Parent Update – April 8, 2010
SPRING MUSICAL THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY
The Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present two performances of the award-winning musical “Bye Bye Birdie” this weekend – Friday, April 9th @ 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 9th @ 7:30 p.m. – in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.
Tickets may be reserved in advance through Friday afternoon by calling 427-6070, or tickets may be also purchased at the door.
Ticket Costs: $7 each adult; $5 each student / senior citizen.
RE-DESIGN OF TRANSPORTATION ROUTING FOR 2010-2011 HELPS DISTRICT CONTINUE COST-SAVINGS, STRETCH LEVY FUNDS
As stated during the campaign, the passage of the operating levy in February 2010 will allow the Olmsted Falls School District to resume K-12 busing services for all students for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. Efficiencies implemented over the past school year – such as single, designated pick-up / drop-off locations and group bus stops – will remain in effect. Group bus stops for students in grades K to 8 will not extend to the full ½ mile walk zones in place during the District’s reduction to State Minimum Busing Requirements this past January, but will still be implemented to a certain level to help streamline pick-ups / drop-offs throughout the community. High school age students may have their assigned stop more than 1/2 mile from their residence as needed to maximize efficiency of routes.
To off-set a portion of the cost of bringing back high school busing, the District is also looking into a new routing system that would reduce the number of bus routes district-wide thereby saving further dollars. Several people have asked about the possibility of combining bus routes. The District is currently exploring routing models used by more than 500 Ohio school districts, which function based on student addresses as opposed to building / grade-level transports. These models include combining high school and middle school riders, and/or combining high school and elementary school riders, in order to most efficiently transport students from school to their neighborhoods.
While this would be a paradigm shift from what we are accustomed to in the Olmsted Falls School system, it presents an opportunity to save on operating costs annually. We invite parents to share any thoughts or opinions on these proposed bus routing changes by leaving comments here on the blog.
Important note: For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for 2010-2011, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Tuesday, June 15th. Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2010-2011 school year.
OFHS VARSITY BASEBALL TEAM WINS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP IN BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Congratulations to the OFHS Varsity Baseball Team for winning the BATR-UP Tournament in Bluffton, South Carolina, over the spring break. Our Bulldogs won four games straight over four days earning them the tournament championship. Congrats to Bulldog Cam Trefny for being named Tournament MVP, and to Cory Maddocks (3B), Erik Kolar (1B), Chaz McGrain (C), and Denton Sagerman (P) on being named to the All-Tournament Team. Other players with solid performances during the week included David Venezuela, Nick Riolo and Nate Ferster.
OHIO SCHOOL FUNDING WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY– ALL WELCOME
The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA, along with volunteers from the recent levy campaign, have partnered to present a special workshop on school funding in Ohio. The workshop, scheduled for this Saturday, April 10th from 10 a.m. to noon at Olmsted Falls Middle School, is open to all Ohio voters interested in learning about the current state education funding policies and potential opportunities for reform. Click here for additional information.
3RD GRADERS RAISE $1,600 FOR AMERICAN RED CROSS WITH LAUNCH OF “THE DOGGONE GOOD CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL COMPANY”
As part of their economics unit (studying consumers, producers, factors of production, competition, supply and demand), students in Mrs. Stanczak’s and Mrs. Blake’s 3rd grade social studies classes decided to start a business called “The Doggone Good Chocolate Covered Pretzel Company.” Students produced a variety of chocolate covered pretzel products and sold them at Falls-Lenox for a week. Students learned about assembly line production, and implemented a number of advertising and promotional strategies. Over the course of the week, the company used 135 pounds of chocolate and more than 3,000 pretzel rods! In the end, the company’s profit of $1,600 is being donated to the American Red Cross to benefit Haiti relief efforts. Well done!
“PARENT ACADEMY: POWER UP MOVES & FOOD” SERIES BEGINS TONIGHT
Olmsted Falls City Schools and our local PTA are proud to present a special series of wellness events for parents and students. The “Parent Academy: Power Up Moves and Food” events are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education. These fun and informational events will include dinner, preparation and enjoyment of a healthy snack, physical activity for the kids, and an interactive presentation for parents that will cover topics like portion sizes, food labels, and purchasing produce.
Events are scheduled for Thurs., April 8th at OFIS, Tues., April 13th at Falls-Lenox, and Thurs., April 15th at OFMS. The events are free, however an R.S.V.P. is required. There is still room available and time to RSVP for the April 15th Parent Academy at the Middle School. Please call the Food Service Department at (440) 427-6441.
FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS PRESENT PRINCIPAL ROSEBERRY WITH BUILDING FLAG
In recent weeks, students at Falls-Lenox have been learning about flags, including the meanings of symbols found on flags (i.e. State flags). As part of this ongoing learning project, students had the opportunity to create flags of their own. Earlier this week, a group of students involved with the flag project presented Principal Roseberry with a special flag they had created which included symbols with special meaning to Falls-Lenox.