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Parent Update – October 17, 2013

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

There is NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, Friday, October 18th.  The Olmsted Falls School District, along with surrounding districts and districts throughout the State, will be closed tomorrow for the annual NEOEA Day.

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATION FOLLOW-UP

Thank you to the Olmsted Falls High School administration, faculty, staff and students, as well as our local safety forces, for the orderly evacuation and detailed operations that occurred as the High School’s Safety & Security Plan was put into action on Wednesday.  We want to further thank our High School parents for responding to our call to pick up their students from the designated evacuation location.  Evacuation and pick-up efforts were further augmented by staff members at our intermediate and middle schools. Support was also provided by our transportation department, central office staff and countless others.  The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts in assisting us with Wednesday’s precautionary evacuation and school closure.  Olmsted Township Police are continuing their investigation into this incident.  We will provide any further updates as they become available.  Thank you again to everyone.

PRE-ENGINEERING CLASS RECEIVES NEW TECHNOLOGY

MakerBot printerThe OFHS students in the Pre-engineering class have a new piece of technology to use this year, thanks to Polaris Career Center that purchased a new Makerbot 3D printer for their use. The new printer allows students to make prototypes of ABS plastic from parts they design using the AutoDesk Inventor solid modeling software.  For information on Makerbot and 3D printing, click HERE.  For a photo of the printer and some of the students, click HERE.

OFHS SPANISH III STUDENT RECEIVE OUTSTANDING TEST SCORES

spanish iconEach year, all Spanish III students participate in the Collaborative Articulation and Assessment Project, C.A.A.P., which The Ohio State University sponsors.  Students take a written, listening and reading assessment, which gives students an indication of their potential university course placement. It also provides feedback to high school students and teachers about general performance levels in comparison to other districts in the state.

The 2012-2013 Third Year Spanish Students performed exceptionally well on the tests last year, scoring well above the high school averages in all three assessments.  OFHS Spanish Teacher Jenelle Hughes provided the results. The high school average for writing was 4.9 while OFHS was 6.3; listening: high school average, 7.2, OF, 8.6 and reading: high school average, 5.9 and OF, 7.3. Muy bien, students.  

OFMS DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS THE PLAY HONK! JR.

Honk photoThe OFMS Drama Club’s cast and crew of more than 50 students have been working hard to prepare this hip retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Ducking.  The club is ‘egg-cited’ to perform the play for the community. Show time is 7 p.m. October 24th, 25th and 26th at the school. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3, students.

“Honk! Jr. is the story of Ugly, an awkward duck whose gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and friends.  Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey, he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms,” wrote Music Theatre International.

OFHS GIRLS  GOLF TEAM SWINGS A GOOD SEASON

girls golf group shotCoach Steve Hunter and the OFHS girls golf team saw some great accomplishments this season. The team finished in third place in the SWC this season with an 8-4 record.  Pictured in this photo are, from left, Abbey Boenig-Dombek, grade 9; Emily Gerycz, 10th; Ashley Gomez, 12th, Jessica Bobik, 12th and Gabby Zemaitis, grade 9.

Senior Ashley Gomez earned a trip to the Division 1 District Tournament competition by placing fourth in sectional play. She defeated a golfer from Normandy High School in a sudden death play-off hole to quality for that honor.  She finished 15th among the 76 individual players competing at District with a score of 84 for 18 holes. Ashley also placed second overall at the SWC Tournament with a score of 81. She earned 1st Team All-SWC honors for the second straight year. Click HERE to see Ashley holding her ticket to the Division 1 District Tournament.

Student-athletes in grades 8, 9 and 10, who are interested in competing on the girls varsity golf team next fall for 2013, should contact Coach Hunter at shunter@ofcs.net.

HELPING HANDS INVITES COMMUNITY TO PUMPKIN FEST – THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

fall-fest-graphic-2012The OFCS Helping Hands group invites families from 3-5 p.m. October 19th to the Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Festival, 16801 E. River Road (Route 252), Columbia Station. The event’s admission and parking are free. Enjoy a hay maze and straw jumping area for kids 12 and under.  A 5-acre corn maze challenge is available at a charge of $3 for adults and $2 for kids ages 3-12.  Wagon rides are $2 a person.  Carry as many pumpkins as you can all for $12 a lift.  There also will be a food tent, fresh produce and fall decorations available.

Please reserve by contacting Mariel Krakowiak, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net  by 10 p.m. Friday, October 18th if you plan to attend.  Also include the ages of the children attending with your group.  Look for the gold Helping Hands poster to find the group at the fest. Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities.

MEDICATION FORMS ARE REQUIRED AT SCHOOLS

nurseIf your child needs medication during school  hours, they must submit the proper paperwork. Medication forms are available online by clicking HERE.

Our school nurse reminds parents administering any non-prescription or over- the-counter medication requires only a parent signature and the completion of Form A.   All non-prescription medications will be given per package instructions, otherwise a physician’s signature will be needed. Please send medication in its original container.  The administration of any prescription medication requires  parent and physician signatures and completion of Form B. 

All medications must be delivered by a parent or responsible adult in the container that the pharmacy provided.   Please do not let your child bring the medications to school. Medications are valid for the current year only.

