Surrarrer's Scoop

Week of September 13

Issue 68: Strongsville City Schools Renewal Levy

Did you know that Strongsville City Schools has a renewal levy (Issue 68) on the upcoming November ballot? This is a renewal levy, which means there are no new taxes. This is the renewal of a 5-year limited operating levy that was originally passed in August of 2002 and most recently approved by voters in November of 2016. This renewal levy ensures we are able to continue provide up-to-date educational resources, technology, supports, and opportunities to continue to achieve our goal of being a premier school district for our students and the families/community we serve.
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School Name: Edna Surrarrer Elem School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, September 14

Picture Day ID: EVTP2VKCV

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"How can I help out at school?"

"How can I help out at school?" This question is posed often, and we love helpers! Here's how...PLEASE fill out this form to be possibly selected to help out at a class event as a volunteer! (One form per each student please) THIS FORM NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th. You must be a PTA member to help out.

1) Party coordinators (visionaries who oversee/manage/create the planning and putting the party helpers in place for the parties)
2) Party helpers (volunteer to attend the parties at school and help carry out the vision of the party coordinator, as well as looking for support in the area of donating items to class parties)
3) Item Donors (donate items to the parties like supplies and/or snacks)

Whether you have no, a little, or a lot of availability, we would greatly appreciate your involvement in any/all of the ways you are looking to contribute! Plus, it gives you a chance to be involved in the classroom which kids seem to get a kick out of and ensures that our kids have the people and items they need to have memorable experiences all-year-round!! It takes a village, and we certainly appreciate your help.

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

Mustangs Lacrosse - FREE Skills Clinics

It’s that time of year again! Time for free lacrosse Fall skills clinics. These are for current players as well as kids who want to try out lacrosse as a new sport.

We are also looking for donations of old equipment for new players to try the sport. Please contact us if you have some to borrow or spare.

Please see the link below for more information:

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Fifth Grade Instrumental Meeting Follow Up

For Fifth Grade Families:

We were excited to see so many people attend the instrumental meeting Wednesday night both in person and online. If you were in attendance, thank you for coming! If you were not able to attend, the meeting is available to watch at the SCS website: We encourage you to watch to see all the information about the band and orchestra programs in Strongsville. Below you will find links to some of the important information from last night’s meeting. We cannot wait to see the new band and orchestra students next week!

  • All of the information is also posted on the “join band and orchestra” google classroom.

  • Here are a few important links:

  • Registration form - please fill this out by Friday if your student will be joining band/orchestra.

  • If your student was absent the day we conducted screenings, please let us know. We will find a time to meet with them.

  • We would like to begin with instruments right away, so if possible, please arrange for your instrument by the first lesson. We realize that this isn’t always possible, so the students should come to their lesson even if they don’t yet have an instrument.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Mr. Chidsey, (Band)

Mr. Hire, (Orchestra)

Mrs. Roblee, (Band)

Mrs. Rogers, (Orchestra)

Second and Fourth Grade Families:

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 1 through October 15, 2021. 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 a 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, Director of Curriculum

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.

Fall Into Health. Tuesday, September 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.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, September 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 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 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.