Parent Update – June 10, 2014

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FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

sunWith summer break officially underway, this will be the last blog post of the 2013-2014 school year.  Thank you for your patience as we worked to compile a large volume of news and important information for this final post. It has been a pleasure sharing news from our District with you on a weekly basis over the course of this school year.

Regular weekly blog posts will resume in late July, as we begin to prepare for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Best wishes to all for a safe and relaxing summer break!

RETIREES DEDICATED 290+ BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees. Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to ten dedicated staff members retiring this year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals 292 Bulldog years!

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Olmsted Falls School District retirees (L to R) Todd Bowers, Kathy Dean, Martha Grumbach, Nancy Gulden, Kevin Gulden, Cheryl Keith, Dr. Karen Kolozvary, Donna Tindera and Jim Maloney at the annual Records Day Breakfast for staff. (Not pictured: Bev Cadle and Alice Miller)

This year’s retirees include:

Mr. Todd Bowers, OFHS Math Teacher (25 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Bev Cadle, ECC Paraprofessional (15 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Kathy Dean, OFMS Science Teacher (37 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Martha Grumbach, OFMS Guidance Secretary (19 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Nancy Gulden, OFMS English/Reading Teacher (29 Bulldog years)

Mr. Kevin Gulden, OFMS Band Teacher (36 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Cheryl Keith, Falls-Lenox Primary School Teacher (32 Bulldog years)

Dr. Karen Kolozvary, Fall-Lenox Primary School Teacher (35 Bulldog years)

Mr. Jim Maloney, OFHS Network Technician (14 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Alice Miller, Fall-Lenox Primary School Library Media Assistant (25 Bulldog years)

Ms. Donna Tindera, Falls-Lenox Primary School Technology Assistant (25 Bulldog years)

Retirees were recognized by their buildings/departments as well as at the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for staff. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals, and their impact on the District, will be greatly missed. Congratulations to each of them, and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement!

REMINDER: ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!

bus2For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2014-2015 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2014.  

Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2014-2015 school year.

OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS 2014 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

DSC_8545(From left to right):  Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club President Mr. Ron Fazulak and Kiwanis Club member Mr. Kris Correll congratulate this year’s Kiwanis Employees of the Year winners:  OFHS Math Teacher Mr. Todd Bowers, OFHS Physical Education/Health Teacher Mrs. Dawn Moses, and OFMS Guidance Secretary Mrs. Martha Grumbach.

Staff members are nominated annually by fellow colleagues through a written nomination process.  Nominations are reviewed and selected by a special committee of Kiwanis members.

Congratulations to the 2014 Employees of the Year, and thank you to the Kiwanis Club for their continued support of the Olmsted educational community.

DEDICATED BULLDOG COUPLE HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

DSC_8549Congratulations to Debbie and John Henton on receiving this year’s “Friends of Education Award” presented by the Olmsted Falls Education Association.

The Hentons were honored for their dedication and commitment to the students of Olmsted Falls Schools through their various volunteer efforts.  Both Bulldog alumni themselves, Debbie and John Henton have dedicated countless hours to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters, PTA and more!

Congratulations and much gratitude to Debbie and John!  Bulldog Country is fortunate to have you working on behalf of the students in Olmsted Falls Schools.

FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2014

DSC_8345DSC_8347Congratulations to the 292 members of the Class of 2014! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 29th to celebrate Commencement. OFHS graduating seniors Judith Norton (pictured at left) and Madelyn Matia (pictured at right) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Jim Weisbarth and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by the talented David Rapchak and Leah Webb.

For more photos of this event, please click HERE.  Congratulations again to all of this year’s Bulldog graduates!

INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON-LINE

The 2014 photographs taken by LifeTouch during the commencement ceremony are available online for purchase!  If you are interested in viewing and/or purchasing graduation photos, please visit:  http://events.lifetouch.com/eventHomepage.aspx?EventID=141210.

OCCUPATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM CELEBRATE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Awards SOYThe Occupational Work Experience (Work Study) program graduated 13 proud seniors this year.  The OWE class consist of credits in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Work Skills, as well as on the job work experience.

This year’s Students of the Year (pictured at left) are: Evan Kagel (employed by Olmsted Falls High School) and Samantha Tresch (employed at Burger King).  Evan and Samantha were honored at the annual OWE Awards Day held on May 16th.

Congratulations to Evan, Samantha and all of the OWE graduates.

8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY DRAWS FULL HOUSE

DSC_8505Students, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, counselors and administrators packed the gymnasium at Olmsted Falls Middle School on Tuesday, June 3rd as the 8th grade class participated in the traditional promotion assembly marking the completion of their time at Olmsted Falls Middle School and their transition to Olmsted Falls High School in the fall.

During this special assembly, OFMS students who excelled in a variety of academic endeavors were also publicly honored for their efforts.

Congratulations to all of our 8th grade students!

OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVES NEW CONTRACTS

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education and members of the Olmsted Falls Education Association (OFEA) and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) in Olmsted Falls have approved new negotiated contract agreements which will go into effect beginning July 1, 2014.  The three-year contracts (effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017) include a number of major insurance concessions that helped to off-set increases to employees’ base salaries, which have been frozen since 2008.

Changes in insurance coverage included the implementation of a spousal service charge, increases in deductibles and co-insurance amounts, and changes to prescription coverage.  Additionally, the Olmsted Falls City Schools health insurance program will now be directly linked to the District’s Wellness Program, providing employees an opportunity to earn additional resources which can help them off-set some insurance expenses.

To read the full press release regarding the new contracts, please click HERE.

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTS CLASS OF 2014 GRADS

DSC_8180Thanks to the generous support of more than 70 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year,$118,769.00 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students from the Class of 2014. Seventy-three local sponsors awarded a total of 235 scholarships to graduating seniors this year.

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Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association Scholarship Winners from the Class of 2014

Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients, and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures. This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.

To view the complete list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2014, please click HERE.  To view more photos from OFHS Senior Honors Day, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2014 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year.  To review a list of students who were awarded College/University and other scholarships this year, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2014!  Best of luck to you all!

OFHS STUDENTS EARN HONORS IN NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

Congratulations to 22 OFHS students who placed on the 2014 National Latin Examination.  More than 154,000 students from 49 states and 17 foreign countries participated in the NLE this year.  The OFHS students’ placing attest to their mastery of Latin reading comprehension and grammar, mythology, ancient history and English word derivation.  OFHS students who placed in the 2014 National Latin Exam are: Ouen Mali and Mark Drobnak, Gold Medals, Latin I; Aidan Kelley and Amelia Le, Silver Medal, Latin II; Emily Laycock, Jorday Jaeckin, Ryan Strodtbeck, Dan McFadden, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III; Matt Fox, Ryan Glover, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Matt Johnson, Sean Kock, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Bennett Graham, Haya Saadeh, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Julia Burnell, Bill Steiner, Chandler Laird, Josh Aubel, Maggie Bildstein, Alec Sims, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; and Emily Raffay and Devon Wren, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III.

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Front Row (L to R): Aidan Kelley (Silver Medal, Latin II), Amelia Le (Silver Medal, Latin II), Emily Laycock (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin 3), Jorday Jaeckin (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin 3), Matt Fox (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II), Matt Johnson (Cum Laude, Latin I), and Bennett Graham (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I). Back Row (L to R): Julia Burnell (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II); Ryan Strodtbeck (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III), Devon Wren (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III), Dan McFadden (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III), and Chandler Laird (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II). Bill Steiner (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II).

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Emily Raffay earned a Magna Cum Laude Certificate in Latin III.

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Josh Aubel earned a Magna Cum Laude Certificate in Latin II.

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Ouen Mali and Mark Drobnak earned Gold Medals in Latin I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT PICTURED in above collection of photos: Sean Kock (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I), Haya Saadeh (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I), Maggie Bildstein (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II), Ryan Glover (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II), and Alec Sims (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II).

Please join us in congratulating all of our outstanding Latin students!

OFHS MARCHING BAND SURPRISES MR. GULDEN!

DSC_8150DSC_8153DSC_8152-croppedRetiring OFMS Band Teacher Mr. Kevin Gulden had some surprise guests in attendance on the evening of his final Spring Band Concerts.  The OFHS Marching Band – full of his former band students – secretly gathered in the Middle School gym and made a surprise entrance in between performances of the Middle School musicians!

Mr. Gulden – and the crowd – enjoyed the special, unannounced performance by the Pride of Olmsted Falls.  Mr. Gulden took the opportunity to conduct his talented musicians one last time as they gathered around the perimeter of the cafetorium!  Kudos to our OFHS musicians for organizing this very special surprise send-off!

CLEVELAND CLINIC TALKS EXERCISE WITH STUDENTS

Cleveland Clinic Explorers programEvery year the Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives provides a creative learning program called EXPLORERS for K-8 students. Danielle Hicks, Nancy Gulden, Laura Grodek, and Ann Messenheimer were excited to present this opportunity to 7th graders.

Cleveland Clinic professionals spoke with students about important health issues through classroom or virtual presentations. The students participated in a classroom presentation about exercise and then interpreted what they learned through creative writing projects. They were judged by a panel of educators, writers, museum curators, and medical professionals. Olmsted Falls had a strong showing and five students were recognized for outstanding work. They are Kenzie Brown, Blue Ribbon and Best of Show/Language; Bianca Legeza-Narvaez, Red Ribbon; Desiree Jasper, White Ribbon; Jamie Bridle and Morgan Luke, honorable mention.  Their pieces are now published in a book and will be displayed in The Galleries at CSU at the Cowell and Hubbard Building in Playhouse Square through the month of June. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BIG HIT FOR STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

photo6A big Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in the May 22nd Special Olympics Track & Field Day, which the Elyria City School District hosted at Ely Stadium. Fifteen school districts participated whose students have moderate intensive special needs.  Students competed in events such as running, long jump and softball throw. Our Bulldog students practiced hard all year and their enthusiasm and sportsmanship were second to none!

Maeve Leonard was the district’s torch bearer. Johnny Clemons, Mason Mowery and Liam McIlwee were our district’s opening parade representatives.

Students who participated were Cormac Hannon, Owen Novak, Yohanna Amoah, Jonathan Clemons, Emily Heine and Caden Celesky, Falls-Lenox; Bilal Saaden, Mason Mowery and Brooke VanArnhem, Intermediate School; Liam McIlwee, Ian Kody, Rebekka McElroy, Jakob Belohlavek and Javier Vargas, Middle School and Triston Thompson, Sarah Stevens, Heather Grant and Maeve Leonard, High School.  A special moment of silence in honor and memory of Dakota Bihn was observed by all participants from all districts during the opening ceremony.

Staff and other volunteers included Michelle Schoenhofer, Debbie Brasdovich, Carol Binggeli, Jamie Myers, Hollie Andrus, Becky Kryska, Marie Uhl, Angela Marysiak, Lisa Hyppa, Mike Yurmanovich, Chris Harder, Tina Moreno, Maddie Moreno, Greg Hoover, Brigid Radigan, Tom DeLuca, Bob Englehart, Pam Manas, Don Manas, Renee Klan, Kyle Harriger and Helping Hands members Andi Gottfried, Bailey Bihn and Mallory Bridle.

A special ‘Thank You’ to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for the use of its tent and flag, and for donating Bulldog water bottles for the athletes. To view a gallery of photos from this event, please click here.

PTA HONORS MANY VOLUNTEERS, STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

DSC_0412Congratulations to Amy Krogh (pictured in photo, top left), who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year. Amy was chosen for her service within Olmsted Falls Intermediate School and its PTA

The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to Leslie Kelly, Olmsted Early Childhood; Jennifer Tedeschi, Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center; Amy Krogh, Intermediate School; Debbie Bush, Middle School and Claudia Ferrini, High School.

DSC_0391Jodi DeMarco (pictured in photo, bottom left) was recognized as the Helping Hands Award winner.

DSC_0395Greg Hoover (pictured in photo at right) was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the Olmsted Falls PTA Volunteer Appreciation and Installation Dinner.

Also recognized were each of the respective Building Educator of the Year honorees: Megan Stack, ECC; Dr. Karen Kolozvary, Falls-Lenox; Deana Harb, Intermediate School; Lisa Scalley, Middle School and Mariel Krakowiak, High School.

Hope Burkhart, Michael DeFilippo and Rebecca Nunemaker were honored as the Reflections program state winners.

This year’s senior parents were Elaine Atkinson & Kim Katz.

AUTHOR VISITS OFIS CLASSROOM

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Ali Maier, a local children’s author, visited Lindsey Ambrosia’s classroom.author  She spoke to the students about reading and writing, as well as her new book, Mom Made Us Write This In the Summer.

