OFCS Update – November 30, 2016

UPCOMING HOLIDAY SCHOOL PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW

ofcsd-2016-holiday-performancesThe following is a list of holiday musical programs within the OF school district:

  • Thursday, December 1st, Falls-Lenox 3rd grade program, 6:15 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., This Old Gingerbread House.
  • Monday, December 5th, OFHS Choral Ensembles, 6:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6th, OFMS 6th grade choirs, 8th grade boys and girls choirs, Golden Harmonies, 7 p.m. OFMS cafetorium
  • Wednesday, December 7th & Thursday, December 8,OFHS Instrumental Ensembles, 7:30 p.m. each night
  • Tuesday, December 13th, OFIS 5th grade beginning band, OFMS 6th grade bands, time to be announced.

Please join us as we celebrate this season and our students musical talents.


BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS OFMS VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS, PRINCIPAL MARK KURZ

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Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and Board President Joe Bertrand join OFMS volleyball players and coaches for a photo as the group was honored during the November Board of Education meeting.

At the regular monthly meeting for November, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored OFMS volleyball players for their efforts in raising more

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Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd (left) and Board President Joe Bertrand (right) congratulate OFMS Principal Mark Kurz at the November Board meeting.

than $1,000 for breast cancer awareness during the month of October through their enthusiastic sale of pink paper volleyballs.  The girls went above and beyond with this year’s fundraiser, taking the group’s annual effort to support breast cancer awareness month to a whole new level. Well done lady bulldogs!

The Board was also proud to acknowledge OFMS Principal Mark Kurz for his recently receiving the 2016 Ohio Middle Level Regional Award for Student Advocacy.  Principal Kurz was recognized by the Ohio Middle Level Association during the organization’s annual conference in late October.  Olmsted Falls is truly fortunate to have Mr. Kurz at the helm of our middle school!  Congratulations!


L.E.A.D. GROUPS @ OFMS HELP WITHIN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY

olmsted-falls-middle-schoolThe L.E.A.D. organizations at Olmsted Falls Middle School started the year off strong helping within our  schools and community. So far this year, members have:

  • attended the Berea Animal Rescue Monster Mutt Dash to help the organization raise the most money it has ever raised in its annual Dash.
  • hosted a new student breakfast to welcome all new OFMS students into the Bulldog community. During this breakfast, members, along with new students, decorated pumpkins and made cards for residents living at Village of the Falls Assistant Living Community.
  • spent a Saturday afternoon personally delivering the pumpkins and the cards to each resident of Villages of the Falls Assistant Living Community.
  • catered and cleaned at Kiwanis’ Annual Pancake Breakfast.
  • worked with Cub Scout members to rake leaves for community members needing assistance.
  • held a fundraiser during OFMS student led conferences to raise $638 for Berea Animal Rescue.
  • held a joint fundraiser with OFIS, where students paid $1 to wear pajamas to school and raised $898 to support the No Kid Hungry Organization that provides food for kids all over the world.
  • catered and cleaned at Kiwanis’ Annual Thanksgiving dinner.

Continue reading the blog to find out about L.E.A.D. organizations’ upcoming community service involvement.   If your child would like to be involved in L.E.A.D., it isn’t too late.   L.E.A.D. (Lead, Educate, Advocate, Do) consists of three student organizations: Builders Club, Helping Hands and Student Council.  If your middle school aged child is interested in joining, please have them join us at our next meeting @ 7:45 a.m. December 6th the OFMS Media Center.


BOARD MEMBERS LEARN MORE ABOUT FUNDAMENTALS INTERVENTION CLASS AT OFMS

img_8227img_8229OFMS School Psychologist Dr. Shannon Goss (left) and Fundamentals Teacher Mrs. Pam Madak (right) made a presentation to Board of Education members at the regular monthly Board meeting in November and shared information about the Fundamentals Intervention Class available for students at the middle school.  The class provides support to students needing extra assistance with their class load and provides valuable intervention and skill building opportunities that help students be more successful all around.

Each month, the Board of Education hears a presentation about different district and building level programs and initiatives.  Thank you again to Dr. Goss, Mrs. Madak and Principal Kurz for sharing information about the Fundamentals Intervention Program this month!


PTA DIRECTORY PROJECTS COMPLETED FOR ECC & OFIS

file-folderFalls-Lenox/ECC PTA has compiled its annual Student Directory for the 2016-2017 school year for ECC and Falls-Lenox. These password-protected student directories are now live and can be accessed by going to www.ofcs.net and selecting the building for which you are looking. Then choose the PTA tab from the Quick Links menu and you will see the links to the directories. Passwords were emailed to those who provided their email addresses for ECC and Falls-Lenox.

If you need the password or have a problem, please email Melissa.schwecke@gmail.com.


ofhshockey2016-17BULLDOG HOCKEY ENCOURAGES INVITES FANS TO CHECK OUT SEASON’S SCHEDULE  

bulldog hockeyOlmsted Falls Hockey invites fans to come to the rink and check our this year’s action on the ice!

Any student who attends a home game (at Brooklyn Ice Arena) will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last.

To download the Olmsted Falls Hockey 16-17 Schedule, please click HERE.

Let’s Go Bulldogs!!


OFMS SCHOLASTIC FALL BOOK FAIR WAS HUGE SUCCESS

thankyouThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center would like to thank  students, parents and staff for all their help and support with the Scholastic Fall Book Fair.  The fair was very successful and the Media Center will be able to purchase new Scholastic books with the profit earned from hosting the fair.

A huge thank you also to the following PTA members who gave up their valuable time to help with the fair: Kerrie Kruichuk, Lori Surtman, Nicole Humphrey, Cindy Purdy, Becky Milligan, Rinda Vas and Lori Long.


ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS – 2 EVENTS HIGHLIGHTING ENGINEERING IN COLLEGE – 1 IS THIS WEEK

engineer-4_fThe University of Akron offers students and their families two events that feature engineering as a college major.

On December 2nd, it will host a College of Engineering Visit Day and Dec. 10, Women in Engineering Visit Day.  At both events, students will learn more about Akron’s engineering majors, co-op program, tour the College of Engineering with faculty and meet with current students. You also will have a chance to ask questions of advisors and learn more about the support services to help students succeed.

To view a flyer of the engineering visit day, click HERE  and HERE for details on the Women in Engineering event.


CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY HOSTING “INSTANT DECISION” DAY @ OFHS THIS THURSDAY

Attention Seniors! Would you like to get a college admissions decision within 15 minutes and apply to a college for free?
Cleveland State University will be hosting an Instant Decision Day at OFHS TOMORROW, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST.  A representative from CSU will meet with students interested in attending the college and give them a college admission decision on the spot.  Interested students should make an appointment in the guidance office in person or by calling 440-427-6116.
We hope to see you there!

LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA FOR YOUR STUDENT?  THINK CHROMEBOOK

typing-on-laptop-10064916Christmas wrapped presents Over the past few weeks, several parents have been asking for a recommendation in regards to what type of electronic device would be best for students. With the district’s continued efforts to become technology enabled, all students in grades K-12 have access to Chromebooks at some point during each school day. Based upon OFCS students’ familiarity with the device and their affordability, a Chromebook would be a great home device for students.
Please note that Chromebooks do have some functionality limitations. For students highly involved in gaming, you may want to consider a different type of device.  Click here for Chromebook specifications.

DINE ON MONDAY  @ CHIPOTLE DURING  OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL FUNDRAISER

chipotle sandwichMake dinner a selfless act by supporting the next fundraiser for Olmsted Falls PTA Council .

Come to the Chipotle at 26420 Great Northern Shop Center in North Olmsted between 5-8 p.m. this Monday, December 5th.  Bring the flyer you will find by clicking HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls PTA Council.


OFCS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO HOLD ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS EVENT – SAT., DEC. 10TH

Come and help the Olmsted Falls Transportation Department fill a school bus with non-perishable food items for our local families.

stuffthebusSaturday, December 10, 2016
Falls/Lenox Elementary School
Front (loop) Drive
8 a.m – 1 p.m.

All donations/collections will be donated to a local Food Pantry that provides for all of our community families in need.

To download the official Stuff the Bus event flyer, please click HERE.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM:  

ONE-STOP VENDORS NIGHT HOLIDAY SHOPPING FUNDRAISER TONIGHT!!

Post Prom 2017 graphicOur next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 14, at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center.  Please note this meeting date has been moved up one week due to holiday break.

CURRENT FUNDRAISERS:

TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH from 6-8:30 p.m.

One Stop Holiday Shopping at Vendors Night – Hosted by the 2017 Post Prom Committee.

  • Location:  Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls
  • Join us for some holiday shopping with awesome vendors:  Mary Kay, Keep Collective, Norwex, Thirty-one, Stella & Dot, It Works, Scentsy, The Pampered Chef, Premier Designs, Touchstone Crystals, Tastefully Simple, Moore Images, Jamberry, Yard Party, Handmaiden by Gwen J, Swa-Berry Patch Pastry Chef, Gordana’s Natural Goods, Flip Flop Fun Photography, Lularoe, Gel-Us Body Bath Bombs & Beyond, and more…
  • To view a flier, click HERE.

      Moe’s Southwest Grill moes-ofhs-post-prom

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • 21805 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, OH  44116; (440) 641-0824
  • Present the attached ad and Moe’s Southwest Grill will donate 50% of sales back to Post Prom!  What a generous offer!

