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Parent Update – December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SCHOOL SAFETY FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. TODD HOADLEY

DrHoadleyOFCSWe are truly blessed to live in such a warm and caring community.  Our recent recreation survey shows that our parents feel the Olmsted Falls School District is a great place to raise a family.  At the same time, the tragedy that occurred last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut has changed our world in a dramatic way and it has reinforced the need to be constantly mindful of our safety procedures so as to ensure our children are always protected.

As stated on last week’s blog, one of our 2012/2013 District goals is to conduct a complete review of our safety plans and procedures.  If you have not already done so, I encourage you to complete the parent safety survey and submit your ideas for improving school safety procedures.  Your input is valuable and appreciated. On Monday, all District principals met….[READ MORE]

WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE

REMINDER:  This year’s Winter Break begins this Monday, December 24th and runs through Friday, January 4th.  School will resume on Monday, January 7th.  Please note that there will be no blog update during the break. The blog will return on Wednesday, January 9th.

Best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

LINKS TO SCHOOL SAFETY SURVEYS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS

Links to the on-line school safety surveys were e-mailed out to parents early last week. Each building has its own specific and unique survey.  If you are a parent/guardian with students in more than one school building, then you should have received multiple e-mails/survey links. 

Your thoughts and feedback are important to us.  All parents/guardians are encouraged to complete a survey for each building in which they have a child enrolled. If you did not receive the survey links via e-mail, they can also be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Olmsted Falls High School – School Safety Survey

Olmsted Falls Middle School – School Safety Survey

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School – School Safety Survey

Falls-Lenox Primary School – School Safety Survey

Early Childhood Center – School Safety Survey 

The input of our parents will play an important role in the updating of building safety plans. We thank you in advance for your time and participation.  Additional reminder e-mails with these survey links will be sent out over the next few weeks.    

OFHS INDUCTS 70 STUDENTS INTO FIRST CHAPTER OF RHO KAPPA NATIONAL SOCIAL STUDIES HONOR SOCIETY IN STATE

Rho_Kappa_Inductees_-_Group_Photo[1]The Olmsted Falls High School Social Studies Department has chartered a new chapter of Rho Kappa National Honor Society – making OFHS the first high school in the State of Ohio to do so.  The purpose of Rho Kappa is to honor excellence in Social Studies and to stimulate a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of all the academic disciplines comprising the social studies curriculum.  In November, Honors Social Studies students were invited to apply for Rho Kappa membership. Thirty-six juniors and thirty-four seniors were selected for membership in this inaugural group of honorees. 

On December 10th, guests gathered as these 70 students were honored, and formally inducted into the first Rho Kappa charter in the state, for their superior work in Social Studies classes as well as their participation in school or community service.  To view the complete list of inductees, please click HERE.  Congratulations to all!

TOYS FOR TOTS BY: AINSLEY ALLEN (5th grade student – OFIS)

OFIS toys for tots volunteersImagine that you’re a kid waking up to no gifts on Christmas morning.  Olmsted Falls Intermediate School filled two overflowing huge appliance boxes to donate to the marine’s Toys for Tots organization.  The school’s student council sponsored this event.  Toys for Tots gives gifts to kids who wouldn’t usually get them this holiday.

6 kids and their parents volunteered to help by putting toys into boxes and loading them into cars.  Then, they brought the boxes into the American greeting’s warehouse and sorted them for different ages.

Knowing that we’re helping give toys to kids just like us who usually won’t be getting any, makes you think about how lucky some people are to have toys under their tree.

ROBOTICS TEAMS COMPETE IN PITTSBURGH

DSCN1075DSCN1073Last Friday the Robotics teams attended a VEX Robotics Competition in Pittsburgh, PA.  There were 23 teams that competed from PA and OH.  Two of the teams formed an alliance and battled to win second place.  Team members were Matt Bender, Jake Olszewski, Steven Hocevar, and Tim Knaggs.  Two other teams battled to the semi finals; those members were Kate Karolak, Lily Perkins, Moises Garcia Ponce, and Brian Jones. More details on the VEX and the Olmsted Falls Robotics team can be found by clicking here.

5TH GRADERS VISIT FALLS-LENOX FIRST GRADERS!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Monday, Falls-Lenox first graders had special visitors!!  The fifth grade students and their teachers came to share some of their writings as well as some holiday cheer.  Students were placed in small groups or pairs and each 5th grader read a poem that they had written.  They brought a copy for their first grade buddy so they could keep it.  First grade students also shared something they had written with their buddy.  Then the groups completed a snowman craft for the first grader to take home. Finally, the students worked together to write an acrostic poem called “Snow”.  Thanks to Mrs. Atkins and the 5th grade staff and students for sharing their love of writing with us.  What a great Language Arts lesson for everyone!  For more photos, please click here.

DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

school busOlmsted Falls School District is currently seeking to add to its roster of substitute school bus drivers. This is a great opportunity for parents or local community members.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line, and then notify the Bus Garage via phone at 427-6350.

Note: Once on-line, please select the “Start an application for employment” option, and follow the instructions on the screen.

MEET MR. YURMANOVICH!

