Parent Update – October 16, 2014

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

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

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

ofhs volleyball sw champs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL RESPONSE TO EBOLA

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

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

DSC_8639OFSD EMPLOYEES ATTEND ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR

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

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

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES/ENGINEERING PROGRAMS

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

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

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

Masquers LogoMASQUERS/FORENSICS PATRON MEETING THIS MONDAY

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

JordanJaeckinOFHS STUDENT-ATHLETE HIGHLIGHTED IN LOCAL NEWS

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

Congratulations to Jordan!

To view the story, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

of homecomingOFHS BULLDOGS CELEBRATE HOMECOMING WITH A WIN

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

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

OF Golden GradsGOLDEN GRADS REUNITE TO CELEBRATE SCHOOL MEMORIES, CLASSMATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The next CPM Parent Information Night is:

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

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

donate blood pixOFHS BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym

ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, November 3, 2014

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

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MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

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

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

 

candleOFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helping-Hands

HELPING HANDS OFFER FUNDING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS GRANTS, EVENTS

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

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS – LAST HOME GAME OCTOBER 31ST

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

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

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

OFHS POST PROM REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKE THIS WEEKENDclambake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH AN OCTOBER 25TH MURDER MYSTERY

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

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

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

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Parent Update – October 9, 2014

Homecoming clipartIT’S HOMECOMING WEEKEND IN BULLDOG COUNTRY

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

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

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

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

BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS RECOGNIZED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION

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

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

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

Harb Honored

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

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

Congratulations for these fine teachers.

 

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Holly.

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

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

CPM Parent Information Nights are scheduled as follows:

Middle School CPM Meeting

TONIGHT – Thursday, October 9th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria

&

High School CPM Meeting

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

We look forward to seeing you there.

Hale Farm demonstrationTRIP INTO THE PAST AT HALE FARM AND VILLAGE

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

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following are the road closures getting underway this week:

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

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

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

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

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

open doorMEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

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

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

OFCS Custom OrderHELPING HANDS FUNDRAISER DEADLINES THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

school lunch tray lunchesBUYING SCHOOL LUNCH SAVES FAMILIES MONEY

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

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

OFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKEclambake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY

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

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

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

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Parent Update – October 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

open doorMEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES

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

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

 

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

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

CPM Parent Information Nights are scheduled as follows:

Middle School CPM Meeting

Thursday, October 9th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria

&

High School CPM Meeting

Wednesday, October 29th

7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center

We look forward to seeing you there.

OFCS Custom OrderHELPING HANDS STARTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

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

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

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

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

DISTRICT NURSES PERFORM ROUTINE SCREENINGS

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

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

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

SUBSTITUTE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUYING SCHOOL LUNCH SAVES FAMILIES MONEY

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

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

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKEclambake

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

 

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

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

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

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

AUDITIONS TO OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE OCTOBER 25 

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see a flyer detailing tryouts, click HERE.

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY

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

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

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

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Parent Update – September 25, 2014

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OFHS SENIOR SEES ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

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

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

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

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

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

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI HALL OF FAME WELCOMES NEWEST INDUCTEES

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

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

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

visionDISTRICT NURSES TO BEGIN ROUTINE SCREENINGS

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

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

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

VOLUNTEERS REJUVENATE OFHS BAND TRUCK

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Drum roll, please.

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

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

To view a few more pictures, CLICK HERE.

 

music-notesOFMA MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

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

To visit the OFMA Facebook page, please click HERE.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

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

Rose White, Marketing & Selection Specialist

Renhill Group

(216) 986-2745

www.renhillgroup.com

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

VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

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

OFIS PTA COOKIE DOUGH ORDER DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY

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

 

OFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKEclambake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ofma sample decalOFMA SELLS WINDOW DECALS TO SHOW BULLDOG PRIDE

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

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

AUDITIONS TO OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE NEXT MONTH

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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OFHS POST PROM NECKLACE FUNDRAISER RETURNS

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

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

 

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

cuyahoga-logo-footerScratch Video Game Creation Workshop

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

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

 

OFHS BAND TO PERFORM AT FALLS DAY IN THE PARK

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

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

 

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY

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

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Parent Update – September 19, 2014

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MOTHER GOOSE AND FRIENDS VISIT ECC

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

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

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

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

OFHS GRAD WORKS WITH FASHION MOGUL @ NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Anastasia Souris

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

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

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

Kudos to our former Bulldog!

