Parent Update – August 27, 2015

SS_upper_leftNEWSWEEK NAMES OFHS TO ITS LIST OF AMERICA’S TOP 500 HIGH SCHOOLS

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On August 19th, the school district was informed that Olmsted Falls High School made the Top 500 List of America’s Top High Schools for 2015. Only 34 high schools in the State of Ohio made the list.

The ranking analysis completed by Newsweek created a weighted College Readiness Index that included data from indicators that are not simply test score driven. They included:

   ·    College Enrollment

   ·    Graduation Rate

   ·    Weighted Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Dual Enrollment composite

   ·    Weighted SAT/ACT composite

   ·    Student Retention which determines changes to student enrollment between 9th through 12th grades

   ·    Counselor-to-Student Ratio

The District is pleased to have been notified that we made the list (#489) as it is a testament to the hard work, determination and cognitive strength of our students, teachers and parents.  “The fact that the ranking is based on a more robust measure of high school success metrics that extend beyond test scores is something that is important to us,” said Dr. Lloyd. “We’re really trying to engage our students, teachers and parents to help us more clearly define what academic, artistic and athletic success looks like.”

To view Newsweek’s article, click HERE.

AR_upperRightMEET OFSD’S NEW TREASURER EMILY DALES

dales_emily headshotThe Olmsted Falls Board of Education is pleased to welcome a new treasurer/chief financial officer (CFO) to the Olmsted Falls City School District. The Board voted unanimously at a special meeting held August 6th to approve the hiring of Mrs. Emily Dales as the new treasurer/CFO of Olmsted Falls City School District. Mrs. Dales, who assumed her new post this week, comes to Olmsted Falls City Schools from Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools near Columbus, OH, where she has served as assistant treasurer for the past two years.

“Mrs. Dales brings to Olmsted Falls Schools not only a strong understanding of school district finances from the accounting side, but also a keen ability to communicate and work effectively with our many stakeholders including staff, students and community residents,” said Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth. “Her leadership and passion for excellence in education will be a great benefit to our district, and we look forward to welcoming Emily and her family to our school community.”

Prior to serving in her most recent position as assistant treasurer for Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools, Mrs. Dales also served as assistant treasurer and accounting supervisor for Wadsworth City Schools. Mrs. Dales began her career with a CPA firm where she worked exclusively with school treasurers and school district financial reporting. It was that early career experience that sparked her desire to serve as a school treasurer and have an ongoing impact in the continuation of a school district’s outstanding reputation.

“I am overjoyed to have accepted the treasurer/CFO position in a well-established school district with a proven reputation for excellence in education,” said new Treasurer Emily Dales. “The District pride felt throughout the Olmsted community is contagious and I knew shortly after visiting that this would be a great fit for both me and my family.”

“I look forward to working in a district with a history of strong and positive working relationships among the Board of Education, the Office of the Treasurer and the Office of the Superintendent,” added Mrs. Dales. “I look forward to promoting the District’s financial position and to working with an amazing administrative team in continuing the success of Olmsted Falls Schools.”

Mrs. Dales holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Walsh University as well as an Ohio School Treasurer’s License from Ashland University. Mrs. Dales is an active member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the Ohio School Boards Association. Mrs. Dales and her husband, Doug, plan to relocate to the Olmsted community, with their three young children, this fall.

Welcome to Bulldog Country. 

SS_upper_leftWELCOME NEW BULLDOGS!

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Please join us in welcoming these new Bulldog faces to our building classrooms and administrative offices!

Welcome new elementary staff members, seated in front row (from L to R):  Stephanie Kley – ECC Tutor; Samantha Lavandusky – Falls- Lenox Tutor; Joseph LaFlamme – Falls-Lenox Music Teacher; Lauren Holecko – Falls-Lenox Speech Language Pathologist;  Cynthia Zahorchak – OFIS Intervention Specialist; and Jason Sunkle – 4th Grade Teacher.

Welcome new OFMS staff members, standing in middle row (from L to R):  Michael Sislowski – Assistant Principal; Jessica Diaz – Intervention Specialist; Kelly Riley – Choir Teacher; Jennifer Canacci – Gifted Teacher; Kyle Harriger – Physical Education/Health Teacher; Louis Rispoli – Band Teacher; Kasey Geschke – Tutor; and Jessica Fattlar – Tutor.

Welcome to new OFHS staff members, standing in back row (from L to R):  Patrick Griffis – Assistant Principal; Bryan Bennett – Physical Education/Health Teacher (Mr. Bennett will also teach classes at OFIS); Victoria Kirgesner – Latin/ESL Teacher; Daniel Zillich – Math Teacher; Michelle Beach – Science Teacher; Elizabeth Cleary – Business Teacher; Brian Asher – Tutor; Hannah Agoston – Speech Language Pathologist (Mrs. Agoston will also work at OFMS); Haley Benn – Tutor;  and Rachel Thomas – Intervention Specialist.

REQUIRED UPDATES OF RETURNING STUDENT INFORMATION/FORMS SUBMITTED FOR 70% OF STUDENTS DISTRICT WIDE – INFORMATION/FORMS FOR REMAINING 30% OF STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 15TH

importantMany thanks to all of those parents and guardians who have already logged in to your PowerSchool Parent Accounts and submitted the annual required student information updates for the current 2015-2016 school year.  Approximately 30% of students district wide still need to have their information reviewed, updated and submitted.  Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 in order for your student to continue to attend school.  Students without completed information/forms updates after September 15th will be prohibited from attending school until the required updates have been submitted to ensure that all health and emergency contact information is current and correct in the event of an emergency.    

This annual update that all parents of returning students are asked to complete includes important Emergency Medical and Emergency Contact information and is critical to the safety of your son/daughter.  All parents of returning students should either already have an existing PowerSchool Parent Account or have been contacted by your child’s school building with information regarding setting up a new PowerSchool Parent Account, which will allow you to access the link to update information for your student(s).

If you have an existing PowerSchool Parent account, know your username name and password, and would like to login now to complete this important update for your student(s), please click the following link:  https://psof.nccohio.org/public. Once you have successfully logged in to your account, please click on the “Returning Student Registration” link, located on the left-hand side of the screen to get started. NOTE:  Updates must be made separately for EACH student in your household, however the system will automatically transfer basic information changes made in the first student’s record (i.e. address, email or phone number) to the next student’s record to make the process of updating multiple students more efficient.

If you need assistance in accessing or setting up your PowerSchool Parent Account, please contact your child’s school building as soon as possible.  Assistance can be provided for those who may not have access to a computer or the internet. Individual buildings will begin following up directly with those families who have not yet completed the online student information update next week – please plan to watch for and respond to these important emails.

Thank you to all parents and guardians for helping us to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for your child each school year.

CP_leftSCHOOL DISTRICT PRINTED CALENDAR WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON

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The district will continue to produce a printed PTA Activities Calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.  As in past years, one calendar will be distributed to each Bulldog family as well as to all Bulldog staff members.  This year’s calendar will be distributed in early September.  In the meantime, to view the August & September pages, please click HERE.

To view a PDF file of the current 2015-2016 School Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls School District, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftIMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS, BY BUILDING

Below is a list of important back-to-school events for each building.

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL: grades 9-12

September 10th – Underclass picture day

OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL: grades 6-8

September 1stGrade 7 parent night: 7-8 p.m.

3rd – Picture day

3rdGrade 8 parent night: 7-8 p.m.

11th – WEB Football Tailgate: 6-9 p.m.

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL: grades 1-3

27th – Grade 1 open house: 7-8 p.m. **TONIGHT**

September 11th – Picture day

OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER – grades: preK – K

September 1 – First day for preschool typical peers

16th – Picture day

If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:

Olmsted Falls High School: 440- 427-6100; Olmsted Falls Middle School: 440-427-6200;  Olmsted Falls Intermediate School: 440- 427-6500; Falls-Lenox Primary School: 440-427-6400; Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center: 440-427-6360.

Enjoy a great 2015-2016 Bulldog school year!

CP_leftALL OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL BUSES INSPECTED, READY TO ROLL ON FIRST DAY

bus2All 37 buses in the Olmsted Falls School District’s fleet were rolling August 19th – the first day of school. The Ohio Highway Patrol inspected, passed and authorized each bus for operation. The OFSD maintains a positive working relationship with the Ohio Highway Patrol and its local Motor Vehicle Inspection team.  Kudos to our drivers and mechanics for their ongoing diligence throughout the school year to keep our buses in top operating condition.

The Ohio Highway Patrol Motor Vehicle Inspection team returns to OFSD throughout the year.  In October of each school year, it participates in actual ride-alongs on our buses to monitor traffic, bus and pupil safety as part of National School Bus Safety Week.

REMINDER:  WITH BUSES ROLLING AGAIN, PLEASE REMEMBER TO ABIDE BY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUS SAFETY (i.e. stopping/waiting during student pick-ups and drop-offs).  THANK YOU!

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontBULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

District officials recognized staff members for their years of service to the District during the annual opening day staff meeting to kick off the 2015-2016 school year. Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 “Bulldog years” were acknowledged in front of their peers for their contributions to the District’s success.

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Pictured at left:

“35 Year Bulldog!”

Director of Business Affairs Tim Atkinson (Central Office)

 

Pictured at right: 

“30 Year Bulldogs!”

Christine Warren (OFHS) and Cynthia Bennett (OFMS).  Not pictured: Pete Workman (OFIS)

“25 Year Bulldogs!” – (Pictured Below) (L to R): Karen Strawser (ECC), Elaine Atkinson (ECC), Loretta McClelland (ECC), Catherine Warren (OFMS) and Virginia Wendling (OFHS)

“20 Year Bulldogs!” – (Pictured Below) (L to R): John Gaba (OFHS), Marla DiFilippo (ECC), Karen Ebenger (OFIS), David Evans (Transportation/OFMS), Mistie Gantt (Falls-Lenox) and James Yandell (OFHS)

“15 Year Bulldogs!” – (Pictured Below) Front Row (L to R):  Andrea Heinrich (ECC), Jenelle Hughes (OFHS), Sheri DiLoreto-Smith (OFHS), Jessica Barylski (OFIS), Robert Englehart (OFIS), Cecelia Cortimilia (OFHS), Carla Wible (OFHS), Cathy Samuel (Central Office) and Deborah Patacca (Falls-Lenox).   Back Row (L to R): Dan Largent (OFMS), Christopher Odon (OFMS), Christopher DeLisio (OFHS), Rory Fabian (OFHS) and Georgiana Friedman (Falls-Lenox).

“10 Year Bulldogs!” –  (Pictured Below) Front Row (L to R):  Julie Kemper (Falls-Lenox), Joy Kiedrowski (OFHS), Angela Fanara (OFMS), and Christie Cutarelli (OFHS).  Back Row (L to R): Steven Hunter (OFMS), Lindsey Ambrosia (OFMS), Matthew Celaschi (OFHS), Robert Reisland (OFHS), Stacy Petro (Falls-Lenox) and Loula Souris (St. Mary of the Falls).  Not pictured: Ed August (OFHS), Helene Bielozer (St. Mary of the Falls) and Matthew Fulton (OFHS).

OFCS, OTHER LOCAL DISTRICTS PARTNER WITH YOUR TEEN MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL COLLEGE EXPO – SEPTEMBER 21ST

Are you looking for in-depth information about the College Process? On September 21st, Your Teen Magazine and Lake Ridge Academy will lead interactive discussions to help you navigate this process successfully. Register for this event TODAY. yourteenmag.com/register-LRA

YT-Event-OlmstedFallsEVENT DETAILS:

Your Teen and Lake Ridge Academy present “The College Event”

Includes a Parent Expo and Breakout Sessions for Parents AND Teens

WHEN:  Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:30 pm

WHERE:  Lake Ridge Academy

COST:  $10 per family

COMPLIMENTARY CODE for FREE REGISTRATION FOR FAMILIES OF OLMSTED FALLS: 2015LRA

To download a copy of the event flyer, please click HERE.

CP_leftATTN: BULLDOG PARENTS – GET INVOLVED! 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FIRST MEETINGS OF THE YEAR!

You’re invited!  Here is a listing of the first meetings of the year for our many supportive parent groups:

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300OF Music Association – Tuesday, Sept. 2 @ 7 pm

OFMS PTA  – Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 7 pm

OFHS Swim & Dive Boosters – Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 7 pm

OECPTA (@OFMS Café) – Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 7 pm

OF Athletic Boosters – Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7 pm

OFIS PTA – Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7 pm

OFHS Post Prom – Wednesday, Sept. 16 @ 7 pm

OFHS Masquers & Forensics Patrons (OFHS Room W3)– Monday, Sept. 21 @ 7 pm

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA (@ Falls-Lenox) – Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 7 pm

OFHS PTA Meeting – Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7 pm.

PRESALE VARSITY FOOTBALL TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HOME GAMES

Bulldog helmutPresale tickets will be on sale at OFHS in the Student Office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To view a list of the dates presale tickets will be sold, click HERE.

Adult presale tickets, however, will only be available for HOME games. Tickets are $6 and will be sold in the OFHS Student Office. Student presale tickets are $ 4 and will be sold for every varsity game at all school buildings.

SS_upper_leftOFHS MARCHING BAND PERFORMS @ SOCCER GAME

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Prior to their performance, younger Bulldogs were invited to mingle with the band on the field to learn what it’s like to be part of the band.

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

LATEST EDITION OF OFMA “MUSICAL NOTES” NOW AVAILABLE

OFMA bulldog and noteHot off the press!  The latest issue of the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s monthly newsletter, Musical Notes, is now available.

Please click HERE to view the September 2015 issue online.

SS_upper_leftOLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS SHOW LARGE PRESENCE IN HERITAGE DAYS PARADE

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Whether school board members, band members, football players, cheerleaders, PTAs or other school-related groups, those watching last week’s Heritage Days parade certainly saw the school district’s presence along the route.  Our Bulldog marching band took 1st place in the parade’s marching band category.  Congratulations to their great performance and a thank you to all who made our district stand out so well in the parade.

To view photos of the parade, click HERE.

To see a Sun Post-Herald photo gallery of the Heritage Days events, click HERE.

OFHS YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!!

yearbook stack graphicThe 2014-2015 yearbooks are here!!  OFHS yearbooks are now available for pick-up in the student store for those who pre-ordered last year.

A limited number of additional copies are also available for sale for $60 each.  So buy yours today, before they are sold out!

BECOME A MEMBER/VOLUNTEER FOR DISTRICT ATHLETIC PROGRAM

bulldog paw blueThe OF school district has 65 teams representing 22 interscholastic sports in its successful athletic program.

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Club annually asks residents to help defray the sports programs’ operating costs by becoming a member and/or volunteer at some events. Funds are used to buy new equipment, officials medical supplies, awards, tournament expenses, entry feeds, uniforms and scholarship and well as involved in just major projects as the weight room/training room renovation, tennis and track facilities, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer facility and football stadium renovations.

You also may help by volunteering at some of the athletic events. To see an activity list, click HERE.

The group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at OFHS.

DINE OUT AND HELP OFHS PTA

 chipotle sandwichJoin Olmsted Falls High School PTA in supporting its North Olmsted Chipotle fundraiser. Visit the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 15th, show the flyer or tell your cashier that you are supporting PTA’s fundraiser and Olmsted Falls High School PTA will receive 50 percent of the proceeds of your order.  To view the flyer, click HERE.

