Craft anti-Valentine’s art

Teens are welcomed to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, from 6-7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) to express their disgust with all things romantic. Create anti-Valentine’s Day art with food to then eat. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-423-4808.

‘Mini Movers’ at Orange library

Enjoy a high-energy session of music and movement using beanbags, rhythm sticks and more for ages 2-5 with a caregiver at the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit cuyahogalibrary.org, or call the Orange branch at 216-831-4282.  ​

Wordsmiths meet

Teens in grades six through 12 are invited to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., to hone their creativity with fun writing prompts and exercises from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Students win spelling bees

To celebrate Catholic Schools Week, St. Rita School of Solon students participated in The Scripps Spelling Bee and The National Geographic Bee. Student Aiden McNamara won The Scripps Spelling Bee for St. Rita, and Andrew Schnitter won the geography spelling bee.

All Star Kid honored

St. Rita School of Solon eighth-grader Charlie Kealy of Hudson was honored as a Cleveland CAVS All Star Kid for his outstanding leadership, academics and service to others. Charlie and his family will be honored at a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game this month, and his entire eighth-grade class received tickets to the game.

US students earn 81 awards

University School students placed well at the 2020 Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. In the art competition, US students won eight Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys and 22 Honorable Mentions. In the writing competition, they won nine Gold Keys, eight Silver Keys and 18 Honorable Mentions. Gold Key winners will continue to the national competition in New York, New York. 

Gold and Silver Key recipients in the art competition include senior Parker Crowley of Hunting Valley, sophomore Ethan Jackson of Chagrin Falls, junior Michael Kennedy of Gates Mills, senior Ryan Rosencrans of Aurora, sophomore Noah Perez of Bentleyville, sophomore Paul Taylor of Russell and senior Turner Whitmoyer of Chagrin Falls.

Gold and Silver Key recipients in the writing competition include junior Vincent Chen of Solon, junior Ethan Jiang of Gates Mills, junior Sohum Kapadia of Orange Village, junior Michael Kennedy of Gates Mills, senior John O’Brien of Pepper Pike, senior Daniel Anselmi of Chagrin Falls, senior Eric Areklett of Gates Mills, senior Ryan Devine of Pepper Pike, junior Kevin McMahon of Pepper Pike and senior Alexander Pietrick of Chagrin Falls.

LL

Eugene and Barbara Trela donated $1 million to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School, which will endow tuition assistance, making it possible for more students to access an NDCL education.

Couple gives $1 million to NDCL

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin announced a $1 million gift from Eugene ’54 and Barbara Trela.

The gift – one of the largest in NDCL history – will endow tuition assistance, making it possible for students of modest means to attend the Catholic college-preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame in Munson Township.

“I wanted to make this donation because I believe in the school and the culture it provides for students to succeed,” explained Mr. Trela, the retired owner and CEO of Fowler Electric.

“When I visit Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, I like to sit down and have a hamburger with students in the school cafeteria. I see how good the kids are, how kind they are to one another, and I feel better after each visit,” he said. “There is such a good, warm and loving spirit at the school.”

He said his visits remind him of his own high school days as a student at Cathedral Latin School, one of the forerunners of NDCL.

“I am a proud alumnus of the Cathedral Latin Class of 1954,” Mr. Trela said. “Now I want to make sure that many others benefit from this quality education as I did.”

Michael Bates, president of Notre Dame Schools, explained that the Trelas’ gift could not have come at a more critical time.

“Affordability for families is a significant challenge facing NDCL and all Catholic schools throughout the country,” he said, noting that their generosity are affirmations “of the excellence and importance of Catholic education.

“Their investment in our mission to educate leaders to transform the world will make a profound and lasting difference for generations to come,” he added.

Basketball champs win tournament

St. Mary School of Chardon’s seventh-grade boys basketball team brought home a trophy after winning the championship game at St. Dominic’s Tournament on Feb. 3. The boys won with a final score of 39-28.

NDES enjoys Catholic Schools Week

Notre Dame Elementary School celebrated Catholic Schools Week earlier this month. The school began with Mass and open house, played a school-wide game of Bingo, participated in dress-down days, held a preschool Grandparents’ Day, recognized parents, teachers and students with Appreciation Day and finished the week with Mass and a friendship partner activity.

Team Blue heads to Columbus

For the fifth consecutive year, an NDCL mock trial team has advanced to the Ohio Mock Trial State Competition.

The return trip to Columbus comes after NDCL’s Team Blue swept both trials in regional competition at the Lake County Courthouse on Feb. 7, beating strong teams from Lake Catholic High School and Mentor High School.   

Team Blue members won three individual awards: senior Emily Callahan and junior Madison Rogers won best witness awards, and senior Pierce Thomas earned the judges’ nod as best attorney.

Team Gold also won three individual awards, with junior Billy Seeds winning a best attorney award and freshman Bailey Rice and junior Hayden Bell winning best witness awards. Team Gold defeated Mentor High School in the morning trial but lost later in the day to Mayfield High School.

The Lions will now prepare to compete on March 12-14 in Columbus. The state finals will be argued in the Ohio Statehouse on

Learn to make healthy snacks

Grades three through seven can learn how to make fun, creative and healthy snacks at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., on Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 440-834-4466 for more information.

NDES preschool preview

Notre Dame Elementary School will host Preschool Preview on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon for both 3-year-old and prekindergarten classes. Meet teachers, enjoy story time, share a snack, play and learn. Register by Feb. 20 at ndes.org/preschoolpreview.aspx. Contact the admissions office at 440-279-1129 with questions.

