Gurney Elementary School students are reading “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” to kick off their “One School, One Book” program to encourage families to read with their children.

Charlene Paparizos  440-247-4363

‘One School, One Book’ kicks off

Gurney Elementary School kicked off their annual “One School, One Book” program on Jan. 14 with the book “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Florence and Richard Atwater. The goal of the program is to have parents and family members share in a reading adventure with the students by reading to them each night. The Gurney staff, Dad’s Club and PTO created the look of the South Pole within the school hallways. The school sent a calendar with a reading schedule to each home with an assigned chapter for a family member to read with their child. Along with the chapter, there is a list of vocabulary words for the family member to teach the student. A link to the reading calendar, podcasts and family activities can be found at

PTO hosts Lisa Damour on Feb. 4

Chagrin Falls schools’ Parent Teacher Organization will welcome Lisa Damour on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Center, 400 E. Washington St. She is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker and consultant. She writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times and serves as a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Damour is the author of two New York Times best-selling books about transitioning into adulthood and anxiety in girls. To get free tickets for this event, visit or

Translator speaks to CFMS students

Translator for the Cleveland Indians Agustín Rivero spoke to eighth-grade Spanish students about his career journey. He said that languages connect one with people and opportunities, noting that studying a language includes understanding a culture. He encouraged the students to try new things and find their passion. Mr. Rivero was a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees for two years and later worked at the Boston School of Modern Languages as the manager of English and baseball program/activities and logistics coordinator.

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