Parent Update – May 29, 2014
YARD SIGNS EXTEND PUBLIC CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2014
In what has become an annual tradition, the faculty, staff and administration of Olmsted Falls Schools personally distributed congratulatory yard signs to each member of the graduating class of 2014!
On the eve of commencement, volunteers canvassed Bulldog country placing a special “Congrats” sign in the yard of each graduating member of the Class of 2014. Pictured at left: Olmsted Falls Middle School teacher Mrs. Kemock enlisted her own little bulldogs to help with placing the signs! The gesture was a perfect way for Bulldog staff to show the great pride they have in these Bulldog grads!
OFHS Commencement will be held this evening, Thursday, May 29th at 8 p.m. at Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University. Congrats OFHS Class 2014!
OFIS CLASSES SHARE THEIR ANCESTRY IN WORDS, FOOD
Students from Teachers Harb/Atkins/Schafer 5th Grade Team celebrated “Cutural Day” May 19th in great style. Throughout May, they studied immigration, naturalization and immigrants’ reasons for coming to the United States. They explored their families’ ancestry and shares it with their class. The 85 students represented more than 30 countries!
Mrs. Harb created a slide show for the finale celebration that included maps, pictures of the country’s landscape, clothing, food and money of every country that students represented. This allowed students and their families to see parts of their ancestors’ countries and culture.
Children either made a food or provided information for their classes and their guests, which they shared on Cultural Day. They did an amazing job! Many students spoke about the experience of spending an afternoon with their grandparents, learning some history and traditions.
About 200 guests attended the celebration. Many grandparents attended, happy to provide their wisdom to the children, along with stories of immigration. Students walked away with a greater understanding and respect for different cultures. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.
OFMS POWER OF THE PEN WRITERS PARTICIPATE IN STATE TOURNAMENT
Seventh graders Emma Andrus, Lauren Gumeny, and Dylan Reines, and eighth graders Alex Enczur, Kayla Falcone, and Lizzie Vukovic attended as well as Mrs. Andrus and Mrs. Gumeny, parent volunteers, and coaches Mrs. Gulden and Miss Scalley. These talented authors had a fantastic time exploring Wooster’s campus, dancing the evening away, and making new friends from all over the state before a tough day of intense writing competition May 23. All the writers performed admirably, writing pieces ranked #1 or #2 against the toughest competition of the season!
Special recognition goes to Lauren Gumeny, who was called up to the stage to receive a coveted Best of the Best award for her piece “Grandma’s Doll.” This award qualifies her for publication in next year’s book of winners!
Congratulations to all of the state qualifiers on a job well done!
OFHS 9TH GRADER RETURNS FOR HONORS @ STATE POWER OF THE PEN
It is extremely rare for Power of the Pen, an organization dedicated to 7th and 8th grade writers, to recall past participants from high school, but Molly’s phenomenal piece entitled “Leftover Words” got her the ticket back to Wooster. This story’s recognition as the Best of the Best last year earned its publication in this year’s book of winners. It was also selected for further judging this tournament season. In addition to senior Power of the Pen judges, national best-selling young adult author Sharon M. Draper reviewed and honored Molly’s narrative. Molly received three accolades at this year’s state tournament for her work on “Leftover Words”:
- The Elsie M. Beachler Award for Talented Young Writers
- The Sharon M. Draper Promising Young Talent honorable mention
- The College of Wooster Scholarship Award
Congratulations to Molly for her phenomenal work, for being the winningest Power of the Pen writer in Olmsted Falls school history and for earning a sizable college scholarship from work she did as an eighth grader!
OFMS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT
OFMS Midwest Talent Search honorees with Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth (back row, right), Board of Education Vice President Joe Bertrand (back row, left) and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd (Back row, center).
Six Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting. The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.
OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are: Daniel Doherty, Rebekah Ellis, Samuel Gray, Alex Holm, Daniel Hoffman, Andrea Sheetz, and Autumn Towns.
Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!
Additionally, we want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path up to this point. It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement, and that will continue to help them thrive in the future. Congratulations again! OFHS TEACHER LISA CUMMING TO STUDY IN BAJA
OFHS science teacher Lisa Cumming is part of Miami University’s Project Dragonfly. She is participating in its Global Field Program as a first-year master’s student in visiting Baja to study field methods in desert and marine ecosystems.
