OFCS Update – September 15, 2017

 

BULLDOG BUDDIES PROGRAM RECOGNIZED

Bulldog Buddies Excellence in Volunteer ServiceBulldog Buddies from The Renaissance Retirement Community received the LeadingAge Excellence in Volunteer Service Award on September 14, 2017 for their service in the Bulldog Buddy program at Falls-Lenox. The Bulldog Buddies serve as mentors to elementary age students.

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The program was developed and is coordinated by Angie Butto, school counselor at Falls-Lenox. There are currently seventeen Bulldog Buddies at Falls-Lenox. Eight Bulldog Buddies and Angie Butto were presented with the award by LeadingAge in Columbus.

With the start of this new school year, the Bulldog Buddy Program at Falls-Lenox began its fifth year collaborating with Renaissance on this award-winning partnership! Thank you to all involved for your positive impact on the lives of students.


 

OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION MONTHLY MEETINGS

 

Did You Know The Olmsted Falls Board of Education Meets Monthly?

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education holds regular monthly meetings that typically occur on the third Thursday of each month. On occasion, the scheduled monthly meeting may take place on an alternate date. The most up-to-date schedule of monthly Board of Education meetings is always available on the district website at www.ofcs.net.

 

The monthly meeting for September is scheduled for this Tuesday, September 19th and will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Olmsted Falls Middle School. 

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontHighlighted topics at the September meeting will include:  High School construction update; review of ODE Data; review of maintenance projects completed over the summer and update on new cash analytic financial software.

Olmsted Falls Board of Education meetings are public meetings. Parents, students, staff and community residents are always welcome to attend.


 

OFHS Team Captains Thank Phil Moody, Shakers IGA

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Team captains representing OFHS fall athletic teams spent time earlier this week out and about in the community to express personal thanks to local companies that have donated to and support our Bulldogs!

 

Our captains caught up with longtime Bulldog supporter Phil Moody, owner of Shaker’s MarketPlace, inside the store to deliver their personal message of thanks!


HELPING HANDS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION

OFCSHH_LogoHelping Hands has a schedule of social events again this year.  Over the years, the number of peer models participating in these events has significantly increased. While the Helping Hands group is positively overwhelmed and humbled, it wants to ensure that the special events are sensory-friendly experiences for the children with disabilities.  As such, the Helping Hands will reserve spots per building for peer models to attend. This will ensure peer model participation while also being sensitive to the needs of special needs students.

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These special events include Football Tailgate, September 22nd; Holiday Party, December 1st; Basketball Social, January 19th; Movie and Game Night, April 20th and Special Olympics, May 11th.

The Tailgate activity encourages all to wear Bulldog gear and cheer the team on to victory.  It begins at 6 p.m. with food and fun. The cost is $3 for pizza, popcorn/chips and drink.  Please RSVP by this Tuesday, September 19th. To complete the form, click HERE.

Thank you for your understanding and continual support of our organization. If you have any questions, please email helpinghands@ofcs.net.


STUDENTS EARN ICE TRUCK VISIT FOR POSITIVE ACTIONS

Bus of the Month1The Bus of the Month Program is part of the district-wide PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports) System that identifies and recognizes students for making positive decisions to Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. Buses can earn points daily based upon student behavior.

student successFor the month of August, the ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS and OFMS collaborated to bring an ice cream truck from “Chris’ Ice Cream Treats” as a special treat for students whose buses earned the first Bus of the Month awards of the year.

More than 140 students were rewarded with an item of their choice from the truck, which visited each school building at the end of the school day.


CHECK OUT THE OFHS MARCHING BAND FIELD PERFORMANCES

student successbulldog over musical noteFootball season is here and so is the Pride of Olmsted Falls – the Bulldog Marching Band.  For quick links to recent performances, click on one of the links below and enjoy:

OFMAs’ first Musical Notes newsletter of the year – its September issue – is now available. It includes the 2017-18 officers, highlights on band-related personnel, action band photos and upcoming events on and off the field.  To read the latest OFMS news online now, please click HERE.

OFMA also has a website and Facebook page where performance footage and other information are available, including monthly newsletters.  To view the website click HERE and Facebook page, click HERE.


BULLDOG STAFF HONORED FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE

OFCSD recognized staff members for their years of service to the district and community at the annual opening day staff meeting to start the 2017-2018 school year.  Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 “Bulldog years” received acknowledgement before their peers for their contributions to the District’s success over the years. Honorees are listed alphabetically.

 

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30 Year Bulldog: John Holzworth

 

 

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25 Year Bulldogs (listed alphabetically): Lisa Cumming, Karen Gommel, Jill Saracina, Gale Novak, Pamela O’Conke & Sharon Stanczak.

 

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20 Year Bulldogs (listed alphabetically): Angela Andrews, Sandra Cibulskas, Dianne Elbert, Heather Hamilton, Cheryl Hennessey, Jeff Kho, Beth Looby, Pam Manas, Ken Novak, Stephanie Rivera, Lauri Roberto, JoAnna Ventimigilia & Richard Vormelker.

 

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15 Year Bulldogs (listed alphabetically): Kevin Ciolek, Sherry Foulkes, Steve Katherein, Thimi Kemock, Mariel Krakowiak, Donna Langenderfer, Joe Magrey, Kathy Meadows, Patricia Michaels, Laura Mileti & Kathleen Suvak.

 

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10 Year Bulldogs (listed alphabetically): Sandra Allen, Holly Andrus, Carol Binggeli, Michele Blair, Karen Cillo, Karen Dingfelder, Audrey Eckert, Lisa Hawk, Harold Haun, Jesse Judson, Kelly Judson, Tiffany Juergens, Kathryn LaMarca, Susan Laycock, Jennifer Lebanik, Angela McNelley, Anne Miskimins, Pamela Mueller, Lisa Palmison, Rachael Papa, Brigid Radigan, Chelsey Repicky & Michelle Weitzel.

Thank you to all of these dedicated Bulldog staff members for your ongoing commitment to the students and families of Olmsted Falls City Schools! 


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SAVE THE DATE: CANDIDATE FORUM OCTOBER 5TH SPONSORED BY OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL & KIWANIS

All residents of Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and the Olmsted Falls City School District are invited to join Olmsted Falls PTA Council and Kiwanis Club as they sponsor a Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 5th from 7-9 p.m.

This event will take place at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  Meet the candidates for Olmsted Falls Mayor, Olmsted Falls Council, Olmsted Township Trustee and the Olmsted Falls City School District Board of Education.


 

PTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVES CONTINUE ACROSS DISTRICT

PTADon’t miss the PTA membership currently underway way in all of our school buildings!

Several of our PTA units are offering the opportunity to complete your membership on-line this year!  To complete your PTA membership online now, please click on the appropriate building(s) below:

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA

OFIS PTA

OFMS PTA

To view additional information for all PTA Units, please click on the following links for 2017-2018 PTA Membership Brochures for each building:

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA

OFIS PTA

OFMS PTA

OFHS PTA

OECPTA (Olmsted Early Childhood PTA for our community’s youngest bulldogs who are not yet in school)


JOIN FORCES WITH THE OFHS PTA

Olmsted Falls High School PTA membership drive is now occurring.  This year’s theme is Star Wars – may the force be with  you and  your high school child this year.

Many parents have been members of PTAs throughout the years. As your children near the end of their Olmsted Falls schools career, these final years remain important to them – and you.  PTA provides many student opportunities , such as college scholarships, annual Talent Show, Battle of the Schools games and so many others.

Membership is only $7.  OFHS PTA’s first meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Media Center.

To download your invitation and membership  form, click HERE. To view a meeting schedule, click HERE.


ENJOY GOOD TIMES @ OFHS POST PROM CLAMBAKE

Join with OFHS Post Prom for some good food and great fun at its Clambake October 15th at the West Side Irish American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township.

The cost is $35 for an adult full meal, which includes clams, chicken, corn, yams, refreshment and dessert. Kids meals are $7 and include a hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. Extra clams are available for $9. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. with serving times from 1:30-3 p.m. Post Prom will have the Browns game televised, too.  Please see a Post Prom Representative for tickets or contact Anita Greller at OSUGRELLER@cox.net.

