Miller Elementary Weekly Update

March 19, 2023 & Spring Break Week

Mrs. Goodman's Message

Hello Miller Families,

We are gearing up for a fun week ahead! It's Right to Read Week and Donut Days Week at Miller Elementary and we can't wait to Hike the Reading Trail while we celebrate the love of reading. This week we will enjoy a fun camping theme at school all while celebrating the joy that reading brings to our lives. We are looking forward to many fun events and a few themed days! Please review these important reminders below:

Monday - Wear a shirt with words, letters, or a character!

Tuesday - PTO Donut Day - Enjoy a donut and make a bookmark! (Donut Days 8:15-8:45)

Wednesday - PTO Donut Day - Enjoy a donut and make a bookmark! (Donut Days 8:15-8:45)

Thursday - Book Swap - Make sure you bring a book to swap!

Friday - Spring into Spring Break - Wear Spring Green or Aurora Green!

If your family is unable to attend Donut Days or you did not RSVP, all children will have a chance to make a bookmark and celebrate reading at school! You can find more specific information about Donut Days below.

This week is also Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week. On Wednesday, we will be holding our first tornado drill where we teach children how to find a safe place at school in the event of severe weather. Our city sirens will be sounded at 9:50 AM for this statewide event and this is a great reminder to practice at home too. We will practice with our afternoon students in April so stay tuned to the important reminders your child has reviewed at school!

It's hard to believe we are just a few days away from spring break! I hope your upcoming week is filled with rest, relaxation, and making memories with your family. If you are traveling, we want to wish you safe travels in the days ahead. If your child will be missing additional days, please make sure you have completed our planned absence form.

Take Care,

Maria Goodman

Miller Elementary School - Principal



Donut Days are Here!

The Aurora Elementary PTO will be hosting 2 Donut Days on Tuesday, March 21st, and Wednesday, March 22nd from 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM for all Miller Elementary children. You were asked to RSVP for this event so that our donut order could be placed last week. At this time, we are not accepting any more responses. Please see the schedule listed below for your child's assigned day. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on these special days!

This is a reminder that our parking lots can be busy for our Donut Days. The event takes place from 8:15-8:45 and we need to empty out our parking lots to welcome our buses around 8:50 AM. Overflow parking can be found in the main lot at Leighton Elementary. You can use the covered stairs from Leighton to Miller. We have 3 handicap-accessible parking spaces that are reserved for families that have the correct permits. We will make an announcement between 8:40 & 8:45 that our event is over and you can escort your child to their classroom. Please stay with your child the entire time and enjoy this fun event!

Tuesday, March 21:

  • All preschool classes, AM & PM (Ms. Sarah, Ms. Jaime, Ms. Lauren, and Ms. Amanda)
  • 1/2 day Kindergarten, AM & PM (Mrs. Verhotz)
  • Mrs. Buettin
  • Mrs. Forster

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Mrs. Sabulsky
  • Mrs. Yonally
  • Mrs. Kidwell
  • Mrs. Gallucci
  • Mrs. Jaworski
  • Mrs. Haughey
  • Mrs. Smerkar

Important Dates and Events

Week of March 20th - Right to Read Week

Tuesday, 3/21- Donut Days (See Schedule)

Wednesday, 3/22 - Donut Days (See Schedule)

Week of March 26th - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Monday, 4/1 - School Resumes After Spring Break

Wednesday, 4/05 - Elementary PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, 4/7 - No School

Monday, 4/10 - No School

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

Extra Clothes

With the warmer temperatures this week, our students enjoyed some messy recess time! Although we make parts of our outdoor play areas off-limits, little children seem to find the mud from time to time.

1: Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack. This includes extra socks and underwear. They often feel more comfortable in their own clothing.

2: Our clinic is running low on pants. If your family has a pair of girls or boys pants that your child has out grown and you would be willing to donate to our school, we would appreciate any donations. Please send in washed items labeled "Extra Clinic Clothes" and we will put them to good use. Thank you!

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Nurse Update: Cold, Flu, COVID, & RSV

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.

School Counselor Updates: Mrs. Ambrosia

Hello Families! I am happy to share all Kindergarten Students are ZONES of Regulation “graduates.” This means they can recognize and identify their feelings and connect those feelings with possible coping skills. We have been working over the last few weeks to understand all feelings are okay, triggers may cause certain feelings, and coping skills are the things we do to self-regulate. Triggers are the events that happen right before a feeling. Coping skills help us “regulate,” independently. If we can’t self-regulate, it’s okay to ask a trusted adult to help us!

