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Parent Update – November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013

FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS SALUTE VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE

Falls Lenox Veterans Day More than 100 veterans attended the Falls-Lenox Veterans Day Breakfast & Program Monday.  The school enlarged its program and included a breakfast for military veterans and their families.  The school asked students to “sacrifice for those who sacrificed” by giving up their snack or treat money for three days and donate the total toward the breakfast to help recognize veterans.  They raised about $500, which provided breakfast for about 250 people – their related Falls-Lenox students.  There were three sittings each followed by an outdoor program that included singing, short presentations, the raising of the flag and Taps, which a high school student played.

The morning was enjoyed by veterans, their families, students and staff.  Principal Colleen Longville was very pleased with the veterans’ attendance and the program, which likely will become an annual event. The Sun News on cleveland.com/olmsted ran a story with photos of the event.  To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

7TH GRADERS HOST SUSTAINABILITY FAIR TONIGHT FROM 6 – 8 P.M.

Sustainability Fair PhotoDon’t miss TONIGHT’s Sustainability Fair!  TONIGHT, Thursday, November 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00PM seventh graders at the Olmsted Falls Middle School are hosting a Sustainability Fair for the entire community!

The seventh graders in Mrs. Dean’s science classes have been exploring a variety of methods by which they can improve the environment and begin practicing sustainable living at home.  Projects and experiments include using worm composting bins to convert food scraps into fertile soil; building and maintaining a compost bin; testing homemade, nontoxic cleaning products against their commercial counterparts; as well as building and testing wind turbines and solar ovens.  Also, some students are discovering the benefits of farmers’ markets, rain barrels, and rain gardens.

In addition to the student displays, there will be 17 professional vendors that will provide valuable information regarding sustainable living.  If you happen to be hungry, you may purchase a delicious slice of Il Forno Pizza in front of the middle school (weather permitting)!   We look forward to seeing you!

PARENTS AND RESIDENTS ATTEND SUNDAY MEETING AT OFHS
Approximately 200 parents and community members attended the meeting hosted by District officials and local safety forces this past Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  The meeting was called to provide an opportunity for parents and residents to learn more about the recent string of hoaxes and evacuations in the District.  Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd began the meeting with overview remarks which included information addressing some of the most frequently asked questions received to date.  Dr. Lloyd’s remarks were followed with remarks from Olmsted Township Fire Chief John Rice and Olmsted Township Police Chief John Minek.  Parents and residents then had an opportunity to ask questions of the panel, which also included Olmsted Falls Fire Chief Cornel Munteanu, local CERT Member Marty Palicka, OFHS Principal Holly Schafer, OFMS Principal Mark Kurz, OFIS Principal Don Svec and District Director of Communication Kim Petrina.  Olmsted Falls School District would like to thank all of the parents and community members who attended the Sunday meeting, as well as our local safety officials who participated.
OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS PRESENTS ARSENIC AND OLD LACE – THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Arsenic and Old Lace Flyer finalThe OFHS Masquers will present Arsenic and Old Lace November 15th and 16th in the high school’s auditorium.  Both performances for the comedy are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3, students and senior citizens.  They are available at the door of the performances or by calling 440-427-6070.

Please click HERE for event flyer.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET A SUCCESS!

IMG_20131026_110747_080Saturday, October 26th marked the 7th nationwide drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency , in partnership with Drug Task Forces in Northeast Ohio, Sheriff’s Offices, local Police and Fire departments, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., and many other local organizations.  PTA and student volunteers assisted officers of the Olmsted Falls Police Department to collect over 20 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  Together, the partners helped residents in northeast Ohio safely dispose of 812 boxes and 11,958.1 pounds of outdated or unwanted prescription medications.  If area residents missed the collection and would like to dispose of unwanted medicines, the Olmsted Township Police Department has a permanent drop box.  Many communities have installed permanent drop boxes in local police stations.  In Cuyahoga County, visit http://sheriff.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/RxDrugDropBoxProgram.aspx for a list of locations; or all other counties, visit http://rxdrugdropbox.org/ .

Many thanks to the Olmsted Falls Police Department, Mrs. Ann Simon and our student volunteers Emily Olszewski and Michael Simon for making this a successful event.

ANNUAL OFIS/OFMS COMBINED PTA MEETING – THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH!

Attention all OFIS and OFMS parents!  Mark your calendar for this Tuesday’s annual combined meeting of the OFIS and OFMS PTAs.  This annual combined meeting will take place Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Middle School.  We hope to see you all there!

ATTENTION FALL SPORT BANQUET ATTENDEES

We are asking those who attend the potluck banquet dinner to make sure that each family bring the following:

- A main course which will serve eight

AND

- Families whose last name begins with A-L are being asked to bring a salad or a vegetable

- Families whose last name begins with M-Z are being asked to bring a dessert.

PLUS

All should bring serving utensils; and please remember to bring home your supplies.

