Muraski Tribune: Issue 26


A Message From the Principals

Good Afternoon Muraski Families,

We hope that you enjoyed the beautiful weekend with your families. Although today was a bit windy, it was great to get some sunshine and warmer temperatures, which provided an opportunity to get outdoors. As we head into spring and the weather begins to change, we could use your support in continuing to remind your children of our expectations while at school, specifically the playground and recess. Everyday, we remind our children of the need to be RESPECTFUL & SAFE, using kind words and a safe body, by keeping your hands and feet to yourself. This time of year always sees a little increase in unexpected behaviors, being limited in outdoor interactions because of the snow and temperatures. So, if you can assist us in continuing to emphasize this message with your children it would be greatly appreciated.

Below, you will see lots of pictures from some of our students being recognized for PRIDE or Encore awards.

There is also quite a bit of information about things going on at Muraski and within the community.

Let's have a great week!


Mike Griffen & Katie Hawk

Read Across America Day

Wednesday, March 2nd was Read Across America Day. Students at Muraski had a lot of opportunities on this day to read, whether it was independently or with a friend. Ms. Darrah's class celebrated by dressing up for Dr. Suess Day. Ms. Northheim and Mrs. Russell combined their classes for some fun reading time. The second graders picked out a book to read to a kindergarten buddy. This was a great way for our kindergarteners to hear what fluent reading sounds like. Hopefully you were all able to find some time this week to sit back, relax, and read a book as well.
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OST Testing Dates: Grades 3-5

Spring testing will be here before we know it. We want to provide you with these dates because it is important that your child is in school on their assigned testing date prior to the start of the test. Students tend to do their best when their routine is consistent. We recognize that you are not able to control everything, but if you could be cognizant of these dates when making appointments, coming in late, etc. we would appreciate it. Note: If a child is late to school on a testing day, they are not able to enter the classroom if the test has already started.

ELA Grade 3: April 6 & 7

ELA Grade 4: April 5 & 6

ELA Grade 5: April 7 & 8

Math Grade 3: April 27 & 28

Math Grade 4: April 28 & 29

Math Grade 5: April 12 & 13

Science Grade 5: April 27 & 28

K & 1st Pride Ticket Winners


Nola Krenek (1/2)

Madison Howard (1/2)

Jacob Borrowman

August Freese

Dylan Zerbini

Kendall Turk


Neil Slonaker

Kaikena Luhan

Evangeline Wilson

Thaddeus Horne

Killian Focaretto

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2nd Grade Pride Ticket Winners

Weston Lambert

Branislav Cecez

Jason Skoda

Cailyn Wagner

Ke'Shawn McElroy

Carrie Craig

Carla Harb

Christopher Riolo

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3rd Grade Pride Ticket Winners

Nolan Richmond

Leah Gehrke

Annie Riolo

Ava Frisky

Eva Gamon

Isaac Waters

Katerina Hutton

Josh Sanchez

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4th Grade Pride Ticket WInners

Penelope Havel

David Janakovich

Delaney McCullough

Sunny Wadenpfuhl

Aditya Raj

Allison Richmond

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5th Grade Pride Ticket Winners

Sarah Wagner

Becca Mooneyham

Blake Miller

Leon Cyranek

Ava Jarrell

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Week 1 March Data

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Muraski Artist of the Week

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Muraski Rockstars of the Week

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Muraski MVPs of the Week

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Annual Breakfast with a Buddy Is Back!

This is an opportunity for you, or another adult, to join your student before school to have a light continental style breakfast. Some items that will be available are donuts, coffee, muffins, juice, fruit, bagels and milk. Once you are done with breakfast, you can then walk down to our Book Fair and shop with your student.

If you have any questions please text Danielle Blech at 216-571-3744.

Cost is $1.00 per student

Since we have a large number of students, we separate the students over 2 days based on their last name. Please see you day and time below.

Students with last names A - K will be on Wednesday, 3/23 at 8-8:45 am.

Students with last names L - Z will be on Thursday, 3/24 at 8-8:45 am.

Please be sure to register by 3/18/22 on MemberHub with the link below.

Hope to see you there!!!


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Strongsville Women's League Art Contest

Strongsville Women’s League is holding an art contest for Strongsville residents currently enrolled in grades K-5th Grade. Have you ever thought about what makes your family yours? What are the traditions that create great memories year after year? This year the Strongsville Women’s League wants to know what makes your family unique. Please create an image which shows your favorite part of being you in your family. “My favorite tradition is…”. Entries will be accepted March 14 - April 14 and can be dropped off in the main office at any elementary school. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for grades K&1, 2&3, and 4&5 students. Artwork will be judged and prizes will be awarded on Friday, April 29. Good luck and have fun! Please contact Karen Burgund ( or Barb Toth ( with any questions or concerns.

Birthday Book Club

It's back! The Muraski Birthday Book Club!

If you are looking for a way to help out, or if you want to commemorate your child’s birthday, or really for any reason at all . . . please consider joining the Muraski Birthday Book Club!

Click the link below for additional details and to donate $15 toward the purchase of a new book for the Muraski Media Center. All funds will go towards books/supplies!

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Mighty Mites Lacrosse

Mighty Mites Lacrosse

Do you have a Kindergarten - 2nd grader that wants to learn to play lacrosse? Register for the Mighty Mites Lacrosse program at the Strongsville Rec Center. Mighty Mites takes place on Sundays from March 6 - April 10 and is coached by the SHS Lacrosse coaches and players. Click HERE for additional information and to register.
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ODH Discontinues COVID-19 Universal Contact Tracing for Schools

On Wednesday (1/26), the ODH shared a memo (CLICK HERE) detailing that schools may discontinue COVID-19 universal contact tracing effective immediately. Based on this ODH guidance and the consensus of the Board last night, Strongsville City Schools will no longer be contact tracing for COVID-19 after today. You can CLICK HERE to access the slides and/or CLICK HERE to watch my presentation to the Board on this topic that (1) provides local data to support this move away from universal contact tracing and (2) details a two-phase approach to reduce COVID restrictions as we move into our long-term response to COVID.

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will continue.

  • Staff / Students must continue to report all COVID+ cases to SCS
  • Continue to communicate active isolations on the COVID data dashboard Monday - Friday
  • Continue to follow the reduced isolation and the Mask to Stay / Test to Play (if known) protocols for staff / students exhibiting no symptoms
  • Continue with classroom-based COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Continue with current social distancing in classrooms

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will be discontinued Monday, January 31st.

  • Discontinue all contact tracing unless there is a cluster / outbreak as determined by the CCBH [see Slide 7 of presentation]
  • Discontinue communicating active quarantines on the COVID data dashboard
  • Discontinue building and individual COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Discontinue all parent COVID notifications for students in Grs. 6-12