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Parent Update – January 9, 2014

CIRCLE JAN. 16 AND 23 – DISTRICT TO HOST COMMON CORE INFORMATION SESSIONS THIS MONTH

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 from 7-9 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium or Thursday, January 23, 2014  from 7-9 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Cafeteria.

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

snowdayEach year, with the arrival of winter weather, we receive a number of questions regarding our District’s policy for closing school due to inclement weather conditions. We understand that the decision to close schools has an enormous impact on all of our families.

To read more about how Olmsted Falls School District determines snow days, please click HERE.

OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL FOOD DRIVE HELPS COMMUNITIES’ NEEDY

food-driveA special THANK YOU to all who supported and encouraged those involved in this school year’s OFHS Student Council Food Drive. Donations totaled 2,268 items.  This initiative has generated more than 13,000 cans/boxes/bottles of non-perishable food items for our communities’ needy over the last five years.

The final tally of this friendly competitive class contest included freshmen: 885 items; seniors, 698; juniors, 348 and sophomores, 211. Sean Pellerite’s freshman homeroom was overall champs for the third time in five years. His class will receive a Panera breakfast.  Judy Crandall’s senior homeroom also gets a Panera breakfast for its 265 donations. Jim Yandell’s junior class collected 152 items and Jim Ryan’s, 200, gathered by his sophomore homeroom. The latter two will have a  Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast.

Tom Gibeaut gives special thanks to Holly Curran and Chris Kemock for the use of  the media center to store the food and the school’s custodial staff,  allowing the student collectors to utilize the carts to transport the goods and accumulate spare boxes to store the food. He also gives a pat on the back to Reilly Gomez, Erin Hetchler, Zach Buchta, Deborah Makari, Michael Doherty and  Amelia Le for moving the food from OFHS to Olmsted Community Church.

The donations will greatly benefit  many needy families in the Olmsted Falls/Township community.

ECC STUDENT PRACTICES HEALTHY HABITS

healthy hero jan 2014Congratulations to Kate Gordon-Navratil for being the Healthy Hero of the month. She is shown here with her mom and Mrs. Heinrich.  Kate received a $5 gift card to Target for the honor.

The Healthy Hero program teaches kids in grades pre-K to 3rd such healthy habits as eating right, exercising every day, power washing their hands, coughing and sneezing into their sleeve and sleeping well.

Students receive a small prize for doing these healthy habits at home. Each month participants are entered into a drawing to receive a prize.

Congratulations to all who practice these healthy habits every day.

‘STUFF THE BUS’ PRODUCTS TOTAL MORE THAN 300 POUNDS OF DONATIONS

Stuff the Box 2013The school district’s Transportation Department helped local families and students this holiday season.

Its “Stuff the Bus” project placed boxes at each district building where anyone interested could donate non-perishable food donations and personal hygiene products.  This staff-powered initiative garnered more than 300 pounds of items to the communities’ Christians in Action food pantry based at Olmsted Community Church.  CIA assists about 120 families in need in our local community and provides for more than 100 students in the OF school district.  A hearty Bulldog THANK YOU for all who generously donated to this cause.

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA THANKS FUNDRAISER PARTICIPANTS & RECOGNIZES TOP SELLERS

thanksWe want to thank all those students who participated in this year’s Great Western Fund Raiser.   We would like to announce our top 3 sellers this year.    1st place is J. Lemmons.  He will receive a gift card to Kalahari Waterpark.  Our 2nd place seller is  S. Moses.  She will receive 4 tickets to Cedar Point.   Our 3rd place seller is C. Guzik.  He will receive a $50.00 gift card for Swing-N-Things.   Congratulations to our top sellers!  Our top classrooms for each grade were as follows: Kindergarten: Mrs. Michaels -AM; 1st Grade: Ms. Sanfilippo; 2nd Grade: Mrs. Repieky; and   3rd Grade: Mrs. Sparks.  Great job to all!  Thanks again!

HELPING HANDS HOSTS DANCE 4 CHARITY EVENT – REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JAN. 17TH

HH logoHelping 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 choose 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.

2014 TALENT SHOW TRYOUTS SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH 

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. 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.
NOMINATIONS DEADLINE NEXT WEEK FOR ANNUAL OHIO PTA AWARDS

Ohio PTA LogoOFCS 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.

