Parent Update – April 16, 2014

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW,  APRIL 18TH AND MONDAY, APRIL 21ST

Easter BunnyThere will be NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, April 18th and NO SCHOOL on Monday, April 21st.  Please enjoy the long Easter weekend.

School will resume Tuesday, April 22nd.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

UPDATED CALENDAR FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE

 

2014-2015 Academic Calendar - UPDATED - Final - 4-17-14ATTN: BULLDOG PARENTS!  Olmsted Falls School District has made changes to the previously posted school year calendar for 2014-2015 (next year).  New requirements from the Ohio Department of Education made it necessary for the District to review and revise our original calendar for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. 

 

The most significant change to note for parents is that the first day of school for students has been shifted back by one day to Thursday, August 21st.  The previous calendar had students’ first day of school as Wednesday, August 20th; the first day of school for students for the upcoming 2014-2015 is now Thursday, August 21st.  Another important change to note is the addition of a staff professional development day on Friday, August 29th; there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on August 29th.

 

This revised calendar meets the state’s new requirements for number of school hours across all grade levels, allows for sufficient staff development opportunities, and provides for potential calamity days.  The updated calendar for 2014-2015 is now available for download on the District website (www.ofcs.net), or by clicking HERE.

 

Thank you for your patience as we made the necessary revisions. 

TWO OFHS STUDENTS TAKE 3RD PLACE @ NATIONAL ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

National Robotics ChallengeOFHS students Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt attended Friday’s National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio.

They placed third in the Pick and Place competition. To view a photo gallery, click HERE and a video of the competition, HERE.

Congratulations to Joselyn and Stephanie!

OFMS SPRING PLAY OPENS TONIGHT – PERFORMANCES RUN APRIL 24th – 26th

zombie drawingzombie drawingThe Bulldog Theatre Company, previously known as the OFMS Drama Club, is back and ‘deader’ than ever!

Its spring play is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.” It is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th, Friday, April 25th  and Saturday, April 26th – all shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

Over the course of an evening, the 56 undead actors and actresses will explore and contemplate life lessons through a unique perspective that only a zombie could offer. Life lessons, such as “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” “Everyone deserves a second chance,” and “there is no normal,” are some of those lessons.

Tickets cost $5 for adults; $3, students and free to senior citizens and children under 5. We hope to see you there.

OFHS STAYS ALIVE IN SCHOLASTIC GAMES

OFHS academic radio 1 redoneOFHS Academic Team is in the semi-final rounds of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County, the weekly quiz program on WEOL radio, AM 930. Its hopes for a record-breaking four consecutive championship remains alive after the team’s 440-210 win over Keystone High School in the quarter finals. The team will next face Lake Ridge Academy May 5th at 6:06 p.m.  The championship is May 19. 6:06 p.m.

OFHS academic radio 2Team members were Xavier Rivera, Zach Buchta and Andy Nageotte, captain and who was named the program’s “Standout Scholar.” Ms. Rhonna Smith is the team’s advisor. A photo gallery is available by clicking HERE.

Each participating school receives a $500 credit to go to a deserving student from an area college or university. Up to $1,000 in additional credits are awarded to each school that enters the quarterfinal and subsequent levels in the playoffs. Contributing institutions include Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lorain County Community, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Tiffin University and Ursuline College.

Good luck, team, for continued success.

LOCAL SENIORS VIEW DRESS REHEARSAL OF ‘OKLAHOMA’

photo 2Area senior citizens watched a dress rehearsal of ‘Oklahoma’ as part of the OFHS PTA Senior Citizen Outreach Program.

They enjoyed pastries and coffee during the rehearsal that was in the school’s auditorium. Musical Director John Mercer greeted and welcomed the ladies and gentlemen before the performance and thanked them for providing the students an opportunity to practice in front of an authentic audience before the “real” show!

Steve Matia, president of the Masquer’s Boosters, and Elaine Atkinson, PTA chairperson, worked to make the evening out a success for more than 100 of our local residents. To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

**TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OFHS RENOVATIONS NOW! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

2014-04-17 14_44_26-OFHS--VOTE YES FOR #4 - YouTube - Internet ExplorerVisit the Pride In Olmsted Schools website to view video featuring a virtual tour of proposed renovations to Olmsted Falls High School:

http://www.prideinolmstedschools.com/videos.php

The Pride website also feature additional video clips produced by students!  Enjoy!

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  LESS THAN 3 WEEKS BEFORE IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION 

Bulldog Pride yard signPRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS - Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4.  The endorsement list keeps growing and the committee continues to seek individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.

To participate, send an email to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.  Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements.  Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support.  Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know.  You are encouraged to create your own poster as well!   Submit your photos or questions to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.

YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return it to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign.  Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community.  Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS - Vote by Mail!  Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail  will receive ballots soon. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.

BULLDOG PARTY ROCK, WELL, ROCKED

Bulldog party rockFalls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA’s Bulldog Party Rock was a huge success. About 300 students, their parents and grandparents enjoyed dancing, face painting, pizza and dessert snacks.

Students also enjoyed a photo booth and getting pictures taken with friends.

Thanks to PTA for sponsoring such a fun night out for students and their families!

OFMS PARENT ORIENTATION FOR 5th GRADERS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH

parent+meeting+invite+revised+14+15+05+07+14All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting Wedesday, May 7th, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafetorium. The program is designed primarily for parents as students will have their orientation in mid August of 2014.

The agenda includes:

-  6 Grade Teaching Teams

- Typical 6th Grade Schedule

- Tour of Building

-  Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium

While you will not be able to make a specific team request, you may send a note or an email to Mr. Kurz, mkurz@ofcs.net, describing your child in terms of learning style preferences and personality traits so that we may be able to match him/her up with the best possible fit in terms of our 6th grade teaching teams. Please send your note or email to Mr. Kurz by Friday, May 9, or we will not be able to consider your request. Please understand our need to finalize our class lists in a timely manner.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz, 440-427-6201 or mkurz@ofcs.net, in the event you have any questions regarding the middle school. Thank you.

DODGE BALL COMPETITION HEATS UP APRIL 25TH

DodgeballDo you have great reflexes and move easily? Why not sign up for the Post Prom’s third annual Dodge Ball game Friday, April 25th from 6-9 p.m. in the high school gym? Students in grades 9-12 are invited to sign up during lunch in the cafeteria beginning April 22nd. The cost is $25 per team that includes five students.

Can’t play, but want to watch? Admission is $3. There will be prizes for the best outfits and winning team. Don’t miss out on the fun. All proceeds benefit the Post Prom.

DEADLINE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE IS APRIL 30

calendar_raffle_buttonHelp support the OFMS PTA by purchasing an entry in the annual Calendar Raffle.  For $5, you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of fabulous prizes. We pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like, share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.

Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be dropped off at any of the school main offices.  Why not take a chance!  The contest includes many gift cards to area stores, Monsters tickets and other great prizes.  View a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.  Thanks for your support!

PICK-UP FOR SWIM/DIVE TEAM’S HAM SALE IS TONIGHT – THURSDAY, APRIL 17th!!

HoneyBakedA big thank you to all who participated in the Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team’s HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser.

Pick up is THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the OFHS, band entrance. We thank everyone for their support to help pay for the “two a day” pool practices. The team receives 15% of all the proceeds.

HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT

 

Helping hands movie and game nightHelping Hands will host the second “Movie and Game Night” on Friday April 25, 2014 from 6-8:30 p.m. @ OFHS. This event is set up to be a “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed.

Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.

Please send RSVP to Mariel Krakowiak, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, by Wednesday April 23 and inform us of the number of adults and students in your group.

 

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH

pizzaMunch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café.  Proceeds from the 8-10 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids  6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.

Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

 SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD

basketball4Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.

The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Art Show 1Annual OFHS May Art Show is Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN 

safety town logoSafety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program.  Registration is now open.  Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I:  June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II:  June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer.  Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th- 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town.  Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June.  Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety.   If you are interested – we need your help!  This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours.  For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014.  Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE.  Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at cpetkosh@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY

WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT — LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM

Looking for a fun, recreational activity this summer? Join the Westview Swim Team and come to the annual Meet-the-Coaches Cookout on Sunday, May 18th from 5-6 p.m @ the Westview pool, 26640 Redwood Drive. You can enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert. Meet the swim team coaches and learn more about the team. Discover what the excitement is all about.

The swim team offers other events throughout the season, such as Donut Fridays, annual Swim-A-thon and end of the season Awards Banquet and pool party. The group emphasizes participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit and self-discipline. Many of the swimmers compete in high school and even college. Registration is available by clicking HERE.  For questions, please email theallenfamily3@netzero.com.

OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HOLDS OPEN REGISTRATION

swim1Falls Pointe Development welcomes swimmers to its summer program. Registration for the Piranhas swim team is open to any resident of Olmsted Falls or Township.  Registration will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 27th at the Falls Pointe development clubhouse located on Falls Pointe Drive. For more details and contact information, please click HERE.

NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS

summer baseball imageAfter many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult softball league. Register as a team or individually.

Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.

OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE - SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family.  They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit.  It is set for Sunday, May 4th.

The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara.  All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors.  One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need.  The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!

OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

GARDEN CLUB FLYERDon’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale on Sunday, May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Community Center.  Large selection of perennial flowers, hostas, grasses, ground cover, flowering shrubs and wildflowers. 

A portion of proceeds from this sale benefit Falls-Lenox 3rd graders for the Minnesota Fast Seed program (formerly known as Veggie U).

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.

Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.

We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1.  The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26.  Click on the highlighted camps for applications.

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE.

OPA dine with royaltyDINE WITH ROYALTY @ OPA’S PRINCESS SHOW

 Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergarten through grade 5.

The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

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Parent Update – April 10, 2014

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AGAIN DESIGNATED AMONG  ‘BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION’

10_BC4ME_Sticker_fThe National Association of Music Merchants Foundation announced Olmsted Falls School District is a 2014 Best Communities for Music Education honoree. This award honors districts and schools that set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education. NAMM evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. Olmsted Falls School District is one of 376 districts across the nation that received the honor this year; this is the eighth consecutive year it has received this honor.

Research shows that music actually changes the brain by adding new neural connections that prime the brain for other communication. Children involved in music tend to have larger vocabulary and better reading ability than those not exposed to music education. Children with learning disabilities are especially helped by music lessons. Ultimately, music helps shape individual development.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd is very pleased with the district again receiving this designation.