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ABOUT EV-D68

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

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

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

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

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

To read more, please click HERE.

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 REMINDER:  BULLDOG YEARBOOKS ARE IN!

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

Also available are previous years’ books as well.

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

 

football-clip-artVARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

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

clambakeOFHS POST PROM COMBINES REVERSE RAFFLE AND CLAMBAKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

resale photoOECPTA AUTUMN ATTIC RESALE IS SEPTEMBER 27TH

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

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

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OFHS POST PROM NECKLACE FUNDRAISER RETURNS

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

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

 

falls lenox OECPTA logo PTA OFFERS YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER

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

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

COMMUNITY

cuyahoga-logo-footerScratch Video Game Creation Workshop

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

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Description:

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

olmsted community center building

JOIN SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS IN SEPTEMBER

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

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Weekly Update – September 12, 2014

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OLMSTED FALLS ROBOTICS TEAMS PLACE 3rd IN THE NATION

Robotics teamTwo teams of students competed at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City after qualifying by placing first in mobile robotics and robotics and Automation Technology at state competition last April.

Both teams battled to win third place in the nation in their respective competitions!

Robotics teamIn the mobile robotics competition, teams designed a robot to do specific tasks at their home school, keeping documentation so when they arrived at nationals they had eight hours to rebuild the robot from scratch. In the first 60 seconds, the robot operates autonomously. Using sensors and preprogrammed instructions, the robot must try to strategically move the balls across the playing field and over the bump into the scoring area. Then drivers take control of the robot.  Teams score points for each ball scored over the bump or if their robots are in the red tile at the end.  Students Lucas Schilling and Matt Seman were OFHS team members.

To view a photo gallery of the event, CLICK HERE.  To view a view of the contest, CLICK HERE.

The robotics and automation technology teams had to solve a task using a vertically articulated five-axis robot and additional peripherals used to create a work cell, which was judged on hardware layout, wiring, power and external devices, such as sensors and pneumatic actuators.  OFHS team members were Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt. CLICK HERE for a video of their contest.

Bulldog yearbook coverBULLDOG YEARBOOKS ARE IN!

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

Also available are previous years’ books as well.

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

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2014-2015 ACTIVITIES CALENDARS NOW DISTRIBUTED

The 2014-2015 PTA Activities Calendar was sent to homes with the youngest student in your household this week.

The calendar lists various events and activities occurring throughout the school year.

Extras are available in building offices or the Board office for anyone who may not have received one.

GIVE US A B-U-L-L-D-O-G-S CHEER!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMini Cheerleaders add spirit and fun to last Friday’s football game!  Students from ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFIS joined with the high school cheerleading squad to cheer the Bulldogs to victory!  Many thanks to the cheerleading squad for practicing with the younger girls and making it a very special night.  Everyone did a great job!

The Bulldog spirit certainly was noticed along the sidelines.

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

BULLDOGS CROSS FINISH LINE WITH 1ST OLMSTED CUP IN CROSS COUNTRY

team champs olmsted cup 1Congratulations to the Bulldogs cross country team on its sound defeat of North Olmsted in the first  Olmsted Cup dual meet.

The girls set the tone for victory by going 1-2-3 with Sarah Makari, Liz Neudeck, and Stormie Kadar, taking the lead with a half mile to go. Alexis Phillips and Kaylee Gomez rounded out the girls scoring, giving the team a 17-point lead going into the boys race.

In that competition,  Emilio Irizarry and Erik Pfisterer took 3rd and 4th place, solidifying the Bulldogs victory. A solid effort from Caleb Prante and Drew Ade ensured the win.

Congrats on winning the Cup, Bulldogs, and good luck at Galion this Saturday!

FALL MAP TESTING UNDERWAY IN OLMSTED FALLS

Olmsted Falls School District is pleased to announce the implementation of a new diagnostic tool that will be used across the district to enhance our evaluation of student knowledge and skill levels to further inform our classroom instruction.  MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing is an online, no-risk program from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) that our District will use to provide information on our students’ strengths and weaknesses in both reading and math.  This testing tool is for diagnostic purposes only and does not impact students’ classroom grades.

typing-on-laptop-10064916Starting this month, some students in grades 9 and 10 have already begun our initial Fall MAP Testing. Moving forward, MAP testing will be used for students across the District in grades K through 10.  MAP testing will occur three times a year with testing periods in fall (during September), winter (during January) and spring (during April). Each test takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. The power of MAP testing is that the students receive questions based upon how they answer the previous questions. For example, if a student gets the answer correct, then the next question is slightly harder. This continues until the student is given questions above their current ability level. If a student struggles, then they are given questions of lower difficulty. This process continues until we receive a RIT score. This score is a comparison of where they fall upon the national K-12 grade curriculum continuum.