The last day to purchase tickets is October 5th.


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:

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@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)


 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS AFTER-SCHOOL HOMEWORK HELP

The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K-8. Students may receive assistance in language arts, math, reading, science, social studies and other subjects from the Library’s trained staff at no cost.  Stop in to meet the homework mentor and see if this professional free assistance is the answer for your family.

The Homework Mentor Open House is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20th at the OF Library on Mapleway Drive.


SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD MONTH 

The Cuyahoga County Public Library is celebrating National Library Card Month. Students in grades K-12 may apply for a free library card or have their fines forgiven on an existing card! If parents complete a survey, they can get $5 off their fines.  Visit the library’s website by clicking HERE for more information. http://cuyahogalibrary.org/Eve nts/Card4everyKid.aspx


USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT DRIVE NOW OCCURRING

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is holding another used sports equipment drive. Research shows that kids who have access to sports do better in school and have an overall higher level of well-being. Yet many children face barriers in participating in these sports, including the inability to purchase gear and equipment. DoSomething.org. and ESPN have put out a call for help and OFLAX is one of many organizations across the country that has answered.

From today until Friday, September 29th,  it will collect gently-used gear and equipment to donate to these under-served youth.

When: Donations are due Friday, September 29th

What: Any gently-used sports item, equipment (please, no jerseys or shoes)

Where: Drop off locations are:

  •  Falls PC Clinic, 25564 Bagley Road (across from St. Mary of the Falls)
  • Broadview Eye Center, Berea, 1318 W. Bagley Road (in the Suds plaza)

Pick up arrangements may be made by contacting Jodi Reid DeMarco.

The group’s last equipment drive collected more than 150 items that were delivered and then distributed to needy kids.  The group hopes to beat that record.  Please share among other groups and with friends.


 

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OFCS Update – August 31, 2017

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WELCOME BACK BULLDOGS!

OFCS Triple A LogoIt’s been a great start to the new school year so far!  OFCS would like to thank our Bulldog families for your help in achieving a smooth opening to the 2017-2018 school year.  We know it takes time to get your students prepared for a new school year.  From completing the required online registration updates to shopping for school supplies, thank you for all that you do!

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteOFCS will again be publishing regular updates to our District Blog, which you can visit anytime at https://ofalls.wordpress.com.

New this year, OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd will also be publishing a blog of his own with information on topics related to our school district as well as things happening in the broader education arena.  To read Dr. Lloyd’s first post and follow his blog, please visit http://ofcssuper.wordpress.com.

We also invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

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@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)


NO CLASSES THIS FRIDAY AND MONDAY, LABOR DAY

labor day clip artJust a reminder there will be NO SCHOOL for students tomorrow – Friday, September 1st  – due to the district’s scheduled staff development day.  There will also be NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

To view the 2017-2018 school year calendar online, click HERE.


DISTRICT TWITTER PAGE RECEIVES 1ST SCHOOL DAY PHOTOS

#OFBULLDOGSDAY1   Thanks to all who shared first day of schools photos via Twitter with @OFCSDistrict.  It was fun seeing all the smiling faces ready for school!

To view our gallery of first day photos, please click HERE.

Would you like your first day pics added to our gallery? It’s not too late! Simply Tweet your first day photos to @OFCSDistrict and include #OFBulldogsDay1.


VOTE NOW!  BULLDOGS UP FOR FOX8 “FRIDAY NIGHT TOUCHDOWN” GAME OF THE WEEKgameoftheweek

Let’s go Bulldogs! Tomorrow night’s OFHS Varsity Football match-up against Avon has been nominated for Week #2 of “Friday Night Touchdown’s” Game of the Week.

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Voting is still underway!

Click HERE NOW to cast your vote for Fox8 to feature extended coverage from Bulldog Country!


YOUNGER BULLDOGS INVITED TO MINI CHEER CLINIC / CHEER UNDER THE LIGHTS – DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TOMORROW, SEPT. 1ST

The OFHS cheerleaders invite all Olmsted Falls students in Kindergarten through grade 5 to attend a Cheerleading Clinic and then cheer under the lights at the Friday, September 15th Bulldog vs Lakewood varsity football game.

The high school cheerleaders will instruct clinics that are scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th (6:30-8:30 p.m.) for grades 3-5 and Thursday, September 14th (6:30-8:30 p.m.).  Both clinics take place in the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School gym.

The cost is $25 for the first child, then $20 for each additional one in your immediate family.  Hurry, the deadline is this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST.  Each participant will receive a T-shirt, free admission to the game, a snack at the game and a picture with the Bulldog and the varsity cheerleaders.

For more details on registering, click HERE.


OFHS BAND PREVIEW NIGHT INCLUDES LITTLE MUSICIANS, CHEERLEADERS

20953581_10214379212738218_6132663387396534519_nThis year’s OFHS Marching Band Preview Show – held Saturday, August 19th – helped kick off the new school year with LOTS of BULLDOG SPIRIT and BULLDOG PRIDE!

The Pride of Olmsted Falls Marching Band dazzled the crowd as usual with their preview performance!  As has become a treasured tradition, the band also invited all younger Bulldogs to help them kick the night off.  Many young Bulldogs joined the Olmsted Falls High School Marching Band on the practice field ahead of the big event and then headed on over to the Charles A. Harding football stadium. All had great fun – especially the little ones!

Please click HERE to view a photo gallery of the event.


WELCOME NEW BULLDOG TEACHERS!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Bulldog teachers to the buildings!

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Pictured above are new elementary teachers working in our Early Childhood Center, Falls-Lenox Primary and Olmsted Falls Intermediate buildings. Front Row (L to R): Lauren Payne (3rd grade); Chelsea Simpson (Kindergarten); Virginia Shroka (1st Grade); Bethany Timas (3rd grade); Joelle Honroth (Long-term substitute, Falls-Lenox); Emily Dame (Long-term substitute, Falls-Lenox); Elizabeth Roberts (Intervention Specialist, Falls-Lenox).  Back Row (L to R): Nancy Becker (Tutor, ECC); Anissa Pletcher (Long-term substitute, Falls-Lenox); Antonette Clancy (Art, Falls-Lenox); Jennifer Pinzone (Kindergarten); Marissa Redden (Kindergarten); Allison Benson (Tutor, Falls-Lenox); Jacob Percival (Physical Education, ECC); Joanna Barnard (Speech-Language Pathologist, ECC); Miranda Oltmanns (2nd Grade).

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Pictured above are new teachers working in our Olmsted Falls Middle School and Olmsted Falls High School buildings. From L to R:  Emma Bailey (Speech-Language Pathologist, OFMS); Talia Magestro (Long-term substitute, OFMS); Natalie Castrigano (Science, OFMS); Michelle Kenney (Language Arts, OFMS); Katelynn Bunevich (Counselor OFMS); Liana Culley (Long-term subsititute, OFHS); Alan Evangelista (Intervention Specialist, OFHS); Taylor Wharton (Science, OFHS); Ashley Harrington (Language Arts, OFHS). Not pictured: Alexander Lintner (Counselor, OFHS) and Nicole Mack (School Psychologist, OFMS).


PTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVES UNDERWAY ACROSS DISTRICT!

PTADon’t miss the PTA membership currently underway way in all of our school buildings!

Several of our PTA units are offering the opportunity to complete your membership on-line this year!  To complete your PTA membership online now, please click on the appropriate building(s) below:

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA

OFIS PTA

OFMS PTA

To view additional information for all PTA Units, please click on the following links for 2017-2018 PTA Membership Brochures for each building:

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA

OFIS PTA

OFMS PTA

OFHS PTA

OECPTA (Olmsted Early Childhood PTA for our community’s youngest bulldogs who are not yet in school)


 

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS INVITES NEW MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS FOR ITS PROGRAM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters is conducting its annual membership drive. This group helps raise funds for Bulldog athletic programs for grades 7-12.

The school district has 65 teams in 22 interscholastic sports. The club helps defray that program’s operating costs through various volunteer opportunities and fundraisers. Being a member will help these efforts and improve the excellent athletic program. Patron memberships start at $15 with several levels available.  A $35 or more contribution will list a business name.

To view the membership letter, click HERE.

To download a patron application form, click HERE.

The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the Olmsted Falls High School Media Center.


KEEP INFORMED ABOUT OFMA – MEETINGS AND FACEBOOK PAGE
musical-noteThe Olmsted Falls Music Association’s first meeting of this new school year is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 6th, in the OFHS choir room.  It’s a great way to get involved.
You also may keep up to date with OFMS’s events on its facebook page by clicking HERE.  Keep an eye out for the association’s new website – coming soon!


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS AFTER-SCHOOL HOMEWORK HELP

The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K-8. Students may receive assistance in language arts, math, reading, science, social studies and other subjects from the Library’s trained staff at no cost.  Stop in to meet the homework mentor and see if this professional free assistance is the answer for your family.

The Homework Mentor Open House is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 20th at the OF Library on Mapleway Drive.


OPA OFFERS COMMUNITY A ROOTIN’ TOOTIN’ GOOD TIME – SEPT. 9TH & 10TH

The Olmsted Performing Arts presents “Woody’s Roundup” that features a breakfast or dinner at Wagners in Westlake.  The meal and meet and greet will occur after the performance.  The event is set for 10 a.m. breakfast on Sept. 9 and 10 and 6 p.m. dinner on the same dates. For more details, go to olmstedperformingarts.com.


CUB SCOUT OPEN HOUSE IS SEPTEMBER 12TH @ FALLS-LENOX

Boys in grades 1-5 and their parents/guardians interested in Cub Scouts are invited to attend the Cub Scout Open House from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 12th. It is in the Lenox gym at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  Meet representatives from Cub Scout packs 102 and 252 in Olmsted Falls, learn about the scout program and find out how your son may join the fun!  For more information, email Pack 102 at OFallsPack102@gmail.com or Pack 252 at jrobinson@legalimages.biz.


 

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Important Back-To-School Dates for 2017-2018

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OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

August 15th – Student Schedules Available In PowerSchool

August 21st – First Day of School:  Freshman Orientation (Freshman ONLY 7:26 a.m. – 9:16 a.m.) / Grades 10-12 LATE START @ 9:16 a.m.

August 28th – OFHS Open House @ 7:00 p.m.

September 7th – Individual School Picture Day

 

OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL

August 14th – 6th Grade WEB Orientation (8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.); 6th Grade Open Campus (12:30 – 3:00 p.m.)

August 16th – 6th Grade Parent Night (6:30 p.m.)

August 18th – Orientation Program for 7th / 8th Grade Students NEW to OFMS (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)  This event is for new students only, not for all 7th/8th grade students.

August 18th – Open Campus for all 7th / 8th Grade (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

August 21st – First Day of School

September 5th – 8th Grade Parent Night (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

September 6th – 7th Grade Parent Night from (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

September 15th – Individual School Picture Day

 

OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

August 18th:   Open Visitation (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

August 21st:   First Day of School

August 22nd:   4th Grade Open House (7:00 p.m.)

August 24th:   Individual School Picture Day

August 29th:   5th Grade Open House  (7:00 p.m.)

 

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL

August 10th – New Parent Information Night

August 16th – Class Lists Posted OnLine and On Front Doors (3:30 p.m.)

August 17th – Open House & Classroom Visitations: 1st Grade Visitation (5:00-5:45 pm); 2nd Grade (6:15-7:00 pm); 3rd Grade Visitation (7:15-8:00 pm)

August 21st – First Day of School

September 8th:  Individual School Picture Day

 

OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

August 21-23: Kindergarten Orientation (as assigned)

August 24th:  First Day of Kindergarten

August 28th: Preschool Orientation

August 29th:  First Day of Preschool for Students with IEPs

September 5th: First Day of Preschool for Typical Peers

September 13th:  Individual School Picture Day

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OFCS Update – June 14, 2017

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FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontThis will  be the last official blog post of the 2016-2017 school year.  sunWe’ve enjoyed sharing news from throughout our District with you regularly throughout the school year.  Blog posts will resume in early August to prepare for the start of the upcoming 2017-18 school year!

The first day for students in the 2017-18 school year is Monday, Aug. 21st.

To download a copy of the 2017-2018 school year calendar, please click HERE.

Enjoy the rest of the long summer break!


REMINDER:  TOMORROW – THURSDAY, JUNE 15TH – IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2017-18 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by  THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 15TH.  Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2017-18 school year.  Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


OFHS FRENCH STUDENTS VISIT QUEBEC CITY

OFHS students gathered in front of author Antoine St.-Exupery’s rowhouse.

Twenty Bulldog students, who have completed their 2nd through 4th years of French studies at OFHS,  traveled to Quebec City, Canada  June 4-7 with French Teacher and French Club Advisor Mr. Chuck May.

The tour of Quebec provided students many opportunities to use their French, learn about Quebec history, and experience, first-hand, Quebec culture and food.

Students were particularly interested to visit the row house of author Antoine St.-Exupery, as all second-year students have read this author’s book, Le Petit Prince, as part of their coursework.  

All of the students had a wonderful time and vowed to return again!


BULLDOGS ROCK SEVERANCE HALL WITH MELISSA ETHERIDGE AND THE CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

Bulldogs Lexy Jensen, Greg Smith, Lainey Rambert, Alexis Nelan and Megan Green pose for a photo at Severance Hall prior to performing with rock legend Melissa Etheridge and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra / Chorus on June 7th.

Five students from Olmsted Falls City Schools were members of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and Chorus that performed with rock legend Melissa Etheridge at Severance Hall on Wednesday, June 7th.

OFHS student Megan Green plays piccolo with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra  throughout the year.  OFHS student Lexy Jensen and OFMS students Greg Smith, Lainey Rambert, and Alexis Nelan all auditioned and were selected for the  CYO Chorus singing group formed specifically for this special concert event.

Melissa Etheridge with Contemporary Youth Orchestra / Chorus at Severance Hall

These talented Bulldogs joined outstanding student musicians from across the greater Cleveland area for this exciting event.

Students attended multiple rehearsals throughout the month of May, learning a set list comprised of approximately 20 songs from Etheridge’s extensive catalog of music. Melissa Etheridge joined the group for the two final days of rehearsals leading up to the evening concert event at Severance Hall on June 7th.  The entire project from start to finish was captured on film for an upcoming “making of” documentary.  Congratulations to these talented Bulldogs!


CHECK OUT MORE MUSIC NEWS IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF OFMA’S MUSICAL NOTES!

The final weeks of the school year are incredibly busy for all of our Bulldog musicians! Olmsted Falls Music Association has just finalized the last Musical Notes newsletter of the year.  Please click HERE to view it now.  This June/July 2017 issue will also be posted on the OFMA website and OFMA Facebook.

Be sure to check it out to stay up on the latest music news from Bulldog Country!

 


OFIS GREEN TEAM SPRUCES UP SCHOOL WITH TREES, BUSHES

The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Green Team ended another successful year by planting two new trees outside the school’s library entrance.

The Green Team members helped plant and water the two trees along with some beautiful decorative bushes.

Thanks to our Green Team members for all your help and dedication in making OFIS a ‘green’ school!

To view more photos of the tree planting project, please click HERE.


FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2017

Congratulations to the 280 members of the Class of 2017! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 25th to celebrate Commencement.

OFHS graduating seniors Casey Komar (Class of 2017 President), Alexander Kho (Phi Beta Kappa) and Stephanie Schroth (Phi Beta Kappa) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Joseph Bertrand and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

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The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by Nadia Bubna and Ryan Miller (pictured at right).

To view the entire 2017 Commencement program, click HERE.

To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click HERE.

For information on ordering official graduation photos from LifeTouch, please see item below.

Congratulations again to this year’s Bulldog graduates!


CELEBRATE MILESTONE WITH COMMENCEMENT PORTRAITS

Lifetouch National School Studios is offering parents a chance to order photographs of your student at the commencement ceremony.  Every student was photographed and photos are available online.

To view the online order form, click HERE.

There is no obligation to make any purchases.


OFHS STUDENTS STANDOUT AT POLARIS!

Five Bulldog students earned top honors for their respective programs at Polaris Career Center and were recognized during the 41st Annual Polaris Awards Ceremony held in May.

Congratulations to OUTSTANDING PROGRAM SENIORS:

Karyna Irizarry for Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training
Aaron Oehlstrom for Employability Skills Lab
Gabrielle Zemaitis for Digitial Art & Design

Congratulations to OUTSTANDING PROGRAM JUNIORS:

Skyler Dougher for Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training
Claire Rosen for Digitial Art & Design

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students! Go Bulldogs!


OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GOING STRONG

Recipients of 2017 Scholarships presented through the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association.

Thanks to the generous support of more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year, $125,400 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2017.  This year’s total represents an increase of more than $10,000 as compared to last year!  More than 260 local scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors this year, thanks to the generosity of our community!

Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures.  This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.

To view the list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2017, please click HERE.

To view more photos from OFHS Senior Honors Day, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2017 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year totaling more than $1,302,500. To review a list of students who were awarded College/University and other scholarships this year, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2017! Best of luck to you all!


OFHS GRAD IS ONE OF THREE IN NE OHIO TO RECEIVE COX SCHOLARSHIP

Bulldog 2017 grad Daniel Linder received a $2,000 scholarship from Cox Communications for academic excellence, community involvement and his desire to pursue a degree in communications, telecommunications, technology or engineering. He plans to attend the University of Akron and pursue a degree in data science and technology. Congrats, Daniel.

To read a recent article about his scholarship, click HERE.


OH, THE PLACES RECENT GRADS WILL STUDY AT NEXT YEAR!

Recent Bulldog grads will travel across the state – and country – to attend colleges and universities next year.

An interactive map may be viewed by clicking HERE to see exactly which colleges/universities they will attend and how many Olmsted Falls High grads will study there beginning this fall.  Simple click on each location and a graph will pull down with the data!


OFHS TEACHER LISA TOPOLSKI HONORED BY CLASS OF 2017

Students of the OFHS Class of 2017 selected Language Arts Teacher Mrs. Lisa Topolski to receive the annual Teacher of the Year Award at the Senior Honors Day Assembly held May 24th.

Mrs. Topolski was joined by her family to celebrate this special recognition.

Congratulations Mrs. Topolski!


STEVE MATIA HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

Olmsted Falls High School teachers Jessica Jones and John Mercer presented Bulldog supporter Mr. Steve Matia (center) with this year’s “Friends of Education Award,” which the Olmsted Falls Education Association presents annually.

Mr. Matia was recognized for his long-time dedicated support of Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensics activities. Mr. Matia continues to help behind the scenes even after his youngest student graduated from OFHS!

Congratulations and much gratitude to Steve Matia!


RETIREES DEDICATE MORE THAN 230 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

Bulldog Retirees (L to R): Renee Wagner, Debra Gordon, Lynette Bock, Debra Weisbarth and Colleen Longville. (Not pictured: Laura Grodek, Mary Lou Mills, Jayne Reitz, Georgiana Friedman, John Ginty, James Smith and Roger Urbanek.)

 Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees this year! Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to twelve dedicated staff members who retire with the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools total 232 Bulldog years!
Lynette Bock, OFHS Science Teacher (24 Bulldog years)
Georgiana Friedman, Falls-Lenox Paraprofessional (17 Bulldog years)
John Ginty, OFIS/OFMS Utility (15 Bulldog years)
Debra Gordon, Bus Driver (30 Bulldog years)
Laura Grodek, OFMS English/Reading Teaching (29 Bulldog years)
Colleen Longville, Falls-Lenox Principal (6 Bulldog years)
Mary Lou Mills, Falls-Lenox 2nd Grade Teacher (15 Bulldog years)
Jayne Reitz, Falls-Lenox 3rd Grade Teacher (23 Bulldog years)
James Smith, OFMS Paraprofessional (18 Bulldog years)
Roger Urbanek, Head Bus Mechanic (13 Bulldog years)
Renee Wagner, Falls-Lenox/ECC Art Teacher (16 Bulldog years)
Debra Weisbarth, OFHS Principal’s Secretary (26 Bulldog years)
Our retirees were recognized by their building/departments as well as at the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for staff. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals and their impact on the District will be greatly missed.
Congratulations to each of them and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement! Enjoy the next chapter in your lives!

2017 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS PRESENTED BY KIWANIS CLUB

Kiwanis Club member Kris Correll presented this year’s 2017 Employee of the Year Awards.

At the close of each school year, staff members are invited to nominate fellow colleagues for the annual Employee of the Year awards.  A special committee of local Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club members reviews these nominations, selects the awardees and presents the awards at the annual end of the year staff breakfast.

Kiwanis Club member Kris Correll represented the committee to announce this year’s Employee of the Year awards at the staff breakfast .

The 2017 Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club Employee of the Year Awards went to:

OFIS/OFMS Utility John Ginty

OFHS Science Teacher Blake Johnson

Falls-Lenox 1st Grade Teacher Marty Simon, honored posthumously

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the Kiwanis Club for its continued support of the Olmsted educational community.


TWO BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS STILL AVAILABLE 

It’s summer vacation and time to fill those long sunny days!  Bulldog Summer Sports Camps are here. Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date.

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th  The Bulldog Summer Football Camp runs from 8-10 a.m. from June 26th-28th for grades 3-6 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for grades 7-9. 

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as they becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP REMINDER FROM COACH DELUCA

Please don’t forget to register for the Olmsted Falls Bulldog youth football camp!  Please click HERE to register on-line at the Olmsted Falls community center.

The camp will run through the following dates:

Grades 3rd-6th 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. June 26th-28th

Grades 7th-9th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. June 26th-28th


7TH & 8TH GRADE FOOTBALL CALENDAR/INFORMATION FROM COACH DELUCA

Important dates and information for 7th & 8th grade football players have just been posted on the Olmsted Falls Athletics website. Be sure to check out the site and mark your calendars accordingly!

Click HERE now to access this important information on the OF Middle School Football homepage.

Let’s Go Bulldogs!


SUMMER BREAKFAST, LUNCH & SNACK PROGRAM IN NORTH OLMSTED

Neighboring North Olmsted School District received a grant again to sponsor a Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack program for children between the ages of 1 and 18 during the summer months.

It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs now through Aug. 18th at various locations school and community locations in North Olmsted.  All meals must be consumed on site.

To view a detailed flyer with specific locations of the program, click HERE.


RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION ALERT REMINDER 

ATTN: ALL BULLDOG PARENTS!  Just a reminder to be on the lookout for the email notification later this summer alerting you to when the portal for returning student registration has officially opened.  Once the portal has opened, all student information updates and forms for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year will need to be COMPLETED ONLINE BY THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ON AUGUST 21st.

The purpose of this annual update is to verify the information we have on file for your child(ren), allow you the opportunity to make changes if necessary, and submit all required start-of-the-year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.). Like last year, the link to access this online registration system for returning students will be located within your PowerSchool Parent Account, and you will be alerted by email once the link has been activated for the upcoming school year.


HERE ARE THE FINAL WINNERS IN OFMS MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE

Here is the list of winners for the OFMS PTA May Calendar Raffle. Please be sure to pick up your prize in the OFMS office THIS WEEK.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

May 14th – Harry London Chocolate Basket – Jennifer Victor

May 15th – Subway gift card – Jane Phillips

May 16th – iTunes gift card – Patty Voisinet

May 17th – TreeHuggers gift card – Russ Mortensen

May 18th – The Eye Place gift card – Jack Hirsch

May 19th – Falls Ice Cream gift card – Megan Kay

May 20th – JoJo Carloni’s gift card – Harold Haun

May 21st – iTunes gift card – Kelly Perrell

May 22nd – Hooley House gift card-  Julie Clum

May 23rd – Razzles gift card – Linda Parkowski

May 24th – Dick’s gift card – Tricia Vidovich

May 25th – Subway gift card – Robin Schlesinger

May 26th – iTunes gift card – James Haas

May 27th – Target gift card – Deana Harb

May 28th – Home Depot gift card – Valerie Templeton

May 29th – Amazon gift card – Julianne Allen

May 30th – iHop gift card – Joanna Jauregui

May 31st – iTunes gift card – Claire Oliver


THREE BULLDOG ALL-OHIO LACROSSE PLAYERS HEAD TO NATIONAL COMPETITION

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls sixth graders Rocco Conti, Mitchell Rini and Colin Singleton.

These Bulldog lacrosse players were selected to the Brine All-Ohio 2023-2024 team that will play for the Brine National Championship in Virginia July 18-21.

Gavin Moore also was selected as an alternative.  Best wishes for a great competition!


ALL PRO DAD FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY –  JUNE 17TH – FUN FOR ALL

Olmsted All-Pro Dad will host a fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. THIS SATURDAY at Suds Maguire’s, 1270 W. Bagley Road. The fundraiser will raise money to develop awareness of the new group and increase funds for program growth.

Tickets are $25 each and include pizza, wings, salad, nacho bar, some beverages as well as sideboards, 50/50, raffles and more. Tickets are now available online at http://www.olmstedallprodad.eventbrite.com.

The group is now at Falls-Lenox, with hopes to grow and further establish itself in the community so members can reach more dads and kids in OF schools.

The group’s website is http://www.olmstedallprodad.com. It also has a facebook page by clicking HERE.

 


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
It’s getting closer! Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

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

MISSION

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

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – May 25, 2017

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OFCS RELEASES NEW FINANCIAL PROSPECTUS TO COMMUNITY

New Financial Prospectus Shares Financial Story of Great Value

Olmsted Falls City Schools is excited to release its first Financial Prospectus.  This report provides a complete and in-depth view of the district’s financial situation.  It shares with the community important financial information such as where the district receives funds, how the district prioritizes its spending and what the district has done to cut costs and discusses when the district may be back on the ballot for operating funds.

This new Financial Prospectus will be mailed to all homes and businesses throughout the community.  To view an electronic version now, please click HERE.

If you have any questions about Olmsted Falls City School’s financial story or the great value it provides to the community, please contact the Treasurer’s Office for assistance at 440-427-6000 or edales@ofcs.net.


CLASS OF 2017 GRADS MAKE SPECIAL FAREWELL VISITS AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

The OFHS Class of 2017 made two very special stops on their way back from commencement practice on May 25th.

The soon-to-be grads visited both Falls-Lenox Primary School and Olmsted Falls Intermediate School where they were met with cheers of congratulations from the district’s younger Bulldogs!

The Class of 2017 paraded through both buildings to share their excitement with our future Bulldog grads and Bulldog staff members.

This marks the second year for this new Bulldog tradition!


CLASS OF 2017 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY @ CSU WOLSTEIN CENTER – TONIGHT!

Olmsted Falls City School District extends best wishes and congratulations to our graduating seniors and their families as they prepare for tonight’s commencement ceremony!  Enjoy this special evening – you have earned it!

The Commencement Ceremony for Olmsted Falls High School’s Class of 2017 will take place this evening – Thursday, May 25th – at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center.  The ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m.  All are welcome; tickets are not required.


SPECIAL DELIVERY: STAFF VOLUNTEERS CONTINUE TRADITION FOR CLASS OF 2017

Bulldog staff members assemble congratulatory yard signs for each Class of 2017 grad.

Mr. Vas paused for a selfie during yesterdays deliveries! Thanks Mr. Vas!

In what has become a beloved annual tradition, all graduating Bulldogs received a congratulatory yard sign on the eve of the Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Many thanks to OFMS teacher Dan Largent and the Olmsted Falls  Education Association for coordinating the purchase, assembly and personal delivery of these signs.  A volunteer group of approximately 40 administrators, teachers and staff dodged raindrops yesterday afternoon and evening to ensure that all grads woke up to a congratulatory sign this morning on graduation day!

Bulldog staff members’ delivery of “Congrats” yard signs puts smiles on faces of Bulldog grads and their families!

Kudos to our awesome Bulldog staff!

Congrats again to the OFHS Class of 2017!


OFHS BUSINESS STUDENTS SHARE TOP SPOT IN BUSINESS PLAN WRITING CONTEST

Mr. James Montaquila from the Believe In Ohio program and OFHS Business Teacher Dena Kotz congratulate Daniel Linder (far left) and Matthew Theilman (far right) on their first-place entries in OFHS Business Plan writing contest. [Not pictured: Miranda Banko)

Students enrolled in Ms. Kotz’s business class this semester participated in a semester-long business plan writing contest in collaboration with the Believe In Ohio program. Believe in Ohio is a new program from The Ohio Academy of Science that helps high school students prepare for the future. The Believe program helps students understand the importance of a STEM education and an entrepreneurial mindset to become competitors in Ohio’s Innovation Economy of the future through engagement with STEM & entrepreneurial experts and mentors, and participation in Business Plan competitions. The program was developed in collaboration with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio with the support of the Ohio Board of Regents and the 130th Ohio General Assembly.

Bulldog students taking home top spots in OFHS’s local Business Plan competition included:

More great business plans! Congrats to runners-up (L to R) Sarah Archual, Gabby Asche, Jenny Bajc and Michael Thielman. [Not pictured: T.J. Slater]

In a tie for first place (pictured above) were “Charge & Go” by Daniel Linder, grade 12; “RoadGuard Sensor” by Matthew Thielman, grade 10; and “Bi-Temp Steering Wheel Cover” by Miranda Banko, grade 11.  These students will split the $500 award for first place! Congratulations!

Four more plans tied for second-place runner-up honors (pictured at left).  The runner-up plans were “Pro-Fish” by Michael Thielman; “Healthy Heels” by Jenn Bajc; “Earbud Rollup” by T.J. Slater; and “Drunk Print” by Sarah Archual and Gabby Asche.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students for their hard-work, creativity, and dedication which resulted in these awesome business plans!


FIRST GRADERS VISIT THEIR NORTH OLMSTED PEN PALS

The first-grade classes of Mrs. Schiely, Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Smith visited their pen pals at Spruce Primary School in North Olmsted.

The three classes have been writing back and forth since the beginning of the year.

During their visit, they assembled puzzles with a secret message, chatted, ate popsicles and played together on the playground.

To view more photos from this special visit, please click HERE.


AWESOME ALUMNI NEWS:  BULLDOG CLASS OF 2014 ALUM EVAN MOYSE SIGNS TO PLAY HOCKEY FOR OHIO STATE

Bulldog 2014 alum Evan Moyse to play hockey for Ohio State!

Congratulation to Bulldog alumnus Evan Moyse, Class of 2014, who has officially signed to play Division I NCAA Hockey at The Ohio State University of the Big Ten Conference. Evan will begin his college hockey career with the start of the 2017-2018 season.

Evan is a hockey goalie who has been playing in the NA3HL, CCHL (Canada) and, most recently, with the NAHL Wichita Falls Wildcats in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Evan is pictured at right during his official OSU signing ceremony, which took place recently at the Wichita Wildcats facility in Texas.

Congratulations Evan!  Wishing you an awesome first season with the Buckeyes!  Olmsted Falls City School District is Bulldog proud of you!

To read more about Evan Moyse, please click HERE.


OFMS BOGO BOOK FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center just wrapped up its Scholastic BOGO sale, which was a huge success.  Many of our Bulldogs took advantage of the great sales on summer reading books.

Thank you to Mrs. Surtman and Mrs. Milligan who volunteered their time to help with the fair. Thank you, also, to all who purchased books. Have fun reading!


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

It’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Baseball Camp (Grades 1-9) – June 5th-9th

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Girls/Boys Tennis Camp (Ages 7-18) – May 31st and June 1st (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


CELEBRATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS WITH COMMENCEMENT PORTRAITS

Lifetouch National School Studios is offering parents a chance to order photographs of your student at the commencement ceremony.  Every student will be photographed, with photos available online 10 days after the special event.  To view the online order form, click HERE.

Graduates will receive complimentary proofs in the mail. There is no obligation to make any purchases.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR – REQUIRED SCREENING APPOINTMENTS BEGIN THIS WEEK, MAY 25 & 26

OFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.  the first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED ON-LINE, THE NEXT STEP IS TO SCHEDULE A SCREENING APPOINTMENT.  KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MAY 25 -26. if you do not already have an appointment slot scheduled, please make sure call the ECC ASAP at 427-6360.  

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

KindergartenOlmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
It’s getting closer! Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OCBSC LOOKING FOR SUMMER FIELD CREW MANAGER / FIELD CREW WORKER 

OCBSC (Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission) is looking for a Field Crew Manager for summer employment.  Please click HERE to view the job descriptions.

Contact Jill Lukes at 440-476-5997 or Lillian Faust at 440-638-9189 directly if interested.  


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT O.F. RELAY FOR LIFE

A June 10th youth flag football tournament will have its proceeds go toward the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life. Age divisions include under 10, 11-15 and 16 and up.

The majority of players must fall within each specific division.

To view a flyer, click HERE. Sign up today!


REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR SAND VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CLINIC & LEAGUE

Kids in grades 5-12 may sign up for a Youth Sand Volleyball Skills Clinic for seven weeks starting June 7th at Razzles on Bagley Road. Sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include skill learning and scrimmages.

Razzles also is offering a Youth Sand Volleyball League Girls 4S and Coed 4S starting June 8th for grades 5-12.  Divisions include grades 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Game times will vary from 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. It is a seven-week tournament.

To view more detailed information and registration forms for both the skills clinic and league, click HERE.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

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

MISSION

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

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – May 19, 2017

O. F. STUDENTS, STAFF RECEIVE ESC EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS

Each year the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, or ESC, presents “Excellence in Education” awards to deserving students, peers, and educators.

This year there were four students, three peers and three educator nominations from Olmsted Falls City Schools. Our nominations were sent to the ESC and the recipients* of each award were recognized by ESC at a special awards breakfast held Friday, May 5th.

The Outstanding Student Achievement Award – recognizes, celebrates and honors students with disabilities and acknowledges their outstanding achievements, both academic and non-academic.

The nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

*Kindergarten student Lleyton Krakowiak

Third-grade student Shahan Kapoor

*12th-grade student Heather Grant

12th-grade student Aaron Oehlstrom

The Outstanding Peer Achievement Award – recognizes, celebrates and honors student peers who have established meaningful relationships and are exemplary role models for others.

The nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

Preschool student Hailey Speigal

Third-grade student Mia Russell

*12th-grade student Anthony Kukura

The Outstanding Educator Achievement Award – recognizes, celebrates and honors educators (including administrators, general education teachers, intervention specialists, and related service staff) who have provided exemplary instruction and creative programming that promotes educational results for students with disabilities.

The educator nominees from Olmsted Falls were:

*Director of Pupil Service Mr. James Tatman

*Intervention Specialist Ms. Christen Hawks

*Paraprofessional Cheryl Fudale

Paraprofessional Debbie Patacca

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and recipients!  Thank you to all for your dedication and support to our special needs population.


BULLDOGS ROCK THE 2017 SPECIAL OLYMPICS!

Special Olympics 2017 was amazing! More than 50 students from across the Olmsted Falls School District participated in the annual Special Olympics hosted at Ely Stadium in Elyria on May 12th.  Students competed in many different events such as running, long jump and softball throw.

Participating Bulldog students practice hard all year and their enthusiasm and sportsmanship always shine!  In fact, this year they shined so bright they were featured prominently in local news coverage of the event!

Olmsted Falls City Schools had student participants representing all five of our school buildings:  ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS.  Each building gave its team of Special Olympians an encouraging send-off with students lining hallways to cheer their fellow Bulldogs on as they boarded buses to Ely Stadium.

This year’s 53 Bulldog Special Olympians included:

From the ECC  Annabelle Ellis, David Zamora, Weston Holmes, Joshua Peacock, Sebastian Rashid and Lleyton Krakowiak

From Falls-Lenox  Josh Vassel, Caeden Peeler, Phoenix Novak, Kara Cortes, Shahan Kapoor, Ellen McManamon, Colbie Krakowiak, Anthony DiDonato, Mya Mcnamara, Cormac Hannon, Mack Little, Clay McNamara, Nathan Smith, Jaden Smith and Jacob Komitau

From OFIS Owen Novak, Yohanna Amoah, Emersen Flynn, Jacob Siwek, Caden Celensky, Johnny Clemons, Sarah Gaughan, Alexis Andren, Anthony Russo, Emily Heine, Paige Shamhart and Zach Vassel

From OFMS Connor Habert, Bilal Saadeh, Christina Michney, Maddie Truscott, Mason Mowery and Brooke VanArnhem

From OFHS Bekka McElroy, Jacob Belohavek, Aaron Oehlstrom, Victor Darwish, LuLu Mustafa, Brionna Lewis, Matthew Matzelle, Heather Grant, Sarah Stevens, Liam McIlwee, Kennedy Smith,
Amber Michney, Ashley Michney and Christian Lawrence

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our outstanding local Olympians! Way to represent Bulldog Country! Go Bulldogs!

A huge thank you goes out to the many staff members and volunteers who attended and helped the students have a fun and safe day!  Thank you especially physical education teacher Jordan Eaton for organizing event logistics for all of the Bulldog building teams!  Finally, a special thank you also goes out to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for the use of its tent and flag!

To view the Channel 19 News coverage of this year’s Special Olympics, click HERE.

To view more photos from this event, please click HERE.


PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

PTA volunteers and staff gathered at OFIS for the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner on May 18th. Congratulations to Kelly Walker, who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to Michelle Saluja for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Jen Prugar for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Kelly Walker for OFIS PTA; Melissa Schwecke for OFMS PTA; and Kelly Walker for OFHS PTA.

Helping Hands

 

This year’s District Helping Hands Award winner went to Bulldog parent Nick Shamhart, who was nominated by Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized this year included Rochelle Umbel nominated by Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA, Kelly Walker nominated by Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA, and Sandra Graham nominated by Olmsted Falls High School PTA.

Educator of the Year

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School teacher Robert Englehart was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the event. Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including: Anne Statz for Falls-Lenox & ECC; Jennifer Canacci for OFMS; and John Vas for OFHS.

ECC school nurse Kristie Patton was also recognized as District Nurse of the Year.

PTA Council President Kelly Walker (far left) and OFHS PTA President Sandra Graham (far right) acknowledge outgoing PTA “senior moms” Cindy Grove and Judy Calloway.

Carly Oliver, Lindsey LaPinta, Julie Calaway, Dominic DeFillippo, Andrew Barnard, Heather Grant, Aaron Oehlstrom and Olivia Thach were honored as the PTA Reflections program state winners in their respective categories. (See additional details in story below.)

Finally, long-time PTA volunteers Judy Calaway, Cindy Grove and Laraine McCafferty were thanked and acknowledged as Senior Parents marking the end of their PTA volunteers years as their youngest child graduates with the Class of 2017.

Golden Expressions

Congratulations to all those recognized!

And many thanks to PTA for their ongoing support of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools!

Special thanks also to the OFHS Golden Expressions who performed for guests at this event – their last official performance of a very successful school year!


OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD 8 STATE WINNERS IN PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST!

Congratulations to PTA Reflections Contest State-Level Winners from Olmsted Falls!

Believed to be a first, eight Olmsted Falls students were state winners in this year’s PTA Reflections Art Contest, which featured the theme “What is Your Story?”

Congratulations to these students and all who entered the competition.  Below are the eight state-level winners who were also honored at this week’s annual PTA Volunteer Celebration Dinner:

VISUAL ARTS

Lindsey LaPinta’s 1st Place Award-winning work of art!

Carly Oliver/Intermediate Level (grade 3-5) – Award of Excellence/1st place

Lindsey LaPinta/Middle level (grades 6-8) – Award of Outstanding Achievement/2nd place

LITERATURE

Olivia Thach/Intermediate Level (grades 3-5) – Honorable Mention

Julie Calaway/High School level (grades 9-12) – Award of Merit/3rd place

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Dominic DiFilippo/Intermediate

PTA Reflections Chair Mrs. Linda Parkowski with Carly Oliver and Lindsey LaPinta at Reflections award ceremony in Columbus.

Level (grades  3-5) – Honorable Mention

PHOTOGRAPHY

Andrew Barnard/High School Level (grades 9-12) – Honorable Mention

SPECIAL ARTISTS

Heather Grant/High School Level (grades 9-12) – Honorable Mention

Aaron Oehlstrom/High School Level (grades 9-12) – Honorable Mention

Congratulations again to all of these talented students!

To view more photos, please click HERE.


SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON & BUS TOUR

Approximately 85 senior citizens from throughout the Olmsted community enjoyed a community bus tour, sponsored by Olmsted Township, followed by a complimentary lunch at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, sponsored by Olmsted Falls School District. Guests filled two school buses, which took them on an hour-long narrated tour throughout the community.

Upon returning from the bus tour, guests were greeted and escorted to the OFIS gymnasium by the school’s outstanding group of student ambassadors, who also assisted in serving lunch.  The menu, prepared by the OFCS Food Services Department, included mango chicken, fried rice, mixed veggies and an egg roll along with ice cream and fortune cookies for dessert.

Guests also enjoyed wonderful performances by the OFMS Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Micael Feller (pictured at left), and the OFMS Golden Harmonies singers, under the direction of Mr. Ryan Patterson (pictured below at right).

This marked the fourth time in recent years that Olmsted Falls School District has welcomed community senior citizens into the building for such an event; and the district looks forward to continuing the tradition in the years to come. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with community residents, showcase programs and answer questions.


KINDERGARTEN  STUDENTS ENJOY CLASS TRIP TO LOCAL LIBRARY
Students from Mrs. Doyle’s and Mrs. Roberto’s kindergarten classes enjoyed a field trip to the Olmsted Falls Public Library.  They went on a special tour designed just for them which included a mini-lesson on where beginning readers and non-fiction books are shelved, getting library cards, and checking out books.  The group also had a story time and created an electronic version of the “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” story.  Students also learned all about the summer reading program!  These itty bitty bulldogs and their families are all ready to use the public library for lots of reading and learning fun and exploration this summer!

NEW PTA OFFICERS FOR 2017-2018

New officers for all Olmsted Falls PTA units were officially welcomed with a special installation service held during the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner held this week at OFIS.  Following are the respective PTA presidents for each unit for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year:

2017-2018 PTA Unit Presidents (L to R):  Sandra Graham (PFHS PTA), Tricia Vidovich (OFMS PTA), Kerry Kramer (OFIS PTA) and Julianne Allen (Olmsted Falls PTA Council).  Not pictured: Tiffany Fischbach (OECPTA) and Michelle Smith (Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA).

Olmsted Falls PTA Council – Julianne Allen

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood PTA – Tiffany Fischbach

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA – Michelle Smith

OFIS PTA – Kerry Kramer

OFMS PTA – Tricia Vidovich

OFHS PTA – Sandra Graham

Each of these unit presidents will be supported by an executive board of dedicated volunteers serving in the positions of vice president, treasurer, secretary and council delegates.  To view the complete listing of 2017-2018 Executive Board Members, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all and thank you for your ongoing support of the students and families of the Olmsted Falls school community!  We looking forward to another fantastic year!


OFVA BRINGS THE GOLD BACK HOME

The Olmsted Falls Volleyball Association 12’s team took 1st place in Gold in the OVR tournament last Saturday in Columbus.

This means the team placed 1st in the state!

The team never quit and fought hard to bring the gold back to Olmsted Falls.  Congratulations, girls!


FOURTH GRADERS LEARN ALL ABOUT EYES

Dr. Scott Sedlacek of The Eye Place in Olmsted Falls visited all the fourth grade classrooms last week.

He presented a program called The Secret Case of Vinny Vision, designed to teach students about the anatomy of the eye and eye health and safety tips.

Thank you, Dr. Sedlacek!


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Baseball Camp (Grades 1-9) – June 5th-9th **JUST ADDED**

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Girls/Boys Tennis Camp (Ages 7-18) – May 31st and June 1st (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE NEXT TUESDAY – MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


ARE YOU A WINNER IN THE OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE?

Winners of the OFMS PTA May calendar raffle, please pick up your prize in the Olmsted Falls Middle School office during school hours. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated!! 🙂 Watch the next blog for more winners!!

May 1st- Melt gift card- Kathy Hunsicker

May 2nd- iTunes gift card- Lee Kolokoske

May 3rd- The Eye Place gift card- Zach Mortensen

May 4th- Subway gift card- Diane Metzger

May 5th- Dick’s gift card- Charlotte Clancy-Edwards

May 6th- iTunes gift card- Steve Schwecke

May 7th- Little Caesar’s gift card- McKeely Kemock

May 8th- iTunes gift card- Meg DiFilippo

May 9th- Buffalo Wild Wings gift card- Meghan Rambert

May 10th- Starbucks gift card- Mary Gratzer

May 11th- iTunes gift card- Christopher Homola

May 12th- Regal Cinemas- Subhash Chandrasekharan

May 13th- OF Bulldogs baseball cap- Bryce Burkhard


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


CELEBRATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS WITH COMMENCEMENT PORTRAITS

Lifetouch National School Studios is offering parents a chance to order photographs of your student at the commencement ceremony.  Every student will be photographed, with photos available online 10 days after the special event.  To view the online order form, click HERE.

Graduates will receive complimentary proofs in the mail. There is no obligation to make any purchases.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR – REQUIRED SCREENING APPOINTMENTS BEGIN NEXT WEEK, MAY 25 & 26

OFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.  the first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED ON-LINE, THE NEXT STEP IS TO SCHEDULE A SCREENING APPOINTMENT.  KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MAY 25 -26. if you do not already have an appointment slot scheduled, please make sure call the ECC ASAP at 427-6360.  

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

KindergartenOlmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


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OCBSC LOOKING FOR SUMMER FIELD CREW MANAGER / FIELD CREW WORKER 

OCBSC (Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission) is looking for a Field Crew Manager for summer employment.  Please click HERE to view the job descriptions.

Contact Jill Lukes at 440-476-5997 or Lillian Faust at 440-638-9189 directly if interested.  


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


SATURDAY IS FINAL DAY FOR ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE

This Saturday is the last chance to spruce up your yard with plants from the Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 flower sale. Its sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 20th in the parking lot in front of the Olde Wine Cellar – formerly Jenkins Center, at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street.  Scouts will have hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables at good prices.  Stop by, support Scouting and shop locally.

The group also is collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry, so please consider bringing a non-perishable food item when you shop.


FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT O.F. RELAY FOR LIFE

A June 10th youth flag football tournament will have its proceeds go toward the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life. Age divisions include under 10, 11-15 and 16 and up.

The majority of players must fall within each specific division.

To view a flyer, click HERE. Sign up today!


REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR SAND VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CLINIC & LEAGUE

Kids in grades 5-12 may sign up for a Youth Sand Volleyball Skills Clinic for seven weeks starting June 7th at Razzles on Bagley Road. Sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include skill learning and scrimmages.

Razzles also is offering a Youth Sand Volleyball League Girls 4S and Coed 4S starting June 8th for grades 5-12.  Divisions include grades 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Game times will vary from 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. It is a seven-week tournament.

To view more detailed information and registration forms for both the skills clinic and league, click HERE.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

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

MISSION

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

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – May 5, 2017

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OLMSTED FALLS TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST RECEIVES AREA EDUCATION HONOR

Congratulations to Dawn Carlin, the district’s technology integration specialist, who recently received the 2017 Betty Cope Award for outstanding service to the ideastream Education Advisory Council.  Dawn demonstrated commitment by supporting the education outreach of ideastream to best serve educators in Northeast Ohio.

