Kinsner News

Mr. Diedrick's Newsletter- August 26, 2022

NO SCHOOL Monday, September 5th- Labor Day

Picture Day- Thursday, September 8

Kinsner Students at Work and at Play!

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Mustang Spotlight - Mrs. Nicole Bender

Mrs. Nicole Bender has worked in our District for four years. A graduate of Strongsville High School (Class of 2010), Mrs. Bender teaches first grade in the same elementary school that she attended - Kinsner Elementary. “It has been such a fun experience to work with two fellow Strongsville High School graduates and four teachers that I had when I was in elementary school,” said Mrs. Bender. She earned both her undergraduate and Master’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University.

“I love building relationships with my students and establishing a positive learning environment for them. I learn so much about each of my students just by the little conversations we have when I first greet them at my door. It is such a rewarding experience to build relationships that last more than just one year. I love walking down the hallway and catching up with students from previous years. Their excitement to share what is going on in their life and wanting to keep me in the loop makes my day extra special. These connections make my classroom feel more like a family. I can distinctly remember the impact my teachers had on me when I was in school, and I hope that everyday I am doing the same for my students.”

“I am so thankful to work for Strongsville City Schools and to be part of the Kinsner family. Kinsner is truly my home away from home. The relationships I have established with my colleagues, students, and parents makes it feel like they are my second family. All of my colleagues are so supportive! Each and every teacher is willing to create the best learning experiences for our students. I am beyond grateful to not only be part of the Kinsner community, but the Strongsville community as well.”

Thank you Mrs. Bender for making a positive impact with our first graders at Kinsner and creating a welcoming environment in your classroom! #BeTheDifference


All fifth grade students have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument and become a member of the Strongsville City Schools Band and Orchestra team. Our band and orchestra teachers will be meeting with the fifth grade classes to demonstrate the awesome instruments students may choose to learn. They will also be providing information on how to become a Musical Mustang. All fifth grade students will be invited to join a special Beginning Band and Orchestra Google Classroom; be sure to check your school email. The beginning band and orchestra parent meeting will take place in the Strongsville High School Auditorium, on Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be livestreamed for those who can not attend. Beginning band and orchestra lessons will start the week of Sept. 12th. We are looking forward to meeting you!

If you have any questions, please email your specific band/orchestra teacher. Thank you!

Rene Roblee (band)

Nicholas Simul (orchestra)

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Princess Ball - Sunday, September 11

The 6th Annual Princess Ball will take place on Sunday, September 11th at SouthPark Mall between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. The event takes place in the mall's food court area. There will be 10+ Fairytale Princesses provided by Second Star to the Right. Each princess will have a customized station and will be available for a meet-and-greet. Please be ready to snap adorable photos of your kids with the Fairytale Princesses. Fox 8's Kristi Capel will be the host for this morning event! Click HERE to purchase tickets for the event. Please note, that all attendees will need a ticket to enter except children 2 years of age and under. 100% of the proceeds will benefit A Special Wish Northeast Ohio, a local organization dedicated to granting the wishes of Northeast Ohio children battling life-threatening illnesses.
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CogAT and Iowa Testing

August 29, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The State of Ohio requires all public school districts (city, local, and exempted village) to provide whole-grade screenings for the purposes of gifted identification in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability reading/writing, specific academic ability mathematics, and creative thinking ability once during the K-2 grade band and once again during the 3-6 grade band. Districts must use assessments approved for gifted

identification in order to meet this requirement. Your child will be taking these national standardized tests to gain information about his/her abilities in the classroom during the period of October 3 through October 17, 2022. You may contact your child’s principal for specific testing dates.

Second and fourth grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test, or CogAT. This test is used to measure overall cognitive and reasoning abilities that can guide classroom and instruction planning efforts based on students’ individual ability levels. The CogAT also provides a measure of cognitive ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of Superior Cognitive ability.

Additionally, students in grades two and four will take the Iowa Assessments. The primary purpose of this test is for instructional development so teachers can identify where the skills of individual students are most and least developed and adapt curriculum and instruction accordingly. The Iowa will measure content-specific skills in the areas of reading and math and also provides a measure of academic ability that can identify students who

meet the State’s definition of superior specific academic ability.

