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Parent Update – June 7, 2013

FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

74497___gustavorezende___Kids_6_03With the summer break officially underway, this week’s blog post will be the last blog of this school year.  It has been a pleasure to share the news from our District with you on a weekly basis. Regular weekly blog posts will resume in mid-August, as we prepare for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

Best wishes to all for a safe and relaxing summer break!

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION REMINDER FOR NEXT YEAR:  ALTERNATE  TRANSPORTATION  FORM  DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2013-2014 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2013Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2013-2014 school year.  Please call the Transportation office at 427-6350 with any questions.

COMMUNITY PHONE SURVEY PROVIDES VALUABLE FEEDBACK ON SCHOOL SAFETY; GUIDES DISCUSSION FOR FUTURE PLANNING

The safety and security of our students and staff is the top priority of Olmsted Falls School District.  The recent community phone survey, conducted on behalf of the Olmsted Falls School District by Rocky River-based Triad Research Group last month, provided an opportunity to discuss school safety, among other topics, with a broader community audience – beyond our staff, students and parents.  The data gathered reinforced that our community shares our District’s desire to continually look for ways to maintain and improve upon school safety.

Student Safety: Our Process and the Feedback Received

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District Safety Committee Meeting

Following the on-site audits and review of online safety survey data gathered from staff, parents and students, PLE Group made a number of commendations and recommendations that were shared with this important committee.  Many of these recommendations were able to be implemented immediately.  Work also got underway to install new secure buzzer entry systems at the main entrance doors of Falls-Lenox, the Early Childhood Center (ECC) and the High School.  The Falls-Lenox system was completed and operational before the end of this school year.  The front entry security upgrades at the ECC and Olmsted Falls High School will be completed over the summer and be fully operational for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.  Funds from the Permanent Improvement Levy (passed in November 2011) are being used for these important improvements to building safety.

Phone Survey Data

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New front entry security system at Falls-Lenox.

This spring, Olmsted Falls School District gathered feedback from the greater community in two ways.  The first way was through small community forums facilitated by Dr. Jim Lloyd and Board of Education members.  The second was by using Triad Research Group to conduct the opinion survey by telephone of 400 randomly sampled registered voters.  The 400 survey participants provided the District with a great deal of information beyond student safety. Of the 400 residents sampled, 63% of respondents had no children in the school; 62% of respondents were over 50; 96% said we need strong schools so our children are prepared; 81% rated us as Excellent or Good on safety and security; and 68% said they would be Very Likely or Somewhat Likely to put a bond issue on the ballot to remove the modular classrooms from the high school parking lot and add on to the high school by creating additional classrooms, thus improving building security.

Next Steps

The need to eliminate the modular classrooms at Olmsted Falls High School was one of the top recommendations for improving District safety made by PLE Group, and the phone survey results obtained through Triad Research seem to indicate that the greater community concurs with the importance of doing something about the modular classrooms.  Based on the feedback and data gathered throughout the year, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education is currently exploring the processes that would need to occur in order to put a bond issue in front of the voters in November 2013.  Discussions will continue throughout the summer months.

FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2013

DSC_6569 DSC_6577Congratulations to the 274 members of the Class of 2013! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 30th to celebrate Commencement. Class of 2013 President Christopher Fox (pictured at left) and Phi Beta Kappa Megan Doherty (pictured at right) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Jim Weisbarth, Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley and OFHS Principal Mrs. Holly Schafer, who marked her first commencement at the helm of Olmsted Falls High School.

For more photos of this event, please click HERE.  To view the complete list of the OFHS Class of 2013, please click HERE.  Congratulations again to all of this year’s Bulldog graduates!

BULLDOG ATHLETES COMPETE AT STATE TRACK FINALS

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Allison Duber

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Danielle Augustin

Good luck to OFHS seniors Danielle Augustin and Allison Duber as they compete in the State Track Finals Friday night – in the 100 and 400 events respectively.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding student athletes!  Go Bulldogs!bulldog_left

WELL WISHES AND FOND FAREWELLS TO THE HOADLEY FAMILY

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Dr. Hoadley and his wife Angie were recognized at the annual PTA Volunteer Dinner in May

