Weekly Update – August 28, 2014

REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW, AUGUST 29TH – EXCEPT FOR POLARIS CAREER CENTER/OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM WILL BE IN SESSION (BUS SCHEDULE PROVIDED BELOW).

Tomorrow, Friday, August 29th is a staff-only professional development day for the Olmsted Falls School District.  There will be no school for students tomorrow – EXCEPT FOR OFHS STUDENTS ATTENDING POLARIS CAREER CENTER OR OMDUSMAN, WHICH WILL BE IN SESSION. 

Buses this Friday will run ONLY to and from OFHS for Polaris and Ombudsman students in the morning, midday and afternoon. Students should be at the high school 5 minutes prior to the designated departure time.

Please CLICK HERE to see the bus schedule for Polaris and Ombudsman students for this Friday ONLY.

If you have any question about the buses to Polaris and Ombudsman for this Friday, please call the Bus Garage,  440-427-6350.

DISTRICT ALSO CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

School will resume Tuesday, September 2nd, due to Monday being the Labor Day holiday.

VOLUNTEERS HELP PROVIDE EXTRA WARM WELCOME BACK FOR STUDENTS!

The opening of the 2014-2015 school year brought smiles to faces of students and staff members alike last week as 1st – 12th graders returned to the buildings last Thursday, August 21st. To see first day of school coverage from Falls-Lenox Primary School on cleveland.com, please click HERE.

DSC_8716DSC_8709Kindergarten students arrived for their first official day of school at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center this past Monday, August 25th.  Our littlest Bulldogs were greeted at the door by plenty of volunteers with friendly faces – many thanks to PTA and Central Office staff who were on-site to help guide arrivals!

Best wishes to all Bulldog students and staff for an outstanding 2014-2015 school year!

ALERT RE: SCHOOL FEES / EZPAY 

myEZpayLogoPlease note that school fees for all students (grades K-12) for the 2014-2015 school year have been uploaded and are now 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 this to be 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.

IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

August

28  Open House (7 pm) **TONIGHT**

September

11 Underclass Picture Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

September

2   7th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

4   Picture Day

4   8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 4-5)

September

3   5th Grade Open House (7 pm)

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)

August

28  1st Grade Open House (7 pm)  **TONIGHT**

September

12  Picture Day

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)

September

3  First Day for Preschool Typical Peers

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

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

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 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.

OFHS COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

Attention: High School Parents

For your reference, following please find the OFHS Counselor assignments for the current school year:

Aimee Caldrone - College and Career Counseling

Maridi Gurtsak - 9th Grade + 12th Grade (Last Names A-F)

Lisa Palmison - 10th Grade + 12th Grade (Last Names G-M)

Lauren Peterson – 11th Grade + 12th Grade (Last Name N-Z)

This information, along with a wealth of other valuable information, can always be found on the “Counselors’ Corner” page of the OFHS website.

DOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR

CalendarGraphicPlease be sure you have the current 2014-2015 School Year 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.)

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

veggies

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.

-   Join your child for lunch and/or breakfast anytime.

-   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.

actor masksOFMS DRAMA CLUB MEETING TONIGHT – THURSDAY, AUG. 28TH

An informational parent meeting for the Bulldog Theatre Company, OFMS’s drama club, is Thursday, August 28th from 7-7:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafeteria. The meeting will include information about the company’s two shows for this school year, as well as free after-school workshops for students in grades 6-8.

Any questions?  Contact Eric Bartkowski, ebartkowski@ofcs.net.

217745-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Stick-Cheerleader-Girl-Using-A-MegaphoneDEADLINE FOR MINI CHEERLEADERS CAMP IS THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH

OF kindergarten through grade 5 students are invited to attend a mini cheer clinic, then cheer the varsity Bulldogs to victory at the team’s September 5th game against Canton South High School.

The clinic for grades 3-5 is from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 2nd and for K-2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 4th. The OFHS cheerleaders are sponsoring this event with the clinics at  OFIS. To view a flyer with more details, CLICK HERE.

