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Parent Update – October 9, 2013

ISSUE 86 INFORMATION SESSION – TONIGHT – 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:           **TONIGHT** 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!

OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ISSUE 86

Paw PrintThe Olmsted Falls PTA Council, consisting of representatives from each of the five Olmsted Falls PTA Units (OFHS PTA, OFMS PTA, OFIS PTA, Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA, OECPTA), passed a formal resolution in support of Issue 86 at its monthly meeting  Friday, October 4th.   In this resolution, the Olmsted Falls PTA Council endorses the passage of Issue 86, the District’s 1.8 Mill Bond Issue, in the General Election on November 5, 2013, and recognizes:

  • Issue 86 is critical for Olmsted Falls Schools, our community, our children and our future prosperity.
  • The safety and security of the students and staff is top priority of the district.
  • Issue 86 shares the desire of the community and the school district to constantly look for ways to improve and maintain school safety.
  • State funding has been reduced by millions, so it is up to our local community to protect our school.
  • Issue 86 will address the safety, security and overcrowding issues present at Olmsted Falls High School.

 Olmsted Falls School District wishes to express sincere appreciation to Olmsted Falls PTA Council for this important showing of support!

PRIDE OF OLMSTED FALLS – THE BULLDOG MARCHING BAND PERFORMS AT FALLS DAY IN THE PARK

Bulldog Falls Day in the ParkThe OFHS marching band wowed the crowd that gathered at Sunday’s Falls Day in the Park at East River Park. Band members played several selections and even strutted a bit of their showmanship with a few dance routines.

The cheerleaders also performed and added to the fun.  There is a photo gallery available by clicking here.

 

NEWS CHANNEL 5 HIGHLIGHTS HOLLY TAYLOR AS STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Holly_Taylor_969320002_20131002175051_320_240Holly Taylor, captain of the OFHS tennis team, among other accolades, recently was featured on News Channel 5 as its Student Athlete of the Week. She and coach Laura Graham were interviewed in the segment, which may be seen by clicking HERE.

Congratulations, Holly.

OFHS CHEERLEADERS HAS MAKE-UP MINI CHEER NIGHT FOR GRADES 3-5

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis cheering event is for the 3rd through 5th graders who attended the Mini Cheer Night on Friday, September 20th.  They are invited to cheer at the OFHS varsity football game against Avon Lake High School at 7 p.m. October 18.   They will cheer during the first half of the game.  All Mini Cheerleaders will be admitted into the game free.

For time arrival and other pertinent information, click here to view the flyer for the event.

2013 PUPPY BASKETBALL LEAGUE FOR 4TH, 5TH & 6TH GRADE GIRLS – DATES ANNOUNCED / REGISTRATION OPEN

basketballThe 2013 Puppy League for all girls in 4th, 5th and 6th grades begins 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.

BOYS IN GRADES 4-6 INVITED TO JOIN OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE

bballRegistration for the 2013 Boys Development Basketball League is now open to those in grades 4-6.  Players will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturday mornings and one Wednesday  morning during November and December.  OFHS varsity basketball coaches and players will instruct the league, which emphasizes basic skills, game rules and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable.

The cost is $50, which includes instruction, admission to a varsity basketball game for the participant and a T-shirt at the end of the league. Registration and fees will be accepted up to and including Saturday, November 2nd.  To access the registration form and more details, click here.

POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL GAME FIELDS A NOV. 5 COMPETITION

football-promo1OFHS senior girls will compete against the junior girls in the annual Powder Puff football game at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. at the high school football stadium.

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.

PTA ACTIVITIES CALENDARS ARE HERE

CoverThe much awaited 2013-2014 Activities Calendars have arrived!  Calendars were sorted and distributed to each building.

Students should have brought the calendars home in their backpacks already. The calendar’s October page is available online by clicking HERE.

PRIDE IN OLMSTED SCHOOLS COMMITTEE SEEKING YARD SIGN LOCATIONS

Bulldog Pride yard signIn 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 prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com with the subject line “Yard Sign”  and provide your street address and closest major intersection.  Distribution of yard signs will begin later this week.

