Parent Update – December 17, 2014

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IMPORTANT REMINDERWINTER BREAK

The OF school district’s winter break is from December 22nd to January 2nd.  School will resume Monday, January 5th.

This will be the last blog of the 2014 calendar year, with it resuming the week of January 5th, 2015.  Have a very safe holiday season and Happy New Year!

OFHS GRAD CO-AUTHORS SPINAL CORD RESEARCH

Neurochemistry Neuroscience Senior Benjamin Brown '15Benjamin Brown, an OFHS grad and Baldwin Wallace University senior, is listed as an author on a study that appears in the December 3rd edition of Nature.

Benjamin was among the heavyweight Case Western Reserve-led scientists who developed a new chemical compound showing “extraordinary promise in restoring function lost to spinal cord injury. The study details remarkable new research on a peptide that helped to heal paralyzed muscles in lab animals.  Brown, 21, and a Columbia Township resident, is a neuroscience/chemistry major.

“To me, publishing in a top-tier scientific journal is a great validation that the effort I have been putting into becoming a successful researcher so far in my academic career is paying off,” Brown said in a BW publication. “It’s also incredibly rewarding to contribute to such an important scientific investigation.”

Congratulations, Benjamin.

STUDENTS SERENADE CLASSES & PERFORM FLASH MOB @ MALL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOFHS band and choir students continued the annual traditionOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA of holiday caroling in classes throughout the district. They performed in each of the district’s school buildings. The choir also sprang a flash mob on unsuspecting people at the Great Northern Mall.

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

TWO HEALTH CLINIC STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE

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Margie Strekal

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Mary Harding

Congratulations to Falls-Lenox Health Aide Margie Strekal and OFHS Medical Assistant Mary Harding for being recognized by PSI (Partners for Success and Innovation) with the organization’s annual Excellence In Service award for their respective positions.  PSI gives these awards annually, which are based on evaluations and feedback from building principals.  Kudos to both Margie and Mary for providing stand-out health clinic services to the students of Falls-Lenox and OFHS!   A sincere thanks for the special care and attention you provide to students each day.

OFMS DADS ENJOY DONUTS @ SCHOOL

MS Donuts with Dad1Dads, grandpas and others who attended the OFMS PTA Donuts with Dad had a great time.

They had a chance to attend one of two sittings last week. Those who were not PTA members had a chance to fill out a form at the event to join the group. A big ‘Thank You’ to all who shared this time with their child, grandchild or family member.  To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.

OFHS FOOD DRIVE A BIG SUCCESS

food drive photo to useA big thank you to all who supported this year’s Student Council Food Drive.  Donations included 2, 032 items, all of which will help needy families in the Olmsted Falls/Township communities! The drive’s nine-year total amounts to 17,022 food items.

A special thank you to Sean Pellerite, winning homeroom for the fourth time in six years; Dawn Moses, runner-up homeroom; Judy Crandall, for adding to this collection effort through her Holiday Concert; Ed August, for offering up the Little Debbies for any homeroom over 150 and the entire Library, custodial, housekeeping and grounds staff for helping us store and move all this food.  Pictured in this photo are Zach Buchta, Amelia Le, Connie Saylor, Marisol Lambermont, Erin Hetchler and Matt Archual, who are Student Council members. Others who played a big part on “moving day” were Alyssa Tonissen, Michael Doherty and Samantha Finnerty.

Happy Holidays to all of you!

OFHS WRESTLING HONORS SENIORS, NEW HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

wrestling hall of fameAll are invited to attend the Thursday, December 18th wrestling events at OFHS.

The night begins at 5:50 p.m. when Bulldogs seniors will be honored. The first of three matches then start at 6 p.m. with our Bulldogs against Brecksville. North Olmsted vs Brecksville will follow that match with the Bulldogs pitted against North Olmsted in the final contest.

Also that night, the newest class of the OF Wrestling Hall of Fame – Kevin Atkins, Brendan Bergan, Chris Odon and Mike Theriot – will be honored. All four have supported and represented OF wrestling to the fullest. Attend and cheer on all the Bulldogs, current and former.

GRADE 6 STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM DARE PROGRAM

DARE 1aParents of all sixth graders were invited to the DARE Graduation program Monday. OFMS Principal Mark Kurz and Olmsted Township Police Officer Jackie Ketterer, as well as participating students, spoke to the crowd.

