Parent Update – February 6, 2013
IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON SCHOOL FUNDING FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. HOADLEY
On March 24, 1997 the Ohio Supreme Court declared in the DeRolph decision that the funding system, in place for Ohio public schools, “failed to provide for a thorough and efficient system of common schools” as required by our state constitution. Since that time, a series of fixes and patches have been proposed in an attempt to ease our state’s school funding challenges. To date, this difficult problem has not been solved.
Last Thursday, Governor Kasich unveiled his proposal for a new system of funding Ohio public schools. I am encouraged by Governor Kasich’s school funding proposal, not because of the specifics of this plan (which I feel merit close study) but rather because this proposal has reinvigorated a state-wide conversation about this most important topic. [Read more…]
FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN 6TH ANNUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK
As part of the 6th annual Disability Awareness Week at Falls-Lenox last month, over 50 students participated in a poster/essay contest designed to give student’s a chance to create a poster or essay to show how we can all foster a sense of respect and acceptance toward others. Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to each and every student who participated!
Thank you also to Mrs. Scott, School Psychologist, and members of PTA for organizing this important tradition.
OFMS FRIENDS OF RACHEL CLUB CREATES MEMORY WALL – BY FAITH TOPOLSKI, 8TH GRADE
To honor our lost loved ones, the middle school Friends of Rachel Club created a memory wall. Students of all grades wrote a name of someone they have loved and lost on a heart. On the back of the heart, students described what they would do given the chance to spend one more day with their loved one. The Friends of Rachel Club has also put up this wall to honor those lost in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Losing someone we love is difficult, but remembering them with friends and family can help heal the hurt.
8TH GRADE WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP INFORMATION MEETING – TONIGHT!
The 8th grade trip to Washington, DC is scheduled from Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 5, 2013. There is a meeting for parents and students on Wednesday, February 6, from 7:00-8:15 PM, in the OFMS Cafetorium. All students and at least one parent from each family must attend this meeting. At this time, a representative from Jerry Nowak Tours and Mr. Kurz will provide an overview of the trip, discuss the itinerary, review behavioral expectations, identify clothing and other items that are appropriate to bring, and other important nuts and bolts information. You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Important forms were sent home with all students on Monday, February 4. Please bring these completed forms with you to the meeting on February 6. Extra forms are available in the office and on the middle school web site @ http://www.ofcs.net. Please contact Mr. Kurz at 440-427-6201, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or need additional clarification. Click here for the invitation to the meeting. Click here for the parent letter and forms.
FALLS-LENOX PRESENTS FIRST GRADE FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7!
This is an exciting evening of learning where parents can work with their first grader on fun reading activities! The evening will begin with an introduction in the cafeteria at 6:00 P.M. The students will then participate in make-it-take-it activity stations on three islands from 6:15-7:40 P.M. Each island activity station will include a reading game or activity for your first grader to take home! Your child will also receive a book and folder with other helpful resources. During the activity stations, High School Key Club will be providing babysitting services for young siblings. To view the invitation, please click here.
SIDE BY SIDE PROJECT BRINGS HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICIANS TOGETHER
High School Band students finished their mid-terms and then joined the Middle School Band on Friday, January 18th. As part of the second annual Side by Side project started by high School Band Director Mr. Strelau, the Middle School students enjoyed hearing the High School students play next to them in their band class. This program allows Middle School students the opportunity to hear High School quality playing as well as the ability to ask questions regarding the High School Band program. Later this year, the High School BlueDog Jazz Band will also visit the Middle School Jazz Band.
To view a photo gallery from the 2nd Annual Side by Side event, please click HERE.
ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS….POST PROM NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Post Prom committee will be having a bake sale at this Friday’s Boys Basketball game and we are in need of baked goods. Senior Parents if you could help us out with a few dozen cookies, brownies, etc. it would be appreciated. We would like them packaged in sellable quantities and dropped off at the high school by 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 8th. Baked items can also be dropped off on Thursday Evening. Please contact Marie Fahrner email@example.com for drop off location. The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters have also allowed us to take over the 50/50 for the evening. Thank You Boosters! We are looking for a few high school seniors to help run the bake sale and/or sell the 50/50 tickets at the Boys Varsity Basketball game. We need your help to make Post Prom a memorable event for your Sons & Daughters.
