Parent Update – October 29, 2014

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

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

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE!

OF oct 29 blog Ramtec photoOFHS VEX ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS RECOGNIZES NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Halloween parades for elementary students get underway today….

Following is this year’s schedule of parades:

Wed., Oct. 29th @ 1:00 p.m.  – OFIS

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

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

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS – LAST HOME GAME THIS FRIDAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.            

book _fairSCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT MIDDLE SCHOOL – STARTS NEXT WEEK

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

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

OFMAMusicalNotes-November2014Cover_Page_01HOT OFF THE PRESS:  OFMA NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 3rd – 2nd Grade Music Program “Patriotic & American Folk Songs”

Tuesday, November 4th – Marching Band Banquet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DEADLINES NEARS FOR BOYS’ DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

powder puff football pinkSUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TEAM

What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game

When: 7 p.m. November 6th

Where: OFHS

Cost: $5

basketballWINTER BASKETBALL SET FOR BOYS & GIRLS GRADES 1-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

candleOFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER ENDS MONDAY

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

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

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

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

schwan's photoOFMS FUNDRAISER BRINGS FROZEN FOODS TO YOUR DOOR

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

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

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

DSCF1069OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER 15th FUNDRAISER

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

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

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

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

crafts4OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

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

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Parent Update – October 23, 2014

BOARD SALUTES 2014 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS

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

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

BILL McGRAIN ELECTED TO STATE WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION POST

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

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

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

TWO BULLDOG SOCCER PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED IN LOCAL NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMA22OFIS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD GREW IN PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS

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

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

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

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

Garden memorialECC HONORS FORMER VOLUNTEER WITH GARDEN MEMORIAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFAB fundraiser car

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

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

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

donate blood pixOFHS BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

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

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MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

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

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

basketball4BOYS IN GRADES 4-6 INVITED TO DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

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

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

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

candleOFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER CONTINUES

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

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

powder puff football pinkSUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TEAM

What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game

When: 7 p.m. November 6th

Where: OFHS

Cost: $5

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

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

schwan's photoOFMS FUNDRAISER BRINGS FROZEN FOODS TO YOUR DOOR

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS – LAST HOME GAME OCTOBER 31ST

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

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

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

 

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

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

mystery murder pix

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

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

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

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Parent Update – October 16, 2014

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

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

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

ofhs volleyball sw champs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL RESPONSE TO EBOLA

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

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

DSC_8639OFSD EMPLOYEES ATTEND ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR

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

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

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES/ENGINEERING PROGRAMS

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

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

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

Masquers LogoMASQUERS/FORENSICS PATRON MEETING THIS MONDAY

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

JordanJaeckinOFHS STUDENT-ATHLETE HIGHLIGHTED IN LOCAL NEWS

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

Congratulations to Jordan!

To view the story, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

of homecomingOFHS BULLDOGS CELEBRATE HOMECOMING WITH A WIN

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

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

OF Golden GradsGOLDEN GRADS REUNITE TO CELEBRATE SCHOOL MEMORIES, CLASSMATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The next CPM Parent Information Night is:

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

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

donate blood pixOFHS BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

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

open door

MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

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

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

 

candleOFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helping-Hands

HELPING HANDS OFFER FUNDING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS GRANTS, EVENTS

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

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS – LAST HOME GAME OCTOBER 31ST

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

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

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

OFHS POST PROM REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKE THIS WEEKENDclambake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH AN OCTOBER 25TH MURDER MYSTERY

mystery murder pix

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

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

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

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Parent Update – October 9, 2014

October 9, 2014 Comments off

Homecoming clipartIT’S HOMECOMING WEEKEND IN BULLDOG COUNTRY

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

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

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

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

BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS RECOGNIZED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION

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

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

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

Harb Honored

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

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

Congratulations for these fine teachers.

 

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Holly.

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

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

CPM Parent Information Nights are scheduled as follows:

Middle School CPM Meeting

TONIGHT – Thursday, October 9th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria

&

High School CPM Meeting

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

We look forward to seeing you there.

