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Parent Update – December 20, 2013

December 21, 2013

WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE

upside down snowmanThis year’s Winter Break begins this Monday, December 23rd and runs through Friday, January 3rd.  School will resume on Monday, January 6th.  Please note that this week’s blog post is the last one in 2013.  There will be no blog updates during the break. The blog will resume the week of January 6th.

Enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

(Upside down snowman compliments of OFIS students in Peggy Morris’ class!)

DISTRICT HONORS RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS RHONDA MCCRONE AND MICHELLE THERIOT FOR LONG-TIME SERVICE

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Olmsted Falls Board President Jim Weisbarth and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd help recognize outgoing Board Members Rhonda McCrone and Michelle Theriot for their many years of dedicated service.

Board of Education members Rhonda McCrone and Michelle Theriot were recognized at the December Board of Education meeting, held earlier this week, for their many years of public service on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education. Both of these long-time Board of Education members are retiring from their duties following many years of dedicated service to the students, staff and residents of the Olmsted Falls School District.

Mrs. McCrone has served as a Board member for the past 16 years, including service as Board of Education Vice President from 2001 to 2003 and Board of Education President from 2004 to 2006.Ms. Theriot has served as a Board member for the past 21 years, including service as Board of Education Vice President from 1997 to 1999.

Both women’s community service has been characterized by the highest level of ethics, integrity, and passion for public education. Both parents of Bulldog alumni, and Mrs. Theriot a Bulldog alumnus herself, these two dedicated public servants have truly had a lasting and positive impact on the quality of educational opportunities in our schools and community.

DSC_7984A resolution of public thanks and recognition was passed by fellow Board of Education members Jim Weisbarth, Joe Bertrand and Greg Surtman at the Board’s monthly meeting this December, which was Mrs. McCrone’s and Ms. Theriot’s final meeting. Their final meeting was also attended by district administrators, faculty and staff on hand to personally thank these two women for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Olmsted Falls School District.  Pictured at right are Ms. Theriot and Mrs. McCrone with (from L to R) Board Member Greg Surtman, Superintendent Dr. Jim lloyd, Board President Jim Weisbarth, Board Vice President Joe Bertrand, Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan and Director of Business Affairs Tim Atkinson.

On behalf of the Board, administration, staff and students of Olmsted Falls Schools, we would like to again extend our sincere appreciation to Mrs. McCrone and Ms. Theriot for their service and dedication to our District! If you see either of them around town, please join us in extending thanks to these two outstanding women!

BOARD PASSES RESOLUTION TO PLACE 1.8 MILL BOND ISSUE BACK ON THE BALLOT THIS MAY

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education, at its monthly meeting December 18th, unanimously took the first step to again put a 1.8 mill bond issue for Olmsted Falls High School back on the election ballot this May.  The bond issue, dedicated to addressing overcrowding, safety and security at Olmsted Falls High School through building renovation and expansion, was originally defeated this past November with 2,904 in favor of the bond issue and 3,438 against.  (To view a breakdown of levy results by precinct, please click here.)  The defeat of the issue does not eliminate the need to address these critical issues at the high school.  Therefore, the District plans to continue its efforts to educate the community about the need.

Passage of the resolution of necessity on December 18th was the first legislative step required to place the bond issue back on the ballot in May 2014.  The Board will next vote to pass a resolution to proceed at its January meeting and that will be the final piece of legislation required to place the issue on the May ballot.  Any parents or residents with questions about the 1.8 mill bond issue for Olmsted Falls High School are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 427-6000.

TALENTED HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMERS WOW COLUMBIA PARK RESIDENTS

DSC_7915DSC_7935The OFHS Golden Expressions vocal jazz ensemble was joined by a 5-piece saxophone group for a special performance this week held in the Social Hall of Columbia Park.  More than 20 residents came out to hear these talented students perform a variety of holiday music during an afternoon performance. Special thanks to Choir Director Judy Crandall, who coordinated the special visit and to all of these outstanding students for volunteering their time for this after school performance.  The guests truly enjoyed the high-quality performance, and look forward to an encore next holiday season.

TWO MORE TEAMS HEAD TO OHIO STATE ROBOTICS CONTEST

robotics competition kids and trophyOFHS students recently competed in the Ohio Robotics Educators VEX Challenge at the TriC Advanced Technology Training Center.  The competition consisted of robots made from VEX components. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, competed in matches consisting of a 15- second autonomous period followed by a 1 minute 45 second driver control play.  The teams had to transport and release balls into certain locations at various levels on the field.

