Parent Update – September 13, 2013
VARSITY BULLDOG FOOTBALL TO RESUME PLAY TODAY AT 5:00 P.M.
Last night’s Olmsted Falls vs. Mayfield varsity football game was suspended at half-time due to thunderstorms in the area. The two teams are scheduled to play the 2nd half of last night’s game at 5:00 p.m. today at the OFHS Stadium. The score at half-time was 28-8 Mayfield over Olmsted Falls. There will be no gate fee. Come on out to cheer on our Bulldogs!
GET INFORMED: ISSUE #86 INFORMATION MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18TH
Calling ALL Bulldog parents!! Please join Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH AT 7 P.M. in the OFHS Media Center to learn more about the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue to increase safety at Olmsted Falls High School. Whether you have a student currently at the ECC, at Falls-Lenox, at OFIS, at OFMS, at OFHS, or a little one not yet school age, our current high school building will be the high school they will attend. There are no plans in the near or distant future to construct a new high school facility in our district.
However, there is an important 1.8 Mill Bond Issue on the November 5th ballot to improve safety at Olmsted Falls High School through renovation, expansion and technology/security upgrades – starting with the elimination of the modular classrooms (trailers), which currently house 8 classrooms, located at the edge of the parking lot OUTSIDE the main high school building. PLEASE COME LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCOPE OF THIS BOND ISSUE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT! We hope to see you there.
OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS AND STAFF RECOGNIZE AND REFLECT ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, PATRIOT DAY
Students at Olmsted Falls High School paused for a moment of silence on Wednesday morning to recognize the significance of Patriot Day and the events of September 11, 2001. Students at Olmsted Falls Middle School also recognized Patriot’s Day by wearing red, white and blue. The significance of the day was discussed during the Middle School’s morning announcements.
American flags flew at half-staff throughout the district.
FALLS-LENOX SPIRIT DAY PROMOTES HEALTHY EATING
Last Friday was Spirit Day at Falls-Lenox! In an effort to win an NFL Play 60 grant and promote physical fitness and healthy eating, Falls-Lenox is learning about nutrition and exercise. Each class made posters about a fruit or vegetable, which will remain on display in the cafeteria for the rest of the school year. Throwing competitions were held in P.E. classes and Bulldog football players joined us on Friday for the final competition. Classes also decorated doors as Browns’ players’ lockers and we had balloon arches in the main entry! It was a great day of fun and good health thanks to the efforts of P.E. teacher Greg Hoover, parent Jodi DiMarco, many volunteers, and the students and staff at Falls-Lenox.
BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE
District officials recognized staff members for their years of service to the District during the annual opening staff meeting to kick off the 2013-2014 school year. Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 “Bulldog years” were acknowledged for their contributions to the District’s success. Please join us as we continue to acknowledge and congratulate each of these special groups of Bulldogs in the coming weeks! This week, we are proud to recognize our staff members with 20 Bulldog years!
“20 Year Bulldogs” (Front Row, L to R): Lidia Soto-Kacik (OFHS); Lynette Bock (OFHS); Tami Doyle (ECC); Fran Grega (Central Office); and Dawn Moses (OFHS). (Back Row, L to R): Jane Kossin (Transportation/OFHS); Cynthia Rodgers (OFIS); Nancy Hunt (Transportation); Jan Holecko (Transportation); Christina Christensen (Transportation); and Pat Bredigar (ECC). Not pictured: Kelly Dye (OFMS); Larry Hamilton (OFIS); and Anne Statz (Falls-Lenox).
SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS
Sept. 17th OFIS PTA Meeting *NEXT WEEK*
Sept. 23rd OFHS PTA Meeting
Sept. 24th Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting
Coming soon! Links to PTA Membership forms for 2013-2014. Be sure to join the PTA in your child’s building this year!
NEXT WEEK! ANNUAL MINI BULLDOG CHEER CLINICS & CHEER NIGHT
In what has become an annual fall tradition, Olmsted Falls High School Cheerleaders will present a Mini Cheer Clinic and Cheer Night this September. Cheer Night is scheduled for Friday night, September 20th as the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs take on the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees. The Cheer Clinic for participating students in grades 3-5 is Tuesday, Sept. 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and the Cheer Clinic for participating students in grades K-2 is Thursday, Sept. 19th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Participants must attend clinic in order to cheer at game.)
