Parent Update – February 1, 2014
OFMS STUDENTS COMPETE IN POWER OF THE PEN
Individual awards for grade 8 include Maggie Harris, 17th place out of 162 and took Best of Round Award and Lizzie Vukovic, seventh. Grade 7 honors include Emma Andrus, third place out of 162 competitors; Dylan Reines, 17 and Ally Rice, 19.
OFMS went to the podium eight times! The members look forward to the March 15th Regionals. Pictured in the photo on the left are back row: Mrs. Gulden, Emma Andrus, Dylan Reines, Maggie Harris, Zach Zdanowicz, Lizzie Vukovic, Joseph Calabrase, Lindsey Rowe, Jack Wu, Miss Scalley; front row: Desi Jasper, Kayla Falcone, Ally Rice, Lauren Gumeny, Cameron Nelson, Alex Enczur, Jamie Bridle, Victoria Steiert and not pictured, Abby Gaba. A larger version of the photo is available by clicking HERE.
Congrats and best wishes in future competitions.
LONGTIME BULLDOG WRESTLING COACH BILL MCGRAIN HONORED
The Olmsted Falls High School wrestling team hosted a special evening to honor all past Bulldog wrestlers on Friday, January 24th during its scheduled match against Bay Village and Valley Forge. In addition to recognizing all wrestler alumni in attendance, longtime OFHS Head Wrestling Coach Bill McGrain was honored for his 27 years of dedication to the program. Coach McGrain, who retired in 2012, was acknowledged by Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth, OFHS Principal Holly Schafer and OFHS Athletic Director Rob Coxon. Coach McGrain’s family was also in attendance for the honors.
Coach McGrain was the head Coach of Olmsted Falls wrestling program from 1986 to 2012. During his tenure, he has made a lasting impact on each wrestler, and on the program. Coach McGrain was elected as a member of the Ohio High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ohio Division 2 Coach of the Year, SWC Coach of the year 14 times, had 12 Top 10 State finishes, a career dual meet record of 335 wins 58 losses, and 3 ties, 13 SWC Championships, 73 Individual SWC champs, 76 State Qualifiers and 46 State Place winners. Countless young wrestlers attribute much of their success to Coach’s support and encouragement over the years.
During Friday night’s honors, Coach McGrain was presented with a banner displaying all of his accomplishments at Olmsted Falls. This banner will hang in the wrestling room, so that all who enter will learn how much of an impact he had on this program. Many thanks again to Coach McGrain, and his wife Tracey, for their profound and lasting impact on the Bulldog wrestling team, Olmsted Falls High School and the community!
3RD GRADE MUSIC PROGRAM RESCHEDULED FOR THIS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH
The Falls-Lenox Third Grade Music Program, which had to be postponed due to last week’s school closures has been rescheduled for THIS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH. There will be two performances on the evening of February 4th at 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Please see below for the breakdown of classroom performance time. Both performances will take place in the OFHS Auditorium as originally planned.
The classes performing at 6:15 p.m. are: Miss Apatzky, Mrs. Campagna, Mrs. LaGruth, Marsco, Mrs. Richmond-Smith and Mrs. Sparks.
The classes performing at 7:30 p.m. are: Mr. Acerra, Mrs. Duray, Mr. Klembarsky, Mrs. Reitz, and Mrs. Petro.
Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled concert time. We will be meeting in the choir room and the band room. We look forward to seeing everyone this Tuesday evening for these very special performances.
OFIS GREEN TEAM IS RECYCLING FRIENDLY
About 30 OFIS fifth graders are busy making the building “green.” These Green Team members spend their free time after school working on various environmental-type projects. Right now they are spreading the word about collecting juice pouches and chip bags to earn money through a company called TerraCycle. Each bag and juice pouch collected is worth 2 cents. The group also is collecting lids for an upcoming recycling project.
If you would like to help with this project, please send any size lid to OFIS labeled “Green Team.” For a photo gallery of the Green Team at work, click HERE.
The group also began a Waste-Free Wednesday Lunch program. Before starting the program, the garbage at lunch weighed 382 lbs. After implementing the program, the lunch waste was reduced to 280 lbs. Its goal is 100 lbs. The ways to achieve this is using lunch bags, plastic containers, reusable silverware and eating all of their lunches. The changes will help reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfill.
In addition to the Green Team, everyone in the school works together to recycle paper in their own classrooms. Did you also know the building is heated and cooled by a geothermal system?
DISTRICT LAUNCHES AUTOMATED ATTENDANCE CALLING THIS MONDAY, FEB. 3RD
Beginning this Monday, February 3rd, Olmsted Falls School District will begin utilizing the Automated Attendance Call feature of Power Announcement, the new parent communication system also being launched this week. Parents of students in any school building who have been marked with an unexcused absence for the day will receive a personalized automated phone call notification regarding their student’s absence. This new system will enable our buildings to contact parents in a more efficient manner regarding student absences. If you have any questions about the new automated attendance calls, please contact the office at your child’s school building.
