Surrarrer's Scoop

Enjoy Winter Break

Winter Break Starts Friday, December 17, 2021!!!

School Resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022!!!

Congratulations on your Retirement Mrs. Pollack. Her last day will be Monday, January 3!

A Note from Mrs. Pollack:

I would like to thank all of the Surrarrer students and families for everything during my time here at Surrarrer. Whether you helped with field day, purchased PE items for me, provided food, bought me a gift, or just said hello, I am grateful for all of the support. I am retiring from teaching after 25 1/2 years with the Strongsville City Schools. I feel blessed to have gotten to finish my career at such a great school. It was your students that I looked forward to seeing everyday that kept me going strong - especially during the unusual times! I wish you all the best!


Mrs. Pollack


Attention 5th Grade Families!

Students are invited to join us for the fifth and sixth grade semi formal dance at Strongsville Middle School on Friday, December 17th! The dance is from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Students need to be picked up promptly. Dress attire is nice/casual/semi formal dress. Please follow this link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-rockin-at-sms-5th-and-6th-grade-tickets-220796096067

STEAMing Through the Holidays!! At the Strongsville Recreation Center

Join us for this One-Day STEAM Class hosted by Challenge Island on

Tuesday, December 14th from 5:45 – 7:15pm

For grades K-5th

Register by calling the front desk at 440-580-3260 or online at

https://strongsville.activityreg.com

Strongsville Lacrosse 2021 Registration Now OPEN!

Come be a part of America’s fastest growing sport. Strongsville Youth Lacrosse has been growing since 2008 and registration for the 2022 season is now open for boys and girls in grades 2nd-8th. Indoor practices begin mid February and the outdoor season will run from late March through May. All experience levels are welcome. All information is included on the registration site at https://www.strongsvillelacrosse.com.
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Strongsville Library

****Please note the following December 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.


**The Cuyahoga County Public Library and Administrative offices will be closed December 24 – 26th for the Christmas Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Monday, December 27th at 9:00 a.m.


**The Cuyahoga County Public Library and Administrative offices will be closed December 31st – January 1st for the New Year’s Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Sunday, January 2nd at 1:00 p.m.


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

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.

Studio Orientation. Virtual. Saturday, December 18th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, December 27th 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 in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Paint a Desk Pet. IN PERSON. Teens Grades 6 – 12. Monday, December 27th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Paint a desk pet rock to keep you company while you study or read. All supplies will be provided. Please wear clothing you don't mind getting paint on.


***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.)

Teen First Chapter Book Club. Virtual. Monday, January 3rd / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Strongsville Teen librarian will read the first page of a few teen books of various genres. We will then discuss other books we have read and enjoyed. 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.

Young at Heart Book Club. Tuesday, January 4th / 7:00 p.m. Register online for in-person or virtual.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The title for January's discussion is All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban.

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.