OFHS PTA IS LOOKING FOR SUPER HEROES!

superheroTo download an OFHS PTA membership form, CLICK HERE.  The letter has great reasons why you should join PTA. Senior parents especially are encouraged to do so.  For your child to be eligible for college scholarship money from the OFHS PTA, parents need to be members.  If you join by Thursday, August 28th, you will be entered into a gift card raffle.

Visit PTA at the OFHS Open House August 28th in the cafeteria or turn in your membership form to the school’s office.  Please join, come to a meeting and see what we are all about!! For a list of OFHS PTA meeting schedule, CLICK HERE.

OFAB THANKS ALL FOR PAST HELP AND ENCOURAGE CONTINUED AID

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersOver the last five years, the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters, through the community’s help, has contributed $408,569 in various projects and items.  This funding helps the OF school district continue to be the only conference school without pay-to-play fees or support transportation costs. For a list of projects, CLICK HERE.

Volunteers are still needed to work concessions. You also may become a patron. The group’s meetings are the first Monday of the month starting at 7 in the OFHS media center.  For more details about OFAB, CLICK HERE.

Finally, don’t miss your chance to WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS 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!

Helping-HandsJOIN HELPING HANDS TAILGATE @ THE SEPTEMBER 5 VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME

Help cheer the Bulldogs varsity football team to victory at the 2014 Helping Hands Tailgate for the September 5 game at our Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.  The group will 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.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here and submitting your form to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

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 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

161This 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.

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.

OF MUSIC ASSOCIATION STRIKES UP ITS 2014-15 ACTIVITIES

OFMA bulldog and noteThe OFMA is ready for this year’s activities.  Its first meeting is September 3rd at 7 p.m. in the OFHS choir room.  It invites parents and community members to become members and volunteer at various music activities. The band will travel and play at DisneyWorld from Feb. 12-17, 2015.

It has various fundraisers occurring and is offering Spirit Wear, with a Sept. 3 order deadline.  To view the group’s Musical Notes September newsletter, CLICK HERE.  It contains membership and Spirit Wear forms.

 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.

wreathVENDORS 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.

Labor Day concert signTHANK AMERICA’S SAFETY FORCES @ MONDAY, SEPT. 1 CONCERT      

The community is invited to a special Safety Forces Tribute Concert Sept. 1 at East River Park.

The event begins at noon with a safety vehicle display. Victory Highway will play from 2-4 p.m. There also will be a moment of silence to those police and fire officers who died in the line of duty.

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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Weekly Update – August 20, 2014

OFMS 6TH GRADERS MET WITH CHEERS, FRIENDLY FACES @ ORIENTATION

OFMS orientation 1OFMS orientation 20The new 6th graders at Monday’s orientation at OFMS ran through a cheering receiving line in the gym, played games and learned their older classmates – and teachers – are willing to help them through every step toward their academic success.

About 70 WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) members greeted the 300 sixth-graders at the start of  the 4 l/2 hour orientation session that begin with music, cheers and happy faces.

They worked in large groups and individually, learning the ins and outs of the school, their new educational environment and strategies to be successful students at OFMS.   They were told it is OK to do things their way, to be different – and that teachers are there to support them.

To view a photo gallery, click here.

What a great way to start the new school year in a new school! Kudos to our Middle School staff and WEB leaders!

WELCOME BACK – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Olmsted Falls School District staff members have been busy preparing for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.  We look forward to the return of students beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 21st.

The FIRST DAY of school is:

Thursday, August 21st for Grades 1-12

Monday, August 25th for Kindergarten

Wednesday, August 27th for Preschool (Special Needs Students)

Wednesday, September 3rd for Preschool (Typical Peers)

NEW SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS BEGIN THIS MONTH

veggies

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.

-   Join your child for lunch and/or breakfast anytime.

-   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.

WELCOME NEW BULLDOGS!

Please join us in welcoming some new faces to our classrooms this year!

new staff 2014 2015

Front Row (L to R): Libby Elkhe – 2nd Grade Teacher; Laryssa Byndas – OFHS Math Teacher; Valerie Weimer – Falls-Lenox Tutor; Dawn Carlin – Technology Integration Specialist; Pam Madak – OFMS Tutor; Andrea Porte – Falls-Lenox Tutor; Lauren Kallevig – Speech Language Pathologist for Falls-Lenox, OFIS  & OFMS.