The program combines field work at conservation and education hotspots globally with collaborative work in web-based learning communities. For more details about the course, click here.
The 75 volunteers who were able to visit were treated to a delicious breakfast and a musical performance by the third graders that Mrs. Eileen Wallace led. Mr. Jason Skocdopole and Mrs. Renee Wagner created ocean-themed decorations, including a large submarine with the second graders. To view additional photos from this special event, please click HERE.
Thanks again to all of the volunteers! We so appreciate your time and support.
ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!
For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2014-2015 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2014.
Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2014-2015 school year.
OFMS STUDENT COUNCIL VISITS PROVIDENCE HOUSE
The OFMS Student Council Advisory Board brought donations to Cleveland’s Providence House, a crisis nursery for children ages birth through 10. The council, as a community service project, made blankets for the children who now reside there.
Providence House provides voluntary temporary housing for children at risk of abuse or neglect. Its goal is to engage families before crises jeopardize the safety and well-being of their children and prevent foster care placement.
The OFMS bands and choirs attended OMEA Large Group competition May 16th. The 1st period grade 7 band, which Mr. Feller directed, received an EXCELLENT rating. The 5th period grade 8 band, which Mr. Gulden directed, received a SUPERIOR rating. The grade 8 Concert Choir and grade 8 Women’s Ensemble, which Mrs. Kiedrowski directed, both received SUPERIOR ratings.
Congratulations to these fine musicians for their time, dedication and Bulldog excellence!
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.
HELPING HANDS SUMMER EVENTS
The group will have an outing June 13 at Preston’s H.O.P.E., the largest fully-accessible playground in Northeast Ohio. It was built with many custom-designed elements to accommodate youngsters with mobility issues or vision or hearing impairments. The group will carpool from the high school.
July 8 is Play Date @ ECC Playground on Fitch Road.
August 12th is Meet the Teams where the group will travel around the OFHS campus to “meet” and participate with the varsity athletes in a drill/exercise and even get some autographs.
To view details of each event, click here.
8TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP
Conducted by the Olmsted Falls High School Boys Coaching Staff and Varsity Players, the Soccer Skills Camp will be held July 29 – July 31, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Schady Road Soccer Complex. The camp is open to All Recreational and Travel Soccer Players U6-U14 (Ages 5-14). During the three-day camp, players will be grouped by age and by skill level; focus will be on Individual Technique, Foot-skills, Speed and Agility, Passing, Trapping, Dribbling, Finishing, Goalkeeping, Contests, and Prizes.
For More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 12TH ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING
The 19th annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is July 12th at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Township. The event that the OF Alumni Association sponsors is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. It’s a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, 12-ounce steak dinner, golf-themed favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85. This year the outing will be a SHOTGUN start if there are at least 144 golfers. Otherwise, the format will be a 4-person scramble. Tee times begin at 9 a.m.
Don’t miss this great event and a chance to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs. If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at email@example.com or call us at 440-427-6030.
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.
SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM
It begins June 11th and runs through August 15th at various North Olmsted locations.
For more details, click here.
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.
Congratulations to the Final winners in the May 2014 Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle:
May 18 – Logan Toth ($25 Longhorn Steakhouse Gift Card)
May 19 – Emily Fidler (Metroparks Ledge Lake Passes & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 20 – Tiffany Juergens ($25 Fat Little Buddies Gift Certificate)
May 21 – Kim Cleary (Swings & Things 2 Cart Passes)
May 22 – Lillian Sromek ($25 Home Depot Gift Card)
May 23 – Yolanda Kight (Mulligan Family Fun Pack & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 24 – Danni Bennett ($25 Cheesecake Factory)
May 25 – Dawne Jordan ((2 Sky Zone passes & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 26 – Gloria Mechling ($25 Subway Gift Card)
May 27 – Jaime Portillo ($10 Dairy Queen, Buckeye Lanes Bowling & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 28 – Cynthia Cansky ($25 Razzles Gift Certificate)
May 29 – Bassem Gerges (Metroparks Golf Passes)
May 30 – Greg Shannon (2 Sky Zone passes & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 31 – Brice Blackman (Dairy Queen Cake & Chipotle BOGO card)
Thanks for your support!
WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS OR $10,000
Tickets are available for $10each from the various groups. Ten winners will be selected at the Oct. 10th Bulldog varsity football game. Those 10 will return to the Oct. 31st game were they will select a car key and put it into the ignition. The person who selected the key that starts the car has the option of taking the Chevy Cruze LS or $10,000. The winner is responsible for taxes and any other dealership fees.
The groups involved are the athletic boosters, boys/girls basketball, bowling, fastpitch, football, golf, Hockey Association, Music Association, boys/girls soccer, Swim Association, tennis, track, volleyball and Volleyball Association, wrestling, Masquers and baseball. Tickets will be sold through September.
Help support your local organization by buying a ticket! For official rules, click here.
BUY A BRICK TO HELP PRESERVE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER
The Olmsted Community Center’s Brick-for-a-Brick Program invites you to help restore the community’s former school. The old brick building, built-in 1938 as an addition to the district’s 1916 school, is in need of substantial repair. Emergency repairs that began last year continue as funds are raised. Each ‘inside’ memorial brick purchased in the program will cover the cost of repairing FIVE bricks on the outside of the historic, old school building.
Memorial brick donations are $100 each, which is a tax-deductible donation. For more details, click here. Reserve your family’s space in Olmsted history!
BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN IN OLMSTED FALLS SEEKS INTERESTED GREEN THUMBS
If you are interested in a garden plot in the new Busy Bees Community Garden in Olmsted Falls, please click HERE to download the Welcome Packet which includes application/rules/waiver/etc. Please print, complete and mail with check as indicated. You can also drop off completed forms at Olmsted Falls City Hall. The growing season is short, so the sooner you get your garden going the better! Garden plots will be assigned as soon and form/payment is received.
For questions or additional information, please contact Susan Prehoda, BBCG Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy gardening!
HERITAGE DAYS CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE
This year’s city-wide garage sale during the Heritage Days Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15.
To view a flyer with more details, click here.
OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS
Olmsted Performing Arts will feature Once Upon a Mattress and Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical.
‘Mattress’ will run from July 11-13. Tickets are $14.25 and $16.25 Jekyll and Hyde is from August 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $14.25 and $19.25. Both shows feature pre-show action 90 minutes prior to curtain. Details are at olmstedperformingarts.org. OPA is at 6941 Columbia Road.
WANTED: RESIDENTS OF OLMSTED FALLS/OLMSTED TOWNSHIP WHO HAVE RESIDED HERE FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE
Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will celebrate the community’s 200 year anniversary on July 4. As part of this Bicentennial Celebration, the community is honoring residents who have lived in Olmsted Township or Olmsted Falls for 50 years or more. If you are one of these residents, please contact Jeanene Kress, 235-3459 or email@example.com. These long-time residents will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, email address, if any, and the year they moved into either Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township.
The July 4th celebration will be an old-fashioned, family event that will feature a parade, food, fun for all ages and live music. There also will be a “Battle of the Barrel” featuring fire departments and, lastly, fireworks. All activities will occur at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.
For more details about the overall celebration, click here.
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.
OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM
Each pair takes turns reading and listening to each other and playing reading/word games and activities.
Registration open as of Wednesday, 5/14/2014 at 9:00 AM.
Book Buddies – Big Buddies
Date: Mondays,6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30PM (2:45 PM on 6/16 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:15 PM
Description: Grades 5-12: Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 2:45PM before the first Buddy session on 6/16.
Book Buddies – Little Buddies
Date: Mondays, 6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM
Description: Grades 1 – 3: Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Must be able to read. Please attend all 4 sessions.
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/.
TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13
This book camp is for aspiring young authors ages 13-18 who will review the fundamentals of creative writing and guide participants creating new work in poetry, fiction and drama. Bring along a sample of your best work. Registration and a signed parent/guardian release are required. To sign up, click here.
Date: 6/9 – 6/13/2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
End Time: 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Friday 6/13)
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.
CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE
Forms to reserve booth space at the Bicentennial Cornerstone Festival are now available. Any school or community booster group or association, local crafters, local businesses, etc., interested in reserving booth space at the festival must complete and submit the vendor application form. Please visit http://www.olmstedbicentennial.org/ and click on the “Vendors & Permits” link at the top of the page to download the form. Deadline to submit: June 15, 2014.
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.
OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMP 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.