OFCS Update – February 4, 2016

IMPORTANT: NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 2016-2017 OPENS FEB. 16TH

ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR – INCLUDING FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS – WILL OPEN ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH AT NOON.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a change from what is printed in the 2015-2016 Activities Calendar.  Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2016-2017 school year was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, February 8th.  This date has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 16th @ noon.  Please do NOT attempt to register an incoming kindergarten student in the current 2015-2016 new student registration portal currently available on the website – this is for new students starting in the district in the current 2015-2016 school year ONLY.  Thank you!

FULL HOUSE AT ECC FOR LAST WEEK’S FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATION MEETING 

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SS_upper_leftMany thanks to the approximately 90 parents who attended last week’s special Parent Information Meeting about the District’s new Full-Day Kindergarten Program launching with the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

If you were unable to attend and are interested in learning more…

You can download a copy of the presentation slides by clicking HERE.

You can also watch the presentation, which was recorded live, by clicking HERE.

Additional information on the new Full-Day Kindergarten Program is also available on the District website by clicking HERE.

IMPORTANT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION DATES TO REMEMBER:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH @ NOON – New Student Online Registration Portal Opens

 THURSDAY, MARCH 4TH – Deadline to register incoming kindergarten students for the Full-Day Kindergarten Program

IMPORTANT PARENT/STUDENT MEETINGS @ OFHS TONIGHT – THURSDAY, FEB. 4TH

College_Credit_PlusSS_upper_leftThe College Credit Plus and Junior College Parent Night programs are set for tonight, Thursday, February 4th.

The College Credit Plus Program is set for 6 p.m. It allows students in grades 7-12 to take college course work earning both college and high school credit. This presentation will outline program eligibility, admissions and scheduling. Representatives from OFHS, Lorain County Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University will speak about the programs and available to answer questions.

Junior College Parent Night Program follows at 7 p.m. for parents of juniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college. The College and Career Counselor will present details on selecting a college, the application process and financial aid. This is an IMPORTANT meeting in getting your student prepared to apply for colleges next falls.  Students are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend either event, the presentations and handouts will be posted on the Counselor’s Corner website Friday.

COMMUNITY FORUM – THIS MONDAY  FEB. 8TH – FOCUSES ON THE RISE/DANGERS OF HEROIN 

FLYER heroin olmsted fallsCP_leftCuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Astrab is sponsoring a Community Forum this Monday, February 8 about heroin, a drug that is taking the lives of our youth. It is at 7 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. The panel also includes Robert Brandt and Dr. Joan Papp. Brandt is the father of Robby, an Olmsted Falls High School grad who bravely fought to try to stay off heroin, but lost that battle. Hear the facts behind the growing heroin addiction among youth in this area and across the country.

To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

ALL BULLDOG PARENTS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AN EVENING WITH RICK WORMELLI – NEXT THURSDAY, FEB. 11TH 

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Nationally recognized presenter Rick Wormelli coming to Olmsted Falls

SS_upper_leftStandards-Based Grading: Special Evening Presentation for Parents

Thursday, February 11th

6:30 p.m. @ OFHS Auditorium

Please join us next Thursday evening, February 11th, at 6:30 PM in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium for a thoughtful look at standards-based grading from a national presenter who has worked in all fifty states as they move towards a more accurate reporting system.

The faculty of Olmsted Falls schools is in a multi-year process of moving towards standards-based grading, and parents and the local community have a big part to play in that successful transition. Standards-based grading provides more information for parents on how individual children are progressing in their learning than does a more traditional grading system, and it builds the maturation skills needed to navigate school and the years beyond school.

The special evening presentation will provide clarity on what standards-based grading is and what it is not. Hear what colleges are looking for in potential students, and what they are saying about high school grading and admissions. Don’t miss it!

ALSO:  Please stay tuned for additional information on possible on-site babysitting services for during the event.

OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW HAD SONGS, DANCE, MUSIC, COMEDY & MAGIC

PrintThe 29th Annual OFHS PTA Talent Show is now one for the books. Congratulations to the following students who won in the various grades.

K-4 Grades

1st place: Lindsey Smits, vocal performance of “Disneyland.” She also was the Overall Winner of the show.

2nd place: Adam Dempsey, freestyle dance to “The Dangerous Immortal.”

3rd place: Gavin Moody, piano solo of “Fireflies.”

Grades 5-8

1st Place: Gregory Smith with assistant Elise Grant, magic act

2nd Place:  Rachel Korba, contemporary dance to “Skyscraper.”

3rd Place:  Ady Lakota, hula hoop and gymnastics to The Happy Hula Hooper.:

Grades 9-12

1st Place:  Kayla Zapotosky, vocal performance of “When I Was Your Girl.” She also received the Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award.

2nd Place (Tie): Camden Chernisky, piano performance of “Radioactive” and Elisabeth Helmick, vocal performance of “Flashlight.”

3rd Place: Amanda Holt, vocal/guitar performance of “Iris.”

OFHS junior Gabby Zemaitis was the program cover design winner. Congratulations to the winners and all performers, including Erin Hetchler who performed a flute solo of The National Anthem and OFHS senior Jake Conder, the event’s MC.

F-L SCHOOL’S DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK HAS SEVEN POSTER WINNERS

Disability poster winner 7As part of Disability Awareness Week at Falls-Lenox School, students had a chance to participate in a poster/essay contest. Thank you to PTA for sponsoring the winner awards and to Mrs. Scott and Mrs. DiFilippo for organizing the contest.  Everyone did a wonderful job.

The following are the winners.disability poster winner 3

First grade:  Ashley Veverka & Tyler Berchin

Second grade:  Mia Russel & Livia Golden

Third grade:  Dominic DiFilippo, Andrew Kreitzer & Braylen Hurd

To see photos of all the winners and their posters, click HERE.

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Academic challenge 4OFHS Academic Team competed on TV Channel 5’s Academic Challenge. It was taped this past week. The episode will air Saturday, April 23rd at 7 p.m. The team played against Maple Heights and St. Ed’s.

The OFHS Academic Team members are Alec Sims, Zach Buchta and Molly McCafferty. Alternates are Ben Meredyk, Isaac Rivera and Bennett Graham.

The students did a great job. We can’t wait for everyone to see the results!  Here are a few pictures of that competition. To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

BULLDOG GRADS WERE PART OF HOLIDAY COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Bowl game Bobcats 4SS_upper_leftSome OF grads traveled to college bowl games as members of marching bands or cheerleading teams.  They were part of the support teams along the sidelines and end zones for their college football teams.

The University of Akron participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the Utah State Aggies December 22nd. Bulldog grads who appeared in the Zips marching band (pictured at left) are Dan McFadden, Danny Becker, Colleen Prokop and Lucas Schilling.

Go Daddy bowl MendelukIdaho Potato BowlOF alumni Maddie Mendeluk traveled with the Bowling Green State University’s cheerleading squad (pictured at right) to the Go Daddy Bowl in Alabama vs. Georgia Southern Eagles Dec. 23.

Lori Bertrand, class of 2012, and Tony Kollar, class of 2014, (pictured at left) are members of the Ohio University Marching Band who went to the Camelia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama Dec. 19th to support the Bobcats football team. The team played Appalachian State.

Way to go Bulldog alumni!!  To see more photos of the various festivities, click HERE.

 GEOGRAPHY BEE TESTS STUDENTS

OFMS geography bee 2SS_upper_leftAll OFMS students participated in the qualifying round of the National Geographic Bee in November, with 20 competing in the final competition January 27th at the school. The final competition consisted of questions that National Geographic provided and given orally to each  contestants.

The top three contestants, pictured here, are from left, John Gaba, first place, grade 8; Sanat Subhash, second place, grade 7 and Noah Young, third, grade 6.

OFMS geography bee 1Grade 6 participants included Katie Voisinet, Jacob O’Connor, Noah Young and Joshua Kuperman. Grade 7 contestants were Morgan Demooy, Xavier Zurawski, Wisam Yaghmour, Noah Barrett, Hank Long and Sanat Subhash. Grade 8 students were Ethan Schlesinger, Joey Lippus, Lucas Lodato, Jaspar Markaran, Nick Gaba, Sam Hubbard, John Gaba, Summer Stevens, Aeden Dobos and Auggie Stallman.

The winning question for the middle school competition was: Gray wolves were once wiped out of Yellowstone National Park, but have made a comeback in recent years due to conservation efforts. Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, Montana and which other state? Answer: Idaho.

John  Gaba, local winner of the OF 25th Geography Bee, will take a qualifying state exam. Results of that exam will determine qualification for state competition in April. The champion of the state contest will win an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National level in May.

Congrats to all the participants and good luck in state competition.

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OFHS has three Silver Key winners and eight Honorable Mentions in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Award. They were honored from out of thousands of pieces of art work that were submitted this year for Cuyahoga County.

Receiving a Silver Key were Abby Harder, Erin Kohler and Marisa Nieves. TAbby Harder_Fire Flower_Silver Key 1hose awarded Honorable Mentions were Erin Kohler_Statement Necklace Silver Scholastic art 5Kenzie Ballard, Summer Ellis, Destyni Green, Stormie Kadar, Stephanie Koch, Meghan O’Brien, Emmy Olszewski and Diana Vargas.

All winning artwork were included in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition on display at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery in January.   To view a photo gallery of all the artwork, click HERE.

OFHS STUDENTS TAKE PART IN LOCAL PROGRAMMING CLUB

hyland logoSS_upper_leftThree OFHS students were selected to attend and be part of the “Hy-Tech Club” –  sponsored by Hyland, creator of OnBase.  The students are Cole Zehe, Chloe Zehe and Mark Drobnak. They were selected from 132 applicants.

The Hy-Tech Club is based out of Hyland Building 3 in Westlake. Students meet weekly after school where they learn about new tech concepts and work on projects to present at the end of the semester. Each meeting starts with a review of the previous week’s content before moving into new material, which may include HTLM, CSS, JavaScript, PHP programming language and databases, based on their knowledge level. At the end of each meeting there is time to work on challenges that instructors provide. At the end of the semester, students will be given two weeks to work on a project of their choice, which they will present at the last meeting.

Congratulations to these students!

ECC thank you board poster 1ECC STUDENTS THANK OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATIONECC thank you board poster 2

Stephanie Kley’s reading and enrichment students thank the members of the OF school board during School Board Appreciation Month and for their work all year with colorful posters, which the students helped design.

January was School Board Recognition Month in the state of Ohio.

GET READY . . . IT’S DODGEBALL TIME

dodgeballThe OFHS PTA’s 13th annual Battle of the Schools Dodgeball Game is next Thursday, February 11th!

Come out and support your school team at the game that starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11th in the OFHS gym.

There is NO SCHOOL Friday, February 12th, so c’mon and support your teachers and building staff as they compete for the coveted BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS trophy and bragging rights for the next year!

Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for adults. They will be available at the door. Concessions and face painting, provided by the Junior Class, will be available. There will be free throw basketball shots during breaks and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from this event will benefit the High School Scholarship Program for the Class of 2016.  Cheer on your team and support an excellent cause.

For information, contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net.

28 STUDENT PTA REFLECTION ENTRIES HEAD TO STATE COMPETITION

ReflectionsSS_upper_leftThe National PTA Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts. This year’s theme, “Let Your Imagination Fly,” had more than 80 local entries involving each of the OF PTA units.

These are the 28 district winners that will selected to go forward to the Ohio PTA state round for judging.

VISUAL ARTS

Primary level: Kaitlyn Williams, first; Elisabeth Flanagan, second; Tessa Chapin, third; Jesse Simon, honorable mention.

Intermediate level: Hadley Allen, first; Owen Von Glahn, second; Carly Oliver, third; Maya Smith, honorable mention.

Middle level: Lindsey LaPinta, first; Antoinette Cirino, second; Katie Voisinet, third; Becca Abbot, honorable mention.

Special Needs Category: Bekka McElroy.

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY

Primary level: Riley Zahorchak, first

Middle level: Claire Oliver, first.

MUSICAL COMPOSITION

Intermediate Level: Dominic DiFilippo, first

Middle level: Michael DiFilippo

Senior level: Isabel Struk

LITERATURE

Primary level: Jesse Simon, first

Intermediate level: Dominic DiFilippo, first; Aidan Lyons, second; Katie Cleary, third; Alanna Tighe, honorable mention.

Middle level: Keeley Patton, first; Harrison Graham, second; Allison Milligan, third.

FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION

Middle level: Max Limpert, first.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Primary level: Josh Voisinet, first.

Intermediate level: Gregory Kuehn, first & second; Aaron Bobinski, third.

Middle levelHarrison Graham, first; Harrison Graham & Matthew Gluvna, tie for second.

Senior level: Andrew Barnard.

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

Looking ahead – next school year’s Reflection theme is “What is Your Story?” Contest details will be sent home this spring and again in the fall. It is not too early to start. The 2016 entries will be due in November.

OFMA bulldog and noteLOTS OF INFORMATION IN LATEST OFMA’S NEWSLETTER

The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s February Musical Notes includes past, present and future events. Photos of the 13th annual Band Invitational at Severance Hall, schedule for the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest February 6th in Parma, school band concerts, choral and treble choir students trip to Nashville and much more are included. To view the newsletter, click HERE.

POOR PUMPKIN JACK!

pumpkin jack february 2016The ECC kindergartners continue to view their own version of Pumpkin Jack, which stands, well, leans, in an exterior planter outside the school. They are learning that their own Pumkin Jack truly follows the Pumpkin Jack book, which follows the life cycle of the large squash throughout the various seasons.

Will there be another picture of Pumpkin Jack in an upcoming blog?  Stay tuned.

TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT SERIES HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED – NEXT TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY & SOCIAL MEDIA – FEB. 16TH

parent-night-banner-cwAs the integration of technology into education continues, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a series of Technology Information invites for parents to learn more about the various tools being used to enhance student learning and success in our classrooms.

The second of four scheduled sessions was held last month and covered the topic of Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers.  To review the information presented during this latest session, please click HERE.

To download information presented during the first session, held in October, which covered Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student, please click HERE.

Technology Information Nights for Parents are presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.

Please mark your calendar for the remaining two sessions currently scheduled for this school year:

Tuesday, February 16th – TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media

Tuesday, March 1st – TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All Technology Information Nights are held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.   These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.

To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FEB. 13TH POST PROM’S VALENTINE’S FUNDRAISER

be my valentineAttention SENIOR parents!  Post Prom’s largest event – Wing Night – is next week. We can ONLY provide Post Prom with the  help of parents in our community.  Wing Night is from 6-8:30 p.m. February 13th at Molly McGhee’s Sports Pub, 13169 Prospect Road, Strongsville.  The night includes wings, pizza, rigatoni, salad and refreshments of all types.  Raffle prizes include hotel stays, baskets galore and corn hole boards. You may reserve tables of six or more – the more the merrier!

Teachers, coaches, Olmsted community – come out and support the kids. Call Lisa Ciechanoski, 440-781-2511, for tickets, which cost $25.   Don’t miss out on this fundraiser that supports the Class of 2016.

HELP KICK OFF RELAY FOR LIFE AT THIS FRIDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL GAMES

Relay for Life 2014 logoBe sure to wear purple – and your Bulldog gear – when attending this Friday’s Relay for Life Kick Off at the boy’s basketball games.  Our OFHS grade 9 boys game begins at 4:30 p.m. with the JV playing at 6 and varsity at 7:15 in the high school gym.

There will be a 50/50 raffle along with the OF Athletic Boosters selling baked goods, luminaria for the event and detailed information about the Relay.

If you are interested in donating baked goods or helping at our table for the night, contact Cassandra DeLuca, cdeluca@ofcs.net or Michelle LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

ROLL THE DICE FOR A GREAT TIME AT LAS VEGAS NIGHT – INCLUDING A CHANCE TO WIN CAVS FLOOR SEATS!

