Whitney's Rockin' Review

Mr. Stacho's Newsletter - August 27, 2021

Reading Rocks at Whitney!

A message from Mr. Stacho:

Please help us with the following issues:

1) "Birthday Treats" and shared food. We have had several birthday treats sent in this past week that we have been unable to pass out because they don't meet the district guidelines. Please remember that regardless of whether or not there is a food allergy in your child's class, certain foods are prohibited.

*Please click here to view the letter from the Superintendent regarding district policy on

shared foods.

*Any cookies or cupcakes purchased at local stores MUST have the sticker that identifies the product as "Peanut Free". Not only must the product itself be "nut free" but it must be verified that it was produced in a "nut free" environment. We simply do not have time to call companies to check on the safety of the product.

*If you are unsure of what foods are allowable, you can check "SnackSafely.com". Once

at the link, click on "click to download your copy" to find the list of foods that are


* Pencils and stickers and other NON-FOOD items are encouraged.

*We can NOT distribute individually "gift wrapped" combination bags of snacks as we can not check each item for it's compliance.

2) Cell phones and Smart watches - Please be reminded that electronic devices such as cell phones and watches are NOT ALLOWED in school. At the elementary level, these are a distraction for students during instructional time and also can become a problem if students are calling, texting friends, or posting to social media accounts during the school day.

Just like when we (adults) were in elementary school, if your child needs to contact a parent, school personnel will determine if a call is necessary and make the phone call on your child's behalf.

Additionally, these items often become "lost" or "stolen" as we do not have secure lockers for children at this age. If you feel it is absolutely necessary for your child to have these items for an after school communication purpose, they will be asked to turn them off and keep them in their backpacks during the day so that they are not an issue while in school.

3) Dismissal - Please, please, please . . . especially with our little ones in KDG and 1st grade, make sure that your child knows if they are a car rider at dismissal.

*If they are an "everyday" car rider, we need a note in the office that states that.

*If you are changing them to be a car rider for a day, the teacher needs a note AND we need a phone call in the office prior to 3:00 p.m.

*Remind your child to listen at dismissal for their name so they know when to exit to the car pick up lane. In the past, it has taken us no longer than 10 minutes to get all of our cars out of the parking lot and free up traffic on Whitney Road. So far, this year, it is taking almost 30 minutes. We need you to work with us to get the routine down.

*Please be patient in the car pick up lane and DO NOT pull out of the line to exit unless directed to do so by a staff member. This is for EVERYONE'S SAFETY!

4) To provide for the safest environment possible, we will be changing our lunch procedures effective August 30th. To provide for more social distancing, we will only be having 2 classes per lunch period eating in the cafeteria each lunch session with other classes eating in the classrooms. We will rotate classes into the lunchroom by week when possible, however, based on staffing available to supervise the classrooms based on location, there may be some classes that don't currently get the opportunity to eat in the cafeteria. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continually strive to do what's best for everyone.

We truly appreciate your attention to and support with these matters.

And, finally, thank you, thank you, thank you to those who donated either money or books as "Book Fairies" so every student can select a book from my office on their birthday. At this time, my shelves are overflowing (this is a great thing). For now, I think we are good for the year. If near the end of the year it seems that our supply is dwindling, I will send out another request. I can't thank you enough. The kids eyes really do light up when I tell them they can pick any book they want and that they get to keep it.


Mr. Stacho

Funny video about morning drop off. Please take note, but also laugh a little and don't be "those people." LOL

Drop Off Woes

Funny video about car pick up. Please take note, but also laugh a little, and don't be "those people." LOL

Types of Parents in the School Pick-Up Line

Whitney Night at SHS Football!

Please join our Whitney community at the SHS Football game vs. Midview on August 27th at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss the Mustangs first home game as they battle the Midview Middies! Join other students and families of Whitney Elementary in this very special night of Mustangs football and spirit! Whitney families will receive a free student ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket ($7) on this night only. Please bring a copy of the flyer to the Pat Catan Stadium box office on Friday night.

*** For Whitney students who want to cheer the Mustangs as they enter the field, please report to the brick arch on the west side of the field (closest to the high school) no later than 6:30pm on Friday, August 27.
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Mr. Schibley's Guidance Newsletter

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

Student Council Fundraiser

Student Council will kick off their annual fundraiser August 25th! It will run through September 8th. Look for fundraiser packets coming home with your child Wednesday, August 25th, and help us to sell, sell, sell! Check out some of the cool prizes for being a super seller and helping your school:


The “Back to School” online Mustangs Team Shop is open now through Sunday, August 29.

Shop for lots of great Strongsville gear, including personalized items! Visit https://mustangsteamshop-fl21.itemorder.com/ for the complete selection of items.

A portion of sales will be donated back to Strongsville City Schools.

Arrival and Dismissal

We need your help at arrival and dismissal in the carpool lane. Please follow these rules.

1) Pull all the way up to the front and as close to the car in front of you as possible. In the a.m., once you are stopped along the side of the building, students should exit the car . . . don't wait to be in the front two spots to have your child get out of the car.

2) Students should only enter and exit cars on the sidewalk/school side of the car. Please do NOT get your kids out of the car on the opposite side.

3) Children need to be able to independently get into and out of your car. Please do NOT put your car in park and get out of it to say goodbye in the morning. Say your "goodbye's" while in the car lane.

4) As soon as your child is on the sidewalk in the a.m. or in your car in the p.m., please pull forward to exit the car lane in a single file. DO NOT pull out of the line to pass anyone UNLESS directed to do so by a school staff member.

