Parent Update – February 27, 2015

BULLDOG MARCHING BAND GLOWS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

Magic Kingdom marching bandIt’s official. The Olmsted Falls Bulldog Marching Band was the largest band at Disney World on the weekend they performed in the Festival of Fantasy parade on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom! The band, with 200 members and 30 chaperones, traveled to Florida from February 12th-17th. Director of Bands Mrs. Budd said the students were “spectacular in behavior and in marching.” They represented OF with dignity and pride.magic kingdom bullettes

Each band member received a pair of Performing Arts Mickey ears as a reward for their hard work. Students beamed with pride and many said this was the best memory of their high school years. Nowak Tours kept them safe and parents informed throughout the trip.

Congratulations to the band. They definitely laid the groundwork for a new tradition in Olmsted Falls!

To view a photo gallery of the band at Disney, click HERE. To view videos on Facebook, click HERE and HERE.

READ THE LATEST OFMA NEWSLETTER

music-notesThe Olmsted Falls Music Association’s March newsletter is now available.

To view the Music Notes publication, click HERE.

BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS LATEST MASTER TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT

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Newest Master Teachers Stacy Petro (left) and Leigh Carver (right) pose with their certificates after being honored by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education for their accomplishment. Also pictured (from left to right) are OFIS teacher Jessie Judson, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and OFMS teacher Judy Casterline.

Congratulations to the district’s newest Master Teachers – Leigh Carver and Stacy Petro. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized and honored them during last week’s board meeting.

Carver and Petro earned the Master Teacher designation by participating in Ohio’s Master Teacher Program and demonstrating excellence both inside and outside the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning. Each of the two teachers achieved exemplary scores for the rigorous documentation of their instructional practices, leadership roles and professional activities.

The district’s Olmsted Falls Master Teacher Committee facilitates the program locally with representatives from all buildings and content areas, including six teachers and one administrator who hold National Board Certification.

Congratulations again to Mrs. Carver and Mrs. Petro.

ECC STUDENT SELECTED AS ARTSONIA “ARTIST OF THE WEEK”

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Award-winning kindergarten artist Sylvia was joined by her parents Brooke and John Nisky and her younger twin sisters, as well as by her art teacher Mrs. Renee Wagner, her kindergarten teacher Mrs. Karen Strawser and ECC Director Mrs. Melinda Brunner as she was honored by the Board of Education at last week’s meeting.

Sylvia Nisky, an ECC kindergarten student, is Artsonia’s Pre-K-3rd “Artist of the Week” for Jan. 18th-24th.  During the contest her Winter Tree entry received 1,719 votes from website visitors.  As a finalist she will receive a special award plaque and a $50 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. Blick Art Materials also will provide a $100 gift certificate to the ECC/Falls-Lenox art program.

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Kindergarten student Sylvia’s award-winning artwork, “Winter Tree”

The weekly contest highlights new artwork from four grade level categories (PreK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) and encourages family, friends and other art lovers to vote for their favorite piece.

Artist of the Week is a fun way to remind us all that EVERY child is an artist and deserves a moment in the spotlight.

Thanks to all who voted for Sylvia and helped celebrate the creativity of student artists.

LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS MEET WITH STATE LEGISLATORS TO DISCUSS ASSESSMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY; CONCERN EXPRESSED REGARDING ASSESSMENT OPT-OUTS

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Olmsted Falls School District is in continual communication with Ohio Legislators and the Ohio Department of Education so that we may clearly communicate to parents the potential consequences of opting out of testing – both on the individual student as well as the Olmsted Falls School District as a whole.  To read the a copy of the opt-out confirmation letter being sent to parents who have already opted their children out of testing, please click HERE.

STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY 

IMG_2401The OFHS Spanish Department inducted several students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica.” It occurred at Nuevo Acapulco.  The Spanish teachers, inductees and their families enjoyed a delicious meal after the induction.  The inductees are Lauren Boros, Jamie Dregalla, Emily Gerycz, Kara Grendzynski, Andrea Gottfried, Myrna Mansour, Alejandra Neira, Taylor Nemes, Christina Pedicini, Taylor Saule, Austin Stamper, Mallory Taylor and Jacob Yeager.

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the honor society that is for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese.  Its purpose is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies. Felicidades A Todos.

VARSITY SOFTBALL ELECTED TO TOP STATEWIDE FASTPITCH COACHES ASSOCIATION POSTBaseballSoftball

FullSizeRenderJim Smith, OFHS varsity softball coach, was nominated and elected to the office of President-Elect for the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association at the state level.

Coach Smith has been president of the Northeast District Softball coaches association for the past seven years.

Congratulations, Jim!

inclementweather1-300x264OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS CALAMITY DAY UPDATE

OFCS has received questions from a number of parents regarding the status of our District’s calamity days.  The rules for school calendars and calamity days (snow days) changed for Olmsted Falls City School District beginning with the current 2014-2015 school year.  The school calendar and calamity days are now based on a minimum number of instructional hours instead of instructional days. 

At this point in time, Olmsted Falls School District does NOT anticipate having to make up any school days due to inclement weather closures for students in grades 1 to 12.  Because the required minimum hours set by the state vary by grade level, the number of hours available to cover calamity days also varies by grade level.  The only grade level in our district currently approaching the need for possible make-up days is kindergarten.   (NOTE: “Approaching” does not mean that it is about to happen).

The state minimum requirement for instructional hours is as follows:  Kindergarten (455 hours/year); Grades 1-6 (910 hours/year); Grades 7-12 (1,001 hours/year).  For all grade levels, except for kindergarten, the Olmsted Falls School District calendar exceeds these minimum required hours providing plenty of hours in reserve to cover both professional development days as well as calamity (snow/cold) days.

Please note that not all school districts in the state have made the transition from days to hours yet.  So you will continue to see coverage in the media regarding districts that have already reached their maximum five calamity days.  Those stories relate to districts that have not yet transitioned to hours.

While Olmsted Falls School District has had five snow/cold closure days already this winter, we do still have hours remaining as a cushion at all grade levels, including kindergarten.  Additionally, we have the ability to utilize a “blizzard bag” option to gain up to three additional days for our kindergarten students and therefore avoid potential make-up days.  Blizzard bags will not be necessary at any of the other grade levels. At this time, we do not anticipate having to make up days for any grade level at the end of the year (or during spring break).  Please remember that our preference is always to have students safely in school and learning despite having a bank of hours available that could be used for cancelling school.

If you have any questions about calamity days, or the new system based on instructional hours instead of instructional days, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY:  FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN

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OFHS teacher Mr. Jeff VanArnhem showed colleagues how to create a Google site for their classroom.

The Olmsted Falls School District’s Strategic Plan helped guide the focus of the recent Professional Development Day, held Friday, February 13th, as staff members had an opportunity to choose from a wide-variety of technology themed sessions.  Being Technology Enabled is one of four areas of strategic focus in the District’s Strategic Plan.  The Strategic Plan’s other three areas of focus include:  Student Success, Aligned Resources and Community Partnerships.

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District Technology Integration Specialist Mrs. Dawn Carlin presented the “Google Forms for Everyone” workshop to OFCSD educators.

Creating opportunities to empower teachers to seamlessly integrate technology into instruction and student learning is a top priority for the District under the new Strategic Plan.  Providing staff members with an opportunity to spend time learning about different technology resources that can enhance their classroom instruction was the focus of the Feb. 13th Professional Development Day.  Staff members had the opportunity to participate in up to four scheduled sessions held throughout the morning.  In addition, several staff members served as session leaders themselves – sharing their personal knowledge and expertise on particular technology topics.

Sessions covered a wide range of technology topics including:  Tablets and Google Play for K-2; Raz-Kids for Grades 1-3; Google for OFIS; Google Classroom for 6-12; Using Google Forms in the Classroom; Using Compass to Created Standards Based Assessments; Creating a Webpage with Weebly; Smartboard Training/Review; Video Creation for Students & Teachers; Online Text Resources for Science Teachers; Web Resources for Specials & Wheel Teachers; and more!

STUDENTS INVITED TO U.S. MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY THIS SATURDAY

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Congressman Jim Renacci invites students to attend a Military Service Academy Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 28th at the Stark County Library (Jackson Branch). It will be in Conference Room 102 at 7487 Fulton Drive, N.W., Massillon, OH.   Information will be available about the five individual service academies and the nomination process. Registration is preferred, but not required by emailing Renacci’s academy coordinator, bryan.bowman@mail.house.gov or call 330-334-0040.