Vegas Nite 2015 photo wheelWant to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 20th Olmsted Falls Alumni Vegas Nite 2015 crowdAssociation’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. The night includes a big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ’em and others as well as a 50/50 raffle, side boards and others. There is a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.

Get in the Action!!  Win CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! We will be raffling 2 sets of CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! Buy a playing card for $10. One in 52 chance of winning a pair of floor seats to 4/13 Cavs v Pistons game.

Las Vegas Night event tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those age 21 and older. For more information, click HERE to see the event’s flyer.

HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY

bowling pinsA February 27th bowling fundraiser will benefit the district’s Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics.  It is from 9:30 a.m. to noon February 27th at Fairview Lanes in Fairview Park.

The cost is $10 for bowlers, which includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rentals, pizza and drink. Non-bowlers’ cost is $5, which includes pizza and drink. There will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and bake sale.

The event is open to all ages and ability levels, whether in the district or not. Lane bumpers and ball ramps are available upon request.

Complete the form by clicking HERE and return it, along with payment, to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday, February 19th. Only 20 lanes are available. Lanes will only be reserved once forms and payment are received.

Donations for the event will be accepted by clicking HERE.  It’s a great time of year to get out of the house and have some fun with friends and family.

BUY A HORSE, ATTEND MARCH 12TH NIGHT AT THE RACES

NightAtTheRacesNavyThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is March 12th at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River.

Tickets are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. It includes a buffet dinner and soft drinks/wash. Bring your own appetizers, goodies and refreshments to share. There will be door prizes, Chinese raffle and more. This fundraiser benefits students throughout the district.

Want to buy a horse? There are 90 of them. The cost is $30 a piece. Does your group want to buy all nine horses in a given race? Contact the group ASAP. Winning horse owners receive a race trophy and $50 in prize money. To buy a horse, contact Terry Atkins, Terenceatkins22@gmail.com. For tickets to the event, contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b4421fritz@yahoo.com. Deadline to purchase a horse is February 26th.

To view an event flyer, click HERE. For a flyer detailing a horse purchase, click HERE.

CONTINUE TO WEAR PINK TO OFHS BOYS  BASKETBALL GAMES: HELP RAISE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

breast cancer pinkAttendees to the boys  basketball games can help raise awareness by wearing pink to the contests.  Hoops for Hope continues February 9th with the freshman game at 4:30 p.m., J.V. at 6 and Varsity, 7:30.   To view a flyer, click HERE.

The girls basketball Hoops for Hope night was January 30th.

HOAGIE SALE, WHICH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS, READY FOR PICK UP THIS SATURDAY

OFMA musical jpegMore than 600 hoagies will be ready for pick up from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, February 6th, at Shaker’s IGA. Extra hoagies will be available at the store during that time for $5 if you did not pre-order yours through this Olmsted Falls Music Association’s fundraiser.

Students and volunteers will be assembling the hoagies that morning. If you can help in this fundraiser, just click HERE to sign up. We appreciate your support in this awesome deal that helps our district music students.

ORDER YOUR EASTER HAM/TURKEY NOW VIA SWIM/DIVE TEAM

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Bulldogs Swim & Dive Team again is offering its popular HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser. From now through March 11th, you may order HoneyBaked ham or glazed turkey breasts and gift certificates. Pick up is at OFHS March 24th.

To view the flyer with an order form and more details about placing your HoneyBaked order, click HERE. For more details or late orders, call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405.

OF PTA COUNCIL SELLING SPORTS/TOUGH STAIN DETERGENT PRODUCTS

SweatX_Fundraising_FormSweat X Sport Detergent is an industry leading active wear laundry detergent that removes the toughest stains and odors. It is great for sports and band uniforms and the odor spray is perfect for shoes, equipment, bags and more.

The OF PTA Council is selling these detergent products. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to program activities and scholarships for graduating seniors. The sale begins this Monday, February 8th and ends February 24th with all order forms and money due that day. Product pick up is from 5-7 p.m. March 16th at the F-L cafeteria. For an order form, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

olmsted community center buildingFEBRUARY ACTIVITIES @ OCC AND OF LIBRARY

The 2016 Olmsted Recreation Senior Activities Calendar include two new programs.  Senior Craft Day is at 10:30  a.m. on the first Monday of each month at Olmsted Community Center while Mall Walking is at 8 a.m. the last Wednesday of every month by meeting at 8 a.m. at the Great Northern Mall Food Court.  Both are listed on the calendar that may be seen by clicking HERE.  A Meditation for Healthy Aging session is set for 11:30 a.m. February 9th.  To see a flyer of this event, click HERE and to see all activities at the Olmsted Falls branch library, click HERE.

PACK THE Q WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT

certlogo1See Kobe Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, attend a sold-out Cavalier’s game, view a Monsters hockey game AND support your Community Emergency Response Team with just one ticket! CERT is sponsoring all these for just $50. The cost includes a February 10th Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers game and a ticket to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters hockey game.

Olmsted CERT will be the beneficiary of the 50-50 raffle at the game. Come and spend time with friends and cheer on the Cavs! Contact Donna Tindera at donna_tindera@hotmail.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.

SIGN UPS FOR SUMMER BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

summer baseball imageThe Olmsted Community Summer League  is now accepting  for boys and girls baseball/softball leagues for ages 4-18. There are several ways to register, including online through Olmsted Community Center at www.olmstedcc.com. You also may print the form from its website or that of OCSL – www.ocslinfo.org. And returning it, along with payment, to the Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls 44138. Those registering after March 31 will be charged a late fee. Games begin June 1.

The co-ed league returns this year. Register a team or individually by contacting Jim Masie, jimmasie@gmail.com or OCC, 440-427-1599.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY – 2/10

Olmsted Community ChurchOlmsted Community Preschool will have its annual open house registration night for the 2016-17 school year Wednesday, February 10th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Offered classes are for 3 year olds, Pre-K (4 year olds) and extended Pre-K (5 year olds).  For more information, contact the officer at 440-235-3869.

Olmsted Community Preschool is in Olmsted Community Church, 7853 Main St., Olmsted Falls.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION – SPRING SEASON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

lacrosse picsRegistration is now open for the following programs:

1) Indoor Sessions.  Fridays from 8-9:30pm.  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 4, 11.  This is a great opportunity to start working on stick skills, conditioning and getting ready for the season.  These sessions include training on cradling, passing, catching, shooting, defense, and goalie play.  Groups will be broken out by age and experience.  Gear required.

2) Spring Season.  This will start once weather and field conditions allow.  The practice and game schedules will be posted online soon.  Early Spring Season registration closes February 21.  Register now to ensure a spot!

Please visit the group’s website at olmstedfallslax.com to register for the “fastest game on two feet”.

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OFCS Update – January 26, 2016

ATTENTION:  FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATION MEETING – THIS THURSDAY, JAN. 28TH @ 7 P.M. Parent Meeting Flyer for 1-28-16

Olmsted Falls School District will host an informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year interested in learning more about the District’s new Full-Day Kindergarten Program.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH

@ 7:00 P.M.

OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Administrators, faculty and support staff will make a detailed presentation outlining the new full-day kindergarten option and will be available to answer any specific questions to assist families with information to make their decision regarding the best option for their incoming kindergarten student.

If you are the parent of a student starting kindergarten next year – or know a parent of an incoming kindergarten student – please make sure this meeting is on the radar to learn more about the new Full-Day Kindergarten Program.

To review additional details – including detailed information on enrollment procedures and deadlines, and full-day program tuition costs – please click HERE now.

SS_upper_leftOFIS STUDENTS TEACHERS SHOWCASES PROJECTS / PROGRAMS AT BOARD MEETING

DSC_9795Kudos to 5th Mr. Rick Vormelker and his team of 5th grade students who made a special presentation about their recent “Motion & Design” Unit at the January Board meeting.  The presentation included demonstrations of student-built vehicles and other project materials.  Students spent approximately 12 weeks on their projects, which focused on understanding the value of the Scientific Method and how scientists use it to solve problems and answer questions.  Students also got to incorporate their own creativity into their projects as they each were able to choose the type of vehicle they designed (i.e. pizza delivery truck) and give it a clever name.

Board members enjoyed seeing the hands-on demonstrations and learning the details of each project during the presentation.

Board of Education members also had an opportunity to learn more about the building’s moderate-intensive classroom from OFIS Intervention Specialist Mrs. Cindy Zahorchak.  Mrs. Zahorchak also provided the Board with information about the new Helping Hands program recently launched at OFIS this year!  The initial response has been overwhelming with more than 50 students participating!  To view a video about the new Helping Hands Program at OFIS, simply click the play button below:

 

Great job OFIS!  To view additional photos of OFIS presentations at the January Board of Education meeting, please click HERE.

BULLDOG STUDENTS EXCEL IN ELKS AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST

Berea elksThe Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, with more than 2,000 lodges, sponsors its annual Americanism SS_upper_leftEssay Contests for students in grades 5-8. Students from Olmsted Falls, Berea and Strongsville participated locally writing essays on “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country.” A committee of 12 Berea Elks had the difficult job of choosing the top three essays in each of two divisions. More than 400 essays were submitted. All six winners in this year’s contest are Olmsted Falls students! Here are the winners along with links to their award-winning essays:

Grade 5/6 division: Alexis L. McNamara , Jacqueline Huston , and Zowie Hoover .

Grade 7/8 division: Emily Sumerauer, Adam von Glahn , and Amber Blevins.

These local winners will now compete at the NE Ohio District. Those winners will move to state competition and finally, national competition. National winners will be announced at the National Elks Convention in Houston this July.

All local winners and their families and teachers will be recognized at the Berea Elks Lodge’s Annual Youth Appreciation Dinner May 3. Congratulations to these fine students. To read their essays, click on their names. The Board of Education will recognize these students at an upcoming monthly Board meeting.  Congratulations to these students and kudos to their teachers for involving them in this annual contest.

DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK CELEBRATED ACROSS THE DISTRICT; WHEELCHAIR CAVS SHOWCASE TALENT AT FALLS-LENOX ASSEMBLIES THANKS TO PTA

IMG_5822 CP_leftAll five OFCS school buildings participated in the annual Disability Awareness Week held January 11-15.  Accepting and celebrating differences was the theme throughout the district as each building hosted its own unique activities and events.  This was a week to focus on the students, who are so kind and accepting, and celebrate that even though we are all so different, we are also alike in many ways.

SS_upper_leftFalls-Lenox Primary School celebrated its ninth annual Celebrating Differences/Disability Awareness Week by hosting special guest readers in their classes, watching a video during library time, participating in a poster/essay contest and enjoying exciting Wheelchair Cavs assemblies!  A big thank you to PTA for sponsoring the assemblies and to Mrs. Scott, school psychologist, for organizing the week’s activities at Falls-Lenox.

Olmsted Falls Middle School had a day in which students wore specific colors identified for specific disabilities.  Students wore clothing, hats and bandanas of the color of the disability they wanted to support and raise awareness of.  Students wore stickers to let people know which disability they were supporting.

Students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School – with the assistance of Intervention Specialist Cindy Zahorchak – produced a video titled “Just Like You!”  To view the video, simply click the play button in the window below:

 

OFCS Custom OrderAbove is just a sampling of activities and events that took place across the District during this year’s Disability Awareness Week.

Kudos and thanks to all those involved in planning and organizing an amazing week!

OFHS STUDENTS PERFORM WELL IN ART/WRITING COMPETITION

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scholastic_awards_logo_rgb_DSCongratulations to three OFHS students who were recognized for their creativity in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

Ava Ferguson and Desi Jasper received Silver Keys for their short stories. Chloe Zehe received an Honorable Mention for her flash fiction piece.

DECEMBER’S HEALTHY HERO HONOREES

F-L Healthy Hero Ciaran Hannon with Carol Meszaros.

ECC healthy heroEthan Prather of ECC and Ciaran Hannon of Falls-Lenox are the December Healthy Hero honorees. They both received a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store.

The Healthy Hero program teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve. Pictured here with Ciaran Hannon, left, is Carol Meszaros, school nurse.  Pictured with Ethan Prather, right, are his Dad Michael, brother Andrew, Mom Beth, Mrs. Roberto and Carol Meszaros.

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

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Beckett 6Students from the Engineering Design and Development and Computer Integrated Manufacturing classes toured the Beckett Gas Company in North Ridgeville January 15th.  Beckett Gas is a leading manufacturer of gas burners used in water heaters, furnaces and dryers.

CP_leftA special thanks to Greg Blumfield and the engineering staff who took time to act as guides and giving our Beckett 8students an all access view of a manufacturing plant. Students also had a chance to ask questions of student interns from the University of Cincinnati and Cleveland State University about what projects they were working on at Beckett and why they chose their specific university.

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

OFHS PTA 29TH ANNUAL TALENT SHOW SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH

TOFHS PTA talent show clip arthe annual OFHS PTA Talent Show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, January 30th in the OFHS auditorium. The show features 26 acts, ranging in age from kindergarten through grade 12, demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic, comedic and magical talents. Please come and support these amazing students. Bring your family and friends, too.

Admission is $5. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the OFHS scholarship fund for graduating seniors. We also have an amazing Judge’s Decision Time performance by some of our extremely talented Bulldog teaching staff. That is something you won’t want to miss!

TALENT SHOW REHEARSAL TONIGHT – TUESDAY,  JANUARY 26TH

Attention all Talent Show acts! Mandatory dress rehearsal is Tuesday, January 26th from 6-9 p.m. In the OFHS auditorium. Bring your labeled CD music, instruments, props and wear your costumes, if appropriate. Watch your email for further details.

For information, contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106 or Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894.

FALL-LENOX “BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS” T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE – ORDER BY TUESDAY, FEB. 2ND

F-L Dodgeball T-Shirt ImageIn anticipation of the upcoming “Battle of the Schools” Dodgeball event on February 11th, Falls-Lenox Primary School is offering students, staff and parents the opportunity to gear up with an official “Battle Like A Bulldog” T-Shirt.  The order deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 2nd.  You can download a flyer containing additional details and the order form HERE.

Battle Like A Bulldog!

WEAR PINK TO VARSITY BASKETBALL GAMES: HELP RAISE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

breast cancer pinkAttendees to two basketball games can help raise awareness by wearing pink to the contests.

Hoops for Hope is a two-night event. The first is January 30th when the girls basketball teams play Avon Lake. The freshman team plays at 2 p.m., J.V. At 3:30 and varsity, 5 p.m.

The boy games are February 9th with the freshman game at 4:30 p.m., J.V. At 6 and varsity, 7:30.  To view a flyer, click HERE.

GRADES 2-5: COME CHEER AT OFHS VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME FEB. 9TH

cheerleadingStudents in grades 2-5 are invited to a Mini Cheer Clinic and Cheer Night. The clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Then cheer during halftime at the Tuesday, February 9th home game that begins at 7:30 p.m. against Avon Lake High School in the OFHS gym. Participants must attend the clinic in order to cheer at the game. The OFHS cheerleaders are sponsoring the clinic.

The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in your immediate family. Each will receive a cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, a photo with the Bulldog and a snack at the game. The registration form must be received at OFHS by January 26th.

To view more information and download a registration form, click HERE.

COMMUNITY FORUM FOCUSES ON THE RISE/DANGERS OF HEROIN – FEBRUARY 8th

FLYER heroin olmsted fallsCuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Astrab will sponsor a Community Forum Monday, February 8 about heroin, a drug that is taking the lives of our youth. It is at 7 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. The panel also includes Robert Brandt and Dr. Joan Papp. Brandt is the father of Robby, an Olmsted Falls High School grad who bravely fought to try to stay off heroin, but lost that battle. Hear the facts behind the growing heroin addiction among youth in this area and across the country.

