IMPORTANT UPDATE: Olmsted Falls City Schools Releases Reopening Survey for Families – July 8, 2020

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Dear Bulldog Families:

As we continue to plan for the reopening of our schools this fall, gathering input from all of our Bulldog families is critical.  Please take a few minutes to complete this important electronic survey to share feedback from your family’s perspective on a variety of areas relating to the reopening of schools this fall.

The district recognizes the difficulty in making these choices and the preference by all is to have kids back in school, everyday, all day. Until we are able to accomplish this, we will need to be creative. The questions within the survey are meant to help provide feedback to the committees that will create a learning schedule for students. Your feedback will help guide the district’s decision making. 

The school planning guides have been released by the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Health. The guidelines contain protocols that are suggested, recommended and required.  Sanitizing, frequent hand washing and availability of cleaning supplies would apply to all protocols. 

The implementation of the type of recommended protocols will have a direct impact on the number of students we are able to educate a particular time. The biggest difference between the three protocol levels is student distancing. As a result, we are forced to balance sanitizing, cleaning and distancing, with learning. The three protocols are listed below:

Suggested: School takes temperatures of students & staff; 6-feet distancing in classrooms.

Recommended: Families and caregivers monitor student temperatures at home; 3-feet distancing in classroom environment; visitors limited to schools; face coverings for students in grades 3-12.

Required: Families and caregivers monitor student temperatures at home; school “does its best” with distancing requirements in classroom environment; frequent hand washing opportunities; surfaces cleaned frequently; cleaning supplies readily available; face coverings for staff members; a face covering policy; students taking district transportation wearing face coverings.

This survey will be open through Sunday, July 19th in order to maximize the opportunity for our families to share opinions about a number of possible scenarios along with other logistical considerations regarding the reopening of our schools.  Your feedback is very important to this process!  Please make sure your voice is heard.

CLICK HERE to complete the survey now.

Again, this survey will remain open and accessible through Sunday, July 19th.

Thank you in advance for your time and feedback.

Sincerely,

Jim

Jim Lloyd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Olmsted Falls City School District

Phone: 440-427-6000

Twitter: @OFCSSuper

Web: www.ofcs.net

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OFCS Update- June 25, 2020

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FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

This will be the last official blog post of the 2019-2020 school year.  

We’ve enjoyed sharing news from across our school district with you throughout the year. Regular blog posts will resume in mid-August to prepare for the start of the upcoming 2020-2021 school year!

Stay safe, be well and enjoy the remainder of summer in Bulldog Country!


GOVERNOR’S RELEASE OF REOPENING GUIDELINES EXPECTED SOON

UPDATE FOR OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY: Olmsted Falls City School District continues to await official reopening guidelines from the Governor. We anticipate hearing from Governor this week about K-12 education restart requirements. Once we have clarification, we will: 1) administer a survey to gather feedback from our families on the 2020-21 school year and 2) begin to plan more formally.

All OFCS families are encouraged to monitor email as the district will be providing updates – including important survey link – as they become available.


DISTRICT RELEASES RESULTS OF MAY DISTANCE LEARNING SURVEY; PREPARES TO PUSH OUT REOPENING SURVEY TO FAMILIES IN JULY

Thank you to all of our Bulldog parents and guardians who took time to participate in the OFCS Distance Learning Feedback Survey back in May. Your thoughts and feedback are important to us and we appreciate your time. The district’s Distance Learning Survey sought feedback on: Communication, Amount of Student Work, Student Time Completing Assignments and Adult Support, Family Perception of Support, Student Connectedness and Technology. The results have been reviewed and compiled in a report that has just been released.

We invite you to review the executive summary and individual building results by clicking HERE.

While we continue to await guidance from the Governor’s office regarding what school will look like this fall, having this initial input from our families is a valuable resource. Following the July 4th holiday, we will again be seeking feedback from our families. An important survey regarding the reopening of our schools will be finalized once we receive direction from the Governor. This reopening survey will address a variety of aspects and potential scenarios around reopening, and will be pushed out to all Bulldog parents and guardians. The information gathered from the upcoming reopening survey – coupled with the information from the May Distance Learning Survey – will be important tools as we plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Thank you again for your continuing support and for partnering with us to share your feedback during these unprecedented times.


CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020!

It was a beautiful night for a graduation! Wrapping up weeks of planning and preparation, the Class of 2020 celebrated one last time on June 17 with a special “Parade of Grads” and the world premiere of the Olmsted Falls Class of 2020 commencement video! While certainly an untraditional celebration, it was no less meaningful and a night that graduates and their families will NEVER forget!

The excitement began in the parking lot at OFHS, where seniors met up with their families and friends in decorated vehicles. The seniors then paraded down Bagley Road which was lined with friends, family, and community members cheering them on. The parade ended at the Aut-O-Rama in North Ridgeville. When the sun went down, the main event got started. The graduates and their families were treated to a night full of meaningful speakers and moments, culminating in the individual diploma presentations that were filmed a few weeks ago and compiled to create a complete ceremony.

There were surprises along the way, including the grand finale- a fireworks show sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Post Prom group! What a night! Check out the pictures below to see just some of the moments from this incredible experience. Click HERE to see the entire graduation video that was presented at the drive-in. Click HERE to read local media coverage of the event. Congratulations to ALL of our 2020 Bulldog Graduates and THANK YOU to all who made this event possible!


CLASS OF 2020 INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS TURNED INTO WORK OF ART

Due to social distancing requirements, the Class of 2020 was not permitted to stand together for the traditional panoramic photo that is taken of the class. Not to fear, as Olmsted Falls High School Art teacher Mr. Jason Skocdopole came up with a brilliant solution. Using the photos taken by All City Photo during the individual graduation sessions, Mr. Skocdopole placed every graduate with a picture into a one-of-a-kind keepsake for seniors and their families. WOW! Thank you All City Photo for the great pictures, and Mr. Skocdopole for the time and effort it took to put the graduates together!


SENIOR HONOR DAY PROGRAM GOES VIRTUAL THIS YEAR

Thanks to the generous support of more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year, approximately $138,000 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2020.  

This year, the 286 local scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors in a virtual format. Individual sponsors and representatives from the OFHS Guidance Office recorded the scholarship announcements which were then compiled into a special video that was available for everyone to view.

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Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures.

This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students. CLICK HERE to access the Senior Honor Day video and CLICK HERE to download a copy of the program.


OFHS FOOTBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATE IN FIRST OFFICIAL BUILD THE BRIDGE CHALLENGE EVENT

Build the Bridge Challenge organizers had an opportunity to bring together representatives from participating high schools – including Olmsted Falls – for a special kick-off event at the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this week.

Read about the experience in this local media coverage on Cleveland.com: ‘Build the Bridge Challenge’ takes first step at Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kudos to the organizers and participating high school football teams! It is impressive how quickly this initiative has gotten underway. We look forward to following this collaborative initiative in the coming year!


Mr. Tracy Blake, OFHS Teacher of the Year

MR. BLAKE NAMED OFHS TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY CLASS OF 2020

Congratulations to OFHS Social Studies Teacher Mr. Tracy Blake on being named Teacher of the Year by students in the Class of 2020!

Mr. Blake was recognized during the virtual Senior Honor Day ceremony.

Each year the graduating class selects a teacher to honor who has had a positive and enduring impact on their lives during the course of their time at Olmsted Falls High School.

Mr. Blake was described as a role model who is genuine, hard-working and passionate about what he does.

Congratulations again to Mr. Blake!


PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF RECOGNIZED WITH ANNUAL AWARDS

The Olmsted Falls PTA Council continued the tradition of ending the school year by saying “thank you” to those who helped make it a successful year. The annual PTA Volunteer Celebration was not the same as in years past due to the school shut-down. This year, the celebration went virtual with a special video presentation.

PTA Volunteer of the Year, Reghan Laki

Among those honored by PTA were Reghan Laki, the nominee from OFMS PTA, who was selected as this year’s overall PTA Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to nominees Ashley Oeken from Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, Michelle Saluja from Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA, Jen Prugar from OFIS PTA, and Sandra Graham from OFHS PTA. Congratulations to Reghan and all of the nominees!

District Helping Hands Award Winner, Sandra Graham

This year’s District Helping Hands Award winner went to Sandra Graham, who was nominated by OFHS PTA. Mrs. Graham was also the winner of the PTA Helping Hands Award for the entire state of Ohio!

Other Helping Hands nominees recognized this year included Laura Mileti, nominated by OFIS PTA; and Amy Ryan, nominated by OFMS PTA. Great work, ladies!

PTA District Educator of the Year, Zachary Acerra

PTA District Educator of the Year was awarded to Zachary Acerra, the nominee from Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA.

Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including Robert Englehart from OFIS PTA, Christopher Odon from OFMS PTA; and Justin Zrenner from OFHS PTA.

Congratulations to these awesome educators!

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Ohio PTA Reflections winners were also recognized at the event. Addison Caudill from OFIS received an Award of Outstanding Achievement for her 2nd Place in Intermediate Music Composition.

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Siya Keralapura from Falls-Lenox received an Award of Excellence for her 1st Place in Primary Dance Choreography AND an Award of Merit for her 3rd Place in Primary Visual Arts.

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Aliyah Munoz from Falls-Lenox received an Award of Outstanding Achievement for her 2nd Place in Primary Literature. We are so proud of these talented young Bulldogs!

OFHS PTA acknowledged outgoing PTA senior parent Sandra Graham, marking the end of her PTA volunteer years as her youngest child graduated with the Class of 2020. Thank you for all of your years of dedication to PTA, Sandra!

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


KINDERGARTENERS SHARE MESSAGES WITH CLASS OF 2020  

In a normal year, the Kindergarten students at the ECC make diplomas for the graduating seniors that they use during their commencement practice along with the poem, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. While the pandemic altered plans for graduation this year, our friends at the ECC still wanted to share their messages with the seniors. This year, the Kindergarten students made a video for the Class of 2020 instead. This class of kids is so proud of what they’ve learned this year and wish the Class of 2020 nothing but success! Check out their messages HERE


ATTENTION CLASS OF 2021 PARENTS – IT’S YOUR TURN!

It is time to pass the torch! Any parent with a child will graduating in 2021, the class of 2020 Post Prom Committee needs parents to contact Shari Zbin regarding heading up your own Post Prom Committee. We have a huge fundraising contract that needs to be taken care of ASAP by a 2021 parent. Please contact Shari Zbin if you are willing to learn more at sharizbin@sbcglobal.net.


EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Each year the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County presents “Excellence in Education” awards to deserving Students, Peers, and Educators.  The process begins with nominations at the local school district level.  The district’s Helping Hands organization coordinates the annual “Excellence In Education” awards.

Typically, the nominees are recognized at a spring breakfast at the ESC as well as at a local recognition event hosted by Helping Hands. Due to the pandemic, the ESC is working on a virtual recognition program which will be available later this summer. Stay tuned for more details about the following winners:

Outstanding Student Achievement Award (Recognizes, celebrates and honors students with disabilities and acknowledges their outstanding achievements, both academic and non-academic.)

