Parent Update – May 2, 2014
IMPORTANT ELECTION TOMORROW – PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
For the 3,200+ BULLDOG PARENTS Registered to Vote who did NOT vote by mail:
Polls Open TOMORROW: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
If you need to know where your polling location is, please visit:
and click on the “Where Do I Vote?” link.
PLEASE BE SURE TO MAKE IT TO THE POLLS TOMORROW- TUESDAY, MAY 6TH!
For the APPROX. 360 BULLDOG PARENTS who requested Absentee Ballots to Vote by Mail:
PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR BALLOT MUST BE POSTMARKED WITH TODAY’S DATE – MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 – IN ORDER TO BE COUNTED! As of last Friday, more than 100 parents still needed to return their absentee ballots. Please be sure to get your ballots postmarked and mailed TODAY!
ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOT POSTMARKED WITH TODAY’S DATE MUST be delivered in person, either by you or an eligible family member, to the Board of Elections office. Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day – Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
Olmsted Falls School District would like to extended SINCERE THANKS to the volunteers of the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee, who have been working tirelessly since January to raise awareness with parents and residents about the critical importance of passing Issue #4 tomorrow for OFHS. We also want to thank the many parents, staff and alumni who have endorsed Issue #4.
Anyone who still has questions about Issue #4 is encouraged to visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com, or contact the Olmsted Falls Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.
PLEASE REMEMBER – YOUR VOTE COUNTS & OFHS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
MORE OFSD STAFF ACHIEVE MASTER TEACHERS DESIGNATION
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls School District’s newest Master Teachers – Matthew Celaschi (OFHS), Sandra Cibulskas (OFMS), Jennifer Cieker (Falls-Lenox), Janelle Hughes (OFHS), Sarah Reisner (OFMS), Christen Rupp (OFMS), and Kim Urban (OFMS). The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized and honored them during the April board meeting.
These seven teachers earned the Master Teacher designation by participating in Ohio’s Master Teacher Program and demonstrating excellence both inside and outside of the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning. Each of these teachers achieved exemplary scores for the rigorous documentation of their instructional practices, leadership roles and professional activities.
The implementation of Ohio’s Master Teacher Program within the OFSD was facilitated by the Olmsted Falls Master Teacher Committee consisting of representatives from all buildings and content areas, including six teachers and one administrator that hold National Board Certification and are therefore recognized by the state of Ohio as Master Teachers. The newest Master Teachers join Lisa Hawk (OFMS), Jesse Judson (OFIS), Anne Statz(Falls-Lenox) and Lisa Cumming (OFHS) – all of whom achieved Master Teacher status this past fall!
Pictured in the photo above are, from left, Board President Jim Weisbarth, Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan, Sandra Cibulskas, Janelle Hughes, Christen Rupp, Sarah Reisner, Kim Urban and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.
SEVERAL OFHS WINTER ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Congratulations to the following who were named Scholar Athletes for maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA: Brian Kurz, boys basketball; Samantha Buck, girls basketball; Michael Hansinger, wrestling; Molly Mills, girls swimming; Thomas Petro, boys swimming; Andrew Vukovic, hockey; Rosalyn Miranda, cheerleading; Sarah Lyzen, gymnastics; Paul Katz, boys bowling and Alexis Benisek, girls bowling.
Student/athletes who were First Team All Conference include Adam Asadorian, senior, boys basketball; Kerri Gasper, junior, girls basketball; Jacob Norman, senior and Zachary Sadowski, sophomore, hockey; Michael Hansinger, senior, Jordan Lee, senior and Noel Caraballo, sophomore, wrestling. Second Team All Conference are Alexander Mitchell, senior, basketball; Steven Wilk, junior, hockey; Jacob Bolton, senior, boys swimming; Adam Salti, senior and Michael Iler, sophomore, wrestling. Honorable Mention are Patrick Hynes, senior and Samuel Lombardo, senior, boys basketball; Heather Mueller, senior and Savanajh Black, junior girls basketball; Devon McConkey, junior and Braden Wertman, junior, hockey; Thomas Petro, senior and Eric Andrews, freshman, boys swimming; Katelyn Heine, senior and Morgan Jedrzejek, freshman, girls swimming; Austin Balnius, senior and Brice Locklear, sophomore, wrestling.
Pictured above are, from left, Noel Caraballo, Jordan Lee, Sarah Lyzen, Andrew Vukovic, Zach Sadowski, Jacob Bolton, Kerri Gasper, Samantha Buck, Alexander Mitchell, Alexis Benisek and Rosalyn Miranda.
Congratulations to these fine athletes.
OF SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZES BOWLING TEAM
Most of the OFHS bowling team members – who were state runners up this year – attended the April board meeting where they were recognized for their accomplishments.
