Parent Update – April 3, 2013
DISTRICT RECEIVES OHIO AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD
Olmsted Falls School District has been presented with the Ohio Auditor of State Award from the Office of State Auditor Dave Yost. This award was presented for the District’s exemplary financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the year 2012. This is the second consecutive year Olmsted Falls School District has received this prestigious award.
Congratulations to both the team in the Treasurer’s Office and the staff of Olmsted Falls School District! It takes an ongoing cooperative and collective effort to ensure effective and accountable financial practices are in place for an organization. Olmsted Falls School District is very proud of this award.
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERS WITH SURROUNDING DISTRICTS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE – SPECIAL EVENT MONDAY, APRIL 15TH AT WESTLAKE PERFORMING ART CENTER
Olmsted Falls City Schools has joined forces with Berea City School District, Avon Lake School District and Westlake City School District to co-sponsor a play, title “Legally Addicted,” that raises awareness of prescription drug abuse. This powerful event is presented by Your Teen for Parents, and also sponsored by Recovery Resources, Community Challenge and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Narcotics Task Force.
The play performance will be held at Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, Ohio on Monday, April 15th from 7:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Following the play, there will be a panel discussion. To view the event flyer, please click here. To register, please click here.
All Olmsted Falls High School and Middle School students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
OFIS 4th GRADERS TAKE FIELD TRIP TO SCIENCE CENTER
The 4th graders recently took a field trip to The Great Lakes Science Center where they enjoyed all the hands-on exhibits and seeing the special Egyptian exhibit. The students were also able to attend the Omnimax theater and saw the 3D movie ”Sea Rex,” a journey to a prehistoric world.
The picture to the left is in front of an exhibit designed by Olmsted Falls Alumni John Gonzalez, the father of Stephen Gonzalez, one of the 4th grade students on the field trip.
AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH, 7-8 P.M. AT OFHS
In support of ”Autism Awareness Month”, Helping Hands is happy to be hosting an “Autism Awareness Event” this Friday April 5, from 7-8pm in the Media Center at OFHS. Local author, Nick Shamhart will be selling his novel, “The Fog Within” and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to an autism charity. Helping Hands will also have additional support information available for families including area after school programs and area summer programs. Please mark your calendar and plan on stopping by to learn more about this disorder and support the research to find effective methods for earlier diagnosis. If you have any questions please contact Mariel Krakowiak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECC CELEBRATES RIGHT TO READ WEEK
Preschool and Kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center celebrated Right To Read Week with a variety of special activities and events during the week leading up to spring break. This year’s theme was “Buggy for Books” and the children enjoyed a variety of special events and activities!
The fun included: a guest appearance by the children’s librarian from our new Olmsted Falls branch for the Cuyahoga County library; an online draw-along presentation by Mark Harpster; “crickets” on a stick snacks from our Food Service Department; math and science learning stations in the gym and special classroom book deliveries by Mrs. B (in her beautiful bee wings)!
THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF who made this year’s Right To Read Week a success at the ECC!
BULLDOG YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM INFORMATION MEETING – TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3RD
The Bulldog Youth Football League is a new program preparing to start a 5th and 6th grade football program for the students of the Olmsted Falls School District. Olmsted Falls has been accepted to join the Little Southwest Conference for this fall 2013. Other communities involved in the Conference include: North Olmsted, Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Rocky River, Lutheran West, Fairview Park, and Sheffield. This opportunity is a great way to help Olmsted Falls Youth learn and play the game of tackle football right here in our community.
There will be an informational meeting for parents and players on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria. This will give parents the opportunity to have any questions/concerns answered as well as help the organization learn the interest level in the community. If you have a current 4th or 5th grade child that would be interested in playing in the newly formed 5th and 6th football program this fall, 2013 please try to attend this meeting. If you cannot attend but would like more information, or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please email your name and contact information to OFBYFootball@gmail.com or visit our website for more information. You can also able to check us out on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you tonight.
MEET MRS. FENDERBOSCH!
Mrs. Kitty Fenderbosch has been employed as a school bus driver for the past 25 years in our district. Additionally, she has also served on several school committees, created our bus safety program, and was the president of OAPSE. She loves being a Bulldog because of the unity we have and states, “We are truly one for all and all for one!”