OECPTA AUTUMN ATTIC SALE TABLE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 16

AutumnAtticThe annual OECPTA Autumn Attic Sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 26, at the OFMS. The deadline to reserve a selling spot is September 16th. Sellers manage their own table and keep all of their profits of new or gently-used children’s items. There is a $25 registration fee for members per space and $30 for non-members.

Early bird entry is from 8-9 a.m. at $5 a person. The general public is from 9 a.m. to noon at $2 a person.

To download a seller’s registration form, click HERE.

JOIN HOCKEY BACKERS AT ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

bulldog hockeyRegistration is open at the OFHS Hockey Golf Outing September 19th at the Emerald Woods Golf Course in Columbia Township.

The entry fee is $80 a person and $340 for a team. The 4-man scramble shot-gun start includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, prizes and other amenities. For more details, contact Laura Wilson, 216-965-3384, lauraskater@yahoo.com; Coach Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822, brianthompson@sbcglobal.net or click HERE for a registration form. To see a pamphlet of the event, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftCOLLEGE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SET FOR OCTOBER

college fairStudents with disabilities are invited to a College Fair at Gahanna Lincoln High School from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7th. It includes schools from across Ohio and the nation.

This opportunity, which is a collaborative effort with Gahanna Lincoln High school, Central Ohio Technical College, The Ohio State University at Newark and Muskingum University, is a chance to explore various programs. For more details, contact Phyllis Solove, solovep@gjps.org. or 614-478-5500, Ext. 126.

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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

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS FALL PROGRAMS Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710

The Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library provides programs throughout the year.

A list of Fall programs for youngsters, teens and adults is available by clicking HERE.

BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND PLAYS @ OLMSTED FASTPITCH FUNDRAISERfastpitch fundraiser

The Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch September 12th will bring the Liverpool Lads, a locally favorite Beatles tribute band, to the West Side Irish American Club. The 6-10 p.m. event costs $20 and includes live music, food, refreshments, prize baskets and raffles. Contact olmstedgirlsfastpitch@gmail.com for tickets before the event. Tickets also are available at the door. The center is at 859 Jennings Road.

4TH ANNUAL ROBBY’S VOICE RACE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 13TH

Robby's voice posterStart stretching for the annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness Sunday, September 13th. It includes a 5K run and 1 mile walk with a pancake breakfast – all at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. The race’s purpose is to raise awareness about drug addiction.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; followed by a 9 a.m. to noon pancake breakfast; 9:30, pre-race ceremony; 10 a.m. 5K and 1 mile walk; 11, kids dash and then the post-race awards and raffle, the latter that includes a 32-inch LG smart TV, Bose True Sound headphones and $100 cash.

Mail-in registration must be received by September 9th.

To learn more about Robby, an OFHS graduate, click HERE; to register for the race, click HERE and to buy raffle tickets online, click HERE.

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Parent Update – August 15, 2015

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OFCS Triple A LogoFIRST BLOG OF THE YEAR

We hope that everyone is enjoying the final days of summer break.  As we prepare to open the 2015-2016 school year, we are officially activating our district’s Weekly Blog Update to provide you with a summary of important back-to-school information.  This Weekly Blog Update will be published each week that school is in session throughout the school year.  We hope you will find it to be a valuable information resource for our school community.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  INFORMATION UPDATES FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLINE BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – THIS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH

Nearly half of all Bulldog parents have already completed the annual information updates and forms required for returning students!  Thank you for your timely attention to this important annual information update!

All parents/guardians of RETURNING Bulldog students must log in to their PowerSchool Parent Accounts to update information and complete required back-to-school forms for each student in their household.  This annual update must be completed online BEFORE the first day of school on Wednesday, August 19th.

All parents/guardians of RETURNING students entering grades 2-12 have existing PowerSchool Accounts.  If you need assistance with your Power School Parent Account login, please contact your child’s school building.

All parents/guardians of RETURNING students in grades Preschool, K & 1 were mailed PowerSchool Parent Account access ID/Password information earlier this week, along with account set-up instructions for brand new accounts as well as for linking younger students to already existing PowerSchool Parent Accounts.  If you are in need of assistance with your PowerSchool Parent Account, please contact your child’s school building.

Please click HERE to login to your PowerSchool Parent Account now.  Once logged in to PowerSchool, click on the “Returning Student Registration” link on the left side of the page to review, update and submit required information for the 2015-2016 school year.  Information/forms must be completed and submitted separately for each student in your household.  Once you have completed/submitted information for your first student, simply select your next student in your PowerSchool accountFor more detailed instructions, please click HERE

IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS, BY BUILDING

Below is a list of important back-to-school events for each building. We look forward to welcoming students back into our buildings for the start of the 2015-16 school year this coming Wednesday, August 19th.

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL: grades 9-12

19th –  First Day for students

25th –  Open House, begins at 7 p.m.

September 10th – Underclass picture day

OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL: grades 6-8

17thGrades 7/8  homerooms posted – 3:30 p.m.

19th –  First Day – Grades 7/8 students report to homeroom for class schedule & locker assignment

September 1stGrade 7 parent night: 7-8 p.m.

3rd – Picture day

3rdGrade 8 parent night: 7-8 p.m.

11th – WEB Football Tailgate: 6-9 p.m.

OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL: grades 4-5

19th – First day for students

20thGrade 4 open house: 7-8:30 p.m.

26th – Picture day

26thGrade 5 open house: 7-8:30 p.m.

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL: grades 1-3

19th – First day for students

24thGrade 3 open house: 7-8 p.m.

25thGrade 2 open house: 7-8 p.m.

27thGrade 1 open house: 7-8 p.m.

September 11th – Picture day

OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER – grades: preK – K

August 19th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Doyle & Mrs. Heinrich / A.M. Class: 8-10:30 a.m.

19th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Doyle & Mrs. Heinrich/ P.M. Class: noon to 2:30 p.m.

20th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. McNeeley & Mrs. Michaels/A.M. class: 8-10:30 a.m.

20th – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. McNeeley & Mrs. Michaels/P.M. class: noon – 2:30 p.m.

21st – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Roberto & Mrs. Strawser/A.M. class: 8-10:30 a.m.

21st – Kindergarten orientation – Mrs. Roberto & Mrs. Strawser/P.M. class: noon – 2:30 p.m.

24th – First day for Kindergarten students

24th – Preschool orientation – A.M. classes: 9-10 a.m.

24th – Preschool orientation – P.M. classes: 1-2 p.m.

25th – First day for preschool special needs students

September 1 – First day for preschool typical peers

16th – Picture day

If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:

Olmsted Falls High School: 440- 427-6100

Olmsted Falls Middle School: 440-427-6200

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School: 440- 427-6500

Falls-Lenox Primary School: 440-427-6400

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center: 440-427-6360

Enjoy a great 2015-2016 Bulldog school year!

NEW STRATEGIC PLAN MAKES POSITIVE IMPACT IN FIRST YEAR

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontThe Olmsted Falls City School District’s new Strategic Plan has already had a measurable impact in its first year.  The District’s collaborative strategic planning process began in spring 2014 and the new Olmsted Falls City School District Strategic Plan was formally approved by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education last fall (October 2014).

The Strategic Plan immediately became a valuable tool which will help guide District decision-making over the next five years.  The new Strategic Plan incorporates four main areas of focus:  Student Success, Aligned Resources, Technology Enabled and Community Partnerships.

Following are a few tangible examples of the Strategic Plan in action across the District during the course of the 2014-2015 school year:

SS_upper_left• Established a dedicated College and Career Counselor to help students identify and explore career pathways in grades 7-12.

• Implementation of MAPS/Compass Learning for Grades K-11.

• Revised OFHS Program of Studies to show career pathway connections to course work.

• Increased the number of College Credit Plus courses offered on OFHS campus from two to ten.

• Creation of new business program at OFHS to launch in fall 2015.

AR_upperRight• Adoption of new math curriculum, Bridges.

• Continuation of Lean Six Sigma program to maximize district efficiency.

• Permanent Improvement (P.I.) Funds earmarked for Wi-Fi upgrades at ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFHS.

TE_lowerRight-crop Established Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) position to support teachers’ use of technology in the classroom. A second TIS position will be made possible beginning in 2015-2016 school year through redistribution of a full-time position available due to retirement.

• Implementation of Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education

• Ongoing staff training opportunities in technology integration.

CP_left• Creation and distribution of teacher, parent and student surveys regarding technology skills, applications and needs.

• Outreach to parents and community underway in an effort to create a database of contacts in a variety of careers to provide career exploration opportunities for students.

• Increase in parent communication at building level using combination of Power Announcement emails/texts, as well as social media including Twitter, Instagram and the OFMS app.

TE_lowerRight-cropAR_upperRightSUMMER MONTHS ARE BUSY IN OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT

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One of the latest building maintenance projects made possible by Permanent Improvement (P.I.) Levy funds was the replacement of the eastern portion of the Falls-Lenox Primary School roof this summer.

While many people may assume that our school campuses are closed over the summer break, that is far from true.  The summer months when school is not in session are among the busiest for our building and grounds maintenance staff.  Maintaining our school buildings and facilities – and our community’s investment in them – is a top priority of Olmsted Falls City Schools.  Our hard-working OFCS staff and hired contractors have continued to accomplish items that were on the permanent improvement project list.

Some of the more significant items included: a partial roof replacement at OFHS and Falls-Lenox, additional surveillance cameras in the high school as well as new ones in our middle school cafeteria. Many of our parking lots have been resurfaced and a more secure entrance was completed at our middle school (see story below).  Once again we’ve been able to expand our technological footprint in the District – all buildings have WiFi access points in classrooms and we have purchased an additional 700+ Chromebooks to help our staff members integrate technology for the purposes of inspiring and empowering our students.

AR_upperRightIMPROVEMENTS TO ENTRANCE SECURITY COMPLETE AT OFMS

DSC_9153Students and visitors to Olmsted Falls Middle School will be greeted by  a newly reconfigured entrance to the main office as the new school year gets under way this month.

The project to improve the security of the main entrance at Olmsted Falls Middle School got underway this past spring and was completed over the summer. The new renovations include a reconfiguration of the main building entrance to allow  visitors entering the building to do so directly through the main office.  Previously, visitors entering the OFMS during school hours were buzzed in through vestibule doors leading into the main hallway, and then had to walk down the hall to check in at the office. With the renovation project complete, visitors will now enter the building during school hours through a new vestibule that leads directly into the Middle School’s main office.

DSC_9154The reconfiguration began with a new doorway being cut through the wall located on the outside edge of the main office, just to the east of the existing entry doors.  A new vestibule was then constructed surrounding this new entry point, and includes video surveillance and a buzzer system for controlled entry.  Concrete was poured to extend the existing walkway and a canopy was also installed.

Middle School students will continue to enter and exit the building at the beginning and end of the school day through the original main entrance doors.  Once the school day starts, all visitors wishing to enter the building must do so through the new vestibule.

Funds from an existing permanent improvement levy dedicated exclusively to Olmsted Falls Middle School were used for this project, in addition to a $5,000 Entrance Security Grant awarded to Olmsted Falls Middle School through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.  In total, Olmsted Falls School District was awarded a $25,000 in Entrance Security Grants by the OFCC ($5,000 for each building) to improve safety and security.

AR_upperRightIMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

school busIndividual bus cards have been mailed out. Any family who has not yet received their bus card(s) in the mail should contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350.  Complete Bus Route information is also available online.  Please visit the Transportation Department’s webpage by clicking HERE.

The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:

* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.

* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).

* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.

Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.

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FruitPrinted 2015-2016 Breakfast and Lunch menus will be available to students beginning on the first day of school.  The 2015-2016 menus (for K-5; 6-8; and 9-12) are also available online.

To view the menus online or download a pdf to print yourself, please click HERE. Printed menus will be sent home with all students (K-8).  Printed menus will be available in the high school cafeteria for all OFHS students.

2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Please be sure you have the current 2015-2016 School Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls School District by downloading a PDF file HERE.

SIGN UP: VOLLEYBALL FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 2-6

VolleyBall-plainThere is still room in the Olmsted Falls Volleyball Junior Netters Program that begins Aug. 22. The program is for girls and boys in grades 2-6, which introduces and enhances students’ skills and provides fun in learning. OFHS volleyball players and coaches instruct the students.

The program is prorated since it already began with a $30 cost. Upcoming sessions at the OFHS gym are from 9-10:15 a.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. For more information and registration, click HERE.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FIRST MEETINGS OF THE YEAR!

You’re invited!  Here is a listing of the first meetings of the year for our many supportive parent groups:

OFHS Masquers & Forensics Patrons (OFHS Room W3)– Monday, Aug. 24 @ 7 pm

OFHS Post Prom (OFHS Library)– Wednesday, Aug. 26 @ 7 pm

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OFMS PTA  – Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 7 pm

OFHS Swim & Dive Boosters – Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 7 pm

OECPTA (@OFMS Café) – Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 7 pm

OF Athletic Boosters – Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7 pm

OFIS PTA – Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7 pm

OFHS Post Prom – Wednesday, Sept. 16 @ 7 pm

OFHS Masquers & Forensics Patrons (OFHS Room W3)– Monday, Sept. 21 @ 7 pm

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA (@ Falls-Lenox) – Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 7 pm

OFHS PTA Meeting – Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7 pm

SS_upper_leftBOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS ATHLETES FOR THEIR SPRING 2015 PERFORMANCES

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OFHS student athletes Elizabeth Neudeck, Ryan Hanna and Tyler Zalac were in attendance at the June Board of Education meeting to be recognized by Board President Jim Weisbarth (far left) and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd (back) for their achievements.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized Scholar Athletes and 1st Team athletes at its June 18th meeting.

Scholar Athletes for the Spring 2015 season included Xavier Rivera (baseball); Mallory Taylor (softball); Michael Doherty (boys track), Elizabeth Neudeck (girls track) and Tyler Zalac (boys tennis).  These student athletes earned their prestigious Scholar Athlete honor by holding a varsity letter in their senior year and earning the highest grade point average on the team in their respective sports.

1st Team All Southwestern Conference Athletes for the Spring 2015 season included OFHS Varsity Baseball players Ryan Hanna, Collin Romel and Anthony Savarino, and OFHS Varsity Softball player Samantha Fagan.  1st Team All Conference athletes are voted on by head coaches within the Southwestern Conference from their respective sports.

Congratulations to all of these fine student athletes!

SS_upper_leftTWO OFHS TEAMS COMPETE AT NATIONAL COMPETITION

Skills USA photo 1An OFHS robotics teams captured third and another, 14th place, at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, KY.

Joselyn Rabbit and Stephanie Schroth took third place in the Robotics and Automation Technology competition. The contest challenges two-person teams to demonstrate operation of a 5-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production problem. Teams have eight hours to set up and demonstrate operation of a robotic work cell by electrically wiring and programming the robot and objects from a word problem. This is the second year the two earned a spot at nationals and plan to return next year.

Brian Dougher and Logan Klink placed 14th in the Mobile Robotics Technology Competition. Teams design and build a skills usa photo 2robot using VEX components that meet the game requirements. The competition is a two-day long event, with the first day building the robot and the second in competition.

