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Parent Update – September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

GET INFORMED:  ISSUE #86 INFORMATION MEETING TONIGHT - WED., SEPT. 18TH

Calling ALL Bulldog parents!!  Please join Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd AT 7 P.M. TONIGHT  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 now 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. 

DSC_6969However, 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 TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, SEPT 18th. We hope to see you there! 

FACEOFF TV CONTESTANT, ARTIST VISITS OFHS ART CLASSES

Eddie applying makeup to his model during the show's tapingThe OFHS art department had the honor Thursday, Sept. 12 of a visit and presentation from Eddie Holecko, a local artist and son of district employee Jan Holecko. Eddie, a Berea High grad, is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he is working on his Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual effects. Last spring Eddie was selected as a participant on the TV competition “FaceOff.” The show was taped in the spring, but is now airing on the Syfy Channel at 9 p.m. Tuesday nights. Mariel Krakowiak, the school’s visual arts teacher, said everyone is watching and supporting his process! During his visit, Eddie shared his experiences at Berea High, Savannah College and his experiences on FaceOff. Here is a photo showing Eddie applying makeup to his model during the show’s taping. For additional photos from Eddie’s visit to OFHS art classes last week, please click HERE.

The art department thanks Eddie for taking the time to meet with the classes. Real life experiences like his, and from people so close to home, help keep the artistic drive going! Good luck, Eddie!

A GIFT FROM A BULLDOG PARENT AND PEARL JAM FANS 

OF iPad redoneThe ECC’s moderate to intensive full-day preschool received a wonderful gift through a parent’s effort.

Dad Joe Little created a blog about his favorite rock band Pearl Jam.  Through his efforts, those of his 400,000 followers and concert events, enough money was raised to purchase a classroom set of iPads. Pearl Jam fans are known for supporting charitable projects.

ECC is using the iPads as communication devices.  It also has, however, according to Alison Doick, ECC’s intervention specialist, endless opportunities to use the devices for visual supports, social stories, video modeling and more.  The iPads also provide a seamless way to bring the gap between home and school to promote generalization of skills across many settings. A big thank from the littlest Bulldogs to all involved!

ECC animal photo resizedTIME OUT TO SPEND WITH A FURRY FRIEND

Megan Stack’s PM preschool class stopped by the ECC’s main office to visit the school’s two chinchillas. This is Peanut Butter with the group while sister Jelly waits her turn.

ONE WAY TO MAKE LEARNING FUN

Bruce Bogtrotter cake 2013 redoneOFIS teacher Sharon Stanczak shared her love of author Roald Dahl with her 4th grade class. They celebrated Roald Dahl Day on Friday after finishing his book, Matilda, and viewing the movie that goes with the book. Three of her students dressed as his character Matilda.  She and Laura Connelly wore “I love Matilda” T-shirts and took a class photo with one of the character’s – Bruce Bogtrotter  — giant cake.   They also learned to read a recipe and made “Crispy Wasp Stings on a Buttered Piece of Toast” from the book, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes.  For additional photos, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION – TEAM TRYOUTS THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 21ST FOR BOYS (Grades 3 to 6) AND GIRLS (Grades 4 to 6)

basketballThe Olmsted Falls Basketball Association will hold tryouts for 2 boys teams (for grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th) and 2 girls teams (for grades 4th, 5th, 6th) SATURDAY, Sept. 21ST at Olmsted Falls High School. The goal of the OFBA Travel Basketball Program is to identify and further develop players in the Olmsted Falls School District (grades 3-6) at a higher level of basketball which prepares them for the Olmsted Falls Middle School and High School Basketball Programs. To download the official OFBA Travel Basketball flyer with tryout times, fees and additional information, please click HERE.

REMINDER:  OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS ACT PREP WORKSHOP – TOMORROW, 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 INVITES STUDENTS TO HELP OTHERS - KICK-OFF TAILGATE EVENT THIS FRIDAY!

HH logoWould 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, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net. The group’s kick-off event for this year is at 6 p.m. THIS Friday, September 20t at the HS football stadium. The pre-registered event is a tailgate party.

TITLEWISH FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT OFIS LIBRARY ENDS THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH.

bookshelfTomorrow is the final day to support the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Library Fundraiser.  This unique online Titlewish fundraiser is now underway through Thursday, September 20th. All 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!

POST PROM HOMECOMING CORSAGE/BOUTINERE FUNDRAISER

The OFHS Post Prom committee is holding a special fundraiser in conjunction with OFHS Homecoming.  Order your corsages and boutineres for Homecoming from The Flower Studio (440-235-3044 or novomatt@sbcglobal.net) and $1per boutonniere and $2 per corsage will be donated to Post Prom.  Order by Sept. 25th.