Pick 3 Raffle Drawing 

  • daily-pick-3Ohio Pick 3:  Evening drawings, held Monday-Friday, will take place in January, February, and March 2017
  • Exact Pick 3 number will win you $50.00. To see a flyer, click HERE.
  • $10 per month/ticket -or- all three months for $25
  • For information contact Anita Greller at 216-894-0111

To keep up-to-date on important information:

Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017
Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


poinsettiaPOINSETTIA SALE IN FULL BLOOM THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH

The OFHS National Honor Society is now taking orders for its Poinsettia Sale.  Plant sizes range from 4- to 10-inches and prices, $5 to $15.  Colors are red, white or pink, depending upon the desired size. Delivery dates are Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 or Dec. 15.

To download an order form, click HERE.  The sale ends December 15th.

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SANTA’S SECRET SHOP THIS SATURDAY
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This Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 presents Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids may shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10. A holiday raffle of terrific items including Xbox One gaming system and Vitamixbblender, plus crafts, photo booth, and food are available as well.
Admission is free;all proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls

BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND AND, DEC. 10TH
christmas-treeReasonable Prices – Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine & more.
The sale dates are December 3th, 4th, and 10th.  Its hours are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schuster’s Greenhouse 9165 Columbia Road, between Bagley and Sprague roads.

ATTN:  SENIOR CITIZENS!  GOT AN UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER? YOU MAY BE A WINNER @ JENKINS PLACE SENIOR CENTER CHRISTMAS PARTY ON DEC. 16
ugly-christmas-sweaterWin a prize for having the ugliest Christmas sweater at the Jenkins Place Senior Center Christmas Party from noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16.  The party includes food, refreshments and fun. Bring a $10 gift and have fun exchanging. Be sure to RSVP by Dec. 12 by emailing jmcnea@olmstedfalls.com or calling 44-427-2519. The Jenkins Place is in the Olmsted Falls City Hall, 26100 Bagley Road.
To download the official event flyer, please click HERE.

ENTER OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S HOLIDAY COOKIE WAR

gingerbread-cookieDate: 12/14/2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings!

Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian to work with food.

Open to grades 5 -12.  To sign up, click HERE


OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH 2017 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

crossed bats softballRegistration for the upcoming softball season now is open through January 31st. You may register by clicking on the link below or visiting occ.recdesk.com.  You also may register in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center during regular business hours.

Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch is open to all girls, ages 8-18, residing within the Olmsted Falls city school district.  Visit olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org for more information.


SWINGS-N-THINGS HOSTS TEEN DANCE NIGHTS IN JANUARY

teen-nightSwings-N-Things will be hosting a Teen Dance Night every Friday night in January from 7 – 10:30 p.m. – including an area for chaperones featuring free wifi!

For additional information, click HERE for the event flyer or contact Swings-N-Things at 235-4420, ext. 125 for more details.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – November 18, 2016

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Olmsted Falls schools will not have classes Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume Monday, November 28th.

Enjoy your turkey and time with family!  Have a safe holiday.


TONIGHT:  LET’S GO DOGS!!! BULLDOGS PLAY IN OHSAA REGIONAL FINALS GAME

Bulldog helmutcolor bulldog headGood luck to our Bulldog football team as they take on Whitehouse Anthony Wayne High School tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Sandusky Perkins High School Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium!

For additional information on tonight’s regional finals match-up, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.

GO BULLDOGS!! GO BULLDOGS!!  GO BULLDOGS!! GO BULLDOGS!!


COME TO THE OFHS MASQUERS FALL PLAY TONIGHT & SATURDAY!

school-poster-with-ffl-logo-enchated-aprilThe Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present Enchanted April as its fall play. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 18th and Saturday, the 19th, in the high school auditorium.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

The play is based on Elizabeth Von Arnim’s novel of the 1920s. It is considered a ‘gentle’ and romantic comedy of manners against the backdrop of England still reeling from World War I.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see our talented Masquers in this classic!  Call (440) 427-6183 for more information.


BOARD THANKS COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORT OF ISSUE 117

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Visitors to Falls-Lenox Primary School are greeted by a friendly Bulldog thank you note as they enter the main doors to the building.

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OFHS extends special repeated thanks to the community on their scrolling sign board.

Olmsted Falls School District continues to express appreciation to the community for the recent passage of issue 117, the district’s combined permanent improvement and bond issue.  During their regular monthly meeting held November 17, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education extended thanks to voters for their support of issue 117. The board also reiterated that the issue results in zero additional taxes to residents and that none of the money from the issue will be used on school salaries or administration.  Instead, the issue will pay for upgrades to mechanical systems and school renovations so that money did not have to be diverted from the classroom teaching and instruction budget to make vital repairs.

Passage of the ballot issue allows the district to bring technology and classrooms into the 21st century and maintain the current excellent quality of education.  Specifically, this issue allows the district to:

  •      Upgrade to mechanical systems;
  •      Ensure a suitable environment for learning;
  •      Provide infrastructure and computer systems in order to offer classes in the science, technology, engineering and math program, which are vital to helping students get accepted to top colleges;
  •      Eliminates the need to hold classes in trailers any longer, since they require doors to remain unlocked so students can go back and forth to the main building, which makes both susceptible to unauthorized entry and security problems;
  •      Have advanced science and technology labs, like the ones used by most of the other top-rated nearby school districts; and,
  •      Upgrade to electrical systems and wiring to better support classroom learning systems and technology that is essential to a modern education.

Olmsted Falls City Schools and the Olmsted Falls Board of Education look forward to sharing frequent updates with the community as the planning and logistics stage for the school improvements made possible by the passage of issue 117 gets underway.  

As always, any parent or resident with questions is encouraged to contact the Board of Education Office at 440-427-6000.


FALLS-LENOX INVITES VETERANS TO SPECIAL VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES

veterans-day-2Friday at Falls-Lenox Primary School was a very special day for our veterans. Students and staff worked together to provide breakfast for more than 120 veterans, along with their Falls-Lenox acquaintances.

First graders decorated placemats and second graders helped serve food and clean up. Students donated almost $600 to go toward the breakfast, which meant almost half the cost was paid for by the students! The school and PTA covered the rest. After breakfast, flagpole ceremonies commemorated this special day.

veterans-day-1In a real team effort, third-grade speakers shared information about Veterans Day, second graders led songs and three high school students – Joseph Bertrand, Colleen Gareau and Daylon Amposta – played Taps on their trumpets. One of the participating veteran’s family members emailed a teacher afterward and said, “Thank you for showing this generation how important it is to acknowledge the sacrifices veterans have made to provide the freedoms we have today.” A very special thanks to our Veterans Day Committee and PTA for planning and supporting our Veterans Day activities. It’s wonderful to see that when everyone makes a small sacrifice, a big event like this can happen.

Falls-Lenox is currently working on getting the many photos taken at this year’s event posted to a photo gallery on its website.  Please check the website soon, or watch next blog for link!  Thanks again to all who made this such a special day!


COMMUNITY GREETS 2017 DISTINGUISHED HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

2016-dhfMore than 100 friends, family and colleagues attended the October 27th Alumni Association’s OFHS Distinguished Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner. The inductees included five Bulldog grads and one music educator.  The honorees were Carl Gerbasi, ’62; Nan A. Baker, ’73; Ron Smith, ’74; Greg Butcher, ’76; Pam Ehresman Pennock, ’90 and Kevan Stuber, music educator. They join 59 other notable people who have been inducted since the Hall’s inception in 1996.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Athletic Hall of Fame or Distinguished Hall of Fame, contact the alumni office at 440-427-6030 or email ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.


OFMS GRADE 8 RAISE AWARENESS, FUNDS TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

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breast-cancer-3The OFMS grade 8 helped raise money from October 31st breast-cancer-1through November 4th as part of the Pay it Forward Project for Breast Cancer Awareness event.

Hardworking and dutiful students went to almost every class at the beginning of the school day for four days to collect donations of $1 or more from teachers and students.  From this combined effort, the eighth graders collected $653 in only one week.

Thank you to OFMS students and teachers for their generosity.  The project not only raised awareness for breast cancer, but also made a donation of $653 to the upcoming 2017 Olmsted Falls Relay for Life.


LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA FOR YOUR STUDENT?  

typing-on-laptop-10064916Christmas wrapped presents Over the past few weeks, several parents have been asking for a recommendation in regards to what type of electronic device would be best for students. With the district’s continued efforts to become technology enabled, all students in grades K-12 have access to Chromebooks at some point during each school day. Based upon OFCS students’ familiarity with the device and their affordability, a Chromebook would be a great home device for students. Please note that Chromebooks do have some functionality limitations. For students highly involved in gaming, you may want to consider a different type of device.  Click here for Chromebook specifications.

DISTRICT RECEIVES SPEECH LANGUAGE MATERIAL FROM BW UNIVERSITY

49805912451__7a97cff7-a86b-40b7-9c49-7e26cd37ef4e1The Olmsted Falls Speech Therapy department received more than 30 new therapy materials from Baldwin Wallace University’s Speech Therapy Clinic. Materials were provided to the district on a permanent loan from the University. These materials have been distributed to therapists throughout the school district and will benefit students who receive speech-language therapy within the school setting.

The department received several assessments and a variety of other material. Evaluations received were chosen to better assess specific speech and language difficulties often observed within the classroom setting. Other material specifically designed for speech-language therapists include therapy games, stimuli and interactive software to promote generalization of skills in a natural and engaging manner. The entire department is beyond grateful for this exciting opportunity and is looking forward to continuing the relationship between the University and the Olmsted Falls City School District.