 

Back Row (L to R):  Aimee Caldrone – OFHS Guidance Counselor; Heidi Keppen – Falls-Lenox Music Teacher; Paul Faulkner – OFMS Band Director; Jordan Eaton – OFHS Physical Education Teacher; Danielle Hicks – OFMS Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher; Katrina Muzingo – OFHS Intervention Specialist; Kristen Crawford – 1st Grade Teacher.

 

BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

District officials recognized staff members for their years of service to the District during the annual opening day staff meeting to kick off the 2014-2015 school year.  Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 “Bulldog years” were acknowledged in front of their peers for their contributions to the District’s success.  Congratulations to all! They are listed in alphabetical order.

35 Year Bulldog

“35 Year Bulldog!”

Director of Business Affairs Tim Atkinson helped honor OFHS Cleaner Rose Cortimilia for her 35 years of service to the Olmsted Falls School District during Wednesday morning’s Opening Day Meeting for all staff.  Congratulations and thank you to Rose Cortimilia!

30 Year Bulldogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“30 Year Bulldogs”

Susan Magnone (OFIS) and Tim Tygart (OFHS)

 

25 Year Bulldogs

“25 Year Bulldogs” 

Tom Gibeaut (OFHS); Blake Johnson (OFHS); John Klembarsky (Falls-Lenox); John Mercer (OFHS); Michael Moore (OFIS); Michael Schafer (OFIS); Charles Smith (OFMS/OFIS); Maria Tessier (OFIS); Donna Tindera (Falls-Lenox); Elaina Tzolakis (OFIS) and Nancy Womack (OFMS).
20 Year Bulldogs

 

“20 Year Bulldogs”

Kristen Gillespie (OFMS); Suzanne Gross (OFMS); Trisha McGhee (OFIS); Diane Metzger (ECC); James Munchick (OFHS); Brian Reid (Transportation); Jayne Reitz (Falls-Lenox); Rhonna Smith (Falls-Lenox); Irene Stoyka (OFHS/Transportation); Teresa Tantanella (OFMS); Lisa Topolski (OFHS) and Marjorie Vormelker (Falls-Lenox).
15 Year Bulldogs

 

15 Year Bulldogs”

Susan Chaplin (OFMS); Michelle Cifranic (Transportation); Robert Coxon (OFHS); Tom Dipert (Central Office); Robyn Eidam (OFIS); Debra Lackey (OFIS); Laurie LaGruth (OFHS); Suzanne Maddocks (OFHS); Janet Messinger (OFHS); Sean Pellerite (OFHS); Debra Pojman (OFIS); Cathy Rachid (OFIS); Kristina Robertson (Falls-Lenox/OFIS); Lucinda Serrani (Falls-Lenox/Transportation); Martin Simon (Falls-Lenox); Jim Smith (OFMS); Mark Tabar (OFIS);  Denise Tabar (Central Office) and Kimberly Urban (OFMS).
10 Year Bulldogs

“10 Year Bulldogs”

Patricia Binggeli (OFHS); Shannon Chichester (Falls-Lenox); William Davis (Transportation); Yvonne Frieg (OFIS); Mark Harbison (OFHS); Diana Hill (OFHS); Heath Krakowiak (Transportation); Dr. Jim Lloyd (Central Office); Breanna Milligan (OFMS); Jamie Myers (OFIS); Martha Pickenheim (OFHS); Benjamin Ricci (OFIS); Robin Scott (Falls-Lenox); Stacie Ware (OFMS) and Erika Wyman (OFMS).

ATTN: PARENTS OF RETURNING STUDENTS – REQUIRED BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS / UPDATES MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Olmsted Falls School District uses the online InfoSnap portal for parents to verify information we have on file for their child(ren), make changes if necessary, and submit all required start-of-the-year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.).  IMPORTANT CHANGE:  This year, parents of RETURNING STUDENTS will access the InfoSnap information for their student(s) via your existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  To get started, simply log-in to your PowerSchool account and then click on the new “InfoSnap” link located on the left side of the page.  (No “Snap Codes” will be needed this year due to the integration of InfoSnap directly into PowerSchool.)