To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT SERIES HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED – NEXT TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY & SOCIAL MEDIA – FEB. 16TH

Parent Night Banner-CWAs the integration of technology into education continues, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a series of Technology Information invites for parents to learn more about the various tools being used to enhance student learning and success in our classrooms.

The second of four scheduled sessions was held earlier this month and covered the topic of Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers.  To review the information presented during this latest session, please click HERE.

To download information presented during the first session, held in October, which covered Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student, please click HERE.

Technology Information Nights for Parents are presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.

Please mark your calendar for the remaining two sessions currently scheduled for this school year:

Tuesday, February 16th – TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media

Tuesday, March 1st – TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All Technology Information Nights are held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.   These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.

To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

ANNUAL SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE ORDER DEADLINE JANUARY 28th

hoagieOlmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor its annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale with pre sale order deadline January 28th. The subs will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 6, at Shaker’s MarketPlace on Bagley Road.

Each student has the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2.50 for each $5 hoagie they sell. Funds will be placed in the child’s own account for use for music travel in the high school. Choir students traveling to Nashville this year will receive spending cash per hoagie upon boarding their buses. Students must see their music teacher for an order envelope. Order and monies are due January 28th. No funds will be distributed to students who have not ordered by January 28th with the appropriate envelope.

Extra sandwiches will be available during the February 6th pick up time. Please help our student musicians share their talent and enjoy school travels.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY A DAY EARLY WITH POST PROM’S FUNDRAISER

be my valentineAttention SENIOR parents!  Post Prom’s largest event – Wing Night – is quickly approaching. We can ONLY provide Post Prom with the  help of parents in our community.  Wing Night is from 6-8:30 p.m. February 13th at Molly McGhee’s Sports Pub, 13169 Prospect Road, Strongsville.  The night includes wings, pizza, rigatoni, salad and refreshments of all types.  Raffle prizes include hotel stays, baskets galore and corn hole boards. You may reserve tables of six or more – the more the merrier!

Teachers, coaches, Olmsted community – come out and support the kids.

Call Lisa Ciechanoski, 440-781-2511, for tickets, which cost $25.   Don’t miss out on this fundraiser that supports the Class of 2016.

ROLL THE DICE FOR A GREAT TIME AT LAS VEGAS NIGHT – INCLUDING A CHANCE TO WIN CAVS FLOOR SEATS!

Vegas Nite 2015 photo wheelWant to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 20th Olmsted Falls Alumni Vegas Nite 2015 crowdAssociation’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. The night includes a big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ’em and others as well as a 50/50 raffle, side boards and others. There is a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.

PLUS, JUST CONFIRMED:  Get in the Action!!  Win CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! We will be raffling 2 sets of CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! Buy a playing card for $10. One in 52 chance of winning a pair of floor seats to 4/13 Cavs v Pistons game.

Las Vegas Night event tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those age 21 and older. For more information, click HERE to see the event’s flyer.

HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY

bowling pinsA February 27th bowling fundraiser will benefit the district’s Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics.  It is from 9:30 a.m. to noon February 27th at Fairview Lanes in Fairview Park.

The cost is $10 for bowlers, which includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rentals, pizza and drink. Non-bowlers’ cost is $5, which includes pizza and drink. There will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and bake sale.

The event is open to all ages and ability levels, whether in the district or not. Lane bumpers and ball ramps are available upon request.

Complete the form by clicking HERE and return it, along with payment, to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday, February 19th. Only 20 lanes are available. Lanes will only be reserved once forms and payment are received.

Donations for the event will be accepted by clicking HERE.  It’s a great time of year to get out of the house and have some fun with friends and family.

BUY A HORSE, ATTEND MARCH 12TH NIGHT AT THE RACES

NightAtTheRacesNavyThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is set for March 12th at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River.

Tickets are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. It includes a buffet dinner and soft drinks/wash. Bring your own appetizers, goodies and refreshments to share. There will be door prizes, Chinese raffle and more. This fundraiser benefits students throughout the district.

Want to buy a horse? There are 90 of them. The cost is $30 a piece. Does your group want to buy all nine horses in a given race? Contact the group ASAP. Winning horse owners receive a race trophy and $50 in prize money. To buy a horse, contact Terry Atkins, Terenceatkins22@gmail.com. For tickets to the event, contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b4421fritz@yahoo.com. Deadline to purchase a horse is February 26th.

To view an event flyer, click HERE. For a flyer detailing a horse purchase, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

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Did you know that the Olmsted Community Center hosts Saturday Activity Nights for students in grades 2nd – 6th?  Don’t miss out on the fun!

Click HERE to download the registration form and check out this month’s schedule of events!

OLMSTED RECREATION SEEKS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMISSIONER

Olmsted Recreation LogoOlmsted Recreation has a seasonal part-time job opening of League Commissioner for its Youth Flag Football League. Application deadline is January 31st.

The individual should have experience in running recreational youth athletic leagues, setting up season schedules and supervising youth players and coaches in a game day setting. The candidate also must possess outstanding communication skills, organizational skills and be highly energetic and a positive role model for players and coaches. The post is under the direction of the Director of Olmsted Recreation and under contract during the flag football season. Compensation will be negotiated.

Those interested should submit a resume with contact information to Danny Colonna, Olmsted Recreation director.  It may be mailed to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or emailed to bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

PACK THE Q FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT

certlogo1See Kobe Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, attend a sold-out Cavalier’s game, view a Monsters hockey game AND support your Community Emergency Response Team with just one ticket! CERT is sponsoring all these for just $50. The cost includes a February 10th Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers game and a ticket to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters hockey game.

Olmsted CERT will be the beneficiary of the 50-50 raffle at the game. Come and spend time with friends and cheer on the Cavs! Contact Donna Tindera at donna_tindera@hotmail.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.

SIGN UPS FOR SUMMER BASEBALL/SOFTBALL BEGINS FEBRUARY 1ST

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The Olmsted Community Summer League will open its registration February 1st for boys and girls baseball/softball leagues for ages 4-18. There are several ways to register, including online through Olmsted Community Center at www.olmstedcc.com. You also may print the form from its website or that of OCSL – www.ocslinfo.org. And returning it, along with payment, to the Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls 44138. Those registering after March 31 will be charged a late fee. Games begin June 1.

The co-ed league returns this year. Register a team or individually by contacting Jim Masie, jimmasie@gmail.com or OCC, 440-427-1599.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HOLD OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION NIGHT

Olmsted Community ChurchOlmsted Community Preschool will have its annual open house registration night for the 2016-17 school year Wednesday, February 10th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Offered classes are for 3 year olds, Pre-K (4 year olds) and extended Pre-K (5 year olds).  For more information, contact the officer at 440-235-3869.  Olmsted Community Preschool is in Olmsted Community Church, 7853 Main St., Olmsted Falls.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION – SPRING SEASON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

lacrosse picsRegistration is now open for the following programs:

1) Indoor Sessions.  Fridays from 8-9:30pm.  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 4, 11.  This is a great opportunity to start working on stick skills, conditioning and getting ready for the season.  These sessions include training on cradling, passing, catching, shooting, defense, and goalie play.  Groups will be broken out by age and experience.  Gear required.

2) Spring Season.  This will start once weather and field conditions allow.  The practice and game schedules will be posted online soon.  Early Spring Season registration closes February 21.  Register now to ensure a spot!

Please visit the group’s website at olmstedfallslax.com to register for the “fastest game on two feet”.

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Parent Update – January 19, 2016

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OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WELCOMES NEWEST MEMBER, ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2016

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OFCS Treasurer Emily Dales officially swears in recently re-elected Board member Greg Surtman (left) and newly elected Board member Brian Weisbarth during annual Organizational Meeting held Jan. 14.

Newest Board of Education member Brian Weisbarth was joined by his wife, Gabrielle, and their two children for the swearing-in ceremony.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its Annual Organizational Meeting on last Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m., prior to the start of its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m.

At the Organizational Meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education welcomed new Board member Mr. Brian Weisbarth, who was elected in the November 2015 election.  

Mr. Weisbarth was officially sworn in by District Treasurer Mrs. Emily Dales, along with returning Board member Mr. Greg Surtman, re-elected in the November 2015 election to serve another term.

In addition, during the Annual Organizational Meeting, Mr. Joe Bertrand was elected to serve as Board President for the calendar year 2016. 

New Board of Education President Joe Bertrand was sworn in by Treasurer Emily Dales at Jan. 14 meeting.

 

Mr. Surtman was elected to serve as Board Vice President.

Board member Mrs. Linda Parkowski will serve as the Board’s legislative liaison for 2016.  

Returning Board member Mr. Greg Surtman was joined by his wife, Lori, and their two sons at the Jan. 14 meeting.

We extend both  congratulations and thanks to these individuals for taking on these additional responsibilities in the coming year.

To learn more about our newest Board member, Mr. Brian Weisbarth, as well as the other members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, please click HERE, and then click on the names in the upper right corner under “Board Members.”

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Weisbarth to the Board, and in congratulating Mr. Surtman on his re-election.

LOCAL SENIORS ENJOY LUNCHEON @ OFMS TO START NEW YEAR

senior luncheon 19CP_leftSeniors from throughout the Olmsted community responded overwhelming to the OFCS Senior Citizen Luncheon Jan. 8 at the OFMS.   In fact, more tables were added to accommodate the more than 75 seniors who attended. The luncheon total rose to over 90 with board members, district administrators and senior programming representatives from the Olmsted Recreation partnership also gathering at the event.  About 50 of the seniors accepted the complimentary service that a school bus provided from Olmsted Community Center to the Middle School.

The lunch menu – prepared by the outstanding OFCS Food Services Department – included roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrot medley, a tossed salad and roll – with a fresh oatmeal raisin cookie to round out the meal.Senior luncheon 1

The District administrative team and board members provided table service – delivering food, beverages and desserts to the tables. Dr. Lloyd spoke about 20 minutes to the group, focusing on his background, family, upbringing and other details that the seniors seemed to enjoy hearing.  The OFMS Golden Harmonies closed the event, singing three songs. All guests received a senior red card, which admits them to athletic and other district events. With this success, other luncheons will be in the planning.

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

SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH

January is School Board Recognition Month in Ohio.  Olmsted Falls School District took the opportunity to publicly thank our local Board of Education members during their regular monthly meeting held this past Thursday.  

As part of their special recognition, each Board of Education member received a collection of personal thank you notes written by students from Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle Schools.

If you see one of our dedicated school board members out in the community, please join us in thanking them for their countless hours of time and commitment to the Olmsted Falls School District community.

SS_upper_leftIN OUR NEXT POST: TEAM FROM OFIS SHOWCASES PROJECTS / PROGRAMS AT BOARD MEETING

DSC_9795Kudos to 5th Mr. Rick Vormelker and his team of 5th grade students who made a special presentation about their recent “Motion & Design” Unit at last week’s Board meeting.  The presentation included demonstrations of student-built vehicles and other project materials.

OFIS Intervention Specialist Mrs. Cindy Zahorchak also provided the Board with an outstanding presentation about her moderate-intensive classroom and the launch of the new Helping Hands program this year!

Check back next week for more details!

clappingFALLS-LENOX BLOOD DRIVE COULD IMPACT OVER 90 LIVES

A special thanks to the more than 33 people who donated at last week’s F-L School’s American Red Cross Blood Drive.  From those donors, 30 productive pints of blood were collected for area patients.  Since each pint of blood has the potential to help up to three patients, the drive could potentially impact more than 90 lives in our community.

A special thanks to the F-L PTA who helped volunteer and donated baked goods.

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All five OFCS school buildings participated in last week’s Accepting Differences /Disability Awareness Week.  Stay tuned to our next blog post for a recap and highlights from many of the activities and events that took place throughout the District!

All are invited to wear your 3elove gear again this week – TOMORROW – Wednesday, January 20th to support International Day of Acceptance!

OFHS PLAYER/PARENT SOCCER MEETING – TOMORROW – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21ST

soccer meetingThe OFHS Boys Soccer team’s 2016 player/parent meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21st, in the OFHS media center. All player planning to try out and play soccer for OFHS in 2016 must attend with a parent. If, for some reason (club training, soccer game) you cannot attend, please have your parent there. Information about the summer and upcoming season will be discussed.

Email Coach Walchanowicz at ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net with any questions. More details are on the team’s website, olmstedfallshsboyssoccer.teamsnap.com and ofhssoccer.wordpress.com.

FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION MEETING SET FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH!

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SS_upper_leftIf you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 school year, and you are interested in learning more about the new full-day kindergarten program being launched in Olmsted Falls School District next year, please plan to attend the Full-Day Kindergarten Information meeting which has been scheduled for NEXT THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH AT THE 7:00 P.M. AT THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER.

To review additional details – including detailed information on enrollment procedures and deadlines, and full-day program tuition costs, please click HERE now.

PRESENTATION REGARDING NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

New_Grad_ReqAn informational meeting was held for high school parents of current freshmen and sophomores regarding the new graduation requirements for the State of Ohio before the winter break.  The new requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2018 and beyond.  Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan made a presentation for parents in attendance in the OFHS Media Center.

That presentation has been converted into video format that can be viewed online by any parents of current freshmen and sophomores who were unable to attend.  The presentation runs approximately 30 minutes in length and can be viewed by clicking HERE now.

The presentation is also accessible at your convenience in the Links section (right-hand column, scroll down) of the “Counselors’ Corner” page on the OFHS website, or under the “Assessment tab” on Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan’s Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction website.

Parents with any questions regarding the new graduation requirements are encouraged to contact the OFHS Guidance Office at 427-6100, or the office of Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000.

OFHS PTA 29TH ANNUAL TALENT SHOW SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH

OFHS PTA talent show clip artThe annual OFHS PTA Talent Show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, January 30th in the OFHS auditorium. The show features 26 acts, ranging in age from kindergarten through grade 12, demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic, comedic and magical talents. Please come and support these amazing students. Bring your family and friends, too.

Admission is $5. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the OFHS scholarship fund for graduating seniors. We also have an amazing Judge’s Decision Time performance by some of our extremely talented Bulldog teaching staff. That is something you won’t want to miss!

TALENT SHOW REHEARSAL – TUESDAY, JANUARY 26TH

Attention all Talent Show acts! Mandatory dress rehearsal is Tuesday, January 26th from 6-9 pm. In the OFHS auditorium. Bring your labeled CD music, instruments, props and wear your costumes, if appropriate. Watch your email for further details.

For information, contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106 or Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894.

GRADES 2-5: COME CHEER AT OFHS VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME

cheerleadingStudents in grades 2-5 are invited to a Mini Cheer Clinic and Cheer Night. The clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Then cheer during halftime at the Tuesday, February 9th home game that begins at 7:30 p.m. against Avon Lake High School in the OFHS gym. Participants must attend the clinic in order to cheer at the game. The OFHS cheerleaders are sponsoring the clinic.

The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in your immediate family. Each will receive a cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, a photo with the Bulldog and a snack at the game. The registration form must be received at OFHS by January 26th.

To view more information and download a registration form, click HERE.

TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT SERIES HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED – NEXT TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY & SOCIAL MEDIA – FEB. 16TH

Parent Night Banner-CWAs the integration of technology into education continues, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a series of Technology Information invites for parents to learn more about the various tools being used to enhance student learning and success in our classrooms.

The second of four scheduled sessions was held earlier this month and covered the topic of Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers.  To review the information presented during this latest session, please click HERE.

To download information presented during the first session, held in October, which covered Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student, please click HERE.

Technology Information Nights for Parents are presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.