Important Things for Parents to Know About MAP Testing:
1) All students are supposed to struggle at some point. This is not a test of proficiency or grade level mastery. Some students will be given questions at a high school level to see how far they can go. They are not expected to answer them correctly.
2) This score does not affect their grade. We use it to plan interventions and enrichment.
3) We do NOT want this to become a competition. This testing tool is for diagnostic purposes only and we do not want the students to feel they need to reach a certain score.
4) We DO want the students to take it seriously since we want to find out where they truly fall, but not at the expense of unneeded stress. Quality data and a true effort will help the teachers tailor instruction for all his/her students. Half-hearted effort may give a false indication of their true needs.

NWEA’s MAP program provides data that is sound, nationally normed comparisons, great exposure to online tests (which student will continue to see everywhere from driving exams, certification programs and college), and a wealth of information that helps us help your child.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher, school principal or Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at kcogan@ofcs.net or (440) 427-6000.

REMINDER: PAY SCHOOL FEES VIA EZPAY SYSTEM

myEZpayLogoPlease note that school fees for all students (grades K-12) for the 2014-2015 school year are available for payment using the EZPay system.  This includes any applicable fees for individual courses at Olmsted Falls High School.

New this year for OFHS parents is an integration between EZPay and PowerSchool, which will automatically show individual course fees connected to your student’s schedule.  We hope our high school parents will find as a significant improvement over past years when parents had to search and select individual course fees manually.

As always, funds can also be added to student lunch accounts using the EZPay system at anytime.

To access the EZPay website, please click HERE.

To contact EZPay directly by phone for assistance, please call (866) 693-9729.

Thank you in advance for paying your child(ren)’s school fees in a timely manner.

Reminder:  Olmsted Falls School District no longer has the capacity to process credit card payments in school offices or over the phone.  Parents can use their credit card to pay for school fees and school meal accounts using EZPay.  Parents choosing to pay school fees with cash or check can continue to do so by visiting the respective school office.

 

College and Coffee_Fall 2014OFHS HAS PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS ON COLLEGE

Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? OFHS offers several dates for parents to meet together for coffee and discuss the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid.

The times are 8-9 a.m. on September 19th, October 3rd, October 24th and November 7th in the OFHS media center.  For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

football-clip-artVARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

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

Masquers LogoOFHS MASQUERS & FORENSICS PATRON PARENT MEETING

All are invited to attend the Monday, September 15th OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron Parent meeting that starts at 7 p.m. in Room W3, the choir room.

OFMFP is a nonprofit booster group charted to support performing arts, speech and debate at the school.  Performers need support in their endeavors.  Please attend to see how you can help.

OFHS POST PROM HOLDS FIRST MEETING SEPTEMBER 17TH

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerEver wonder what Post Prom entails?  It’s a committee of senior parents who plans the party after Prom.  It provides a safe and fun night of entertainment for seniors.  If you would like to become involved, join the group at its September 17th meeting at 7 p.m. in the OFHS media center.  If you would like to receive information from the group, contact Beth Kopycinski at 95kopy@gmail.com.

GET YOUR TICKET IN THE CHEVY CRUZE OR $10,000 CONTEST!

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

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

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

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

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

oecpta_logoSELLERS/VENDORS NEEDED FOR OECPTA SEPTEMBER 27 RESALE

Do your dressers, attic and garage need cleaning of children’s and maternity items?  Let Olmsted Early Childhood PTA help you.  Its annual Autumn Attic Resale is September 27 at the OFMS.  This resale event is for gently-used infant, children, teen and maternity clothing, furniture, décor, bedding, strollers, activity baby gear, safety, toys, games and other miscellaneous for all ages of children.  Please do not sell car seats or cribs or any recalled items. Vendors also are invited to sell their products.