HELP A FALLS-LENOX STUDENT WIN A NATIONAL CONTEST

uncle benDanica, a first grader in Mrs. Kolozvary’s class, entered a video featuring a recipe for Apple-Cinnamon Rice Pudding that Uncle Ben makes.  Her rice and apple recipe features apples picked from her own yard. Community votes are worth 20 percent of the judging criteria.  Three finalists will be flown to New York to appear on the Rachael Ray Show. Two of them also will receive $10,000 for their schools.  The grand prize winner will appear on Rachael Ray again and receive  $30,000 for a “cafeteria makeover,” to be used at the school’s discretion.  You can vote once per day.  Click HERE for the link to her video and to vote.

ECC DAD TEACHES FIRE SAFETY TO CLASS

Fireman zipping up his coatBay Village Firefighter Dave, the father of Dalton, visited Mrs. Doyle’s and Ms. Metzer’s AM kindergarten class during Fire Safety Week. The children were fascinated to see all the gear he wears on the job and how different he sounds when he wears his mask and oxygen tank. A photo gallery is HERE. They had hands-on learning by practicing “stop, drop, and roll” and learned fire safety tips.  Dalton’s classmates loved having Dalton’s dad visit them. Thank you, Firefighter Dave.

OFHS PTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE OFF TO A GREAT START

Ohio PTA LogoThe OFHS PTA membership drive is well underway.  Mr. Blake’s homeroom brought in the most memberships for the month of September. The class was treated to donuts last week as a thank you for their parents’ support.  The homeroom contest will continue in October — there are several homerooms in the running so sign up today!

Don’t forget that senior parents are especially encouraged to join.  If you are a member, your senior is eligible for one of several scholarships the OFHS PTA awards at the end of the year.  Simply fill out your membership form today and send it into the high school marked “PTA Membership”. The PTA will have tables set up during parent teacher conferences in November. Stop by and see them.

Click HERE to download the Olmsted Falls High School PTA 2013-2014 membership form. Click HERE for a list of this year’s meeting dates.

ECC DAD SHARES HIS CELLO AS TEACHING TOOL

cello 2ECC’s kindergarteners start the year annually with the  Crazy Color Creatures book, in which they read, do word play and color their own copy.

For “Mel O. Yellow plays the cello” day, Gabriella’s dad brought in a cello!  He taught Mrs. Doyle’s and Ms. Metzger’s AM kindergarten class quite a bit about the instrument. For a gallery of photos, click HERE.  Gabriella’s dad, Bill, is a jazz professor at Cleveland State University and a musician. Everyone thought his cello playing was great.  Thank you, Bill!

OFIS PTA SPONSORS DONUTS WITH DAD THIS MONTH

DonutsWithDadThe OFIS PTA invites PTA member dads, grandpas and other important men in the life of the school’s students to share some time together.  These male figures are invited to attend Donuts for Dad from 7-7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 23rd. Just bring your PTA card for admission. Not a member yet?  No problem.  PTA will accept your membership at the door for just $6.

Please RSVP by October 21st.  For more details, contact Amy Krogh, amymkrogh@hotmail.com or 440-235-0582.

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. Saturday, 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.

flag“Meet The Candidates” Night – Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. - Hosted jointly by the Olmsted Falls PTAs, Olmsted Falls Education Association (OFEA) and Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE).  This event will take place in the Olmsted Falls Middle School cafetorium and all residents are invited to attend.

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.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER

of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21Support the newest sport for girls and boys in town.  The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association offers a night out from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, November 16th at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include refreshments, pizza, wings and rigatoni. There will be raffle boards, 50/50 and gift baskets, too.This year’s fundraising activities will assist in further growing the program with additional high school uniforms as there will be  JV and Varsity boys’ teams and more girls playing as well.  The money raised also will help keep registration fees at 2013 levels.  Please contact olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com for ticket information or  Kelly Atkins at  bobcatteach@gmail.com  with donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big ticket item.

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  1. Michelle Clark
    October 23, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I would love to see our community work towards communication. I receive this blog notice usually after events have occurred. Why? Because I am not online to retrieve emails at a moments notice and would prefer an old fashioned phone call. It’s not like we don’t all have cell phones with us 24/7. The blog is great for overall news but fails when it comes to a notice. The evacuation of my daughters school after school hours is a great example. I find that this happened once I arrived at work, the next day. Thanks for listening…

    • Olmsted Falls School District
      October 23, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Dear Mrs. Clark,

      Thanks for your feedback. I wanted to respond to a few of your thoughts.

      The Blog—we do not use the blog for emergency notices. Any emergency information that is put on the site relates to things that we’ve communicated previously.

      Communication to Parents via Phone—while it would be our preference, we simply do not have the capacity to have a conversation with individual parents when a massive amount of students are involved in an emergency situation. The emergency notification information has come via email and as you said, most people have a cell phone on them that is linked to email.

      Long-Term Strategy Change Regarding Parent Communication—the phone-based emergency notification system that we used last Wednesday was under review for a change and we are going to proceed with a much need change. In the very near future, the district will use a system called Power Announcement that can communicate with parents and community in a more robust manner. This likely will include instant emergency text messages to phones and continual updates on situations that could include school closings due to weather, safety, etc. Our current system does not have that capacity and it will be updated.

      Thanks.
      Jim Lloyd, Superintendent

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