DON’T MISS HELPING HANDS “DANCE 4 CHARITY” EVENT TOMORROW!

logo_2015Helping Hands “Dance 4 Charity” Fundraising event is THIS SATURDAY, 2/28/15 (10a-2p). Come celebrate with the dance teams! The event is held in the main gymnasium at OFHS, and is open to the public. General admission is $6 at the door (ages 5 and below are Free). The doors will open at 9 a.m. There will be concessions, raffle baskets, and a live DJ with music and activities. The opening ceremony will start at 10 3eloveFeb2015a.m. in the main gym at OFHS.

Helping Hands will also be running another 3elove fundraiser. Please click HERE for instructions on how to place your order online. Sales will be open through Sunday, March 1.

OF HOCKEY SEES SECTIONAL ACTION THIS SATURDAY

bulldog hockeyThe Bulldog hockey team will play St. Ed’s at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28th at Brooklyn Recreation Center.  The team advanced after beating Chagrin Falls in double overtime.  To read a Chronicle Telegram about that win, click HERE.

OFMS STUDENT PARENT SPORTS NIGHT IS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST

bulldog mug graphicParents and students in grades 5-8 are invited to attend an informative meeting about the OFMS sports program from 6-7 p.m. this Sunday, March 1.  Coaches will speak briefly, with discussions about nutrition, pride and other topics.  Handouts and sports camps information will be available.  The OF Athletic Boosters also will be at the event.  Flyers were emailed to all grade 5-8 parents.

VOTE TODAY FOR OFHS BOYS BOWLING TEAM AS TEAM OF THE WEEK

bowlingimage2The OFHS boys bowling team was selected as one of JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School Boys TeamHuddle wrestling voting pix of the Week. Fans decide the winner so vote today – and often. Voting is live and will end at noon, Monday, March 2.  To vote for the Bulldog team, click HERE.  You may vote as often as you like.

VOTE FOR OFHS STUDENT AS AMERICA’S FASHION IT GIRL

Teresa WangOFHS senior Teresa Wang is in the running to be America’s next Fashion IT Girl.  Fashion eCommerce Leaders, ASOS and Fame & Partners are sponsoring the contest.

The grand prize winner receives a two-week paid intensive learning internship with Fame & Partners and ASOS in New York AND the chance to design a dream formal dress, made just for the winner ($1,000 value). Runner up prizes are spectacular, too. Click HERE, then scroll down and put in Teresa Wang in the search box to vote for her.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP SCHEDULING MEETINGS

CC+Students who have placed into College Credit Plus courses based on COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores MUST attend ONE group scheduling meeting with a parent. At the meeting we will review College Credit Plus in more detail and how the college courses work in a student schedule. Preregistration for this meeting is not needed. Current PSO students need not attend this meeting and will meet with their grade level counselor. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college and career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

Meetings will be held in the high school library on the following days:

March 3rd, 6 p.m. ; March 9th, 2:20 p.m. and March 26th, 6 p.m.

HELPING HANDS SUPPORTS NATIONAL “SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD” CAMPAIGN

2015-Logo-DatedSpread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

OFCS Helping Hands will be supporting the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign by creating a video to spread awareness (our video will be posted on next week’s blog). OFCS Helping Hands will join other schools/universities across the country in posting the video message on YouTube.  There will also be a banner at your child’s school for students/faculty/staff to pledge their support on Wednesday March 4. Please visit this website to see what the campaign is all about. http://www.r-word.org/

Wear your LOVE OFCS Helping Hands apparel on 3/4/15 to show your support!!! 

PTA SELECTS REFLECTIONS WINNERS

Reflections 2015PTA units received more than 70 entries in this year’s National PTA Reflections program contest.  OF PTA Council is pleased to announce the district winners, of which 28 will be forwarded to the state competition. Ohio PTA will announce state winners in April. This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if . . . “

Congratulations to district winners and all who participated. District winners will be recognized by their school’s Reflections chair in the spring.  The district will recognize state winners in May.

Visual Arts – ­Primary: 1st Allison White; 2nd Isla Lehmann; 3rd Tyler Price, HM Sophia Thome; ­Intermediate 1st Hadley Allen; 2nd Kara Wagner; 3rd Katie Voisinet; HM Andrew Connelly; Middle: 1st Lindsey LaPinta; 2nd Allison Milligan; 3rd Keeley Patton; HM Allison Milligan; Senior: 1st Teresa Wang; 2nd Connie Saylor; 3rd, Christine Bolton; HM Kristen Zakel; Special Artist: 1st Heather Grant; 2nd Matthew Matzelle; 3rd Christine Oehlstrom.

PhotographyIntermediate: 1st Matthew Gluvna; 2nd Max Limpert; 3rd Kristen Wagner; Middle: 1st Harrison Graham; Senior: 1st Andrew Barnard; 2nd Jess Kukura; 3rd Abbey Boenig-Dombek; HM Abbey Boenig-Dombek.

Musical CompositionIntermediate: 1st Michael DiFilippo.

LiteraturePrimary: Dominic DiFilippo; Intermediate: 1st Andy Voisinet; Middle: 1st Emma Andrus; 2nd Gabrielle Gosciewski; 3rd Lillian Bobowicz; HM Allison Milligan; Senior: 1st Mark Schindler; 2nd Andrew Oltmanns; 3rd Emily Olszewski.

ECC BOOK FAIR SET FOR NEXT WEEK:  MARCH 2ND-6TH

book _fairThe Early Childhood Center Book Fair runs from Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th in its library.  Children may stop during school on March 4th and 6th. There will be no library book exchange on March 6th.

Families are invited to visit the fair from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March enjoy refreshments and a special guest character visit.

If you are unable to attend or would like to shop from home, check out the new online book fair by clicking HERE.

CHECK OUT VIDEO ON REGISTERING FOR OFHS 2015-16 CLASSES

scheduleOFHS counselors created a short video to review the scheduling process on how students register through PowerSchool for their 2015-16 classes.  To view the video, click HERE.

Students will receive practice scheduling checklists and watch the video in their homerooms this week. Scheduling will be available only from Wednesday, March 4th through Wednesday, March 11. Should a change be required after that time, students must contact their counselor personally for assistance.  OFHS counselors will be available through June 10th. Counselors will host extended hours for students and parents on Tuesday, June 9th from noon to 7 p.m. for any final course adjustments. All course changes for the 2015-2016 school year must be made by June 10th.

PRESEASON PARENT MEETING FOR OFHS TRACK & FIELD – MARCH 10TH

TrackThe OFHS track and field parent meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10th in the high school media center.  Parents of athletes who plan to participate in the high school sports should attend.

Contact Coach Novotny at jnovotny@ofcs.net for more details.

GRADE 3 GIRLS SIGN UP TO JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN PROGRAM BEGINS WEEK OF MARCH 9TH – SIGN UP TODAY!

RegistrationGOTR2015_Spring FINAL 12_18Falls-Lenox is starting a Girls on the Run program for girls in grade 3. It’s a program of learning to play games, make new friends, learn about yourself, become healthier and run a 5K. It is not about running fast.

Girls may register through Monday, March 9th.  Please click HERE to download a copy of the program flyer.  Signups are online at gotrgreatersummit.org. The season begins the week of March 9th and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-4:10 p.m.

JUNIORS: GET READY FOR COLLEGE VISIT/JOB SHADOW DAY

job shadowMarch 18th is College Visit/Job Shadow Day for OFHS juniors. It’s a day to explore options for your future by scheduling a college visit or spending the day with a professional in a career that interests you. To be excused from school for the day, students should fill out and submit either a college visit or career shadowing form by March 13th. Forms may be found in the guidance office.

ARMED SERVICE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT @ OFHS

applicants_homeThe ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given Friday, March 20th, at OFHS during OGT week. Students interested in post high school enlistment into a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces should take this assessment. Students may sign up in the high school guidance office. For more information, call the official ASVAB website, asvabprogram.com.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR ARRIVES IN APRIL IN CLEVELAND

nacac-logoThe Cleveland National College Fair will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 12th at the Cleveland Convention Center. The fair allows students to meet and speak with college admissions representatives from in-state and out-of-state colleges. A list of participating colleges is available by clicking HERE. Students and parents are encouraged to preregister for the event at nacacnet.org/ncfstudent. There also will be workshops on ACT and SAT testing, the athletic recruiting process, finding the right college and how to make the most of your college search process.

GOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAYgirl with pompoms

Do you have great school spirit?  Why not attend the Golden Bullettes Drill Team clinics and tryouts during the week of May 4-8.  The sessions will be in the high school’s main gym. Mark your calendar for this upcoming event.

CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!

C-OH04-14238-15_EARLY-WEB_Page_1Camp Invention is coming to Falls-Lenox Primary School this summer!  This innovative, week-long summer camp provides students in grades 1st to 6th with a hands-on, interactive program inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. daily.  Information is being sent home with students this week!  To view the flyer online, please click HERE.  Registration is online atwww.campinvention.org.  Students registering BY MARCH 20TH will receive a $25 discount.

Please contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth (mlagruth@ofcs.net) with any questions.

BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT

taco1A Mexican feast awaits the community at the March 7th Taco Night at Tony K’s Bar & Grille in Berea. This fundraiser benefits the Class of 2015 Post Prom event.

Tickets are $20 for the event that runs from 8-11 p.m. The night includes raffles, baskets of items to raffle, auction gifts and 50/50 sideboards – to name a few.

Enjoy a fun night out and help support the Class of 2015. For tickets or questions, contact Heather Fritz, 216-513-7372.

ADD BARGAIN BONANZA TO YOUR CALENDAR  

bargain bonanza redoneThe popular OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza is March 7th at OFMS. This children’s resale is a tag sale. This consignment-style resale offers great deals on children’s clothes, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and so much more!

Admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

For more details about the sale, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

NightAtTheRacesNavyOlmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is one of its biggest fundraisers of the year.  All proceeds support the district’s athletic teams. It is March 21st at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a buffet dinner and refreshments.

The community can help in raising funds for the March 15th event by purchasing a ticket to attend or buying one or more horses. Everyone, whether an individual, civic groups, clubs or businesses, may participate. There are 90 horses available to buy. If your group wishes to buy all nine horses in a given race, contact us ASAP. We will make that happen.

Contact Terry Atkins, Terence.atkins@saint-gobain.com to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or dktribe@cox.net. For more details about the event, click HERE.  To download a horse form, click HERE.

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OF FASTPITCH OFFERS SKILLS CLINICS, PLAYER EVALUATIONS

12805177-vector-illustration-silhouette-of-a-fastpitch-softball-player-pitchingGirls ages 8-18 are invited to participate in skills clinics to get ready for the upcoming Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch season.  Coaches and members of the OFHS varsity team, Batting Coach Gary Saunders and members of the Baldwin Wallace University’s team will be on hand to offer instruction and work with the players.  To see a flyer detailing the clinic and dates, click HERE.

The program also will conduct player evaluations THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST in the OFIS main gym.  Players who have not yet registered for the upcoming season may do so from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this day as well. Evaluations are used to roster teams with players who are at similar development levels. Teams will then be placed in league divisions where they can continue their development, have fun and best compete. Each player is placed on a team – there are no cuts.

Here is the schedule:

U10 – 10-11:30 a.m. (sign in and warm up begins at 9:30).  Any player who was 10 years old or younger on Jan. 1, 2015.

U12/U14 – noon to 1:30 p.m. (sign in and warm up begins at 11:30 a.m.)

U12 – Any player 11 or 12 years old on Jan. 1, 2015

U14 – Any player 13 or 14 years old on Jan. 1, 2015.

For more details, contact olmstedgirlsfastpitch@gmail.com.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

summer baseball imageOnline registration is now available for the summer baseball/softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18. Sign-ups are at olmstedcc.com and a form is available by clicking HERE.  You may also print the forms from that website or the Olmsted Community Summer League website, ocslinfo.org and return the form with payment to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.  There is a late fee for those who register after March 31.  Games begin June 1st.

Returning this year is Co-ed Adult League.  Register as a team or individual. Contact Tracey Rinas, 440-591-0865 or OCC, 440-427-1599 for more details.

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

BWUlogoColor Applications are now being accepted for Baldwin Wallace University Summer Music Programs. For students in grades 4 – 9 (application deadline: May 1) String Camp, June 13 – 18 Piano Camp, June 13 – 18 Band Camp, June 20– 25 Music Theatre Camp, June 20 – 25 For high school students (application & audition deadline: April 1) International Guitar Festival, May 16 – 17 CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive, July 12 – 25 Music Theatre Overtures, July 19 – 24 Go to www.bw.edu/summer-music-programs for more details and applications.

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DISTRICT CLOSURE ALERT FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

All Olmsted Falls School District buildings will be closed on Friday, February 20th due to inclement weather conditions.

Please stay safe and warm!

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Parent Update – February 20, 2015

ALL FALLS-LENOX TEACHERS ARE WINNERS @ ETECH

FL teachers award BrainPOPCongratulations to teachers who attended the recent Ohio Educational Technology (ETech) Conference in Columbus.  They won a 1-year BrainPOP subscription for their entire building.

BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators and bolsters achievement.  It also supports individual, team and whole-class learning.  Its characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts.

VOTE FOR THIS OFMS STUDENT AS ARTIST OF THE WEEK

artsonia%20logoOFMS student James Dulay was selected as a finalist for this week’s “Artist of the Week” award for the grade 7-9 age group on Artsonia.

He will win a $50 gift certificate to Blick Arts if he receives the most votes in his age group.  Art teacher Mrs. Magnone will earn a $100 gift certificate for art supplies for the art department if he comes out on top.

We need your votes daily for James to win!  Please click HERE to vote and bring OFMS a winner! Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group.

OFHS TAKES BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT

dodgeball winnersAt the end of an exciting competition, OFHS was crowned the winner of this year’s Battle of the Schools Dodgeball tournament. Proceeds benefited the OF PTA scholarship fund.

A big thank you to all who participated in various ways. The event raised $2,148 – funds that will help graduating seniors.

9TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING CANCELLED – IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS

A NOTE FROM OFHS Principal Mrs. Schafer

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Since the District is closed due to inclement weather, the 9th grade Orientation presentation scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19th had to be cancelled.

Since scheduling our 8th graders begins Monday, March 2nd, and it is not possible to reschedule such a large event due to the logistics and scheduling timeline, we’ve worked to create an alternate plan.

Please be assured that our first goal is to provide you with resources and support to assist our students during this important phase and ensure a smooth and positive transition to high school.

We will place the Orientation presentation on the Counselors’ Corner website along with all of the handouts, including our Program of Studies, PE waiver forms, summer school registration and Athletics/Activities lists.

I will also provide late afternoon and evening hours next week so that those of you who have specific questions about your student can have those answered in person.

Upcoming scheduling timeline:

Monday 2/23: Orientation video on the Counselors’ Corner Website providing an overview of scheduling, grad requirements, HS programming, Career Pathways and contact info.

Tuesday 2/24- open/walk-in discussions in the HS media center. 4-7pm
Wednesday 2/25- open/walk-in discussions in the HS media center. 4-7pm
Thursday 2/26- open/walk-in discussions in the HS media center. 3:30-5pm

Week of March 2nd- scheduling at the middle school. High School Counselors will schedule with the 8th graders to help them select their high school choices. Please write any notes/questions for the counselors on the student scheduling sheets sent home and we will check them while we help your students schedule.

August 14th- 9-11am: Open House/Orientation for all incoming Freshmen! 9th graders can pick-up schedules, tour building, set-up lockers. FRESHMEN ONLY! Building is open for incoming 9th graders to have the high school all to themselves. Counselors will be available.

I sincerely thank you for your flexibility and I look forward to working with all of you to support our students during this important time in their lives.

Please forward any concerns/comments to the High School.
Thanks,

Holly J. Schafer
Olmsted Falls High School, Principal

NO CLOWNING AROUND – “CIRCUS, CIRCUS” CONCERTS AWESOME

Circus Circus falls lenox The Falls-Lenox third grade “Circus, Circus” concerts saw more than 100 individual singing, speaking and acting parts!  Kudos to music teachers, Eileen Wallace and Heidi Keppen, who did a great job in organizing and preparing students for a terrific show. 

The staff, students and their families were impressed by the level of participation. Congratulations and great job!

To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

PRESEASON PARENT MEETING RESCHEDULED FOR OFHS TRACK AND FIELD

TrackThe OFHS track and field parent meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10th in the high school media center.  Parents of athletes who plan to participate in the high school sports should attend.