8TH GRADE WASHINGTON DC PARENT MEETING RESCHEDULED!

us capitolThe 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

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Preschool Open House sponsored by the OECPTA will be held Thursday, October 10th from 6:30-7:30pm at the ECC and is open to everyone.  Come gather information from a number of local preschools all in one place.  This is a free event.
OECPTA General Meeting will be Thursday, October 10th at 7:30pm at the ECC.  If you would like to learn more about the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, come to the meeting or check us out at www.oecpta.org.  Any questions, please email Beth Mordarski, OECPTA President at bethmordarski@gmail.com.

OFHS POST PROM MEETING

The OFHS Post Prom will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 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

OFMFP LogoThe 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

photoPost Prom is proud to present a brand new way to show your bulldog spirit! Completely customizable and personalized necklaces!

Proceeds benefit Post Prom.  Please click HERE to download the order form.  Email questions to laurieshand@hotmail.com.

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 OFFERS NIGHT OF BASKETBALL AT OCTOBER 19th BENEFIT

Heroes 4 Hodgkins photoThe Hoops 4 Hope/Heroes 4 Hodgkins benefit runs from 3-6 p.m. October 19th at Olmsted Community Center.  Please join the Friends of the Hathcock family in support of their fight against Hodgkin’s disease. For more information about the event, click HERE.

OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS OFFERS BOO!-TIFUL EVENT

Bootiful pixFamilies 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, click HERE to view its flyer.

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  1. Kelly
    October 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Many of us would like to learn more about the candidates running for the board of education. Where can we get information? Thanks!

    • Kim Petrina - Communications Director
      October 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      I have just been made aware that a “Meet The Candidates” night – hosted jointly by the Olmsted Falls PTAs, Olmsted Falls Education Association (OFEA) and Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) – has been scheduled for next Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Olmsted Falls Middle School cafetorium and all residents are invited to attend. Additionally, I believe that Cleveland.com has compiled an on-line “Voters’ Guide” for all of Cuyahoga County. I hope this provides you with some possible resources.

  2. joe walsh
    October 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Creating an atmosphere of fear will get us no where! The trailers are not unsafe nor do we have the money to throw at such a project at this time. Also, let’s be honest———–will this property tax ever end? I didn’t think so. A no vote from me. It is time for a new approach and new school board members.

    • Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent
      October 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Dear Mr. Walsh,

      No one is trying to create an atmosphere of fear. We are simply stating the facts.

      The Facts
      • Our high school was built for 850 students.
      • It was added on to in 1997.
      • In 2001 a bond issue was put in front of the voters because the enrollment projections indicated our enrollment would increase and indeed it did. That 2001 information indicated that if that bond issue were to fail (which it did), we would need to make accommodations for the students that would be coming (i.e. modular trailers).
      • Those trailers have been in place for over a decade.
      • Every day over 900 students attend class in those trailers and our common areas are overcrowded as well.
      • Having over 100 students exit and enter the building every 40+ minutes has led to a safety and security tipping point.

      The Data
      • A professional security firm indicated that the trailers pose a risk and if an opportunity were to come about to address the risk, we should do that. So we asked.
      • The parents in our community responded to a survey and indicated that safety and security was their main concern.
      • A 400 randomly sampled survey of Olmsted voters indicated they were willing to invest in this.
      • As the superintendent, my job is to create an educational environment that is first and foremost, safe and secure.
      • While we are doing the very best we can, the facts are simple–we are overcrowded, this was projected long ago and our high school isn’t as safe and secure as it should be…for my students and yours.

      The small tax increase is an investment in safety and security; plain and simple. My taxes will endure a small increase as well, but I see this as an investment. If you do not, I’m sorry that you feel that way. You certainly have the right to vote your conscious. These resources are an investment in brick and mortar, not salaries or benefits. We are not throwing money at a project. These plans and projections have been discussed for over 10 years.

      I’m not sure what your “new approach” is, but I’m certainly willing to listen if you care to schedule an appointment to sit down and have a productive conversation. My number is below. Please call and schedule a time to talk.

      Thanks for your time and consideration.

      Jim

      Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent
      Olmsted Falls City Schools
      26937 Bagley Rd.
      Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
      440-427-6000

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