Hale Farm demonstrationTRIP INTO THE PAST AT HALE FARM AND VILLAGE

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

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following are the road closures getting underway this week:

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

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

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

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

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

open doorMEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

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

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

OFCS Custom OrderHELPING HANDS FUNDRAISER DEADLINES THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

school lunch tray lunchesBUYING SCHOOL LUNCH SAVES FAMILIES MONEY

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

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

OFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKEclambake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY

mystery murder pix

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

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

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

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Parent Update – October 1, 2014

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TWO O.F. ART TEACHERS HONORED FOR ART EDUCATION LEADERSHIP

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArt teachers Renee Wagner and Jason Skocdopole at Falls-Lenox and ECC received Artsonia’s Annual Leadership Award that honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in art education. Artsonia is the largest student art museum/gallery online.

The honor was given to teachers from only 10 states across the nation. The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts progam. It shows a teacher’s initiative and dedication to not only the field of art education, but cultivating family involvement and enhancing the learning experience of students.

Due to their efforts, Falls-Lenox and ECC’s online art gallery ranks 1st in the state and 12th in the nation! Last year’s tally shows 7,808 pieces of artwork from the two schools were published there; it has 1,573 active fan club members; 719 comments were left for the artists and artists left 590 statements about their work.

Congratulations for blending students, staff and community participation together into a great learning experience.  To view Artsonia.com, CLICK HERE.

College and Coffee_Fall 2014NEXT OFHS COFFEE & COLLEGE SESSION FOR PARENTS IS THIS FRIDAY, OCT. 3RD!

Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? The latest session of OFHS’s Coffee & College is scheduled for this Friday, October 3rd.  OFHS is offering several dates this fall for parents to meet together for coffee and discuss the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid.

The times are 8-9 a.m. on October 3rd, October 24th and November 7th in the OFHS media center.  For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

cool-schoolsOLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL UP FOR FOX 8 NEWS “COOL SCHOOL OF THE WEEK”

Olmsted Falls Middle School is up for the Fox 8 News “Cool School of the Week!”  Parents, students and staff are encouraged to help make our Middle School the next “Cool School of the Week” by voting today.

Voting is taking place on-line now at http://fox8.com/2014/09/29/its-time-to-vote-for-the-next-cool-school/.

VOTING ENDS at 5:59 a.m. on Thursday – so CAST YOUR VOTE TODAY!!

Rachel's Challenge - Parent Event 10-6-14RACHEL’S CHALLENGE STUDENT ASSEMBLY & EVENING PARENT EVENT – THIS MONDAY, OCT. 6TH

We are proud to announce that the Olmsted Falls Middle and Intermediate Schools will be sharing Rachel’s Challenge with their students and staff this year!  In addition to student assemblies, which will occur during the school day this Monday, October 6th, we are hosting a community-wide evening presentation that we encourage everyone ABOVE THE AGE OF 12 to attend on Monday, October 6th at 7pm in the OFMS cafetorium Please click HERE to download the event invitation.

You are invited to come hear an incredible true story of courage & hope and experience one of the most powerful school programs in America as you here the story of Rachel Scott, the 1st Columbine shooting victim, at our Rachel’s Challenge community event.

When Rachel was 13 years old, she traced her hands on the back of her dresser and wrote in big black letters, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of peoples’ hearts”.  Her life and writings have impacted over 15 million students over the last 11 years, and we hope you’ll be able to come hear the inspiring true story of hope, acceptance, and redemption.