Jasper Markarian – Outstanding Student Achievement Award

Outstanding Peer Achievement Award (Recognizes, celebrates and honors student peers who have established meaningful relationships and are exemplary role models for others.)

Matthew Droves – Outstanding Peer Achievement Award

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

Alan Evangelista – Outstanding Educator Achievement Award
Kristen Minor – Outstanding Educator Achievement Award

If you see any of these amazing individuals, please be sure to congratulate and thank them for all they do! Olmsted Falls City School District is truly fortunate to have these individuals as part of our educational community! More to come!


LANEY VENTIMIGLIA WINS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

We’re proud to announce that Laney Ventimiglia has been selected as a National Honor Society Scholarship recipient. Laney was chosen from nearly 7,000 applicants nationwide and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Laney will attend Bowling Green State University in the fall to study Mathematics and Education. Join us in congratulating Laney and her accomplishments! Best of luck and congratulations, Laney!

OFHS Class of 2020’s Laney Ventimiglia received a National Semi-Finalist Scholarship from National Honor Society

NICHOLAS GABA WINS COLLEGE-SPONSORED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to National Merit Finalist and OFHS Class of 2020 Graduate Nicholas Gaba on being awarded the National Merit College of Wooster Scholarship sponsored by The College of Wooster!

Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the National Merit Scholarship program each year. Of the 1.6 million who participate in the National Merit Scholarship program, only about 7,600 finalists are selected to receive Merit Scholarship Awards.

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Nicholas is the recipient of the College-sponsored Merit Scholarship Award from The College of Wooster, where he will be attending to study Physics this fall. This is an exceptional achievement! Bulldog country is proud of you! Congratulations again Nick! Best of luck at The College of Wooster!

OFHS Class of 2020’s Nicholas Gaba was awarded the National Merit College of Wooster Scholarship from the College of Wooster

 


POLARIS SHARES VIDEO CONGRATULATING CLASS OF 2020

Polaris Career Center released a tribute video that honors the Polaris Class of 2020, including the individual outstanding seniors in each program. Five Olmsted Falls students were chosen as outstanding seniors: Jack Surtman, Aeronautics; Cassandra Schaefer, Criminal Justice; James Nutting, Jr., Deli & Food Production; Addison Sandru, Medical Professions; and Nicole Latona, Dental Assisting. Congratulations to these outstanding seniors and the entire Class of 2020. Check out the video HERE.


EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT MAKES DEBUT AT KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION

You may have noticed the very cool bridge that our ECC Kindergarten students recently “crossed over” on their way to First Grade. The bridge was the hard work of Tyler Delap, an Olmsted Falls student and candidate for the rank of Eagle Scout. The bridge served as Tyler’s service project. In a neat connection, Mrs. Lauri Roberto had Tyler’s younger sister in class a few years back, and Tyler’s mom, Kim Delap, serves as Mrs. Roberto’s teaching assistant. Great work, Tyler! Your bridge added to the fun and excitement of going to First Grade!

Tyler Delap and Mrs. Roberto stand in front of the bridge he constructed for his Eagle Scout project

BULLDOG EDUCATORS PRESENT AT MILESTONES NATIONAL AUTISM CONFERENCE

Three Bulldog teachers recently had the opportunity to present at the Milestones National Autism Conference, held virtually earlier this month. Mariel Krakowiak, Cindy Zahorchak and Christen Brabenec presented “Helping Hands Friends Club: Empowering and Embracing Students with Differences and Educating Others to Do the Same“. The presentation aimed to teach session participants about Helping Hands Friends Club, the disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities.

We are so proud to have these outstanding educators represent Olmsted Falls. Thank you Mariel, Cindy, and Christen for your dedication to your students and for sharing your message with others across the country.


SAFETY TOWN DRIVE THRU PARADE PROVIDES LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNGEST BULLDOGS

Although this summer’s Safety Town program was canceled due to the pandemic, the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA still wanted incoming Kindergarten students to have the information they need to stay safe. Over the weekend, a drive thru Safety Town Parade was held at the Olmsted Community Center Saturday morning. Kids could pick up a packet of fun and educational safety town-related items, see the police and fire vehicles as well as an Olmsted Falls school bus. This was a great way for students who had to miss Safety Town to still get to participate in one aspect of the program.

Olmsted Early Childhood PTA collaborated with local police and fire, Olmsted Community Center and the OFCS Transportation Department to make this event possible. Thank you to all of these awesome community partners! Have a safe and healthy summer, Bulldogs!


BULLDOG YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

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Youth Football Registration

Late Fee of $50 if registering after August 1.


VOLLEYBALL CAMPS THIS SUMMER- SIGN UP TODAY!

The Olmsted Falls High School Volleyball Program will hold two volleyball camps in August (Skills Clinics) and September (Junior Netters) for students in Grades 1-6 (Fall 2020), pending Covid restrictions being lifted. You can find the two registration forms (pictured) on the Olmsted Community Center website. In case of an occupancy issue, registrations will be prioritized by date of registration.

Click on the links below to sign up:

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14th ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

Join the Olmsted Falls High School Boys and Girls coaching staff and players for this annual camp. Register online HERE.

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FREE SUMMER FEEDING OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS  

Although school is done for the summer, the need for good nutrition doesn’t take a break! If access to good, nutritious food during the summer months is difficult or if your student would just like to stop by and grab a healthy snack/meal, there are two great summer feeding options available:

1) North Olmsted City Schools is serving grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from now until August 16th. Meals will be served Monday-Friday from 11:15am – 1:00pm or until the food runs out. Children do not need to be present and the parent/guardian can state how many meals they would like for their children (ages 1-18). Please see the attached flyer for pickup locations.  

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2) Olmsted Community Center will have a sharing table available for any student who stops by the center Monday-Friday from 11:00am – 1:00pm. A variety of snacks and drinks will be available for students to pick up. This program is made possible by an awesome collaboration between OCC, Christ Church, and OFCS PTA! See flyer below for full details.  

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ALL are welcome and both of these options are FREE! There is no need to sign up for these programs ahead of time – when you show up, you will be given something to eat. If you are in need and feel that these programs could help, please do not hesitate to take advantage of these opportunities! For any questions/concerns, please contact Sam Chin at schin@ofcs.net.



**COMMUNITY EVENTS**



CAMP INVENTION IS RETURNING TO OLMSTED FALLS!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls-Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer Camp Invention Connect™ — the all-new, at-home version of the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program! Camp Invention Connect™ reinvents distance learning for children entering grades K through 6th with an exciting, weeklong summer adventure exploring science, technology, engineering and innovation. Four activity kits packed full of materials are sent directly to each participant, so they can go outside, get active and stretch their imaginations with engaging hands-on activities. The week begins on July 27, 2020 with Brianna Smith serving as Lead Coach to offer the all-new 2020 curriculum, Elevate!

During this program, young innovators will:

  • Explore the principles of flight, pilot paper airplanes and hand-copters, and experiment with two flight simulation robots — one to take apart and investigate, and one to personalize!
  • Learn the value of their creativity and bring their biggest ideas to life as they sketch and build prototypes, design logos, market their invention and protect their intellectual property.
  • Go outdoors to take on environmental challenges, exploring bioluminescence by creating glowing LED flowers and building parachutes to safely airdrop animals in their habitats.
  • Discover the great inventors behind their favorite sports and apply their own game-changing ingenuity to build the ultimate sports complex, and then head outside to play their new games.

Camp Invention Connect is dynamic, flexible program. It can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches and fellow campers.

While screen time and the need for parental involvement are kept to a minimum, inspiration, exploration and creativity are unlimited!

Register using promo code SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30) off the $175 registration fee. Visit invent.org/connect or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today! 


READ BOOKS, GET PIZZA!

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Parents, join Pizza Hut for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your kids all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for June, July and August in our digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! We’ll also share fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer!

Click HERE for more info and to sign up! Happy Reading (and pizza eating!)


SUMMER READING PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

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Join the Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story” at the Olmsted Falls branch library! The game runs from May 30- August 2. New this year- video STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenge activities! Prizes will be available for students for the ½ way mark and the completion of a game board, while supplies last. Register online starting this Saturday, May 30 or call the library starting Monday, June 8. For more details, please visit Library Summer Reading Program. Happy Reading!”

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GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST OHIO OFFERS VIRTUAL “GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME” PROGRAM

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are helping families connect, explore, find comfort, and take-action in a rapidly changing world.  

Whether they are current Girl Scouts or not, GSNEO is offering free Girl Scouts at Home program content, Virtual Troop Meetings for ALL girls, and Virtual Introductions to Girl Scouts.

Visit https://www.gsneo.org/girlscoutsathome for additional information or contact Sherry Turner at GSNEO headquarters at 330.983.0427/800.852.4474, ext. 0427.


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OFCS Update – June 14, 2020

June 14, 2020 Comments off

 

SCHOOL IS OUT FOR THE SUMMER!

The 2019-2020 school year has officially ended. This was a year unlike any other, and we are proud of our students, staff, and parents for their hard work and dedication to finishing out the school year from home. While there are still many uncertainties about what school will look like in the fall, we hope that each and every Bulldog gets some much-needed rest and relaxation.

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 Stay safe and healthy, and have a fantastic summer!


LATEST UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT JIM LLOYD

Logo1Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd has shared an important end-of-year update with all OFCS families via email.  This latest update can be accessed on the district by clicking HERE.

Bulldog families are encouraged to monitor email throughout the summer.  The district will plan share additional updates as further information about the status of schools re-opening this fall becomes available.


MAY FORECAST APPROVED, SUBMITTED TO STATE

The Olmsted Falls City Schools Board of Education met on May 27 to continue discussions on the district’s finances and approve the latest Five Year Financial Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools. The immediate reductions in state funding for this fiscal year, combined with our anticipated loss of revenue from future state funding cuts, has certainly made this forecast more sobering than originally planned. In addition to the approved forecast submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, community members can also review a detailed Five Year Forecast Financial Report which includes information on financial assumptions incorporated into the district’s latest Five Year Forecast. 

We are grateful for the community support with the passage of the 8.9 mill operating levy.  But because we anticipate more cuts in future state budgets, our financial situation has only improved slightly with the passage of Issue 29. 

AR_upperRightNow more than ever, we must exercise conservative fiscal planning, just as many in our community are having to do, as we head into these uncharted waters. Our administrative team and the Board of Education are launching an effort to work with the community on a long-term financial plan, known as the Taxpayer and Schools Protection Plan. This is our pledge to protect the Triple A Experience, while being extremely mindful of our taxpayers’ situation. You can expect to hear more information from us in the coming months about this work and the financial future of our schools.


