I hope everyone is enjoying summer. As you read this I am spending a week in Hilton Head Island. My wife and two sons, along with one of my brothers, two of my sisters, and their kids, are excited to bring my mom with us this year. My mom has been strong since my dad's death last November, and she loves keeping busy with family.

I want to share just a few items this month.

Good Beginnings Fair: Nordonia Hills City Schools will be hosting a Good Beginnings Fair Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ledgeview Elementary Gymnasium. This free public event is for families with children ages up to 5 and expectant mothers. The fair features agencies and providers from Summit County that help families enrich their child's literacy and social emotional development at home. A free pizza lunch and prizes will be available, along with the therapy dogs from Sit Means Sit, books from the Akron-Summit County Public Library from the "16 for Success" book list for families and children and a play area. We hope to see you there!

Kindergarten screenings: Kindergarten screenings are being scheduled the week of Aug. 7. Parents should visit www.nordoniaschools.org to sign up for a spot at the school building their child will be attending.

District seeks substitutes: The Nordonia Hills City School District is seeking individuals interested in substituting in a cafeteria, office, and/or classroom setting on an as-needed basis. Apply at www.nordoniaschools.org. All Nordonia Schools employees are subject to pre-employment drug testing and criminal background checks.

Summer reading, school supplies: Last year, a committee of Nordonia parents, teachers, multiple librarians, university personnel and community organizations came together and revamped the Nordonia Hills City Schools Summer Reading Program. The program makes better readers and better learners as students keep and improve reading skills developed during the school year.

All students are required to complete the summer reading assignments as outlined in the summer reading brochures. See www.nordoniaschools.org for the brochures, as well as school supply lists for the upcoming year.

Nordonia Schools Foundation: Established in 1995, the foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that operates independent of the Board of Education. It is governed by a volunteer board of trustees made up of business, education, parent, alumni, student and community leaders.

It provides mini grants for academic advancement and enrichment, student scholarships, supports high school leadership activities, awards student grants that promote student participation in "People to People," and hosts an annual golf outing (June 9, 2018). For more information, contact Nicole Berlekamp at 216-789-6754.

Hopefully you are enjoying a relaxing summer. Here in the schools, we are as busy as ever. As always, thanks for supporting the Nordonia Schools, have a great month, and remember to follow me on Twitter @DrJoeClark.