Parent Update – October 24, 2012
LATEST STORM/CLOSURE UPDATE FROM OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS – POSTED 10/30/12 @ 6:55 P.M.
ALL OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, DUE TO POWER OUTAGES AND LOCAL FLOODING.
** PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
- Halloween Parade/Parties @ Falls-Lenox have been rescheduled for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND (@ 1:15 p.m.)
- Halloween costume dress-up @ OFHS has been rescheduled for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND.
- ECC Parade/Parties @ ECC have been rescheduled for MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH (A.M. Preschool & Kinder Classes @ 9:30 a.m.; P.M. Preschool & Kinder Classes @ 1:00 p.m.)
IMPORTANT BULLDOG SAFETY TIP!
If you are running a back-up generator to provide power to your home, PLEASE BE SURE THE GENERATOR UNIT IS AT LEAST 20 FEET FROM YOUR HOUSE in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Finally, F.Y.I., the following COMMUNITY STORM UPDATEwas e-mailed to the District’s parent e-mail distribution list (at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th):
There are several areas in our community currently without power due to outages causes by storm damage.
There are also a number of road closures throughout the community due to both downed trees and flooding including:
Crainage from Mapleway to Fitch is closed due to a downed tree.Bagley Road near St. Mary of the Falls is closed due to flooding.Bagley Road from High School to Middle School is closed due to flooding.Sprague Road from Jacque to Usher is closed due to flooding.For information on road closures, you can call the City dispatch at 235-3145. Updates will also soon be posted on the City website at www.olmstedfalls.org.
The power company currently has crews working in our area to “clear hazards” — this means that they are first working to remove downed trees and other hazards. Then, once hazards have been cleared, they will begin to work on repairing / restoring power.
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VOTE NOW FOR OLMSTED FALLS TO BE GAME OF THE WEEK – FAN POLL CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. TODAY!
Olmsted Falls has been nominated as a contender for the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week! To be chosen the High School Game of the Week, please click here now and vote for the Olmsted Falls vs. North Olmsted football matchup. Be sure to scroll down and look for the brown box titled, “FAN POLL.”
The game that gets the most votes will be covered by ClevelandBrowns.com and the team that wins the game will also receive $4,000 for their football program. Additionally, the winning coach and game MVP will be honored live at Browns home game. The poll will be open until TONIGHT at 5PM.
OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists Nick Buchta and Megan Doherty, along with National Merit Commended Students Katelynn Edgehouse, Kevin Thompson and Mitchel Zehe, were honored at last week’s Board of Education meeting for their outstanding academic achievement.
Pictured Front (L to R): National Merit Commended students Mitchel Zehe, Katelyn Edgehouse, and Kevin Thompson, with National Merit Semi-Finalists Nick Buchta and Megan Doherty. Pictured Back Row (L to R): Board of Education Members Michelle Theriot, Rhonda McCrone and Greg Surtman, Board of Education Vice President Joe Bertrand and Board President Jim Weisbarth.
BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES FIVE-YEAR FORECAST
On October 17th, the Board of Education approved an updated five-year financial forecast. Ohio law requires a five-year forecast to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, by November 1st of each school year. To view the District’s new five-year forecast, please click here.
Like all financial projections, this document is based upon a set of assumptions which can be found at the beginning of the forecast.
During the campaign for the last operating levy (2009-2010 school year), the School Board pledged to make the funds from the levy last a minimum of three years. Since that time, further cuts in state funding have occurred and forced many difficult decisions to be made by District officials. However, with prudent spending, this pledge will be kept.
Going forward, it is important to know that, while the levy pledge has been kept, the District is annually spending more money than it receives each year. As the five-year financial forecast shows, without further spending reductions, the District will only maintain a positive ending fund balance through the end of the 2014-2015 school year. After that, projections indicate that the District will be completely out of money.
THE ACADEMIC COMPETITION SEASON HAS BEGUN
On October 6, the Academic Team hosted the Fall Kickoff Tournament (FKT) with 32 Ohio teams. The A Team (Marty Mendenhall, Nathan Seese, Andy Nageotte, and Zach Buchta) won the overall tournament qualifying for the spring PACE Nationals. Senior and team captain Marty Mendenhall (pictured at left), was the overall top scorer of the tournament. Thank you to parents, teachers, and Kiwanis who helped with the tournament.
On October 13, the Academic Team traveled to Morgantown, WV for an NAQT National Qualifier Tournament. Our A Team (Marty, Nathan, Andy, Zach, and Jorden Rieke) finished 2nd overall and our B Team (Julie Wu, Xavier Riviera, Alec Sims, Cecelia Dahlinger, and Emily Burland) finished in a tie for 5th overall. This tournament had teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
ANNUAL STAFF WELLNESS FAIR
As health insurance costs continue to increase, maximizing the health of staff members is one way that employers can ensure their organization is positioned to receive the best rates available. Olmsted Falls School District has had a Staff Wellness Program in place for the past several years featuring a number of components to promote healthy lifestyles among employees.