More than 2,000 returning students have already been updated/submitted online – THANK YOU!  If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the online registration for your returning student(s), now is the time.  Please plan to log-in to your PowerSchool parent account to review/update the information for your student(s) and submit the required forms for the 2014-2015 school year electronically BY THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PASSWORD OR HAVE NEVER ACTIVATED YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BUILDING FOR ASSISTANCE.   (See phone numbers below.)

2. PLEASE DO NOT RE-REGISTER YOUR STUDENT THROUGH THE “NEW STUDENT” REGISTRATION LINK ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE; THIS WILL CREATE A DUPLICATE STUDENT DATA FILE INSTEAD OF UPDATING YOUR RETURNING STUDENT’S EXISTING INFORMATION.

3. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE LOGGING IN TO YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT; ACCESS TO THE INFOSNAP RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION LINK IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR STUDENT’S POWERSCHOOL ACCOUNT.

4. IF YOU ARE LOGGED INTO YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT AND RECEIVE AN ERROR MESSAGE WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE INFOSNAP LINK FOR YOUR STUDENT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BUILDING RIGHT AWAY. (This is a rare problem that has impacted only three families to dat

While several of our main office staff have been participating in training sessions /  district-wide meetings on and off this week, all offices will be open with all key office staff ready to assist those parents still in need of help.

If you are actively using your PowerSchool parent account and are ready to access your returning student’s information, 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.

If you have any questions, need assistance with accessing your PowerSchool parent account, or need to schedule a time to come to the school for computer access, please contact your child’s school building directly:

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

Thank you in advance for your time and attention to this important task.

IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

August

21  First Day for Students*

28  Open House (7 pm)

September

11 Underclass Picture Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

August

21  First Day for Students*

September

2   7th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

4   Picture Day

4   8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 4-5)

August

21  First Day for Students*

27  Picture Day

27  4th Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

3   5th Grade Open House (7 pm)

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)

August

21  First Day for Students*

25  3rd Grade Open House (7 pm)

26  2nd Grade Open House (7 pm)

28  1st Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

12  Picture Day

 EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)

August

21  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / A-L (8:30-9:30 am)

21  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / A-L (12:30-1:30 pm)

22  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / M-Z (8:30-9:30 am)

22  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / M-Z (12:30-1:30 pm)

25  First Day for Kindergarten Students

26  Preschool Orientation – A.M. Classes (9-10 am)

26  Preschool Orientation – P.M. Classes (1-2 pm)

27  First Day for Preschool Special Needs Students

September

3  First Day for Preschool Typical Peers

9  Open House for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (6 pm)

9  Open House for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (7 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

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?

FruitPrinted 2014-2015 Breakfast and Lunch menus will be available to students beginning on the first day of school.  The 2014-2015 menus (for K-5; 6-8; and 9-12) are also available online. 

To view the menus online or download a pdf to print yourself, please click HERE. Printed menus will be sent home with all students (K-8) this week. 

Printed menus will be available in the high school cafeteria for all OFHS students.

New SR CoverPageBACK-TO-SCHOOL ISSUE OF OUR SCHOOL REPORT

To view the current Our School Report, click here.

It has important start-of-the-school-year information and highlights P.I. projects that were completed around the district over summer.

 

 

CalendarGraphicDOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR

Please be sure you have the current 2014-2015 School Year 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.)


school busIMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bus cards have been mailed out. Any family who has not yet received their bus card(s) in the mail should contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350.

The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:

* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.

* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).

* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.

Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.