The annual DARE program teaches children how to resist peer pressure; gives children 8 ways to say, “No;” informs children of the dangers of smoking, alcohol, and drugs; provides children with ways to deal with bullying as it relates to social media; and teaches children that policeman are here to help us stay safe and make good decisions.  Congratulations to all of our sixth graders for their completion of this important program!

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersBULLDOG WEAR AVAILABLE @ FRIDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL GAME

The OFAB sportswear will be sold during Friday, December 19th basketball game at the high school. The group will be there from 5:30-9 p.m. selling Bulldog apparel. This is a chance to purchase last-minute Christmas gifts. Items include hoodies, sweatpants, Tervis tumblers and many more.

OFAB sportswear will be sold at the boys basketball game this Friday, December 19th. We will be there from 5:30-9pm selling bulldog apparel. Get your last-minute Christmas gifts! We have hoodies, sweatpants, Tervis tumblers and much, much more!

Book treeIT’S ALL IN THE NUMBERS FOR A F/L THIRD GRADER

Falls-Lenox Library staff created a holiday tree with books and asked students to guess the number of books that made up the tree.

Madison Bond, a third grader in John Klembarsky’s class, won the contest, guessing 310 – which was only one number away from the 309 books used. Congratulations, Madison.

FALLS-LENOX AWARDS ANOTHER HEALTHY HERO

Healthy hero falls lenoxBrie Kelly was the Falls-Lenox Healthy Hero for November. She is seen here with Mrs. Margie Strekal, a health aide.

The program is in Falls-Lenox and ECC. It helps teach kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. They earn a prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month one is selected from a drawing and receives a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.

Congratulations Brie.

POST PROM TO RAFFLE AUTOGRAPHED CLEVELAND BROWNS HELMET

Cleveland Browns helmetOFHS Post Prom is raffling off an authentic Cleveland Browns helmet signed by Brian Hoyer.   It comes with a certificate of authenticity.   There are only 221 squares to sell.  Each square is $10.

Please contact any post prom committee member or Beth Kopycinski at 440-668-0368 to purchase squares.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUOFHS BASEBALL HOLIDAY SKILLS CAMP SIGN UP

Please follow this link to register ONLINE for the 5th Annual OFHS Baseball Holiday skills camp Dec 22-23.

http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=68087

Dec. 22: Grades 1-3 12:30-4:00 OFHS GYMNASIUMS

Dec. 23: Grades 4-8 12:30-4:00 OFHS GYMNASIUMS

COST IS $35 and includes a Dri-fit shirt!!

 STUDENTS JOIN OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD IN COMPUTING

HOC3More than 1,500 OF students in grades 1-8 participated in the voluntary international Hour of Code during last week’s Computer Science Education Week. They delved into the world of computer programming since computer science is foundational for virtually every field today. Some of the activities included Tynker, building their own game; Coding with Anna & Elsa from Frozen; Lightbot and Coding with Scratch. One student said, “It was the coolest thing ever and I can’t wait to try it again tomorrow.”

Many did not have enough time in class to complete the activities so they were encouraged to continue them at home. Many did and brought in their printed “Certificate” to share with their classmates and teachers. Students are encouraged to continue learning about “coding.” The website, code.org has several resources for students and parents, including links to local camps that teach computer coding. To view a photo gallery showing many students participating, click here.

‘TIS THE SEASON – IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF ILLNESSES!

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Flu and cold season are here. Your School Health Care Team is aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered.

Please remember that if your child has any flu-like symptoms — such as a fever, chills, vomiting, general aches and pains — to keep her/him home from school.  If you are called to pick up your child because of illness, please try to pick up her/him as soon as possible.  Students must be kept home for 24 hours after any fever and any episode of vomiting or diarrhea without help of any medication.  Please keep in mind that following these policies, as well as practicing proper hand washing techniques, will significantly cut down on the spread of illness to others.

The school clinic has provided a one-sheet summary of guidelines to cover the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations for keeping children home from school and daycare.  Please click here to download the guidelines.  Also, please click here for additional information on cold and flu season.  Thank you for your attention to this important health matter.

REMINDER – OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS OFFER DAILY BREAKFAST FOR STUDENTS

BreakfastResearch shows children who eat a nutritious breakfast are healthier, more attentive, more social and perform better in school.  Eating a healthy breakfast not only fuels children for the day, but it also allows children to learn lifelong healthy eating behaviors.

