Parent Update – April 16, 2014
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, APRIL 18TH AND MONDAY, APRIL 21ST
School will resume Tuesday, April 22nd. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
UPDATED CALENDAR FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE
ATTN: BULLDOG PARENTS! Olmsted Falls School District has made changes to the previously posted school year calendar for 2014-2015 (next year). New requirements from the Ohio Department of Education made it necessary for the District to review and revise our original calendar for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
The most significant change to note for parents is that the first day of school for students has been shifted back by one day to Thursday, August 21st. The previous calendar had students’ first day of school as Wednesday, August 20th; the first day of school for students for the upcoming 2014-2015 is now Thursday, August 21st. Another important change to note is the addition of a staff professional development day on Friday, August 29th; there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on August 29th.
This revised calendar meets the state’s new requirements for number of school hours across all grade levels, allows for sufficient staff development opportunities, and provides for potential calamity days. The updated calendar for 2014-2015 is now available for download on the District website (www.ofcs.net), or by clicking HERE.
Thank you for your patience as we made the necessary revisions.
TWO OFHS STUDENTS TAKE 3RD PLACE @ NATIONAL ROBOTICS CHALLENGE
Congratulations to Joselyn and Stephanie!
OFMS SPRING PLAY OPENS TONIGHT – PERFORMANCES RUN APRIL 24th – 26th
Its spring play is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.” It is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th, Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th – all shows begin at 7:00 p.m.
Over the course of an evening, the 56 undead actors and actresses will explore and contemplate life lessons through a unique perspective that only a zombie could offer. Life lessons, such as “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” “Everyone deserves a second chance,” and “there is no normal,” are some of those lessons.
Tickets cost $5 for adults; $3, students and free to senior citizens and children under 5. We hope to see you there.
OFHS STAYS ALIVE IN SCHOLASTIC GAMES
OFHS Academic Team is in the semi-final rounds of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County, the weekly quiz program on WEOL radio, AM 930. Its hopes for a record-breaking four consecutive championship remains alive after the team’s 440-210 win over Keystone High School in the quarter finals. The team will next face Lake Ridge Academy May 5th at 6:06 p.m. The championship is May 19. 6:06 p.m.
Team members were Xavier Rivera, Zach Buchta and Andy Nageotte, captain and who was named the program’s “Standout Scholar.” Ms. Rhonna Smith is the team’s advisor. A photo gallery is available by clicking HERE.
Each participating school receives a $500 credit to go to a deserving student from an area college or university. Up to $1,000 in additional credits are awarded to each school that enters the quarterfinal and subsequent levels in the playoffs. Contributing institutions include Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lorain County Community, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Tiffin University and Ursuline College.
Good luck, team, for continued success.
LOCAL SENIORS VIEW DRESS REHEARSAL OF ‘OKLAHOMA’
They enjoyed pastries and coffee during the rehearsal that was in the school’s auditorium. Musical Director John Mercer greeted and welcomed the ladies and gentlemen before the performance and thanked them for providing the students an opportunity to practice in front of an authentic audience before the “real” show!
Steve Matia, president of the Masquer’s Boosters, and Elaine Atkinson, PTA chairperson, worked to make the evening out a success for more than 100 of our local residents. To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
**TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OFHS RENOVATIONS NOW! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The Pride website also feature additional video clips produced by students! Enjoy!
OFHS NEEDS YOU! LESS THAN 3 WEEKS BEFORE IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION
PRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS - Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4. The endorsement list keeps growing and the committee continues to seek individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.
To participate, send an email to email@example.com. Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements. Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support. Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know. You are encouraged to create your own poster as well! Submit your photos or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return it to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign. Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community. Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).
MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS - Vote by Mail! Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail will receive ballots soon. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.
BULLDOG PARTY ROCK, WELL, ROCKED
Students also enjoyed a photo booth and getting pictures taken with friends.
Thanks to PTA for sponsoring such a fun night out for students and their families!
OFMS PARENT ORIENTATION FOR 5th GRADERS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH
All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting Wedesday, May 7th, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafetorium. The program is designed primarily for parents as students will have their orientation in mid August of 2014.