OFHS marching band preschool 2013OFHS MARCHING BAND PRESCHOOL PREVIEW – THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 EVENT

Young Bulldogs aged preschool to grade 5 are invited to join the OFHS marching band on the practice field at 6 p.m. Friday, August 22. Bring your own instrument from home to play along with the Bulldog musicians! After this initial time, participants are invited to march with the band to the football stadium where the Pride of Olmsted Falls will perform a special preview show at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

HERITAGE DAY PARADE HIGHLIGHTS

olmsted falls heritage days 2014 marching bandIn the annual tradition, Olmsted Falls Board of Education members and District administrators joined the OFHS Marching Band and Bulldog athletes on the parade route in the Heritage Days Parade held August 14th.  Building principals had an opportunity to say “Welcome back” a few days early, as they waved to their many students along the parade route.  As always, students, families and community members lined the streets for the annual event…and for the candy.

Please click HERE to view our Heritage Parade photo gallery.  Also, click HERE to view local media coverage of the event.

Helping-HandsJOIN HELPING HANDS TAILGATE @ THE SEPTEMBER 5 VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME

Help cheer the Bulldogs varsity football team to victory at the 2014 Helping Hands Tailgate for the September 5 game at our Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.  The group will 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.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

actor masksIS  YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS INTERESTED IN DRAMA?

An informational parent meeting for the Bulldog Theatre Company, OFMS’s drama club, is set for Thursday, August 28th from 7-7:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafeteria. The meeting will include information about the company’s two shows for this school year, as well as free after-school workshops for students in grades 6-8.

Any questions?  Contact Eric Bartkowski, ebartkowski@ofcs.net. We hope you are able to join us!

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.

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.

 

bulldog flag logoOFAB NEEDS HELP AT CONCESSIONS

Volunteers are needed for the fall football concessions.  The funds help keep Olmsted Falls void of pay-to-play fees. All SWC schools, except OF, have these fees. The boosters soon will send out e-blasts about fall high school and middle school football schedules.

The OFAB is raffling off a Chevy Cruze! Tickets are $10.

 COMMUNITY

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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Weekly Update – August 16, 2014

August 16, 2014 Comments off

FIRST BLOG OF 2014-2015

We hope that everyone is enjoying the final days of summer break.  As we prepare to open the 2014-2015 school year, we are officially activating our district’s Weekly Blog Update to provide you with a summary of important back-to-school information.  This Weekly Blog Update will be published each week that school is in session throughout the school year.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Olmsted Falls School District staff members have been busy preparing for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.  We look forward to the return of students beginning this coming week.

The FIRST DAY of school is:

Thursday, August 21st for Grades 1-12

Monday, August 25th for Kindergarten

Wednesday, August 27th for Preschool (Special Needs Students)

Wednesday, September 3rd for Preschool (Typical Peers)

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersOF ATHLETIC BOOSTERS GARAGE SALE -TODAY!

The OFAB will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 16th, at the district’s football stadium booth.

There will be many discounted items to purchase.

Come see the entire new line that will be sold at the home football game. Stop and see what is new!

RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION

Our District will continue to use the online InfoSnap portal for parents to verify information we have on file for their child(ren), make changes if necessary, and submit all required start-of-the-year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.).  This online registration system for RETURNING STUDENTS is now open.  More than 1,500 returning students have already been registered online – THANK YOU!

If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the online registration for your returning student(s), now is the time.  Please plan to log-in to your PowerSchool parent account to review/update the information for your student(s) and submit the required forms for the 2014-2015 school year electronically BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST.

IMPORTANT CHANGE:  This year, parents of RETURNING STUDENTS will access the InfoSnap information for their student(s) via your existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  To get started, simply log-in to your PowerSchool account and then click on the new “InfoSnap” link located on the left side of the page.  (No “Snap Codes” will be needed this year due to the integration of InfoSnap directly into PowerSchool.)

IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PASSWORD OR HAVE NEVER ACTIVATED YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BUILDING FOR ASSISTANCE.   (See phone numbers below.)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. PLEASE DO NOT RE-REGISTER YOUR STUDENT THROUGH THE “NEW STUDENT” REGISTRATION LINK ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE; THIS WILL CREATE A DUPLICATE STUDENT DATA FILE INSTEAD OF UPDATING YOUR RETURNING STUDENTS EXISTING INFORMATION.

2. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE LOGGING IN TO YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT; ACCESS TO THE INFOSNAP RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION LINK IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR STUDENT’S POWERSCHOOL ACCOUNT.

To download more detailed instructions on how to access and update your returning student’s information through PowerSchool, please click HERE.

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.

FOR PARENTS WITH MULTIPLE STUDENTS: Once you have completed the online registration for your oldest student, please follow these steps to complete the 2014-2015 registration for another RETURNING STUDENT in your household:

  1. Return to your PowerSchool parent account main page.
  2. Click on the student tab for the next student you would like to register. (Student tabs are located along the top of your parent account screen.)
  3. Then click the “InfoSnap” link to review, update and submit this student’s information.
  4. Repeat above 3 steps for each student in your household.

FOR PARENTS OF NEW STUDENTS:  If you are a parent of a NEW STUDENT who has been recently registered (for the first time) in Olmsted Falls School District for the 2014-2015 school year, you do not need to review/update your student’s information again at this time.

If you have any questions, need assistance with accessing your PowerSchool parent account, or need to schedule a time to come to the school for computer access, please contact your child’s school building directly:

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

Thank you in advance for your time and attention to this important task.

Olmsted Falls high school trainer roomVISIT THE IMPROVED OFHS TRAINING ROOM THIS MONDAY, AUGUST 18THolmsted falls high school trainer room ice machine

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters invites the community to its Open House of the updated Training Room.  It is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 18 at the OFHS.

The group made more than $20,000 in improvements to the room and its equipment to make the room a better place for those injured to go. Volunteers completed all the work this summer in preparation of the fall athletic season. Many of the items were repurposed within the room. Click here to see the flyer for more details and share the information with others.

Also meet the trainer from Southwest General Health Center Sports Medicine and the volunteers who made this project possible.

VARIOUS FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES AVAILABLE AT OFHS – TUESDAY, AUGUST 19TH & WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20TH

supplies 3The OFHS Student Council accumulated many barely-used school supplies at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.  They are supplies 4available for anyone in the community whose children attend district schools.  The items will be available in Room G26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August  19 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 20.

The majority of the supplies includes, but not limited to, notebook paper, folders, three-ring binders, locker stands and writing utensils.

Please visit Room G26 on these days and help yourself to the items that will be on desks.

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

August

21  First Day for Students*

28  Open House (7 pm)

September

11 Underclass Picture Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

August

18  6th Grade WEB Orientation (8 am-12:30 pm)

18  6th/7th/8th Grade Special Education Parent Night (7 pm)

21  First Day for Students*

September

2   7th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

4   Picture Day

4   8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 4-5)

August

21  First Day for Students*

27  Picture Day

27  4th Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

3   5th Grade Open House (7 pm)

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)

August

21  First Day for Students*

25  3rd Grade Open House (7 pm)

26  2nd Grade Open House (7 pm)

28  1st Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

12  Picture Day

 EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)

August

21  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / A-L (8:30-9:30 am)

21  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / A-L (12:30-1:30 pm)

22  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / M-Z (8:30-9:30 am)

22  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / M-Z (12:30-1:30 pm)

25  First Day for Kindergarten Students

26  Preschool Orientation – A.M. Classes (9-10 am)

26  Preschool Orientation – P.M. Classes (1-2 pm)

27  First Day for Preschool Special Needs Students

September

3  First Day for Preschool Typical Peers

9  Open House for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (6 pm)

9  Open House for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (7 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

New SR CoverPageBACK-TO-SCHOOL ISSUE OF OUR SCHOOL REPORT
The August 2014/Back-To-School issue of our School Report will hit homes this week.

For an advanced look at this latest issue – featuring fresh updates to the masthead design – please click HERE.

 

 

CalendarGraphicDOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR

Please be sure you have the current 2014-2015 School Year 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.)


school busIMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bus cards have been mailed out. Any family who has not yet received their bus card(s) in the mail should contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350.

The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:

* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.

* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).

* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.

Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.

