Surrarrer's Scoop

Week of September 27

Issue 68: Strongsville City Schools Renewal Levy

Did you know that earlier this year our Board of Education approved several new clubs and after school activities for our elementary schools? Each elementary school has been given an opportunity to develop extracurriculars based on student interest and feedback. Whether it be service learning, arts, athletics, STEM, or other creative offerings, students now have more opportunities to discover new interests and talents outside of the school day. Elementary activities add to the existing clubs and organizations found at SMS and SHS. Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools on the November ballot, helps to support these extracurricular opportunities for our students. Clubs, organizations, and activities provide important growth opportunities for our students to develop life skills outside of the classroom.

Surrarrer’s 2nd Annual Fun Run is Coming!

The Fun Run kickoff will be held on Monday, 9/27. Each teacher will be showing a video and a Boosterthon team members will visit each classroom to get our students excited about this event and distribute materials for students to take home. The actual Run will occur during the school day on Thursday, 10/7. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000! We can’t wait to have fun with our students as we help our school!

There will be nightly challenges, daily prizes and an all school prize if we meet our goal of $15,000!!

Watch this short video to learn more about the Fun Run!

Questions: Contact Sarah Polo - or text 440-289-5628

Tech Club w/ Mrs. Holland, Grades 3-5

Do you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade child who enjoys technology and likes to think creatively? If so, they may be interested in Tech Club! Mrs. Holland will be running the Surrarrer Technology Club! We plan to meet on Mondays after school from 3:40-4:30 beginning in October and running through the spring. This may be broken into two shorter sessions depending on the number of students interested. Students will need to be picked up at 4:30.

We plan to complete some or all of the following activities in tech club:
•Scratch programming
•Stop Motion
•Chrome Music Lab
•Green screen
•Tiny tap game creations
•Engineering challenges

...and more!

If your child is interested, please fill out this Google Form by Thursday Sept. 30th and Mrs. Holland will be in touch with additional details!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Join the fight by registering your child for Strongsville’s 3rd Trike and Bike on September 26th at 9am at Volunteer Park. Kids will be able to create a personal fundraising page, and 100% of dollars raised will support life-saving pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. All participants will receive a Trike and Bike shirt and mask at the event. Click HERE for additional registration and donation information.

Second and Fourth Grade Families:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The State of Ohio requires all public school districts (city, local, and exempted village) to provide whole-grade screenings for the purposes of gifted identification in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability reading/writing, specific academic ability mathematics, and creative thinking ability once during the K-2 grade band and once again during the 3-6 grade band. Districts must use assessments approved for gifted identification in order to meet this requirement. Your child will be taking these national standardized tests to gain information about his/her abilities in the classroom during the period of October 1 through October 15, 2021. You may contact your child’s principal for specific testing dates.

Second and fourth grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test, or CogAT. This test is used to measure overall cognitive and reasoning abilities that can guide classroom and instruction planning efforts based on students’ individual ability levels. The CogAT also provides a measure of cognitive ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of Superior Cognitive ability.

Additionally, students in grades two and four will take the Iowa Assessments. The primary purpose of this test is for instructional development so teachers can identify where the skills of individual students are most and least developed and adapt curriculum and instruction accordingly. The Iowa will measure content-specific skills in the areas of reading and math and also provides a measure of academic ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of superior specific academic ability.

These are not tests that students can study for, nor should they be nervous to take them. They will not count as a grade and will be used to better a the District, each student/family will receive a copy of the scores with a report highlighting the student's strengths and areas on which to continue to build.

Thank you for your continued assistance and dedication to your child’s education. If you have any questions, please contact the building principal or me.


Erin Green, Director of Curriculum

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Strongsville Library

***Please note the following October 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

Fall Into Health. Tuesday and Wednesdays, October 5th, 6th, 12th, & 13th / 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CSU nursing students along with licensed RN will provide health screenings, one-on-one chronic disease education and general health education with the focus being overall health and wellness.

Young at Heart Virtual Book Discussion. Tuesday, October 5th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. BOTH VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The next discussion title is Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park, 2020. When calling or registering online, please select whether you will be coming in-person or will need the Zoom link for the virtual discussion.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, October 5th, 12th, 19th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, October 6th , 13th, 20th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Storytime Baby & Me. Wednesday, October 6th, 13th, 20th from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Family Storytime. Thursdays, October 7th, 14th, 21st from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Cricut Basics. Tuesday, October 5th / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of the Cricut Design Space in this VIRTUAL class! We will review the simple uses of the software and how to make a basic design. As a hands-on component, participants will get to create a tote bag with an iron on vinyl quote for fall. Participants will follow along with the instructor virtually from start to finish. **Must have an iron or heat press at home to complete the hands-on project** This class will be held virtually using Zoom, no download is required. Participants will be contacted by staff with a meeting link to access the class. Materials for this program will be provided by the library for participants to follow along at home.** Craft kits will vary from one to another, they will not be exactly the same.

Discuss & Design: Millennial Book Discussion. Wednesday, October 6th / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention millennials we're going virtual! Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends? How about a book club with a twist. We meet bimonthly, alternating between children's, teen, and adult books. We discuss the assigned book and design something that complements the title, subject, or book cover. Maker kits will be available as a part of this program and can be mailed to a branch near you for pick up! Our next discussion will be on the book Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Register online to receive your materials and Zoom link to participate.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, October 9th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, October 11th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Have you ever thought about recording your own music, making a video, digitizing memories and more? The Strongsville Branch Library is home to both Audio and Video Recording studios that can help you do just that! You must go through an orientation in order to use the spaces. These orientations will be held VIRTUALLY ONLY. Patrons 11 & up can participate in the orientation and must turn in the User Agreement form at the branch in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Red Cross Blood Drive. Thursday, October 14th / 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
In just an hour of your time you can help save up to three lives. Make sure hospital patients get the treatment they need. Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment visit or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Declutter and Get Your Home Organized. Monday, October 18th / 7:00 p.m.
Known as the “Marie Kondo of Moving,” Ali Wenzke will help you declutter and get organized. Join us as the Art of Happy Moving author offers tips to make your home beautiful, simplified, and relaxing. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, October 20th / 7:00 p.m.
Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone VIRTUAL and will be live on Zoom at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our next discussion title will be Heartland: a Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Southwest General Health Talk: Vaccinations – The Facts You Need to Know. Wednesday, October 20th / 10:00 a.m.
Do you have questions about the flu, COVID, vaccines, or boosters? Are you wondering what you can do to protect your family? A Southwest General Pharmacist will discuss what you need to know now! Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

First Page Book Club. Monday, October 25th / 7:00 p.m.
The Strongsville Teen Librarian will read the first page of a few teen books of various genres to help you find your next great read. We will then discuss other books we have read and enjoyed. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Family Fright Night. Wednesday, October 27th / 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
A Virtual Spooky Storytime for "ghouls" and "goblins" ages 5 & up with an adult. Did you ever experience shivers up your spine? Find a good spot at home, grab your blanket and snuggle up with some silly and spooky stories. Be prepared to be SCARED! Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.