Parent Update – November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Clipart NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 26TH – NOVEMBER 28TH

Thanksgiving Break is next week, from Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th.

Please note there will be no Weekly Blog Update next week due to the holiday.  Please watch for our next update the week of Monday, December 1st!

Have a very happy Thanksgiving Day!

OFHS KERRI GASPER SIGNS WITH UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

Kerri GasperOFHS senior guard Kerri Gasper signed her National Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at the University of Evansville where she will study nursing.  Kerri, 5’11”, averaged 15 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season.  She earned multiple awards over her high school career, including 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-District, 1st Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-State, Plain Dealer Player of the Week and named to the All-Sun News Basketball Team. She now holds the school record for free throw percentage at 90%.  Kerri has been playing basketball since grade 3 when she played on the OF Boys Travel Team.  She played AAU basketball with TNBA for the past six years. Kerri is a multi-sport athlete where she attained four varsity letters for the OF Girls Volleyball team, earning numerous All-Conference, All-District and All-State awards.  Congratulations, Kerri. To view a photo gallery of the signing, click here.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” THIS WEEKEND! 

Sunshine Boys GraphicDon’t miss the chance to see this season’s theatrical production from our talented group of thespians at OFHS.

The  OFHS Masquers will present the play “The Sunshine Boys” – written by Neil Simon -  this Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22 – both performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets may be ordered in advance by calling 440-427-6070, or purchased at the door.

FL-ECC PTA’S BREAKFAST BUDDIES A BIG HIT

DSCN0129DSCN0106More than 300 attended this year’s Breakfast Buddies at Falls Lenox between the two days.

The Donut Photo Station was a huge success as well. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

To see a photo gallery of the event, click here.

ORDER  YOUR OFHS YEARBOOK DURING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

OFHS yearbookThe Publications staff will have 2014/2015 yearbook pre-sale orders available in the cafeteria during the Nov. 20th and 24th parent/teacher conferences.

The pre-sale price is $45. The 2013-2014 yearbook will be available for $60. There is also the option of purchasing both for $100. Payment methods include cash, check and there will be a computer set up to order online with a credit card.

CPM PRESENTATION AND FAQS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

OFCS Triple A LogoProviding information resources for Bulldog parents regarding the District’s implementation of the College Preparatory Math (CPM) program for students in grades 6-12 is a top priority for Olmsted Falls Schools.  The presentation materials from the recent College Preparatory Math (CPM) Parent Information Night at OFHS are now available on-line for interested parents who were unable to attend.

To view the information presented at the October 29th CPM Information Night for OFHS parents, please click HERE.

Please note that the presentation materials from the CPM Parent Information Night held at OFMS – including video clips specific to the Middle School CPM program – will be ready and available for download following the Thanksgiving break.  (The file is currently being reformatted to reduce the size of the download.)  Please watch the blog for this additional link following the Thanksgiving break.

Additionally, a list of Frequently Asked Questions About CPM has been posted to answer questions generated by parents during the two information sessions and other parent discussions.  To view the running list of CPM FAQs, please click HERE.

OFHS BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE /ALUMNI GAME IS THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 

bulldog paw blueCheer on the 2014-15 boys varsity basketball Team – and the grads – at the November 22nd second annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage/Alumni Game.  The Scrimmage is from 3-4 p.m. and the Alumni game, featuring former Bulldog players, is from 4-6 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Fans, please donate a canned goods item at the door for a local food bank. Contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net if you have questions.

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

Graduates Lifting MortarboardsOFHS students, do you have questions about college decision-making and the application process? Now through Tuesday, November 25th, you may join the College Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays during lunch/study hall in the Guidance Office.  Sign up in the Guidance Office.  Contact Mrs. Caldrone at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net with questions.

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Ohio Means Jobs may be best known as the state’s premiere job and resume bank. However, beginning this fall, Ohio Means Jobs is including FREE career development tools for students, parents and teachers. Students may utilize Ohio Means Jobs to determine career interests, explore in demand careers, search for college and training programs, prepare for college admissions exams, locate scholarships, develop a future budget and more! To access Ohio Means Jobs, click here and click on the K-12 Students icon.

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** Notice To Parents Who Have NOT Yet Completed Online Student Information Update **

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 5TH; STUDENTS WITHOUT COMPLETED UPDATE BY DECEMBER 5TH PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING SCHOOL

There still exists a small percentage of students whose parents need to complete the annual, required student information update through InfoSnap for the current 2014-2015 school year.  Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY DECEMBER 5, 2014 or your son/daughter will be prohibited from attending school after December 5, 2014.   Also, any student whose information has not been updated will be prohibited from attending any scheduled field trips – including those occurring before December 5th.

This annual update includes important Emergency Medical and Emergency Contact information and is critical to the safety of your son/daughter.   Those families who have not yet completed the online student information update have been contacted numerous times in multiple ways regarding this required information update.  The required student information update must be completed by logging into your PowerSchool parent account (https://psof.nccohio.org/public), and then clicking on the “InfoSnap” link, located on the left-hand side of the screen.  Updates must be made separately for EACH student in your household, however the system will automatically transfer basic information changes made in the first student’s record (i.e. address or phone number) to the next student’s record to  make the process of updating multiple students more efficient.

If you have been receiving notices and have not yet logged in to complete the update process, please contact the office at your child’s school building immediately.  Assistance can be provided for those who may not have access to a computer or the internet. Thank you for helping us ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for your child each school year.

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

snowdayEach year, with the arrival of winter, we receive a number of questions regarding our District’s policy for closing school due to inclement weather conditions. We understand that the decision to close schools has an enormous impact on all of our families.

To read more about how Olmsted falls School District determines snow days, please click HERE.

REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR PARENT COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES IN POWERSCHOOL

upside down snowmanJust a reminder to all Bulldog parents that Olmsted Falls School District uses a parent communication tool called Power Announcement to connect with parents via email, voice and text messaging.  All parents have the ability to set their own communication preferences for various types of messages – including school cancellation messages – through their PowerSchool parent accounts.

To review your current settings and/or adjust your preferences, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://psof.nccohio.org/public
  2. Click the “Power Announcement” link located on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Click “Expand All” to review your current contact information / communication preferences and adjust accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE:

Email and voice messages are automatically set by default.  To stop receiving email or voice messages to a particular email or phone number, simply click to uncheck the box for the specific email or phone number to remove the default setting.

TEXT MESSAGES can only be sent to parents who OPT-IN to receive text messaging from the school district. To opt-in and begin receiving TEXT messages to a cell phone, simply check the box for the specified cell phone number(s).

Communication preferences MUST BE UPDATED SEPARATELY for each student within your PowerSchool account.

Any parents with questions about accessing their PowerSchool parent accounts, or adjusting communication preferences are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

To download a Power Announcement Parent Guide with more detailed information/instructions, please click HERE.

Reflections NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS – ENTRIES DUE DEC. 1ST

The National PTA’s Reflections program challenges students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts by creating an arts entry relating to a specific theme in one of six arts category:  dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year’s theme is: “The World Would Be a Better Place If . . . “ Entries are due to the main office of your child’s school no later than Monday, December 1st.

Local members from the OF PTA Council  will judge the entries and award 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention to the top entries in each category.  All participants in the district will receive a ribbon and certificate.  Our district will then select 24 entries to be sent to Ohio PTA to be judged at the state level where further recognition is given to the top entries in each arts category.  Last year three students from Olmsted Falls’ schools placed at the state level.  Could you be next?

Entry forms and contest information can be found at your student’s school in the main office or by visiting http://ohiopta.org/PROGRAMS.aspx and choosing the Reflections tab.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reflections chair for your student’s school: Falls-Lenox/ECC: Meg DiFilippo, megdifilippo@gmail.com; OFIS: Deana Harb, dharb@ofcs.net and Margherita DeAngelis, mdeangelis9@yahoo.com; OFMS: Kristie Patton, kristiepatton@cox.net and OFHS: Sandra Graham, slgwhit@cox.net.

HELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTYornaments

Helping Hands annual Holiday Party is Friday, December 5th from 5:30-8 p.m. in the OFMS Cafetorium. This family-friendly event includes dinner, dancing, crafts and games. Tony K’s is catering the event with cookie decorating as the dessert!

To see a flyer of the event and its cost, click here.

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA – DECEMBER 20TH

hockey logoBuy your tickets now as the OFHS Hockey Team plays Cleveland Heights’ team at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday, December 20th. Their 4 p.m. game is played prior to the Lake Erie Monsters who will compete against Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. All players, coaches and fans will need a valid Monster ticket to enter the youth event, plus the first 5,000 fans will receive Lake Erie Monsters ear warmers.

Click here to order tickets, which are discounted to $12 from the usual $24. For questions about the game, contact Coach Brian Thompson.

DINE AT CHICK-FIL-A THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH 

bowling pinsSupport the OFHS Boys and Girls Bowling Teams by visiting the North Olmsted’s Chick-FilaA from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, November 24th.

The teams will receive 20-percent of the sales from those mentioning they are there to support the teams when placing an order.

To see the flyer, click here. You need not, however, show it when you order. Just be sure to say you are there for the OFHS bowling teams prior to placing your order. Thank you for your support.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FUNDRAISER DISCOUNT PRICING NEARS DEADLINE

OFMS’s Schwan’s fundraising campaign continues. All funds raised will help pay for programs, such as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, dances and scholarships.

Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. Ordering is quick and easy.  Visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter the OF campaign ID code – 15281 – when placing an order or call 1-855-870-7208 and give the representative that same ID code.  OFMS PTA will receive 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases through November 26th.  OFMS PTA will still receive 5% of sales after November 26th for a full year!  Anyone may order using our campaign ID code so friends, family and neighbor can order from any locale.

For more details on ordering, click HERE.   Thank you for supporting the OFMS PTA!

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

poinsettias_3461cThe National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale is officially underway and will run through December 16th. Please consider supporting National Honor Society through a poinsettia purchase. Simply complete the attached form and return it to the high school with your preferred method of payment. Funds earned from this sale help support NHS inductions, Chapter scholarships and Relay for Life. Thank you in advance for your support!  To download an order form, please click HERE.

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)STILL TIME TO ORDER OFHS POST PROM NECKLACES AS GIFTS 

The OFHS Post Prom’s necklace fundraiser is in its final weeks of ordering a one-of-a-kind Bulldog necklace. The group will take orders through December 20th. After that date, you will not be able to obtain them. They make great Christmas gifts. To view a flyer and order form, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact laurieshand@hotmail.com or 95kopy@gmail.com.

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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The OFHS Swim and Dive team again offers Christmas HoneyBaked Ham and other items. The team will receive 15 percent of all orders from now through Dec. 12th by those ordered through the flyer by clicking here, which also contains a link to the HoneyBaked Ham’s website where you also may place orders. The price is the same in retail stores – no mark up. Place your order and help the team in this fundraising.  Here is the direct link to our sale on the HoneyBaked website: http://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-781-olmsted-falls-high-school-swim-dive-team.aspx

Pick up is Tuesday, December 23rd from 5-7 p.m. at OFHS.

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

baklava pixOrder tasty baklava from OFHS Post Prom in two different pan sizes. The cost is $25 for the 8×8 pan and $35 for the 9×13. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup. To order or for more details, view the flyer by clicking here.

The order deadline is December 20th.