As long-time District superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley prepares to leave Olmsted Falls Schools for his new position as superintendent of Dublin Schools (near Columbus), many individuals, groups and organizations have taken the time to thank Dr. Hoadley for his positive impact here in Olmsted Falls and to extend best wishes to him and his family as they embark on this new adventure.  As superintendent of Olmsted Falls School District for the past nine years, Dr. Hoadley has certainly left a mark that will be remembered for decades to come.  Highlights of his tenure here include the passage of the bond issue that built the new Olmsted Falls Intermediate School facility, the securing of an additional $7.7 million in state funding to expand Olmsted Falls Middle School (at NO ADDITIONAL COST to taxpayers), passage of a new operating levy (the first in 10 years!), and passage of the 5-Year Permanent Improvement Levy that has been critical to helping the District maintain facilities and stretch the District’s general fund.

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Board President Jim Weisbarth acknowledged and extended thanks to Dr. Hoadley for his positive and lasting impact at the annual staff Records Day breakfast

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The Hoadley Family following last week’s OFHS Commencement ceremony at CSU Wolstein Center.

More than the levies and the “big stuff,” Dr. Hoadley has also been there for all of those even more important “little moments” that truly create the fabric of the Olmsted community.  From reading to students in classrooms and working the Bulldog Relay, to serving as an active member of the Olmsted Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce, and everything in between, Dr. Hoadley has truly been an integral part of the Olmsted community – both in the school buildings and beyond.

Dr. Hoadley’s wife, Angie, has also been an invaluable member of the community volunteering countless hours for PTA and providing unending support in our buildings.  The oldest of their four children, Erin, just became an official Bulldog alumnus as she graduated as a member of the Class of 2013 last week.  To all the Hoadley’s , we say:  “Once a Bulldog.  Always a Bulldog.”  Thank you again for the positive and lasting impact you each had here!  The entire Hoadley family will be greatly missed and we wish them well in Dublin!

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTS CLASS OF 2013 GRADS

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Group photo of Olmsted Falls Alumni Association & Endowment Scholarship recipients

DSC_6393 Thanks to the generous support of more than 77 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year, $115,375.00 local in scholarship funds were awarded to students from the Class of 2013. Seventy-seven local sponsors awarded a total of 231 scholarships to graduating seniors this year.

Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients, and sincere thanks to this DSC_6474year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures. This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.

To view the complete list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2013, please click HERE.  To view more photos from OFHS Senior Honors Day, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2013 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year.  To review a list of students who were awarded College/University and other scholarships this year, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2013!  Best of luck to you all!

ATTENTION OFHS STUDENTS / PARENTS:  IT’S NOT TO LATE TO ORDER THIS 2013 YEARBOOK! 

78665-2-olmsted-falls-croppedAs another successful year ends at OFHS, the yearbook staff would like to remind everyone to take advantage of their last chance to pre-order the 2013 yearbook by visiting  https://ybstore.friesens.com/stores/760391.

Orders can be placed and paid for online.  Yearbooks are expected to arrive in late August and will be ready for pick-up at the start of the new school year.  Don’t miss the final opportunity to capture the memories!

EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY

DSC_6781 DSC_6784DSC_6788Parents, family and friends joined 292 eighth grade students on Tuesday for the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, as students marked the end of their three years at Olmsted Falls Middle School.

Congratulations 8th graders! Best wishes for your upcoming freshmen year at OFHS!

To view additional photos from 8th Grade Promotion, please click HERE.

DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUMMER; P.I. FUNDS CONTINUE TO BE VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR MAINTAINING DISTRICT FACILITIES

As the school year came to an end for students earlier this week, the work was just beginning for the District’s outstanding maintenance staff.  One of the busiest times of the year, the summer months provide an opportunity to complete a large number of annual routine maintenance projects that are critical to keeping our school buildings in top condition.  In addition to regular building maintenance projects, funds from the 5-Year Permanent Improvement (P.I.) Levy, passed in November 2011, will again be utilized this summer to complete a number of building upgrades – including the installation of new front entry security systems at the Early Childhood Center and Olmsted Falls High School.  (The new front entry security system at Falls-Lenox was completed with P.I. funding prior to the end of this school year.)

In addition, Olmsted Falls Middle School will be getting a new roof this summer as a large portion is being completely replaced due to hail damage sustained during recent storms.  This $567,200.00 project is being paid for through the District’s insurance policy.

Work will also begin soon to completely replace the boiler system at the High School. Original to the building, the existing boilers (circa 1968) will be removed and replaced with a new, higher efficiency system.