What a great teaching moment right before summer break. Ambrosia’s website and a sneak peek of her book can be viewed  by clicking here.

FALLS-LENOX PTA ENDS YEAR WITH ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FIELD DAY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA big thanks to the Falls-Lenox PTA for organizing and planning a successful field day!

It was a beautiful day, and the students had a great time rotating through the various stations. The activities included a bounce house, giant slide, a D.J., corn hole toss, obstacle course, and a magician.

Field day is one of the favorite end-of-the-year activities that the students greatly enjoy.

Thank you PTA!

SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES BOOKS TO OVERSEAS TROOPS

booksMore than 200 books will be sent to overseas troops through the recent Operation Paperback project. A breakdown of various types of books include 17 board books, 78 children’s literature; 53 teen & middle grade; 122 paperbacks and 18 hardbacks. They will be sent periodically over the summer to troops.

A Bulldog thank you to those who donated. This project will return next year.

NEW PTA UNIT PRESIDENTS BEGIN THEIR REIGN

DSC_0422Congratulations to the new unit PTA presidents installed into their positions at the annual PTA Volunteer Dinner.

Serving each PTA unit will be:  Beth Mordarski – Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Reghan Laki – ECC/Falls-Lenox PTA; Julianne Allen – Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA; Kelly Walker – Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA and Sandra Graham – Olmsted Falls High School PTA.

Amy Krogh will serve another term as Olmsted Falls PTA Council president.

Thank you in advance to each of these PTA presidents for their leadership in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year!

OFHS SENIOR PART OF NEWSNET5 BEST OF CLASS

BOC_GroupWave_1401721353823_5773821_ver1.0_320_240Congratulations to Lauren Anne Walchanowicz who was featured as a NewsNet5 Cleveland Best of Class senior – part of an annual media recognition for students across the Cleveland viewing area. Lauren was ranked #1 (weighted cumulative GPA) in the OFHS 2014 graduating class. Lauren was featured in the NewsNet 5 Best of Class video, which is currently airing on NewsNet 5, along with other top ranking students from high schools throughout Northeast Ohio.  Congratulations Lauren!

To view the video, click here

OFHS VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS EARN 51 AWARDS

 OF visual artsVisual arts students received honors in various competitions this year. Many were honored multiple times.

Students who received awards included Jessica Bobik, Victoria Hartline, Jessica Kukura, Sarah Fissel, Carra Garlitz, Emmy Olszewski, Andrew Oltmanns, Teresa Wang, Shaun Zeno, Olivia Collins, Dominic Dulin, Brian Grove, Emilio Irizarry, Kathryn Lesiak, Lauren Palkovic, Katie Tvorik, Jenna Yanchak, Kate Ferster, Josh Musial, Stormie Kadar, Kacey Kovacs, Kayla Nock, Holly Taylor, Rachael Krantz, Becca Nunemaker; Julie Wu, Nicole Reinig, Morgan Reiser, Jennifer Bertrand and Laney Haviland.

 For a detailed account of these awards, click here.  To view a gallery of these award-winning artists’ work, please click the following links:  Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition; eXpressions; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

ECC HELPS EDUCATE CHILDREN ON SAFETY AROUND PETS

dog cat pixDr. Elizabeth Feltes, a local veterinary behaviorist and owner of The Behavior Clinic, recently visited ECC.  Dr. Feltes educated young students on how to stay safe around pets and what to do when an unfamiliar dog approaches. Most dog bites in the U.S. occur to those in the age group served by the ECC program.

The community is invited to take a survey about dog/cat bites and enter a drawing for a $50 Starbucks card.  The survey is available by clicking here.

OFFICIAL BOND ISSUE RESULTS FROM MAY 6, 2014 ELECTION

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has officially certified the following election results for the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue for OFHS, which appeared on the May 6, 2014 election ballot:

TOTAL VOTES CAST:  5,485

Total FOR the OFHS Bond Issue:  2,718

Total AGAINST the OFHS Bond Issue:  2,767

Overall, the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue for OFHS failed by 49 votes.  While this margin was close, it was not close enough to trigger an automatic recount.

In Cuyahoga County, 2,693 residents voted in favor of the Bond Issue, while 2,697 voted against the Bond Issue.  The Bond Issue failed by 4 votes in Cuyahoga County across all Cuyahoga County precincts.  In Lorain County, 25 residents voted in favor of the Bond Issue, while 70 voted against it.  The Bond Issue failed by 45 votes in Lorain County.

In the coming weeks, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education will meet to analyze the defeat of this critical bond issue and determine next steps.  Precinct by precinct breakdowns of election results are currently being compiled.  Overall, voter turnout for the May 6, 2014 election was low.

OF STUDENT RECEIVES RESOLUTION @ OHIO STATE HOUSE

Lindsey LaPinta Ohio State HouseLindsey LaPinta, an OFIS student who is this year’s Ohio State Level 5 All Around gymnastic champion and the Ohio State vault champion, was invited by Rep. Mike Dovilla to the Ohio State House of Representatives. She also placed second in two events — beam and floor.

She received a Resolution in her honor. Part of it reads: Whereas, a fifth-grade student in the Olmsted Falls City School District, Lindsey LaPinta has combined talent and competitive spirit with the highest ideals of good sportsmanship to establish herself as a truly exceptional athlete.  With admirable dedication, she has worked diligently toward attaining ultimate proficiency in gymnastics, and as a result, she won first place in the vault and all-around and second place in beam and floor exercise events in this year’s Ohio State Level 5 Meet.” Congratulations, Lindsey.

ATTN: PARENTS!  ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS TO OPEN IN LATE JULY – WATCH FOR IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

Following this year’s successful implementation of the District’s new on-line enrollment system for both new and RETURNING students, Olmsted Falls School District prepares to continue with the on-line registration system (InfoSnap) for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  Please watch for important information about the launch of on-line registration for returning students this summer.  Instructions on how to access, review and update your child’s information will be provided in mid-to-late July.

It is critical that all Bulldog parents complete the on-line registration process for all returning students prior to the first day or school.  Completion of the on-line registration for your student provides the school with critical emergency medical and contact information for your child.  Additionally, the process includes a number of required forms (i.e. Acceptable Use Policy) that are electronically signed during the on-line registration.  All school buildings will be scheduling open lab hours for any Bulldog parents / guardians who may be in need of a computer.  Parents / guardians may also call to schedule a convenient appointment time outside of the open lab hours.

ATTENTION 2014-15 MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Are you good with helping people and have a passion to work with people with disabilities? You can be part of the OFMS team of students working with Rachael Papa, intervention specialist and Helping Hands advisor. If you are interested in helping, but nervous because you aren’t sure you know what to do – don’t worry. The special education staff will hold a teaching session for all interested in learning how to work with and help people with disabilities become successful independent students. The date will be announced later.

Please complete the form by clicking here and return by Aug. 1st to become a Peer Buddy to OFMS students with disabilities.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW

talent-showAttn: All Bulldog Students!  You have all summer to get your act together for the annual OFHS Talent Show.  Auditions for next year’s big show are currently scheduled for Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Student talent is also being sought for the annual PTA Reflections Contest.  The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is: “The world would be a better place if…”

Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts.  Watch for additional information coming this fall.

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.

Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

HELPING HANDS SUMMER EVENTS 

specialed_helping-hands-1Three varied Helping Hands events are occurring this summer.

The group will have an outing June 13 at Preston’s H.O.P.E., the largest fully-accessible playground in Northeast Ohio.  The group will carpool from the high school. July 8 is Play Date @ ECC Playground on Fitch Road. August 12th is Meet the Teams where the group will travel around the OFHS campus to “meet” and participate with the varsity athletes in a drill/exercise and even get some autographs. To view details of each event, click here.

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

BOYS SOCCER LOGOThe Soccer Skills Camp will be from July 29 – July 31, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Schady Road Soccer Complex.  The camp is open to All Recreational and Travel Soccer Players U6-U14 (Ages 5-14).

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

DEADLINE TO CHANGE OFHS CLASS SCHEDULE IS JUNE 12TH 

Check Power School for a list of courses your child selected for the coming school year. Click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link.  Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections.  Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments June 12th .  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.  THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 12TH.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: Incoming 9th graders are invited to a Freshman Orientation at the high school on Friday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up.  Student Ambassadors will give guided tours of the building.  Student Ambassadors will meeting Wednesday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s Media Center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on August 15th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2018 at the Freshman Orientation on August 15th from 9-11 a.m.

Photos of commencement will be available at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM

FruitAll students and children in the Olmsted Falls community may be part of the 2014 Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Program.  It is free to those between ages 1-18.

It begins June 11th and runs through August 15th at various North Olmsted locations. For more details, click here.

HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR & THE  2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan – Parents of children who have such medical conditions as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., which may require treatment at school, will receive a Health Care Action Plan from the school’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home before the end of this school year.  These Action Plans, which both parent and physician must complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic the first week of school in August. A medication order must be completed if your child needs to take a medication at school.  The form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up – If your child now has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to the days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 16th will be destroyed.

New 7th grade students – Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine to children prior to their entering the 7th grade.  Please bring in your documentation that your health clinic completed as your child returns the first week of school in August.

WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS OR $10,000

OFAB fundraiser carWin a Chevy Cruze LS or $10,000 in the An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters fundraiser.

Tickets are available for $10 each from the various groups. The winner will be determined at a 2014 Bulldog football game. Tickets will be sold through September. Help support your local organizations also involved in the fundraiser  by buying a ticket! For official rules, click here.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 12TH ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING

Golf outingThe 19th annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is July 12th at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Township.

Help support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.

Contact the Alumni Office @ ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call  440-427-6030 for more details and tickets.

 

COMMUNITY

LOCAL NFL FLAG FOOTBALL SIGN UPS

The NFL Flag Football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league, with the focus taken from winning to providing each partipant with an enjoyable and educational experience. It is open to boys and girls in grades K-4. Registration is occurring now through June 30 at www. Olmstedcc.com. To view the organization’s detailed flyer, click here.

BUY A BRICK TO HELP PRESERVE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

bricks OCCThe Olmsted Community Center’s Brick-for-a-Brick Program invites you to help restore the community’s former school.  The old brick building, built-in 1938 as an addition to the district’s 1916 school, is in need of substantial repair. Emergency repairs that began last year continue as funds are raised.

Each ‘inside’ memorial brick purchased in the program will cover the cost of repairing FIVE bricks on the outside of the historic, old school building.  Memorial brick donations are $100 each, which is a tax-deductible donation.

For more details, click here.  Reserve your family’s space in Olmsted history!

BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN IN OLMSTED FALLS SEEKS INTERESTED GREEN THUMBS

spring clip artIf you are interested in a garden plot in the new Busy Bees Community Garden in Olmsted Falls, please click HERE to download the Welcome Packet which includes application/rules/waiver/etc.  Please print, complete and mail with check as indicated.  You can also drop off completed forms at Olmsted Falls City Hall.  The growing season is short, so the sooner you get your garden going the better!   Garden plots will be assigned as soon and form/payment is received.

For questions or additional information, please contact Susan Prehoda, BBCG Coordinator at s_prehoda@yahoo.com. Happy gardening!

HERITAGE DAYS CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

This year’s city-wide garage sale during the Heritage Days Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15.

To view a flyer with more details, click here.

 OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS

Olmsted Performing Arts will feature Once Upon a Mattress and Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical.

‘Mattress’ will run from July 11-13. Tickets are $14.25 and $16.25 Jekyll and Hyde is from August 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $14.25 and $19.25. Both shows feature pre-show action 90 minutes prior to curtain. Details are at olmstedperformingarts.org. OPA is at 6941 Columbia Road.

WANTED:  RESIDENTS OF OLMSTED FALLS/OLMSTED TOWNSHIP WHO HAVE RESIDED HERE FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE

Olmsted Bicentennial logoOlmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will celebrate the community’s 200 year anniversary on July 4.  As part of this Bicentennial Celebration, the community is honoring residents who have lived in Olmsted Township or Olmsted Falls for 50 years or more.  If you are one of these residents, please contact Jeanene Kress, 235-3459 or jkress@olmstedtownship.org.  These long-time residents will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, email address, if any, and the year they moved into either Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township.

The July 4th celebration will be an old-fashioned, family event that will feature a parade, food, fun for all ages and live music.  There also will be a “Battle of the Barrel” featuring  fire departments and, lastly,  fireworks.  All activities will occur at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

summer reading programOne way to keep your child’s reading level at least maintained over the summer is to keep reading during that time.  The Olmsted Falls branch library is now accepting registration for its “Ready. Set. Read!” Summer Reading Game.  The rules are available by clicking here. It also has many programs available over the summer. To view a flyer of all the events, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Book Buddies pairs younger readers with older, confident readers. 

