Parent Update – November 7, 2012
OFHS BASEBALL PLAYERS HELP COMMUNITY RESIDENTS WITH STORM CLEAN-UP
More than 20 Bulldog baseball players stepped forward to volunteer their time and strength to help a number of local families who experienced extensive basement flooding during last week’s storm. Under the coordination of Coach Dan Largent (who is a Social Studies teacher at OFMS and also a resident of our community), the crew ripped up carpet, carried out furniture, and used a shop vac to clean up water. The efforts of these players helped expedite clean-up for these families as well as provide them with a little peace of mind after all of the damage.
The group received great praise and expressions of appreciation from the families they helped, and we are all very proud! Kudos to these boys who truly demonstrated what Bulldog Pride is all about! The storm clean-up crew consisted of two coaches (Coach Dan Largent and Asst. Coach Bob Englehart), two fathers (Mr. Rivera and Mr. Yako), and the following Bulldog baseball players: Wes Allen, Travis Baldwin, Lucas Banhidy, Zach Basso, Nick Buchta, Evan Burnell, Thomas Cobb, Jack Grimm, Kenny Hanna, Ryan Hanna, Collin Lebanik, Scott Lemin, Tim May, Richard Rader, Isaac Rivera, Xavier Rivera, Anthony Savarino, Jordan Smith, Rick Store, Ryan Strodtbeck, Alex Thiedemann, Jack Thur, Ryan Yako and Zach Yako. For photos of these great Bulldogs in action, please click here.
IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION REMINDER – IN EVENT OF DISTRICT CLOSURE
When Olmsted Falls School District is closed due to inclement weather, there will be no routes or transfer buses running at all - this includes transfer buses to Polaris Career Center and/or local non-public schools. Therefore, in the event that Olmsted Falls School District is closed while Polaris and/or local non-public schools remain open, students/parents will need to provide their own transportation.
DISTRICT HOSTS SAFETY PLAN KICK-OFF MEETING; PLANS SURVEY FOR PARENTS
Over the next several months, Olmsted Falls School District will be working to assess and update all current safety plans throughout the District. The District has contracted with an outside security company, PLE Group, for this extensive review and update to its existing plans. Each District building, as required by law, currently has a detailed safety plan in place. This endeavor seeks to further enhance the existing plans utilizing the expertise of PLE Group in collaboration with local safety forces. A project kick-off meeting was held by the District last Thursday to provide District administrators, local safety leaders, elected officials and parent representatives with an overview of the process the District will be undertaking.
One important component of the process will be a series of safety surveys targeted to parents, faculty and staff. Please watch for additional information about this important survey to come via e-mail and be posted on the blog.
WHAT IS COMMON CORE?
You are likely hearing the phrase “Common Core” as you talk with educators or read / view media articles on public education. Several parents have recently asked “What is the Common Core?” This is a very important question that would require an answer far too long for this blog format. As such, we encourage you to view this video for a clear and concise answer to “What is the Common Core?”
OFHS INDUCTS NEWEST MEMBERS OF NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Parents, students and staff were on hand Friday, October 26th as the newest members of the National Honor Society were inducted at a special ceremony held in the newly renovated Olmsted Falls High school auditorium. Congratulations to the 20 juniors and 16 seniors who formally joined the ranks of this prestigious organization!
To view a copy of the official Induction Ceremony Program, which lists both existing members and new inductees, please click here.
For additional photos from the Induction Ceremony, which was followed by a reception in the High School Media Center, please click here. Congratulations again to all of the OFHS National Honor Society members on this outstanding achievement!
OFIS PTA COOKIE DOUGH FUNDRAISER PICK UP IS TODAY!!!
A big thank you to all of the OFIS families who sold and bought cookie dough! This fundraiser made just under $10,000 to support all of the great work the OFIS PTA does! Please pick up your cookie dough in the OFIS cafeteria from 3pm-7pm today, Wednesday, November 7th!
OFMS FALL CHOIR CONCERTS TONIGHT!
Olmsted Falls Middle School hosts its annual Fall Choir Concerts featuring 7th & 8th grade choirs and singers tonight, Wednesday, November 7th. Two performances: 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Also – Save the Date – OFMS Fall Band Concert is next Wednesday, November 14th at 7:30 p.m.