More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students competed in the hands-on event that featured 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade and labor organizations and test competencies are set by industry. Students gain a spot in this national competition by being the tops in their state.

Congratulations to these outstanding students.  To view a video of the robotics and automation entry, click HERE and for the mobile robot, click HERE.

JOIN HOCKEY BACKERS AT ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

bulldog hockeyRegistration is open at the OFHS Hockey Golf Outing September 19th at the Emerald Woods Golf Course in Columbia Township.

The entry fee is $80 a person and $340 for a team. The 4-man scramble shot-gun start includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, prizes and other amenities. For more details, contact Laura Wilson, 216-965-3384, lauraskater@yahoo.com; Coach Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822, brianthompson@sbcglobal.net or click HERE for a registration form. To see a pamphlet of the event, click HERE.

COLLEGE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SET FOR OCTOBER

college fairStudents with disabilities are invited to a College Fair at Gahanna Lincoln High School from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7th. It includes schools from across Ohio and the nation.

This opportunity, which is a collaborative effort with Gahanna Lincoln High school, Central Ohio Technical College, The Ohio State University at Newark and Muskingum University, is a chance to explore various programs. For more details, contact Phyllis Solove, solovep@gjps.org. or 614-478-5500, Ext. 126.

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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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Parent Update – June 16, 2015

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FINAL BLOG OF THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR & OUR 250TH POST!

250blogpostWith summer break officially underway, today’s post marks the last official blog post of the 2014-2015 school year – and our 250TH POST since launching the District’s blog in fall 2009!

Thank you for your patience as we worked to compile the large volume of news and important information you will find below.  It has been a pleasure sharing news from our District with you on a weekly basis over the course of this school year.  Regular weekly blog posts will resume in late July, as we begin to prepare for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.  To download a copy of the 2015-2016 school year calendar, please click HERE.

Best wishes to all for a safe and relaxing summer break!

SUMMER REMINDERS

REMINDER:  ALL STUDENTS HAVE  COMPASS LEARNING ACCESS DURING SUMMER

compass-learning-logoAll Olmsted Falls students in grades K-12 still have access to Compass Learning over the summer. This program allows them to practice/enrich throughout the summer months. Students use their student ID# as the username and the password is bulldogs.  Please note: The Compass Learning website is best viewed using Google Chrome browser. To download the free Google Chrome browser to your computer, click HERE. The link to Compass Learning site is HERE.

PARENTS: HELP YOUR STUDENTS STAY SHARP IN MATH THIS SUMMER

Math-Clip-ArtParents have the opportunity to prevent “summer slide” in math by using some of the resources that a member of the Northeast Ohio Mathematical Specialist Group has shared with us.  To view a great list of online math help and others, click HERE.

OFHS SUMMER READING/WORK ASSIGNMENTS FOR SELECT CLASSES

For OFHS students scheduled to take AP or Honors Language Arts, AP US History, Honors Social Studies, French II or III, or Spanish II at the high school for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, please be sure that you have accessed the required summer reading/work assignments.  Summer reading/work assignments for these classes, as well as information on Compass Learning for Special Education students is available at: https://goo.gl/pHzGex

graduation cap 2015COMMENCEMENT PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Class of 201​5 commencement photographs are now available online for purchase!  Please visit the following link for easy access to the event photos for students and parents:

http://events.lifetouch.com/eventHomepage.aspx?EventID=145087

URSULINE COLLEGE OFFERING WORKSHOP ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Ursuline College will help students highlight their best qualities and teach them how to be an attractive admission candidate. It is offering a comprehensive two-day program on Tuesday, June 30th and Wednesday, July 1st, to wow college admission officers. The cost is $25 for commuters and $50 for overnight guests. The registration ends June 15th. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

color bulldog headWhen school is out for summer, Bulldog students will have many opportunities to stay active with a variety of 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps that begin in June.  The OF Athletic Department has posted a list of sports camps available to students this summer – including camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information and links to individual camp forms and registration details.  

Please click HERE for the latest 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

SUMMER WEIGHT ROOM AT OFHS

weight roomThe OFHS Summer Weight Room – recently renovated thanks to dedication and support of the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters – is FREE and OPEN to all 9th – 12th grade students throughout the summer months.  Open daily Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Student athletes are encouraged to contact their head coach for exact program and weight training times.

END OF YEAR NEWS

CELEBRATING KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten 1Mrs. Strawser’s kindergarten students celebrated during a special program for their families and friends in the ECC gym last Friday.  The children sang songs and recited poems to celebrate the end of the year and all they have learned in kindergarten.  Performances included “We’re Great!,” “First Grade, First Grade!” and “Who Let The Letters Out?”  To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click HERE.   To view  video clips of these performances, please click play on the images below.

“We’re Great!”

“First Grade, First Grade!”

“Who Let The Letters Out?”

FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2015

Congratulations to the 269 members of the Class of 2015! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 28th to celebrate Commencement.

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OFHS graduating seniors Michael Doherty (pictured above, left) and Chloe Topolski (pictured above, right) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Jim Weisbarth and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by the talented Emily Laycock and Kyle Thompson (pictured at right).

For more photos of this event, please click HERE.

Congratulations again to all of this year’s Bulldog graduates!

THANK YOU OLMSTED COMMUNITY! LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTS CLASS OF 2015 GRADS

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Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association Scholarship Winners from the Class of 2015

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,$119,655 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students from the Class of 2015. Eighty-four local sponsors awarded a total of 228 scholarships to graduating seniors this year.

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 complete list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2015, please click HERE.  To view more photos from OFHS Senior Honors Day, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2015 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year.  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 2015!  Best of luck to you all!

Grad SignYARD SIGNS EXTEND PUBLIC CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2015

In what has become an annual tradition, all graduating Bulldogs received a congratulatory yard sign on the eve of the Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

These signs were paid for by the Olmsted Falls Education Association and personally delivered by a volunteer group of administrators, teachers and staff.

Congrats again to the OFHS Class of 2015!

RETIREES DEDICATED NEARLY 500 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees! Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to 22 dedicated staff members retiring this year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals 492 Bulldog years!

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Olmsted Falls School District Retirees gather for a group photo at the annual Records Day Breakfast.  Picture (L to R) in first row are Marge Klayko, Judy Casterline, Susan Magnone, Dawn Moses, Nancy Czupik, and Peggy Morris.  Pictured in second row are Teri Vavro, Judy Crandall, Marilyn Gromek, Joan Schlitter, John Klembarsky, Janet Venecek, Jim Ryan, Bill McGrain, Joan Heinrich and George Elioff . (Not pictured: Pat Brediger, Sandra Knuth, Maureen Kondzer, Ann Messenheimer, Cynthia O’Connor, and Pat Rusnak.)

 

This year’s retirees include:

Mrs. Pat Brediger, ECC Intervention Tutor (22 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Judy Casterline, OFMS Intervention Specialist (20 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Judy Crandall, OFHS Music Teacher (35 Bulldog years)

Ms. Nancy Czupik, OFHS Latin Teacher (15 Bulldog years)

Mr. George Elioff, Falls-Lenox Primary School Security Manager (12 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Marilyn Gromek, Falls-Lenox Primary School Speech-Language Pathologist (19 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Joan Heinrich, Falls-Lenox Primary School Cleaner (24 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Marge Klayko, OFMS Science Teacher (20 Bulldog years)

Mr. John Klembarksy, Falls-Lenox Primary School Third Grade Teacher (26 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Sandra Knuth, OFCS Bus Driver & OFHS Lunch Room Assistant (18 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Maureen Kondzer, OFMS Intervention Specialist/Tutor (15 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Susan Magnone, OFIS/OFMS Art Teacher (31 Bulldog years)

Mr. Bill McGrain, OFHS O.W.E. Teacher (30 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Ann Messenheimer, OFMS English/Reading Teacher (20 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Peggy Morris, OFIS Gifted Intervention Specialist (19 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Dawn Moses, OFHS Physical Education/Health Teacher (22 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Cynthia O’Connor, OFCS Bus Driver (19 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Pat Rusnak, OFCS Food Services Secretary (20 Bulldog years)

Mr. James Ryan, OFHS O.W.A. Teacher (33 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Joan Schlitter, OFIS Library Information Specialist & Technology Teacher (18 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Teri Vavro, OFMS Secretary (15 Bulldog years)

Mrs. Janet Venecek, OFIS Fourth Grade Teacher (39 Bulldog years)

Retirees were recognized by their buildings/departments as well as at the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for staff held June 3rd. 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!

OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS 2015 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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(From left to right):  Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club President Mr. Tony Budak, Kiwanis Employee of the Year winners – OFMS Intervention Specialist Mrs. Judy Casterline and OFHS Music Teacher Mrs. Judy Crandall – and Kiwanis Club member Mr. Kris Correll pose for a photo following the annual award presentation.  Also honored, but unable to attend, was OFIS Head Custodian Mr. Pete Workman.  Staff members are nominated annually for Employee of the Year by fellow colleagues.   Nominations are reviewed and selected by a special committee of Kiwanis members.  Congratulations to all three 2015 Employees of the Year, and thank you to the Kiwanis Club for their continued support of the Olmsted educational community.

JOE MORRIS HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

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OFEA President Anne Miskimins presented Bulldog supporter Mr. Joe Morris with this year’s “Friends of Education Award” presented by the Olmsted Falls Education Association.  Mr. Morris was recognized for his dedication and commitment to expanding opportunities for students to explore the world of science and for his countless volunteer hours for the Science Olympiad program, which this year had more than 100 OFIS and OFMS students involved.  Congratulations and much gratitude to Joe Morris!  Bulldog Country is fortunate to have you working on behalf of the students in Olmsted Falls Schools.

ECC HELPS KINDERGARTNERS ‘CROSS THE BRIDGE’

20150602_103855As ECC’s kindergartners left their building for the last time, they said ‘goodbye’ to kindergarten and ‘hello’ to first grade.

During library, on the second last day of school, kindergarten students read “On Our Way to First Grade.” Every child received a copy to take home and a Barnes & Noble summer reading game. After reading eight books this summer, they will write down the titles, take it to that book store and receive a free book.

During library, they also talked about how – at the end of the last day of school – the ECC doors they walk out to the bus would look like the bridge in the book they read. As part of the book’s “Stepping Up” party, they officially crossed a bridge into first grade. They realized after walking out the doors, they officially became first graders! To see a photo gallery of the last day, click HERE.

8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY DRAWS FULL HOUSE

DSC_9088Students, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, counselors and administrators packed the gymnasium at Olmsted Falls Middle School on Tuesday, June 2nd as the 8th grade class participated in the traditional promotion assembly marking the completion of their time at Olmsted Falls Middle School and their transition to Olmsted Falls High School in the fall.  During this special assembly, OFMS students who excelled in a variety of academic endeavors were also publicly honored for their efforts.  To view photos from this year’s ceremony, please click HERE.  Congratulations to all of our 8th grade students!

5th GRADE RECOGNITION DAY

DSC_9027Fifth grade students and their families gathered on the morning of June 2nd to celebrate accomplishments and bid farewell to their time at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Students were acknowledged for participation in Chess Club, Student Council, PTA Reflections, K-Kids, Science Olympiad and OFIS Ambassadors.  Academic and attendance awards were also handed out at the special end-of-year assembly.  To view photos from this event, please click HERE.

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OFHS graduates were not the only ones who wore caps to commemorate moving on to their future.  Preschoolers at ECC also wore them as part of their end-of-the-year ceremony as they advance in grades. Congratulations and best wishes as they enter Kindergarten.

 

OFIS PROVIDED SNEAK PEAK OF BUILDING TO INCOMING FOURTH GRADERS

IMG_3747Falls-Lenox third graders visited OFIS May 20th for a tour of the building they will attend next year as fourth graders.  The students were very excited to see their new school and meet the teachers. They toured the classrooms, library, computer lab, cafeteria and office. The students also had the opportunity to hear about the Intermediate School from current fourth grade students.  Mr. Svec greeted and spoke to the students and answered many questions.  The third graders are looking forward to a great fourth grade year at OFIS!

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The 5th grade Luau was a blast for all!  DJ Ricci really kept the dance floor moving with great music and games!  The parent volunteers kept the kids busy with cool crafts and tattoos.  The food table and drinks were kept running by the volunteers as well.  A special thank you to the Luau committee and volunteers for making this such a fun event for our 5th graders! To view additional photos from the 5th grade Luau, please click HERE.

CONTRIBUTORS CLUB HONORS TWO MORE OFHS STUDENTS

Two more students were recognized recently as new members to the honorary Contributors Club. Mariel Krakowiak nominated them for their outstanding volunteer efforts with Helping Hands, a group in which typical peers and high functioning special needs students, plan and organize events for special needs students and their families to attend. These events offer more opportunities for special needs students and typical students to be together.

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Contributor’s Club honoree Carly  Neely with her mother.

Both plan to attend Cleveland State University in the fall.  Mia plans to go into bio-medical engineering, while Carly wishes to become an intervention specialist. Congratulations and good luck to both of these outstanding students!

PARENT TECHNOLOGY SURVEY – SUMMARY OF RESULTS

Spring 2015 Parent Tech Survey - Summary of Results_Page_1Many thanks to all of our Bulldog parents who took time to complete the online Parent Technology Survey this spring!  Being Technology Enabled is one of the four primary areas of strategic focus in the Olmsted Falls School District’s Strategic Plan, and this input and feedback from parents regarding technology integration in our schools will be a valuable information resource as we move forward.

A total of 522 parents completed the online Parent Technology Survey by accessing the link provided via email and through the District’s Weekly Parent Update.  To view a summary of these survey results, please click HERE.

These survey results will be used internally to help guide decision-making as it relates to technology integration and training, and the District’s Strategic Plan.  Thank you again to all of those parents who completed the survey.  Your time and input is very much appreciated!

PTA HONORS MANY VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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(L to R): PTA Council President Amy Krogh with Volunteer of the Year Sandra Graham

PTA volunteers and staff gathered at OFIS for the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner in late May.  Congratulations to Sandra Graham, 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 Amy Kaylor for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Reghan Laki for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Tricia Vidovich for OFIS PTA; Donna McKee for OFMS PTA; and Sandra Graham for OFHS PTA.

This year’s Helping Hands Award winner went to Julianne Allen from OFIS. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized included George (“Mr. George”) Elioff from Falls-Lenox, Tony Budak from OFMS, and Lindsey Raich from OFHS.

OFIS 5th grade teacher Michael Schafer was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the event. Building Educator of theYear honorees were also recognized including:  Andrea Campagna at Falls-Lenox; Michael Schafer at OFIS; Laura Ulmenstine at OFMS; and Kristina Robertson at OFHS.

Michael De Filippo, Max Limpert, Connie Saylor and Lilian Bobowicz were honored as the Reflections program state winners.

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District Helping Hands Winner Julianne Allen with PTA Council President Amy Krogh

 

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District Educator of the Year Michael Schafer (middle) with PTA Council President Amy Krogh & OFIS Principal Don Svec

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State level PTA Reflections Program winners Michael DiFilippo and Max Limpert were on hand to be recognized.

