Coding club meets
The Monthly Code Club meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road in Gates Mills. Explore various coding concepts and program languages with other teens at the free series. For more information, call 440-423-4808.
Minecraft club upcoming
Minecraft Club, for teens in grades six to 12, meets 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St. in Chagrin Falls. For more information, call 440-247-3556.
Spotlight on third-graders
As part of becoming masters of multiplication, Notre Dame Elementary School third-graders enjoyed a project-based learning activity called Art in the Park. Students were given parameters and visual multiplication skills to purchase items and create their own park masterpieces.
The third-graders also partnered with Cornerstone of Hope, a center for grieving children, teens and adults. Several times a year the bereaved can release a butterfly in memory of their loved one. Students in both third-grade classes put together goodie bags and attached a butterfly cutout to each bag. Students also wrote thoughtful messages on hearts.
Student council supports Clinic
Notre Dame Elementary School Student Council members in sixth, seventh and eighth grades experienced the joy of giving on Dec. 10. After leaving school early, students arrived at Target in Mayfield with lists on hand and money to spend. Collectively, the students spent $3,000 on gifts for babies, little girls and boys, tweens and teens. Carts were overflowing with books, journals, board games, technology, movies, Legos, action figures, Barbies and more.
The students then made their way to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. The gifts will be shared with both inpatient and outpatient children going through cancer treatment.
The funds raised by the NDES students and their families were matched by the Carter Nedley Foundation.
NDES offers Christmas boutique
Notre Dame Elementary School decked the halls of the NDEC auditorium and transformed it into a shopping extravaganza for the Annual Children’s Christmas Boutique.
Pre-K engages in dramatic play
Notre Dame Elementary School classrooms are enjoying the holidays in their dramatic play centers. The Pre-K classroom has a hot chocolate stand, the 3-year-old classroom has a mail delivery center and the enrichment classroom has a cookie baking kitchen. Learning these skills through play is very important developmentally for children this age, and the children have been taking a great ownership over their learning in the centers.
NDCL welcomes class of 2023
Nearly 180 eighth-graders from 27 different elementary and middle schools enjoyed a sneak peak last week at their new school, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.
The Grand Opening for the Class of 2023 began with students finding and opening their lockers, which contained their schedules for the evening as well as souvenir T-shirts and drawstring backpacks. Current freshmen volunteered to vacate their lockers so the eighth-graders could borrow them for the night.
Students then created draft course schedules from NDCL’s list of 115 courses and played charades with student ambassadors to explore activities available during the school’s daily Lion Time. They also worked in teams to unlock mystery boxes – and win Chipotle gift cards – using clues found in NDCL publications.
The grand opening concluded with participants receiving personalized replicas of the high school diplomas that NDCL looks forward to awarding them in May 2023.
Director of Admissions Michael Suso and Assistant Director of Admissions Quinn Malone planned and directed the popular event.