Please mark your calendar for the remaining two sessions currently scheduled for this school year:

Tuesday, February 16th – TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media

Tuesday, March 1st – TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All Technology Information Nights are held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.   These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.

To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY

bowling pinsA February 27th bowling fundraiser will benefit the district’s Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics.  It is from 9:30 a.m. to noon February 27th at Fairview Lanes in Fairview Park.

The cost is $10 for bowlers, which includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rentals, pizza and drink. Non-bowlers’ cost is $5, which includes pizza and drink. There will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and bake sale.

The event is open to all ages and ability levels, whether in the district or not. Lane bumpers and ball ramps are available upon request.

Complete the form by clicking HERE and return it, along with payment, to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday, February 19th. Only 20 lanes are available. Lanes will only be reserved once forms and payment are received.

Donations for the event will be accepted by clicking HERE.  It’s a great time of year to get out of the house and have some fun with friends and family.

OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION PIZZA SALE PRIZE WINNERS

pizzaThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Band and Choir students recently participated in a Pizza Sale promotion the Sysco Foods sponsored, which ended before winter break. Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding salesmanship!

First place winner: Tyler Woods (grade 6), $250 gift card to Kalahari Resort.

Second place winner: Audrey Illig (grade 6), four tickets to an Indians game.

First place winner: Maxine Baker (grade 6), $50 gift card

Second place winner: Brian Drobnak (grade 7), $50 gift card

Proceeds from the pizza sale benefit the OFMA, which supports all music programs at all grade levels in the District.

ANNUAL SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE ORDER DEADLINE JAN. 28th

OFHS Super Bowl hoagie saleOlmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor its annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale with pre sale order deadline January 28th. The subs will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 6, at Shaker’s MarketPlace on Bagley Road.

Each student has the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2.50 for each $5 hoagie they sell. Funds will be placed in the child’s own account for use for music travel in the high school. Choir students traveling to Nashville this year will receive spending cash per hoagie upon boarding their buses. Students must see their music teacher for an order envelope. Order and monies are due January 28th. No funds will be distributed to students who have not ordered by January 28th with the appropriate envelope.

Extra sandwiches will be available during the February 6th pick up time. Please help our student musicians share their talent and enjoy school travels.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY EARLY AT POST PROM FUNDRAISER

post prom wing night ticketValentine’s Day is February 14th, but celebrate it just a bit earlier at the Post Prom Fundraiser on February 13th. The 6-8:30 p.m. event at Molly McGhee’s Sports Pub includes pizza, wings, rigatoni, salad and all types of refreshments.  It also offers a 50/50 raffle, barrel of cheer raffle, basket raffles and auction items. The cost is $25. Tickets are going fast so get yours today.

Contact Lisa Ciehanoski, 440-781-2511 or JLCIEHANOSKI@sbcglobal.net.

 

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED FALLS FRIENDS OF LIBRARY INVITES ALL TO JOIN GROUP

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Do you know people who love the library and might be interested in helping our local branch library with books sales, programming and community outreach efforts. You are invited to join the Olmsted Falls Friends of the Library. All the free programming for children, teens and adults offered by the group is largely funded through the Friends members, who raise money primarily through sales.

In fact, the next book sale is scheduled for January 22nd-24th. The group could use help during the drive and on Thursday, January 21st with set up. Anyone able and interested may contact Denise Busch, dbusch13@gmail.com or through the Friends’ facebook by clicking HERE.

SatActivityNightJan2016NEXT SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHT AT OCC IS JANUARY 23RD

Did you know that the Olmsted Community Center hosts Saturday Activity Nights for students in grades 2nd – 6th?  Don’t miss out on the fun!

Click HERE to download the registration form and check out this month’s schedule of events!

OLMSTED RECREATION SEEKS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMISSIONER

Olmsted Recreation LogoOlmsted Recreation has a seasonal part-time job opening of League Commissioner for its Youth Flag Football League. Application deadline is January 31st.

The individual should have experience in running recreational youth athletic leagues, setting up season schedules and supervising youth players and coaches in a game day setting. The candidate also must possess outstanding communication skills, organizational skills and be highly energetic and a positive role model for players and coaches. The post is under the direction of the Director of Olmsted Recreation and under contract during the flag football season. Compensation will be negotiated.

Those interested should submit a resume with contact information to Danny Colonna, Olmsted Recreation director.  It may be mailed to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or emailed to bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

PACK THE Q FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT

certlogo1See Kobe Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, attend a sold-out Cavalier’s game, view a Monsters hockey game AND support your Community Emergency Response Team with just one ticket! CERT is sponsoring all these for just $50. The cost includes a February 10th Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers game and a ticket to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters hockey game.

Olmsted CERT will be the beneficiary of the 50-50 raffle at the game. Come and spend time with friends and cheer on the Cavs! Contact Donna Tindera at donna_tindera@hotmail.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HOLD OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION NIGHT

Olmsted Community ChurchOlmsted Community Preschool will have its annual open house registration night for the 2016-17 school year Wednesday, February 10th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Offered classes are for 3 year olds, Pre-K (4 year olds) and extended Pre-K (5 year olds).  For more information, contact the officer at 440-235-3869.  Olmsted Community Preschool is in Olmsted Community Church, 7853 Main St., Olmsted Falls.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOC. – SPRING SEASON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

lacrosse picsRegistration is now open for the following programs:

1) Indoor Sessions.  Fridays from 8-9:30pm.  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 4, 11.  This is a great opportunity to start working on stick skills, conditioning and getting ready for the season.  These sessions include training on cradling, passing, catching, shooting, defense, and goalie play.  Groups will be broken out by age and experience.  Gear required.

2) Spring Season.  This will start once weather and field conditions allow.  The practice and game schedules will be posted online soon.  Early Spring Season registration closes February 21.  Register now to ensure a spot!

Please visit the group’s website at olmstedfallslax.com to register for the “fastest game on two feet”.

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Parent Update – January 9, 2016

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DISTRICT HONORS RETIRING BOARD MEMBER JIM WEISBARTH FOR LONG-TIME SERVICE

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Retiring Board of Education member Jim Weisbarth honored for many years of service at his last official Board meeting on December 17th. Pictured here with OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth presided over his last official Olmsted Falls Board of Education meeting on December 17th, the Thursday before the winter break.  Mr. Weisbarth was recognized at the meeting by District administrators and fellow Board of Education members for his many years of public service on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education. Mr. Weisbarth is retiring from his duties following many years of dedicated service to the students, staff and residents of the Olmsted Falls School District.

Mr. Weisbarth has served as a Board member for the past 20 years, including service as Board of Education President from 2000-2003, 2007-2009 and 2012-2015, and as Board of Education Vice President from 2004 to 2006.  Additionally Mr. Weisbarth has also served as a valuable member of the Polaris Career Center Board as the representative from Olmsted Falls City Schools.

Mr. Weisbarth’s community service has been characterized by the highest level of ethics, integrity, and passion for public education. A parent of three Bulldog alumni, Mr. Weisbarth has been a dedicated public servant who has truly had a lasting and positive impact on the quality of educational opportunities and facilities in our schools and community.

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Long-time Board member Jim Weisbarth was joined by his family for his final Olmsted Falls Board of Education meeting.

A resolution of public thanks and recognition was presented to Mr. Weisbarth at the December 17th meeting to honor his many years of service.  Mr. Weisbarth’s final meeting was also attended by his family, as well as district administrators, faculty, staff, and former Board members – all on hand to personally recognize and thank Jim for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Olmsted Falls School District.

On behalf of the Board, administration, staff and students of Olmsted Falls Schools, we would like to again extend our sincere appreciation to Mr. Weisbarth for his service and dedication to our District! If you see him around town in the future, please join us in extending thanks! Mr. Weisbarth will continue to volunteer his time running the game clock for boys and girls basketball, as well as the scoreboard for volleyball.

SS_upper_leftFULL DAY KINDERGARTEN – REGISTRATION / COST INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE

OFCS Triple A LogoIn addition to its existing half-day kindergarten classes, Olmsted Falls City School District is pleased to be launching a full-day kindergarten program for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Students in the full-day program will be taught the Olmsted Falls City Schools kindergarten curriculum.  The extended instruction time allows for the integration of a variety of activities.  The full-day kindergarten program will be a tuition based program open to all students eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year.  Olmsted Falls City School District will also continue to offer its half-day program at no cost to parents.

Detailed information on tuition cost and the registration process is now available for families of incoming kindergarten students for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year interested in considering the new full-day option.  Following are a few important highlights:

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Program Information Meeting for Parents on Thursday, January 28th @ 7:00 p.m. at Early Childhood Center
  • Online Registration Portal opens Tuesday, February 16th at 12:00 p.m. (Online registration is the first step in the kindergarten enrollment process – for both full and half-day programs.)
  • Annual tuition cost for the full-day program is $2,400. Discounted rates have been established for families qualifying for the Federal Free/Reduced Meal Program as follows:  $1,800 per student qualified for reduced meals; and $1,200 per student qualified for free meals.
  • Tuition payments will be made using a 12 month payment plan, with required monthly automatic withdrawal from parent/guardian bank account.  A 10% discount will be offered to families who wish to make upfront payment in full of annual tuition at time of initial online registration.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $200 (one full month tuition) is required to secure a child’s spot in the full-day program.

Families interested in enrolling their incoming kindergarten students in the new full-day kindergarten classes MUST COMPLETE THEIR REGISTRATION ONLINE – INCLUDING DEPOSIT PAYMENT – BY FRIDAY, MARCH 4th.

To download the complete Full-Day Kindergarten Program Information sheet, including all of the above information and more, please click HERE – or visit the Olmsted Falls School District website at www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

We look forward to welcoming our newest Bulldogs to the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year!

SS_upper_leftRECORD BREAKING BULLDOG BOWLER

Bowling ImageCongratulations to OFHS Varsity Bowling Team athlete Colin Kuchenmeister for a record-breaking performance during competition against Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School last Saturday, January 2nd.

Colin bowled a perfect 300, along with a 275 and 223, for a total series score of 798 to help lead the Bulldogs past the Bees 3023-2871.

Colin’s 300 is only the fourth perfect game in OFHS competition history; and his 798 series score is the new school record!

Outstanding job Colin!  Go Bowl-dogs!

FALLS-LENOX RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE IS THIS MONDAY, JAN. 11th

blood driveTo celebrate January as National Blood Drive month, Falls-Lenox School will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 3-7 p.m. this Monday, January 11th in the school’s Falls gym.  Students who have a parent, guardian or friend sign up to donate blood will receive a small prize.

Blood donors of all types, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative, are needed to ensure blood is available whenever and wherever needed.  Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. There is a constant, often critical, need for Type AB plasma. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to RH-positive or negative patients. Eligible donors with Types O, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to give double red cells.

Schedule an appointment by going to redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: Falls-Lenox, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767.)

To view a flyer of the event click HERE and to see the top 10 reasons to donate blood, click HERE.

THIS TUESDAY, JANUARY 12TH – FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

financial aid clilp artAttention, junior and senior parents. The OFHS guidance department will host a Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 12th in the auditorium.

Learn about how to access financial aid and scholarships for colleges and technical schools. The local scholarship application will also be available at this meeting. Please plan to attend.

one book 6SS_upper_leftOFIS FIFTH GRADERS READ A BOOK IN A DAY!

The entire 5th grade read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson – IN ONE DAY!

Chapters were read by teachers, in small groups and mystery readers.  Mixed in with the reading, students completed activities related to the story. After completing the book, students enjoyed watching the movie. Each student received the book as a gift.  It was a great reading experience day. To view a photo gallery of the activities that day, click HERE.

CSU INSTANT DECISION DAY SAVES STUDENTS $30 ON APPLICATION FEE

Cleveland State University logoCleveland State University Instant Decision Day is from 10:10 a.m. to 12:36 p.m. January 15th during lunch/study hall periods in the OFHS guidance office.

Students will meet with a CSU admissions representative and receive an instant conditional college acceptance decision. CSU will waive the $30 application fee for any student who participates in the on-site admission visit.  Students may sign up for their appointment in the guidance office. They may complete paper applications to be submitted during the visit or apply online with the intention of submitting the rest of their application materials (transcript/test scores) to the admissions representative in person.

Please note CSU’s minimum admission requirements include a 2.3 GPA and a 16 composite ACT or 770 SAT score, with combined critical reading and math.

SS_upper_leftBOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS FALL SWC ALL CONFERENCE ATHLETES, SCHOLAR ATHLETES

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized 19 OFHS student athletes at the December 17th Board of Education meeting.  Fall 2015 All Conference Student–Athletes and Scholar Athletes for each sport were honored and presented with special certificates of recognition from the Board of Education.
All student–athletes who participated in fall athletic seasons were recognized at
Fall Awards Night events held in November.

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Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth with honored student-athletes Katie Edgington, Julia Burnell, Caleb Budic, Christina Pedicini, Jacob Yeager, and Nathan Goldman, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

1st Team All Southwestern Conference Student – Athletes (as voted on by the Southwestern Conference Head Coaches)

Brittany Chapman (Girls Soccer)

Chase Fernkorn (Boys Soccer)

Kevin Lemin (Boys Soccer)

Patrick Simon (Football)

Noel Caraballo (Football)

Daiton Davis (Football)

Spencer Linville (Football)

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OFHS Principal with honored student-athletes Christina Pedicini, Caleb Budic, Daiton Davis, Maggie Bildstein, Julia Burnell, and Jacob Yeager, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

Kevin Meehan (Football)

Lexi Lombardo* (Volleyball)

Katie Edgington (Volleyball)                          

*Congratulations also to Varsity Volleyball player Lexi Lombardo who was selected at SWC Conference MVP as well.

OFHS Scholar Athletes (highest GPA on the on the varsity team)

Trainer: Rachel Walsh

Cheerleading: Kara Marshall

Girls Cross Country: Julia Burnell

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Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd with honored student-athletes Christina Pedicini, Chase Fernkorn , Maggie Bildstein, Daiton Davis, Caleb Budic, Julia Burnell and Jacob Yeager, and OFHS Principal Holly Schafer.

Boys Cross Country: Caleb Budic

Football: Kevin Meehan

Girls Tennis: Christina Pedicini

Girls Soccer: Maggie Bildstein

Boys Soccer: Jacob Yeager

Girls Golf: Abbey Boenig Dombek

Boys Golf: Nathan Goldman

Volleyball: Katie Edgington

Those student-athletes recognized who were able to attend the Board meeting to accept honors in person are featured in the various group photos (above) taken during the cake and punch reception hosted by the Board in the athletes’ honor. Other guests included family members of the student-athletes as well as OFHS Principal Mrs. Holly Schafer.  Congratulations again to these outstanding OFHS student-athletes!

PRESENTATION REGARDING NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

New_Grad_ReqPrior to the holidays, an informational meeting was held for high school parents of current freshmen and sophomores regarding the new graduation requirements for the State of Ohio.  The new requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2018 and beyond.  Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan made a presentation for parents in attendance in the OFHS Media Center.

That presentation has been converted into video format that can be viewed online by any parents of current freshmen and sophomores who were unable to attend.  The presentation runs approximately 30 minutes in length and can be viewed by clicking HERE now.

The presentation is also accessible at your convenience in the Links section (right-hand column, scroll down) of the “Counselors’ Corner” page on the OFHS website, or under the “Assessment tab” on Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan’s Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction website.

Parents with any questions regarding the new graduation requirements are encouraged to contact the OFHS Guidance Office at 427-6100, or the office of Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000.

SS_upper_leftGUEST READER VISITS ECC CLASSROOM

guest speakerMrs. Heinrich’s class welcomed a special guest reader during the student’s library time the last day before winter break.