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HS PTA President Sandra Graham also recognized this year’s senior PTA parents:  Julie Bihn, Gayle Boeskin, and Denise Oltmanns.

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

 NEW PTA UNIT PRESIDENTS INSTALLED FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

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Incoming PTA presidents Kelly Walker, Sandra Graham, Julianne Allen & Michelle Saluja. Not pictured: Erika Singleton and Claudia Ferrini.

Congratulations to the new unit PTA presidents for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year,  who were formally installed into their positions at the annual PTA Volunteer Dinner.  Serving each PTA unit as president will be:  Michelle Saluja for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Erika Singleton for Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood PTA; Julianne Allen for OFIS PTA; Sandra Graham for OFMS PTA; and Claudia Ferrini for OFHS PTA.  Kelly Walker will as Olmsted Falls PTA Council president.  Thank you in advance to each of these PTA presidents for their leadership in the upcoming 2015-2016 school year!

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Members of the OFHS track and field team had a great time at their end-of-the-season banquet.

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

 

STUDENTS EXCEL ON 2015 NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

latin wreathCongratulations to the following students for their excellent performance on the 2015 National Latin Exam.

In Latin I, Gold Medals went to Isaac Baillis, Joseph Calabrase and Alec Juergens. Silver Medals went to Jon Knaggs and Cory Ramsey. Magna Cum Laude Certificates went to Emily Andrews, Andrew Barnard, Meredith Gardner, Nina Hilpert and Gabrielle Zemaitis. Cum Laude Certificates went to Ben Huston, Anna Kokitka, Nathan Krantz, Skyler Miner and Rylan Wikle.

In Latin II, Mark Drobnak earned a Gold Medal and Ouen Mali won a Silver Medal. Magna Cum Laude Certficates were earned by Adrien Curtis and Graham Bennett. Cum Laude Certificates were earned by Brian Grove, Sean Koch, Katie Yanchak and Audrey Zbydnowski.

In Latin III, a Silver Medal went to Amelia Le. Magna Cum Laude Certificates went to Josh Aubel, Catie Edgington, Marisol Lambermont, Makenna Plumlee, Alec Sims and Keanna Strelau. Cum Laude Certificates went to Zach Boscarello, Julia Burnell, Matthew Fox, Courtney Nelson, Kara Marshall and William Steiner.

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(L to R): Jon Knaggs, Latin I, Silver Medal; Mark Drobnak, Latin II Gold Medal; Isaac Bailis, Latin I, Gold Medal; Alec Juergens, Latin I, Gold Medal; Joey Calabrase, Latin I, Gold Medal.

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Corey Ramsey, Latin I, Silver Medal. Silver Medalists not pictured: Amelia Le, Latin III and Ouen Mali, Latin II.

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(L to R): Andrew Barnard, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Alec Sims, Latin III, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Keanna Strelau, Latin III, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Gabby Zemaitis, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Meredith Gardner, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; Emily Andrews, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate; and Nina Hilpert, Latin I, Magna Cum Laude Certificate. Magna Cum Laude Certificate recipients not pictured: Adrien Curtis, Latin II; Bennett Graham, Latin II; Josh Aubel, Latin III; Catie Edgington, Latin III; Marisol Lambermont, Latin III and Makenna Plumlee, Latin III.

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(L to R): Sean Koch, Latin II, Cum Laude Certificate; Julia Burnell, Latin III, Cum Laude Certificate; Anna Kokitka, Latin I, Cum Laude Certificate; Audrey Zbydnowki, Latin II, Cum Laude Certificate; Cum Laude Certificate recipients not pictured: Ben Huston, Latin I; Nathan Krantz, Latin I; Skyler Miner, Latin I; Rylan Wikle, Latin I; Brian Grove, Latin II, Katie Yanchak, Latin II; zach Boscarello, Latin III, Matthew Fox, Latin III; Courtney Nelson, Latin III; Dara Marshall, Latin III and William Steiner, Latin III.

Olmsted_Falls_MusicTHE FINAL OFMA’S NEWSLETTER OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR HOT OFF THE PRESSES

The Olmsted Falls Music Association has its final newsletter available to the community. It has much information about recent competition, summer band camp dates and annual honors. To view a copy of Musical Notes, click HERE.

OFIS 5th GRADERS MOTOR TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE

greenfield 4The fifth-grade classes visited Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum May 29th for an all-day visit. Students, teachers and volunteers arrived at the Michigan site early that morning and returned home later that day.  The many exhibits in the museum and the Village were a great educational experience for them. Thanks to all who helped during the trip!

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

FALLS-LENOX / OFIS STUDENTS EXPERIENCE GIRLS ON THE RUN RACE

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Olmsted Falls had three teams of girls at the 5K Girls on the Run race in Akron Sunday, May 31. At its heart, Girls on the Run is about empowering girls to be their best and reach their goals. On Sunday, when they ran…or walked…or skipped across the 5k finish line, they experienced firsthand that big things are possible when you keep moving forward!  We are so proud of all of the girls on Team Falls-Lenox and Team OFIS who reached their goals and participated in the GOTR program!  Thanks many staff coaches and parents who ran as well!! To view more photos from the GOTR 5K, please click HERE.

DISTRICT P.I. FUNDS AT WORK:  FALLS-LENOX ROOF REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY

IMG_3750IMG_3751IMG_3748Maintaining the community’s investment in our school facilities is a top priority for Olmsted Falls School District.  Just as residents must ensure their homes are properly maintained, Olmsted Falls School District must ensure that our school buildings are kept in good condition.  Summer is a busy time for building and grounds projects throughout the District.  One of this summer’s larger maintenance projects is the replacement of the eastern portion of the Falls-Lenox Primary School roof.  Work got underway following the official end of the school year on June 2nd.  The Falls-Lenox roof replacement is being paid for by Permanent Improvement Levy Funds generated by the 5-Year P.I. Levy passed by residents in November 2011 with no increase to the current level of taxes.

DISTRICT FINANCIAL NEWS

Auditor of State Award 2015State Auditor’s Award:  Olmsted Falls School District has received the Auditor of State Award for a fourth consecutive year.  This award is presented to entities that file timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Auditing Practices), as well as receive a “clean” audit report with no findings, questions or referrals.  State Auditor Dave Yost’s letter to the district states “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.” Congratulations to the Olmsted Falls School District Treasurer’s Office for their outstanding financial practices and to Bulldog staff members across the district, who play an important role in the efficient operation of the District.

5-Year Forecast:  Parents and community residents are invited to view a copy of the District’s latest 5-5YearForecast-May2015_Page_4Year Financial Forecast, approved by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at the last regular monthly meeting held on May 21st.  All school districts in the state of Ohio are required by law to review and approve a 5-year financial forecast twice annually.  The Olmsted Falls Board of Education reviews and approves a 5-Year Financial Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools, which is submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, each year in May and October. Like all financial projections, the 5-Year Financial Forecast is based upon a set of assumptions which can be found at the beginning of the forecast document. To view the current 5-Year Financial Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools, please click HERE.

Financial Overview: Olmsted Falls City Schools continues to stretch operating dollars and projections show a solid financial status through fiscal year 2017.  The last operating levy for the District was passed in February 2010.  At that time, the Board of Education pledged to make the funds generated by the levy last for a minimum of three years.  Strategic planning, prudent spending, and an ongoing focus on maximizing efficiencies across the District have resulted in the ability to stretch operating funds well beyond the initial three-year pledge.  The District’s Permanent Improvement (P.I.) Levy – passed by community members in November 2011 with no increase to the existing level of school taxes due to a corresponding tax drop-off – has also played a critical role is helping to stretch the District’s general fund by generating $1.4 million annually (for 5 years) to be used for projects/purchases with a useful life of 5 years or more.  (See Falls-Lenox roof replacement story above.) Without these critical P.I. levy funds, annual building maintenance and equipment expenses would need to be paid for out of the general fund.

Bond Management: In addition to fiscal responsibilities relating to day-to-day District operations, Olmsted Falls School District closely monitors bond accounts for any opportunity to maximize taxpayer investments and save money.  Last month, with the approval of the Board of Education, Olmsted Falls School District was able to undergo refunding for a series of existing bonds (Series 2015) which will result in a reduction in interest expense over the period of time beginning now and ending in 2035, when the repayment of this particular series of bonds will be completed.  A lower interest expense translates into lower cost for taxpayers over the duration of the bond issue.  The total net future interest savings on the Series 2015 refunding bonds is estimated to be approximately $1.3 million over the life of the bonds.  This is an excellent level of savings for the District!  Any parent or resident with questions about the bond refunding, or District finances in general, is encouraged to contact the Office of the Treasurer at 440-427-6000. 

LOOKING AHEAD: 2015-2016  

ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS!

FRESHMAN OPEN HOUSE: Incoming ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year are invited to a Freshman Open House at OFHS from 9-11 a.m. Friday, August 14th.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up and guided tours of the building will be given by Student Ambassadors.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS:  Student Ambassadors are meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12th in the OFHS media center.  Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming ninth-grade class and call new students to invite them to the Freshman Open House on Friday, August 14th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2019 at the Freshman Open House from 9-11 a.m. August 14th.

ATTN: ALL BULLDOG PARENTS – PLEASE HAVE YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT LOGIN INFORMATION READY FOR THE NEW YEAR

PowerSchool LogoAs the current school year draws to a close, Olmsted Falls School District is already busy preparing for NEXT YEAR (2015-2016).  ALL BULLDOG PARENTS WILL NEED TO BE PREPARED WITH THEIR POWERSCHOOL USERNAME AND PASSWORD in order to update information and forms for their student(s) for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  Parents will receive an e-mail notification with instructions in early August when the online system is opened and ready for parents to make the required annual updates to student health information, emergency contacts, back-to-school forms, etc.

Making sure that you have the correct PowerSchool parent login information available NOW will make this annual process much simpler and smoother.  If needed, we invite you to download and print this “Bulldog Password Keeper,” which you can use to record your PowerSchool Parent Account login informationalong with any other school related logins you might want to keep handy in one place.

All Bulldog parents should have existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  Please note that you will not be able to access the online student information update system using a student PowerSchool account; you must have your PowerSchool parent account username and password to access the necessary link from within PowerSchool.

Please plan to contact your child’s school building prior to June 17th if you need assistance with your PowerSchool Parent account login information:

OFCS Triple A LogoEarly Childhood Center  #440-427-6360

Falls-Lenox Primary School  #440-427-6400

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School  #440-427-6500

Olmsted Falls Middle School  #440-427-6200

Olmsted Falls High School  #440-427-6100

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping get the 2015-2016 school year off to a great start!

FREE & REDUCED MEALS APPLICATION AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR 

school foodOlmsted Falls School District families participating in the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced meals will be able to apply for the benefit online beginning with the 2015-16 school year.  The United States Department of Agriculture will make the application available online this summer, and Olmsted Falls School District will be including a link to the online version of the application within its annual online student information update process.   The content of the application will remain essentially the same, however parents will now be able to complete and submit their application online.

By completing the National School Lunch Program application process online, parents will receive immediate confirmation of their applications status.  This will allow students with approved applications to begin receiving benefits on the first day of school.  Parents will no longer need to wait until the first day of school to receive a paper application to get started, and then wait for confirmation of status.  The online application will help streamline and expedite the entire process.

For those families without access to a computer and/or the internet, assistance will be available as needed from school building offices and/or the Food Services Department.  Please watch for additional information in early August.

STUDENT HEALTH CARE PREPARATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan: If your child has a medical condition that may require treatment at school, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan from your child’s clinic staff.  The forms will be sent home prior to the end of this school year. These action plans, which the parent and physician will complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic in August during the first week of school.

If your child will need to take medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

New grade 7 students: Ohio law requires a Tdap booster vaccine given prior to entry into the seventh grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic in August during the first week of school.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 29TH OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW 1/29/2016

stagespotlightAuditions will be held Saturday, Nov. 14th from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium for the 29th annual OFHS PTA Talent Show set for Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.  Summer is the perfect time to start thinking what you would like to do for your performance. Hey, why not start practicing for family and friends?

Our Bulldogs are awesome performers. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year. Have a great summer!

For more details, contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106 or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net.

 class reunion1995 CLASS REUNION DETAILS

The OFHS Class of 1995 will celebrate its 20th class reunion June 20th at the West Side Irish-American Club. The event is from 6-11 p.m.  For more details, contact Carly at ofhsclassof1995@gmail.com. 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING – MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 25TH! 

Bulldog_Animated_GolferThe 20th Annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is Saturday, July 25th!   This event is open all golfers and “want to be” golfers and will be held at Creekwood in Columbia Station.   Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ Ribs and Chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.   Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click here for the registration form. http://www.ofcs.net/docs/Golf%20Registration%20Form%202015.docx.

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SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM AVAILABLE THIS MONTH @ NORTH OLMSTED SITES

BreakfastThe 2015 Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Program is available to all children and students free of charge to those ages 1-18 in the Olmsted Falls community. It begins June 8th and runs through August 21st. The location at Horizon Center begins  June 16th, however. Breakfast is available only at Horizon Center; lunch at seven locations and the afternoon snack at two sites. All food must be consumed on site. This is a USDA program.

To view a detailed flyer that includes all locations, click HERE.

SUMMER CHESS CAMPS

chess graphic_Page_1Progress with Chess is pleased to offer week summer long chess camps for scholastic chess players at various Greater Cleveland locations – including Westlake (June 22-26), Rocky River (Aug. 3-7), and Parma (August 10-14). All skill levels welcome, from beginner to expert! Students receive plenty of individual attention in small groups, divided by age and skill level. Chess sets, clocks and written materials are provided. To download informational brochure with registration form, please click HERE.  To visit the Progress for Chess website and register online, please visit www.progresswithchess.org.

OPA OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS  – APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 29TH

opa-logoThe Olmsted Performing Arts has a new scholarship program to begin or further one’s education of the arts. It will offer two need-based and one desire-based scholarship each year. The application deadline is June 29th. To view a flyer with detailed information, click HERE.

CITY SUMMER CONCERTS SET FOR JUNE, JULY

summer concertOlmsted Falls’ Parks and Recreation Board offers the community two concerts – June 28th and July 26th.  The Sunset Country Band will perform in June and Paradise Sunset, July.  Both run from 6-8 p.m. at East River Park on Lewis Road. To see a flyer, click HERE.

BROADWAY ACTING CAMP COMES TO OLMSTED FALLS

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REGISTER NOW …  A Class Act NY and Voice Variations hosts Broadway Stars, Natalie Gallo (JERSEY BOYS, MAMMA MIA) and Halle Morse (MAMMA MIA) for a 6 day NYC Broadway Camp In Olmsted Falls in June. A few spots are still available. Click Here to Register! Download flyer for additional details HERE.

OF SOCCER ASSOCIATION/KSU SUMMER CAMP READY FOR PLAYERS, CLINICS JUNE 22nd-26th

Register now for the official OFSA camp For players ages 3-14 set for June 22nd through June 26th. This summer camp at the Schady Road complex is designed for two levels – Soccer-Tots, ages 3-7 that is a development-level clinic for new players or recreation level players and a Travel/Club for ages 7-14, which is a technique and skill-focused clinic for travel players. It features NCAA coaches and players. For more details and a registration form, go to olmstedsoccer.com and click on ‘Camps and Clinics.”

