Parent Update – May 8, 2014
UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS CURRENTLY INDICATE HIGH SCHOOL BOND ISSUE DEFEATED BY NARROW MARGIN; PROVISIONAL BALLOTS STILL BEING PROCESSED
The UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS for Cuyahoga County indicate 49.84% (2,654 votes) FOR the OFHS Bond Issue and 50.16% (2,671 votes) AGAINST the issue in Tuesday’s election. The unofficial election results from Lorain County indicate 26.32% (25 votes) FOR the OFHS Bond Issue and 73.68% (70 votes) AGAINST the issue. IN TOTAL, the COMBINED UNOFFICIAL COUNT (including precinct results from both Cuyahoga County and Lorain County) for the OFHS Bond Issue across both counties is currently 2,679 FOR and 2,741 AGAINST.
Currently the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is in the process of validating remaining provisional ballots that have been cast. (There are approximately 40 provisional ballots to be validated and processed.) Provisional ballots are those cast by citizens who may have had to clarify a name or address, as well as those who may have requested an absentee ballot but then decided to vote at the polls instead.
At this time, all absentee ballots that were postmarked and mailed by November 5, 2013 as required and received by the Board of Elections have been included in the unofficial absentee count, which is included in the above unofficial totals. Any additional valid absentee ballots received by the Board of Elections within 10 days of the May 6th election will be added to the results.
It will be at least a couple of weeks before Official Counts are available and released. A margin less that ½ of 1% would trigger an automatic recount – further delaying the final results. We will update with official, final results as soon as they are available.
Olmsted Falls School District wishes to express sincere appreciation for the efforts of parents and staff members who volunteered countless hours of their personal time to help educate our community about this important bond issue for OFHS. Great progress was certainly made as evidenced by the improved margin of support this time – 49.84% in favor in May, up from 46% percent in favor in November; and 50.16% opposed, down from 54% opposed in November.
Unfortunately, in spite of improved levels of support, voter turnout on Tuesday was lower overall as compared to turnout for the previous November 5, 2013 election. A total of 6,342 votes were casts in November 2013; and, unofficially, 5,420 votes were cast this past Tuesday (not including provisional ballots still being processed).
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM ADVANCES TO WEOL’S RADIO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
The team has a chance for a record-breaking fourth consecutive championship. That occurred with the victory in its semi-final contest as the Bulldogs outscored Lake Ridge Academy last week, 470-400. Lake Ridge won the championship in 2010. Elyria High School holds the most consecutive championship, which the Bulldogs have a chance at breaking. The team consists of Andy Nageotte, captain, Zach Buchta and Xavier Rivera, who was named the “Standout Scholar.” Team advisor is Rhonna Smith.
Lake Ridge Academy was winning going into the third round, but the Bulldogs came from behind to take the lead. The team battled during the fourth and fifth, with the Bulldogs pulling off the win and the opportunity to compete in the upcoming championship contest. Remember to tune into AM 920 at 6:06 p.m. Monday, May 19th to see whether Olmsted Falls takes the crown. The team will play either Amherst Steele or Clearview, depending upon which of these two teams wins on Monday’s broadcast.
HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR & THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR
Health Care Action Plan – Parents of children who have such medical conditions as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., which may require treatment at school, will receive a Health Care Action Plan from the school’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home before the end of this school year. These Action Plans, which both parent and physician must complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic the first week of school in August. A medication order must be completed if your child needs to take a medication at school. The form is available on the district’s website.
Medication Pick Up – If your child now has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to the days/times. Medications not picked up by June 16th will be destroyed.
New 7th grade students – Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine to children prior to their entering the 7th grade. Please bring in your documentation that your health clinic completed as your child returns the first week of school in August.
F-L first graders met with Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan April 25 to celebrate Arbor Day. They recited a poem in honor of Arbor Day and enjoyed meeting with the mayor. A large redbud maple was brought to the school for the ceremony. It will be planted outside Olmsted Falls City Hall where students and their families may watch it grow for years to come.
Thank you to Olmsted Falls for including us in its Arbor Day activities.
JOIN OFHS PTA – HELP INCREASE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING!