Emma, big sister to ECC student Luke, read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” to the class. Although Itty Bitty Bulldogs are very familiar with the Grinch movies, very few of them have had the story read to them. It is always great to see our older Bulldog brothers and sisters helping out the younger Bulldogs.

ALL OF SCHOOLS TO JOIN IN DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK

This year every Olmsted Falls school will participate in next week’s annual “Accepting Differences/Disability Awareness Week”  – January 11th through the 15th.  Each building will participate in various ways, including a poster/essay contest, guest readers, a Wheelchair CAVS performance, classroom and video presentations and wearing colors that show support for different disabilities.

OFCS Custom OrderWe invite all to wear your 3elove gear Friday, January 15th to support the week. Wear your shirt again on Wednesday, January 20th to support International Day of Acceptance!

Helping Hands will host a social prior to the Friday, January 15th varsity basketball game in the OFHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Pizza, popcorn and a drink will be provided. Helping Hands, OF Athletic Boosters and OF boys basketball program are sponsoring this social. RSVP is required to provide sufficient food. Email Mariel Krakowiak – mkrakowiak@ofcs.net – by Wednesday, January 13th at 3 p.m. with the number of adults and children attending. You will need to buy your own tickets to the game. They will be available at the door. Students and seniors cost $4; adults, $6.


HELPING HANDS JANUARY 13TH MEETING CANCELED

HH logoThe Helping Hands parent meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th has been canceled.

The group will have educational tables set up, however, at its annual fundraiser in February.

Save February 27th for this event – details to follow soon!

SS_upper_leftKIDS, AUDIENCE ENJOY SANTA HOEDOWN

The OFIS fifth graders presented its holiday concert, Santa Hoedown, on December 15th.

Under the direction of music teahcer Kelly McClellan, the students dazzled the packed house!

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

LATEST ISSUE OF OFMA MUSICAL NOTES

music1Don’t miss the latest issue of the Musical Notes!  It features a great recap of the many wonderful holiday music performances and other special events, as well as information on upcoming events and fundraisers for 2016.

To download the January 2016 issue of Musical Notes PDF file, please click HERE.

SS_upper_leftABOUT 2,500 BULLDOGS STUDENTS JOINED OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD FOR “HOUR OF CODE”

day of code 3All students in grades K-8 participated in an Hour of Code on Thursday, December 10th.  The Hour of Code is a global movement to encourage  students to learn more about Computer Science and delve into the world of computer programming. Some of the activities included Tynker, building their own game; Star Wars; Minecraft; Lightbot and Coding with Scratch.
A special thanks to the 30 Olmsted Falls High School Computer Science students from
day of codeMr. Van Arnhem’s class, who helped facilitate Hour of Code activities at the ECC, Falls-Lenox and the Middle School. OFIS students had the opportunity to learn coding during their weekly technology class with Mrs. Krock. We hope that this opportunity will inspire students to continue to learn more about coding and computer science.

For more information and additional tutorials visit www.code.org.   Note:  The code.org website has several resources for students and parents, including links to local camps that teach computer coding.

To view a photo gallery showing many students participating, click HERE.

LOCAL FAMILIES HELPED THROUGH LAST MONTH’S STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE

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The December 12th Stuff the Bus food drive school bus not only was festive on the outside, but its interior boasted of decorations in the form of non-perishable items. The Olmsted Falls school district’s transportation department collected 1,088 items that were donated to the local food pantry

A special Thank You to all who donated items and made this food drive successful. Kudos to our transportation department for coordinating this wonderful community outreach event!

CP_leftPTA COUNCIL HOSTS PARENT PROGRAM SHOWING WARNING SIGNS FOUND IN TEENS’ BEDROOMS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 19TH AT OFMS

hidden in plain sight posterThe Olmsted Falls PTA Council will host the Hidden in Plain Sight program on Tuesday, January 19th. It is open to all adults in the district.

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind the Hidden in Plain Sight program that the Bath and Copley Township police departments created. The program shows what appears to be – at first glance – the bedroom of the average teenager. However, among the clutter of clothing, school supplies and personal care products, are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity. Audience members are encouraged to explore the display that may be indicative of a teenager who is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorder, sexual activity and more.

The program will open at 6 p.m. for browsing followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. It is open to all residents and non-residents of the district. Due to the subject matter, however, this will be an adults-only program. If you cannot arrive at the designated start time, please join us when you can.

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

SS_upper_leftOFHS EXCELS IN ‘TRASH’ TOURNAMENT

Trash tournament 1Our Academic Team held a TRASH Tournament at OFMS Saturday. Attending were 39 high school teams and one middle school team – Olmsted Falls Middle School. They represented 26 school districts competing against each other.

This tournament was more of a fun one than the usual contests. It was about pop culture and current event, in which sports knowledge was a helpful aid. Those many hours of watching too much TV really pays off and video games are like six degrees of Kevin Bacon. They are all relevant and useful – if you can spit the answer out fast enough.trash tournament 7

OFMS, competing against all high schools, was never shut out and held its own in every round. It was a great start at its first competition.  OFHS had three teams that competed well.

Ultimately, the OFHS A team grabbed victory over the North Olmsted A team. Congrats to all who participated in this fun event. To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE

In other OFMS Academic Team news, Mrs. Susan McDowell is new Middle School Academic Team coach.  The team meets Friday mornings from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. in room 115.

CP_leftTHIRD GRADERS RECEIVE DICTIONARIES FROM BEREA ROTARY CLUB

Dictionary (24)A special thank you to the Berea Rotary Club for visiting all third grade classrooms at Falls-Lenox School prior to the holiday break. The club provided each third-grade student and teacher with a Webster’s Dictionary during the visit. The students get to keep their dictionaries to use this year and throughout their education. The students and teachers are very appreciative of this generous donation.

OFIS STUDENTS ENJOY HOLIDAY CRAFT AND ACTIVITY DAY

ofis craft day 13Fourth graders at OFIS had fun at a holiday craft and activity event day prior to winter break. The cafeteria was set up with multiple stations at which kids could make all sorts of crafts and holiday items. PTA members volunteered to help and manage each station.

It was a great success and a lot of fun for the students. To view a photo gallery of the fun, click HERE.

JANUARY 18th CAMP TEACHES OVERALL FAST PITCH SKILLS

crossed bats softballA January 18th fast pitch camp, which the Olmsted Falls coaching staff and varsity softball players will conduct, will prepare girls in grades 4-6 to hit the fields. It will cover the fundamental skills of proper base running, instructional hitting techniques, fielding, throwing, pitching and catching. It will run from 8-10:30 a.m. January 18th. The cost is $15.

To sign up or learn more details, click HERE.

TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT SERIES HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED – NEXT TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY & SOCIAL MEDIA – FEB. 16TH

Parent Night Banner-CWAs the integration of technology into education continues, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a series of Technology Information invites for parents to learn more about the various tools being used to enhance student learning and success in our classrooms.

The second of four scheduled sessions was held earlier this month and covered the topic of Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers.  To review the information presented during this latest session, please click HERE.

To download information presented during the first session, held in October, which covered Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student, please click HERE.

Technology Information Nights for Parents are presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.

Please mark your calendar for the remaining two sessions currently scheduled for this school year:

Tuesday, February 16th – TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media

Tuesday, March 1st – TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All Technology Information Nights are held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.   These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.

To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

ENJOY AN APPLEBEE’S MEAL AND HELP OFHS SENIOR CLASS – THIS TUES., JAN. 12TH

Dining to Donate Flyer Templatesupporter_applebeeslogoJoin in Applebee’s Dining to Donate fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 12th. The North Olmsted eatery will donate 15% of your check to the OFHS class officers.

Present this flyer by clicking HERE and give to your dine-in server or carside-to-go specialist to obtain this special officer.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY EARLY AT POST PROM FUNDRAISER

post prom wing night ticketValentine’s Day is February 14th, but celebrate it just a bit earlier at the Post Prom Fundraiser on February 13th. The 6-8:30 p.m. event at Molly McGhee’s Sports Pub includes pizza, wings, rigatoni, salad and all types of refreshments.  It also offers a 50/50 raffle, barrel of cheer raffle, basket raffles and auction items. The cost is $25. Tickets are going fast so get yours today.

Contact Lisa Ciehanoski, 440-781-2511 or JLCIEHANOSKI@sbcglobal.net.

 

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED RECREATION SEEKS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMISSIONER

Olmsted Recreation LogoOlmsted Recreation has a seasonal part-time job opening of League Commissioner for its Youth Flag Football League. Application deadline is January 31st.

The individual should have experience in running recreational youth athletic leagues, setting up season schedules and supervising youth players and coaches in a game day setting. The candidate also must possess outstanding communication skills, organizational skills and be highly energetic and a positive role model for players and coaches. The post is under the direction of the Director of Olmsted Recreation and under contract during the flag football season. Compensation will be negotiated.

Those interested should submit a resume with contact information to Danny Colonna, Olmsted Recreation director.  It may be mailed to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or emailed to bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

PACK THE Q FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT

certlogo1See Kobe Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, attend a sold-out Cavalier’s game, view a Monsters hockey game AND support your Community Emergency Response Team with just one ticket! CERT is sponsoring all these for just $50. The cost includes a February 10th Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers game and a ticket to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters hockey game.

Olmsted CERT will be the beneficiary of the 50-50 raffle at the game. Come and spend time with friends and cheer on the Cavs! Contact Donna Tindera at donna_tindera@hotmail.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.

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Parent Update – December 18, 2015

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IT’S WINTER BREAK!

winter_breakThe Olmsted Falls City School District’s winter break began with the end of today’s classes –  Friday, December 18th.  Classes will resume Monday, January 4th.

This is the final blog for the 2015 calendar year.  Look for the next one appearing during the first week of school in January 2016.

Happy Holidays and a very prosperous New Year to our students, staff, administration and community.  Enjoy the break – and the warm weather.

SS_upper_leftOFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SPONSORS ANNUAL APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

_full_dsc9642Olmsted Falls High School held its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast this month in the school’s Media Center. Highlights  included a buffet breakfast and special holiday performance by the school’s Golden Expressions singing group.

_full_dsc9641Guests also were treated to a series of video thank you messages from several Bulldog alumni who were recipients of generous scholarships last year. Class of 2015 alumni who sent video messages included: Emma Whitney from Miami University, Emilio Irizarry from Ohio University, and Reilly Gomez from Cleveland State University. These special video thanks yous can be viewed below:

 

 

CP_leftLast year, a total of 84 local sponsors provided nearly $119,655 through 228 scholarships for members of the Class of 2015. Our District extends its continued gratitude to all of these individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous support of our Bulldog graduates! The 2016 Local Scholarship Program is getting underway. For information on sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Mrs. Tommye Laut in the High School Counseling Office at 427-6116 before February 15, 2016.

To view a photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.

OFHS MARKETING STUDENTS ARE FINALISTS IN COMMERCIAL CONTEST

TE_lowerRight-cropSS_upper_leftFour OFHS marketing students were selected as one of the top 10 teams  for their innovative entry submitted for the Microsoft School Improvement App Challenge portion of the “World Series of Innovation” contest. The challenge was to design a fun and useful tablet or smart phone game or app for student use that is relevant to school or education.

The students who submitted their Pi Smash entry are Grace Kelly, James Patton, Brett Hutkay and Jillian Mueller. Their entry made the finals for its originality, creativity and thoroughness. There were a total of 246 submissions in the challenge.

This team of students will now create a short commercial video that promotes their innovation.  The final three teams in each category will compete to win the People’s Choice award through online voting in late January and early February 2016.  Watch for further details in upcoming blog posts.

Congratulations to these students and good luck in the finals!

SS_upper_leftOFHS AND ECC JOIN IN REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE

parenting childhood development 1parenting childhood development 2The OFHS Parenting and Child Development class partnered with the ECC preschool classes as field experience work.

The high school students were to create a gross motor or fine motor activity for preschool children.

parenting childhood development 3The  children had the opportunity to create snow globes, string beads on wire to make candy canes, participate in a golfing game, and work on their hand-eye coordination by hitting balloons with paddles and other activities. All had a great time!

A big thank you to the ECC preschool staff for allowing these Bulldog students to have this interaction and gain valuable real world experience.

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

retired staff 4The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association hosted its annual holiday luncheon for retired bulldog staff members Tuesday at OFIS.  Fifty-six retired Bulldogs attended this popular event, which the Olmsted Falls Board of Education sponsors to recognize the contributions and lasting impact of the District’s retirees.

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Retired staff members enjoyed a stuffed chicken breast lunch that Mrs. Denise Tabar and the outstanding food services department at OFIS prepared. Lunch was served by OFIS Student Ambassadors.  Guests were also treated to a selection of holiday songs by the Fifth Grade Chorus, directed by Mrs. Kelly McClellan.  To commemorate the event, OFIS art teacher Mrs. Mariel Krakowiak’s students created beautiful Bulldog-themed tree ornaments for the guests to take home.  Mr. Don Svec, Mr. Mark Tabar, OFIS student ambassadors and OFIS custodial staff created a hospitable environment for all the guests.

To view additional photos from the event, please click HERE.

CP_leftVITAMIX DONATES BLENDERS; HELPS PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING

vitamix 2Mrs. Brigid Radigan wrote a letter to Vitamix last school year asking the local company to donate reconditioned Vitamix blenders for use in her Nutrition and Wellness, Parenting and Child Development and Family and Personal Development classes.

Vitamix 1The company was very generous and donated six machines, which over the course of the year, will help teach 300 students and their families about the blenders, how easy they are to use and how they can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.

Photos shown here are students using the Vitamix blenders on their cooking lab days.

We appreciate this healthy partnership Vitamix has with the district! Thank you Viamix!

CP_leftSILVER LININGS DAY CELEBRATES INTERGENERATIONAL ACTIVITIES

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Grandparents of second grade students visited Falls-Lenox December 7th and 9th for Silver Linings Day.

Children and their grandparents completed a writing activity and read a story together in the classroom.

silver lining 3silver lining 1The children then performed a small concert in which they sang several
patriotic songs.

It was a great morning on both days and we would like to thank all the grandparents who came out to visit their grandchild and support their education at Falls-Lenox!

SS_upper_leftHIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHARE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON WITH OTHERS IN SCHOOLS AND THROUGHOUT LOCAL COMMUNITY

caroling 4Some Olmsted Falls High School vocal and band students took their talents outside their building to other schools in the district.  They sang and played holiday music to our students in other schools.  View photos of their performances at various schools by clicking HERE.
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They also surprised holiday shoppers at Great Northern with a flash mob rendition of Carol of the Bells. To view a photo gallery of this event, click HERE.

Traveling to Crocker Park, music students also serenaded visitors at Barnes and Noble.  To view photos of this performance, click HERE.

ofms caroling 10The OFMS Golden Harmonies also made the rounds throughout the community. Members serenaded those attending the Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township tree lighting ceremonies, the Grand Pacific Junction Christmas Open House and performed at SouthPark Mall. They also carolled at various local assisted living/retirement homes, including Kemper House, Village of the Falls, Renaissance, Emerald Village, Brookdale and the Orchards. To view their photo gallery, click HERE.

OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL FOOD DRIVE REACHES RECORD HIGH DONATIONS

CP_leftfood drive pixA thank you to all who supported and promoted this year’s OFHS Student Council Food Drive!  We wound up with 5,131 items–BREAKING THE SCHOOL RECORD of 5,010 items in 2011–all of which will help needy families in the Olmsted Falls/Township communities! We are now at a ten-year total of 22,153 food items.
A special thanks to Sean Pellerite, winning classes for the 5th time in 7 years; Justin Zrenner, runner-up classes; Jenelle Hughes, third place and the entire library, custodial and housekeeping staffs for helping us store this food for the last 11 days and providing boxes to move the items more easily.