Sellers manage their own tables and keep ALL their profits.  The cost per space is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Set up is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The registration deadline is next Wednesday, September 17.

bulldog hockeyOLMSTED FALLS HOCKEY INVITES ALL TO HIT THE GREENS SEPTEMBER 20

The 22nd annual OF Hockey Golf Outing is September 20 at Emerald Woods Golf Course, 12501 S. Boone Road, Columbia Township. The four person scramble shotgun event includes continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, steak and potato dinner and refreshments for $75. The games pay out all funds paid in – $20/team skins, $1/closest to pin, $1 longest drive.

For more details/tickets, contact Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822 or email brianethompson@sbcglobal.net. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

SIX TO BE INDUCTED INTO ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

OF distinguished hall of fameThis year’s inductees into the Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame are Art Gibel, class of 1968, business; Dave Schuster, ’70, business/science; Lora Hirschberg, ’81, entertainment; Scott Highhouse, ’82, health/education; Debbie Koeppen Berry, ’87, science/math and Craig Barbee, educator.

The induction ceremony is Thursday, September 18th at the German American Club.  The community is invited to attend the ceremony and its dinner. Tickets are $25.

CLICK HERE for a reservation form. To view a photo gallery of the inductees, CLICK HERE.

The association is on facebook and you can “friend” it by CLICKING HERE.

Contact Jenny McKeigue, alumni director, 440-427-6030 or ofhsalumni@yahoo.com for more details.

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

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

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

Bulldog_Animated_GolferOFAB TO BENEFIT FROM USP GOLF OUT SEPTEMBER 20

An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters golf outing that United Parcel Service will sponsor is set for Sept. 20 at the Springvale Golf Club, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $80 a person or $25 for dinner only.  It includes a four person scramble 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, contests for the best score by a foursome, longest drive (women and men) closest to the pin and basket raffles.  All money is due Friday, September 12.

Contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b6fritz2003@yahoo.com to reserve your foursome or to sponsor a hole. This UPS-sponsored event also will benefit United Way.

 

falls lenox OECPTA logo PTA OFFERS YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER

The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Yankee Candle fundraiser will run from September 12th -29th.Online orders will be accepted through December 2014.

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

 

COMMUNITY

THIS SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 14TH – ROBBY’S VOICE RACE IV AWARENESS RUN/WALK

 Robby's-Voice-2014-Poster-print-no-crops3rd Annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk with Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, September 14th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School –  For additional information,

please click HERE to download the event flyer, or visit:

http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/robbysvoice.asp to register online.

 

 

boy scoutSIGN UP FOR BOY SCOUTS

Couldn’t make it to this week’s Open House to meet the Packs, Troops, and Venturing Crews of Olmsted Falls?  It’s not too late to sign-up. Scouting is a great way to do a ton of fun things with your children! The Pack is for boys 6-11 or first grade to 5th. The Troop is for boys 11-18 or 6th grade to 12. The Crew/Venturing is for boys AND girls 14-21.  We hope it is something you’d love to do.  To sign up and get started, or for additional information and questions, call Sandra Graham 235-2588.

 

SIGN UP FOR PARENT/CHILD ADVENTURES

Native Sons & Daughters logoThe Native Sons & Daughters program offers parents the chance to create lifelong memories with their children. Our local chapter is called the Crooked River Longhouse. New families with children in grades K and older may now sign up.

There are two Recruiting Rally & Cookouts Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 5:30-8 p.m. at the William J. Green Picnic area in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Reservation.

Parents and their children are free to come anytime during these events. Hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be provided. The group’s officers will give a brief presentation about the program. Music, activities a craft, rocket launch and displays will highlight the events. To view the club’s website and flyer, CLICK HERE.

olmsted community center building

JOIN SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS IN SEPTEMBER

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

Say ‘farewell’ and ‘thank you’ to Miss Amy who was the program’s director for 14 years – and enjoy opening night September 13th.

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

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Weekly Update – September 4, 2014

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Battelle for kids honoreeFALLS-LENOX TEACHER HONORED AS TOP TIER TEACHER

Congratulations to Falls-Lenox third-grade teacher Leslie Sparks. Battell for Kids recognized her as one of the top-tier of effective teachers in Ohio as part of its Celebrate Teaching initiative. Celebrate Teaching is Battelle for Kids’ commitment to identify highly effective teachers, celebrate their achievements, learn from their practices and share the lessons learned with teachers.

