Kindergarten readiness session

Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school by building self-awareness skills and establishing positive routines from 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 3. Come to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, to explore hands-on activity stations together with a focus on self-awareness. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-423-4808.

Minecraft open play

Come build new worlds in Minecraft using iPads at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., on Feb. 6 from 7-8 p.m. Registration is requested for this free program for teens in grades six to 12. For more information, call 440-247-3556.

Kindergarten Preview Day

Join Notre Dame Elementary School, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson, for Kindergarten Preview Day on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be an opportunity to meet the teachers, and children will get the chance to enjoy playing, learning and story times and sharing a snack. For more information, contact Director of Admissions Josephine Ambrose at 440-279-1129 or visit

Woman’s Club offers scholarships

The Chagrin Valley Woman’s Club will offer $1,500 scholarships to seniors from Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Orange, Solon and West Geauga high schools who will begin their freshman year of college or technical school in the fall of 2020. The criteria for awarding these scholarships include financial need, academic achievement, community involvement/service and work experience. Interested students should contact their guidance department for more information.

Rotary offers $2,000 scholarships

The Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield in Geauga County is offering a $2,000 scholarship to graduating high school seniors attending Newbury, Berkshire and Cardinal high schools and one to an Auburn Career Center senior attending one of the three districts named. The graduating senior chosen from each of the high schools can be planning to go to college or a trade or technical school.

The deadline to submit an application for the scholarship is April 17. To obtain an application, interested students may get one from their guidance counselor at their high school or request an application by emailing

14 college-credit courses at NDCL

Through Ohio’s College Credit Plus program, NDCL offers college-credit courses on their campus, providing their students with an opportunity to begin their undergraduate degrees now while saving thousands of dollars in university tuition.

Students and parents can learn more about NDCL’s 14 on-campus college-credit courses as well as other dual-enrollment options during an informative presentation on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the O’Brien Center in the high school, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson.

College Credit Plus is a state-sponsored program that gives qualified secondary school students the opportunity to enroll in courses that carry both high school and college credit. In most cases, the college tuition is paid by the state.

Critically important information will be shared about the steps necessary to participate in the program. Even though NDCL offers College Credit Plus courses on their campus, families must still complete a separate application and funding request with the Ohio Department of Education in order to enroll.

Because the state has made some important changes to the application process, even parents of students who have previously applied should attend the Feb. 4 meeting to ensure their applications are completed correctly and in a timely manner.

Everybody wins as Lions ‘lose’

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin hockey players skated for goals far more important than pucks in the net last week when the Lions hosted a friendly contest against the Cleveland Rockin’ Wildcats of the American Special Hockey Association.

The Rockin’ Wildcats give persons with special needs the opportunity to play hockey, make friends, enjoy family and have fun. Team members range in age from 6 to 41.

NDES Power of the Pen takes first

The Notre Dame Elementary School eighth-grade Power of the Pen team won first place at Lake Erie College. The eighth-grade team includes Sydney Wiegand, Michael Temesi, Helen Holley, Dylan White, Mary Lucy Currier and Andrea Ivanko. 

Individual awards went to Sydney Wiegand (11th-place winner), Michael Temesi (10th-place winner) and Helen Holley (eighth-place winner).  

‘Chicken Soup with Rice’ learning

Notre Dame Elementary School Kindergarten students found some winter fun inspiration from Maurice Sendak’s book “Chicken Soup with Rice.” Students followed a recipe to make crock pot soup and learned more about the months of the year, counting by 2’s, verbs and rhyming words.

NDCL Distinguished Scholar Award

Notre Dame Elementary School eighth-graders received Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Distinguished Scholar Awards. The recipients include: Mary Lucy Currier, Joshua Galante, Jack Gaugler, Benjamin Herczog, Emma Lazarescu, Griffin Moskal, Mason Ogint, Catherine Orazem, Nicholas Ravakhah, Cerek Szczyglowski, Alan Vatandoust, Lara Vatandoust, Dylan White, Sydney Wiegand and Luke Zukowski.

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