Yurmanovich.M.10-11Mr. Mike Yurmanovich is a Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist at Olmsted Falls High School. Additionally, he also serves as the freshman girls basketball coach. This is Mr. Yurmanovich’s third year in education, and his third year in the Olmsted Falls district. He decided on a career in education after working with a family member with special needs in college. His favorite thing about being a Bulldog is the sense of community that everyone has in the schools. He believes that everyone supports each other and is always willing to help.  Mr. Yurmanovich has been married to his wife, Coletta, since September 2012. His hobbies include participating in sports, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

COME OUT AND ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON (AND MAYBE A VISIT FROM SANTA!) WITH THE OFHS BANDS TOMORROW, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20TH

il_fullxfull.377791835_lm0gAll Olmsted Falls High School Instrumental Groups will be performing on Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.  The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble will give their holiday performances to entertain one and ALL!

Admission is $5.00 per person.  Toddlers and Senior Citizens are free.  Please come and enjoy music of the season at both concerts.

OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

food-driveOFHS Student Council is again running its Holiday Food Drive from Monday, December 10th and concludes on Friday, December 21st.  The 2nd period class that collects the most canned/non-perishable items (done per capita…) will win a Panera breakfast, and the runner-up gets some Dunkin Donuts.  Last year students donated  just over 5,000 items for the local food bank at Olmsted Community Church.  Student Council has the ambitious goal of bumping this up 10%, to 5,500 items this year.  Thanks for your support!

FALLS-LENOX PTA THANKS YOU!

thanksThe Falls Lenox PTA would like to thank all the families that supported our fundraiser this year. We had 325 students participate and would like to announce the top three highest sellers. In first place is J. Lemons –Kindergartner who sold 61 items, in second place is M. Gustafson – Kindergartner who sold 51 items and in third place is R. Courey a 3rd grader who sold 48 items. We had 26 students who sold more than 25 items and who qualified for the limo/lunch ride that was done last week. Again, thank you to all the families who support the PTA.

FIRST SEMESTER EXAMS; ANNUAL “COCOA & CRAM” EVENT FOR FRESHMAN JAN. 10TH

Please join the Student Ambassadors and the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honors Society in the OFHS Cafe from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a Midterm Study Session and a hot cup of cocoa!

Please click here to view the flyer. 

OFHS BULLDOG HOLIDAY BASEBALL SKILLS CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN 

 Just a reminder that the OFHS Bulldog Holiday Baseball Skills Camp is December 27th for grades 2-4 and December 28th for grades 5-8. YOU CAN REGISTER ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE DAY OF THE CAMP – However, you may not be guaranteed a specific t-shirt size. Follow the link below to print off the registration form.

Coach Largent would like to encourage all parents to follow updates on www.twitter.com/ofbaseball in the event of inclement weather!!   Thanks!

WHEN:     December 27th for 2nd thru 4th Graders / December 28th for 5th   thru 8th Graders

WHERE:   Olmsted Falls High School

COST:        $25 includes a dri-fit shirt

Please click here for the registration form.

For more information please visit http://www.ofbaseball.com and twitter.com/ofbaseball (use to check camp updates, weather, etc.)

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT BLOOD DRIVE – THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 FROM 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.  – The Olmsted Township Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor a community blood drive at the new Fire Station on Fitch Road (just north of Cook Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 22nd.  Call 235-3746 to schedule a convenient appointment time to come donate blood.  Walk-ins okay too.  Donors age 16 and under will need parental consent.  Tour the new fire station while you’re there!  All welcome!

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  • 3rd ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT – DECEMBER 31ST FROM  7:30 P.M. – 12:30 A.M. AT NORTH OLMSTED RECREATION CENTER – Join us for a fun evening of ice skating, swimming, games, prizes and balloon drop at midnight.  Purchase advance tickets at the N.O. Rec Center for $12 or $15 at the door.  Admission includes all activities, snack and beverage.  For more info, please call 440-734-8200.  Event Co-sponsored by Cleveland Edges Skating Club and N.O. Recreation Department.
  • of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE INFORMATION MEETING  THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA – The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will be holding its Information and Registration Night at the High School Cafeteria to kick off its 4th season.  In the first three seasons the program has grown from 20 boys to 160 boys and girls learning and participating in the fastest growing sport in the United States.  New this year are high school boys and girls teams, and a Middle School girls team!   We are again offering a 10 week developmental program for 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls.   Join us for one hour and learn about the “Fastest Game On Two Feet” — Find out more online at olmstedfallslax.com.  To download the informational flyer and registration form, click here.

  

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  1. Steve
    December 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I want to thank the school district for the fast and multiple communications to parents and for taking the extra effort to ensure our children our safe in our schools.

  2. Marie
    December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I agree with Steve. What happened last Friday in Connecticut is a national tragedy and the information that has been provided this week by the blog and the emails has made things easier for all parents.

  3. December 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I agree with the above comments. There’s no easy answer or single policy that can solve these situations but increased communication from the school and the community can only be a good thing. Keep up the great work!

  4. alysha
    December 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I am just wondering if there could be a change in having all of the doors locked at the elementary school at all times and the only way for visitors to enter is to be buzzed in like the middle school does. because i know as of right now the front doors are open at the elementary school during the day and even though people have to check in right away , anyone/persons could just walk right in. other than that i think our school is a very good and safe practice place.

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