Those in this photo moved all 5,000+ items from the Media Center to the Food Pantry at the former Olmsted Falls Library building on Main Street. They also composed the bulk of our organization spearheading this initiative, with the poor Linder boys who were charged with counting and moving all of Sean’s food. Just a tremendous effort from all. Thank you. Happy Holidays!

ECC mitten treeCP_leftTHANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED TO ECC’S MITTEN TREE

ECC had a wonderful turnout of those providing items to its hat, mitten, and sock tree.

The items will be donated to Applewood Center, a local nonprofit agency committed to improving the lives of children by providing high quality behavioral healthcare and out-of-home services.

CP_lefttoys for totsPRESENTS GALORE HEAD TO CHILDREN IN THE AREA

More than 500 toys were collected through the OFIS Student Council this giving season.

Shown here are three council members and their moms who helped transport the donations to the Toys for Tots warehouse in Middleburg Heights.

They also helped Toys for Tots personnel sort the items that were locally donated.

poor jack pumpkinPOOR JACK PUMPKIN

The ECC kindergartners continue to view their version of Pumpkin Jack, which stands, well, leans, in an exterior planter outside the school. They are learning that their version truly follows the Pumpkin Jack book, which follows the life cycle of the large squash throughout the various seasons.

Wonder what will be left of him when they return from winter break?

TE_lowerRight-cropTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHTS HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED

Parent Night Banner-CWAs the integration of technology into education continues, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a series of Technology Information invites for parents to learn more about the various tools being used to enhance student learning and success in our classrooms.

The second of four scheduled sessions was held earlier this month and covered the topic of Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers.  To review the information presented during this latest session, please click HERE.

To download information presented during the first session, held in October, which covered Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student, please click HERE.

Technology Information Nights for Parents are presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.

Please mark your calendar for the remaining two sessions currently scheduled for this school year:

Tuesday, February 16th – TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media

Tuesday, March 1st – TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All Technology Information Nights are held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.   These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.

To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

REMINDER FOR CCP STUDENTS TAKING COURSES AT A COLLEGE CAMPUS – RETURN BOOKS TO OFHS

If you are attending Tri-C or CSU, please turn in your textbooks to Mrs. Curran in the high school library at the end of the semester.

Do not turn in your books to the college bookstore.

SAVE THIS DATE: JANUARY 11TH BLOOD DRIVE

blood driveFalls-Lenox School will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 3-7 p.m. January 11th in the Falls gym. January is National Blood Drive month, which is a perfect time to resolve to be a regular blood donor. Students who have a parent, guardian or friend sign up to donate blood will receive a small prize.

To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: FallsLenox, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767.)

To view a flyer of the event click HERE and to see the top 10 reasons to donate blood, click HERE.

holiday hamHONEYBAKED HAM ORDERS PICK UP IS NEXT WEEK – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23RD

Thank you to those who placed orders with the OFHS Swim and Dive Team’s HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser. Please remember to pick up your orders between 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 23rd. Please enter the side band entrance of the Olmsted Falls High School building. Happy holidays.

OFIS Green Team recycablesSAVE PLASTIC LIDS OVER WINTER BREAK FOR OFIS PROJECT

OFIS students are working on a big project that ne
eds clean plastic lids from now until January 8th.

The Green Team is accepting all colors and sizes of lids, which may be dropped off at the school or with a student you may know.

6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Starts Dec. 21st – LATE SIGN UPS NOW

Come join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This one day skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440-427-1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUDates:
1st – 3rd grades – Monday December 21st
4th – 8th grades – Tuesday December 22nd

Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri-Fit T-Shirt)
Register: Online at www.olmstedcc.com.

Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center

Deadline: December 15th guaranteed t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.

crossed bats softballJANUARY CAMP TEACHES OVERALL FAST PITCH SKILLS

A January 18th fast pitch camp, which the Olmsted Falls coaching staff and varsity softball players will conduct, will prepare girls in grades 4-6 to hit the fields. It will cover the fundamental skills of proper base running, instructional hitting techniques, fielding, throwing, pitching and catching. It will run from 8-10:30 a.m. January 18th. The cost is $15. To sign up or learn more details, click HERE.

VEX robotics season 2OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM NOW SELLING ‘DOG’ TAGS

The Bulldog Robotics  Club is selling Dog Tag/Key chains in the Team Shop at OFHS and in the Snack Bar during home games.  The $5 price helps support the teams.

For more information, contact Mr. Haydn, mhaydn@ofcs.net.

helping hands eloveHELPING HANDS 3E LOVE MERCHANDISE FUNDRAISER EXTENDED – DEC. 21th

By popular demand, the Helping Hands 3E Love fundraiser is extended. Its second closing date is December 21th.

Order any 3E Love merchandise online by December 21th and receive your items during Disability Awareness Week – January 11th-15th.

Click HERE to see the flyer for order details or go to 3elove.com/ofcs.

POST-PROM PARTNERS WITH ANGELINA’S PIZZA FOR TAKE-N-BAKE SALE!

POST PROM AngelinasOlmsted Falls High School seniors will be celebrating the end of their four years of high school at their Post Prom on May 21, 2016.  Please help us make this a lifelong memory as we ask for your support by simply ordering your family a pizza.

The Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom Committee, a group of dedicated parents, is working hard to ensure a safe and secure place for the after prom party.  Games, entertainment and food will be provided in a safe and substance-free environment at the Olmsted Falls High School.

In order to make this night memorable, senior parents have numerous fundraisers.  Here is your opportunity to help our class of 2016.  Before you know it, you as a parent will be in our shoes with this wonderful fundraiser with our local Angelina’s Pizza.

Celebrate our Take-n-Bake Pizza Sale!!  Order your medium pizza for either a weekend lunch/dinner or a gift certificate good through 12/31/16.  For the discounted price of $8, choose either a medium cheese take-n-bake pizza or a gift certificate for one for later.  Keep in mind, gift certificates are perfect for those unexpected kids sleepovers!

Please click HERE to download form to order your pizzas and return it in an envelope labeled, OFHS POST PROM to your child’s school.  Each school will have extra order forms.  Post Prom will be collecting orders from the office at each school.  Orders must be returned to the school no later than Friday, January 8th to be eligible for this awesome deal!

OFHS POST PROM OFFERS EASY WAY TO DONATE FOOD 

perfect pot luckThe planning has begun for the Class of 2016 Post Prom.  The Food Committee set up a convenient way to donate perishable/non-perishable food items for the event as well as volunteering opportunities that will be assigned at a later date.

To donate, go to www.perfectpotluck.com. Use FANARA as the meal plan name and its password: 2016. If you have any questions or would like to join the Food Committee, email Angela Fanara at amarysiak@hotmail.com.

We cannot give our seniors an awesome Post Prom without your help.

OFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS OFFERS DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SKY ZONE

Masquers forensicssky zoneThe musical “Music Man” is coming to town.

Olmsted Falls Masquers and Forensics, together with Sky Zone, are raising money for this spring musical – Music Man. Discounted tickets are available to Sky Zone, the Westlake indoor trampoline park, which may be used anytime during the year. This is a great stocking stuffer that may be used on those cold days. Contact Jamie Wood for tickets at 216-406-2145 or jamiewood68@yahoo.com. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY EARLY AT POST PROM FUNDRAISER

post prom wing night ticketValentine’s Day is February 14th, but celebrate it just a bit earlier at the Post Prom Fundraiser on February 13th. The 6-8:30 p.m. event at Molly McGhee’s Sports Pub includes pizza, wings, rigatoni, salad and all types of refreshments.  It also offers a 50/50 raffle, barrel of cheer raffle, basket raffles and auction items. The cost is $25. Tickets are going fast so get yours today.

Contact Lisa Ciehanoski, 440-781-2511 or JLCIEHANOSKI@sbcglobal.net.

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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 our future graduates to become life-long learners who have explored career pathways of their interest so that they can 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

REGISTER NOW FOR OF BASEBALL LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE – DEADLINE JAN. 2ND

OF baseball association flyer pixPlayers ages 6-14 may now register in Olmsted Travel Baseball Association’s (OTBA) Lorain County Hot Stove League. Sign up deadline is January 2nd. To read more information about the league and registration, click HERE.

This league is for players who typically have a higher degree of talent than players participating in a community recreational league. Although players do not have to try out for teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that in community recreational baseball. Teams will play games at fields up to 45 minutes away. Teams may also decide to participate in fundraising activities. The season begins around May 1 and ends about mid-July.

the nutcrackerTHE NUTCRACKER/SUGAR PLUM FAIR @ OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS – TOMORROW, SAT. DEC. 19TH

The Nutcracker, sponsored by OhioGuidestone, is a beautiful and wondrous tale for music, theater and dance fans of all ages. The holiday classic is brought to life with a cast of professional dancers, actors and students. Director and choreographer Janet Strukely-Dziak has made classical ballet family-friendly and accessible through her use of integrated live narration, thrilling theatrical elements, colorful larger-than-life sets and costumes. Tickets can be purchased at opatickets.com

One hour before The Nutcracker show times TOMORROW – SATURDAY – we invite you to join us for the Sugar Plum Fair. Vendors from all over Northeast Ohio will enchant you with sweets and gifts for the whole family. View the shops and take in the Christmastime ambiance before the ballet begins.

OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SIGN UP IS OPEN – DEADLINE DEC. 24TH

12805177-vector-illustration-silhouette-of-a-fastpitch-softball-player-pitchingRegistration for the upcoming 2016 Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association is now open through December 24th.  Girls living within the OF school district in grades 3-12 may participate.  Teams play in U10, U12, U14 and U18 divisions.

You may register online by clicking HERE or signing up in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center through December 24th during normal business hours. Click HERE to view the association’s website that has detailed registration and league information.

No one fights alone tshirtSHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL STUDENT BATTLING CANCER

Tom Pettry is an OFHS ninth grader who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer last month. Purchase No One Fights Alone shirts to raise money for his family. They may be purchased for $15.

Please send all orders to 9775 Tuttle Road, Olmsted Township.

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Parent Update – December 11, 2015

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snowflakesREMINDER: NEXT WEEK IS THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL FOR THE 2015 CALENDAR YEAR 

Before 2015 comes to an end, here is a reminder that the Olmsted Falls School District winter break is from Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1.

Next week is the last five days of school prior to winter break.

French Honor Society installation 2015SS_upper_leftFRENCH HONOR SOCIETY GROWS WITH NEW MEMBERS

The Societe Honoraire de Francais installed 13 new honorees Dec. 3rd.  They
are Julie Calaway, Abigail Clark, Emily Fidler, Miranda Gibel, Sarah Makari, Jeremy Monnolly, Julia Montgomery, Erika Ratcliff, Faith Topolski, Rachael Vance, Jonathan Wang, Collin Werner and Madison Zehe.  They were honored for their commitment, effort and excellence in the study of French.

SS_upper_leftOFMS STUDENT EARNS SPOT ON SCHOLASTIC’S TEAM OF KID REPORTERS

picture-217-1447181561A 6th grade student, Evelyn Smits, was chosen as a Scholastic Kid Reporter for the 2015-2016 year.  That means that Scholastic will give her a topic and she will write an article about it, in accord with their “News for Kids by Kids” program. The kid reporters will cover current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their hometowns and from around the world.

Evelyn was one of just twenty-seven kids ages ten to fourteen throughout the United States who were chosen. A special job for the reporter is to cover the upcoming presidential election. If you have any questions for Evelyn, she would be happy to answer them.  If you see Evelyn, please congratulate her on this accomplishment.

To view her Scholastic Reporter Bio online, please click HERE.

wrestling findlay tournamentWRESTLING TEAM TAKES OPENING SEASON TOURNAMENTSS_upper_left

The OFHS wrestlers kicked off their season on a victorious note.  They won 16 Team Findlay Duals Tournament Championship. They defeated Findlay Gold, 80-0; Newark Catholic, 82-0; Fairview Park, 72-3; Findlay Blue, 61-9 and the championship match vs. Napolean, 55-12.  This is the third consecutive year the OFHS wrestlers won this tournament.

The team will host the following events this season:  Kiwanis Eric Emery JV Duals at 9 a.m. December 12th, Westlake Dual, 6 p.m. December 17th, Amherst/Berea Tri-meet, 6 p.m. January 28th and Padua/Perkins Tri-meet, 10 a.m. January 30th.

ATTENTION CCP STUDENTS TAKING COURSES AT A COLLEGE CAMPUS – RETURN BOOKS TO OFHS

If you are attending Tri-C or CSU, please turn in your textbooks to Mrs. Curran in the high school library at the end of the semester.

Do not turn in your books to the college bookstore.

CONGRATS TO DISTRICT BEHAVIOR CONSULTANT ALISON DOICK

IMG_1648SS_upper_leftAlison Doick, Olmsted Falls’ new behavior consultant was recognized by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd for earning her ReThink Trainer certificate.  With this added credential, Mrs. Doick is able to consult with teachers and school support staff regarding student behavior intervention and supports.

ReThink is a social-emotional development curriculum.  It offers staff development modules, behavior assessments and intervention strategies for staff working with students developing AR_upperRighttheir social-emotional capacity.

Alison Doick previously served in Olmsted Falls as an intervention specialist in the preschool moderate/intensive classroom and is a certified speech pathologist.  With her extensive experiences in behavior intervention for students with disabilities, Mrs. Doick is able to carry over similar strategies for students not yet identified.

If parents are interested in learning more about her services, please contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor. 

OFCS SLPs PARTICIPATE IN REPLAY FOR KIDS 2015 ADAPTIVE TOY GIVEAWAY

IMG_1246IMG_1247Olmsted Falls speech-language pathologists, Lori Kallevig and Lauren Holecko, collected over 25 adaptive toys at the RePlay giveaway event.  These toys will be used across the district with students with disabilities who have limited mobility or language skills development.

The toys are standard toys that have been modified to allow connection to
communication/switch devices commonly used by students in the classroom. These toys
support language development and positive peer interactions.

IMG_1248Olmsted Falls Middle school has partnered with RePlay to offer a workshop experience for 7th and 8th grade students in the new STEM program.  In March the students will conduct a toy drive and then use collected toys to participate in a workshop to convert the standard toys into adaptive toys.  This program aligns with the curriculum of this middle school course and supports RePlay with building their inventory for future give-away events.

For more information about RePlay for Kids please visit http://www.replayforkids.org/

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CP_leftMORE VETERANS’ DAY THANKS!

Olmsted Falls School District is so fortunate to have many local veterans participate in activities and events throughout the district.

The Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center extends its sincere thanks to Army Sergeant First Class Ken Walden, who visited Mrs. Roberto’s classroom on Veterans’ Day.


music-symbolsVIEW THE DECEMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER

Many musical events are planned in our schools this month.  There also are several programs in January and the popular Super Bowl Hoagie Sale Feb. 6.  Congratulations to our marching bands seniors and their parents who also are featured in the newsletter. To view the December issue of Musical Notes, click HERE.

6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Registration Now Open 

Come join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This one day skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440-427-1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUDates:
1st – 3rd grades – Monday December 21st
4th – 8th grades – Tuesday December 22nd

Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri-Fit T-Shirt)
Register: Online at www.olmstedcc.com beginning November 15th
Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center

Deadline: December 15th to guarantee t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.

bulldog with bat and baseballBULLDOG SOFTBALL HITTING CAMP SET FOR GRADES 3-6

Girls in grades 3-6 are invited to attend FREE the Softball Mini-Camp from 8:30-10 a.m. December 23rd in the OFHS auxiliary gym.  This camp, which the Olmsted Falls coaching staff and varsity softball players are hosting, will cover fundamental instructional hitting techniques.  It is a morning filled with softball knowledge and fun.