JOIN THE COMMUNITY IN CELEBRATION OF THE CLASS OF 2020

seniorparadeWhile all of the individual diploma presentations have taken place, the celebrations for the Class of 2020 continue. The class will be together one last time on Wednesday, June 17 for a special evening, starting at 7:45 PM with a parade! The community is encouraged to line the streets on the parade route from Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle School to Shakers IGA to cheer on the graduates. Please use social distancing protocols. You are welcome to create encouraging signs for the graduates! Community members can park in the Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle School lots as the High School lots will be reserved for students, family and staff participating in the event. We hope to see you all at the parade!

NOTE:  Portions of the parade and Aut-O-Rama event will be live streamed on the district’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/olmstedfallsschools/.

Additionally, a stream of the complete Class of 2020 Commencement video will be available via YouTube beginning at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17th to provide an opportunity for the Bulldog community to watch this year’s special commencement program from home. The YouTube link will be posted to the district Facebook page AND website on Wednesday evening.


TOP OFHS HISTORY STUDENT WINS 2020 RICHARD GILDER HISTORY PRIZE

student successjacobOCongratulations to Jacob O’Connor, Class of ’22, on winning the 2020 Richard Gilder History Prize at Olmsted Falls High School. Jacob’s outstanding work in AP United States History earned him this prestigious honor.
 
Olmsted Falls High School is an Affiliate School with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which enables us to honor an outstanding student.
 
In addition to a copy of best selling historian David McCullogh’s 1776, Jacob will be eligible for:
  • Scholarships at major universities
  • Free online courses in American History from the Institute
  • Lectures and live Q&As with leading professors in the humanities
  • A series of exclusive, inside advice presentations by admissions officers on every aspect of the college application process             

Congratulations Jacob! 


buildthebridgeOLMSTED FALLS SIGNS ON TO “BUILD THE BRIDGE” CHALLENGE

Olmsted Falls High School has joined with other area football teams taking racial issues to heart with the Build the Bridge Challenge.

In the challenge, teams that normally do not cross paths but are close enough in proximity will be paired together.

To read more about the challenge, check out the local media coverage HERE.


NOTES FROM HOME: A DISTANCE LEARNING STORY
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The staff of OFCS was not able to get together for their regular Records Day and Staff Honors program on the last day of school, so the program was presented in a virtual format.  The presentation of Employee of the Year awards in partnership with Kiwanis as well as the OFEA Friends of Education Award were part of the virtual program.  This year’s retirees were also recognized. (See details in the blog items below!)
 
To close the program, a short video “Notes from Home: A Distance Learning Story” was created to highlight the challenges and the successes of our Bulldog staff during the COVID-19 school shutdown. We thought our parents and community members might enjoy seeing some of the fun photos and the memories of the outstanding staff during this time. Check it out HERE.

RETIREES RECOGNIZED AT VIRTUAL HONOR DAY PROGRAM

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Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees this year! This year, retirees were recognized during a virtual Records Day program. Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to ten dedicated staff members who retired with the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools is 249 Years of “Bulldog Service”! Wow!

  • Rose Cortimilia – OFHS Cleaner – 40 “Bulldog” Years
  • Tom Dipert  – District Grounds Maintenance – 21 “Bulldog” Years
  • Mistie Gantt –  Falls Lenox Intervention Specialist – 25 “Bulldog” Years
  • Fran Grega – District Payroll Processor – 27 “Bulldog” Years
  • Teresa Haun – ECC Food Preparer – 28 “Bulldog” Years
  • Mary Hechko – OFIS Cleaner – 12 “Bulldog” Years
  • Dyanne Koch –  OFMS Food Server – 14 “Bulldog” Years
  • Jane Kossin – District Utility Van Driver – 27 “Bulldog” Years
  • Bernie Lofredo –  OFHS Athletics Secretary – 29 “Bulldog” Years
  • Diane Metzger –  ECC Intervention Specialist – 26 “Bulldog” Years

On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals and their impact on the District will be greatly missed.

Congratulations to each of them and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement! Enjoy the next chapter in your lives!


KIWANIS CLUB PRESENTS 2020 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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

Congrats to Cheryl Fudale, Eric Bartkowski, and Dawn Carlin on receiving the 2020 OFCS Employee of the Year Awards from the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club.

Thank you Kiwanis for your support of our school district employees!

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Cheryl Fudale, center, accepts her award from Mrs. DeMuth and Mrs. Bechtel

 

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Eric Bartkowski accepts his award during a “surprise” call with students

 

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Dawn Carlin is surprised by her daughter with her award during a call with colleagues.


OLMSTED FALLS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PRESENTS “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD TO MRS. KELLY WALKER

At the virtual Honor Program, the Olmsted Falls Education Association presented the 2020 Friends of Education Award to Mrs. Kelly Walker for her extraordinary contributions to the Olmsted Falls City Schools throughout the years. The OFEA honored Kelly for her dedication to our school system and community. Kelly has dedicated countless hours to volunteering, including serving in a multitude of leadership roles in OFIS PTA, OFMS PTA, OFHS PTA, and OF PTA Council, Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters, Post Prom, and various other school committees and causes. 

Kelly spearheaded the Pride in Olmsted Committee in 2016 to get the Bond Issue passed that renovated the High School and most recently she led the Pride in Olmsted Committee again to help successfully pass a crucial operating levy for Olmsted Falls in the midst of a school-shutdown and pandemic. Kelly is dedicated to Olmsted Falls and supports the mission of OFEA by  being selfless, engaged and devoted. Congratulations, Kelly!

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The OFEA honored Kelly Walker with this year’s Friends of Education Award


BULLDOG YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

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Youth Football Registration

Late Fee of $50 if registering after August 1.


VOLLEYBALL CAMPS THIS SUMMER- SIGN UP TODAY!

The Olmsted Falls High School Volleyball Program will hold two volleyball camps in August (Skills Clinics) and September (Junior Netters) for students in Grades 1-6 (Fall 2020), pending Covid restrictions being lifted. You can find the two registration forms (pictured) on the Olmsted Community Center website. In case of an occupancy issue, registrations will be prioritized by date of registration.

Click on the links below to sign up:

Junior Netters

Volleyball Mini Skill Clinics

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14th ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP

Join the Olmsted Falls High School Boys and Girls coaching staff and players for this annual camp. Register online HERE.

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DEADLINE IS COMING! ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORMS DUE THIS MONDAY, JUNE 15 PLUS OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year have just been posted on the Transportation Department page on the district website. Olmsted Falls City School District is currently accepting Alternate Transportation Requests for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year as we normally would. Forms must be submitted by the normal June 15 deadline. However, please note that due to the ongoing closure of all Ohio schools and uncertainty regarding what the return to school in the fall may look like, Olmsted Falls City Schools will not be able to process and approve 2020-2021 alternate transportation requests until we have further clarification on orders from the Governor’s office and guidance from state and local health officials.

Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2020-2021 school year MUST STILL SUBMIT AN ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM BY JUNE 15TH to allow for planning of routes. Please note that new forms are required each year even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

Click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year.

OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Address Changes Over Summer: The Transportation Department is advising parents to please contact them with any address changes over the summer, so students can get  assigned to the appropriate bus routes. Please simply plan to call 427-6350 to provide the updated information.  If no answer, please leave parent name & phone number, along with student’s name, grade, and new address info on the voicemail.  This information can also be emailed to jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net. Please note that official address changes MUST also be made directly your child’s school building when school offices re-open following the summer break. Advising the Transportation Department is simply a planning tool and does not result in a change in a student’s official building records.

Change in Transportation Use: The Transportation Department is also asking families to please call in to advise if you know your student(s) will NOT be using bus service at all in the upcoming school year. This helps them in planning the most efficient routes possible by being able to eliminate unnecessary stops. Please call 427-6350 or email jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net to report if your child will not be using transportation services in 2020-2021.


FREE SUMMER FEEDING OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
 
Although school is done for the summer, the need for good nutrition doesn’t take a break! If access to good, nutritious food during the summer months is difficult or if your student would just like to stop by and grab a healthy snack/meal, there are two great summer feeding options available:
 
1) North Olmsted City Schools is serving grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from now until August 16th. Meals will be served Monday-Friday from 11:15am – 1:00pm or until the food runs out. Children do not need to be present and the parent/guardian can state how many meals they would like for their children (ages 1-18). Please see the attached flyer for pickup locations.
 
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2) Olmsted Community Center will have a sharing table available for any student who stops by the center Monday-Friday from 11:00am – 1:00pm. A variety of snacks and drinks will be available for students to pick up. This program is made possible by an awesome collaboration between OCC, Christ Church, and OFCS PTA! See flyer below for full details.
 
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ALL are welcome and both of these options are FREE! There is no need to sign up for these programs ahead of time – when you show up, you will be given something to eat. If you are in need and feel that these programs could help, please do not hesitate to take advantage of these opportunities! For any questions/concerns, please contact Sam Chin at schin@ofcs.net.


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CAMP INVENTION IS RETURNING TO OLMSTED FALLS!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls-Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer Camp Invention Connect™ — the all-new, at-home version of the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program! Camp Invention Connect™ reinvents distance learning for children entering grades K through 6th with an exciting, weeklong summer adventure exploring science, technology, engineering and innovation. Four activity kits packed full of materials are sent directly to each participant, so they can go outside, get active and stretch their imaginations with engaging hands-on activities. The week begins on July 27, 2020 with Brianna Smith serving as Lead Coach to offer the all-new 2020 curriculum, Elevate!

During this program, young innovators will:

  • Explore the principles of flight, pilot paper airplanes and hand-copters, and experiment with two flight simulation robots — one to take apart and investigate, and one to personalize!
  • Learn the value of their creativity and bring their biggest ideas to life as they sketch and build prototypes, design logos, market their invention and protect their intellectual property.
  • Go outdoors to take on environmental challenges, exploring bioluminescence by creating glowing LED flowers and building parachutes to safely airdrop animals in their habitats.
  • Discover the great inventors behind their favorite sports and apply their own game-changing ingenuity to build the ultimate sports complex, and then head outside to play their new games.

Camp Invention Connect is dynamic, flexible program. It can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches and fellow campers.

While screen time and the need for parental involvement are kept to a minimum, inspiration, exploration and creativity are unlimited!

Register using promo code SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30) off the $175 registration fee. Visit invent.org/connect or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today! 


SUMMER READING PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!Summer Reading Gameboard_Page_1

Join the Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story” at the Olmsted Falls branch library! The game runs from May 30- August 2. New this year- video STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenge activities! Prizes will be available for students for the ½ way mark and the completion of a game board, while supplies last. Register online starting this Saturday, May 30 or call the library starting Monday, June 8. For more details, please visit Library Summer Reading Program. Happy Reading!”

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imgGIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST OHIO OFFERS VIRTUAL “GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME” PROGRAM

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are helping families connect, explore, find comfort, and take-action in a rapidly changing world.  Whether they are current Girl Scouts or not, GSNEO is offering free Girl Scouts at Home program content, Virtual Troop Meetings for ALL girls, and Virtual Introductions to Girl Scouts.