ANNUAL POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL GAME: TOMORROW NIGHT! THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
Tomorrow night is the Annual Powder Puff Game where the Olmsted Falls High School Senior Girls will take on the Junior Girls in hopes of claiming victory for the second year. The game will be played at the Olmsted Falls High School Football Stadium. Tickets are $ 5.00 Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Game starts at 7:00 p.m.
There will be half-time games, raffles, and concessions. Come and enjoy an evening of girl football. All proceeds benefit the OFHS Post Prom Committee.
OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT “SPY SCHOOL” THIS WEEKEND – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR BREAKFAST BUDDIES AT FALLS-LENOX – THIS THURSDAY (TOMORROW!) AND FRIDAY
Falls-Lenox and Early Childhood Center PTA invites our dads to enjoy donuts, juice and coffee with their children at the FLECC PTA’s BREAKFAST BUDDIES.
Falls-Lenox Cafeteria, 7:15 am – 7:45 am on Thursday, 11/8 – Last Names A-L; Friday, 11/9 – Last Names M-Z.
This special event is open to Dads and other important males in your child’s life who are registered members of the 2012-13 FLECC PTA. To become a member of the FLECC PTA, send your $6 dues and completed application in an envelope marked “PTA Membership” into school by Tuesday, November 1, or sign-up in person at Breakfast Buddies. If you are available to help check-in, serve and clean-up at Breakfast Buddies from 7am – 8am either day, please email Jen Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT FALLS-LENOX DURING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES – TOMORROW NIGHT & NEXT TUESDAY
Thursday, November 8th from 3:30 to 7:45pm
Tuesday, November 13th from 3:30 to 7:45pm
You can also shop on-line by clicking HERE and your purchase will be delivered to the school. All proceeds benefit our Falls-Lenox Library!
SAVE THE DATE: SPECIAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES SCHEDULED AT FALLS-LENOX FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
Each ceremony will take place in front of Falls-Lenox Primary School and will last approx. 10-15 minutes.
Ceremony times are set as follows:
South Learning Community: 11:45 a.m.
East Learning Community: 12:20 p.m.
West Learning Community: 12:50 p.m.
JOINT MEETING FOR OFIS & OFMS PTAS – THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
Attention All OFIS and OFMS PTA Members: The November PTA meeting for both OFIS and OFMS PTAs will be a combined meeting on the regularly scheduled OFMS PTA night, this Tuesday, November 13that 7:00 p.m. Hope to see all our 4th and 5th grade parents there! We will be showing book covering to those who need to learn. Thanks to all who have already learned and are busy working on it! (Please Note: The regularly scheduled OFIS PTA Meeting on November 20th is cancelled.)
Rain does not dampen Halloween spirits at Falls-Lenox! Better late than never students and staff had a great parade indoors on Friday, November 2. Classes paraded through each hall and in the Lenox gym to show off their many wonderful costumes. Parents and family members enjoyed the display. Thanks to all the room helpers for planning and organizing all the terrific parties! Please click here for more photos from Falls-Lenox.
Thank you to all the parents who helped make this an enjoyable and successful afternoon for students and teachers. For more photos from OFIS, please click here.
For photos of the Halloween parade and parties at the ECC, please click here.
ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST UNDERWAY – LOCAL DEADLINE DEC. 3RD
REFLECTIONS is back and projects are due to your building’s chairperson by Monday, Dec. 3rd, 2012. The theme for this year’s Reflections content is: “The Magic of a Moment.” OECPTA will be having a Reflections workshop. Watch for a possible workshop at ECC and Falls-Lenox as well. Information has already gone out at OFIS; and flyers will be available in the office at the MS and HS for your student to pick up.
Important Notes: The paperwork is different this year, so please make sure you read it carefully, fill in all the information, and include a parent’s signature. Entry forms provided at building levels contain contact information specific to that building. Should you need to make corrections to the form you received, or just need a blank form, please click here. Also, for a handy tool of rules to reference to make sure your project isn’t shut out for not following the new guidelines, please click here. You can enter something in each and every category if you desire.
HELP PICK A FUTURE REFLECTIONS THEME – CONTEST ENDS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH!
National PTA is currently seeking a theme for the 2014-2015 Reflections program. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the 117th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio, from June 20-23, 2013. Be sure to review the past themes list; repeat themes will not be considered. To download a copy of the Student Entry Form (including past themes list), please click here.
