Parent Update – October 4, 2013
ISSUE 86 INFORMATION SESSION – THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
Parents and residents are invited and encouraged to attend the next Issue 86 information session to learn more about the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue on the November 5th election ballot.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 9th @ 7 p.m.
WHERE: Olmsted Falls High School – Library Media Center
WHY: To be fully informed about the scope of and need for this bond issue.
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. Please join Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and OFCS parents for this important presentation – and bring a friend, family member and/or neighbor along with you!
OFHS ARTIST TERESA WANG’S JOURNEY FEATURED IN SUN NEWS
OFHS junior Teresa Wang, recent Gold Key winner in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Contest, was profiled by the Sun News last week. Please click HERE to read the article about Teresa.
Congratulations and kudos again to this talented Bulldog!
Pictured at left: Teresa and her mom, Mrs. Linda Wang, at the National Scholastic Awards in NYC this summer. Pictured at right: Teresa’s Award-Winning Drawing, “Meisel’s Coco.”
OFIS GRADES 4 AND 5 ENJOY KICK-IT CELEBRATION AT PROGRESSIVE FIELD
The students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate raised close to $16,000 over a two-week period for the fundraiser. A Chagrin Falls boy, 10, founded Kick-It in 2009. He decided to turn his favorite game – kickball — into a fundraiser. Games have been played across the country and raised about $1.5 million.
OFIS’s top fundraising classes were Mr. Englehart, Mrs. Harb, Mrs. Venecek, Mrs. Atkins and Mr. Judson. They played kickball with other fundraising schools. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here. A thank you to all who helped raise awareness and research dollars for this cause.
MUSIC THERAPY ACROSS THREE SCHOOLS
Music therapy sessions recently came to Mrs. Doick’s class at ECC, Ms. Schoenhofer’s at Fall-Lenox and Ms. Giambio’s at OFIS. Music on A Mission offers the program, which donates its time to provide monthly music therapy sessions to the district’s preschool through grade 5 Moderate-Intensive classrooms. These sessions provide exposure to therapeutic music experiences by experienced music therapists.
The students had the opportunity to explore and play instruments, dance, sing and engage in social interaction through music. Music On A Mission is an organization dedicated to providing music enrichment to the community. The organization’s efforts are funded by various activities, including concerts by Just Us band whose lead singer is ECC director Melinda Brunner! Thank you, Melinda, Music On a Mission and Tina Moreno, the latter who coordinated these efforts. To view a photo gallery, click here.
OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM RAISES AWARENESS, FUNDS WITH ITS NETS FOR RETTS
Each year the Olmsted Falls volleyball program completes a community service project. It has promoted the Volley for a Cure in the past with the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association. This year, those in the program changed their effort to do something special and unique for a community member. They chose “Nets for Retts” because the VanArnhem family is so special to them. Brooke is a student and Jeff, a teacher. Team members planned the entire event. They sold 200 cookie jars at Shaker’s MarketPlace, had a pasta and pizza night at Aces Grille with coaches working the event and sold 50/50 raffle tickets at the game. They also sold T-shirts during their lunches. The end result – the program raised $4,944.87 for the International Retts Syndrome Foundation. Great job Bulldogs!
2013 PUPPY BASKETBALL LEAGUE FOR 4TH, 5TH & 6TH GRADE GIRLS – DATES ANNOUNCED / REGISTRATION OPEN
The 2013 Puppy League for all girls in 4th, 5th and 6th grades begin on Saturday, October 26th. Registration forms are currently being accepted. The format of the league will be the same as last year; there will be a 15 minute shoot around time, 45 minutes of skill work each day within each player’s team and then the players will play either 3-on-3 games, 5-on-5 games, competitive contests, or a mixture of all three the last hour. Players from the Varsity and JV teams will coach each team while the coaches of the program will be there to monitor, supervise, and officiate all the games. All sessions will be held at Olmsted Falls High School (HS), but times will vary from week to week. All participants will also be invited to attend a Varsity Girls Basketball game.
For additional information – including complete list of league dates and registration form – please click HERE.
MEET MRS. CHAPLIN
Mrs. Susan Chaplin is a seventh-grade mathematics teacher at OFMS. She also serves the district as a teacher mentor, technology committee member, Power School staff trainer, OFEA building rep and homework lab advisor.
Mrs. Chaplin said she loves being a Bulldog because she believes we all care so much about each other and the success of our children. She enjoys seeing the Bulldog spirit instilled in her son, Cole, who is a Falls-Lenox first grader.
Her favorite part of being a teacher is the ability to make math understandable to all her students and seeing that “I’ve got it!” moment in a student’s face. In her spare time, Mrs. Chaplin enjoys participating in anything outdoors, walking her dog, Lola, traveling and spending time with her son.
POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL GAME FIELDS A NOV. 5 COMPETITION
Tickets are $5 or $4 presale at the school for students only. The gates open at 6 p.m.
