The Leighton News

March 12, 2023

From the Principals

Dear Leighton Families,

Here we are in the wonderful month of March! It seems like yesterday we were welcoming our learners back into the building and now we find ourselves getting ready for the end of the school year and all of its' festivities! As we enter March our building is busy getting ready for the upcoming State Tests the first week of April! Students and staff are working hard to ensure students are ready for these standardized tests. This preparation has truly been all year as our hardworking staff has been using benchmarking data to ensure differentiated instructional practices are being employed to support each of our learners through utilizing our math, reading, and writing frameworks and continuing to build our Inquiry Based Approach to Science and Social Studies. These efforts support high levels of student centered learning while capitalizing on the development of critical thinking, deep learning, differentiated and individualized instructional practices, student collaboration, targeted feedback to support growth, and a focus on the process of learning which will elicit the desired product. All of these experiences will allow students to flourish on the upcoming State Tests. Please find the testing dates below.

Some important reminders about state testing include being sure to arrive on time to school as testing begins right away in the morning, eat a good breakfast, be sure your child's has working headphones at school, and support your child at home by engaging with practice testing materials and resources located at the following website:

As we head into March, April, and May we will also be practicing our safety drills including fire and tornado drills. These are important drills that are discussed and practiced with students on a regular basis along with our annual Alice Drills.

Thank you for all you do each day to partner with us to ensure your child has the best education possible. We greatly appreciate your continued support and partnership.

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner

I will continue to visit the classrooms in March to talk about being prepared for a test. Even though it is falling right before our April testing, I feel it is valuable information to share. I believe I will start the year with this topic next school year then use this time as a review!!!

If you would like to help with our College and Career Readiness unit, please contact me as soon as possible. I just need a video clip using the guiding questions below about the job that you do. Please let me know if you have any questions:

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

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor

330-562-2209 Option 3

Upcoming Testing Dates

Grade 3 AIR Math

April 12-13, 2023

Grade 3 AIR ELA

April 20-21, 2023

Grade 4 AIR Math

April 18-19, 2023

Grade 4 AIR ELA

April 5-6, 2023

Grade 5 AIR Math

April 18-19, 2023

Grade 5 AIR ELA

April 5th - 6th, 2023

Grade 5 AIR Science

April 25th - 26th, 2023

Doughnut Days!!!!

This week was so exciting as we welcomed our families into the building for a morning filled with sweet treats, time with a special person, and lots of smiles and laughs! Thank you to all of our families for spending your mornings with us as we enjoyed our time together and had fantastic turn outs all three days!!

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 was " I can listen and follow directions right away ". Next week's focus will be " I can stop, think, and make a good choice."

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!!

We are working hard to fill up our Pom Pom Pail for the fifth time to have another fun building wide celebration!

"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!

4th Grade Problem Solving Competition

Recently we had a group of Fourth graders who participated in an area Problem Solving Competition for Mathematics. This event was held in Kent, where our students competed against local area schools, and did a fantastic job! Well done Problem Solving Team!

Kid's Heart Challenge!

Hello, Heart Heroes! Are you ready?! The Kid's Heart Challenge will be coming to our school soon! We have some exciting things planned this year to get us moving, helping others, and having fun. Get a head start by signing up today and helping your student choose a daily health challenge. Visit the Miller School page at or download the Kids Heart Challenge app! We are kicking off the Kids Heart Challenge on MONDAY during PE class! All donations will be due on Friday, March 10th.

During lunch this week (Tuesday - Friday), the Leighton kiddos can pay $.25 and guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar. Each guess is $.25! ALL proceeds will benefit the Leighton Kids Challenge! Our Kids Challenge link:

The person who gets the closest guess (under or over) wins ALL of the candy and a $25 gift card of their choice! The winner will be announced Friday (3/3/23) afternoon!

If your kiddo has an allergy to the candy in the jar and would still like to participate... if they WIN, I will get them a safe candy or treat!

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PTO News

AEPTO UPDATE - Leighton Elementary
March 12th, 2023

April 6th, 6:30PM
Join us at the C&I Building or via Zoom for our next meeting on April 6th at 6:30pm. Audrey Winkler, our AEPTO/HHPTO liaison, will be joining us again and will be sharing more about volunteer opportunities at Harmon for those 5th grade parents with students moving on next year!

Leighton Donut Days were held this week and were a blast for parents and students!

After several years with no event, we had a record turnout this year! We appreciate the patience from our 3rd grade families who had the privilege of going first - there were many lessons learned to help it go more smoothly the next two days. Thank you to all of the families who were able to come - we were so excited to see all of the students and their guests, and we look forward to hosting this fun event again next year!

A HUGE Thank You to our chairs - Melissa Knott, Kari Gillen, Anusha Gibson, Missy Stanton, Angela Rosko, and Audrey Winkler - for all of your hard work planning and holding this fun event. And to all of our amazing parent volunteers - we absolutely could not do it without you!

* Order deadline was March 10th
The last day to order your Leighton Elementary School yearbook was Friday, March 10th. The yearbook cost is $17.00 and they can only be purchased online at The password is leighton23.

A huge THANK YOU to our chairs, Danielle Felice and Kelli DeMicco, for all of your hard work in creating these lasting memories for our students!

February 28th - March 21st (extended order deadline)
The Aurora Elementary PTO spring flower fundraiser is well underway! We have extended our order deadline to March 21st. Make sure to get your orders in - these flowers are amazing!

Key Dates:
Sale Runs: 2/28 - 3/21
Flower Delivery Date: May 7th (Before Mother's Day!!!)

How to Order:
  1. Visit
  2. Click on the ONLINE SHOPPING button
  3. Enter your students last name, part of their first name and Aurora Elementary PTO under group name. Click search and choose your students name.
  4. Enter your email address to get the shopping link and to receive emails about flower delivery day.
For questions, please reach out to Katie Stump at or Anna Kandra at

April 6th, 5-9PM
Sign up for our 2023 Mother & Son event at Fun "n" Stuff is now available on Schoolze and can also be accessed using this link:

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. We hope you can join us!

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.


Schell Bell Give Back Event -
April 13, 14th and 15th
Join us in April for a fun give back event at Schell Bell! Details to follow soon.

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).

3/10: End of 3rd Grading Period
3/21: LES Spring Talent Showcase,6:30PM
3/27-3/31: No School - Spring Break
4/6: AEPTO Mother/Son Night at Fun 'N Stuff, 5-9PM
4/7 & 4/10: No School
4/13, 4/14 & 4/15: Schell Bell Give Back Event

If you need any additional information or have any questions please contact the PTO Leighton VP at
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Students and Staff are excited for a Building Wide Assembly on March 24th with Magician, Rich Smith Jr. Our Miller friends will be joining us for this event!

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Aurora Schools Foundation

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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 (10:00 AM)

7 3rd-Grade Donut Day (8:10 AM to 8:45 AM)

8 4th-Grade Donut Day (8:10 AM to 8:45 AM)

9 5th-Grade Donut Day (8:10 AM to 8:45 AM)

10 End of 3rd Grading Period

17 Report Cards Distributed

21 LES Spring Talent Showcase at Leighton (6:30 PM)

27-31 NO SCHOOL ~ Spring Break


3 School Resumes

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



29 LES AOA Solo Competition at Leighton 9:00 AM

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