Rachel’s Challenge is the largest school assembly program in America.  It is designed to help school administrators, parents, and students create safer and more productive places to learn and achieve.  The goal is to motivate and equip students and administrators to embrace new values of kindness and compassion, so that no one is left behind because of fear and violence in their school.   It is our mission to eradicate violence, prejudice, bullying, and overall hatred in our nation.  We are doing this by passing on the legacy of Rachel Scott nationwide in hopes that people will follow her example and accept her challenge to spread kindness and compassion to others. http://vimeo.com/33291369

Feel free to forward this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues, as we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience this outstanding program first-hand.

open doorMEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

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

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

 

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COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH (CPM) INFORMATION NIGHTS FOR OFMS/OFHS PARENTS – OCT. 9TH & 29TH

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

CPM Parent Information Nights are scheduled as follows:

Middle School CPM Meeting

Thursday, October 9th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria

&

High School CPM Meeting

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

We look forward to seeing you there.

OFCS Custom OrderHELPING HANDS STARTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

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

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

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

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

DISTRICT NURSES PERFORM ROUTINE SCREENINGS

health clinic clipartThe Health Clinic staff began vision and/or hearing screenings in some schools.  All students in grades PreK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7* and 9 will be screened, as well as any students new to the District this year.   These screenings will continue through early spring.  If a child fails the first screening, he or she will be re-screened in about  four weeks.  If a child fails both screenings, his or her parent/guardian will be notified in writing.

Also, scoliosis screenings for students in grades 5-7 will begin this winter.  Parents will receive more information on scoliosis screenings later in the year.

Parents are encouraged to contact the health clinic at their child’s school with any questions.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teachers for Olmsted Falls Schools, please contact our substitute teaching service provider, Renhill, for more information.  In addition to a bachelor’s degree, applicants must have a strong desire to work with and inspire students, be able to communicate well, have flexibility and adapt to change, and exhibit patience, kindness and fairness.  If interested, please contact:

Rose White, Marketing & Selection Specialist, Renhill Group, (216) 986-2745, www.renhillgroup.com

The next recruiting day for Olmsted Falls School District is currently scheduled for October 8th

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

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

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

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

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

BUYING SCHOOL LUNCH SAVES FAMILIES MONEY

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

Home games are October 3rd, Berea-Midpark; October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night.

Olmsted_Falls_MusicVIEW  MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S OCTOBER NEWSLETTER + JOIN TONIGHT’S MEETING!

The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter includes many upcoming events and information.

This month’s issue includes volunteer opportunities, information on the band’s February 12th-17th DisneyWorld trip, details on various bands, private lessons, performances, accolades and pictures. To view this month’s copy, click HERE.

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

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

Come attend the group’s meeting TONIGHT – OCTOBER 1ST –   at 7 p.m. in OFHS choir room.

OFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKEclambake

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

 

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

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

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

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

AUDITIONS TO OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE OCTOBER 25 

talent-show1Attention: ALL OF dancers, singers, comedians, musicians, jugglers, bands and magicians, kindergarten through grade 12! Is there a talent you have? Well, get your act together. Why not bring it to the 28th annual OFHS PTA Friday Night Talent Show auditions that will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 25th in the OFHS auditorium. Start preparing for your audition now. The key is practice.

Watch this weekly blog, look for posted flyers in your school and check your school’s website for more details. Contact Mrs. Ferrini or Mrs. Knaggs with questions at 440-427-0894.

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT THE BOBKOVICH FAMILY – THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 4TH STARTING @ 2 P.M.

Full page photoPlease join us this Saturday for a fun afternoon in support of the Bobkovich Family.  The event, open to the public, kicks off this Sat., Oct 4th with a Cornhole Tournament from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the OFHS cafeteria. Cost is $20/team.   We will follow with an evening Wing/Pizza Fundraiser at Razzles from 6:00-8:30 pm.  Cost is $20/adult and $10/student.  For additional information on registering a team or buying tickets, please click HERE, or call Jen Kanaba at 440-821-5248.  Hope to see you there!

Bulldog Falls Day in the ParkOFHS BAND TO PERFORM THIS SUNDAY AT FALLS DAY IN THE PARK

The community is invited to attend the 1-4 p.m. October 5th Falls Day in the Park at East River Park on Lewis Road.