SECOND GRADE CogAT TESTING THIS WEEK
Attention Parents of Second Grade Students: All 2nd grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) this week on Feb. 4-6. The CogAT test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities and is given solely for the purpose of identifying gifted students. Please feel free to contact the Falls-Lenox office with any questions.
FALLS-LENOX THIRD GRADERS DISCOVER VARIOUS CAREERS
Falls-Lenox third graders learned about 40 careers during the school’s January 23rd Career Day. Parents, friends and family took time from their busy schedules to share, inspire and motivate students with their jobs. All speakers inspired the students to work hard and set goals so they can have a rewarding career in the future. The speakers also linked their conversations with the third grade economics unit. Students learned about the concepts of goods, services and competition.
We appreciate all of the time and energy the speakers put into their presentations. Students beamed with positive energy and motivation as they left that afternoon. For a large photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
LASSO A GOOD BOOK AT FALLS-LENOX LITERACY NIGHT!
Falls-Lenox Primary School is pleased to present Family Literacy Nights! This is an exciting evening of learning where parents can work with their child on reading activities. Children will also receive useful learning games and electronic resources to practice reading at home. The stations for the evening include: Story Stew, Saddle Up! Riding the Trail through Non-fiction Text; and Technology Round-Up! Please join us from 6-8 P.M. on the following dates:
THIS THURSDAY, February 6th – 1st Grade
Thursday, February 20th – 2nd Grade
Thursday, March 6th – 3rd Grade
ATTEND MINI CHEER CLINIC AND ROOT AT A BASKETBALL GAME
Those in grades 2-5 are invited to attend a Mini Cheer Clinic on Tuesday, February 11th. Students who do, will then cheer at the OFHS Friday night basketball game against Avon Lake at 7:30 p.m. February 14th. The clinic, which OFHS cheerleaders will run, is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 11th in the high school gym.
The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in the immediate family. Participants received a Mini Cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game and a snack.
Family members should purchase their own tickets in advance via a form that is available by clicking HERE. Advanced tickets will be distributed at the clinic. Additional tickets will be available at the game. There is no refund for pre-sale tickets. If you have questions, email OFHScheerleading@gmail.com.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 7TH
The new online registration portal for the 2014-2015 school year will be open this Friday, February 7th for 2014-15 registrations. All families registering kindergarten students for the coming 2014-2015 should plan to visit the Early Childhood Center Office on or after February 7th to pick up a registration instruction sheet and schedule registration and screening appointments.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEXT YEAR’S KINDERGARTENERS
Parents who will have children starting kindergarten in the Olmsted Falls School District next school year (2014-2015) should mark their calendars with these important dates:
February 7th – Registration Instruction Pick-Up Begins at the Early Childhood Center, 7105 Fitch Road, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on school days.
February 27th Kindergarten Information Night, 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center. (Babysitting available.)
March 11th – 13th Kindergarten Registration at Early Childhood Center, by appointment.
April 30th & May 1st Kindergarten Screening at Early Childhood Center, by appointment.
Please call (440) 427-6360 with questions or email Melinda Brunner, ECC Director, at email@example.com.
ATTN: OFHS SENIORS & PARENTS – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEB. 13TH
For seniors interested in applying for the Local Scholarship Program, applications are now available in the OFHS Counseling Office. All Local Scholarship Applications must be returned no later than 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13th. Last year, thanks to the generosity of 77 local community donors, the OFHS Local Scholarship Program awarded more than $115,375 through 231 scholarships for members of the Class of 2013. Local Scholarship Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office, or downloaded from the Counselors’ Corner section of the High School website. Please contact Ms. Tommye Laut, 427-6116, with any questions.
9TH GRADE ORIENTATION MOVED TO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH
Attention Parents of Current 8th Graders: The 9th Grade Orientation event, originally scheduled for February 20th, has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th. The time, 7:00 p.m., and the location, OFHS Auditorium, have NOT changed. Please update your calendars with this important date change. Thank you.
OF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER INDOOR SNOW FUN
No worries of the cold or slippery terrain in this activity!
OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS AT LAS VEGAS NIGHT – FEBRUARY 22ND
Want to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? The OF Alumni Association has its annual Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, February 22nd. ALL profits go toward scholarships for the Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2014.
The night includes a cash bar, refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza, big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em , 50/50 raffle, Vitamix raffle and side boards The event is at the West Side Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Road (south off Bagley, west of Stearns), in Olmsted Township. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Call the Alumni office, 440-427-6030, for tickets or more information. Those 21 and older are invited to the event.
OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
This year the OECPTA-sponsored consignment Bargain Bonanza is March 8th at the OFMS cafeteria. The cafeteria is organized with thousands of clothing items for sale all sorted by size and gender and the gymnasium is packed full of toys, baby gear and so much more. Anyone may register to be a seller, but the PTA does have a cap of 130 sellers. Unlike other sales, this one allows sellers to drop off their items with tags purchased from OECPTA and members do all the hard work of sorting and running the actual sale. After all the tags are added up, checks are cut and you get your proceeds minus 10% for members of OECPTA and 12% for non-members.
OFHS BOYS SOCCER PLAYER/PARENT MEETING FEBRUARY 12TH
Players and parents are invited to attend the 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th meeting for the 2014 OFHS Boys Soccer program in the high school media center. All players in grades 8-11 who plan to try out and play soccer for OFHS in 2014 must attend with a parent. If for some reason, such as club training, soccer game, etc. you cannot attend, please have a parent attend. Important information about the off-season and upcoming season will be discussed. For more details, go to the soccer website by clicking HERE. If you have questions, contact Coach Walchanowicz, OFHSSoccer@sbcglobal.net.
Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. in OFHS. (No School On Friday, Feb. 14th!) Tickets are $3 for students & $6 for adults and on sale at the door! All money raised for this event goes to PTA scholarship fund.
The OFHS Swim & Dive Team invites the community to its annual Dinner and Raffle from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, February 18th at the OFHS cafeteria. This year the event has a luau theme. For more details, or if you have a donation for the raffle, call Tessa, 440-228-8160. Some of the raffle items this year include a 42-inch flat screen TV, iPad Air, SOL headphones and much more! Dinner tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for those 10 and younger. Order deadline is February 14th. For a dinner registration form, click HERE.
SAVE THE DATE: OFMS WEB LOCK-IN IS FEBRUARY 21ST AND 22ND
The OFMS Web lock-in is from 8 p.m. Friday, February 21st to 7 a.m. Saturday, February 22nd. The event is for eighth grade WEB leaders and sixth grade students only. Participants will have the opportunity to play basketball, dodge ball, snacks, nail painting, cooking, dancing and other activities. Donations for door prices, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, are being accepted now through February 22nd.
OF ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NEEDS FUNDRAISER SUPPORT
The success of the OF Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is contingent upon family, community and business support. You can help in several ways for this March 15 event. The group welcomes donations of gift cards and merchandise for its raffle baskets. Contact Jim or Loula Souris, 440-235-9526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Various- sized program ads are available with a new option to sponsor a horse race with your ad. Contact Ken Fox, 440-391-0624 or email email@example.com. Donations are tax deductible.
Horses are for sale for $30 each. You name your horse and have a chance to win a trophy and $50 if it wins its race. Contact Lisa Hanna, 440-823-4118, Shelly Mitchell, 216-570-6370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE for a horse form.
For general OFAB or Night at the Races inquiries, contact President Jim Polcar, email@example.com. The group’s next meeting is Monday, February 3rd at 7 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Thank you in advance.
LACROSSE COACH & PARENT CLINIC SET FOR FEBRUARY 9TH
The clinic will be split into classroom and field training sessions, which is a great way to learn about the sport of lacrosse from the area’s very best. Xcelerate Cleveland’s Brian Lalley, an Ohio State University lacrosse alumnus and past Canisius College coach, and Steve Anderson, a Virginia lacrosse alumnus and former Rocky River head coach, will conduct the clinic. They will be joined with very special guests MLL Boston Cannon players Malcolm Chase and Marty Bowes. The clinic will include rules review, practice planning and game strategy.
The cost is $15 per attendee to cover the use of the school on a Sunday. This clinic is not just for coaches, but parents may attend to learn more about the sport of lacrosse. For more about the clinic, click HERE. To register online, click HERE.
OFSA RECREATIONAL SPRING SOCCER SIGN UPS NOW OPEN
Registration is now OPEN for the Olmsted Falls Soccer Association’s Spring Recreational Soccer Program. This program is open to players between the ages of 4-14. It also has a high school division. All games are played at the Shady soccer field complex between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday mornings. To register your child and access OFSA’s website, click HERE. April 2nd is the sign up deadline.
OFSL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SIGN UPS BEGIN FEBRUARY 1ST
Online registration for Olmsted Community Summer League’s summer baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18 begins February 1st. Sign ups are available through the Olmsted Community Center. Registration forms may be printed from the OCSL website by clicking HERE and mailing them or dropping them off with payment to the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138. A late fee will be charged for those who register after March 31.
The games will begin June 2nd. New this year is a Co-ed Adult league. Register as a team or as an individual. Contact Tracey Rinas, 440-591-0865, with any questions regarding the Co-ed Adult league.
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES SPRING PRODUCTIONS
Olmsted Performing Arts (6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls) will present ROMEO & JULIET March 3 & March 6-9. Tickets $16.25. OPA will also present Bye-Bye Birdie April 4-6. Tickets $12.25 – $16.25. Tickets and details online at www.olmstedperformingarts.com or by calling (440) 235-OPAC.