Mr. Diedrick's Newsletter- September 10, 2021
Levy Renewal Information
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. This is the renewal of a 5-year limited operating levy that was originally passed in August of 2002 and most recently approved by voters in November of 2016. This renewal levy ensures we are able to continue provide up-to-date educational resources, technology, supports, and opportunities to continue to achieve our goal of being a premier school district for our students and the families/community we serve.
First PTA Meeting of the Year
The Kinsner Parent Teacher Association will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 10:00 am. Although we hope to progress back into in-person meetings this school year, we are starting off virtually, via Google Meet. Please follow this link to attend!
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/vpj-bzht-pjo Or dial: (US) +1 605-653-3259 PIN: 676 503 321#
Don’t forget to update your membership for the 2021-2022 school year! We are planning many great events and “fun”draisers, and you won’t want to miss out! Plus, goodies for the kids for joining! Just follow this link:
2020-2021 Yearbooks Are Still Available
The 2020-2021 yearbooks look AMAZING, and should already have gone home with your student. If you pre-ordered but didn’t receive it, please reach out to Mary Marconi or Christa Heckman (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make it right. If you forgot to pre-order, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Follow this link to order, and the book will go home with your student ASAP.
Fall Book Fair
The fall book fair will be held from September 27 through October 1. Look for the flyer to come home with your student soon.
We will have opportunities for electronic payment, and some evening hours for family shopping.
Kinsner Elementary Night at Pat Catan Stadium
Friday, Oct. 15th, 7pm
Pat Catan Stadium, Strongsville, OH, USA
Fifth Grade Families
For Fifth Grade Families:
We were excited to see so many people attend the instrumental meeting Wednesday night both in person and online. If you were in attendance, thank you for coming! If you were not able to attend, the meeting is available to watch at the SCS website: https://www.strongnet.org/departments/technology/scs-tv. We encourage you to watch to see all the information about the band and orchestra programs in Strongsville. Below you will find links to some of the important information from last night’s meeting. We cannot wait to see the new band and orchestra students next week!
All of the information is also posted on the “join band and orchestra” google classroom.
Here are a few important links:
Registration form - please fill this out by Friday if your student will be joining band/orchestra.
If your student was absent the day we conducted screenings, please let us know. We will find a time to meet with them.
We would like to begin with instruments right away, so if possible, please arrange for your instrument by the first lesson. We realize that this isn’t always possible, so the students should come to their lesson even if they don’t yet have an instrument.
Please contact us if you have any questions!
Mr. Chidsey, email@example.com (Band)
Mr. Hire, firstname.lastname@example.org (Orchestra)
Mrs. Roblee, email@example.com (Band)
Mrs. Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org (Orchestra)
August 30, 2021
The State of Ohio requires all public school districts (city, local, and exempted village) to provide whole-grade screenings for the purposes of gifted identification in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability reading/writing, specific academic ability mathematics, and creative thinking ability once during the K-2 grade band and once again during the 3-6 grade band. Districts must use assessments approved for gifted identification in order to meet this requirement. Your child will be taking these national standardized tests to gain information about his/her abilities in the classroom during the period of October 1 through October 15, 2021. You may contact your child’s principal for specific testing dates.
Second and fourth grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test, or CogAT. This test is used to measure overall cognitive and reasoning abilities that can guide classroom and instruction planning efforts based on students’ individual ability levels. The CogAT also provides a measure of cognitive ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of Superior Cognitive ability.
Additionally, students in grades two and four will take the Iowa Assessments. The primary purpose of this test is for instructional development so teachers can identify where the skills of individual students are most and least developed and adapt curriculum and instruction accordingly. The Iowa will measure content-specific skills in the areas of reading and math and also provides a measure of academic ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of superior specific academic ability.
These are not tests that students can study for, nor should they be nervous to take them. They will not count as a grade and will be used to better assist teachers in meeting the needs of students. After the results are returned to the District, each student/family will receive a copy of the scores with a report highlighting the student's strengths and areas on which to continue to build.
Thank you for your continued assistance and dedication to your child’s education. If you have any questions, please contact the building principal or me.
Director of Curriculum
Kinsner Elementary, are you ready to "Make your Mark?"
On September 15th we will be celebrating International Dot Day, brought to you by your art teachers.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
On International Dot Day we are going to connect, collaborate and create!
- Dots are symbolic they can represent nearly anything!
- Dots are building blocks every artwork is an arrangement of dots
- Dots are easy to draw
- ANYONE can start with a dot… PERIOD!
What can we do to celebrate?
- Create! By yourself or as a class!
- Write a Poem
- Draw a Picture
- Mail a Dot
- Send a kind message to a friend
- Dress in fun dot inspired clothing
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:
Attention Fifth Grade Parents!
Questions? We Got Answers!!
Important Phone Numbers to Note:
- Attendance Line 440- 572-7003 choose Option 1 for Elementary Schools and then Option 2 for Kinsner
- Mr. Diedrick, Principal 440-572-7120
- Mrs. Hawk, Assistant Principal 440-572-7120
- Mrs. Marconi, Secretary 440-268-5400
- Kinsner Clinic 440-268-5916
- Transportation 440-572-7060