The Muraski Tribune: Issue 7

Your weekly communication about all things Muraski.

Update from the Principal

Good Afternoon Muraski Families,


We had a great week of school this week, with so many students to recognize and so much learning going on in our classrooms. We are very proud of what our staff and students have accomplished over the first month of school. We are getting into routines and really starting to dive in to our curriculum. Here is what is in this issue:


  • Parent Teacher Conferences & Additional Information
  • PBIS Parent Connection
  • Extra-Curricular Opportunities Coming
  • Student Recognition
  • DARE Party
  • Did you know? Levy Information
  • Lunch Info
  • PTA Events
  • Repeat Items


Enjoy the weekend!


Sincerely,


Mike Griffen & Katie Hawk

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 4:45-7:45pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH

Teachers will share out information regarding conferences. There are virtual options, as well as in-person if needed.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 4:45-7:45pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH

Update about Conferences from Dr. Ryba

Dear Parents:

As we enter fall parent/teacher conferences next week, I wanted to share a few updates with you to make sure we are all on the same page as we allow for the option of in person parent/teacher conferences for the first time in over a year.


Last year in the various focus groups and feedback opportunities presented, we heard loud and clear that parents loved the option of meeting virtually with teachers and hoped that a virtual meeting option would stick around. We agree and for parent meetings this year, we are continuing to offer a virtual option. However, we also feel that we can safely allow for the option of in person parent meetings / conferences.


That being said, at this time I am not comfortable with returning to arena style conferences at the secondary level. All conferences have been set as scheduled times for parents to meet with a teacher or team of teachers. Parents have the option to schedule these conferences as in person meetings, virtual meetings, or phone conferences.


For in person conferences, teachers will create a seating environment in which you are more than 6 feet apart to adhere to social distancing opportunities, but still have a welcoming environment to dialogue about your child(ren). When scheduling in person conferences with multiple teachers, please factor in travel time between conferences so that you can arrive on time.


If a building is under a mask mandate for the entire building, masks will be required to be worn by all teachers and parents during parent/teacher conferences. If there is not a mask mandate for the entire building, masks will continue to be recommended, but not required.

However, as I’m sure many of you can relate, some of our teachers have individual or family health needs that require a more cautious approach when interacting outside of work. As a courtesy to those teachers that would like to follow a more cautious approach, we ask that each parent attending in person conferences bring a mask with them to conference nights. We will have signs posted (click here) outside of a classroom where a teacher is requesting parents to wear a mask. If you see this sign on a teacher’s door, we are asking for your consideration in wearing a mask for that conference. Additionally, teachers will be required to have a mask available if they have elected to not wear a mask for parent/teacher conferences. If parents would like to take a similar approach as has been outlined above, parents can request a teacher to wear a mask.


We are trying some new things this fall with conferences. Please be patient with us as I’m sure some ideas will work well and others will need to be improved. As we do at all times, we will review the successes and growth areas from fall conferences and adjust accordingly for spring.


If there are specific questions about parent/teacher conferences for your child(ren), please contact your building administration.


Sincerely,

Dr. Cameron M. Ryba

Superintendent

PBIS & PRIDE: Positive Reflection & Gratitude at Home

Did you know that taking 3-5 minutes each day, by yourself or with your child(ren), to identify something positive and/or something you are grateful for that happened or occurred that day can actually change your attitude, mood, and overall brain chemistry. Often times, it is so easy to get overwhelmed with and focus on the negatives. This is true for us as adults, but also true for our children, where even though they have great things happen all day, their focus is on the one negative interaction, the one comment they heard, or the one problem they just couldn't figure out in math.


Spending a few minutes each day, asking your child to think about one or two great things that happened to them, emphasizes the positives. Reflecting on things that we can be thankful for each and every day, noticing them, and taking time to appreciate what we do have can actually shape our overall well-being.


I challenge you to spend the next week setting aside 5 minutes, whether it be at the dinner table, in the car, or before you send the kids to bed, where you can ask and talk about the positives in your child's day. Give them an opportunity to share something awesome, something they learned, or something they love that they got to do.


These conversations go a long way to help build happy, healthy, and resilient kids.

The Science of Gratitude

Extra-Curricular Opportunities Coming: Sign Ups will be Next Week

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Model Mustang Recognition

We would like to recognize the following students for demonstrating PRIDE here at school. They have worked hard to demonstrate Model Mustang behavior, showing that they are Prepared, Respectful, Inclusive, Determined, and Engaged:


Niko Gleske

Miles Kalbrunner

Brooklyn Malinowski

Ben Cline

Eva Gles

Leah Kubicki

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Muraski Music Rock Stars: Hailey Evcic & Benjamin Cline

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MURASKI P.E. MVPs: Mariah Flenoury & Nola Krenek

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MURASKI ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: Alex Filipowicz & Alexis Christopher

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DARE Halloween Party

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Did You Know: Renewal Levy

Did you know that earlier this year our Board of Education approved several new clubs and after school activities for our elementary schools? Each elementary school has been given an opportunity to develop extracurriculars based on student interest and feedback. Whether it be service learning, arts, athletics, STEM, or other creative offerings, students now have more opportunities to discover new interests and talents outside of the school day. Elementary activities add to the existing clubs and organizations found at SMS and SHS. Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools on the November ballot, helps to support these extracurricular opportunities for our students. Clubs, organizations, and activities provide important growth opportunities for our students to develop life skills outside of the classroom.