DR. LLOYD LEADS STATE EDUCATORS DURING RALLY FOR EDUCATIONAL CHANGE

img_8186Earlier this week, hundreds of school district leaders and educators held a rally on the steps of the state house in Columbus.  The rally was designed to not only request changes to new state requirements for graduation and assessments, but to communicate a desire for school leaders to be included in the conversations of how to maintain high standards for public education yet also make reasonable changes for improvements.  Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was a leader and speaker at the rally.

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Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was a leader and speaker at the rally.

“This wasn’t about a bunch of educators whining,” noted Dr. Lloyd.  “As the leader of a great school district, I get to see the wonderful things teachers and principals do with students everyday.  We want to continue to have high standards for students so that they are truly ready for college or the workforce after graduation.  Yet some of the recent changes have gone too far.  We need to take a step back and work together with our state legislators to find reasonable solutions that aren’t harmful to students.”

Most notably the group of educators is concerned with new graduation requirements that take effect for the class of 2018, the amount of state testing that is currently required and the lack of consistency within the Ohio Report Card system.  In addition to organizing the Rally for Educational Change, Dr. Lloyd testified before the Ohio State Board of Education regarding changes he feels should be made to the state’s educational system and the willingness of school superintendents to work collaboratively to solve the current education challenges.


FALLS-LENOX HOSTS FINAL DAY OF BOOK FAIR IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARENT CONFERENCES

book _fairFalls-Lenox Primary School will host a Book Fair during conferences this Monday, November 21.

Parents are invited to stop by the Falls-Lenox Library before or after their scheduled parent/teacher conferences.

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our new online book fair:  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/fallslenoxprimaryschool1


ANNUAL HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY IS DEC. 2ND – RSVP WITH FORM/PAYMENT BY THIS TUESDAY – 11/22

2016-hh-holiday-party-invite-blog-graphicDon’t miss the Annual Helping hands Holiday Party!  Enjoy dinner, dancing, crafts and games.  Dress is casual.  “Holiday wear” is always welcome!  There will be music all night.

Dinner will be catered by Tony K’s including pizza, pasta, meatballs, bread and salad. Cookie decorating is dessert!

Annual Helping Hands Holiday Party
Friday, December 2, 2016
5:30-8pm
OFMS Cafeteria
Dinner, Dancing, Games, and Crafts!!!
Form and payment due by Tuesday 11/22.
Click HERE to download  invite & form with RSVP instructions.

FALLS-LENOX BREAKFAST BUDDIES – IT’S TIME TO EAT SOME DONUTS!

breakfast buddiesdonutThe PTA invites Falls-Lenox students and their dad, grandpa, uncle or other special man in their lives to bond over breakfast.  The event is from 7-8 a.m. November 29th for those whose last names are from A-L or November 30th, last names between M-Z, for donuts and beverages.  The RSVP deadline is November 22nd, so hurry.  Blue forms were sent home this week. They also may be downloaded by clicking HERE.

This is a PTA event.  If the special guest is not currently a member, you may still enroll on the Breakfast Buddies form along with attaching a $7 check made out to FLECC PTA. Questions may be directed to Katie Pasiak at connellke@yahoo.com. We look forward to seeing and meeting you there.


ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS – 2 EVENTS HIGHLIGHTING ENGINEERING IN COLLEGE

engineer-4_fThe University of Akron offers students and their families two events that feature engineering as a college major.

On December 2nd, it will host a College of Engineering Visit Day and Dec. 10, Women in Engineering Visit Day.  At both events, students will learn more about Akron’s engineering majors, co-op program, tour the College of Engineering with faculty and meet with current students. You also will have a chance to ask questions of advisors and learn more about the support services to help students succeed.

To view a flyer of the engineering visit day, click HERE  and HERE for details on the Women in Engineering event.


CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY TO HOST “INSTANT DECISION” DAY @ OFHS

Attention Seniors! Would you like to get a college admissions decision within 15 minutes and apply to a college for free?
Cleveland State University will be hosting an Instant Decision Day at OFHS on December 1st. A representative from CSU will be meeting with students interested in attending the college and give them a college admission decision on the spot.  Interested students should make an appointment in the guidance office in person or by calling 440-427-6116.
We hope to see you there!

POINSETTIA SALE IN FULL BLOOM THROUGH DECEMBER 15THpoinsettia

The OFHS National Honor Society is now taking orders for its Poinsettia Sale.  Plant sizes range from 4- to 10-inches and prices, $5 to $15.  Colors are red, white or pink, depending upon the desired size. Delivery dates are Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 or Dec. 15.

To download an order form, click HERE.  The sale ends December 15th.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM

Post Prom 2017 graphicSenior Parents – Please join us at our regular monthly meetings which are held at 7 p.m.  in the Media Center at Olmsted Falls High School on the third Wednesday of each month.

CURRENT FUNDRAISERS:

Yankee Candle Fundraising – OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM 2017
Direct to Home Selling Program – Online Web Sales – *Fundraiser runs now through  November 22!

  • We are very excited to partner with Yankee Candle Fundraising this fall. You can shop online from the comfort of your home by simply going online to: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and place an order using our group number listed above.
  • Please share this with your friends and family to help our organization reach its goals. Olmsted Falls Post Prom will receive 40% profit on all items purchased. All online orders are processed as they are received and normally ship in 2-3 days. Orders will ship directly to your home.
  • Please support Olmsted Falls Post Prom 2017 by shopping the wide range of quality candles, fragrances and décor items.
  • Visit: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter our Group #990107623

One Stop Holiday Shopping at Vendors Night – Hosted by the 2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls

  • Join us for some holiday shopping with awesome vendors, such as Yankee Candle, 31 Bags, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, The Swa-Berry Patch Pastry Chef, Premier Jewelry and many more…
  • Questions or want to be a vendor at our event? Email: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com.To view a flier, click HERE.

To keep up-to-date on important information:
Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017
Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



GRADE 6 GIRL SCOUTS FINAL FOOD DRIVE COLLECTION IS THIS SATURDAY, NOV.19TH
img_42991The Olmsted Falls Sixth-Grade Girl Scouts are having a food drive to support the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry. Please drop off non-perishable food items Saturday, November 19th from 6:30-7:30 or 9:30-10:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center (before or after Saturday Night Activity Night).
All donations will be taken to the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.

ANNUAL COMMUNITY TURKEY HUNT IS THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 20TH
turkey-huntHelp the Olmsted community provide for the local food pantry this Thanksgiving. Teams of youth and drivers will go door- to-door in the community and collect food donations from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, November 20th. The collected food will be distributed to families in need. You may help by creating teams or having donations of non-perishable goods ready when they arrive at your door. Donations also may be dropped off at Olmsted Community Church. For more details, call 235-3326 or email office@olmstedchurch.org.
Please meet at the church at 1 p.m. to gather your team and obtain a map of your designated area to canvass.

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710BRING ART TO LIFE IN THIS OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY EVENT
Sound Board Art
Date: 11/29/2016
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: Ages 11-14: In this workshop led by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, participants will explore the intersection of art and technology. Teens will create interactive two-dimensional art using found objects and paint. Sound will be added to the visual imagery created through the use of Bare Conductive technology. Teens will utilize a water-based electric paint that, with the touch of a finger, will transmit pre-recorded sounds using Arduino-like Touch Boards. Teens will bring their art to life electronically by choosing different sounds to play through the circuit/sensor board. Registration required.
Parents/guardians must complete a Release and Hold Harmless form.

SANTA’S SECRET SHOP
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On Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 presents Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School.Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10. A holiday raffle of terrific items including Xbox One gaming system and Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth, and food are available as well.Admission is free; all proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
christmas-treeReasonable Prices – Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine & more.
November 26th & 27th AND December 3th, 4th, and 10th.Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schuster’s Greenhouse 9165 Columbia Road, between Bagley and Sprague roads.

ATTN:  SENIOR CITIZENS!  GOT AN UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER? YOU MAY BE A WINNER @ JENKINS PLACE SENIOR CENTER CHRISTMAS PARTY ON DEC. 16
ugly-christmas-sweaterWin a prize for having the ugliest Christmas sweater at the Jenkins Place Senior Center Christmas Party from noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16.  The party includes food, refreshments and fun. Bring a $10 gift and have fun exchanging. Be sure to RSVP by Dec. 12 by emailing jmcnea@olmstedfalls.com or calling 44-427-2519. The Jenkins Place is in the Olmsted Falls City Hall, 26100 Bagley Road.  To download the official event flyer, please click HERE.

SWINGS-N-THINGS HOSTS TEEN DANCE NIGHTS IN JANUARY

teen-nightSwings-N-Things will be hosting a Teen Dance Night every Friday night in January from 7 – 10:30 p.m. – including an area for chaperones featuring free wifi!

For additional information, click HERE for the event flyer or contact Swings-N-Things at 235-4420, ext. 125 for more details.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – November 11, 2016

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THANK YOU VETERANS!

flagsOlmsted Falls School District extends sincere appreciation and thanks to our country’s veterans for their service on this Veterans Day.

Bulldog students and staff across the district participated in a variety of different activities and events to honor and pay special tribute to our country’s veterans.  We look forward to sharing a recap of this year’s Veterans Day activities in next week’s blog post.

Thank you again to all veterans for your dedication and service to our country!