Thank you in advance for helping ensure that there will be enough food for our hungry athletes and their dedicated family members. 

MULTICULTURAL CLUB FIELD TRIP

MCTRIPIMG_0702[1]The Multicultural Club participated in the Day of the Dead Celebration at Gordon Square, in Cleveland, on the 2nd of November.  Students had the opportunity to experience an authentic Mexican celebration, featuring parades, arts and crafts, altars filled with pictures and food, and Mariachi music.  Thanks to Mrs. Schafer and Mr. Baker for providing the club with a bus to get to this unique celebration!

NOMINATE AN EDUCATOR FOR THE LOCAL MEDIA’S CRYSTAL APPLE AWARD

cystal apple award photo of appleIs there a teacher who inspired, challenged, supported or helped you realize your full potential?  The Northeast Ohio Media Group is accepting nominations for the Crystal Apple Award.  Bryant & Stratton College is the award’s co-sponsor.

The nominee must teach full time in any grade K-12 public, private or parochial school within the Plain Dealer’s seven-county distribution area. There are four recognition periods, with an independent panel of judges selecting three outstanding educators, one from K-6, 6-8 and 9-12. The recognition periods deadlines are Nov. 22; Jan. 31, 2014, Feb. 28, 2014 and March 28, 2014. They will be recognized at a surprise presentation at their schools and invited to a May 2014 awards banquet.

Students 13 or older may nominate an educator by going to THIS SITE and following the instructions on the form in writing 175-750 words why they deserve this honor. Students younger than 13 should mail their nomination to The Northeast Ohio Media Group Crystal Apple Award, 1801 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 or fax to 216-999-4986. Nominations must include the name, subject/grade taught, school address as well as the entrant’s name, present grade and home address and phone.

FALLS-LENOX FUNDRAISER PICK-UP – NOVEMBER 21ST!

This is a reminder to all ECC and Falls Lenox parents the pick-up for the Falls Lenox Fundraiser will be on Thursday,  November 21st from 3:30 – 7:30 during Parent Teacher Conferences.   Thank you.

OFMS WEB REUNION EVENT SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH!

Attention all 6th graders…We are excited to announce that our second annual WEB Reunion will be hosted in the Middle School Cafetorium on Tuesday, November 26, 2012. Please arrive to the middle school at 8AM. For those students who take the bus – come in as soon as your bus arrives! We cant wait to see everyone and catch up on your school year!

OLMSTED FALLS BASKETBALL BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE/ALUMNI GAME 2013

basketball4Date:               Saturday, November 23, 2013

Time:               4:00 pm – 5:00 pm [“Blue & Gold” Scrimmage] / 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm [Alumni Game]

Location:         Olmsted Falls High School

  • Come see the 2013-14 Varsity Bulldogs in the first  “Blue & Gold” Scrimmage!
  • Come see many former Bulldog players from years past in the Alumni Game!!!
  • We are asking that fans donate a canned good(s) for a local food bank at the door!

Any questions regarding the event, please contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net.

ENTER THE OLMSTED FALLS PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

ReflectionsThe Reflections art contest is a national arts contest sponsored by PTA as a way to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.  The contest begins with students competing locally within their district.  Winning entries are then advanced to the State and possibly National level.  There are six arts categories under which students can submit their work:  Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, Literature, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.  A student can enter multiple times.   Entry forms and complete rules for each category can be found at www.ohiopta.org/Programs.aspx.  Choose the Reflections tab at the top and links to the student entry form and contest rules will be on the right hand side.  All entries should be returned to the main office of your child’s school no later than Monday, December 2, 2013.  Late entries WILL NOT be accepted.  Please contact the Reflections chair for your child’s school with any questions:

OECPTA:  Sandy Price (rizzoprice@hotmail.com)

Falls-Lenox/ECC:  Julie Smith (haileysmom920@yahoo.com)

OFIS:  Patty Voisinet (scottpatty00@hotmail.com)

OFMS:  Kathy Burkart (iepteacher@sbcglobal.net)

OFHS:  Sandra Graham (slgwhit@cox.net)

ANNUAL HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – 5:30 – 8 P.M. @ OFMS

The party is hosted by the OFCS Helping Hands students, and people of all ages and ability levels are invited to attend. We will have a live DJ playing music for dinner and then dancing. The event will take place in the OFMS Cafetorium.  Dinner is being catered by Tony K’s. Crafts and games will also be available for all ages to enjoy. It’s a great way to start the holiday season with your family & friends!  **Please click HERE to download the form.  Return the form and money for dinner to Mariel Krakowiak @ OFHS by Tuesday, November 26.  Email Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXTENDS THANKS TO BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS

The middle school just finished hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, which ran from Nov. 4th – 12th and was open for both conference evenings until 7:30 p.m.  OFMS would like to thank all the staff, students and parents who supported the fair.  This year’s fall book fair was a huge success and all book fair profits will go towards new books for the Middle School Media Center.   OFMS would also like to thank the PTA volunteers who worked the fair and helped made it such a success. We truly couldn’t host these book fairs without all the help from our wonderful PTA.  This year’s  volunteers included:  Tracy Knierim, Doleda Howard, Nicole Allmandinger, Susie Asadorian, Joanna Bernard, Donna McKee, Tammy Walston, Deidre Little, Angela Fonseca, and Anissa Lewis.  Thank you again to everyone!

