Surrarrer's Scoop

Week of January 31

OST Testing Dates for Students in Grades 3, 4 & 5

Spring testing will be here before we know it. We want to provide you with these dates because it is important that your child is in school on their assigned testing date prior to the start of the test. Students tend to do their best when their routine is consistent. We recognize that you are not able to control everything, but if you could be cognizant of these dates when making appointments, coming in late, etc. we would appreciate it. Note: If a child is late to school on a testing day, they are not able to enter the classroom if the test has already started.


***All Testing Starts at 9: 30 a.m.***


3rd Grade ELA: March 29 & 30

3rd Grade Math: April 27 & 28

***Third Grade Tests are Paper/Pencil***


4th Grade ELA: April 7 & 8

4th Grade Math: April 13 & 14


5th Grade ELA: March 31 & April 1

5th Grade Math: April 11 & 12

5th Grade Science: April 28 & 29

Valentine's Day

Although there will not be a "party" for Valentines Day, students are still encouraged to bring and pass out Valentine's to their classmates. If your child decides to distribute cards, there must be one for everyone in their homeroom. If your child has an edible item attached to the card, all Food Guidelines outlined by the district must be followed.


We believe that it is important to teach our students to spread love and kindness in the community! Over the past few years, our school has done various service learning projects on Valentines Day, while still keeping this day fun and special for our students. We have done things such as :


  • modify toys for children who need to access/play with them in a different way
  • earn money to purchase comfort items for our police and fire departments in case they are helping a child in need.
  • made Valentines for residents in local nursing homes
  • supporting local organizations who help those in our community and much more.


In the near future, you will receive more communication about Valentines Day from your child's teacher.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences Nights will be 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 Coloring Contest

Surrarrer's Student Council is holding a school wide coloring contest! If your child would like to participate they may color the picture that will be handed out by their teacher (no later than monday) however they would like.


Here are some more details:

  • This is not mandatory. It is just some fun for your child to participate in.
  • All entries due by February 14th
  • Return the coloring sheet to your teacher when finished
  • Students MUST have name and HOMEROOM on back of paper

PBIS Myths Uncovered

Myth: The positive in PBIS means we give out rewards.

Fact: The positive in PBIS refers to a change in focus from reactive to proactive. Rewards are used to assist staff in focusing on the positive and to assist students in making better choices.


Myth: “Students will not receive consequences for inappropriate behavior.”

Fact: PBIS does not ignore inappropriate behavior. Consequences are more than “punishment” and serve to either increase or decrease inappropriate behavior. PBIS views appropriate consequences as those that are effective in changing the student’s inappropriate behavior. Schools develop a plan for inappropriate behavior that matches consequences to the severity of the inappropriate behavior in order to maintain consistency across the school.


Myth: "Students are bribed to behave."

Fact: Using a reward system is not bribing a student to behave appropriately. A bribe occurs when something is offered to a person before the behavior to get them to behave in a specific way. PBIS acknowledges and rewards students for following school-wide expectations and rules after the behavior occur. Thus, rewards are earned, NOT offered as payoff in exchange for good behavior.

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Strongsville Library

***Please note the following February 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.


Friends of Strongsville Library Winter Bag of Books Sale! Monday, January 24th through Monday, February 7th. During Library Hours.
The ongoing book sale area is overflowing with items for sale. Help us clear the shelves with this special bag of books sale. Fill our bag from the Ongoing Sale for only $2.00!! Bags will be provided. Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Strongsville Branch Library


Zoom Virtual Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, February 2nd, 16th, and 23rd 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, February 1st, 15th, and 22nd 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, February 2nd, 16th, and 23rd 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, February 3rd, 17th, and 24th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Young at Heart Book Club. Tuesday, February 1st / 7:00 p.m. Register online. A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The title for this month’s discussion is New Kid by Jerry Craft.

Teen First Chapter Book Club. Monday, February 7th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. VIRTUAL.
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.


Studio Orientation. Saturday, February 12th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, February 28th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. VIRTUAL.
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 DIY Print Making. Saturday, February 12th / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. IN PERSON.
Learn to make greeting cards for your friends with Styrofoam. All supplies will be provided. Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on. Due to COVID-19, there is limited seating so registration is required. Participants may be recorded and/or surveyed to capture this program’s effectiveness. This program may include activities that could be considered harmful. In order for your child to participant you must sign the Release and Hold Harmless form and return to program location at least one week prior to the program start date. The form and more information can be found here. Learn more about parent options, please visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org/parent-options.

Valentine’s Day Storytime. Monday, February 14th / 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. VIRTUAL.
Join us virtually for stories about kindness and caring. Children can create a home heart craft to share with their own valentine! Ages 4 & up with a parent/caregiver to help with the craft.

Future Proof Your Photo Memories. Tuesday, February 15th / 7:00 p.m. VIRTUAL.
In this virtual presentation, certified photo organizer, Lisa Griffis, will present the seven steps of photo organizing and how to accomplish them so you can create your own visual legacy. Registration and an email address are required to receive the Zoom link to participate. A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, February 16th / 7:00 p.m. VIRTUAL.
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 Memorial Drive : a daughter's memoir by Natasha Trethewey. 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, February 18th / 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).

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Monday, February 28th / 2:30 p.m. IN PERSON.
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 Lost Man by Jane Harper. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk.