Parent Update – March 27, 2015

SPRING BREAK IS HERE!spring clip art

Spring break is NEXT WEEK!  Spring break week begins this Monday, March 30th and runs through Monday, April 6th.   

School will resume on Tuesday, April 7th.

Have a safe and enjoyable break!

PARENTS SHARE THEIR TALENTS AT CAREER DAY

Career DayFalls-Lenox third-grade students participated in the school’s annual Career Day February 27th.  The school welcomed 40 volunteers from a variety of different professions. Students enjoyed hearing about the volunteers’ careers that related to goods, services and competition. They also were fascinated with learning about all the different aspects of the careers.

The school gives a big “Thank You” to all of the volunteers for making Career Day a hands-on learning experience for the third graders.  To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

OF BASEBALL COACH LARGENT FEATURED IN MEDIA

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Coach Dan Largent fielded six questions from a Northeast Ohio Media Group reporter that appeared in the paper and online recently.

He is in his sixth year as head coach with the Bulldog baseball team and 15th year with the baseball program.

To view the online story, click HERE.

2015 OF BASEBALL EARLY-BIRD SPRING TRAINING CAMP THIS SATURDAY

baseball2cjpg-9e254f0fa2cc45ad_largeWhenSaturday, March 28, 2015

Where: Olmsted Falls High School

Times:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Who: Grades 1-8

Cost: $25.00

The camp will be supervised by the Olmsted Falls Baseball Staff and the Varsity Baseball Team. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching, and fielding skills will be taught. Come and join us and get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season.

 All participants should wear cleats and baseball pants/sweatpants and bring tennis shoes (in case we move indoors) and ALL baseball equipment (glove, bat, and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher, etc). We plan to be outdoors but depending on weather, may have to move indoors.  Plan accordingly.

FALLS-LENOX FAMILIES ARE “WILD ABOUT READING”

DSCN0824Falls-Lenox Primary School’s first-, second- and third-grade students and their families celebrated reading with jungle-themed Literacy Night events.  The exciting evenings of learning were filled with parents working with their children on fiction literary elements, non-fiction text features and practicing reading skills through various websites and apps.  Students and parents participated in three make-it-take-activity stations. Students left each DSCN0768station with an activity they could take home to practice with their favorite books. Each student also received a book to take home, donated by the Falls-Lenox library, information about Info Ohio and an extensive list of educational websites and apps.

A special “Thank You” to all the families who participated and learned more about supporting reading at home.

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

OFHS PARENTS & SENIORS: CSU OFFERS PEAK OF ITS PROGRAMS @ SPRING BREAK EVENTS NEXT WEEK

student_centerCleveland State University is hosting Spring Break, a new series of events from March 30 through April 10 that will feature a different academic program each day.  Students will hear a presentation on the featured program, such as the College of Business featuring its business majors, and then have an “academic experience,” such as a mock class.  Here is a list of the scheduled times and programs.

Monday, March 30th – College of Urban Affairs

Tuesday, March 31st – College of Science – Pre-Med, Pharm, Dentistry, Veterinary

Tuesday, March 31st – College of Science – Health Sciences, Pre-PT, Pre-Pa

Wednesday, April 1st – College of Business

Thursday, April 2nd – School of Nursing

Friday, April 3rd – Exploratory & First-year advising

Monday, April 6th – College of Education & Human Services

Tuesday, April 7th – College of Business

Wednesday, April 8th – College of Engineering

Thursday, April 9th – Fine Arts

Friday, April 10th – Exploratory & First-year advising.

To view a link to registration and schedule, click HERE.

DON’T FORGET TO SECURE YOUR SUMMER SPOT AT CAMP INVENTION !

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Are you curious? Are you a gadget maker or taker-apart?  Do you and your friends like to create and build?  Camp Invention may be for you! Camp Invention is an innovative, week-long summer camp that provides students in grades 1-6 with a hands-on, interactive program that the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame inspired.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at Falls-Lenox School. To view the online flyer, click HERE. Registration is online at www.campinvention.org.

Scholarship funds are available. If you have a financial need, please contact us so we can help you join us at camp.  Questions?  Contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

OFIS GREEN TEAM SPONSORS CLOTHING DRIVE IN APRIL

ProjectRecycle2015_SavetheDate_CLE_West_V2Are you doing some Spring cleaning this month? How about recycling your gently-worn coats, shirts, pants and other items to the OFIS Green Team’s Clothing Recycling Drive? Place the clothing in a bag for the drive that runs from April 13th-17th.

The purpose of this program, which is in cooperation with Goodwill and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, is to educate students on the importance of reusing and recycling, while supporting Goodwill’s mission of improving the quality of life and employment opportunities for people. To view a flyer, click HERE.

IT’S FREE! RSVP SOON FOR THE APRIL 10TH HELPING HANDS MOVIE NIGHT

Hellping Hands movie nightHelping Hands is offering a free Movie and Game Night from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 10th at Olmsted Falls High School.

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, April 8th to mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

If you cannot attend, please check out HH blog for future events at helpinghandsofcs.wordpress.com.  To view more details, click HERE.

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program hat helps people of al ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all, especially those with disabilities.  The program will help you and your child discover new friends.

Move and Game Night is a “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off).  Short films will play so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed.  Everyone is welcome. Games will be played in the cafeteria.  Feel free to bring your favorite game to share.  Helping Hands will provide pizza, snacks and water.

ANNUAL COMBINED MEETING OF OFIS PTA & FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA IS TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST 

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The rescheduled combined meeting of OFIS PTA and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA is on Tuesday, April 21st.  OFIS PTA welcomes all parents of current third graders to the OFIS cafeteria at 6 p.m. for dinner and a tour of the school.  Principal Mr. Svec will be there to answer questions.  The combined meeting of OFIS and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTAs will follow at 7 p.m.

For the latest news from OFIS PTA, follow us on http://www.ofispta.wordpress.com, www.facebook.com/OFISPTA and www.tritter.com/OFISPTA.

UNITED STATES  SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINAR SPONSORED BY SENATORS SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN – SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH

United States Service Academy Seminars Sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join us for an informational session. Saturday, April 25, 2015. Horizon Science Academy. 6000 South Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH 44103. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend by calling an Academy Coordinator at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-6446 then press 1.

TODAY IS LAST DAY TO ORDER HONEYBAKED HAM!

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive Team presents its Spring 2015 HoneyBaked Ham Sale. The online orders are available until TODAY – March 27th.

To order, go to http://honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-1134-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx. Proceeds go to the swim and dive team.  Pick up is from 4-7 p.m. April 2nd @ the OFHS band entrance. Call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405 with any questions.

FUN, GAMES AND WALK TO CURE CANCER AT FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL

clownFalls-Lenox invites all to attend its A Carnival for a Cure from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 24th.

The carnival supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  All proceeds from the carnival benefit the ACS June 6-7 2015 Olmsted Relay for Life through the Falls-Lenox for a Cure Team.

Have fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge your principal. Enjoy a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. Walk a mile or more and earn lap beads. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.

COMMUNITY

pancake breakfast2THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH – KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY!  

pancake breakfastJoin the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club for its annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!  This year’s event is scheduled for THIS Sunday, March 29th from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.  All you can eat pancakes and french toast, plus sausage, juice and/or coffee. Tickets will be available at the door and also at First Federal of Lakewood at 26908 Cook Road in Olmsted Township.  Tickets are only $6 each and EVERY meal ticket purchase is automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HDX!  (You don’t have to be present to win.)  All proceeds benefit our local communities.  Kids under 3 eat free. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, plus Chinese Raffle Prizes!  Don’t miss this great community event!

OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS – SPRING BREAK SAMPLER CAMP

OPA - Spring Break Camp FlyerMarch 30-April from 10 a.m. to noon each day.  $80/child

From 3/30-4/3 – the week of Spring Break –  why not keep your kiddos active and engaged at OPA’s Spring Break Sampler Camp. This 2-hour daily camp features art, gymnastics, dance, music and theatre activities. Each day is divided into two 50-minute sessions, with a 20-minute snack break in the middle. Students are responsible for providing their own snacks and drinks.  Families registering multiple children will receive a 10-percent discount.  To view a flyer, click HERE.

POLARIS/WESTSHORE CAREER DAY FEATURES 99 EMPLOYEES NEXT WEEK

Polaris logoPolaris Career Center invites all to its Career Day Wednesday, April 1st, from 9 a.m. to noon at its Middleburg Heights location on Old Oak Boulevard.

This free event, which is designed to foster a competitive and productive workforce in Northeast Ohio, will provide a vital link among employers, job seekers, community groups and government agencies.  The 99 employers have many full-time positions representing a variety of industries from manufacturing, health care, construction, sales and service.  Local agencies and Polaris representatives will be on hand to provide access to educational resources, financial aid and much more.

To view a list of the employers that will be present, click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION NOW UNDERWAY THROUGH APRIL 3RD

soccerOnline registration for the Spring 2015 Olmsted Falls Soccer Association’s is occurring now. To register, go to www.olmstedsoccer.com.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS APRIL 3RD!

Practices begin the week of April 13th and play, from April 18th through June 6th. Teams practice one day a week with games on Saturdays.  Players must be 4 years old by April 18th.  Divisions available are preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2/3, grade 4/5, junior high and high school.

This recreational program is a community league with an emphasis on instruction. It is open to all Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and surrounding community players from age 4 through grade 12.  Teams are organized by age and grade, coaches by volunteer parents and assigned randomly.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL REGISTRATION

BaseballSoftballOlmsted Community Summer League is accepting registrations for baseball/softball without a late fee until March 31, 2015.  Late registrations with a $20 fee will be accepted until April 15, 2015. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at http://www.olmstedcc.com.

OCSL is excited to introduce our new Travel Slow-Pitch Softball league for our Girls Intermediate division ages 9-11.  Half the games will be played in Olmsted Falls while the other half will be played in Middleburg Hts and Brookpark against their girls Junior League ages 10-12.  If you have any questions about this new travel league then please contact league rep Shelly Bernes at slbernes@aol.com.

Please register soon for all of our boys/girls and adult leagues before registration closes.

OCC DanceOLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS PRESCHOOL DANCE CLASSES

Introduce preschoolers, ages 2-5 to ballet and creative movement with these great classes on Thursday mornings: Dancing Ballerina’s (ages 2-3) 9-9:45a.m., Dancing Fairies (age 4) 10-10:45a.m., and Dancing Stars (age 5) 11-11:45a.m. Dance classes begin April 9th for a 6-week session held in the dance room at the Olmsted Community Center.

For more details, call the OCC at 440-427-1599 or register at www.olmstedcc.com.

SIGN UP FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM

swim raceThe Falls Pointe Swim Team registration is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19th. It is open to any Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township resident.

Team members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. It’s guaranteed your kids will have a blast this summer. Some fun activities include Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is that you must be able to swim independently across the pool.  For more details, go to its website by clicking HERE.

FUNDRAISER FOR MOILOV FAMILY – APRIL 24TH @ RAZZLES

razzlesNeighbors and friends of the Moilov family have organized a community fundraiser to support this local family who lost their mother suddenly in February.  All are invited to attend the “Moilov Children Fund for the Future” event scheduled for Friday, April 24th from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Razzles.  Cost is $20 per person and includes wings, pizza, desserts and beverages.  Event also includes:  side boards, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a live DJ playing all your favorite tunes!  Your support is needed!  Bring friends!  For tickets, please call Randy at 440-552-8323.

SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP AT OCC

074157_105323_speed&agility_medJoin coach Roger Hutkay for Power Athletes Spring Speed & Agility Camp at the Olmsted Community Center.  This youth camp is open to boys and girls ages 10-16.  It will provide a wonderful opportunity for campers to improve speed, agility, strength, explosive power, balance and coordination; ability to accelerate, decelerate, change direction; and overall running form and mechanics.

DateApril 28th – June 4th, 2015

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm.

Where:  Olmsted Community Center

Cost: $75 for all 12 sessions. (6 weeks)

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 24th, 2015

Class Limit: 15 Students

For additional camp details, examples of activities, and registration link, please click HERE.

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

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

 

 

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Parent Update – March 24, 2015

OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION PASSES RESOLUTIONS REGARDING COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND NEW STATE ASSESSMENTS

OFCS Triple A LogoAt its regular monthly meeting held last Thursday, March 19th, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education voted unanimously to pass two separate resolutions relating to the Common Core Standards and the new State Mandated Assessments, respectively. The first resolution asserts the Board’s support of the new common core standards, adopted by Ohio and 43 other states across the country.  The second, separate resolution, communicates the Board’s opposition to the current accountability model, which mandates an excessive level of testing/assessments for students in Olmsted Falls Schools, and across the state of Ohio.

“It is important that we separate the two issues and address them individually,” said Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth.  “As a local Board of Education, we support the new common core standards and have great confidence in the ability of our administrators and teachers to effectively raise the bar for our students in the classroom.”

“However, as a Board, we also believe that the over-testing that has been mandated by the state to measure the effectiveness of districts throughout Ohio is too much and needs to be changed,” Mr. Weisbarth added.

“We believe the common core standards are the right work and right direction for our students,” added Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, “and that they are a logical progression in the evolution of education standards.”

“We also believe strongly in accountability,” said Dr. Lloyd.  “Unfortunately, the implementation of the new state mandated assessments have proved their excessiveness and taken away significant amounts of classroom instructional time.  As a district, we are actively advocating for a change as it relates to the current assessment requirements.”

To view the Olmsted Falls Board of Education resolution in support on the common core standards, please click HERE.

To view the Olmsted Falls Board of Education resolution in opposition to the current accountability model / excessive level of assessments, please click HERE.

FRONT ENTRANCE SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS UNDERWAY AT MIDDLE SCHOOL

IMG_3295Construction is officially underway to improve the security of the main entrance at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  The new renovations include reconfiguring the main building entrance so that visitors entering the building do so directly through the main office.  Currently, visitors entering the building during school hours are buzzed in through vestibule doors that lead into the main hallway, and then need to walk down the hall to check in at the office.  Once the renovations are complete, visitors will now enter the building through a new vestibule that leads directly into the Middle School’s main office.

New Entry - InteriorThe reconfiguration began with a new doorway being cut through the wall located on the outside edge of the main office, just to the east of the existing entry doors.  A new vestibule is now being constructed surrounding this new entry point, and will include video surveillance and a buzzer system for controlled entry.  Concrete will be poured to extend the existing walkway and a canopy will also be installed.  This important renovation project is anticipated to be completed by the end of May.  Funds from an existing permanent improvement levy dedicated exclusively to Olmsted Falls Middle School are being used for this project, in addition to a $5,000 Entrance Security Grant awarded to Olmsted Falls Middle School through the Olmsted Facilities Construction Commission.  In all, Olmsted Falls School District has been awarded a total of $25,000 in Entrance Security Grants by the OFCC ($5,000 for each building) to improve safety and security.

DISTRICT NAMED AMONG “BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION” IN NATION FOR 9TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

PrintThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has announced that Olmsted Falls School District made the list of 2015 Best Communities for Music Education. This prestigious designation honors districts for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders that make music education a priority.

Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of schools’ core curriculum.  NAMM evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.

Olmsted Falls School District is one of just 388 districts across the nation that received the honor this year; this is the ninth consecutive year it has received this honor.

“We are proud to again be among those districts designated ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ in the country,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  “As a ‘Triple A’ school district focused on providing our students with a well-rounded educational experience that includes academics, arts and athletics, it is especially rewarding to receive this honor acknowledging the strength and quality of our music program.”

Congratulations to staff, students and the community for supporting music education in our schools!

FOUR OF FIVE OFHS ENSEMBLES ADVANCE TO STATE COMPETITION

band photoOlmsted Falls High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Treble Choir, Wind Ensemble and Chorale competed March 13th and 14th at the Ohio Music Education Association Large Group Adjudicated Event for High School Band and Choir.

In unprecedented school history, four of the five ensembles that competed qualified with a superior rating, advancing them to State level competition. Congratulation to all students who participated!  We are very proud of you.

Upcoming OFHS music events include April 17: ProMusic Festival/Competition at Tiffin University-Golden Expressions; April 24/25: Big Fish-Spring Musical; May 1/2: State Choir/Band Competition; May 7: Spring Band Concert; May 14: Pops Concert (choirs); May 25: Memorial Day Parade; May 27: Baccalaureate Ceremony and May 28: Commencement Exercises.

OFMS POWER OF THE PEN TEAMS MAKE THEIR MARK!

Regional 2015 Sweepstakes

Olmsted Falls Middle School Power of the Pen Team—winners of the 2015 Regional Sweepstakes trophy! Back row: Miss Scalley, Nicole Latona, Kayla Kippes, Jamie Bridle, Morgan Luke, Emma Andrus, Mrs. Hicks Front row: Ashley Rice, Summer Stevens, Ally Rice, Lauren Gumeny, Kristen Miller, Emily Kasl

On Saturday, March 14, the 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams traveled to St. Joseph Academy for the second creative writing tournament of the season.  Both teams had a fantastic day!  The 7th grade team won 1st place and 8th grade took 3rd place.  Together, the 7th and 8th grade teams also took home the coveted Sweepstakes trophy!

Congratulations to the Power of the Pen teams for their tremendous successes at Regionals!

7th graders: Emily Kasl, Kayla Kippes, Nicole Latona, Rhiannon Lloyd, Kristen Miller (who came in 4th place and won a Best of Round award!), Ashley Rice (who came in 13th place!), Neil Spooner and Summer Stevens.

8th graders: Emma Andrus (who came in 2nd place!), Jamie Bridle, Lauren Gumeny (who won a Best of the Best award!), Morgan Luke, Cameron Nelson, Ally Rice, Jillian Scott and Victoria Steiert.

Special thanks to Mr. Gumeny for photographing this event!

TWO OFHS WRESTLERS EARN ALL-OHIO STATUS

Wrestling Brice and Noel

Noel Caraballo and Brice Locklear competed in the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament. They both earned All-Ohio ranking.

Noel began the tournament with three straight wins, catapulting him into the OHSAA State finals.  He was the 15th wrestling in OF history to reach the State Finals match.  He was the aggressor the entire match, but surrendered a takedown in overtime – falling just short of a championship. He finished as the 220-pound Division 1 runner-up and had a 51-3 record.

After losing his first match to the eventual State Champ, Brice rattled off four straight victories, earning the chance to wrestle for third place.  He fell just short in his final match, but he still came away with a fourth-place finish in the 152-pound weight class in Division 1. He ended his season with a 53-5 record. His 53 wins are the most wins ever in a season for Olmsted Falls.

Brice and Noel’s performances helped our OFHS wrestling team finish in 16th place, breaking the top 20 in the state for the first time since 2004.

OFHS KERRI GASPER NAMED TO 2ND TEAM ALL-OHIO

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Congratulations to OFHS basketball player Kerri Gasper who was named to the 2nd Team All-Ohio. The senior earned the accolade this year while averaging the following stats per game: 15.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 2.2 assists and 0.3 blocks. She also shot 82 percent from the free throw line. Kerri scored her 1,000th career point this season and scored 1,154 total points in her career.

She will play in the GCBCA All-Star game at 7:15 p.m. March 31st at Rocky River High School.

Kerri will continue her basketball career while attending the University of Evansville in southern Indiana. Good luck, Kerri.

OFMS GRADE 8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM ARE SWC CHAMPS

boys grade 8 basketballThe eighth-grade boys conference basketball team produced a great season and won the 2015 SWC Championship.

The Bulldogs recorded a perfect 14-0 record in the conference, including two exciting victories in the post-season tournament.

Throughout the season, the boys exhibited great teamwork as well as an ability to overcome adversity. This “never give up” attitude helped the team in its come-from-behind wins in both tournament games.   In the Championship game, the Bulldogs overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half to beat Berea, 49-47.

Team members area (bottom row) Teddy Grendzynski, Chuck Backus, Michael Fritz, Drew Higginbotham, Jack Spellacy, (top row) Ryan Higginbotham, Austin Stefan, Sam Lofton, Dylan Reines, Braden Galaska, Gavin Dietrich, Eric Hanna and Coach John Holzworth.

Congratulations on an exciting season.

OF GRADE 5 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM HAS PERFECT SEASON

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The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School girls fifth-grade basketball team are regular and playoff champs!  They earned a 13-0 season and are Lake Erie Basketball League champs in their division.

Congratulations to players Lauren Noerenbreg, Aubrey Martinez, Madison Sagerman, Ashley Zelenskas, Delaney Bielski, Aubrey Thiel, Christina Cox, Katie Voisinet, Mallory Olitsky, Sara Glover and coaches Mike Thiel and Monte Cox.

RECYCLING IS THE FOCUS FOR OFIS GREEN TEAM

green team photoThe Green Team at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School has been very active this year.  You will see one part of that effort soon emerging from the ground.  Students planted hundreds of flower bulbs – and three trees – outside the school’s main entrance.  They also recycled thousands of juice pouches and chips bags and promote Waste Free Wednesdays where students have reduced the lunch time waste from 280 pounds to less than 200 pounds on most days. They also created hundreds of bookmarks made from reused cereal boxes and are reusing thousands of plastic lids on several craft projects.

Students are gearing up for Earth Day next month by having an April 15th Zero Waste Lunch, planting flower seeds in reused plastic egg cartons to plant later in the front entrance garden and sponsoring a Goodwill clothing drive, which can be found in a separate blog item.

You can help the Green Team by sending your juice pouches, chip bags, clean plastic lids and plastic egg carton containers to OFIS.  We appreciate your support.

HEALTHY HEROES KEEP KIDS PRACTICING HEALTHY HABITSHealthy hero Falls Lenox February 2015

Congratulations to Mackenzie Stevens, the Falls-Lenox Healthy Hero for February.  The first grader is pictured here with Lisa Bartsche, the school’s library assistant.

Healthy Hero teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. The Hero earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too.

Each month one Healthy Hero from ECC and Falls-Lenox are selected from a drawing and receive a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP FINAL SCHEDULING MEETINGS IS THURSDAY, MARCH 26 

CC+Students who have placed into College Credit Plus courses based on COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores have one more opportunity to attend a group scheduling meeting with a parent.
The final meeting is MARCH 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the OFHS library. At the meeting we will review College Credit Plus in more detail and how the college courses work in a student schedule.  Current PSO students need not attend this meeting and will meet with their grade level counselor. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college and career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

2015 OF BASEBALL EARLY-BIRD SPRING TRAINING CAMP

baseball2cjpg-9e254f0fa2cc45ad_largeWhen: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Where: Olmsted Falls High School

Times:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Who: Grades 1-8

Cost: $25.00

The camp will be supervised by the Olmsted Falls Baseball Staff and the Varsity Baseball Team. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching, and fielding skills will be taught. Come and join us and get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season.

 All participants should wear cleats and baseball pants/sweatpants and bring tennis shoes (in case we move indoors) and ALL baseball equipment (glove, bat, and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher, etc). We plan to be outdoors but depending on weather, may have to move indoors.  Plan accordingly.

SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE REMINDER

spring clip artSpring break is NEXT WEEK!  

Spring break week begins this Monday, March 30th and runs through Monday, April 6th.   

School will resume on Tuesday, April 7th.

Have a safe and enjoyable break!

DON’T FORGET TO SECURE YOUR SUMMER SPOT AT CAMP INVENTION !

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Are you curious? Are you a gadget maker or taker-apart?  Do you and your friends like to create and build?  Camp Invention may be for you! Camp Invention is an innovative, week-long summer camp that provides students in grades 1-6 with a hands-on, interactive program that the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame inspired.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at Falls-Lenox School. To view the online flyer, click HERE. Registration is online at www.campinvention.org.

Scholarship funds are available. If you have a financial need, please contact us so we can help you join us at camp.  Questions?  Contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

OFMS ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO LEUKEMIA/LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

Pasta for PenniesOlmsted Falls Middle School homerooms are competing for a delicious lunch from Olive Garden. The “Pasta for Pennies” competition is now occurring through March 27. Students are collecting monetary donations to raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. The winning homeroom will enjoy a lunch complete with salad, pasta and breadsticks that Olive Garden will serve.

If you are interested in donating to this cause, visit the school’s fundraising page by clicking HERE.

OFIS GREEN TEAM SPONSORS CLOTHING DRIVE IN APRIL

ProjectRecycle2015_SavetheDate_CLE_West_V2Are you doing some Spring cleaning this month? How about recycling your gently-worn coats, shirts, pants and other items to the OFIS Green Team’s Clothing Recycling Drive? Place the clothing in a bag for the drive that runs from April 13th-17th.

The purpose of this program, which is in cooperation with Goodwill and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, is to educate students on the importance of reusing and recycling, while supporting Goodwill’s mission of improving the quality of life and employment opportunities for people. To view a flyer, click HERE.

ANNUAL COMBINED MEETING OF OFIS PTA & FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA IS TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST 

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The rescheduled combined meeting of OFIS PTA and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA is on Tuesday, April 21st.  OFIS PTA welcomes all parents of current third graders to the OFIS cafeteria at 6 p.m. for dinner and a tour of the school.  Principal Mr. Svec will be there to answer questions.  The combined meeting of OFIS and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTAs will follow at 7 p.m.

For the latest news from OFIS PTA, follow us on http://www.ofispta.wordpress.com, www.facebook.com/OFISPTA and www.tritter.com/OFISPTA.

UNITED STATES  SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINAR SPONSORED BY SENATORS SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN – SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH

United States Service Academy Seminars Sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join us for an informational session. Saturday, April 25, 2015. Horizon Science Academy. 6000 South Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH 44103. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend by calling an Academy Coordinator at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-6446 then press 1.

HELPING HANDS WILL TAKE PULL TABS TO RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald houseHelping Hands will visit the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, April 2nd, which is during Spring break.

We will take a prepared meal to the residents. Having regular meals provided help families in many ways.  It eliminates the burden of making time to prepare food, thus allowing families to spend more time with their hospitalized child.  It also removes the financial hardship of buying groceries or eating out and offers healthy options for families.

We will also drop off the aluminum pull tabs that were collected this school year. If you regularly collect pull tabs and would like us to drop them off for you, please mark them “Helping Hands” and drop them off at OFHS by Friday, March 27th They collect aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) and work with a local recycler to turn the tabs into money for their Family Fund. This fund helps support the families who stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies and giving families special moments – like small gifts for children if they have a birthday while at the House.  Last year more than 15,000 pounds of pull tabs generated over $7,500 for RMH!

Click HERE for a pull tab collection label if you would like to collect tabs for us through March 27th.  Thank you for supporting our local Ronald McDonald House.

ORDER YOUR HONEYBAKED HAM THROUGH ANNUAL OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SALE TODAY!

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive Team presents its Spring 2015 HoneyBaked Ham Sale. The online orders are available until March 27th.

To order, go to http://honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-1134-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx. Proceeds go to the swim and dive team.  Pick up is from 4-7 p.m. April 2nd @ the OFHS band entrance. Call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405 with any questions.

FUN, GAMES AND WALK TO CURE CANCER AT FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL

clownFalls-Lenox invites all to attend its A Carnival for a Cure from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 24th.

The carnival supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  All proceeds from the carnival benefit the ACS June 6-7 2015 Olmsted Relay for Life through the Falls-Lenox for a Cure Team.

Have fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge your principal. Enjoy a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. Walk a mile or more and earn lap beads. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.

COMMUNITY

pancake breakfast2THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH – KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY!  

pancake breakfastJoin the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club for its annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!  This year’s event is scheduled for THIS Sunday, March 29th from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.  All you can eat pancakes and french toast, plus sausage, juice and/or coffee. Tickets will be available at the door and also at First Federal of Lakewood at 26908 Cook Road in Olmsted Township.  Tickets are only $6 each and EVERY meal ticket purchase is automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HDX!  (You don’t have to be present to win.)  All proceeds benefit our local communities.  Kids under 3 eat free. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, plus Chinese Raffle Prizes!  Don’t miss this great community event!

OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS – SPRING BREAK SAMPLER CAMP

OPA - Spring Break Camp FlyerMarch 30-April from 10 a.m. to noon each day.  $80/child

From 3/30-4/3 – the week of Spring Break –  why not keep your kiddos active and engaged at OPA’s Spring Break Sampler Camp. This 2-hour daily camp features art, gymnastics, dance, music and theatre activities. Each day is divided into two 50-minute sessions, with a 20-minute snack break in the middle. Students are responsible for providing their own snacks and drinks.  Families registering multiple children will receive a 10-percent discount.  To view a flyer, click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION NOW UNDERWAY THROUGH APRIL 3RD

soccerOnline registration for the Spring 2015 Olmsted Falls Soccer Association’s is occurring now. To register, go to www.olmstedsoccer.com.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS APRIL 3RD!

Practices begin the week of April 13th and play, from April 18th through June 6th. Teams practice one day a week with games on Saturdays.  Players must be 4 years old by April 18th.  Divisions available are preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2/3, grade 4/5, junior high and high school.

This recreational program is a community league with an emphasis on instruction. It is open to all Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and surrounding community players from age 4 through grade 12.  Teams are organized by age and grade, coaches by volunteer parents and assigned randomly.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL REGISTRATION

BaseballSoftballOlmsted Community Summer League is accepting registrations for baseball/softball without a late fee until March 31, 2015.  Late registrations with a $20 fee will be accepted until April 15, 2015. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at http://www.olmstedcc.com.

OCSL is excited to introduce our new Travel Slow-Pitch Softball league for our Girls Intermediate division ages 9-11.  Half the games will be played in Olmsted Falls while the other half will be played in Middleburg Hts and Brookpark against their girls Junior League ages 10-12.  If you have any questions about this new travel league then please contact league rep Shelly Bernes at slbernes@aol.com.

Please register soon for all of our boys/girls and adult leagues before registration closes.

OCC DanceOLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS PRESCHOOL DANCE CLASSES

Introduce preschoolers, ages 2-5 to ballet and creative movement with these great classes on Thursday mornings: Dancing Ballerina’s (ages 2-3) 9-9:45a.m., Dancing Fairies (age 4) 10-10:45a.m., and Dancing Stars (age 5) 11-11:45a.m. Dance classes begin April 9th for a 6-week session held in the dance room at the Olmsted Community Center.

For more details, call the OCC at 440-427-1599 or register at www.olmstedcc.com.

SIGN UP FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM

swim raceThe Falls Pointe Swim Team registration is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19th. It is open to any Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township resident.

Team members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. It’s guaranteed your kids will have a blast this summer. Some fun activities include Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is that you must be able to swim independently across the pool.  For more details, go to its website by clicking HERE.

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

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

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Parent Update – March 12, 2015

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FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS GET CREATIVE WITH SCIENCE UPCYCLING PROJECT

OFIS 5th grade science students in Mrs. Atkins’ class were offered an extra credit assignment. They were to create an Upcycled project.  Instead of throwing everyday items away, like tissue boxes, 2-liter bottles, cans, etc. the students were to REUSE the items and turn them into something useful. They created banks, desk organizers, bird feeders, vases, and many other unique things.

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The students learned that many things people consider trash can actually be turned into something useful and help conserve our resources!!

THIRD GRADERS SHARE REPORTS ON FAMOUS PEOPLE

class-croppedFalls-Lenox third graders have been working on their research and writing skills. They prepared their research presentation and dressed up as their famous person for the Wax Museum.  Parents and guests visited various ‘wax museum’ presenters and heard about their lives and DSCN0468accomplishments. The third graders had a lot of fun learning about their famous people and sharing their research reports.

To view the Wax Museum photo gallery, please click HERE.

ECC THANKS ATTENDEES FOR ITS BOOK FAIR SUCCESS

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ECC book fair 2A big “Thank You” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center Book Fair. There were many Itty Bitty Bulldogs in attendance at the family night.  There was even a guest appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and his friend, Emily Elizabeth!  What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children to become life-long readers.

A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for providing great volunteers who helped work the Fair all week.

ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT OGT WEEK & LATE START SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK!

ohio graduation test logoThe Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) will be administered next week (March 16-20, 2015).  All 10th grade students will be required to attend each day of the OGT testing. Students are to report to their assigned homeroom promptly by 7:30 a.m.   Students who are retesting will receive a letter from Guidance and will be reporting to the Media Center.

Students must pass all five sections of the test (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Citizenship and Science) in order to receive an Olmsted Falls High School diploma.  Students have received OGT test preparation since their freshman year as part of their language arts, social studies, science and math classes.  Students may also utilize the Ohio Department of Education website for additional OGT test preparation.  The following web address in parentheses will give your student access to the resources from the Ohio Department of Education that will aid in preparation for the tests. (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio-Graduation-Test-OGT).

Students in ninth grade must report to school by 7:26 a.m. for the PARCC Language Arts Test being administered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All ninth graders will be given room assignments by their Language Arts teacher this week.

During OGT week, students in grades 11 and 12 need to report to school no later than 9:55 a.m. when Homeroom will begin.

OGT WEEK BUS SCHEDULES:

There will be two morning bus runs for High School students.

  • The first run is the normal AM HS pick-up, which will transport ninth and 10th graders and any other students needed to arrive at OFHS by 7:30 a.m. for OGT. Students involved in OGT testing or PARCC Assessments should plan to be at their regular bus stops at their normal a.m. pick-up time.
  • The second morning run (10 routes) will begin at 8:45 a.m. to transport all other OFHS students (not taking OGT or PARCC). OFHS students NOT involved in testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at 8:45 a.m. Bus pick-up times will vary based on location with most pick-ups occurring between 8:45-9 a.m.

Please note:  Polaris and non-public transfer buses will depart OFHS at 7:05 a.m. as usual.

ECC HEALTHY HERO FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY

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Congratulations to Ava Rose who is February’s ECC Healthy Hero. She is pictured here with her mom Mrs. Janet Guzik and teacher Mrs. Laurie Roberto.

The program teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. The Hero earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too.

Each month one Healthy Hero from ECC and Falls-Lenox are selected from a drawing and receive a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.

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OFSD’s HELPING HANDS PARENT NETWORKING PRESENTS PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Olmsted Falls School District’s Helping Hands Parent Networking has partnered with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities to present:

Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities

March 18, 2015 6:30-7:30 p.m.  CCBDD Logo

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Media Center

27043 Bagley Rd., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138

Representatives from CCBDD will present on eligibility for services and supports for students with disabilities. This program is designed for parents of children with developmental disabilities.

Child care is available upon request. Please email Mariel Krakowiak (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net) with the number and ages of the children requiring care. Child care is provided by High School and Middle School Helping Hands students. Child care is located in the sensory room which is near the Media Center.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please check the HH blog for updates:

http://helpinghandsofcs.wordpress.com

STUDENTS USE THEIR CREATIVITY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK

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Students in Pre-engineering classes took their talents to the task in celebrating National Engineers Week February 22nd through the 28th.

They built newspaper stands, some holding as much as 60 pounds and water crafts powered only by rubber bands. The celebration showed how engineers make a difference in our world, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers and brings engineering to life for students, educators and parents.

For information about Engineers Week or engineering in general, click HERE.  To view photos of the week, click HERE.

MASQUERS PARENTS TO MEET THIS MONDAY, MARCH 16TH

Masquers LogoThe Masquers Parent meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16th in the choir room, which is Room W3.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BOOKS AND MORE AT THE OFMS BOOK SALE NEXT WEEKbook _fair

OFMS will have a Scholastic Book Fair from March 16th-20th. The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All book fair profits will go toward new books for the school’s Media Center.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP SCHEDULING MEETINGS:  MARCH 16 & 26

CC+Students who have placed into College Credit Plus courses based on COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores have two more opportunities to attend ONE group scheduling meeting with a parent.
The final two meetings are scheduled for March 16th and 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the OFHS library. At the meeting we will review College Credit Plus in more detail and how the college courses work in a student schedule.  Current PSO students need not attend this meeting and will meet with their grade level counselor. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college and career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

JUNIORS: COLLEGE VISIT/JOB SHADOW DAY IS NEXT WEEK

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

ARMED SERVICE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT @ OFHS 3/20

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

OFIS PTA MEETING NOW SET FOR MARCH 20TH

PTAMark your calendars to attend the upcoming OFIS PTA meeting that has been moved from Tuesday, March 17th to Friday, March 20th. It is at 8 a.m. in the OFIS Media Center.  Please note this is a morning meeting. Join us for an 8 a.m. breakfast, followed by the 8:15 a.m. meeting.

There will be many volunteer opportunities available for the spring “rush” that is soon to come as well as the announcement of the nominees for the Executive Board next school year.

The combined meeting of OFIS PTA and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA previously scheduled for March 17th is now on Tuesday, April 21st.  OFIS PTA welcomes all parents of current third graders to the OFIS cafeteria at 6 p.m. for dinner and a tour of the school.  Principal Mr. Svec will be there to answer questions.  The combined meeting of OFIS and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTAs will follow at 7 p.m.

For the latest news from OFIS PTA, follow us on http://www.ofispta.wordpress.com, www.facebook.com/OFISPTA and www.tritter.com/OFISPTA.

CAMP INVENTION DISCOUNT ENDS SOON!

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Are you curious? Are you a gadget maker or taker-apart?  Do you and your friends like to create and build?  Camp Invention may be for you! Camp Invention is an innovative, week-long summer camp that provides students in grades 1-6 with a hands-on, interactive program that the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame inspired.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at Falls-Lenox School. To view the online flyer, click HERE. Registration is online at www.campinvention.org.

Students registering BY MARCH 20th will receive a $25 discount. Scholarship funds are available. If you have a financial need, please contact us so we can help you join us at camp.  Questions?  Contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINARS SPONSORED BY SENATORS SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN

Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join an informational session on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Horizon Science Academy. 6000 South Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH 44103. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend by calling an Academy Coordinator at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-6446 then press 1.

HELPING HANDS WILL TAKE PULL TABS TO RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald houseHelping Hands will visit the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, April 2nd, which is during Spring break.

We will take a prepared meal to the residents. Having regular meals provided help families in many ways.  It eliminates the burden of making time to prepare food, thus allowing families to spend more time with their hospitalized child.  It also removes the financial hardship of buying groceries or eating out and offers healthy options for families.

We will also drop off the aluminum pull tabs that were collected this school year. If you regularly collect pull tabs and would like us to drop them off for you, please mark them “Helping Hands” and drop them off at OFHS by Friday, March 27th They collect aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) and work with a local recycler to turn the tabs into money for their Family Fund. This fund helps support the families who stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies and giving families special moments – like small gifts for children if they have a birthday while at the House.  Last year more than 15,000 pounds of pull tabs generated over $7,500 for RMH!

Click HERE for a pull tab collection label if you would like to collect tabs for us through March 27th.  Thank you for supporting our local Ronald McDonald House.

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Those wanting to tryout for the Golden Bullettes Drill Team should attend the 7 p.m. April 28th informational meeting.  It will be in the OFHS Room W-3. Please bring a parent.

SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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 Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming Kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to children as they practice real-life situations.
Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program. Class sizes are limited and held at Falls-Lenox Elementary School with hands-on practice. Sessions run in the morning and afternoon during either June 8-12, June 15-19 and June 22-26.  For more details see the flyer and registration form by clicking HERE.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORMS FOR 2015-2016 AVAILABLE ONLINE 

school busFor those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2015-16 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms will be Monday, June 15, 2015. 

For additional information and to view/download 2015-16 Alternate Transportation Forms, please click HERE and scroll down to the “About Alternate Transportation Requests” section.

A NIGHT AT THE RACES IS ROUNDING THE FINAL TURN AND HEADING HOME 

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

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

butter-braidsBUTTER BRAID PICK-UP IS MARCH 18TH @ OFIS

Butter Braid Pastry order pick-up is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th from 4-7 p.m. at OFIS.  All those who placed orders for these delicious treats through Olmsted Falls PTA Council’s annual fundraising sale should mark your calendars for March 18th.

OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SPRING HONEYBAKED HAM SALE ORDERS

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive Team presents its Spring 2015 HoneyBaked Ham Sale. The online orders are available until March 27th.

To order, go to http://honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-1134-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx. Proceeds go to the swim and dive team.  Pick up is from 4-7 p.m. April 2nd @ the OFHS band entrance. Call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405 with any questions.

 

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL OFFERS ADULTS NIGHT OUT THIS SATURDAY

The community is invited to attend the Olmsted Community Preschool’s Adults Night Out fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14th. It is at Razzles/Rockers Café, 27128 Bagley Road. The cost is $20 per person. The price includes all-you-can-eat pizza/wings and limited beverages.  There will be a DJ, Chinese raffle and more. Tickets are available at the door or contact the preschool office by phone, 440-235-3869, or email ocprschl@aol.com.

SUMMER LEAGUE HAS IN-HOUSE SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY @ OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

BaseballSoftballThe Olmsted Community Summer League will offer an in-house registration from 1-4 p.m. THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15th @ Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.   If unable to attend, you also may register through the center via online at http://www.olmstedcc.com/. You also may view the league’s newsletter and flyer on that website. This information also is available at ocslinfo.org. Those signing up after March 31st will incur a late fee charge. Registration deadline is April 15, with the season beginning June 1.

The league also is offering a co-ed adult slow-pitch softball league. You may register as an individual or as a team at olmstedcc.com. Contact the center, 440-427-1599, with questions.

ENJOY THIS WRITING EXPERIENCE AT OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY
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Writer Visit: Rhonda Helms
Date: 03/18/2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Attention aspiring writers!  Engage in some quick and fun writing activities to get your creative ideas going with author and editor Rhonda Helms.The program is for grades 6-12. To sign up, click HERE

STOP BY THE CITY OF OLMSTED FALLS’ OPEN HOUSE

olmsted falls city hall pixThe city of Olmsted Falls’ second Open House is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22nd.   Residents can meet the administrative staff, City Council members and members of the police, fire and service departments.

There will be light refreshments and music. A ground-breaking ceremony will occur at 2 p.m. for the new Senior Center that will be located in City Hall.

BOY SCOUTS FLIP PANCAKES AT ANNUAL BREAKFAST

Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 252The Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 252 will have its annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22nd in St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

Donations will be accepted at the all-you-can-eat-pancakes with all the fixin’s.

SIGN UP FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM

swim raceThe Falls Pointe Swim Team registration is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19th. It is open to any Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township resident.

Team members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. It’s guaranteed your kids will have a blast this summer. Some fun activities include Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is that you must be able to swim independently across the pool.  For more details, go to its website by clicking HERE.

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Parent Update – March 6, 2015

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FALLS-LENOX IS “WILD ABOUT READING!”

Wild about reading 1Falls-Lenox kicked off this year’s Right-To-Read Week with an entertaining storytelling assembly that Michelle Todd, children’s librarian from the CCPL’s Olmsted Falls branch, presented. An interactive “Virtual Visit” with author/illustrator Steve Harpster was broadcast onto classroom Smart Boards in real-time, allowing students and teachers to actively participate in his educational and entertaining presentation based on his series of drawing books.

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Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was one of many special guest readers visiting classrooms throughout the week.

Students enjoyed special guest readers, ‘wild hair day’ and dressing up in their jungle print clothes. Because they reached their goal of reading an extra 75,000 minutes last week, kids were treated to Miss “Tiger” Longville and Mrs. “Gorilla” Barrett visiting each classroom wearing their ‘Jungle Best.’

The ECC/Falls-Lenox PTA made this year’s RTR Week possible by its generosity and donated time. A special thanks to Jen Vinci, Jennifer Tedeschi, Patty Voisnet and many volunteers including Glen Gardinsky and Anissa Pletcher for a wild and wonderful week.  

To view the Falls-Lenox RTRW photo gallery, please click HERE.

 OFHS IS FIRST BAND TO PLAY WITH BW CONSERVATORY BAND
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 The Bulldog band hit another first this year.
This past Saturday, it was the first high school band to be invited to share the stage with the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory Band. 
Under the direction of Mrs. Julie Budd, the band was invited to attend a master class with BW’s Dr. Brendan Caldwell, its Conservatory’s director of bands, and then joined the Conservatory Symphonic Band in the evening.
Dr. Caldwell was quoted in his description of the Wind Ensemble:  They were “receptive” to his points, “played terrific to challenging pieces” and they are a “powder keg. . . ready to be ignited.” He said the vision of BW Wind Band family is to do concerts with “particular, distinguished high schools from North America.” Olmsted Falls is the first high school in this endeavor. The second high school will be Markam High School from Ontario, Canada. The evening was a very special opportunity for the students and they were very excited to perform on the Conservatory stage.

We wish them luck as they head to Large Group Adjudicated Contest on March 14th at Elyria Senior High.

The band was featured recently in the Olmsted Dates and Data column in the Sun Post-Herald. To read the column, click HERE.

OFHS ATHLETES EXERCISE WITH ECC KIDS

OFHS senior volleyball player Jordan Jaeckin teaches more than basic volleyball moves to Angela McNeeley 's kindergarten class as part of an exercise experience during the ECC's Wellness Week.

OFHS senior volleyball player Jordan Jaeckin teaches volleyball moves to Angela McNeeley ‘s kindergarten class.

ECC classes had special guests during its February 23th Wellness Week.

OFHS seniors Jordan Jaeckin and Mallory Bridle, who are in Mr. Ron Goodwin’s Teaching Professions class, taught a lesson about exercise and sports.  They did such a wonderful job that ECC is looking forward to continuing this collaboration with Mr. Goodwin and his students. In fact, several of his students are scheduled already to come during Right To Read Week to read in the preschool and kindergarten classes.

To view a photo gallery of some of the activities, click HERE.

IMG_3262OFMS WEB LOCK-IN EARNS HIGH FIVES

Students had an amazing time hanging out with friends, playing games and dancing the night away at the WEB Lock-in.

A special “Thank You” to the parents who donated items for the raffle, the staff who donated their time and for our ROCK STAR WEB LEADERS for such a great year.

 To view the 2015 WEB Lock-In photo gallery, please click HERE.

THANK YOU PTA!  $50,000+ IN DONATIONS FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS LAST YEAR!

PTADID YOU KNOW?  Olmsted Falls School District is home to five amazing PTA units as well as an active PTA Council.  Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, Olmsted Falls PTAs were responsible for more than $50,000 worth of event, programming and support for Olmsted Falls School District, its staff and its students!  Following is a brief summary illustrating the 2013-2014 school year donations:

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood PTA:  $6,000

Safety Town, Scholarships, Adopt-A-Family, Heritage Days Parade, Reflections

Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood PTA:  $17,465

Third Grade graduation, Book Fair/Ice Cream Social, Bulldog Party Rock, Field Day, Field Trips, Playhouse Square, Programs & Assemblies, Publishing Company, Right to Read Week, Scholarships, Staff Appreciation

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA: $16,002

Book exchange, Right to Read Week, School Holiday Parties, Socials, Reflections, Scholarships, Field Day, Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, 5th Grade Luau, Student Activity Fund

Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA: $6,700

Student Awards, Field Trips, Student Social Events, Staff Appreciation, Scholarships, Reflections, Washington, D.C.

Olmsted Falls High School PTA: $6,225

Prom, Post-Prom, Staff Appreciation, Scholarships, Talent Show

Olmsted Falls PTA Council: $2,079

High School Scholarships, Staff Welcome, Reflections

2013-2014 TOTAL:  $54,471

GRADE 4 GIRLS BLUE BASKETBALL TEAM HAS PERFECT SEASON
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The fourth grade girls Blue basketball team won its 10 league games and five tournaments, including a fourth and fifth grade tournament!  Team members enjoyed a perfect record.

Coaches Dawn Moses and Kim Urban are extremely proud of the teamwork the girls showed and how they each reached their individual goals.

Team members include Kylee Urban, Sydney Moses, Paige Kohler, Mia Kalich, Claire Harries, Ally Kronik, Kayla Bauer, Leah Allman, Kendall Getz and Haley Zgodzinski. Congrats, girls.

  

A HUGE THANKS TO ALL FOR DANCE 4 CHARITY SUCCESS

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Special thanks to guest speaker Justin Bachman, founder of Honor Good Deeds, who helped kick off this year’s event with an inspirational speech. Thanks Justin!

D4C-5To all who participated, volunteered and donated to Dance 4 Charity, thank you. The total amount of money raised was $12,000! The 14 dance teams raised $9,000 between the four local charities – Connecting for Kids, CTSF, OFCS Special Olympics and The Upside of Downs. Concessions, raffle and general admission collected $3,000 for the organization.

Olmsted Falls truly is a caring community. The OFCS special needs families are lucky to be surrounded by such caring families, friends and community, but also making a difference in the lives of other families by supporting events like this one.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD . . . TO END THE WORD

pledge to show respectThe community is invited to become a fan of respect and join Helping Hands in an ongoing campaign to stop the use of the R-word and pledge #Respect for everyone.

More than 500,000 people have pledged their support online since the campaign launched in 2009. We hope you can join us by making your pledge to end the use of the R-word.

OFCS created a video to support the campaign. Please view it and feel free to share it. To view the video, click HERE.

Visit http://www.r-word.org/ and take the pledge. Pass the link along to all your friends so together we can create communities of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

PRESEASON PARENT MEETING FOR OFHS TRACK & FIELD – THIS TUES., MARCH 10TH

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

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

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OFMS will have a Scholastic Book Fair from March 16th-20th.

The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All book fair profits will go toward new books for the school’s Media Center.

MASQUERS PARENTS TO MEET MONDAY, MARCH 16TH

Masquers LogoThe Masquers Parent meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16th in the choir room, which is Room W3.

We look forward to seeing you there.

SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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 Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming Kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to children as they practice real-life situations.
Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program. Class sizes are limited and held at Falls-Lenox Elementary School with hands-on practice. Sessions run in the morning and afternoon during either June 8-12, June 15-19 and June 22-26.  For more details see the flyer and registration form by clicking HERE.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORMS FOR 2015-2016 AVAILABLE ON-LINE 

school busFor those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2015-16 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms will be Monday, June 15, 2015. 

For additional information and to view/download 2015-16 Alternate Transportation Forms, please click HERE and scroll down to the “About Alternate Transportation Requests” section.

 
 COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP SCHEDULING MEETINGS
CC+Students who have placed into College Credit Plus courses based on COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores MUST attend ONE group scheduling meeting with a parent. At the meeting we will review College Credit Plus in more detail and how the college courses work in a student schedule. Preregistration for this meeting is not needed. Current PSO students need not attend this meeting and will meet with their grade level counselor. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college and career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.Meetings will be held in the high school library on the following days: March 9th, 2:20 p.m. and March 26th, 6 p.m.
TRI-C TO HOST COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS INFO NIGHTS
Qualified OF students may take a single course or enroll in a full-time schedule at Tri-C while working toward their high school diploma.  Many of these classes are TAG – Transfer Assurance Guide – courses, which carry the guarantee that credits will transfer to any of Ohio’s public institutions of higher learning.  To view a flyer about the dates and times of the informational nights, click HERE. They begin March 11th.