Each pair takes turns reading and listening to each other and playing reading/word games and activities. 

Registration open as of Wednesday, 5/14/2014 at 9:00 AM.

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

Date: Mondays,6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30PM (2:45 PM on 6/16 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 5-12: Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 2:45PM before the first Buddy session on 6/16. 

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=33330

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

Date: Mondays, 6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 1 – 3: Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Must be able to read. Please attend all 4 sessions.

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=31796

 

TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13

This book camp is for aspiring young authors ages 13-18 who will review the fundamentals of creative writing and guide participants creating new work in poetry, fiction and drama. Bring along a sample of your best work. Registration and a signed parent/guardian release are required. To sign up, click here.

Date: 6/9 –  6/13/2014

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

End Time: 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Friday 6/13)

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration. Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase.  To download the Cornerstone Festival flyer, please click HERE. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill. We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

Forms to reserve booth space at the Bicentennial Cornerstone Festival are now available.  Any school or community booster group or association, local crafters, local businesses, etc., interested in reserving booth space at the festival must complete and submit the vendor application form.   Please visit http://www.olmstedbicentennial.org/ and click on the “Vendors & Permits” link at the top of the page to download the form.  Deadline to submit:  June 15, 2014.

 

 

 

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Parent Update – May 29, 2014

YARD SIGNS EXTEND PUBLIC CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2014

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In what has become an annual tradition, the faculty, staff and administration of Olmsted Falls Schools personally distributed congratulatory yard signs to each member of the graduating class of 2014!

On the eve of commencement, volunteers canvassed Bulldog country placing a special “Congrats” sign in the yard of each graduating member of the Class of 2014.  Pictured at left:  Olmsted Falls Middle School teacher Mrs. Kemock enlisted her own little bulldogs to help with placing the signs!  The gesture was a perfect way for Bulldog staff to show the great pride they have in these Bulldog grads!

OFHS Commencement will be held this evening, Thursday, May 29th at 8 p.m. at Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University.  Congrats OFHS Class 2014!

OFIS CLASSES SHARE THEIR ANCESTRY IN WORDS, FOOD

OFIS cultural day 2014Students from Teachers Harb/Atkins/Schafer 5th Grade Team celebrated “Cutural Day” May 19th in great style. Throughout May, they studied immigration, naturalization and immigrants’ reasons for coming to the United States. They explored their families’ ancestry and shares it with their class. The 85 students represented more than 30 countries!

OFIS Cultural Day 2014Mrs. Harb created a slide show for the finale celebration that included maps, pictures of the country’s landscape, clothing, food and money of every country that students represented. This allowed students and their families to see parts of their ancestors’ countries and culture.

Children either made a food or provided information for their classes and their guests, which they shared on Cultural Day. They did an amazing job! Many students spoke about the experience of spending an afternoon with their grandparents, learning some history and traditions.

About 200 guests attended the celebration. Many grandparents attended, happy to provide their wisdom to the children, along with stories of immigration.  Students walked away with a greater understanding and respect for different cultures. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.

OFMS POWER OF THE PEN WRITERS PARTICIPATE IN STATE TOURNAMENT

Power of the Pen 2014 1Six fabulous young writers departed Olmsted Falls Middle School for the Power of the Pen state tournament May 22 at the College of Wooster.

Seventh graders Emma Andrus, Lauren Gumeny, and Dylan Reines, and eighth graders Alex Enczur, Kayla Falcone, and Lizzie Vukovic attended as well as Mrs. Andrus and Mrs. Gumeny, parent volunteers, and coaches Mrs. Gulden and Miss Scalley.  These talented authors had a fantastic time exploring Wooster’s campus, dancing the evening away, and making new friends from all over the state before a tough day of intense writing competition May 23.   All the writers performed admirably, writing pieces ranked #1 or #2 against the toughest competition of the season!

Special recognition goes to Lauren Gumeny, who was called up to the stage to receive a coveted Best of the Best award for her piece “Grandma’s Doll.”  This award qualifies her for publication in next year’s book of winners!

Congratulations to all of the state qualifiers on a job well done!

OFHS 9TH GRADER RETURNS FOR HONORS @ STATE POWER OF THE PEN

Power of the Pen 2014 Molly McCaffertyOlmsted Falls High School 9th grader Molly McCafferty earned the tremendous honor of receiving an invitation to her third Power of the Pen state tournament in as many years.

It is extremely rare for Power of the Pen, an organization dedicated to 7th and 8th grade writers, to recall past participants from high school, but Molly’s phenomenal piece entitled “Leftover Words” got her the ticket back to Wooster.  This story’s recognition as the Best of the Best last year earned its publication in this year’s book of winners. It was also selected for further judging this tournament season.  In addition to senior Power of the Pen judges, national best-selling young adult author Sharon M. Draper reviewed and honored Molly’s narrative.  Molly received three accolades at this year’s state tournament for her work on “Leftover Words”:

- The Elsie M. Beachler Award  for Talented Young Writers

- The Sharon M. Draper Promising Young Talent honorable mention

- The College of Wooster Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Molly for her phenomenal work, for being the winningest Power of the Pen writer in Olmsted Falls school history and for earning a sizable college scholarship from work she did as an eighth grader!

OFMS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT

OFMS Midwest Talent 2014OFMS Midwest Talent Search honorees with Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth (back row, right), Board of Education Vice President Joe Bertrand (back row, left) and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd (Back row, center).

Six Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.

OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are:  Daniel Doherty, Rebekah Ellis, Samuel Gray, Alex Holm, Daniel Hoffman, Andrea Sheetz, and Autumn Towns.

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!

Additionally, we want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path up to this point.  It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement, and that will continue to help them thrive in the future. Congratulations again! OFHS TEACHER LISA CUMMING TO STUDY IN BAJALisa Cumming

OFHS science teacher Lisa Cumming is part of Miami University’s Project Dragonfly. She is participating in its Global Field Program as a first-year master’s student in visiting Baja to study field methods in desert and marine ecosystems.

The program combines field work at conservation and education hotspots globally with collaborative work in web-based learning communities. For more details about the course, click here.

Falls-Lenox Volunteer BreakfastFALLS-LENOX LOVES ITS VOLUNTEERS

The Falls-Lenox staff and students enjoyed hosting their annual Volunteer Breakfast May 20th.   Falls-Lenox Volunteer Breakfast

The 75 volunteers who were able to visit were treated to a delicious breakfast and a musical performance by the third graders that Mrs. Eileen Wallace led.   Mr. Jason Skocdopole and Mrs. Renee Wagner created ocean-themed decorations, including a large submarine with the second graders.  To view additional photos from this special event, please click HERE.

Thanks again to all of the volunteers!  We so appreciate your time and support.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!

bus2For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2014-2015 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2014.  

Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2014-2015 school year.

OFMS STUDENT COUNCIL VISITS PROVIDENCE HOUSE

OFMS Providence 1The OFMS Student Council Advisory Board brought donations to Cleveland’s Providence House, a crisis nursery for children ages birth through 10. The council, as a community service project, made blankets for the children who now reside there.OFMS Providence 2

Providence House provides voluntary temporary housing for children at risk of abuse or neglect. Its goal is to engage families before crises jeopardize the safety and well-being of their children and prevent foster care placement.

musicOFMS BANDS AND CHOIRS RATE HIGH IN COMPETITION

The OFMS bands and choirs attended OMEA Large Group competition May 16th.  The 1st period grade 7 band, which Mr. Feller directed, received an EXCELLENT rating. The 5th period grade 8 band,  which Mr. Gulden directed, received a SUPERIOR rating.  The grade 8 Concert Choir and grade 8  Women’s Ensemble, which Mrs. Kiedrowski directed, both received SUPERIOR ratings.

Congratulations to these fine musicians for their time, dedication and Bulldog excellence!

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.

Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

HELPING HANDS SUMMER EVENTS 

specialed_helping-hands-1Three varied Helping Hands events are occurring this summer.

The group will have an outing June 13 at Preston’s H.O.P.E., the largest fully-accessible playground in Northeast Ohio. It was built with many custom-designed elements to accommodate youngsters with mobility issues or vision or hearing impairments. The group will carpool from the high school.

July 8 is Play Date @ ECC Playground on Fitch Road.

August 12th is Meet the Teams where the group will travel around the OFHS campus to “meet” and participate with the varsity athletes in a drill/exercise and even get some autographs.

To view details of each event, click here

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

BOYS SOCCER LOGOConducted by the Olmsted Falls High School Boys Coaching Staff and Varsity Players, the Soccer Skills Camp will be held July 29 – July 31, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Schady Road Soccer Complex.  The camp is open to All Recreational and Travel Soccer Players U6-U14 (Ages 5-14).  During the three-day camp, players will be grouped by age and by skill level; focus will be on Individual Technique, Foot-skills, Speed and Agility, Passing, Trapping, Dribbling, Finishing, Goalkeeping, Contests, and Prizes.

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 12TH ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING

Golf outingThe 19th annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is July 12th at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Township. The event that the OF Alumni Association sponsors is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers.  It’s a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, 12-ounce steak dinner, golf-themed favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  This year the outing will be a SHOTGUN start if there are at least 144 golfers.  Otherwise, the format will be a 4-person scramble. Tee times begin at 9 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and a chance to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030. 

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

A list of courses your students have scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year beginning in August may be viewed directly in Power School.  Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in.  Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.  Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year.  Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments are available June 12th .  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.  THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 12TH.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: Incoming 9th graders for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to a Freshman Orientation at the high school on Friday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up.  Student Ambassadors will give guided tours of the building.  Student Ambassadors will meeting Wednesday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s Media Center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on August 15th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2018 at the Freshman Orientation on August 15th from 9-11 a.m.

Photos of commencement will be available at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM

FruitAll students and children in the Olmsted Falls community may be part of the 2014 Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Program.  It is free to those between ages 1-18.

It begins June 11th and runs through August 15th at various North Olmsted locations.

For more details, click here.

HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR & THE  2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan – Parents of children who have such medical conditions as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., which may require treatment at school, will receive a Health Care Action Plan from the school’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home before the end of this school year.  These Action Plans, which both parent and physician must complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic the first week of school in August. A medication order must be completed if your child needs to take a medication at school.  The form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up – If your child now has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to the days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 16th will be destroyed.

New 7th grade students – Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine to children prior to their entering the 7th grade.  Please bring in your documentation that your health clinic completed as your child returns the first week of school in August.

calendar_raffle_button7TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE

Congratulations to the Final winners in the May 2014 Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle:

May 18 – Logan Toth ($25 Longhorn Steakhouse Gift Card)

May 19 – Emily Fidler (Metroparks Ledge Lake Passes & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 20 – Tiffany Juergens ($25 Fat Little Buddies Gift Certificate)

May 21 – Kim Cleary (Swings & Things 2 Cart Passes)

May 22 – Lillian Sromek ($25 Home Depot Gift Card)

May 23 – Yolanda Kight (Mulligan Family Fun Pack & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 24 – Danni Bennett ($25 Cheesecake Factory)

May 25 – Dawne Jordan ((2 Sky Zone passes & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 26 – Gloria Mechling ($25 Subway Gift Card)

May 27 – Jaime Portillo ($10 Dairy Queen, Buckeye Lanes Bowling & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 28 – Cynthia Cansky ($25 Razzles Gift Certificate)

May 29 – Bassem Gerges (Metroparks Golf Passes)

May 30 – Greg Shannon (2 Sky Zone passes & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 31 – Brice Blackman (Dairy Queen Cake & Chipotle BOGO card)

Thanks for your support!

WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS OR $10,000

An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters fundraiser, with the cooperation of many school district’s groups, gives you the chance to win a Chevy or money a fun way.OFAB fundraiser car

Tickets are available for $10each from the various groups. Ten winners will be selected at the Oct. 10th Bulldog varsity football game. Those 10 will return to the Oct. 31st game were they will select a car key and put it into the ignition. The person who selected the key that starts the car has the option of taking the Chevy Cruze LS or $10,000. The winner is responsible for taxes and any other dealership fees.

The groups involved are the athletic boosters, boys/girls basketball, bowling, fastpitch, football, golf, Hockey Association, Music Association, boys/girls soccer, Swim Association, tennis, track, volleyball and Volleyball Association, wrestling, Masquers and baseball. Tickets will be sold through September.

Help support your local organization by buying a ticket! For official rules, click here.

COMMUNITY

BUY A BRICK TO HELP PRESERVE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

bricks OCCThe Olmsted Community Center’s Brick-for-a-Brick Program invites you to help restore the community’s former school.  The old brick building, built-in 1938 as an addition to the district’s 1916 school, is in need of substantial repair. Emergency repairs that began last year continue as funds are raised.  Each ‘inside’ memorial brick purchased in the program will cover the cost of repairing FIVE bricks on the outside of the historic, old school building.