OFMS LOCK IN
Save the Date:
WHAT: WEB LOCK IN
WHEN: Friday, March 1st 8 PM – Saturday, March 2nd 7AM
WHERE: MIDDLE SCHOOL
We are accepting donations for gift cards and gift baskets for door prizes in the Guidance Office.
The Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association Las Vegas Night, featuring gambling, food and fun, will be held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd. (south off Bagley, west of Stearns), in Olmsted Township on Saturday, February 23, from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be a cash bar, refreshments by Angelina’s, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle and VitaMix raffle. All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2013. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 for tickets or more information. 21 and over please. Hope to see you there!!
BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS IS ON: FALLS-LENOX/ECC TEAM SHIRTS ON SALE NOW!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
7:00 PM @ Olmsted Falls High School
Tickets are $3.00 for Students & $6.00 for Adults and on sale at the door!
T-SHIRTS FOR FALLS-LENOX/ECC TEAM ON SALE NOW!! (Design pictured at left.) $6.00 a shirt! Please click here for the order form. Deadline to order is tomorrow, Thursday, 2/7.
All money raised for this event goes to PTA scholarship fund.
OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS & FORENSICS AND SOMETHING DADA IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY CO. PRESENT COMEDY NIGHT!
Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School
Tickets $10 at the door
To view the poster for this event, please click here.
ANNUAL OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA IS MARCH 9TH!
Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Annual Bargain Bonanza is set for Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Olmsted Falls Middle School. The sale features gently used children’s clothes, toys, gear and maternity wear. All items are organized by size, gender and category. Seller registration is open NOW. If you are interested in selling your items, please visit www.oecpta.org to obtain more information and a seller registration form. Deadline for sellers is February 15, 2013.
$2 General Admission: 9am – 12:30pm
$3 Bag Sale: 2:30pm-3:30pm
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 26TH ANNUAL PTA TALENT SHOW – MARCH 15TH!
The 26th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7 pm in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium. Join us for a fun-filled evening featuring 21 acts ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th Grade demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic and magical talents. Please come and support these amazing students. All proceeds will benefit the OFHS scholarship fund. Watch this weekly blog for more details. For further information, contact Claudia Ferrini at 440-427-0894.
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! We are in 12th Place right now with 66 votes. The school that is in first place right now has 354 votes. All you need to do is like her Facebook page and click on the “Contest” button at the top of the page. The “Contest” button states “Free school or library visit.” From there, just fill out the entry which only requires basic information (name, email, school name, city, state and zip code)! Each person can post one time. If you are a Facebook user, please consider visiting Jan Brett’s Facebook page today to enter the contest. 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!
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, 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.
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.
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 can now be preordered; the year book costs $50. This price is good until March 28. The yearbooks 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.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) WALK-UP REGISTRATION TONIGHT, 2/6, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. AND ON 2/9, 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. - All money and registrations are due by 2/9/2013. 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. Questions regarding OTBA and LCHS can be directed to Bob Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- OLMSTED FALLS TRAVEL BASEBALL FUNDRAISER, THIS SATURDAY, 2/9/13, 6:00 P.M., RACES START AT 7:00 P.M., BEREA FAIRGROUNDS - Olmsted Falls U10, U11, U12, and U13 Travel Baseball teams present “A Night at the Races.” Food, beer and wash provided when you buy a ticket for $25 to support our young bulldog baseball players. Limited tickets still available, if interested call Bob Wikle at 440-241-6086 or Denise Lemin at 440-427-9797.
- 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. 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: email@example.com . Notice: Background checks mandatory for Volunteers & Staff over 18 yrs. Visit: www.olmstedcc.com to view this months featured flyer & fun!
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS (OPS) – Is currently taking applications for fine arts and crafts vendors looking to participate in our Spring Marketplace to benefit the Disney Dance Team. The Spring Marketplace will take place on Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at Olmsted Performing Arts, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138, 440-235-6722 and feature many fine arts and crafts vendors, raffle prizes, fun spring ideas, dance team performances and more! See you this spring at OPA! Interested vendors please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com