Whitney's Rockin' Review

Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - October 22, 2021

Reading Rocks at Whitney!

Very Concerning. Please Read.

I wanted to take a moment to address an issue that is slowly beginning to make its way into our schools across the country.

By now, you have probably heard of the show called Squid Games, which has become a viral sensation on Netflix. This show is rated TV-MA, which means it is rated for mature audiences, due to indecent language, explicit content, and graphic violence. In the show, characters compete in childhood games such as Red Light Green Light, where losing in the game results in the participant's death. Because of the popularity of the show, parody's have started to pop-up on Youtube, Tik Tok, and other forms of social media, and forms of Squid Games are now being included on games like Fortnite and Roblox, which are popular with our kids. Even cartoon versions are being shared through various platforms making the content easily accessible to our students.

I share this to provide context for what is occurring on playgrounds across the country, where students have started playing games like Red Light Green Light on the playground, but rather than being "out" of the game, students are referencing death with one another, which does not align with the expectations we've developed for any environment here at Whitney. This is has not yet happened at our school to my knowledge, but I want to be proactive and provide you with information that can support conversations with your children at home, so the content and nature of the show isn't being referenced at our elementary school.

I also share this information so you are aware that this content is making its way across a variety of social media outlets, some of which our students regularly use outside of school. The explicit content addressed in Squid Games is not school appropriate and should not be used or referenced while at Whitney.

Further, with Halloween fast approaching, no student should be wearing a costume that represents any characters from this show due to the graphic nature of the content.

Again, my goal is to provide you with information, so you can have a conversation with your child as you deem appropriate.


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 "specials" teachers: Mrs. Gonczy, Mr.Hoffland, and Mrs. Kerr
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Halloween At Whitney

Once again this year we will have classroom Halloween parties. The parties will take place on Friday, October 29th from 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. in the classrooms.

Please remember that ONLY the 3 parent helpers per class, that have signed up in advance, will be admitted. All parent helpers must sign in in the office with a photo ID and receive a visitor's badge.

For the parties:

  1. We will have to maintain at least 3 feet of social distancing at all times.

  2. Games and activities will have to occur while students are sitting at their desk. Unfortunately, we can't have students move around the room or groups of students congregating. (Some teachers have suggested that crafts might be an easier option than games)

Parent Helpers: Please send in any food items in the morning to allow us the time to verify if the foods meet the district requirements.

All foods being brought in must adhere to the District's Shared Foods Policy and must be checked in the office before going to the classrooms. Please follow the guidelines. We have had to return candy/treats/snacks to many families because the items were made on a nut line and "may" contain nuts. It is amazing as to how many things are made in a nut factory and may contain nuts. Please read the labels carefully before you purchase. The ingredients must be listed on the packaging for us to share in the classrooms. All food must be free from ALL NUTS and PEANUTS and state on the label that it is a nut free product.

For the safe snack guide:


Click on the Safe Snack Guide on the tool bar of the site. Then there is a red box that says "Click to download your copy"

This site is updated regularly.

While we know parents like creating "treat bags," we simply do not have the time to verify each item within the treat bag and thus these will be sent back home without being distributed.

Weather permitting, we will have a short parade through our bus loop and playground from 2:15-2:30 p.m . If you are coming to view the parade, parking will be available on our playground . . . please leave a full "lane" around the perimeter/outside edge of the playground blacktop to allow for the parade. If it is raining or snowing, there will NOT be a parade. With increased security in our schools, we simply cannot coordinate screening every parent/family member that would want to enter our school to view a costume parade inside the building. If the parade is cancelled, we will send out a "School Messenger" message at approximately 1:45 p.m.

We want to encourage students to dress as characters from books they’ve read or aligned with our "Whitney Rocks" theme. Please remember that even costumes MUST adhere to Whitney’s Dress Code (NO spaghetti straps, NO bare midriffs, NO inappropriate icons or graphics). Students may wear or bring their costumes, simple in nature, to school. We encourage creativity in costuming and NON-VIOLENT and NON-RISQUE costumes.

*Please note: Costumes such as the "Scream" mask or any reference to "Squid Games" will NOT be allowed due to the graphic violence these characters represent.

Look-a-like weapons (including, but not limited to, swords, guns, and knives) are NOT permitted. This should be a positive experience by encouraging fun and originality that does not frighten our younger students. Masks will not be permitted to be worn throughout the school day, but may be worn at the party. Students who bring their costumes will be given time to change into their costumes before the parade begins at 2:15 p.m. Students must be able to dress and prepare themselves in their costumes independently at school.

I’m certain that we’ll have a “spook-tacular” time!

Levy Renewal Information! Please read!

Issue 68, the renewal levy for Strongsville City Schools, is on the November ballot. This renewal levy helps our District maintain financial stability and extends our budget through effective financial stewardship. Issue 68 allows Strongsville City Schools to maintain financial stability through at least the 2026-27 school year. What are some other examples of our District being effective stewards of the financial resources from our community? CLICK HERE for a tri-fold brochure that outlines additional SCS financial highlights.
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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 October Guidance Newsletter

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

The Strongsville City Schools “Greet & Treat”

The Strongsville City Schools “Greet & Treat” event returns this fall and will be held outdoors at Strongsville High School on Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and collect candy and treats in an outdoor, family-friendly atmosphere at Pat Catan Stadium. We will also be accepting donations of non-perishable items for the Strongsville Food Bank that evening. We hope to see lots of families at this year’s “Greet & Treat” on October 27!
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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.