COMMUNITY

THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER – FREE TO OLMSTED COMMUNITY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – THANKSGIVING DAY – 12:00 -4:00 P.M.

yTo7bKATEOlmsted Kiwanis Club, Shakers IGA, First Federal of Lakewood and Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural are partnering to sponsor a FREE Thanksgiving dinner open to all members of the Olmsted community.  All are invited to gather for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner taking place on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the German-American Cultural Center.

Join for dinner, or volunteer to help serve.  Please contact Tony Budak at tbudak@aol.com or (440) 391-9942 with any questions.

OF LIBRARY OFFERS WINTER PROGRAMS

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710The OF Library’s winter programs are scheduled. Some of the upcoming programs include Kindergarten Readiness sessions once a month that focuses on skills and topics children need prior to starting Kindergarten; Terrific Tuesdays that explore science, art, engineering and music with  hands-on activities, plus stories; Jr. Discovers that are similar to Terrific Tuesdays that are at night to accommodate working parents; Students Friends, which include service projects, book discussions and fun activities and From the Page to Stage, children’s literature that is brought to life in song, gestures and movement.

To view the entire program flyer, click here.

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SEEKING INPUT ON “COMPLETE STREETS” INITIATIVE THROUGH ONLINE SURVEY

Olmsted TownshipFor residents of Olmsted Township who missed the recent “Complete Streets” TLCI meeting and are interested in providing input, information and links have been posted to the Township website so that you can provide input to the Township Trustees.  The next TLCI public meeting will be winter 2015…Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) provides grants to strengthen community livability. 

Please visit http://www.olmstedtownship.org/tlci.cfm  to access the online survey.

SANTA SECRET SHOP IS DECEMBER 6TH

santaOn Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of elves. Grownups may buy tickets for a holiday raffle of great items including an Xbox One gaming system and Vitamix blender. Admission is free, with all proceeds benefitting Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.

Tree SaleBOY SCOUTS’ CHRISTMAS TREE SALE COMING SOON

OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual Christmas Tree sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road, over the November 29th-30th and December 6th-7th weekends.  Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.  Pick out a Scotch pine, Fraser fir, white pine or other tree as helpful scouts carry it to your car.  Have questions?  Call Mike Knaggs, 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.

Christmas-Penguin-324x290GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION HOSTS HOLIDAY EVENT DECEMBER 6TH

Enjoy holiday fun December 6th at the Grand Pacific Junction, which will celebrate its Christmas Frozen in Time.

The open house includes snow dogs in the gazebo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; OFMS Golden Harmonies Christmas Carolers, noon to 2; horse-drawn wagon rides, noon to 3; Stories with Santa in the Depot, 1-:3:30 and others.  Tickets for Santa and Wagon Rides are at Dolls and Minis, 440-647-1516.  Collect snowflake letters at participating stores and solve the word puzzle to enter a $100 prize contest.  Pick up a coloring picture of your favorite Frozen characters and return them by December 15th to win a prize in age groups 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10. For more details, click here.

ANNUAL KIWANIS SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH SANTA – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – 5 to 7:30 P.M.

Santa-2spaghettiOlmsted Kiwanis will again host the popular Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner with Santa on Friday, December 12th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the OFHS Cafeteria.  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll, beverage & dessert.  Adults (13 & over) $8; Children (6-12) $6; Seniors (60 & over) $6; Kids 5 & under eat free!  Visit with Santa!  Door prizes and crafters!  Make attending this fun evening a holiday tradition for your family!  Hope to see you there!

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Parent Update – November 14, 2014

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY CELEBRATES  NEW MEMBERS

Natoinal Honor Society inducteesThe National Honor Society held its annual Induction Ceremony October 28th and welcomed new members to its organization. As part of the ceremony, the members stated, “I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected, striving in every way by word and deed to make its ideals the ideals of my school and my life.”

New Senior inductees are Connor Arendec, Nicole Cacioppo, Autumn Cooper, Madeline Finau, Mareena Gentry, Reilly Gomez, Tony Kleem, Kathryn Lesiak, Melania Linderman, Julia McFadden, Alison Pauley, Lindsay Rader, Emily Sheetz and Teresa Wang.

The new Junior inductees include Claire Barratt, Jennifer Bertrand, Lauren Boros, Zachary Buchta, Julia Burnell, Matthew Fox, Emily Gerycz, Nicole Giangrasso, Abigail Harder, Kristin Kawecki, Marisol Lambermont, Joshua Lambert, Amelia Le, Kala Marshall, Kara Marshall, Courtney Nelson, Meghan O’Brien, Emily Olszewski, Isaac Rivera, Leah Russo and Mallory Taylor.

Congratulations to all the society’s members. To see the induction program, click here.

FALLS-LENOX WELCOMES VETERANS DURING ITS SPECIAL PROGRAM

wall of honor 7Many military veterans who have relatives attending Falls-Lenox Primary School attended the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday. They enjoyed a breakfast with their families and then went outside to view a short program that included the raising of the Flag, songs and presentations. Ninety-nine veterans and their related Falls-Lenox students were able to attend this year’s event ceremony.

Students were seen assisting with check-in, serving, and clean-up during breakfast. First graders were tasked with creating place mats that were used at the breakfast.  Second grade students sang songs and third graders spoke at each community’s ceremony.  Cub Scouts, Daisies, and Brownies helped with the pledge and raising of the flag.  Olmsted Falls High School students Emily Laycock and Hailey Ryszka closed the flagpole ceremony with the playing of “Taps”.  We are very thankful for all our veterans and grateful that they could join us in celebrating this special day.

To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.  To view a Sun News summary of the event, click here.

ECC HOSTS VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON VETERANS DAY 

IMG_0529The Early Childhood Center also hosted a special visitor on Veterans Day.  Sgt. Kenneth Walden, a dad to ECC student Mia, talked with students and shared pictures of his three years of deployment in Afghanistan.

He also read The Daddy Book, a special story he shared with his daughter Mia upon his return home. To view pictures of his visit presentation, click here.

Thank you Sgt. Walden!  And thank you Mia for sharing your dad!

JORDAN JAECKIN SIGNS COMMITMENT TO OHIO DOMINICAN

jordan and familyOFHS four-year volleyball letterman Jordan Jaeckin recently signed a letter of commitment to attend and compete at Ohio Dominican University. She receives a Division II Athletic Scholarship to the university.

Jordan was All Conference in 2013, 14; All-District II, 2013, 2014; All-District II All-Star n 2014; received the 2014 Most Valuable Player Team Award and received the 2014 3D Award – Dedication, Desire and Determination.

She is a 12-year member of the Cleveland Volleyball Company. Congratulations, Jordan. To see more pictures of her signing, click here.

GRANDPARENTS VISIT FALLS-LENOX SECOND GRADERS

silver linings 4Grandparents of second-grade students visited Falls-Lenox for Silver Linings Day November 5th and 7th.   Children and their grandparents completed a writing activity and read a story together in the classroom.  The children then performed a small concert where they sang several patriotic songs.

It was a great morning and we would like to thank all of the grandparents who came out to visit their grandchild and support their education at F-L. For more pictures, click here.

important** Notice To Parents Who Have NOT Yet Completed Online Student Information Update **

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 5TH; STUDENTS WITHOUT COMPLETED UPDATE BY DECEMBER 5TH PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING SCHOOL

There still exists a small percentage of students whose parents need to complete the annual, required student information update through InfoSnap for the current 2014-2015 school year.  Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY DECEMBER 5, 2014 or your son/daughter will be prohibited from attending school after December 5, 2014.   Also, any student whose information has not been updated will be prohibited from attending any scheduled field trips – including those occurring before December 5th.

This annual update includes important Emergency Medical and Emergency Contact information and is critical to the safety of your son/daughter.   Those families who have not yet completed the online student information update have been contacted numerous times in multiple ways regarding this required information update.  The required student information update must be completed by logging into your PowerSchool parent account (https://psof.nccohio.org/public), and then clicking on the “InfoSnap” link, located on the left-hand side of the screen.  Updates must be made separately for EACH student in your household, however the system will automatically transfer basic information changes made in the first student’s record (i.e. address or phone number) to the next student’s record to  make the process of updating multiple students more efficient.

If you have been receiving notices and have not yet logged in to complete the update process, please contact the office at your child’s school building immediately.  Assistance can be provided for those who may not have access to a computer or the internet. Thank you for helping us ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for your child each school year.

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPT. PROVIDES AED TRAINING TO DISTRICT STAFF

image2 IMG_3009Olmsted Falls School District would like to extend thanks to Lieutenant Joe Fudale and the Olmsted Township Fire Department for providing training to staff members across the district over the course of the last two weeks.   Lieutenant Fudale held training sessions at buildings throughout the district to demonstrate for staff how to operate the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) units that are installed in each building.

The American Red Cross estimates that access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives a year. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background as you wait for responders to arrive on scene.

Thank you again to Lieutenant Fudale and Olmsted Township Fire Department for partnering with Olmsted Falls Schools to bring this valuable training to our staff members.

OCTOBER’S HEALTHY HEROES

Healthy hero 1ahealthy hero fl 2Congratulations to October’s Healthy Heroes, Riley Thomas and Zoe Nechvatal!

Riley is pictured here with her parents, Dawn Porter and Brandon Johnson; Zoe is pictured with District Nurse Carol Meszaros.

The Healthy Hero Program helps teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits, such as eating right, exercising every day, power washing their hands, coughing and sneezing into 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 Toy-R-Us.

Sunshine Boys GraphicOFHS MASQUERS PLAY SET FOR NOVEMBER 21ST, 22ND

The OFHS Masquers will present the play The Sunshine Boys at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22.

Tickets may be ordered now by calling 440-427-6070.

THANK YOU TO BLOOD DONORS!

american red cross redone sizeThe 2014 OFHS Student Council’s November Blood Drive was a success.  The final count saw 48 students, teachers and parents donate and provide 38 pints of blood to the American Red Cross. Thanks to the PTA, Student Council and blood donors for this successful campaign.

OFMS EXTENDS THANKS TO PTA

thanksvolunteers3The annual Scholastic Book Fair at Olmsted Falls Middle School just concluded.  OFMS would like to thank our wonderful PTA for all their help!  The OFMS PTA  played a vital role in making the fair such a success.  OFMS would like to especially thank the following members:  Nicole Humphrey, Joanna Bernard, Donna McKee and Nicole Allmandinger.  A big shout out to Donna McKee who went above and beyond by working all afternoon and then staying to help for the Thursday night conferences when the Scholastic volunteer couldn’t make it.  It was the highest grossing night of the fair!!  Thank you again to our volunteers, and to all of the students and parents who took time to shop this year’s book fair!

AS WINTER APPROACHES…REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR PARENT COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES IN POWERSCHOOL

upside down snowmanJust a reminder to all Bulldog parents that Olmsted Falls School District uses a parent communication tool called Power Announcement to connect with parents via email, voice and text messaging.  All parents have the ability to set their own communication preferences for various types of messages – including school cancellation messages – through their PowerSchool parent accounts.

To review your current settings and/or adjust your preferences, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://psof.nccohio.org/public
  2. Click the “Power Announcement” link located on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Click “Expand All” to review your current contact information / communication preferences and adjust accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE:

Email and voice messages are automatically set by default.  To stop receiving email or voice messages to a particular email or phone number, simply click to uncheck the box for the specific email or phone number to remove the default setting.

TEXT MESSAGES can only be sent to parents who OPT-IN to receive text messaging from the school district. To opt-in and begin receiving TEXT messages to a cell phone, simply check the box for the specified cell phone number(s).

