Orientation set for parents of new Aurora first-graders

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The following items are reprinted from the News from Miller and Craddock Schools and Leighton Letter newsletters.

An orientation meeting for parents of students who will be in first grade next school will be May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Craddock's gym. School officials will review the first grade curriculum, routines and expectations.

Craddock students will participate in the school's annual tie-dying of T-shirts from May 19-23.

On the day of a student's art class, the student should bring one white 100 percent cotton T-shirt, a one-gallon plastic ziplock bag and a plastic grocery bag.

Shirts will be sent home in the two plastic bags with rinsing directions. Parents should put their child's name or initials on the tag or inside the neck of the shirt with a permanent marker.

All students will wear their shirts on the end-of-year field day.

Thanks go to Craddock staff members Kim Armbrecht, Jodi Roscoe, Lisa Leone and Kathy Christian for presenting kindergarten curriculum to new kindergarten parents.

Thanks also go to PTO volunteers who helped at kindergarten screening, Miller music teacher Mary Jane Jones for the kindergarten concerts, Miller guest music teacher Michael Roth for his effort with the concerts, Lois Girbino and Leighton artists for making scenery for the concerts, and families for baked goods, flowers and treats for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Miller School vehicle day will be May 15.

Leighton fifth-graders earned awards at the annual Arbor Day celebration recently. Winners were:

Reclaimed wood -- Hanna Miracle, Mikayla Martin and Ashton Samaniego; honorable mentions Emmy Fellenstein, Ryan Stahl and Kennedy Nietert.

Photography -- Kelly Cannata, Ella Case and Ila Kerchenski; honorable mentions Emmy Fellenstein and Ryan Jensen.

Poster -- Zachary Hart, Megan Leibin and Victoria Blechschmid; honorable mentions Laine Palko and Brianna Rawlings.

Poetry -- Zachary Hart, Sacha Trudel and Madison Riedel; honorable mentions Yanessa Hildmann, Aidan McNamara and Jonah Markowitz.

Leighton's first BOGO scholastic book fair will be May 15-16. Students can buy one book and get a second one of equal of lesser value free. School supplies also will be offered.

Fifth-grade field day will be May 30. Leighton's orchestra will be in concert tonight (May 14) at 6:30 p.m. at the high school. The next Board of Education meeting will be May 19 and a band concert will be May 20.

Caught being good last week were: Trey Tulino, third grade; Michael Ferrando, fourth; and Jimmy Mehallis, fifth.

All Leighton classes recently made an inspirational shower curtain to line the halls. PTO provided the curtains and Debbie Mehallis spearheaded the project.

Jackie Skeels' classes at Leighton are learning about economics and divisions of labor. They made spirit bags for third-graders, which included pictures of a pencil (write neatly), rocket (let your brain power soar), star (shoot for the stars) and cake (OAAs).

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