St. Joan kindergarten visit day

On April 4, St. Joan of Arc School will host a Countdown to Kindergarten Visit Day.  Any child who will be ready for kindergarten in the fall of 2019 is invited to come and spend some time in the kindergarten classroom. Visitors will be working on a fun Easter project with current kindergarteners. This is a great time to meet the teacher and to find out what St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is all about. Two times slots are available from 9-10 a.m. and 12:45-1:45 p.m. Register by calling the school office at 440-247-6530.

Story times at library

Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., holds story times for children up to 5 years old with a caregiver through May 3 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. For more details, visit

No registration is required.

Fencing for Kids

Ages 6 and up can learn the basics of fencing brought to you by Alcazar Fencing Club at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., April 27 at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit

Scholarships available for workshop

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to teachers working in Geauga County Schools for summer workshops June 24-26 in Huron. Scholarship funds are being provided by Sunrise Springs and Great Lakes Cheese. Learn more about the workshop by visiting and submit scholarship applications by May 1.

Play, Learn and Grow

The Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, holds Play, Learn and Grow April 5 at 10 a.m. Children play with age appropriate toys while parents can visit with a specialist to answer questions about children’s growth. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808. 

Sophomores get a jump on planning

Geauga Growth Partnership is determined to give high school sophomores the tools they need when they are ready. During two GGP Career Readiness workshops held in March, high school sophomores from Berkshire, Cardinal and Newbury gained an immersion in soft skills and career readiness training.

Guest speaker Donald Wayne McLeod, creator and developer of Perceptionology, pulled no punches when giving feedback to students about how their behaviors dictate others’ perceptions. He challenged them to pay attention to how well they listen to others and “get, remember and use people’s names.”

Mr. McLeod was only one segment of a full day focused on helping students discover their personal strengths and honing soft skills. Students circulated through a whole menu of activities held at the Geauga Campus of Kent State University, including role-playing, hearing personal stories of career pathways from business professionals and other activities.

“These programs are a win for everyone involved,” GGP President Tracy Jemison said. “Geauga students gain important skills to prepare them for success. Geauga businesses have ample opportunities to introduce themselves to their future workforce. These programs are also good for Geauga County economic development, as many of these students will build careers and/or start their own businesses right in the county where they grew up.”

Scholarships available for workshop

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to teachers working in Geauga County schools for summer workshops June 24-26 in Huron. Scholarship funds are being provided by Sunrise Springs and Great Lakes Cheese. Learn more about the workshop by visiting and submit scholarship applications by May 1.

Students’ Irish explorations

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Wachob’s classroom celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in a number of ways. Beginning in religion class, they demonstrated how St. Patrick used a shamrock to teach others about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In reading, students wrote creative stories about finding a pot of gold. During math, they counted and graphed marshmallows inside their Lucky Charms snack. In science, students learned that when light is bent all seven colors of the rainbow can be seen. In social studies, they found Ireland and the USA on the globe and made Venn diagrams to compare flag colors.

Students compete in science fair

A number of students in grades six through eight represented Notre Dame Elementary School at both the District Ohio Science Day at the University of Akron and the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State University. Sydney Atkinson and Jacklyn Rulison were invited to move on to the state competition in Columbus on May 11. Erika Beinhardt and Andrea Ivanko received third place awards in their categories at NEOSEF, and Andrea also received a special award from Broadcom Masters.

Fossil lab

Notre Dame Elementary School second-graders participated in a hands-on fossil lab as part of their plant and animal exploration unit. Students learned about the formation of fossils and what we can learn from these preserved remains of once-living plants and animals. They learned that paleontologists can discover how plants and animals looked based on their skeletal structure, discover what the animals ate and where they lived and how they died. Every student had the opportunity to make their own fossil by using plaster, water and vegetable oil to make a cast of a seashell. Students in Mrs. Modarelli’s second-grade class used solid figure shapes created right at school. STEM teacher Mrs. Davis used the 3-D printer to create solid figures to be used as manipulatives. Students explored the shapes to discover their attributes including faces, edges and vertices. In this lesson they were identifying which plane figures can be traced from the faces of all solid figure shapes. 

Smarties teach fractions

Notre Dame Elementary School third-graders have been learning about fractions. They used Smarties to find the fraction of each color, ordered fractions from greatest to least, compared fractions, found equivalent fractions and then ate their Smarties.

Pre-K students practicing for recital

Pre-K students at Notre Dame Elementary School have been busy practicing for their upcoming Poetry Recital at the elementary school. Students have been enjoying using the facilities, having special gym, art, Good Shepherd and music classes and eating snack and lunch like a future kindergartener.

Bread baking at St. Helen

In preparation for their First Communion, second-graders from St Helen School in Newbury baked bread. They came together with their parents to learn how Jesus invites us to gather around his table every week at Mass and celebrate the Eucharist. The children mixed all the ingredients, kneaded the dough, waited for the dough to rise and baked it. While they waited for the bread to rise, they were reminded that Jesus is the living bread. The children took home the bread to share it with their family.  

Students celebrate Pi Day

Pi Day is a holiday which is celebrated on March 14 every year by the fifth- through eighth-grade math classes at St. Helen School in Newbury. This day was created to celebrate the mathematical constant pi and falls on March 14 since three, one and four are the first three digits of pi. Students, along with their teachers, make Pi Day T-shirts and bring in snacks including, what else, pie.

Second-graders’ book published

Mrs.Czernec’s second-grade students from St Rita School have become published authors. They wrote a book entitled “Because of the Goodness of God.” The students wrote from their hearts about God’s blessings to all of us and are now busy reading their book to other classes. The publishing company wrote Mrs. Czernec a letter commenting on the uniqueness and heartfelt content throughout the book.

St. Rita students advance in science fair

On March 16, four students from St. Rita School of Solon participated in the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day held at the University of Akron. It is one of the 16 district science fairs held in Ohio by the Ohio Junior Academy of Science. Stanley Musbach, Andrew Schnitter, Charles Kealy and Gabrielle Shainoff all received a Superior rating on their projects and will advance to the State Science Fair held at The Ohio State University on May 11. Gabrielle was also awarded a prize for Best Project by the Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies for her project “9 Ways Immersed: A Paper Towel Absorbency Experiment.”

Build a robot

Steam Program: Build A Bot is held at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., Fridays April 5, 12 and 19 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Experiment with making robots from scratch using an Arduino microprocessor, motors, sensors and breadboards. Program is for grades five to eight and registration is required. Registrants must attend all three sessions. For more information, visit

Make an edible book

Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., hosts its 17th Annual Edible Book Festival April 6 at 11 a.m. Bake or make an entirely edible “book” creation and bring it to the library by 11 a.m. The creations will be judged in funniest, most realistic and most book-like categories. Stories, games and book cookie decorating will also take place. All ages are welcome.

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