Allergy committee

Nicole Reel, chair of the parent-driven Allergy Committee, speaks with Notre Dame Elementary School second-graders in support of allergy awareness. The school has nut-free classrooms and allergy-safe birthday snacks and classroom parties to make sure all students are safe.

Prepare for kindergarten

Children ages 3-6 with a caregiver can prepare for kindergarten at Whooo’s Ready for School? Kindergarten Readiness: Celebrating, 6-7 p.m. on Monday at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road. Registration requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Build simple robots

Children ages 10-18 can build simple robots from the instructions provided or create their own for an added challenge at Simple Robots for Teens, held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road in Gates Mills. Registration required for this free program at 440-423-4808.

First-graders visit sisters

Notre Dame Elementary School first-graders enjoyed visiting the Sisters of Notre Dame Health Care Center. The students made rosaries to give to each sister. They sang a thank-you song, gave them a card and completed word searches. They ended their time together by praying a Hail Mary.

NDES Brownie update

More than 20 girls are involved in the Notre Dame Elementary School Brownie Troop. This fall, the troop completed their Brownie Quest Journey and earned outdoor badges like the Outdoor Art Creator and Hiker Badge.

The girls learned about staying safe when hiking, respecting the environment by practicing “Leave No Trace” and exploring the outdoors while remaining on campus. The girls created artwork using items they found in nature such as pine cones, acorns and berries. Recently, the troop expressed their creativity with a special Spirit of Clay project.

Pre-K reads together

The whole Notre Dame Elementary School preschool enjoyed reading “Stone Soup” and making soup together as a school. Pre-K students were in charge of bringing in the soup ingredients while the 3-year-olds helped to make the bread.

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