Breakfast in OF schools consists of an entrée (i.e. cereal, toast, eggs, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast pizza, etc.), fruit and milk.     An entire month’s breakfast menu is on the our website by clicking here.

Breakfast times vary per school:

Early Childhood Center:       7:50 – 8:10 am            Cost:   $1.25

Falls-Lenox Primary:             7:30 – 7:55 am            Cost:   $1.25

Intermediate School:            7:40 – 8:00 am            Cost:   $1.25

Middle School:                       7:50 – 8:19 am            Cost:   $1.50

High School:                           6:50 – 8:20 am            Cost:   $1.50

Also available is “Breakfast in a Bag”.  If your student arrives at school too late to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, they may eat their breakfast in the classroom during announcements.  This breakfast is available to all children for the same cost as a breakfast in the cafeteria.  Also, at the OFMS, is a Breakfast Kiosk where the students may grab a breakfast bag and eat in their classroom.

Why not take advantage of our breakfast program.  Breakfast at school provides your child with approximately 25% of their daily nutrient needs.   It is a wonderful way for your child to get a healthy start to the school day and save you time and money.

Remember,  if your student currently receives a free or reduced price lunch, they are also entitled to receive a free or reduced price breakfast.    The cost of the reduced breakfast meal is $ .30.   Students receiving free lunch may come into school and also receive a free breakfast.

If you have any questions, contact Denise Tabar at 427-6440.

REGISTER NOW: KIDS’ CAREER DAY FOR GIRLS IN GRADES 1 -6

KidsDayBrochure2015-Cover Image_Page_1Do you know any elementary aged girls interested in science, math or hands-on projects?  Then they may be interested in signing up for the 16th annual Kids’ Career Day sponsored by The University of Akron, Lockheed Martin and Margaret Donovan on February 28th, 2015!  Kids’ Career Day is a ½ day program that is designed to involve children in first through sixth grades in interactive activities related to occupations in engineering, science, technology, and math. Each activity at Kids’ Career Day is led by and showcases professional women who are currently employed as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The program is held at the University of Akron Campus, Student Union and registration is limited and often closes prior to the registration deadline.

Cost is $9.00 per girl and includes continental breakfast and snack.  In addition each child will get to take home what they build and a bag filled with mementos of the day. Registration forms can be found by going to www.wiep.uakron.edu and clicking on the link for Summer Camps/Kids Career Day or by filling out a Kids’ Career Day registration form attached.   Forms can be e-mailed to hec9@uakron.edu or mailed to Heidi Cressman @ Auburn Science and Engineering Center, 201 Akron, OH 44325-3901. Credit card payment is accepted online at www.wiep.uakron.edu and clicking on the link for Kids Career Day or participants may pay by check made out to “The University of Akron, Women in Engineering Program”. Registration will not be accepted on the day of the event. Payment is non-refundable.  The program is able to accommodate 300 girls and the event fills up almost every year, so register early to save your spot!  Registration is now available and ends January 31st, 2015 (no exceptions).

PSAT RESULT INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR HS STUDENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY

Two information sessions are available for students to attend on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:05 AM and 2:20 PM in the library. Students should plan to attend ONE of these sessions to receive scores and find out how to improve scores for the SAT. If students are unable to attend either session, please contact Mrs. Caldrone 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

POLARIS ANNOUNCES ACT PREP CLASSES 

Please click HERE for schedule of upcoming ACT Prep classes being offered by Polaris Career Center – on campus and online options available – for January and February 2015.

APPLEBEE’S FUNDRAISER IS TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17thApplebees

Support the OFHS Junior Class officers as they raise money to reduce the price of prom tickets.  Dine in or order carry-out food at Great Northern’s Applebee’s Restaurant between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. TODAY – Wednesday, December 17th.  Please bring the flyer, which is available by clicking here.

SATURDAY IS DEADLINE TO ORDER OFHS POST PROM NECKLACES  

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)The OFHS Post Prom’s necklace fundraiser is in its final weeks of ordering a one-of-a-kind Bulldog necklace. The group will take orders through December 20th. After that date, you will not be able to obtain them. They make great Christmas gifts. To view a flyer and order form, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact laurieshand@hotmail.com or 95kopy@gmail.com.

LAST CHANCE: OFHS POST PROM BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

The order deadline is Saturday, December 20th.

OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA THIS SATURDAY 

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

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

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Parent Update – December 12, 2014

OFHS Inducts Newest Members To Société Honoraire de Français

French Honor Society Induction 2014Congratulations to the eight newest members of the Société Honoraire de Français (aka French Honor Society) at OFHS.  An induction ceremony was held on Monday, December 8th in the High School Library Media Center.  The Société Honoraire de Français is a national organization, sponsored by the American Association of the Teachers of French (AATF), which honors and celebrates the achievements of the top French scholars.  This year’s OFHS inductees are seniors Melania Linderman and Julia McFadden and   juniors Jennifer Bertrand, Caleb Budic, Jack Hyneman, Michael Iler, Jeffrey Sommer and Brianna Wojtowicz.

Congratulations to these outstanding French students!

ECC HEALTHY HERO FOR NOVEMBERJoey 3

Congratulations to Joey Haas, the November ECC’s Healthy Hero.  He is pictured here with his father, Mrs. Strawser and his grandmother, Mrs. Haun.

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

‘TIS THE SEASON – IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF ILLNESSES!

illness_photo

Flu and cold season are here. Your School Health Care Team is aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered.

Please remember that if your child has any flu-like symptoms — such as a fever, chills, vomiting, general aches and pains — to keep her/him home from school.  If you are called to pick up your child because of illness, please try to pick up her/him as soon as possible.  Students must be kept home for 24 hours after any fever and any episode of vomiting or diarrhea without help of any medication.  Please keep in mind that following these policies, as well as practicing proper hand washing techniques, will significantly cut down on the spread of illness to others.

The school clinic has provided a one-sheet summary of guidelines to cover the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations for keeping children home from school and daycare.  Please click here to download the guidelines.  Also, please click here for additional information on cold and flu season.  Thank you for your attention to this important health matter.

TOYS FOR TOTS DONATIONS CONTINUES THROUGH DECEMBER 12TH

toys for totsOFMS Student Council teamed up with Olmsted Falls Kiwanis, Builders Club and Friends of Rachel in running a Toys for Tots drive that ends THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH.  The drive accepts any new, unwrapped toy during that time. If you would like to donate, please send any toys to the middle school. If you have questions, please contact middle school Student Council advisor, Mrs. Radigan at bradigan@ofcs.net or at 440-427-6338.

POST PROM TO RAFFLE AUTOGRAPHED CLEVELAND BROWNS HELMET

Cleveland Browns helmetOFHS Post Prom is raffling off an authentic Cleveland Browns helmet signed by Brian Hoyer.   It comes with a certificate of authenticity.   There are only 221 squares to sell.  Each square is $10.

Please contact any post prom committee member or Beth Kopycinski at 440-668-0368 to purchase squares.

REMINDER – OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS OFFER DAILY BREAKFAST FOR STUDENTS

BreakfastResearch shows children who eat a nutritious breakfast are healthier, more attentive, more social and perform better in school.  Eating a healthy breakfast not only fuels children for the day, but it also allows children to learn lifelong healthy eating behaviors.

Breakfast in OF schools consists of an entrée (i.e. cereal, toast, eggs, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast pizza, etc.), fruit and milk.     An entire month’s breakfast menu is on the our website by clicking here.

Breakfast times vary per school:

Early Childhood Center:       7:50 – 8:10 am            Cost:   $1.25

Falls-Lenox Primary:             7:30 – 7:55 am            Cost:   $1.25

Intermediate School:            7:40 – 8:00 am            Cost:   $1.25

Middle School:                       7:50 – 8:19 am            Cost:   $1.50

High School:                           6:50 – 8:20 am            Cost:   $1.50

Also available is “Breakfast in a Bag”.  If your student arrives at school too late to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, they may eat their breakfast in the classroom during announcements.  This breakfast is available to all children for the same cost as a breakfast in the cafeteria.  Also, at the OFMS, is a Breakfast Kiosk where the students may grab a breakfast bag and eat in their classroom.

Why not take advantage of our breakfast program.  Breakfast at school provides your child with approximately 25% of their daily nutrient needs.   It is a wonderful way for your child to get a healthy start to the school day and save you time and money.

Remember,  if your student currently receives a free or reduced price lunch, they are also entitled to receive a free or reduced price breakfast.    The cost of the reduced breakfast meal is $ .30.   Students receiving free lunch may come into school and also receive a free breakfast.

