Whitney's Rockin' Review

Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - October 1, 2021

No School on Friday, October 8, 2021

Reading Rocks at Whitney!


Sometimes it feels like you are talking to a door knob when you ask the question, “How was your day?”. You get the good ‘ole response ‘fine’. What’d you do today? . . . “Stuff”. Well, we decided to compile a list of different ways to ask, “how was your day?” without asking “How was your day?”.

1. What is something you did today that you’d love to do every day?
2. What do you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?
3. Tell me something that made you laugh.
4. Did anything make you feel frustrated?
5. What was the best thing that happened?
6. Did you find out anything interesting?
7. What made you smile today?
8. What was the most creative thing you did?
9. Did everyone have someone to play with?
10. What was your least favorite part of the day?
11. Did you do something kind for someone?
12. Did someone do something kind for you?
13. Did anything make you feel worried?
14. What was the hardest part of your day?
15. Teach me something you learned.
16. Who did you play with?
17. What made your teacher smile?
18. Did anything make your teacher frown?
19. Did you learn any new words?
20. What made you feel happy?
21. Did anything make you feel sad?
22. What made you feel proud?
23. Did anyone do anything silly?
24. Did you give anyone a hug?
25. What did you find difficult?
26. Was anyone away?
27. What are you reading?
28. Did you see anyone feeling sad?
29. Did you help someone?
30. How would you rate your day from 1 to 10?
31. Did you feel scared or nervous at all?
32. Who did you have lunch with?
33. What is your favorite lunchtime activity?
34. What is your favorite word right now?
35. What made you feel grateful?



Brian is considered one of the nations Top Youth Speakers. He's spoken to over 1,000,000 students across the country, is a 4th degree black belt, has collected over 500,000 pairs of shoes for children around the world and has traveled to Africa 14 times. He is also the author of Kindness Ninja, a children's book the inspires kids to carry-out ninja-style acts of kindness. You can follow Brian on INSTAGRAM at @Kindness.Nation.

The Whitney Morning Announcements are now on our website! You can listen to all the news that's worth reporting by going to the Whitney page, click on "Our School" and then "Morning Announcements."

Levy Renewal Information! Please read!

Did you know that Strongsville City Schools is a Google for Education Reference District? Districts with this distinction demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology to drive impact and positive learning outcomes. Over the past year, our District has continued to integrate new software and technology tools into the classroom to address the challenges of the pandemic. Issue 68 - the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools on the November ballot - helps continue to provide our students with up-to-date technology and learning opportunities for all students.
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A Message From Mr. Stacho:

We wanted to do a better job of letting all of our students and parents know a little more about our staff, so each week, I'm going to share a few video introductions so you can get to know us a little better. We are all a TEAM at Whitney, so we want you to be part of our team and know who we are. This week's videos highlight our Intervention Specialists.

Student Council Fundraiser Pickup

The Student Council Appletree Fundraiser items will be ready for pick up on Wed., Oct. 6th beginning at 3:00 PM in the GYM.

Parents picking up: Enter through the main office doors, buzz to be let in, and go right into the GYM.

IF your child's items are small enough for them to carry home, we will bring it to their classroom and call you to let you know.

If you have conferences on this night, you can pick them up then.

IF you are picking up during bus dismissal, you will need to park in the lot. You may take your child at this time (BUT if it is BEFORE dismissal OR a change in transportation for them, PLEASE let the office know ahead of time).

Thank you all for helping our school to raise funds for our students!

Tackling Literacy

The “Tackling Illiteracy” program encourages student-athletes from high schools across the nation to participate in weekly readings in second-grade classrooms. While in the classrooms, they are reading to the kids, passing out FREE books for the kids to take home and reminding the kids why it is so important to read. The 2nd and 7 Foundation created its own book series featuring a group of friends called the Hog Mollies; each book teaches valuable life lessons. Students may keep the books they have been given. Our Second Grade classrooms are being visited on Friday, October 1, 2021

APTT Conferences/Student-Led Conferences 10/6 (Repeat Item)

Our goal is to strengthen partnerships with parents and also help build the community of parents within our school.

From the Superintendent: 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.

For Kdg -3 - There will be two sessions on each of the conference nights. One session from 5-6 and one session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. If you haven't already, you will be receiving an invite from your child's teacher to one of these 4 sessions being held. We are trying to keep the number of parents in the building to a minimum, so one parent per child is preferred.