Contact Coach Novotny at jnovotny@ofcs.net for more details.

GRADE 3 GIRLS INVITED TO JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN FUN PROGRAM

gorls on run logoFalls-Lenox is starting a Girls on the Run program for girls in grade 3. It’s a program of learning to play games, make new friends, learn about yourself, become healthier and run a 5K. It is not about running fast.

Girls may begin registering for the program at 9:30 a.m. February 19th through noon February 26th. Signups are online at gotrgreatersummit.org. Students recently brought flyers home about the program. The season begins the week of March 9th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-4:10 p.m.

PARENTS: ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!

kinderThe online registration portal for new kindergarten students is now OPEN.   All families registering kindergarten students for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year should plan to visit or call the Early Childhood Center Office now to schedule required in-person registration appointments.  Registering a NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENT is a 2-STEP PROCESS:

Step 1:  Contact the ECC Office at (440) 427-6360 to schedule your required in-person Kindergarten Registration appointment.

Step 2:  Complete the online registration process PRIOR TO your scheduled in-person registration appointment.  (A detailed registration instruction sheet is available at the ECC.)

*NOTE:  Please do NOT attempt to register your 2015-2016 kindergarten student with the existing New Student Registration link for current 2014-2015.  The 2015-2016 New Student Registration link is a completely separate database on that site. 

Parents who will have children starting kindergarten in the Olmsted Falls School District next school year (2015-2016) should mark calendars with these IMPORTANT DATES:

February 26th  Kindergarten Information Night, 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center.  (Babysitting available.)

March 10th – 12th Kindergarten Registration by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

April 14th & 15 Kindergarten Screening by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

Please call (440) 427-6360 with questions or email Melinda Brunner, ECC Director, at mbrunner@ofcs.net.

WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR THIS WEEKEND – FEBRUARY 20TH-21ST

lock-in-300x280The grade 8 WEB leaders and grade 6 students are invited to attend the February 20th-21st WEB Lock In at the OFMS.  Drop off time is 8 p.m. with pick up at 7 a.m. the next day.

Activities planned for the event are basketball, dodgeball, cooking, dancing, nail painting with food and more.

Parents may drop off donations for door prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, through February 20th in the Guidance Office.

girl with pompomsGOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAY

Do you have great school spirit?  Why not attend the Golden Bullettes Drill Team clinics and tryouts during the week of May 4-8.  The sessions will be in the high school’s main gym. Mark your calendar for this upcoming event.

FLECC PTA MEETING IS THIS TUESDAY, FEB. 24TH

The Falls-Lenox Early Childhood Center’s PTA meeting is at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, February 24th in the F-L cafeteria.  Kelli Cogan and Dawn Carlin will discuss the PARCC assessment and tech skills that students need to take the assessment. You do NOT need to be a PTA member to attend this meeting.

Look for flyers in your children’s book bags Monday announcing the meeting.

DEADLINE TO ORDER OF PTA PASTRY IS FEBRUARY 25!

butter-braidsThe last day to order from the Olmsted Falls PTA’s Butter Braid Pastries fundraiser is Wednesday, February 25th.  Proceeds from this sale go toward OFHS senior scholarships and PTA Council activities. The group earns 40% profit on each item sold.

Checks should be made to Olmsted Falls PTA Council. Click HERE to view a flyer and order form.Contact Tricia Vidovich, 440-785-9965 or triciao70@hotmail.com with questions.

Pick-up date is from 4-7 p.m., March 18th at the high school.

BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT

taco1A Mexican feast awaits the community at the March 7th Taco Night at Tony K’s Bar & Grille in Berea. This fundraiser benefits the Class of 2015 Post Prom event.

Tickets are $20 for the event that runs from 8-11 p.m. The night includes raffles, baskets of items to raffle, auction gifts and 50/50 sideboards – to name a few.

Enjoy a fun night out and help support the Class of 2015. For tickets or questions, contact Heather Fritz, 216-513-7372.

ADD BARGAIN BONANZA TO YOUR CALENDAR  

bargain bonanza redoneThe popular OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza is March 7th at OFMS. This children’s resale is a tag sale. This consignment-style resale offers great deals on children’s clothes, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and so much more!

Admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

For more details about the sale, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

 ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

NightAtTheRacesNavyOlmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is one of its biggest fundraisers of the year.  All proceeds support the district’s athletic teams. It is March 21st at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a buffet dinner and refreshments.

The community can help in raising funds for the March 15th event by purchasing a ticket to attend or buying one or more horses. Everyone, whether an individual, civic groups, clubs or businesses, may participate. There are 90 horses available to buy. If your group wishes to buy all nine horses in a given race, contact us ASAP. We will make that happen.

Contact Terry Atkins, Terence.atkins@saint-gobain.com to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or dktribe@cox.net. For more details about the event, click HERE.  To download a horse form, click HERE.

COMMUNITY

Robotix Blox: HobBOT Day Challenge at Olmsted Falls Library – This Saturday, February 21st

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Date: 02/21/2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM

Description:  Build and program a robot to free the dwarves from trolls, escape the goblins, defeat Smaug and complete Bilbo’s quest in Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit. Space is limited. Registration required.

Grades 5 and up.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=52852

OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS FITNESS CLASSES

Get moving with group activities that the Olmsted Rec and West Shore Family YMCA now offer.  Kickboxing is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays; boot camp, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and pilates, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at Olmsted Community Center. For more details, see a flyer by clicking HERE.

Yoga classes begin March 2nd from 4:450-5:45 p.m. Mondays during that month in City Hall Council Chambers.  The yoga class cost is $10 per session.

For more details on any of these activities, contact Olmsted recreation Director Danny Colonna at 440-427-9952 or bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

summer baseball imageOnline registration is now available for the summer baseball/softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18. Sign-ups are at olmstedcc.com and a form is available by clicking HERE.  You may also print the forms from that website or the Olmsted Community Summer League website, ocslinfo.org and return the form with payment to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.  There is a late fee for those who register after March 31.  Games begin June 1st.

Returning this year is Co-ed Adult League.  Register as a team or individual. Contact Tracey Rinas, 440-591-0865 or OCC, 440-427-1599 for more details.

JOIN THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY’S SEA OF BLUE CAMPAIGN!

image-of-blue-ribbon bluelightbulbTownship resident Karen Corrigan has brought the Sea of Blue Campaign to the Olmsted community.  All Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township residents are invited to show support for the nations’ police along with our local community’s police officers by displaying a blue ribbon and/or a blue light.  Residents are encouraged to display a blue ribbon and/or a blue light on the exterior of their home, apartment or place of business.

Blue ribbons are available now at the Olmsted Township Town Hall, Olmsted Township Police Department lobby, Olmsted Falls City Hall and at the courtesy counter of Shakers’ IGA – stop in and pick yours up today!  A local community Sea of Blue rally event is also scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at noon!  Stay tuned for additional details.  All residents are encouraged to leave their blue ribbons and blue lights on display until the rally on March 21st! 

BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY ACCEPTING MUSIC SUMMER CAMP SIGN UPS

Applications are being accepted for Baldwin Wallace University’s Summer Music Programs. Four camps are for grades 4-9, with applications due May 1. Click on the camp below for more details.

String Camp, June 13-18; Piano Camp,  June 13-18; Band Camp, June 20-25; Music Theatre Camp, June 20-25.

Three camps are for high school students, with application and audition deadline April 1: International Guitar Festival, May 16-17; CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive, July 12-25; Music Theatre Overtures, July 19-24

For more details and applications, click HERE.

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DISTRICT CLOSURE ALERT FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH

All Olmsted Falls School District buildings will be closed on Thursday, February 19th due to inclement weather conditions.

Please stay safe and warm!

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Parent Update – February 12, 2015

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No-School1REMEMBER – 4-DAY WEEKEND THIS WEEK:  NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH / MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

Please be sure to note there will be NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH due to a District Staff In-Service Day.  The District will also be CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH in honor of President’s Day.  All school buildings will be back in session on Tuesday, February 17th.

(*Transfer Bus information for OFHS Polaris and Ombudsman students for Feb. 13th can be found below in this week’s blog post, and was also sent home by Transportation Department.)

DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN SHOWCASED IN GCSSA NEWSLETTER

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteSuperintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was recently invited to share news regarding Olmsted Falls School District’s strategic planning process and implementation with education leaders throughout the region in an article published in the January newsletter of the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents Association (GCSSA).  The Olmsted Falls School District’s strategic planning process got underway last spring and has already had a measurable impact as a valuable tool to help guide District decision-making.

To read Dr. Lloyd’s article published in the January GCSSA newsletter, please click HERE.

To review the District’s complete Strategic Plan, please click HERE.

Parents, students, staff or residents with questions about the District’s Strategic Plan are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 427-6000. 

GETTING TO KNOW ECC STUDENTS

Mr Dame photo 2Mr. Dame visited ECC preschool and kindergarten classes to better understand the way the staff incorporates gross motor activity into their classrooms  and gave him an opportunity to get to know his students in settings other than the gym. To view photos of his exercising with preschoolers in Alison Doick’s classroom, click HERE.

Mr Dame photo 1The children in the photos are kindergarten-bound, which helps Mr. Dame to begin to know them and their strengths and needs. He, in turn, offered them a preview of what PE class will be like in kindergarten.

This activity is the beginning of a building-wide effort to get teachers into one another’s classrooms so they can learn from one another, increase consistency between classrooms, ease the transition from preschool to kindergarten and strengthen the program.

OFHS 9TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION IS FEBRUARY 19TH

scheduleTo help ease eighth graders into planning their high school program and maximize their educational experiences, all parents and students are invited and encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation at 7 p.m. February 19th in the high school auditorium. The session will include such topics as guidance services, high school courses and curriculum, graduation requirements and scheduling.

Students will complete their freshman schedule with a high school counselor at the middle school shortly after this meeting.  Please discuss course selection with your students prior to their scheduling date. Students should bring home a copy of scheduled courses at that time.

If you have questions or concerns after receiving your student’s schedule, an individual conference may be scheduled with a high school counselor by calling the high school guidance office, 440-427-6116. Please ensure all schedule change requests are completed prior to June 12th.

These efforts should answer any questions regarding high school scheduling process and ensure a smooth transition into ninth grade. 

WINTER PEP RALLY AND GUEST SPEAKER AT OFHSB9KqfGVIIAEWQnK

B9Km4uGIQAAqMdeSchool spirit was out in force at OFHS last Friday as the student body and some special guests participated in a winter pep rally.  Mini-color wars were in effect with freshman in gold, sophomores in blue, juniors in white and seniors in black.

B9KpJrJIgAACUfUGuest speaker Justin Bachman, founder of Honor Good Deeds, spoke to the packed gymnasium and helped kick-off the rally.  Justin’s story and message empowers people to “embrace differences and live loud!”  Many thanks to Justin for his inspiring words.

Also on hand for the rally were the moms of the OFHS Varsity Basketball players – whose participation came as a complete surprise to their bulldog boys!

DEADLINE  IS TODAY – FEB. 12TH - FOR LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS 

scholarshipsSeveral area businesses and service organizations each year generously award scholarships to deserving seniors based on both financial need and merit. All seniors planning to attend college or technical school are encouraged to apply. Applications are available in the guidance office. The deadline is 3:00 p.m. TODAY, February 12th. Late applications will not be accepted.  

Masquers forensicsMASQUERS/FORENSICS PARENT MEETING – FEBRUARY 16TH

This month’s Masquers/Forensics Parent meeting is at 7 p.m. this Monday, February 16th. The meeting will be in Mr. Mercer’s room, trailer 3.   Hope to see all there.

TWO STUDENTS ARE DISTRICT’S LATEST HEALTHY HEROES

Falls student Amy Harris with  Emily Krofta

Falls student Emily Krofta with Falls-Lenox Library Aide Amy Harris

Samantha Huelsman, a student at ECC and Emily Krofta at Falls-Lenox, are January’s Healthy Heroes.

ECC's Samantha Huelsman and her Mom.

ECC’s Samantha Huelsman and her Mom.

Both schools support the program, which teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power

washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well.  They earn a prize for doing healthy tasks at home.  Every month one from each school is selected from a drawing and receives a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card. Congratulations, Amy and Samantha.

Remember, the flu season is still with us.  This is a good time for all to be Healthy Heroes by performing healthy tasks.  Hand washing with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent any communicable disease.

FALLS-LENOX GRADE 1 LITERACY NIGHT IS FEBRUARY 19TH

Literacy clip artThe first grade Literacy Night at Falls-Lenox is February 19th at 6 p.m. It will be a fun night of reading activities.

Please see the invitation by clicking HERE for more details and return the RSVP at the bottom of the handout to the Falls-Lenox office.

DISTRICT SEEKS PARENT INPUT ON MATH PILOT PROGRAMS THROUGH ONLINE SURVEY

cyber computerATTN: ECC/F-L/OFIS PARENTS – Olmsted Falls School District is seeking important input from parents with students in classrooms currently participating in either the Eureka or Bridges math pilot program at the ECC, Falls-Lenox and/or OFIS.  Survey links were sent out by teachers to parents of students in the current pilot classrooms recently.   We encourage you to access the survey link and share your thoughts on the pilot program.  Your input will be very valuable as the District works toward making a final determination regarding which program to move forward with for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond.

GRADE 3 GIRLS INVITED TO JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN FUN PROGRAM

gorls on run logoFalls-Lenox is starting a Girls on the Run program for girls in grade 3. It’s a program of learning to play games, make new friends, learn about yourself, become healthier and run a 5K. It is not about running fast.

Girls may begin registering for the program at 9:30 a.m. February 19th through noon February 26th. Signups are online at gotrgreatersummit.org. Students recently brought flyers home about the program. The season begins the week of March 9th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-4:10 p.m.

PARENTS: ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!

kinderThe online registration portal for new kindergarten students is now OPEN.   All families registering kindergarten students for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year should plan to visit or call the Early Childhood Center Office now to schedule required in-person registration appointments.  Registering a NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENT is a 2-STEP PROCESS:

Step 1:  Contact the ECC Office at (440) 427-6360 to schedule your required in-person Kindergarten Registration appointment.

Step 2:  Complete the online registration process PRIOR TO your scheduled in-person registration appointment.  (A detailed registration instruction sheet is available at the ECC.)

*NOTE:  Please do NOT attempt to register your 2015-2016 kindergarten student with the existing New Student Registration link for current 2014-2015.  The 2015-2016 New Student Registration link is a completely separate database on that site. 

Parents who will have children starting kindergarten in the Olmsted Falls School District next school year (2015-2016) should mark calendars with these IMPORTANT DATES:

February 26th  Kindergarten Information Night, 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center.  (Babysitting available.)

March 10th – 12th Kindergarten Registration by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

April 14th & 15 Kindergarten Screening by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

Please call (440) 427-6360 with questions or email Melinda Brunner, ECC Director, at mbrunner@ofcs.net.

IMPORTANT:  COMPASS TESTING REQUIRED FOR ENROLLMENT IN COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS CLASSES AT OFHS NEXT YEAR SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 13TH & 18TH – REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

For any student interested in registering for College Credit Plus classes next year, OFHS is offering the COMPASS test on February 13, 2015 and February 18, 2015.  We have 150 spaces available for students to test in the areas of Language Arts and Math.  Students cannot register for College Credit Plus classes without passing the COMPASS test. College Credit Plus (formerly known as Post-Secondary Options) provides students the opportunity to earn transferable college credit while still in high school.  The following courses will be offered at Olmsted Falls High School next school year (2015-2016):

*Biology  (Science)

Drawing I  (Art)

*College Composition I & II  (Language Arts)

*United States History I & II (Social Studies)

Fundamentals of Sports Management (Health & Physical Education)

*College Algebra/Trigonometry  (Math)

*Indicates a weighted grade will be issued.

For complete registration information, including the one-page application, visit the OFHS webpage and click on the “Counselor’s Corner.”  Please feel free to contact your student’s counselor with questions or for additional information.

TRI-C TRANSFER INFO NIGHT AT BEREA-MIDPARK HIGH – TONIGHT, FEB. 12TH

Berea-Midpark High School and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a Tri-C Transfer Talk from 6-7:30 p.m. TONIGHT, February 12th at Berea-Midpark High School’s auditorium, 165 E. Bagley Road, Berea.

Attendees will learn about the advantages of attending Tri-C, completing a degree and transferring to such four-year institutions as Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and others. Click HERE to view a flyer of the event.