Memorial brick donations are $100 each, which is a tax-deductible donation.  For more details, click here.  Reserve your family’s space in Olmsted history!

BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN IN OLMSTED FALLS SEEKS INTERESTED GREEN THUMBS

spring clip artIf you are interested in a garden plot in the new Busy Bees Community Garden in Olmsted Falls, please click HERE to download the Welcome Packet which includes application/rules/waiver/etc.  Please print, complete and mail with check as indicated.  You can also drop off completed forms at Olmsted Falls City Hall.  The growing season is short, so the sooner you get your garden going the better!   Garden plots will be assigned as soon and form/payment is received.

For questions or additional information, please contact Susan Prehoda, BBCG Coordinator at s_prehoda@yahoo.com. Happy gardening!

HERITAGE DAYS CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

This year’s city-wide garage sale during the Heritage Days Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15.

To view a flyer with more details, click here.

 OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS

Olmsted Performing Arts will feature Once Upon a Mattress and Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical.

‘Mattress’ will run from July 11-13. Tickets are $14.25 and $16.25 Jekyll and Hyde is from August 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $14.25 and $19.25. Both shows feature pre-show action 90 minutes prior to curtain. Details are at olmstedperformingarts.org. OPA is at 6941 Columbia Road.

WANTED:  RESIDENTS OF OLMSTED FALLS/OLMSTED TOWNSHIP WHO HAVE RESIDED HERE FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE

Olmsted Bicentennial logoOlmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will celebrate the community’s 200 year anniversary on July 4.  As part of this Bicentennial Celebration, the community is honoring residents who have lived in Olmsted Township or Olmsted Falls for 50 years or more.  If you are one of these residents, please contact Jeanene Kress, 235-3459 or jkress@olmstedtownship.org.  These long-time residents will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, email address, if any, and the year they moved into either Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township.

The July 4th celebration will be an old-fashioned, family event that will feature a parade, food, fun for all ages and live music.  There also will be a “Battle of the Barrel” featuring  fire departments and, lastly,  fireworks.  All activities will occur at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

summer reading programOne way to keep your child’s reading level at least maintained over the summer is to keep reading during that time.  The Olmsted Falls branch library is now accepting registration for its “Ready. Set. Read!” Summer Reading Game.  The rules are available by clicking here. It also has many programs available over the summer. To view a flyer of all the events, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Book Buddies pairs younger readers with older, confident readers. 

Each pair takes turns reading and listening to each other and playing reading/word games and activities. 

Registration open as of Wednesday, 5/14/2014 at 9:00 AM.

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

Date: Mondays,6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30PM (2:45 PM on 6/16 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 5-12: Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 2:45PM before the first Buddy session on 6/16. 

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=33330

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

Date: Mondays, 6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 1 – 3: Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Must be able to read. Please attend all 4 sessions.

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=31796

 

Saturday Activity Night Program … SPRING INTO FUN 1st – 6th Grades

OFCommunityCenter In the month of May, kids grades 1st-6th can enjoy, Baseball Fever Night, Karaoke, Jungle Fever, and Guest DJ’s. All leading up to the final fun night of the year…Beach Blast Night on Saturday, June 7th. All activities are held at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls from 7-10p.m. Cost: $8. visit: http://www.olmstedcc.com/.

TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13

This book camp is for aspiring young authors ages 13-18 who will review the fundamentals of creative writing and guide participants creating new work in poetry, fiction and drama. Bring along a sample of your best work. Registration and a signed parent/guardian release are required. To sign up, click here.

Date: 6/9 –  6/13/2014

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

End Time: 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Friday 6/13)

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration. Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase.  To download the Cornerstone Festival flyer, please click HERE. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill. We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

Forms to reserve booth space at the Bicentennial Cornerstone Festival are now available.  Any school or community booster group or association, local crafters, local businesses, etc., interested in reserving booth space at the festival must complete and submit the vendor application form.   Please visit http://www.olmstedbicentennial.org/ and click on the “Vendors & Permits” link at the top of the page to download the form.  Deadline to submit:  June 15, 2014.

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

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

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8.

For more details or to register, click HERE.

 

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Parent Update – May 22, 2014

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REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, MAY 26TH

flagsAll schools and District offices will be closed this coming Monday, May 26th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  Enjoy the long weekend!

We look forward seeing students and staff back in the buildings on Tuesday, May 27th.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!

bus2For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2014-2015 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2014.  

Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2014-2015 school year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT

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OFMS Midwest Talent Search honorees with Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth (back row, right), Board of Education Vice President Joe Bertrand (back row, left) and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd (Back row, center).

Six Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.

OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are:  Daniel Doherty, Rebekah Ellis, Samuel Gray, Alex Holm, Daniel Hoffman, Andrea Sheetz, and Autumn Towns.

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!

Additionally, we want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path up to this point.  It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement, and that will continue to help them thrive in the future. Congratulations again!

OFHS BREAKS RECORD @ ACADEMIC QUIZ CHAMPIONSHIP

OFHS academic radio team photoCongratulations to the OFHS Academic Team on the WEOL Radio’s Scholastic Quiz Games.  The team not only placed first – again – but achieved an unprecedented fourth consecutive academic championship. Team members defeated Amherst Steele High School in a back-and-forth battle, 470-310.Scholastic Radio Nageotte

Team members are Andy Nageotte, team captain; Zach Buchta and Xavier Rivera. Andy was named the program’s “Standout Scholar,” which includes a $50 prize for his contribution to the team.  Team advisors are Rhonna Smith and assistant Joe Galea.

Amherst had the lead or a tie score following all but the final round, when the Bulldogs went into rapid action. The Bulldogs used quickness with the buzzers – and correct answers – to almost tripling the scoring of their Amherst competitor during that round and winning the game.  They broke the most consecutive year titles, which Elyria High held dating back to the 1990s.

Each participating school receive a $500 credit to a deserving student from an area college or university.  Semifinalist schools each receive $2,000 in additional credits and a like amount awarded at the championship.

Congrats to all!

OF FALLS-LENOX SHARE WRITING PIECES

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACollaboration is essential for continuous improvement!  Falls-Lenox strives to set that example for its students.  In December, and again in May, Falls-Lenox’s South Community planned a gathering for their students.

Each student brought a writing sample to share.  The first time they brought narrative writing and then they shared opinion pieces in May.  Each session consisted of a first, a second and a third grade class.  In groups of three, students read what they had written, discussed the similarities and differences between writing samples and had some time to just talk with one another.  Students were engaged and truly learned a lot from each other.  The third graders set high standards for the first and second graders!

To view a photo gallery, click here.

OFHS May art show 2014OFHS MAY SHOW FEATURES STUDENT, STAFF AND COMMUNITY ART

The annual OFHS May Show was last Friday in the gym. The show featured work from the Visual Communications Design & Visual Arts from students as well as alumni, staff and community members.

Seniors had individual displays around the perimeter of the gym. Many community members enjoyed the show that ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To view a photo gallery, click here.

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

DSC_8116Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association hosted its annual Retired Staff Spring Luncheon this month.  Retired Bulldog staff members attended the annual event at Moosehead and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues.  Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd also attended and provided retired Bulldogs with an update on the school district, strategic planning and facilities.  Retired staff members were also commended for their ongoing contributions to a scholarship fund to benefit graduating OFHS seniors.  Last year, their scholarship fund reached the $10,000 mark and officially became an endowed scholarship.

Additionally, the Alumni Association will award 29 scholarships, including the Retired Staff Scholarship, in the amount of $22,150 to graduating seniors this year.

To view photos from this year’s Retired Staff Spring Luncheon, please click here.

krakowiak 1OFHS ART TEACHER HONORED

Mariel Krakowiak, OFHS art teacher, was honored  last Friday by the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center at a recognition breakfast/ceremony honoring teachers and students for their work and efforts in special education.

Krakowiak was honored for her work and dedication with the Helping Hands student group and parent network.  Her work with the group enhances the school experience for all students and parents involved.

Congratulations to Mrs. Krakowiak for this recognition!

FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING – TONIGHT – THURSDAY, MAY 22nd

WBulldog helmuthat: Football Parents meeting

When: May 22nd,  7:00 P.M.

 Where: High School Auditorium                                        

  Who: 2014 football player parents, grades 9-12.

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.

Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

BOYS SOCCER LOGOConducted by the Olmsted Falls High School Boys Coaching Staff and Varsity Players, the Soccer Skills Camp will be held July 29 – July 31, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Schady Road Soccer Complex.  The camp is open to All Recreational and Travel Soccer Players U6-U14 (Ages 5-14).  During the three-day camp, players will be grouped by age and by skill level; focus will be on Individual Technique, Foot-skills, Speed and Agility, Passing, Trapping, Dribbling, Finishing, Goalkeeping, Contests, and Prizes.

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

PTAs ACCEPTING BOOKS  THROUGH MAY 27TH FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS 

operation paperback photoThe Olmsted Falls PTAs are participating in Operation Paperback. They are collecting gently used and new books to send to troops overseas. They would appreciate any donation to the cause. Please send the books into school with your children and they can place them in the appropriate collection box by May 27th. Contact Amy Krogh, 440-235-0582 or amymkrogh@hotmail.com if you have questions.

Here are some suggestions. Please, no romance novels as they have enough.bulldog paw blue

For adults: Action/adventure: such authors as Clancy, Chrichton, Cussler, Brown; biographies; contemporary literary fiction: Morrison, Stockett.

Classic literary fiction: Dickens, Steinbeck, Hemingway; fantasy: Salvatore, Butcher, Weis & Hickman, Martin; horror: King, Koontz, Harrison, Hamilton.

Mystery: Kellerman, Roberts, Baldacci; science fiction: Herbert, Bradbury, Zahn; true crime; historical fiction; suspense/thrillers: Patterson, Johansen, Hoag; westerns; women’s fiction.

For children: teen and preteen fiction: Rowling, Collins, Dahl; children’s literature; children’s board books.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET RESULTS

discarded pillsOlmsted Falls residents participated in the April 26th national drug take-back day that many groups and organizations sponsored. PTA and high school student volunteers assisted Olmsted Falls police officers in collection more than 45 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Overall, northeast Ohio safely disposed of more than 10,800 pounds of outdated or unwanted prescription medications.

If area residents missed the collection and would like to dispose of unwanted medicines, the Olmsted Township police department has a permanent drop box at its station.   Many thanks to the Olmsted Falls police and high school volunteer Natalie Ferrini for making this a successful event.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 12TH ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING

Golf outingThe 19th annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is July 12th at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Township. The event that the OF Alumni Association sponsors is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers.  It’s a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, 12-ounce steak dinner, golf-themed favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  This year the outing will be a SHOTGUN start if there are at least 144 golfers.  Otherwise, the format will be a 4-person scramble. Tee times begin at 9 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and a chance to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030. 

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

A list of courses your students have scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year beginning in August may be viewed directly in Power School.  Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in.  Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.  Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year.  Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments are available June 12th .  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.  THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 12TH.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: Incoming 9th graders for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to a Freshman Orientation at the high school on Friday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up.  Student Ambassadors will give guided tours of the building.  Student Ambassadors will meeting Wednesday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s Media Center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on August 15th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2018 at the Freshman Orientation on August 15th from 9-11 a.m.

Photos of commencement will be available at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM

FruitAll students and children in the Olmsted Falls community may be part of the 2014 Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Program.  It is free to those between ages 1-18.

It begins June 11th and runs through August 15th at various North Olmsted locations.

For more details, click here.

HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR & THE  2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan – Parents of children who have such medical conditions as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., which may require treatment at school, will receive a Health Care Action Plan from the school’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home before the end of this school year.  These Action Plans, which both parent and physician must complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic the first week of school in August. A medication order must be completed if your child needs to take a medication at school.  The form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up – If your child now has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to the days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 16th will be destroyed.

New 7th grade students – Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine to children prior to their entering the 7th grade.  Please bring in your documentation that your health clinic completed as your child returns the first week of school in August.

COMMUNITY

 OF LACROSSE CLUB HOSTS AREA’S 1ST BOYS VARSITY LACROSSE PLAYOFF GAME TONIGHT!

Lacrosse Bulldog logoThe Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Club will compete in its playoff game against Eastlake Lacrosse Club at 7 p.m. TONIGHT – THURSDAY, MAY 22nd @ the OFMS Stadium field. Admission is $6. 

Why not attend and cheer on the team!

Olmsted Falls village green photo by Joanne Berger DuMoundOLMSTED FALLS HAS ANNUAL MEMORIAL PARADE MONDAY, MAY 26.