Visit https://www.gsneo.org/girlscoutsathome for additional information or contact Sherry Turner at GSNEO headquarters at 330.983.0427/800.852.4474, ext. 0427.


 

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OFCS Update – June 6, 2020

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CLASS OF 2020 INDIVIDUAL COMMENCEMENTS ARE COMPLETE; PARADE & GRADUATION DRIVE-IN SCREENING COMING JUNE 17!

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Dr. Jim Lloyd, OF Board of Education member Dr. Jodi DeMarco, Senior Lucas Lodato, and OFHS Principal Leo Spagnola

It took weeks of planning and 30 hours to execute, but all 292 Class of 2020 grads have walked the stage at OFHS and had their individual commencements filmed for the commemorative video. The celebration will continue on June 17 at 7:45 PM, with a parade down Bagley Road of seniors and their families from OFHS to the Aut-O-Rama Drive-In in North Ridgeville for a special screening of the graduation video. Seniors received a specific timeline and instructions for participation in the parade and private drive-in event at their commencements this past week.

The community is encouraged to line the streets to cheer on the Class of 2020 for the parade down Bagley! Come out and support the Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2020! Community members are invited to come out and support the graduates on June 17th at 7:45 p.m. by lining the route from Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle School to Shakers IGA and cheering them on. Please use social distancing protocols. You are welcome to create encouraging signs for the graduates! Community members can park in the Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle School lots – the high school lots will be reserved for students, family and staff participating in the event.

Thank you to OFHS Principal Leo Spagnola, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, and EVERYONE who helped to make these individual commencements possible. We hope to see you all at the parade! Check out local media coverage of the special plans for the Class of 2020 HERE .


WELL-WISHING TREE TAKES ROOT TO HONOR CLASS OF 2020

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These past few months we have seen unprecedented events that have challenged our paradigms of safety and school, that which will have changed our foreseeable future. As we adjust to this new world that we live, we’ve had to make major sacrifices at home, school, and work.

At our school, the seniors have missed out on major milestones that sadly can never be replaced or replicated. The class of 2020 has lost out on some of the key achievements and traditions of High School and are piloting into uncharted waters filled with uncertainty. 

imageA “Well-Wishing Tree” has been donated to start a tradition at Olmsted Falls that follows a now famous art piece by Yoko Ono.  The tree was planted on Friday, and will be adorned with well wishes from the parents, faculty and staff and students of Olmsted Falls. This tree will be dedicated to the Class of 2020 as a way to move forward with positivity and hope for the future. 

Thank you Robert Lara and the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for your generous support of this project! Special thanks to Matthew Deibel for helping this project go from idea to reality.  Mr. Deibel brought the project concept forward and provided background and direction to families and the school community about how to participate – including providing the information above, which was emailed to launch the project.

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STUDENTS SHOW OFF INDIVIDUALITY AT THEIR PERSONAL COMMENCEMENTS

Several OFHS Seniors took the opportunity to express themselves at their individual commencement ceremonies by decorating their caps with pictures, quotes, or special sentiments. Check out the unique artwork from some of these students. Congratulations, one and all!


NO SCHOOL? NO PROBLEM! THIRD GRADE WAX MUSEUM GOES VIRTUAL!

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One of the best parts of being a 3rd grader at Falls-Lenox is doing the Wax Museum. This class didn’t get to do the project in a traditional way, but their determination to make it great paid off in the end! Check out what the students in Mrs. Honroth’s 3rd grade class did to keep the Wax Museum “alive”! Great job, everyone! Mrs. Honroth’s Wax Museum


ECC PRESCHOOL STUDENTS SAY GOODBYE, WHILE KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS CROSS THE BRIDGE TO FIRST GRADE

It was certainly not the traditional way to end a school year, but the staff at the ECC still found a way to celebrate the big accomplishments of their students. ECC Preschool students were invited to a Drive-By Goodbye where they could pick up their belongings (and a popsicle!) and wave goodbye to their teachers. The Kindergarten students had an opportunity to walk across the bridge to first grade. We are so proud of all of these Itty Bitty Bulldogs! Have a fun and safe summer! Here are just some of the many students who stopped by. 


FINAL PIZZA FRIDAY BRINGS IN BIG DONATION TO CHRISTIANS IN ACTION THANKS TO OFCS STAFF

This was the last Pizza Friday of this school year provided by Rascal House Pizza and OF Parent Khalid Khalaf, and once again a huge THANK YOU goes out to Rascal House, Mr. Khalaf, and all of the volunteers and donors who made it possible. 

To fund this latest effort, OFHS Teacher Matt Fulton and OFMS Teacher Chris Odon sought donations from OFCS staff. As a result, 125 OFCS staff members donated to the point that not only did they cover the $800 pizza expense, they generated an extra $2,910 that will be donated to Christians in Action to help continue funding our local food pantry. WOW!

Thank you to ALL of the OF families and staff members, Rascal House Pizza, and all of the volunteers for making every Friday Pizza Friday. Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs=The Bulldog Way!

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ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORMS DUE JUNE 15 PLUS OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year have just been posted on the Transportation Department page on the district website. Olmsted Falls City School District is currently accepting Alternate Transportation Requests for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year as we normally would. Forms must be submitted by the normal June 15 deadline. However, please note that due to the ongoing closure of all Ohio schools and uncertainty regarding what the return to school in the fall may look like, Olmsted Falls City Schools will not be able to process and approve 2020-2021 alternate transportation requests until we have further clarification on orders from the Governor’s office and guidance from state and local health officials.

Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2020-2021 school year MUST STILL SUBMIT AN ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM BY JUNE 15TH to allow for planning of routes. Please note that new forms are required each year even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

Click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year.

OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Address Changes Over Summer: The Transportation Department is advising parents to please contact them with any address changes over the summer, so students can get  assigned to the appropriate bus routes. Please simply plan to call 427-6350 to provide the updated information.  If no answer, please leave parent name & phone number, along with student’s name, grade, and new address info on the voicemail.  This information can also be emailed to jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net. Please note that official address changes MUST also be made directly your child’s school building when school offices re-open following the summer break. Advising the Transportation Department is simply a planning tool and does not result in a change in a student’s official building records.

Change in Transportation Use: The Transportation Department is also asking families to please call in to advise if you know your student(s) will NOT be using bus service at all in the upcoming school year. This helps them in planning the most efficient routes possible by being able to eliminate unnecessary stops. Please call 427-6350 or email jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net to report if your child will not be using transportation services in 2020-2021.



OECPTA INTRODUCES “BULLDOG PRIDE” T-SHIRTS TO UNITE COMMUNITY
 
Show off your Bulldog Pride with a t-shirt from OECPTA/RYCO Sports and support the OECPTA Itty Bitty Bulldogs! Youth and Adult sizes available. Together or apart, we always have Bulldog Pride in our Hearts! Click here to order: Bulldog Pride T-Shirt Order
 
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HELP STUDENT-ATHLETES WHILE SHOWING YOUR BULLDOG PRIDE

To support our student-athletes in these tough times, community partner RYCO Sports created an “In This Together” on-line store! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Athletic Boosters! Check out the collection and order HERE.



**COMMUNITY EVENTS**



CAMP INVENTION IS RETURNING TO OLMSTED FALLS!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls-Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer Camp Invention Connect™ — the all-new, at-home version of the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program! Camp Invention Connect™ reinvents distance learning for children entering grades K through 6th with an exciting, weeklong summer adventure exploring science, technology, engineering and innovation. Four activity kits packed full of materials are sent directly to each participant, so they can go outside, get active and stretch their imaginations with engaging hands-on activities. The week begins on July 27, 2020 with Brianna Smith serving as Lead Coach to offer the all-new 2020 curriculum, Elevate!

During this program, young innovators will:

  • Explore the principles of flight, pilot paper airplanes and hand-copters, and experiment with two flight simulation robots — one to take apart and investigate, and one to personalize!
  • Learn the value of their creativity and bring their biggest ideas to life as they sketch and build prototypes, design logos, market their invention and protect their intellectual property.
  • Go outdoors to take on environmental challenges, exploring bioluminescence by creating glowing LED flowers and building parachutes to safely airdrop animals in their habitats.
  • Discover the great inventors behind their favorite sports and apply their own game-changing ingenuity to build the ultimate sports complex, and then head outside to play their new games.

Camp Invention Connect is dynamic, flexible program. It can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches and fellow campers.

While screen time and the need for parental involvement are kept to a minimum, inspiration, exploration and creativity are unlimited!

Register using promo code SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30) off the $175 registration fee. Visit invent.org/connect or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today! 


BULLDOG YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

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Youth Football Registration

Late Fee of $50 if registering after August 1.


SUMMER READING PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!Summer Reading Gameboard_Page_2Summer Reading Gameboard_Page_1

Join the Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story” at the Olmsted Falls branch library! The game runs from May 30- August 2. New this year- video STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenge activities! Prizes will be available for students for the ½ way mark and the completion of a game board, while supplies last. Register online starting this Saturday, May 30 or call the library starting Monday, June 8. For more details, please visit Library Summer Reading Program . Happy Reading!”


imgGIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST OHIO OFFERS VIRTUAL “GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME” PROGRAM

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are helping families connect, explore, find comfort, and take-action in a rapidly changing world.  Whether they are current Girl Scouts or not, GSNEO is offering free Girl Scouts at Home program content, Virtual Troop Meetings for ALL girls, and Virtual Introductions to Girl Scouts.

Visit https://www.gsneo.org/girlscoutsathome for additional information or contact Sherry Turner at GSNEO headquarters at 330.983.0427/800.852.4474, ext. 0427.


 

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OFCS Update – May 30, 2020

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LATEST DISTRICT UPDATES FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD

Logo1Keeping our Bulldog families informed continues to be a top priority during these unprecedented times.  Thank you to all of our Bulldog families district-wide for staying tuned in and monitoring email updates from Olmsted Falls City Schools as well as your child’s school building.  

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd provided an e-mail communication this week that included a state funding update, plans for the Class of 2020, and important close of year information. If you had not had an opportunity to read this week’s update from Dr. Lloyd, we encourage you to click HERE.

As a reminder, an archive of all district communications during this extended closure period can be found on our website HERE.


CLASS OF 2020 COMMENCEMENT GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

Commencement StageBest wishes to our Class of 2020 grads as individual commencement ceremonies get underway today! Bulldog grads are being joined by their families for private diploma presentations scheduled over next several days, followed by special event at the Aut-O-Rama Drive-In later this month.

student successWe are so proud of this awesome group of Bulldog grads and look forward to sharing more detailed coverage of  special commencement activities.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the collection of Senior Spotlights on the district website HERE.


DRIVE-THRU ART SHOW HIGHLIGHTS INCREDIBLE TALENTS OF OFHS SENIOR ARTISTS

student successThe annual Port-Prep Art Show for OFHS Senior Art students was a site to behold! Rather than cancel this annual celebration of senior artists due to social distancing restrictions, Mrs. West found a unique way to make sure that these artists were celebrated. There were so many unique pieces on display. Congratulations to these talented students on a job well done!

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL ARTISTS SHARE THEIR POINT OF VIEW IN FORCED PERSPECTIVE PROJECT
student successThese 4th and 5th grade students in Mrs. Krakowiak’s art class were given the assignment to portray “forced perspective” in sidewalk chalk. Forced perspective is a technique which employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is.   Check out these awesome artists using their distance learning time to create something imaginative and fun. Great work!

ECC STAFF HAS SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ITTY BITTY BULLDOGS

As the school year comes to a close for preschool and kindergarten students, the ECC staff has s special message from their hearts to ALL of the Itty Bitty Bulldogs. Thank you to the ECC’s very caring School Counselor, Mrs. Hayes, for putting this together! Have a great summer, Itty Bitty Bulldogs! ECC End of the Year Video


OFIS STAFF LIP SYNC BATTLE WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY!

The staff at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School sure miss their students! They know that the last few months have been challenging for their 4th and 5th graders. They recently got together “virtually” to show off their lip sync skills and hopefully put a smile on the faces of their students. Enjoy their performance of “Happy”!  HAPPY by OFIS Staff


AWARD-WINNING TEACHER USES FUNDS TO HELP STUDENTS 

When OFHS Math Teacher John Vas was selected as the recipient of the 2019 George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education last spring, he planned to use the funds received to purchase a stand-alone video whiteboard for his math classes that would allow students to create their own video lessons for their classmates. As he further explored the project and expenditure of award funds, an even better solution came about!  Mr. Vas utilized his funds to purchase 10 new iPad Air devices and Apple pencils in early March and was just beginning to introduce students to the technology when COVID-19 closed schools throughout the state. The iPads are now being used by teachers to create instructional videos and engage their students during this distance learning period. Click HERE for the complete story about how Mr. Vas is using the funds from his award to help students learn in this virtual environment. JohnVas

Congratulations again to Mr. Vas on receiving the 2019 George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, and for putting the award to such great use!


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORMS DUE JUNE 15 PLUS OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year have just been posted on the Transportation Department page on the district website. Olmsted Falls City School District is currently accepting Alternate Transportation Requests for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year as we normally would. Forms must be submitted by the normal June 15 deadline. However, please note that due to the ongoing closure of all Ohio schools and uncertainty regarding what the return to school in the fall may look like, Olmsted Falls City Schools will not be able to process and approve 2020-2021 alternate transportation requests until we have further clarification on orders from the Governor’s office and guidance from state and local health officials.

Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2020-2021 school year MUST STILL SUBMIT AN ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM BY JUNE 15TH to allow for planning of routes. Please note that new forms are required each year even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

Click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year.

OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Address Changes Over Summer: The Transportation Department is advising parents to please contact them with any address changes over the summer, so students can get  assigned to the appropriate bus routes. Please simply plan to call 427-6350 to provide the updated information.  If no answer, please leave parent name & phone number, along with student’s name, grade, and new address info on the voicemail.  This information can also be emailed to jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net. Please note that official address changes MUST also be made directly your child’s school building when school offices re-open following the summer break. Advising the Transportation Department is simply a planning tool and does not result in a change in a student’s official building records.

Change in Transportation Use: The Transportation Department is also asking families to please call in to advise if you know your student(s) will NOT be using bus service at all in the upcoming school year. This helps them in planning the most efficient routes possible by being able to eliminate unnecessary stops. Please call 427-6350 or email jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net to report if your child will not be using transportation services in 2020-2021.


TEMPORARY PANDEMIC-ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE

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To improve food access during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Department of Education is providing a temporary program called Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) that will give extra funds to each family who is eligible for free or reduced-price meals. There is no signup required and you will automatically receive these benefits if you are eligible. Please read the flyer here for more information:

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DON’T FORGET YOUR “STUFF”! BELONGINGS PICK-UP SCHEDULE IS FINALIZED

PICK UP YOUR STUFF!

The schedule for safely allowing parents/students back into the buildings to pick up any personal belongings and/or medications has been finalized.  A common rotating schedule based on student last name has been established for students across grades 1-12.  This will allow parents to visit multiple buildings during the same block of time if desired.  Additionally, this rotating alphabetical schedule also provides flexibility to meet the needs of family schedules by providing three different date/time blocks over the course of a four day period. 

  • Pick-up dates for Grades 1 to 12 will take place June 2, 3, 4, & 5. Please click HERE for the alphabetical schedule of available pick-up days/time frames, and watch for additional details regarding individual building entry points and pick-up process to come directly from your student’s building principal.
  • For our Early Childhood Center families, pick-up times are being organized by classroom teacher (instead of the student’s last name) and the ECC will be using a drive-thru pick-up only process.  The ECC will hold parent pick-up as assigned by teacher on May 28 & 29 for Preschool and on June 3, 4 & 5 for Kindergarten.  Please click HERE and scroll down for the ECC pickup schedule. Please watch for additional information and specific details to come directly from the ECC.

OECPTA INTRODUCES “BULLDOG PRIDE” T-SHIRTS TO UNITE COMMUNITY
Show off your Bulldog Pride with a t-shirt from OECPTA/RYCO Sports and support the OECPTA Itty Bitty Bulldogs! Youth and Adult sizes available. Together or apart, we always have Bulldog Pride in our Hearts! Click here to order: Bulldog Pride T-Shirt Order
Bulldog Pride Flyer

HELP STUDENT-ATHLETES WHILE SHOWING YOUR BULLDOG PRIDE

To support our student-athletes in these tough times, community partner RYCO Sports created an “In This Together” on-line store! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Athletic Boosters! Check out the collection and order HERE.



**COMMUNITY EVENTS**



LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!Summer Reading Gameboard_Page_2Summer Reading Gameboard_Page_1

Join the Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story” at the Olmsted Falls branch library! The game runs from May 30- August 2. New this year- video STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenge activities! Prizes will be available for students for the ½ way mark and the completion of a game board, while supplies last. Register online starting this Saturday, May 30 or call the library starting Monday, June 8. For more details, please visit Library Summer Reading Program . Happy Reading!”


imgGIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST OHIO OFFERS VIRTUAL “GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME” PROGRAM

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are helping families connect, explore, find comfort, and take-action in a rapidly changing world.  Whether they are current Girl Scouts or not, GSNEO is offering free Girl Scouts at Home program content, Virtual Troop Meetings for ALL girls, and Virtual Introductions to Girl Scouts.

Visit https://www.gsneo.org/girlscoutsathome for additional information or contact Sherry Turner at GSNEO headquarters at 330.983.0427/800.852.4474, ext. 0427.


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OFCS Update – May 23, 2020

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memorial day clip artREMINDER: NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, MAY 25 IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY

Don’t forget that there will be NO SCHOOL INSTRUCTION this Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. We pause on Memorial Day to honor the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. All of Bulldog Nation thanks those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Distance learning will resume on Tuesday, May 26th.


OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN!

Election ResultsIt’s official! Earlier this week both the Cuyahoga and Lorain county Board of Elections reported official results for the March 17, 2020 presidential primary election, which was extended to April 28, 2020 due to coronavirus.

The critical operating levy for Olmsted Falls City Schools has OFFICIALLY PASSED with an overall margin of 55% FOR THE LEVY and 45% AGAINST THE LEVY. The official vote count for our operating levy in Cuyahoga County (Issue #29) was 3,480 FOR and 2,766 AGAINST; the official vote count for our operating levy in Lorain County (Issue #14 for our residents living in Columbia Station) was 70 FOR and 82 AGAINST. The official combined vote totals for the operating levy for Olmsted Falls City Schools was 3,550 FOR (55%) and 2,848 AGAINST (45%).

Our district had an overall voter turnout of approximately 40%, which was double what we were seeing statewide for this election!  The passage of this operating levy is more important now than ever before. On behalf of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls City Schools, we are truly grateful to all who worked to help educate voters on what was at stake with this important operating levy, to all that attended the district’s series of levy information meetings, and to all who exercised their right to vote in this important election! THANK YOU!


TODAY – SATURDAY, MAY 23RD! DRIVE-THRU ART SHOW FROM 4-7 PM @ OFHS

art showThe Port (Portfolio) Prep Art Show will go on!Our talented senior Art students have worked four years to prepare for this show, and a little thing like a pandemic isn’t going to stop them. This year’s show comes with a “twist”- it will be a drive-thru exhibition!
Port Prep 2020 Drive-Thru May Show
Saturday, May 23rd
Olmsted Falls High School Parking Lot
4:00 PM Drive-Thru Show Begins
7:00 PM Drive-Thru Show Ends
RAIN DATE: Saturday, June 6
Please note these logistics, in order to make this a safe and successful event for all:
  • Booths will be arranged in the parking lot in a rectangular fashion so traffic can flow.
  • No one will be allowed to get out of the car
  • Cars will drive in a ONE WAY direction.
  • No one will be permitted to enter the school
  • Look for a digitally interactive option to leave the artists personal messages

Be sure to drive through, and tell your friends! You will be amazed at the talent of these students!


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORMS DUE JUNE 15 PLUS OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year have just been posted on the Transportation Department page on the district website. Olmsted Falls City School District is currently accepting Alternate Transportation Requests for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year as we normally would. Forms must be submitted by the normal June 15 deadline. However, please note that due to the ongoing closure of all Ohio schools and uncertainty regarding what the return to school in the fall may look like, Olmsted Falls City Schools will not be able to process and approve 2020-2021 alternate transportation requests until we have further clarification on orders from the Governor’s office and guidance from state and local health officials.

Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2020-2021 school year MUST STILL SUBMIT AN ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM BY JUNE 15TH to allow for planning of routes. Please note that new forms are required each year even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

Click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2020-2021 school year.

OTHER IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Address Changes Over Summer: The Transportation Department is advising parents to please contact them with any address changes over the summer, so students can get  assigned to the appropriate bus routes. Please simply plan to call 427-6350 to provide the updated information.  If no answer, please leave parent name & phone number, along with student’s name, grade, and new address info on the voicemail.  This information can also be emailed to jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net. Please note that official address changes MUST also be made directly your child’s school building when school offices re-open following the summer break. Advising the Transportation Department is simply a planning tool and does not result in a change in a student’s official building records.

Change in Transportation Use: The Transportation Department is also asking families to please call in to advise if you know your student(s) will NOT be using bus service at all in the upcoming school year. This helps them in planning the most efficient routes possible by being able to eliminate unnecessary stops. Please call 427-6350 or email jholecko@ofcs.net or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net to report if your child will not be using transportation services in 2020-2021.


OFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

student successCongratulations to Bulldog students attending Polaris Career Center or participating in Polaris Project Lead the Way (PLTW) satellite programs at OFHS, who were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Polaris Career Center.  Polaris Career Center inducted 90 students into the National Technical Honor Society. We are proud to announce that 17 students from Olmsted Falls City School District were among those inducted!