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIE SALE UNDERWAY

The National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale is officially underway and will run through December 17th. Please consider supporting National Honor Society through a poinsettia purchase. Simply complete the attached form and return it to the high school with your preferred  method of payment. Funds earned from this sale help support NHS inductions, Chapter scholarships and Relay for Life. Thank you in advance for your support!  To download an order form, please click HERE.

OFHS POST PROM FUNDRAISER OFFERS HOLIDAY BAKLAVA

baklava The OFHS Post Prom is selling baklava for your holiday dinners or parties. Orders offer an unbaked 8-by-8-inch pan for $20, which includes about 18 pieces or a 9 –by-13-inch pan for $30 – about 28 pieces. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup.

Payment must accompany the order form, which is HERE. Cash or checks should be payable to ‘OFHS Post Prom. Order deadline is Sunday, December 15th with a 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, December 23th pick-up time at the high school.

OFSA STUDENT ATHLETES MAKE STRONG SHOWING AT REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

Several Olmsted Falls Soccer Association (OFSA) soccer teams represented the Olmsted community with pride last month as nine teams participated in the OHTSL Ohio Travel Cup, in Lodi, Ohio.  The US Club sponsored soccer tourney hosted over 160 teams from Ohio and West Virginia.  The strong showing by our local athletes was truly impressive.  The following teams were very successful:

  • U13/14 Olmsted Falls Lady Bulldogs: CHAMPIONS of the U14 Girls Division (Coaches Joe Vitale and      Mario Francescone)
  • U12 Olmsted Falls Lady Bulldogs: RUNNERS-UP of the U12 Girls Division (Coaches Mario Francescone and Terry Klimchak)
  • U11 Olmsted Falls Bulldogs: CHAMPIONS of the U11 Boys Division (Coach Nathan Goins)
  • U10 Olmsted Falls Lady Bulldogs: RUNNERS-UP of the U11 Girls Division (Coaches Bob Illig and      Ryan Niehaus)
  • U10 Olmsted Falls Bulldogs: CHAMPIONS of the U10 Boys Division (Coach Jeff Sigan)

U13 Olmsted Falls Girls Champions U12 Olmsted Falls Girls RunnersUp U11 Olmsted Falls Boys Champions U10 Olmsted Falls Girls RunnersUp U10 Olmsted Falls Boys Champions

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION FUNDAISER IS SATURDAY 

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.

KIDS SHOP OFFERS HOLIDAY BUYING OR GIFT MAKING

Christmas wrapped presents The Olmsted Community Center will have its first Kids Shop on Saturday, November 23rd where kids can shop alone for holiday gifts for their family, friends, teachers, coaches and others or make their own creations.  Items range from $1-$5 in price. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. Parents are invited to stay and explore the rest of the shop, including concessions and a bake sale.

OF CUB SCOUT TROOP OFFERS SANTA’S SECRET SHOP

santaChildren may holiday shop for family and friends in the one-stop Santa’s Secret Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7th at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

The Cub Scout Pack 102 and its elves will help children shop for items ranging from $1-10. Gift wrapping is included. The Olmsted Performing Arts will provide entertainment.  Parents may check out raffle items, including a VitaMix blender and Kindle Fire. All proceeds benefit the pack.

OF BOY SCOUTS CHRISTMAS SALE WILL SPRUCE UP YOUR HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Christmas tree saleBoy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual Christmas Tree Sale Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st, 7th and 8th at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Please stop by, support Scouting and pick up a Scotch pine, Fraser fir, white pine or other tree. Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.

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  1. Jennifer
    November 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    If there is any way that a transcript or run down of what was said at the community meeting can be made public that would be appreciated. We were unable to attend and I would like to know if there was anything said we didn’t already know.

    • Olmsted Falls School District
      November 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Dear Jennifer,

      Good question. Yes…we are working on getting out some information. While we didn’t record the presentation, the dialogue was good with the community and I believe that all questions were answered. Give us some time and we will get that out.

      Sincerely,
      Dr. Lloyd

  2. November 18, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Christmas Open House Dec 7th
    Annual Christmas Open House at the Grand Pacific Junction. Snow Dogs in the Gazebo 11-4 , Sleigh/Wagon Rides 12-2 Stories with Santa and Mrs Claus in the Caboose 1-3, Face painting all day. OFMS Golden Harmonies singing Christmas Carols 12-2. A Dickens Christmas Shop Hop find the Charles Dickens Character in the participating stores and enter drawing for $100 Dec 7th – 19th.

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