The Olmsted Falls Memorial Day parade is gathering at Falls-Lenox parking lot at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26th.   Marchers will begin their route at 9:30.  They will travel east on Bagley Road, north on Brookside, east on Mill Street and north on Columbia Road to the Village Green.

The community will have a short service at the Village Green gazebo.  The OFHS band is part of the parade.  Everyone is invited to watch along the streets and then gather at the Village Green for the ceremony.

BOOTHS AVAILABLE @ JULY 12 HONEY FEST

An Art and Craft Show will be part of the July 12th Honey Fest @ Grand Pacific Junction.  Booth applications are available by clicking here.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Information about honey and honey bees; bees creating a beard on a man; bee wax candle rolling, face painting, observation hive, educational material, honey-baked goods, flavored honey and stores offering a sidewalk sale are part of the fun.

OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS

Olmsted Performing Arts will feature Once Upon a Mattress and Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical.

‘Mattress’ will run from July 11-13. Tickets are $14.25 and $16.25 Jekyll and Hyde is from August 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $14.25 and $19.25. Both shows feature pre-show action 90 minutes prior to curtain. Details are at olmstedperformingarts.org.

OPA is at 6941 Columbia Road.

WANTED:  RESIDENTS OF OLMSTED FALLS/OLMSTED TOWNSHIP WHO HAVE RESIDED HERE FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE

Olmsted Bicentennial logoOlmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will celebrate the community’s 200 year anniversary on July 4.  As part of this Bicentennial Celebration, the community is honoring residents who have lived in Olmsted Township or Olmsted Falls for 50 years or more.  If you are one of these residents, please contact Jeanene Kress, 235-3459 or jkress@olmstedtownship.org.  These long-time residents will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, email address, if any, and the year they moved into either Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township.

The July 4th celebration will be an old-fashioned, family event that will feature a parade, food, fun for all ages and live music.  There also will be a “Battle of the Barrel” featuring  fire departments and, lastly,  fireworks.  All activities will occur at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

summer reading programOne way to keep your child’s reading level at least maintained over the summer is to keep reading during that time.  The Olmsted Falls branch library is now accepting registration for its “Ready. Set. Read!” Summer Reading Game.  The rules are available by clicking here. It also has many programs available over the summer. To view a flyer of all the events, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Book Buddies pairs younger readers with older, confident readers.  Each pair takes turns reading and listening to each other and playing reading/word games and activities. 

Registration open as of Wednesday, 5/14/2014 at 9:00 AM.

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

Date: Mondays,6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30PM (2:45 PM on 6/16 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 5-12: Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 2:45PM before the first Buddy session on 6/16. 

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=33330

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

Date: Mondays, 6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 1 – 3: Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Must be able to read. Please attend all 4 sessions.

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=31796

 

Saturday Activity Night Program … SPRING INTO FUN 1st – 6th Grades

OFCommunityCenter In the month of May, kids grades 1st-6th can enjoy, Baseball Fever Night, Karaoke, Jungle Fever, and Guest DJ’s. All leading up to the final fun night of the year…Beach Blast Night on Saturday, June 7th. All activities are held at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls from 7-10p.m. Cost: $8. visit: http://www.olmstedcc.com/.

LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS  MEMORIAL WEEKEND – MAY 24TH AND 25TH

The Lorain County Regional Airport will feature a night air show, aircraft displays, airplane rides, aerobatics, drone demonstrations and sky divers at its Aviation Days May 24th and 25th. Admission is $10, with those under 17, free. There also is free parking. To see the event’s flyer, click here.

TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13

This book camp is for aspiring young authors ages 13-18 who will review the fundamentals of creative writing and guide participants creating new work in poetry, fiction and drama. Bring along a sample of your best work. Registration and a signed parent/guardian release are required. To sign up, click here.

Date: 6/9 –  6/13/2014

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

End Time: 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Friday 6/13)

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration. Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase.  To download the Cornerstone Festival flyer, please click HERE. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill. We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

Forms to reserve booth space at the Bicentennial Cornerstone Festival are now available.  Any school or community booster group or association, local crafters, local businesses, etc., interested in reserving booth space at the festival must complete and submit the vendor application form.   Please visit http://www.olmstedbicentennial.org/ and click on the “Vendors & Permits” link at the top of the page to download the form.  Deadline to submit:  June 15, 2014.

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

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

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8.

For more details or to register, click HERE.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

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

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

 

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Parent Update – May 15, 2014

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JOIN THE OFHS 2014 GRAND MARCH THIS SATURDAY, MAY 17TH

dancersThe OF Post Prom Committee invites family and friends to attend the Class of 2014 Grand March just before Prom this Saturday, May 17th at 4:30 p.m. in the OFHS auditorium.  It is a chance to see all students in their prom attire. Each couple/group of friends will be announced individually as they walk across the stage.  It’s a great way to get photos and it’s free.

Prom goers then will pack the House of Blues for an evening of fun and great memories.

All students should arrive no later than 4 p.m. Saturday, as they will board buses by 5:30 for the prom.

Healthy heroMORE HEALTHY HEROES AT ECC AND FALLS-LENOXhealthy hero ECC 3

Loghan Maye, second grader, and Kayla Bauer, third grader, are the Healthy Hero honorees for the months of March and April at Falls-Lenox School while John Allen and Caitlin Farber received the honors at ECC, respectively.  healthy hero ECC 2

 

The Healthy Hero Program helps teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits, such as eating healthy, exercising every day, power washing their hands, coughing and sneezing in their sleeve and sleeping well.  Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants are entered into a drawing to win a $5 gift card from Toys-R-Us.

Congratulations, Kayla, Loghan, Caitlin and John.

TWO OFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS DO WELL AT NATIONAL CONTEST

Polaris cooking photoTwo Polaris Career Center’s Chef Training teams competed in the 2014 National ProStart Invitational Culinary Team and Restaurant Management competitions in Minneapolis.  The contest saw students from 46 states and U.S. territories showcase their talent in a real world setting.

Polaris placed 4th in the Restaurant Management event. Students had to present an original concept to judges that demonstrated their knowledge of the operation and profitability success of a food service establishment. The team created a name and logo design. The presentation included menu design and food costing, facility design and decor, marketing strategies, employment practices and human resources. Finally, the team answered a barrage of critical thinking questions from a panel of food service experts. Bulldog team members included Elizabeth Nunemaker and Morgan Anderson, both juniors.

Polaris also took 4th in the Culinary Team event.

As top five finishers, the Polaris students were awarded $135,000 ($13,500 each) in scholarships.

OFHS STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPANISH SPIRIT WEEK

OFHS spanish spirit weekOFHS teachers and students of Spanish celebrated the second annual Spanish Spirit Week during the first week of May. Each day the Spanish students participated in an activity to celebrate the vibrant Spanish language and culture.

On Monday, the school was filled with red and gold clothing to represent the colors of the Olmsted Falls’ Juan Rulfo Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society.  On Tuesday, students gathered in Mrs. Soto-Kacik’s room to watch the film, “Spanglish.”   Students and staff gathered on Wednesday in the gymnasium after school to learn Latin dance moves taught by a talented instructor from a local dance studio.  Everyone enjoyed learning to dance the salsa!  The most popular activity took place after school Thursday afternoon.  Students played an intense game of soccer.  Several classmates and faculty members came to watch and  cheer their classmates on to a big Spanish fútbol victory!  The week wrapped up with authentic cuisine in Spanish classes and at local Mexican restaurants. To view a photo gallery, click here.

The activities and celebrations were a success and a good time was had by all!

OFHS SENIOR FINAL EXAMS NEXT WEEK – MAY 21, 22, & 23

Senior final exams will take place May 21, 22, & 23.  The exam schedule with testing blocks and times is available on the High School website.

You can click HERE now to access the senior exam schedule.

OFMS PTA WELCOMES POWER OF PEN TO MEETING

Power of the PenEmma Andrus, Kayla Falcone and Lizzie Vukovic, three writers from the OFMS Power of the Pen team, visited a recent PTA meeting.

Schools from all 88 Ohio counties send six-person teams of 7th and 8th grade writers to district tournaments in January.  Writers compete in three rounds of writing against other schools. For each round, students receive a prompt and have 40 minutes to develop and write a narrative that addresses it in some way.  Students placing in the top 50 percent compete at regionals.  The top 20 percent of those advance to the state tournament, which is held prior to Memorial Day in Wooster.

Bulldog writers tryout for the team in October with Mrs. Nancy Gulden and Miss Lisa Scalley. Those who advance through all three rounds of tryouts meet as a team every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. to practice and discuss their writing. The advisors said they are continually impressed by these creative young people’s talent and dedication.  We appreciated their attending the meeting.

Six writers earned a spot competing at state this year. They are 7th graders Emma Andrus, Lauren Gumeny and Dylan Reines and 8th graders Alex Enczur, Kayla Falcone and Lizzie Vukovic. Good luck at the next competition.

FALLS-LENOX MINI BOOK FAIR MAY 19-21Got%20Books

Here is a  chance to get several books for your child’s summer reading.

F-L will have its Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 19; Tuesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 21st. There is a great selection from which to choose.

BOGO BOOK SALE AT OFMS – MON., MAY 19TH – WED., MAY 21ST!

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will be hosting a Buy One, Get One Sale starting Mon., May 19th–Wed. May 21st.  The BOGO will be open in the Media Center from 8:30-3:30 each of these three days.  This is a great way to stock up on summer reading and the BOGO will include hundreds of books to choose from.  Buy one book at regular price and get the second book of equal or lesser value for FREE!  The OFMS BOGO is run by Scholastic Merchandisers and is a cash only sale.  

HELPING HANDS PARENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL’S LAST MEETING OF YEAR

specialed_helping-hands-1The last meeting of the HHPLC is Wednesday, May 21st @ 6:30 p.m. in the OFIS Media Center. Karen Gaede, the district’s transition coordinator, will share strategies and experiences parents can work with their child to develop skills for interacting with others in work and social settings. To be successful in the community, students need universal skills for positive interactions with others. This includes concepts like making good eye contact, turn taking, being a dependable member of a group and many other skills that allow for positive interactions. By fostering these skills, students will be more successful in a community or employment setting.

HHPLC supports the unique learning needs of children within the district.  Comprised of representatives of the OFSD’s administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children’s educational planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support.

Please email Mariel Krakowiak, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, if you require childcare during the meeting. Students in the Helping Hands group provide the childcare. For more details, click here for the group’s website.

FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING MAY 22nd

WBulldog helmuthat: Football Parents meeting

When: May 22nd,  7:00 P.M.

 Where: High School Auditorium                                        

  Who: 2014 football player parents, grades 9-12.

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.

Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

BOYS SOCCER LOGOConducted by the Olmsted Falls High School Boys Coaching Staff and Varsity Players, the Soccer Skills Camp will be held July 29 – July 31, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Schady Road Soccer Complex.  The camp is open to All Recreational and Travel Soccer Players U6-U14 (Ages 5-14).  During the three-day camp, players will be grouped by age and by skill level; focus will be on Individual Technique, Foot-skills, Speed and Agility, Passing, Trapping, Dribbling, Finishing, Goalkeeping, Contests, and Prizes.

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

CURE TAY-SACHS BASEBALL TOURNAMENT HONORS STUDENT  Cure Tay-Sachs 3

Cure Tay-Sachs 1The 4th annual Cure Tay-Sachs Classic Baseball Tournament included 24 schools. It raised over $3,000 for the local Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation.

The event raised nearly $20,000 over the four years. In addition to the baseball games, this year’s tournament featured a special presentation to honor Dakota Bihn, an Olmsted Falls student who lost her battle with the disease April 21. A memorial plaque will permanentlyl hang in the Bulldog baseball dugout to honor Dakota. Special thanks to Gengraphics for designing and donating the beautiful plaque. To view a photo gallery, click here.

A huge thank you to Dan Largent who works tirelessly to not only plan this event, but to raise awareness and money for Tay-Sachs disease and the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation. His efforts have made this event a success every year!

Olmsted Falls  Eagle Scout Zack Dragony Boy Scout Troop 228NEW EAGLE SCOUT AT OFHS

Congratulations to Zack Dragony of Boy Scout Troop 228, who earned the ranking of Eagle Scout. He will have his Eagle Court of Honor June 1st.

The senior Bulldog’s Eagle Scout project was building a hospitality seating area and informational bulletin board at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Westlake.

PTAs ACCEPTING BOOKS  THROUGH MAY 27TH FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS 

operation paperback photoThe Olmsted Falls PTAs are participating in Operation Paperback. They are collecting gently used and new books to send to troops overseas. They would appreciate any donation to the cause. Please send the books into school with your children and they can place them in the appropriate collection box by May 27th. Contact Amy Krogh, 440-235-0582 or amymkrogh@hotmail.com if you have questions.

