Muraski Tribune: Issue 27


A Message From the Principals

Good Afternoon Muraski Families,

Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend. We just can't seem to catch a break with this crazy weather! It does look like we should have some 50 degree days this week so hopefully that means we are moving towards warmer temperatures.

Just a friendly reminder to move your clocks forward on Sunday morning. Unfortunately we will be losing an hour of sleep however we will have a longer day of sunshine which is always nice

There is a lot of information in our newsletter this week related to PBIS. Below you will find information on a climate survey your child will be taking in school the week of March 21st, as well as some behavior definitions our PBIS team developed. Please be sure to take a moment and read this information.

Have a wonderful week!


Mike Griffen & Katie Hawk

Staff Professional Development Day on Monday - No School for Students

Due to the number of activities that were available on our February boards and the average number of activities completed by students, you will notice that some activities are the same and some new activities have been added. The evolution of the Explore Boards for March has been based on your feedback. In addition to the links below, teachers will have these Explore Boards posted in their Google Classroom.

  • Click here to access the Explore Board for Grs. K-2
  • Click here to access the Explore Board for Grs. 3-5

‘Explore Boards’ Directions

  • Engage in as many of the Explore Board activities and experiences as you can based on what sparks your interest. You must complete at least one (1) Explore Board experience.
  • On Tuesday (3/15), your child will engage in a reflection activity in class based on his / her Explore Board activity selection(s). Again, this reflection will be done at school, not at home.
  • Your child does not need to bring in evidence of completion of their work on the Explore Boards to school.
  • If you would like to share a picture / post of your child’s work on the Explore Board activities on social media, use the #SCSExplores hashtag.
  • Unless your child has make-up work to complete, there will be no other assignments from your child’s teacher on this day.

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K & 1st Pride Ticket Winners


Lillian Edmonds

Connor Weeks

Evamaria Zelaya

Finn Mahring


Ethan Salloum

Dylan Sovey

Aleea Frisky

Marola Henin

Penny Kovach

Pearce Malik-Garner

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2nd Grade Pride Ticket Winners

Rasha Alnazer

Corrie Rodgers

Kayda Begley

Cailyn Wagner

Isabella Masen

Lorenzo Brito

Hadi Yaghmour

Brody Perrot

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3rd Grade Pride Ticket Winners

Jimmy Reindel

Allie Santo Domingo

Jayden Dunbar

Leah Gehrke

Hasini Senthil-Kumar

Henry Whitaker

Camden Root

Synoria Thomas

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4th Grade Pride Ticket WInners

David Christopher

Jacob Bryk

Amelia Pasko

Mia Gojnic

Penny Paris

Jennah Suleiman

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5th Grade Pride Ticket Winners

Angelo Santo Domingo

Sadie Capitoni

Grace Borgio

Xavier Halverstadt

Ruby Olson

Jenna Schneiderhan

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PBIS Student Climate Survey (Grades 3-5 only)

If you have a child in grades 3-5, you should have received an opt-out form in your child's take home folder on Friday. Throughout the week of March 21st, all of our third through fifth grade students will be taking a School Climate Survey during the school day. This virtual survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes and will give our students an opportunity to share how they feel at Muraski Elementary. We will then use this data to have some meaningful discussions during our next PBIS meeting to see what extra supports our students may need to feel successful at school.

HERE is a link to the opt-out letter for your convenience. You should only sign and return this letter if you choose to opt your child out of taking the survey.

PBIS Behavior Definitions

As we shared a few weeks ago, our PBIS team has created a behavioral flowchart for Muraski to identify the process we use with students displaying minor and major behaviors when determining consequences and learning opportunities. We have attached the behavioral flowchart once again for your reference.

To help you understand what some of these terms mean on the flowchart, our PBIS team created some behavior definitions for those minor infractions throughout areas of the building. Please take a moment to look through these definitions.

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March PBIS Data

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Muraski Rockstars of the Week: Alyssa A. & Elijah R.

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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

Attention 5th Grade Parents: 6th Grade Camp Sign-Up

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Annual Breakfast with a Buddy Is Back!

Breakfast with a Buddy sign ups are still happening!

So far we have 171 people signed up to attend but we still need everyone's help to make this event a success.

Please consider donating your time or some supplies by clicking the sign up genius to volunteer.

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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