“While our core business is academics, the Olmsted Falls School District prides itself on educating the whole child. Our music programs empower our students to be creative, innovative and expressive. These elements support the academic program and help our students make a difference in the lives of others,” he said. “Finally, music serves as a universal language, and the music programs performed by our students bring joy and admiration from our community.  We are very proud to have earned the distinction of being among the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the nation again this year.”

Congratulations to staff, students and the community for supporting music education in our schools.

To learn more about the NAMM Foundation, click HERE.

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN FALLS-LENOX GYM THANKS TO NFL PLAY 60 GRANT

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThrough the implementation of our traverse wall into the physical education curriculum, F-L students have an authentic outlet through which to focus their natural disposition to climb, increase experiences for genuine success, options for improving fitness levels, and a means of promoting teamwork and leadership.  But best of all, it’s fun!

This traverse wall, which measures 8’ by 40’ was funded from winning the $10,000 Fuel-Up to Play 60 Grant through the NFL this year and was installed in the Falls gymnasium by members of the physical education department, custodial staff, and PTA.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff, students, PTA, and the Cleveland Browns organization for their support in making this dream a reality.   Thank you so much!

To view additional photos of the new traverse wall, please click HERE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT-PARENT SPORTS INFORMATION MEETING – TONIGHT @ 7:00 P.M.!

bulldog_leftThe annual athletic informational night for parents and students in grades 5 through 8 is being held TONIGHT, Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m.,  in the OFMS Cafetorium. The purpose of this meeting is to provide student athletes and parents with some general information about our middle school and high school athletic programs and to meet the varsity coaching staff.  OFHS varsity athletic coaches will be speaking.  The program for the evening is available by clicking HERE.

If you are not able to attend this meeting, the general informational packet will be available in the following manner:

1. Follow OFMS on Twitter @ofmsbulldogs and you will find the informational packet on Friday morning after the meeting.

2. It will be posted on the OFMS web page on Friday morning after the meeting.

‘OUR SCHOOL REPORT’ RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR ITS CONTENT, COMMUNICATION

2014 OHSPRA Award - OFCS Print NewsletterThe Ohio School Public Relations Association recently recognized Olmsted Falls School District with an Achievement Award during its annual state Spring Conference. The district received a Mark of Excellence award for Our School Report, which is mailed to residents four to six times per year. Print newsletters were judged on content, design, writing, editing, graphics, photography and print quality.

The competition is open to all public or private schools and districts, career and vocational centers and education-related organizations across the state.

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE – COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SURVEY OPEN

As mentioned in last week’s blog, Olmsted Falls School District is completing a strategic planning process to help guide our efforts over the course of the next 3-5 years. The steering committee continues to seek feed back from the community to help identify the highest priorities for the District’s strategic direction.

cyber computerAn online survey is available to help gather input from parents, residents, staff members and local business owners. OFHS students will be surveyed for their feedback as well.  A link to the online survey was sent directly to parents and other community stakeholders to obtain feedback on the strategic planning work that has been compiled thus far. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this brief online survey.

If you are interested in completing the survey now, you are encouraged to do so by clicking HERE.

Input from all segments of our community will be a critical component to finalizing the strategic planning process. Thank you in advance for your time and input.

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION NEWS 

Bulldog Pride yard signPRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS - Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4.  The committee is currently seeking individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.  To participate, send an email to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.  Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements.  Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support.  Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know.  You are encouraged to create your own poster as well!   Submit your photos or questions to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.

YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return in to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign.  Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community.  Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS - Vote by Mail!  Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail  will receive ballots soon. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR CONTINUES THROUGH APRIL 11TH!

book _fair Stop by the Falls-Lenox book fair that is occurring now through Friday, April 11th.

 

A REMINDER – BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP IS TONIGHT –  THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH @ OFHS

WS_pastryThe Butter Braid pick up is set for this THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH FROM 4:00PM until 6:00PM – PICK UP WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL.

Please remember the butter braids are frozen and perishable, please return them to the freezer promptly after pick up.  Please contact Linda Parkowski at 440-225-8703 if you have any questions.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA! ON APRIL 11TH& 12TH

oklahoma copyDon’t miss the OFHS Masquers’ Spring Musical, Oklahoma!, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood.  Our talented thespians will present this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic on Friday, April 11th (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12th(2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) in the OFHS auditorium.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  They are available at the door of the performances, or by calling 440-427-6070 to reserve in advance.

Please click HERE for event flyer.

SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – DEADLINE TO ORDER IS APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH

HoneyBakeddiving-into-waterBack by popular demand!  Make your Easter meal preparation faster and easier, and support our Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team!  WE STILL NEED POOL FUNDS!  Let’s make sure all those wonderful freshmen swimmers have enough money next year to pay for those “two a day” pool practices!  Just as with the Christmas sale, the team receives 15% of all the proceeds.  SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE, no waiting in line.  All orders must be placed online for the Easter sale; the Easter sale is an ONLINE ORDER SALE ONLY.

Go to: https://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-438-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx to place your order by April 12th.

Product pick up will be on THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School, band entrance side.  Thanks so much for your support!

 

OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM WANTS YOU!

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThe OFHS Post Prom Committee needs help and support to make this year’s event a wonderful experience for the Class of 2014.  Here are some ways you can help:

We need any type of gift card donations for seniors. They may include movies, restaurants, bed/bath, gas, WalMart, Target, Giant Eagle, iTunes – just to name a few. Mail them to OFHS Post Prom, 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or drop them off at the high school in an envelope marked “Post Prom donation.”

Attend the April 12th Reverse Raffle Taco Night – THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.  It will be from 7:30-10 p.m. at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. It’s an all-you-can-eat taco feast – hard and soft shell – salsa, chips, toppings plus beverages. There will be a 50/50, baskets and reverse raffles and side boards. Contact Teri Petro, 440-236-6482 or email her at petrot@roadrunner.com to order tickets.

Sign up for the April 25th Dodge Ball Tournament at OFHS. Teams may register in the cafeteria the week prior to the event. Check for details on the website. IGA has a Tasting Event April 25th. For more details, contact John Burnell at john@burnell.com. You also may simply volunteer the day of Post Prom. Contact Mercedes Hathcock, Mercedez0625@gmail.com.

Join us for upcoming meeting dates:  April 16th and May 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS library.  The committee thanks you for your continued support.

HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT

HH logoHelping Hands “Movie and Game Night” is on Friday April 25, from 6-8:30pm. The event is FREE, but RSVP IS REQUIRED by Wednesday April 23 (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net). Please include the number of adults and the number of children you will have attending.

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends.

Movie and Game Night is set up to be “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. Everyone is welcome!

Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH

pizzaMunch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café.  Proceeds from the 8-10 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids  6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.

Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

ONE DAY SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD

basketball4Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.

The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Art Show 1Annual OFHS May Art Show will be held on Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

safety town logoSafety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program.  Registration is now open.  Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I:  June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II:  June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer.  Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th- 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town.  Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June.  Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety.   If you are interested – we need your help!  This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours.  For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014.  Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE.  Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at cpetkosh@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY 

FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – THIS FRIDAY,  APRIL 11TH

Carnival Invite-Flyer 2014The Falls-Lenox Annual Carnival for a Cure event is scheduled for Friday, April 11th from 6-9 p.m. Admission is a donation of $5 per student.  (Donations also accepted for adults.) We will have games, prizes, and tons of fun! We will even have a Principal’s Challenge!

Food will be available for $3.  You have your choice of a hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  We hope to see a record number of families out to support the Falls-Lenox for Life Team as we raise money for the America Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

This year’s Carnival for a Cure features carnival games, the Cake Walk, face painting, a money cube, and more!  Special thanks to Kiwanis and PTA for their support each year.

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH

Pancake Breakfast FlyerMark your calendars for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.

ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast includes pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice and/or coffee!  $5 donation (Kids under 3 eat free.)

Pictures with the Easter Bunny; Chinese Raffle; plus chance to win Kindle Fire!!  See you there!

OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HOLDS OPEN REGISTRATION

swim1Falls Pointe Development welcomes swimmers to its summer program. Registration for the Piranhas swim team is open to any resident of Olmsted Falls or Township.  Registration will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 27th at the Falls Pointe development clubhouse located on Falls Pointe Drive. For more details and contact information, please click HERE.

NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS

summer baseball imageAfter many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult softball league. Register as a team or individually.

Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.

OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE - SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family.  They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit.  It is set for Sunday, May 4th.

The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara.  All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors.  One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need.  The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.

Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.

We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1.  The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26.  Click on the highlighted camps for applications.

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE.

OPA dine with royaltyDINE WITH ROYALTY @ OPA’S PRINCESS SHOW

 Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergartenKidsFirst Summer Camp page 2-2 through grade 5.

The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

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Parent Update – April 5, 2014

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STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE – SEEKING COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

As you may already be aware, Olmsted Falls School District is currently completing a strategic planning process to help guide our efforts over the course of the next 3-5 years. (Please see February 12, 2014 blog post for previous, extended story.)  The steering committee, representing a wide cross-section of District stakeholders, is now seeking feedback from the community to help identify the highest priorities for the District’s strategic direction.

cyber computerTo that end, an online survey has been created to help gather input from parents, residents, staff members and local business owners. OFHS students will be surveyed for their feedback as well.  A link to the online survey will be sent directly to parents and other community stakeholders in the coming week to obtain feedback on the strategic planning work that has been compiled thus far. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this brief online survey.

If you are interested in completing the survey now, you are encouraged to do so by clicking HERE.

Input from all segments of our community will be a critical component to finalizing the strategic planning process. Thank you in advance for your time and input.

OFHS/POLARIS SENIOR IS RUNNER-UP IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION

polaris auto competitionOFHS and Polaris Automotive Technology senior Dean Houlis, shown left in the photo,  and team partner Mike Coleman  of  North Olmsted High School, placed second in the recent 22nd Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition at the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show.

During the event, each team was challenged to diagnose and troubleshoot real world vehicle problems that Cuyahoga Community College instructors planted.  Dean and Mike just missed first place by two points. Congratulations, Dean.   To see a Plain Dealer story about the competition, click HERE

OFHS BOYS BASKETBALL HITS HIGHLIGHTS ON/OFF COURT

Adam basketballOF Varsity BoysGrades played a big part in the OFHS boys basketball achievements this year. The team finished 23rd in Ohio for top team GPAs with 3.548 Grade Point Average. Senior Adam Asadorian was named Academic All Ohio. It is the second consecutive year that the team had a player named Academic All Ohio.