ATTN: OFHS TRANSFER BUS INFORMATION FOR THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

Olmsted Falls City Schools will not be in session on Friday, February 13, 2015.   Please be advised that TRANSFER BUSES ONLY will be operating to and from the Olmsted Falls High School to/from Polaris and Ombudsman in the morning, mid-day, and afternoon.  Please have students at the high school 5 minutes prior to the designated departure time.  Students should plan accordingly for transportation to and from the high school.

A.M. TRANSFER FROM O.F.H.S. TO POLARIS & OMBUDSMAN

Bus #89   

(Departs at 7:05 a.m.)

MID-DAY TRANSFERS (POLARIS)

Bus #89   

(Departs Polaris at 10:55 a.m.)

(Arrives OFHS at 11:10 a.m.)

Bus #88

(Departs OFHS at 10:45 a.m.)

MID-DAY TRANSFERS (OMBUDSMAN)

Bus #89

(11:15-Depart OFHS with PM Ombudsman)

(11:25-Drop PM Ombudsman/Pick up AM Ombudsman)

(11:40-Arrive OFHS with AM Ombudsman)

P.M. TRANSFER FROM POLARIS & OMBUDSMAN TO O.F.H.S.

 Bus #89                                                  

(Departs Polaris at 2:25 p.m.)

(Arrives OFHS at 2:43 p.m.)

Bus #75                                                   

(Arrive Ombudsman at 3:25 p.m.)

(Arrive OFHS at 3:35 p.m.)

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Bus Garage at 440-427-6350.

WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR NEXT WEEKEND FEBRUARY 20TH-21ST

lock-in-300x280The grade 8 WEB leaders and grade 6 students are invited to attend the February 20th-21st WEB Lock In at the OFMS.  Drop off time is 8 p.m. with pick up at 7 a.m. the next day.

Activities planned for the event are basketball, dodgeball, cooking, dancing, nail painting with food and more.

Parents may drop off donations for door prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, through February 20th in the Guidance Office.

girl with pompomsGOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAY

Do you have great school spirit?  Why not attend the Golden Bullettes Drill Team clinics and tryouts during the week of May 4-8.  The sessions will be in the high school’s main gym. Mark your calendar for this upcoming event.

TAKE A BITE OUT OF PTA COUNCIL’S PASTRY FUNDRAISER

butter-braidsOlmsted Falls PTA is now taking orders for its Butter Braid Pastries fundraiser, with proceeds going toward OFHS senior scholarships and PTA Council activities. The group earns 40% profit on each item sold.

The last day to order is February 25, with a March 18th pick-up date from 4-7 p.m. at the high school. Checks should be made to Olmsted Falls PTA Council. Click HERE to view a flyer and order form.

Contact Tricia Vidovich, 440-785-9965 or triciao70@hotmail.com with questions.

DINE AT CHIPOTLE THIS MONDAY, FEB. 16TH TO SUPPORT ANNUAL OAPSE SCHOLARSHIP FUND 

chipotle sandwichThe local Olmsted Falls Chapter of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) invites all to its February 16th fundraiser at Chipotle in North Olmsted. Come in to the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. that day and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the annual OAPSE Scholarship Fund for eligible graduating seniors!

Simply tell the cashier you want to support the OAPSE Scholarship fundraiser, or download the flyer to bring in or show to the cashier on your phone. To download the flyer, please click HERE

MARDI GRAS DINNER ORDER FORMS DUE TODAY, FEB. 12TH 

mardi grasThe OFHS swim and dive team’s annual Dinner and Raffle is February 17th – Fat Tuesday – from 6-9 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Famous Dave’s is catering the event.

The raffle includes more than 50 prizes for children and adults, which local merchants and swim families donated.  Raffles tickets are available at the dinner.

The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.  To obtain a reservation flyer and order details, click HERE. Order/money deadline is today, February 12th. For more information or to donate a prize, call Tessa, 440-228-8160.

BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT

taco1A Mexican feast awaits the community at the March 7th Taco Night at Tony K’s Bar & Grille in Berea. This fundraiser benefits the Class of 2015 Post Prom event.

Tickets are $20 for the event that runs from 8-11 p.m. The night includes raffles, baskets of items to raffle, auction gifts and 50/50 sideboards – to name a few.

Enjoy a fun night out and help support the Class of 2015. For tickets or questions, contact Heather Fritz, 216-513-7372.

THIS SATURDAY IS DEADLINE TO REGISTER AS SELLER  AT BARGAIN BONANZA

bargain bonanza redoneThose wanting to register as a seller at the OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza must hurry! The sign-up deadline is February 14 for the March 7th   at event at OFMS.

For more details about the sale, click HERE. To download a seller registration form, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

This children’s resale is a tag sale. If you are unfamiliar with this type of event, go to the information sheet or contact Jen Gebbie, sjgebbie@sbcglobal.net.

For attendees, admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

NightAtTheRacesNavyOlmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is one of its biggest fundraisers of the year.  All proceeds support the district’s athletic teams. It is March 21st at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a buffet dinner and refreshments.

The community can help in raising funds for the March 15th event by purchasing a ticket to attend or buying one or more horses. Everyone, whether an individual, civic groups, clubs or businesses, may participate. There are 90 horses available to buy. If your group wishes to buy all nine horses in a given race, contact us ASAP. We will make that happen.

Contact Terry Atkins, Terence.atkins@saint-gobain.com to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or dktribe@cox.net. For more details about the event, click HERE.  To download a horse form, click HERE.

COMMUNITY

Robotix Blox: HobBOT Day Challenge at Olmsted Falls Library

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Date: 02/21/2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM

Description:

Build and program a robot to free the dwarves from trolls, escape the goblins, defeat Smaug and complete Bilbo’s quest in Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit. Space is limited. Registration required.
Grades 5 and up.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=52852

OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS FITNESS CLASSES

Get moving with group activities that the Olmsted Rec and West Shore Family YMCA now offer.  Kickboxing is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays; boot camp, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and pilates, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at Olmsted Community Center. For more details, see a flyer by clicking HERE.

Yoga classes begin March 2nd from 4:450-5:45 p.m. Mondays during that month in City Hall Council Chambers.  The yoga class cost is $10 per session.

For more details on any of these activities, contact Olmsted recreation Director Danny Colonna at 440-427-9952 or bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

summer baseball imageOnline registration is now available for the summer baseball/softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18. Sign-ups are at olmstedcc.com and a form is available by clicking HERE.  You may also print the forms from that website or the Olmsted Community Summer League website, ocslinfo.org and return the form with payment to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.  There is a late fee for those who register after March 31.  Games begin June 1st.

Returning this year is Co-ed Adult League.  Register as a team or individual. Contact Tracey Rinas, 440-591-0865 or OCC, 440-427-1599 for more details.

JOIN THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY’S SEA OF BLUE CAMPAIGN!

image-of-blue-ribbon bluelightbulbTownship resident Karen Corrigan has brought the Sea of Blue Campaign to the Olmsted community.  All Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township residents are invited to show support for the nations’ police along with our local community’s police officers by displaying a blue ribbon and/or a blue light.  Residents are encouraged to display a blue ribbon and/or a blue light on the exterior of their home, apartment or place of business.

Blue ribbons are available now at the Olmsted Township Town Hall, Olmsted Township Police Department lobby, Olmsted Falls City Hall and at the courtesy counter of Shakers’ IGA – stop in and pick yours up today!  A local community Sea of Blue rally event is also scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at noon!  Stay tuned for additional details.  All residents are encouraged to leave their blue ribbons and blue lights on display until the rally on March 21st! 

BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY ACCEPTING MUSIC SUMMER CAMP SIGN UPS

Applications are being accepted for Baldwin Wallace University’s Summer Music Programs. Four camps are for grades 4-9, with applications due May 1. Click on the camp below for more details.

String Camp, June 13-18; Piano Camp,  June 13-18; Band Camp, June 20-25; Music Theatre Camp, June 20-25.

Three camps are for high school students, with application and audition deadline April 1: International Guitar Festival, May 16-17; CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive, July 12-25; Music Theatre Overtures, July 19-24

For more details and applications, click HERE.

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Parent Update – February 7, 2015

February 7, 2015 Comments off

4-DAY WEEKEND REMINDput_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300ER:  NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH / MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

Please be sure to note on your calendar that there will be NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH due to a District Staff In-Service Day.  The District will also be CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH in honor of President’s Day.  All school buildings will be back in session on Tuesday, February 17th.