Picture here are, from left, Coach Chuck Carver, Coach Leanne Carver, Andy Oltmanns, Chris Kuczynski, Dan McFadden, Chad Kuchenmeister, Jake Olszewski, Colin Kuchenmeister, Coach Eric Kuchenmeister and Nate Paliska. Team member Paul Katz was unable to attend the meeting.
Congratulations to all.
OFIS CELEBRATIONS EARTH DAY
With over 600 students, they only created 32 pounds of waste! The students were encouraged to apply some conservation tips they learned in their classes into their real life. The students were REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING their resources. They REDUCE by placing fruits and vegetables in a compost container; REUSE, silverware, containers, and lunch bags and RECYCLE: juice pouches, plastic bottles, chip bags, paper, and aluminum cans. Kathleen Rocco from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, spent lunch time with all the students spreading awareness about ways to “Go Green”! The OFIS Green Team made a cycling project at its April meeting. They reused 2-liter bottles and lids for various products.
The students in Mrs. Atkins’ science classes gained extra credit in creating un UP CYCLED item. Instead of throwing away milk jugs, orange juice containers, water bottles, tissue boxes, etc., the students created some amazing products to use at home. Click here to view photos. They are making our Earth a better place!
To view a photo gallery of the activities, click here.
OFMS PARENT ORIENTATION FOR 5th GRADERS – THIS 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.
2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE
A listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website. The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.
Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.
FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING MAY 22nd
What: Football Parents meeting
When: May 22nd, 7:00 P.M.
Where: High School Auditorium
Who: 2014 football player parents, grades 9-12.
REVIEWING CONTENT WILL HELP STUDENTS TRANSITION IN FALL
Parents may order material that can be used over the summer to keep what their children learned over this year fresh in their minds and ready to start classes in the fall. This is an optional program. A letter about the program that was sent home through OFIS students may be viewed by clicking here.
The books, called Summer Solutions, include material that will help maintain what your son or daughter has learned from August to June. Spending a few minutes a couple of days of the week will help them in reviewing learned concepts. The book titles include: Mathematics; English Grammar & Mechanics, Reading Comprehension; Math Problem Solving; Study Skills and Pre-K Math and Language Arts. They are available to order by May 11th. Be sure to add the proper school code found in the top right corner of the order form. Click on the various grade levels to see the book: OFMS, OFIS, Falls-Lenox, ECC. Order instructions can be viewed by clicking here.
CHICK FIL A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE – MAY 15TH
All dine in, carry out, drive through and catering orders will be honored. Be sure to mention OF Relay for Life when ordering.
ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY – DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM – DEADLINE MAY 9
Annual OFHS May Art Show is Friday May 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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, found by clicking here, 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: email@example.com.
OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN – DEADLINE IS MAY 10th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Activity Night Program … SPRING INTO FUN 1st – 6th Grades
In the month of May, kids grades 1st-6th can enjoy, Baseball Fever Night, Karaoke, Jungle Fever, and Guest DJ’s. All leading up to the final fun night of the year…Beach Blast Night on Saturday, June 7th.
All activities are held at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls from 7-10p.m. Cost: $8. visit: http://www.olmstedcc.com/.
Registration is extended for girls slow pitch softball in the Olmsted Community Summer League. Games begin the week of June 2nd and last through July. All girls receive a team shirt and visor. No previous experience is needed. We celebrate the end of the season with an Appreciation Day full of activities – bounce house, dunk tank, raffle prizes and lots of food. The cost for Girls Coach Pitch (ages 6-8) and Girls Intermediate ( 9-11) is$70; Girls Major Travel (ages 12-18 with two age divisions) is $90. Please register online by clicking here or in person at the Olmsted Community Center by May 10th.
MAKE A RAIN BARREL OR BUY A COMPOST BIN – DEADLINE MAY 7th
Community members are invited to attend the rain barrel/composting seminar May 12 at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center. Olmsted Township is hosting the seminar that the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District will head.
Attendees will learn to make a rain barrel they will keep and/or buy a compost bin. The rain barrel is $60; compost bin, $50. Rain barrels harvest rainwater for all garden needs and combat storm water pollution. A barrel, downspout diverter and all material will be included. Composting is a great way to keep organic materials out of landfills and an inexpensive way of adding nutrients to soil.
The 6:30-8:30 p.m. session has a May 7 registration deadline. To register, contact Jared Bartley, 216-524-6580, Ext. 14. To view a flyer of the event, click here.
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 email@example.com.
LOCAL PRESCHOOL HAS FALL OPENINGS
Olmsted Community Preschool has openings available for the 2014/2015 school year. The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street, Olmsted Falls. Classes offered are at the 3, 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 and go to the preschool tab.
LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS OVER MEMORIAL WEEKEND
The Lorain County Regional Airport will feature a night air show, aircraft displays, airplane rides, aerobatics, drone demonstrations and sky divers at its Aviation Days May 24th and 25th. Admission is $10, with those under 17, free. There also is free parking. To see the event’s flyer, click here.
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.