The event includes crafts, vendors, food, refreshments, games, music and, of course, an appearance by the OFHS Bulldog marching band. The event is free and open to all.  This also will be the final chance to buy tickets to win a Chevy Cruze through a multi-group school district fundraiser.

baseball2cjpg-9e254f0fa2cc45ad_largeTRYOUTS FOR OF TRAVEL – 8 YEARS OF AGE – TEAM THIS WEEKEND

Players 8 years of age may tryout from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 4th for the 2015 OF travel team in The Cuyahoga Valley Baseball Association. The location is at the OFMS east field. Rain date is October 5th – same time and field. The league birthday cut-off date is May 1st. Field location may change so check the Olmsted Travel Baseball Association by clicking HERE.  For more details about the league, click HERE.

To see a flyer detailing tryouts, click HERE.

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY

mystery murder pix

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

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

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

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Parent Update – September 25, 2014

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OFHS SENIOR SEES ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

HSBioMedMareena Gentry saw firsthand the challenges and joys toward her goal of an OB-GYN career.

She is a student in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program at OFHS, a curriculum devoted to preparing students to be innovative and productive leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Polaris Career Center funds the program.

As a junior, she shadowed a doctor and spent an 11-hour work day from labor to delivery in an OB-GYN hospital wing. She gathered with doctors and interns to discuss patient statuses and did rounds with them. She viewed – and assisted – in the first childbirth of the day and saw her first C-section in an operating room. She dressed from head to toe in scrubs and a mask, standing 5 feet away from the surgery. She even witnessed the birth of twins.  The eight babies that day all arrived healthy into the world.

As she said, “I was amazed by what I was given the chance to do by the PLTW Biomedical Science program here at Olmsted Falls High School.  I will never forget this day as it was not only a great learning experience, but it reinforced my career plans to go into the medical field. I truly recommend taking full advantage of every opportunity because you never know how much it can change you until you experience it!”

What an amazing experience she saw as a high school student.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI HALL OF FAME WELCOMES NEWEST INDUCTEES

alumni induction 2Guests gathered at the German-American Cultural Center last week for the OFHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner.  Six new inductees were formally welcomed into the OFHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. They were Art Gibel, class of ’68; Debbie Koeppen Berry, class of ’87; Scott Highhouse, ’82; Lora Hirschbert, ’81; Dave Schuster, ’70 and Craig Barbee, educator.   Congratulations to each inductee!alumni induction classroom 2

In addition to the formal ceremony, the inductees gave presentations to OFHS students last Friday. Students from two classes participated and senior Michael Doherty, senior class president, facilitated the presentations.  Plaques of these outstanding alumni and all Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame members are on the walls outside the OFHS media center.

To view a gallery of the induction ceremony and the school visit, CLICK HERE.

visionDISTRICT NURSES TO BEGIN ROUTINE SCREENINGS

The school nurse will perform screenings for hearing, vision and postural/scoliosis over the next two months. The Ohio Department of Health guidelines will be followed.

Pre-K and K screenings will begin Wednesday, October 1st and grades 1-3; from October 13-17th for vision and hearing. Grade 5 will be in November/December for vision, hearing and postural screening. Grade 6 will take place in February/March 2015 for postural screening. Grade 7 will be March/April 2014 for vision, hearing and postural screenings. Grade 9 will occur in March/April 2015 for vision and hearing. All new and transferred students also will be screened.   Any child that a teacher or parent refers may be screened regardless of grade. If a child fails the first screening, he or she will be re-screened in about four  weeks.  If a child fails both screenings, his or her parent/guardian will be notified in writing.

Be sure to remind your children to wear their glasses for the vision screening. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s health clinic.

VOLUNTEERS REJUVENATE OFHS BAND TRUCK

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Drum roll, please.

A big Thank You to Olmsted Falls Music Association parents who revitalized the band equipment truck. They not only cleaned up the corroded aluminum, painted the wheels and undertook other details, but placed new decals on all three sides of the box.

A special thanks to Mark Hannah and his company Full Color Resources for providing the decals and application of them!

To view a few more pictures, CLICK HERE.

