Parent Update – January 23, 2013
DETERMINING SNOW DAYS
Each year, with the arrival of winter weather, we receive a number of questions regarding our District’s policy for closing school due to inclement weather conditions. We understand that the decision to close schools has an enormous impact on all of our families. To read more about how Olmsted Falls School District determines snow days, please click here.
DISABILITY AWARENESS AT FALLS-LENOX
The week of January 14th was the 6th annual Disability Awareness Week at Falls-Lenox. The events, organized by Robin Scott, School Psychologist, were designed to continue to foster a sense of awareness and acceptance of others who may have a disability of some type. We know that while we are all different in many ways, we are all alike in many ways, too. We all want to feel included, and we are all special in our own way. Disability Awareness Week included classroom activities, a poster/essay contest, and an assembly with a ventriloquist. We would also like to give a special thank you to the PTA for helping to sponsor the assembly. The following quotes sum up what the week is all about: “Know me by my name, strengths, hopes, and dreams, and not by my diagnosis.” “ALL children learn, belong, dream, and succeed.” “Your words, attitudes and actions impact my life more than my disability.” “We are more alike than we are different.”
OFIS 5th GRADERS FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO SAVE ENVIRONMENT
Some 5th grade science students used their knowledge learned in class, to help save our environment! Each one of these students demonstrated a creative way to reuse something that they would have just thrown away. They took items that they didn’t use anymore and turned them into a new ‘resource’ that they can use in their everyday life.
Some of the wonderful new resources were: using an empty water bottle and an old sweater to create a new dog toy, using an empty cereal box and left over string to create a cute purse, using an empty restaurant ‘to go’ container as a new hair-tie holder, using an empty orange juice carton as a new money collector for chores, using an empty cereal box to carry their paperback books in so the ends don’t get bent, and many more!
OFMS AND OFIS HOLD GEOGRAPHY BEE
All students in both buildings took a qualifying round of questions from National Geographic, endorsers of the Geography Bee. From this qualification, the group was narrowed down to take a Preliminary Round (about 60 students per building), and then the FINALISTS emerged from each building to compete in a competition that was held at the Middle School on Janaury 8th and the Intermediate School on Janaury 9th. Congratulations!
The winners of the Middle School and Intermediate School competitions will each take a qualifying state exam. Results of that exam will determine qualification for the state competition to be held in April. The winner of the state competition will win an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington D.C. to compete at the National level in May.
OLMSTED FALLS HOCKEY TEAM STANDS WITH SANDY HOOK
The Olmsted Falls Hockey Team is taking a stand! The hockey team is wearing a decal to support those of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. A decal was created that would represent the best memorial, while making a statement. Team mates recognize the youth that had their lives taken too early. If anyone is at a game, take a look at the backs of the helmets and you will see the Sandy Hook Eagle mascot flying high across the ice. An additional decal was made to place on the goalies stick. Thank you captain Chris Polcar for making this happen.
OFMS 8TH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM TAKES 1ST PLACE!
Congratulations to the 8th grade girls non conference team who finished their season with a 27-10 victory over Westlake to take 1st place in the tournament! These girls worked hard all season and it showed with a regular season record of 8 wins and 3 losses, 10-3 overall, with all 3 losses by 1 point each! Coaches Urban and Palmer would like to thank their players for a GREAT season! They are so proud of each and every one of you!
HELP FALLS-LENOX RECEIVE A VISIT FROM AUTHOR JAN BRETT!
A favorite author of many of our primary students, Jan Brett, is offering an opportunity for our school to win prizes. The top prize is a school visit by Jan Brett herself! All you need to do is like her Facebook page and post “Falls-Lenox Primary School, Olmsted Falls, OH” in your comment. Each person can post one time. If you are a Facebook user, please consider visiting Jan Brett’s Facebook page today to post a “like” on our behalf. Encouraging family and friends with Facebook pages to do the same will help even more! What excitement for our students to be the winning school for this special author’s visit!
MEET MR. BRABENEC!
Mr. Jim Brabenec, a Bulldog alumnus, is in his first year of teaching in the district after graduating from The Bowling Green State University in May of 2012. He currently serves an an intervention specialist-tutor at Olmsted Falls High School and also coaches basketball.
Mr. Brabenec decided on a career in education because he has always enjoyed working with people. Additionally, the teachers that he had as a student himself made an impact on his life, which in turn made him want to do the same and follow in their footsteps.
Mr. Brabenec loves the community and how supportive everyone is of one another. He thinks that the students and faculty of Olmsted Falls are wonderful people!
In his spare time, Mr. Brabenec enjoys staying active and participating in recreational sports leagues.
OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS & FORENSICS AND SOMETHING DADA IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY CO. PRESENT COMEDY NIGHT!
Featuring sketch comedy by members of OFHS Masquers & Forensics
Friday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School
Tickets $10 at the door
SOS: SIGNS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM GETS UNDERWAY AT OFMS
As a proactive way to address the important topic of teen depression and related issues, Olmsted Falls Middle School annually offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training through the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Middle School Program. The SOS Program at OFMS will include a classroom presentation which will be conducted by our own school counselors and school psychologists. All seventh graders will participate in this program on the following days: Phoenix Team on Wednesday, January 30th; and Griffin Team on Monday, February 11th.
Detailed information on the scheduled SOS Program is being provided to parents this week:
To read the letter sent to Middle School parents this week, please click here.
To download the SOS: Signs of Suicide Parent Newsletter, please click here.
Please contact Middle School Principal Mark Kurz with any questions at 427-6200.
ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS: POST PROM MEETING
The purpose of the committee is to help provide a safe and substance free environment for after the Prom. The committee needs the help of senior parents and anyone else who may want to donate their time and talent to this event. The DECORATING committee will hold a meeting to start collecting ideas around our theme for that night. Please come and be a part of constructing, painting or setting up. Help us make it a memorable event! Any questions, please contact: Denise Olszewski 216-271-6000, ext. 1314.
REMINDER FOR OFHS SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
For seniors interested in applying for the Local Scholarship Program, applications are due to the HS Counseling Office by no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15th. Last year, thanks to the generosity of 71 local community donors, the OFHS Local Scholarship Program awarded more than $121,500 through 241 scholarships for members of the Class of 2012. Local Scholarship Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office or downloaded by clicking HERE. Please contact Ms. Tommye Laut at 427-6116 with any questions.
2nd ANNUAL POST PROM TAKE-N-BAKE FUNDRAISER
Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! Support the OFHS Post Prom Committee by purchasing ready to bake cheese pizza from Angelina’s Pizza. Order a medium ready to bake cheese pizza for either Super Bowl weekend, or order gift certificates for medium ready to bake cheese pizza for later. Please click here for order form and more details. Proceeds benefit OFHS Post Prom 2013 – a safe and secure after prom party made possible by parent volunteers.
OFHS SWIM AND DIVE DINNER
Date: February 19, 2013 (snow date February 26th)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: High school cafeteria
Dinner will be provided by Applebee’s-Salad, Chicken, Broccoli Alfredo, Rolls and Dessert. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids 10 and under. Raffle baskets, 50/50. For tickets, call Deanna Kress 216-513-6513 or Ellen Dregalla 440-235-1364. To view and download the invitation and order form, please click here.
2013 YEARBOOK ON SALE NOW!
Oh memories, Oh memories, how will we keep you? By buying a 2013 yearbook of course! The new 2012-2013 yearbooks are on sale now for $45 a limited time only. They can be purchased online by clicking here. Last year’s yearbook can still be purchased as well for $60. Please contact Mr. Gaba or Mrs. Pickenheim at Olmsted Falls High School if you have any questions.
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.
RELAY FOR LIFE KICK-OFF THANKS YOU!
A HUGE thank you to all the students, staff, and community members who supported the Relay For Life Kick-Off Event at the OF Basketball games last Friday night! It was exciting to see Relay spread into the community in a new and exciting way! Thank you to the basketball teams, cheerleaders and their coaches for supporting the event and wearing their purple! Thank you to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for all their help and allowing Relay to take over 50/50 for the night! The grand total for the night was $827!!! A very special thank you to Olmsted Falls City Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd who won the 50/50 and donated the majority of it back to Relay! Thank you everyone! Go Bulldogs and Go Relay!
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- OLMSTED GIRLS FASTPITCH TRAVEL SOFTBALL REGISTRATION, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30th, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at OFIS CAFETERIA - Olmsted Girls Fastpitch Association will be holding open registration for the upcoming 2013 season. Registration is open to all girls in grades 2 thru 12 living within the Olmsted Falls School District. We are part of the Emerald Necklace Girls Fastpitch Association and field teams who play in divisions ranging from U10-to-U18. Our season typically consists of games played in late May through early July. While we can’t guarantee wins, we do ensure you that your daughter will have fun playing fastpitch softball. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if additional information is needed. To view the flyer, please click here. For the registration form, please click here.
- OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30th, 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. AT OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL – This program is opened for ages 4 to 14 and includes one night of practice and a game on Saturday mornings. Please check out our web site for more details at www.olmstedsoccer.wordpress.com or you can email a question to email@example.com.
- SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS… ARE All NEW in 2013, 7:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M. AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, 8170 MAPLEWAY DRIVE, 440-427-1599 - For ages 8-13, Cost is $8.00. This Saturday don’t miss “Webkinz Night,” an all-time favorite. Mark Your Calendars: February 16th, InFocus Interactive Photo Booth. Kids get silly pics w/ your friends. March 16th, Magician and Illusionist, Magic Mike. Every Saturday Night includes: Basketball, Ultimate Football, Dodgeball, Obstacle Courses, in our full gym, Crafts, Games w/ Prizes, and free Air Hockey, Pool, Ping Pong and Fooseball. Get your friends together and get out of the cold to enjoy physical fitness and fun indoors on Saturdays this winter. Parent Volunteers currently being accepted. Contact: Amy Hanratty: firstname.lastname@example.org . Notice: Background checks mandatory for Volunteers & Staff over 18 yrs. Visit: www.olmstedcc.com to view this months featured flyer & fun!
- LOCAL YOGA CLASSES OFFERED TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS/FRIDAYS IN FITNESS STUDIO AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER — Serenity Yoga offers three yoga classes per week, ongoing throughout the year, in the upper level fitness studio at the Olmsted Community Center. For class times, pricing and to reserve your space, visit www.liveserenityyoga.com or call (216) 282-YOGA.
- OPTIONS FOR ACTION PRESENTATION ON SCHOOL SHOOTING DEFENSE PROCEDURES – SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2:00 P.M. AT FIGHT FIT (17820 Engelwood Drive., Suite 5, Middleberurg Heights, OH) — Special presentation from concerned parents regarding nationally recommended guidelines regarding school shooting safety procedures and lockdown training. To download event flyer with additional information, please click HERE.
- OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) - Olmsted Travel Baseball Association (OTBA) is currently holding open registration for teams that will compete in the Lorain County Hot Stove (LCHS) travel baseball league. Parents of children ages 6-18 who are interested in playing travel baseball should download and complete the registration form on www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com. All money and registrations are due by 2/9/2013. Walk-up registration is available at the Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria on 2/6/2013 from 6-8pm and on 2/9/2013 from 9-11am. Questions regarding OTBA and LCHS can be directed to Bob Kelley at email@example.com.