If you have any questions, contact Denise Tabar at 427-6440.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUANNUAL OFHS BASEBALL HOLIDAY SKILLS CAMP INFORMATION

Please follow this link to register ONLINE for the 5th Annual OFHS Baseball Holiday skills camp Dec 22-23.

http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=68087

Dec. 22: Grades 1-3 12:30-4:00OFHS GYMNASIUMS

Dec. 23: Grades 4-8 12:30-4:00OFHS GYMNASIUMS

COST IS $35 and includes a Dri-fit shirt!!

OF STUDENT COMPETES IN NFL PUNT, PASS AND KICK

Hailey Browns signHailey Graham, a Falls-Lenox second grader, competed in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition via the Cleveland Browns organization.  She originally competed at the Browns headquarters in Berea and progressed to the First Energy Stadium.

At theHailey on Browns screen competition Hailey, in the age 6-7 group, had only one try at punting, throwing and kicking the ball. The measurement was by distance and accuracy in feet. Although she finished fourth, she raised her personal best by almost 30 feet from her sectional scores.

Under the program, she attended Sunday’s game. She and the rest of the PP&K participants showed off their skills.  Congratulations, Hailey!

KIDS’ CAREER DAY OPPORTUNITY FOR GIRLS IN GRADES 1 -6

KidsDayBrochure2015-Cover Image_Page_1Do you know any elementary aged girls interested in science, math or hands-on projects?  Then they may be interested in signing up for the 16th annual Kids’ Career Day sponsored by The University of Akron, Lockheed Martin and Margaret Donovan on February 28th, 2015!  Kids’ Career Day is a ½ day program that is designed to involve children in first through sixth grades in interactive activities related to occupations in engineering, science, technology, and math. Each activity at Kids’ Career Day is led by and showcases professional women who are currently employed as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The program is held at the University of Akron Campus, Student Union and registration is limited and often closes prior to the registration deadline.

Cost is $9.00 per girl and includes continental breakfast and snack.  In addition each child will get to take home what they build and a bag filled with mementos of the day. Registration forms can be found by going to www.wiep.uakron.edu and clicking on the link for Summer Camps/Kids Career Day or by filling out a Kids’ Career Day registration form attached.   Forms can be e-mailed to hec9@uakron.edu or mailed to Heidi Cressman @ Auburn Science and Engineering Center, 201 Akron, OH 44325-3901. Credit card payment is accepted online at www.wiep.uakron.edu and clicking on the link for Kids Career Day or participants may pay by check made out to “The University of Akron, Women in Engineering Program”. Registration will not be accepted on the day of the event. Payment is non-refundable.  The program is able to accommodate 300 girls and the event fills up almost every year, so register early to save your spot!  Registration begins on December 15th, 2015 and ends on January 31st, 2015 (no exceptions).

PSAT RESULT INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR HS STUDENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY

Two information sessions are available for students to attend on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:05 AM and 2:20 PM in the library. Students should plan to attend ONE of these sessions to receive scores and find out how to improve scores for the SAT. If students are unable to attend either session, please contact Mrs. Caldrone 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net

POLARIS ANNOUNCES ACT PREP CLASSES 

Please click HERE for schedule of upcoming ACT Prep classes being offered by Polaris Career Center – on campus and online options available – for January and February 2015.

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS ORDER DEADLINE IS TODAY  

HoneyBaked

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

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

COCOA & CRAM STUDY SESSION SET FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 15

hot.cocoa.04Preparation is the best way to minimize test-taking anxiety!

Come to the Cocoa & Cram Study Session from 2:16-3:30 p.m. Monday, December 15th in the OFHS Café. Learn study strategies and test-taking tips. To view some of those tips and online resources, click here.

Remember: exams are 20% of your semester grade. The grade calculator is online at the OFHS homepage to help calculate your semester grade.

NHS POINSETTIA SALE ENDS DECEMBER 16TH

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

Masquers LogoOFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS DECEMBER MEETING      

All interested parents are welcome to attend the OFHS Masquers/Forensics meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, December 15th in the HS Room W3.

See what great things are happening in this activity.

APPLEBEE’S FUNDRAISER HELPS OFHS JUNIOR CLASSApplebees

Support the OFHS Junior Class officers as they raise money to reduce the price of prom tickets.  Dine in or order carry-out food at Great Northern’s Applebee’s Restaurant between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 17th.  Please bring the flyer, which is available by clicking here.

