Kinsner News

Mr. Diedrick's Newsletter- October 22 2021

Fall Parties

The Fall party is on Friday, October 29. Students may bring their costume (or part of it) to school if they wish. They will have only a few minutes to dress at the start of the party. The costume needs to be something that your child can quickly slip on over his/her clothes. (Students will not be going to the restroom to change). No masks, hair color, face paint, makeup, or weapons are allowed at school. Please leave all extra accessories at home so they don’t get lost. Thank you for your cooperation.

Safe Food Guidelines

If students are bringing in treats or candy to share, please ensure they follow the district's safe food guidelines which are linked HERE. Unfortunately, food that does not meet these standards will be returned to the student.

Squid Game in Schools

I wanted to take a moment to address an issue that is slowly beginning to make its way into our schools across the country.

By now, you have probably heard of the show called Squid Games, which has become a viral sensation on Netflix. This show is rated TV-MA, which means it is rated for mature audiences, due to indecent language, explicit content, and graphic violence. In the show, characters compete in childhood games such as Red Light Green Light, where losing in the game results in the participant's death. Because of the popularity of the show, parody's have started to pop-up on Youtube, Tik Tok, and other forms of social media, and forms of Squid Games are now being included on games like Fortnite and Roblox, which are popular with our kids. Even cartoon versions are being shared through various platforms making the content easily accessible to our students.

I share this to provide context for what is occurring on playgrounds across the country, where students have started playing games like Red Light Green Light on the playground, but rather than being "out" of the game, students are referencing death with one another, which does not align with the expectations we've developed for any environment here at Kinsner. This is has not yet happened at our school to my knowledge, but I want to be proactive and provide you with information that can support conversations with your children at home, so the content and nature of the show isn't being referenced at our elementary school.

I also share this information so you are aware that this content is making its way across a variety of social media outlets, some of which our students regularly use outside of school. The explicit content addressed in Squid Games is not school-appropriate and should not be used or referenced while at Kinsner

Further, with Halloween fast approaching, no student should be wearing a costume that represents any characters from this show due to the graphic nature of the content.

Again, my goal is to provide you with information, so you can have a conversation with your child as you deem appropriate.

Levy Renewal Information

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.

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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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Student Council Spirit Week!

TUESDAY: fall and Halloween colors:

  • KG: Orange
  • 1st: Red
  • 2nd: Purple
  • 3rd: Brown
  • 4th: Yellow
  • 5th: Black

WACKY WEDNESDAY: wear a funny hat

THURSDAY TEAM DAY: If you like mike wear green If you like sully wear blue

FRIDAY: write or draw your name and favorite thing on Halloween on your pumpkin if you don't celebrate Halloween write your favorite thing about fall

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Anti-Bullying Week

During the week of October 25th, Kinsner will be focusing on promoting anti-bullying behavior. We will have lessons throughout the week that will educate our students on how to be an "upstander" and to spread kindness. To promote the message we will have a spirit week with the following themes:

  1. Monday, October 25th: Stomp Out Bullying. Wear your favorite boots!
  2. Tuesday, October 26th: Team Up to Stop Bullying Wear your favorite team jersey!
  3. Wednesday, October, 27th: Mix Up the Bully by being nice. Start a lunchroom conversation to spread positivity.
  4. Thursday, October, 28th: Words Hurt More On the Inside Than Outside Wear your clothes inside out!
  5. Friday, October, 29th: Friends Need Saving Too. Create a hero.

Strongsville's Greet and 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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The Chipotle night scheduled for October 20 will be rescheduled due to restaurant staffing shortages. An alternate fundraiser is in the works and will be announced soon!
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Strongsville Library Happenings!

***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 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 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

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

Questions? We Got Answers!!

If you have questions please feel free to reach out!

Important Phone Numbers to Note:

  • Attendance Line 440- 572-7003 choose Option 1 for Elementary Schools and then Option 2 for Kinsner
  • Mr. Diedrick, Principal 440-572-7120
  • Mrs. Hawk, Assistant Principal 440-572-7120
  • Mrs. Marconi, Secretary 440-268-5400
  • Kinsner Clinic 440-268-5916
  • Transportation 440-572-7060