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE 2015 SUMMER CAMP IN JULY

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will hold its 2015 Summer Camp July 13-15 at OFMS campus.  Open to boys and girls grades K-8. Beginner and advanced breakout groups.  $45 (includes t-shirt).  Register online at www.olmstedfallslax.com.  To view flyer, click HERE.

OCC OFFERS SUMMER BASKETBALL, TENNIS CAMPS

Girls and boys going into grades 1 through 8 may attend Olmsted Community Center’s Summer Basketball Camp.   The sessions are from July 14 through August 6. Sessions are $75. Register online at olmstedcc.com or stop by the center.  To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

The center’s Tennis Camp is for those going into grades 5-9.  Participants will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The five-day camp is $60, which includes a water bottle. To view a flyer, click HERE.  Register at olmstedcc.com or at the center.

SUMMER ART AND FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH OLMSTED RECREATION

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoungsters in kindergarten through grade may enjoy a week of creating art programs from June 15th through the 26th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  The program is through the Olmsted Rec.  The activities include silk screening, watercolor portraits and hanging mobiles.  The cost is $40 per student. A detailed flyer is available by clicking HERE.

Flag football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league. It is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through grade 4. Games will be played at OFIS, with practices beginning the week of Aug. 31. To view a flyer, click HERE.

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Writing Workshop

Date: 06/25/2015 Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 4:00 PM

Description: Attention writers! Engage in some quick and fun writing activities to get your creative ideas going with Rhonda Helms, author of Promposal.

Registration required. Grades 6-12.

Register at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=64427

VELODROME CLEVELAND

velodrome trackDid you know there is a local Velodrome in the region?  The banked oval bicycle track is open for recreational riding and competitive racing.  A free track riding development program is open to girls and boys in 5th thru 12th grade.  Summer sessions begin in July.  Adult classes are also available.  To download a flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  To visit the official website, go to www.clevelandvelodrome.org.

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Parent Update – May 29, 2015

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end of school year sunglassesSUMMER COUNTDOWN:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS THIS TUESDAY, JUNE 2ND

The last day of school for all students in preschool through 11th grade is NEXT TUESDAY, JUNE 2ND.

OFCS Triple A LogoCongratulations to our Class of 2015 seniors, who have now officially become alumni of Olmsted Falls Schools!  OFHS held its Commencement Ceremony last evening at CSU Wolstein Center, where a total of 281 Bulldogs officially celebrated the end of their education in Olmsted Falls Schools.

To view news coverage of the event, please click HERE.  For parents of seniors interested in ordering official photos taken at Commencement, please see the announcement below.  Also, please watch for next week’s blog post which will feature a gallery of additional snapshots from last night’s Commencement Ceremony.  Congratulations again to the Class of 2015 and their families!

COMMENCEMENT PHOTOS AVAILABLE ONLINE

graduation cap 2015Lifetouch was on site to photograph each graduating senior as they came off the stage with their diploma at last night’s Commencement Ceremony.  These photos will be available online at www.events.lifetouch.com 10 days after the ceremony for those who wish to purchase them.  To view details about purchasing photos, click HERE.

EIGHT BULLDOGS HONORED WITH EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS

2015 Peer Achievement AwardsA total of eight Bulldogs – four Olmsted Falls students and four Olmsted Falls staff members – were honored earlier this month at the Annual Excellence in Education Program held in Independence, OH.  This annual awards program, which the Ohio Department of Education/State Support Team and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County partners to sponsor, acknowledges the outstanding achievements of students with disabilities, as well as the contributions of peers and educators.  Nominations are submitted each spring by individuals at the school buildings.

It is with great pride that Olmsted Falls School District extends congratulations to the following Bulldogs who were received these prestigious awards this year:

Students: Sophia Krall, Falls-Lenox; Mia Marsico, OFMS; Carly Neely, OFHS and Triston Thompson, OFHS.

Staff Members: Martha Candow, Falls-Lenox; Franca DeMuth, Falls-Lenox; Kelly Fissel, Early Childhood Center and Mike Yurmanovich, OFHS.

Kudos to all of these outstanding Bulldogs!  Family members, teachers and district administrators were also able to join these award winners for the special event.  To view additional photos from the 2015 Excellence in Education Awards, please click HERE.

BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS MIDWEST ACADEMIC TALENT SEARCH STUDENTS

OFMS Midwest Talent Search honorees stand with Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth, left, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd next to him and Middle School Principal Mark Kurz, far right.

OFMS Midwest Talent Search honorees stand with Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth, left, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, second from left and Middle School Principal Mark Kurz, far right.

Six Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.

OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are: Lauren Gumeny, Eric Hanna, Sofie Iwamasa, Lauren Kane, Lillian Beatty and Megan Stohmenger.

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!

We also want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path to this point.  It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement and that will continue to help them thrive in the future. Congratulations, again!

THREE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PEN AWARD-WINNING ESSAYS ON PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Board President Jim Weisbarth, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and OFMS Principal Mark Kurz are pictured here with the award-winning students.

Board President Jim Weisbarth, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and OFMS Principal Mark Kurz are pictured here with the award-winning students.

Essays written by three OFMS students were among the winners in this year’s Elks Americanism Essay Contest.  The theme of this year’s contest was: “What The Pledge of Allegiance Means To Me.”  Last fall, more than 433 students submitted essay entries locally to Elks Lodge #1815 based in Berea!

Congratulations to Katrina Bongiovanni and Katie Cutts, who were local winners in the 7/8th grade division; and to Caroline Gardner, whose essay went on to win at the district level in the 5/6th grade division.  To read a copy of Caroline’s essay, please click HERE.

Each winner was invited – along with their families – to attend the annual Youth Appreciation Dinner at the Berea Elks Lodge earlier this month.  Additionally, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education acknowledged these students’ award-winning essays at the May Board of Education meeting.

 

BE A MYTH BUSTER:  KNOW THE FACTS!

Fact CheckMYTH:  Olmsted Falls School District is now requiring students to identify specific career pathways at very young ages.  The District has implemented a program that forces students to make choices about future careers as early as the elementary school level.  At OFHS, students are required to choose a career path before graduation.

 FACT:  Olmsted Falls School District has placed a priority on exposing students to the idea that there are many careers and opportunities available to them in the world beyond Olmsted Falls Schools, and that they have choices when it comes to future career pathways.  Olmsted Falls School District has existing and expanding programs that allow students to research and gain exposure to careers that may be of interest to them.  Programs and exploration vary by grade level, and opportunities increase as students reach the middle and high school levels.  Career Day events featuring parent and local community volunteers are one example of such exposure at the elementary levels.  As students progress into the middle and high school level, more sophisticated guidance and exploration is available.  Interest surveys and identification of academic strengths allow students to learn about and explore different directions that may be of interest to them as they prepare for the world beyond Olmsted Falls Schools.

While none of this is really new, Olmsted Falls School District has started to be more targeted in recognizing that students could be exposed to many more connections and opportunities to their particular set of career interests, and dedicating resources toward those efforts.  To meet the goal of better preparing our students for their futures, a College & Career Counselor was put in place at Olmsted Falls High School this year.  This position has already had a significant impact on resources available for our high school students, and will expand to more actively engage at the middle school level next school year.

About Myth Busters:  With continuing and significant changes underway in public education – from the implementation of the Common Core State Standards to the launch of new required state assessments – it is important that parents have the facts.  Knowing the real facts can help Bulldog parents spot a myth when they hear one – and there are currently a number of myths out there.

Olmsted Falls School District will feature periodic “Myth Busters” on our Weekly Blog Post.  We hope parents will find this new feature informative and, as always, we encourage you to contact your child’s school building or the Board of Education office with any questions.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BIG HIT FOR STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

special olympics 1A big Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in the May 19th Special Olympics Track & Field Day, which the Elyria City School District hosted at Ely Stadium. Students with moderate-intensive needs from 15 local school districts competed at the event. Students competed in events such as running, long jump and softball throw. Our Bulldog students practiced hard all year and their enthusiasm and sportsmanship were second to none! Many athletes came home with first, second and third place ribbons! This year’s torch runner was OFHS student Jeff Laird.

special olympics 2Olmsted Falls had 35 students participate. They were Colbie Krakowiak, Anthony DiDonato, Mya McNamara, Emmy Sheldon, Cormac Hannon, Emily Heine, Jonny Clemons, Alexis Andren, Sarah Gaughan, Jacob Siwek, Owen Novak, Yohanna Amoah, Gabe Marrero, Caden Celesky, Mason Mowery, Brooke VanArnhem, Kennedy Smith, Madelyn Truscott, Liam McIlwee, Ian Kody, Preston Brown, Russell Brown, Sarah Stevens, Heather Grant, Lillian Mustafa, Taylor Pettiti, Maeve Leonard, Jeff Laird, Rebekka McElroy, Brionna Lewis, Jakob Belohlavek, Aaron Oehlstrom, Matthew Matzelle, Triston Thompson, and Javier Vargas.

A huge thank you goes out to 40+ Olmsted Falls staff members who attended and helped the students have a fun and safe day and also to the high school students who volunteered to attend the event and help! A very special ‘Thank You’ to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for the use of its tent and flag. To view a gallery of photos from this event, please click HERE.

OF KIWANIS RECOGNIZES SENIOR KEY CLUB MEMBER

Mareena Gentry is flanked by her grandparents on the left and her parents on the right.

Mareena Gentry is flanked by her grandparents on the left and her parents on the right.

The Contributors Club is an honorary organization that the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club established. Working in conjunction with OFHS administration, the Boys & Girls Committee of Kiwanis developed the club as a means of recognizing outstanding contributions made by students to school, community or humanity. These contributions should come in the form of time or work in a volunteer setting in either the school or community, but should focus on efforts outside the classroom. Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to be considered for this honor and nominations are made by the faculty and staff of the high school.

Last week, Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club recognized senior Bulldog Mareena Gentry who has been in Key Club for four years and this past year organized and administrated a project called Dawg Pound. It is a project in which Key Club sold snacks after school to students waiting for buses or engaging in after-school activities.The $1,500 proceeds went to the Eliminate Project, the worldwide Kiwanis International project to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus. Mareena personally volunteered more than 70 hours during this school year to Key Club. Jenelle Hughes, co-advisor of Key Club, nominated Mareena.

BULLDOG ALUMNI HITS INTO TOP 10 AT KSU

Kim Kirkpatrick is pictured her in her final game as a Bulldog senior.

Kim Kirkpatrick is pictured her in her final game as a Bulldog senior.

Bulldog 2011 grad Kim Kirkpatrick had a banner career as she graduates from Kent State University next month. The varsity softball team member played her last regular season game Sunday.  In her second at bat, she hit a home run over the centerfield fence.

As a player, Kim finishes her career in the Top Ten players in hits, runs scored, doubles, and stolen bases.  She started in 185 games of the 187 the team played.  KSU also  participated in the MAC Conference playoffs.

While an OFHS player, Kim is the only 3-time All-Ohio Player.

Congratulations and continued best wishes to former Bulldog Kim Kirkpatrick!

 

LOOKING AHEAD:  FREE & REDUCED MEALS APPLICATION AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR 

school foodOlmsted Falls School District families participating in the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced meals will be able to apply for the benefit online beginning with the 2015-16 school year.  The United States Department of Agriculture will make the application available online this summer, and Olmsted Falls School District will be including a link to the online version of the application within its annual online student information update process.   The content of the application will remain essentially the same, however parents will now be able to complete and submit their application online.

By completing the National School Lunch Program application process online, parents will receive immediate confirmation of their applications status.  This will allow students with approved applications to begin receiving benefits on the first day of school.  Parents will no longer need to wait until the first day of school to receive a paper application to get started, and then wait for confirmation of status.  The online application will help streamline and expedite the entire process.

For those families without access to a computer and/or the internet, assistance will be available as needed from school building offices and/or the Food Services Department.  Please watch for additional information in early August.

FALLS-LENOX CELEBRATES ITS VOLUNTEERS

volunteer breakfastFalls-Lenox honored its volunteers May 19th with a ‘Thank You Breakfast.’ The volunteers enjoyed a variety of breakfast items and a music performance by several of Mrs. Wallace’s third-grade classes.  Several second-grade classes made placemats and Mr. Skocdopole’s art classes created centerpieces and decorations for the event.

A special thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to helping the students and staff at Falls-Lenox!

BULLDOG BUDDIES PROGRAM APPRECIATES VOLUNTEERS 

_full_dscn1083Falls-Lenox Primary School had another successful year with its Bulldog Buddies mentoring program.  This mentoring program to students is provided with the help of the Renaissance Retirement Community residents, OFCS alumni and dedicated community members.

We appreciate all the time, dedication, support and kindness our volunteers have shown throughout this year meeting weekly with their Little Buddies. Words cannot express how much we appreciate you and we hope you received as much out of this program as did our students. To view a photo gallery of this program, click HERE.

OFIS CLASSES SHARE THEIR ANCESTRY IN WORDS, FOOD

cultural day 5Students from Teachers Harb/Atkins/Schafer 5th Grade Team celebrated “Cultural Day” May 18th in great style. Throughout May, they studied immigration, naturalization and immigrants’ reasons for coming to the United States. They explored their families’ ancestry and shared it with their class. The 85 students represented more than 30 countries!cultural day 12

Mrs. Harb created a slide show for the finale celebration that included maps, pictures of the country’s landscape, clothing, food and money of every country that students represented. This allowed students and their families to see parts of their ancestors’ countries and culture.

Children either made a food or provided information for their classes and their guests, which they shared on Cultural Day. They did an amazing job! Many students spoke about the experience of spending an afternoon with their grandparents, learning some history and traditions.

About 200 guests attended the celebration. Many grandparents attended, happy to provide their wisdom to the children, along with stories of immigration.  Students walked away with a greater understanding and respect for different cultures. To view a photo gallery of the event, HERE.

COOKIES PROVE VALUABLE IN HANDS-ON LEARNING

social studies cookies 5Teacher Sharon Stanczak’s social studies classes took their education to the oven where they baked their knowledge on economics.

The students sold chocolate-covered chocolate chip cookies as part of an economics unit. They studied economic concepts, such as entrepreneurship, production, consumption, human and capital resources.

The profits they received will go to a charity, which has not yet been determined. To view a photo gallery of their work, click HERE.

ATTN: ALL BULLDOG PARENTS – PLEASE HAVE YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT LOGIN INFORMATION READY FOR THE NEW YEAR

PowerSchool LogoAs the current school year draws to a close, Olmsted Falls School District is already busy preparing for NEXT YEAR (2015-2016).  ALL BULLDOG PARENTS WILL NEED TO BE PREPARED WITH THEIR POWERSCHOOL USERNAME AND PASSWORD in order to update information and forms for their student(s) for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  Parents will receive an e-mail notification with instructions in early August when the online system is opened and ready for parents to make the required annual updates to student health information, emergency contacts, back-to-school forms, etc.

Making sure that you have the correct PowerSchool parent login information available NOW will make this annual process much simpler and smoother.  If needed, we invite you to download and print this “Bulldog Password Keeper,” which you can use to record your PowerSchool Parent Account login informationalong with any other school related logins you might want to keep handy in one place.

