Kinsner News

Mr. Diedrick's Newsletter- August 12, 2022

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New Food Service Prices

Lunch costs $3.25

Breakfast costs $2.00

Free/Reduced Lunches

For the 2022-23 school year, we will be returning to our normal school breakfast / lunch program. The free program has been discontinued by the Federal government. To determine eligibility for free / reduced lunch, as well as various additional state and federal program benefits inclusive of possible district student fees being waived, an application must be completed online. The 2022-23 Free / Reduced Meal Application is currently available to complete. See the link below for more information.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SIGNS - #MUSTANGSFIRSTDAY

We want to see pictures of students celebrating their first day of school! To help with your first day pictures, we have created printable signs for your students. Click HERE for signs for all of our grades and schools. No matter how you are documenting the memories of the first day of school, make sure you tag your posts with #MustangsFirstDay. Good luck to all of our students on this very special day of the school year!
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Please Help me Congratulate Mr. Lawrence!!!

Dear Families,


I am extremely pleased to write this letter of introduction as the new Assistant Principal of Kinsner and Muraski Elementary School. I am incredibly grateful and excited to be back and a part of the Kinsner Family, in a different capacity. I look forward to working in partnership with Mr. Diedrick and this exceptional staff in order to continue the work of advocating for and providing all students and families with an educational experience that fits their specific needs and interests. Prior to becoming the Assistant Principal, I was the School Counselor for Kinsner Elementary for the past two years. Before that, I was a classroom teacher servicing students in grades K, 3, and 6-8th. While I enjoyed the challenges of education, I am most drawn to the connections I make working with teachers, parents, and of course the students.


Because I am originally from Brooklyn, New York, as many of you may already know, my family is a NY Giants Family, but please do not hold that against us. When I am not working, I spend much of my time with my wife, Megan, my daughter, Sawyer and my son, Sutton. Disney is somehow usually involved.


I am committed to working alongside Mr. Diedrick and the rest of the Kinsner team - as we continue to provide leadership and build a structure of PRIDE in the school and community - so that ALL students have a variety of opportunities to succeed! I look forward to meeting all students and families this coming school year!



Best regards,


Mr. Samuel Lawrence

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PowerSchool Update

Please update your annual forms by September 1, 2022. To update forms, log in to Powerschool, select Quick Links, then find "Information Update 22-23" under Custom Links. Please call the office with any questions.


Update to Parent Portal: Parents and guardians will sign in with their username (email address) and their password. When logging in for the first time this school year, please click "Forgot Username or Password" link to reset your password.


Incoming kindergarten families: You should have received an email from Linda Konopinski (after registering) containing directions on how to create and access your parent account in our online Powerschool Unified Classroom Parent Portal. If you need this information again, please contact Linda Konopinski at lkonopinski@scsmustangs.org or 440-846-4137. This will be important to set up to access important information.

Transportation and Bus Route Information

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. Bus Stops/Pickup Time information can be accessed in families’ PowerSchool accounts beginning on August 8, 2022. Any questions please contact Transportation and 440-572-7060.

Unpaid School Fees

As a reminder, all school fees that have not been paid are now considered past due. To check the balance and pay outstanding school fees, go to Pay Schools Central by clicking HERE. In addition to Pay Schools Central, school fees can be paid by cash/check to your student’s building secretary or with the Treasurer's Office. If you have questions related to this, please contact the building secretary or Dawn Evangelista (devangelista@scsmustangs.org) within the Treasurer's Department. As we are approaching a new school year, as well as the start of fall sports, per Board of Education policy, the consequences for outstanding prior year school fees will prohibit students from participating in any school extracurricular activities (i.e., athletics, student council, school clubs, etc.), field trips, and school sanctioned dances / events that require a purchased ticket. For additional information on District Fee Collection Procedures and Consequences CLICK HERE.

Strongsville Library Happenings

***Please note the following August 2022 events being held on ZOOM virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events 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.

Attention atypical or less frequent library users…What kinds of materials, spaces, and services would you wish the Library had for customers to use? Do you have a moment to fill out a survey on your Library usage? We are working on our 10-year Facilities Master Plan and all voices are important if we want to successfully provide opportunities for all Library users to read, learn, create, and connect in the next 10 years. Please visit https://surveyhero.com/c/CCPLCommunity to complete this brief survey.
Or scan this QR code to access the survey. We thank you for your help!