Adam also broke the state record for Single Season 3-point percentage with a 54.2 percentage. He also now ranks third in Ohio for career 3 Point Percentage at 44.6 percent. To read a Chronicle Telegram story on his accomplishments, click HERE.

OFHS SPANISH CLUB INDUCTS 19 STUDENTS INTO ITS CHAPTER

spanish iconLast month the OFHS Spanish Department inducted 19 talented students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.  The ceremony was at Nuevo Acapulco, a North Olmsted restaurant. The new members include Meredith Ashton, Allie Baldwin, Ashley Belohlavek, Alexis Benisek, Olivia Collins, Autumn Cooper, Meg Coury, Mikaela Eisenloeffel, Brooke Eisenmann, Meredith Ashton, Mareena Gentry, Molly Grimes,  Brianna Laszlo, Deborah Makari, Amanda Mitchell, Victoria Pishkula,  Brandon Pusateri, Evan Rawbon and Diana Vargas.

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the society. There are more than 2,000 national and International chapters.  The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies.

Congratulations to these fine students.

BULLDOG BASEBALL AT CRUSHERS STADIUM IN AVON – THIS WEEKEND!

baseball2cjpg-9e254f0fa2cc45ad_largeThe OFHS Baseball Program (all levels) will be playing baseball at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon (Crushers Stadium) this weekend.

If anyone is interested in coming out to watch our OFHS baseball teams in action this weekend in a great environment, following is the schedule:

OF baseballSATURDAY (4/5): FROSH at All-Pro vs Avon at 3:00 

SUNDAY (4/6): JV at All-Pro at 12:30 and Varsity at 3:30 

Come out and support the Bulldogs!!

GO BULLDOGS!

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteSuperintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd posted a new message on the District website this week.

Please click HERE to read the latest message from Dr. Lloyd.

Also, don’t forget to follow Dr. Lloyd on Twitter @OFCSSuper.

JOIN THE OFIS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM

OFIS Science olympiad 1All students in grades 4 and 5 are eligible to participate in the Science Olympiad Team – and more than 110 already have joined this year’s team.

Nine practice sessions will occur through the end of April, with competition days taking place the last week of April. OFMS students, OFIS staff and NASA volunteers are this year’s coaches!

The three favorite events from last year’s Olympiad return – Egg Drop, Catapult and Aerodynamics! Six new events were added to align with the Ohio Model Curriculum for Science, with an emphasis on hands-on experience. Those events include Circuit Wizardry; Music Makers; Landform Jeopardy; Sinking Ships; Reflection Relay and Derby Downs with K’Nex cars.

To see a photo gallery, click HERE

OFHS FORENSICS TEAM SEES GREAT SUCCESS AT STATE TOURNAMENT

???????????????????????????????The OFHS Forensics Team competed at the Speech and Debate tournament last month.

Senior Joe Gibson placed third in the state with his Curious George humor piece.  Junior Kat Karolak advanced to the semifinals in original oratory, placing her in the top 12 competitors in the state. Junior Julia McFadden qualified for the tournament for the first time this year.

Overall, the competition was very exciting for the students.

To view additional photos from the competition, please click HERE.

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION NEWS – VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE THIS MONDAY!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE The deadline to register to vote on the Bond Issue for OFHS in the upcoming May 6, 2014 election is THIS MONDAY, APRIL 7TH.  Voter registration forms can be downloaded by clicking HERE.  Completed forms MUST be received by Cuyahoga County Board of Elections by end of business THIS MONDAY, APRIL 7th.  Completed forms can be dropped off at the local library or any school office on Monday.

PRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS - Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4.  The committee is currently seeking individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.  To participate, send an email to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.  Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements.  Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support.  Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know.  You are encouraged to create your own poster as well!   Submit your photos or questions to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.

YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return in to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign.  Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community.  Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS - Vote by Mail!  Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail should begin receiving ballots this coming week.  Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR IS THIS COMING WEEK – APRIL 7TH-11TH!

book _fairMark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held April 7th – 11th.

Wednesday, April 9th will be the FAMILY NIGHT event including an ICE CREAM SOCIAL! 

Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!

OFMS STUDENTS COMPETE IN REGIONAL POWER OF THE PEN

Misc and Power of the Pen 3-15-14 687Several OFMS students competed with others from 65 schools in the Regional Power of the Pen competition at St. Joseph Academy last month.  Lizzi Vukovic, grade 8, placed third and received the Best of the Best award. Kayla Falcone, grade 8, placed 14th, Lauren Gumeny, grade 7, 15th and Emma Andrus, grade 7, received the Donald Baker Award.

Other students who competed include  eighth graders Abby Gaba, Alex Enczur and Maggie Harris and seventh graders Jamie Bridle, Dylan Reines and Ally Rice. Congratulations to all these students.  To view a gallery of photos from the competition, please click HERE.

ECC CELEBRATES RIGHT TO READ WEEK

ECC Right to Read Week The children at our district’s Early Childhood Center were “Buggy about Books” during this year’s Right to Read Week.

Each hallway had a designated bug from one of Eric Carle’s books – firefly, caterpillar, cricket and lady bug. Teachers, paras, students and parent helpers worked together to decorate the hallways accordingly, with Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. Cogan judging them and awarding ribbons to the buggiest, flashiest, hungriest, most colorful, quietest, starriest hallways and those with the most legs and best read caterpillar. IIllustrator Steve Harpster made virtual visits to each classroom via the Smart Boards, with students drawing animals and other creatures with him. Students also welcomed two librarians with the Cuyahoga County Public Library system and ate special snacks that Teresa Haun created. The students made buggy hats, read each other’s shirts and joined other classes with partner reading. Mrs. B, the queen bee, surprised each class with new books for their classroom libraries.

To view a colorful photo gallery, click HERE.

MORE THAN 180 OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT 34TH ANNUAL ACADEMIC HONORS BANQUET

ABC_PROGRAM_Page_1Hundreds were in attendance at the 34th Annual OFHS Academic Honors Banquet held last month at Baldwin Wallace College as more than 180 OFHS students were honored for their academic achievements. Students were joined by their families and other special guests for this special dinner and awards ceremony.

The selection criteria for this year’s honored students marked the beginning of a transition from a GPA-only based criteria to a selection model that will honor students ranking within the top 10% of students in their class (based on GPA).  This change in selection criteria was being phased in this year beginning with this year’s freshmen class only.  For current sophomores, juniors and seniors, the selection criteria remained the same as in past years as follows:  sophomores maintaining a 3.9 GPA or higher; juniors maintaining a 3.8 GPA or higher; and seniors maintaining a 3.7 GPA or higher.

To view the event program, including the list of students honored, please click HERE. (Note: the number of asterisks (*) following a student’s name indicated how many years they’ve been invited to attend the event.)  To learn more about how you can get involved in helping OFHS Academic Boosters, please contact Mrs. Rhonna Smith at rsmith@ofcs.net.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students and their families!

OFMS SPRING BOOK FAIR A HUGE SUCCESS

thank_youThe OFMS Media Center personnel thanks the school’s amazing  student, parents and staff for supporting its Scholastic Spring Book Fair. With some of the profits, the Media Center was able to buy $1,200 new books so far. The balance will go towards Scholastic Dollars to order more books in the future.

A big thank you to PTA volunteers who gave up their valuable time to help with the fair.  The volunteers include Joanna Bermard, Donna McKee, Ellen Dregalla, Kathleen Burkart, Cindy Purdy, Susie Asadorian and Rachel O’Malley. Again, thank you!

OFHS POST PROM WANTS YOU!

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThe OFHS Post Prom Committee needs help and support to make this year’s event a wonderful experience for the Class of 2014.  Here are some ways you can help:

We need any type of gift card donations for seniors. They may include movies, restaurants, bed/bath, gas, WalMart, Target, Giant Eagle, iTunes – just to name a few. Mail them to OFHS Post Prom, 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or drop them off at the high school in an envelope marked “Post Prom donation.”

Attend the April 12th Reverse Raffle Taco Night. It will be from 7:30-10 p.m. at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. See the notice above for more details.

Sign up for the April 25th Dodge Ball Tournament at OFHS. Teams may register in the cafeteria the week prior to the event. Check for details on the website. IGA has a Tasting Event April 25th. For more details, contact John Burnell at john@burnell.com. You also may simply volunteer the day of Post Prom. Contact Mercedes Hathcock, Mercedez0625@gmail.com.

Join us for upcoming meeting dates:  April 9th, April 16th and May 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS library.  The committee thanks you for your continued support.

BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP – THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH

WS_pastryA big thank you to all of you who participated in the Olmsted Falls PTA Council Butter Braid Fundraiser.

A reminder – Butter Braid pick up is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH FROM 4:00PM until 6:00PM – PICK UP WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL.

Please remember the butter braids are frozen and perishable, please return them to the freezer promptly after pick up.  Please contact Linda Parkowski at 440-225-8703 if you have any questions.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA! ON APRIL 11TH& 12TH

oklahoma copyDon’t miss the OFHS Masquers’ Spring Musical, Oklahoma!, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood.  Our talented thespians will present this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic on Friday, April 11th (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12th(2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) in the OFHS auditorium.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  They are available at the door of the performances, or by calling 440-427-6070 to reserve in advance.

Please click HERE for event flyer.

POST PROM HOSTS APRIL 12TH REVERSE RAFFLE TACO NIGHT

taco1You’re invited to the OFHS Post Prom’s Reverse Raffle Taco Night from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, April 12th at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. It’s an all-you-can-eat taco feast – hard and soft shell – salsa, chips, toppings plus beverages. There will be a 50/50, basket and reverse raffles and side boards. Contact Teri Petro, 440-236-6482 or email her at petrot@roadrunner.com to order tickets.

HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT

HH logoHelping Hands “Movie and Game Night” is on Friday April 25, from 6-8:30pm. The event is FREE, but RSVP IS REQUIRED by Wednesday April 23 (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net). Please include the number of adults and the number of children you will have attending.

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends.

Movie and Game Night is set up to be “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. Everyone is welcome!

Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH

pizzaMunch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café.  Proceeds from the 7-9 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids  6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.

Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

ONE DAY SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD

basketball4Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.

The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Art Show 1Annual OFHS May Art Show will be held on Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

safety town logoSafety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program.  Registration is now open.  Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I:  June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II:  June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer.  Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th- 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town.  Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June.  Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety.   If you are interested – we need your help!  This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours.  For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014.  Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE.  Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at cpetkosh@gmail.com.

SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – ORDER NOW THROUGH APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH

HoneyBakeddiving-into-waterBack by popular demand!  Make your Easter meal preparation faster and easier, and support our Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team!  WE STILL NEED POOL FUNDS!  Let’s make sure all those wonderful freshmen swimmers have enough money next year to pay for those “two a day” pool practices!  Just as with the Christmas sale, the team receives 15% of all the proceeds.  SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE, no waiting in line.  All orders must be placed online for the Easter sale; the Easter sale is an ONLINE ORDER SALE ONLY.

Go to: https://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-438-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx to place your order by April 12th.

Product pick up will be on THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School, band entrance side.  Thanks so much for your support!

COMMUNITY 

COLUMBIA ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING TO BE CLOSED APRIL 8TH.

railroad sign small 2Norfolk Southern Railway must close the Columbia Road crossing on April 8th, with a rain date of April 9th.

Signage is posted to alert motorists of the closure and the detour route for traffic and trucks.

FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH

Carnival Invite-Flyer 2014The Falls-Lenox Annual Carnival for a Cure event is scheduled for Friday, April 11th from 6-9 p.m. Admission is a donation of $5 per student.  (Donations also accepted for adults.) We will have games, prizes, and tons of fun! We will even have a Principal’s Challenge!

Food will be available for $3.  You have your choice of a hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  We hope to see a record number of families out to support the Falls-Lenox for Life Team as we raise money for the America Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

This year’s Carnival for a Cure features carnival games, the Cake Walk, face painting, a money cube, and more!  Special thanks to Kiwanis and PTA for their support each year.

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH

Pancake Breakfast FlyerMark your calendars for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.

ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast includes pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice and/or coffee!  $5 donation (Kids under 3 eat free.)

Pictures with the Easter Bunny; Chinese Raffle; plus chance to win Kindle Fire!!  See you there!

NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS

summer baseball imageAfter many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult softball league. Register as a team or individually.

Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.

OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE - SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family.  They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit.  It is set for Sunday, May 4th.

The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara.  All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors.  One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need.  The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.

Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.

We invite you to ‘like’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1.  The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26.  Click on the highlighted camps for applications.

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE (olmstedperformingarts.com.)

OPA dine with royaltyDINE WITH ROYALTY @ OPA’S PRINCESS SHOW

 Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergartenKidsFirst Summer Camp page 2-2 through grade 5.

The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

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Parent Update – March 21, 2014

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SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE

spring_flower_sale-300x215Spring break is next week!  Spring break week begins this Monday, March 24th and runs through Friday, March 28th.   

School will resume on Monday, March 31st.

Have a safe and enjoyable break!

BULLDOG BOWLERS TAKE 2ND IN THE FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE FOR OFHS

OFHS bowling team 2nd placeThe ‘Bowl’dogs brought home the runner-up trophy at the Division 1 bowling state tournament!  It was the team’s first appearance in a  state bowling tournament competition.

The team saw a 97-pin deficit after the first two individual games to complete a 1,017-pin game in the third and continued its winning ways to qualify for the eight-team bracket, and ultimately playing in the championship match.  The boys came from the brink of elimination to taking the state runner-up title in Columbus. A major highlight was the players defeating the top-seeded team in their first quarterfinal competition.

The team worked hard all season and came together with all eight boys needing to contribute for the win. That is true team work! Pictured in this photo are players Chad Kuchenmeister, Colin Kuchenmeister, Paul Katz, Jake Olszewski, Nathan Paliska, Dan McFadden, Chris Kuczynski, Andy Oltmanns, Coach Carver, Coach Eric, Holly Schafer and Rob Coxon.   Congratulations, team!

OF Academic Team SWC champs pixOFHS ACADEMIC TEAM SIX-PEAT AS SWC CHAMPS

The OFHS Academic Team captured its sixth consecutive Southwest Conference Tournament crown recently. The team had a 6-0 record at the tournament.

The team has qualified for the HSNCT National Tournament in Chicago and the PACE National Tournament in Washington, D.C.

OFHS ART STUDENTS EARN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF AWARDS

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Art Teacher, Mariel Krakowiak with students Kate Ferster, Josh Musial, and Jordan Rieke

The OFHS Visual Arts Department is proud to share that 35 individual pieces have earned a total of 40 awards this school year. Kudos and congratulations to the talented visual arts students at the High School!  Many of their works have received awards and recognitions in prestigious local, state and national competitions this year.

For a detailed overview of these students’ successes in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, eXpressions, and the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition – including links to online galleries featuring their award-winning work, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of these students on their awards and honors! Come and see these works, plus many more, at the OFHS May Show on Friday, May 16, 2014. The show runs from 8a.m. -8p.m. in the main gym at OFHS.

OFMS 8TH GRADE MUSICIANS PARTICIPATE IN OMEA’S DISTRICT IV HONORS  DAY

MS choir redonems bandSeveral 8th grade choir and band students were selected as members of this year’s District IV Middle School Honors Day.

Dr. Lisa Wong from the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus directed the Honor Choir, which included Olivia Begeman and Lizzie Vukovic, sopranos; Aleigha Angus and Kayla Falcone, altos; Evan Lambermont, tenor and Alex Bolton, Joey d’Aliberti, Dan Hoffman, Bill Wendling and Jake Wrege, baritone/basses.

The Honors Band was under the direction of Barry Hartz from Cleveland State University. OFMS band members were Abby Simon, flute; Abby Gaba, clarinet; Danny Doherty, alto sax; Joe Bertrand and Andrew Gluvna,  trombone; Andrew Barnard, baritone and Josh Dragony and Kayla Mandak, tuba.

The OFMS staff congratulates these students on a fine representation of our school’s musicians.

ANNUAL RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK AT FALLS-LENOX

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District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd reads to Falls-Lenox students during Right-to-Read Week.

Falls-Lenox RTR1Earlier this month, Falls-Lenox celebrated a Wild Western Right-to-Read week! To get in the spirit of the week, there was buddy reading between classes, guest readers from the district and the city, and a daily dress up opportunity. Students exceeded their reading goal of 65,000 minutes and were awarded by their principal with a very funny and entertaining guest appearance.

The students also had the opportunity to participate in the can character contest in which students could decorate a can as their favorite book character. Three winners were announced on Friday for their creative efforts and clever can characters.

It was a blast celebrating Right-to-Read week at Falls-Lenox, and next year’s theme is highly anticipated!

To view a gallery of photos from the week, please click HERE.

OFHS STUDENT PLACES AT STATE INDOOR TRACK MEET

12, nageotte, andrewOFHS senior Andy Nageotte took 8th place at the State Indoor Track Meet held at the University of Akron.

Andy’s vault of 14’ 6” was a personal best and earned him 8th place at the meet.

Congratulations Andy!

OFMS GOLDEN HARMONIES PERFORM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

Congratulations to the OFMS Golden Harmonies on their outstanding performance of the National Anthem at the Lake Erie Monsters’ game at Quicken Loans Arena last month.  Check out their performance below:

Well done Bulldogs!

PARENTS ATTEND CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION; HANDOUTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

ICAC_logoMore than 150 parents took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the social media and the cyber world our children are living in today.  Olmsted Falls Council of PTAs hosted an important informational event at OFHS, on March 4th, featuring a special speaker from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Mrs. Caroline Wathey from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office presented critical information parents need to know about the apps our kids are using, laws pertaining to the internet, cyber bullying, and more.  This informational ADULT ONLY event included what parents need to know about Snap Chat, Ask.Fm, Twitter, Instagram, Kick, Whisper, Backchat, Secret Apps and more.

To download a copy of the handouts that were distributed at the event, please click HERE.

OFHS WINTER BAND CONCERT WOWS CROWD!

IMG_1946Earlier this month, 210 OFHS band students performed for a capacity crowd at the Winter Band Concert.  The performance featured Jazz 1 and 2, Concert Band, Symphonic Band , Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.  Musically, the evening featured works by composers Gershwin, Swearingen, Sousa, Vaughan Williams, and many more.  Our talented high school musicians even found a way to make music on ladders!

To view a gallery of photos from the Winter Band Concert, please click HERE.

SEVERAL OFMS 6TH GRADE SINGERS PERFORM IN THE OBERLIN HONOR CHOIR

OFMS 6th grade choir Oberlin honor choirSeveral 6th grade choir members recently participated in the Oberlin Chorister’s Children’s Honor Choir. Kristina MacMullen from the Ohio State University was the guest director.  Olmsted Falls’ students were among several others selected from 14 different schools.

Those who performed were Josh Andrews,  Katrina Bongiovanni, Paige Chernisky, Audrey Guildoo, Kayla Kippes, Kim Lenart, Jackson Lethbridge, Madison Malensky, John Munoz, Keegan Skoczen, Neil Spooner, Laney Ventimiglia, and Anya-Lynn Zurawski.

Mrs. Kiedrowski and Mr. Patterson congratulate these students on their hard work and dedication to preparing for this inspirational day!

OFHS MUSIC STUDENTS PERFORM WELL AT DISTRICTS; VOCALISTS BOUND FOR STATE COMPETITION

musicCongratulations to the high school Symphonic Band, Treble Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Chorale who recently competed at the Ohio Music Education Association District Large Group Contest. All groups performed well. Treble Choir and Chorale earned Superior ratings and advance to state level competition on April 25th and 26th.  Good luck!!

TWO STUDENTS NAMED HEALTHY HERO FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY

healthhero-feb-falls-lenoxhealthyhero-feb-eccJoshua Hoydic, a Falls-Lenox third grader, and Natalie O’Neal, an ECC student, are February’s Healthy Heroes.The Healthy Hero Program helps teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits, such as eating healthy, exercising every day, power washing their hands, coughing and sneezing in their sleeve and sleeping well.  Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants are entered into a drawing to win a $5 Target gift card compliments of the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA.  Pictured with Natalie is her mother, Kristina, and her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Doyle.  Congratulations to Joshua and Natalie!

STUDENTS SHINE AT ANNUAL OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW

talent-showimagesThe 27th Annual High School PTA Talent Show was held last Friday, March 14th at Olmsted Falls High School.  The night was filled with wonderful performers!

Congratulations to the following students for their winning performances:

In the K-4 Grade Category

Cara Myers (Falls-Lenox) – First Place for a vocal performance of “When I’m Gone “.

