement, teacher and specialist input, parent input, and any student needs. Mrs. Menta has already shared this form! We work very hard to ensure each student is placed in the best learning environment. While we are unable to take specific teacher requests, please feel free to fill out the form provided if you have any special circumstances of which I should be aware. I do my best to honor special circumstances. Mrs. Menta will also be meeting with me to share any special circumstances.

Looking forward to seeing our upcoming Third Grade families and students very soon!

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Michelle Nizen

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Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, 5/03 - 2nd Grade Performance at AHS Auditorium (see details above)

Thursday, 5/4 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Playhouse Square

Monday, 5/08 - Moebius Field Trip for McBenttes and Julien

Monday, 5/08 - Parent Orientation for Current 2nd Graders Headed to Leighton at 6:30 at LES

Tuesday, 5/09 - Moebius Field Trip for Gonzalez and Brezovec

Wednesday, 5/10 - Moebius Field Trip for Wilk and Leko

Thursday, 5/11 - Goff to the Aurora Public Library 9:15 - 10:30

Friday, 5/12 - Tackett (9:45 - 11:00) and Doherty (12:30 - 1:45) to the Aurora Public Library

Monday, 5/15 - Moebius Field Trip for Serafino and Yaeger

Monday, 5/15 - K to 1st Grade Parent Orientation at 6:00 at Craddock

Tuesday, 5/16 - Moebius Field Trip for Moticak

Tuesday, 5/16 - McArthur to the Aurora Pubic Library 9:45 - 11:00

Wednesday, 5/17 - Janko to the Aurora Public Library 9:15 - 10:30

Thursday, 5/18 - Armbrecht (9:15 - 10:30) and Schaefer (10:15 - 11:30) to the Aurora Library

Friday, 5/19 - Field Day for Craddock

Monday, 5/22 - 2nd Grade Visit to Leighton

Monday, 5/22 - Williams to the Aurora Public Library 9:45 - 11:00

Tuesday, 5/23 - K Visit to Craddock

Wednesday, 5/24 - Acevedo to the Aurora Public Library 9:15 - 10:30

Thursday, 5/25 - Lunch on the Lawn for 2nd Grade

Thursday, 5/25 - Last Day of School - HAPPY SUMMER!

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Gather Portal Access for Your Child

This brief letter gives you all the information you need to access your child's Gather narratives for the second trimester. They went live on Friday, 3/10/23. Please reach out with any questions. We are here to help you! Thank you!

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Important PTO Information

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