Surrarrer's Scoop

Week of August 30

We Need Your Help


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. This is one of the strongest Covid Symptoms
  • 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.

Updates from Dr. Raso

"Birthday Treats" and shared food: We have had treats sent in since the start of the year. ew have tried to be as accommodating as possible, but it is becoming a very lengthy process to ensuring all items meet district criteria. If shared food is brought in and it does not meet the criteria, it WILL be sent home. Remember that regardless of whether or not there is a food allergy in your child's class, certain foods are prohibited. *Please click here to view the letter from the Superintendent regarding district policy on shared foods.

*Any cookies or cupcakes purchased at local stores MUST have the sticker that identifies the product as "Peanut Free". Not only must the product itself be "nut free" but it must be verified that it was produced in a "nut free" environment. We simply do not have time to call companies to check on the safety of the product.

* Pencils and stickers and other NON-FOOD items are encouraged.

*We can NOT distribute individually "gift wrapped" combination bags of snacks as we can not check each item for it's compliance.

* All shared food items must be individually wrapped. The items must be left on the box/bag you purchased them in, as this indicates the ingredients. If we do not receive original packaging, the item will be sent home.

2) Cell phones and Smart watches - Please be reminded that electronic devices such as cell phones and watches are NOT ALLOWED in school. At the elementary level, these are a distraction for students during instructional time and also can become a problem if students are calling, texting friends, or posting to social media accounts during the school day.

Just like when we (adults) were in elementary school, if your child needs to contact a parent, school personnel will determine if a call is necessary and make the phone call on your child's behalf.

Additionally, these items often become "lost" or "stolen" as we do not have secure lockers for children at this age. If you feel it is absolutely necessary for your child to have these items for an after school communication purpose, they will be asked to turn them off and keep them in their backpacks during the day so that they are not an issue while in school.

3.) Lunch Changes: In order to provide for the safest environment possible, we will be changing our lunch procedures effective August 30th. To provide for six feet distancing during lunch, we will be having students eat in the cafeteria and/or thier in the classrooms. We will rotate classes into the lunchroom by week when possible, however, based on staffing available to supervise the classrooms based on location, there may be some classes that don't currently get the opportunity to eat in the cafeteria. However, all students getting a hot lunch will be able to get that from our cafeteria.

Finally, if we are able to separate our students beyond the recommended 3 feet, we will do so in order to provide for more distancing. We want to see our students stay in school! Thank you for your continued support.

Drinking Fountains Are Closed

Drinking fountains will remain closed in response to COVID-19 protocols. Please send a water bottle to school with students. We have water bottle filling stations that are a great resource for refilling. We ask that students take their water bottles home at the end of each school day to be washed and refilled for the next school day. Please also have your student's name on their water bottle.

Grades for Music, Art and PE

When looking at your child's grades for music, art and/or pe, know that they are standards based and NOT traditional percentages/letter grades like you may be used to.

M= Standard Met

P= Progressing to Standard

N= Standard Not Yet Met

In order for our system to turn the student’s performance into standards- based grading, we have to put it in as a percentage. Each grade level and department has standards that students are working toward and this is what is being evaluated.

Although you see a percentage, ignore the percentage and look at the progression toward the STANDARD (M, N, P). Grades are not utilized in the sense that a traditional grading system uses them. You will see somewhere between a 50% and a 100%, but again, focus on the M, N, or P, as that is the official mark; the percentage is just a placeholder.

Want to be a Head Room Parent???

The Head Room Parent is a volunteer who supports the teacher, the school, and the PTA and helps make the year filled with fun events and great memories! If you're interested in being in this exciting role, please fill out the form below by Sep. 6th. Those selected will be notified via email after the September PTA meeting, and all Head Room Parents must be/will need to be registered members of the PTA. Thank you!

Surrarrer’s 2nd Annual Fun Run is Coming!

Students will attend a socially distanced pep rally on Monday, September 27th where they will receive all of the details and information needed for the Fun Run! The actual run will take place on Thursday, October 7th. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000! We can’t wait to have fun with our students as we help our school!

There will be nightly challenges, daily prizes and an all school prize if we meet our goal of $15,000!!

Watch this short video to learn more about the Fun Run!

Questions: Contact Sarah Polo - or text 440-289-5628

Join PTA Today!