Riley Zahorchak (ECC) – Second Place for a vocal/ballet performance “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

Rachel & Becky Neumann (Falls-Lenox) – Third Place for a violin duet “Minuet 1″.

In the 5-8 Grade Category

Neil Spooner (OFMS) – First Place for tap dance performance of “Hot Chocolate” from Polar Express

Madison Sherman (OFMS) – Second Place for a Vocal & Piano performance of “The Scientist” by Coldplay.

Morgan Ciolek & Katrina Bongiovanni (OFMS) – Third Place for a vocal performance of “Over the Rainbow”

Madison Sherman was also the recipient of the DaraHosta Vocal Memorial Award presented by the Hosta Family.

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Congratulations to 2014 All Talent Show Winner, Dylan Bessette!

In the 9th – 12th Grade Category

Dylan Bessette – First Place for a vocal and Piano performance of “Say Something”.

James Holt & Joe Kolenz  – Second Place with their Vocal & Guitar performance of “One Love” an original song written by James

Colin Harrimann – Third Place for his Vocal & Guitar performance of his KISS tribute “Detroit Rock City”

Dylan Bessette was also the All Winner of the Talent Show, having received the highest score among all performers.

Talent Show Cover Finalist 2014Congratulations to all of the Talent Show winners, and to all the students who shared their talents in the show.

Congratulations also to program cover design winner, OFHS senior Lindsay Richards from the Graphic Arts Design Class at Polaris Career Center.  Beautiful job Lindsay!  (Program cover pictured at right.)

Finally, many thanks to the Golden Harmonies performers from Olmsted Falls Middle School who sang the National Anthem to open the Talent Show, and to Charlie Gross and Brad Caruso from Olmsted Falls High School, and members of “On the Other Hand,” for performing an acoustical set to close our show.  These performances were outstanding!

I am so proud of each and every one of the performers, and hope that they will be back to perform again next year.  -Mrs. Ferrini (OFHS PTA Talent Show Chair)

A big THANK YOU also to Mrs. Ferrini for all her hard work coordinating and promoting this huge event!

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA!–APRIL 11TH& 12TH

oklahoma copyDon’t miss the OFHS Masquers’ Spring Musical, Oklahoma!, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood.  Our talented thespians will present this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic on Friday, April 11th (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12th(2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) in the OFHS auditorium.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  They are available at the door of the performances, or by calling 440-427-6070 to reserve in advance.

Please click HERE for event flyer.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

safety town logoSafety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program.  Registration is now open.  Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I:  June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II:  June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer.  Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th- 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town.  Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June.  Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety.   If you are interested – we need your help!  This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours.  For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014.  Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE.  Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at cpetkosh@gmail.com.

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA SPONSORS BULLDOG PARTY ROCK – FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH

Paw PrintSave the Date!  Bulldog Party Rock, sponsored by Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA, scheduled for Friday, April 4th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  This is a social event designed to get Falls-Lenox students together and have some fun!  There will be a DJ, age appropriate music, dancing, snacks, and plenty of time to hang out with friends.  All students attending must be accompanied by an adult the entire time.  Tickets are $5.00 if bought in advance, by March 21st; and $7.00 at the door.  Please check back on next week’s blog to download the official event flyer with ticket order form.

MASQUERS PARTNERS WITH CHICK-FIL-A FOR DELICIOUS FUNDRAISER – APRIL 17TH

OFMFP Spirit Day Flyer - April 17 2014The Olmsted Falls Masquers& Forensics Patrons have a fundraising event coming up on Thursday, April 17th from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Don’t miss the chance to show your support during this “Dine to Donate” event at Chick-Fil-A (located at 4779 Great Northern Blvd.) on April 17th!  20% of all sales will go to OFHS Masquers& Forensics when you mention our organization or present the flyer.

Click HERE to download and print a flyer reminder for your fridge!  Dine-in, carry-out, drive-thru or cater!

SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – ORDER NOW THROUGH APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH

HoneyBakeddiving-into-waterBack by popular demand!  Make your Easter meal preparation faster and easier, and support our Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team!  WE STILL NEED POOL FUNDS!  Let’s make sure all those wonderful freshmen swimmers have enough money next year to pay for those “two a day” pool practices!  Just as with the Christmas sale, the team receives 15% of all the proceeds.  SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE, no waiting in line.  All orders must be placed online for the Easter sale; the Easter sale is an ONLINE ORDER SALE ONLY.

Go to: https://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-438-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx to place your order by April 12th.

Product pick up will be on THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School, band entrance side.  Thanks so much for your support!

THREE OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS EARN TRIP TO USA HOCKEY NATIONALS

Blog picture-hockeyThree Olmsted Falls students, from left, Cameron Wilson, freshman, Quinn Warmuth, 8th grader and William Moyse, freshman, all play for the 99 Cleveland Barons hockey team.  Their team played in the Ohio State Tournament in the Tier II U14 division this past weekend at Kent State University and won the state championship.  The team beat the Shaker Heights Red Raiders 11-0, and the Columbus Capitals 5-1 to capture the state title.  The win qualified the team for the USA Hockey Nationals in Hackensack, New Jersey beginning on April 2nd.

Only 16 teams from across the country qualify for this event in their division.  It is quite an accomplishment!  Congratulations and good luck in New Jersey!

FALLS-LENOX RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM HOSTS MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISERS

movie nightThe Falls-Lenox Relay for Life Team launched its first annual Falls-Lenox Movie Night series this year.  Movie nights are being held for each grade level to raise funds for the Falls-Lenox Relay for Life Team.  The First Grade Movie Night held February 28thraised $700 to support the American Cancer Society!  Thank you First Grade Families! The Second Grade Movie Night drew 153 kids and raised $765!  Positive feedback has been received from parents and students alike about these fun new events to benefit the American Cancer Society.

SAVE THE DATE!  THIRD GRADE MOVIE NIGHT is scheduled for April 25th!  The Falls-Lenox Relay for Life Team is very appreciative of all of the Falls-Lenox families who are supporting this great cause.  All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

COMMUNITY

BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN LAUNCH MEETING – TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 6-7 P.M.

spring clip artBusy Bees Community Garden Launch Meeting – Tuesday, March 25th, 6-7 p.m. @ Olmsted Falls Library (Meeting Room A). Learn the steps to getting a community garden started and meet others interested in establishing a community garden in Olmsted Falls.  A representative from the Ohio State University Extension Urban Agriculture Program will be present. Click HERE to download a meeting flyer.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION CURRENTLY OPEN – REGISTER BEFORE 3/31 TO AVOID LATE FEES

summer baseball imageOlmsted Community Summer League registration is currently open for summer baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4 thru 18. HOWEVER, the deadline to register without a late fee is quickly approaching. Registrations AFTER March 31, 2014 will be charged a $20 late fee per registrant and the registration process will conclude on April 15th, so register now!!! Please register online at www.olmstedcc.com through the Olmsted Community Center website under “Youth Programs”. The coaches meeting will be held at the Olmsted Community Center on Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm. All league practices will begin mid May and the regular season games will start June 2, 2014.

NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS

Co-Ed Adult Softball!! After many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult league. Register as a team or individually. Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.

OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION ACCEPTING REGISTRATION

0016457The Olmsted Falls Soccer Association is accepting sign ups for its spring rec soccer season.  This program is for children ages 4 to 14.  Please go to the website by clicking HERE for more information about the soccer program.  The first games will be played  April 20th at Shady Soccer Fields.   To avoid being charged a late fee of $10.00, please register by April 1st.  Should you have any questions please email clearysoccer@att.net.

FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH; PRE-ORDER T-SHIRTS BY APRIL 2ND

Carnival Invite-Flyer 2014The Falls-Lenox Annual Carnival for a Cure event is scheduled for Friday, April 11th from 6-9 p.m. Admission is a donation of $5 per student.  (Donations also accepted for adults.) We will have games, prizes, and tons of fun! We will even have a Principal’s Challenge!  Food will be available for $3.  You have your choice of a hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  We hope to see a record number of families out to support the Falls-Lenox for Life Team as we raise money for the America Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  This year’s Carnival for a Cure features carnival games, the Cake Walk, face painting, a money cube, and more!  Special thanks to Kiwanis and PTA for their support each year.

Event t-shirts can be pre-ordered for $8 each – T-SHIRT ORDER DEADLINE IS APRIL 2ND.  Click HERE to event flyer and t-shirt order form.

NAME CHANGE OF FORMER DARA HOSTA OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE KEEPS SCHOLARSHIPS INTACT

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family.  They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit.  It is set for Sunday, May 4th.

The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara.  All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors.  One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need.  The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.

Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.

We invite you to ‘like’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1.  The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26.  Click on the highlighted camps for applications.

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Wednesday, March 12th – District Afterschool / Evening Activities Cancelled

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The decision has been made to CANCEL ALL AFTERSCHOOL AND EVENING ACTIVITIES in the District which were scheduled for today, Wednesday, March 12th. 

This includes all activities at all buildings that were to take place after the end of the regular school day.

 

Cancelled Activities Include:

OFIS 5th Grade Green Team

OFIS After School Math Tutoring

 

OFMS Athletic Practices (Softball & Track)

OFMS Homework Lab

OFMS Drama Club

 

OFHS Athletic Practices (Baseball, Softball & Track)

OFHS Talent Friday Night Live Talent Show Rehearsals

OFHS Swim & Dive Boosters Meeting

 

Updated 3/12/14 1:20 p.m.