 

music-notesOFMA MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

The next meeting of the Olmsted Falls Music Association is this coming Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Choir Room.

To visit the OFMA Facebook page, please click HERE.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teachers for Olmsted Falls Schools, please contact our substitute teaching service provider, Renhill, for more information.  In addition to a bachelor’s degree, applicants must have a strong desire to work with and inspire students, be able to communicate well, have flexibility and adapt to change, and exhibit patience, kindness and fairness.  If interested, please contact:

Rose White, Marketing & Selection Specialist

Renhill Group

(216) 986-2745

www.renhillgroup.com

The next recruiting day for Olmsted Falls School District is currently scheduled for October 8th.

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

Home games are October 3rd, Berea-Midpark; October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night

OFIS PTA COOKIE DOUGH ORDER DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY

cookie-dough-truffles-5005You still have time – but only through this Friday, September 26th – to order cookie dough through the OFIS PTA’s only fundraiser this year. Proceeds help support field trips and many programs that its students enjoy. Forms are available from any OFIS student, from the school office or by emailing kristiepatton@cox.net.

 

OFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKEclambake

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

GET YOUR TICKET BY OCTOBER 1ST IN THE CHEVY CRUZE OR $10,000 CONTEST!

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

Tickets are available for $10 each from various athletic teams and organizations including: baseball, football, tennis, boys/girls basketball, bowling, fast pitch, golf, boys/girls soccer, track, volleyball, wrestling, Athletic Boosters, Hockey Association, Masquers, Swim Association, Volleyball Association and Music Association.

In addition tickets will be available in the board office, at all home football games, or by contacting OFAB President Jim Polcar at (440) 724-3454.

Tickets are $10.  There will be a drawing of 10 people at the October 10th football game.  October 31st football game will bring those winners to  see who the ultimate winner is.  Winner will select from a 2014 Chevy Cruze or $10,000.  Winner  must be 18 years or older to win.  More rules on the OFAB website.

Help support your local organizations also involved in the fundraiser by buying a ticket!

ofma sample decalOFMA SELLS WINDOW DECALS TO SHOW BULLDOG PRIDE

Order forms were distributed last week for the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Decal fundraiser. The window clings are $5 each and available to middle and high schools’ choir, band and Golden Bullettes/Majorettes members. Each student may choose a customized cling with their name on it and which choir vocal part or an image of a band instrument they play. The Bulldog Note clings are available to all – parents, grandparents, anyone – who wish to show Bulldog Pride.

Check with your student about the form sent home. If you did not receive one, contact Tracy Corrigan at thetracyvines@yahoo.com or call her at 440-427-8222.

AUDITIONS TO OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE NEXT MONTH

talent-show1Attention: ALL OF dancers, singers, comedians, musicians, jugglers, bands and magicians, kindergarten through grade 12! Is there a talent you have? Well, get your act together. Why not bring it to the 28th annual OFHS PTA Friday Night Talent Show auditions that will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 25th in the OFHS auditorium. Start preparing for your audition now. The key is practice.

Watch this weekly blog, look for posted flyers in your school and check your school’s website for more details. Contact Mrs. Ferrini or Mrs. Knaggs with questions at 440-427-0894.

frostyENJOY A FREE WENDY’S JR FROSTY THROUGH OFMS PTA’S FUNDRAISER

The OFMS PTA kicked off its Free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty card fundraiser. For $1, you will receive a card for unlimited free Jr. Frosty’s from Wendy’s with any purchase. The cards are good for one year of unlimited use.  They also are great gifts for grandparents, co-workers and siblings.

To view a purchase form, CLICK HERE, and return it to school.

 

resale photoOECPTA AUTUMN ATTIC RESALE IS THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

The annual Autumn Attic Resale is September 27 at the OFMS.  This resale event is for gently-used infant, children, teen and maternity clothing, furniture, décor, bedding, strollers, activity baby gear, safety, toys, games and other miscellaneous for all ages of children.