GUEST SPEAKER SHARES TRAVEL EXPERIENCES WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Social studies students at Olmsted Falls Middle School received a first-hand account of life in Egypt and Lebanon thanks to a special visit from an old high school friend of Social Studies teacher Mr. Dan Largent. Mr. Bryant Eckert, an alumnus of Berea High School, who now resides in Pittsburgh, PA, visited the Middle School on Friday, Oct. 26th to share experiences from his recent travels to Egypt and Lebanon. Mr. Eckert, who works in the banking industry, traveled to the Middle East region as part of a Rotary ambassador program to share information there about the United States. During his time in the region, he learned much about the people living there. Mr. Eckert presented two sessions, which featured an extensive collection of photos. Students had the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session, and Mr. Eckert was presented with a Bulldog jersey as a token of appreciation. This was the first time that Mr. Largent and Mr. Eckert had seen each other in many years, having only recently reconnected on Facebook!
MEET MRS. DOYLE!
Mrs. Tami Doyle is currently in her 20th year of teaching in Olmsted Falls. She is a kindergarten teacher, and also serves as the kindergarten grade level leader. Growing up, Mrs. Doyle babysat, worked in the children’s room at the Medina Library, and visited her aunt’s classroom. These experiences made her realize that working with children is what she wanted to do. Her favorite things about being a Bulldog are the supportive parents, the eager and caring students, and the overall Bulldog bond and pride that we have throughout the district.
Mrs. Doyle and her husband Tom have two children, Tim (10th grade) and Katie (8th grade). She enjoys reading, exercising, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.
FALLS-LENOX SECRETARY MAUREEN BROCK RETIRES
Faculty, staff and families recently bid a fond farewell to Mrs. Maureen Brock, who served as a secretary for the building (and for the former Fitch Intermediate building) for the past 26 years. Mrs. Brock worked with many principals, staff members, students and families over the years. A true Bulldog, Mrs. Brock is greatly admired for her work ethic and her integrity. Her knowledge and organization helped keep things running smoothly each and every day. She was an integral part of so many things at Falls-Lenox. The students and staff will miss her dearly. Her kindness, warmth and support will not be forgotten. We wish her all the best and hope she enjoys her retirement!
BULLDOG RUNNERS ADVANCE TO REGIONALS
Congratulations to Bulldog cross country runners Jaime Fossen and Brittany Carson, who recently qualified for and competed in the Division I Cross Country Regionals. Jaime and Brittany are only the 2nd and 3rd girls in school history to qualify for Regionals in Division I.
They both ran personal lifetime bests in order to advance to the Regionals! Jaime ran 20:26 and Brittany ran 20:29, finishing 10th and 12th respectively.
Both girls ran well at Regionals – Jaime finished 58th and Brittany finished 67th overall in a field of 131 runners.
Congratulations to these outstanding Bulldog athletes on their amazing seasons!
OFHS GOVERNMENT STUDENTS MAKE CHRISTMAS TREES FOR OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN
Students in one of Mr. Mercer’s government classes spent time decorating Christmas trees to send to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan. The students made seven mini trees decorated with ornaments and candy that will be shipped in time for Christmas.
Great job and thanks for supporting our Troops!
FIREFIGHTER RIVERA VISITS FALLS-LENOX
Firefighter Rivera visited Falls-Lenox to talk with the children about Fire Safety. Mr. Rivera explained his job as a firefighter, showed the classes his firefighting equipment, and talked about fire safety. The children then had the opportunity to ask Mr. Rivera questions about his job and what to do in case of an emergency. All of the classes really enjoyed his visit and learned a lot of valuable information! For more photos, please click here.
THE ACADEMIC TEAM DOES IT AGAIN!
This past weekend the Academic Team traveled to Carnegie Mellon University to take part in the ACF (Academic Competition Federation) Fall College Tournament. They competed against college teams from the Northeastern United States (University of Michigan, OSU, Rutgers, to name a few). Our A Team that consists of senior captain Marty Mendenhall, junior Andy Nageotte, sophomore Xavier Riviera, and freshman Zach Buchta placed 2nd overall in the tournament! Marty Mendenhall was the top overall individual scorer at the tournament. This is the second time that an Ohio High School has competed in a college tournament. We were the first to do this last year.
FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RELEASE BUTTERFLIES
On Thursday, October 25, Mrs.Patay’s first grade class gathered outside behind Falls-Lenox to release their beautiful monarch butterflies during a lesson about life cycles. As scientists, the students observed, collected and recorded data in their scientific journals. They raised caterpillars and observed changes as they turn into butterflies. Each student wrote a letter to the butterflies expressing their wishes for them. They read their letters aloud and then opened their butterfly enclosure. Students enjoyed watching the butterflies against the blue sky feeding from the flower. This is just one of the many great learning experiences that happen daily at Falls-Lenox! For more photos of this activity, please click here.