PI MastheadPlease check in your mailboxes in the coming weeks for the latest issue of the District’s P.I. report, Your P.I. Funds at Work, for a detailed listing of permanent improvement projects that have been completed in recent months.  Keeping our community informed about these important projects is a top priority for Olmsted Falls Schools and we thank you for your continued support.

RETIREES DEDICATED 230 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees. Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to nine dedicated staff members retiring this year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals 230 years!

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Olmsted Falls School District retirees (L to R) Doug Hugel, Linda Maloney, David Godfray and Mary Mariotti at the annual Records Day Breakfast for staff.

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Retiree Tom Lanning

Retiree Pat Dohahue

Retiree Pat Dohahue

This year’s retirees include:

Mrs. Maureen Brock, Falls-Lenox Secretary (26 Bulldog years)

Mr. Pat Donahue, OFHS Science Teacher (24 Bulldog years)

Mr. David Godfray, OFHS Health/Fitness Teacher & Trainer (35 Bulldog years)

Retiree Dave Weeks

Retiree Dave Weeks

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Retiree Betsy Volchko

Mr. Doug Hugel, Falls-Lenox Head Custodian (18 Bulldog years)

Mr. Tom Lanning, OFHS Math Teacher (35 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Linda Maloney, OFIS Cleaner (24 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Mary Mariotti, Falls-Lenox Primary School Teacher (28 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Betsy Volchko, Fall-Lenox Primary School Teacher (24 Bulldog years)

Mr. David Weeks, Falls Lenox Custodian (17 Bulldog years)

Retirees were recognized by their buildings/departments as well as the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for Staff. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals, and their impact on the District, will be greatly missed. Congratulations to each of them, and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement!

OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS 2012 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

DSC_6821(From left to right):  Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club President Mr. Chris Parker congratulates this year’s Kiwanis Employees of the Year winners Falls-Lenox teachers Mrs. Mary Mariotti and Dr. Karen Kolozvary, and OFMS Library Media Assistant Mrs. Terri Tantanella.

Staff members are nominated annually by fellow colleagues through a written nomination process.  Nominations are reviewed and selected by a special committee of Kiwanis members.

Congratulations to the 2013 Employees of the Year, and thank you to the Kiwanis Club for their continued support of the Olmsted educational community.

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2013 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.

Please click HERE for the latest 2013 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information. 

** NEW INFORMATION ON ELEMENTARY VOLLEYBALL CAMP – AUG. 1,3,4,5 &6 – JUST ADDED **

GIRLS BASKETBALL SUMMER OPEN GYMS FOR CURRENT 4TH – 7TH GRADE GIRLS

The Girls High School and Middle School Basketball coaches along with the OFBA will be having 4 open gyms this summer for girls in grades 4-7.  The dates, times, and location are listed below.  We would love for you to come and play!

basketballWednesday, June 19th    4:00-5:30 PM       Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, June 26th    4:00-5:30 PM       Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, July 3rd       10:00-11:30 AM    Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, July 10th     10:00-11:30 AM    Olmsted Falls High School

We will run two floors so that we can separate the players by age/ability level.  All players will be supervised by High School and Middle School coaches and parents you are welcome to stay as well.  Please click HERE to download the information in a flyer.

TWO DEDICATED COUPLES HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

DSC_6827KubatsCongratulations to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters volunteers Jim and Karen Polcar and ECC volunteer readers Bill and Mary Kubat on receiving this year’s “Friends of Education Award” presented by the Olmsted Falls Education Association.  The Polcar’s (pictured at left with OFHS Social Studies teacher & OFEA President Jeff Kho on far right) were honored for their dedication and commitment to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters and the students of Olmsted Falls.  The Kubat’s (pictured at right reading to ECC students this past holiday season) were recognized for their ongoing commitment to our littlest Bulldogs at the Early Childhood Center, to whom they read each and every week!  Congratulations and much gratitude to both of these fantastic couples!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  DISTRICT TO TRANSITION TO ON-LINE REGISTRATION THIS FALL

Following the successful implementation of the District’s new on-line enrollment system (for students new to the District) this spring, Olmsted Falls Schools will begin using the new system for returning students this fall.  The District’s new InfoSnap system will enable parents to review and update all of the information for their student(s) on-line.

