Timbertots explore winter wonders

Ages 3 to 5 with an adult can discover winter with outdoor activities from 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Jan. 14, 15 and 16 at Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon Troy Road. Meet in the Judge Lester Taylor Lodge and dress for the weather. All those attending must register, regardless of age. Register by phone only at 440-286-9516.

NDCL plans return to in-person

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin wil resume in-person learning on Jan. 11 after a “pandemic pause” to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Students have participated in classes via Zoom and Blackboard for the past two weeks. They will continue live-streamed instruction for the first four days of the new semester (Jan. 5-8) until in-person classes resume on Jan. 11.

“By Jan. 11, we’re hoping that COVID-19 cases associated with exposure during the holiday season will have recovered or at least been diagnosed,” Principal Joseph A. Waler said. “We’d like to start the new semester with reasonable assurance that our students and staff will be healthy.”

According to Mr. Waler, the actual number of positive COVID-19 cases has not been NDCL’s biggest problem during the pandemic.

“We are so grateful that only 6 percent of our students have contracted the virus since the start of the school year,” he said. “And not a single teacher has gotten sick with COVID-19.”

Each positive student case, however, triggered the mandatory quarantine of many more potentially exposed students. The relentlessly disruptive cycle of quarantines reached a high in November when more than 200 students were affected by quarantine mandates at one time, including members of multiple athletic teams.

Students who have elected live-streamed learning as a long-term option will continue to learn from home during the second semester unless their parents choose otherwise by notifying NDCL school counselors.

Mental health resources available

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin considers one of the greatest assets of its community to be the high level of care and connection among its students. Their school counselors see this in a significant way when students disclose concerns they have for their peers, the school stated.

It is not uncommon for students to notice and share when a friend or acquaintance may be socially withdrawing, making unhealthy decisions or demonstrating a significant change in mood, appearance or behavior. When school is in session, NDCL counselors quickly respond in person to provide the student in need with appropriate support and resources.

Should one become concerned about anyone’s emotional health and well-being – including one’s own – when school is not in session during the holidays, NDCL counselors want the school community to be aware of the following mental health resources:

For Geauga County, the community can contact Ravenwood Health at 440-285-3568 or Copeline 24-hour hotline at 888-285-5665; for Lake County, the community can contact the Windsor Laurelwood 24-hour hotline at 888-723-6512; and for Cuyahoga County, the community can contact FrontLine Services’ 24-hour hotline at 216-623-6888.

Lions welcomes Class of 2025

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Admissions Office gave Santa and his reindeer some serious competition today by mobilizing a team of staff members to personally deliver welcome packages to the homes of more than 250 prospective members of the NDCL Class of 2025.

Staff members fanned out from Mentor to Twinsburg and from Roaming Shores to Cleveland Heights with gift boxes loaded with NDCL logo merchandise, including Nike drawstring bags, knit caps and water bottles. The packages also included personalized replicas of the NDCL diplomas students will receive in May 2025.

Admissions Director Michael Suso ‘03 directed NDCL’s delivery effort with the logistics support of Assistant Admissions Director Quinn Malone.

No pause for Christmas generosity

In-person classes may have paused in December because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Lions’ generosity toward those in need didn’t miss a beat.

Through Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Advent Giving Tree Project, students selected and shopped for 150 personalized gifts for the students of Cleveland’s Saint Francis School. Students also made fleece blankets for the children in Saint Francis’ preschool.

“I love how you searched for just the right gift for each child, taking their wishes so seriously,” wrote Sister Karen Somerville of the Saint Francis staff in a letter thanking the NDCL community. “The parents of the children are so grateful for your help.”

Director of Campus Ministry Halle McKeon and Director of Student Leadership Ben Lozar ‘09 coordinated the Giving Tree project.

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