POST PROM HELPS BULLDOGS SHOW THEIR SPIRIT WITH COLLECTION OF RIBBONS, POM POMS, NECKLACES & MORE
Bulldog fans of all ages can show their spirit with many unique, affordable items made available by the OFHS Post Prom committee. Be sure to check out the goods which will be on display and available for purchase at next week’s two mini-cheer clinics on September 17th and 19th. Your mini-cheerleader will look even more adorable wearing one of these hair ribbons (clips and ties available)! Stop by and see what we have to offer all Bulldog fans!
LITTLE BULLDOGS VOLLEYBALL CLINICS – SEPTEMBER 17TH, 24TH & OCTOBER 1ST
The OFMS volleyball program will be holding volleyball clinics for Olmsted Falls students in grades K-1 on September 17th, September 24th, and October 1st from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. in the OFMS gym. The goal of the clinics are to develop beginner volleyball skills and to gain an appreciation for physical activity and being part of a team. Registration forms are being sent home from school with K-1 students this week.
To obtain additional registration forms or for questions, please contact Mrs. Brigid Radigan at email@example.com.
OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS ACT PREP WORKSHOP – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
Olmsted Falls Library, in partnership with College Now Greater Cleveland, is offering an ACT Prep workshop Thursday, September 19th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Knowledge is power! College Now Greater Cleveland will help you set your personal ACT score goal based on your talents. Learn specific strategies for each subject section, and make a plan to reach your ACT score goal! Registration is required. Click HERE for additional information and online registration.
HELPING HANDS TAILGATE NEXT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH!
DON’T MISS the first event this school year for Helping Hands is the HH Tailgate- Friday September 20 (6pm @ HS football stadium)! This event is organized by the HS & MS Helping Hands members. All students in the district are invited to attend (special needs or typical). We encourage new families to attend and meet the other wonderful families that are involved in Helping Hands. Please click HERE to print the flyer to purchase tickets for the game and for snacks at the tailgate. Please return the attached form with money to Mariel Krakowiak, at OFHS by 3pm on Tuesday Sept.18. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mariel Krakowiak, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT HELPING HANDS: Would you like your child to participate in an extra-curricular activity, improve their social skills, or make more friends? If you answered yes, then you should consider having them join or participate in Helping Hands. The “Helping Hands” members in grades 6-12 plan events for special needs students to participate in. Students of all ages and ability levels are welcome at our events. The main focus of Helping Hands is to promote disability awareness and acceptance of all people no matter their difference. If you would like to join or have further questions please contact Mariel Krakowiak, email@example.com.
TITLEWISH FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT OFIS LIBRARY
Please support the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Library Fundraiser. This unique online Titlewish fundraiser is currently underway and will be active through September 20th. 100% of the money raised will go directly to purchasing new books for the OFIS school library PLUS Follett will give OFIS an additional 10% of the total donations. Please participate to help us raise $2,500.00
Funds will be used to purchase new books to enhance the Guided Reading program at OFIS. To help us meet our goals, please visit www.titlewish.com and use the FIND YOUR SCHOOL bar to type in Olmsted Falls Intermediate School to access our school’s Titlewish site.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!
OFMS PTA SPIRIT WEAR SALE UNDERWAY
Please help support your OFMS PTA by sporting around an “Olmsted Falls Middle School” t-shirt or show your Bulldog spirit by wearing a “Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog” t-shirt or sweatshirt. We’re also selling Bulldog nylon drawstring bags, as well as, Bulldog flannel pants. Please note the flannel pants only come in junior sizes.
Orders placed after September 12th will be available at the Middle School parent teacher conference on November 4th and November 7th. Please click HERE to access the order form. Thank you so much for all your support of our OFMS PTA!!!!
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!
There are still copies available for purchase for $60.
Please contact Mr. John Gaba (427-6050) or Mrs. Leslie Pickenheim (427-6070) with any questions.
