Whitney's Rockin' Review

Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - October 29, 2021

Reading Rocks at Whitney!


At Whitney, and all the schools in the Strongsville City Schools, we take a positive approach to addressing behavior expectations. Linked here is our school-wide behavior matrix that aligns with the acronym PRIDE. P=Prepared, R=Respectful, I=Inclusive, D=Determined, and E=Engaged.

To reinforce positive behaviors, we issue students PRIDE Tickets. When a student gets a PRIDE Ticket, they get immediate recognition, then they come to the office and get a secondary recognition from the office staff and/or me, as well as a Starburst candy, and then their ticket is entered into a drawing to have lunch at our "Hard Rock Cafe" which has staff serving lunch to two students from each class to recognize and encourage positive behavior.

Pictured below are our October Hard Rock Cafe winners. Their pictures are prominently displayed in our main hallway as examples for others.


Dear Parents:

I would like to strongly encourage all students to wear masks if and whenever possible (I'm aware that some students have exemptions for medical reasons). When a mask mandate was in place recently for our 4th and 5th grade students, they did not struggle with wearing them and we were able to stop the spread of Covid.

As we head in to the time of year when bad weather causes us to have "indoor recess," and with holidays right around the corner, I would hate to see anyone have their holidays compromised because of Covid or being quarantined. To be clear . . . we do not have a mask mandate in place at Whitney. I'm just encouraging parents to have their children wear masks since school age children currently do not have an option to be vaccinated.

On another note: please make sure children who are bus riders have a mask and a back up mask in their back packs. We have gone through 100's of masks already this year with students who "forgot" or "lost" their masks. We simply can't continue to provide masks to students at this rate.

Thanks for your attention to this matter.

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, meet our 2nd Grade Team

Spirit Days

11/3: Pajama Day

11/11: (Thursday/ Veteran's Day) Red, White and Blue)

11/12: Wear your Reading Rocks t-shirts

11/19: Tye-dye

Levy Renewal Information! Please read!

Don’t forget that Tuesday, November 2 is election day! Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools, is on the ballot. This is a renewal levy which means no new taxes and the opportunity to provide financial stability for our District for at least the next five years. Strong school districts don’t happen by themselves. It takes strong support from the community, including engaged partnerships with families and local businesses, to become the very best for our students. We are grateful for our community’s past support and hope that our current efforts have earned your continued trust. CLICK HERE for a video message about Issue 68 from SCS Superintendent Dr. Cameron Ryba.
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WOO HOO CART Week of 10/11/21

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.

Whitney Cookbooks for sale!

Are you tired of eating the same thing? Whitney Cookbook can help!

Today is cold and wet, how about some Hot Sausage and Kale Soup? Tomorrow is game day, up your half time game with Jalapeno Kickers.

These are just 2 examples of recipes from our awesome Whitney Family Cookbook. The cookbook is 112 pages long and contains over 130 recipes!

Cookbooks are for sale for $10. All proceeds go directly to the purchase of a new basketball hoop for the playground. Simply send your Child's/Your name and cash or check made out to Whitney Elementary PTA to school with your child marked Cookbook.

Keep an eye out for more previews of the recipes included!

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Mr. Schibley's November Guidance Newsletter

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

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.

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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.

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.