Surrarrer's Scoop

Week of January 17

No School on Monday, January 17: MLK Jr. Day

Drop Off Line

Recently, we have had parents park in the car line in order get their child out of the car. This is NOT what the carline is for.


If you are using the carline, you should not be exiting your vehicle or placing it in park. Please follow the flow of traffic! If you would like to assist your child with getting out of the car, walk them to the front doors, and/or watch them enter the building, you must PARK YOUR CAR in the parking lot where the other parked cars are located.


There is a specific traffic flow pattern that is utilized. Please make sure you are following it. Parking in the carline is DANGEROUS and can result in an accident. Please make sure you are being safe and aware of your surroundings.

What is PBIS

Surrarrer Elementary School has been participating in an important district initiative, called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).


What is PBIS?

PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.


Our Expectations:

We have adopted three school wide expectations. Your children are well aware of the expectations and what they look like across all settings. Our school-wide expectations are as follows:

  • Safe
  • Respectful
  • Accountable


As part of our PBIS process, our staff is increasing their learning and usage of evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.


We have learned about and utilize a continuum of responses for unexpected behaviors to help reduce and diminish the frequency, intensity and durations of unexpected behaviors. We utilize various strategies with students, as no two individuals are alike.


It is our goal to empower students and teach them about resiliency. We work to replace undesirable learned responses with appropriate behaviors. We want to teach our students how to identify and manage their emotions so that they can regulate their actions and responses. Ultimately, PBIS seeks to diminish unexpected behaviors through encouraging positive behaviors.

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Strongsville Library

***Please note the following January 2022 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 www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and to see more library event information.


Cuyahoga Works – Need help with your resume or interview skills? A Cuyahoga Works Career Counselor will be at the Strongsville Branch on Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. to meet with individuals in need of job search assistance. For more information, visit https://cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/Cuyahoga-Works.aspx To schedule an appointment, please call (216) 475-2225.


English as a Second Language. IN PERSON Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Aspire Greater Cleveland is once again teaching IN-PERSON classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. Students must attend an ESOL/Citizenship orientation session before beginning ESOL or citizenship classes. If you are interested in attending these ESOL classes, please call Aspire at 833.277.4732 to register.


Computer Classes

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held in-person as well as some VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap which requires a web browser and an internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least an hour before the start time. Registration opens 30 days before the start of the class and closes prior to the start of the class. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit
https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes/2021-Virtual-and-In-Person-classes.aspx

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th 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 Preschool Age 3-5 Storytime. Tuesday, January 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th 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, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th 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. Thursday, January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

A Kindness Blizzard
Start the New Year off with an act of kindness. Have your child take home a snowflake to decorate and carry out the good deed written on the back. Our Children’s Area Information Desk is decorated with special snowflakes with random acts of kindness printed on them. Have your child, ages 4 & up, take home a snowflake to decorate and carry out the act of kindness. Available at the Strongsville Branch while supplies last. “Kindness is like snow – It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist.)


Iditarod Trail Talk: The Last Great Race on Earth. VIRTUAL. Monday, January 10th / 7:00 p.m.
Join us on Zoom to learn all about the “Last Great Race on Earth,” the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, with local Iditarod enthusiast Eleanor Csizmadia. Eleanor will share photographs and videos, fun facts, race history, and discuss her own experiences braving Alaska’s sub-zero temperatures. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program.

Studio Orientation. Virtual. Saturday, January 15th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, January 31st 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 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 for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Teen Book Discussion Virtual. Monday, January 17th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Students grade 6-12 are invited to join Strongsville's teen librarian in a discussion of So Many Beginnings: a Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Marrow. Books will be available at the Strongsville Branch beginning December 13. Books may also be requested and sent to any branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library for pick up. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Virtual. Wednesday, January 19th / 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 Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. 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.

Blood Drive. Friday, January 21st / 10:15 a.m. – 3:15 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 www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Lunar New Year Concert. IN PERSON. Saturday, January 22nd / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Join us at the Strongsville Branch to ring in the Year of the Tiger with Northeast Ohio's traditional Chinese orchestra! Using a wide variety of traditional instruments including the dizi (bamboo flute), erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), and guzheng (zither), as well as gongs, drums, and cymbals, the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble's six veteran musicians will present a program of festive and captivating melodies from China's north, south, east, and west. The program will include explanations of the instruments as well as the stories behind the pieces. As an added attraction, audience members of all ages will be invited to try the ensemble's percussion instruments and join the group on stage for an interactive finale. Registration is required as space is limited due to social distancing guidelines.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. IN PERSON. Monday, January 24th / 2:30 p.m.
The Monday Afternoon Book Discussion meets at 2:30 p.m. in the Library on the 4th Monday of each month. No registration required. New members always welcome. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our next discussion title will be The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk.

Tween STEM: Oil Spill Science. Ages 9 – 12. Saturday, January 29th / 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Learn about what happens during an oil spill, how they are cleaned, and about the environmental impact. Tweens will get a hands-on experience in a mock oil spill activity. All supplies will be provided. Due to social distancing, spots are limited, and registration is required.