The Muraski Tribune: Issue 6

Your weekly communication about all things Muraski.

Update from the Principal

Good Morning Muraski Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy some time with your families, as it feels like the summer-like weekends are dwindling as we finish September and get into the fall. My family made the 50 minute drive to Ramseyer Farms this weekend, and I highly recommend taking the trip down if you can with your kids. There is so much to do, including slides, corn mazes, all sorts of games, and so much fun to be had for all ages. You could spend the whole day there and not repeat any activities.

Take a look at the information below. There is a lot coming up at Muraski over the next few weeks.

Have a great week!

Mike Griffen

It Starts with Hello Week

This week, September 20th through September 24th, we will be celebrating "It Starts with Hello" Week. During this week, we will focus on the I in PRIDE, creating an INCLUSIVE environment for people to come to school. At Muraski we have talked about three things.

1. Making everyone feel Welcome.

2. Accepting everyone for who they are.

3. Supporting everyone while at school.

When work to help everyone feel welcome, accepted, and supported, we make Muraski a wonderful place for everyone. Who wouldn't want 600 people cheering them on each and every day.

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Respect comes in many forms. From how we treat our classmates and adults at the school to how we interact with people in our community, being kind, understanding, and empathetic is something that we teach at Muraski. With that said, we also teach about being respectful of the physical space in which we live. Respecting our homes, our community, and our school by taking care of the space is extremely important.

As I'm sure you have heard by now, a Tik Tok challenge, Devious Licks, has made its way to schools in Strongsville and surrounding districts alike, where students are purposely vandalizing bathrooms or taking things and posting videos on the internet. Although we have not had anything that has needed to be addressed at Muraski, this is a great teachable moment for our children that you can help support.

Reinforcing how we can show respect for our school, for our community, and for each other, by taking care of the physical environment would go a long way with our kids. Instilling the idea that we have a beautiful community because we choose to take care of it, especially for our young learners, can positively shape behavior as they progress through our school system.

As a part of PBIS, we will be teaching appropriate behavior in both supervised and unsupervised settings, like the bathrooms, and would appreciate you having these conversations and discussions with your children at home.

Muraski Music Rockstars: Carla Harb & Alivia Brown

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Lunch Choices

There has been some conversation regarding lunches and the switching of menu items over the past few weeks. Although this sometimes occurs because of the availability of items, our kitchen staff is doing a wonderful job of providing all students with hot and delicious lunches. Below is the menu for the week. CLICK HERE to view this in a larger format.
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Did You Know: Renewal Levy

Did you know that Strongsville City Schools has a renewal levy (Issue 68) on the upcoming November ballot? This is a renewal levy, which means there are no new taxes. One of our District’s goals is “Financial Prudence.” We are proud of the national recognition our Treasurer’s Office has received for financial reporting, budget presentation, and overall fiscal transparency since 2016. Strongsville City Schools continues to appreciate and be good stewards of the financial support received from our community.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 4:45-7:45pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH

Teachers will share out information regarding conferences. There are virtual options, as well as in-person if needed.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 4:45-7:45pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH


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Trike & Bike Event

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Join the fight by registering your child for Strongsville’s 3rd Trike and Bike on September 26th at 9am at Volunteer Park. Kids will be able to create a personal fundraising page, and 100% of dollars raised will support life-saving pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. All participants will receive a Trike and Bike shirt and mask at the event. Click HERE for additional registration and donation information.
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Mustangs Lacrosse: Free Skills Clinics

It’s that time of year again! Time for free lacrosse Fall skills clinics. These are for current players as well as kids who want to try out lacrosse as a new sport.

We are also looking for donations of old equipment for new players to try the sport. Please contact us if you have some to borrow or spare.

Please see the link below for more information:


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After my communication regarding the first case of COVID-19 in our school this year, I received several follow questions, so I want to provide the following clarification:

When there is a POSITIVE Case within the school the following steps are taken:

  1. Contact tracing is completed, identifying areas including the bus, classroom, cafeteria, playground, and hallways where direct contact (as identified by district communication) could have occurred.
  2. If your child is identified as a direct contact, you will receive a phone call from our office to notify you of when this occurred.
  3. A letter will be sent to ALL families, informing them that there was a positive case in the school. Again, if your child is a direct contact, you will receive a phone call.
  4. If the positive case is a student who rides a bus, ALL families who ride that specific bus will receive a letter informing them that there was a positive case on their bus. Again, if your child is a direct contact based on contact tracing on the bus, you will receive a phone call.

When Should You Keep Your Child Home?