OFCS ISSUE 117 PASSES IN EVERY PRECINCT IN OLMSTED FALLS & OLMSTED TOWNSHIP

thankyouOlmsted Falls City School District extends sincere and grateful appreciation to our community for the passage of Issue 117, the zero additional taxes school improvement issue on this past Tuesday’s election ballot.

Passage of issue 117 protects the district’s teaching and learning budget while allowing the OFCS to upgrade facilities and staying ahead of vital repairs – without raising taxes to residents!

The unofficial vote totals were:  6,691 FOR and 4,568 AGAINST.  Issue 117 passed in EVERY precinct in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township!  To view detailed election results by precinct, please click HERE.

OFCS Triple A LogoTo read election coverage from cleveland.com, including quotes from OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, please click HERE.

Thanks to our voters, OFCS can keep our schools strong and maintain the excellent quality of education for our students.  We look forward to keeping you informed on building upgrades and facilities maintenance projects made possible by the passage of Issue 117 in the months and years ahead.

THANK YOU AGAIN BULLDOG COUNTRY!


OFMS GOLDEN HARMONIES SHINE AT MONSTERS’ GAME

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Golden Harmonies Choir recently performed the National Anthem before a Cleveland Monsters’ hockey game at Quicken Loans Arena.  Our talented singers impressed the crowd with their outstanding rendition of our nation’s song.  Click HERE to view their performance!

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TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 12TH

talent-show1Attention ALL Olmsted Falls Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians, Jugglers, Bands and Magicians ages Kindergarten through 12th Grade!!! Is there another talent you have??  We ask you to bring it!!!

The 30th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016  from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium.  Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details.  The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Mark your calendars!

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net with questions.


book _fairOFMS BOOK FAIR CONTINUES THROUGH NOVEMBER 14TH

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is sponsoring the Fall Scholastic Book Fair now through Monday, November 14th.

The fair will be open both conference nights, which are Monday, November 7th and Thursday, November 10th, from 4-7:30 p.m. Stop by and check out some great material.


SAVE THE DATE:  NOVEMBER 18TH & 19TH FOR OFHS MASQUERS FALL PLAY

school-poster-with-ffl-logo-enchated-aprilThe Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present Enchanted April as its fall play this year. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. November 18th and 19th in the high school auditorium.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

The play is based on Elizabeth Von Arnim’s novel of the 1920s. It is considered a ‘gentle’ and romantic comedy of manners against the backdrop of England still reeling from World War I.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see our talented Masquers in this classic!  Call (440) 427-6183 for more information.


FALLS-LENOX HOSTING BOOK FAIR IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARENT CONFERENCES

bookfaircomingsoonFalls-Lenox Primary School will be hosting a Book Fair during conferences on Thursday, November 17 and Monday, November 21!

Parents are invited to stop by the Falls-Lenox Library before or after their scheduled parent/teacher conferences.  Students should be bringing home flyers soon!

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our new online book fair:  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/fallslenoxprimaryschool1


ANNUAL HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY IS DEC. 2ND – RSVP WITH FORM/PAYMENT BY 11/22

Don’t miss the Annual Helping hands Holiday Party!  Enjoy dinner, dancing, crafts and games.  Dress is casual.  “Holiday wear” is always welcome!  There will be music all night.

2016-hh-holiday-party-invite-blog-graphicDinner will be catered by Tony K’s including pizza, pasta, meatballs, bread and salad. Cookie decorating is dessert!

Annual Helping Hands Holiday Party
Friday, December 2, 2016
5:30-8pm
OFMS Cafeteria
Dinner, Dancing, Games, and Crafts!!!
Form and payment due by Tuesday 11/22.
Click HERE to download  invite & form with RSVP instructions.

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY TO HOST “INSTANT DECISION” DAY @ OFHS

Attention Seniors! Would you like to get a college admissions decision within 15 minutes and apply to a college for free?
Cleveland State University will be hosting an Instant Decision Day at OFHS on December 1st. A representative from CSU will be meeting with students interested in attending the college and give them a college admission decision on the spot.  Interested students should make an appointment in the guidance office in person or by calling 440-427-6116.
We hope to see you there!

MUSIC TRIVIA FUNDRAISER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT

party-djHelp – and enjoy – Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Wing Nite/Music Trivia fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. November 12th at St. Clarence Hall.  Volunteers are needed as raffle sellers, side boards handlers, set-up, clean up and much more.  All donations also will be appreciated.  To sign up, click HERE for the SignUp Genius form.

The evening includes food, beverages, music trivia, karaoke, great company and many chances to win a prize. The event costs $20, which includes food and a chance at a door prize. Fill a table with a party of 6 to receive an additional door prize entry.  Seating is limited, so hurry.

To view the event’s flier, click HERE.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM

Post Prom 2017 graphicSenior Parents – Please join us at our regular monthly meetings which are held at 7PM in the Media Center at Olmsted Falls High School on the third Wednesday of each month. We look forward to seeing you on November 16, 2016!

CURRENT FUNDRAISERS:

Yankee Candle Fundraising – OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM 2017
Direct to Home Selling Program – Online Web Sales – *Fundraiser runs November 8- November 22!

  • We are very excited to partner with Yankee Candle Fundraising this fall. You can shop online from the comfort of your home by simply going online to: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and place an order using our group number listed above.
  • Please share this with your friends and family to help our organization reach its goals. Olmsted Falls Post Prom will receive 40% profit on all items purchased. All online orders are processed as they are received and normally ship in 2-3 days. Orders will ship directly to your home.
  • Please support Olmsted Falls Post Prom 2017 by shopping the wide range of quality candles, fragrances and décor items.
  • Visit: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter our Group #990107623

One Stop Holiday Shopping at Vendors Night – Hosted by the 2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls

  • Join us for some holiday shopping with awesome vendors, such as Yankee Candle, 31 Bags, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, The Swa-Berry Patch Pastry Chef, Premier Jewelry and many more…
  • Questions or want to be a vendor at our event? Email: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com

To keep up-to-date on important information:
Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017
Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


MARK CALENDAR FOR OFHS SWIM/DIVE CHIPOTLE DINING – THIS MONDAY, NOV. 14TH

chipotle sandwichDine from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at North Olmsted’s Chipotle and help the OFHS Swim/dive team.

Click HERE to download a flyer to present with your order.  Dine in or take your order home.  If you forgot the flyer, be sure to tell the cashier at the checkout you are there for the fundraiser. Use of an existing gift card with your purchase is permitted. The restaurant is at 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmsted. The flyer may be printed or on a cell phone.



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



GRADE 6 GIRL SCOUTS FINAL FOOD DRIVE DATE

img_42991The Olmsted Falls Sixth-Grade Girl Scouts are having a food drive to support the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.  Please drop off non-perishable food items Saturday, November 19th from 6:30-7:30 or 9:30-10:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center (before or after Saturday Night Activity Night).

All donations will be taken to the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.


 

EXPERT TO GIVE ADVICE TO YOUNG TALENT

sklar-principleThe Olmsted Performing Arts invites the community to a free seminar by Peter Sklar at 2 p.m. November 12th.

Sklar is considered America’s leading expert on young talent. He will reveal the universals of interviewing for college, business or any job based on his contributions on Broadway, dance, music, film and other experiences. Admission is free. RSVP by calling 440-973-4363. OPA is at 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea.


OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – THIS SATURDAY

craft-fairThe Olmsted Community Center Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, at the center.

Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.  Be sure to come early to find those special gifts for family and friends.


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SANTA’S SECRET SHOP
On Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 presents Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School.
Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10. A holiday raffle of terrific items including Xbox One gaming system and Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth, and food are available as well.
Admission is free; all proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.

Tree SaleBOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

Reasonable Prices – Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine & more.
November 26th & 27th AND December 3th, 4th, and 10th.
Saturdays 9am-5pm; Sundays 11am-5pm at Schuster’s Greenhouse 9165 Columbia Rd (Between Bagley and Sprague).

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – November 7, 2016

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REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW – TUESDAY, NOV. 8  ELECTION DAY

election-dayAs usual, there will be no school for students on Election Day, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8th.  Teachers, however, will be in the district for their regularly scheduled professional development day.

School will resume Wednesday, November 9th.  Remember to get out and vote in Tuesday’s election; and, for those voting by mail, remember that absentee ballots MUST BE POSTMARKED BY TODAY, MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016.


YOUR VOICE AND YOUR VOTE MATTER  By Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteTomorrow November 8 is Election Day.  This is the opportunity for residents to cast their vote and ensure their voice is heard regarding local, state and national issues and candidates. The opportunity to vote was created by the founders of our great country. Please take advantage of the opportunity.

For months now I have been meeting with members of our community and talking with them about Issue 117 – Olmsted Falls City Schools combined zero additional taxes permanent improvement and bond issue.  I have answered questions, shared information and engaged in conversation with literally hundreds of residents.  My goal was to ensure every community member had a clear understanding of what the district is asking for, why the board of education took action at this time and how this impacts our schools and our community. At its core, Issue #117 is a build it, fix it and maintain it issue that will not increase the amount of taxes voters are currently paying.

The focus now shifts to the voters.  It is now your turn to make sure your voice is heard about Issue 117 and other important local issues.  There has been a lot of talk about the rather negative national election, however we can’t let that situation impact our community.  There are simply too many important local issues on the ballot to sit this one out.