All Bulldog parents should have existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  Please note that you will not be able to access the online student information update system using a student PowerSchool account; you must have your PowerSchool parent account username and password to access the necessary link from within PowerSchool.

Please plan to contact your child’s school building prior to June 12th if you need assistance with your PowerSchool Parent account login information:

OFCS Triple A LogoEarly Childhood Center  #440-427-6360

Falls-Lenox Primary School  #440-427-6400

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School  #440-427-6500

Olmsted Falls Middle School  #440-427-6200

Olmsted Falls High School  #440-427-6100

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping get the 2015-2016 school year off to a great start!

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HOT DOGS, HAMBURGERS HIGHLIGHTS OFMA PICNIC – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3RD

The Olmsted Falls Music Association invites all to its end-of-the-school-year picnic at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3rd, at East River Park on Lewis Road. Just bring a side dish or dessert.

To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

POST PROM APPRECIATES DONORS

58thanksThe Olmsted Falls High School 2015 Post Prom Committee would like to THANK the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township and surrounding businesses – and all the Class of 2015 parents and families – who donated money, their time and their talents to help make this year’s event a success.

Thank you!

REMEMBER TO SUBMIT ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS BY JUNE 15TH

bus2Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up / drop-off address for their students for the 2015-16 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15th. Each year new forms are needed even if your requested site is the same. Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2015-2016 school year.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

ATTENTION: COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS STUDENTS

College_Credit_PlusStudents planning to take a CCP class at a college campus should meet with a school counselor before the end of the school year to ensure that their high school schedule is organized in a way that will allow for time to attend their college classes. Counselors will be available through June 10, 2015 to make high school schedule changes.

Questions or concerns, contact Aimee Caldrone, College & Career Counselor at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

JuniorCOJune1SUPPORT OLMSTED FALLS CLASS OFFICERS CHICK-FIL-A FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 1ST

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for a tasty way to support the OFHS Class Officers!

OFHS class officers will host a fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A on Monday, June 1st from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Mention OFHS Class Officers when you place your order and they will receive 20% of your sale.

ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS/ PARENTS – COUNSELORS’  CORNER: END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR NEWS

CalendarGraphicParents: You may view the list of courses your student scheduled for the 2015-16 school directly in Power School. Click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged into it.  Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 10th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year.  Evening appointments are available on June 9th and daytime appointments are available on June 10th.  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointmentTHE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 10TH.

FRESHMAN OPEN HOUSE: Incoming ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year are invited to a Freshman Open House at OFHS from 9-11 a.m. Friday, August 14th.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up and guided tours of the building will be given by Student Ambassadors.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS:  Student Ambassadors are meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12thin the OFHS media center.  Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming ninth-grade class and call new students to invite them to the Freshman Open House on Friday, August 14th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2019 at the Freshman Open House from 9-11 a.m. August 14th..

Commencement:  Photos of commencement will be available after the ceremony at www.Events.Lifetouch.com for about 10 days.

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ TO OFMS BOGO VOLUNTEERS

thank_youThe OFMS Scholastic BOGO sale was very successful. Students and staff had a great time shopping the fair and purchased tons of books for some great summer reading.

A huge thank you to the following volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help with the fair: Kristie Patton, Nicole Humphrey, Katie Fidler, Donna McKee, Tracy Sharp and Shelby Sharp.

2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

color bulldog headWhen school is out for summer, Bulldog students will have many opportunities to stay active with a variety of 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps that begin in June.  The OF Athletic Department has posted a list of sports camps available to students this summer – including camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information and links to individual camp forms and registration details.  

Please click HERE for the latest 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

STUDENT HEALTH CARE PREPARATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan: If your child has a medical condition that may require treatment at school, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan from your child’s clinic staff.  The forms will be sent home prior to the end of this school year. These action plans, which the parent and physician will complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic in August during the first week of school.

If your child will need to take medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up: If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by Friday, June 12th will be discarded.

New grade 7 students: Ohio law requires a Tdap booster vaccine given prior to entry into the seventh grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic in August during the first week of school.

 

 

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1995 CLASS REUNION DETAILS

The OFHS Class of 1995 will celebrate its 20th class reunion June 20th at the West Side Irish-American Club. The event is from 6-11 p.m.  For more details, contact Carly at ofhsclassof1995@gmail.com. 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING – MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 25TH! 

Bulldog_Animated_GolferThe 20th Annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is Saturday, July 25th!   This event is open all golfers and “want to be” golfers and will be held at Creekwood in Columbia Station.   Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ Ribs and Chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.   Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click here for the registration form. http://www.ofcs.net/docs/Golf%20Registration%20Form%202015.docx.

 

COMMUNITY

 RELAY FOR LIFE OFFER HEALTH INFO & PRINCESS/HERO PARTY

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life event in the community is June 6th and 7th at the Olmsted Falls High School football stadium.  It begins at 1 p.m. with a Survivor’s Lap and includes 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment and fireworks.

Some of the day’s highlights include a special ‘Health Promotions’ area with information about colon and prostate cancer awareness and prevention inside a ‘Strollin’ Colon’ and ‘Elvis the Pelvis.”  Also, CERT will offer instructions in ‘Hands Only CPR.’  Click HERE for details about these promotions.

It also will offer a Princess/Super Hero Party from 3-4:30 p.m. Click HERE to view a flyer.

Don’t miss the Luminaria Ceremony – candle remembrance – at dusk, followed by a fireworks display and more fun throughout the night. Hungry?  Join us for another famous Kiwanis Breakfast at 6 a.m. Sunday morning.  There will be teams and participants in the thousands at the event. Come and see how you can make a difference and make more birthdays!

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM AVAILABLE @ NORTH OLMSTED SITES

BreakfastThe 2015 Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Program is available to all children and students free of charge to those ages 1-18 in the Olmsted Falls community. It begins June 8th and runs through August 21st. The location at Horizon Center begins  June 16th, however. Breakfast is available only at Horizon Center; lunch at seven locations and the afternoon snack at two sites. All food must be consumed on site. This is a USDA program.

To view a detailed flyer that includes all locations, click HERE.

 FallsSTRONG sand volleyball tournament regSAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

The 3rd annual FallsSTRONG Sand Volleyball Tourney will be Friday, June 5th at Razzles on Bagley Road.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with games following at 10.  The cost is $20/player with a 6-person team minimum.

FallsSTRONG is raising money for 2016 senior scholarships.  Email jkanaba@gengraphics.net with any questions.

OPA OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS  – APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 29TH

opa-logoThe Olmsted Performing Arts has a new scholarship program to begin or further one’s education of the arts. It will offer two need-based and one desire-based scholarship each year. The application deadline is June 29th. To view a flyer with detailed information, click HERE.

CITY SUMMER CONCERTS SET FOR JUNE, JULY

summer concertOlmsted Falls’ Parks and Recreation Board offers the community two concerts – June 28th and July 26th.  The Sunset Country Band will perform in June and Paradise Sunset, July.  Both run from 6-8 p.m. at East River Park on Lewis Road. To see a flyer, click HERE.

BROADWAY ACTING CAMP COMES TO OLMSTED FALLS

a class act workshops

REGISTER NOW …  A Class Act NY and Voice Variations hosts Broadway Stars, Natalie Gallo (JERSEY BOYS, MAMMA MIA) and Halle Morse (MAMMA MIA) for a 6 day NYC Broadway Camp In Olmsted Falls in June. A few spots are still available. Click Here to Register! Download flyer for additional details HERE.

OF SOCCER ASSOCIATION/KSU SUMMER CAMP READY FOR PLAYERS, CLINICS JUNE 22nd-26th

Register now for the official OFSA camp For players ages 3-14 set for June 22nd through June 26th. This summer camp at the Schady Road complex is designed for two levels – Soccer-Tots, ages 3-7 that is a development-level clinic for new players or recreation level players and a Travel/Club for ages 7-14, which is a technique and skill-focused clinic for travel players. It features NCAA coaches and players. For more details and a registration form, go to olmstedsoccer.com and click on ‘Camps and Clinics.”

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE 2015 SUMMER CAMP

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will hold its 2015 Summer Camp July 13-15 at OFMS campus.  Open to boys and girls grades K-8. Beginner and advanced breakout groups.  $45 (includes t-shirt).  Register online at www.olmstedfallslax.com.  To view flyer, click HERE.

OCC OFFERS SUMMER BASKETBALL, TENNIS CAMPS

Girls and boys going into grades 1 through 8 may attend Olmsted Community Center’s Summer Basketball Camp.   The sessions are from July 14 through August 6. Sessions are $75. Register online at olmstedcc.com or stop by the center.  To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

The center’s Tennis Camp is for those going into grades 5-9.  Participants will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The five-day camp is $60, which includes a water bottle. To view a flyer, click HERE.  Register at olmstedcc.com or at the center.

SUMMER ART AND FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH OLMSTED RECREATION

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoungsters in kindergarten through grade may enjoy a week of creating art programs from June 15th through the 26th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  The program is through the Olmsted Rec.  The activities include silk screening, watercolor portraits and hanging mobiles.  The cost is $40 per student. A detailed flyer is available by clicking HERE.

Flag football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league. It is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through grade 4. Games will be played at OFIS, with practices beginning the week of Aug. 31. To view a flyer, click HERE.

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Writing Workshop

Date: 06/25/2015 Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 4:00 PM

Description: Attention writers! Engage in some quick and fun writing activities to get your creative ideas going with Rhonda Helms, author of Promposal.

Registration required. Grades 6-12.

Register at: http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=64427

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Parent Update – May 22, 2015

ATTN: ALL BULLDOG PARENTS – PLEASE HAVE YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT LOGIN INFORMATION READY FOR THE NEW YEAR

PowerSchool LogoAs the current school year draws to a close, Olmsted Falls School District is already busy preparing for NEXT YEAR (2015-2016).  ALL BULLDOG PARENTS WILL NEED TO BE PREPARED WITH THEIR POWERSCHOOL USERNAME AND PASSWORD in order to update information and forms for their student(s) for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  Parents will receive an e-mail notification with instructions in early August when the online system is opened and ready for parents to make the required annual updates to student health information, emergency contacts, back-to-school forms, etc.

Making sure that you have the correct PowerSchool parent login information available NOW will make this annual process much simpler and smoother.  If needed, we invite you to download and print this “Bulldog Password Keeper,” which you can use to record your PowerSchool Parent Account login informationalong with any other school related logins you might want to keep handy in one place.

All Bulldog parents should have existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  Please note that you will not be able to access the online student information update system using a student PowerSchool account; you must have your PowerSchool parent account username and password to access the necessary link from within PowerSchool.

Please plan to contact your child’s school building prior to June 12th if you need assistance with your PowerSchool Parent account login information:

OFCS Triple A LogoEarly Childhood Center  #440-427-6360

Falls-Lenox Primary School  #440-427-6400

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School  #440-427-6500

Olmsted Falls Middle School  #440-427-6200

Olmsted Falls High School  #440-427-6100

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping get the 2015-2016 school year off to a great start!

REMEMBER TO SUBMIT ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS BY JUNE 15TH

bus2Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up / drop-off address for their students for the 2015-16 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15th. Each year new forms are needed even if your requested site is the same. Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2015-2016 school year.  PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

AP HISTORY STUDENTS COVER IMPRESSIVE GROUND DURING 4-DAY TRIP TO NATION’S CAPITOL

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A staff member from Congressman Renacci’s office leads OFHS AP History students on a tour of the Capitol that included the House Gallery.

A group of AP students from Olmsted Falls High School just returned from the annual AP History Trip to Washington, D.C.  During their 4-day journey (May 16th-19th), the group – led by OFHS Social Studies Teacher Mr. John Mercer – visited 18 historical sites – including eight monuments.  Stops included: The Smithsonian, Union Station, Mt. Vernon, Theodore Roosevelt Island, The Holocaust Museum, The US Capitol, The National Zoo, Monuments (Jefferson, Lincoln, Iwo Jima, Vietnam, Korea, FDR, MLK, WW II), Harpers Ferry (WV), Gettysburg (PA) and the Flight 93 Memorial.

OFIS GREEN TEAM BAGS ‘STUFF’ ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

IMG_0561The OFIS fifth-grade Green Team’s clean-up day saw 40 students and three adults with trash bags scour the 5-acre campus to remove any unwanted items on the ground. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District provided the garbage bags. The students were split into small groups and were surprised by the amount and variety of waste on the school grounds. They didn’t realize how much there was until they got close to it on the ground.

They decided the athletic fields, which are also used by groups outside the school district, need trash and recycling cans to keep those areas clean. They also recommended that all those using the property do a clean-up check before participants and fans leave the grounds.

The Green Team students, who had small trash bags, filled three large ones. They not only made the campus cleaner, but had a blast doing so. To see a photo gallery of the clean up, click HERE.

FIRST GRADE PREVIEW NIGHT SET FOR MAY 26TH
parent and childParents have an opportunity to tour Falls-Lenox Primary School on First-Grade Preview Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26th. Principal Colleen Longville will give a brief presentation that night so parents of first graders will have any questions answered. The final Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA meeting of the year will follow.  Babysitting will be available. With this service, parents may bring their younger children to the tour, and then stay for the PTA meeting that includes refreshments. Invitations to the event were sent home in students’ backpack this week.

MEET THE VOLLEYBALL COACHES NIGHT 

VolleyBall-plainCurrent and prospective volleyball players are invited to the Meet the Coaches Ice Cream Social from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26th in the OFHS cafeteria. Meet some of the 2015 OFHS and OFMS coaches. All current and future players and their parents are welcome.

Please RSVP by May 25th by clicking HERE.

SUPPORT OLMSTED FALLS CLASS OFFICERS CHICK-FIL-A FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 1ST

JuniorCOJune1MARK YOUR CALENDAR for a tasty way to support the OFHS Class Officers!

OFHS class officers will host a fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A on Monday, June 1st from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Mention OFHS Class Officers when you place your order and they will receive 20% of your sale.

ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS/ PARENTS – COUNSELORS’  CORNER: END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR NEWS

CalendarGraphicParents: You may view the list of courses your student scheduled for the 2015-16 school directly in Power School. Click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged into it.  Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 10th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year.  Evening appointments are available on June 9th and daytime appointments are available on June 10th.  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointmentTHE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 10TH.

FRESHMAN OPEN HOUSE: Incoming ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year are invited to a Freshman Open House at OFHS from 9-11 a.m. Friday, August 14th.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up and guided tours of the building will be given by Student Ambassadors.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS:  Student Ambassadors are meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12thin the OFHS media center.  Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming ninth-grade class and call new students to invite them to the Freshman Open House on Friday, August 14th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2019 at the Freshman Open House from 9-11 a.m. August 14th..

Commencement:  Photos of commencement will be available after the ceremony at www.Events.Lifetouch.com for about 10 days.

2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

color bulldog headWhen school is out for summer, Bulldog students will have many opportunities to stay active with a variety of 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps that begin in June.  The OF Athletic Department has posted a list of sports camps available to students this summer – including camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information and links to individual camp forms and registration details.  