For Grades 4-5 - Conferences will be on a 15 minute schedule to be able to accommodate all of the families in the time we have available. PLEASE be on time for your child's conference. Conferences will be "student-led" which means your child will be sharing information with you with the teacher as a "guide on the side".

Our goal is to have 100% of students represented at conferences. This is a VERY important night and sends a clear message to your child and your child's teacher that you value their education and want to be partners with us to help them learn and grow.

As an added incentive, I will be raffling off 4 Strongsville Football Coupon Cards with discounts to numerous Strongsville businesses. These cards sold for $20, but the value is significantly higher. Every family that is represented at conferences will receive a raffle ticket and then we will draw 4 winners each conference night. Winners will be notified by phone the following day and the coupon card will be sent home with the student.

Student Council Election Results

Thank you to all of the students who voted in our Student Council Officer Elections. We had 3 students run for each office: Secretary, Vice President, and President. Your votes chose your top candidate in each office. Because all 9 students had the determination and bravery to run, as well as being excellent examples of Whitney PRIDE, the students who ran, but were not elected are still in Student Council as members of the Cabinet. So here are the results:

For Secretary, you chose: 5th grader, Lyla Kelly

For Vice President, you chose: 4th grader, Logan Becker

And, for President, you chose 5th grader, Evangeline Perinbaraja.


Also, congratulations to Aurora Prucha, Mohammed Milatat, Ben Farkas, Abhinav Ram Subramanian, Lexi Seiler, and Layla Swiger as you are all members of the Student Council Cabinet, and will also be key people in Whitney's Student Council.

Strongsville Trike and Bike Event!

Whitney students were the top fundraising team at this past weekend's Bike and Trike event in Strongsville! They all worked really hard to reach their goal and raised over $3,000 for the Cleveland Clinic. Jacob W. was the top fundraiser of the event as well!

It was a great experience for all of them!

Pictured below of our team “The Cyclepaths”

Whitney students include - Xander C., Alexandria M., Jacob M., Abigail N., Nathan N. and Jacob W.

WOO HOO CART Week of 9/20/21

Free Books For Children Birth To Age 5

Ohio has taken Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which previously was only offered in certain counties, and now offers it to all families with children birth-five. Using this gives families access to free books so they can develop their own in-home libraries. Click on the link below to register to receive FREE BOOKS!

Ohio Imagination Library

Mr. Schibley's October Guidance Newsletter

Please click here to view Mr. Schibley's guidance newsletter.

The Strongsville City Schools “Greet & Treat”

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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Important Updates You MUST Make! (Repeat Item)

The following is information from district offices regarding updating your online account. It is vital that you update ALL information in this site, including up to date phone numbers for emergency contact and the form regarding photos. Please be advised that if you say "no photos," this means your child will not be included in class photos or the yearbook. We'd love for all of our students to be included in school photos, so please compete this form carefully.

Online "Information Update" for the 21-22 school year is now available! This task must be completed by September 20, 2021. The Information Update form must be completed prior to your child receiving report cards, transcripts, parking permits, participation in any extra-curricular activities, school dances and field trips, as well as participation in commencement activities. This process replaces the paper forms sent home at the beginning of each school year. You will use the NEW PowerSchool UNIFIED CLASSROOM (formerly referred to as (PASS) Parent Portal) to access the 2021-2022 information update form. Even though the forms are "pre-filled" please check all information and you have to submit for each form and you must do it for each child that you have in the system even if all the information remains the same.

How do I get started?
Visit the Strongsville City Schools and click on the PowerSchool icon in the middle of the page and log into your POWERSCHOOL Parent Portal account.

  1. Select the student you wish to register along the top
  2. Click on the "Quick Links" icon in the left hand menu
  3. Choose the Link "2021-22 Information Update" within the Custom Links section
  4. Enter the birthdate for the selected student
  5. Complete the form and submit.

I can’t remember my login for the PowerSchool Unified Classroom Parent Portal.
If you aren’t able to retrieve your login credentials using the Forgot Password or Username link on the PowerSchool Sign In page, please contact your school directly for assistance logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

I don't have a PowerSchool Parent Portal (PASS) account.
Contact your school directly for instructions on setting up your account, and your credentials.

Do I have to answer all the questions?
Questions marked with a red asterisk (*) are required.