So if you have already requested a vote by mail absentee ballot, please follow the instructions and return your ballot today.  If you plan to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, know that voting locations are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.  You can find your polling location and a sample ballot on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us.

The point is you have the power to directly impact our schools and our community.  Please make sure you take advantage of this opportunity and vote!


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

LOCAL MEDIA COVERAGE ABOUT ISSUE 117

downloadIn case you missed it, please click the following link to read recent local media coverage about Olmsted Falls City School District’s zero additional taxes school improvement levy on tomorrow’s election ballot:

http://bit.ly/2fvB0As

ISSUE 117 INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS

budaktonyvideo4j_allendave_humpalHave you had a chance to checkout the informational video series about Issue 117? This series of videos was put together to share information with our community about the upcoming Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue on this Tuesday’s election ballot.

Thank you again to all those who took time to share their thoughts about Issue 117 for this informative series.  View the complete video series online at http://bit.ly/2cSZVJB.

Any community residents with questions about Issue 117 are encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd or OFCS Treasurer Emily Dales at 427-6000, or by email, jlloyd@ofcs.net or edales@ofcs.net.   


**IMPORTANT** ABOUT ISSUE 117:  BALLOT LANGUAGE

Absentee voting is underway.  Whether you are voting by mail or at the polls on November 8, Olmsted Falls School District wants to ensure residents have all the information you need to cast an informed vote.  The ballot language for Issue 117 features two components, that are combined into a single vote.  These components are 2.2-mills of bond money and 1-mill of permanent improvement dollars for ongoing maintenance and improvements of school facilities.

Please note that while the ballot language for the 1-mill permanent improvement component of Issue 117 by law must read “additional property tax,” passage of Issue 117 does result in ZERO ADDITIONAL TAXES TO RESIDENTS.  

This is because 5.5 mills of existing permanent improvement and bond millage are coming off the books by the end of 2017.  In fact, five of these mills are actually paid in full in December 2016.

Any parents or district residents with questions are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 440-427-6000 before casting your vote.


OFMS GRADE 8 PREPARES TO CELEBRATE VETERANS DAY

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Veterans Day is Friday and the OFMS eighth graders are  honoring those who served.  They have honored our veterans on a Wall of Fame.

Blue team members also have written letters to veterans, which expressed their gratitude for their service to our country. Their letters also asked veterans questions of them and their experiences. The students have already received letters from these veterans who shared some remarkable stories.

Thank you to our Veterans for your service, and thank you to our students and staff at Olmsted Falls Middle School for honoring Veterans with this very personal project!


school-poster-with-ffl-logo-enchated-aprilSAVE THE DATE:  NOVEMBER 18TH & 19TH FOR OFHS MASQUERS FALL PLAY

The Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present Enchanted April as its fall play this year. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. November 18th and 19th in the high school auditorium.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

The play is based on Elizabeth Von Arnim’s novel of the 1920s. It is considered a ‘gentle’ and romantic comedy of manners against the backdrop of England still reeling from World War I.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see our talented Masquers in this classic!  Call (440) 427-6183 for more information.


CONGRATULATIONS OFHS BOYS SOCCER FOR A GREAT SEASON

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A special CONGRATULATIONS to the Boys Bulldog soccer team.  They had a great season, especially being the OHSAA Division 1 district champions.

We are very proud of your success this year!  Thanks for a memorable season!


SMITH STEPS DOWN AS BULLDOG SOFTBALL COACH

Veteran Coach Passes Torch After 14 Years as Head Coach

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Coach Jim Smith served as OFHS Softball Coach for past 14 years.

Olmsted Falls High School Head Softball Coach Jim Smith has resigned from his head softball coaching position after fourteen years.  Sighting personal reasons, Smith stated it is time for another person to begin a new era in Bulldog softball.

“Olmsted Falls is an excellent community to raise your children, where they receive a great education and have many opportunities through the Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Coach Jim Smith.  “This community has been very helpful and supportive during my coaching career, and I have nothing but praise for the district and its staff.”

“There are many former players from my softball program now coaching around Ohio and that makes me very proud to see,” said Coach Smith. “I have always stressed to my players that participating in activities during their high school career is only one step. The next step is to become a coach and help by giving back to the next generation of softball players.”

“On behalf of the Bulldog Athletics Department, I want to thank Coach Smith for his many years of service and dedication to our student athletes,” said Rob Coxon, Athletic Director for Olmsted Falls City Schools.  “For the past 14 years, Jim has inspired and encouraged his players to be their best both on and off the field.”

To read the full press release, please click HERE.


book _fairOFMS BOOK FAIR CONTINUES THROUGH NOVEMBER 14TH

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is sponsoring the Fall Scholastic Book Fair now through Monday, November 14th.

The fair will be open both conference nights, which are Monday, November 7th and Thursday, November 10th, from 4-7:30 p.m. Stop by and check out some great material.

 


ECC BREAKFAST BUDDIES – TODAY IS DEADLINE TO SIGN UP
ecc_breakfast-buddies_2016The PTA welcomes ECC students and their Dad, Grandpa, Uncle or other special male in their life to bond over breakfast. Join us this Thursday, November 10, from 7-8 a.m. for donuts and beverages. Please note that the RSVP Deadline has changed to today, Monday, November 7 (No School Nov.8).
flecclogoBlue forms went home this past Monday, or can also be downloaded by clicking HERE.
This is a PTA event. If you are not currently a member, you can still enroll on the Breakfast Buddies form along with attaching a $7 check made out to FLECC PTA.
Questions can be directed to Katie Pasiak at connellke@yahoo.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!

FALLS-LENOX HOSTING BOOK FAIR IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARENT CONFERENCES

bookfaircomingsoonFalls-Lenox Primary School will be hosting a Book Fair during conferences on Thursday, November 17 and Monday, November 21!

Parents are invited to stop by the Falls-Lenox Library before or after their scheduled parent/teacher conferences.  Students should be bringing home flyers soon!

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our new online book fair:  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/fallslenoxprimaryschool1


TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 12TH

talent-show1Attention ALL Olmsted Falls Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians, Jugglers, Bands and Magicians ages Kindergarten through 12th Grade!!! Is there another talent you have??  We ask you to bring it!!!

The 30th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016  from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium.  Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details.  The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Mark your calendars!

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net. with questions.


SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC NEWS – SEASON FOR FLU, STREP THROAT IS HERE

 health clinic clipartThe cold and flu season is now upon us. Here are some general guidelines for keeping children home from school due to illness:

  • TEMPERATURE 100.0 DEGREES OR MORE: must be fever-free for a full 24 hours without any medication to return back to school
  • PINK EYE AND STREP THROAT: must receive a full 24 hours of antibiotic therapy (and no discharge from eye for pink eye) to return back to school
  • VOMITING/DIARRHEA: must be free from vomiting/diarrhea for a full 24 hours to return back to school

Please click here for more information on this and other ailments. If you have even further questions, please call your child’s building health aide or the district nurse at 440-427-6364.


MUSIC TRIVIA FUNDRAISER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT

party-djHelp – and enjoy – Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Wing Nite/Music Trivia fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. November 12th at St. Clarence Hall.  Volunteers are needed as raffle sellers, side boards handlers, set-up, clean up and much more.  All donations also will be appreciated.  To sign up, click HERE for the SignUpGenius form.

The evening includes food, beverages, music trivia, karaoke, great company and many chances to win a prize. The event costs $20, which includes food and a chance at a door prize. Fill a table with a party of 6 to receive an additional door prize entry.  Seating is limited, so hurry.

To view the event’s flier, click HERE.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM

bulldog-spirit-bracelets-flyer-nifty-dog-shop3Post Prom 2017 graphicFundraiser – Bulldog Spirit Bracelets – POST PROM COMMITTEE

  • Thank you to Nifty Dog Shop (25596 Mill St) in Grand Pacific Junction for having our bracelets for sale. Please stop by anytime, they will be available for the next several months.

Chick-fil-A

  • Date: This Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Time:  6:30am – 10:00pm
  • Location:  4779 Great Northern Blvd North Olmsted; (440) 716-0030

Mention organization when placing order & earn up to 25% of sales for Olmsted Falls Post Prom! (percentage earned based on total sales) Dine-in, Carry-out, Drive Thru or Cater! Soliciting for the Spirit Day on Chick-fil-A North Olmsted property is strictly prohibited and will result in any monies raised being forfeited. To download a copy of the flier, click HERE.

Vendor Night (Holiday Shopping)

  • Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • Time:  6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Location:  Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls. Join us for some holiday shopping with awesome vendors, such as Yankee Candle, 31 Bags, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, The Swa-Berry Patch; Pastry Chef, Premier Jewelry and many more.Questions or want to be a vendor at our event?  Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.

To keep up-to-date on important information:

Join our next meeting:  Wednesday, November 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

Like our Facebook page:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee

Follow our Twitter page:  @OFpostprom2017

Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


MARK CALENDAR FOR OFHS SWIM/DIVE CHIPOTLE DINING

chipotle sandwichDine from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at North Olmsted’s Chipotle and help the OFHS Swim/dive team.

Click HERE to download a flyer to present with your order.  Dine in or take your order home.  If you forgot the flyer, be sure to tell the cashier at the checkout you are there for the fundraiser. Use of an existing gift card with your purchase is permitted. The restaurant is at 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmsted. The flyer may be printed or on a cell phone.