Mrs. Fenderbosch and her husband, David, have been married for 37 years and have three children who are all Bulldog graduates, Jessica (34), Leigh (32), and Thomas (29). In her spare time, Mrs. Fenderbosch works at a vet clinic, serves as a member of Olmsted Falls City Council, and spends her summers relaxing at the lake in Portland, NY.
OFHS DRILL TEAM TRYOUTS NEXT WEEK
There will be an informational meeting next Tuesday night, April 9th regarding drill team tryouts for the 2013-2014 season. We will meet in room W-3 at the high school from 7-8pm. Please bring a parent and any questions you have. We will run clinics Monday – Thursday, April 15th – 18th from 6:30 – 8:30pm, and tryouts will be Friday, April 19th starting at 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lisa Topolski at email@example.com.
PTA COUNCIL LOOKING FOR THE PTA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The PTA Council is looking for nominations of a PTA member who works on behalf of children. This special person is involved and supports the PTA and has made a positive impact on the lives of children. Anyone interested in nominating a PTA member for Volunteer of the Year should complete the nomination form and turn it in to his/her PTA unit at the April meeting of his/her unit. Each unit will then submit one nomination to the PTA Council. Please click here to download the Olmsted Falls PTA Council Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form.
OFHS BOYS SOCCER PLAYER / PARENT MEETING – TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH @ 7:30 P.M.
There will be a Player / Parent Meeting Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 7:30 – 9:00 in the Olmsted Falls High School Library for all boys interested in playing high school soccer in the fall of 2013. All players who are planning on playing soccer for Olmsted Falls High School need to attend with a parent.
If for some reason (club training, soccer game) you cannot attend, please have a parent attend.
Information concerning the summer and up coming season will be discussed.
OFHS MASQUERS PRESENTS GREASE, THE MUSICAL!
Olmsted Falls High School Masquers presents GREASE: School Version
April 19 @ 7:30pm
April 20 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Call 440-427-6070 for tickets – $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Click here to see the flyer.
SAVE THE DATE – FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR!
Mark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held the week of April 15th – 19th. The fair will take place in the library during the times listed below:
April 15 and 17 from 3-4 pm (Monday and Wednesday)
April 16 and 18 from 6-8 pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
April 16th will be the family night event including an ice cream social! Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Surtman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
OLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC TEAM (OFAT) FUNDRAISER, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 8 – 10 P.M. @ RAZZLES
A fundraiser to support the Olmsted Falls Acadmic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on Saturday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. Raffles with great items from OF merchants, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact Anne Mendenhall at email@example.com; 440-234-7964. Did you know our academic team has already qualified 2 teams to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses. To learn how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, contact Anne Mendenhall at firstname.lastname@example.org; 440-234-7964. Thanks to our Sponsors (as of April 1, 2013): AmeriPrint, Angelina’s Pizza, Artist Colony, A Time to Spa, CSM & JLK, LLC (formerly Backstage Day Spa), Clementines, Falls Family Restaurant, Falls Ice Cream, Falls PC Clinic, Jorgensen’s Apiary, Moosehead Hoof & Ladder, The Olde Wine Cellar, Shaker’s IGA, Tony K’s Bar & Grill
SEEKING ENTRIES FOR OFHS ART SHOW IN MAY
The Annual OFHS May Show is Friday May 10, 2013. Again, we are looking for work for the show from Olmsted Falls Alumni, OFCS Faculty and Staff, and Olmsted Falls Community Members. Please complete the entry form and return it to Mariel Krakowiak, at Olmsted Falls High School, by Friday May 3. Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: email@example.com. To download the entry form, please click here.
OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES EVENT – SAT., APRIL 20TH!
A fun-filled night is in the works….OFAB’s annual Night at the Races. This year’s event will be held at the German American Club on Saturday, April 20. Food, drink, prizes and horse racing are the evening’s highlights. All the fun begins at 6 p.m. Tickets to attend are $30/person (sold in tables of 8). To inquire about tickets, contact Dave Kurz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-263-0051. Act fast, this event traditionally sells out!
A successful Night at the Races is contingent upon the support of our families, community and surrounding businesses. Here’s how you can help make one of OFAB’s biggest fundraisers a huge success: Donate Merchandise, Purchase an Advertisement for our Program, and/or Purchase a Horse. For additional information on how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, please visit www.ofathleticboosters.org.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! SEE YOU APRIL 20TH!