(*Transfer Bus information for OFHS Polaris and Ombudsman students for Feb. 13th can be found below in this week’s blog post, and was also sent home by Transportation Department.)

POWER OF THE PEN PLACE 1ST AND 2ND IN COMPETITION

power of the pen competitorsSeventh- and eighth-grade Power of the Pen teams recently traveled to Cuyahoga Heights Middle School for the first creative writing tournament of the season. The results were great! The seventh-grade team took first place and the eighth-grade team, second! Congratulations to the following writers for their successes:

Grade 7 team included Emily Kasl, who came in first; Kayla Kippes; Nicole Latona; Rhiannon Lloyd; Kristen Miller, who came in eighth; Ashley Rice; Neil Spooner and Summer Stevens, who came in 10th place.

Those on grade 8 team were Emma Andrus, who took second place; Jamie Bridle, who came in 15th place; Lauren Gumeny; Morgan Luke; Cameron Nelson; Ally Rice, who came in 11th place; Jillian Scott and Victoria Steiert.

Pictured above are: (Back row) Miss Scalley, Lauren Gumeny, Ally Rice, Cameron Nelson, Jillian Scott, Jamie Bridle, Victoria Steiert, Morgan Luke, Emma Andrus and Mrs. Hicks; (Front row) Ashley Rice, Nicole Latona, Summer Stevens, Kayla Kippes, Emily Kasl, Kristen Miller and Rhiannon Lloyd. Not pictured is Neil Spooner. 

OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM TAKES CREATIVE AWARD

CSU robotics 2Four OFHS teams participated at the Cleveland State Regional VEX Robotics Competition. The event included 40 teams from across Northeast Ohio. Two Bulldog teams battled to the semi-final round before being defeated.

CSU robotics 3The highlight of the event was the team consisting of Molly McCafferty, Joselyn Rabbitt and Stephanie Schroth, who won the Creative Award.  The honor is earned by a team whose robotic design incorporates a creative engineering solution to the design challenges of this year’s game.

Judges looked for teams that demonstrated a highly creative engineering process that incorporates solid mechanical ability, unique design solutions and innovative approaches to the game play.

Congratulations to this team and all Bulldogs in the competition!

To view a photo gallery of the competition, click HERE. To see a video, click HERE.

DISTRICT SEEKS PARENT INPUT ON MATH PILOT PROGRAMS THROUGH ONLINE SURVEY

cyber computerATTN: ECC/F-L/OFIS PARENTS – Olmsted Falls School District is seeking important input from parents with students in classrooms currently participating in either the Eureka or Bridges math pilot program at the ECC, Falls-Lenox and/or OFIS.  Survey links were sent out by teachers to parents of students in the current pilot classrooms this past week.  We encourage you to access the survey link and share your thoughts on the pilot program.  Your input will be very valuable as the District works toward making a final determination regarding which program to move forward with for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond.

basketball4OFHS KERRI GASPER HITS THE 1,000 POINT MARK

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Congratulations to senior varsity basketball player Kerri Gasper who recently scored her 1,000th point.  

She achieved this landmark level January 28th on the home court against Westlake High School.

To view a photo gallery click HERE.

FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOCKEY GAME – TOMORROW, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH

hockey logoThe Bulldogs’ final regular hockey game is at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, February 8th at Brooklyn Recreation Center vs. North Olmsted.  It also is Senior Night.  If you are unable to attend, you may view the replayed game at 8 p.m. February 8th on Time Warner SportsChannel 1311 HD & 311.  Go Bulldogs!

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GRADE 3 DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK POSTER WINNERS

Last week’s blog did not include the third-grade winners in the poster contest for Falls-Lenox’s Accepting Differences/Disability Awareness Week. The two third grade winners were Natalie Delgado and Meah Peltz. Congratulations to them both, and congratulations to all the poster contest winners!

To view the complete photo gallery from Accepting Differences/Disability Awareness Week events, click HERE.

ATTENTION: PARENTS OF INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS – ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS THIS MONDAY!

kinderThe online registration portal for new kindergarten students will open at NOON this Monday, February 9th.  All families registering kindergarten students for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year should plan to visit or call the Early Childhood Center Office on or after February 9th to schedule required in-person registration appointments.  Registering a NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENT is a 2-STEP PROCESS:

Step 1:  Contact the ECC Office at (440) 427-6360 to schedule your required in-person Kindergarten Registration appointment.

Step 2:  Complete the online registration process PRIOR TO your scheduled in-person registration appointment.  (A detailed registration instruction sheet will be available at the ECC on or after February 9th.)

*NOTE:  Please do NOT attempt to register your 2015-2016 kindergarten student with the existing New Student Registration link for current 2014-2015.  The 2015-2016 New Student Registration link is a completely separate database and will not be available or posted until noon on Monday, February 9th.

Parents who will have children starting kindergarten in the Olmsted Falls School District next school year (2015-2016) should mark calendars with these IMPORTANT DATES:

February 9th   – Online Registration Opens @ NOON (Call 427-6360 or visit the Early Childhood Center, located at 7105 Fitch Road, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on school days to set up your in-person appointments and get instructions for required online registration step.)

February 26th  Kindergarten Information Night, 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center.  (Babysitting available.)

March 10th – 12th Kindergarten Registration by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

April 14th & 15 Kindergarten Screening by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

Please call (440) 427-6360 with questions or email Melinda Brunner, ECC Director, at mbrunner@ofcs.net.

OF WRESTLING TEAM NEEDS YOUR ONLINE VOTE – NOW!Huddle wrestling voting pix

The OFHS wrestling team is a nominee for the JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School Wrestling Team of the Week. Fan votes decide the winner. Voting is live and will end at noon on Monday, February 9th. You can vote as many times as you like.

Help make the Bulldogs surpass all the teams this week by voting now – and often. Click HERE to vote.

PTA BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS MOVES TO TUESDAY NIGHT – THIS TUESDAY, FEB. 10th – THIS YEAR! 

DodgeballCome out and support your school at the annual PTA Battle of the Schools Dodgeball Tournament – scheduled for this TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10th.  The Battle of the Schools will begin at 7 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Tickets are $3 for students, $6 for adults and will be on sale at the door!  All money raised for this event goes to PTA scholarship fund.

Come cheer on your school building’s team!

INTERESTED IN PLAYING OFHS SOCCER?  ATTEND TEAM/PARENT MEETING - THIS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11TH

OFHS soccer decalThe OFHS Boys Soccer Team 2015 Player/Parent meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 11th in the school’s library.

All players planning on playing soccer for OFHS in 2015 must attend the meeting with a parent.  If, for some reason, such as club training, soccer game, etc. you cannot attend, please have your parent attend.

Information concerning the summer and upcoming season will be discussed. Email Coach Walchanowicz, ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net, with any questions.  For more details, go to ofhssoccer.wordpress.com.

IMPORTANT:  COMPASS TESTING REQUIRED FOR ENROLLMENT IN COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS CLASSES AT OFHS NEXT YEAR SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 13TH & 18TH – REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

For any student interested in registering for College Credit Plus classes next year, OFHS is offering the COMPASS test on February 13, 2015 and February 18, 2015.  We have 150 spaces available for students to test in the areas of Language Arts and Math.  Students cannot register for College Credit Plus classes without passing the COMPASS test. College Credit Plus (formerly known as Post-Secondary Options) provides students the opportunity to earn transferable college credit while still in high school.  The following courses will be offered at Olmsted Falls High School next school year (2015-2016):

*Biology  (Science)

Drawing I  (Art)

*College Composition I & II  (Language Arts)

*United States History I & II (Social Studies)

Fundamentals of Sports Management (Health & Physical Education)

*College Algebra/Trigonometry  (Math)

*Indicates a weighted grade will be issued.

For complete registration information, including the one-page application, visit the OFHS webpage and click on the “Counselor’s Corner.”  Please feel free to contact your student’s counselor with questions or for additional information.

MUSIC EVENTS LISTED IN THIS MONTH’S MUSICAL NOTES

musicDo you plan to attend the OFHS wind ensemble performance at Baldwin Wallace University February 28th?  Read about this event and other music news in the February Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter.

It is available by clicking HERE.

school busATTN: OFHS TRANSFER BUS INFORMATION FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

Olmsted Falls City Schools will not be in session on Friday, February 13, 2015.   Please be advised that TRANSFER BUSES ONLY will be operating to and from the Olmsted Falls High School to/from Polaris and Ombudsman in the morning, mid-day, and afternoon.  Please have students at the high school 5 minutes prior to the designated departure time.  Students should plan accordingly for transportation to and from the high school.