Parents of all Bulldog students currently enrolled in Olmsted Falls School District for the 2012-2013 school year will be receiving a letter via mail this August containing an important “Snap Code” which will provide them confidential access to review and update contact, family, and medical information for each student.  Please watch for this important mailing in August!

YARD SIGNS EXTEND PUBLIC CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2013

442sign picKeeping with the new tradition started last year, the faculty, staff and administration of Olmsted Falls Schools personally distributed congratulatory yard signs to each member of the graduating class of 2013!  On the eve of commencement, more than 35 volunteers canvassed Bulldog country placing a special “Congrats” sign in the yard of each graduating member of the Class of 2013.

The gesture was a perfect way for Bulldog staff to show the great pride they have in these Bulldog grads!  Congrats OFHS Class 2013!

OFHS LATIN STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE ON NATIONAL EXAM

Twenty-six Olmsted Falls High School students enrolled in Latin courses recently placed on the 2013 National Latin Exam – an annual examination promoting the study of Latin and encouraging individual student achievement in the language.

DSC_6025Pictured at left (L to R): Front Row - Courtney Nelson, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Madeline Finau, Silver Medal, Latin II; Emily Raffay, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Erin Hetchler, Gold Medal, Latin I; Josh Aubel, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Emily Olszewski, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I.  Back Row: Magistra Czupik; Amelia Le, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Garret Yoder, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Ryan Strodbeck, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Matthew Fox, Cum Laude NLE4Certificate, Latin I; Chandler Laird, Silver Medal, Latin I; Aidan Kelly, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I.

 Pictured at right (L to R) Andy Nageotte, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III; Kevin Clancy, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III; and Adelin Leung, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III.

Not picturedMaggie Bildstein, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Julia Burnell, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Breanna Palkovic, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Dan McFadden, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II.

Congratulations to each of these students on this outstanding foreign language achievement!

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM 21ST IN NATION!

Academic Team at NationalsAcademicteam1Congratulations to the Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team for their outstanding performance in the High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) in Atlanta, GA over Memorial Day weekend.  The team recorded wins over teams from Alpharetta, GA; Minitonka, MN; State College, PA; DuPont Manuel, KY; John Jay, TX; Detroit County Day, MI; and Chattahoochee, GA. The team’s record on day one of the competition was 7-3, allowing them to advance to the playoffs on Sunday.  The OFHS Academic Team finished the tournament in 21st place – that’s right, 21st in the country!

Congratulations to Team Captain Marty Mendenhall, Nathan Seese, Andy Nageotte, Zach Buchta, and Xavier Rivera (pictured on left).  Senior Captain, Marty Mendenhall (pictured on right), was also named to the National All Star Team. Of more than 1,300 individual players on 256 teams competing in the tournament, just 30 players are named to the National All Star Team. Congratulations again to Marty!

This is the 4th year in a row that the OFHS Academic Team has competed in HSNCT. Each of the 4 years, our Bulldogs have advanced to the playoffs and finished in the top 35 in the country!  Congrats again to our outstanding Academic Team, their coaches and their families – all play a critical role in this success!

OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE KICKS-IT FOR CANCER

photo(23)OFIS 4th and 5th graders are proud to announce that they participated in kickball games and a Field Day with a larger purpose! The students have spent the past two weeks raising awareness and money for Kick-It, which funds childhood Cancer research and celebrated at their Field Days.  Kick-It was founded in 2009 by a ten-year old Chagrin Falls boy, who decided to turn his favorite game into a fundraiser. Games have been played all over the country and have raised almost 1.5 million dollars.

photo(29)The students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate raised almost $16,000 over a two-week period. This is a demonstration of their hard work, dedication, compassion, and the support of an amazing community. Some students even decided to “go to the extreme” for kids with Cancer and play “Kick Bald”, shaving their heads to show support of kids with Cancer.

The top fundraising classes will go to Progressive Field on Monday, July 10 to play Kickball with other fundraising schools. Those classes are: Mr. Englehart’s class, Mrs. Harb’s class, Mrs. Venecek’s class, Mrs. Atkins class, and Mr. Judson’s class.

Thank you to ALL who raised awareness and research dollars. What you do makes such a difference!  For more photos, please click here.