Bulldog students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society include:

NTHS_1Jerrod Green, Senior, EMT / Fire Training
Cheyenne Gross, Junior, Cosmetology
Michael Hollenbeck, Junior, Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management
Caroline Lockhart, Junior, Baking & Pastry Arts
Hailey McCullar, Junior, Cosmetology
Erin McEwen, Junior, Cosmetology
Brooklyn Montalvo, Junior, Baking & Pastry Arts
Jon Siudowski, Junior, Medical Professions
Cody Winland, Junior, EMT / Fire Training
Morgan Demooy, Junior, Biomedical Sciences
Brian Drobnak, Junior, Engineering
Carlene Edmonds, Junior, Biomedical Sciences
Victor Jauregui, Junior, Engineering
Maham Khan, Junior, Biomedical Sciences
Andrew Parkowski, Junior, Biomedical Sciences
Hannah Prante, Junior, Engineering
Ethan Schlesinger, Senior, Biomedical Sciences

 

NTHS is America’s highest award for excellence in career and technical education. Its mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities for the organization’s number.  Fewer than two percent of America’s secondary students are nominated for membership into this prestigious organization. Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership and character.

To be eligible, Polaris students must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn all A’s in his or her Polaris program
  • Maintain a 95 percent or higher attendance rate
  • Maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average

Again, congratulations to all of these outstanding students!

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Image-1May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great reminder that student wellness and mental health are very important all year long as well as during this period of extended time out of school and away from familiar routines. 

On Friday, May 22nd, Bulldogs were encouraged to wear the color GREEN and share a picture holding a sign with a POSITIVE MESSAGE to show support of our bulldog community!

Here are just a few of those inspiring messages:

Throughout the regular school year, Olmsted Falls City Schools has school counselors and psychologists available in each building to provide support and resources for students.  During the COVID-19 closure, our staff continue to be engaged at the building levels and remain available by email and phone for students and parents. Additionally, on the District’s Extended Closure Resource page on the website, families will find resources to help cope with day-to-day stressors in addition to those that may be unique to coronavirus. The page also features direct contact information for all buildings and departments as well as important crisis support numbers should any of our students/families need assistance or added support. This special Student Wellness & Mental Health page can be accessed HERE.


OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COMMITMENT TO EMPOWERING STUDENTS THROUGH STEM AND CAREER LEARNING PROGRAM

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Olmsted Falls Middle School announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. It is one of just 176 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S.

The PLTW Gateway program at Olmsted Falls Middle School is offered through a collaborative partnership with Polaris Career Center and provides students the opportunity to develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.    

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.  Olmsted Falls Middle School is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.


ANGELINA’S PIZZA DONATES GIFT CARDS FOR GRADS
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A BIG BULLDOG THANKS goes out to Ann & Alissa at Angelina’s Pizza for donating 290 gift cards to the Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2020! OFCS Family & Community LINK Coordinator Julianne Allen accepted the donation, and noted, “We are so grateful to our community partners for all they do for our students and our schools. Please don’t forget to support local businesses like Angelina’s who contribute in many ways to Olmsted Falls and Bulldog Nation.” (Please note: Safety first! Masks/handwashing protocols observed prior to/following the long-distance handoff!)
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MORE GRAD SIGN PICS!

Operation Grad Signs is complete! This special Bulldog tradition is alive and well! Here are a few more pics from last week’s deliveries:

Thanks again to all of the administrators, teachers and staff (and their helpers!) who made these special deliveries throughout the district.  We work hard not to miss anyone, but just in case, please plan to call the high school main line at 427-6100 and leave a message, or email Principal Mr. Spagnola at lspagnola@ofcs.net, regarding any senior who did not receive a yard sign.


LAST CHANCE TO REQUEST YOUR SPOTLIGHT!

SENIOR SPOTLIGHTS
Perhaps you’ve seen the “social media shout-outs” to our graduating seniors on Twitter?
All parents of Bulldog seniors were invited to complete the optional spotlight form (seniors may also request a spotlight for themselves if they prefer.) There are only a few days left to complete the form HERE.

All spotlights will appear on the OFHS Twitter feed (search #OFClassof2020), on the OFCS Facebook page (@OlmstedFallsSchools) and on the district website. Please click HERE to see the Facebook gallery of spotlights, or click HERE to view the spotlights on the district website.  Congrats to this outstanding class of awesome Bulldog grads!


 

HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS COMING SOON! SIGN UP TODAY!

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Interested in being a part of the OFHS cheer program for the 2020-2021 school year?  Click the link below to see this year’s tryout packet with information and a form that must be filled out by May 28th in order to sign up for tryouts:

 

Questions?

Please reach out to the coaches via email at ofhscheerleading@gmail.com.

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GOOD LUCK & GO BULLDOGS! 

TEMPORARY PANDEMIC-ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLElunch 2

To improve food access during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Department of Education is providing a temporary program called Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) that will give extra funds to each family who is eligible for free or reduced-price meals. There is no signup required and you will automatically receive these benefits if you are eligible. Please read the flyer here for more information:

PEBT-Flyer


DON’T FORGET YOUR “STUFF”! BELONGINGS PICK-UP SCHEDULE IS FINALIZED

PICK UP YOUR STUFF!

The schedule for safely allowing parents/students back into the buildings to pick up any personal belongings and/or medications has been finalized.  A common rotating schedule based on student last name has been established for students across grades 1-12.  This will allow parents to visit multiple buildings during the same block of time if desired.  Additionally, this rotating alphabetical schedule also provides flexibility to meet the needs of family schedules by providing three different date/time blocks over the course of a four day period. 

  • Pick-up dates for Grades 1 to 12 will take place June 2, 3, 4, & 5. Please click HERE for the alphabetical schedule of available pick-up days/time frames, and watch for additional details regarding individual building entry points and pick-up process to come directly from your student’s building principal.
  • For our Early Childhood Center families, pick-up times are being organized by classroom teacher (instead of the student’s last name) and the ECC will be using a drive-thru pick-up only process.  The ECC will hold parent pick-up as assigned by teacher on May 28 & 29 for Preschool and on June 3, 4 & 5 for Kindergarten.  Please click HERE and scroll down for the ECC pickup schedule. Please watch for additional information and specific details to come directly from the ECC.

 

OECPTA INTRODUCES “BULLDOG PRIDE” T-SHIRTS TO UNITE COMMUNITY

Show off your Bulldog Pride with a t-shirt from OECPTA/RYCO Sports and support the OECPTA Itty Bitty Bulldogs! Youth and Adult sizes available. Together or apart, we always have Bulldog Pride in our Hearts! Click here to order: Bulldog Pride T-Shirt Order
Bulldog Pride Flyer

 


 

HELP STUDENT-ATHLETES WHILE SHOWING YOUR BULLDOG PRIDE

To support our student-athletes in these tough times, community partner RYCO Sports created an “In This Together” on-line store! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Athletic Boosters! Check out the collection and order HERE.

 



**COMMUNITY EVENTS**



ATTN: BULLDOG STUDENTS! NEED A SUMMER JOB? VITAMIX IS HIRING!

vitamix logoVitamix is pleased to announce full time summer employment opportunities in production, warehouse, shipping and facilities. This is a great opportunity for high school and college students on their summer breaks! Candidates should be at least 17 years old and available to work 40 hours per week. 

Here are the top reasons why you should apply!

1. Make money: Earn $11.00 per hour

2. All summer positions for students are 1st shift

3. Learn more about the in demand operation and manufacturing business

4. Build a professional network with a world renown company right in your own backyard

5. Flexibility if you have a pre-planned event or vacation

How to apply

  1. Contact Isaac Jenkins at Alliance Industrial Solutions (216-273-2134) to complete the placement process. To take part in this program, please apply by May 29th.
    1. Eligible participants must be at least 17 years of age, capable of following company policies (i.e. substance- and tobacco-free workplace, demonstrate solid attendance, etc.), act within our CORE including TEAMWORK, follow heightened safety guidelines in the pandemic period, and be able to stand at least eight (8) hours per day.
    2. The program will be capped if we meet our labor needs. If that occurs, placements will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
  1. Candidates will complete the application and pre-employment process, which will include all required paperwork, interview experience, and gaining a better understanding of the expectations of this role.
    1. Pre-employment processing, payroll administration, and exit processes at the end of the assignment will all be managed by our contacts at Alliance.
  1. Once this process is complete, new participants will start their summer employment opportunity with orientation on June 15th..  Participants are eligible to work until they return to school.

Additional Information:

  • All participants will need to comply with the measures taken (i.e. social distancing, facial coverings, daily wellness checks, etc.) to maintain a safe and productive work environment during COVID-19.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Tim Wydra in Human Resources: TWydra@vitamix.com

SWING BY SWINGS-N-THINGS FOR A TREATSwings-N-Things

Community partner Swings-n-Things is excited to announce that the outside Ice Cream Patio is open for business! The patio will be open every day from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Hopefully, the rest of the park will be permitted to open by the end of May. Stay tuned to Swings-n-Things for updates.


OCC, PTA, & VITAMIX INVITE KIDS TO PARTICIPATE IN “THANK AN ESSENTIAL WORKER” CONTEST

Essential Worker Thanks


imgGIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST OHIO OFFERS VIRTUAL “GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME” PROGRAM

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are helping families connect, explore, find comfort, and take-action in a rapidly changing world.  Whether they are current Girl Scouts or not, GSNEO is offering free Girl Scouts at Home program content, Virtual Troop Meetings for ALL girls, and Virtual Introductions to Girl Scouts.

Visit https://www.gsneo.org/girlscoutsathome for additional information or contact Sherry Turner at GSNEO headquarters at 330.983.0427/800.852.4474, ext. 0427.


 

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OFCS Update – May 16, 2020

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CLASS OF 2020 SIGN DELIVERIES OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY

Operation Grad Sign may have deployed from a different location this year (Dr. Lloyd’s garage!) but the result is same:  Bulldog tradition at its finest!  Signs began popping up in the yards of our graduating seniors as staff and administrators picked up their batches and started out on their delivery routes yesterday afternoon.  Watch for more signs to spring up throughout the day today. 

Many thanks to the volunteer group of administrators, teachers and staff making this weekend’s special deliveries to the Class of 2020!  We work hard not to miss anyone, but just in case, please plan to call the high school main line at 427-6100 and leave a message, or email Principal Mr. Spagnola at lspagnola@ofcs.net, regarding any senior who has not received a yard sign by Monday morning.


LAST CHANCE! HOW IS IT GOING? DISTANCE LEARNING SURVEY CLOSES THIS SUNDAY!

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The shift to distance learning as a result of the mandated school closure was unexpected, and we know that families had to quickly adjust to an entirely new way of learning and “going” to school. Now that the year is winding down, it is important that we take time to reflect on the distance learning model.

A brief online survey has been created to gather your feedback.   If you haven’t already, please take a few moments to click on the link below and complete the OFCS Distance Learning Feedback Survey:

https://bit.ly/OF_DL_Feedback

We’ve all learned from this and we want to use your feedback to ensure we are providing the best possible distance learning experience for our students recognizing it will never replicate a face-to-face model.  THANK YOU!


