Parent Update – February 12, 2014
ALERT: NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
We will see students back in the buildings on Tuesday, February 18th.
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT EMBARKS ON COLLABORATIVE PROJECT TO UPDATE DISTRICT’S STRATEGIC PLAN
Olmsted Falls School District has begun the process of outlining refinements to the District’s strategic plan. The end result will be a strategic plan that will provide a consistent framework to guide decision-making in the District over the next three to five years. The Board of Education has partnered with O.E. Strategies, Inc., located in Broadview Heights, to guide the overall process as the District works to refine and update its existing Strategic Plan.
A steering committee representing a wide cross-section of district stakeholders came together on January 31st to begin the process. The committee worked to assess where the District is now, and where it wants to head in the future. Steering committee members include representatives from the Board of Education, District administration, certified and classified staff, as well as two OFHS students. Additionally, the District is also fortunate to have the participation of local business executive Joe Pullella, V.P. of Operations at VitaMix, the second largest employer in the District behind Olmsted Falls School District itself.
“In the spirit of collaboration we wanted to bring all of these voices together to begin the work of creating of a strategic plan that is aligned with the current and future needs of our students, our District and our community. Each steering committee member comes to the table with a set of experiences and aspirations that will offer great value to this important process,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.
Ultimately, the refinements to the Strategic Plan will be based on a comprehensive assessment of culture, strengths, challenges, opportunities, and barriers – led by the steering committee and also reaching beyond to include a series of conversations and feedback loops from various stakeholder groups and community partners. The end result will allow for effective communication to constituents about the challenges and opportunities facing the District, along with clearly defined and measurable goals to build on the District’s already high performance.
The strategic plan, scheduled to be formally adopted by the Board this June, will also provide a basis for stage setting, measuring progress and creating a means for informed change to the plan when needed.
“Good organizations learn and grow to become great ones, and great ones set their sights to become even greater. We are confident this process will allow us to continue to excel as we adapt to the evolving needs of our students, families, staff and community,” added Dr. Lloyd.
Please watch for future updates on the strategic planning process in the District’s Weekly Blog update and printed School Report. To view additional photos from the first meeting of the Steering Committee, please click HERE.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUPER SPELLERS!
Olmsted Falls Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee after school last Thursday, February 6th. Congratulations to eighth-grader Jack Wu, who placed first in this year’s competition. Jack also took the top spot in the school’s 2013 contest as a seventh grader! Jack will move on to compete at the Cuyahoga County Spelling Bee on March 1st. Good luck to Jack as he represents Olmsted Falls at the county competition!
Congratulations are also extended for the outstanding performances of the 2nd through 5th place finishers: 7th grader Alex Holm (2nd place runner-up); 7th grader Lauren Kane (3rd place); 8th grader Meredith Gardner (4th place); and 7th grader Noah Thoma (5tthplace).
Kudos to all of these fine Middle School students and to all who participated in this year’s
BULLDOG HOCKEY PLAYERS & COACH EARN ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
Congratulations to Bulldog Hockey players Jacob Norman, Steve Wilk and Zach Sadowski on being named as All-League Selections by the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League. Senior Jacob Norman was named a First Team Forward; and junior Steve Wilk was named First Team Defense. Sophomore Zach Sadowski was named a Third Team Forward. Congratulations to all three of these outstanding athletes for their stand out season!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT FOR THIRD GRADE MUSIC PROGRAM
Falls-Lenox third graders performed their music concert “Mighty Minds” February 4th at the OFHS auditorium. The students worked very hard over the last several months to learn and practice their songs. Several students also had speaking and solo parts. All students did a fantastic job with the performance and the concert, which was enjoyed by all.
To view a gallery of photos from the concert, please click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX CELEBRATED DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK
Falls-Lenox Primary School celebrated its eighth annual Disability Awareness/Celebrating Differences Week in January. Mr. Moyer, a songwriter, musician and advocate for human rights, performed for the students songs of inclusion. Mr. Moyer has an understanding of the overall concept – he is blind.
Helping Hands parents from the community, one of whom was Linda Parkowski, an Olmsted Falls Board of Education member, came into the classrooms as guest readers. A Bulldog “Thank You” to the parents and the building’s intervention specialists, school psychologist and principals who also read in the classrooms.
Lenox also held a poster/essay contest. Many students created inspirational and educational projects on topics of acceptance and including others. Congratulations to the following grade level winners: Gavin Range, Jessica Wolanin, Laila Laki, Sarah Tedeschi, Carly Nelson, Alaycia Carroll, Cameryn Filicko and Claire Schultz.
To view a photo gallery from Disability Awareness/Celebrating Differences Week, please click HERE.
OFHS BOYS SOCCER PLAYER/PARENT MEETING – TONIGHT- WEDNESDAY – 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.
Come out and support your school at the February 13th Dodgeball PTA Battle of the Schools. It is at 7 p.m. in the OFHS gym. Remember, there is 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. To download a copy of the event flyer, please click HERE.
MINI CHEERLEADERS TO CHEER AT THIS FRIDAY’S, FEBRUARY 14TH, BASKETBALL GAME
Parents and family members may purchase tickets at the game if they did not obtain advanced ones.
ATTN: OFHS SENIORS & PARENTS – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, THURSDAY, 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.
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO RESERVE YOUR OFHS YEARBOOK AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE
They may be purchased for $50 in the pit during lunches or by ordering online by clicking HERE.
Please call Mr. Gaba with any questions.