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



election-dayELECTION DAY CANDY/BAKE SALE

bake_sale clipartPlease stop by to support the Olmsted Falls 12U Boys Travel Baseball Team on Election Day, tomorrow.  Tables will be set up at OFIS and OFMS from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with candy bars and baked goods.  The team is raising funds for their trip to Myrtle Beach to play in The Cal Ripken Experience baseball tournament this June. Stop by to support the 12U baseball team.


GRADE 6 GIRL SCOUTS FINAL FOOD DRIVE DATE

img_42991The Olmsted Falls Sixth-Grade Girl Scouts are having a food drive to support the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.  Please drop off non-perishable food items Saturday, November 19th from 6:30-7:30 or 9:30-10:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center (before or after Saturday Night Activity Night).

All donations will be taken to the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.


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EXPERT TO GIVE ADVICE TO YOUNG TALENT

The Olmsted Performing Arts invites the community to a free seminar by Peter Sklar at 2 p.m. November 12th.

Sklar is considered America’s leading expert on young talent. He will reveal the universals of interviewing for college, business or any job based on his contributions on Broadway, dance, music, film and other experiences. Admission is free. RSVP by calling 440-973-4363.

OPA is at 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea.


OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – THIS SATURDAY

craft-fairThe Olmsted Community Center Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, at the center.

Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.  Be sure to come early to find those special gifts for family and friends.


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SAVE THE DATE – SANTA’S SECRET SHOP
Mark your calendars for this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop – Saturday, December 3rd,
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This event lets kids shop for
holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. A holiday raffle of
terrific items including an Xbox One game system and Vitamix blender, plus
crafts, photo booth, and food are available as well. Admission is free.  All proceeds
benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls, which is sponsoring the event – and will act as the elves.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
Tree SaleReasonable Prices – Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine & more.
November 26th & 27th AND December 3th, 4th, and 10th.
Saturdays 9am-5pm; Sundays 11am-5pm at Schuster’s Greenhouse 9165 Columbia Rd (Between Bagley and Sprague).

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OFCS Update – November 3, 2016

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REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS THIS TUESDAY  ELECTION DAY

election-dayAs usual, there will be no school for students on Election Day, this Tuesday, November 8th.  Teachers, however, will be in the district for their regularly scheduled professional development day.

School will resume Wednesday, November 9th.  Remember to get out and vote in Tuesday’s election; and, for those voting by mail, remember that absentee ballots MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016.


SUPT. DR. JIM LLOYD FEATURED IN FINAL VIDEO OF INFORMATIONAL SERIES ABOUT ISSUE #117

video-image-8_drlloydIn the final video of the district’s informational series on Issue 117 Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd shares why it’s important to the Bulldog community to vote on November 8th.

To view the latest video, as well as previous videos in the series, please click HERE.

This  series of videos have been put together to share information with our community about the upcoming Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue on this Tuesday’s election ballot.  OFCS extends special thanks to Dave Humpal, Joe Bertrand, Julianne Allen, Tony Budak, and Kevin Ciolek for sharing their thoughts about Issue 117 with the community for this informative video series.

Any community residents with questions about Issue 117 are encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd or OFCS Treasurer Emily Dales at 427-6000, or by email, jlloyd@ofcs.net or edales@ofcs.net.   


VIDEO FROM OFCS STATE OF THE SCHOOLS IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

dsc_0571dsc_0578Thank you again to all of our talented students and staff who participated in last week’s OFCS State of the Schools event, providing a wonderful first-hand glimpse into just a few of our many outstanding programs.

Thank you also to all of the community members who were in attendance.  We look forward to making this an annual community event to share directly and personally with residents the goals, challenges and successes of our excellent school system.

To view video segments from this special community engagement event, please click HERE.

To read local news coverage about the event, please click HERE.

Questions?  Please contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd at 427-6000 or jlloyd@ofcs.net.


COMMUNITY COFFEE CHATS PROVIDE RESIDENTS OPPORTUNITY FOR IN-DEPTH DISCUSSIONS ON SCHOOL ISSUES

thank-you-tan-redCollege and Coffee_Fall 2014Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd hosted the latest in a series of Community Coffee Chats this Thursday afternoon,  November 3rd, providing residents another opportunity to connect personally with Olmsted Falls City Schools.

Thank you to all community members who have taken the time to attend one of the number of coffee chat sessions that took place this fall at The Village Bean.    The OFCS Community Coffee Chats provide a chance for residents to talk to Dr. Lloyd, and ask meaningful questions about what’s happening in our schools today.

Please watch for future Community Coffee Chat dates and locations to be posted. As always, any resident with questions about Olmsted Falls City Schools is encouraged to contact 427-6000 to speak with Dr. Lloyd.


**IMPORTANT** ABOUT ISSUE 117:  BALLOT LANGUAGE

Absentee voting is underway.  Whether you are voting by mail or at the polls on November 8, Olmsted Falls School District wants to ensure residents have all the information you need to cast an informed vote.  The ballot language for Issue 117 features two components, that are combined into a single vote.  These components are 2.2-mills of bond money and 1-mill of permanent improvement dollars for ongoing maintenance and improvements of school facilities.  

Please note that while the ballot language for the 1-mill permanent improvement component of Issue 117 by law must read “additional property tax,” passage of Issue 117 does result in ZERO ADDITIONAL TAXES TO RESIDENTS.  

This is because 5.5 mills of existing permanent improvement and bond millage are coming off the books by the end of 2017.  In fact, five of these mills are actually paid in full in December 2016.

Any parents or district residents with questions are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 440-427-6000 before casting your vote.


HALLOWEEN FUN AT FALLS-LENOX

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halloween-blog-2Students and staff at Falls-Lenox School had great fun October 28th celebrating Halloween with a parade of costumes and classroom party.

A big “thank you” to all the parents who helped participate in the fun and help continue this seasonal tradition.

 

 


PARENT/FIREFIGHTER VISITS ECC KINDERGARTEN CLASS

fire-visit-5Matt Draves and his fellow Kindergarten classmates welcomed a special visitor recently.fire-visit-2

Matt’s father, Tim, is a firefighter in Olmsted Falls and Fairview Park.  He brought his gear and explained the reasoning behind the clothing and items firefighters carry and wear.

Everyone had a great time and learned a lot about firefighters and their job.

To see a photo gallery of the visit, click HERE.


NEW ACTIVITY BOARD AIDS GROSS MOTOR SKILLS AT ECC

ecc-activity-board-4Students at the ECC are enjoying their new activity board to support development of gross motor skills relating to Physical Therapy needs. ecc-activity-board-1

The activity board was designed by Dr. Morgan, district PT, and constructed by students, Nicolas Peters and Ethan Williams, from Mr. Kathrein’s tech ed class at Olmsted Falls Middle school.

Thank you to all who were involved in providing this support to our little bulldogs. To view more pictures of this new board, click HERE.


LAST COLLEGE & COFFEE IS THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7

college-and-coffee_-flyer-fall-2016The OFHS guidance counselors invite parents to this year’s FINAL Coffee & College informational sessions about the college application process.

The final session is from 8-9 a.m. this Monday, November 7th in the OFHS Media Center.  To see an informational flyer, click HERE.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.


book _fairOFMS HOSTS BOOK FAIR FROM NOVEMBER 4TH – 14TH

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will sponsor the Fall Scholastic Book Fair from Friday, November 4th through Monday, November 14th.

The fair will be open both conference nights, which are Monday, November 7th and Thursday, November 10th, from 4-7:30 p.m. Stop by and check out some great material.


ECC BREAKFAST BUDDIES – IT’S TIME TO EAT SOME DONUTS!
ecc_breakfast-buddies_2016The PTA welcomes ECC students and their Dad, Grandpa, Uncle or other special male in their life to bond over breakfast. Join us on Thursday, November 10 from 7-8 a.m. for donuts and beverages. Please note that the RSVP Deadline has changed to Monday, November 7 (No School Nov.8).
flecclogoBlue forms went home this past Monday, or can also be downloaded by clicking HERE.
This is a PTA event. If you are not currently a member, you can still enroll on the Breakfast Buddies form along with attaching a $7 check made out to FLECC PTA.
Questions can be directed to Katie Pasiak at connellke@yahoo.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!

WHAT’S COOKING? FOLLOW BULLDOG CAFE ON TWITTER

twitterThe OFCS Food Service Department is now on Twitter.  Follow @OFCSBulldogCafe for daily updates on menu and other food service and nutrition information. cafeteria-clipart-cliparts-co-5jhwxf-clipart

Please note that the target audience for this account is middle and high school students. However, @OFCSBulldogCafe will be featuring items from all the cafeterias and including nutrition tidbits that you may find informative and educational.  If you have a twitter account, follow @OFCSBulldog Cafe today!  Feedback welcome!


TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 12TH

talent-show1Attention ALL Olmsted Falls Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians, Jugglers, Bands and Magicians ages Kindergarten through 12th Grade!!! Is there another talent you have??  We ask you to bring it!!!

The 30th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016  from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium.  Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details.  The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Mark your calendars!

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net. with questions.


MUSIC TRIVIA FUNDRAISER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

party-djHelp – and enjoy – Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Wing Nite/Music Trivia fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. November 12th at St. Clarence Hall.  Volunteers are needed as raffle sellers, side boards handlers, set-up, clean up and much more.  All donations also will be appreciated.  To sign up, click HERE for the SignUpGenius form.

The evening includes food, beverages, music trivia, karaoke, great company and many chances to win a prize. The event costs $20, which includes food and a chance at a door prize. Fill a table with a party of 6 to receive an additional door prize entry.  Seating is limited, so hurry.