One component of this Wellness Program is the annual Staff Wellness Fair – which provides all employees with an opportunity to participate in a number of free screenings as well as to receive their annual flu vaccine. The 2012 Wellness Fair for staff took place in the Middle School gym last week. Many thanks to local community partners, including Shaker’s IGA, whose participation in this year’s Staff Wellness Fair helped further enhance the event for all! Congratulations to Shaker Gift Card winners Falls-Lenox art teacher Renee Wagner, High School math teacher Sheri DiLoreto-Smith and bus driver Kathy Barber, who were the winners of Shaker Gift Cards! To view photos from this year’s Staff Wellness Fair, please click here.
THE OFMS DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS ONCE UPON A MATTRESS THIS WEEK!
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mrs. Joy E. Kiedrowski, OFMS Drama Club Advisor at 427-6332 or at the door.
APPLEBEE’S WILL DONATE TO OFHS POST PROM 2013 IF OLMSTED FALLS OUTRAISES NORTH OLMSTED – DINE BY THIS FRIDAY TO HELP!
AppleBee’s is having a donation competition between Olmsted Falls and North Olmsted to benefit “Make A Wish” Foundation! If Olmsted Falls raises more money than North Olmsted, AppleBee’s will make a food donation to OFHS Post Prom 2013. Please come out to North Olmsted Apple Bee’s to make a cash donation at the restaurant and help raise money for a good cause of “Make A Wish” Foundation which helps this years OFHS Post Prom. The competition ends this Friday, October 26th. Go BULDOGS! Let’s Beat North Olmsted!
OFMA WING NIGHT FUNDRAISER AT TONY K’S – THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH!
The Marching Band needs your help to purchase new raincoats! This Saturday, October 27th, OFMA is sponsoring a Wing Night Fundraiser at Tony K’s on Bagley Road with the proceeds dedicated to the Uniform Fund to help meet this urgent need. There will be prizes, raffles and 50/50 drawings, plus a lucky winner will receive $100 just for purchasing the lucky Door Prize ticket! It is the Saturday before Halloween, so the evening wouldn’t be complete without a costume contest, so come dressed to win. Door Prize Ticket is only $15 and includes all you can eat Pizza, Wings and Refreshments. For every four (4) Door Prize Tickets purchased, receive an extra entry in the Door Prize drawing! To purchase or reserve your tickets, send us a message on Facebook at Olmsted Falls Music Association, or contact Don Woods at 440.915.1241 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks for your support!
MORE ON OFHS HOMECOMING
Congratulations again to OFHS Homecoming King Chris Fox and Queen Carrie Vichill. Chris Fox is the current Senior Class President. He is a four year member of the football and track squads, plays trumpet in the band and is also involved in Bulldog Buddies, Student Ambassadors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Destructive Decisions and National Honor Society. Carrie Vichill is the captain of the girls’ cross country team. She is also involved in Student Council, Student Ambassadors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is a morning announcer, and an office aide.
Congratulations also to this year’s Homecoming Court: Nick Buchta, Molly Butterfield, Megan Doherty, Sean Fallon, Steve Johnson, Alli Parfejewiec, Arrianna Robinson and Brandon Scott. To view more photo from Homecoming festivities, please click here.
HALLOWEEN PARADE SCHEDULE
A favorite Fall event for students and parents alike, Halloween costume parades will take place for students in grades Pre-K to 5 as follows:
THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH:
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School @ 1:30 p.m.
NEXT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST:
Early Childhood Center – AM Preschool & Kindergarten @ 9:30 a.m.
Early Childhood Center – PM Preschool & Kindergarten @ 12:30 p.m.
Falls-Lenox Primary School @ 1:15 p.m.
MEET MRS. McCLELLAN!
Mrs. McClellan wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. As the daughter of a teacher, Mrs. McClellan loved helping her mother out at home as well as in her classroom. Her favorite things about being a Bulldog are the students that she teaches. She believes that we have the best kids around! Mrs. McClellan also praises her wonderful colleagues.
In her spare time, Mrs. McClellan enjoys taking walks and playing music with her family, including her husband Matt and her one-year old son, Sam.
KIDS ENJOY NHS FALL FEST EVENT
Kids enjoyed crafts, scavenger hunt, mummy wrapping and costume contests and more!
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE OLMSTED FALL HIGH SCHOOL FALL PLAY!
Olmsted Falls High School presents SPY SCHOOL, a comedy by Don Zolidis. Performances will be November 9 & 10, 2012 at 7:30pm in the newly refurbished High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the door the nights of the play, or by calling 440-427-6070. Click here to view the flyer.