DISTRICT LAUNCHES VALUABLE NEW INFORMATION RESOURCE FOR PARENTS

OFCS Triple A LogoKeeping Bulldogs parents informed is a top priority for Olmsted Falls School District.  The District is pleased to announce the launch of a new website designed to provide parents and community members with information on Olmsted Falls curriculum, instruction and assessment (CIA).  This specialized website (http://olmstedfallscia.weebly.com) will continue to evolve as additional information and resources become available.

Parents and community members interested in learning more about curriculum, instruction and assessment including Common Core Standards, PARCC Assessments, Instructional Strategies and many other topics of interest will find a wealth of information on the new site.  As districts throughout the state and across the country move forward with implementation of the updated standards, it is important that parents have the latest and most accurate information available.

Parents who may have questions about the information on the new Olmsted Falls CIA website, or any curriculum areas that may not yet be included on the website, are invited and encouraged to contact Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000 or kcogan@ofcs.net.

We hope you enjoy exploring this new information resource and encourage you to check back regularly for new information.

CalendarGraphic2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The calendar for the 2015-2016 academic school year for Olmsted Falls Schools has been approved by the Board of Education and is now available on-line.  To access the 2015-2016 calendar for NEXT school year, please click here.

A download of this calendar (as well as the current school year calendar) can also be accessed from the homepage of the District’s website at www.ofcs.net.  (See right side of page, below monthly calendar.)

 STILL TIME TO ORDER OFHS POST PROM NECKLACES AS GIFTS 

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)The OFHS Post Prom’s necklace fundraiser is in its final weeks of ordering a one-of-a-kind Bulldog necklace. The group will take orders through December 20th. After that date, you will not be able to obtain them. They make great Christmas gifts. To view a flyer and order form, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact laurieshand@hotmail.com or 95kopy@gmail.com.

 

OFHS POST PROM SELLING BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

The order deadline is December 20th.

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

 

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Parent Update – December 5, 2014

Lead project conferencePRE-ENGINEERING STUDENTS PRESENT PROJECT AT AN OHIO CONFERENCE

Stephanie Schroth and Joselin Rabbitt, OFHS/Polaris pre-engineering students, gave a presentation to the Ohio Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Conference November 20th in Dayton. There are more than 343 schools in the state that have PLTW programs.Project 2

More than 400 guests attended the conference, which is held annually. The girls presented on their success with Robotics at the SkillsUSA competition earlier this summer.  For more details on PLTW, click here.

Kudos to Stephanie and Joselin for representing Olmsted Falls with your professional and impressive presentation!

DISTRICT LAUNCHES VALUABLE NEW INFORMATION RESOURCE FOR PARENTS

OFCS Triple A LogoKeeping Bulldogs parents informed is a top priority for Olmsted Falls School District.  The District is pleased to announce the launch of a new website designed to provide parents and community members with information on Olmsted Falls curriculum, instruction and assessment (CIA).  This specialized website (http://olmstedfallscia.weebly.com) will continue to evolve as additional information and resources become available.

Parents and community members interested in learning more about curriculum, instruction and assessment including Common Core Standards, PARCC Assessments, Instructional Strategies and many other topics of interest will find a wealth of information on the new site.  As districts throughout the state and across the country move forward with implementation of the updated standards, it is important that parents have the latest and most accurate information available.

Parents who may have questions about the information on the new Olmsted Falls CIA website, or any curriculum areas that may not yet be included on the website, are invited and encouraged to contact Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000 or kcogan@ofcs.net.

We hope you enjoy exploring this new information resource and encourage you to check back regularly for new information.

OFIS PARTICIPATES IN WORLD CUP STACKING DAY

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On November 25th, about 600 OFIS students joined more than 600,000 students across the globe in “World Cup Stacking Day.”

The competition includes cup stacking for at least 30 minutes in a row to be part of the Guinness World Records for the most people around the world cupstacking in one day.  Locally, grade 4 and 5 students participated in four stations: free style stacking, timing station, relay station and head-to-head competition.  The students received a certificate and sticker to prove they were part of the big day!  To view a photo gallery of the cupstacking activities, click here.

SCHOOLS TO ‘BYTE’ INTO COMPUTER FUN WITH GLOBAL “HOUR OF CODE” EVENT

codeorg-studio-logo-ab9fbef5744e7d26dd423357f7c93a8aNext week, students in 57,000 classrooms around the world will learn their first Hour of Code, jumping into a field that can change the rest of their lives! It is a one-hour introduction designed to demystify computer science and show that anyone can learn the basics. Also in that one hour, students – and teachers – can learn that computer science is fun, easy and accessible at all ages.
The Hour of Code was launched in 2013 based upon the belief that “exposing every student to computer programming is the gift the tech industry owes back to America. Computer science is foundational for virtually every field today, and it will be central to solving the challenges of tomorrow.”
Students and teachers in Olmsted Falls are being  encouraged to participate in the Hour Of Code by joining in the FREE online simulations. Students will also be encouraged to continue their study of computer programming outside the classroom by continuing the online simulations that can be found by clicking here.