A Big Thank You to all our high school parents and staff PTA members. With all your support this year, our PTA won the 2013/2014 Scarlet Carnation and Buckeye Awards for increasing our membership by 32% from last school year. This is a wonderful accomplishment of which we can be very proud. Even with these wonderful awards, we would love to finish out this school year on an even higher note. We are now at 374 members.
We would love to reach our goal of 400 members. We need just a little push to get to the level where we will receive $1,000, which would be used toward more senior scholarships this year. So let’s see if we can hit that goal. Spouses, friends, grandparents – they are all encouraged to join. Let’s make this our best year ever!! Thanks so much for your continued support. You can find our membership form on the district’s website by clicking here.
OFHS senior Laney Haviland recently signed to attend the Art Academy University in San Francisco.
She also will play soccer for the Urban Knights.
Congratulations, Laney, on this achievement and best wishes for your collegiate soccer career.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS
A list of courses your students have scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year beginning in August may be viewed directly in Power School. Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in. Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year. Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments are available June 12th . Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment. THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 12TH.
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: Incoming 9th graders for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to a Freshman Orientation at the high school on Friday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m. A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up. Student Ambassadors will give guided tours of the building. Student Ambassadors will meeting Wednesday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s Media Center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on August 15th. Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2018 at the Freshman Orientation on August 15th from 9-11 a.m.
Photos of commencement will be available at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.
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.
Here is a great chance to get several books for your child’s summer reading.
F-L will have its Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 19; Tuesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 21st. There is a great selection from which to choose.
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 – ORDER BY MAY 11TH
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.
CONGRATULATIONS – 1ST WINNERS’ WEEK IN MAY 2014 OFMS PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE
May 2 – Debby Reith ($25 Fandango gift card & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 3 – Teri Vavro (Cleveland Metroparks Golf Passes & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 4 – Tracy Linek ($25 Razzles gift certificate & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 5 – Joann Thompson (Swings-n-Things cart passes & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 6 – April Largent ($25 Speedway Gift Card)
May 7 – Rob Coxon (OF Baseball Hat & Shirt & Chipotle BOGO card)
Thanks for your support and watch the blog for next week’s winners.
CHICK-FIL-A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE – MAY 15TH
The funds will go to the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life event. All dine in, carry out, drive through and catering orders will be honored. Be sure to mention OF Relay for Life when ordering for the organization to receive credit.
ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKS ENTRIES FROM COMMUNITY – DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM – DEADLINE TODAY – FRIDAY, MAY 9
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.
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.
Congratulations to the OF 10-Under Runner-Ups.
The Bulldog team, made up of student from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, performed well in the annual Swing for Spring Tournament.
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.
4th ANNUAL CURE TAY-SACHS CLASSIC – THIS SATURDAY
Check out your Bulldog baseball players in action at the 4th Annual Cure Tay-Sachs Classic this weekend. What began as a 4 team tournament in 2011 has grown to a 24 school event at sites throughout Northeastern Ohio showcasing some of the best HS baseball teams in the state. Last year, 2 of the D1 State final four teams participated in the CTSC. Through sponsorships, donations, and more, the Cure Tay-Sachs Classic has raised nearly $20,000 so far, and we hope to double that number in the next couple years.
Olmsted Falls High School will again serve as a host site this year. Following is the schedule for the games being held this Saturday, May 10th at OFHS:
10:00am Olmsted Falls Vs. Bay Village
12:30pm Newark Licking Valley Vs. Midview
3:00pm Solon Vs. North Royalton
5:30pm Solon Vs. Midview
For information on other host sites and participating teams, please click HERE To view the official CTSC press release. Go Bulldogs!
ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE STARTS THIS WEEKEND
It’s that time of year again. Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 10th (9 am-5pm), Sunday, May 11th, (9am-2pm), and Saturday, May 17th (9am-3pm) at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, across from the Olmsted Community Church. The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables available at good prices. Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts. Stop by, support Scouting, and shop locally! Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM
One way to keep your child’s reading level at least maintained over the summer is to keep reading during that time. The Olmsted Falls branch library is now accepting registration for its “Ready. Set. Read!” Summer Reading Game. The rules are available by clicking here. It also has many programs available over the summer. To view a flyer of all the events, click here.
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/.
ATTENTION GIRLS GRADES K-12
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.
WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT MAY 18TH– 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 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. To download the Cornerstone Festival flyer, please click HERE.
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. D BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS
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.
KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergarten through grade 5. The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.