Please click HERE for the latest 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

STUDENT HEALTH CARE PREPARATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan: If your child has a medical condition that may require treatment at school, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan from your child’s clinic staff.  The forms will be sent home prior to the end of this school year. These action plans, which the parent and physician will complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic in August during the first week of school.

If your child will need to take medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up: If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by Friday, June 12th will be discarded.

New grade 7 students: Ohio law requires a Tdap booster vaccine given prior to entry into the seventh grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic in August during the first week of school.

 

 

class reunion1995 CLASS REUNION DETAILS

The OFHS Class of 1995 will celebrate its 20th class reunion June 20th at the West Side Irish-American Club. The event is from 6-11 p.m.  For more details, contact Carly at ofhsclassof1995@gmail.com. 

KIDS TO RAISE FUNDS WITH KICK-IT FOR CANCER EVENTS

kick it for cancerThe OFIS will have its fifth Kick-It for Cancer Field Days on May 26th and 27th.  (The 4th grade Kick-It for Cancer Field Day is May 26th (rain date: May 29th); the 5th grade Kick-it for Cancer Field Day is May 27th (rain date: May 28th). These field days, which K-Kids sponsors, allow children to raise money for pediatric cancer.  Kick-It was founded in Chagrin Falls by Quinn Clarke, 10, during his second battle with cancer. Kick-It partners with medical advisory boards to identify promising research projects and clinical trials. They focus on raising money so the researchers can focus on finding cures.

After a few weeks of raising money, OFIS students will play kickball during field day as a way to celebrate and honor children who are kicking cancer out of their lives.

To donate and support a fifth-grade classroom, click HERE.

To support a fourth-grade classroom, click HERE.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING – MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 25TH! 

Bulldog_Animated_GolferThe 20th Annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is Saturday, July 25th!   This event is open all golfers and “want to be” golfers and will be held at Creekwood in Columbia Station.   Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ Ribs and Chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.   Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click here for the registration form. http://www.ofcs.net/docs/Golf%20Registration%20Form%202015.docx.

COMMUNITY

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM AVAILABLE @ NORTH OLMSTED SITES

BreakfastThe 2015 Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Program is available to all children and students free of charge to those ages 1-18 in the Olmsted Falls community. It begins June 8th and runs through August 21st. The location at Horizon Center begins  June 16th, however. Breakfast is available only at Horizon Center; lunch at seven locations and the afternoon snack at two sites. All food must be consumed on site. This is a USDA program.

To view a detailed flyer that includes all locations, click HERE.

PAWS FOR SOME FUN AT BARK FOR LIFE THIS SATURDAY

bark for life photo about eventOlmsted Falls Relay for Life will host its annual Bark for Life fundraiser this Saturday, May 23rd in front of the OFMS. Registration begins at 10 a.m., including $15 registration fee at the door.  Pre-register for a $10 fee per dog and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile walk. Afterward, there will be games, activities, food, treats and fun. For more details or to register, contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or email vpresnell@sbcglobal.net To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

CANCER SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER?  JOIN 1ST LAP @ BULLDOG’S RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoLocal cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life on June 6th at Olmsted Falls High School stadium. The Survivors Lap will start at 1 p.m. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate in this honorary lap around the track.  Survivors also will be honored with a free lunch from Chick-Fil-A, a T-shirt and a “goody” bag, which includes free coupons. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent. There are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Olmsted Falls/Township event, visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls  or call the American Cancer Society, 888-227-6446, Ext. 1212.

SUMMER CONCERTS BEGIN IN JUNE

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The Sunset Country Band is the featured group for the first monthly concert that Olmsted Falls’ Parks and Recreation Board annually sponsors.

The concert is from 6-8 p.m. June 28th at East River Park.

The Brunch Box will be parked at the concert with several food selections.

BROADWAY ACTING CAMP COMES TO OLMSTED FALLS

a class act workshops

REGISTER NOW …  A Class Act NY and Voice Variations hosts Broadway Stars, Natalie Gallo (JERSEY BOYS, MAMMA MIA) and Halle Morse (MAMMA MIA) for a 6 day NYC Broadway Camp In Olmsted Falls in June. A few spots are still available. Click Here to Register! Download flyer for additional details HERE.

OF SOCCER ASSOCIATION/KSU SUMMER CAMP READY FOR PLAYERS, CLINICS JUNE 22nd-26th

Register now for the official OFSA camp For players ages 3-14 set for June 22nd through June 26th. This summer camp at the Schady Road complex is designed for two levels – Soccer-Tots, ages 3-7 that is a development-level clinic for new players or recreation level players and a Travel/Club for ages 7-14, which is a technique and skill-focused clinic for travel players. It features NCAA coaches and players. For more details and a registration form, go to olmstedsoccer.com and click on ‘Camps and Clinics.”

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE 2015 SUMMER CAMP

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will hold its 2015 Summer Camp July 13-15 at OFMS campus.  Open to boys and girls grades K-8. Beginner and advanced breakout groups.  $45 (includes t-shirt).  Register online at www.olmstedfallslax.com.  To view flyer, click HERE.

OCC OFFERS SUMMER BASKETBALL, TENNIS CAMPS

Girls and boys going into grades 1 through 8 may attend Olmsted Community Center’s Summer Basketball Camp.   The sessions are from July 14 through August 6. Sessions are $75. Register online at olmstedcc.com or stop by the center.  To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

The center’s Tennis Camp is for those going into grades 5-9.  Participants will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The five-day camp is $60, which includes a water bottle. To view a flyer, click HERE.  Register at olmstedcc.com or at the center.

SUMMER ART AND FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH OLMSTED RECREATION

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoungsters in kindergarten through grade may enjoy a week of creating art programs from June 15th through the 26th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  The program is through the Olmsted Rec.  The activities include silk screening, watercolor portraits and hanging mobiles.  The cost is $40 per student. A detailed flyer is available by clicking HERE.

Flag football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league. It is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through grade 4. Games will be played at OFIS, with practices beginning the week of Aug. 31. To view a flyer, click HERE.

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Parent Update – May 15, 2015

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STOP BY THE OFHS ART SHOW TODAY

The annual OFHS May Art Show is officially OPEN TODAY and runclipart arts until 8 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday, May 15th, in the high school’s main gym.

It features artwork from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in various forms. It is free and open to all. This year’s art class seniors also will have personalized booths showcasing their creations – these are always must-see exhibits!  Be sure to stop in this afternoon or evening!

WORK CONTINUES ON OFMS ENTRANCE

OFMS interior work

Constructing a new OFMS entrance to improve building security continues at the school. Pictured here is interior work to the school’s new entry vestibule.  Once completed, the new entry way will have visitors entering the building directly into the main office rather than the hallway, making it more secure for students and staff.

OFHS SPRING BAND CONCERT FEATURING SMALL AND LARGE GROUP MUSIC

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The OFHS bands performed an evening of band favorites and many popular favorites May 7th. All five bands, including Concert Band 7/8, Concert Band 15/16, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz 1, were featured.  Jazz Band played combo music that highlighted Golden Expression members.  Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble played entries from OMEA State Contest. They also performed fun hits from the movies.  Other music included hits from Chicago, Old Time Rock and Roll, Bon Jovi medley, selections from Pirates of the Caribbean and then concluded with a John Williams collection.  Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker also made a surprise appearance for the evening as well!   To make the evening a little more memorable, seniors introduced each piece and made the concert their own.

All bands performed beautifully, and the concert was a wonderful end to a musically successful year.   Congrats OFHS for making so many wonderful musical stride this year!  To view a photo gallery of the concert, click HERE.

ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS/ PARENTS – COUNSELORS’  CORNER: END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR NEWS

CalendarGraphicParents: You may view the list of courses your student scheduled for the 2015-16 school directly in Power School. Click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged into it.  Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 10th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year.  Evening appointments are available on June 9th and daytime appointments are available on June 10th.  Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointmentTHE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 10TH.

FRESHMAN OPEN HOUSE: Incoming ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year are invited to a Freshman Open House at OFHS from 9-11 a.m. Friday, August 14th.  A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up and guided tours of the building will be given by Student Ambassadors.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS:  Student Ambassadors are meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12thin the OFHS media center.  Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming ninth-grade class and call new students to invite them to the Freshman Open House on Friday, August 14th.  Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2019 at the Freshman Open House from 9-11 a.m. August 14th..

Commencement:  Photos of commencement will be available after the ceremony at www.Events.Lifetouch.com for about 10 days.

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

retired staff luncheon 4retired staff luncheon 7Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association hosted its annual Retired Staff Spring Luncheon this month.   Retired Bulldog staff members attended the annual event at Moosehead and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues.  The Alumni Association also hosts a holiday luncheon event for retired staff each December.

Retired staff members were commended by the Alumni Director for their continued contributions to a scholarship fund benefiting graduating OFHS seniors.  Retired Bulldog staff members have generously contributed more than $15,000 to this scholarship fund since its inception in 2007.  The Alumni Association will award a total of 29 scholarships, including the Retired Staff Scholarship, in the amount of $25,925, to 28 graduating seniors and one outstanding junior this year.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd also joined retired staff members at the luncheon, providing the group with an update regarding the District’s new Strategic Plan which features four core areas of focus including:  Student Success, Technology Enabled, Aligned Resources and Community Partnerships.  The District’s new Career Exploration Volunteer Database – to which Alumni Association members will soon receive a link – was among several items highlighted.  Dr. Lloyd also updated the group on the District facilities, including the challenges that continue to face the high school campus.

To view photos from this year’s Retired Staff Spring Luncheon, click HERE.

REMINDER: FLIP-FLOPS FOR THE POOL, NOT SCHOOL

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Just a reminder that ECC and Falls-Lenox students are not allowed to wear flip flops to school. There are several good reasons, including health-related ones.

For additional information, please clicking HERE to read an article on WebMD about their dangers.

OHSAA PHYSICALS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR BEING OFFERED AT OFHS – MAY 21ST!

Attention: All Bulldog Athletes!  You will need an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2015-2016 school year.  Avoid making a separate appointment with your doctor, or waiting in line at the local clinic.  Get your physical right at Olmsted Falls High School!

color bulldog headWhen:  Thursday, May 21st from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

How Much:  The cost is $20.  Cash or checks made payable to “OFAB” or “Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters” will be the only forms of payment accepted.

Bring:  (1) Money (Cash or Check), and (2) an OHSAA Physical Form* with ALL of your information filled out to save time!

* Please note that there are two separate links to download the form packet for Middle School and High School athletes.  

To download the OHSAA Physical Form for Middle School athletes, please click HERE.

To download the OHSAA Physical Form for High School athletes, please click HERE.

(**If you are under 18, parents MUST sign the form before your physical.)

This is a great option for O.F. athletes because:  1. It is cheap!  2. It is convenient! 3. It is a fundraiser for OFAB!

TO SIGN-UP FOR YOUR PERSONAL APPOINTMENT SLOT TODAY, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

NO HELPING HANDS PARENT MEETING THIS MONTH

There is NO Helping Hands Parent meeting Wednesday, May 20.  Check our website at https://helpinghandsofcs.wordpress.com/ for summer events.

book _fairFALLS-LENOX BOGO BOOK FAIR IS NEXT WEEK

The Scholastic BOGO Book Fair at Falls-Lenox runs from May 18th to the 20th. It is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. All items include this special package – buy one, get one free.

Books make great birthday and Christmas gifts, thank you items and just great reading.

MEET THE VOLLEYBALL COACHES NIGHT 

VolleyBall-plainCurrent and prospective volleyball players are invited to the Meet the Coaches Ice Cream Social from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26th in the OFHS cafeteria. Meet some of the 2015 OFHS and OFMS coaches. All current and future players and their parents are welcome.

Please RSVP by May 25th by clicking HERE.

MEET FALLS-LENOX’S LATEST HEALTHY HERO

Kindergartner Mia Suchan was April’s Healthy Hero at Falls-Lenox.

She is shown here with her parents and Mrs. Heinrich.

The Healthy Hero program teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well.

The Hero earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too.

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

STUDENT HEALTH CARE PREPARATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan: If your child has a medical condition that may require treatment at school, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan from your child’s clinic staff.  The forms will be sent home prior to the end of this school year. These action plans, which the parent and physician will complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic in August during the first week of school.

If your child will need to take medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up: If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by Friday, June 12th will be discarded.

New grade 7 students: Ohio law requires a Tdap booster vaccine given prior to entry into the seventh grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic in August during the first week of school.

KIDS TO RAISE FUNDS WITH KICK-IT FOR CANCER EVENTS

kick it for cancerThe OFIS will have its fifth Kick-It for Cancer Field Days on May 26th and 27th.  (The 4th grade Kick-It for Cancer Field Day is May 26th (rain date: May 29th); the 5th grade Kick-it for Cancer Field Day is May 27th (rain date: May 28th). These field days, which K-Kids sponsors, allow children to raise money for pediatric cancer.  Kick-It was founded in Chagrin Falls by Quinn Clarke, 10, during his second battle with cancer. He asked his parents if he could have a kickball game with his friend, Ava Harb, to raise money for research. He was shocked when more than 500 people came to support  them. That afternoon inspired people from across the country – as far away as Hawaii and Australia – helped to save the lives of children with cancer. Kick-It partners with medical advisory boards to identify promising research projects and clinical trials. They focus on raising money so the researchers can focus on finding cures.

After a few weeks of raising money, OFIS students will play kickball during field day as a way to celebrate and honor children who are kicking cancer out of their lives.  The OFIS staff is extremely proud of the students for their ability to think of others, raise much-needed awareness and fund research for children with cancer.

To donate and support a fifth-grade classroom, click HERE.

To support a fourth-grade classroom, click HERE.

2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

color bulldog headWhen school is out for summer, Bulldog students will have many opportunities to stay active with a variety of 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps that begin in June.  The OF Athletic Department has posted a list of sports camps available to students this summer – including camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information and links to individual camp forms and registration details.  

Please click HERE for the latest 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

class reunion1995 CLASS REUNION DETAILS

The OFHS Class of 1995 will celebrate its 20th class reunion June 20th at the West Side Irish-American Club. The event is from 6-11 p.m.  For more details, contact Carly at ofhsclassof1995@gmail.com.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING – MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 25TH! 

Bulldog_Animated_GolferThe 20th Annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is Saturday, July 25th!   This event is open all golfers and “want to be” golfers and will be held at Creekwood in Columbia Station.   Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ Ribs and Chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.   Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click here for the registration form. http://www.ofcs.net/docs/Golf%20Registration%20Form%202015.docx.

COMMUNITY

FLOWERS, VEGGIES GALORE AT OF BOY SCOUTS LAST FLOWER SALE DAY –  MAY 16TH

boy scouts flower sale Flower baskets, flats and vegetable flats are available from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16th at the annual Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop Flower Sale @ Jenkins Center, corner of Columbia Road and Mill Street, across from Olmsted Community Church.

Saturday, May 16th is the last day of the sale!

BROADWAY ACTING CAMP COMES TO OLMSTED FALLS

a class act workshopsIn conjunction with local Voice Variations/Amy Hanratty, A Class Act NY will bring its Broadway Camp to Olmsted Falls June 15-20. Students work closely and personally at this six-day camp with Natalie Gallo of Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia and Halle Morse of Mamma Mia. Other Broadway pros include Deborah “Ingy” Ingersoll and our own, Amy Hanratty.