- See more at: http://www.ofcs.net/districtNewsArticle.aspx?artID=21332#sthash.YKs2AZ8l.dpuf

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Parent Update – March 7, 2014

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LEAN SIX SIGMA PROGRAM MAXIMIZES DISTRICT RESOURCES
     With limited financial resources, school districts across the state of Ohio must operate as efficiently as possible.  Olmsted Falls School District sought out best practices from the private sector to ensure its operations are efficient and effective as possible.  For more than 2 l/2 years, Olmsted Falls School District has been utilizing the Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools to drive efficiencies throughout the District.  The basic philosophy of Lean Six Sigma is to eliminate waste and reduce variation within current processes.
     To date, Olmsted Falls School District has focused Lean Six Sigma training in the areas of building maintenance, finance, food services, human resources, technology and transportation.  Training consists of analyzing real District processes and, in the end, results in the refinement of the process to its most efficient form.  The increased efficiency is then maintained resulting in cost savings to the District. Olmsted Falls School District currently has 23 staff members who have been trained and are Lean Six Sigma Certified at either the Green Belt or Yellow Belt level.
To view the list of Lean Six Sigma Certified Staff at Olmsted Falls School District, please click HERE.
DSC_8075Pictured at right:  District Treasurer Mark Hullman and Holly McFadden with the Treasurer’s office present their Lean Six Sigma project to improve the efficiency and accuracy of selected financial forms used in the District.  The resulting analysis from this project helped improve efficiencies in the District’s reimbursement process.
     Demonstrating to the community that the District is continually seeking to increase efficiencies at every level is an important and ongoing component to building and maintaining the overall trust and confidence of its taxpayers.  Any resident with questions or interest in learning more about the District’s implementation of Lean Six Sigma, is invited and encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd at 440- 427-6000 or jlloyd@ofcs.net.
PRIDE COMMITTEE WORKS TO GET OUT THE VOTE FOR OFHS BOND ISSUE

IMG_1631Volunteers from the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee have been staffing multiple events each week – sometimes two events a night – to get the word out to Bulldog parents that OFHS needs their vote in the May 6, 2014 election.

Analysis of voter data from the November 5, 2013 election revealed that out of a total of 4,358 parents in the Olmsted Falls School District, just 37% (1,607) cast a ballot in the November election. 

O.F. Parent Voting Data 11-5-2013

Passage of the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue will provide funding to address overcrowding issues that currently impact safety and security at OFHS.  Funds generated from this bond issue will build new, permanent classrooms onto the existing high school building.  This will eliminate the need for the classroom trailers currently located at the edge of the parking lot, serving nearly 1,000 students each day.  Passage of the bond issue will also allow for much-needed security enhancements for the high school building – including video camera monitoring systems.  Any parent or resident with questions about the May bond issue for OFHS are invited and encouraged to call Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd directly with any questions at 427-6000.

The deadline to register to vote in this election is April 7, 2014.  To register to vote, check your registration status of request a Vote by Mail application, parents and residents are encouraged to visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/.

BULLDOG COUPON CARD COMING TO HOMES THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY TOMORROW! 

bulldog_leftThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster has another great Bulldog Coupon Card available to the community. The spring OFHS athletes will be selling the Bulldog Coupon Card door-to-door throughout the community for $20 from 9 a.m. to noon TOMORROW, Saturday, March 8th. There are many local establishments listed on the card, which offer great savings. The funds generated from this fundraiser will help the district’s athletic programs.

SCHEDULING FOR 2014-2015 GETS UNDERWAY AT OFHS

bulldog flag logoStudents in grades 8 -11 will begin scheduling their classes for the 2014-2015 school year next week.  Current 8th graders received practice scheduling sheets during presentations by the high school counselors at the middle school last week (2/25 and 2/26).  The students were instructed to fill them out with their parents.  Signed practice scheduling sheets need to be returned to school in advance scheduling sessions next week.  OFHS Counselor Maridi Gurtsak will be scheduling courses with 8th graders  on Tuesday, March 11th or Wednesday, March 12th.

 For current 9th – 11th graders, the OFHS Counselors’ office has created a short (3 min.) video to review the process on how 9th – 11th grade students are to register through Powerschool for 2014-2015 classes. This video is available on the Counselors’ Corner webpage by clicking HERE.  Students in grades 9 – 11 will be receiving practice scheduling sheets and watching the video in homeroom this week (3/4-3/7).   The scheduling window will be open from Monday 3/10- Monday 3/17.  If a student needs to make any changes after the scheduling window is closed, the student will need to contact their counselor.  All schedule changes must be made by Thursday, June 12th, 2014.

OFHS STUDENT ACHIEVES NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST STATUS IN 2014 COMPETITION

madeline matiaCongratulations to OFHS senior Madeline Matia on being named 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist.

Annually, approximately 1.5 million U.S high school students vie for National Merit recognition and only 15,000 are chosen for this prestigious honor.

Congratulations again Madeline and her family on this outstanding achievement!

ATTN:  HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS  – IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR OGT WEEK & LATE START SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK!

ohio graduation test logoNext week, March 10-14, is OGT Testing Week for ALL 10th grade students, as well as any 11th and 12th grade students needing to complete the OGT.  Students participating in OGT testing must arrive at OFHS by 7:26 a.m.

As a reminder, during OGT week, students in grades 9, 11, and 12 need to report to school no later than 10:05 a.m. when homeroom will begin.

OGT WEEK BUS SCHEDULES:

There will be two morning bus runs for High School students. 

• The first run is the normal AM HS pick-up, which will transport 10th graders and any other students who need to arrive OFHS by 7:26 a.m. for OGT.  Students involved in OGT testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at their normal a.m. pick-up time.

• The second morning run (9 routes) will begin at 8:45 a.m. to transport all other OFHS students (not taking OGT).  OFHS students NOT involved in OGT testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at 8:45 a.m.  Bus pick-up times will vary based on location with most pick-ups occurring between 8:45 and approximately 9:00 a.m.

For Polaris students, bus schedules will run as follows during OGT Week:

FOR POLARIS SENIORS ONLY: 

Mon., Wed. & Fri. – report to HR, 1/2°, and 3/4° – Sr. Polaris bus will leave at 11:20 a.m.

Tues. & Thurs. – report to HR and 5/6° – Sr. Polaris bus will leave at regular time.

FOR POLARIS JUNIORS:  Buses will operate on a normal schedule departing OFHS at 7:10 a.m.

Should you have any questions, please contact the High School office.

OFMS STUDENT PLACES THIRD IN COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Jack Wu spelling beeJack Wu spelling beeEighth-grader Jack Wu, who represented Olmsted Falls schools, placed third at Saturday’s Northeast Ohio Media Group Cuyahoga County Scripps Spelling Bee. He completed against 44 other students.  Jack spelled such words as “gregarious,” “gazpacho” and “kavya” before ending his run.

His third-place finsh is the best performance to date by an OFMS student at the Bee.

Congratulations, Jack, who is shown in these photos taken at the event.

BULLDOG SWIMMERS SET NEW SCHOOL RECORDS AT DISTRICT

ofhs swim teamCongratulations to the OFHS swimmers and divers who competed at the District meet. They broke five school records at the district’s pool.

Tommy Petro crashed the 200 free, 100 fly and the 50 free. Jake Bolton broke the 100 breast record and the girls 400 free relay of  Lauren Higgenbotham, Kate Heine, Mareena Gentry and Sarah Mowery, also set a new record. Morgan Jedrezek finished sixth overall in diving. Also competing at districts were Nick Thielman, Eric Andrews and Claire Greller.

OFHS DRILL TEAM TO HOST MEETING, TRYOUTS - THIS MONDAY, MARCH 11TH

Are you ready to dance for the Bulldogs?  Attend the OFHS Drill Team informational meeting this Monday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the high school’s Room W-3.  Bring a parent and friend to learn about the precision dance group.

The team will have clinic sessions from Monday, March 17th through Thursday, March 20th from 6-8 p.m. in the OFMS  gym. Tryouts for the drill team is on March 21st  starting at 6 p.m. in the OFMS gym.  Please wear shorts, a T-shirt and athletic shoes for the clinic and tryouts.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORT BANQUET ATTENDEES

We are asking those who attend the potluck banquet dinner to make sure that each family bring the following:

- A main course which will SERVE EIGHT (8)

AND

- Families whose last name begins with A-L are being asked to bring a salad or a vegetable

- Families whose last name begins with M-Z are being asked to bring a dessert.

PLUS

All should bring serving utensils; and please remember to bring home your supplies.

Thank you in advance for helping ensure that there will be enough food for our hungry athletes and their dedicated family members.

GYMNASTICS & WRESTLING 3/10/14 @6:30 PM

HOCKEY/SWIM & DIVE 3/11/14 @6:30 PM

BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL & CHEERLEADING 3/18/14 @6:30 PM

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING BOOK FAIR – MARCH 13TH – 20TH

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Middle School Media Center will be hosting a Scholastic Spring Book Fair that will run from Thursday, March 13th-Thursday, March 20th . The fair will be open from 8:30-3:30. Students will have an opportunity to visit the fair during their scheduled class time, Star period and during homeroom. All book fair profits will go towards purchasing new and exciting titles of all genres for our Media Center.

HELPING HANDS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING – THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH

HH logoThe next Helping Hands Parent Leadership Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, 3/13 at OFIS at 6:30pm. Topics to be discussed include the role of the school psychologist presented by OFCS psychology intern Katherine Petzke.  District behavioral consultant John Dunning will present concepts of positive behavior interventions and supports and how parents can support their child’s behaviors in home and community settings.  Mr. Dunning has done initial work with building level crisis prevention teams and performs ongoing individual consultations when necessary. Child care is available if requested, please email mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OFHS STUDENTS CELEBRATE NATIONAL ENGINEERING WEEK

National Engineering Week OFHS students observed Feb. 16th-22nd – National Engineering Week – by competing in a Duct Tape challenge. They created products using duct tape and found objects.

They had plenty of ideas, including wallets, shoes, backpacks – and the winning entry – a Batman mask. Students also visited Beckett Gas manufacturing plant, which was highlighted in last week’s school blog and ended the week by competing in the Ohio State VEX robotics championships.

The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions that engineers make to society.  For more information about National Engineering Week, click HERE.

MEET MRS. ULMENSTINE

Laura UlmenstineMrs. Laura Ulmenstine, a Kent State University graduate, has been with the district for the past two years as our OFMS Spanish teacher. She enjoys her job because she LOVES the moment when she sees “light bulbs” go off in a student’s eyes when something finally clicks with them!

Mrs. Ulmenstine’s favorite thing about being a Bulldog is the sense of community she feels within the district, city and township. She and her husband Jake are Olmsted Township residents. In her spare time, Mrs. Ulmenstine enjoys running, reading, listening to music, and working on her house and in her yard.

OFHS BASEBALL EARLY BIRD BASEBALL CAMP – SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH – REGISTER ONLINE

GirlsFastPitchLogoThe Olmsted Falls High School Baseball Early Bird Camp will take place on Saturday, March 15th at OFHS. When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 Where:  Olmsted Falls High School Times:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Grades 1-4; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Grades 5-8 Cost:  $ 20.00 Registration will take place online. We are piloting a new registration process through the Olmsted Community Center to handle our camp registrations.  Please click HERE to register online.  For those who still wish to register by check, you can click HERE to print off the attached form and take it to the Olmsted Community Center.