The Early Bird hours are 8-9 a.m. with a $5 admission.  General sale is 9 a.m. to noon with a $2 admission. Sellers manage their own tables.

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)

OFHS POST PROM NECKLACE FUNDRAISER RETURNS

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

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

 

falls lenox OECPTA logo PTA YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER ENDS THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH

The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Yankee Candle fundraiser will run through September 29th.

Simply visit its website by CLICKING HERE and enter group #990050451 in the “start shopping” box. All online orders will be shipped immediately and directly to the address requested.

COMMUNITY

cuyahoga-logo-footerScratch Video Game Creation Workshop

Date: 10/1/2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Description:

Interested in making video games? In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make a basic interactive game using Scratch online software. Bring your creativity and imagination!  (Grades 6-12) Registration Required. Release form required for photographs.  Visit http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=33105 to sign up.

 

OFHS BAND TO PERFORM AT FALLS DAY IN THE PARK

falls day in park 3The community is invited to attend the 1-4 p.m. October 5th Falls Day in the Park at East River Park on Lewis Road.

The event includes crafts, vendors, food, refreshments, games, music and, of course, an appearance by the OFHS Bulldog marching band. The event is free and open to all.

 

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY

mystery murder pix

 

Continue to enjoy this year’s Olmsted Bicentennial celebration at the Dressed to Kill: Murder at the Costume Ball murder mystery October 25th. It is at the Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural Center. The cost is $47 and includes a light hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner, cash bar, interactive professionally-produced murder mystery entertainment, music and dancing. The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at T & S Mower, 25438 Sprague Road or by CLICKING HERE.

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Parent Update – September 19, 2014

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MOTHER GOOSE AND FRIENDS VISIT ECC

ECC 1

Mother Goose, Gus the Goose, BaaBaa Black Sheep, Penelope PomPom, Whootie the Know-It-Owl and others encouraged ECC youngsters to enjoy books through reading skills.ECC 2

The Sandusky State Theatre presented Mother Goose and Friends, which PNC Bank sponsored as a part of its Right to Read program.

Mother Goose and Friends is geared towards teaching youth ages 3-5 Mother Goose nursery rhymes and basic literacy and reading skills through the use of rhyme, song, dance and puppetry.

The program is part of the theatre’s mission statement, which is to work with other arts organizations to serve surrounding communities by providing quality educational programs dedicated  to lifelong learning in and through the arts.

OFHS GRAD WORKS WITH FASHION MOGUL @ NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Anastasia Souris

Anastasia Souris, 2011 OFHS graduate, has done internships with Steve Madden in New York City and BCBG in Los Angeles as a fashion major senior at Ohio University.

This month she volunteered for BCBG Max Azria Group fashion shows during the fall Fashion Week in New York City. To view the story a Delta Gamma sorority sister wrote about her experience there, CLICK HERE.

In this photo, Anastasia is with Lubov Azria, American fashion model and chief creative officer with BCBG Max Azria Group.

Kudos to our former Bulldog!

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ABOUT EV-D68

You have likely been hearing stories in the news recently about a new respiratory virus affecting children in Ohio as well as other states.  The Ohio Department of Health has compiled information about Enterovirus D68.  To access the latest information on EV-D68 on the ODH website, please click HERE.

CITY, TOWNSHIP, SCHOOLS MEET RECREATION NEEDS OF COMMUNITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

Olmsted Recreation LogoThe City of Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls School District have partnered to establish a joint recreation entity that will oversee all athletics and other recreation activities in the Olmsted community.  The new partnership was launched in July. Its first task is coordinating all youth sports offerings in the community under the Olmsted Recreation umbrella to provide parents registering their children for sports programs a central, online registration system.  The online resource will also serve to provide an overview of available programs and registration and fee payment capabilities.

While existing athletic programs – whether privately run or school district run – will maintain their operational structures, Olmsted Recreation will serve to gather all of these outstanding athletic resources under one roof for the purpose of information and registration.  Olmsted Recreation initially will enter into a 6-month agreement with the privately maintained Olmsted Community Center to serve as the registration site for both online and in-person registration for all local youth sports programs participating in the new partnership.  A nominal built-in registration fee will help establish a funding stream to support the ongoing initiative.