While your student has some visual reminders about coping skills within their classroom and possibly some that they brought home, I wanted to provide you with additional resources to ensure you can find the coping skill that best suits your home needs. Please check out these additional resources below:

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Moving forward, we will focus on the topics of kindness, diversity and inclusion. During this month of February, our focus will be to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week and Black History Month. Beginning next week, we will focus on the following kind acts each day:

Monday, February 13- Tell someone, “Good job.”

Tuesday, February 14- Give a silent wave.

Wednesday, February 15- Say, “Hi!” to someone you don’t normally talk to.

Thursday, February 16- Give three students a compliment.

Kindergarten and Preschool classrooms will visit these topics in varying ways, but I wanted to share with you some of the activities and resources your children may be referring to at home:

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation | Kindness at Home

Kindness Slide-Ambrosia

K-2 Diversity & Inclusion Literature for Families

As always, please reach out with any questions! I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend at home with your families!

Lindsey Ambrosia

School Counselor

Miller Elementary School

330.562.6199, ext. 5414

Craddock Elementary School

330.562.3175, ext. 1260

Reporting Absences

There will be times when your child is ill or needs to miss school due to appointments.

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. Our next AEPTO meeting is on April 5 at 6:30 pm at the C&I Building or via Zoom.

2. Save the Dates!

March 21 & 22 at 8:15am - Miller Donut Days

Unfortunately, the RSVP has closed for this event. If you did RSVP, please remember what day you are attending and only one adult is invited per child.

There are a lot of people attending this event. Once the Miller parking lot is full, please use Leighton's parking lot.

We still need volunteers to help in the morning with set up, passing out donuts, and cleanup. Please click the link below to sign up!

Miller Donut Days Volunteer Signup!

Tuesday, March 21:

  • all preschool classes, AM & PM (Ms. Sarah, Ms. Jaime, Ms. Lauren, and Ms. Amanda)
  • 1/2 day kindergarten, AM & PM (Mrs. Verhotz)
  • Mrs. Buettin
  • Mrs. Forster

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Mrs. Sabulsky
  • Mrs. Yonally
  • Mrs. Kidwell
  • Mrs. Gallucci
  • Mrs. Jawroski
  • Mrs. Haughey
  • Mrs. Smerkar

Thank you to our chairs, Ashley Ingersoll and Kate Nixon, for working on this event!

Thursday, April 6 from 5:00pm-9:00pm - Mother & Son Event at Fun 'n' Stuff!

Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase tickets through the Schoolze app (under the fundraiser section) or through our website ( Adult tickets are $20 and sons are $10 each. This event is only open to boys in pre-K - 5th grade at Miller, Craddock, or Leighton Elementary Schools.

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2:00pm - Magic Gives Back

AEPTO and the Harmon High PTO (HHPTO) are partnering with Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora to proudly present "Magic Gives Back!" This is a Vegas style magic show and a unique fundraising platform developed specifically for local schools and communities. Magic Gives back will be held at the Solon High School Auditorium.

3. AEPTO Board Positions for 2023-24 year

Samantha, our current VP for Craddock, will be the VP at Leighton next year. Therefore, the VP position for Craddock will be available! Please email her at if you would like to hear more about the role or if you are interested! The Treasurer position will also be open next year, if you would be interested in hearing more about that role please email Ashley at

4. Foertmeyers Spring Flower Sale!

Your student should have brought home a brochure and sale information.

Sale extended until March 21!

Flower pickup is still on May 7th (Before Mother's Day!!!)

Any questions, please reach out to Katie Stump at or Anna Kandra at

Thank you to our chairs, Katie and Anna, for coordinating this fundraiser!

5. Thank you to the families who participated in our Ol'Chefski's giveback community event. Ol'Chefski's is donating $300 to the AEPTO!

Upcoming Events

3/20 - 3/24 - Right To Read Week

3/21 - Spring Flower sale ends

3/21 - Miller Donut Days

3/22 - Miller Donut Days

3/27-3/31 - Spring Break, no school

4/5 - AEPTO Meeting 6:30pm

4/6 - AEPTO Mother/Son Event

4/7 - No School

4/10 - No School

4/13, 4/14, & 4/15 - Schell Bell Give Back Event (more info coming)

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Jen Borman


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