State Superintendent Richard Ross and Dr. Jim Mahoney, Battelle’s executive director, presented Mrs. Sparks with her award.

We are fortunate to have her as an outstanding district teacher!

O.F. BUS DRIVERS BENEFIT FROM CONTINUOUS TRAINING & LOCAL SAFETY PARTNERSHIPS

photo 4photo 1As teachers and administrators prepared for the start of a new school year inside the buildings, Olmsted Falls School District bus drivers used their professional development time wisely as well with a number of beneficial in-service trainings.  The transportation department hosted Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Hirsch who provided a presentation for all drivers and mechanics on the importance of school bus safety specifically as it relates to pre-trip inspections, proper operation and procedures.  Olmsted Falls School District OBIs (On the Bus Instructors), who train and re-certify District bus drivers, organized a bus inspection competition with the help of mechanic staff by photo 2producing a list of defects for the mechanics to create on two separate school buses.  Bus drivers (in teams) then took turns inspecting the buses and identifying the defects.  Finally, Olmsted Township Fire Department Lt. Joseph Fudale provided all drivers with a demonstration lesson on how to handle and fire an extinguisher.  As part of this training session, each of District bus drivers had the opportunity to extinguish a small contained fire on the back lot of the bus garage property.  Kudos to our transportation department for continually providing these beneficial trainings for all drivers; and thank you to the Olmsted Township Fire Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol for partnering with Olmsted Falls Schools to facilitate these enhanced training sessions!

SAVE THE DATE FOR OFHS PICTURE DAY!

Olmsted Falls High School Picture Day is Thursday, September 11th.

Please mark this date on your calendar.  Parents interested in ordering portrait packages in advance online, please click HERE.

The OFHS Picture Day ID is WP924453Y0.

IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300HIGH SCHOOL

September 11  OFHS Underclass Picture Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

September 4   8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm) **TONIGHT**

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)

September 12  Falls-Lenox Picture Day

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)

September 9  Open House for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (6:00-6:30 pm)

September 9 Open House for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (7:00-7:30 pm)

If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:

Olmsted Falls High School (440) 427-6100

Olmsted Falls Middle School (440) 427-6200

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (440) 427-6500

Falls-Lenox Primary School (440) 427-6400

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (440) 427-6360

polaris CSIPOLARIS STUDENTS INVESTIGATE CRIME SCENE

This year’s Principles of Biomedical Science Class at Olmsted Falls High School is solving the crime!  As part of the PLTW curriculum, students will be investigating the crime scene and learning how to analyze DNA, hair samples, finger prints, powders, food and trying to solve the case of Anna Garcia!

“This scene really brings “to life” the field of forensic science”, says Pete DuBois, teacher of the program.

2014-2015 Activities Calendar - COVER IMAGE2014-2015 PTA ACTIVITIES CALENDAR COMING SOON!

The 2014-2015 PTA Activities Calendar will arrive in District tomorrow, Friday, September 4th.  Thanks in advance to our PTA volunteers who will be helping to label and sort calendars within the next few days, in order to provide one calendar for each family.  Attn:  All Bulldog Parents – Watch for calendars to come home with the youngest student in your household early next week!

DOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR

CalendarGraphicPlease be sure you have the current one-page 2014-2015 school year overview calendar for Olmsted Falls School District by downloading a PDF file HERE.

(Please note this calendar was updated with changes in April 2014, so versions downloaded prior to that will not have the most up-to-date schedule of dates for the school year.)

REQUIRED BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS FOR RETURNING STUDENTS PAST DUE

Parents of returning students who have not yet accessed the InfoSnap portal through their PowerSchool parent accounts to verify student information, make changes (if needed), and submit all required start-of-the-year forms (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.) electronically for the 2014-2015 school year are urged to contact your child’s school building today for assistance.  It is very important that we have the most current information on file for all students. 

If you are actively using your PowerSchool parent account and are ready to access your returning student’s information now, please click HERE to download more detailed instructions, if needed.

To proceed directly to the PowerSchool parent account log-in page, please click HERE.

Please Note:  Olmsted Falls School District no longer uses paper forms. Any parents/guardians needing access to a computer or assistance with the annual online registration process are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

football-clip-artVARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS 

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

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

Home games are September 5th against Canton South; October 3rd, Berea-Midpark; October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night

217745-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Stick-Cheerleader-Girl-Using-A-MegaphoneMINI CHEERLEADERS TO CHEER THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH

The OF kindergarten through grade 5 students who are attending the mini cheerleading camp will participate with the OFHS cheerleaders at the 7 p.m. football game this FRIDAY.  Cheerleaders and families should arrive no later than 6 p.m. in the HS cafeteria Friday.