Communication preferences MUST BE UPDATED SEPARATELY for each student within your PowerSchool account.

Any parents with questions about accessing their PowerSchool parent accounts, or adjusting communication preferences are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

To download a Power Announcement Parent Guide with more detailed information/instructions, please click HERE.

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

snowdayEach year, with the arrival of winter, we receive a number of questions regarding our District’s policy for closing school due to inclement weather conditions. We understand that the decision to close schools has an enormous impact on all of our families.

To read more about how Olmsted falls School District determines snow days, please click HERE.

DINE AT CHICK-FIL-A AND SUPPORT OFHS BOWLING TEAMS

bowling pinsSupport the OFHS Boys and Girls Bowling Teams by visiting the North Olmsted’s Chick-FilaA from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, November 24th.

The teams will receive 20-percent of the sales from those mentioning they are there to support the teams when placing an order.

To see the flyer, click here. You need not, however, show it when you order. Just be sure to say you are there for the OFHS bowling teams prior to placing your order. Thank you for your support.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

poinsettias_3461cThe National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale is officially underway and will run through December 16th. Please consider supporting National Honor Society through a poinsettia purchase. Simply complete the attached form and return it to the high school with your preferred method of payment. Funds earned from this sale help support NHS inductions, Chapter scholarships and Relay for Life. Thank you in advance for your support!  To download an order form, please click HERE.

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

Graduates Lifting MortarboardsOFHS students, do you have questions about college decision-making and the application process? Now through November 25th, you may join the College Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays during lunch/study hall in the Guidance Office.  Sign up in the Guidance Office.  Contact Mrs. Caldrone at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net with questions.

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Ohio Means Jobs may be best known as the state’s premiere job and resume bank. However, beginning this fall, Ohio Means Jobs is including FREE career development tools for students, parents and teachers. Students may utilize Ohio Means Jobs to determine career interests, explore in demand careers, search for college and training programs, prepare for college admissions exams, locate scholarships, develop a future budget and more! To access Ohio Means Jobs, click here and click on the K-12 Students icon.

OFHS BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE /ALUMNI GAME IS NOVEMBER 22ND 

bulldog paw blueCheer on the 2014-15 boys varsity basketball Team – and the grads – at the November 22nd second annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage/Alumni Game.  The Scrimmage is from 3-4 p.m. and the Alumni game, featuring former Bulldog players, is from 4-6 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Fans, please donate a canned goods item at the door for a local food bank. Contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net if you have questions.

ornamentsHELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTY

Helping Hands annual Holiday Party is Friday, December 5th from 5:30-8 p.m. in the OFMS Cafetorium. This family-friendly event includes dinner, dancing, crafts and games. Tony K’s is catering the event with cookie decorating as the dessert!

To see a flyer of the event and its cost, click here.

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

hockey logoBuy your tickets now as the OFHS Hockey Team plays Cleveland Heights’ team at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday, December 20th. Their 4 p.m. game is played prior to the Lake Erie Monsters who will compete against Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. All players, coaches and fans will need a valid Monster ticket to enter the youth event, plus the first 5,000 fans will receive Lake Erie Monsters ear warmers.

Click here to order tickets, which are discounted to $12 from the usual $24. For questions about the game, contact Coach Brian Thompson.

ReflectionsATTENTION ALL 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS – ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM GETTING UNDERWAY

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to CREATE ART inspired by a specific theme. The 2014-2015 theme is “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”

You can create art in any of the following 6 areas:

  1. Dance Choreography
  2. Film Production
  3. Literature
  4. Musical Composition
  5. Photography or
  6. Visual Arts

The top prizes recognize the most creative interpretation of the theme in each of the arts areas.

Entry forms and entry box are located inside the Middle School’s main office. You can also download the required forms from the OFMS PTA web page by clicking HERE.  Deadline for entries is December 1st.

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive team again offers Christmas HoneyBaked Ham and other items. The team will receive 15 percent of all orders from now through Dec. 12th by those ordered through the flyer by clicking here, which also contains a link to the HoneyBaked Ham’s website where you also may place orders. The price is the same in retail stores – no mark up. Place your order and help the team in this fundraising.

Pick up is Tuesday, December 23rd from 5-7 p.m. at OFHS.

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

baklava pixOrder tasty baklava from OFHS Post Prom in two different pan sizes. The cost is $25 for the 8×8 pan and $35 for the 9×13. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup. To order or for more details, view the flyer by clicking here.

The order deadline is December 20th.

COMMUNITY

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710JOIN THE ROBOTIX BLOX: MOCKINGBOT CHALLENGE @ OF LIBRARY – TOMORROW

When: November 15th

Time:  2-4 p.m. 

Who: grades 5 and up

Description: Tick Tock, program a robot to survive the clock, the clock arena that is from Catching Fire! Help it fight off crazy monkeys, dodge the lighting, and conquer other challenges Katniss and Peeta encounter in the action packed Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER 15th FUNDRAISER

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association Fundraiser is Saturday, November 15th, 7-9 p.m. at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include pizza, wings and rigatoni, refreshments and FUN!! There will be raffle boards, 50/50, and as always, great gift baskets! The money raised will help keep registration fees at 2014 levels. Contact Kelly Atkins at bobcatteach@gmail.com for tickets, donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big-ticket item. Attendees must be 21 and over.

OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

crafts4Crafters and vendors help kick off your holiday season, November 15, 2014 from 9-4 at the Olmsted Falls Community Center located at 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH  44138.  Handmade jewelry, soaps, wreathes and much more.  Kids craft corner, swag bags, gift wrapping and refreshments available.  Free Admission.

To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER – FREE TO OLMSTED COMMUNITY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – THANKSGIVING DAY – 12:00 -4:00 P.M.

yTo7bKATEOlmsted Kiwanis Club, Shakers IGA, First Federal of Lakewood and Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural are partnering to sponsor a FREE Thanksgiving dinner open to all members of the Olmsted community.  All are invited to gather for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner taking place on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the German-American Cultural Center.

Join for dinner, or volunteer to help serve.  Please contact Tony Budak at tbudak@aol.com or (440) 391-9942 with any questions.

Save the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!

santaMark your calendars for this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop on Saturday, December 6TH from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This event lets kids shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. Grownups can buy tickets for our holiday raffle of items including an Xbox One and Vitamix blender. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Olmsted Falls’ Cub Scout Pack 102.

Tree SaleBOY SCOUTS’ CHRISTMAS TREE SALE COMING SOON

OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual Christmas Tree sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road, over the November 29th-30th and December 6th-7th weekends.  Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.  Pick out a Scotch pine, Fraser fir, white pine or other tree as helpful scouts carry it to your car.  Have questions?  Call Mike Knaggs, 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.

ANNUAL KIWANIS SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH SANTA – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – 5 to 7:30 P.M.

Santa-2spaghettiOlmsted Kiwanis will again host the popular Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner with Santa on Friday, December 12th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the OFHS Cafeteria.  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll, beverage & dessert.  Adults (13 & over) $8; Children (6-12) $6; Seniors (60 & over) $6; Kids 5 & under eat free!  Visit with Santa!  Door prizes and crafters!  Make attending this fun evening a holiday tradition for your family!  Hope to see you there!

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

hockey logoBuy your tickets now as the OFHS Hockey Team plays Cleveland Heights’ team at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday, December 20th. Their 4 p.m. game is played prior to the Lake Erie Monsters who will compete against Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. All players, coaches and fans will need a valid Monster ticket to enter the youth event, plus the first 5,000 fans will receive Lake Erie Monsters ear warmers.

Click here to order tickets, which are discounted to $12 from the usual $24. For questions about the game, contact Coach Brian Thompson.

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Parent Update – November 6, 2014

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OFHS STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE ENGINEERING SKILLS AT CONFERENCE

engineering demoOFHS/Polaris Career Center students Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbit attended the Industrial and Manufacturing Conference at Lorain County Community College, which the Cleveland Engineering Society sponsored.

The two demonstrated how to program and use the Articulated Robot Arm that they used to win third place at SkillsUSA competition last summer.

Very impressive – great job!

OFIS 5TH GRADE SCIENCE FAIR HAD AMAZING EXPERIMENTS

science fair 3Students in Mrs. Atkins, Mr. Schafer and Mrs. Harb’s 5th grade science classes showed their experiments at the annual OFIS Science Fair. They applied what they learned about the Scientific Method after completing several classroom experiments and then chose one of their choice. The students wrote hypotheses, step-by-step instructions, collected data in charts and created graphs and wrote a conclusion based on their results and hypothesis. Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came to OFIS to support our young ‘scientists!’

To view the Science Fair photo gallery, click here.

powder puff football pinkSUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TEAM – TONIGHT

What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game

When: 7 p.m. – Thursday, November 6th

Where: OFHS

Cost: $5

BIDDING CLOSES AT 9 TONIGHT FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT ON-LINE SURPLUS AUCTION 

Olmsted Falls School District is participating in an oOFCS Triple A Logon-line auction to sell no longer needed equipment and supplies.  This on-line auction is open to the public.

For information on how to access the auction site, please click HERE.

Bidding Closes:  Thursday, November 6th at 9:00 p.m.

College and Coffee_Fall 2014FINAL OFHS COFFEE & COLLEGE SESSION FOR PARENTS IS TOMORROW, NOV. 7TH

Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? The last session of OFHS’s Coffee & College is set for this Friday, November 7th in the OFHS media center. The time is 8-9 a.m.  For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

Graduates Lifting MortarboardsOFHS students, do you have questions about college decision-making and the application process? Now through November 25th, you may join the College Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays during lunch/study hall in the Guidance Office.  Sign up in the Guidance Office.  Contact Mrs. Caldrone at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net with questions.

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

Copy of Donuts for Dads 002FALLS-LENOX BREAKFAST BUDDY EVENT FOR DADS, GRANDPAS & OTHERS SET FOR NOV. 12TH & 13TH

The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA invites Falls-Lenox dads, grandpas and other important men in the lives of the school’s students to share some time together this month.  The Breakfast Buddy dates are as follows:

Wednesday, November 12 (for last names that begin with A-L)

Thursday, November 13 (for last names that begin with M-Z)

The Breakfast Buddy event is in the Falls-Lenox Cafeteria from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on those mornings.  Donuts, coffee and juice will be served.  We hope to see you there!

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MORE PHOTOS/VIDEO OF OFHS ROBOTICS CLUB COMPETITION

The Robotics Club competed against 36 other teams in the qualifying rounds to come in 1, 4, 5, 11 and 13.  Two of the teams competed in the finals and took second.  Members of the 2nd place team are Brian Dougher, Zach Basso, Kristen Zakel, Logan Petruziello, Logan Klink and Bobby Illig. A photo gallery is available here.  A video of the final round may be viewed by clicking here.  Again, congrats!

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Ohio Means Jobs may be best known as the state’s premiere job and resume bank. However, beginning this fall, Ohio Means Jobs is including FREE career development tools for students, parents and teachers. Students may utilize Ohio Means Jobs to determine career interests, explore in demand careers, search for college and training programs, prepare for college admissions exams, locate scholarships, develop a future budget and more! To access Ohio Means Jobs, click here and click on the K-12 Students icon.

OF SCHOOLS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN COSTUME

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStudents – and teachers – dressed for the Halloween spirit in some of our OF schools.  Whether dressed as a skeleton, Princess Elsa, crayon or cowgirl, they enjoyed the day:

To view the ECC photo gallery, click here.