Deadline to register is December 17th. To see a more detailed flyer and sign up form, click HERE.

crossed bats softballJANUARY CAMP TEACHES OVERALL FASTPITCH SKILLS

A January 18th fast pitch camp, which the Olmsted Falls coaching staff and varsity softball players will conduct, will prepare girls in grades 4-6 to hit the fields. It will cover the fundamental skills of proper base running, instructional hitting techniques, fielding, throwing, pitching and catching. It will run from 8-10:30 a.m. January 18th. The cost is $15. To sign up or learn more details, click HERE.

OFIS Green Team recycablesSAVE PLASTIC LIDS FOR OFIS PROJECT

OFIS students are working on a big project that needs clean plastic lids from now until January 8th.

The Green Team is accepting all colors and sizes of lids, which may be dropped off at the school or with a student you may know.

REMINDER: OFIS FUNDRAISER PICK-UP IS TODAY, DEC. 11TH FROM 3-7 PM!

The OFIS PTA Charleston Wrap fundraiser pick-up is scheduled for this Friday, December 11th, from 3pm-7pm in the OFIS cafeteria.

Please be sure to stop by to pick up your items! Thank you so much for your support!!

Any questions, please contact kristiepatton@cox.net.

flyerOF SCHOOLS BOOK FAIR @ BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR  UNDERWAY TODAY – FRIDAY, 12/11

Barnes & Noble is hosting a Book Fair for Olmsted Falls schools this Friday, December 11th at its Crocker Park location. Story hour times are at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon. Enjoy art displays, evening performances by our schools choirs and bands and other amenities. To view a detailed flyer of the event and instructions in ordering books if unable to attend that day, click HERE.

Masquers forensicsDINE @ MAX & ERMA’S AT OFHS ACTING/DEBATING CLUB NIGHT – TONIGHT

OFHS Masquers and Speech & Debate Team invite all to dine at Max and Erma’s December 11th at its Westlake location. The group will receive funds from items purchased there throughout the day when presenting a flyer, which can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

CFORDER DEADLINE IS TODAY FOR CHEESECAKE FACTORY FUNDRAISER

Who doesn’t like Cheesecake Factory’s desserts? The OFHS Junior Class gives you the chance to take some home with its Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ fundraiser featuring cheese cakes and cupcakes from Cheesecake Factory. Order forms must be brought to the OFHS main office by December 11th! You decide when to pick them up at Crocker Park’s Barnes & Noble Booksellers location. To download an order form with complete instructions, click HERE.

OF athletic boosters Christmas saleFIND GIFTS AT ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CHRISTMAS CLOTHING SALE – THIS SATURDAY – DEC. 12TH

Need some Bulldog apparel? The OF Athletic Boosters’ Christmas apparel sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 12th. Items range in sizes from newborn to 3XL. Special orders can accommodate any item or size that is not in stock. The sale includes special stocking stuffers, tervis tumblers, socks, hats (both ball caps and stocking caps), jewelry, hoodies, crews, long/short sleeve T-shirts, sweatpants, jackets, stadium chairs and lots of unique items.   Cheerleaders, who will accept donations, will be available to wrap your items.

Stuff the Bus flyerSTUFF THE BUS WITH NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS – DEC. 12TH – THIS SATURDAY

The OFSD Transportation Department has a “Stuff the Bus” food drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 12th in the Board of Education parking lot.

All donations/collections will be donated to the local Food Pantry for families in need.

VEX robotics season 2OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM NOW SELLING ‘DOG’ TAGS

The Bulldog Robotics  Club is selling Dog Tag/Key chains in the Team Shop at OFHS and in the Snack Bar during home games.  The $5 price helps support the teams.

For more information, contact Mr. Haydn, mhaydn@ofcs.net.

PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEONS AT ECC & FALLS-LENOX

As Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA begins preparing for our annual Holiday Staff Appreciation Luncheons at ECC and Falls-Lenox, they are reaching out to parents for donations to help make these events a success.  F-L/ECC PTA will be collecting donations in the form of door prizes (gift cards $5-$20 or a small gift item) to be given to our hard-working teachers and staff, beverages (2L bottles of pop or cases of bottled water), and desserts. Flyers were sent home with students last week.

FL-ECC PTA asks that all door prize donations are dropped off at either ECC or Falls-Lenox by Monday, December 14. Beverage and/or dessert donations will need to be dropped off by 9:00am at your school on the day of the event (ECC 12/17; Falls-Lenox 12/18).

If you plan on donating a door prize, beverage or dessert, please email Chrissy Ferrone – ECC (chrissyferrone@gmail.com) or Katie Pasiak – Falls-Lenox (connellke@yahoo.com). Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Spirit Day Flyer 2015SUPPORT OFHS JUNIOR CLASS OFFICERS SPIRIT DAY @ CHICK-FIL-A NEXT WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16TH

The OFHS Junior Class Officers are participating in a Spirit Day Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A in North Olmsted next Wednesday, December 16th.

Mention OFHS Junior Class Officers when placing order & earn up to 25% of sales for Olmsted Falls Junior Class Officers! To download the event flyer, please click HERE.

STILL TIME TO ORDER YOUR POINSETTIAS FROM NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – DEADLINE DEC. 16TH!

poinsettias_3461cWho doesn’t like poinsettias at Christmas time. The OFHS National Honor Society again has its Poinsettia Sale now through  December 16th.  Sizes and prices are $5 for 4-inch plant; $7 for 6-inch;  $11 for an 8-inch florist pot and $15 for a 10-inch plant. Color selections are red, pink and white.

Place your order using the order form that is viewed by clicking HERE.

OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SELLING HONEYBAKED HAMS – SIGNUP BY DECEMBER 17TH

HoneyBakedFrom now until December 17th, the OFHS Bulldogs Swim and Dive Team offers you the chance again to order delicious HoneyBaked Ham or glazed roasted and smoked turkey breasts and gift certificates for your holiday entertaining.  Certificates may be used as gifts or use them yourself throughout the year at the store.

Use the online option by clicking HERE or download the form HERE.     Deadline to order is December 17th.

POST-PROM PARTNERS WITH ANGELINA’S PIZZA FOR TAKE-N-BAKE SALE!

POST PROM AngelinasOlmsted Falls High School seniors will be celebrating the end of their four years of high school at their Post Prom on May 21, 2016.  Please help us make this a lifelong memory as we ask for your support by simply ordering your family a pizza.

The Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom Committee, a group of dedicated parents, is working hard to ensure a safe and secure place for the after prom party.  Games, entertainment and food will be provided in a safe and substance-free environment at the Olmsted Falls High School.

In order to make this night memorable, senior parents have numerous fundraisers.  Here is your opportunity to help our class of 2016.  Before you know it, you as a parent will be in our shoes with this wonderful fundraiser with our local Angelina’s Pizza.

Celebrate our Take-n-Bake Pizza Sale!!  Order your medium pizza for either a weekend lunch/dinner or a gift certificate good through 12/31/16.  For the discounted price of $8, choose either a medium cheese take-n-bake pizza or a gift certificate for one for later.  Keep in mind, gift certificates are perfect for those unexpected kids sleepovers!

Please click HERE to download form to order your pizzas and return it in an envelope labeled, OFHS POST PROM to your child’s school.  Each school will have extra order forms.  Post Prom will be collecting orders from the office at each school.  Orders must be returned to the school no later than Friday, January 8th to be eligible for this awesome deal!

OFHS POST PROM OFFERS EASY WAY TO DONATE FOOD 

perfect pot luckThe planning has begun for the Class of 2016 Post Prom.  The Food Committee set up a convenient way to donate perishable/non-perishable food items for the event as well as volunteering opportunities that will be assigned at a later date.

To donate, go to www.perfectpotluck.com. Use FANARA as the meal plan name and its password: 2016. If you have any questions or would like to join the Food Committee, email Angela Fanara at amarysiak@hotmail.com.

We cannot give our seniors an awesome Post Prom without your help.

helping hands eloveHELPING HANDS 3E LOVE MERCHANDISE FUNDRAISER EXTENDED – DEC. 20th

By popular demand, the Helping Hands 3E Love fundraiser is extended. Its second closing date is December 20th.

Order any 3E Love merchandise online by December 20th and receive your items by January 6th – in time for OFCS Disability Awareness Week, which is in that month.

Click HERE to see the flyer for order details or go to 3elove.com/ofcs.

OFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS OFFERS DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SKY ZONE

Masquers forensicssky zoneThe musical “Music Man” is coming to town.

Olmsted Falls Masquers and Forensics, together with Sky Zone, are raising money for this spring musical – Music Man. Discounted tickets are available to Sky Zone, the Westlake indoor trampoline park, which may be used anytime during the year. This is a great stocking stuffer that may be used on those cold days. Contact Jamie Wood for tickets at 216-406-2145 or jamiewood68@yahoo.com. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.

COMMUNITY

orange coneCOMMUNITY TRAFFIC ALERT – STEARNS ROAD TRAFFIC PATTERN SOUTHBOUND ONLY BEGINNING THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

orange coneAs an FYI – Stearns Road between Cook Road and Bagley Road will move to a southbound only traffic pattern beginning on Monday, December 14th.  This will likely stay in effect until the Fall of 2016. The posted northbound alternative is Lewis Road.

Public Works is planning on having deputies from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office at both the intersections of Stearns/Bagley and Fitch/Bagley during the morning rush both next week (12/14 – 12/18) and during the first week back to school following the break (1/4 – 1/6ish) in order to maintain traffic and help patterns settle into place.  They are very aware of the potential for congestion and will do their best to tweak things in order to keep traffic moving through Bagley, specifically in the mornings.

Monday morning (12/14) will be a “soft closure” and likely won’t take place until after the morning rush hour is complete.

Please click HERE for further details from the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS UPCOMING STUDENT EVENTS

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710The Nutcracker Ballet –  At 2 p.m. this Saturday, December 12th,  enjoy segments of the Nutcracker Ballet that the Cassara Dance & Theater will perform, with Nutcracker stories in between dances. The dance troupe will also teach some basic ballet dance moves to attendees. We’ll also have a Nutcracker ornament craft to make and take home. The program is for ages 4-11.

Then, on Wednesday, December 16th, don’t miss the Holiday Cookie War event!

Holiday Cookie War

Date: 12/16/2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:  For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings!  Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian to work with food.  Open to grades 5 -12.  http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=72881

olmsted community center buildingOLMSTED RECREATION HAS MANY ACTIVITY FOR SENIORS THIS MONTH

Olmsted Recreation offers many activities at Olmsted Community Center for seniors.  To view a December activity calendar, click HERE.  It is sponsoring a Christmas Party December 18th with a December 15th deadline sign up.  To view a flyer, click HERE.

OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SIGN UP IS OPEN

Registration for the upcoming 2016 Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association is now open through December 24th.  Girls living within the OF school district in grades 3-12 may participate.  Teams play in U10, U12, U14 and U18 divisions.

You may register online by clicking HERE or signing up in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center through December 24th during normal business hours. Click HERE to view the association’s website that has detailed registration and league information.

No one fights alone tshirtSHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL STUDENT BATTLING CANCER

Tom Pettry is an OFHS ninth grader who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer last month. Purchase No One Fights Alone shirts to raise money for his family. They may be purchased for $15.

Please send all orders to 9775 Tuttle Road, Olmsted Township.

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Parent Update – December 4, 2015

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SS_upper_leftFOCUS ON TEACHING AND LEARNING YIELDS CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS

Preliminary Test Scores for OFCS Well Above State Indicators

Last week, the day before Thanksgiving, the Ohio Department of Education released to the public the preliminary test scores for school districts across the state of Ohio.  These long-awaited scores report student knowledge and skills as measured by the new state assessments taken by students last spring.  As a reminder, students across the state of Ohio took new state assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics known as PARCC tests.  They also took state assessments in Social Studies and Science known as AIR tests.

In spite of the numerous technological glitches experienced during the testing and a high number of student opt- outs, Olmsted Falls School District demonstrated continued success with all scores falling well above the state indicators.  We are incredibly proud of our students and commend our outstanding teachers who continue to do what they do best – teach!  While test scores alone do not define our District, these results show that what we do every day in the classroom continues to translate into student learning.  Moreover, Ohio’s Learning Standards now place greater emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and writing and the PARCC and AIR tests were designed to measure these skills at a deeper level than ever before.  While many districts braced for significant dips in achievement test scores, Olmsted Falls remained confident that our students and staff would continue to demonstrate success.

It is important to note that the Ohio Department of Education chose to include scores of opt-out students when calculating the overall percentages which were released on the ODE website and reported on by media – this means a score of zero (0) was factored in for each student who opted-out of (did not take) the test. While we do not know what the ODE will do to resolve this issue, we believe student test scores should be reported accurately and contain the number of students that took the test.  Therefore the following tables report the actual percentages of Olmsted Falls students meeting the state indicators based only on those students who participated in the tests (% of Assessed O.F. Students that Met Indicator):

Performance Levels for 2015 Ohio State Assessments and Olmsted Falls Performance Levels

Math Scores

Language Art Scores

Science Scores

Social Studies Scores

* NOTE:  The “Percent Needed to Meet State Indicator” column is the percent of students passing that a school district needs in order to meet the state indicators.  Olmsted Falls School District was well above the percentage needed to meet all State indicators.

Update on Individual Student Score Reports:

The Ohio Department of Education has indicated that individual student score reports for grades 3-8 Math and grades 4-8 for English Language Arts tests will arrive in district offices sometime between November 30th and January 9th for distribution to parents.  As of today, Olmsted Falls School District has not yet received these individual student score reports from ODE.  As soon as the reports arrive, they will be distributed to parents as follows

Individual student score reports will be sent home to parents in backpacks for students in grades 3 to 5.   Parents of students in grades 6 to 8 will receive the individual reports via mail.  Parents of high school students should have already received their individual student score  reports.  

Any parents with questions or concerns about individual student, grade-level, or district-level test scores are invited and encouraged to contact your child’s teacher, building principal or Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan.

MS Choir - Township Tree LightingGOLDEN HARMONIES PERFORM AT TOWNSHIP TREE LIGHTING

The Golden Harmonies represented Olmsted Falls Middle School well as the group performed a collection of holiday music for guests gathered to celebrate the Olmsted Township Tree Lighting Ceremony last weekend.

Kudos to these talented students for helping spread holiday cheer!  Great job!

SS_upper_leftPRE-ENGINEERING STUDENTS PRESENT ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY @ CONFERENCE

Robotics students at PLTW conference

Three pre-engineering students attended the Ohio PLTW – Project Lead The Way – Conference at Sinclair College in Dayton recently. They demonstrated the use of the Intelitek Scorbot Robot and the VEX Robots they used at National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, KY in June. Teachers, administrators and counselors in Ohio schools that use the PLTW pre-engineering and biomedical curriculums attended the conference. The three presenting students were Joselyn Rabbitt, Logan Klink and Stephanie Schroth.

OFHS is a certified PLTW “School of Excellence.” These students are the reason why.

TE_lowerRight-cropMRS. MEGERY’S 2ND GRADERS SHARE GOOGLE CLASSROOM WITH BOARD MEMBERS

DSC_9610Second grade teacher Mrs. Karen Megery and six of her students made a special presentation to the Olmsted Falls Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting in November.

Each student assisted with a different part of the presentation which highlighted their second grade Google classroom and all of the great new tools they have been using this school year.
The kids did a great job sharing their learning experiences with Board members and visitors in attendance at the Nov. 12th meeting.