The agenda includes:
- 6 Grade Teaching Teams
- Typical 6th Grade Schedule
- Tour of Building
- Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium
While you will not be able to make a specific team request, you may send a note or an email to Mr. Kurz, email@example.com, describing your child in terms of learning style preferences and personality traits so that we may be able to match him/her up with the best possible fit in terms of our 6th grade teaching teams. Please send your note or email to Mr. Kurz by Friday, May 9, or we will not be able to consider your request. Please understand our need to finalize our class lists in a timely manner.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz, 440-427-6201 or firstname.lastname@example.org, in the event you have any questions regarding the middle school. Thank you.
DODGE BALL COMPETITION HEATS UP APRIL 25TH
Do you have great reflexes and move easily? Why not sign up for the Post Prom’s third annual Dodge Ball game Friday, April 25th from 6-9 p.m. in the high school gym? Students in grades 9-12 are invited to sign up during lunch in the cafeteria beginning April 22nd. The cost is $25 per team that includes five students.
Can’t play, but want to watch? Admission is $3. There will be prizes for the best outfits and winning team. Don’t miss out on the fun. All proceeds benefit the Post Prom.
DEADLINE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE IS APRIL 30
Help support the OFMS PTA by purchasing an entry in the annual Calendar Raffle. For $5, you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of fabulous prizes. We pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like, share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.
Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be dropped off at any of the school main offices. Why not take a chance! The contest includes many gift cards to area stores, Monsters tickets and other great prizes. View a copy of the calendar by clicking here.
Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible. Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA. Thanks for your support!
PICK-UP FOR SWIM/DIVE TEAM’S HAM SALE IS TONIGHT – THURSDAY, APRIL 17th!!
Pick up is THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the OFHS, band entrance. We thank everyone for their support to help pay for the “two a day” pool practices. The team receives 15% of all the proceeds.
HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT
Helping Hands will host the second “Movie and Game Night” on Friday April 25, 2014 from 6-8:30 p.m. @ OFHS. This event is set up to be a “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed.
Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.
Please send RSVP to Mariel Krakowiak, email@example.com, by Wednesday April 23 and inform us of the number of adults and students in your group.
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH
Munch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café. Proceeds from the 8-10 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids 6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.
Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.
SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD
Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.
The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.
ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY
Annual OFHS May Art Show is Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community. We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN
Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners. It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program. Registration is now open. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I: June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II: June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer. Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th- 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town. Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June. Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety. If you are interested – we need your help! This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours. For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014. Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE. Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at email@example.com.
WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT — LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM
Looking for a fun, recreational activity this summer? Join the Westview Swim Team and come to the annual Meet-the-Coaches Cookout on Sunday, May 18th from 5-6 p.m @ the Westview pool, 26640 Redwood Drive. You can enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert. Meet the swim team coaches and learn more about the team. Discover what the excitement is all about.
The swim team offers other events throughout the season, such as Donut Fridays, annual Swim-A-thon and end of the season Awards Banquet and pool party. The group emphasizes participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit and self-discipline. Many of the swimmers compete in high school and even college. Registration is available by clicking HERE. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HOLDS OPEN REGISTRATION
Falls Pointe Development welcomes swimmers to its summer program. Registration for the Piranhas swim team is open to any resident of Olmsted Falls or Township. Registration will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 27th at the Falls Pointe development clubhouse located on Falls Pointe Drive. For more details and contact information, please click HERE.
NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS
Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.
OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH
This year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family. They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit. It is set for Sunday, May 4th.
The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara. All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors. One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need. The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!
OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH
Don’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale on Sunday, May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Community Center. Large selection of perennial flowers, hostas, grasses, ground cover, flowering shrubs and wildflowers.
A portion of proceeds from this sale benefit Falls-Lenox 3rd graders for the Minnesota Fast Seed program (formerly known as Veggie U).
OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG
This year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration. Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.
Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.
We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.
Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1. The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26. Click on the highlighted camps for applications.
Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE.
Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.
KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN
The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.
Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.