Muraski Tribune: Issue 21


A Message From the Principals

Good Morning Muraski Families,

I hope you all had a great weekend with your families. It seems strange to say it, but we are entering the month of February this week, and although the snow continues to fall, we are working hard to create small wins for every student, every day! This week, we have our first night of conferences, Tuesday, February 1st. Please be mindful of two things:

  • Remember that time is important for everyone. Make the most of the time that you have with your child's teacher, but remember that conference schedules are packed and a few minutes over sets everyone off schedule.
  • If you are coming for an in-person conference, please be respectful of your child's teacher's comfort with the virus and wear a mask if they request you to do so. Signs will be posted outside of classrooms in the event that they would feel more comfortable with you wearing a mask.

We have some great information about our PBIS Program in this newsletter, including our weekly PRIDE winners. We continue to recognize many students for Model Mustang behavior. Although your child might not win a drawing, our teachers are recognizing and reinforcing positive behavior with PRIDE tickets. Check in with your child and ask them how many tickets they receive each week.

Also, please see the events we have coming up. Our Dinner Night Out is on February 3rd at Five Guys. We hope to see you there!

Let's have a great week!

Mike Griffen & Katie Hawk

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up on Tuesday, February 1st and Wednesday, February 9th from 4:45 - 7:45 p.m. By this point, you should have received scheduling information for conference nights. Just as we did this fall, conferences are available in-person, virtually or by telephone for families. We look forward to this opportunity to connect and discuss how your child is progressing academically, physically and socially.

PBIS Presentation with Mrs. Hawk

As a way to contine communicating what PBIS is and our focus this year at Muraski, Mrs. Hawk will be hosting two virtual parent presentations on conference nights. The purpose of these presentations is to talk about PBIS, our positive incentives, the behavioral flowchart we use for consequences, and sharing our family climate survey results that some of you filled out for us. Please see below for the dates, times, and google meet links to access those presentations.

Tuesday, February 1st :

5:00-5:20 - MEET LINK

6:00-6:20 - MEET LINK

Wednesday, February 9th:

5:00-5:20 - MEET LINK

6:00-6:20 - MEET LINK

Family Climate Survey

Thank you to all of the families who filled out the School Climate Survey for us. We had 112 responses, which is terrific! We wanted to share those results with you as a way to keep you informed of your overall perspective on Muraski's school climate. Our goal with these results is to celebrate the successes you are seeing at Muraski but also take a close look at the areas you have identified as a need. Our PBIS team will be taking a close look at the results and begin to develop some next steps. Below you will find those results. We have highlighted the top 3 areas that you identified as strengths and the top 3 areas you identified as areas of need.

Areas of Strength:

1) I attend parent/teacher conferences at my student’s school

2) Teachers at my student's school keep their classrooms clean and organized

3) My student's textbooks are up to date and in good condition

Areas of Need:

1) I frequently volunteer to help on special projects at my student's school

2) My student is frequently recognized for good behavior

3) All students are treated fairly at my student's school

Muraski Rockstars of the Week: Tony Mendez & Seth Sprague

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Muraski MVPs of the Week: Milan Singh & Nolan Richmond

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Muraski Artist of the Week: Brady Sherman

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Congratulations to our PRIDE Ticket Winners!

Wade Zamiska


Carrie Ann Yates

Aadhya Mineni

Kendall Turk

Natalie Pavlinsky

Irelynn Conway

Kourtney Waters

Delaney Defranco

Thaddeus Horne

Sienna Jamoran

Navya Goyal

Jasmine Maan

Anthony Ash

Kris Hernandez

Brayden Harrison

Cailyn Wagner

Noah Little

Chloe Craig

Avery Polasko

Liz Maving

Carleigh Cliche

Sharvani Nori


Shreya Pahariya

Shelby Ansley

Mihike Tamhanc

Biana chetrusea

Bryce Patton

Natalie Renisek

Brani Cecez


ODH Discontinues COVID-19 Universal Contact Tracing for Schools

On Wednesday (1/26), the ODH shared a memo (CLICK HERE) detailing that schools may discontinue COVID-19 universal contact tracing effective immediately. Based on this ODH guidance and the consensus of the Board last night, Strongsville City Schools will no longer be contact tracing for COVID-19 after today. You can CLICK HERE to access the slides and/or CLICK HERE to watch my presentation to the Board on this topic that (1) provides local data to support this move away from universal contact tracing and (2) details a two-phase approach to reduce COVID restrictions as we move into our long-term response to COVID.

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will continue.

  • Staff / Students must continue to report all COVID+ cases to SCS
  • Continue to communicate active isolations on the COVID data dashboard Monday - Friday
  • Continue to follow the reduced isolation and the Mask to Stay / Test to Play (if known) protocols for staff / students exhibiting no symptoms
  • Continue with classroom-based COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Continue with current social distancing in classrooms

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will be discontinued Monday, January 31st.

  • Discontinue all contact tracing unless there is a cluster / outbreak as determined by the CCBH [see Slide 7 of presentation]
  • Discontinue communicating active quarantines on the COVID data dashboard
  • Discontinue building and individual COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Discontinue all parent COVID notifications for students in Grs. 6-12

Snow and Colder Temperatures

As we all know, it has been extremely cold these past few weeks. Please make sure you are dressing your child appropriately for these temperatures. If temperatures are above 20 degrees outside, the students will be going out to play. Make sure you are dressing them with a heavy coat, hat, scarves, and mittens.

Valentine's Day Parties

Monday, Feb. 14th, 2:30-2:30pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH

NO CANDY should be sent in, ONLY Valentine's Day Cards for ALL students in the classroom.
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Attention 5th Grade Families

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