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Parent Update – February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014

OFMS ACADEMIC TEAM ADVANCES TO NATIONALS

OFMS academic team One of the OFMS Academic Teams placed second in a recent competition to earn a spot at Nationals this May in Atlanta.

Pictured in the photo are Coach Laura Kennedy, Kennedy Saxton, Grant Young, Joey Calabrase and Harrison Graham, who is holding the trophy. They competed against 15 teams to qualify for nationals.

Congratulations to these spirited Bulldogs!

FOLLOW SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD ON TWITTER

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsitetwitterOlmsted Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd is on Twitter.  Parents, students, residents and staff are invited and encouraged to follow Dr. Lloyd @OFCSSuper.

Be in the know as Dr. Lloyd tweets about all things Bulldog.  From District news to District closures, Dr. Lloyd will tweet about a variety of happenings around Olmsted Falls Schools.

SECOND GRADE LITERACY NIGHT – TONIGHT!

literacy night 1Falls-Lenox Primary School’s Second Grade Literacy Night is Thursday, 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!

OFHS SWIM & DIVE FUNDRAISER DINNER/RAFFLE RESCHEDULED TO THIS FRIDAY

luau photoDue to Tuesday’s District closure, the annual Swim & Dive Fundraiser Dinner had to be postponed.  The event will now take place TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST!  Don’t miss out on the chance to plunge into some fun and support OFHS Swim & Dive at the same time.

The event will take place in the OFHS cafeteria from 6-9 p.m. this Friday, February 21st.  Dinner is being catered by Applebees and 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 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.

OFMS WEB LOCK-IN IS THIS WEEKEND – FEBRUARY 21ST AND 22ND

lock-in-300x280The 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.

BULLDOG STUDENTS PART OF POLARIS RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT TEAM HEADING TO NATIONALS

Polaris Restaurant Mgmt teamTwo Olmsted Falls students are part of the Polaris Career Center’s Restaurant Management team that placed first at a state competition. Their top spot at the 2014 ProStart Invitational Culinary and Restaurant Management Competition earned them a trip to compete at the national level in Minneapolis in May.

OFHS/Polaris students are Elizabeth Nunemaker, junior, seen in the front row, third from the left, and Morgan Anderson, junior, back row, fourth from the left. Their teammates are Renne Ondrejech, senior, Berea-Midpark High School; Ashley Brunner, junior, Fairview High School and DeVan Anderson, junior, North Olmsted High. This competition allows students from programs around the state to showcase their culinary and academic  talents in a real world setting.

In this competition students presented an original concept to judges that demonstrate knowledge of the operation and success (profitability) of a food service establishment, also creating a name and logo design.  The presentation includes menu design and food costing, facility design and decor, marketing strategies, employment practices and human resources.  The team also had to answer a barrage of critical thinking questions from a panel of food service experts.

Congratulations to Morgan and Elizabeth and best wishes at the national contest!

OFSD HELPING HANDS FUNDRAISER TO HIT THE DANCE FLOOR – THIS SATURDAY

specialed_helping-hands-1The community is invited to Helping Hands Dance Marathon on February 22nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the OFHS main gym and cafeteria.

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.

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT MUSIC ON A MISSION IN OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS – THIS SUNDAY

music therapy This Sunday, February 23rd, from 5:30-9 p.m., the community is invited to attend a benefit for Music on a Mission’s music therapy program in OF schools.  Ms. Susan and Mr. Paul, the Music on a Mission’s musicians, come to the OF district every month. The nonprofit organization sponsors the music therapy program that has been coming to the District’s moderate-to-severe special education classrooms this year. The fundraiser will help keep them aiding our students.

This Olmsted Schools/Community Potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Barnfull of Tunes, 31950 Krebs Road, Avon Lake. Please bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage. There is a $10 donation.

At 7, the band “Just Us” will play. The band’s lead singer, Melinda Brunner, the director of OF’s ECC, is excited about the opportunity to support the music therapy program that visits her building each month to enrich the lives of her very special students with their special needs.

Those who already have dinner plans are invited to the concert and bring snacks and beverages for the show.   Fire regulations limit the number of participants at the Barn, so please RSVP to Jim Miraldi, the band’s leader, at jim.miraldi@gmail.com or Marilyn Zeidner, the mission’s director, music@musicmissioninc.com or 216-407-0601.

The program is family friendly and includes rock and roll, country and folk music originally performed by the band’s favorite artists from the 1960s through today. To learn more about Music on a Mission, click HERE.

POWER ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE

Thank you to parents and staff for your patience this past Tuesday morning as we experienced delay issues with the Power Announcement automated voice component during our school cancellation notifications.  We’ve received confirmation that the cause of the delay has been identified and a software fix is scheduled for this week.  In the meantime, please remember that, in addition to automated voice messages, Olmsted Falls City Schools also communicates school closure information via email, text, District website, District blog, and local media outlets (broadcast and online).  Thank you again.

