The Muraski Tribune: Issue 9

Your weekly communication about all things Muraski.

Update from the Principal

Good Morning Muraski Families,


As this week closes and our students enjoy a long weekend, I want to take a moment to say thank you. We appreciate you taking the time over the last two weeks to participate in Parent Teacher Conferences. The connection between home and the school is one of the biggest predictors in a child's success within their education. Thank you for taking the time to meet with our teachers. Thank you for building that connection. Thank you for working with us to support all of our children in creating small wins for each of them every day. We appreciate you. We are a team as we work to provide our children with valuable learning opportunities at Muraski every day.


We also want to send a special thank you to our PTA! Conference nights are long nights, but we were so appreciative of the wonderful dinners that PTA put together for us during those evenings.


Shout outs to SALTED DOUGH and GRAND FIESTA! Both restaurants would be highly recommended by our staff because of the delicious food they prepared for us. We appreciate it!


Have a great long weekend!


Mike Griffen

Model Mustang Recognition

We would like to recognize the following students for demonstrating PRIDE here at school. They have worked hard to demonstrate Model Mustang behavior, showing that they are Prepared, Respectful, Inclusive, Determined, and Engaged:


Tristan Koch

Zoey Starcovic

Leah Kubicki

Leah Gehrke

Logan Ponyicky

Hailey Cartwright

Henry Seuffert

Dylan Zerbini

Liam Caraballo

Muraski Music Rock Stars

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MURASKI P.E. MVPs

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MURASKI ARTISTS OF THE WEEK

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DARE Halloween Party

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Did You Know: Renewal Levy

Did you know that our District has a textbook review process that occurs every six years to keep materials relevant and updated? In combination with textbooks, our District also provides students with multiple software programs to enhance learning in the classroom. Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools, helps support these classroom resources for all students.
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Strongsville Greet & Treat

The Strongsville City Schools “Greet & Treat” event returns this fall and will be held outdoors at Strongsville High School on Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and collect candy and treats in an outdoor, family-friendly atmosphere at Pat Catan Stadium. We will also be accepting donations of non-perishable items for the Strongsville Food Bank that evening. We hope to see lots of families at this year’s “Greet & Treat” on October 27!
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IOWA & COGAT TESTING

Strongsville students will again participate in whole-grade screening in second and fourth grades. These students will be screened for superior cognitive identification, creative thinking identification, and specific subject areas using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Iowa Assessment. This is one way in which students can be identified for gifted math classes (grades 3-5) in your building. We also use these assessments to obtain standards-based data on all students that can be used by teachers and principals to determine specific areas of strength and weakness.


For background - the 2018 Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Students Who are Gifted (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15) requires districts to administer two whole-grade screenings opportunities per school year. These whole-grade screenings must occur once during the K-2 grade band and once during the 3-6 grade band in each of these areas: superior cognitive ability, creative thinking ability, reading and mathematics.

3rd Grade Ohio Reading Assessment

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 9am to Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 12pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH

Our 3rd Grade students will be participating in the Fall Ohio State Testing in the area of Reading.

PTA Events & Opportunities

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RED, WHITE, & BLUE CALENDAR (ENCORE SCHEDULE)

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Repeat Item: COVID NOTIFICATIONS

After my communication regarding the first case of COVID-19 in our school this year, I received several follow questions, so I want to provide the following clarification:


When there is a POSITIVE Case within the school the following steps are taken:


  1. Contact tracing is completed, identifying areas including the bus, classroom, cafeteria, playground, and hallways where direct contact (as identified by district communication) could have occurred.
  2. If your child is identified as a direct contact, you will receive a phone call from our office to notify you of when this occurred.
  3. A letter will be sent to ALL families, informing them that there was a positive case in the school. Again, if your child is a direct contact, you will receive a phone call.
  4. If the positive case is a student who rides a bus, ALL families who ride that specific bus will receive a letter informing them that there was a positive case on their bus. Again, if your child is a direct contact based on contact tracing on the bus, you will receive a phone call.

When Should You Keep Your Child Home?

PLEASE DO YOUR PART. IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT FEELING WELL, KEEP THEM HOME and CONTACT THE SCHOOL. WHEN IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT!


In order to do your part in preventing the spread of germs, it is imperative that we are frequently doing symptom checks of our children at home. If your child is displaying any of the following symptoms, please keep them home and inform our front office. We will work to ensure that your child stays up to date with assignments and the teaching taking place in the classroom:


  • A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. This is one of the strongest Covid Symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Persistent cough or runny nose
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat


We need you to assist in helping us, by monitoring for these symptoms on a daily basis, and keeping your child home if they aren't feeling well.