What if I make a mistake?
If you would like to make a change prior to submitting the form, you can either navigate back to the page using the “< Prev” and “Next >” buttons or if you are on the Review page click on the underlined field. If you have already submitted the form you will need to contact your student’s school so they can make the changes for you.

I’ve completed the form, now what?
Once you have finished entering your information click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot click on this button you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.

What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?
Yes you will need to provide information that is specific to each child. We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another. This will allow you to “snap” (or share) selected family information, which saves you time.

Help! I’m on the Information Update form and I’m having technical difficulties.
For technical support, visit our PowerSchool Community help center or click “Help” from any form page.

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Would you like to follow Whitney Elementary on Twitter.... (Repeat Item)

For up to date highlights on Whitney Elementary, follow @WhitneyElement1 on Twitter!


COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protect people, including students, teachers, and staff that may not be vaccinated. As we want to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone, we will continue to implement the following preventive measures for the 2021-22 school year in consideration of the recommendations provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

  1. Vaccination. We will continue to share vaccination opportunities/locations for eligible students and staff.

  2. Wearing Masks. Per the CDC, masks must be worn by all students and staff when riding on the school bus. When at school and indoors, masks are optional for students and staff, yet strongly recommended for those who are unvaccinated. When outdoors, masks are not necessary, but still are optional based on individual/family preference.

  3. Ventilation. We will continue to implement our ventilation protocols to bring in as much outside air as possible and provide air filtration at the highest level possible for our existing HVAC units.

  4. Social Distancing. We will strive to maintain 3 feet social distancing within classrooms, cafeterias, and learning spaces. Cooperative grouping opportunities for students may be phased throughout the fall based on COVID trends in the school district.

  5. Additional Mitigation Strategies. We will continue to provide opportunities for regular hand washing / hand sanitizer use and educate students on proper respiratory etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes.)

  6. Cleaning / Disinfection. We will continue to implement the same cleaning / disinfection procedures as were implemented last school year.

  7. Health Screenings. Families/Staff continue to be required to perform daily health screenings and must stay at home when feeling ill and/or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (CLICK HERE).

  8. Contact Tracing, Isolations, and Quarantines. We will continue to perform regular contract tracing in combination with isolation or quarantine mandates as set by the Ohio Department of Health or other state/local mandates.

Note. The Superintendent may enact further restrictions, such as mandatory masking and increased social distancing by classroom, grade-level, or building based on COVID-related data and trends.

For additional information on the prevention strategies listed above and COVID-related restrictions in our buildings for the 2021-22 school year, click on the link below.



Strongsville Public 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.

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 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 and Wednesdays, October 5th, 6th, 12th, & 13th / 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, October 5th / 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, October 5th, 12th, 19th 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, October 6th , 13th, 20th 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, October 6th, 13th, 20th 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, October 7th, 14th, 21st from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Cricut Basics. Tuesday, October 5th / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of the Cricut Design Space in this VIRTUAL class! We will review the simple uses of the software and how to make a basic design. As a hands-on component, participants will get to create a tote bag with an iron on vinyl quote for fall. Participants will follow along with the instructor virtually from start to finish. **Must have an iron or heat press at home to complete the hands-on project** This class will be held virtually using Zoom, no download is required. Participants will be contacted by staff with a meeting link to access the class. Materials for this program will be provided by the library for participants to follow along at home.** Craft kits will vary from one to another, they will not be exactly the same.

Discuss & Design: Millennial Book Discussion. Wednesday, October 6th / 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 Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Register online to receive your materials and Zoom link to participate.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, October 9th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, October 11th 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.

Red Cross Blood Drive. Thursday, October 14th / 1:00 – 7:00 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).

Declutter and Get Your Home Organized. Monday, October 18th / 7:00 p.m.
Known as the “Marie Kondo of Moving,” Ali Wenzke will help you declutter and get organized. Join us as the Art of Happy Moving author offers tips to make your home beautiful, simplified, and relaxing. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, October 20th / 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 Heartland: a Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. 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.

Southwest General Health Talk: Vaccinations – The Facts You Need to Know. Wednesday, October 20th / 10:00 a.m.
Do you have questions about the flu, COVID, vaccines, or boosters? Are you wondering what you can do to protect your family? A Southwest General Pharmacist will discuss what you need to know now! Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

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.