LITERACY NIGHTS CONTINUE AT FALLS-LENOX
The First Grade Literacy Night was well attended at Falls-Lenox Primary School. The Second Grade Literacy Night is February 20th at 6:00 p.m., followed by Third Grade Literacy Night on Thursday, March 6th!
We look forward to sharing this adventure in reading with our 2nd and 3rd grade students and their families!
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.
OFSD HELPING HANDS FUNDRAISER TO HIT THE DANCE FLOOR
The event is a fundraiser for the group, which is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people.
The dance will include a DJ, food and raffles. The Dance-a-thon’s entry fee is $6, but free to registered participants and pre-K/K students. All team pledges go toward Autism Speaks, Cure Tay Sachs Foundation (CTSF), Special Olympics and Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN USA). Come cheer on your classmates and friends. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.
COMMON CORE PRESENTATION SLIDES AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Power Point slides from the recent presentations on the new Common Core Standards are available in pdf format on the District website. The presentations focused on an overview of the Common Core Standards for both Reading and Math, and provided parents with valuable and specific grade level examples. School officials also fielded questions from the audience.
A list of frequently asked questions generated from the Q & A portions of each session is currently being compiled and will be posted online shortly. Please watch the blog for that additional information, which we hope parents who were unable to attend either event last month will find useful in addition to the Power Point slides.
To view the Power Point presentation from the January 16th Common Core Presentation at Olmsted Falls High School, please click HERE.
To view the Power Point presentation from the January 23 Common Core Presentation at Falls-Lenox Primary School, please click HERE.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR NOW UNDERWAY
Registration instruction pick-up began Friday, February 7th. The new online registration portal for the 2014-2015 school year will officially open this Monday, February 10th for 2014-15 registrations. All families registering kindergarten students for the coming 2014-2015 school year 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 10th – Online Registration Portal Opens (First step in registration process)
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT LAUNCHED – REMEMBER TO SET YOUR PARENT PREFERENCES
Olmsted Falls School District has launched its new school notification system, called Power Announcement. This notification system is loaded with new features that will make it easier for the District to keep in contact with families. Power Announcement provides the ability to contact parents via email, voice and text messaging. Parents have the ability to set their own communication preferences for various types of messages through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOG IN TO YOUR POWER SCHOOL ACCOUNT TO SET YOUR PARENTS PREFERENCES FOR EACH OF YOUR STUDENTS.
To download the “How To” Parent Guide that was included in the launch email earlier this week, please click HERE.
ALSO REMEMBER THAT PARENTS MUST OPT-IN TO BEGIN RECEIVING TEXT MESSAGES. Phone and email contacts are already selected. If you do NOT wish to receive voice messages or emails to a particular contact within your profile, simply click the checkbox to remove the default setting.
Parents with questions about Power School and/or the new Power Announcement, or in need of assistance in setting parent preferences can contact your child’s school building. We hope all parents will appreciate this new communications system, and the flexibility and efficiency it will provide.
REMEMBER: AUTOMATED ATTENDANCE CALLING NOW UNDERWAY
Olmsted Falls School District recently began utilizing the Automated Attendance Call feature of Power Announcement, the new parent communication system also launched. Parents of students in any school building marked with an unexcused absence for the day now receive personalized automated phone call notifications regarding their student’s absence. While we did encounter a couple of system glitches in the initial calls early in the week, the issues we quickly remedied and the system is now functioning properly. Thank you to those parents who may have received calls in error due to these glitches. This new system enables 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.
ATTN: PARENTS – OLMSTED FALLS PTA TO HOST CYBER INFORMATION NIGHT – TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH
SAVE THE DATE! Attention All Bulldog Parents: Olmsted Falls PTA is pleased to present a timely and informational presentation for parents covering critical topics relating the cyber world our children our living in today. Please join Olmsted Falls PTA and Olmsted Falls School District as we welcome a special speaker from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on TUESDAY, MARCH 4th at 7:00 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.
Mrs. Caroline Wathey from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office will present critical information parents need to know about the apps our kids are using, laws pertaining to the internet, cyber bullying, and more. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend, however we ask that you do not bring students to this event.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS TODAY FOR MARCH 4TH AT 7:00 P.M. FOR THIS IMPORTANT EVENT!
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.
OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATION
OECPTA-sponsored consignment Bargain Bonanza is March 8th at the OFMS cafeteria. The cafeteria is organized with clothing items for sale 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.
DINE TO DONATE TO OFHS POST PROM – THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
Mention the organization when placing your order & 20% of sales goes to OFHS Post Prom!
Dine-in, Carry-out, Drive Thru or Cater! Click HERE to download flyer.
OFHS SWIM & DIVE TEAM’S DINNER/RAFFLE IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH
It’s that time of year to plunge into some fun at this year’s OFHS Swim & Dive Team’s dinner and raffle. The 6-9 p.m. February 18th dinner, which Applebee’s will provide, includes chicken alfredo, broccoli, salad, pop, water and assorted desserts. The event’s Luau theme certainly will bring some warmth into the recent low temperatures. The venue is in the OFHS cafeteria. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for those 10 and younger. For an order form that can be dropped off at the school office or mailed, click HERE.
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.
TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Olmsted Community Preschool has its annual Registration Open House Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30-8 p.m. The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street, Olmsted Falls. Classes offered are at the three. pre-k and pre-k extended age levels. For more information, please call 440-235-3869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the preschool’s website by clicking HERE. olmstedcommunitychurch.org.
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 REGISTRATION IN PROGRESS
Online registration for Olmsted Community Summer League’s summer baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18 is now occurring. 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.