To view a Falls-Lenox photo gallery of costumes, click here.

To view a photo gallery of OFIS, click here.

To view Cleveland.com photos of those in costume attending the Oct. 31 Bulldog football game, click here.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT MIDDLE SCHOOL - THIS WEEK

book _fairThe OFMS Media Center has its Scholastic Book Fair running from now until Wednesday, November 12th. The fair is open TONIGHT during conference evening from 4:00-7:30 as well.

Be sure to stop by!  Great opportunity to start your holiday shopping early!

 

FINAL WEEK TO MEET COLLEGE REPS

Friday is the final day college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Be sure to schedule your visit through the Guidance Office. 

ornamentsHELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTY

Helping Hands annual Holiday Party is Friday, December 5th from 5:30-8 p.m. in the OFMS Cafetorium. This family-friendly event includes dinner, dancing, crafts and games. Tony K’s is catering the event with cookie decorating as the dessert!

To see a flyer of the event and its cost, click here.

OFMA ANNUAL WING/PIZZA NIGHT – THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH @ TONY K’S

Olmsted_Falls_MusicDon’t miss out on a fun evening and great opportunity to support Olmsted Falls Music Association!  This year’s annual Wing/Pizza Night fundraiser will take place at Tony K’s from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th – featuring OFMA’s popular Music Trivia Contest!  $20 Door Entry per person, includes all you can eat wings/pizza/salad buffet and drinks – plus a chance at a valuable door prize.  Seating is limited, arrive early to secure your seat for the music trivia contest.  Registration for Music Trivia closes at 6:50 p.m.; $15 per person additional entry fee to participate in Music Trivia Contest.  Teams up to 6 players – cash prizes.  Note: You do not need to participate in Music Trivia to attend.

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive team again offers Christmas HoneyBaked Ham and other items. The team will receive 15 percent of all orders from now through Dec. 12th by those ordered through the flyer by clicking here, which also contains a link to the HoneyBaked Ham’s website where you also may place orders. The price is the same in retail stores – no mark up. Place your order and help the team in this fundraising.

Pick up is Tuesday, December 23th from 5-7 p.m. at OFHS.

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

baklava pixOrder tasty baklava from OFHS Post Prom in two different pan sizes. The cost is $25 for the 8×8 pan and $35 for the 9×13. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup. To order or for more details, view the flyer by clicking here.

The order deadline is December 20th.

WINTER BASKETBALL SIGN-UP DEADLINE CLOSE FOR BOYS & GIRLS GRADES 1-3

basketballThe Athletic Department of Olmsted Falls Schools offers an opportunity for primary school students to play winter basketball.

Grades 1-3 will have various playing times. Grade 1’s league is once a week for about 8-10 weeks. Grades 2 and 3 will play in their leagues twice a week – one practice, one game – for 8-10 weeks. The program’s cost is $25 per student.  Information and registration forms for the Winter Basketball Program are online.  Please click HERE to download the registration information.

Registration and money is due NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th to Falls-Lenox school office. Informational half-sheet flyers will be sent home in backpacks to all 1st-3rd graders this week.

ReflectionsATTENTION ALL 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS – ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM GETTING UNDERWAY

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to CREATE ART inspired by a specific theme. The 2014-2015 theme is “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”

You can create art in any of the following 6 areas:

  1. Dance Choreography
  2. Film Production
  3. Literature
  4. Musical Composition
  5. Photography or
  6. Visual Arts

The top prizes recognize the most creative interpretation of the theme in each of the arts areas.

Entry forms and entry box are located inside the Middle School’s main office. You can also download the required forms from the OFMS PTA web page by clicking HERE.  Deadline for entries is December 1st.

OFHS BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE /ALUMNI GAME IS THIS MONTH

bulldog paw blueCheer on the 2014-15 boys varsity basketball Team – and the grads – at the November 22nd second annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage/Alumni Game.  The Scrimmage is from 3-4 p.m. and the Alumni game, featuring former Bulldog players, is from 4-6 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Fans, please donate a canned goods item at the door for a local food bank. Contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net if you have questions.

 

COMMUNITY

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710JOIN THE ROBOTIX BLOX: MOCKINGBOT CHALLENGE @ OF LIBRARY 

When: November 15th

Time:  2-4 p.m. 

Who: grades 5 and up

Description: Tick Tock, program a robot to survive the clock, the clock arena that is from Catching Fire! Help it fight off crazy monkeys, dodge the lighting, and conquer other challenges Katniss and Peeta encounter in the action packed Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER 15th FUNDRAISER

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association Fundraiser is Saturday, November 15th, 7-9 p.m. at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include pizza, wings and rigatoni, refreshments and FUN!! There will be raffle boards, 50/50, and as always, great gift baskets! The money raised will help keep registration fees at 2014 levels. Contact Kelly Atkins at bobcatteach@gmail.com for tickets, donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big-ticket item. Attendees must be 21 and over.

OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

crafts4Crafters and vendors help kick off your holiday season, November 15, 2014 from 9-4 at the Olmsted Falls Community Center located at 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH  44138.  Handmade jewelry, soaps, wreathes and much more.  Kids craft corner, swag bags, gift wrapping and refreshments available.  Free Admission.

To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

Save the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!

santaMark your calendars for this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop on Saturday, December 6TH from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This event lets kids shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. Grownups can buy tickets for our holiday raffle of items including an Xbox One and Vitamix blender. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Olmsted Falls’ Cub Scout Pack 102.

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Parent Update – October 29, 2014

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IMPORTANT REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

This Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day.  There will be NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday, November 4th.  Olmsted Falls School District staff members will participate in a professional development day.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE!

OF oct 29 blog Ramtec photoOFHS VEX ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

Six teams from OFHS recently competed in the RAMTEC VEX Robotic Challenge in Marion, OH. The Bulldogs battled right to the end, but lost in the final round, placing second. The teams are off to a good start this year!

Seen here is a picture of the second place alliance, which consisted of two Olmsted Falls teams and one from Marion.

OLMSTED FALLS RECOGNIZES NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

IMG_0154Olmsted Falls School District celebrated National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 20-24) in style. ECC held a pep rally where kindergarten students learned about safe riding and making good choices on the school bus. The OF Board of Education approved a resolution, as did the city of Olmsted IMG_0156Falls, which also acknowledged the special week on its Village Green  community sign.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol also visited the district to support the cause. The OSHP’s motor vehicle inspection team rode local routes and had a presence on the sidewalks in the morning. State Trooper Jeff Hirsch followed routes monitoring bus stops and patrolling the roadways for red light violations, since the latter is a prevalent problem with motorists nationwide. On that day, there were no violators they saw or ticketed in the Olmsted Falls School District.

It was a special week to remind everyone of school bus safety. To view the board of education’s resolution, click HERE.

OFCS Triple A LogoCOLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH (CPM) PARENT INFO NIGHT –  TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH

CPM logoParents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend tonight’s information night to learn about the new College Preparatory Math (CPM) program being used by 6th – 12th grade students this year. (Parents of students in lower grade levels are also welcome to attend.)  CPM is a resource that uses problem-based lessons, collaborative student study teams, and learning strategies that are consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practices.

The meeting will provide parents with an overview of CPM and what a typical lesson looks like for the students.  A previous information was held at the Middle School earlier this month.  For those unable to attend either session, we will be posting the presentations, along with a link to Frequently Asked Questions, on the District website.  Please watch future blogs for links.

TONIGHT’s CPM parent meeting is at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center.

Halloween-Princess-trick-or-treatREMINDER:  ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADES!

Annual Halloween parades for elementary students get underway today….

Following is this year’s schedule of parades:

Wed., Oct. 29th @ 1:00 p.m.  - OFIS

Thurs., Oct. 30th @ 9:30 a.m. – ECC AM Preschool

Thurs., Oct. 30th @ 1:00 p.m. – ECC PM Preschool

Friday, Oct. 31st @ 9:30 a.m. – ECC AM Kindergarten

Friday, Oct. 31st @ 12:30 p.m. – ECC PM Kindergarten

Friday, Oct. 31st @ 1:15 p.m. – Falls-Lenox

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS - LAST HOME GAME THIS FRIDAY!

football-clip-artVarsity football presale tickets will be on sale Friday, October 31st,  at Olmsted Falls High School – Student Office – for its final home game, which is Parents Night.

Student presale tickets will be on sale that day at ALL school buildings for $4.

Adult presale tickets will be available that day only at the Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.

DON’T FORGET!  COME TO THIS FRIDAY’S GAME TO SEE WHO WINS THE NEW CHEVY CRUZE 

OFAB fundraiser carAt the Oct. 10 football game, 10 names were drawn as the finalists in the 2014Chevy Cruze raffle. They were invited to attend Friday’s,  October 31st, home football game. Each will receive a key and have the opportunity to try to start the car’s engine. Only one winner will either drive away with the Chevy Cruze or the $10,000 cash prize. The community is invited to attend the game and join the excitement to see who wins the car.

The ten finalists are  Cindy Bacisin, Westlake; Kathie Brock, Swanton; Tom and Patty Bush, Olmsted Township; Michael Kalinoski, Strongsville; Erin Kubicki, North Royalton; Karen Marks, Olmsted Township; Cassie Mullins, Richfield; Doug Nolan; Jeannette Saurette, Westlake and Sharon Texter, Boardman.

donate blood pixOFHS BLOOD DRIVE – THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.            

book _fairSCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT MIDDLE SCHOOL - STARTS NEXT WEEK

The OFMS Media Center will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, Nov. 3rd.-Wed. Nov. 12th.  The fair will be open during both conference evenings from 4:00-7:30 as well. 

Be sure to stop by!  Great opportunity to start your holiday shopping early!

OFMAMusicalNotes-November2014Cover_Page_01HOT OFF THE PRESS:  OFMA NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter features 10 pages of information on music activities and upcoming events, as well as great color photos!  Click HERE to download your copy today.

The mission of OFMA is to support, encourage, advance and cultivate, through volunteerism and fundraising, the musical education of students in the OFCS.

Membership contributions and fundraising money provide added equipment, extra support and new learning experiences for all district music programs. To become a member, click HERE for the membership form.

All are invited to attend the NEXT OFMS MEETING this coming Wednesday, November 5th – at 7 p.m. in OFHS choir room.     

ALSO, MARK YOU CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS (additional details in newsletter):

Monday, November 3rd – 2nd Grade Music Program “Patriotic & American Folk Songs” – Click HERE for flyer.

Tuesday, November 4th – Marching Band Banquet

Saturday, November 8th - Annual Wing & Pizza Night @ Tony K’s                                     

College and Coffee_Fall 2014FINAL OFHS COFFEE & COLLEGE SESSION FOR PARENTS IS NEXT FRIDAY, NOV. 7TH

Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? The latest session of OFHS’s Coffee & College is scheduled for this Friday, October 24th.  OFHS is offering several dates this fall for parents to meet together for coffee and discuss the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid.

The time is 8-9 a.m. November 7th in the OFHS media center.  For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

open doorATTN: OFHS SENIORS!  MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES!

From now through Nov. 7 college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Most of the days will see at least two colleges present at that time. Schedule your visits through the Guidance Office.

Click HERE to view a timetable of each college’s visit to the school.

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DEADLINES NEARS FOR BOYS’ DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

The 2014 Boys Developmental Basketball League sign up deadline is Nov. 1st.  Registered boys in grades 4-6 will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays and one Wednesday during November and December. The OFHS varsity coaches and players will teach the skills and emphasize basic skills, game rules and teamwork in an educational and fun atmosphere.

