Play, learn and grow

The Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, hosts Play, Learn and Grow, March 8 at 10 a.m. Parents can visit with a specialist to get answers to questions about their children’s growth while the children play with age appropriate toys. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Pop-up workshop

Keith Allen, author and artist of “What a Mess: A Pop-Up Misadventure Book,” will lead a pop-up building workshop for children in grades kindergarten to five at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., on March 9 at 2 p.m. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-247-3556.

Schnitter wins spelling bee

Andrew Schnitter is the winner of the St. Rita School of Solon spelling bee. The purpose of the Scripps Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.

London Calling fundraiser upcoming

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Notre Dame Elementary School are hosting a party for posh friends at this year’s Mane Event gala fundraiser March 30. Registration for the London Calling fundraiser is well underway and tables are filling up quickly. For more information and to register, visit

Art students explore O’Keeffe exhibit 

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Art Department Chairperson Mary Ann Sedivy and art teacher Claire Raack led students on a tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art›s Georgia O›Keeffe exhibition last week.  The exhibition showcases the fascinating connections between the paintings, personal style and public persona of one of America’s most iconic artists. 

First-graders build STEM cities

Notre Dame Elementary School first-graders worked hard to complete their cities using the nets they created with the laser cutter. This is one example of how STEM can be integrated into content areas in classrooms starting at the earliest levels. “The possibilities for collaboration are endless,” STEM Coordinator Halle Davis said.

Students explore planetarium

Volunteers from the Geauga Park District shared their passion for astronomy and the natural world with Notre Dame Elementary School fifth-graders last week, thanks to the binocular astronomy experience. The students enjoyed three stations which included visiting our moon and planets in our solar system, learning what constitutes the magnitude of stars and observing many constellations in a portable planetarium, all while practicing with their own binoculars.

Students flex math muscles

Whether in math class or at a problem-solving tournament, Notre Dame Elementary School students love math. Across all grade levels, students are given the opportunity to work together as they solve math challenges. Students in Mrs. DiSanto’s fourth-grade class collaborate as they work on equivalent fractions.

Several fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the GCCTM Problem Solving Tournament recently. The purpose of the tournament is to promote enthusiasm for math; recognize students for their interest, perseverance and talent in mathematics and problem solving and challenge them in an energizing and competitive setting. The students came away with both Rising Star and Champion awards.

Students perform with OMEA band

Notre Dame Elementary School students Jonathan Ratka of Middlefield and Brian Bates of Chagrin Falls participated in the OMEA District 7 Honors Band performance at Mentor High School last week. The boys represented NDES in a performance with more than 100 area students.

Students celebrate 100 days

Students in Notre Dame Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten classes celebrated the 100th day of school last week. The students made projects that ranged from collections to T-shirts to posters displaying 100 objects.

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