Orange High School junior Briniya Herbert, above, preschooler Sydney Tagg, left, and ninth-grader Kennedy Robinson enjoy the Dr. Seuss inspired photo booth during a Book Buddies event. The Book Buddies program connects preschool children and middle school students with high school buddies who read stories and form relationships.

Lou DeVincentis 216-831-8600 ext 6626

Staci Vincent 216-831-8600

Discuss childhood anxiety

The Orange PTA’s Health, Safety and Wellness Committee invites everyone to an evening discussion with psychologist Kevin Kemelhar on understanding childhood anxiety and the tools that help parents and caretakers best support their child tonight (Thursday) from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd.

Whether it’s anxiety over school work, friendships, separation or anything else, most children are dealing with feelings of anxiety in some way. Mr. Kemelhar will discuss anxiety in elementary-aged children and provide strategies for ways to support your child. There will also be time for Q&A where he will answer specific questions.

Book Buddies promotes literacy

Now in its fourth year in collaboration with Orange Early Childhood, Book Buddies connects preschool children and middle school students with high school buddies who read stories and form relationships. Those relationships enable the students to collaborate on academic skills such as letter identification, sounds and vocabulary. Eager to mentor their younger counterparts, the high school students have worked on a wide range of literacy skills with preschoolers and middle school students.

Through the program and an Orange Foundation grant, a children’s library was also set up at the Early Childhood Center. The students get together for 18 weeks throughout the school year and the preschool students visit with their mentors at the high school to see how the older kids learn. At that event, the students eat lunch together and work on a culminating literacy-based project. The program has grown from one classroom working with a handful of high school students to four preschool classrooms involving more than 50 preschoolers and dozens of middle schoolers working with nearly 150 high school students.

Mock trial takes third

Two Orange High School mock trial teams competed at the Cincinnati Tournament on January 5 with one team taking home third overall and competitors from both teams winning individual awards. These included Andy Saks, outstanding attorney; Ryan Vincent and Emma Briskin, outstanding witness and Anna Brateanu, who earned two outstanding attorney awards and the top ranked attorney title at the competition. Other participants included Maria Burdjalov, Katie Hoover, Abby Thompson, Solvej Nilsson, Emma Lenson and Ben Boardman.

MLK Day reminder

This is a reminder that in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day there will be no school on Monday, Jan. 21.

Kindergarten registration upcoming

Moreland Hills Elementary School’s kindergarten information night will be held Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. The evening event is designed for parents and guardians of kindergartners enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year. They will have the opportunity to learn about the kindergarten program, tour the school and meet staff members. The kindergarten registration fair at Moreland Hills Elementary School will be held on Feb. 12 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Feb. 14 from 7-11 a.m. Children must turn 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2019 in order to be registered for kindergarten. For more information, call 216-831-8600, ext. 2234.

Yearbook contest celebrates diversity

The winning Moreland Hills Elementary School yearbook cover design belongs to fifth-grader Oriana Arnold. Her entry highlighted this year’s theme to Celebrate Diversity, earning the most overall votes and the featured cover of the 2018-2019 MHS yearbook. Congratulations to the following grade level winners: kindergarten: Sophie Daoudi, first grade: Ceren Sareyyupoglu, second grade: Kyra Ginwalla, third grade: Nika Zhbankov, fourth grade: Yarden Madave and fifth grade: Oriana Arnold. Students in grades two to five along with school staff had the opportunity to vote.

Pride Powers

This week’s Pride Powers recipients at Moreland Hills Elementary School are Maggie Sprinkle’s kindergarten class, LaShaunta Lake’s first-grade class, Kim DePaula’s third-grade class and Denine Vickers’s third-grade class. Each week Moreland Hills Elementary School chooses four classrooms as Pride Powers recipients. These classrooms will receive a traveling trophy for exhibiting their Pride Powers: be safe, be respectful, be responsible and be engaged.

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