MASQUERS PARTNERS WITH CHICK-FIL-A FOR DELICIOUS SEPT. 26TH FUNDRAISER
The Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensics Patrons have a fundraising event coming up on September 26th from 5 -7 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to show your support during this “Dine to Donate” event at Chick-Fil-A (located at 4779 Great Northern Blvd.) next Thursday! 15% of all sales between 5-7 p.m. will go to OFHS Masquers & Forensics. Dine-in, carry-out, or cater! Click HERE to download and print a flyer reminder for your fridge!
9TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL GOLDEN GRADS REUNION – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH @ 11:30 A.M.
The 9th Annual Olmsted Falls High School Golden Grads Reunion will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the German American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Reminisce while browsing through old yearbooks and other OFHS memorabilia. Become reacquainted with fellow graduates from the Classes of 1929 – 1969…. and make new friends who also have “Bulldog Pride!” Tickets are $20 per person and include a sit-down lunch, tax and gratuity. Deadline to make a reservation is September 13. For the invitation/reservation form, please click HERE. Or, call Jenny McKeigue, OFHS Alumni Director, at 427-6030 for more information.
OECPTA ANNUAL AUTUMN ATTIC RESALE EVENT – SEPTEMBER 28TH!
Fall Into $aving on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria (27045 Bagley Road) for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Autumn Attic Resale Event. Want to sell your gently used baby /kids inventory? Here is your opportunity: $ 25.00 – OECPTA members; $ 30.00 – non-members. Each space purchased includes a 10’ x 10’ space (tables are available at a cost of $10.00/ table). Sellers keep all profits! Spaces are limited, so return your registration today. Registration forms available at www.oecpta.org. Early Bird 8 am- 9am – $5.00; General 9 am- 12 noon – $ 2.00; Children’s Clothes – Toys – Gear –Maternity – Furniture – Décor – Bedding – Strollers – Activity – Baby Gear – Safety Items/Gear – Toys – Games & Other Misc. Items For All Ages.
LIBRARY’S ANNUAL TOUCHDOWN FOR READING PROGRAM UNDERWAY FOR K-8 STUDENTS
Get in the game this fall! Students in grades K-8 can play the 2013 Touchdown for Reading online reading game, presented in partnership with the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Clinic. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org/touchdownforreading.aspx for details. September 3rd through November 22nd!
For a complete listing of the Library’s fall events, please click HERE.
OLMSTED COMMUNITIES SHREDDING DAY – TOMORROW, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 9:00 A.M. TO 12 Noon at Olmsted Falls Middle School Parking Lot – Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township again join forces with New Hope Specialized Services to provide no cost document shredding for residents. Clean out your files and bring your stacks of papers to shred!
2nd Annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk – THIS SUNDAY, September 15th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School – This year, along with the 1/2 mile kids dash and tables of kids activities, we have added a “Chris Cakes, pancakes with an attitude” Breakfast, DJ, cash raffle, gift basket drawings, a memorial tribute video and the entire race is being run by Hermes. Please help make a difference by registering for the event at: http://www.robbysvoice.com/2nd-annual-race-iv-awareness-5k/.
New Season of Activities, Sports & Programs at Olmsted Community Center (OCC) – The Olmsted Community Center (OCC), a non-profit 501c3 organization, is now ready for a new season. We are partnering with local organizations to help provide a single point of registration for community activities, sports and programs. Check out all we’ve got in store at www.olmstedcc.com: all new Saturday Activity Nights (see below), Cheerleading, Friday Night Workshops, Football, Zumba, Yoga and more! Hope to see you there!
CALLING ALL BASEBALL COACHES! Friends of Olmsted Baseball Hosts 1st Annual Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Clinic – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH (Browns Bye Week) at Olmsted Falls Middle School — Whether you coach a T-ball team or are a high school coach, you want to make sure that you come see some of the best college and high school coaches in the state of Ohio speak on a variety of baseball topics. There will also be plenty of vendors on hand. Scheduled speakers include Chris Holick from Ohio State, Brian Harrison from Baldwin-Wallace, Josh Sorge from Strongsville high school, our own Dan Largent, many many more! You can get more information and preregister online at: www.neobaseballclinic.com.