Notre Dame Elementary School preschool students enjoy an interactive visit with storytellers Robin Echols and “Mr. Dave.” They listened to the story “Gingerbread Friends,” shared songs and participated in movement activities. 

Indonesian educators visit NDCL

With greetings of selamat datang, the Indonesian words for welcome, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin students and staff hosted three Indonesian educators last week as part of their tour of schools sponsored by Sisters of Notre Dame throughout the United States. Sister Maria Kharita, Sister Maria Eufrasia and Mr. Sigit Setyawan spent the entire day at NDCL March 26. After being interviewed on the daily video announcements by juniors Julia Tripodo and Sam Urbanski, the visitors toured the campus, met with administrators and teachers and visited several classrooms.

“I am so impressed by the community you have created here,” Sister Kharita told the students in Theology Department Chairperson Michelle Nowak’s theology 12 class. While in the United States, the Indonesian educators will visit schools in Toledo; Covington, Kentucky; and Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks, California.

Sisters of Notre Dame have ministered in Indonesia since 1934. Currently, 128 sisters serve in schools and other ministries throughout the South Pacific nation of more than 17,000 islands.

Prom information available online

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin will host Prom 2019 on May 17 from 7-11 p.m. at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St. in Cleveland. After-Prom will follow at Fun ‘N’ Stuff from 12-2 a.m. Information about prom is now available at Registration and ticket sales will open on April 29. Questions should be directed to Student Activities Board co-adviser Susan Ancheta.

The 4H experience

Have you ever wondered what a 4H group does? What 4H stands for? What happens at a meeting? Maybe you were involved when you were younger, or are interested in getting involved. Allow me to share Greener Fields 4H Group with you.

Let’s start with what our 4H group does. We are under the guidance of Mrs. Christine Belliveau and Mrs. Wendy Mesnick. These amazing women foster our group’s leadership. They take care of administrative, behind the scenes stuff, and guide our group’s officers. Our group meets once a month, at the Auburn Town Hall. Each 4H group focuses on different animals or projects. Our group focuses on rabbits and poultry. Every meeting begins with the pledge of allegiance, attendance is taken and we start with new business that needs to be discussed.

At our first meeting of the new year, new officers for 2019 were elected. The following 4H members that were elected were: Keirstan Mesnick – President; Mary O’Neill – Vice President; Jayme O’Neill – Secretary; Samantha Bergansky – Treasurer; Bowen Fogel – Historian; Joslyn Borah – News Reporter.

We are all excited thinking about all the fun we will have together! At this meeting we discussed the upcoming year’s events. We got our membership forms, discussed poultry orders and talked about community service projects.

We did really well considering we haven’t seen some of our 4H friends in a few months. We are a close group of friends that share the common passion of raising rabbits and/or poultry. It was fun to see everybody again.

So what does 4H stand for? Head, Hands, Heart, Health. The symbol is a four-leaf clover – not because we are lucky to be members of 4H, but because there is an “H” in each part of the four-leaf clover. Green represents life, growth and youth. The white “H” letters symbolize purity, and high ideals. We also have a 4H pledge: “I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”

I invite you to join me this 4H year. Each month, look for this article where I will share with you our 4H group’s meeting and events. I love being involved in 4H and want to share my excitement with you.

- by Joslyn Borah, 14, of Parkman, News Reporter and eighth-grader at St. Helen School in Newbury

Students learn at Career Day

Notre Dame Elementary School students learned so much about different career paths and professions that they may never have considered from Career Day presenters. A common theme among presenters was to learn what you love and what you are good at and to think about how you can use your gifts and talents to make a positive difference in our world. NDES is blessed to have so many talented parents, friends and partners.

Rotary offers scholarships

The Burton Middlefield Rotary Club of Geauga County is offering four $2000 scholarships to one graduating high school senior each from Newbury, Berkshire, Cardinal and Auburn Career Center schools. The senior selected from each school can be planning to go to college, a trade or a technical school.

Rotary is the largest humanitarian service organization in the world. Its motto is “Service Above Self.” The purpose of the scholarship awards is to assist those students who share the same value of service that all Rotarians share.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 19. To obtain an application, interested students may get one from their guidance counselor at their high school or request an application by emailing

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