OFHS marching band preschool 2013OFHS MARCHING BAND PRESCHOOL PREVIEW AUGUST 22 EVENT

Young Bulldogs aged preschool to grade 5 are invited to join the OFHS marching band on the practice field at 6 p.m. Friday, August 22. Bring your own instrument from home to play along with the Bulldog musicians! After this initial time, participants are invited to march with the band to the football stadium where the Pride of Olmsted Falls will perform a special preview show at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

Helping-HandsJOIN HELPING HANDS TAILGATE @ THE SEPTEMBER 5 VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME

Help cheer the Bulldogs varsity football team to victory at the 2014 Helping Hands Tailgate for the September 5 game at our Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.  The group will 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.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

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.

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.

 

bulldog flag logoOFAB NEEDS HELP AT CONCESSIONS

Volunteers are needed for the fall football concessions.  The funds help keep Olmsted Falls void of pay-to-play fees. All SWC schools, except OF, have these fees. The boosters soon will send out e-blasts about fall high school and middle school football schedules.

The OFAB is raffling off a Chevy Cruze! Tickets are $10.

 COMMUNITY

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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Parent Update – June 10, 2014

June 9, 2014 Comments off

FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

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

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

RETIREES DEDICATED 290+ BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

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

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

This year’s retirees include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMINDER: ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS 2014 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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

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

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

DEDICATED BULLDOG COUPLE HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

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

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

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

FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2014

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

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

INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON-LINE

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

OCCUPATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM CELEBRATE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

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

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

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

8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY DRAWS FULL HOUSE

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

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

Congratulations to all of our 8th grade students!

OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVES NEW CONTRACTS

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

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

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

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTS CLASS OF 2014 GRADS

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFHS STUDENTS EARN HONORS IN NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

OFHS MARCHING BAND SURPRISES MR. GULDEN!

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

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

CLEVELAND CLINIC TALKS EXERCISE WITH STUDENTS

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

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

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BIG HIT FOR STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

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

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

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

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

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

PTA HONORS MANY VOLUNTEERS, STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUTHOR VISITS OFIS CLASSROOM

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

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

FALLS-LENOX PTA ENDS YEAR WITH ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FIELD DAY

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

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

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

Thank you PTA!

SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES BOOKS TO OVERSEAS TROOPS

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

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

NEW PTA UNIT PRESIDENTS BEGIN THEIR REIGN

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

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

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

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

OFHS SENIOR PART OF NEWSNET5 BEST OF CLASS

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

To view the video, click here

OFHS VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS EARN 51 AWARDS

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

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

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

ECC HELPS EDUCATE CHILDREN ON SAFETY AROUND PETS

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

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

OFFICIAL BOND ISSUE RESULTS FROM MAY 6, 2014 ELECTION

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

TOTAL VOTES CAST:  5,485

Total FOR the OFHS Bond Issue:  2,718

Total AGAINST the OFHS Bond Issue:  2,767

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

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

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

OF STUDENT RECEIVES RESOLUTION @ OHIO STATE HOUSE

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

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

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

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

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

ATTENTION 2014-15 MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW

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

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

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

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

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

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

HELPING HANDS SUMMER EVENTS 

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

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

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

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

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

DEADLINE TO CHANGE OFHS CLASS SCHEDULE IS JUNE 12TH 

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

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

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

SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS OR $10,000

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

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

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

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

Help support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.

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

 

COMMUNITY

LOCAL NFL FLAG FOOTBALL SIGN UPS

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

BUY A BRICK TO HELP PRESERVE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

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

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

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

BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN IN OLMSTED FALLS SEEKS INTERESTED GREEN THUMBS

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

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

HERITAGE DAYS CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

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

To view a flyer with more details, click here.

 OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS

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

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

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

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

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

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

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

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

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

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

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

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

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

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

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

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

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

 

TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13

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

Date: 6/9 –  6/13/2014

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

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

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

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

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

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

 

 

 

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Parent Update – May 29, 2014

YARD SIGNS EXTEND PUBLIC CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2014

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

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

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

OFIS CLASSES SHARE THEIR ANCESTRY IN WORDS, FOOD

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

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

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

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

OFMS POWER OF THE PEN WRITERS PARTICIPATE IN STATE TOURNAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- The Elsie M. Beachler Award  for Talented Young Writers

- The Sharon M. Draper Promising Young Talent honorable mention

- The College of Wooster Scholarship Award

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

OFMS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT

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

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

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

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!