SWIM AND DIVE TEAM OFFERS CANDLES AND APPAREL
From now until Monday, November 5th, the Swim and Dive team is selling Candle Time candles. These candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances and come in a variety of scents. They make great gifts for any occasion such as birthdays, teacher’s gifts, and the holidays and candles are appreciated by just about everyone. Cost is one for $10, two for $18 and three for $25. To view the flyer, please click here. For more information, please contact Dave Mills at 440-235-1432.
The Swim and Dive team is once again offering its own apparel and can be ordered until November 5th. To download an order form, please click here. For more information, please contact Teri Petro at 440-236-6482 or Ellen Dregalla at 440-235-1364.
The Olmsted Falls High School Senior Girls & Junior Girls will be facing off for bragging rights at the annual Powder Puff Game on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Charles Harding Stadium. Gates Open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at $5.00 (Pre-sale tickets are $4.00). There will be half-time games, raffles and concessions. All proceeds benefit the OFHS Post Prom Committee.
OLMSTED FALLS DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPS UNDERWAY
Registration for the 2012 Developmental Basketball League for 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys has begun. Players will participate in skills sessions and play games on Saturday mornings during the months of November and December. The cost of this year’s Developmental Basketball League is $50. The league will be taught by Olmsted Falls Varsity Basketball coaches and players. The league emphasizes basic skills, game rules, and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable. For additional information and registration form, please click here for girls; click here for boys.
BLOG DEADLINE REMINDER
Items for the District’s Weekly Blog Update must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. each Friday for the following week’s post. The Weekly Blog Update will be published every Wednesday that school is in session. Items should be no more than 125 words and should be sent in paragraph form. To view the new Content Submission Guidelines information sheet, please click here.
ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM THE OFMS PTA
The Middle School PTA is selling Entertainment Books!! Get yours today. They make great Christmas gifts. The books are $30.00 each. We are also running a special. If you buy 5 books you will get the 6th book free. You can download the order form by clicking here and send it into school with your child. Please put it in an envelope marked MS PTA – Entertainment Book Order. The checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA. The books will be sent home with your student within 2 weeks of receiving your order. Books will also be available for sale during the Middle School parent teacher conferences on November 5th and 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Holly McFadden at email@example.com.
OFMS PTA SPIRIT SALE CONTINUES
Don’t forget to order your Olmsted Falls Bulldog spirit wear. You can view and order our items from RYCO Sports web page by clicking here. You can also click here to print the order form and send it with your child to drop off in the school office. We will be accepting orders until November 1st. All orders placed by November 1st will be ready for pick up at Parent Teacher Conferences at the Middle School in November. Should you have any questions please email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- HALLOWEEN PARTY @ VILLAGE OF THE FALLS – THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 29TH, 5:15 – 6:30 P.M. – A must-not-miss event for little Bulldogs! Please bring your children in their Halloween best for a fun-filled evening of Trick or treat through 37 apartments. Games immediately following in the Main Lobby along with snacks and beverages in the Ice Cream Parlor. Trick-or-Treat door-to-door will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.!
- ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012 – S T. MARY OF THE FALLS PARISH HALL – DOORS OPEN 6:15 P.M.; POST TIME 7:00 P.M. – Advance tickets $20 per person. 21 & over only. Cash to winning owner, sideboards, silent auction, DJ and dancing. Call to reserve a table for parties of 8 or more. All proceeds benefit St. Mary of the Falls School. To download a flyer/ticket order form, please click here. For more information and reservations, please contact Eileen Naughton at 236-6230 or email@example.com.
- NOT TOO SCARY HALLOWEEN AT OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS AT JOURNEY CHURCH, 6941 COLUMBIA ROAD – THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH AT 6:00 p.m. OR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. - You will enjoy a 30-minute swashbuckling floor show, light meal, Trick-or-Treating with a Goodie Bag and glow stick provided. Finally, finish off your evening with a dance party with the Princesses and Pirates. There will be photo opportunities and a chance to meet princesses and other characters. Advance tickets only. Tickets are $20 per person, with VIP seating (first three rows for the floor show) for $25. Children under age 2 are free if they lap sit. Tickets are on sale now at www.olmstedperformingarts.com, or call 440-465-3355 to check box office hours.
- OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION NIGHT-OUT FUNDRAISER, @ THE UPPER DECK, 375 BAGLEY ROAD – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH AT 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. – Includes unlimited beer, pop, pizza, wings, and rigatoni! There will be 50/50 raffle boards and gift basket prizes which make great Christmas gifts! Come out and support the newest sport for boys and girls in Olmsted Falls!! Please click here for ticket information.
- IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS PERFORMED AT OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS MAIN STAGE – NOVEMBER 16-17, NOVEMBER 20-DECEMBER 2 – Show times are 2 pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2 pm Sunday. Performances will be held in the 1,200 seat theater at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Tickets are $18 (Orchestra A), $15 (Orchestra B), and $12 (Reserved). Advance tickets are on sale now at www.olmstedperformingarts.com, and will be available through noon on November 15th, or call 440-465-3355 to check the hours for our box office. Tickets may also be available at the door.