OFHS AP HISTORY STUDENTS GO TO WASHINGTON DC

img_3454Olmsted Falls High School students from Mr. Mercer’s AP History class enjoyed a 4-day trip to Washington DC in May.  The group packed an incredible amount of visits into the itinerary including:  The Smithsonian Institution (students picked which museums); Mount Vernon; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia;   Theodore Roosevelt Island; Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, WW II, MLK, FDR, Vietnam, Korea, and Iwo Jima monuments; Gettysburg, PA; Shanksville, PA and the Flight 93 Memorial.  In addition, the group visited the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court, where they enjoyed a special lecture by the Clerk of Courts, General William Suter (pictured at left with the Olmsted Falls AP students). Chaperones were Mr. Mercer, Ms. Kuebler, Ms. Rieke, and Mr. Mercer’s wife, Ruth.

5TH GRADERS ENJOY ANNUAL DAY TRIP TO HENRY FORD MUSEUM AND GREENFIELD VILLAGE

DSC_0384All fifth grade classes from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School journeyed to Michigan to explore the historic Greenfield Village as well as the Henry Ford Museum.  Buses departed from OFIS early in the morning and returned in the early evening hours of the same day.  Students were chaperoned by their teachers as well as a number of parent volunteers, which allowed for smaller groups for exploring.  Students enjoyed both the village and many of the exhibits within the Henry Ford Museum.

To view additional photos from this year’s trip, please click HERE.

Many thanks again to our parent volunteers!

IMPORTANT OFHS GUIDANCE INFORMATION

  • ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS You can view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2013-2014 school year directly from PowerSchool.  Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in.  Please be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.  Counselors are available through June 13th  to discuss your student’s course selections for next school year.  Evening appointments are available.  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.  THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 13TH.
  • FRESHMEN ORIENTATION Students who will be incoming 9th graders for the 2013-2014 school year are invited to a Freshmen Orientation at the High School on Tuesday, August 13th from 9-11am.  You may pick up a copy of your schedule and take a guided tour of the building with a Student Ambassador.  Student Ambassadors are meeting on Friday, August 9th  from 10am-12pm in the High School Media Center.  Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on Tuesday, August 13th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2017 at the Freshmen Orientation on August 13th from 9-11am.
  • COMMENCEMENT PHOTOS:  Photos of commencement are available at www.lifetouchevents.com.  The password is OlmstedFalls13.

CSI TEAM PARTICIPATES IN COURSE ON BULLYING

OF4Every year, the Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives provides a creative learning program called EXPLORERS for K-8 students, and Danielle Hicks and Eric Bartkowski from OFMS were excited to introduce this program in Olmsted Falls. EXPLORERS allows Cleveland Clinic professionals to speak with students about important health issues through classroom or virtual presentations. This year, the CSI team participated in the distance course on bullying. The students then interpreted what they learned through creative art and language projects. They were judged by an esteemed panel of art, language arts, media, and medical professionals. The following students were recognized for outstanding work and will have their projects published in a book as well as displayed in The Idea Center at Playhouse Square starting June 5: Madison Sherman (Blue Ribbon and Best in Show/Language), Lauren Gumeny (Red Ribbon), Kristen Rabbitt (Red Ribbon), Joe Backus (Red Ribbon), Audrey Beyer (White Ribbon), Savannah Szojka (White Ribbon), and Cameron Nelson (Honorable Mention).  To see some of this outstanding work, please click here.

FALLS-LENOX FIELD DAY FUN!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFalls-Lenox Field Day was another great event hosted by our terrific PTA!!  Students enjoyed inflatables, corn hole and DJ stations.  In addition, they were also treated to a magic show!

PTA sure knows how to help kids have fun!!  Thanks to Shelley Hoffman for organizing the day and thanks to the many volunteers it takes to help things run smoothly and safely.  For more photos of this fun day, please click here.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS VISIT FALLS-LENOX

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn May 29th, all kindergarten students visited Falls-Lenox Primary School to familiarize them with their new school for first grade.  The students toured the building, met the principals, teachers and staff, spent time in a first grade classroom, and were able to play on the playground.

The smiles on the kindergarten students’ faces showed that they are excited to start first grade at Falls-Lenox!

For more photos, please click here.

ECC STUDENTS RECEIVE VISIT FROM A HORSE!

DSC03820Romeo the horse came to visit the preschool last week.  He belongs to the family of an afternoon student, Jonah Bryant.

Each student was given the chance to ask questions about the horse, feed the horse a carrot, pet the horse, and even sit on his back.  Romeo was very well behaved, and patient with all of our students.