MASQUERS PARTNERS WITH CHICK-FIL-A FOR DELICIOUS SEPT. 26TH FUNDRAISER

Spirit Day Flyer - September 26 2013 (2)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.

golden_hug_clip_art_12552The 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 13th.  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!

oecpta_logoFall 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.

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – OCTOBER 10TH - SPONSORED BY OECPTA

This FREE information night is a great way to meet local preschools, gather information and get your questions answered.  This event is OPEN TO ALL who may have children ready to enter preschool.  The Preschool Open House will take place Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Early Childhood Center, located at 7105 Fitch Rd.  This event is sponsored by Olmsted Early Childhood PTA.  Please visit www.oecpta.org for more information.

OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME DINNER – OCTOBER 17TH!

Introducing This Year’s Inductees!  On October 17th, the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association will induct seven outstanding athletes and one coach into the Olmsted Falls High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  This year’s inductees include:  Fred Loepp, ’54, Luke Workman, ’94, Trevor Urban, ’95, Carissa Mahoney, ’96, Jackie Mason, ’00, Kenneth Jones, ’01, Timothy Curran, ’03, and Coach John Winters.  Please click HERE for photos of the inductees.

100_8963The Induction Ceremony and Dinner will take place at the German American Club, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, on Thursday, October 17, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and all are welcome to attend. The inductees will be introduced at the October 18th home football game right after the FIRST quarter.   Pictured at left are the past 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees being introduced at a home football game; they are L-R: Coach Jim Emigh, Kyle Stoffer ’01, Ron Molosky ’61, Abby Jaroscak Latra ’98, Mike Gansey ’01, John Storey ’97, George Fischer ’71.

Reservation forms for the Thursday night ceremony are available by clicking HERE or contacting Jenny McKeigue, OFHS Alumni Director, at 440-427-6030 or ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.

LIBRARY’S ANNUAL TOUCHDOWN FOR READING PROGRAM UNDERWAY FOR K-8 STUDENTS

touchdownforreadinglogo_smGet 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

olmsted community center buildingPATRIOTIC NIGHT AT THE OLMSTED FALLS COMMUNITY CENTER – THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST – 7 – 10 P.M. - Children in grades 1-6 are invited to join another season of fun at the Olmsted Community Center.  On Saturday, September 21, the center will have an Inflatable Bounce House & Basketball and Slide Combo. All the activities are included with admission.  Saturday, September 28 is Patriotic Night, with youth invited to wear red, white and blue. The events are from 7-10 p.m. at the center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. Check its website for more details.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUCALLING 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.

fall_festivalFALLS DAY IN THE PARKSUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH at East River Park.– It’s the annual Falls Day in the Park from 1-4 p.m. at East River Park off of Lewis Road.  This community day of fun includes a performance by the OFHS marching band,; Music Connections DJ; crafters and other vendors; activities and crafts for kids; jugglers; face painting and refreshments.  The Citizen of the Year will be announced. The Olmsted Falls Parks & Recreation Board sponsors this free event.

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  1. Ray
    September 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    8.7 mill levy in 2010
    2.8 mill levy in 2011 (which we were told was to include building upgrades)

    The mobile classrooms were at the high school long before either of these previous levies. We knew they were an issue and we thought the 2.8 mill PI levy was supposed to address our building issues.
    I love our schools, but my tax bill is out of control. My property value has fallen by half, and my taxes have doubled.

    • Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent
      October 5, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Thanks for your comments Ray.

      Yes, the trailers have been there for a while and they weren’t addressed at the time of any of those levies. The levy in 2010 was an operating levy that was meant to preserve our academic and extra-curricular programs. We are a service business and like these organizations our highest cost is personnel. Our personnel provides the services to students.

      The 2011 PI levy was meant to address the purchase of school buses, a roof on the high school, technology and some building maintenance. It was meant to fix and maintain, it was not meant to build and construct. I looked over all of the levy promises and campaigning information and addressing our buildings through construction was not included.

      This bond issue is directed specifically at the high school to once and for all relieve our overcrowding by eliminating the trailer classrooms and building 9 new classrooms. The building was built for 850 students and currently houses 1200. There will be 1,300 in three years. Through survey research with the randomly sampled group of Olmsted voters, they indicated they would support a bond issue to improve the safety and security at the high school. This levy is needed and is being put in front of the voters because they looked upon it favorably.

      Like you, I love our schools too. I moved my family into Olmsted because of the quality of life and the educational excellence. My own tax bill went up considerably when I did, but I can assure you that the children in our community are getting a high quality education compared to others at a cost that is one of the lowest in Cuyahoga County. The issue in Olmsted is the tax burden is put on the property owner whereas in other communities, they have a strong commercial and industrial tax base to relieve the burden.

      Thanks for your thoughts. I would be happy to talk with you further sometime if you have other questions. I would also encourage you to attend the next Bond Issue information session scheduled on Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m. at the high school.

      Sincerely,
      Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent
      Olmsted Falls City Schools

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