Olmsted Recreation also will seek new partnerships for additional recreation opportunities for residents of all ages. For example,  a memorandum of understanding with Brook Park was approved that will provide Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township residents access to that city’s John A. Polonye Community Center, including its water park, at reduced rates.  It hopes to expand recreational offerings beyond just school-age youth to those for all ages from pre-school to senior citizens.

To read more, please click HERE.

Bulldog yearbook cover

 REMINDER:  BULLDOG YEARBOOKS ARE IN!

The 2014 OFHS Yearbooks are available for pick up and purchase at the school.

Also available are previous years’ books as well.

Please contact Publications at 427-6050 or publications@ofcs.net with questions.

 

football-clip-artVARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

Home games are October 3rd, Berea-Midpark; October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night

clambakeOFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKE

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

LAST FEW CHANCES: GET YOUR TICKET IN THE CHEVY CRUZE OR $10,000 CONTEST!

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

Tickets are available for $10 each from various athletic teams and organizations including: baseball, football, tennis, boys/girls basketball, bowling, fast pitch, golf, boys/girls soccer, track, volleyball, wrestling, Athletic Boosters, Hockey Association, Masquers, Swim Association, Volleyball Association and Music Association.

In addition tickets will be available in the board office, at all home football games, or by contacting OFAB President Jim Polcar at (440) 724-3454.

Tickets are $10.  There will be a drawing of 10 people at the October 10th football game.  October 31st football game will bring those winners to  see who the ultimate winner is.  Winner will select from a 2014 Chevy Cruze or $10,000.  Winner  must be 18 years or older to win.  More rules on the OFAB website.

Help support your local organizations also involved in the fundraiser by buying a ticket!

frostyENJOY A FREE WENDY’S JR FROSTY THROUGH OFMS PTA’S FUNDRAISER

The OFMS PTA kicked off its Free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty card fundraiser. For $1, you will receive a card for unlimited free Jr. Frosty’s from Wendy’s with any purchase. The cards are good for one year of unlimited use.  They also are great gifts for grandparents, co-workers and siblings.

To view a purchase form, CLICK HERE, and return it to school.

 

resale photoOECPTA AUTUMN ATTIC RESALE IS SEPTEMBER 27TH

The annual Autumn Attic Resale is September 27 at the OFMS.  This resale event is for gently-used infant, children, teen and maternity clothing, furniture, décor, bedding, strollers, activity baby gear, safety, toys, games and other miscellaneous for all ages of children.

The Early Bird hours are 8-9 a.m. with a $5 admission.  General sale is 9 a.m. to noon with a $2 admission. Sellers manage their own tables.

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)

OFHS POST PROM NECKLACE FUNDRAISER RETURNS

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

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

 

falls lenox OECPTA logo PTA OFFERS YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER

The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Yankee Candle fundraiser will run through September 29th.

Simply visit its website by CLICKING HERE and enter group #990050451 in the “start shopping” box. All online orders will be shipped immediately and directly to the address requested.

COMMUNITY

cuyahoga-logo-footerScratch Video Game Creation Workshop

Date: 10/1/2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Description:

Interested in making video games? In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make a basic interactive game using Scratch online software. Bring your creativity and imagination!  (Grades 6-12) Registration Required. Release form required for photographs.  Visit http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=33105 to sign up.

olmsted community center building

JOIN SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS IN SEPTEMBER

Olmsted Community Center invites students in grades 2-6 to attend its 7-10 p.m. Saturday Activities Nights. The cost is $8 for the fully supervised dance party, crafts, games and fun in the gym. Each must have a signed registration form, which is found by CLICKING HERE. The flyer also lists the September activities.

September 20th is Backyard fun with ladder golf, corn hole, Frisbee toss and more.  It’s Inflatable Night September 27th.

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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