CHECK OUT VIDEO ON REGISTERING FOR OFHS 2015-16 CLASSES
scheduleOFHS counselors created a short video to review the scheduling process on how students register through PowerSchool for their 2015-16 classes.  To view the video, click HERE. Students will receive practice scheduling checklists and watch the video in their homerooms this week. Scheduling will be available only through Wednesday, March 11. Should a change be required after that time, students must contact their counselor personally for assistance.  OFHS counselors will be available through June 10th. Counselors will host extended hours for students and parents on Tuesday, June 9th from noon to 7 p.m. for any final course adjustments. All course changes for the 2015-2016 school year must be made by June 10th.
VOTE FOR OFHS STUDENT AS AMERICA’S FASHION IT GIRL
Teresa WangOFHS senior Teresa Wang is in the running to be America’s next Fashion IT Girl.  Fashion eCommerce Leaders, ASOS and Fame & Partners are sponsoring the contest.The grand prize winner receives a two-week paid intensive learning internship with Fame & Partners and ASOS in New York AND the chance to design a dream formal dress, made just for the winner ($1,000 value). Runner up prizes are spectacular, too. Click HERE, then scroll down and put in Teresa Wang in the search box to vote for her.

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

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

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

JUNIORS: GET READY FOR COLLEGE VISIT/JOB SHADOW DAY

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

ARMED SERVICE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT @ OFHS

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

CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR ARRIVES IN APRIL IN CLEVELAND

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

GOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAYgirl with pompoms

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

CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!

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

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

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

BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP IS MARCH 18TH @ OFIS

butter-braidsButter Braid Pastry order pick-up is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th from 4-7 p.m. at OFIS.  All those who placed orders for these delicious treats through Olmsted Falls PTA Council’s annual fundraising sale should mark your calendars for March 18th.  

For anyone who may have missed the sale, and is still interested in purchasing Butter Braids to serve at your upcoming spring events or as a special treat for your family, last-minute orders may be submitted BY EMAIL ONLY THROUGH NOON THIS MONDAY, MARCH 9TH.  Please email final order directly to triciao70@hotmail.com by noon on Monday.  Checks should be made to Olmsted Falls PTA Council. Click HERE to view a flyer and order form.  Please contact Tricia Vidovich, 440-785-9965 or triciao70@hotmail.com with questions.

Proceeds from this sale go toward OFHS senior scholarships and PTA Council activities. The group earns 40% profit on each item sold.

Thank you for your support!

OFIS ANNUAL MALLEY’S CANDY SALE IS ONLINE!

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 The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Malley’s Chocolates sale, which runs through March 30, is accepting ONLY online orders this year. A website is available specifically for OFIS. 

To connect to this site, click HERE  and share it with family and friends. The OFIS registration number is 4634. All orders totaling $60 receive free shipping to one address.

 All purchases made on the site will directly benefit student activities at OFIS.

OECPTA KIDS RESALE BARGAIN BONANZA IS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH

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

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

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

POST PROM TACO NIGHT IS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 7th 

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

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

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

ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

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

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

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

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ENJOY THIS WRITING EXPERIENCE AT OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY
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Writer Visit: Rhonda Helms
Date: 03/18/2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Attention aspiring writers!  Engage in some quick and fun writing activities to get your creative ideas going with author and editor Rhonda Helms.The program is for grades 6-12. To sign up, click HERE.

OF FASTPITCH OFFERS SKILLS CLINICS, PLAYER EVALUATIONS

12805177-vector-illustration-silhouette-of-a-fastpitch-softball-player-pitchingGirls ages 8-18 are invited to participate in skills clinics this month to get ready for the upcoming Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch season.  The first one is March 7, focusing on pitching. Coaches and members of the OFHS varsity team, Batting Coach Gary Saunders and members of the Baldwin Wallace University’s team will be on hand to offer instruction and work with the players.  To see a flyer detailing the clinic and dates, click HERE.

 

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

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

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

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

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

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Parent Update – February 27, 2015

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BULLDOG MARCHING BAND GLOWS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

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

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

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

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

READ THE LATEST OFMA NEWSLETTER

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

To view the Music Notes publication, click HERE.

BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS LATEST MASTER TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT

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

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

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

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

Congratulations again to Mrs. Carver and Mrs. Petro.

ECC STUDENT SELECTED AS ARTSONIA “ARTIST OF THE WEEK”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY 

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

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

VARSITY SOFTBALL ELECTED TO TOP STATEWIDE FASTPITCH COACHES ASSOCIATION POSTBaseballSoftball

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

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

Congratulations, Jim!

inclementweather1-300x264OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS CALAMITY DAY UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY:  FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OF HOCKEY SEES SECTIONAL ACTION THIS SATURDAY

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

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

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

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

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

VOTE FOR OFHS STUDENT AS AMERICA’S FASHION IT GIRL

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

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

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP SCHEDULING MEETINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PTA SELECTS REFLECTIONS WINNERS

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

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

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

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

Musical CompositionIntermediate: 1st Michael DiFilippo.

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

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

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

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

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

CHECK OUT VIDEO ON REGISTERING FOR OFHS 2015-16 CLASSES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUNIORS: GET READY FOR COLLEGE VISIT/JOB SHADOW DAY

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

ARMED SERVICE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT @ OFHS

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

CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR ARRIVES IN APRIL IN CLEVELAND

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

GOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAYgirl with pompoms

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

CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!

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

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

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

BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT

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

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

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

ADD BARGAIN BONANZA TO YOUR CALENDAR  

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

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

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

ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

OF FASTPITCH OFFERS SKILLS CLINICS, PLAYER EVALUATIONS

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

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

Here is the schedule:

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

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

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

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

For more details, contact olmstedgirlsfastpitch@gmail.com.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

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

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

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

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

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DISTRICT CLOSURE ALERT FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

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

Please stay safe and warm!

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Parent Update – February 20, 2015

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ALL FALLS-LENOX TEACHERS ARE WINNERS @ ETECH

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

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

VOTE FOR THIS OFMS STUDENT AS ARTIST OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

OFHS TAKES BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT

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

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

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

A NOTE FROM OFHS Principal Mrs. Schafer

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming scheduling timeline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly J. Schafer
Olmsted Falls High School, Principal

NO CLOWNING AROUND – “CIRCUS, CIRCUS” CONCERTS AWESOME

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

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

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

PRESEASON PARENT MEETING RESCHEDULED FOR OFHS TRACK AND FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

PARENTS: ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

girl with pompomsGOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAY

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

FLECC PTA MEETING IS THIS TUESDAY, FEB. 24TH

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

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

DEADLINE TO ORDER OF PTA PASTRY IS FEBRUARY 25!

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

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

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

BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT

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

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

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

ADD BARGAIN BONANZA TO YOUR CALENDAR  

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

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

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

 ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

Grades 5 and up.

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

OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS FITNESS CLASSES

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

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

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

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

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

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

JOIN THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY’S SEA OF BLUE CAMPAIGN!

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

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

BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY ACCEPTING MUSIC SUMMER CAMP SIGN UPS

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

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

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

For more details and applications, click HERE.

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