The participants will play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.

The cost is $60.   To see a detailed flyer on registration, click HERE.

OFCS Triple A LogoOLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT  PARTICIPATING IN ON-LINE SURPLUS AUCTION TO DISPOSE OF USED EQUIPMENT / SUPPLIES

Olmsted Falls School District is participating in an on-line auction to sell no longer needed equipment and supplies.  This on-line auction is open to the public.

For information on how to access the auction site, please click HERE 

Bidding Closes:  Thursday, November 6th at 9:00 p.m.

powder puff football pinkSUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TEAM

What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game

When: 7 p.m. November 6th

Where: OFHS

Cost: $5

basketballWINTER BASKETBALL SET FOR BOYS & GIRLS GRADES 1-3

The Athletic Department of Olmsted Falls Schools offers an opportunity for primary school students to play winter basketball.

Grades 1-3 will have various playing times. Grade 1’s league is once a week for about 8-10 weeks. Grades 2 and 3 will play in their leagues twice a week – one practice, one game – for 8-10 weeks. The program’s cost is $25 per student.  Information and registration forms for the Winter Basketball Program are online.  Please click HERE to download the registration information.

Registration and money is due NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th to Falls-Lenox school office. Informational half-sheet flyers will be sent home in backpacks to all 1st-3rd graders this week.

ATTENTION ALL 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS – ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM GETTING UNDERWAY

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to CREATE ART inspired by a specific theme. The 2014-2015 theme is “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”

You can create art in any of the following 6 areas:

  1. Dance Choreography
  2. Film Production
  3. Literature
  4. Musical Composition
  5. Photography or
  6. Visual Arts

The top prizes recognize the most creative interpretation of the theme in each of the arts areas.

Entry forms and entry box are located inside the Middle School’s main office. You can also download the required forms from the OFMS PTA web page by clicking HERE.  Deadline for entries is December 1st.

attendance_2REMINDER:  DISTRICT ATTENDANCE POLICIES FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 1 – 12

During last school year (2013-2014), the Olmsted Falls School District aligned attendance procedures throughout the district for students in grades 1 to 12.  This update to previous policies provides consistency from building to building as it relates to coding of absences, as well as, adheres to guidelines for state attendance reporting.

Please be aware of the following attendance procedures in effect for all students attending Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS:

Coding Procedures for Tardy, ½ Day AM and ½ Day PM:

Tardy:  Any student entering the building within 90 minutes of the first bell will be considered tardy.

½ Day AM Absence: Any student entering the building after the first 90 minutes of the school day, will be marked with a ½ day AM Absence.

½ Day PM Absence: Any student leaving the building prior to the last 90 minutes of the school day will be marked with a ½ day PM absence.

* In the case of a doctor’s appointment:  If the student  has a doctor’s appointment and is out of school for less than two hours, it will not be counted as an absence if a doctor’s note is provided upon his/her return.  If a doctor’s appointment runs longer than two hours, it will be coded as either a ½ day excused absence (with a doctor’s note) or a ½ day unexcused absence (without a doctor’s note).

All student absences are unexcused in PowerSchool until changed to excused by the attendance secretary based upon parent contact.

Students may be excused from school for up to 5 days each school year for vacation with prior approval.  Vacation days in excess of 5 days will be considered unexcused unless approved by school administration.

If any student reaches 10 days of absences in the school year (either excused or unexcused), all future absences during the same school year will be considered UNEXCUSED unless a doctor’s note is provided to the school.

Any student with continuous unexcused absences for 105 school hours will be withdrawn from school.

Student absences due to weather conditions, confirmed by parent contact, are considered EXCUSED absences.

Olmsted Falls School District uses the PowerSchool automated phone system to notify parents/guardians of unexcused absences.  Please Note:  ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFIS will make additional follow-up calls AFTER automated calls are sent, if parent still does not call back.

candleOFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER ENDS MONDAY

From now until this Monday, November 3rd, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The fragrant candles make great GIFTS for any occasion.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, click HERE. Please contact Sharon at Gentrys10@aol.com for more information. 

Olmsted_Falls_MusicOFMA ANNUAL WING/PIZZA NIGHT – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH @ TONY K’S

Don’t miss out on a fun evening and great opportunity to support Olmsted Falls Music Association!  This year’s annual Wing/Pizza Night fundraiser will take place at Tony K’s from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th – featuring OFMA’s popular Music Trivia Contest!  $20 Door Entry per person, includes all you can eat wings/pizza/salad buffet and drinks – plus a chance at a valuable door prize.  Seating is limited, arrive early to secure your seat for the music trivia contest.  Registration for Music Trivia closes at 6:50 p.m.; $15 per person additional entry fee to participate in Music Trivia Contest.  Teams up to 6 players – cash prizes.  Note: You do not need to participate in Music Trivia to attend.

schwan's photoOFMS FUNDRAISER BRINGS FROZEN FOODS TO YOUR DOOR

The Middle School has its Schwan’s fundraising campaign occurring now. All funds raised will help pay for programs, such as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, dances and scholarships.

Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. Ordering is quick and easy.  Visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter the OF campaign ID code – 15281 – when placing an order or call 1-855-870-7208 and give the representative that same ID code.  OFMS PTA will receive 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases through November 26th.  OFMS PTA will still receive 5% of sales after November 26th for a full year!  Anyone may order using our campaign ID code so friends, family and neighbor can order from any locale.

For more details on ordering, click HERE.   Thank you for supporting the OFMS PTA!

COMMUNITY

Halloween-Princess-trick-or-treatCOMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT NIGHT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1st

Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township officials changed their trick-or-treat day from October 31st to November 1st. The hours are 6-8 p.m.

They based their reasoning on safety.  The Bulldogs final home game – and Parents Night – is  October 31st.  It is against neighboring North Olmsted.  There will be more-than-normal traffic on our streets that night, especially in the northern section with North Olmsted fans coming to the game.

Town Hall Meeting 2014CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES – TOWN HALL MEETING ON NOV. 5TH

The CCBDD invites parents and interested residents to join in a conversation with Superintendent/CEO Kelly Petty about the organization’s Strategic Plan, the state and federal initiatives affecting us, community inclusion and other issues that may shape the future of services for people with developmental disabilities, here and throughout Ohio.  To download the event flyer for more information, please click HERE.

DSCF1069OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER 15th FUNDRAISER

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association Fundraiser is Saturday, November 15th, 7-9 p.m. at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include pizza, wings and rigatoni, refreshments and FUN!! There will be raffle boards, 50/50, and as always, great gift baskets! The money raised will help keep registration fees at 2014 levels. Contact Kelly Atkins at bobcatteach@gmail.com for tickets, donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big-ticket item. Attendees must be 21 and over.

model railroad train set upCHUG ALONG @ OF LIBRARY’S TRAIN DAY OPEN HOUSE

Members of the community’s very own Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club will demonstrate a room-size operating miniature railroad display between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 1st at the Olmsted Falls Library. The display will include a Lionel O-scale model railroad trains and live action accessories.

While at the library, stop and visit its railroad-theme Children’s Department and garden-scale model railroad train in action.

crafts4OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

Crafters and vendors help kick off your holiday season, November 15, 2014 from 9-4 at the Olmsted Falls Community Center located at 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH  44138.  Handmade jewelry, soaps, wreathes and much more.  Kids craft corner, swag bags, gift wrapping and refreshments available.  Free Admission.  To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

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Parent Update – October 23, 2014

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BOARD SALUTES 2014 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS

Board of education pix with awardeesThe OF Board of Education and Dr. Jim Lloyd recognized six students who are Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. The students are, from left to right in the photo, Conner Arendec, Michael Doherty, Ryan Klimchak, Kathryn Lesiak, Melania Linderman and Kyle Thompson.

High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) – a test that serves as an initial screen of about 1.5 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.  About 34,000 of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT received Letters of Commendation to recognize their outstanding academic promise. Some Commended Students may become candidates for Special Scholarships that corporations and businesses sponsor.  Congrats to these fine students!

BILL McGRAIN ELECTED TO STATE WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION POST

mc grain, billOFHS teacher and long-time Bulldog wrestling coach Bill McGrain was elected Vice President of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association. He will transition to its presidency for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. The election occurred last week at the OHSWCA annual State Clinic.

Mr. McGrain, who retired from his coaching position in 2012, has remained active and is a recognized leader in high school wrestling with nearly 30 years of experience and dedication to the sport. He was elected as a member of the Ohio High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ohio Division 2 Coach of the Year, SWC Coach of the Year 14 times, coached seven individual state champions, had 12 top 10 state finishes, a career dual meet record of 335-58-3, 13 SWC championships, 73 individual SWC champs, 76 state qualifiers and 46 state place winners.

Congratulations, Mr. McGrain for this state-level leadership position. His knowledge, expertise and passion will continue to benefit high school wrestlers here in OF as well as across Ohio.

TWO BULLDOG SOCCER PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED IN LOCAL NEWS

austin mitchellOFHS varsity soccer players Austin Mitchell, sophomore, Kevin Leminand Kevin Lemin, freshman, were profiled in the Sun News and the Cleveland Plain Dealer for their accomplishments on the field. Both, along with their varsity teammates, were instrumental in taking the Bulldogs to an overall 10-4-3 record and third place 4-1-1 finish in the SWC. It was the best conference placement in school history.

Both are quality student-athletes who represent the boys soccer program and the district’s entire athletic program in a very successful and special way. Congratulations Kevin and Austin. To view a link to Austin’s write up, click HERE. To see Kevin’s write up, click HERE.

College and Coffee_Fall 2014NEXT OFHS COFFEE & COLLEGE SESSION FOR PARENTS IS TOMORROW, OCT. 24TH!

Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? The latest session of OFHS’s Coffee & College is scheduled for this Friday, October 24th.  OFHS is offering several dates this fall for parents to meet together for coffee and discuss the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid.

The times are 8-9 a.m. on October 24th and November 7th in the OFHS media center.  For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

Talent-Clip-Art-1AUDITIONS FOR THE OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE THIS SATURDAY 

Have you got talent?  Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tumble, juggle, perform magic tricks or do something else amazing?  Are you in kindergarten through 12th grade?  It is time to audition for the OFHS PTA Talent Show Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium.  Practice, practice, practice!

Mark your calendars now.  The talent show will be held on Saturday, January 24th.  Contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894, or Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net with questions.

Annie Jr. clipartOFMS PRESENTS ANNIE JR. – TONIGHT, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

The OFMS Bulldog Theatre Company will present Annie Jr. on October 23rd, 24th and 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Enjoy an evening out to the theater with a cast and crew of 70 young actors and technicians who have been hard at work preparing this production. They are excited to perform for you.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3, students and senior citizens and children under 5, free. Come and enjoy the music and magic of this timeless story. You are guaranteed to leave with a smile. After all, you are never fully dressed without one! 

IMA22OFIS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD GREW IN PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS

This year’s Science Olympiad saw 109 OFIS students participate in the experience that occurred earlier this month. Not only did student participation grow, but there was a unique collaboration among OFIS, OFMS, OFHS, community members and NASA. To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

IMA6OFMS and OFHS students acted as coaches, parents volunteered to coach and judge and NASA employees worked weekly with the students to help them improve their designs and problem solving on six different events. They included an egg drop, sinking ship, mystery powders, derby downs/K’nex cars, catapult and aerodynamics. A description of each event may be viewed by clicking HERE.