OFHS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL OFHS GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL SKILLS CLINIC – MON., JAN. 20TH 

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUOlmsted Falls High School is very proud to announce that we will be hosting the 1ST Annual OFHS Girls Fastpitch Softball Skills Clinic on Monday January 20th, 2014 (MLK Day) from 1:00-4:00pm for all interested girls grades 1-8! The cost is $25, and includes a camp shirt! The camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Come join us for a day of valuable softball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the OFHS softball coaching staff, OFHS Head Baseball Coach Dan Largent,  former Strongsville Head Coach Jeanette Howard, and current Bulldog players. All ability levels are welcome to attend – even beginners!

Registrants can either bring their form/payment directly to camp on 1/20, or mail to the address on the form by Wednesday 1/15!  Please click HERE for registration form.

AN EVENING WITH RENOWNED AUTHOR DONALD DAVIS – TUES., JAN. 21ST @ 7 p.m.!
donald davisOn Tuesday, January 21st, the fourth and fifth grade students at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will be meeting a world-renowned author and storyteller!  Donald Davis, who was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, will be returning to OFIS.  He will be sharing some heart-warming and hilarious stories from his childhood.
Mr. Davis will also have an evening performance at 7:00 PM for the entire Olmsted Falls Community at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Please plan on attending with the whole family!  You won’t want to miss this special family event! 
For additional information, please click HERE to download event flyer.
OFMS YEARBOOK SALE UNDERWAY – DEADLINE TO ORDER IS JAN. 21ST

Middle School student received yearbook order forms to bring home this week.  If you are interested in ordering a 2013-2014 Olmsted Falls Middle School Yearbook, please return the order form, along with your check payable to LIFETOUCH, to the Middle School by Tuesday, January 21st at the latest.  You may also place yearbook orders online at  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob, with yearbook ID code:  11666914.

OFHS POST PROM TO HOLD DINE TO DONATE FUNDRAISER AT APPLEBEE’S – JAN. 27TH
ApplebeesPlan 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

SOUTHWEST GENERAL HEALTH CENTER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW EMERGENCY ROOM THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 11TH – NOON TO 3 P.M.

This Saturday, January 11th, Southwest General Health Center invites all Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township residents to the Grand Opening of their new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department.  Join OFHS Athletic Trainers Max Benton and Dave Godfray for this special community health event.  Free screenings, tours, entertainment, children’s activities, raffles, food, giveaways and so much more!  Plus, learn more about the “Register and Wait at Home” scheduling feature.  Don’t miss this exciting event!

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

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will have 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.

OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS OFFERS CHILL BREAKER FOR KIDS 5-14 JANUARY 24.

Olmsted Performing Arts offers a way to break this chill. Kids are invited to its mid-winter Luau and Lock-In. The Luau is from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, January 24 and the Lock-In, 9 p.m. Friday, January 24 through 7 a.m. Saturday, January 25.  Kids ages 5-14 are welcome.  Admission to the Luau is free and includes live music. Tickets may be purchased for $1-5 each or 25 for $20 to participate in games, crafts, sundae bar, photo booth and food that Jo Jo’s Italian Restaurant will provide.

The annual lock-in, which includes a Nerf war, dance off, open gym and more, immediately follows the luau.  The Lock-In costs $20 a person.  Online registration is available by clicking HERE or  calling 440-235-6722.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS JANUARY FUN EVENTS

Parents are invited to bring your kids inside the Olmsted Community Center for its weekly Saturday Activity Nights to run off their energy.  They can enjoy some warm fun indoors! Each session runs from 7-10 p.m. and costs $8 for those in grades 1-6.

 Saturday, January 11th is a Wacky New Year Party. It includes a countdown, silly string, streamers and indoor rocket balloon launch.

Slide into 2014 on Saturday, January 18th with a 16-foot inflatable slide by AJ Bouncers and enjoy games, prizes, basketball, crafts and fun with your friends.

A special guest — DJ “A”–  is an interactive DJ for Saturday, January 25th, who mixes, scratches and gives new meaning to dance and remix music fun. Also enjoy basketball, dodge ball and fuse art.

For full details about this month’s activities, click HERE.  To learn more about Olmsted Community Center, click HERE.

 

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