Repeat Item: Counseling Services through Nancy Lowrie & Associates

Dear Parents/Guardians of Strongsville City School Students:


We are writing to tell you about an exciting opportunity for you and your child. Strongsville City Schools have a well -established partnership with a Behavioral Health Private Practice, Nancy Lowrie & Associates, LLC, (NLA), that specializes in child therapy, adolescent therapy, and family counseling. All NLA therapists are Masters-level and licensed by the State of Ohio. They are able to diagnose and treat all emotional and behavioral health concerns.


We are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to work with an Ohio Licensed Clinical Therapist in an effort to improve your child’s well being. The following are just some examples of the topics we address in individual, group, or family sessions:


• Strategies for managing relationships with peers, parents and teachers

• Development of social skills and communication

• Ability to deal with teasing and bullying

• Understanding and treating addictions

• Coping skills for anger management, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders • Fostering good choices by decreasing impulsivity and distractibility

• Managing family problems

• Gender Identity Concerns

• Controlling Eating Disorders and Self-harm


Best of all, NLA is able to offer you this service at your school. NLA will send our trained therapists to your school to meet with your child individually during the school day or via teletherapy. Also, to make this easier for you, NLA counseling services are covered under most health insurance plans, including State Medicaid, Medicaid HMO’s (CareSource, Paramount, and Buckeye) and most private health insurance plans (Medical Mutual, Anthem, Aetna, Cleveland Clinic, etc). NLA does all the clinical work plus does the actual insurance billing for you.


This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to receive confidential sessions with a caring clinician. If you are interested in participating in this program, please return the bottom of this letter to your child’s school counselor. An NLA therapist will call to schedule an initial meeting with you to get your child started in the program and verify your insurance information.


Sincerely, Nancy Lowrie & Associates, LLC


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Repeat Item: Stay Safe. Speak Up! Student Hotline

Students who believe they have been harassed, bullied, victimized by fellow students, or have other concerns which may jeopardize the safety of students, employees, or school facilities, are asked to Speak Up! and promptly report the issue using our District’s student/parent hotline – accessible both online and by telephone.


CLICK HERE to access information via our district website.

Repeat Item: Health Protocols from the District

Wearing Masks on the Bus

Per the CDC, all students and staff must wear a mask on a school bus, whether coming to/from school or for an athletic/music trip. CLICK HERE for the mask exemption form, if needed. A new form will need to be completed along with medical or religious documentation if a student is requesting an exemption for the 2021-2022 school year.


Wearing Masks in School

It is recommended that all staff and students wear masks in school, especially those that are unvaccinated, yet it is not required. Please read below and become familiar with the quarantine protocols. The best way to significantly reduce the risk of being quarantined and to stay in school is to wear a mask.


Student Isolation Protocols

If your child tests positive for COVID, s/he is required to isolate at home for then (10) days from the date of the positive test or the onset of symptoms.


Student Quarantine Protocols for Unvaccinated Students Wearing a Mask

If your child is unvaccinated, wearing a mask and identified as a direct contact to someone at school that is COVID positive, s/he will not have to quarantine as long as your child has no symptoms and was at least 3 feet apart. If your child was less than 3 feet, s/he will have to quarantine. You can CLICK HERE for a flow chart detailing the quarantine procedures we will follow.


Student Quarantine Protocols for Unvaccinated Students NOT Wearing a Mask

If your child is unvaccinated, not wearing a mask and identified as a direct contact to someone at school that is COVID positive, s/he will have to quarantine. You can CLICK HERE for a flow chart detailing the quarantine procedures we will follow.


Supporting Students in Isolation/Quarantine

When a student is in isolation/quarantine, teachers will provide the student with their assignments and support through Google Classroom. Additionally, teachers will live stream classroom instruction and/or provide instructional videos. Teachers are only required to live stream instruction for students in isolation/quarantine.


Parent Requests/Masking

If parents at the elementary level request teacher support/feedback in terms of having their child wear a mask at school, we will do the best we can to help out. This means that we will remind the child and share feedback to the parent on how they are doing during the initial weeks of the school year, if requested.


Student Insensitivity/Bullying for Masking

If we have students acting inappropriately towards someone that is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask, we will address it in accordance with our code of conduct in the same manner we handle any other situation of inappropriate behavior for name calling, bullying, etc.