While the grades 3-5 clinic was earlier this week, the K-2 clinic is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 4th.

Only those who attended the clinic may cheer with the OFHS cheerleaders at the game.

specialed_helping-hands-1HELPING HANDS  TO TAILGATE @ THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME

All participating in Helping Hands’ tailgate at the Bulldog varsity football game this Friday, September 5th, should gather from 6-7 p.m. for food and fun, then sit in a designated set of bleachers at the south end of the stadium for the 7 p.m. game.

Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

Masquers LogoOFHS MASQUERS & FORENSICS PATRON PARENT MEETING

All are invited to attend the Monday, September 15th OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron Parent meeting that starts at 7 p.m. in Room W3, the choir room.

OFMFP is a nonprofit booster group charted to support performing arts, speech and debate at the school.  Performers need support in their endeavors.  Please attend to see how you can help.

PARENTS: NEW SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS NOW OPERATING IN O.F. SCHOOLS 

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There are additional new requirements for school news this school year due to the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The Olmsted Falls Food Service Department has already been gradually making some of these changes so it wouldn’t be such a shock to the students when they were finally required.

The Bigger Changes:

-   Students now will be required to have l/2 cup of fruit or vegetables on their breakfast tray for it to count as a full meal. Anything less than a full mean is charged at a la carte prices. Purchasing items a la carte will be expensive, so we encourage students to buy the full meal as that is the best deal. We plan to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to give students more from which to select.

- 100% of all grains offered must be whole grain rich. This means all bread, pasta, and cereal products must be whole grain rich. Due to this, you will see some changes in the menu offerings.

- The first sodium targets for both breakfast and lunch must be implemented this year.

 Breakfast < 540mg

  • Lunch K- grade 5 < 1230 mg. sodium
  • Lunch grades 6-8 < 1360 mg. sodium
  • Lunch grades 9-12 <1420 mg. sodium

Most entrees are anywhere from 400-1000 mg of sodium.  White milk is 120 mg of sodium and chocolate milk, 240 mg of sodium.  One slice of bread contains about 120 mg of sodium.  Regular condiments contain anywhere from 100-400 mg or more of sodium

Keeping all this in mind, it was a juggling act to meet this requirement.  Because of this new 2014-15 school year mandate on sodium, all condiments will be pre-portioned and the amount a student can take will be limited to keep within the new requirement.  This applies to all salad dressings, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, hot sauce etc.

To help meet this requirement we are also purchasing some low sodium products.

How You Can Help:

-   Encourage your children to try new things at home and school.

-   If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.  We’re here to help!

The Food Services Department phone number is 440 427-6440.

A CHANCE TO WIN A CHEVY CRUZE OR $10,000!

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

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

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

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

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

oecpta_logoSELLERS/VENDORS NEEDED FOR OECPTA SEPTEMBER 27 RESALE

Do your dressers, attic and garage need cleaning of children’s and maternity items?  Let Olmsted Early Childhood PTA help you.  Its annual Autumn Attic Resale is September 27 at the OFMS.  This resale event is for gently-used infant, children, teen and maternity clothing, furniture, décor, bedding, strollers, activity baby gear, safety, toys, games and other miscellaneous for all ages of children.  Please do not sell car seats or cribs or any recalled items. Vendors also are invited to sell their products.

Sellers manage their own tables and keep ALL their profits.  The cost per space is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Set up is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The registration deadline is September 17.

All are invited to attend the OECPTA’s first meeting of the new school year Thursday, September 11th at 7 p.m. in the OFMS media center.  The group is for families with children ages 6 and under. Membership is open to anyone in the Olmsted communities interested in enriching the lives of our preschoolers, toddlers and infants.  For more details, go to oecpta.org.

To view a flyer of all the details, CLICK HERE.

bulldog hockeyOLMSTED FALLS HOCKEY INVITES ALL TO HIT THE GREENS SEPTEMBER 20

The 22nd annual OF Hockey Golf Outing is September 20 at Emerald Woods Golf Course, 12501 S. Boone Road, Columbia Township. The four person scramble shotgun event includes continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, steak and potato dinner and refreshments for $75. The games pay out all funds paid in – $20/team skins, $1/closest to pin, $1 longest drive.