Here are some suggestions. Please, no romance novels as they have enough.bulldog paw blue

For adults: Action/adventure: such authors as Clancy, Chrichton, Cussler, Brown; biographies; contemporary literary fiction: Morrison, Stockett.

Classic literary fiction: Dickens, Steinbeck, Hemingway; fantasy: Salvatore, Butcher, Weis & Hickman, Martin; horror: King, Koontz, Harrison, Hamilton.

Mystery: Kellerman, Roberts, Baldacci; science fiction: Herbert, Bradbury, Zahn; true crime; historical fiction; suspense/thrillers: Patterson, Johansen, Hoag; westerns; women’s fiction.

For children: teen and preteen fiction: Rowling, Collins, Dahl; children’s literature; children’s board books.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 12TH ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING

Golf outingThe 19th annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is July 12th at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Township. The event that the OF Alumni Association sponsors is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers.  It’s a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, 12-ounce steak dinner, golf-themed favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  This year the outing will be a SHOTGUN start if there are at least 144 golfers.  Otherwise, the format will be a 4-person scramble. Tee times begin at 9 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and a chance to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.

7TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE

calendar_raffle_buttonCongratulations to the 2nd  week of winners in the May 2014 Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle:

May 8 – David Wilson ($25 Target Gift Card)

May 9 – Julie Sicking (2 sky zone passes & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 10 – Walter Mruk ($25 Jo Jo’s Italian Restaurant Gift Certificate)

May 11 – Becky Milligan (OF Bulldog Sweatshirt & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 12 – Karen Ebenger ($25 Giant Eagle Gift Card)

May 13 – Sobieski Family (2 Trolley Tours of Cleveland & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 14 – Jennifer Victor ($20 Falls Family Restaurant Gift Certificate & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 15 – Cindy Bennett (OF Bulldog Sweatshirt & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 16 – Brandi Straubhaar ($25 Kohl’s Gift Card)

May 17 – Eileen Smits (D’Qwell Jackson Autographed Browns Football)

Thanks for your support and watch the blog for next week’s winners.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

A list of courses your students have scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year beginning in August may be viewed directly in Power School.  Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in.  Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.  Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year.  Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments are available June 12th .  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.  THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 12TH.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: Incoming 9th graders for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to a Freshman Orientation at the high school on Friday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up.  Student Ambassadors will give guided tours of the building.  Student Ambassadors will meeting Wednesday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s Media Center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on August 15th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2018 at the Freshman Orientation on August 15th from 9-11 a.m.

Photos of commencement will be available at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR & THE  2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan – Parents of children who have such medical conditions as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., which may require treatment at school, will receive a Health Care Action Plan from the school’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home before the end of this school year.  These Action Plans, which both parent and physician must complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic the first week of school in August. A medication order must be completed if your child needs to take a medication at school.  The form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up – If your child now has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to the days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 16th will be destroyed.

New 7th grade students – Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine to children prior to their entering the 7th grade.  Please bring in your documentation that your health clinic completed as your child returns the first week of school in August.

CHICK-FIL-A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE  – TODAY, THURSDAY, MAY 15TH

Relay for Life 2014 logoChick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of your check when you place an order at the North Olmsted location from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday, May 15.

The funds will go to the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life event. All dine in, carry out, drive through and catering orders will be honored. Be sure to mention OF Relay for Life when ordering for the organization to receive credit.

COMMUNITY

ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE OFFERS ONE LAST DAY – THIS SATURDAY, MAY 17 

Boy Scout TrefoilOlmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold the final day of its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 17th 10th (9 am-3pm) at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, across from the Olmsted Community Church.  The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables available at good prices.    Stop by, support Scouting, and shop locally!  

WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT THIS SUNDAY, MAY 18: COME LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM

Looking for a fun, recreational activity this summer? Join the Westview Swim Team and come to the annual Meet-the-Coaches Cookout on Sunday, May 18th from 5-6 p.m. @ the Westview pool, 26640 Redwood Drive. You can enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert. Meet the swim team coaches and learn more about the team. Discover what the excitement is all about. The swim team offers other events throughout the season, such as Donut Fridays, annual Swim-A-thon and end of the season Awards Banquet and pool party. The group emphasizes participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit and self-discipline. Many of the swimmers compete in high school and even college. Registration is available by clicking HERE.  For questions, please email theallenfamily3@netzero.com.

Olmsted Bicentennial logoWANTED:  RESIDENTS OF OLMSTED FALLS/OLMSTED TOWNSHIP WHO HAVE RESIDED HERE FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE

Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will celebrate the community’s 200 year anniversary on July 4.  As part of this Bicentennial Celebration, the community is honoring residents who have lived in Olmsted Township or Olmsted Falls for 50 years or more.  If you are one of these residents, please contact Jeanene Kress, 235-3459 or jkress@olmstedtownship.org.  These long-time residents will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, email address, if any, and the year they moved into either Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township.

The July 4th celebration will be an old fashioned, family event that will feature a parade, food, fun for all ages and live music.  There also will be a “Battle of the Barrel” featuring  fire departments and, lastly,  fireworks.  All activities will occur at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

summer reading programOne way to keep your child’s reading level at least maintained over the summer is to keep reading during that time.  The Olmsted Falls branch library is now accepting registration for its “Ready. Set. Read!” Summer Reading Game.  The rules are available by clicking here. It also has many programs available over the summer. To view a flyer of all the events, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Book Buddies pairs younger readers with older, confident readers.  Each pair takes turns reading and listening to each other and playing reading/word games and activities. 

Registration open as of Wednesday, 5/14/2014 at 9:00 AM.

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

Date: Mondays,6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30PM (2:45 PM on 6/16 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 5-12: Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 2:45PM before the first Buddy session on 6/16. 

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=33330

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

Date: Mondays, 6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM

Description:  Grades 1 – 3: Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Must be able to read. Please attend all 4 sessions.

Sign up at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=31796

 

Saturday Activity Night Program … SPRING INTO FUN 1st – 6th Grades

OFCommunityCenter In the month of May, kids grades 1st-6th can enjoy, Baseball Fever Night, Karaoke, Jungle Fever, and Guest DJ’s. All leading up to the final fun night of the year…Beach Blast Night on Saturday, June 7th. All activities are held at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls from 7-10p.m. Cost: $8. visit: http://www.olmstedcc.com/.

LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS  MEMORIAL WEEKEND

The Lorain County Regional Airport will feature a night air show, aircraft displays, airplane rides, aerobatics, drone demonstrations and sky divers at its Aviation Days May 24th and 25th. Admission is $10, with those under 17, free. There also is free parking. To see the event’s flyer, click here. OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration. Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase.  To download the Cornerstone Festival flyer, please click HERE. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill. We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

Forms to reserve booth space at the Bicentennial Cornerstone Festival are now available.  Any school or community booster group or association, local crafters, local businesses, etc., interested in reserving booth space at the festival must complete and submit the vendor application form.   Please visit http://www.olmstedbicentennial.org/ and click on the “Vendors & Permits” link at the top of the page to download the form.  Deadline to submit:  June 15, 2014.

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

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

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8.

For more details or to register, click HERE.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

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

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

 

LOCAL PRESCHOOL HAS FALL OPENINGS

Olmsted Community Preschool has openings available for the 2014/2015 school year. The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street, Olmsted Falls. Classes offered are at the 3, pre-k and pre-k extended age levels. For more information, please call 440-235-3869 or email ocprschl@aol.com.  Visit the preschool’s website by clicking here and go to the preschool tab.

 

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Parent Update – May 8, 2014

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UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS CURRENTLY INDICATE HIGH SCHOOL BOND ISSUE DEFEATED BY NARROW MARGIN; PROVISIONAL BALLOTS STILL BEING PROCESSED

The UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS for Cuyahoga County indicate 49.84% (2,654 votes) FOR the OFHS Bond Issue and 50.16% (2,671 votes) AGAINST the issue in Tuesday’s election. The unofficial election results from Lorain County indicate 26.32% (25 votes) FOR the OFHS Bond Issue and 73.68% (70 votes) AGAINST the issue. IN TOTAL, the COMBINED UNOFFICIAL COUNT (including precinct results from both Cuyahoga County and Lorain County) for the OFHS Bond Issue across both counties is currently 2,679 FOR and 2,741 AGAINST.

Currently the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is in the process of validating remaining provisional ballots that have been cast. (There are approximately 40 provisional ballots to be validated and processed.) Provisional ballots are those cast by citizens who may have had to clarify a name or address, as well as those who may have requested an absentee ballot but then decided to vote at the polls instead.

At this time, all absentee ballots that were postmarked and mailed by November 5, 2013 as required and received by the Board of Elections have been included in the unofficial absentee count, which is included in the above unofficial totals. Any additional valid absentee ballots received by the Board of Elections within 10 days of the May 6th election will be added to the results.

It will be at least a couple of weeks before Official Counts are available and released. A margin less that ½ of 1% would trigger an automatic recount – further delaying the final results. We will update with official, final results as soon as they are available.

Olmsted Falls School District wishes to express sincere appreciation for the efforts of parents and staff members who volunteered countless hours of their personal time to help educate our community about this important bond issue for OFHS. Great progress was certainly made as evidenced by the improved margin of support this time – 49.84% in favor in May, up from 46% percent in favor in November; and 50.16% opposed, down from 54% opposed in November.

Unfortunately, in spite of improved levels of support, voter turnout on Tuesday was lower overall as compared to turnout for the previous November 5, 2013 election. A total of 6,342 votes were casts in November 2013; and, unofficially, 5,420 votes were cast this past Tuesday (not including provisional ballots still being processed).

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM ADVANCES TO WEOL’S RADIO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

OF teamCongratulations to the OFHS Academic Team who will compete in the May 19th championship in WEOL’s Scholastic Games of Lorain County.

The team has a chance for a record-breaking fourth consecutive championship. That occurred with the victory in its semi-final contest as the Bulldogs outscored Lake Ridge Academy last week, 470-400. Lake Ridge won the championship in 2010. Elyria High School holds the most consecutive championship, which the Bulldogs have a chance at breaking.OF Xavier Rivera shakin hands The team consists of Andy Nageotte, captain, Zach Buchta and Xavier Rivera, who was named the “Standout Scholar.”  Team advisor is Rhonna Smith.

Lake Ridge Academy was winning going into the third round, but the Bulldogs came from behind to take the lead. The team battled during the fourth and fifth, with the Bulldogs pulling off the win and the opportunity to compete in the upcoming championship contest.  Remember to tune into AM 920 at 6:06 p.m. Monday, May 19th to see whether Olmsted Falls takes the crown.  The team will play either Amherst Steele or Clearview, depending upon which of these two teams wins on Monday’s broadcast.

HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR & THE  2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan – Parents of children who have such medical conditions as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., which may require treatment at school, will receive a Health Care Action Plan from the school’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home before the end of this school year.  These Action Plans, which both parent and physician must complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic the first week of school in August. A medication order must be completed if your child needs to take a medication at school.  The form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up – If your child now has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to the days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 16th will be destroyed.

New 7th grade students – Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine to children prior to their entering the 7th grade.  Please bring in your documentation that your health clinic completed as your child returns the first week of school in August.

FALLS-LENOX LOVES TREES Arbor Day FL

F-L first graders met with Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan April 25 to celebrate Arbor Day.  They recited a poem in honor of Arbor Day and enjoyed meeting with the mayor.  A large redbud maple was brought to the school for the ceremony. It will be planted outside Olmsted Falls City Hall where students and their families may watch it grow for years to come.

Thank you to Olmsted Falls for including us in its Arbor Day activities.

 

JOIN OFHS PTA –  HELP INCREASE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING!

Ohio PTA LogoA Big Thank You to all our high school parents and staff PTA members.  With all your support this year, our PTA won the 2013/2014 Scarlet Carnation and Buckeye Awards for increasing our membership by 32% from last school year.  This is a wonderful accomplishment of which we can be very proud.  Even with these wonderful awards, we would love to finish out this school year on an even higher note.  We are now at 374 members.

We would love to reach our goal of 400 members.  We need just a little push to get to the level where we will receive $1,000, which would be used toward more senior scholarships this year.  So let’s see if we can hit that goal. Spouses, friends, grandparents – they are all encouraged to join.  Let’s make this our best year ever!!  Thanks so much for your continued support.  You can find our membership form on the district’s website by clicking here.

athletic signing Laney HavilandOFHS SENIOR SIGNS ATHLETIC LETTER OF INTENT

OFHS senior Laney Haviland recently signed to attend the Art Academy University in San Francisco.

She also will play soccer for the Urban Knights.