SPOTLIGHT ON SENIORS

SENIOR SPOTLIGHTS

Perhaps you’ve seen the “social media shout-outs” to our graduating seniors on Twitter?
All parents of seniors were invited to complete the optional spotlight form (seniors may also request a spotlight for themselves if they prefer.) There are only a few days left to complete the form HERE.
All spotlights will appear on the OFHS Twitter feed (search #OFClassof2020) and the OFCS Facebook page (@OlmstedFallsSchools).  Click HERE to see the Facebook gallery of spotlights.  Soon, the entire collection will also be available for viewing on the district website as well. 

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Image-1May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great reminder that student wellness and mental health are very important all year long as well as during this period of extended time out of school and away from familiar routines. Throughout the regular school year, Olmsted Falls City Schools has school counselors and psychologists available in each building to provide support and resources for students.  

During the COVID-19 closure, our staff continue to be engaged at the building levels and remain available by email and phone for students and parents. Additionally, on the District’s Extended Closure Resource page on the website, families will find resources to help cope with day-to-day stressors in addition to those that may be unique to coronavirus. The page also features direct contact information for all buildings and departments as well as important crisis support numbers should any of our students/families need assistance or added support. This special Student Wellness & Mental Health page can be accessed HERE.

May22If you have already visited our Student Wellness & Mental Health page, it’s a great time to check back as we’ve recently added a few new resources including:

Please join us next Friday, May 22nd, wear the color GREEN and Tweet out a picture holding a sign with a POSITIVE MESSAGE to show support of our bulldog community! Use the hashtags #OFBulldogsTogether and May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.

At any given time, statistics indicate that 1 out of 6 students between the ages of 6-17 will experience a mental health condition. If you/your child is experiencing a mental health emergency, such as suicidal ideation during the closure, please refer to the resources listed below. 

Local 24 Hour Mobile Crisis #: (216) 623-6888

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text “4HOPE” to 741741

Fairview Hospital Psychiatric Services #: (216) 476-7000


DON’T FORGET YOUR “STUFF”! BELONGINGS PICK-UP SCHEDULE IS FINALIZED

PICK UP YOUR STUFF!

The schedule for safely allowing parents/students back into the buildings to pick up any personal belongings and/or medications has been finalized.  A common rotating schedule based on student last name has been established for students across grades 1-12.  This will allow parents to visit multiple buildings during the same block of time if desired.  Additionally, this rotating alphabetical schedule also provides flexibility to meet the needs of family schedules by providing three different date/time blocks over the course of a four day period. 

  • Pick-up dates for Grades 1 to 12 will take place June 2, 3, 4, & 5. Please click HERE for the alphabetical schedule of available pick-up days/time frames, and watch for additional details regarding individual building entry points and pick-up process to come directly from your student’s building principal.
  • For our Early Childhood Center families, pick-up times are being organized by classroom teacher (instead of the student’s last name) and the ECC will be using a drive-thru pick-up only process.  The ECC will hold parent pick-up as assigned by teacher on May 28 & 29 for Preschool and on June 3, 4 & 5 for Kindergarten.  Please click HERE and scroll down for the ECC pickup schedule. Please watch for additional information and specific details to come directly from the ECC.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON! 

While nothing can replace the final school performance or concert, our talented actors, musicians, and vocalists still deserve to be recognized.

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Before the pandemic shut-down production, the OFHS Spring Musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” was to feature outstanding performances from our talented Masquers. Never fear! Director Christie Cutarelli has shared the highlights of the show HERE. To download a copy of the program that was created for the stage performance, click HERE.
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While our OFHS Choir students did not get to perform during Pops week this past week, they still prepared their Pops Virtual Special Acts. Enjoy this awesome opportunity to experience OFHS Choir’s 2020 Pops Virtual Special Acts Playlist shared via YouTube by OFHS Choir Director Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski! So great to get a chance to see these talented Bulldog performers! Enjoy them HERE.
Senior Band members may not have gotten a last performance opportunity, but they deserve recognition. Check out this tribute to OFHS Senior Band members from the Class of 2020 HERE
senior band

UPDATES FROM OECPTA: BARGAIN BONANZA AND SAFETY TOWN

oecpta_logoDue to social distancing requirements and safety concerns, two OECPTA events have been impacted:

POSTPONED:  The annual Bargain Bonanza Kids Resale event organized by OECPTA has been POSTPONED until this Fall. Stay tuned for details as the date approaches.

CANCELED:   This summer’s Safety Town sessions sponsored by OECPTA have unfortunately been CANCELED. Everyone who has registered will receive a refund by June 1st.

Thank you for your understanding.


FIRST GRADE INFORMATION NIGHT GOES VIRTUAL – MAY 21ST

First Grade Info NightParents of next year’s incoming first graders are invited to join Falls-Lenox Principal Ms. Williams and Assistant Principal Mrs. Carey for an informational presentation about first grade and Falls-Lenox.

 

Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 pm
via Google Hangouts

Parents and guardians of all current kindergarten students received an email with the link to the Google Meet and instructions on how to join the meeting.   


THE ART SHOW IS HAPPENING! (WITH A DRIVE-THRU TWIST!)

The Port (Portfolio) Prep Art Show will go on! These talented Art students have worked four years to prepare for this show, and a little thing like a pandemic isn’t going to stop them. This year’s show comes with a “twist”- it will be a drive-thru exhibition!
Port Prep 2020 Drive-Thru May Show
Saturday, May 23rd
Olmsted Falls High School Parking Lot
4:00 PM Drive-Thru Show Begins
7:00 PM Drive-Thru Show Ends
RAIN DATE: Saturday, June 6
Please note these logistics, in order to make this a safe and successful event for all:
  • Booths will be arranged in the parking lot in a rectangular fashion so traffic can flow.
  • No one will be allowed to get out of the car
  • Cars will drive in a ONE WAY direction.
  • No one will be permitted to enter the school
  • Look for a digitally interactive option to leave the artists personal messages

Be sure to drive through, and tell your friends! You will be amazed at the talent of these students!

art show


THIS LUNCH MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS – THANK YOU!

Another big Bulldog “THANK YOU” to the German American Cultural Center for their generous donation of ham and turkey for our breakfast/lunch program. We appreciate the continued support from our community partners – we couldn’t do this without you!

 


PIZZA FRIDAY GOING STRONG

The district’s ongoing free breakfast / lunch program for students in need has been including pizza on the menu each and every Friday during the closure thanks to Rascal House Pizza and ongoing generous donations from the community.  This week’s Pizza Friday was sponsored by Board of Education Members Holly Neumann, Linda Parkowski, Joe Bertrand, Cynthia Tomasch & Jodi DeMarco along with all members of the OFCS Administration. 

To learn more about how to participate in the district’s free breakfast/lunch program for students in need, please click HERE.


OFMS IS THERE FOR YOU!

Here’s another great video we wanted to be sure to share with our school community! Check out this fun collaboration our OFMS Bulldogs staff shared out to their students this week! We love our students, we miss them, and we will always be there for them. Enjoy!

OFMS BULLDOGS STAFF VIDEO

ofms friends


HELP STUDENT-ATHLETES WHILE SHOWING YOUR BULLDOG PRIDE

To support our student-athletes in these tough times, community partner RYCO Sports created an “In This Together” on-line store! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Athletic Boosters! Check out the collection and order HERE.

 



**COMMUNITY EVENTS**



SWING BY SWINGS-N-THINGS FOR A TREATSwings-N-Things

Community partner Swings-n-Things is excited to announce that the outside Ice Cream Patio is open for business! The patio will be open every day from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Hopefully, the rest of the park will be permitted to open by the end of May. Stay tuned to Swings-n-Things for updates.


OCC, PTA, & VITAMIX INVITE KIDS TO PARTICIPATE IN “THANK AN ESSENTIAL WORKER” CONTEST

Essential Worker Thanks


imgGIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST OHIO OFFERS VIRTUAL “GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME” PROGRAM

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are helping families connect, explore, find comfort, and take-action in a rapidly changing world.  Whether they are current Girl Scouts or not, GSNEO is offering free Girl Scouts at Home program content, Virtual Troop Meetings for ALL girls, and Virtual Introductions to Girl Scouts.

Visit https://www.gsneo.org/girlscoutsathome for additional information or contact Sherry Turner at GSNEO headquarters at 330.983.0427/800.852.4474, ext. 0427.


 

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OFCS Update – May 9, 2020

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LATEST DISTRICT UPDATES FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD

Logo1Keeping our Bulldog families informed continues to be a top priority during these unprecedented times.  Thank you to all of our Bulldog families district-wide for staying tuned in and monitoring email updates from Olmsted Falls City Schools as well as your child’s school building.  

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd provided an e-mail update this week that included an important distance learning survey link for parents/guardians, important close of year information and an update on Governor DeWine’s announcement earlier this week regarding cuts to K-12 education funding. If you have not had an opportunity to read this week’s update from Dr. Lloyd, we encourage you to do so for the latest information.

Click HERE to read Dr. Lloyd’s email update from Thursday, May 7. As a reminder, An archive of all district communications during this extended closure period can be found on our website HERE.


SHOUT-OUT TO OUR AWESOME BULLDOG EDUCATORSEducator Appreciation  

EXhIZLbXYAAy7oGEXWgNn4UwAcPGSNThis past week was Educator Appreciation Week and we are so fortunate to have an outstanding team of Bulldog educators across Olmsted Falls City Schools! It was truly inspiring to see the many shout-outs and acknowledgements for our staff members coming from students and families across the district throughout the week.

This is a true testament to the relationships our staff have built with students and families throughout the school year, and the relationships they continue to maintain and grow even in the face of these challenging times.

EXSBEHbWAAEVsxa(Kudos to the OFHS Gymnastics Team for their creative collage of thanks!)


HOW IS IT GOING? WE WANT TO KNOW! PLEASE TAKE THE DISTANCE LEARNING SURVEY TODAY!parentsurveypic

The shift to distance learning as a result of the mandated school closure was unexpected, and we know that families had to quickly adjust to an entirely new way of learning and “going” to school. Now that the year is winding down, it is important that we take time to reflect on the distance learning model.

A brief online survey has been created to gather your feedback.   If you haven’t already, please take a few moments to click on the link below and complete the OFCS Distance Learning Feedback Survey:

https://bit.ly/OF_DL_Feedback

We’ve all learned from this and we want to use your feedback to ensure we are providing the best possible distance learning experience for our students recognizing it will never replicate a face-to-face model.  THANK YOU!


SURVEY SAYS: SENIORS- FILL THIS OUT!2ALL seniors need to complete their Graduation Survey by May 10th in their Naviance account. If you are attending college or technical school, your responses on the survey will notify the Guidance Department where to send your final high school transcript. Here is a quick instructional video on how to login and complete the survey.