A.M. TRANSFER FROM O.F.H.S. TO POLARIS & OMBUDSMAN

Bus #89   

(Departs at 7:05 a.m.)

MID-DAY TRANSFERS (POLARIS)

Bus #89   

(Departs Polaris at 10:55 a.m.)

(Arrives OFHS at 11:10 a.m.)

Bus #88

(Departs OFHS at 10:45 a.m.)

MID-DAY TRANSFERS (OMBUDSMAN)

Bus #89

(11:15-Depart OFHS with PM Ombudsman)

(11:25-Drop PM Ombudsman/Pick up AM Ombudsman)

(11:40-Arrive OFHS with AM Ombudsman)

P.M. TRANSFER FROM POLARIS & OMBUDSMAN TO O.F.H.S.

 Bus #89                                                  

(Departs Polaris at 2:25 p.m.)

(Arrives OFHS at 2:43 p.m.)

Bus #75                                                   

(Arrive Ombudsman at 3:25 p.m.)

(Arrive OFHS at 3:35 p.m.)

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Bus Garage at 440-427-6350.

OFHS SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE THIS THURSDAY, FEB. 12TH

scholarshipsSeveral area businesses and service organizations each year generously award scholarships to deserving seniors based on both financial need and merit. All seniors planning to attend college or technical school are encouraged to apply. Applications are available in the guidance office. The deadline is 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12th. Late applications will not be accepted.

TRI-C TRANSFER INFO NIGHT AT BEREA-MIDPARK HIGH – THURSDAY, FEB. 12TH

Berea-Midpark High School and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a Tri-C Transfer Talk from 6-7:30 p.m. February 12th at Berea-Midpark High School’s auditorium, 165 E. Bagley Road, Berea.

Attendees will learn about the advantages of attending Tri-C, completing a degree and transferring to such four-year institutions as Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and others. Click HERE to view a flyer of the event.

ATTN:  PARENTS OF INCOMING FRESHMAN – ORIENTATION SET FOR FEBRUARY 19TH

bulldog paw blueWelcome, Bulldog Class of 2019 to OFHS! An orientation for parents of freshman entering the high school next year is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, February 19th in the OFHS auditorium.  All parents of current 8th grade students should plan to attend to discuss scheduling, assessments, and to meet our some of our faculty members.  Guidance Counselors will be on hand to answer questions as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR FEBRUARY 20TH-21ST WEEKEND

lock-in-300x280The grade 8 WEB leaders and grade 6 students are invited to attend the February 20th-21st WEB Lock In at the OFMS.  Drop off time is 8 p.m. with pick up at 7 a.m. the next day.

Activities planned for the event are basketball, dodgeball, cooking, dancing, nail painting with food and more.

Parents may drop off donations for door prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, through February 20th in the Guidance Office.  More details to come!

CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!

C-OH04-14238-15_EARLY-WEB_Page_1Camp Invention is coming to Falls-Lenox Primary School this summer!  This innovative, week-long summer camp provides students in grades 1st to 6th with a hands-on, interactive program inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. daily.  Information is being sent home with students this week!  To view the flyer online, please click HERE.  Registration is online at www.campinvention.org.  Students registering BY MARCH 20TH will receive a $25 discount.

Please contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth (mlagruth@ofcs.net) with any questions.

 

OF ALUMNI WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS @ LAS VEGAS NIGHT – TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 7TH

Las Vegas nightPublicity Poster - ALUMNI lAS vEGAS nIGHTWant to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 7th OF Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club. All profits go toward scholarships for the OFHS Class of 2015. The night includes such games as big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em and a 50/50 raffle, side boards and more with a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those 21 and older.

OFHS CLASS OFFICERS FUNDRAISER @ CHIPOLTE – THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH

chipotle sandwichThe OFHS Post Prom Committee invites all to its January 19th fundraiser at Chipotle in North Olmsted. Bring the fundraiser flyer to the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. that day and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls Post Prom! You also may show the flyer on your smart phone or simply tell the cashier you want to support the O.F. Post Prom fundraiser.

To download the flyer, please click HERE.

DINE AT CHIPOTLE NEXT MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH TO SUPPORT ANNUAL OAPSE SCHOLARSHIP FUND 

chipotle sandwichThe local Olmsted Falls Chapter of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) invites all to its February 16th fundraiser at Chipotle in North Olmsted. Come in to the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. that day and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the annual OAPSE Scholarship Fund for eligible graduating seniors!

Simply tell the cashier you want to support the OAPSE Scholarship fundraiser, or download the flyer to bring in or show to the cashier on your phone. To download the flyer, please click HERE.

ENJOY A MARDI GRAS DINNER AT THE  OFHS SWIM/DIVE FUNDRAISER – FEB. 17TH

mardi grasThe OFHS swim and dive team’s annual Dinner and Raffle is February 17th – Fat Tuesday – from 6-9 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Famous Dave’s is catering the event.

The raffle includes more than 50 prizes for children and adults, which local merchants and swim families donated.  Raffles tickets are available at the dinner.

The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.  To obtain a reservation flyer and order details, click HERE. Order and money deadline is February 12th. For more information or to donate a prize, call Tessa, 440-228-8160.

SELL/BUY GENTLY-USED KIDS CLOTHES AT BARGAIN BONANZA

bargain bonanza redoneIt’s time to clean your basements, closets and toy rooms to make some extra room and cash at OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza! The sale is Saturday, March 7th, at the OFMS.

Admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Sellers now may register prior to the February 14th deadline. For more details about the sale, click HERE. To download a seller registration form, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

This children’s resale is a tag sale. If you are unfamiliar with this type of event, go to the information sheet or contact Jen Gebbie, sjgebbie@sbcglobal.net.

ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

NightAtTheRacesNavyOlmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is one of its biggest fundraisers of the year.  All proceeds support the district’s athletic teams. It is March 21st at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a buffet dinner and refreshments.

The community can help in raising funds for the March 15th event by purchasing a ticket to attend or buying one or more horses. Everyone, whether an individual, civic groups, clubs or businesses, may participate. There are 90 horses available to buy. If your group wishes to buy all nine horses in a given race, contact us ASAP. We will make that happen.

Contact Terry Atkins, Terence.atkins@saint-gobain.com to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or dktribe@cox.net. For more details about the event, click HERE.  To download a horse form, click HERE.

                                           

COMMUNITY

HURRY! REGISTER FOR YOUTH TRAVEL BASEBALL LEAGUE BY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUSign-ups are open for those ages 6-14 to play in the Olmsted Travel Baseball Association’s Lorain County Hot Stove League. The registration deadline is February 7th. The form is available at its website by clicking HERE.

Play is typically a higher degree of talent than players participating in a community recreational league and so is the commitment. A typical season consists of 12-20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. The season begins around May 1 and ends mid-July.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HAS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

preschool cartoon kidsIt’s Open House Registration Night February 11th at Olmsted Community Preschool.  The preschool, 7853 Main Street, welcomes families from 6:30-8 p.m. that day.  Classes are offered at the 3s, Pre K and Pre K Extended levels.  For more information, call 440-235-3869 or email ocprschl@aol.com. The school’s website is olmstedcommunitychurch.org.

JOIN THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY’S SEA OF BLUE CAMPAIGN!

image-of-blue-ribbon bluelightbulbTownship resident Karen Corrigan has brought the Sea of Blue Campaign to the Olmsted community.  All Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township residents are invited to show support for the nations’ police along with our local community’s police officers by displaying a blue ribbon and/or a blue light.  Residents are encouraged to display a blue ribbon and/or a blue light on the exterior of their home, apartment or place of business.

Blue ribbons are available now at the Olmsted Township Town Hall, Olmsted Township Police Department lobby, Olmsted Falls City Hall and at the courtesy counter of Shakers’ IGA – stop in and pick yours up today!  A local community Sea of Blue rally event is also scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at noon!  Stay tuned for additional details.  All residents are encouraged to leave their blue ribbons and blue lights on display until the rally on March 21st! 

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DISTRICT CLOSURE ALERT FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND

February 1, 2015 Comments off

All Olmsted Falls School District buildings will be

 

CLOSED MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND due to inclement weather. 

 

Please stay safe and warm!

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