DSC_9605One of the highlights of their presentation included showing off the ways in which they are sharing their work with each other using various apps/extensions within Google Chrome and providing peer feedback to one another before turning in their assignments online.  This not only allows them to produce the best “final product” that they can, but it takes their learning to another level as they are using higher level thinking skills in evaluating other students’ work.  This was the focus of the video that was submitted at the beginning of November in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt contest. (Please see item below for contest update!)

TE_lowerRight-cropMRS. MEGERY’S 2ND GRADE CLASS MAKES TOP 20 IN CURIOUS CLASSROOM CONTEST!

2015-11-04 11_25_12-Houghton Mifflin HarcourtA BIG thank you to all who took time to vote – many of you daily – throughout the month of November for the video entry submitted to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom Contest by Mrs. Mergery’s 2ndgrade class.  Mrs. Megery has just received notice that their video has made it in to the Top 20 finalists!  Mrs. Megery and her students are extremely appreciative to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to cast votes for them.  

Their video entry now moves on to the final judging phase.  Winners will be announced early next year.  A new SMART Board, a classroom set of Chromebooks, and a collection of books for the school are among the top prizes! Thank you again to everyone who helped move their entry on to the next level!

CP_leftINTERNATIONALLY KNOWN CHEF MEETS WITH OFMS STUDENTS

chef kids 8OFMS L.E.A.D. organizations had their second annual fundraiser to support No Kid Hungry, which connects kids in need with nutritious food. It also teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make
ending child hunger a national priority.

chef kids in gym 4World known Chef Jason Roberts of Rachel Ray fame came to the school to
speak to our L.E.A.D organizations to promote the fundraiser. Students were encouraged to donate $1 to wear pajamas to school November 24th. The grand total raised was $491.

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

CP_leftMORE VETERANS DAY SALUTES AND A THANK YOU

OFMS vets 1Reports of the many Veterans day events and activities continue to come in and we’d like to share them with you.  Kudos to our Bulldog staff members and students for the wide variety of special events and activities that took place across the District in honor of Veteran’s Day!

OFMS eighth grader teachers hosted three guest speakers
in honoring our nation’s veterans. Students were divided ofms vets 3into groups ofms vets 2and had the opportunity to listen to and participate in one of three presentations. Guest speakers were Petty Officer Kevin Morron, a Coast Guard recruiter; Commander Mark Bobal, a retired Coast Guard commander, and Major Fox, a retired U.S. Army Reservist. Students listened to their stories, participated in mini-simulations and learned how the military could be a career option.

Falls-Lenox received some kind words of appreciation from a guest who attended the school’s annual Veteran’s Day breakfast event.  Anne Cole, a retired Berea school teacher who now teaches at Baldwin Wallace University, took the time to send an appreciative note to the students and staff at Falls-Lenox.  Anne, who was Ohio’s 1996 Teacher of the Year, is the mother of Middle School social studies teacher Dan Largent and she attends the event with Dan’s grandfather. To view her special thank you note, click HERE.

We are so proud of so proud of Falls-Lenox – and our other buildings throughout the District – for truly touching people lives with these special events and activities.

SS_upper_leftOFIS GRADE 5 CELEBRATES ‘MATHSGIVING’

mathsgiving 1Several fifth-grade classes enjoyed a whole day of fun and relevant math activities at OFIS first ‘Mathsgiving’ November 24th. Students of Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Harb and Mr. Schafer spent the
morning creating Thanksgiving art with ordered pairs, coloring fall leaves full of order of operations problems, solving Thanksgiving-themed logic puzzles, suing
Chromebooks to investigate tangrams and also figuring out how much food is needed for different mathsgiving 8amounts of guests at a Thanksgiving dinner using ratio tables. Whew!

After this, came the task of creating a Thanksgiving feast for 15 people on a budget of $100. Students used local grocery store flyers to choose the best deals, calculate the total cost of the meal and the cost per guest. We know the children have a much better appreciation of what their families go through to get the big meal together!  To view a photo gallery of students at work on this project, click HERE.

OFIS Green Team recycablesSAVE PLASTIC LIDS FOR OFIS PROJECT

OFIS students are working on a big project that needs clean plastic lids from now until January 8th. The Green Team is accepting all colors and sizes of lids, which may be dropped off at the school or with a student you may know.

OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM HAS EXCELLENT SEASON; NOW SELLING ‘DOG’ TAGS

VEX robotics season 2VEX robotics season 1The Bulldog Robotics has experienced an excellent season. After four competitions, Olmsted Falls Team 5658A ended the competitions in the top 5, but was unable to move onto state competition. The team also received two Design Awards for Robot design. The Design Award is given to a team that demonstrates engineering/STEM techniques in designing and building its robot. Members of the team included Joselyn Rabbitt, Stephanie Schroth,
Richard Rivera, Connor Hughes and Logan Klink.

VEX robotics season 3
The Robot season, however, is not over. There are still competitions coming this spring.

To help these future competitions, the Robotics Club is selling Dog Tag/Key
chains in the Team Shop at OFHS and in the Snack Bar during home games. The $5 price helps support the teams. For more information, contact Mr. Haydn, mhaydn@ofcs.net.

ALUMNI SUCCESS: MIKE GANSEY NETS A NBA MINOR LEAGUE FRONT OFFICE POST

Bulldog grad Mike Gansey, right, with his former OF basketball Coach Pat Donahue.

OFHS grad Mike Gansey recently was named the general manager of the Canton Charge, which is the Cleveland Cavs NBA franchise developmental league team. To view an article about his latest career move, click HERE.

Mike, who as a senior, averaged 27.2 points, 10.5. rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.3 steal and 1.6 blocked shots per game, led the Bulldogs to the Ohio Division II Sweet 16 and a 19-5 record. He was named 2000-01 Ohio Divisions II Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, finishing second in Mr. Basketball voting behind LeBron James. He is in the OFHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

He has an illustrious basketball career at the University at West Virginia, played in the NBA D-League and professionally overseas before joining the Cleveland Cavs in various off-the-court positions.

 

Pumpkin JackPUMPKIN JACK’S LIFE CYCLE CONTINUES

A recent Weekly Blog item mentioned the ECC’s kindergartners reading Pumpkin Jack, which follows the life cycle of a pumpkin throughout the seasons. Many of the kindergarteners wave to the ECC’s very own version of Pumpkin Jack, which is in an exterior planter, every day. One young girl recently observed, “Jack is beginning to rot.” He certainly looks very different than he did when Michelle Romanowski read his story during library time a few weeks ago! Our itty bitty bulldogs are sure to keep us posted as Pumpkin Jack’s saga continues…

hot.cocoa.04COCOA AND CRAM STIRS UP ANOTHER STUDY SESSION – DECEMBER 10TH

OFHS will have its annual Cocoa and Cram event at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, December 10th in the cafeteria. Student Ambassadors will guide study sessions and provide testing tips to help this year’s freshmen prepare for their first midterms. Student Ambassadors will invite our ninth graders to the event in homerooms.

Please contact Ms. Peterson, ninth-grade counselor, for more questions.

OFIS FUNDRAISER PICK-UP IS DECEMBER 11TH FROM 3-7 PM!

The OFIS PTA Charleston Wrap fundraiser pick-up is scheduled for Friday, December 11th, from 3pm-7pm in the OFIS cafeteria.

Please be sure to stop by to pick up your items! Thank you so much for your support!!

Any questions, please contact kristiepatton@cox.net.”

flyer

SAVE THIS DATE – DECEMBER 11 – BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR  

Barnes & Noble is hosting a Book Fair for Olmsted Falls schools Friday, December 11th at its Crocker Park location. Story hour times are at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon. Enjoy art displays, evening performances by our schools choirs and bands and other amenities. To view a detailed flyer of the event and instructions in ordering books if unable to attend that day, click HERE.

Masquers forensicsDINE @ MAX & ERMA’S AT OFHS ACTING/DEBATING CLUB NIGHT DEC. 11TH

OFHS Masquers and Speech & Debate Team invite all to dine at Max and Erma’s December 11th at its Westlake location. The group will receive funds from items purchased there throughout the day when presenting a flyer, which can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

CFOFHS JUNIOR CLASS SPONSORS CHEESECAKE FACTORY FUNDRAISER

Who doesn’t like Cheesecake Factory’s desserts? The OFHS Junior Class gives you the chance to take some home with its Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ fundraiser featuring cheese cakes and cupcakes from Cheesecake Factory. Order forms must be brought to the OFHS main office by December 11th! You decide when to pick them up at Crocker Park’s Barnes & Noble Booksellers location. To download an order form with complete instructions, click HERE.

OF athletic boosters Christmas saleFIND GIFTS AT ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CHRISTMAS CLOTHING SALE – DEC. 12TH

Need some Bulldog apparel? The OF Athletic Boosters’ Christmas apparel sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 12th. Items range in sizes from newborn to 3XL. Special orders can accommodate any item or size that is not in stock. The sale includes special stocking stuffers, tervis tumblers, socks, hats (both ball caps and stocking caps), jewelry, hoodies, crews, long/short sleeve T-shirts, sweatpants, jackets, stadium chairs and lots of unique items.   Cheerleaders, who will accept donations, will be available to wrap your items.

Stuff the Bus flyerSTUFF THE BUS WITH NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS – DEC. 12TH

The OFSD Transportation Department has a “Stuff the Bus” food drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 12th in the Board of Education parking lot.

All donations/collections will be donated to the local Food Pantry for families in need.

STILL TIME TO ORDER YOUR POINSETTIAS FROM NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

poinsettias_3461cWho doesn’t like poinsettias at Christmas time. The OFHS National Honor Society again has its Poinsettia Sale now through  December 16th.  Sizes and prices are $5 for 4-inch plant; $7 for 6-inch;  $11 for an 8-inch florist pot and $15 for a 10-inch plant. Color selections are red, pink and white.

Place your order using the order form that is viewed by clicking HERE.STILL

OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SELLING HONEYBAKED HAMS

HoneyBakedFrom now until December 17th, the OFHS Bulldogs Swim and Dive Team offers you the chance again to order delicious HoneyBaked Ham or glazed roasted and smoked turkey breasts and gift certificates for your holiday entertaining.  Certificates may be used as gifts or use them yourself throughout the year at the store.

Use the online option by clicking HERE or download the form HERE.     Deadline to order is December 17th.

OFHS POST PROM OFFERS EASY WAY TO DONATE FOOD 

perfect pot luckThe planning has begun for the Class of 2016 Post Prom.  The Food Committee set up a convenient way to donate perishable/non-perishable food items for the event as well as volunteering opportunities that will be assigned at a later date.

To donate, go to www.perfectpotluck.com. Use FANARA as the meal plan name and its password: 2016. If you have any questions or would like to join the Food Committee, email Angela Fanara at amarysiak@hotmail.com.

We cannot give our seniors an awesome Post Prom without your help.

helping hands eloveHELPING HANDS 3E LOVE MERCHANDISE FUNDRAISER EXTENDED

By popular demand, the Helping Hands 3E Love fundraiser is extended. Its second closing date is December 20th.

Order any 3E Love merchandise online by December 20th and receive your items by January 6th – in time for OFCS Disability Awareness Week, which is in that month.

Click HERE to see the flyer for order details or go to 3elove.com/ofcs.

6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Registration now open 

Come join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This one day skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440-427-1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUDates:
1st – 3rd grades – Monday December 21st
4th – 8th grades – Tuesday December 22nd

Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri-Fit T-Shirt)
Register: Online at www.olmstedcc.com beginning November 15th
Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center

Deadline: December 15th to guarantee t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.

OFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS OFFERS DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SKY ZONE

Masquers forensicssky zoneThe musical “Music Man” is coming to town.

Olmsted Falls Masquers and Forensics, together with Sky Zone, are raising money for this spring musical – Music Man. Discounted tickets are available to Sky Zone, the Westlake indoor trampoline park, which may be used anytime during the year. This is a great stocking stuffer that may be used on those cold days. Contact Jamie Wood for tickets at 216-406-2145 or jamiewood68@yahoo.com. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.

COMMUNITY

orange coneCOMMUNITY TRAFFIC ALERT – STEARNS ROAD TRAFFIC PATTERN SOUTHBOUND ONLY BEGINNING MONDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

orange coneAs an FYI – Stearns Road between Cook Road and Bagley Road will move to a southbound only traffic pattern beginning on Monday, December 14th.  This will likely stay in effect until the Fall of 2016.

Please click HERE for further details from the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works.

FINAL WEEKEND FOR BTree SaleOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

Boy Scout Troop 201 will sell Christmas trees THIS SATURDAY from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and THIS SUNDAY from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road. Please stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a reasonably priced Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree. Helpful Boy Scouts will carry the tree to your car for you!  Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net

KIDS SHOP FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS @ SANTA’S SECRET SHOP THIS SATURDAY

Christmas wrapped presents From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  Kids may shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of elves.  Grownups may buy tickets for a holiday raffle of great items, including an Xbox One game system and Fitbit Flex activity tracker.  Admission is free.  All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102.

fill the cruiserHERE’S A CHANCE TO STUFF THE CRUISER FOR THE NEEDY – THIS SATURDAY

Bring non-perishable food items between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday, December 5th, to the police cruiser parked at Shaker’s MarketPlace. The Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township police are sponsoring Stuff the Cruiser with items that will go to our Christians in Action food pantry. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Shaker’s offers some filled brown bags with needed items for $10 or busy such suggested items as peanut butter, cereal, juice boxes, dry pasta/rice, granola bars or canned meats, fish, soup and beans. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

olmsted community center buildingOLMSTED RECREATION HAS MANY ACTIVITY FOR SENIORS THIS MONTH

Olmsted Recreation offers many activities at Olmsted Community Center for seniors.  To view a December activity calendar, click HERE.  It is sponsoring a Christmas Party December 18th with a December 15th deadline sign up.  To view a flyer, click HERE.

OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SIGN UP IS OPEN

Registration for the upcoming 2016 Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association is now open through December 24th.  Girls living within the OF school district in grades 3-12 may participate.  Teams play in U10, U12, U14 and U18 divisions.

You may register online by clicking HERE or signing up in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center through December 24th during normal business hours. Click HERE to view the association’s website that has detailed registration and league information.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL STUDENT BATTLING CANCER

Tom Pettry is an OFHS ninth grader who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer last month. Purchase No One Fights Alone shirts to raise money for his family. They may be purchased for $15.

Please send all orders to 9775 Tuttle Road, Olmsted Township.

OLMSTED FALLS HOLDS TREE LIGHTING, SENIOR CENTER CELEBRATION – THIS SUNDAY

olmsted falls city hall pixThe city of Olmsted Falls will have a 5 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony THIS SUNDAY at City Hall.  The OFMS Golden Harmonies will perform.  Hot chocolate and cookies will be available.

Prior to the tree lighting, the city will unveil Jenkins Place, the new senior center, at City Hall.  People are invited to arrive at 3 p.m. for the 3:30 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS UPCOMING STUDENT EVENT

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710The Nutcracker Ballet – At 2 p.m. Dec. 12th, enjoy segments of the Nutcracker Ballet that the Cassara Dance & Theater will perform, with Nutcracker stories in between dances. The dance troupe will also teach some basic ballet dance moves to attendees. We’ll also have a Nutcracker ornament craft to make and take home. The program is for ages 4-11.

OLMSTED TRAVEL RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SIGN UPS

basketball4Boys in grades 7-9 are invited to join the Olmsted Community Center’s Travel Recreational Basketball League, which has teams from Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Westlake, Rocky River and Columbia Station.   Games will be played in these various communities. All boys who register will have equal playing time  – there are no cuts. The league provides a chance to enjoy the game of basketball, emphasizing team play, the spirit of sportsmanship and fun.  It runs from December through February 2016 with games on Saturdays. The one hour per week practices begin this month.

Register online at Olmsted.com or by clicking HERE.  To view the league’s flyer, click HERE.

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