Muraski Tribune: Issue 22


A Message From the Principals

Good Afternoon Muraski Families,

I hope you and your children are enjoying the snow, or warm and cozy inside, as I'm sure back to back snow days and a nice long weekend are an extra special treat for our kids. Hopefully, we get back to school on Monday, so we can continue working hard to create small wins for every student, every day!

We want to thank all of the parents who participated in our first night of conferences. The home to school connections is extremely important in promoting success for our children.

We also want to thank our wonderful PTA. They treated the staff to dinner on conference night, where it is often difficult to find time to squeeze in a meal. Grand Fiesta made a delicious meal for our staff that we very much appreciated.

Please take a look at some of the things going on at Muraski, as well as some information that is pertinent within the school.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Griffen


ODH Discontinues COVID-19 Universal Contact Tracing for Schools

On Wednesday (1/26), the ODH shared a memo (CLICK HERE) detailing that schools may discontinue COVID-19 universal contact tracing effective immediately. Based on this ODH guidance and the consensus of the Board last night, Strongsville City Schools will no longer be contact tracing for COVID-19 after today. You can CLICK HERE to access the slides and/or CLICK HERE to watch my presentation to the Board on this topic that (1) provides local data to support this move away from universal contact tracing and (2) details a two-phase approach to reduce COVID restrictions as we move into our long-term response to COVID.

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will continue.

  • Staff / Students must continue to report all COVID+ cases to SCS
  • Continue to communicate active isolations on the COVID data dashboard Monday - Friday
  • Continue to follow the reduced isolation and the Mask to Stay / Test to Play (if known) protocols for staff / students exhibiting no symptoms
  • Continue with classroom-based COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Continue with current social distancing in classrooms

Based on Phase I, these COVID-related items will be discontinued Monday, January 31st.

  • Discontinue all contact tracing unless there is a cluster / outbreak as determined by the CCBH [see Slide 7 of presentation]
  • Discontinue communicating active quarantines on the COVID data dashboard
  • Discontinue building and individual COVID parent notifications for students in Grs. PreK-5
  • Discontinue all parent COVID notifications for students in Grs. 6-12

Strongsville COVID Drive-Thru Testing: Postponed


The COVID-19 testing opportunity at Pat Catan Stadium, scheduled for Saturday, February 5, has been POSTPONED due to the inclement weather. A rescheduled date will be communicated in the near future.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up on Wednesday, February 9th from 4:45 - 7:45 p.m. By this point, you should have received scheduling information for conference nights. Just as we did this fall, conferences are available in-person, virtually or by telephone for families. We look forward to this opportunity to connect and discuss how your child is progressing academically, physically and socially.

PBIS DATA: What does this mean?

Each week, our teachers are asked to keep track of how many times they issue a PRIDE notification for any student. A PRIDE Notification, or reminder, is given in the event a student has been provided with redirection and prompting, but continues to exhibit behavior that does not meet the classroom or school expectation. Tracking this information, as you can see below, allows us to address specific concerns with grade levels, as well as individual students when necessary.

According to our data, most students ONLY need 1 reminder in a month to get back on track and work towards promoting PRIDE and positive behavior at Muraski. This is an incredible piece of information.

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PBIS Presentation with Mrs. Hawk

As a way to continue communicating what PBIS is and our focus this year at Muraski, Mrs. Hawk will be hosting two virtual parent presentations on conference nights. The purpose of these presentations is to talk about PBIS, our positive incentives, the behavioral flowchart we use for consequences, and sharing our family climate survey results that some of you filled out for us. Please see below for the dates, times, and google meet links to access those presentations.

Wednesday, February 9th:

5:00-5:20 - MEET LINK

6:00-6:20 - MEET LINK

Snow and Colder Temperatures

As we all know, it has been extremely cold these past few weeks. Please make sure you are dressing your child appropriately for these temperatures. If temperatures are above 20 degrees outside, the students will be going out to play. Make sure you are dressing them with a heavy coat, hat, scarves, and mittens.

Valentine's Day Parties

Monday, Feb. 14th, 2:30-2:30pm

20270 Royalton Road

Strongsville, OH

NO CANDY should be sent in, ONLY Valentine's Day Cards for ALL students in the classroom.
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Attention 5th Grade Families

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