Thanks to support from Don Svec, Jim Yandell and new Kiwanis president Tony Budak, a wider group of volunteers were recruited to help in the design process. OFIS staff, including secretaries, maintenance and teachers, supported the project.  It literally took a village to help students have quality science experiences with many connections to the model curriculum.

A special thanks to OFMS eighth-graders Noah Le and Eric Sobera, who took charge of teaching/coaching/judging their events. They have coached for the past three years and have been outstanding leaders and teachers, skilled beyond their years!

Garden memorialECC HONORS FORMER VOLUNTEER WITH GARDEN MEMORIAL

ECC honored the late Mary Kubat, who weekly read to teacher Patty Michaels’ class, by creating a garden memorial to her. Mrs. Kubat passed away earlier this year. The staff also placed a copy of “Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden” in the school library in her honor.

Reading intervention clip artFL READING INTERVENTION INFORMATION NIGHT - OCTOBER 28th

Falls-Lenox Primary School’s Reading Intervention tutors will host their annual Parent Meeting Tuesday, October 28th at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.

They will discuss the reading intervention program available to qualifying students this school year. Mrs. Double, Mrs. Thomas, Miss Weimer and Mr. Hammon look forward to speaking with parents about research-based instruction designed to help students improve their reading skills.  Individual invitations were sent home with qualifying students this week.

 FYI – Don’t forget the FL/ECC PTA meeting the same evening, 10/28/14, at 7:00 pm @ ECC.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH (CPM) INFO NIGHT FOR OFMS/OFHS PARENTS –  OCTOBER 29TH

Parents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to the final information night to learn about the new College Preparatory Math (CPM) program being used by 6th – 12th grade students this year. (Parents of students in lower grade levels are also welcome to attend.)  CPM is a resource that uses problem-based lessons, collaborative student study teams, and learning strategies that are consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practices.  The meeting will provide parents with an overview of CPM and what a typical lesson looks like for the students.  If you are unable to attend, we will be posting the meeting notes on the Olmsted Falls District website following the presentations.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 29th in the OFHS Media Center.

attendance_2REMINDER:  DISTRICT ATTENDANCE POLICIES FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 1 – 12

During last school year (2013-2014), the Olmsted Falls School District aligned attendance procedures throughout the district for students in grades 1 to 12.  This update to previous policies provides consistency from building to building as it relates to coding of absences, as well as, adheres to guidelines for state attendance reporting.

Please be aware of the following attendance procedures in effect for all students attending Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS:

Coding Procedures for Tardy, ½ Day AM and ½ Day PM:

Tardy:  Any student entering the building within 90 minutes of the first bell will be considered tardy.

½ Day AM Absence: Any student entering the building after the first 90 minutes of the school day, will be marked with a ½ day AM Absence.

½ Day PM Absence: Any student leaving the building prior to the last 90 minutes of the school day will be marked with a ½ day PM absence.

* In the case of a doctor’s appointment:  If the student  has a doctor’s appointment and is out of school for less than two hours, it will not be counted as an absence if a doctor’s note is provided upon his/her return.  If a doctor’s appointment runs longer than two hours, it will be coded as either a ½ day excused absence (with a doctor’s note) or a ½ day unexcused absence (without a doctor’s note).

All student absences are unexcused in PowerSchool until changed to excused by the attendance secretary based upon parent contact.

Students may be excused from school for up to 5 days each school year for vacation with prior approval.  Vacation days in excess of 5 days will be considered unexcused unless approved by school administration.

If any student reaches 10 days of absences in the school year (either excused or unexcused), all future absences during the same school year will be considered UNEXCUSED unless a doctor’s note is provided to the school.

Any student with continuous unexcused absences for 105 school hours will be withdrawn from school.

Student absences due to weather conditions, confirmed by parent contact, are considered EXCUSED absences.

Olmsted Falls School District uses the PowerSchool automated phone system to notify parents/guardians of unexcused absences.  Please Note:  ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFIS will make additional follow-up calls AFTER automated calls are sent, if parent still does not call back.

OFAB fundraiser car

10 FINALISTS VIE FOR NEW CHEVY CRUZE @ OCTOBER 31ST HOME GAME

At the Oct. 10 football game, 10 names were drawn as the finalists in the 2014Chevy Cruze raffle. They were invited to attend the October 31st home football game. Each will receive a key and have the opportunity to try to start the car’s engine. Only one winner will either drive away with the Chevy Cruze or the $10,000 cash prize. The community is invited to attend the game and join the excitement to see who wins the car.

The ten finalists are  Cindy Bacisin, Westlake; Kathie Brock, Swanton; Tom and Patty Bush, Olmsted Township; Michael Kalinoski, Strongsville; Erin Kubicki, North Royalton; Karen Marks, Olmsted Township; Cassie Mullins, Richfield; Doug Nolan; Jeannette Saurette, Westlake and Sharon Texter, Boardman.

donate blood pixOFHS BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                                        

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MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

From now through Nov. 7 college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Most of the days will see at least two colleges present at that time. Schedule your visits through the Guidance Office.

Click HERE to view a timetable of each college’s visit to the school.

basketball4BOYS IN GRADES 4-6 INVITED TO DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

The 2014 Boys Developmental Basketball League is accepting registration for boys in grades 4-6. They will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays and one Wednesday during November and December. The OFHS varsity coaches and players will teach the skills and emphasize basic skills, game rules and teamwork in an educational and fun atmosphere.

The participants will play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.

The cost is $50 if registration occurs prior to October 24th, and $60 after that date and up to the November 1st deadline.  To see a detailed flyer on registration, click HERE.

candleOFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER CONTINUES

From now until Monday, November 3rd, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The fragrant candles make great GIFTS for any occasion.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, click HERE. Please contact Sharon at Gentrys10@aol.com for more information.

powder puff football pinkSUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TEAM

What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game

When: 7 p.m. November 6th

Where: OFHS

Cost: $5

Masquers LogoNEXT OFHS MASQUERS & FORENSICS PATRONS MEETING IS NOV. 7TH

The school community is invited to the OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, November 3rd, in Room W3, at the high school. Please join us to sign up to help with the fall play on November 21st and 22nd.  We need help with concessions, selling cast notes, etc.

schwan's photoOFMS FUNDRAISER BRINGS FROZEN FOODS TO YOUR DOOR

The Middle School has its Schwan’s fundraising campaign occurring now. All funds raised will help pay for programs, such as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, dances and scholarships.

Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. Ordering is quick and easy.  Visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter the OF campaign ID code – 15281 – when placing an order or call 1-855-870-7208 and give the representative that same ID code.  OFMS PTA will receive 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases through November 26th.  OFMS PTA will still receive 5% of sales after November 26th for a full year!  Anyone may order using our campaign ID code so friends, family and neighbor can order from any locale.

For more details on ordering, click HERE.   Thank you for supporting the OFMS PTA!

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS - LAST HOME GAME OCTOBER 31ST

football-clip-artVarsity football presale tickets will be on sale Friday, October 31st,  at Olmsted Falls High School – Student Office – for its final home game, which is Parents Night.

Student presale tickets will be on sale that day at ALL school buildings for $4.

Adult presale tickets will be available that day only at the Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.

 

COMMUNITY

Halloween-Princess-trick-or-treatCOMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT NIGHT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1st

Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township officials changed their trick-or-treat day from October 31st to November 1st. The hours are 6-8 p.m.

They based their reasoning on safety.  The Bulldogs final home game – and Parents Night – is  October 31st.  It is against neighboring North Olmsted.  There will be more-than-normal traffic on our streets that night, especially in the northern section with North Olmsted fans coming to the game.

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

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Dressed to Kill: Murder at the Costume Ball promises a lighthearted night of mystery. The 6-11:30 p.m. event on Saturday, October 25th is courtesy of the Olmsted Bicentennial Commission and presented by Floriano Productions at the German-American Cultural Center on Columbia Road. The night includes light hors d’oeurvres, served roast beef or pecan chicken dinner, interactive murder mystery entertainment with a nod to the Spirits of Olmsted, music, dancing and historical displays – all for $49 a person. A cash bar will be available. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Advanced ticket sales only, which are available at T & S Mower, 25438 Sprague Road or by CLICKING HERE.

model railroad train set upCHUG ALONG @ OF LIBRARY’S TRAIN DAY OPEN HOUSE

Members of the community’s very own Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club will demonstrate a room-size operating miniature railroad display between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 1st at the Olmsted Falls Library. The display will include a Lionel O-scale model railroad trains and live action accessories.

While at the library, stop and visit its railroad-theme Children’s Department and garden-scale model railroad train in action.

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

crafts4The Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe on November 15th.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.  Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.

To download a space application form, CLICK HERE.  To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

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Parent Update – October 16, 2014

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17TH

There is NO SCHOOL TOMORROW – Friday, October 17th. 

The Olmsted Falls School District, along with other districts throughout the State, will be closed tomorrow for the annual NEOEA Day.

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OFHS VOLLEYBALL TEAM WINS SWC CHAMPIONSHIP; PLAYS TONIGHT IN SECTIONAL MATCH

OFHS volleyball team, now ranked 9th in the state in this week’s coaches poll, plays North Olmsted at 6 p.m. October 16th at Midview in the sectional final game.

The SWC champs are 20-2 on the season and 11-1 in the conference. Its only loss in conference play was to Amherst in the early season. The Bulldogs did not lose a game at home this year – due to the home court advantage of its great fans. The team’s two losses were to North Royalton and Amherst. North Royalton is now ranked 6th in the state and Amherst, 11th. The two teams were both ranked in the top 10. The Bulldogs are ranked 3rd in the District tournament.

Congratulations and best wishes Bulldogs for a continuing successful year. Come cheer the team at tonight’s competition!

bulldog mug graphicBEST FINISH IN 15 YEARS FOR OFHS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Congratulations to the Bulldog cross-country team on their outstanding performances this past Saturday at the SWC CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! The boys, who finished last at the preview meet, had an amazing day to finish in 3rd place overall!   Leading the boys and scoring for them were Caleb Prante, Erik Pfisterer, Emilio Irizarry, Caleb Budic, and Drew Ade.  The guys look to continue their upset-minded ways this week at the District championships, with an eye on trying to qualify for regionals!  Great job guys!

The girls varsity team also finished 3rd overall in their Championship race! Leading the varsity girls were all SWC runners Sarah Makari (6th) and Liz Neudeck (10th).  Also scoring for the girls were Stormie Kadar, Kellie Garrity, and Kaylee Gomez.  The girls also run at the district championships this Saturday, where a trip to regionals lies in wait for them!  Great job teams!

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL RESPONSE TO EBOLA

Facts about Ebola.The health and safety of students and staff in our school system is always a top priority. To read the email update sent to parents by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd this afternoon regarding Ebola, please click HERE.

The Olmsted Falls School District will continue to closely monitor updated information about Ebola from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DSC_8639OFSD EMPLOYEES ATTEND ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR

DSC_8634The Olmsted Falls Board of Education-sponsored Health Fair was held October 7th for OFSD employees. This annual event helps maintain the health and wellness of its employees. Healthy employees keep the cost of insurance premiums to a minimum level. It also encourages employees to be aware of their own health status by measuring glucose, cholesterol, LDL, HDL, BMI and blood pressure and offering flu shots.

This year 204 employees received the biometric screening and 205 employees received a flu shot!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES/ENGINEERING PROGRAMS

Do you have knowledge and experience in either biomedical sciences or engineering? Would you like to share your experiences with Bulldogs in these studies?