CALLING ALL OFMS PTA DADS

OFMS Donuts with Dads 12 10 11 14Dads, Grandpas and any other man who likes spending time in your child’s life is invited to OFMS PTA’s Donuts with Dads. You may attend the event from 7:45-8:20 a.m. either on Wednesday, December 10th or Thursday, December 11th in the school’s cafetorium. Don’t worry.  If Dad can’t make it, Moms are always welcome.

Although this is a PTA Members Only event, Dad can still sign up to become a member now – or at the door. Simply fill out the form by clicking here and submit it with your dues prior to the event.  If you’re unsure whether you’re a member, email 8675309abbott@gmail.com. This event is included in your dues.

Be sure to reserve your spot by December 5th.  Space is limited. Just click here to upload the Google link and reserve your spot. 

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

retired staff 1DSCF2771The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association hosted its annual holiday luncheon for retired bulldog staff members Tuesday at OFIS.  Fifty-six retired Bulldogs attended at this popular event, which the Olmsted Falls Board of Education sponsors to recognize the contributions and lasting impact of the District’s retirees.

Retired staff members enjoyed a hardy beef brisket lunch that Ms. Denise Tabar and the outstanding food services department at OFIS prepared. Lunch was served by Mr. Jim Ryan’s OWA students from OFHS.  Guests were also treated to a selection of holiday songs by the 4th and 5th Grade Chorus, directed by Mrs. Kelly McClellan.  To commemorate the event, Ms. Sue Magnone, OFIS Art teacher, created beautiful tree ornaments for the guests to take home.  Mr. Don Svec, Mr. Mark Tabar, OFIS student ambassadors, and OFIS custodial staff created a hospitable environment for all the guests. To view additional photos from the event, please click here.

CalendarGraphic2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The calendar for the 2015-2016 academic school year for Olmsted Falls Schools has been approved by the Board of Education and is now available on-line.  To access the 2015-2016 calendar for NEXT school year, please click here.

A download of this calendar (as well as the current school year calendar) can also be accessed from the homepage of the District’s website at www.ofcs.net.  (See right side of page, below monthly calendar.)

OFMA bulldog and noteOFMA’S NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

The Olmsted Falls Music Association and music students will be very busy this month and after the winter break.

To view OFMA’s December 2014 issue of Musical Notes, click here. The newsletter contains information about upcoming holiday performances, hoagie sale and other items.

COCOA & CRAM STUDY SESSION SET FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 15

hot.cocoa.04Preparation is the best way to minimize test-taking anxiety!

Come to the Cocoa & Cram Study Session from 2:16-3:30 p.m. Monday, December 15th in the OFHS Café. Learn study strategies and test-taking tips. To view some of those tips and online resources, click here.

Remember: exams are 20% of your semester grade. The grade calculator is online at the OFHS homepage to help calculate your semester grade.

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

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

There still exists a small percentage of students whose parents need to complete the annual, required student information update through InfoSnap for the current 2014-2015 school yearPlease note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY DECEMBER 5, 2014 or your son/daughter will be prohibited from attending school after December 5, 2014.   

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

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

OFMA CHRISTMAS TREE SALE @ OFHS THIS WEEKEND

treeSupport the OF Music Association by purchasing a Christmas tree at the group’s annual Tree Sale.  The trees, which are in front of the school, will be on sale from 6-9 p.m. December 5th; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. December 6th and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 7th. Trees that are 8 foot and under are $45; 8 foot and taller, $55. Help will be available for trimming your tree and carrying it to your car.

HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY – TONIGHT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5THornaments

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

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

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

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

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

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS ORDER DEADLINE ARRIVING SOON 

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

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

NHS CONTINUES ITS POINSETTIA SALE

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

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

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

OFHS POST PROM SELLING BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

The order deadline is December 20th.

