Kindergarten readiness session

Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school by building self-awareness skills and establishing positive routines at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, on Jan. 20 from 4-5 p.m. Explore hands-on activity stations together with a focus on shapes. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-423-4808.

Light up the library

Teens in grades six through 12 are invited to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, on Jan. 23 to learn about circuits. Make LED bookmarks from 6-7 p.m. for the upcoming Friends Book Sale. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Explore winter animals

Children in first through fifth grade are invited to join the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 31975 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, on Feb. 1 from 2-3 p.m. and explore the world of animals in the winter with materials from the Cleveland Museum of History. For more information and to register, visit or call 216-831-4282.  ​

Giggles ‘n Stitches Sewing Club 

Submitted by Samantha Sunderhaft, 4-H news reporter

In early November, the Geauga County 4-H club held their annual “Member & Volunteer Recognition” banquet at St. Mary’s Parish in Chardon. Quite a few of the Giggles ‘n Stitches Club members and advisors received distinguished honors and awards. 

Julia Wood is the president of the 2019 Advisory Committee who organized this special afternoon. She is also the active and engaged advisor for the Giggles ‘n Stitches club. Ms. Wood received the Meritorious Service Award, along with two other volunteers who have shown superior dedication to the 4-H program for 10 or more years of service. Graycen Wood, Julia’s daughter and another long-term advisor and member to Giggles ‘n Stitches, was one of two young volunteers who received the Clover Key Award as a dedicated and committed creative leader serving their clubs for one to five years. 

Other members of Giggles ‘n Stitches who received awards were Maggie Eibler, Corrin Hamby, Grace England, Elizabeth Cooper, Helena Haar, Sarah Turpin and Emily Tessean as state fair qualifiers and participants for clothing and textiles. Gianna Aquila and Rebecca Turpin received the 4-H Cloverbud award. Olivia Hall, Corrin Hamby, Autumn Hamby and Camden Hedrick were awarded the Outstanding 4-H Members award. Outstanding Two Year Volunteers included Laura Hamby, Graycen Wood and Lisa Hernandez. While Julia Wood was honored as a Ten Year Volunteer. Maggie Eibler was recognized as a 2019 Camp Counselor and Maggie Eibler, Autumn Hamby and Corrin Hamby were recognized as Youth Fashion Board Members.

The Giggles ‘n Stitches Club also took home two prestigious awards. They were selected as an Honor Club and earned the Community Service Club Award.

Robotics team qualifies for state

For the second consecutive year, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s robotics team has qualified for the state robotics tournament after scoring a first-place finish at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Qualifying Meet last Saturday at Cuyahoga Community College.

The Lions also won the Ohio Team Spirit Award, which recognizes an individual team for professionalism, helpfulness and cooperation with other teams during the competition.

NDCL will now compete at the FTC 2020 iSpace Ohio Championship Tournament at Loveland High School near Cincinnati on March 14.

Through the FIRST Tech Challenge program, students design, build, program and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors from the professional community, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the values of hard work, innovation and working as a team.

Lions win Cleveland Clinic awards

Twelve Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School students recently won awards in the Cleveland Clinic’s eXpressions program, an interdisciplinary program that utilizes art, language and math to engage high school students in the world of scientific research.

Of all the schools in the clinic’s extensive market area, only 12 students won eXpressions awards in mathematics. Nine of these winners are from NDCL.

The team of juniors Zachary DeRespiris, Benjamin Román, Aaron Winters and Christopher Wojnar won the blue ribbon for their mathematics project focusing on trends in infant mortality; juniors Addison Schermer and Katelyn Zitnik won the red ribbon in mathematics for a project entitled “Infant Investigation”; and juniors Kelly McGraw, Mario Misiti and Nora Raicevich completed NDCL’s near-sweep of the eXpressions math competition with a white ribbon for an investigation of the correlation between inadequate sleep and the risk of diabetes.

Juniors Sophia Kroto and Asha Singh also won red ribbons in the eXpressions program’s language competition. Sophia and classmate Grace Liberatore also won honorable mention awards in the visual art contest.

Honorees and their projects will be highlighted in the program’s print and online catalogs. The exhibition will open on Feb. 13 with a formal dedication and reception.

Registration for 2020-2021

St. Mary School of Chardon’s open preschool registration began Jan. 13 and open registration for kindergarten through eighth grade will begin Jan. 29. For more information and registration forms, visit

Libraries hold preschool expos

Geauga County parents and guardians will have the opportunity to talk with several local preschools at the Geauga County Public Library’s Preschool Expos.

Preschool representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on their schools’ offerings. Participants will have a chance to sign up for a raffle. This event is for parents/guardians only.

The Bainbridge and Geauga West Preschool Expo will be tonight (Friday) from 6-8 p.m. at the Geauga West Branch, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester.

The Chardon and Middlefield Preschool Expo will be Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Geauga County Public Library in Chardon, 12701 Ravenwood Drive.

Karate for kids and teens

Join the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., for a karate lesson by teachers from the Karate Institute. Students will learn basic self-defense and the importance of staying safe. Classes are Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. for ages 4-10 and 12:15 p.m. for ages 11 and older. Registration is required. Call the library at 440-834-4466 for more information. 

Scottish Highland dance classes

Take an introductory Scottish Highland dance class at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., on Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 25 from 6-6:30 p.m. for ages 4-7 and at 6:30 p.m. for ages 7 and older. Adults are also welcome. Registration is required. For more information, call the library at 440-834-4466.

Burton library story times

Come to the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., through May 1 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings for story times for children 5 years old and younger with a caregiver. No story times will be held the week of March 30 and April 3 for spring break. No registration is necessary. For more information, visit

Winter ‘Scout Days’ open

Dress for the weather and explore Geauga parks to earn scouting credit.

Geauga Park District’s winter Scout Days programs are here. Registration is now open for all of them by phone only at 440-279-0880. Complete various requirements for badges and adventures at different Geauga parks from January through March.

Only participating scouts of designated affiliations should be registered, and to maximize attendance and minimize no-shows, there will now be a limit of four registrations per person. For a full list of events or more information, visit or email Holly Sauder at with questions.

New sensory path, desks at St. Mary’s

During winter break, St. Mary School of Chardon completed the renovation of a sensory room and added a sensory path to the lower hall. This project was funded by the check the school received from The Ohio Catholic Credit Union higher-level grant. The sensory room and path combine a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses. It ultimately improves the development of thought, increases concentration and focus attention. Last month Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School donated flexible seating desks to the St. Mary School Junior High.

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