The OFHS Biomedical Science and Engineering programs are looking for parent volunteers as guest speakers, job shadows, site visits and mentors who would bring the real world into the classroom.

For more details or to help, contact Pete DuBois (biomedicine) at pdubois@ofcs.net or extension 6188 or Mike Haydn (engineering) at mhaydn@ofcs.net or ext. 6193.

Masquers LogoMASQUERS/FORENSICS PATRON MEETING THIS MONDAY

The school community is invited to the OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, October 20th, in Room W3 at the high school.

JordanJaeckinOFHS STUDENT-ATHLETE HIGHLIGHTED IN LOCAL NEWS

Senior Jordan Jaeckin, OFHS volleyball captain, was profiled recently in the Sun News about her volleyball skills, academic accomplishments, the role her family plays in athletics and her future endeavors. She is a quality student-athlete and one who represents the volleyball program and the district’s entire athletic program in a very successful and special way.

Congratulations to Jordan!

To view the story, click HERE.

Rachel Challenge 4 2014RACHEL’S CHALLENGE ENCOURAGES ACTS OF KINDNESS

OFMS students involved in Friends of Rachel Club spoke to their classmates about the club and invited them to join. The club is at the OFMS and OFIS.

At the assembly, JB from Rachel’s Challenge shared Rachel Scott’s story. Rachel was the first shooting victim at Columbine High School’s tragedy. Rachel traced her hands on the back of her dresser and wrote in big, black letters: “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of peoples’ hearts.” It was found there after her death. Her life and writings have impacted more than 15 million students in live settings in the last 11 years since the tragedy.

JB spoke how one small act of kindness can cause a chain reaction that could change the world. JB challenged our students to dream big, forgive. be forgiven and treat others with respect.

A special thanks to OFMS and OFIS PTAs for sponsoring this wonderful program.

To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

of homecomingOFHS BULLDOGS CELEBRATE HOMECOMING WITH A WIN

The OF varsity football team beat Amherst Steele with a 21-7 score at last Friday’s Homecoming game. The evening also saw Reilly Gomez and Michael Doherty crowned queen and king. The homecoming court also included Meredith Ashton, Andi Gottfried, Deborah Makari, Lindsay Rader, Brian Candow, Tim Fox, Ryan Hanna and Aaron Volle.

To view a Sun News photo gallery and story, click HERE. Photo courtesy of Bruce Geiselman, NEOMG.

OF Golden GradsGOLDEN GRADS REUNITE TO CELEBRATE SCHOOL MEMORIES, CLASSMATES

More than 180 Bulldog Alumni from the classes of 1938 to 1969 attended the Annual Golden Grads Reunion luncheon October 9th.  Many traveled from out-of-town and stayed through the weekend for a variety of reunion and Homecoming festivities.  The Classes of ’49 celebrated its 65th Reunion; ’54, its 60th; 59, its 55th and ’64 kicked off its 50th Reunion at the event.

OFHS memorabilia was displayed, which included a diploma from 1889, trophies dating from 1922-1962, yearbooks from 1928-1973, class composites from 1933-1967. Four donated Olmsted Falls jackets from the years 1939, 1957, 1960 and 1966.

For more pictures of this event, you can click HERE or visit and friend us on Facebook at “Olmsted Falls.” If you would like to donate any historical OFHS for future Golden Grads reunions and our Alumni Display case at the high school, please contact Jenny McKeigue, 440-427-6030 or email ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.

3375407-386246-single-barrier-with-text-road-closed-and-orange-conesCOMMUNITY ROAD CLOSURES / BUS ROUTE DELAYS CONTINUE

Two of the three railroad closures are expected to be closed again this week.

The STEARNS ROAD crossing was to be completed October 14th.

The MAPLEWAY and LEWIS roads crossings will remain closed until October 17th.

All students should continue to be at their assigned bus stops at the usual time during the scheduled closures.

The road closures are related to work needing to be completed by Norfolk and Southern at railroad crossings in our community.  The railroad contracted with RoadSafe to coordinate these detours and there will be a presence during the entire course of the closure to assist with redirecting traffic, changing or altering the detour as needed.

The Fitch Road overpass remains opens as well as Bronson Road and Brookside Drive crossings. We continue to ask you to please drive safely.

OFCS Triple A LogoCOLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH (CPM) FINAL INFORMATION NIGHT FOR OFMS/OFHS PARENTS -  OCTOBER 29TH

Parents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend the last information night to learn about the new College Preparatory Math (CPM) program being used by 6th – 12th grade students this year. (Parents of students in lower grade levels are also welcome to attend.)  CPM is a resource that uses problem-based lessons, collaborative student study teams, and learning strategies that are consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practices.  These informational meeting will provide parents with an overview of CPM and what a typical lesson looks like for the students.  If you are unable to attend, we will be posting the meeting notes on the Olmsted Falls District website following the presentations.

The next CPM Parent Information Night is:

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

If you are unable to attend, presentation information as well as a FAQ list will be posted online.  Please watch upcoming blog for links.

donate blood pixOFHS BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                                                       

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MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

From now through Nov. 7 college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Most of the days will see at least two colleges present at that time. Schedule your visits through the Guidance Office.

Click HERE to view a timetable of each college’s visit to the school.

 

candleOFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

From now until Monday, November 3rd, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.

New this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, click HERE. Please contact Sharon at Gentrys10@aol.com for more information.

schwan's photoMIDDLE SCHOOL FUNDRAISER BRINGS FROZEN FOODS TO YOUR DOOR

OFMS has its Schwan’s fundraising campaign occurring now. All funds raised will help pay for programs, such as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, dances and scholarships.

Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. Ordering is quick and easy.  Visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter the OF campaign ID code – 15281 – when placing an order or call 1-855-870-7208 and give the representative that same ID code.  OFMS PTA will receive 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases through November 26th.  OFMS PTA will still receive 5% of sales after November 26th for a full year!  Anyone may order using our campaign ID code so friends, family and neighbor can order from any locale.

For more details on ordering, click HERE.   Thank you for supporting the OFMS PTA!

Helping-Hands

HELPING HANDS OFFER FUNDING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS GRANTS, EVENTS

Thanks to successful fundraisers over the last 2 l/2 years, Helping Hands has developed the “HH Special Needs Grant & OFCS Event Funds Request” opportunities.

The grant is for OFCS special needs program enhancement items or events. The OFCS Event Funds Request will provide financial support for special needs students, and their immediate family members, to participate in OFCS events/activities. Both are open throughout the school year, but each require a specific process.

Attached are the forms for both fund requests. Each application will undergo a review when received. Funds will be awarded according to availability in the Helping Hands accounts.

For more details and to view the application forms, click HERE.

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS - LAST HOME GAME OCTOBER 31ST

football-clip-artVarsity football presale tickets will be on sale Friday, October 31st,  at Olmsted Falls High School – Student Office – for its final home game, which is Parents Night.

Student presale tickets will be on sale that day at ALL school buildings for $4.

Adult presale tickets will be available that day only at the Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.

OFHS POST PROM REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKE THIS WEEKENDclambake

The OFHS Post Prom’s Reverse Raffle and Clambake is THIS SUNDAY, October 19th at the West Side Irish American Club. The cost is $35 for a full meal, which includes clams, chicken, corn, yams, a refreshment, etc., and $7 for a kid’s meal of hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. Extra clams are $9. The event runs from 3-7 p.m. at the center on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. See a Post Prom member for tickets or contact Beth Kopycinski at 95kopy@gmail.com.

basketball4BOYS IN GRADES 4-6 MAY REGISTER IN DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

The 2014 Boys Developmental Basketball League is accepting registration for boys in grades 4-6. They will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays and one Wednesday during November and December. The OFHS varsity coaches and players will teach the skills and emphasize basic skills, game rules and teamwork in an educational and fun atmosphere.

The participants will play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.

The cost is $50 if registration occurs prior to October 24th and $60 after that date and up to the November 1st deadline.  To see a detailed flyer on registration, click HERE.

Talent-Clip-Art-1AUDITIONS FOR THE OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE OCTOBER 25TH

Have you got talent?  Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tumble, juggle, perform magic tricks or do something else amazing?  Are you in kindergarten through 12th grade?  It is time to audition for the OFHS PTA Talent Show Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium.  Practice, practice, practice!

Mark your calendars now.  The talent show will be held on Saturday, January 24th.  Contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894, or Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net with questions.

COMMUNITY

Halloween-Princess-trick-or-treatCOMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT NIGHT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1st

Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township officials changed their trick-or-treat day from October 31st to November 1st. The hours are 6-8 p.m.

They based their reasoning on safety.  The Bulldogs final home game – and Parents Night – is  October 31st.  It is against neighboring North Olmsted.  There will be more-than-normal traffic on our streets that night, especially in the northern section with North Olmsted fans coming to the game.

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH AN OCTOBER 25TH MURDER MYSTERY

mystery murder pix

Dressed to Kill: Murder at the Costume Ball promises a lighthearted night of mystery. The 6-11:30 p.m. event on October 25th is courtesy of the Olmsted Bicentennial Commission and presented by Floriano Productions at the German-American Cultural Center on Columbia Road. The night includes light hors d’oeurvres, served roast beef or pecan chicken dinner, interactive murder mystery entertainment with a nod to the Spirits of Olmsted, music, dancing and historical displays – all for $49 a person. A cash bar will be available. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Advanced ticket sales only, which are available at T & S Mower, 25438 Sprague Road or by CLICKING HERE.

model railroad train set upCHUG ALONG @ OF LIBRARY’S TRAIN DAY OPEN HOUSE

Members of the community’s very own Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club will demonstrate a room-size operating miniature railroad display between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 1st at the Olmsted Falls Library. The display will include a Lionel O-scale model railroad trains and live action accessories.

While at the library, stop and visit its railroad-theme Children’s Department and garden-scale model railroad train in action.

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

crafts4The Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe on November 15th.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.  Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.

To download a space application form, CLICK HERE.  To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

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Parent Update – October 9, 2014

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Homecoming clipartIT’S HOMECOMING WEEKEND IN BULLDOG COUNTRY

Here is a list of events for this weekend’s Homecoming for students and the community:

Come cheer the Bulldogs @ the varsity football game against Amherst Steele this Friday, October 10th at the stadium. Homecoming festivities – including the crowning of the Homecoming King & Queen – will take place prior to the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. The football game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

The OFHS Homecoming Dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11th in the OFHS gymnasium. Tickets are being sold all this week at school. Reminder: Tickets must be bought by Friday. There will be NO tickets sold Saturday in the building, or at the door Saturday night.  Parents: Please make sure your son/daughter is picked up at 10:30 p.m.

Attend the FREE Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, October 12th at the OFHS cafeteria.

BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS RECOGNIZED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized several teachers at its October 1st meeting.

Sparks HonoredFalls-Lenox teacher Leslie Sparks was recognized as one of the top-tier teachers in Ohio as part of the Celebrate Teaching Initiative through Batelle for Kids. See the September 4th school blog for more information on Sparks’ recognition as a top Ohio teacher.

Artsonia HonorsElementary school art teachers Renee Wagner and Jason Skocdopole were acknowledged for receiving Artsonia’s Annual Leadership Award for the 2013-2014 school year.  This honor is only extended to 10 schools per state across the United States. See last week’s blog post for more on this award received by Mrs. Wagner and Mr. Skocdopole.

