Surrarrer's Scoop

Week of October 25

Picture Retake Day: Oct. 26

Third Grade ELA Ohio State Testing (OST): Oct. 26 & 27

No School for Students: Nov. 2

Issue 68: Strongsville City Schools Renewal Levy

Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools, is on the November ballot. This renewal levy helps our District maintain financial stability and extends our budget through effective financial stewardship. Issue 68 allows Strongsville City Schools to maintain financial stability through at least the 2026-27 school year. What are some other examples of our District being effective stewards of the financial resources from our community? CLICK HERE for a tri-fold brochure that outlines additional SCS financial highlights.

Halloween Parade and Class Parties

On Friday, October 29 Surrarrer students will be celebrating Halloween. We want to make sure this is a fun and enjoyable experience for all. As you are preparing costumes for the parties on that day, please keep the following things in mind:


  • Students are NOT to wear costumes to school. They will change into costumes after lunch/recess. Although we will be assisting younger students with costumes (worn over clothing), it would be helpful if students practice putting on their costumes prior to the party day. Independence with this task is greatly appreciated.

  • Since students are changing into costumes after lunch, make-up is not permitted. Students are not to wear Halloween makeup to school.

  • Costume masks are to be left at home. Students are not permitted to wear their costume masks over faces, as they can obstruct vision in all directions. Students will need to see during the parade, classroom parties and at dismissal.

  • Modesty – Students should be appropriately covered.

  • Appropriateness/Dress Code – Please see Elementary Handbook.

  • Weapons – No swords, guns, or anything that would be a look-a-like

  • All school rules apply.


Parade: Weather permitting, we will parade around the neighborhood. We will depart at approximately 2:15 p.m. and begin walking down the path to Jonathan and return to school via the path on Barton. Following the parade we will return for classroom parties. As a reminder, all food donations must follow district guidelines. Homemade/home-baked food items are not to be served to students. Shared food must be store bought and display an ingredient label for food allergen verification. All food items will have to be checked in and approved by the office. Due to COVID protocols, we will only distribute individually wrapped items in order to reduce the transfer of germs. If an item is not approved for distribution, it will be sent home with your child at the end of the school day.


Remember that there are plans set in place for ALL parties. For safety reasons, the office has a list of parents who are assisting with the parties. Only those parents will be permitted to attend. Volunteers are required to sign in and wear a visitor’s badge. Please contact your child’s room parent/party coordinator with questions and as always you may contact me with any questions.


Parties: District COVID Policies will be abided to at school parties. Parties will also adhere to shared food guidelines.

A Note From Mrs. Sislowski:

Handle With Care

If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, we are here to help and support you with additional resources at school. We do understand that you are not always able to share the details of what you are experiencing, and that is okay. If your Surrarrer student is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, weekend, or anytime in general; please email our school counselor msislowski@scsmustangs.org saying, “Handle with Care.” By doing this, we will know that you or your child may need extra support throughout their day. We will communicate this message to your students’ teachers and other staff members who they typically see throughout the day. There is nothing else that will be said or asked unless you wish to do so. This option is intended for occasional use, if there is a greater and more consistent need, we will work with you to define more in-depth support.

October Social Emotional Learning - Being inclusive!

During October, we have been very busy learning about being inclusive. - what it means, why it’s important and how we can include others! Below are some big questions you can use to help your child continue to learn about the theme by talking about it, and practicing it! We have really enjoyed exploring how we can continue to help all Surrarrer students feel like they belong!

Here are some questions you can use to talk about being inclusive with your child:

  • What do you think being inclusive means and why is it important?

  • What is one way you can be inclusive at school?

  • What is one way you can show that you are inclusive outside of school?

  • Has anyone ever made you feel a part of the group? Tell me about it.

  • Have you ever felt left out or not included? Tell me about it.

Positive Pals Peer Group

Does your 4th or 5th grader have a heart to mentor others? Positive Pals is a new disability awareness program at Surrarrer designed to promote attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Positive Pals program will help you and your child discover new friends and learn more about people with disabilities through organized events and interactions with their peers. We will plan to meet monthly before school. Permission slips to participate will be sent home with your child. Please contact Ms. Sislowski at msislowski@scsmustangs.org with any questions.

Week of October 25:

Bullying Prevention Spirit Week 25-29


We will be celebrating Bullying Prevention and Red Ribbon Week during the week of October 25. This will be a spirit week as well:

Monday, October 25: PJ Day - Put Bullying and Drug to Sleep

Tuesday, October 26: Wear Your Clothes Backwards Day - Turn Your Back on Bullying and Drugs

Wednesday, October 27: Wear Your Favorite Team's Items - Team Up Against Drugs and Bullying

Thursday, October 28: Wear Tie-Dye - Say Peace Out to Bullies and Drugs

Friday, October 29: Wear Halloween Outfit/Colors and Bring Your Costume to School - Say Boo to Drugs. Scare Bullies Away

BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB IS BACK!

If your child has a birthday during the months of August through October, they should have received a Birthday Book Club invite last week.