Two teams successfully completed and ended with first place honors. Team 5658A consisted of Moises Garcia Ponce, David Graham and Matthew Sheneman. Team 5658B’s members were Lucas Schilling, Brian Dougher, Nick Fritz and Chase Zivcsak.  The two will join Team 5658D, which won the Marion Competition in October, to compete at the Ohio State competition in February.

To view a video of the recent competition, click HERE. For more information about VEX competition, click HERE.

NOT TOO LATE FOR OFHS DECEMBER 21ST & 23RD BASEBALL HOLIDAY SKILLS CAMP – THIS WEEKEND!
baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUMissed the Dec. 13 deadline to register your child for the OFHS Baseball Holiday Skills Camp?  Don’t fret.  Late registration and walk ups to the camps are permitted. Those in grades 1-3 have the camp on December 21st and grades 4-8, December 23rd. Both camps run from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the high school. To register, email Coach Dan Largent at dlargent@ofcs.net or call him at the school, 440-427-6320.  To view a camp workout, click HERE.
FESTIVE GATHERING AT HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY
Helping Hands holiday party 2013The OFCS Helping Hands held a holiday party this month for students and people of all ages and ability levels. A live DJ played music for dinner and then the partygoers danced the night away in the OFMS Cafetorium.  They also enjoyed crafts and games.  It was a great way to start the holiday season.
To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.  To link to Helping Hands website that has more photos, click HERE.
REMINDER:  HONEYBAKED HAM PICK UP IS THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 23RD!
holiday hamOrders for the OFHS Swim & Dive Team’s HoneyBaked Ham sale MUST BE picked up between 5-7 p.m. Monday, December 23rd at the high school’s band entrance. The team appreciates your order and timely pick up between that time frame.
TESTING OF DISTRICT’S NEW COMMUNICATIONS GETS SYSTEM UNDERWAY
Testing of the District’s new automated communications system got underway this week as a series of test phone calls, emails and text messages were sent to all Bulldog staff members.  The next phase of testing will involve automated communications for all Bulldog parents.  Following the winter break, please watch for information via email from District Communications Director Kim Petrina regarding the new Power Announcement system.  Information regarding the planned series of test messages to parents will be provided, along with instructions on how parents can adjust preferences in terms of the type/method of communication they receive. We look forward to the full implementation of this enhanced parent communications system.

MEET MR. FULTON

Matt FultonMr. Matt Fulton is an OFHS special education teacher. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio’s Miami University and his Masters degree from Cleveland State. Mr. Fulton also serves as an athletic department event supervisor, varsity girls’ basketball coach and is a member of the faculty cabinet and district technology committee. He loves being a Bulldog because he is able to see his students develop and change right in front of his eyes. He strongly believes that here in Olmsted Falls, teachers are willing to go above and beyond to help students in any way possible.
In his free time, Mr. Fulton enjoys traveling, working out and spending time with his large extended family and his wife, Joanna, an OFMS 6th grade teacher.
OFMS SINGERS SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER
ms golden harmoniesOFMS’s Golden Harmonies attended some community holiday festivities.
The students caroled at the Village Green for the Christmas Tree Lighting, at Grand Pacific Junction for a Christmas Open House and at Kemper House. We are also looking forward to singing the National Anthem for the Lake Erie Monsters game on February 8.
To view a photo gallery of the events, click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX PARENTS ACTIVITY LIBRARY OFFERS ASSISTANCE AT HOME
The Parent Activity Library, known as PAL, is a collection of activities, videos, books, games and manipulatives for parents to use with their children at home to strengthen and develop critical skills necessary for learning and development.  The PAL collection contains resources for children ages preschool through 3rd grade.  Parents are welcome to check out items from PAL, located in the Falls-Lenox Library, during school hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.  Take some time to visit PAL and help give your child the added tools he or she needs to succeed!
SAVE THE DATE!  DISTRICT TO HOST COMMON CORE INFORMATION SESSIONS IN JANUARY

Olmsted Falls School District will host two informational sessions for parents and interested residents regarding the new Common Core standards and how our District is preparing.  Mark your calendar to join us on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) or Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Falls-Lenox Cafeteria (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.).  Please watch for additional information to follow after the winter break.