Don’t miss the fun and festivities, including half-time games, raffles and concessions. All proceeds benefit OFHS Post Prom Committee. Hope to see the community support this fun and beneficial event.
RECYCLING NATURE AT ECC
A sunflower head consists of flowers that mature into seeds, which could number into the hundreds. Leaves of the sunflower can be used as cattle feed, while the stems contain a fiber which may be used in paper production. What a cool science project.
COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL GATHER AT HOMECOMING PANCAKE BREAKFAST
It is a major fundraiser for the group, which accepts donations at the event.
Superintendent Jim Lloyd spent time at the breakfast adding just a bit more flavor to the French toast.
GOLDEN GRADS REUNION 2013
Almost 200 Bulldog alumni from the graduating classes of 1938 to 1969 attended the annual Golden Grads Reunion luncheon Sept. 26. Many traveled from out-of-town locations to attend and stayed through the weekend to participate in a variety of reunion and Homecoming festivities. The classes of ’53 celebrated its 60th reunion and ’63 kicked off its 50th reunion activities with this event. Jean Lewis Rendfleish, class of 1938, won this year’s coveted “Oldest Alumni” award.
OFHS memorabilia was displayed during the luncheon. Items included trophies dating from 1922-1962; yearbooks from 1926-1973; four donated Olmsted Falls jackets from the years 1939, 1957, 1960 and 1966 and two class keys.
For more pictures of this event, you can click here or visit and friend us on Facebook at “Olmsted Falls.” If you would like to donate any historical Olmsted Falls High School items for future Golden Grads reunions and our future Alumni display case at the high school, please contact Jenny McKeigue, 440-427-6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA ACTIVITIES CALENDARS ARE HERE
The much awaited 2013-2014 Activities Calendars have arrived! Calendars were sorted and distributed to each building on Friday. Students in grades Pre-K to 5, who are the youngest student in their household, brought calendars home in backpacks on Friday. Calendars will be distributed in homerooms at OFMS and OFHS on Monday.
In the meantime, parents can click HERE to download the September / October calendar pages.
PRIDE IN OLMSTED SCHOOLS COMMITTEE SEEKING YARD SIGN LOCATIONS
In an effort to raise awareness throughout the community about Issue 86, the District’s 1.8 Mill Bond Issue to address overcrowding and improve safety and security at OFHS, the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee is seeking residents living on heavily traveled roads (i.e. Bagley, Columbia, Cook, Fitch, Stearns & Usher) and/or main arteries into and out of neighborhood developments / sub-divisions, who would be willing to have an Issue 86 yard sign placed on their property. If you are willing to have a sign placed in your yard, please e-mail email@example.com with the subject line “Yard Sign” and provide your street address and closest major intersection. Distribution of yard signs will begin next week.
OFHS SWIM/DIVE PROGRAM NEARS
The 2013-2014 OFHS Swim and Dive Team will have an informational meeting for parents and students for its upcoming season. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the high school choir room. If you are unable to attend the meeting or have any questions, please contact Coach Matt Laughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8TH GRADE WASHINGTON DC PARENT MEETING RESCHEDULED!
The 8th grade Washington DC Parent meeting, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 9, at 7:00 PM, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:00 PM, in the OFMS Cafetorium. Click here to view the informational flyer.
PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – OCTOBER 10TH - SPONSORED BY OECPTA
OFHS POST PROM MEETING
The OFHS Post Prom will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15th in the high school library. The meeting will concentrate on creating a theme. Parents and community members are invited to share ideas.
SUPPORT OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS & FORENSICS PATRONS
The Olmsted Falls Masquers and Forensics Patrons (OFMFP) is the non-profit parent booster group charted to support performing arts, speech, and debate in Olmsted Falls High School, and they need your support!
Please click HERE to download more information on membership and volunteer opportunities this year.
POST PROM NECKLACE SALE
NATIONAL COOKING CONTEST PROMOTES HEALTHY EATING…AND PROVIDES CHANCE TO WIN SCHOOL CAFETERIA MAKE-OVER!
Bulldog families are invited to enter the “Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest” sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. Simply make a short video of your and your child cooking a rice dish and upload it to www.UncleBens.com.
Click HERE for additional information and complete rules. Top prizes include: $15,000 grand prize; appearance on The Rachael Ray Show; $30,000 School Cafeteria Makeover.
Entries must be submitted by 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on October 6, 2013.
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.
The 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.
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.
FALLS DAY IN THE PARK – SUNDAY, 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.
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS OFFERS BOO!-TIFUL EVENT
Families and the community are invited to Olmsted Performing Arts’ Boo!-tiful Halloween Party at 7 p.m. October 27 at OPA’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. It includes a princess show, dance party, trick or treat time with princesses as well as food and crafts. Tickets are $20, with adults, free. For more information, go to www.olmstedperformingarts.com or call 440-235-OPAC. The center also has its 2014 theatre preview available online. Click here to see flyers for the Halloween Party and its theatre preview.