Harb Honored

OFIS teacher Deana Harb was recognized for her work in coordinating the “Kick It for Cancer” program at the school, and the recent award of a $100 Community Involvement Grant from NEOEA for the program.

Through OFIS Field Days’ Kick-It event, more than $50,000 have been raised over the past four years. That amount is enough to fund a research study. Several physicians have had their research funded through local Kick-It games, likes those at OFIS. One included a program at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital by Dr. Alex Huang.  To view a list of Kick-It Funded Research studies, click HERE.

Congratulations for these fine teachers.

 

Holly McFadden honorOFSD HOLLY McFADDEN IS OLMSTED FALLS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan presented OFSD treasurer office employee Holly McFadden a proclamation as this year’s Citizen of the Year. Pictured here with Holly are Mayor Ann Marie Donegan, Holly’s husband Jay and her mother.

Holly was nominated for her dedication to several volunteer groups, her positive contributions to the quality of the community and her time and talents that add to the betterment of everyday life in the community.

A few of her volunteer efforts include various roles in Olmsted Falls PTAs and many of their fundraising efforts; Olmsted Falls Alumni Association; Olmsted Falls American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; co-teaching in St. Mary of the Falls PSR program and the parish’s Athletic Boosters and others.

Congratulations, Holly.

OFCS Triple A LogoCOLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH (CPM) INFORMATION NIGHTS FOR OFMS/OFHS PARENTS – TONIGHT & OCTOBER 29TH

Parents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend the two information nights to learn more about the new College Preparatory Math (CPM) program being used by 6th – 12th grade students this year. (Parents of students in lower grade levels are also welcome to attend.)  CPM is a resource that uses problem-based lessons, collaborative student study teams, and learning strategies that are consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practices.  These informational meetings will provide parents with an overview of CPM and what a typical lesson looks like for the students.  If you are unable to attend, we will be posting the meeting notes on the Olmsted Falls District website following the presentations.

CPM Parent Information Nights are scheduled as follows:

Middle School CPM Meeting

TONIGHT – Thursday, October 9th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria

&

High School CPM Meeting

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

We look forward to seeing you there.

Hale Farm demonstrationTRIP INTO THE PAST AT HALE FARM AND VILLAGE

Second graders visited Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio on October 3rd. It was an excellent way for students to match the Social Studies of standard of change over time. The highlight of the trip for many was being able to see the glassblower, candle maker and the blacksmith and their lives in an earlier time.

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

Career DayCAREER DAY FOR 7TH GRADERS FOCUSES ON FUTURE JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Several parent and school staff volunteers spoke at Career Day for OFMS seventh graders last week. Parents were able to participate in this day when they signed up at Open House.

The objective of this special day is for students to hear about careers that they showed interest in and to give them a “real world” perspective on them. Speakers discussed the pros/cons of their jobs, necessary training, job responsibilities and salary ranges. All seventh graders will write a report on a career of their choice.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all who participated during Career Day. Parents included Mr. Ellis, CPA/partner; Mr. Dorrow, IT/computers; Mrs. Dorow, RN; Mr. Graham, associate director of Space Flight System, NASA; Officer Ketterer, Olmsted Township police department; Mr. McKeigue, sales/marketing/vice president; Mrs. Miller, engineer, NASA; Mr. Miller, forensic pathologist/physician; Mr. Olsen, national sales manager, VitaMix; Ms. Petkac, customer service/inside sales representative and Mr. Surman, trainer/OFCS board of education member. District staff included Mrs. Cogan, assistant superintendent; Mr. Largent, teacher, coach; Mrs. Meadows, administrative assistant; Mrs. Petrina, director of communications and Mrs. Tabar, director of food services.

3375407-386246-single-barrier-with-text-road-closed-and-orange-conesCOMMUNITY ROAD CLOSURES / BUS ROUTE DELAYS

REMINDER:  There are three major road closures going into effect in our community beginning Wednesday, October 8th We are providing the following information so that you will be aware of the impact on school bus routes as well as your own personal navigations around the community.

Please be aware that these road closures will likely create some unavoidable delays for all bus routes in our District.  Any students arriving late to school due to anticipated traffic delays experienced on their bus route will NOT be marked tardy.   Please know that our bus drivers and transportation department will be doing our best to get all students both to school and back home in the most efficient and timely manner possible.  Also note that there will be no changes to your student’s normal bus pick-up time. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE AT THEIR ASSIGNED BUS STOPS AT THE USUAL TIME THROUGHOUT THE SCHEDULED CLOSURES.

The scheduled road closures are related to work needing to be completed by Norfolk and Southern at railroad crossings in our community.  The railroad has contracted with RoadSafe to coordinate these detours and there will be a presence during the entire course of the closure to assist with redirecting traffic, changing or altering the detour as needed.

Following are the road closures getting underway this week:

STEARNS ROAD (October 8th – October 14th) – The Stearns Road crossing will be closed on October 8th at 8:00 a.m. and remain closed until October 14th.

MAPLEWAY ROAD (October 8th – October 17th) – The Mapleway Road crossing will closed on October 8th at 8:00 a.m. will remain closed until October 17th.

LEWIS ROAD (October 10th – October 17th) – The Lewis Road crossing will be closed on or about October 10th and remain closed until October 17th.

Obviously, the Fitch Road overpass will remain open and be a valuable route for crossing the railroad tracks during these closures.  In addition, the railroad crossings at Bronson Road and Brookside Drive will also remain open and available for crossing – with the exception of normal train traffic.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these closures.  Please drive safely.

open doorMEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

From now through Nov. 7 college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Most of the days will see at least two colleges present at that time. Schedule your visits through the Guidance Office.

It’s a great way to become more familiar with various colleges, their programs and activities. Click HERE to view a timetable of each college’s visit to the school.

OFCS Custom OrderHELPING HANDS FUNDRAISER DEADLINES THIS WEEK

Helping Hands is selling T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts designed especially for Olmsted Falls schools. They are available online through the 3elove.com website.

Papers orders, along with payment, must be to Mariel Krakowiak, at OFHS by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th. Online orders must be submitted by THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12TH at www.3elove.com/ofcs.

See the order form for more details by clicking HERE. You can receive FREE shipping on your order if you select “ship to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS.” Orders will be shipped the week of October 20th.

Helping Hands is looking forward to another successful year filled with educational opportunities, fun activities, events – and overall acceptance within the district.

OFMA WILL SELL GLOW STICKS, SNACKS @ SATURDAY’S HOMECOMING DANCE

Light up the Homecoming Dance with a glow stick that Olmsted Falls Music Association members will sell Saturday night. The group also will have snacks and refreshments.  All items are just $1 each.

schwan's photoMIDDLE SCHOOL FUNDRAISER BRINGS FROZEN FOODS TO YOUR DOOR

OFMS will run a Schwan’s fundraising campaign beginning October 13th. All funds raised will help pay for programs, such as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, dances and scholarships.

Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. Ordering is quick and easy.  Visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter the OF campaign ID code – 15281 – when placing an order or call 1-855-870-7208 and give the representative that same ID code.  OFMS PTA will receive 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases through November 26th.  OFMS PTA will still receive 5% of sales after November 26th for a full year!  Anyone may order using our campaign ID code so friends, family and neighbor can order from any locale.

For more details on ordering, click HERE.   Thank you for supporting the OFMS PTA!

 

Helping-HandsHELPING HANDS OFFER FUNDING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS GRANTS, EVENTS

Thanks to successful fundraisers over the last 2 l/2 years, Helping Hands has developed the “HH Special Needs Grant & OFCS Event Funds Request” opportunities.

The grant is for OFCS special needs program enhancement items or events. The OFCS Event Funds Request will provide financial support for special needs students, and their immediate family members, to participate in OFCS events/activities. Both are open throughout the school year, but each require a specific process.

Attached are the forms for both fund requests. Each application will undergo a review when received. Funds will be awarded according to availability in the Helping Hands accounts.

For more details and to view the application forms, click HERE.

school lunch tray lunchesBUYING SCHOOL LUNCH SAVES FAMILIES MONEY

Do you know that buying school lunch is actually cheaper than packing your child’s lunch? Statistics show that fact. You can save $240.72 for grades K-5 or $178.77 for grades 6-12 per school year for each child.

School lunches are made fresh, served at the correct temperatures and don’t have to sit in your student’s locker for half of the day before being consumed.

Click HERE to see the breakdown for grades K-5 and HERE for grades 6-12 for lunches that offer many good choices.

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

football-clip-artVarsity football presale tickets will be on sale Fridays at Olmsted Falls High School – Student Office,

Student presale tickets will be on sale the day of every football game, at ALL school buildings for $4.00.  Adult presale tickets will be available for home games only, at Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.

Home games are October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night.

OFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKEclambake

Enjoy some clams and maybe luck at the OFHS Post Prom’s Reverse Raffle and Clambake on October 19th at the West Side Irish American Club. The cost is $35 for a full meal, which includes clams, chicken, corn, yams, a refreshment, etc., and $7 for a kid’s meal of hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. Extra clams are $9. The event runs from 3-7 p.m. at the center on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. See a Post Prom member for tickets or contact Beth Kopycinski at 95kopy@gmail.com.

basketball4BOYS IN GRADES 4-6 MAY REGISTER IN DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

The 2014 Boys Developmental Basketball League is accepting registration from boys in grades 4-6. They will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays and one Wednesday during November and December. The OFHS varsity coaches and players will teach the skills and emphasize basic skills, game rules and teamwork in an educational and fun atmosphere.

The participants will play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.

The cost is $50 if registration occurs prior to October 24th and $60 after that date and up to the November 1st deadline.  To see a detailed flyer on registration, click HERE.

Talent-Clip-Art-1AUDITIONS FOR THE OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE OCTOBER 25TH

Have you got talent?  Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tumble, juggle, perform magic tricks or do something else amazing?  Are you in kindergarten through 12th grade?  It is time to audition for the OFHS PTA Talent Show Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium.  Practice, practice, practice!

Mark your calendars now.  The talent show will be held on Saturday, January 24th.  Contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894, or Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net with questions.

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)OFHS POST PROM NECKLACE FUNDRAISER RETURNS

Back by popular demand is the OFHS Post Prom customized and personalized necklaces. There are three designs, two different chain lengths and various add-ons available with each purchase.

To view a flyer and order form, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact laurieshand@hotmail.com or 95kopy@gmail.com

COMMUNITY

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY

mystery murder pix

Dressed to Kill: Murder at the Costume Ball promises a lighthearted night of mystery. The 6-11:30 p.m. event on October 25th is courtesy of the Olmsted Bicentennial Commission and presented by Floriano Productions at the German-American Cultural Center on Columbia Road. The night includes light hors d’oeurvres, served roast beef or pecan chicken dinner, interactive murder mystery entertainment with a nod to the Spirits of Olmsted, music, dancing and historical displays – all for $49 a person. A cash bar will be available. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Advanced ticket sales only, which are available at T & S Mower, 25438 Sprague Road or by CLICKING HERE.

model railroad train set upCHUG ALONG @ OF LIBRARY’S TRAIN DAY OPEN HOUSE

Members of the community’s very own Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club will demonstrate a room-size operating miniature railroad display between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 1st at the Olmsted Falls Library. The display will include a Lionel O-scale model railroad trains and live action accessories.

While at the library, stop and visit its railroad-theme Children’s Department and garden-scale model railroad train in action.

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

crafts4The Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe on November 15th.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.  Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.

To download a space application form, CLICK HERE.  To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

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