COMMUNITY

SANTA’S SECRET SHOP IS THIS SATURDAY

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

WDOK’S TINSEL TEAM COMES TO TOWN THIS SATURDAY

tinselteam_dlThis Saturday, December 6th, Cleveland’s New 102 FM WDOK’s Tinsel Team will be at Mill River Plaza’s parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be prizes and giveaways for everyone.  Stop by and join the fun.

Tree SaleBOY SCOUTS’  TREE SALE FINAL DAYS

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

Christmas-Penguin-324x290GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION’S HOLIDAY FUN THIS SATURDAY

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

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

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

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

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Parent Update – November 20, 2014

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Thanksgiving Clipart NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 26TH – NOVEMBER 28TH

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

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

Have a very happy Thanksgiving Day!

OFHS KERRI GASPER SIGNS WITH UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

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

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” THIS WEEKEND! 

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

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

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

FL-ECC PTA’S BREAKFAST BUDDIES A BIG HIT

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

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

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

ORDER  YOUR OFHS YEARBOOK DURING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

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

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

CPM PRESENTATION AND FAQS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

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

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

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

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

REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR PARENT COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES IN POWERSCHOOL

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTYornaments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL FUNDRAISER DISCOUNT PRICING NEARS DEADLINE

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

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

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

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

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

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

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

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

HoneyBaked

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

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

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

The order deadline is December 20th.

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

OF LIBRARY OFFERS WINTER PROGRAMS

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

To view the entire program flyer, click here.

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

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

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

SANTA SECRET SHOP IS DECEMBER 6TH

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

Tree SaleBOY SCOUTS’ CHRISTMAS TREE SALE COMING SOON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parent Update – November 14, 2014

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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY CELEBRATES  NEW MEMBERS

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

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

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

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

FALLS-LENOX WELCOMES VETERANS DURING ITS SPECIAL PROGRAM

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

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

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

ECC HOSTS VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON VETERANS DAY 

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

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

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

JORDAN JAECKIN SIGNS COMMITMENT TO OHIO DOMINICAN

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

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

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

GRANDPARENTS VISIT FALLS-LENOX SECOND GRADERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPT. PROVIDES AED TRAINING TO DISTRICT STAFF

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

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

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

OCTOBER’S HEALTHY HEROES

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

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

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

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

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

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

THANK YOU TO BLOOD DONORS!

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

OFMS EXTENDS THANKS TO PTA

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

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

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

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

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

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

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

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

ornamentsHELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTY

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

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

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

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

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

The order deadline is December 20th.

COMMUNITY

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

When: November 15th

Time:  2-4 p.m. 

Who: grades 5 and up

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

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

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

To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

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

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

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

Save the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!

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

Tree SaleBOY SCOUTS’ CHRISTMAS TREE SALE COMING SOON

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

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

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

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

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

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

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Parent Update – November 6, 2014

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OFHS STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE ENGINEERING SKILLS AT CONFERENCE

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

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

Very impressive – great job!

OFIS 5TH GRADE SCIENCE FAIR HAD AMAZING EXPERIMENTS

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

To view the Science Fair photo gallery, click here.

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

What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game

When: 7 p.m. – Thursday, November 6th

Where: OFHS

Cost: $5

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

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

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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MORE PHOTOS/VIDEO OF OFHS ROBOTICS CLUB COMPETITION

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

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

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

OF SCHOOLS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN COSTUME

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

To view the ECC photo gallery, click here.

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

To view a photo gallery of OFIS, click here.

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

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT MIDDLE SCHOOL – THIS WEEK

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

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

 

FINAL WEEK TO MEET COLLEGE REPS

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

ornamentsHELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTY

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

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

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

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

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

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

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

The order deadline is December 20th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFHS BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE /ALUMNI GAME IS THIS MONTH

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

 

COMMUNITY

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

When: November 15th

Time:  2-4 p.m. 

Who: grades 5 and up

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

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

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

To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

Save the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!

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

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Parent Update – October 29, 2014

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

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

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE!

OF oct 29 blog Ramtec photoOFHS VEX ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS RECOGNIZES NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Halloween parades for elementary students get underway today….

Following is this year’s schedule of parades:

Wed., Oct. 29th @ 1:00 p.m.  – OFIS

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

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

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS – LAST HOME GAME THIS FRIDAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.            

book _fairSCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT MIDDLE SCHOOL – STARTS NEXT WEEK

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

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

OFMAMusicalNotes-November2014Cover_Page_01HOT OFF THE PRESS:  OFMA NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 4th – Marching Band Banquet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

basketball4

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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