Thank you Romeo and your caretakers for coming to visit!

For more pictures, please click here.

DAISY TROOP 1511 CREATES TABLE FOR FALLS-LENOX COURTYARD

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The girls worked together to create a table using clay pots during their monthly meeting held in Falls-Lenox.

Students and staff really appreciate their creativity and their thoughtfulness.  Thank you Troop 1511!

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT BENEFITS ECC 

photo(30)Recently completed Eagle Scout Project preformed by Mitchel T. Coyle consists of painting a large-scale playground map of the USA along with building four 6’ handicapped adaptable picnic tables. The project benefactor is Olmsted Falls ECC. Mitchel is currently the senior patrol leader with Troop 293. The troop is chartered thru St Mark’s Catholic Church in West Park Cleveland. By completing this project, Mitchel will be awarded the Boy Scouts of America rank of Eagle. He joins his brothers Ian and Ben in attaining this rank with Troop 293. The Coyle’s are the second family with Troop 293 to have 3 sons attain the rank of Eagle. Mitchel would like to thank the ECC for allowing him the chance to perform his project for them. Thanks also goes out to his fellow scouts and class and team mates who gave hours to help complete the project,  along with the OF City schools, AT&T pioneers, Sherwin Williams and other donors for their support of the project.  For more photos, please click here.

OFIS PTA SPONSORS BOOK EXCHANGE

DSC_6147 DSC_6143Students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School participated in a book exchange sponsored by the OFIS PTA.  For every book that they brought in, students received a ticket to take to the exchange to pick out a new title for their summer reading pleasure!  Students enjoyed browsing over the extensive collection of books to choose from and sharing on-the-spot book reviews with their friends.  Many thanks to OFIS PTA for coordinating this opportunity!

To view more photos from the 2013 OFIS PTA Book Exchange, please click HERE.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM OFFERED AT OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY

buildyourbrainDid you know?  Students can lose up to three months of reading skill during summer break.  But, being away from school doesn’t have to equal “summer brain drain.” By participating in enriching summer activities, students can actually get a running start into the new school year.  Experts say the best ways to prevent loss of reading skills during summer break are to keep lots of books around the house, to make regular trips to the library and to participate in summer library programs.

Our annual summer reading program offers kids (and parents, too) the opportunity to keep their reading skills sharp and have fun doing it!  Participate in BUILD YOUR BRAIN from June 1st to August 3rd, 2013.  The game is open to all ages. Registration is now open.  Come to your local branch beginning June 1st to pick up your registration prize while supplies last.  Please click here for more information.

LOCAL SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE


With summer just around the corner, parents may be thinking about what your child will do for meals while school is out.  The good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has partnered in our local community with agencies to serve free meals.  It’s food that’s in, while school is out.  There are no income requirements, and any child under age 18 may come to eat.

For a listing of local Summer Food Service sites in nearby North Olmsted, please click here.

Additionally, below is a website with a map of all of the Summer Food Service sites operating throughout Ohio.

First click on the website:  https://oh.cnpcares.com/summer/SfspFoodServByCnty.asp.  Then, click on the county where your children will be, if there are sites operating in that community, they will be listed.  If more information is needed about the site, call the contact information provided.  Many of the sites also provide activities for the children coming to the site.

 SWIM AND DIVE TEAM SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD OPPORTUNITY