The award is given annually in the spirit of Betty Cope, the first programming chief and general manager who was instrumental in establishing the WVIZ studio on the stage of Cleveland’s Max S. Hays vocational High School.  The news release stated Dawn represents  Olmsted Falls Schools on the Advisory council and is an active and contributing member of the Steering Committee. She provides important suggestions and constructive input to shape the professional learning experiences provided to northeast Ohio schools through the council. She also has presented at, and assisted with, the ideastream Education Technology + Learning Conference for the past several years.

Olmsted Falls School District is truly fortunate to have Dawn Carlin working on behalf of our staff and students here in Bulldog country!


OFMS STUDENTS HONORED BY LOCAL ELKS LODGE FOR AWARD-WINNING ESSAYS
Congratulations to 7th grader Andrew Homola, and 8th graders Emily Sumerauer and Caroline Gardner on their award-winning essays in this year’s annual Americanism essay writing contest sponsored by the Berea Elks.  This year’s topic was “Why Is It Important to Vote?”  More than 400 students from Olmsted Falls, Strongsville and Berea entered the contest and three of the lodge level winners emerged from Olmsted Falls!
Andrew’s essay also earned 3rd place for the Northeast Ohio District for the Ohio Elks.
The students were invited to attend the Berea Elks Youth Recognition dinner earlier this week, along with their parents.  OFMS Social Studies teacher Sandra Cibulskas also attended the special recognition event.
Olmsted Falls winners Caroline Gardner and Andrew Homola are pictured in the photo above, along with the winners from Strongsville and the members of the Berea Elks Americanism Committee.  ​
Congratulations again to Andrew, Emily and Caroline on this accomplishment!  Great job to these students for their hard work!!!

BULLDOG SCHOOL COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF FIRST GRADE TEACHER MR. MARTY SIMON

The Olmsted Falls School District community is greatly saddened by the loss of Falls-Lenox first grade teacher Marty Simon, who passed away earlier this week.

Mr. Simon was an Olmsted Falls High School alum, a coach and was an outstanding teacher who taught in our district for 18 years.  Marty served our community and our students well, positively impacting countless lives.

Our school community continues to keep the Simon family in our thoughts during this difficult time.


COME OUT TO CHEER ON OUR OFIS GIRLS ON THE RUN – THIS SUNDAY

We need your Cheers!! Please come out THIS SUNDAY, MAY 7TH, and support the OFIS Girls Running Club as they participate in the Olmsted Spirit 5k race.  The girls have been training hard for the past two months and would love some crowd support.  The Olmsted Spirit 5k starts and ends at the High School stadium at 9 a.m.  The running club girls will be wearing neon pink ~ stop up to cheer them on!


OFMA LATEST NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE, MEETING THIS MONDAY

You’ll find many pictures of past events and important news of upcoming activities in the latest Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter.  To view it, click HERE.

The group’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. this Monday, May 8th in the OFHS choir room.  All are invited to attend.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON IS MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community next Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.  Please do so ASAP.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


DON’T MISS THE MAY ART SHOW – NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 12TH

Students, faculty, special invitees and community members will display their creativity at the Annual May Show this Friday that runs throughout the day in the OFHS gym.

Whether it is watercolor painting, photography,  wood working, computer generated art, sewing or other forms, you’ll certainly see some amazing pieces.

Admission is free.


GRAB A FREE BOOK @ THE OFMS BOGO BOOK FAIR

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will host a Scholastic Buy One,Get One sale starting Monday, May 15th and running through that week ending May 19th. It will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day.

The BOGO sale is a great opportunity for students to load up on summer reading books by buying one book and getting a second book of equal value or less for FREE!  All items at the book fair are available while supplies last.


DEADLINE NEARING – REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will fill those long sunny days!  Information on Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is starting to roll in.  Please click links below for summer sports camp information available to date:

Elementary Volleyball Camp (for Grades 2-6) – May 31st – June 3rd

Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football 2017 Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 26th – 28th

Junior Netters 2017 Volleyball Program (for Grades 2-6) – Fall 2017 (August – Sept)

Links to additional Bulldog Summer Sports Camps will be added as it becomes available.  Watch the blog for updates or visit http://olmstedfallsathletics.net/ and click on the “Camps” link for the latest information.


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS; GIFT CARD DRIVE-BY THIS SATURDAY

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7 p.m.:

  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

  • Gift Card Drive-by and Donate (No need to exit your car!) Saturday, May 6 from 10a-Noon at OFHS We are asking parents to donate a gift card of $15.00 or higher for POST PROM.  We are using these cards for prizes to be given out that evening.  We appreciate everyone who is helping to make this night very special for our children. Thank you in advance for your contribution. If you are unable to drop it off on Saturday, May 6, you can put it in an envelope marked PostProm and have your student drop it off at the office of the high school.
  • Order your PROM flowers by May 17 from The Flower Shoppe and help support Post Prom. The Flower Shoppe, a charming family-owned and operated flower store located on Sprague Road offers an array of the finest floral arrangements.  They can help you design a wrist corsage, boutonniere or a special bouquet of flowers.  call The Flower Shoppe at 440-243-3358 to place your order, OR visit The Flower Shoppe at 22971 Sprague Road in Columbia Station.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please place your orders by May 17th.  The Flower Shoppe has offered to partner with Olmsted Falls Post Prom so please mention Post Prom at the time of the order.

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.co m

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – JULY 29TH! 
Get your foursome together for the 22nd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th.  You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome.  $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.  8:30am shotgun start.
Check out our new website for more details or to register https://ofhsalumni.wordpress.com/


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



LOCAL BALLET GROUP OFFERS BOGO TICKET TO THIS WEEKEND’S  SHOW

North Pointe Ballet will perform the ballet “Cinderella” set to Sergei Prokofiev’s 1944 score at Hope Community Church Auditorium this weekend.. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 5th; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 6th and 2:30 p.m. May 7th. Olmsted Falls School District families may receive a “Buy One, Get one FREE” ticket special by entering “bulldog” coupon code online by clicking HERE.   Director Janet Dziak’s original choreography is comical, light-hearted and easy to understand for the whole family.


REGISTER IN PERSON TO RUN/WALK AT SUNDAY’S OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE 

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m.THIS SUNDAY, MAY 7TH at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

In-person registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. right before the race Sunday at OFHS.

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIAL SALE – THIS SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

The Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s annual Perennial Sale is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 7 on Main Street grounds across from Olmsted Community Church.

Plants for pollinators, flowering bushes, hostas, wildflowers and deer-resistant plants are just a few of the many varieties that will be offered.  Proceeds benefit primary school programs, public gardens and other community projects.


MEET THE WESTVIEW SHARKS TEAM COACHES THIS SUNDAY

The Westview Sharks Swim Team will host a Meet the Coaches event from 5-7 p.m. this Sunday, May 7 at its Westview pool on Redwood Drive.

Residents ages 4-18 are welcome to join the team, whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned swimmer. Develop your skills with a committed coaching staff. The event includes in-person registration and swim suit orders

The Westview Sharks has a long history of producing some of Olmsted Falls High School’s top swimmers. For more details about the team, contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com.


OCBSC LOOKING FOR SUMMER FIELD CREW MANAGER / FIELD CREW WORKER 

OCBSC (Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission) is looking for a Field Crew Manager for summer employment.  Please click HERE to view the job descriptions.

Contact Jill Lukes at 440-476-5997 or Lillian Faust at 440-638-9189 directly if interested.  


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


IT’S TIME FOR ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE – MAY 13TH, 14TH & 20TH

Spruce up your yard with plants from the Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 flower sale. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20th in the parking lot in front of the Olde Wine Cellar – formerly Jenkins Center, at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street.  Scouts will have hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts, too!  Stop by, support Scouting and shop locally.

The group also is collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry, so please consider bringing a non-perishable food item when you shop.


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS COOKIE BATTLE MAY 17TH

Date: 5/17/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

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

Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian.  Please click link below to register:

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=107602


FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT O.F. RELAY FOR LIFE

A June 10th youth flag football tournament will have its proceeds go toward the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life. Age divisions include under 10, 11-15 and 16 and up.

The majority of players must fall within each specific division.

To view a flyer, click HERE. Sign up today!


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for non-residents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

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

MISSION

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

VALUES

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