Early Learning Preschool

Week 5

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First Fridays Parent Education Opportunity

We are excited to start a new parent education series this fall titled First Fridays! The purpose of First Fridays is to provide parents with information and ideas regarding early childhood development. We will be utilizing guest speakers within our district to provide insight on topics such as early literacy, early language development, technology, and much more!

These events will take place during the school day on the first Friday of the month. We ask that you do not bring your children as we will not be providing childcare. We are working to have these sessions recorded so that you can watch them at any time as we understand that this is difficult for working parents or parents with other children at home.

We are interested in hearing from you! If you have a topic in which you would like more information, please consider adding that to our short survey! We want to plan these with YOU and your family in mind! Click HERE to take our brief survey to help us plan our events!

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Preschool MakerSpace

We are SO excited to bring MakerSpace to our preschoolers this year!

What is MakerSpace?!

"To define a school MakerSpace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects," Laura Flemming, Worlds of Making.

"Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls," Mark Hatch, The Maker Movement Manifesto.

National Association for the Education of the Young Child's Article on Preschool MakerSpace

MakerSpace in Preschool - It’s Not Just for Big Kids

The Child’s Role: NAEYC breaks it down into three simple steps!

  1. Tinkering, “Using the stuff.”

  2. Making, “Using stuff to make stuff that sometimes does stuff, but sometimes is just cool.

  3. Engineering, “Using stuff to make stuff that does stuff.”

The Teacher’s Role: Provide a variety of materials.

  1. Help children problem solve by encouraging thinking through open-ended questions.

  2. Give the children plenty of time to design, build, and test their products.

  3. Help children fix mistakes, do not take over this role, as children will make new discoveries on their own and use trial and error along the way.

  4. Teach children how to safely use the “real tools” and monitor them when in use.

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Please Consider Donating to Our MakerSpace

Please consider donating these consumable items to our MakerSpace! You can send these items in your child's backpack or drop them in our MakerSpace donation box located in our front vestibule!


Lego Pieces

Clean and Empty Water Bottles

Masking Tape


Painters Tape




Fabric Scraps

Small & Large Crafting Sticks

Toilet Paper Tubes


Paper Towel Tubes

Clean Strawberry/Blueberry Containers

Princess and Prince Tea

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SELP PTA Fire Station Visit

Join us for a tour of the Strongsville Fire Station Located at 17000 Prospect Rd

SLOTS ARE LIMITED - Please limit to max of SELP student(s), one sibling and one parent.

Date: 09/21/2019 (Sat.)


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4th Annual Greet and Treat

Mark your calendars for the 4th annual “Greet & Treat” event at Strongsville Middle School on Monday, October 28 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and collect candy and treats in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. 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 28!
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Awesome Opportunities with our Public Library

Please note the following October 2019 events at the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is required for most events. 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.

Year-Round Story Times!
Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Age 5. Our story times are in full swing for the Fall. Please call the library or stop by the Children’s Desk for more information.

State of the Art Recording Studio Open to the Public!
The Strongsville Branch Library has Audio and Video Recording Studios open to the public. Customers interested in using Garage Band, iMovie, and the Adobe Suite to create sound recordings, video recordings, and more are welcome to sign-up for studio time up to one week in advance. In order to use the studio, customers must first attend an orientation session. Drop-in orientations will be held on Tuesdays - Audio studio orientation from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Video studio orientation from 3:00-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Audio studio orientation from 9:30-10:00 a.m. and Video studio orientation from 10:00-10:30 a.m. No registration is needed. Please show up on time for these orientations. For more information on the studio and how to book studio time, please call (440) 238-5530.

Young at Heart. Tuesday, October 1st / 7:00 p.m.
Meets the First Tuesdays of the month. A book club for adults who love Children and teen books. Please register in person. The topic for the next discussion is Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

Fall Perennial Exchange. Wednesday, October 2nd / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Swap your fall perennials with Strongsville neighbors! Receive a raffle ticket for every species you bring in. Tickets are entered into a bucket for drawing once the program begins!

Southwest Vision & Glaucoma Screenings. Thursday, October 3rd / 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
A representative from North Coast Eye Surgery will be here to conduct vision and glaucoma screenings. Reservations are required. Please call the Southwest Community Nurses at (440) 816-4037 to register for an appointment.

Lifesize Gaming. For Grades 1 – 3. Saturday, October 5th / 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Get in the game! Join us for life-sized PacMan and Hungry Hungry Hippo, and compete to be the winning gobblers!

Just4You Student Friends. Ages 10-18. Saturday, October 5th / 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Get involved at the branch and connect with your community.

Mistaken Monsters. Monday, October 7th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Many aquatic species we know and love today were once believed to be sea monsters. Come take a closer look at some of these intriguing animals with the staff from the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

Parkfit Mall Walkers Wellness Talk: Diabetes Check Up. Tuesday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Join us the third Tuesday of each month for this special wellness talk sponsored by Southwest Hospital. Join Darcie Drake, RN, CDE diabetes nurse educator from Southwest General as she teaches about diabetes and helps you review/refresh your Diabetes Self Care Management plan! The ParkFit Mall Walkers Club is a combined effort of Southwest General and SouthPark Mall in Strongsville. The Club provides an opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe interesting and climate-controlled facility. Walk at the mall first then come over to the Library for this informative wellness talk! For more information call (440) 816-4037.

Flu Shots. Tuesday, October 15th / 10:00 a.m. – Noon.
The Southwest General Hospital Pharmacy Team will be on hand to give flu shots on a first come first served basis. Please bring your insurance information. If you have any questions or for more information, call Southwest Community Nurse line at (440) 816-5050.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, October 16th / 7:00 p.m.
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. New Members Welcome! For this month, we are reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. Books can be picked up at the check-out desk. Registration for this program is not needed. Join us for an evening of great discussion!

American Red Cross Blood Drive. Friday, October 18th / 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 (216) 431-3010.

National Chemistry Week: Marvelous Metals. Grades 2 - 6. Saturday, October 19th / 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for fun, hands on activities that let you get close to the action! Be prepared to get messy. Led by volunteers from the American Chemical Society. Families invited to stay and participate.

World War II Through Their Eyes - Strongsville Historical Society Meeting. Tuesday, October 22nd / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The Strongsville Historical Society and the Strongsville Branch Library have partnered for this special talk on real life accounts from World War II. A short Strongsville Historical Society meeting will be held prior to the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided at this free event. All are welcome!

Computer Classes
Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced users. Many of our classes offer Northstar Digital Literacy Certification. All classes are free. Registration begins 30 days before each class date. Classes are for adults age 18 and over. To see a full class list, descriptions, and to register, please visit https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes.aspx

Here are the upcoming classes:
Monday, October 28th / 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. PowerPoint 1.
Monday, October 28th / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Publisher.
Tuesday, October 29th / 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PowerPoint 2.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Monday, October 28th / 2:30 p.m. Meets the 4th Monday of each month.
New Members Welcome! Our next discussion title will be Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira Lee. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk. Join us for great discussion!

Haunted Studio. Ages 10 – 18. Tuesday, October 29th / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Teens are invited to get spooky in the branch’s audio recording studio and create a haunted house sound effect track using unusual objects.

Participants may be recorded and/or surveyed to capture program's effectiveness. More information can be found at cuyahogalibrary.org/parent-options.

Spooky Spine-Tingling Storytime! Children ages 4 – 6 with a caregiver. Wednesday, October 30th / 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Join us for spooky stories, songs, and a craft. Prepare for a scare… if you dare!

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Please join the PTA! Sign-up forms are also on the PTA bulletin board in the lobby!