diving-into-waterWe had an amazing season this year.  The 2012-2013 Swim and Dive team broke a total of 13 current school records! Incredibly, we also had 15 athletes advance to District Championships.  Good Luck to our graduating seniors: Joan Dregalla, Jaime Fossen, Shannon John, Sam Aburaad, Aidan Burton, Jon Levin, and Cody Locklear.  We will miss you!  We are preparing for another great season for 2013-2014. Come be a part of the exciting OFHS Swim and Dive team. We offer a summer scholarship to anyone interested in attending a summer program/camp and swimming and/or diving for OFHS next year. Please click here for the application.  If you would like more information on joining the team, please contact Coach Laughlin at mlaughli@ymail.com.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • relayRELAY FOR LIFE – SAVE THE DATE THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 8th – 9th: The 4th Annual Relay For Life will be held June 8th- 9th at Olmsted Falls High School. The event begins at 3 p.m. this year! Please help us to Color Out Cancer With A Rainbow Of Hope! Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment, and fireworks! A great FAMILY EVENT! Join us for the opening lap at 3 p.m. – we will be celebrating the survivors of cancer in our community! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is unexplainable….don’t miss it at 9! Luminaria will be followed by an amazing fireworks display and more fun all night long! Getting hungry?? There will be another famous Kiwanis breakfast in the morning. This year’s event is 18 hours and will be attended by thousands of participants and community members! Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays! Visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more information!
  • FALLSSTRONG CO-ED SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH @ 9:30 A.M. AT RAZZLES – Registration:  9:30 – 10 a.m.; Tournament Starts: 10 a.m.  Round-robin; min. 6 players per team.  All proceeds benefit Danny Cuellar, Ryan Hoffer, Alex Stipek, and Chase DuPratt.  Click HERE to download the information / registration form.  A SECOND FallsStrong FUNDRAISER AT RAZZLES HAS BEEN ADDED FOR PARENTS ON FRIDAY NIGHT, JUNE 14TH FROM 7-9 P.M. Questions?  Please contact jenkanaba@yahoo.com or visit www.fallsstrong.org.
  • carwashsCAR WASH TO SUPPORT OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH, SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., OFHS – It’s a Washout! Car wash fundraiser to support Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch will be Saturday, June 15th 9AM – 2PM at OFHS. Tickets are $10, which include a car wash and a coupon sheet containing over $60 in discounts from local businesses. Tickets will be available at the door, or contact olmstedgirlsfastpitch@gmail.com to get your tickets prior to the 15th. Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch is a non-profit organization promoting, developing, and teaching fast pitch softball to female athletes in our community. Learn more at olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org. Learn more about our organization at olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org.  Please click here for the car wash flyer.
  • tennisBOYS/GIRLS INSTRUCTIONAL SUMMER TENNIS CAMP 2013, JUNE 17 – JUNE 21, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. MON, WED, FRI, 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. TUES, THURS, OFHS TENNIS COURTS – For Boys and Girls entering grades 5th -9th.  (Rain Date: Sat, June 22nd),  Registration Deadline:  Friday June 7th.  Cost:  $60.00 / per child (includes OCC water bottle).   Strong fundamental tennis instruction for boys and girls.  Each child should come prepared with:  Sunscreen, sunglasses/visor, water and tennis racquet.  Register online at www.olmstedcc.com  (or fill out & drop off registration form).  Please click here for registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kuntz @ 440.235.2442 or email:  office@olmstedcc.com.
  • 100_1568OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE SUMMER CAMP 2013  –  JULY 22 – 24, 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., OFMS FIELDS, 27045 BAGLEY ROAD –  With the program now growing from 20 players to 200 players, OFLA is pleased to offer a 3 day camp to boys and girls entering grades 1-8 for the 2013-2014 school year.  The cost is $40 and is open to players of all skill levels from beginner to advance.  Players will be separated by age and skill level.  The camp will focus on developing the skills of each individual camper.  Each camper will receive an OF Bulldog lacrosse dri-fit shirt.  Please click here for a registration form.Olmsted Community Center announces 2013 SUMMER EVENTS for kids and adults of all ages running here in our local community.
  • sunOLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER ANNOUNCES 2013 SUMMER EVENTS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS OF ALL AGES RUNNING HERE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY – OCC has our own high quality camp offerings run by local talented adult instructors like Jen Kuntz (tennis & volleyball), Holly Mandak (cheerleading), and Dave Pellerite (basketball).  In addition, we have partnered with other LOCAL programs to provide information and or registration for swim lessons, art, flag football, taekwondo, zumba, line dancing and a whole lot more.  You can find information on our website at www.olmstedcc.com or call our office at 440.427-1599.

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  1. June 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I want to leave a Kudos for Kim Petrina. I notice that many of these newsletters enter my inbox really late on a Friday or Saturday night, leaving me to believe she is not doing all the work on these during normal work hours. Thank you Kim. I wanted you to know I appreciate your work. You are a gem.
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  2. June 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    One more thing. Kudos to the staff who took the time to place the Congrats signs in the yards of this years graduates! Ours will remain for the summer. We will mow and weed around it until the grad party is over! Thank you so much. I still want to know how you slunk in,under my nose and dropped the sign when I was in the yard! Ninja teachers? Thank you.

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