For more details/tickets, contact Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822 or email brianethompson@sbcglobal.net. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

SIX TO BE INDUCTED INTO ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

OF distinguished hall of fameThis year’s inductees into the Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame are Art Gibel, class of 1968, business; Dave Schuster, ’70, business/science; Lora Hirschberg, ’81, entertainment; Scott Highhouse, ’82, health/education; Debbie Koeppen Berry, ’87, science/math and Craig Barbee, educator.

The induction ceremony is Thursday, September 18th at the German American Club.  The community is invited to attend the ceremony and its dinner. Tickets are $25.

CLICK HERE for a reservation form. To view a photo gallery of the inductees, CLICK HERE.

The association is on facebook and you can “friend” it by CLICKING HERE.

Contact Jenny McKeigue, alumni director, 440-427-6030 or ofhsalumni@yahoo.com for more details.

Bulldog_Animated_GolferOFAB TO BENEFIT FROM USP GOLF OUT SEPTEMBER 20

An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters golf outing that United Parcel Service will sponsor is set for Sept. 20 at the Springvale Golf Club, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $80 a person or $25 for dinner only.  It includes a four person scramble 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, contests for the best score by a foursome, longest drive (women and men) closest to the pin and basket raffles.  All money is due Friday, September 12.

Contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b6fritz2003@yahoo.com to reserve your foursome or to sponsor a hole. This UPS-sponsored event also will benefit United Way.

COMMUNITY

  Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS FALL PROGRAMS

Youth, teens and adults will find various programs at the Olmsted Falls Library.  This fall they range from Coffee 101, Welcome to Medicare to teens learning how to make interactive video game or sharing their writing and children enjoying finger play and rhymes with their families.

The Library’s fall flyer with its program listing is available by CLICKING HERE.

boy scoutBOY SCOUT OPEN HOUSE / SIGN-UP EVENT

Thursday Sept  11th 7-9 pm; Falls Gym closest to Kids first; Enter at side door.  Scouting is a great way to do a ton of fun things with your children! The Packs, Troops, Crew of Olmsted Falls will be there.  The Pack is for boys 6-11 or first grade to 5th. The Troop is for boys 11-18 or 6th grade to 12. The Crew/Venturing is for boys AND girls 14-21.  Come out and see what it’s all about! We hope it is something you’d love to do.  Sign up and get started.  Information and questions? Call Sandra Graham 235-2588.

SIGN UP FOR PARENT/CHILD ADVENTURES

Native Sons & Daughters logoThe Native Sons & Daughters program offers parents the chance to create lifelong memories with their children. Our local chapter is called the Crooked River Longhouse. New families with children in grades K and older may now sign up.

There are two Recruiting Rally & Cookouts Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 5:30-8 p.m. at the William J. Green Picnic area in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Reservation.

Parents and their children are free to come anytime during these events. Hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be provided. The group’s officers will give a brief presentation about the program. Music, activities a craft, rocket launch and displays will highlight the events. To view the club’s website and flyer, CLICK HERE.

Girl scouts logo

LEARN ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS @ SEPTEMBER 11TH OPEN HOUSE

Girl Scouts provide many opportunities to girls  – to show they can anything they ever dreamed of or imagined.  Visit its September 11th Open House at Falls-Lenox School.  CLICK HERE to view a flyer about Girl Scouts and the event.

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

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

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

donutsBECKER’S OF COLUMBIA STATION ANNIVERSARY RAFFLE TO BENEFIT LOCAL AREA FOOD PANTRIES – SATURDAY, SEPT. 6TH – 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Becker’s Donuts of Columbia Station and help raise funds for local area food pantries.  Raffle drawing (1 ticket for $1 / 8 tickets for $5) for prizes including Handmade Quilt by Sharon Sew & Sew; Gift Certificate for 1 Free Large One Topping Pizza from Sundae Funday’s; Gift Basket from Pampered Chef; Bracelet from Keith Jewelers; Sunoco Gas Card; Becker’s Gift Basket.  All proceeds benefit local area food pantries.

 Robby's-Voice-2014-Poster-print-no-crops3rd Annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk with Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, September 14th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School –  For additional information,

please click HERE to download the event flyer, or visit:

http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/robbysvoice.asp to register online.

 

 

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