For a small fee, Birthday Book Club allows your child to select a book they would like to donate to the school library. The book will have a name plate with your child’s name placed inside the front cover. Your child will be the first one to check out the birthday book and will receive a bookmark to keep. Then, at a later date, members of the Birthday Book Club will be invited to a cupcake party in the media center.


If you didn’t receive the invite, and your child’s birthday falls within August through October, please contact me at avonkisha@gmail.com about joining!

Box Top Collection

It's time for our Box Tops for Education fall collection!


Place traditional Box Tops clips in an envelope marked with your child's name & homeroom teacher and turn into their teacher by THURSDAY, OCT. 28TH!


For digital Box Tops, you must scan or email your receipts within 14 days of purchase. Last day to submit for our fall collection is Monday, Nov. 1st. (Digital submissions scanned or emailed after Nov. 1st will count towards our spring collection.)


If you have questions, please contact Liz Jones at lizjones211@gmail.com.

BRIXOLOGY™

BRIXOLOGY™ is back at the Strongsville Recreation Center for students ages 5 – 12 years & class starts next month!

This class offers a unique application of the engineering design process with custom builds designed with master LEGO® building and our very own Research and Development team! From carnival rides to drawing machines, mechanical animals to soaring towers, you’ll explore exciting engineering careers and develop creative problem-solving skills galore.

Register by calling the Strongsville Rec. front desk at 440-580-3260. Please register at least one week in advance.



Electrify Your Symphony - Friday, November 19

Don't miss the "Electrify Your Symphony" concert with world-renowned violinist Mark Wood, featuring SMS and SHS orchestra performances, on Friday, November 19. Two shows are scheduled - get your advanced tickets for the 6:00pm show HERE & for the 8:30pm show HERE.

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The Strongsville City Schools “Greet & Treat” event returns this fall and will be held outdoors at Strongsville High School on Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and collect candy and treats in an outdoor, family-friendly atmosphere at Pat Catan Stadium. 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 27!
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Strongsville Library

***Please note the following October 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 www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and to see more library event information.


First Page Book Club. Monday, October 25th / 7:00 p.m.
The Strongsville Teen Librarian will read the first page of a few teen books of various genres to help you find your next great read. We will then discuss other books we have read and enjoyed. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Family Fright Night. Wednesday, October 27th / 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
A Virtual Spooky Storytime for "ghouls" and "goblins" ages 5 & up with an adult. Did you ever experience shivers up your spine? Find a good spot at home, grab your blanket and snuggle up with some silly and spooky stories. Be prepared to be SCARED! Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.


***Please note the following November 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 www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and to see more library event information.

**The Cuyahoga County Public Library and Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11th for Staff Development Day. We will resume normal hours on Friday, November 12th.

**The Cuyahoga County Public Library and Administrative offices will be closed at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24th and all day Thursday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Friday, November 26th.

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 https://cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/Cuyahoga-Works.aspx To schedule an appointment, please call (216) 475-2225.

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.

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 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
https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes/2021-Virtual-and-In-Person-classes.aspx

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, November 3rd / 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 monthly, 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 The Girls I've Been Before by Tess Sharpe. Register online to receive your materials and Zoom link to participate.

Young at Heart Virtual Book Discussion. Tuesday, November 9th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. BOTH VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The next discussion title is Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park, 2020. When calling or registering online, please select whether you will be coming in-person or will need the Zoom link for the virtual discussion.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th 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, November 3rd , 10th, 17th and 24th 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, November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th 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, November 4th, 11th, and 18th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Happy, Happy, Happy Virtual Birthday Party. ALL Ages. Saturday, November 6th / 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Join us virtually for a fun filled party to celebrate all birthdays! Mr. P. will supply the entertainment with stories, rhymes, and maybe a song or two. All are more than welcome to create a party atmosphere at home if you like! JUST HAVE FUN!

Young at Heart Virtual Book Discussion. Tuesday, November 9th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. BOTH VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. At the next discussion, we will talk about our favorite children or teen books from 2020 and 2021. When calling or registering online, please select whether you will be coming in-person or will need the Zoom link for the virtual discussion.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, November 13th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, November 22nd 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 to participate.

Teen Virtual Trivia Night. Monday, November 8th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This trivia game will cover a variety of topics and is a great way to show what you know. Registration and an e-mail address are required to receive the link to participate. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program.

Southwest General Health Talk: Options for Hip & Knee Arthritis. Tuesday, November 16th / 10:00 a.m.
Larry Lika, DO, orthopedics from Southwest General will discuss current approaches to hip and knee arthritis, from non-surgical to surgical options. Learn how advances in technologies mean a quicker recovery and improved outcomes. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, November 17th / 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 The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. 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.

Intro to Indian Classical Music. Tuesday, November 23rd / 7:00 p.m.
Sugata Chatterjee will perform the ancient form of “raaga” which is the melodic framework for improvisation akin to a melodic mode in Indian classical music. Registration and an email address are required to receive the Zoom link to participate.