Surrarrer's Scoop

Week of January 10

No School on Monday, January 17: MLK Jr. Day

Mask Mandate

As a reminder, regardless of vaccination status, we are under a mask mandate. Please make sure that your child has a mask to wear at school. It is also helpful for your child to have extra masks in his/her book bag in case the one they were wearing becomes soiled or breaks. Masks will be worn during PE and recess. Mask breaks are permitted and done on an as needed basis.

Vaccinated Students

Although not required, parents are encouraged to share COVID vaccination documentation so that we have this on file. To do so, simply email a copy/photo of your full vaccination card to Linda Konopinski in our Student Services office (lkonopinski@scsmustangs.org) or send in a paper copy to Nurse Carol. This vaccination information will be entered into our student information system and is only accessible to select employees.

Health Screening

There is no substitute for in person learning, although we are doing everything we can in order to keep our school open. We also need your assistance in preventing the spread of infection, Please complete a daily health screening of your child prior to sending him/her to school. A visual of what to look for is attached below. If your child is displaying the indicated symptoms, he/she may have COVID-19


As always, if your child has a fever keep them home. We ask that you do not give them fever reducing medication in order to send them to school. Providing fever reducing medication does not stop the spread of germs.

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School Climate Survey Results

Thank you to those who took the time to fill out our School Climate Survey during the month of December. It is a busy month, but our committee is appreciative of your feedback. Below are the results of the survey. Results were broken down into various categories with each category being rated out of 4.0 points (the highest rating).


Teaching and Learning: This included items such as educators having high standards, promoting academic success and ensuring student success. Based upon your feedback, we received 3.64/4.0.


School Safety: This area included things such as feeling safe, clear expectations, consistent enforcement of rules and fairness Overall, our families gave us 3.65/4.


Interpersonal Relationships: This area focused on positive recognition, frequent communication, respectful and fair treatment of students by staff members, etc. We received 3.52/4.


Institutional Environment: This category dealt with cleanliness, organization and maintenance not only of the building but materials too. Families gave us a rating of 3.78/4.


Parental Involvement dealt with attending parent teacher conferences and various activities throughout the school year. Even with the pandemic, families gave us a 3.57/4.


As you can see, overall our families are proud of what our teachers and staff our doing. We were delighted to see that students and parents feel we have a safe, organized and well maintained building. Safety is critical in the learning process.


Moving forward, we will work to improve our communication, especially in the area of communicating what PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) means with our families.


Hopefully, we will see a decline in COVID cases and we can return to having the parent involvement opportunities we once had.


Please stay tuned for more information about PBIS!

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Strongsville Library

***Please note the following January 2022 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.


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

Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th 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 Preschool Age 3-5 Storytime. Tuesday, January 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th 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, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th 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. Thursday, January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

A Kindness Blizzard
Start the New Year off with an act of kindness. Have your child take home a snowflake to decorate and carry out the good deed written on the back. Our Children’s Area Information Desk is decorated with special snowflakes with random acts of kindness printed on them. Have your child, ages 4 & up, take home a snowflake to decorate and carry out the act of kindness. Available at the Strongsville Branch while supplies last. “Kindness is like snow – It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist.)


Iditarod Trail Talk: The Last Great Race on Earth. VIRTUAL. Monday, January 10th / 7:00 p.m.
Join us on Zoom to learn all about the “Last Great Race on Earth,” the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, with local Iditarod enthusiast Eleanor Csizmadia. Eleanor will share photographs and videos, fun facts, race history, and discuss her own experiences braving Alaska’s sub-zero temperatures. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program.

Studio Orientation. Virtual. Saturday, January 15th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, January 31st 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 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 for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Teen Book Discussion Virtual. Monday, January 17th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Students grade 6-12 are invited to join Strongsville's teen librarian in a discussion of So Many Beginnings: a Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Marrow. Books will be available at the Strongsville Branch beginning December 13. Books may also be requested and sent to any branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library for pick up. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Virtual. Wednesday, January 19th / 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 Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. 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.

Blood Drive. Friday, January 21st / 10:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
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 www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Lunar New Year Concert. IN PERSON. Saturday, January 22nd / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Join us at the Strongsville Branch to ring in the Year of the Tiger with Northeast Ohio's traditional Chinese orchestra! Using a wide variety of traditional instruments including the dizi (bamboo flute), erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), and guzheng (zither), as well as gongs, drums, and cymbals, the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble's six veteran musicians will present a program of festive and captivating melodies from China's north, south, east, and west. The program will include explanations of the instruments as well as the stories behind the pieces. As an added attraction, audience members of all ages will be invited to try the ensemble's percussion instruments and join the group on stage for an interactive finale. Registration is required as space is limited due to social distancing guidelines.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. IN PERSON. Monday, January 24th / 2:30 p.m.
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 Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk.

Tween STEM: Oil Spill Science. Ages 9 – 12. Saturday, January 29th / 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Learn about what happens during an oil spill, how they are cleaned, and about the environmental impact. Tweens will get a hands-on experience in a mock oil spill activity. All supplies will be provided. Due to social distancing, spots are limited, and registration is required.