Lunch Choices

There has been some conversation regarding lunches and the switching of menu items over the past few weeks. Although this sometimes occurs because of the availability of items, our kitchen staff is doing a wonderful job of providing all students with hot and delicious lunches. Below is the menu for the week. CLICK HERE to view this in a larger format. We currently have our menu through September, please check the district website for Friday, October 1st.
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PTA Events & Opportunities

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Trike & Bike Event

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Join the fight by registering your child for Strongsville’s 3rd Trike and Bike on September 26th at 9am at Volunteer Park. Kids will be able to create a personal fundraising page, and 100% of dollars raised will support life-saving pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. All participants will receive a Trike and Bike shirt and mask at the event. Click HERE for additional registration and donation information.
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RED, WHITE, & BLUE CALENDAR (ENCORE SCHEDULE)

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Repeat Item: COVID NOTIFICATIONS

After my communication regarding the first case of COVID-19 in our school this year, I received several follow questions, so I want to provide the following clarification:


When there is a POSITIVE Case within the school the following steps are taken:


  1. Contact tracing is completed, identifying areas including the bus, classroom, cafeteria, playground, and hallways where direct contact (as identified by district communication) could have occurred.
  2. If your child is identified as a direct contact, you will receive a phone call from our office to notify you of when this occurred.
  3. A letter will be sent to ALL families, informing them that there was a positive case in the school. Again, if your child is a direct contact, you will receive a phone call.
  4. If the positive case is a student who rides a bus, ALL families who ride that specific bus will receive a letter informing them that there was a positive case on their bus. Again, if your child is a direct contact based on contact tracing on the bus, you will receive a phone call.

When Should You Keep Your Child Home?

PLEASE DO YOUR PART. IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT FEELING WELL, KEEP THEM HOME and CONTACT THE SCHOOL. WHEN IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT!


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
  • 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.

Repeat Item: Counseling Services through Nancy Lowrie & Associates

Dear Parents/Guardians of Strongsville City School Students:


We are writing to tell you about an exciting opportunity for you and your child. Strongsville City Schools have a well -established partnership with a Behavioral Health Private Practice, Nancy Lowrie & Associates, LLC, (NLA), that specializes in child therapy, adolescent therapy, and family counseling. All NLA therapists are Masters-level and licensed by the State of Ohio. They are able to diagnose and treat all emotional and behavioral health concerns.


We are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to work with an Ohio Licensed Clinical Therapist in an effort to improve your child’s well being. The following are just some examples of the topics we address in individual, group, or family sessions:


• Strategies for managing relationships with peers, parents and teachers

• Development of social skills and communication

• Ability to deal with teasing and bullying

• Understanding and treating addictions

• Coping skills for anger management, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders • Fostering good choices by decreasing impulsivity and distractibility

• Managing family problems

• Gender Identity Concerns

• Controlling Eating Disorders and Self-harm


Best of all, NLA is able to offer you this service at your school. NLA will send our trained therapists to your school to meet with your child individually during the school day or via teletherapy. Also, to make this easier for you, NLA counseling services are covered under most health insurance plans, including State Medicaid, Medicaid HMO’s (CareSource, Paramount, and Buckeye) and most private health insurance plans (Medical Mutual, Anthem, Aetna, Cleveland Clinic, etc). NLA does all the clinical work plus does the actual insurance billing for you.


This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to receive confidential sessions with a caring clinician. If you are interested in participating in this program, please return the bottom of this letter to your child’s school counselor. An NLA therapist will call to schedule an initial meeting with you to get your child started in the program and verify your insurance information.


Sincerely, Nancy Lowrie & Associates, LLC


CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE FORM

Repeat Item: Stay Safe. Speak Up! Student Hotline

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.


CLICK HERE to access information via our district website.

Repeat Item: Health Protocols from the District

Wearing Masks on the Bus

Per the CDC, all students and staff must wear a mask on a school bus, whether coming to/from school or for an athletic/music trip. CLICK HERE for the mask exemption form, if needed. A new form will need to be completed along with medical or religious documentation if a student is requesting an exemption for the 2021-2022 school year.


Wearing Masks in School

It is recommended that all staff and students wear masks in school, especially those that are unvaccinated, yet it is not required. Please read below and become familiar with the quarantine protocols. The best way to significantly reduce the risk of being quarantined and to stay in school is to wear a mask.


Student Isolation Protocols

If your child tests positive for COVID, s/he is required to isolate at home for then (10) days from the date of the positive test or the onset of symptoms.


Student Quarantine Protocols for Unvaccinated Students Wearing a Mask

If your child is unvaccinated, wearing a mask and identified as a direct contact to someone at school that is COVID positive, s/he will not have to quarantine as long as your child has no symptoms and was at least 3 feet apart. If your child was less than 3 feet, s/he will have to quarantine. You can CLICK HERE for a flow chart detailing the quarantine procedures we will follow.


Student Quarantine Protocols for Unvaccinated Students NOT Wearing a Mask

If your child is unvaccinated, not wearing a mask and identified as a direct contact to someone at school that is COVID positive, s/he will have to quarantine. You can CLICK HERE for a flow chart detailing the quarantine procedures we will follow.


Supporting Students in Isolation/Quarantine

When a student is in isolation/quarantine, teachers will provide the student with their assignments and support through Google Classroom. Additionally, teachers will live stream classroom instruction and/or provide instructional videos. Teachers are only required to live stream instruction for students in isolation/quarantine.


Parent Requests/Masking

If parents at the elementary level request teacher support/feedback in terms of having their child wear a mask at school, we will do the best we can to help out. This means that we will remind the child and share feedback to the parent on how they are doing during the initial weeks of the school year, if requested.


Student Insensitivity/Bullying for Masking

If we have students acting inappropriately towards someone that is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask, we will address it in accordance with our code of conduct in the same manner we handle any other situation of inappropriate behavior for name calling, bullying, etc.