In order to do your part in preventing the spread of germs, it is imperative that we are frequently doing symptom checks of our children at home. If your child is displaying any of the following symptoms, please keep them home and inform our front office. We will work to ensure that your child stays up to date with assignments and the teaching taking place in the classroom:

  • A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. This is one of the strongest Covid Symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Persistent cough or runny nose
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat

We need you to assist in helping us, by monitoring for these symptoms on a daily basis, and keeping your child home if they aren't feeling well.

Repeat Item: Counseling Services through Nancy Lowrie & Associates

Dear Parents/Guardians of Strongsville City School Students:

We are writing to tell you about an exciting opportunity for you and your child. Strongsville City Schools have a well -established partnership with a Behavioral Health Private Practice, Nancy Lowrie & Associates, LLC, (NLA), that specializes in child therapy, adolescent therapy, and family counseling. All NLA therapists are Masters-level and licensed by the State of Ohio. They are able to diagnose and treat all emotional and behavioral health concerns.

We are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to work with an Ohio Licensed Clinical Therapist in an effort to improve your child’s well being. The following are just some examples of the topics we address in individual, group, or family sessions:

• Strategies for managing relationships with peers, parents and teachers

• Development of social skills and communication

• Ability to deal with teasing and bullying

• Understanding and treating addictions

• Coping skills for anger management, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders • Fostering good choices by decreasing impulsivity and distractibility

• Managing family problems

• Gender Identity Concerns

• Controlling Eating Disorders and Self-harm

Best of all, NLA is able to offer you this service at your school. NLA will send our trained therapists to your school to meet with your child individually during the school day or via teletherapy. Also, to make this easier for you, NLA counseling services are covered under most health insurance plans, including State Medicaid, Medicaid HMO’s (CareSource, Paramount, and Buckeye) and most private health insurance plans (Medical Mutual, Anthem, Aetna, Cleveland Clinic, etc). NLA does all the clinical work plus does the actual insurance billing for you.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to receive confidential sessions with a caring clinician. If you are interested in participating in this program, please return the bottom of this letter to your child’s school counselor. An NLA therapist will call to schedule an initial meeting with you to get your child started in the program and verify your insurance information.

Sincerely, Nancy Lowrie & Associates, LLC


Repeat Item: Stay Safe. Speak Up! Student Hotline

Students who believe they have been harassed, bullied, victimized by fellow students, or have other concerns which may jeopardize the safety of students, employees, or school facilities, are asked to Speak Up! and promptly report the issue using our District’s student/parent hotline – accessible both online and by telephone.

CLICK HERE to access information via our district website.

Repeat Item: Health Protocols from the District

Wearing Masks on the Bus

Per the CDC, all students and staff must wear a mask on a school bus, whether coming to/from school or for an athletic/music trip. CLICK HERE for the mask exemption form, if needed. A new form will need to be completed along with medical or religious documentation if a student is requesting an exemption for the 2021-2022 school year.

Wearing Masks in School

It is recommended that all staff and students wear masks in school, especially those that are unvaccinated, yet it is not required. Please read below and become familiar with the quarantine protocols. The best way to significantly reduce the risk of being quarantined and to stay in school is to wear a mask.

Student Isolation Protocols

If your child tests positive for COVID, s/he is required to isolate at home for then (10) days from the date of the positive test or the onset of symptoms.

Student Quarantine Protocols for Unvaccinated Students Wearing a Mask

If your child is unvaccinated, wearing a mask and identified as a direct contact to someone at school that is COVID positive, s/he will not have to quarantine as long as your child has no symptoms and was at least 3 feet apart. If your child was less than 3 feet, s/he will have to quarantine. You can CLICK HERE for a flow chart detailing the quarantine procedures we will follow.

Student Quarantine Protocols for Unvaccinated Students NOT Wearing a Mask

If your child is unvaccinated, not wearing a mask and identified as a direct contact to someone at school that is COVID positive, s/he will have to quarantine. You can CLICK HERE for a flow chart detailing the quarantine procedures we will follow.

Supporting Students in Isolation/Quarantine

When a student is in isolation/quarantine, teachers will provide the student with their assignments and support through Google Classroom. Additionally, teachers will live stream classroom instruction and/or provide instructional videos. Teachers are only required to live stream instruction for students in isolation/quarantine.

Parent Requests/Masking

If parents at the elementary level request teacher support/feedback in terms of having their child wear a mask at school, we will do the best we can to help out. This means that we will remind the child and share feedback to the parent on how they are doing during the initial weeks of the school year, if requested.

Student Insensitivity/Bullying for Masking

If we have students acting inappropriately towards someone that is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask, we will address it in accordance with our code of conduct in the same manner we handle any other situation of inappropriate behavior for name calling, bullying, etc.