Enjoy a round of mini golf

All ages are invited to enjoy a round or two of mini golf in the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holes will be set-up throughout the library and prizes will be awarded for finishing a round. For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Read to therapy dogs

Brought by Paws for Reading, all ages are invited to practice reading skills on therapy dogs at the Burton Public Library, 12588 W. Park St., on Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 440-834-4466.

Eugene and Barbara Trela donated $1 million to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School, which will endow tuition assistance, making it possible for more students to access an NDCL education.

Couple gives $1 million to NDCL

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin announced a $1 million gift from Eugene ‘54 and Barbara Trela.

The gift—one of the largest in NDCL history—will endow tuition assistance, making it possible for students of modest means to attend the Catholic college-preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame in Munson Township.

“I wanted to make this donation because I believe in the school and the culture it provides for students to succeed,” explained Mr. Trela, the retired owner and CEO of Fowler Electric.

“When I visit Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, I like to sit down and have a hamburger with students in the school cafeteria. I see how good the kids are, how kind they are to one another, and I feel better after each visit,” he said. “There is such a good, warm and loving spirit at the school.”

He said his visits remind him of his own high school days as a student at Cathedral Latin School, one of the forerunners of NDCL.

“I am a proud alumnus of the Cathedral Latin Class of 1954,” Mr. Trela said. “Now I want to make sure that many others benefit from this quality education as I did.”

Michael Bates, president of Notre Dame Schools, explained that the Trelas’ gift could not have come at a more critical time.

“Affordability for families is a significant challenge facing NDCL and all Catholic schools throughout the country,” he said, noting that their generosity are affirmations “of the excellence and importance of Catholic education.

“Their investment in our mission to educate leaders to transform the world will make a profound and lasting difference for generations to come,” he added.

Basketball champs win tournament

St. Mary School of Chardon’s seventh grade boys basketball team brought home a trophy after winning the championship game at St. Dominic’s Tournament on Feb. 3. The boys won with a final score of 39-28.

Notre Dame Schools attend conference

Eleven students and seven adults from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Notre Dame Elementary School traveled to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week to represent the U.S. at a global conference on human fraternity.

Notre Dame Schools were invited to represent the U.S. and the U.S. Catholic Church at the Abu Dhabi gathering by His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE ambassador to the U.S. The UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C., funded the trip at no cost to NDCL or NDES.

While in the UAE, the delegation visited Catholic and public K-12 schools as well as New York University Abu Dhabi. The group’s itinerary featured cultural and religious sites, including the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The group also visited the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

NDES celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Notre Dame Elementary School celebrated Catholic Schools Week earlier this month. The school began with Mass and open house, played a school-wide game of Bingo, participated in dress-down days, held a preschool Grandparents’ Day, recognized parents, teachers and students with Appreciation Day and finished the week with Mass and a friendship partner activity.

Groundhog Day predictions

St. Mary School of Chardon kindergartners graphed their guesses of what will happen with the groundhog before Groundhog Day.

Students wondered why a groundhog only sometimes sees its shadow. After experimenting with darkness and light they learned that a groundhog only sees its shadow when there is light. The shadow happens when something (the groundhog in this case) blocks the light. Twelve of St. Mary’s 17 students thought that the groundhog would not see his shadow, and they were glad they were right.

St. Mary students give back

During Catholic Schools Week, St. Mary School of Chardon students “paid” to dress down on Jan. 30 to collect money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The theme for the day was “When your day is sour, sweeten it with gratitude!”

Students raised more than $627, which is enough to fund more than one day of childhood cancer research. To learn more about this cause, visit www.alexslemonade.org.

Team Blue heads to Columbus

For the fifth consecutive year, an NDCL mock trial team has advanced to the Ohio Mock Trial State Competition.

The return trip to Columbus comes after NDCL’s Team Blue swept both trials in regional competition at the Lake County Courthouse on Feb. 7, beating strong teams from Lake Catholic High School and Mentor High School.   

Team Blue members won three individual awards: senior Emily Callahan and junior Madison Rogers won best witness awards, and senior Pierce Thomas earned the judges’ nod as best attorney.

Team Gold also won three individual awards, with junior Billy Seeds winning a best attorney award and freshman Bailey Rice and junior Hayden Bell winning best witness awards. Team Gold defeated Mentor High School in the morning trial but lost later in the day to Mayfield High School.

The Lions will now prepare to compete on March 12-14 in Columbus. The state finals will be argued in the Ohio Statehouse on March 14.

NDES participates in Olympiad

After months of weekly practice and hard work, 14 Notre Dame Elementary School students in grades six through eight, who were coached by a group of NDES teachers, participated in the regional Science Olympiad competition at Kenston High School. Science Olympiad is one of the most elite science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based events that incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Lions join March for Life

Fourteen Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin students, campus minister Halle McKeon and theology teacher Beth Riley joined thousands of Americans from throughout the country in the Annual March of Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31.

Spirit Week brightens futures

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School students enthusiastically beat back the wintertime blahs by celebrating the end of their Third Annual Spirit Week with the Spirit Games competition on last Friday afternoon.

The games culminated a week of friendly competition among the classes, including a coin war, scavenger hunts and daily contests for such things as getting to class on time and joining in the dress down themes. Prizes, cotton candy, ice cream treats and even a visit from the Rescue Village therapy dogs rounded out a week that banished the winter blues.

The fierce but friendly coin war between grade levels tripled their goal by raising $3,000 for the Saint Julie Model Boarding School in Buseesa, Uganda, founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1995. The school serves about 300 students in the “forgotten district” of the country where people are challenged by dirt roads, high rates of illiteracy and poverty and little opportunity for girls and women. Saint Julie School and related SND ministries provide social and economic mobility and access, especially for young women who are otherwise encouraged to have children in their teenage years and forgo education.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.