Whitney's Rockin' Review

Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - January 21, 2022

Reading Rocks at Whitney!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up on Tuesday, February 1st and Wednesday, February 9th from 4:45 - 7:45 p.m. Look for scheduling information to be coming home from your child's teacher in the weeks to come. We love to see our parents at Conference Night. It's a great way to connect to our school community and learn more about your child's academic and social-emotional progress.

Student Council Spirit Days

1/21 White Out - let's wear all white to encourage snow!

1/28 Whitney Reading Shirts

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Woo Hoo!

Important PBIS Information - Repeat Item

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Supports. In essence it means that we have programs in place to focus on positive behaviors such as our Whitney PRIDE tickets, our monthly PRIDE luncheons, and other programs to focus on positive character traits.

1) Please click here to review the Behavior Matrix which outlines student behavior expectations in each area of the building. We ask that you go over this with your child so they know exactly what is expected of them at school. We have explicitly taught these behaviors at the beginning of the year and have reviewed them this week.

2) We have also developed a guidance document that defines behavior infractions and possible interventions for minor infractions. Discipline for major infractions is at the discretion of the Principal per the district code of conduct. Examples of consequences include a parent phone call, recess and/or lunch detention, suspension, and in extreme situations expulsion.

Please review this behavior flow chart with your child so they understand exactly what constitutes a behavior infraction that could result in disciplinary action.

3) School Climate Survey: Families

We want to hear about your experiences with your child’s education. It includes questions about your child’s learning, school safety, and interpersonal relationships, as well as your attitudes about the institutional environment and your personal involvement in school. Your responses will be very helpful in improving student relationships, learning conditions, and the overall school environment.

All your responses are completely anonymous. We have no way to connect you to your answers, and results will only be reported as group responses. There are no right or wrong answers. We just want to know about your personal experiences.

As you respond to each item, think about your own personal experiences as a parent or caregiver at your child’s school. Please answer all items, or your answers won't count. This survey should take approximately 10 minutes.

Thank you for your time and participation!

Click HERE to take the survey.

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Winter Reminders

As the cooler temperatures arrive, here are the guidelines for outdoor recess. Students will go outside for recess when the temperature is 20°F or above and the wind-chill is 10°F or above. Children should always come to school prepared to go outside for recess. So, remember to get out your mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and heavier coats.

Please also remind your children that they are NOT to pick up snow or ice at school, during recess, or at bus stops. Snowball fights are fun when at home with a few close friends or family, but at school, at the bus stop, during recess, etc., throwing snow often results in someone getting hurt. We appreciate your help in supporting us in our efforts to keep everyone safe by having this conversation with your children. Thanks so much.

Mr. Schibley's January Guidance Newsletter

Please click here to view Mr. Schibley's guidance newsletter.
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Please, please, please remind your children who wear masks to school either by choice or because of being a bus rider to keep track of their mask throughout the day. We have given out over 100 masks this week to students who have lost their mask between arrival and dismissal. We simply can't continue to provide masks at this high level. Your support is much appreciated.

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 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

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.)

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.

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.