The Leighton News

November 11, 2022

From the Principals

Dear Leighton Families,

Here we are rounding the corner to our Thanksgiving Break as we have officially experienced a shift in our Fall weather to be much chiller. Please continue to ensure your child is dressed for this weather shift as we go outside for recess as long as the weather is permitting. As we near the start of Thanksgiving Break, we also spend some time reflecting on those things for which we are thankful. As I walk around the building, I love hearing these reflections from staff and students especially when the responses from staff are "our students" and the responses from our students are "our teachers". What a testament to the relationships cultivated and the safe, supportive learning environments created to support each student and help them reach their fullest potential.

We had a wonderful two weeks of parent teacher conferences. Thank you to all of our parents who came to celebrate with us your child's successes and ways we can continue to grow. We rounded off our week celebrating Veteran's Day and acknowledging all those who have served our country. See below for some pictures of a special speaker who joined some of our 4th Grade classes. We are so appreciative of your service.

We are looking forward to another wonderful week of learning and growing and then settling in to a small break to celebrate all those things for which we are thankful. As always, we thank each of you for the continued support, partnership, and teamwork as work to keep our learners at the center of all we do.

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

Veteran's Day Guest Speaker

Today, Military Veteran, Joe Michael, came and spoke with some of our fourth graders. Mr. Michael and Mr. Mike Regula shared about being in the military and some of the roles they had while deployed. We thank Mr. Michael and Mr. Regula for their service to our country, and spending some time with us today. Thank you!

Counselor's Corner

Our November class lessons will be on Mindset/Attitude. We are talking about how our mindset or attitude can affect everything we do, how we react to situations and how our days can go, in general. Please be sure to ask your child about our time together. During December, we will concentrate on being resilient and what that means.

November is National Gratitude Month........please take a minute to look around and be thankful for all that you have, including the amazing people in your world! THANK YOU for your continued support!

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

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


Spotlight on PBIS!

We have been off to a great start with teaching, learning, and reinforcing, our 3 pillars of being respectful, responsible, and problem solvers. Our 3 pillars 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 will be 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 stop, think, and make a good choice". Next week's focus skill is " I can be a good friend (use kind words)"

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!!

We have filled up our second Pom Pom Pail and will be getting ready to celebrate our next building wide reward.

"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 over announcements 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!

Miller Preschool Peer Applications for 23-24

Miller Elementary is currently accepting applications for those interested in having your child be a part of our special education preschool program for 2023-2024 as a role model peer. Applications will be available beginning November 1st. 2022 at the Miller Elementary School Main Office and online at our website, All forms must be returned by Wednesday, November 30th, 2022. All children must be 3 years of age and potty trained by August 1st, 2023. Please call Miller Elementary at 330-562-6199 if you have any questions. Thanks!

PTO News

Giving Tree: AEPTO has partnered again with the Center of Hope and with Leighton Leaders in their service project to collect gift cards, hats, gloves and scarfs to give to local families in need. This is a voluntary opportunity for us to give back in our community. See the permission slip your child will bring home for more details. Permission slips are due back on November 9th. Thank you Kayt Binns for helping with this project.

Leighton Picture retake: will be on Thursday November 17th. More information to come when I receive it

Holiday Shop: During the week of November 28 - December 2 students will have a chance to shop at Leighton's Holiday Shop! In the coming weeks information will come home with your student, so be on the lookout!

Winterfest: Winterfest is back at Leighton and will be held on Wednesday December 21st. It will be half a day and the chairs for this event have been contacted. That is all the details I have for right now.


Disney on Ice January 6th- January 15th

Use CODE: NEOPTA22 for discounted tickets

Monsters Game January 28th 7 p.m.

Discounted Tickets for $ 23.00

Kalahari February 16th

Discounted Room Rates for $154.00

If you need any additional information or have any questions please contact Stacy Golding, AEPTO President at


11/7-11/10: MES- Scholastic Book Fair

11/8: CES- Teacher Conferences

11/9: PTO Meeting 6:30PM @ C&I Building

11/10: CES- Teacher Conferences

LES- Teacher Conferences 5:30PM-8:30PM

11/14 MES-Picture Retakes

11/17: LES- Picture Retakes

11/23-11/25: No School Thanksgiving Break

11/28-11/30: LES- Holiday Shop

12/1-12/2: LES- Holiday Shop

12/2: CES- Gather Report Cards Live

12/5-12/7: CES- Holiday Shop

12/6: LES- Choir Concert 6:30PM and Vocal Music Concert 7:30PM @ LES

12/8-12/9: MES- Holiday Shop

12/15: LES- Orchestra Concert 4th Grade 6:30PM and 5th Grade 7:30PM @ AHS

12/21: Winter Fest Class Parties

12/22-12/31: No School Winter Break

Thank you to all of our members, we couldn't do all this without you!


Stacy Golding

Aurora Elementary PTO

PTO President

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Aurora Schools Foundation

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Leighton Elementary Reading Club

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Check out the 3 book choices for the Leighton Elementary Reading Club

Hot Lunches/ Lunch Menu

October Lunch Menu

For the month of October, we will only be providing one option for lunch choices. The alternate lunch choice will not be available for this month and we will communicate when the alternative choice returns. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The "no-cost" lunch program will no longer be provided by the government for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Students will again be required to pay for their lunches. If a family feels they may qualify-permanently or temporarily-for the 'Free and Reduced Lunch Program', then please have the form filled-out and submitted prior to the school year. The link for this form and the lunch menu for each day can be found on the ACSD's home page under "Forms & Links" (

Please be sure to keep tabs on your child’s lunch account balance to avoid going into a negative balance. We will always ensure all students have access to eat lunch, but it is appreciated by our lunch staff if a positive balance can be maintained.

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.

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 Transportation Reminder

Please be sure to send a note to the office and the classroom teacher when students have a change of transportation on any given day. This will help our office staff know if a student who is typically a bus rider is being picked up on a certain day and vice versa.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Drop off cart

Many of you have probably noticed the gray cart next to main entrance buzzer and wondered what it is for. To make it easier for families to drop off materials for students there is a gray cart outside the main office doors. Often times students might forget a lunch, instrument, or binder and a parent will drop it off so we can get it to their student. We use this cart system as part of our safety protocols as we work limit the amount of traffic coming in and out of the building each day. If you are dropping something off for a student, we just ask that you use one of the sticky notes and pen to write your students and name, and their teacher's name, and place it on the cart. We will make sure it makes it to your student. You may also buzz in to let the main office know you are dropping off an item.

Important Dates and Reminders


17 School Picture Retake Day

23-27 NO SCHOOL ~ Thanksgiving Break

28 School Resumes

28-30 PTO Holiday Shop


1-2 PTO Holiday Shop

6 LES Choir Concert at Leighton (6:30 PM) & Vocal Concert (7:30 PM)

15 LES Orchestra Concerts at High School 4th-Grade (6:30 PM) & 5th-Grade (7:30 PM)

21 Winterfest

21 End of 2nd Grading Period

22-30 NO SCHOOL ~ Winter Break

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