HELPING HANDS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL 5K & 1/4 MILE WALK – REGSITER BY MAY 10TH
Helping Hands will be hosting their first 5K & 1/4 Mile Walk to promote “Disability Awareness” within the community. We are supporting all “special needs/disabilities” with this event…you can decide what you will run/walk for! There will also be a raffle after the 5K. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship to a graduating Helping Hands senior, a donation to the Helping Hands Relay for Life Team, and some money will be used to fund future Helping Hands events.
People of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. The 1/4 Mile Walk on the track is available for those participants that may not be able to complete and entire 5K (assistive equipment is permitted). The attached registration form has all the specific details for the event. Pre-registration is due back to me by Friday May 10.
Please click HERE to download and print the registration form, and share it with your students, family, and friends.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are submitting information about a school or school-connected organization’s fundraising event, you will need to make sure that you have completed and submitted the District’s official Fundraising Form. Once your event has been approved, we will be happy to post/promote the information on the Weekly Blog Update. To download a copy of the Fundraising Form, please click here.
RAILROAD TRACKS BY GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION CLOSED NEXT WEEK
Detour signs will be posted.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS SPRING MARKETPLACE, SATURDAY APRIL 6, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., 6941 COLUMBIA ROAD, OLMSTED FALLS – Featuring many fine arts and crafts vendors, raffle prizes, fun spring ideas, concessions & coffee bar, dance team performance and more! Benefits Disney Dance Team. Thank you for helping to make our Disney Dreams come true! OPA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
- ARTIST DETECTIVES – MINIATURE PAINTING WORKSHOP, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY – Little is known about miniature art…no pun intended! Explore and uncover interesting facts about the life and art of miniature artist, Oliver Frazer, then create your own mini painting in this Artist Detectives Painting Workshop conducted by professional artist and author JoAnn DePolo. Grades 6-12. Registration is required. Please click here for more info and to register.
- AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MILITARY COMPTROLLERS (ASMC) SHAMROCK RUN, 5 KILOMETER RACE/1 MILE WALK, SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH, 9:00 A.M. – All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the St. Augustine Hunger Center. To view the flyer, please click here or click here for the web site.
- WEST SHORE FAMILY YMCA ACTIVITIES, SPRING SESSIONS APRIL 29 – JUNE 6, 1575 COLUMBIA ROAD, WESTLAKE – Check out the West Shore YMCA for Spring Aquatics and Youth Sports. Click here for more info.
- AMAZING MAGIC SHOW BY MAGIC MIKE PRODUCTIONS AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER - FRIDAY, APRIL 26th – 6:00 p.m. – Family and Kids Magic & Illusion Show; 8:30 p.m.: Trick-a-Nosis - Adult Magic, Illusion, Hypnosis & Comedy Show; Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. with kids activities, Interactive Photobooth by inFocus, concessions and more. Get your tickets now! Get more information and order online at www.olmstedcc.com. To view the flyer, please click here.
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR., OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS YOUTH THEATER, APRIL 12th – 21st, WITH SHOWS ON FRIDAYS AT 7:00 P.M., SATURDAY’S AT 2:00 P.M. & SUNDAYS AT 2:00 P.M. - Advance tickets are $11-15 at www.olmstedperformingarts.com. Worlds of Fantasy boutique is open before each show. Makeover and a snack. $25 first child; $20 each additional child. Get details and make a reservation (required) at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.
- WORLD OF FANTASY BOUTIQUE (AGES 2-12), APRIL 12-21 AND MAY 3-11, SLOTS BEGIN AT 4:30 P.M. ON FRIDAYS, 11:30 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAYS, AND 11:30 A.M. ON SUNDAYS – Children will be transformed by their own Fairy Godmother into princesses or knights. For girls, the experience will include hairstyle shimmering make-up princess sash, face gem, and nail polish. Boys will enjoy a gel-spiked, confetti-sprinkled hairstyle and a sword and shield. All children may have sparking juice and light appetizers. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may enjoy complimentary coffee or tea. Advance registration and separate ticket are required for the World of Fantasy Boutique. $25 for the first child, and $20 for each additional child. Reservations required (www.olmstedperformingarts.com).