THE 27th ANNUAL OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW HITS THE STAGE MARCH 14TH

talent-show1The annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show is set for Friday, March 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS auditorium. The show will feature 19 acts ranging in age from kindergarten through grade 12 demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic, comedic and magical talents.

Please come and support these amazing students and bring your family and friends. Admission is $5.  Refreshments will be available.  All proceeds benefit the 2014 OFHS scholarship fund for graduating Seniors.

Talent Show participants will have a mandatory dress rehearsal Wednesday, March 12th from 6-9 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Bring your labeled CDs, music, instruments, props and wear your costumes, if appropriate. For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894.

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA & OFIS PTA INVITE PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO ANNUAL COMBINED SPRING DINNER MEETING – TUESDAY, MARCH 18TH

ATTN:  Third grade parents and students (as well as anyone else interested) are invited and encouraged to attend this special joint meeting.  Please plan to arrive at 6:00 PM for a guided tour of the Intermediate School and then enjoy dinner, drinks and dessert.

We encourage you to stay for our PTA meeting to hear about the many student activities available at the Intermediate School and learn how you can be involved in PTA.  Babysitting services will be provided.

Tuesday, March 18th

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Cafeteria

6:00 PM Guided Tours

6:30 PM Dinner

7:00 PM PTA Meeting

Hope to see you there!

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

safety town logoDo you have a child starting Kindergarten in the fall?  If so, Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

Safety Town in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township is organized through the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings, while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood.  Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local Police, Fire and Bus Departments as well as field trips to Police and Fire Departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.

Registration is now open.  Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I:  June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II:  June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer.  Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.

OF LIBRARY “LEGISLATOR FOR A DAY” READING CONTEST FOR GRADES 1-6 STUDENTS – DEADLINE MARCH 14TH

bookshelfThe Cuyahoga County Library’s Olmsted Falls branch and State Rep. Mike Dovilla invite students in grades 1-6 to join a reading program in which one participant from each branch will be selected as Legislator for the Day and spend a day in Columbus. Students who read five books and record them on a book mark by March 14 will be placed in a drawing.  The winner from each branch will receive a VIP tour of the Ohio Stathouse, which includes participating in a mock legislative hearing and lunch with Rep. Dovilla. Registration is available at the Library. To view the letter from Rep. Dovilla explaining the program, click HERE.

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA SPONSORS BULLDOG PARTY ROCK – FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH

Paw PrintSave the Date!  Bulldog Party Rock, sponsored by Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA, scheduled for Friday, April 4th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  This is a social event designed to get Falls-Lenox students together and have some fun!  There will be a DJ, age appropriate music, dancing, snacks, and plenty of time to hang out with friends.  All students attending must be accompanied by an adult the entire time.  Tickets are $5.00 if bought in advance, by March 21st; and $7.00 at the door.  Please check back on next week’s blog to download the official event flyer with ticket order form.

OF SCHOOLS INVITED TO COMPETE IN MILK CARTON COMPETITION

milk carton contestEvergreen Packaging, which has a plant in Olmsted Falls, invites OF students to use their creativity to build art creations from recycled school milk cartons. The Spring 2014 Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest’s theme is “Stories.” Teams may use 100 or more cartons to build a character, symbol or scene from a story. Entries are now being accepted until April 16.   Schools may win up to $5,000 for their creations. To view contest details and previous entries, click HERESee how your student may become creative and more eco-friendly by using school milk cartons to create art.

LOCAL PTA TO HOST TASTY FUNDRAISER THROUGH MARCH 15TH
TuscanTortellini_WidgetLooking for some different, yet easy meal options for your family?  The OECPTA is having a Tastefully Simple Fundraiser from March 1stthrough the 15th.  Just go to the Tastefully Simple website by clickingHERE  and enter OLMSTED as the host’s first name and FALLS-ECPTA as the last name. Then choose your items.  Your selections will be shipped to your house. It is just that (Tastefully) simple. You can also click HERE to go directly to the OECPTA Tastefully Simple Party page.If you have any questions, contact Beth Mordarski, OECPTA president, at bethmordarski@gmail.com. Enjoy a delicious meal and help a local PTA.

YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER UNDERWAY – ENDS  MARCH 17TH It’s time for the Falls-Lenox / ECC PTA Yankee Candle sale, which runs from Friday, February 28th through Monday, March 17th.yankee candle Order forms and catalogs are available at either school.  Online ordering also is available by clicking HERE.  www.yankeecandlefundraising.com The group number needed for online ordering is 9900504451.

Delivery and pick up at Falls-Lenox will be the week of April 7th.

PTA COUNCIL BUTTER BRAID PASTRY FUNDRAISER – THROUGH MARCH 18TH

WS_pastryProceeds support O.F. PTA Council activities and OFHS senior scholarships.  For each item sold, O.F. PTA Council earns $4.80 – a 40% profit on each item!  Butter Braid Pastries are frozen, hand-braided pastries filled with a variety of mouthwatering fillings.  Just thaw, rise and bake!  Please click HERE to download additional information and order form.  Orders are due by March 18th and can be turned into your child’s school building.  Thank you in advance for your support!

ACT PREPARATION OFFERED AT THE OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY – THIS SATURDAY

mzl.vbonnreh.175x175-75Huntington’s ACT Prep Test Workshop was developed for college-bound high school students and is designed to guide them through the college entrance exam process. The Olmsted Falls Library offers the ACT Prep Test Workshop this Saturday, March 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Students will take an actual practice exam at the workshop. Participants must attend the follow-up on Wednesday, March 12th at 7 pm to learn test results, discuss strategies to improve their score and tips on preparing for the real exam.

Please click HERE for more information on the ACT Prep workshop.  Click HERE for more information on the ACT follow-up session.

COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY  OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE IN-HOUSE SIGN UPS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 9TH
summer baseball imageOlmsted Community Summer League registration is now OPEN for summer baseball and softball leagues. This program is open for boys and girls between the ages of 4 thru 18. Please register online at www.olmstedcc.com through the Olmsted Community Center website under “Youth Programs”. Our In-house registration is Sunday, March 9th at the OCC located at 8170 Mapleway Dr, Olmsted Falls. Registrations AFTER March 31, 2014 will be charged a late fee, so register now! Practices begin mid May and games will start June 2nd. New this year is our Co-ed Adult league. Register as a team or individually. Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or for additional information regarding the Co-ed Adult league.
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Parent Update – March 1, 2014

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OFHS VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL VS. AVON LAKE TONIGHT AT HOME – 7:00 P.M.

basketballbulldog_leftCome cheer for your Bulldogs as they take the court against Avon Lake at home TONIGHT - Saturday, March 1st! 

Game Time:  7:00 p.m.; Gates Open:  5:45 p.m.

OHSAA Ticket Prices:  $6 – Adults and $4 – Students.  Please note that this is an OHSAA Tournament game and adult passes/student/senior discounts cannot be accepted.

GO BULLDOGS!

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM ON A WINNING ROLE IN  TV APPEARANCES

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The OFHS Academic Team’s recent winning taped appearance on Channel 5 Academic Challenge program saw members tie for second place on the leader board. Team members are Emily Burland, Andy Nageotte, Xavier Rivera and alternate Zach Buchta. They competed against Kenston and Kent Roosevelt and scored 680 points. The episode will air at 7 p.m. May 10th on TV 5. Posing with the team is advisor Rhonna Smith in the photo on the left.

There are four matches of the show remaining to be taped. The team will learn March 2nd if it plays in the finals, in which the top three teams Brain Game TVcompete. The Bulldog team will attend Westfield Insurance’s April 17 luncheon to be honored as one of the top teams.

The team also competes in the Brain Game that airs on TV 10 Columbus. Members played Upper Arlington from the Columbia area.  OFHS won the match, 390-240, which places the team in eighth place on that top 10 leader board. There are four matches left to tape. The Bulldog contest will air at 7 p.m. on Columbus’ Channel 10.

Congratulations to the team who fields the same members in both competitions – GO BULLDOGS in future competitions!

ATTN: PARENTS – OLMSTED FALLS PTA TO HOST CYBER INFORMATION PRESENTATION – THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH @ 7 P.M. 

teen-using-cell-phoneSAVE THE DATE! Attention All Bulldog Parents: Olmsted Falls PTA is pleased to present a timely and informational presentation for parents covering critical topics relating the cyber world our children our living in today.  Please join Olmsted Falls PTA and Olmsted Falls School District as we welcome a special speaker from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on TUESDAY, MARCH 4th at 7:00 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  Mrs. Caroline Wathey from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office will present critical information parents need to know about the apps our kids are using, laws pertaining to the internet, cyber bullying, and more.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend, however we ask that you please do not bring students to this event. 

To download a flyer for this event, please click HERE

OFHS BOWLING TEAM EARNS INAUGURAL TRIP TO STATE

bowling teamCongratulations to the Olmsted Falls Bowling Team for placing first at Districts this weekend. The team is headed to bowling medalState competition for the first time in school history.  The team effort of all eight players included Paul Katz, Dan McFadden, Jake Olszewski, Andy Oltmanns, Chad Kuchenmeister, Nate Paliska, Colin Kuchenmeister and Chris Kuszynski.

Each bowler participated in the huge win!   Coaches Chuck Carver and Eric Kuchenmeister have led the boys to a fantastic season. We wish the boys and their coaches luck at State competition.  Go ‘Bowl’dogs!!!

9TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING FOR INCOMING CLASS OF 2018 - THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH

Attention Parents of Current 8th Graders:  The 9th Grade Orientation event is scheduled for THIS Wednesday, March 5th  at 7:00 p.m. in the OFHS Auditorium. We look forward to welcoming you and your incoming freshman to OFHS!

Please contact the OFHS Counselor’s offic with any questions.   Thank you.

OFHS TRACK AND FIELD PARENT MEETING – THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH @ 7PM

TrackThe preseason parent meeting for high school track and field will take place on Wednesday, March 5th at 7PM in the high school media center.  Parents of high school athletes who are participating in track and field this year should plan on attending.

Contact Coach Novotny (jnovotny@ofcs.et) for more information.

PERFECT SEASON FOR 4TH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL!