OFMS VOLLEYBALL TEAMS VOLUNTEER AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Last month, the OFMS volleyball teams had the opportunity to spend an evening working with special needs children at Special Olympics. The girls spent the night playing tag, parachute games, balloon games, and giving piggy back rides! Coaches Laura Sheldon and Brigid Radigan were extremely proud of their teams when the director stated that the girls from OFMS were the best group they had ever had volunteer there! Click here for a photo of the volleyball teams.
OFIS FOOTBALL SOCIAL
The 3rd Annual OFIS football social was held Homecoming Week. Over 100 students attended and had a great time organizing and playing in the HS Tennis court area before heading over to the far end zone. The students helped greet the Bulldogs by forming the tunnel and cheering them on. Hotdogs, snacks, and sweets were the foods of choice thanks to the generosity of the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters. After halftime, the students rounded the track and greeted the Bulldogs. It was a fun evening cheering the Bulldogs onto VICTORY. Thanks to all the parent chaperones that helped make it a very enjoyable evening for one and all! Can’t wait until next year!
PTA DISTRICT CONFERENCE
On Thursday, October 18th the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School really shined hosting the OHIO PTA District Conference. Over 100 PTA members from 4 Districts were in attendance. The members had around 12 different topics to choose to attend. Dr. Lloyd was a speaker in one of the classes titled “Preparing Students for Future Success”, which was full. The topics weren’t just PTA related, but information you could use at work or at home. The members enjoyed dinner from JoJo’s Italian restaurant in Olmsted Township. For more photos of this event, please click here.
Chess club is back in full swing at OFIS. With over 80 students signed up we still have room for more. A video was shown giving anyone new to chess an overview of the pieces and what they are able to do and not do. Handouts reinforcing these skills were also available. Chess club at OFIS is every Wednesday morning before school, except K Kids days. Chess club is starting up soon at OFMS as well. Mrs. Gulden is your point of contact for middle school Chess. Make sure to CHECK it out. Please click here for more photos.
ATTENTION ALL OLMSTED FALLS DANCERS, SINGERS, MUSICIANS, JUGGLERS, BANDS AND MAGICIANS!!!
Do you think you’ve got talent? The 26th Annual Olmsted Falls Friday Night Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium. Get your act together and start preparing your audition. The key is practice! Please watch this weekly blog, look for posted flyers in your school and check your school website for more details. Contact Mrs. Ferrini with questions at 440-427-0894.
OFHS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISERS
OFHS Post Prom Committee will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, November 17. A taco/nacho bar night at Tony K’s from 8:00 to 12:00. Tickets are $20 and include all the tacos/nachos you can eat as well as beer & soda. The evening will include basket raffles, side boards, and a 50/50 raffle. To purchase tickets contact Meg Fox at email@example.com. Hope to see you there.
Another OFHS Post Prom Committee fundraiser is currently under way. “Pick-3 Lottery”. You can purchase a lottery ticket for $5. If the numbers on your ticket come up any time during the month of December 2012 Ohio Lottery drawings, you will win $50. You can win more than once during the month. To purchase a lottery ticket please contact Wendy Yako at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- 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.
- SANTA’S SECRET SHOP, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL - At Santa’s Secret Shop, kids can shop for presents for family members with the help of our elves. Most items are $1-$10. Also, visit with Santa, purchase bake sale items and buy tickets for our huge holiday raffle of great items including an Apple iPad. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102.
- A CHRISTMAS STORY WILL BE PERFORMED AT OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS MAIN STAGE – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 7:00 p.m., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 2:00 p.m. - Performances will be 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 will go on sale on October 7th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com, and will be available through noon on December 6th, or call 440-465-3355 to check the hours for our box office… Tickets may also be available at the door.
- TCHAIKOVSKY’S CLASSIC AND MOST FAMOUS BALLET, THE NUTCRACKER, WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS DANCE ACADEMY ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7:00 p.m., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 AT 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 AT 2:00 p.m. - Performances will be 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). Visit www.olmstedperformingarts.com for information about the preshow event, and to purchase advance tickets which will go on sale on October 14th. Advance tickets will be available through noon on December 13th. Call 440-465-3355 to check the hours for our box office. Tickets may also be available at the door.