We appreciate your support in keeping our carpool lane moving safely and swiftly. These rules are essential to keep everyone safe as well as to keep as much traffic off of Whitney Road as possible.


See below for important information.

Please join our PTA. They do so much for our students. Click here for the membership form. "Make a copy", print it out, complete it and send it to school with the membership dues and you'll be helping PTA out greatly . . . and your kids, too! To join PTA, please click this link.

Whitney PTA 2021-2022 PTA Chairman

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill positions for 2021-2022 PTA Board. Please look through the list of chair positions and their descriptions. If you see any that may interest you, indicate this on the Sign Up Genius. If you are new to a position, we have plenty of documentation to get you started and help with your event and are working towards streamlining the process even more. ***Please note, many of these positions allow for the majority of the work to be done from home AND have the option (even if not listed) of co-chairs. Thank you so much for considering a position.


To stay update on all the latest news and events from Whitney PTA please follow our Facebook at Whitney Elementary PTA | Facebook

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Whitney's Guide To Policies and Procedures!

This document highlights some of the most important aspects of the student handbook (found online). Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these items.

Whitney's Guide To Policies and Procedures

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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:


Attention all fifth grade students and parents. (Repeat Item)

All fifth grade students have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument and become a member of the Strongsville City Schools Band and Orchestra team. Our band and orchestra teachers will be meeting with the fifth grade classes to demonstrate the awesome instruments students may choose to learn. They will also be providing information on how to become a Musical Mustang. All fifth grade students will be invited to join a special Beginning Band and Orchestra Google Classroom; be sure to check your school email. The beginning band and orchestra parent meeting will take place in the Strongsville High School Auditorium, on Wednesday, Sept. 8th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be livestreamed for those who can not attend. Beginning band and orchestra lessons will start the week of Sept. 13th. We are looking forward to meeting you!

If you have any questions, please email your specific band/orchestra teacher. Thank You.


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.




Transportation services will be provided to all students that live one (1) or more miles from their school and are not residing on a non-busing street. The communication timeline for transportation services is as follows:

Bus Stops/Pickup Time information can be accessed in families’ PowerSchool/Unified Classroom accounts beginning on August 2, 2021.

GPS Information for parents through the Here Comes the Bus app will be accessible on August 2,2021, as well. The app will be fully functional on the first day of school. You can CLICK HERE for enrollment instructions for the Here Comes the Bus app.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority and that is inclusive of their transport to and from school. To ensure their health and safety while waiting for the bus and riding the bus, and per CDC mandates, the following safety protocols will be implemented.

Bus Stops. Due to being outdoors, students are not required to wear facial coverings at their bus stop.

On The Bus. Unless a facial covering exemption is on file, per the CDC, all students and staff are required to wear facial coverings while riding District transportation.

Seating. There will be a maximum of two (2) students per seat with students in the same household

seated together. All students will have assigned seating.

Strongsville Public Library

***Please note the following September 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.

***Please note all branches of Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Administration Building will be closed on Sunday, September 5th and Monday, September 6th for the Labor Day Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 7th.

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 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 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.

Discuss & Design: Millennial Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 1st / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention millennials we're going virtual! Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends? How about a book club with a twist. We meet bimonthly, alternating between children's, teen, and adult books. We discuss the assigned book and design something that complements the title, subject, or book cover. Maker kits will be available as a part of this program and can be mailed to a branch near you for pick up! Our next discussion will be on the book My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. Register online to receive your materials and Zoom link to participate.

Fall Into Health. Tuesday, September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th / 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CSU nursing students along with licensed RN will provide health screenings, one-on-one chronic disease education and general health education with the focus being overall health and wellness.

Young at Heart Virtual Book Discussion. Tuesday, September 7th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The next discussion title is Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley, 2021. Register online to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

Zoom Virtual Preschool Storytime. Tuesdays, September 7th, 21st, and 28th 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 Toddler Storytime. Wednesday, September 22nd and 29th 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, September 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th 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. Thursdays, September 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. You must register online to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Studio Orientation. Saturday, September 11th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Monday, September 27th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
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 in order 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 in order for the orientation to count. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Galaxy in a Jar. Teens in Grades 6 – 12. IN PERSON - Monday, September 13th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Learn about the universe while creating your own galaxy to take home in a mason jar. Registration for this in-person event begins August 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Colorful Shrubs Through the Seasons. Tuesday, September 14th / 7:00 p.m.
With a bit of planning, you can create a welcoming and colorful landscape year round. The key is to plant perennials and shrubs that bloom at all different times of the year. The Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County will introduce you to combinations of perennials, shrubs, and even small trees to achieve this effect. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, September 15th / 7:00 p.m.
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 Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman. 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.

First Page Book Club. Teens in Grades 6 – 12. Monday, September 20th / 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
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. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Southwest General Health Talk: You May Be Losing More Sleep. Tuesday, September 21st / 10:00 a.m.
Everyone has an occasional restless night, but if sleepless nights are persistent, it can affect your health! A Southwest General Pharmacist will discuss ways to improve your sleep hygiene! Learn about medications that may cause insomnia and medications that may help. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Six Wives of Henry VIII. Thursday, September 23rd / 7:00 p.m.
Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived. These were the fates of the six wives of Henry the VIII. Susan Cannavino will talk about each woman's personality, personal life and circumstances, as well as Henry the VIII's. You will be transported back to 16th century British court life. Register online to receive the Zoom link.