May 2019
Thank you to our generous supporters!
Playground and Principals: Fernway Forward FUNdraiser, May 4
Sip, Shop and Support Fernway's Outdoor Playspace!
Two former Fernway Elementary principals, Donald Coffee and George Cannon , will join current Fernway principal Chris Hayward at a special event to support Fernway Elementary School this  Saturday, May 4 from 6 - 9 pm at Juma Gallery in Shaker Heights. 

Attendees will hear some of the three principals' favorite Fernway stories and memories while they enjoy light refreshments and mingle with friends and neighbors. Proceeds from the event will benefit an enhanced outdoor play area at Fernway as part of the rebuilding process after the fire that devastated the school last July. Ten percent of all sales that evening will be donated to the Fernway Forward Campaign . Purchase your  ticket  to join us at the event! Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Each ticket holder will be entered in a drawing to win a one-of-a-kind hardhat tour of Fernway.

If you're in the area, we hope you will join us for this special event. You can also show your love for Fernway by making a contribution to the  Fernway Forward Fund   managed by the   Shaker Schools Foundation .

Read the latest Fernway Update for more details.
Donald Coffee, George Cannon and Chris Hayward
Former principals Donald Coffee and George Cannon and current principal Chris Hayward.
Community members were asked to provide feedback on playground designs such as this one at our community meetings and via an online survey.
Unity through Ukuleles
The Foundation purchased 30 new ukuleles for music teacher Cynthia Steiner to use as part of the “Unity Through Ukuleles” program at Lomond Elementary. She meets with all of the second-graders in the building once a week. “So far they know the names of the strings and the parts of the ukulele, and they are learning the Happy Birthday song,” says Steiner. Having the new instruments in the building allows her to check out older instruments to the students who wish to take them home to practice. Later this month, the Lomond students will participate in a “Google hangout” with a fifth-grade classroom in Alabama to make music together.
Planting the Seeds for Future Growth
The Foundation is proud to support the Onaway and Lomond Learning Gardens led by Shaker art teacher, Tim Kalan . Kalan used funds from the Foundation to purchase native plants for the students to work with in learning about ecosystems and the relationships between native flora and fauna. Kalan leads the students through a 10-class cycle that culminates with the students planting native plants such as trilliums, purple coneflowers, ironweed, and cardinal flowers that attract native birds and butterflies, who will act as pollinators to help the gardens thrive. The program was highlighted in Freshwater CLE: read more .
Expanding Horizons through Student Travel
The Foundation was proud to help 17 students travel overseas to a variety of far-flung locations over spring break - including Italy, France, and Laos. We are grateful to the many donors who support the Foundation’s Student Travel Assistance Fund, which makes it possible for students to travel who would otherwise not have those opportunities. To help more students expand their cultural horizons, please consider a donation to the Student Travel Assistance fund.
Marching Through Italy
245 student performers from the Shaker band were accompanied by 10 band directors, 9 administrators, and host of staff and family chaperones for a seven-day tour of Italy. Highlights of the trip included private charters to the Isle of Capri and Amalfi Coast, guided tours of the ruins of Pompeii, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and visits to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and a rare guided tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.
Serving in Laos
A group of 16 Shaker Heights High School students and two Shaker teachers participated in a cultural immersion trip to Laos. The highlight of the trip was a homestay experience where they completed a service project in Sop Wan Village. The students mixed and spread cement to create a walkway connecting the village to a nearby river that serves as a vital supply route. “We made friendships and connections that will last a lifetime,” says high school history teacher Brian Berger. “It was truly a remarkable and impactful trip.”
Friendship in France
“We had 19 students, our biggest ever trip to France,” says high school French teacher Eileen Willis, who chaperoned the trip with French teacher Suzanne Genillier. “Our first day we walked 12 miles and saw so many sights!” The students visited the Musee D’Orsay, the Louvre, and the Orangerie. Students also completed a homestay in Rouen and participated in a day at school with their hosts. While in Rouen, they took trips to Mont. St. Michel and the American cemetery at Omaha beach provided by our sister school. Another highlight was a day trip to Versailles, which was made possible by a grant from the Shaker Schools Foundation.
Middle School Robotics Team Competition
The Shaker Middle School robotics team consisting of Sarah Marcus and Hannah Whitney participated in the VEX IQ Worlds Competition on April 28- May 1, 2019 in Louisville, KY. The team will compete against 413 other middle school robotics teams from all over the world. The event is televised, so viewers can cheer on their robot, Normanetta, in action: . Sarah and Hannah were featured in a video produced by the Foundation to highlight the various STEAM initiatives being rolled out at every grade level in the District, which are supported by the new Innovation Fund. Learn more about Innovation in the Shaker Schools.  
Mariama Whyte, SHHS c/o '93 sings with her sister, Miata Hunter, SHHS c/o '92 at Shaker Speaks on March 14.
Talented Shaker Alumna Performs at "Shaker Speaks" Series

A sold-out crowd enjoyed an evening with  Mariama Whyte , SHHS Class of '93, as she entertained the audience with songs and stories of her life as a singer and performer. The
event was hosted on March 14 at the home of Annette Sutherland, SHHS Class of '77, and was the first in this year's Shaker Speaks series featuring talented Shaker alumni. 

Mariama has wowed audiences in leading roles with the Broadway national tours of  The Lion King  and  The Color Purple  and in numerous productions with The Cleveland Playhouse and Karamu House, among many other venues. The evening included a very special duet with Mariama's sister,  Miata Hunter , Class of '92, principal of Shaker Middle School. They were accompanied on the piano by another SHHS Class of '92 alum,  Larry Harris , making it a true Shaker evening!
Red & White Recap

March 7, 2020 at 7 pm
Hilton Cleveland Downtown

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The 27th annual A Night for the Red & White was an overwhelming success in raising funds for enrichment in the Shaker Schools, with a particular focus on innovation. This year:

  • 600 supporters were in attendance! View photos.
  • 45 talented high school student musicians performed.
  • 72 Red & White volunteers donated their time and talent

Thanks to our generous supporters, o ver $100,000 in net revenue will go directly to support every grade level and every school!

If you would like to support the Shaker Schools, we invite you to make a donation to the Innovation Fund . View the special video presentation below from the event to learn how your support helps Shaker students develop the skills they need to be creative thinkers and innovators.

Check out the press coverage of our event with the links below or at the newstands:
Cleveland Magazine
Thank You to Our Corporate Partners
Boyco! | Brindza McIntyre & Seed LLP | eSchoolView | Squire Patton Boggs LLP | Ulmer & Berne LLP | Wizard of Ahs
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. | Calvetta Brothers Floor Show | CopyKing | C.P. Braman & Co., Inc | First National Bank | Hogan Transportation | Legacy Capital Partners | Medical Mutual | Walter Haverfield
Sponsors as of March 2, 2019. To find out how you can become a sponsor, contact Laura Orazi , Director of Development, 216-295-4329.
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