To view the event’s flier, click HERE.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM

bulldog-spirit-bracelets-flyer-nifty-dog-shop3Post Prom 2017 graphicFundraiser – Bulldog Spirit Bracelets – POST PROM COMMITTEE

  • Thank you to Nifty Dog Shop (25596 Mill St) in Grand Pacific Junction for having our bracelets for sale. Please stop by anytime, they will be available for the next several months.

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  • Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Time:  6:30am – 10:00pm
  • Location:  4779 Great Northern Blvd North Olmsted; (440) 716-0030

Mention organization when placing order & earn up to 25% of sales for Olmsted Falls Post Prom! (percentage earned based on total sales) Dine-in, Carry-out, Drive Thru or Cater! Soliciting for the Spirit Day on Chick-fil-A North Olmsted property is strictly prohibited and will result in any monies raised being forfeited. To download a copy of the flier, click HERE.

Vendor Night (Holiday Shopping)

  • Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • Time:  6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Location:  Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls. Join us for some holiday shopping with awesome vendors, such as Yankee Candle, 31 Bags, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, The Swa-Berry Patch; Pastry Chef, Premier Jewelry and many more.Questions or want to be a vendor at our event?  Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.

To keep up-to-date on important information:

Join our next meeting:  Wednesday, November 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

Like our Facebook page:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee

Follow our Twitter page:  @OFpostprom2017

Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


MARK CALENDAR FOR OFHS SWIM/DIVE CHIPOTLE DINING

chipotle sandwichDine from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at North Olmsted’s Chipotle and help the OFHS Swim/dive team.

Click HERE to download a flyer to present with your order.  Dine in or take your order home.  If you forgot the flyer, be sure to tell the cashier at the checkout you are there for the fundraiser. Use of an existing gift card with your purchase is permitted. The restaurant is at 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmsted. The flyer may be printed or on a cell phone.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


NEW OLMSTED FALLS 4H CLUB OPEN HOUSE – THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 5TH 

4h-flyer-updatedNew Olmsted Falls 4H Club Open House – Saturday, November 5th, 10am-Noon @ Olmsted Community Center

Come learn about opportunities for 5-18 year olds to become involved in 4H. Members choose from a wide variety of projects from farming to physics to cooking and everything in between!

Participating in 4H helps encourage self-confidence, self-esteem, and leadership abilities. Learn about fundraising and working in the community while making new friends.

For more information contact Trish Lloyd at ptlof4h@gmail.com.


GRADE 6 GIRL SCOUTS FOOD DRIVE DATES

img_42991The Olmsted Falls Sixth-Grade Girl Scouts are having a food drive to support the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.  Please drop off non-perishable food items Sunday, November 6th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the North Olmsted Rec Center Ice Rink and Saturday, November 19th from 6:30-7:30 or 9:30-10:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center (before or after Saturday Night Activity Night).

All donations will be taken to the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.


election-dayELECTION DAY CANDY/BAKE SALE

bake_sale clipartPlease stop by to support the Olmsted Falls 12U Boys Travel Baseball Team on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.  Tables will be set up at OFIS and OFMS from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with candy bars and baked goods.  The team is raising funds for their trip to Myrtle Beach to play in The Cal Ripken Experience baseball tournament this June. Stop by to support the 12U baseball team.


sklar-principleEXPERT TO GIVE ADVICE TO YOUNG TALENT

The Olmsted Performing Arts invites the community to a free seminar by Peter Sklar at 2 p.m. November 12th.

Sklar is considered America’s leading expert on young talent. He will reveal the universals of interviewing for college, business or any job based on his contributions on Broadway, dance, music, film and other experiences. Admission is free. RSVP by calling 440-973-4363.

OPA is at 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea.


VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

craft-fairThe Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe.  The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 12th at the Center.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.

Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.  A space application form can be found at www.olmstedcc.com.


 

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OFCS Update – October 31, 2016

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OFCS RELEASES LATEST TWO VIDEOS IN SERIES PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUE #117
dave_humpalTwo more videos in the ongoing series about the Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue on the November 8th ballot have been released.

Be sure to watch retired community member and Bulldog Grandpa Dave Humpal share his thoughts about why keeping our schools strong is important.

joe_bertrandResidents can also hear from Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Joe Bertrand as he provides information about why the board took action to place issue 117 on the November ballot.

This  series of videos have been put together to share information about the upcoming Bond Issue with the community.

To view these latest two videos, as well as previous videos in the series, please click HERE.

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OFCS STATE OF THE SCHOOLS PRESENTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE

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Thank you to all the parents and community residents who attended last week’s State of Schools event held Oct. 26 in the OFHS Auditorium.  OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, Treasurer Emily Dales and OFHS teachers Liz Cleary and Dena Kotz  were featured speakers for the evening.  Members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education were also in attendance.

dsc_0578A wonderful representation of students performing and visual arts was also a featured component of the evening.  OFCS would like to thank Ryan Patterson and the OFMS Golden Harmonies, and Julie Budd and members of the OFHS band for their outstanding musical performances.

We’d also like to extend thanks to our art teachers and student artists from across the district for putting together the amazing collection of artwork which was on display outside of the auditorium for guests to enjoy.

For those interested who were unable to attend, video footage of the State of the Schools presentation will soon be posted to the District website.  Please watch the blog for notification once the files have been uploaded and are available to view.


FIVE YEAR FORECAST SHOWS IMPACT OF ISSUE 117  

By Treasurer Emily Dales

emilydalesEarlier this month the Board of Education approved the district’s latest Five-Year Forecast.  This is a financial planning tool that is required by the State of Ohio and shows three years of actual financial data, (Fiscal Years 2014-2016) current projections and what the district thinks will happen from a financial perspective in the future (Fiscal Years 2017-2021).  It is an excellent tool that shows the district’s effective and efficient daily operations and how we continue to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollar.

forecast-cover-pageThis particular forecast also demonstrates the impact that Issue 117 can have on the district’s bottom line.  The November 8 ballot issue is a combined bond and permanent improvement levy that will pay for upgrades to mechanical systems and school renovations, and by law none of the money can be spent on school salaries or administration.  It will not increase taxes to residents because existing bond and permanent improvement issues are being paid in full or expiring in both December 2016 and December 2017. So this truly is a zero additional taxes issue.  Yet what we see in the Five-Year Forecast is what happens if voters do not approve Issue 117.

Without dedicated funds to help repair things that break or ongoing maintenance in our schools, the district is forced to pay for these necessary repairs out of the general fund.  These dollars pay for the district’s day-to-day operating funds for things such as teachers, textbooks and utility costs.  This means that if a roof needs to be repaired or a heating system goes out that the district is forced to reduce the teaching and learning budget to pay for these vital repairs.  This forecast shows that as a reality.

Issue 117 allows the district to ensure a suitable environment for learning while avoiding cutting teachers or programs to pay for needed repairs and construction.  This zero additional taxes bond issue will bring Olmsted Falls Schools’ technology and classrooms into the 21st century and help to maintain the current excellent quality of education that exists today.  If you have any questions about Issue 117 or the district’s Five-Year Forecast please contact the district.  We are happy to help and eager to make sure our residents have a complete understanding of the financial picture of our schools.

To view the complete Five-Year Forecast, approved by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at its regular October meeting, please click HERE.


HAVE QUESTIONS? GET ANSWERS @ TWO MORE COFFEE CHATS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteCollege and Coffee_Fall 2014Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd has also been hosting a series of Coffee Chats. This is a chance for residents to talk to Dr. Lloyd and ask meaningful questions about what’s happening in schools today.

Here are the latest upcoming dates and times for community members to join Dr. Lloyd at The Village Bean (8143 Columbia Road in Olmsted Falls) for these great conversations:

• This Wednesday, November 2 from 8-9 a.m. – CANCELLED*

(*UPDATE:  The Nov. 2nd Community Coffee Chat has been cancelled.  Any resident who has questions, or who is interested in meeting with Dr. Lloyd at an alternate time, is encouraged to call 427-6000.)

The next Community Coffee Chat is scheduled for:

• THIS THURSDAY, November 3 from noon to 1 p.m.


**IMPORTANT** ABOUT ISSUE 117:  BALLOT LANGUAGE

Absentee voting is already underway.  Whether you are voting by mail or at the polls on November 8, Olmsted Falls School District wants to ensure residents have all the information you need to cast an informed vote.  The ballot language for Issue 117 features two components, that are combined into a single vote.  These components are 2.2-mills of bond money and 1-mill of permanent improvement dollars for ongoing maintenance and improvements of school facilities.  

Please note that while the ballot language for the 1-mill permanent improvement component of Issue 117 by law must read “additional property tax,” passage of Issue 117 does result in ZERO ADDITIONAL TAXES TO RESIDENTS.  

This is because 5.5 mills of existing permanent improvement and bond millage are coming off the books by the end of 2017.  In fact, five of these mills are actually paid in full in December 2016.

Any parents or district residents with questions are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 440-427-6000 before casting your vote. 


NATIONAL  HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS

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Congratulations to the newest members of the National Honor Society, inducted this past Wednesday, October 26th at the annual Induction Ceremony held in the OFHS auditorium. NHS advisors Mr. Brian Insley and Mrs. Virginia Wendling were joined by OFHS social studies teacher Tom Gibeaut, who served as this year’s featured faculty speaker for the special ceremony.