GOT TALENT?  CONSIDER TRYING OUT FOR 2014 TALENT SHOW

talent-showAttention ALL Olmsted Falls dancers, singers, musicians, jugglers, bands and magicians – kindergarten through 12th grade!!!
Do you think you have talent? The 27th Annual Olmsted Falls Friday Night Talent Show auditions will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014  from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium.  Get your act together and start preparing your audition over the Holiday break. The key is practice!Please watch this weekly blog, look for posted flyers in your school and check your school website for more details.  Contact Mrs. Ferrini with questions at 440-427-0894.
LOCAL PTA UNITS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL OHIO PTA AWARDS

OFCS Parents and Staff – we need your help!  Take a moment and ask yourselves the following questions:  Do you know a PTA volunteer or school staff member who has been an outstanding part of your child’s school year so far?  Would you like the opportunity to recognize the contributions and special qualities of one of your child’s teachers or a fellow educator?

Every year, Ohio PTA presents awards to educators and volunteers/staff who show outstanding and remarkable support of youth. The Outstanding District Educator Award is presented to a certified educator who is a PTA member and is nominated by a fellow staff or parent in the school district. The Helping Hands Award is given to an outstanding volunteer or school district staff member (non-certified educator) who is a PTA member nominated by fellow staff or parents.  The local deadline for this year’s nomination is FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH!  Please click HERE to download nomination forms and learn more.

OECPTA FIVE BELOW FUNDRAISER CONTINUES THROUGH DEC. 24TH

Five_Below_Logo_The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA has partnered with Five Below in North Olmsted for an ongoing fundraiser during the month of December.  Download the invitation flyer by clicking HERE and bring it with you to Five Below.  10% of your purchase will be aid the OECPTA.  Stop in between now and December 24th for some holiday shopping and to help raise money for OECPTA!  Thanks in advance for your support!

HELPING HANDS HOSTS DANCE 4 CHARITY EVENT
specialed_helping-hands-1Helping Hands, the district’s disability awareness group, will host “Dance 4 Charity,” a fundraising event on February 22, 2014.  This 4-hour ‘mini-dance marathon’ will help promote disability awareness.
Teams of at least five people must be organized and registered by January 17.  Each team will chose a captain and decide to which of the four chosen charities they would like to donate their pledges. The charity options are: Autism Speaks,  CTSF,  Special Olympics or SWAN USE.  Click HERE for the charity descriptions.
Please consider joining a team to help raise money for a wonderful charity! Click HERE to see a flyer with all the details. There will be a $6 event fee charged to enter if you are NOT registered on a team by January 17th.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak, 440-427-6086 or mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, with questions.
OFHS POST PROM TO HOLD DINE TO DONATE FUNDRAISER AT APPLEBEE’S – JAN. 27TH
Plan to take the family out for lunch or dinner January 27, 2014 at North Olmsted’s Applebee’s in Great Northern Mall.  OFHS Post Prom will receive 15% of your check when you dine there from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You must present the flyer that may be printed by clicking HERE.
COMMUNITY
THREE BULLDOG SISTERS APPEAR AT PLAYHOUSE SQUARE
The three Nelson sisters have parts in holiday plays at Playhouse Square this season. Cameron Danielle Nelson, an OFMS seventh grader, is Helen in A Christmas Story. Cassidy Josephine Nelson, Falls-Lenox fourth grader, is Sara Crachit/Polly/Want and Carly Marie Nelson is Tiny Tim/Master William in A Christmas Carol at the Great Lakes Theater.  They have been practicing and performing since the first week of November. They perform up to nine shows a week while handling school work.  Carly is following in the steps of her older sisters who both previously played Tiny Tim.  Tickets are still available for both shows, which closes on December 23, by calling the theaters at 216-241-6000 or going to the Great Lakes Theater website by clicking HERE or the Cleveland Playhouse by clicking HERE.

4TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT – DEC. 31ST, 7:30 P.M. – 12:30 A.M. AT NORTH OLMSTED RECREATION CENTER

Join us for a fun evening of ice skating, swimming, games, prizes and balloon drop at midnight. Purchase advance tickets at the N.O Rec Center for $12 or $15 at the door.  Admission includes all activities, snack and beverage.  For more info, please call 440-734-8200.  Event Co-sponsored by Cleveland Edges Skating Club and N.O. Recreation Department.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE INFORMATION MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 16th, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETORIUM

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will be holding its Information and Registration Night at the Middle School Cafetorium to kick off its 5th season.  We are now 200 strong and developing some of the best players in the North East Ohio area!  2013 was a great year and included the introduction of boys and girls high school teams and the addition of a middle school girls team.  We are again offering a 10 week developmental program for K-2nd grade boys and girls.   Join us for one hour and learn about the “Fastest Game On Two Feet” — Find out more online at olmstedfallslax.com.  To download the informational flyer and registration form, click here.

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