Congratulations, Laney, on this achievement and best wishes for your collegiate soccer career.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

A list of courses your students have scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year beginning in August may be viewed directly in Power School.  Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in.  Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.  Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year.  Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments are available June 12th .  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.  THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 12TH.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: Incoming 9th graders for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to a Freshman Orientation at the high school on Friday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up.  Student Ambassadors will give guided tours of the building.  Student Ambassadors will meeting Wednesday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s Media Center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on August 15th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2018 at the Freshman Orientation on August 15th from 9-11 a.m.

Photos of commencement will be available at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.

Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

 Got%20BooksFALLS-LENOX MINI BOOK FAIR

Here is a great chance to get several books for your child’s summer reading.

F-L will have its Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 19; Tuesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 21st. There is a great selection from which to choose.

  FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING MAY 22nd

WBulldog helmuthat: Football Parents meeting

When: May 22nd,  7:00 P.M.

 Where: High School Auditorium                                        

  Who: 2014 football player parents, grades 9-12.

REVIEWING CONTENT WILL HELP STUDENTS TRANSITION IN FALL – ORDER BY MAY 11TH

summer solutions pixParents may order material that can be used over the summer to keep what their children learned over this year fresh in their minds and ready to start classes in the fall. This is an optional program. A letter about the program that was sent home through OFIS students may be viewed by clicking here. The books, called Summer Solutions, include material that will help maintain what your son or daughter has learned from August to June.  Spending a few minutes a couple of days of the week will help them in reviewing learned concepts.  The book titles include: Mathematics; English Grammar & Mechanics, Reading Comprehension; Math Problem Solving; Study Skills and Pre-K Math and Language Arts.  They are available to order by May 11th.  Be sure to add the proper school code found in the top right corner of the order form. Click on the various grade levels to see the book: OFMS, OFISFalls-Lenox, ECC.  Order instructions can be viewed by clicking here.

CONGRATULATIONS – 1ST WINNERS’ WEEK IN MAY 2014 OFMS PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE

calendar_raffle_button May 1 – Erica Jama (Lake Erie Monsters tickets & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 2 – Debby Reith ($25 Fandango gift card & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 3 – Teri Vavro (Cleveland Metroparks Golf Passes & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 4 – Tracy Linek ($25 Razzles gift certificate & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 5 – Joann Thompson (Swings-n-Things cart passes & Chipotle BOGO card)

May 6 – April Largent ($25 Speedway Gift Card)

May 7 – Rob Coxon (OF Baseball Hat & Shirt & Chipotle BOGO card)

Thanks for your support and watch the blog for next week’s winners.

CHICK-FIL-A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE  – MAY 15TH

Relay for Life 2014 logoChick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of your check when you place an order at the North Olmsted location from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 15.

The funds will go to the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life event. All dine in, carry out, drive through and catering orders will be honored. Be sure to mention OF Relay for Life when ordering for the organization to receive credit.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKS ENTRIES FROM COMMUNITY – DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM – DEADLINE TODAY  – FRIDAY, MAY 9

Art Show 1 The Annual OFHS May Art Show is Friday May 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours.

Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page, found by clicking here,  if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN – DEADLINE IS THIS SATURDAY, MAY 10th safety town logo

Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education. The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program.  Registration is now open.  Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. 

The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I:  June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II:  June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer.  Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.

little bulldog baseball teamBULLDOG POWER

Congratulations to the OF 10-Under Runner-Ups.

The Bulldog team, made up of student from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, performed well in the annual Swing for Spring Tournament.

Go Bulldogs!

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

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

COMMUNITY

4th ANNUAL CURE TAY-SACHS CLASSIC – THIS SATURDAY

logoCheck out your Bulldog baseball players in action at the 4th Annual Cure Tay-Sachs Classic this weekend. What began as a 4 team tournament in 2011 has grown to a 24 school event at sites throughout Northeastern Ohio showcasing some of the best HS baseball teams in the state. Last year, 2 of the D1 State final four teams participated in the CTSC.  Through sponsorships, donations, and more, the Cure Tay-Sachs Classic has raised nearly $20,000 so far, and we hope to double that number in the next couple years.

Olmsted Falls High School will again serve as a host site this year.  Following is the schedule for the games being held this Saturday, May 10th at OFHS:

10:00am Olmsted Falls Vs. Bay Village
12:30pm Newark Licking Valley Vs. Midview
3:00pm Solon Vs. North Royalton
5:30pm Solon Vs. Midview

For information on other host sites and participating teams, please click HERE To view the official CTSC press release. Go Bulldogs!

ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE STARTS THIS WEEKEND

Boy Scout TrefoilIt’s that time of year again. Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 10th (9 am-5pm), Sunday, May 11th, (9am-2pm), and Saturday, May 17th (9am-3pm) at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, across from the Olmsted Community Church.  The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables available at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts.  Stop by, support Scouting, and shop locally!  Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

summer reading programOne way to keep your child’s reading level at least maintained over the summer is to keep reading during that time.  The Olmsted Falls branch library is now accepting registration for its “Ready. Set. Read!” Summer Reading Game.  The rules are available by clicking here. It also has many programs available over the summer. To view a flyer of all the events, click here.

Saturday Activity Night Program … SPRING INTO FUN 1st – 6th Grades OFCommunityCenter

In the month of May, kids grades 1st-6th can enjoy, Baseball Fever Night, Karaoke, Jungle Fever, and Guest DJ’s. All leading up to the final fun night of the year…Beach Blast Night on Saturday, June 7th. All activities are held at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls from 7-10p.m. Cost: $8. visit: http://www.olmstedcc.com/.

softball girl

ATTENTION GIRLS GRADES K-12

Registration is extended for girls slow pitch softball in the Olmsted Community Summer League. Games begin the week of June 2nd and last through July. All girls receive a team shirt and visor. No previous experience is needed. We celebrate the end of the season with an Appreciation Day full of activities – bounce house, dunk tank, raffle prizes and lots of food. The cost for Girls Coach Pitch (ages 6-8) and Girls Intermediate ( 9-11) is$70; Girls Major Travel (ages 12-18 with two age divisions) is $90. Please register online by clicking here or in person at the Olmsted Community Center by May 10th.

WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT MAY 18TH– LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM

Looking for a fun, recreational activity this summer? Join the Westview Swim Team and come to the annual Meet-the-Coaches Cookout on Sunday, May 18th from 5-6 p.m. @ the Westview pool, 26640 Redwood Drive. You can enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert. Meet the swim team coaches and learn more about the team. Discover what the excitement is all about. The swim team offers other events throughout the season, such as Donut Fridays, annual Swim-A-thon and end of the season Awards Banquet and pool party. The group emphasizes participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit and self-discipline. Many of the swimmers compete in high school and even college. Registration is available by clicking HERE.  For questions, please email theallenfamily3@netzero.com. LOCAL PRESCHOOL HAS FALL OPENINGS

Olmsted Community Preschool has openings available for the 2014/2015 school year. The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street, Olmsted Falls. Classes offered are at the 3, pre-k and pre-k extended age levels. For more information, please call 440-235-3869 or email ocprschl@aol.com.  Visit the preschool’s website by clicking here and go to the preschool tab.

LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS  MEMORIAL WEEKEND

The Lorain County Regional Airport will feature a night air show, aircraft displays, airplane rides, aerobatics, drone demonstrations and sky divers at its Aviation Days May 24th and 25th. Admission is $10, with those under 17, free. There also is free parking. To see the event’s flyer, click here.

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration.  Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration. Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase.  To download the Cornerstone Festival flyer, please click HERE.

A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill. We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.  D BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

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

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

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

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergarten through grade 5. The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

 

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Parent Update – May 2, 2014

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IMPORTANT ELECTION TOMORROW – PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

PleaseVoteSignEVERY VOTE COUNTS – ISSUE #4 NEEDS YOUR VOTE!

For the 3,200+ BULLDOG PARENTS Registered to Vote who did NOT vote by mail

Polls Open TOMORROW:  6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

If you need to know where your polling location is, please visit:

www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us

and click on the “Where Do I Vote?” link.

PLEASE BE SURE TO MAKE IT TO THE POLLS TOMORROW- TUESDAY, MAY 6TH!

For the APPROX. 360 BULLDOG PARENTS who requested Absentee Ballots to Vote by Mail:

PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR BALLOT MUST BE POSTMARKED WITH TODAY’S DATE – MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 – IN ORDER TO BE COUNTED!  As of last Friday, more than 100 parents still needed to return their absentee ballots.  Please be sure to get your ballots postmarked and mailed TODAY!

ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOT POSTMARKED WITH TODAY’S DATE MUST be delivered in person, either by you or an eligible family member, to the Board of Elections office. Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day – Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Olmsted Falls School District would like to extended SINCERE THANKS to the volunteers of the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee, who have been working tirelessly since January to raise awareness with parents and residents about the critical importance of passing Issue #4 tomorrow for OFHS.  We also want to thank the many parents, staff and alumni who have endorsed Issue #4.

Anyone who still has questions about Issue #4 is encouraged to visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com, or contact the Olmsted Falls Board of Education  office at (440) 427-6000.

PLEASE REMEMBER – YOUR VOTE COUNTS & OFHS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

MORE OFSD STAFF ACHIEVE MASTER TEACHERS DESIGNATION

Master teachers Congratulations to Olmsted Falls School District’s newest Master Teachers – Matthew Celaschi (OFHS), Sandra Cibulskas (OFMS), Jennifer Cieker (Falls-Lenox), Janelle Hughes (OFHS), Sarah Reisner (OFMS), Christen Rupp (OFMS), and Kim Urban (OFMS).  The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized and honored them during the April board meeting.

These seven teachers earned the Master Teacher designation by participating in Ohio’s Master Teacher Program and demonstrating excellence both inside and outside of the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning.  Each of these teachers achieved exemplary scores for the rigorous documentation of their instructional practices, leadership roles and professional activities.

The implementation of Ohio’s Master Teacher Program within the OFSD was facilitated by the Olmsted Falls Master Teacher Committee consisting of representatives from all buildings and content areas, including six teachers and one administrator that hold National Board Certification and are therefore recognized by the state of Ohio as Master Teachers.  The newest Master Teachers join Lisa Hawk (OFMS), Jesse Judson (OFIS), Anne Statz(Falls-Lenox) and Lisa Cumming (OFHS) – all of whom achieved Master Teacher status this past fall!

Pictured in the photo above are, from left, Board President Jim Weisbarth, Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan, Sandra Cibulskas, Janelle Hughes, Christen Rupp, Sarah Reisner, Kim Urban and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. 

SEVERAL OFHS WINTER ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

honored winter season athletes Several winter sports athletes received All Conference and Scholar honors. Many of them attended the April Board of Education meeting where they were honored.

Congratulations to the following who were named Scholar Athletes for maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA: Brian Kurz, boys basketball; Samantha Buck, girls basketball; Michael Hansinger, wrestling; Molly Mills, girls swimming; Thomas Petro, boys swimming; Andrew Vukovic, hockey; Rosalyn Miranda, cheerleading; Sarah Lyzen, gymnastics; Paul Katz, boys bowling and Alexis Benisek, girls bowling.

Student/athletes who were First Team All Conference include Adam Asadorian, senior, boys basketball; Kerri Gasper, junior, girls basketball; Jacob Norman, senior and Zachary Sadowski, sophomore, hockey; Michael Hansinger, senior, Jordan Lee, senior and Noel Caraballo, sophomore, wrestling.  Second Team All Conference are Alexander Mitchell, senior, basketball;  Steven Wilk, junior, hockey; Jacob Bolton, senior, boys swimming; Adam Salti, senior and Michael Iler, sophomore, wrestling.  Honorable Mention are Patrick Hynes, senior and Samuel Lombardo, senior, boys basketball;  Heather Mueller, senior and Savanajh Black, junior girls basketball; Devon McConkey, junior and Braden Wertman, junior, hockey; Thomas Petro, senior and Eric Andrews, freshman, boys swimming; Katelyn Heine, senior and Morgan Jedrzejek, freshman, girls swimming; Austin Balnius, senior and Brice Locklear, sophomore, wrestling.

Pictured above are, from left, Noel Caraballo, Jordan Lee, Sarah Lyzen, Andrew Vukovic, Zach Sadowski, Jacob Bolton, Kerri Gasper, Samantha Buck, Alexander Mitchell, Alexis Benisek and Rosalyn Miranda.

Congratulations to these fine athletes.

OFHS bowlers at April meeting

OF SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZES BOWLING TEAM

Most of the OFHS bowling team members – who were state runners up this year – attended the April board meeting where they were recognized for their accomplishments.