OFBAThe 4th grade girls OFBA team had a PERFECT season, with a 24-0 record!  The team won the Lake Erie Basketball League regular season, and were the LEBL end of the season tournament champions.  The girls also took first place in the Tiger Rage Pre-Season tournament, the Bulldog Holiday Classic, and the Independence Youth Tournament!  Team members included 3rd graders Kylee Urban, Sydney Moses, Mia Kalich, and Paige Kohler and 4th graders MaddySagerman, Sara Glover, Sammie Gaba, Aubrey Thiel, Katie Voisinet, and Lauren Noernberg. The team was coached by Dawn Moses and Kim Urban.  Great job Bulldogs!!

OFMS TEAM COMPETES IN MATH CONTEST

MathCounts OFMS students competed for the second time in MathCounts competition. The program promotes mathematicsMathCounts achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

Team members at the Cleveland State University contest were Michael Struk, Jack Wu, Shalin Desai, Jake Dahlinger and Ben Allmandinger, who participated in the Sprint & Target competitive round.

For a picture gallery of the event, click HERE.  The students enjoyed the day and gained great experience in the competition.

DODGEBALL GAME A HUGE SUCCESS FOR RAISING SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

IMG_1007The OFHS PTA thanks everyone who attended the recent Dodgeball event.  It raised $4,000 to benefit the group’s scholarship Fund. It also thanks ECC, F/L, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS for supplying the teacher teams who competed and Mrs. Budd and Mr. Feller for the Pep Band that brought even more energy to the competition as well as those who refereed, helped with concessions, face painters and all others. In the end, OFMS relinquished the trophy to new champs OFIS!  Congrats OFIS!

To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click HERE.  Be sure to mark your February 2015 calendar for next year’s event!

PLANT TOUR OFFERS STUDENTS HANDS-ON LOOK AT MANUFACTURING

beckett16OFHS students from the computer integrated manufacturing and engineering design and development class went on the road for a learning experience.

Beckett Gas Company invited the students to visit and tour its North Ridgeville plant.  It is a leading manufacturer of gas burning parts that are used by major manufacturers of heating appliances throughout the world. A special Bulldog Thank You to Beckett that took the time to give the students a view of how parts are manufactured.

For a photo gallery of the tour, click HERE.

TWO STUDENTS NAMED HEALTHY HERO FOR MONTH OF JANUARY

Healthy HeroDonte Roberts, a Falls-Lenox third grader, and Ava Piktel, an ECC student, are January’s Healthy Heroes.healthy hero

The Healthy Hero Program helps teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits, such as eating healthy, exercising every day, power washing their hands, coughing and sneezing in their sleeve and sleeping well.  Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants are entered into a drawing to win a $5 gift card from Toys-R-Us. Posing with Ava in the photo on the right is her mother and Lauri Roberto, ECC’s kindergarten teacher.

Congratulations, Ava and Donte.

A BIG CHEER FOR THE OFMS BLUE CREW

blue crewThe Blue Crew, OFMS’s cheering section, created added excitement at the OFHS’s varsity basketball games.

More than 150 Blue Crew members attended three varsity basketball games.

It is the hope that their  enthusiasm for the high school’s athletic teams and the Bulldog culture continues through their high school years.

HELPING HANDS DANCE 4 CHARITY IS HUGE SUCCESS

Helping Hands dance Slightly more than $11,000 was raised at last week’s Helping Hands Dance 4 Charity Fundraiser. The proceeds will go toward  Autism Speaks, CTSF, Special Olympics, SWAN USA, and Helping Hands!  Team “We’re Bringing Polka Back” raised the most money overall for its charity (SWAN) with a total of $2,662 in donations. Volunteer DJ, DJ G-Z, provided the perfect mix of dance music in the main gym for the participants on the 18 dance teams. Bulldog 2010 grad Stewart Hodges addressed the crowd with his inspirational life experiences about living with Mitochondrial Disease.

Teams showed up dressed in “spirit” with decorated shirts, wigs, glasses, beads, and even platform shoes! The “Most Spirited Team” trophy was awarded to “Team CTSF”. Many generously donated items were raffled, including a set of four tickets to an Indians game with an autographed photo of Jason Kipnis! For a glimpse of the photo gallery, click HERE.

A Thank you to everyone who participated, donated and volunteered for this fundraising event. It would not have been possible without your generosity and support!

FOLLOW SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD ON TWITTER

twitterJim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteOlmsted Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd is on Twitter.  Parents, students, residents and staff are invited and encouraged to follow Dr. Lloyd @OFCSSuper.

Be in the know as Dr. Lloyd tweets about all things Bulldog.  From District news to District closures, Dr. Lloyd will tweet about a variety of happenings around Olmsted Falls Schools.

OFHS BASEBALL EARLY BIRD BASEBALL CAMP – SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH – REGISTER ONLINE

GirlsFastPitchLogoThe Olmsted Falls High School Baseball Early Bird Camp will take place on Saturday, March 15th at OFHS.

When: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Where:  Olmsted Falls High School

Times:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Grades 1-4; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Grades 5-8

Cost:  $ 20.00

Registration will take place online. We are piloting a new registration process through the Olmsted Community Center to handle our camp registrations.  Please click HERE to register online.  For those who still wish to register by check, you can click HERE to print off the attached form and take it to the Olmsted Community Center.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

safety town logoDo you have a child starting Kindergarten in the fall?  If so, Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

Safety Town in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township is organized through the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings, while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood.  Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local Police, Fire and Bus Departments as well as field trips to Police and Fire Departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.

Registration opens March 1, 2014.  Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014This dates for this year’s Safety Town session are as follows:

Session I:  June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions)

Session II:  June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions)

Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions)

Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer.  Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.

ACT PREPARATION OFFERED AT THE OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY

mzl.vbonnreh.175x175-75College bound? Get ready today by taking a practice ACT exam! Huntington’s ACT Prep Test Workshop was developed for college-bound high school students and is designed to guide them through the college entrance exam process. High school students need to be as prepared as possible. Students will take an actual practice exam. Participants must attend the follow-up on Wednesday, March 12th at 7 pm to learn test results, discuss strategies to improve their score and tips on preparing for the real exam.

ACT Prep Test Workshop

Date:  Saturday, March 8th

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Place:  Olmsted Falls Library

Please click HERE for more information on the ACT Prep workshop.

ACT Follow-Up Session

Date: Wednesday, March 12th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place:  Olmsted Falls Library

Please click HERE for more information on the ACT follow-up session.

OF LIBRARY “LEGISLATOR FOR A DAY” READING CONTEST FOR GRADES 1-6 STUDENTS

bookshelfThe Cuyahoga County Library’s Olmsted Falls branch and State Rep. Mike Dovilla invite students in grades 1-6 to join a reading program in which one participant from each branch will be selected as Legislator for the Day and spend a day in Columbus.

Students who read five books and record them on a book mark by March 14 will be placed in a drawing.  The winner from each branch will receive a VIP tour of the Ohio Stathouse, which includes participating in a mock legislative hearing and lunch with Rep. Dovilla. Registration is available at the Library.

To view the letter from Rep. Dovilla explaining the program, click HERE.

OF SCHOOLS INVITED TO COMPETE IN MILK CARTON COMPETITION

milk carton contestEvergreen Packaging, which has a plant in Olmsted Falls, invites OF students to use their creativity to build art creations from recycled school milk cartons. The Spring 2014 Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest’s theme is “Stories.” Teams may use 100 or more cartons to build a character, symbol or scene from a story. Entries are now being accepted until April 16.   Schools may win up to $5,000 for their creations.

To view contest details and previous entries, click HERESee how your student may become creative and more eco-friendly by using school milk cartons to create art.

LOCAL PTA TO HOST TASTY FUNDRAISER
TuscanTortellini_WidgetLooking for some different, yet easy meal options for your family?  The OECPTA is having a Tastefully Simple Fundraiser from March 1stthrough the 15th.  Just go to the Tastefully Simple website by clickingHERE  and enter OLMSTED as the host’s first name and FALLS-ECPTA as the last name. Then choose your items.  Your selections will be shipped to your house. It is just that (Tastefully) simple. You can also click HERE to go directly to the OECPTA Tastefully Simple Party page.If you have any questions, contact Beth Mordarski, OECPTA president, at bethmordarski@gmail.com. Enjoy a delicious meal and help a local PTA.

YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER UNDERWAY – THROUGH MARCH 17TH

It’s time for the Falls-Lenox / ECC PTA Yankee Candle sale, which runs from Friday, February 28th through Monday, March 17th.yankee candle

Order forms and catalogs are available at either school.  Online ordering also is available by clicking HERE.  www.yankeecandlefundraising.com The group number needed for online ordering is 9900504451.

Delivery and pick up at Falls-Lenox will be the week of April 7th.

OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA IS MARCH 8TH 

bargain bonanza redoneOECPTA-sponsored consignment Bargain Bonanza  is March 8th at the OFMS cafeteria.  Items for sale that are at great prices include children’s clothing, toys, various gear and maternity clothes.  The early bird hour is from 8-9 a.m., with a $5 entrance fee. General hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a $2 admission. The bag sale is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. that offers $3 a bag and large items at half price. For more details, see the flyer by clicking HERE. 

COMMUNITY

LOCAL PRESCHOOL HOSTS ADULTS NIGHT OUT – TONIGHT – SATURDAY, MARCH 1ST

Olmsted Community Preschool will sponsor its third annual Adults Night Out FUNdraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 1st.  It includes all-you-can-eat wings and pizza with limited beverages.  There also is a 50/50 and Chinese raffle. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door. For questions, call 440-235-3869. Come join us for a fun-filled night.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE

summer baseball imageOlmsted Community Summer League registration is now OPEN for summer baseball and softball leagues. This program is open for boys and girls between the ages of 4 thru 18. Please register online at www.olmstedcc.com through the Olmsted Community Center website under “Youth Programs”. Our In-house registration is Sunday, March 9th at the OCC located at 8170 Mapleway Dr, Olmsted Falls. Registrations AFTER March 31, 2014 will be charged a late fee, so register now! Practices begin mid May and games will start June 2nd.

New this year is our Co-ed Adult league. Register as a team or individually. Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or for additional information regarding the Co-ed Adult league.

OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES SPRING PRODUCTIONS

Olmsted Performing Arts, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Fall, will present ROMEO & JULIET March 3 & March 6-9.  Tickets are $16.25.  OPA will also present Bye-Bye Birdie April 4-6.  Tickets range from $12.25 – $16.25.  Tickets and details online by clicking HERE  or by calling 440- 235-OPAC.

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