If you would like to join/rejoin the Surrarrer PTA for the 2021-2022 school year, please follow the link below to sign up and purchase. Prices are $6 for single membership/staff and $12 for family memberships. We are planning to have a fun year for students, families, and staff!

Here Comes the Bus App

As a reminder, parents can stay updated on their child’s bus location to and from school through the Here Comes the Bus app. You can CLICK HERE for the directions on how to download the app (or access via the website) and register to see your child’s bus. Please follow the linked directions and enter the listed school code for our district.

Note. To make the app function, our student information system communicates with our routing software and then our routing software communicates with the app. We are aware that the app is not working for some students and will say you are unable to add your student in the app as the student last name and ID do not match our records. Please know that we are working with the applicable providers to identify and correct this issue.

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Parking Lot at Recess

Our side parking lot (with basketball hoops) is used for recess. Please do not park there between the hours of 11:00 - 12:30. There are cones that block off the entrance during this time. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe.

Strongsville City Schools

***Please note the following September 2021 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order 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.

***Please note all branches of Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Administration Building will be closed on Sunday, September 5th and Monday, September 6th for the Labor Day Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 7th.

Cuyahoga Works – Need help with your resume or interview skills? A Cuyahoga Works Career Counselor will be at the Strongsville Branch on Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. to meet with individuals in need of job search assistance. For more information, visit To schedule an appointment, please call (216) 475-2225.

English as a Second Language. IN PERSON Thursdays & Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 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.

Computer Classes
Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held VIRTUALLY using the program Screenleap 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

Take & Make At Home Crafts!
Stop into the Strongsville Branch to see what the current take it and make it craft of the month is for All Ages. Each month the Youth, Teen, and Adult Departments are offering free craft kits to take home while supplies last.

Discuss & Design: Millennial Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 1st / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention millennials we're going virtual! Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends? How about a book club with a twist. We meet bimonthly, 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 next discussion will be on the book My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. Register online to receive your materials and Zoom link to participate.

Fall Into Health. Tuesday, September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th / 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CSU nursing students along with licensed RN will provide health screenings, one-on-one chronic disease education and general health education with the focus being overall health and wellness.

Young at Heart Virtual Book Discussion. Tuesday, September 7th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The next discussion title is Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley, 2021. Register online to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, September 7th, 21st, and 28th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, September 22nd and 29th from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Storytime Baby & Me. Wednesday, September 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Zoom Virtual Family Storytime. Thursdays, September 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, September 11th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, September 27th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
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 in order to use the spaces. These orientations will be held VIRTUALLY ONLY. Patrons 11 & up can participate in the orientation and must turn in the User Agreement form at the branch in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Galaxy in a Jar. Teens in Grades 6 – 12. IN PERSON - Monday, September 13th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Learn about the universe while creating your own galaxy to take home in a mason jar. Registration for this in-person event begins August 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Colorful Shrubs Through the Seasons. Tuesday, September 14th / 7:00 p.m.
With a bit of planning, you can create a welcoming and colorful landscape year round. The key is to plant perennials and shrubs that bloom at all different times of the year. The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County will introduce you to combinations of perennials, shrubs, and even small trees to achieve this effect. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 15th / 7:00 p.m.
Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion has gone VIRTUAL and will be live on Zoom at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our next discussion title will be Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

First Page Book Club. Teens in Grades 6 – 12. Monday, September 20th / 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
The Strongsville Teen librarian will read the first page of a few teen books of various genres. We will then discuss other books we have read and enjoyed. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Southwest General Health Talk: You May Be Losing More Sleep. Tuesday, September 21st / 10:00 a.m.
Everyone has an occasional restless night, but if sleepless nights are persistent, it can affect your health! A Southwest General Pharmacist will discuss ways to improve your sleep hygiene! Learn about medications that may cause insomnia and medications that may help. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Six Wives of Henry VIII. Thursday, September 23rd / 7:00 p.m.
Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived. These were the fates of the six wives of Henry the VIII. Susan Cannavino will talk about each woman's personality, personal life and circumstances, as well as Henry the VIII's. You will be transported back to 16th century British court life. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Forgotten Items

If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your child, use our drop off location in the lobby. We will be checking it periodically throughout the day. We will get the item to your child.

Stay Safe, Speak Up Hotline

Stay Safe, Speak Up student hotline is located on our District's website. It can be found on the main page on the top green bar. 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.