Summer Reading Game Returns: June 4th – August 14th, 2022. In honor of Cuyahoga County Public Library's 100th anniversary our 2022 summer reading theme is "Celebrate 100 Years of Reading." Participants in our summer reading program track their reading in 20-minute increments to earn midpoint and completion prizes, and grand prize raffle entries. Register to participate online or in-person at your local branch. Visit www.ccplsummerreading.org to register to play online. Check out our Summer Reading youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DrdsX9RHwk Stop in to your local branch library to pick-up a game board or download the Beanstack Tracker app to play on your mobile device. Track your reading and win some prizes along the way. Read all summer long for a chance to win some great prizes!

Did You Know?
The Strongsville Branch Library now has available for use in our Library a Large Print Computer Keyboard. For those in need of a low vision large print keyboard, it is available to use with our computers, you can stop at the Adult Reference Circle for assistance and to borrow the keyboard for use.

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.

Storytimes:
IN-PERSON Storytimes.
Strongsville Branch Library has resumed some storytimes in-person. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. Group is small and registration is required. Please register each child separately. Only the participating child and one caregiver will be admitted to the program (no siblings, please), due to social distancing space requirements. In-person programs may be held over Zoom if required by CDC and CCPL guidelines. Participants may be recorded and/or surveyed to capture this program’s effectiveness. Learn more about parent options at www.cuyahogalibrary.org/parent-options. To check for in-person storytime availability, please check our schedule online or call (440) 238-5530.

Young at Heart Book Club. Tuesday, August 2nd / 7:00 p.m. Register online. IN PERSON.
A book club for adults who love Children's and Teen books. The title for this month’s discussion is From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg,

Discover: Sink or Float. Grades 1 – 6. Thursday, August 4th / 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Let’s get wet and discover the wonderful properties of H20. Experiment and play the STEAM way! Through open-ended, developmentally appropriate, and STEAM direction, we are going to get wet discovering the properties of water. Some activities will take place outside in our gazebo, weather permitting.

Genealogy Series. Thursdays, August 4th and August 11th / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
A two-part genealogy series held at the Strongsville Branch Library.
Have you ever wanted to start looking into your family or local history but haven't known where to start? In the first week, we will do a "Genealogy 101" where we go over what the library has to offer genealogy beginner researchers like you! We will go over other beneficial websites for genealogy research as well. Participants will leave this first class with "homework" to start delving into their family histories using what we went over in class! As a result, in our second class, we will create a "Memory Box" using print-offs, ephemera, and embellishments to create a one-of-a-kind shadow box that means something to you! Only 30 spots are available for this class. If you sign-up and cannot make it, please cancel your registration, or call the branch for assistance so someone else can join. Participants must attend the first class in order to participate in the second.

Discover: Makedo Ball. Grades 1 – 6. Wednesday, August 10th / 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
What is Makedo? Makedo is a cardboard construction system which can be used to build just about anything one can imagine. As a team, plan and build a ball that can roll throughout the room. Seems simple enough, or is it? Test your engineering skills and see how big one can go.

Studio Orientation. Saturday, August 13th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. / VIRTUAL or Monday, August 22nd from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. / IN-PERSON.
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. 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 attend the virtual or in-person sessions.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, August 17th / 7:00 p.m. IN PERSON.
Our Wednesday Evening Book Discussion meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Strongsville Branch Library. We welcome all adults interested in reading and discussing great books! Our next discussion title will be Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk of the Strongsville Branch Library.

Computer Classes
Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners to advanced. Classes are currently being held in-person as well as some VIRTUALLY 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
https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes/2021-Virtual-and-In-Person-classes.aspx
Thursday, August 18th / 10:00 a.m. Noon. Access 1.
Saturday, August 20th / 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Photoshop 2: Photo Retouching.


Monday Afternoon Book Discussion. Monday, August 22nd / 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 Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk.

Guide to Researching Your Home. Tuesday, August 23rd / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Strongsville Historical Society in partnership with Strongsville Branch Library, shares this look into researching the history of your home with a speaker from Cleveland Restoration Society. Are you interested in learning about how to research the history of your home and neighborhood? Jamie Miles, Preservation Programs Associate with the Cleveland Restoration Society, will discuss how to use the variety of resources available to you to trace your property's chain of ownership, learn about its builder or architect, find out how your neighborhood developed over time, or educate yourself on your home's historic style and architecture. Attend this presentation to dig in and get started on your research journey.

Blood Drive. Friday, August 26th / 10:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
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). 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).

Questions? We Got Answers!!

If you have questions please feel free to reach out!


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
  • Mr. Sam Lawrence, Assistant Principal 440-572-7120
  • Mrs. Marconi, Secretary 440-268-5400
  • Kinsner Clinic 440-268-5916
  • Transportation 440-572-7060