The sessions are for ages 7-17, but only 30 applicants will be accepted. Campers will take workshops in dance, improvisation, stage combat, musical theater audition and on-camera work. All students will be featured and have solos in the showcase finale. The sessions will be at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.

For more details and to register, go to eventbrite.com and search for A Class Act.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

Sept 11 flyer photoThe Olmsted Rec and Olmsted Community Center have many activities scheduled for area seniors this month. To view a calendar of May events, click HERE.

A special event at Olmsted Community Center is retired U.S Air Force Lt. Col. Angelo Nuzzo’s discussion of his being at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001 – the day terrorists attacked the U.S. and that facility. His appearance is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19. Reserve your spot for the talk by calling 440-427-1599 soon.  To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

PAWS FOR SOME FUN AT BARK FOR LIFE MAY 23RD FUNDRAISER

bark for life photo about eventOlmsted Falls Relay for Life will host its annual Bark for Life fundraiser May 23rd in front of the OFMS. Registration begins at 10 a.m., including $15 registration fee at the door.  Pre-register for a $10 fee per dog and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile walk. Afterward, there will be games, activities, food, treats and fun. For more details or to register, contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or email vpresnell@sbcglobal.net To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

CANCER SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER?  JOIN 1ST LAP @ BULLDOG’S RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoLocal cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life on June 6th at Olmsted Falls High School stadium. The Survivors Lap will start at 1 p.m. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate in this honorary lap around the track.  Survivors also will be honored with a free lunch from Chick-Fil-A, a T-shirt and a “goody” bag, which includes free coupons. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent. There are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Olmsted Falls/Township event, visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls  or call the American Cancer Society, 888-227-6446, Ext. 1212.

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

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

SUMMER CONCERTS BEGIN IN JUNE

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The Sunset Country Band is the featured group for the first monthly concert that Olmsted Falls’ Parks and Recreation Board annually sponsors.

The concert is from 6-8 p.m. June 28th at East River Park.

The Brunch Box will be parked at the concert with several food selections.

DANCE TO FITNESS AT OCC

zumba-dancer-clipart-Dance_Fitness1Cardio Dance, a new fitness activity, is now offered at Olmsted Community Center.

The sessions focus on arms, legs and core to music and songs that you request. It burns calories, builds muscle and you perform movements that are comfortable to you based off of your own ability, style and workout goals.

Classes, which are $6 each, are from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and 7-8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays at the center.  For more details, contact Holly, 330-371-9396 or hn17809@ohio.edu. She also is on facebook at Fitness with Holly. To view a flyer, click HERE.

OCC OFFERS SUMMER BASKETBALL, TENNIS CAMPS

Girls and boys going into grades 1 through 8 may attend Olmsted Community Center’s Summer Basketball Camp.   The sessions are from July 14 through August 6. Session are $75. Register online at olmstedcc.com or stop by the center.  To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

The center’s Tennis Camp is for those going into grades 5-9.  Participants will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The five-day camp is $60, which includes a water bottle. To view a flyer, click HERE.  Register at olmstedcc.com or at the center.

SUMMER ART AND FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH OLMSTED RECREATION

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoungsters in kindergarten through grade may enjoy a week of creating art programs from June 15th through the 26th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  The program is through the Olmsted Rec.  The activities include silk screening, watercolor portraits and hanging mobiles.  The cost is $40 per student. A detailed flyer is available by clicking HERE.

Flag football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league. It is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through grade 4. Games will be played at OFIS, with practices beginning the week of Aug. 31. To view a flyer, click HERE.

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Parent Update – May 6, 2015

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SENATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TESTING ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS

Ohio State SenateThe Senate Advisory Committee on Testing – which was convened following the rollout of the new State assessments this past February – has completed its recommendations to improve state testing for next year.  In an effort to keep our Bulldog parents informed on these latest developments, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a link below to information from State Senator Peggy Lehner regarding these recommendations.

Olmsted Falls School District is hopeful that these very solid recommendations will indeed make their way into the administration of State assessments for next year.  We will continue to keep you updated with further developments.

Please click HERE to read the overview of components to be featured in the formal written recommendations of the Senate Advisory Committee on Testing.

GRADE 5 PARENTS – PLEASE REVIEW – PARENT ORIENTATION TONIGHT @ OFMS

parent meetingAll parents of fifth graders are invited to an orientation meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6th at OFMS’s cafetorium.  The program is designed primarily for parents, as students will have their orientation in mid-August.

The agenda includes:  grade 6 teaching teams, typical grade 6 schedule, building tour and a questions and answer session.

Although you will not be able to make a specific team request, you may send a note or an email to Mr. Kurz – mkurz@ofcs.net – describing your child in terms of learning style preferences and personality traits so that we may be able to match him/her with the best possible fit in terms of our grade 6 teaching teams.  Please send your note or email by May 8 or we will not be able to consider your request. Please understand our need to finalize our class lists in a timely manner.  If you have any questions regarding the middle school, please contact Mr. Kurtz, 440-427-6201 or mkurz@ofcs.net.

VEHICLES WHEELED FUN INTO ECC

ECC vehicle day 2ECC vehicle dayA motor home, 1948 Buck Roadsters, box truck, ambulance, construction vehicles, fire truck, police bike, truck car and SUV were part of ECC’s Vehicle Day April 30th.  Added fun included the American Limousine Service and a 1930 Ford Model A from Grandma and Grandpa Mansell!

The Itty Bitty Bulldogs met various community helpers and explored the world of work in a unique and “hands-on” way.  A big thank you to all who helped make this day extra special.

OFMA MEETING IS TONIGHT – MAY 6TH

OFMA bulldog and noteOFMA’s monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. May 6th in the OFHS choir room.

The association’s May newsletter, which is available by clicking HERE, includes such information about various upcoming contests and concerts, a list of OFMS students and their performance ratings received at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest at Tri-West and details about the Olmsted Falls Summer Music Program for current grades 5-7.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS ENJOYED NIGHT AT THE RACES

boosters 1A large crowd enjoyed the festivities at the recent OF Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races.

A special thank you to sponsors, patrons, attendees and donors.

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

NEW VERSION OF EZPAY WILL SIMPLIFY TRANSACTION FOR PARENTS

EZPayLogoThis Friday, May 8th, Olmsted Falls School District parents who use EZPay for student lunch account and school fees will notice a new look and functionality on the EZPay.  This change is being applied free of charge to all school districts who partner with EZPay for its online payment service.

The updates to the EZpay website make it easier for parents to complete multiple transactions from a single page, and also make it easier to use EZPay from a tablet or smart phone.  All account login / password information will remain the same.  Please contact 866-MY-EZPAY (866-693-9729) with any questions on the new website.

OHSAA PHYSICALS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR BEING OFFERED AT OFHS – MAY 21ST!

Attention: All Bulldog Athletes!  You will need an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2015-2016 school year.  Avoid making a separate appointment with your doctor, or waiting in line at the local clinic.  Get your physical right at Olmsted Falls High School!

color bulldog headWhen:  Thursday, May 21st from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

How Much:  The cost is $20.  Cash or checks made payable to “OFAB” or “Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters” will be the only forms of payment accepted.

Bring:  (1) Money (Cash or Check), and (2) an OHSAA Physical Form* with ALL of your information filled out to save time!

* Please note that there are two separate links to download the form packet for Middle School and High School athletes.  

To download the OHSAA Physical Form for Middle School athletes, please click HERE.

To download the OHSAA Physical Form for High School athletes, please click HERE.

(**If you are under 18, parents MUST sign the form before your physical.)

This is a great option for O.F. athletes because:  1. It is cheap!  2. It is convenient! 3. It is a fundraiser for OFAB!

TO SIGN-UP FOR YOUR PERSONAL APPOINTMENT SLOT TODAY, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

AUDIENCE SEES TALENT DISPLAYED AT OFMS PLAY

MS play 21The OFMS Drama Club presented the play, “The Games People Play.”

Performances were last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Congratulations to all those involved in the play.

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

KINDERGARTNERS GIVE ADVICE TO GRADUATING SENIORS

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Michelle Romanowski, with cap and gown, preps the kindergartners to share their advice with graduation seniors.

For the fourth year, graduating seniors will receive advice from kindergartners at their practice commencement.

The youngsters at ECC are given the prompt: “The most important think I learned in Kindergarten. . . “

They then write and illustrate their responses on a sheet of paper.

Each response is rolled inside a laminated copy of Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

It is tied with blue ribbon and used by OFHS as diplomas during the graduating seniors’ commencement practice.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN OFMS PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE

MAY CALENDAR (2015)_Page_1The following is a list of winners in the OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle.

Is your name listed here?

May 1st: Brian Mader; 2 – Tony Smits;3 – Pat Brediger; 4: Mary Hechko; 5:Timothy Golden; 6: Laura Kennedy; 7: Patrick Smits; 8: Christine Moore; 9: Laurie Wikle; 10: Sara Kerber; 11: Eve Hollingsworth; 12: Linda Bartos; 13: Mary Goetz: 14: Donna Vanrooy; 15: Ron Katona; 16: Adelyn Blackman; 17: James Tatman; 18: Mark Mader; 19: Bob Baumann; 20: Sandra Graham; 21: Debbie Woods; 22: Patty Voisinet; 23: Angela Andrews; 24: Colin Atkins; 25: Lisa Rahas; 26: Teri Vavro; 27: Altricia Black; 28: Barb Gareau; 29: Jerry Hechko; 30: Jessica Timms; 31: Aaron Strang.

All winners will be contacted by OFMS PTA directly with information on collecting your prize!

Thank you to everyone for your support!

ARTWORK NEEDED FOR OFHS MAY SHOW – DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY, MAY 8TH

clipart artIt’s time to show off your artistic talents. We are looking for artwork entries for the OFHS May Show from various groups – faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  The show is Friday, May 15th.  We are looking also for 2-D and 3-D work.

If you would like to enter work, please complete the entry form found by clicking HERE and return it to Mariel Krakowiak by Friday, May 8th. Dates for drop off and pick up are included on the entry form.  Please email Mariel, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, with any questions.

STUDENT HEALTH CARE PREPARATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

health clinic clipartHealth Care Action Plan: If your child has a medical condition that may require treatment at school, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan from from your child’s clinic staff.  The forms will be sent home prior to the end of this school year. These action plans, which the parent and physician will complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic in August during the first week of school.

If your child will need to take medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up: If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year.  You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 19th will be discarded.

New grade 7 students: Ohio law requires a Tdap booster vaccine given prior to entry into the seventh grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic in August during the first week of school.

Masquers LogoMASQUERS & FORENSICS PATRONS TO MEET NEXT WEEK

This month’s Masquers & Forensics Patrons meeting is THIS MONDAY, May 11th at 7:00 P.M.

It is in Room W3, the choir room.

TRI-C’S INFO NIGHT TO HIGHER EDUCATION IS TONIGHT, MAY 6TH05-06-15 College Pathway Programs Opportunity Night Flyer

Cuyahoga Community College will present an Opportunity Night to learn about youth and adult pathways in obtaining a higher education including credit and non-credit programming.  The event is from 5-7 p.m. May 6th in Room 10 at its Metro Campus Center, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland. It is free and open to the public. The program will include information table visits, financial aid workshop and Ohio Means Jobs overview.  For more information, call Verna Curry, 216-987-6310.

2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

color bulldog headWhen school is out for summer, Bulldog students will have many opportunities to stay active with a variety of 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps that begin in June.  The OF Athletic Department has posted a list of sports camps available to students this summer – including camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information and links to individual camp forms and registration details.  

Please click HERE for the latest 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.

REMEMBER TO SUBMIT ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS BY JUNE 15TH

bus2Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up / drop-off address for their students for the 2015-16 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15th. Each year new forms are needed even if your requested site is the same. Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2015-2016 school year.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR SAFETY TOWN

safety town logoAll morning sessions for this year’s Safety Town are closed. Sessions that are available for your child to attend are 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. June 15th-19th and 12:30-3 p.m. June 22th-26th. They are held at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

The program introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to children who will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own.

The cost is $50 per child, which includes the class and a Safety Town T-shirt.  To download the registration form, click HERE. The form must be mailed to Olmsted Early Childhood PTA/Safety Town.

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR THE JUNE SAFETY TOWN

olmsted-falls-safety-town-photo-by-joanne-berger-dumoundThe Early Childhood PTA is looking for student volunteers for Safety Town, which it sponsors. Students must be in grades 7-12 and able to help all sessions, which are in June.

For more details and registration forms, click HERE or go to www.oecpta.org.  The deadline is May 11th.

 

COMMUNITY

MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL POPS ONTO OPA STAGE

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Mary Poppins the Musical runs from May 8-10 and 15-17 at OPA.  Tickets are $18 or $22 and available at opatickets.com. Attend a magical backstage tour 90 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets for the tour are $5.  For more details on all events, go to olmstedperformingarts.com.

Click HERE to view a flyer of the events.

FLOWERS, VEGGIES GALORE AT OF BOY SCOUTS FLOWER SALE – THIS WEEKEND + MAY 16TH

boy scouts flower saleIt’s that time of year again for the annual Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 Flower Sale. Flower baskets, flats and vegetable flats will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10th – Mother’s Day and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16th at the Jenkins Center, corner of Columbia Road and Mill Street, across from Olmsted Community Church.

Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts. Stop by, support Scouting and shop locally!  All proceeds help the troop purchase tents and other equipment throughout the year. For more details, contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

Sept 11 flyer photoThe Olmsted Rec and Olmsted Community Center have many activities scheduled for area seniors this month. To view a calendar of May events, click HERE.

A special event at Olmsted Community Center is retired U.S Air Force Lt. Col. Angelo Nuzzo’s discussion of his being at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001 – the day terrorists attacked the U.S. and that facility. His appearance is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19. Reserve your spot for the talk by calling 440-427-1599.  To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

PAWS FOR SOME FUN AT BARK FOR LIFE MAY 23RD FUNDRAISER

bark for life photo about eventOlmsted Falls Relay for Life will host its annual Bark for Life fundraiser May 23rd in front of the OFMS. Registration begins at 10 a.m., including $15 registration fee at the door.  Pre-register for a $10 fee per dog and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile walk. Afterward, there will be games, activities, food, treats and fun. For more details or to register, contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or email vpresnell@sbcglobal.net To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

CANCER SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER?  JOIN 1ST LAP @ BULLDOG’S RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoLocal cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life on June 6th at Olmsted Falls High School stadium. The Survivors Lap will start at 1 p.m. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate in this honorary lap around the track.  Survivors also will be honored with a free lunch from Chick-Fil-A, a T-shirt and a “goody” bag, which includes free coupons. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent. There are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Olmsted Falls/Township event, visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls  or call the American Cancer Society, 888-227-6446, Ext. 1212.

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

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

SUMMER CONCERTS BEGIN IN JUNE

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The Sunset Country Band is the featured group for the first monthly concert that Olmsted Falls’ Parks and Recreation Board annually sponsors.

The concert is from 6-8 p.m. June 28th at East River Park.

The Brunch Box will be parked at the concert with several food selections.

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