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

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

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

Falls-Lenox Volunteer BreakfastFALLS-LENOX LOVES ITS VOLUNTEERS

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

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

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

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!

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

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

OFMS STUDENT COUNCIL VISITS PROVIDENCE HOUSE

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

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

musicOFMS BANDS AND CHOIRS RATE HIGH IN COMPETITION

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

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

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

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

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

HELPING HANDS SUMMER EVENTS 

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

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

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

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

To view details of each event, click here

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

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

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

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

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

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

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

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

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

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

SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM

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

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

For more details, click here.

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

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

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

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

calendar_raffle_button7TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 24 – Danni Bennett ($25 Cheesecake Factory)

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

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

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

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

May 29 – Bassem Gerges (Metroparks Golf Passes)

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

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

Thanks for your support!

WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS OR $10,000

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

BUY A BRICK TO HELP PRESERVE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

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

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

BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN IN OLMSTED FALLS SEEKS INTERESTED GREEN THUMBS

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

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

HERITAGE DAYS CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

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

To view a flyer with more details, click here.

 OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS

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

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

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

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

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

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

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

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

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

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

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

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

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

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

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

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

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

 

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

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

TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13

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

Date: 6/9 –  6/13/2014

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

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

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

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

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

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

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

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

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

For more details or to register, click HERE.

 

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Parent Update – May 22, 2014

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REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, MAY 26TH

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

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

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!

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

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT

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

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

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

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!

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

OFHS BREAKS RECORD @ ACADEMIC QUIZ CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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

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

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

Congrats to all!

OF FALLS-LENOX SHARE WRITING PIECES

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

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

To view a photo gallery, click here.

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

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

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

To view a photo gallery, click here.

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

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

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

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

krakowiak 1OFHS ART TEACHER HONORED

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

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

Congratulations to Mrs. Krakowiak for this recognition!

FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING – TONIGHT – THURSDAY, MAY 22nd

WBulldog helmuthat: Football Parents meeting

When: May 22nd,  7:00 P.M.

 Where: High School Auditorium                                        

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

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

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

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

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

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

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

PTAs ACCEPTING BOOKS  THROUGH MAY 27TH FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

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

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

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

SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM

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

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

For more details, click here.

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

Why not attend and cheer on the team!

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

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

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

BOOTHS AVAILABLE @ JULY 12 HONEY FEST

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

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

OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS

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

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

OPA is at 6941 Columbia Road.

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

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

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

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

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

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

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

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

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

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

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13

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

Date: 6/9 –  6/13/2014

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

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

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

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

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

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

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

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

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

For more details or to register, click HERE.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

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

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

 

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Parent Update – May 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Congratulations, Kayla, Loghan, Caitlin and John.

TWO OFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS DO WELL AT NATIONAL CONTEST

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

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

Polaris also took 4th in the Culinary Team event.

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

OFHS STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPANISH SPIRIT WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFMS PTA WELCOMES POWER OF PEN TO MEETING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HELPING HANDS PARENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL’S LAST MEETING OF YEAR

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

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

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

FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING MAY 22nd

WBulldog helmuthat: Football Parents meeting

When: May 22nd,  7:00 P.M.

 Where: High School Auditorium                                        

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

2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

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

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

8TH  ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

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

For More Information:  ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net

Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PTAs ACCEPTING BOOKS  THROUGH MAY 27TH FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more details about the overall celebration, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM

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

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

Book Buddies – Big Buddies

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

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

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

 

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

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

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

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

 

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

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

LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS  MEMORIAL WEEKEND

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

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

CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE

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

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

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

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

For more details or to register, click HERE.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

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

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

 

LOCAL PRESCHOOL HAS FALL OPENINGS

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

 

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