FOURTH-GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM SCORES BIG

The fourth-grade Boys Basketball Blue team rode a winning wave through the season. They competed in the Greater Cleveland Youth 4th grade basketball team Basketball League and took first place in its division with an 11-1 record.  The team also took first in the end-of-the-season tournament.  The boys include Carson Atkins, Charlie Ciolek, Luke Dieckman, Andrew Dirk, Robert Kaminowski, Aaron Katitus, Aidan Meczka, Tanner Nelson, Ryan Smith and Jacob Woehrman. Their coaches are Jamie Katitus and Brett Meczka.

Congratulations to these Bulldogs and best wishes for the tournament in which they are now playing.

KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT – NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 7:00 P.M.

kinderIf you, or someone you know, will be registering a kindergarten student in Olmsted Falls Schools for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, you’ll want to be sure to attend Kindergarten Information Night scheduled for Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center. 

Learn about the kindergarten registration process and the importance of making sure students are registered early. Get an overview of the kindergarten program from ECC Director Mrs. Melinda Brunner, and hear from the Director of Transportation, the District Nurse and a representative from Safety Town. There will also be an opportunity to walk around the building and talk to some of the kindergarten teachers. Information about community childcare and preschool providers and the Kinderday program will also be provided.

To ensure that all parents are able to attend this important information night, free babysitting will be provided at the ECC during the presentation. For additional information or questions, please contact the ECC office at 440-427-6360, or email Melinda Brunner, ECC Director, at mbrunner@ofcs.net.

ATTN: PARENTS – OLMSTED FALLS PTA TO HOST CYBER INFORMATION NIGHT – TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH

cyber computerSAVE 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.

OFHS TRACK AND FIELD PARENT MEETING – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH @ 7PM 

TrackThe preseason parent meeting for high school track and field will take place on Wednesday March 5th at 7PM in the high school media center.  Parents of high school athletes who are participating in track and field this year should plan on attending. 

Contact Coach Novotny (jnovotny@ofcs.et) for more information.

 

OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS AT LAS VEGAS NIGHT – THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

Las Vegas nightWant 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 this 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.

LOCAL PTA TO HOST TASTY FUNDRAISER

TuscanTortellini_WidgetLooking for some different, yet easy meal options for your family?  The OECPTA is having a Tastefully Simple Fundraiser from March 1st through the 15th.  Just go to the Tastefully Simple website by clicking HERE  and enter OLMSTED as the host’s first name and FALLS-ECPTA as the last name. Then choose your items.  Your selections will be shipped to your house. It is just that (Tastefully) simple. You can also click HERE to go directly to the OECPTA Tastefully Simple Party page.

If you have any questions, contact Beth Mordarski, OECPTA president, at bethmordarski@gmail.com. Enjoy a delicious meal and help a local PTA.

OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA IS MARCH 8TH 

bargain bonanza redone  OECPTA-sponsored consignment Bargain Bonanza  is March 8th at the OFMS cafeteria.  Items for sale that are at great prices include children’s clothing, toys, various gear and maternity clothes.  The early bird hour is from 8-9 a.m., with a $5 entrance fee. General hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a $2 admission. The bag sale is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. that offers $3 a bag and large items at half price.

For more details, see the flyer by clicking HERE.

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE

summer baseball imageOlmsted Community Summer League registration is now OPEN for summer baseball and softball leagues. This program is open for boys and girls between the ages of 4 thru 18. Please register online at www.olmstedcc.com through the Olmsted Community Center website under “Youth Programs”. Registrations AFTER March 31, 2014 will be charged a late fee, so register now! All league practices will begin mid May and the regular season games will start June 2, 2014.

New this year is our Co-ed Adult league. Register as a team or individually. Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the Co-ed Adult league.

OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES SPRING PRODUCTIONS

Olmsted Performing Arts, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Fall, will present ROMEO & JULIET March 3 & March 6-9.  Tickets are $16.25.  OPA will also present Bye-Bye Birdie April 4-6.  Tickets range from $12.25 – $16.25.  Tickets and details online by clicking HERE  or by calling 440- 235-OPAC.

SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHT FUN THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

Kids in grades 1-6 can enjoy the interactive fun with InFocus Photo Booths LLC at the Saturday Activity Night at Olmsted Community Center. Come dress up, wear silly hats and have fun with your friends. Picture strips are $2. Also enjoy indoor fun with our DJ /Dance Party, hula hoop competition, dodge ball, basketball and much more.  For more details, click HERE.

Falls-Lenox students – don’t forget to bring your Fun Night coupons and support your Falls-Lenox/ECCPTA.

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