Picture here are, from left, Coach Chuck Carver, Coach Leanne Carver, Andy Oltmanns, Chris Kuczynski, Dan McFadden, Chad Kuchenmeister, Jake Olszewski, Colin Kuchenmeister, Coach Eric Kuchenmeister and Nate Paliska. Team member Paul Katz was unable to attend the meeting.

Congratulations to all.

OFIS CELEBRATIONS EARTH DAY

Earth day OFISOFIS students participated in a “Waste-Free Lunch Challenge.” They went beyond expectations!

With over 600 students, they only created 32 pounds of waste!  The students were encouraged to apply some conservation tips they learned in their classes into their real life.  The students were REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING their resources.  They REDUCE by placing fruits and vegetables in a compost container; REUSE, silverware, containers, and lunch bags and RECYCLE:  juice pouches, plastic bottles, chip bags, paper, and aluminum cans.  Kathleen Rocco from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, spent lunch time with all the students spreading awareness about ways to “Go Green”! The OFIS Green Team made a cycling project at its April meeting.  They reused 2-liter bottles and lids for various products.

The students in Mrs. Atkins’ science classes gained extra credit in creating un UP CYCLED item. Instead of throwing away milk jugs, orange juice containers, water bottles, tissue boxes, etc., the students created some amazing products to use at home. Click here to view photos. They are making our Earth a better place!

To view a photo gallery of the activities, click here.

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

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

The agenda includes:

-  6 Grade Teaching Teams

- Typical 6th Grade Schedule

- Tour of Building

-  Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium

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

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

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.

Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

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FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING MAY 22nd

What: Football Parents meeting

When: May 22nd,  7:00 P.M.

Where: High School Auditorium

                                       Who: 2014 football player parents, grades 9-12.

REVIEWING CONTENT WILL HELP STUDENTS TRANSITION IN FALL

summer solutions pixParents may order material that can be used over the summer to keep what their children learned over this year fresh in their minds and ready to start classes in the fall. This is an optional program. A letter about the program that was sent home through OFIS students may be viewed by clicking here.

The books, called Summer Solutions, include material that will help maintain what your son or daughter has learned from August to June.  Spending a few minutes a couple of days of the week will help them in reviewing learned concepts.  The book titles include: Mathematics; English Grammar & Mechanics, Reading Comprehension; Math Problem Solving; Study Skills and Pre-K Math and Language Arts.  They are available to order by May 11th.  Be sure to add the proper school code found in the top right corner of the order form. Click on the various grade levels to see the book: OFMS, OFISFalls-Lenox, ECC.  Order instructions can be viewed by clicking here.

CHICK FIL A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE  – MAY 15TH

Relay for Life 2014 logoChick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of your check when you place an order at the North Olmsted location from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 15. The funds will go to the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life event.

All dine in, carry out, drive through and catering orders will be honored. Be sure to mention OF Relay for Life when ordering.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY – DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM – DEADLINE MAY 9

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

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN – DEADLINE IS MAY 10th

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

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

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

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

 

 COMMUNITY

Saturday Activity Night Program … SPRING INTO FUN 1st – 6th Grades

OFCommunityCenterIn the month of May, kids grades 1st-6th can enjoy, Baseball Fever Night, Karaoke, Jungle Fever, and Guest DJ’s. All leading up to the final fun night of the year…Beach Blast Night on Saturday, June 7th.

All activities are held at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls from 7-10p.m. Cost: $8. visit: http://www.olmstedcc.com/.

softball girlATTENTION GIRLS GRADES K-12

Registration is extended for girls slow pitch softball in the Olmsted Community Summer League. Games begin the week of June 2nd and last through July. All girls receive a team shirt and visor. No previous experience is needed. We celebrate the end of the season with an Appreciation Day full of activities – bounce house, dunk tank, raffle prizes and lots of food. The cost for Girls Coach Pitch (ages 6-8) and Girls Intermediate ( 9-11) is$70; Girls Major Travel (ages 12-18 with two age divisions) is $90. Please register online by clicking here or in person at the Olmsted Community Center by May 10th.

MAKE A RAIN BARREL OR BUY A COMPOST BIN – DEADLINE MAY 7th

Community members are invited to attend the  rain barrel/composting seminar May 12 at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center. Olmsted Township is hosting the seminar that the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District will head.rain barrel

Attendees will learn to make a rain barrel they will keep and/or buy a compost bin. The rain barrel is $60; compost bin, $50. Rain barrels harvest rainwater for all garden needs and combat storm water pollution. A barrel, downspout diverter and all material will be included.  Composting is a great way to keep organic materials out of landfills and an inexpensive way of adding nutrients to soil.

The 6:30-8:30 p.m. session has a May 7 registration deadline. To register, contact Jared Bartley, 216-524-6580, Ext. 14. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

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

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

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

 LOCAL PRESCHOOL HAS FALL OPENINGS

Olmsted Community Preschool has openings available for the 2014/2015 school year. The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street, Olmsted Falls. Classes offered are at the 3, pre-k and pre-k extended age levels. For more information, please call 440-235-3869 or email ocprschl@aol.com.  Visit the preschool’s website by clicking here and go to the preschool tab.

LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS OVER MEMORIAL WEEKEND

The Lorain County Regional Airport will feature a night air show, aircraft displays, airplane rides, aerobatics, drone demonstrations and sky divers at its Aviation Days May 24th and 25th. Admission is $10, with those under 17, free. There also is free parking. To see the event’s flyer, click here.

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

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

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

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

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

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

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

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

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

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

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

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

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

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

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Parent Update – April 25, 2014

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SEVERAL OFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS HEAD TO NATIONAL COMPETITION IN JUNE

engineering comp 3The students from the Pre Engineering classes competed in the Ohio SkillsUSA championship recently in Columbus.

Joselyn Rabbitt and Stephanie Schroth placed first in Robotics and Automation Technology. Lucas Schilling and Matt Seman took top honors in Mobile Robotics. Mike Zeber was part of the Polaris team that placed first in Career Pathways Showcase Manufacturing.

Jake Olszewski, Matt Bender and Thomas Cobb took third in Engineering Technology.Pre Engineering state competition

All  first-place competitors will go to Kansas City in June. This was the most students in Polaris history to compete at the national level in one year.

Also competing in the Automated Manufacturing competition were Scott Dehart, Ryan Bratsch and Matt Metzger.

Congratulations to these fine students. Best of luck at the national competition. To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

OFMS MUSICIANS PERFORM AT SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST 

Olmsted_Falls_MusicOFMS had more than 140 individual entries in 72 events for the Ohio Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest April 12 at Cuyahoga Community Collge.

Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski, Mr. Ryan Patterson, Mr. Kevin Gulden and Mr. Michael Feller, their directors, helped develop the talent of these budding musicians.  Al Demkowicz, Liam Sleggs, Theresa May, Jacob Donofrio, Chris Andrews, Allison Denham, Mark DeMio and Sherri Kovach provided outstanding coaching of these groups.

Student preparation for the competition included before school, after school, during lunch, weekends and evening practices.  To view the names of participating students and their ratings, click here. Congratulations to all these wonderful musicians.

REMINDER: OFMS SPRING PLAY PERFORMANCES TONIGHT & TOMORROW

zombie drawingzombie drawingThe Bulldog Theatre Company will perform its spring play, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.” Remaining performances are Friday, April 25th  and Saturday, April 26th – shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

DODGE BALL COMPETITION TONIGHT – FRIDAY,  APRIL 25TH

DodgeballGot some good moves? Sign up for the Post Prom’s third annual Dodge Ball game Friday, April 25th from 6-9 p.m. in the high school gym. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to sign up during lunch in the cafeteria beginning April 22nd. The cost is $25 per team that includes five students.

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

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

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

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

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

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET – TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH – 10 AM to 2 PM

 

drugsSaturday, April 26th will mark the 8th nationwide drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency at locations across the country participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet. The Olmsted Falls Police Department has again partnered with the DEA and PTA to host this event in our community. Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on April 26th please drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Olmsted Falls Police Department.

All items collected will be turned over to the DEA for destruction at a licensed disposal facility. Please pass this information along to your family, neighbors, friends and colleagues. Through this collection event, we keep these medications out of the hands of curious youth and we keep these medications out of our drinking water supply. Check out the DEA’s website and spread the word about collection points in our area.  For additional information:  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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

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

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

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

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  LESS THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The agenda includes:

-  6 Grade Teaching Teams

- Typical 6th Grade Schedule

- Tour of Building

-  Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium

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

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

THREE OFHS STUDENTS TO RECEIVE EAGLE SCOUT RANKING THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 27TH

Matt Fox Eagle ScoutMike Zeber Eagle ScoutGarrett Yoder Eagle ScoutOlmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 members Mike Zeber, an OFHS senior; Garrett Yoder, also a senior, and Matt Fox, a sophomore, will have their Eagle Scout Court of Honor at 2 p.m. April 27th at St. Mary of the Falls Church.  Nationally, only 3 percent of scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Matt rebuilt the Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s shed; Mike built a 75-foot section of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Royalview Mountain Bike Trail and Garrett constructed an EMS access trail throughout the Metroparks’ Royalview trail system.

Congratulations to these fine Bulldog students.

CARNIVAL FOR A CURE EVENT A SUCCESS!

 

pic 1 carnivalOur Carnival for a Cure on April 11th was a huge success! We had so many families that came out to support Relay for Life and the Falls-Lenox for Life team. Every year, through this fundraiser, we raise huge sums of money to create a world with more birthdays! This year we were able to raise $4,007 to help families and individuals who have been affected (or will be affected) by cancer. Wow! A special thank you goes out to all the families and students who came out to support this event, PTA members who contributed time, cupcakes and energy to make it extra special for the kids, high school students who donated their time on the mini-relay, Kiwanis members who graciously served up food, and teachers and staff , friends and family, who stayed all day and night to bring our carnival to life. As you can see, it was a true community event, and it was the Olmsted Falls Bulldog Community who made it truly special. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

To view a photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM’S PIZZA/WING NITE – TOMORROW – SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH

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

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

APRIL 30 DEADLINE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE IS NEARING 

calendar_raffle_buttonTime is running out to buy an entry in the annual Calendar Raffle.  For $5, you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of fabulous prizes. A different winner is pulled each day and a list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like, share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.

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

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

CHICK FIL ACHICK FIL A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE

Chick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of your check when you place an order at the North Olmsted location from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 15. The funds will go to the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life event.

All dine in, carry out, drive through and catering orders will be honored. Be sure to mention OF Relay for Life when ordering.

SPRING SPORTSWEAR SALE – SATURDAY, MAY 3rd

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Club will hold its 2nd Annual Spring Sportswear sale Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale is at the sportswear booth by the concession stand at the football field.

Lots of spring and summer apparel to choose from including shorts, tank tops, visors and more. The sale is also offering 10 percent off all items in stock. It’s free to get in. We look forwarding to seeing you there.

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

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

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

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY – DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM

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

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN – DEADLINE IS MAY 10th

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

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

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

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

COMMUNITY

April 2014 Saturday Activity NightsCARNIVAL NIGHT IS THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH

Come one, come all students in grades 1-6 to Olmsted Community Center’s Carnival Night at its Saturday Activity Night program.

This Saturday, April 26th, enjoy plinko, ring toss, face painting, games and prizes from 7-10 p.m. at the center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.

For more details, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HAS OPEN REGISTRATION – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 27th

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

MAKE A RAIN BARREL OR BUY A COMPOST BIN – DEADLINE MAY 7th

Community members are invited to attend the  rain barrel/composting seminar May 12 at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center. Olmsted Township is hosting the seminar that the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District will head.rain barrel

Attendees will learn to make a rain barrel they will keep and/or buy a compost bin. The rain barrel is $60; compost bin, $50. Rain barrels harvest rainwater for all garden needs and combat storm water pollution. A barrel, downspout diverter and all material will be included.  Composting is a great way to keep organic materials out of landfills and an inexpensive way of adding nutrients to soil.

The 6:30-8:30 p.m. session has a May 7 registration deadline. To register, contact Jared Bartley, 216-524-6580, Ext. 14. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

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

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

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

OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

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

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

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

GARDEN CLUB FLYERDon’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale on Sunday, May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Community Center. 

Large selection of perennial flowers, hostas, grasses, ground cover, flowering shrubs and wildflowers. 

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

LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS OVER MEMORIAL WEEKEND

The Lorain County Regional Airport will feature a night air show, aircraft displays, airplane rides, aerobatics, drone demonstrations and sky divers at its Aviation Days May 24th and 25th. Admission is $10, with those under 17, free. There also is free parking. To see the event’s flyer, click here.

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

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

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

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

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

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

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

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

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

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

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

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

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

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

 

 

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