These are not tests that students can study for, nor should they be nervous to take them. They will not count as a grade and will be used to better assist teachers in meeting the needs of students. After the results are returned to the District, each student/family will receive a copy of the scores with a report highlighting the student's strengths and areas on which to continue to build.

Thank you for your continued assistance and dedication to your child’s education. If you have any questions, please contact the building principal or me.


Erin Green

Erin Green, Director of Curriculum

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Strongsville Library Happenings

***Please note the following September 2022 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events for us to send you the Zoom invitation. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. Customers may also visit to register and to see more library event information.

**All branches and the Administrative offices of Cuyahoga County Public Library will be closed on Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day Holiday. We will resume normal Library hours on Tuesday, September 6th at 9:00 a.m.

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.

IN-PERSON Storytimes.
Strongsville Branch Library has resumed storytimes in-person. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Group is small and registration is required. Please register each child separately. Only the participating child and one caregiver will be admitted to the program (no siblings, please), due to social distancing space requirements. In-person programs may be held over Zoom if required by CDC and CCPL guidelines. Participants may be recorded and/or surveyed to capture this program’s effectiveness. Learn more about parent options at To check for in-person storytime availability, please check our schedule online or call (440) 238-5530.

Young at Heart Book Club. Tuesday, September 6th / 7:00 p.m. Register online. IN PERSON.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The title for this month’s discussion is Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech, 2018.

Discuss & Design Millennial Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 7th / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
This meeting will be held virtually on ZOOM. Attention millennials born between 1981 – 1996. Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends? How about a book club with a twist? Discuss & Design (Millennial Book Discussion) will be meeting monthly virtually, alternating between children's, teen, and adult books. We discuss the assigned book and design something that complements the title, subject, or book cover. Maker kits will be available as a part of this program and can be mailed to a branch near you for pick up! Our September title will be The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton. Registration and an email address are required to participate. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join. Provided materials for this program are recommended for all participants. Please specify your preferred branch location for material pick up when registering. A staff member will contact you prior to the event when materials are available. Registration closes a week before the event to ensure delivery of materials.

Studio Orientation. Saturday, September 10th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. / VIRTUAL or Monday, September 19th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. / IN-PERSON.
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. 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 attend the virtual or in-person sessions.

Plan Your Walt Disney World Vacation. Tuesday, September 13th / 7:00 p.m.
Karli Keene is a travel concierge with ET Family Travel, specializing in all things Disney and beyond. She will explain the process of planning a Disney vacation, including when to go, where to stay, making dining reservations, booking Genie+ reservations (formerly known as FastPass), using MagicBands, Disney "extras" like character experiences, saving money, and so much more!

A Dawg Pound Presentation. Thursday, September 15th / 7:00 p.m.
Calling all Cleveland Browns fans for this fun and interactive presentation on the history of the Cleveland Browns! Author, Marty Gitlin, who covered the Browns as a sportswriter for nearly three decades as an award-winning journalist, hosts this wonderful program. He will cover the most interesting and greatest teams, players, and events in the history of the storied franchise. Mart will tell engaging stories and play exciting game highlights. He will cover the entire history of the Browns from their birth in 1946 to today. Included are legends such as Paul Brown, and Bernie Kosar, triumphs such as the championships of the 1950's and 1964, devastating playoff defeats of the 1980's and the loss of the team in 1995 following decades of frustration after its return.

Toddler Fair. Ages 2 – 3 Years Old. Friday, September 16th / 11:00 a.m. – Noon.
Indoor and outdoor activities will engage your little one’s senses as they build brain connections using items you have in your home.

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 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
Tuesday, September 20th / 10:00 a.m. Noon. Word 2.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 21st / 7:00 p.m. IN PERSON.
Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Strongsville Branch Library. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our next discussion title will be The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Monday, September 26th / 2:30 p.m. IN PERSON.
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 Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk.

Blood Drive. Friday, September 30th / 10:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment visit or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767). 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 or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Questions? We Got Answers!!

If you have questions please feel free to reach out!

Important Phone Numbers to Note:

  • Attendance Line 440- 572-7003 choose Option 1 for Elementary Schools and then Option 2 for Kinsner
  • Mr. Diedrick, Principal 440-572-7120
  • Mr. Sam Lawrence, Assistant Principal 440-572-7120
  • Mrs. Marconi, Secretary 440-268-5400
  • Kinsner Clinic 440-268-5916
  • Transportation 440-572-7060