A total of 9 seniors and 50 juniors were inducted as new NHS members in front of an audience of family and friends. Congratulations to all of our this year’s NHS members!

To view this year’s NHS Induction Ceremony program featuring listing of all member names, please click HERE.


DON’T MISS THE ANNUAL POWDER PUFF ACTION – TOMORROW NIGHT – NOV. 1ST @ 7:45 P.M.

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OFMA bulldog and noteNEXT OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION MEETING – THIS WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2ND @ 7:00 P.M.

All are invited to join the next monthly OFMA meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Choir Room.

Hope to see you there!


FLECCPTA YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER WAS HUGE SUCCESS

Jade Ziegelhofer, 1st place

Jade Ziegelhofer, 1st place

A big thank you to all who helped in the Yankee Candle drive. We sold $40,500 worth of Yankee products, which will net 40 percent for the PTA.  Yankee Candle boxes have arrived at Falls-Lenox and ECC.  Look for emails or backpack slips for pick-up dates and times.

You may still place Yankee Candle orders online through the end of the year.  The items are shipped directly to your home.  You can use our group number and we will receive the profits from the sale.  Group #990050451

Here is a list of this year’s winners:

1st Place – Jade Ziegelhofer, grade 2, two Cedar Point season passes
2nd Place – Sullivan Smith, kindergarten, 1 night stay at Kalahari
3rd Place – Tyler Bell, grade 1, $50 Toys R Us gift card
4th/5th Place – Taelyn Nieves, grade 1 and Lukas Smith, grade 2, Swings N Things season passes

Top Selling Class, F/L, Mrs. Vasco’s Grade 1, Skyzone jump passes for each child.

Top Selling Class, ECC, Mrs. McNeeley’s Kindergarten, Skyzone jump passes.

Top Participating Class, ECC, Mrs. McNeeley, 74-percent class participation, class party.

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LAST COLLEGE & COFFEE, NOVEMBER 7; CHANGE IN TIME FOR BW COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY

college-and-coffee_-flyer-fall-2016The OFHS guidance counselors invite parents to this year’s FINAL Coffee & College informational sessions about the college application process.

The final session is from 8-9 a.m. Monday, November 7th in the OFHS Media Center.  To see an informational flyer, click HERE.

Due to a time conflict, Baldwin Wallace University had to change the time for this Saturday’s – October 29th – second part of its College Essay Writing Workshop.  It is now from noon to 2 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.

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BULLDOG CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS SHOW STRONG PERFORMANCES

cross-country-clip-artCongratulations to the OFHS cross country teams that traveled to the Strongsville Invitational and ran quite well with some of the toughest competition in the state. Scoring and leading the girls were Sarah Makari, Madi Sobieski, Kaylee Gomez, Sidney VanScoy, Abbey Clark and Maggie Backus.

The boys traveled to the Valley Forge Invitational at Tri-C and took third overall. Leading the boys were Griffin Purdy, Collin Cook, Joe Backus, Andrew Gluvna, Ryan Kolesar and Caleb Prante.

The team was in action again over the weekend competing in this past Saturday’s  Gilmour and Western Reserve Invitationals.

Great job, Bulldogs.


FINAL DAYS TO REGISTER FOR BOYS DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL

basket-itemno-10Boys in grades 4, 5 and 6 may register for this year’s Boys Developmental Basketball League. The last registration day is October 29th. Players will have skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays at the OFHS gym during the months of November and December and one Wednesday game. OFHS basketball coaches and players will teach the skills, which emphasize basic skills, games rules and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and fun. All participants will be invited to play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.

The cost is $60. For more details and a registration form, click HERE.


OFMS TO HOST BOOK FAIRbook _fair

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will sponsor the Fall Scholastic Book Fair from Friday, November 4th through Monday, November 14th.

The fair will be open both conference nights, which are Monday, November 7th and Thursday, November 10th, from 4-7:30 p.m. Stop by and check out some great material.

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MUSIC TRIVIA FUNDRAISER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

party-djHelp – and enjoy – Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Wing Nite/Music Trivia fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. November 12th at St. Clarence Hall.  Volunteers are needed as raffle sellers, side boards handlers, set-up, clean up and much more.  All donations also will be appreciated.  To sign up, click HERE for the SignUpGenius form.

The evening includes food, beverages, music trivia, karaoke, great company and many chances to win a prize. The event costs $20, which includes food and a chance at a door prize. Fill a table with a party of 6 to receive an additional door prize entry.  Seating is limited, so hurry.

To view the event’s flier, click HERE.


TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 12TH

talent-show1Attention ALL Olmsted Falls Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians, Jugglers, Bands and Magicians ages Kindergarten through 12th Grade!!! Is there another talent you have??  We ask you to bring it!!!

The 30th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016  from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium.  Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details.  The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Mark your calendars!

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net. with questions.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM

bulldog-spirit-bracelets-flyer-nifty-dog-shop3Post Prom 2017 graphicFundraiser – Bulldog Spirit Bracelets – POST PROM COMMITTEE

  • Thank you to Nifty Dog Shop (25596 Mill St) in Grand Pacific Junction for having our bracelets for sale. Please stop by anytime, they will be available for the next several months.

powder puff football pinkPowder Puff Football Game – Senior Girls vs. Junior Girls:

o   Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – gates open at 7:00pm, game starts at 7:45pm

o   Location:  Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium, Olmsted Falls High School – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls

o   Tickets: $5 at the door, $4 pre-sale during lunch in OFHS cafeteria

o   Volunteers will be needed to sell tickets at the high school during lunches, volunteer the night of the game to sell/take tickets, work concessions, etc. Please click here to volunteer:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054CADAE2BA02-2016

Chick-fil-A

  • Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Time:  6:30am – 10:00pm
  • Location:  4779 Great Northern Blvd North Olmsted; (440) 716-0030

Mention organization when placing order & earn up to 25% of sales for Olmsted Falls Post Prom! (percentage earned based on total sales) Dine-in, Carry-out, Drive Thru or Cater! Soliciting for the Spirit Day on Chick-fil-A North Olmsted property is strictly prohibited and will result in any monies raised being forfeited. To download a copy of the flier, click HERE.

Vendor Night (Holiday Shopping)

  • Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • Time:  6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Location:  Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted FallsJoin us for some holiday shopping with awesome vendors, such as Yankee Candle, 31 Bags, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, The Swa-Berry Patch; Pastry Chef, Premier Jewelry and many more.Questions or want to be a vendor at our event?  Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.

To keep up-to-date on important information:

Join our next meeting:  Wednesday, November 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

Like our Facebook page:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee

Follow our Twitter page:  @OFpostprom2017

Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


MARK CALENDAR FOR OFHS SWIM/DIVE CHIPOTLE DINING

chipotle sandwichDine from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at North Olmsted’s Chipotle and help the OFHS Swim/dive team.

Click HERE to download a flyer to present with your order.  Dine in or take your order home.  If you forgot the flyer, be sure to tell the cashier at the checkout you are there for the fundraiser. Use of an existing gift card with your purchase is permitted. The restaurant is at 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmsted. The flyer may be printed or on a cell phone.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIREFIGHTERS WELCOMES KIDS BEFORE HALLOWEEN HOURSpretrickortrick2016

Children are invited to stop by the Olmsted Township fire department from 4-5:30 p.m. on Halloween, this Monday, October 31st and enjoy some free fun. Bring the family for glow sticks, face painting, candy, hot chocolate, donuts and apple cider.  The station is at Cook and Fitch roads.

COMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS ARE TONIGHT, OCTOBER 31ST FROM 6-8 P.M.

Bulldogs, be safe and have fun!!


GRADE 6 GIRL SCOUTS FOOD DRIVE DATES

img_42991The Olmsted Falls Sixth-Grade Girl Scouts are having a food drive to support the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.  Please drop off non-perishable food items Sunday, November 6th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the North Olmsted Rec Center Ice Rink and Saturday, November 19th from 6:30-7:30 or 9:30-10:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center (before or after Saturday Night Activity Night).

All donations will be taken to the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.


NEW OLMSTED FALLS 4H CLUB OPEN HOUSE – SATURDAY, NOV. 5TH 

4h-flyer-updatedNew Olmsted Falls 4H Club Open House – Saturday, November 5th, 10am-Noon @ Olmsted Community Center

Come learn about opportunities for 5-18 year olds to become involved in 4H. Members choose from a wide variety of projects from farming to physics to cooking and everything in between!

Participating in 4H helps encourage self-confidence, self-esteem, and leadership abilities. Learn about fundraising and working in the community while making new friends.

For more information contact Trish Lloyd at ptlof4h@gmail.com.


sklar-principleEXPERT TO GIVE ADVICE TO YOUNG TALENT

The Olmsted Performing Arts invites the community to a free seminar by Peter Sklar at 2 p.m. November 12th.

Sklar is considered America’s leading expert on young talent. He will reveal the universals of interviewing for college, business or any job based on his contributions on Broadway, dance, music, film and other experiences. Admission is free. RSVP by calling 440-973-4363.

OPA is at 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea.


craft-fairVENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

The Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe.  The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 12th at the Center.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.

Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.  A space application form can be found at www.olmstedcc.com.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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REMINDER: OFCS STATE OF THE SCHOOLS EVENT TONIGHT @ 6:30 PM

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COMMUNITY RESIDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND

OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STATE OF THE SCHOOLS EVENT

TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26TH @ 6:30 P.M.

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