How to complete Naviance Graduation Survey

If you are receiving a full tuition academic scholarship to college, please reach out to Mrs. Caldrone at acaldrone@ofcs.net. We would like to acknowledge you at the Senior Honor Ceremony. Please contact Mrs. Caldrone by Friday, May 15, 2020.

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And don’t forget! The Olmsted Falls High School Guidance Department is now on Twitter!
Follow them @OFHSCounselors and stay “in the know”!

SENIORS SHARE THEIR PLANS ON OFHS VIRTUAL PATHWAY DAY

student successOn May 1st, the OFHS Guidance Department hosted the first-ever “virtual” pathway day! Seniors were invited to tweet a picture of themselves in a college sweatshirt/t-shirt, military gear, or an outfit from their chosen profession. Staff members joined in by sharing their own pictures of their “path” to OFCS! Check out just a few of the awesome seniors and staff who participated in this event. Good luck to all of our seniors, no matter where your path may lead next!


THE ART SHOW IS HAPPENING! (WITH A DRIVE-THRU TWIST!)

The Port (Portfolio) Prep Art Show will go on! These talented Art students have worked four years to prepare for this show, and a little thing like a pandemic isn’t going to stop them. This year’s show comes with a “twist”- it will be a drive-thru exhibition!
Port Prep 2020 Drive-Thru May Show
Saturday, May 23rd
Olmsted Falls High School Parking Lot
4:00 PM Drive-Thru Show Begins
7:00 PM Drive-Thru Show Ends
RAIN DATE: Saturday, June 6
Please note these logistics, in order to make this a safe and successful event for all:
  • Booths will be arranged in the parking lot in a rectangular fashion so traffic can flow.
  • No one will be allowed to get out of the car
  • Cars will drive in a ONE WAY direction.
  • No one will be permitted to enter the school
  • Look for a digitally interactive option to leave the artists personal messages

Be sure to drive through, and tell your friends! You will be amazed at the talent of these students!

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NOTES FROM HOME: SCHOOL COMMUNITY CELEBRATES OUR SPECIAL OLYMPIANS WITH VIRTUAL notes from homeSHOUT-OUTS!

The Special Olympics were canceled this year, but that didn’t stop the OFCS District from coming together virtually to recognize and celebrate our Special Olympians! Social media was full of shout-outs, songs, signs, artwork, videos and a virtual celebration of these awesome athletes. Thank you to all of Bulldog Nation for supporting these students. Check out some of the shout-outs:

 

Also be sure to check out these heartwarming videos:

OFCS Special Olympics Athlete Tribute

Carrying The Torch

Thanks for being part of this virtual event and GO BULLDOGS!


OFCS STAFF ACROSS THE DISTRICT COLLABORATE DIGITALLY TO SHARE SPECIAL MESSAGE WITH SENIORS

Check out this special video message to the Bulldog Class of 2020 created and shared this week by Olmsted Falls Schools staff from across the district!

OH THE PLACES THUMBNAIL

What a great way to celebrate these soon-to-be grads and all the great places they’ll go! Enjoy!

 



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SWING BY SWINGS-N-THINGS FOR A TREATSwings-N-Things

Community partner Swings-n-Things is excited to announce that starting today, the outside Ice Cream Patio is open for business! The patio will be open every day from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Hopefully, the rest of the park will be permitted to open by the end of May. Stay tuned to Swings-n-Things for updates.


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REMINDER- BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE PICK-UP THIS SATURDAY
Thanks to those who supported the Boy Scout Troop 201 online flower sale! As a reminder, curbside pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in front of Falls-Lenox.   Customers should remain in cars on the day of pickup, and all Scouts/volunteers will adhere to social distancing rules and safety precautions. Thanks again for your support!

imgGIRL SCOUTS OF NORTH EAST OHIO OFFERS VIRTUAL “GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME” PROGRAM

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio are helping families connect, explore, find comfort, and take-action in a rapidly changing world.  Whether they are current Girl Scouts or not, GSNEO is offering free Girl Scouts at Home program content, Virtual Troop Meetings for ALL girls, and Virtual Introductions to Girl Scouts.

Visit https://www.gsneo.org/girlscoutsathome for additional information or contact Sherry Turner at GSNEO headquarters at 330.983.0427/800.852.4474, ext. 0427.


 

 

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OFCS Update – May 1, 2020

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**THANK YOU VOTERS!**thankyouvotersThank you to our OFCS Bulldog Community! According to UNOFFICIAL Board of Election results, as of April 29, 2020 at 2:30 a.m., the vote is 3,489 FOR the levy (55%), and 2,806 AGAINST the levy (45%), with 94% of requested absentee ballots reported.

Across the district’s Cuyahoga County precincts, current data indicates that there were a total of 6,695 vote-by-mail ballots requested prior to the application deadline. With the current number of total ballots counted at 6,295, leaving 400 potential ballots still to be received and included in the total count.

While the local Boards of Election in Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties continue to receive and count the votes, we are cautiously optimistic that this ballot issue will pass based on where things stand right now although no official decision has been communicated with us yet. The passage of Issue 29 means our school district will maintain the ability to provide our Triple A excellence, which has become a great source of pride for our community.

Thank you again to all those who worked to help educate voters on what was at stake with this important operating levy, to all those that attended the district’s series of levy information meetings, and to all those that exercised your right to vote! On behalf of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls City Schools, we are truly grateful!Olmsted Falls City School District extends sincere and grateful appreciation to our community for the support of Issue 29, the operating levy that will help the district maintain the Triple A experience that all students in Olmsted Falls deserve.

To check out local media coverage on cleveland.com, including an interview with OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, please click HERE.

THANK YOU AGAIN BULLDOG COUNTRY!


LATEST DISTRICT UPDATES FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD

Logo1Keeping our Bulldog families informed continues to be a top priority during these unprecedented times.  Thank you to all of our Bulldog families district-wide for staying tuned in and monitoring email updates from Olmsted Falls City Schools as well as your child’s school building.  

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd provided an e-mail update this week regarding some of the outstanding issues that have arisen during this closure. These include: the collection of student belongings, financial matters such as fees and lunch accounts, district Chromebook devices, special education, celebrating the Class of 2020 and other grade level celebrations/events, Kindergarten registration for 2020-2021, meals for students, and more. If you have not had an opportunity to read this week’s update from Dr. Lloyd, we encourage you to do so for the latest information.

Click HERE to read Dr. Lloyd’s email update from Tuesday, April 28th. As a reminder, An archive of all district communications during this extended closure period can be found on our website HERE.


NOTES FROM HOME: THE BULLDOG WAY
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Last week, we launched the latest effort to share what our students are doing during this extended period of distance learning. We would love to see how your student is exemplifying “The Bulldog Way”!

What does The Bulldog Way look like in your home? We bet you’ve already seen even your youngest Bulldogs exemplifying these traits and behaviors: good citizens, safe, respectful, responsible, kind, creative, unique, imaginative, inventive, curious, flexible, explorer, persistent, resilient, independent, collaborator, self-confidence, compromise, values others, reflective, problem solver, well-organized, logical, critical thinker, communicator, listener, articulate, self-directed, goal setting, time management, lifelong learner!

We want to hear from you! Share your pictures, tell us your stories, make a sign, send us a message to let us know what The Bulldog Way means to you. Send e-mail submissions to: OFCSLINK@ofcs.net, tag @OFCSLINK and/or @OFCSDistrict on Twitter using the hashtag(s) #OFBulldogsTogether or #TheBulldogWay.
Check out “The Bulldog Way” video created in collaboration with Olmsted Falls High School Digital Marketing Students for inspiration:
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WHAT MAKES OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS SPECIAL? HEAR IT FROM STUDENTS!

Are you interested in hearing our Bulldog students share personally about The Bulldog Way and what makes Olmsted Falls Schools so special? Perhaps you’ve noticed over the past few months a series of videos featuring Bulldogs of all ages that we’ve shared, like the one below featuring OFIS students? All of the videos have now been compiled in one place on our website. To see them all, Click HERE for Our Story: Student Voices

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apple logoOLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE IS NOW ON TWITTER! 
twitterBreaking news! The Olmsted Falls High School Guidance Department is now on Twitter!
Follow them @OFHSCounselors and stay “in the know”!
Here are a few updates:

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Friday, May 1st is OFHS Virtual Pathway Day! Seniors, tweet a picture of yourself in a college sweatshirt/t-shirt, military gear, or an outfit from your chosen profession. Staff members are welcome to join the fun! Use #OFPathwayDay and we will retweet your pictures.
Monday, May 4, 2020 there will be a senior meeting through Google hangout. Seniors will get an email with the links for the Google hangout. Seniors with the last name A – L will meet at 12:30 PM and M-Z will meet at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be recorded and posted following the meeting.
Not on Twitter? It’s easy to sign up, and you don’t have to “tweet”. Go HERE to find out how to sign up.

HIGH SCHOOL ART ASSIGNMENTS SHOWCASE THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

student successStudents in Mrs. West’s art classes at OFHS have some beautiful and creative projects to brag about. Their distance learning assignments had them capturing the beauty of nature from a different perspective. Check out these really “cool” “Flowers in Ice” photography assignments and Art Foundations “Nature Sculpture” creations. Wow! Great way to showcase the Arts in our “Triple A”!


JOIN THE VIRTUAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS SHOUT-OUT ON MAY 8th!

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While there will be no “in-person” Special Olympics this year, Olmsted Falls still wants to find a way to recognize our Special Olympians! On Friday, May 8th, show your support and honor our awesome Olympians by posting a “shout out” on Twitter! Hold up signs, wear your Helping Hands gear, celebrate a special Olympian you know, or just post a message of support. Make sure to share your post with @OFHelpingHands and/or      @OFIShhFriends using the hashtag #OFOlympians so that we can find your post and pictures and share them. Look for a video of all the athletes coming soon. Thanks for being part of this virtual event and GO BULLDOGS!


COMMUNITY EFFORT CONTINUES TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR BULLDOGS
Olmsted Falls Food Service Director Sam Chin and his food service staff want to thank our families for supporting Olmsted Falls Food Service during the pandemic! The outpouring of support from the community means a lot and we are honored to serve meals to our students. We hope that these nutritious meals will continue to benefit everyone as we walk through this uncertain time together.  Check out these boxes decorated by a few of our families as a thank you for the meals we have provided:

 



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SWING BY SWINGS-N-THINGS FOR A TREATSwings-N-Things

Community partner Swings-n-Things is excited to announce that starting today, the outside Ice Cream Patio is open for business! The patio will be open every day from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Hopefully, the rest of the park will be permitted to open by the end of May. Stay tuned to Swings-n-Things for updates.


ANNUAL BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 FLOWER SALE IS ONLINEBSA Logo
The troop is coordinating with Schuster’s Greenhouse for an ONLINE sale this year! We are asking the community to support local Scouts and a local business by participating in our Boy Scout Troop 201 ONLINE Flower Sale.
Sales will run from now through Wednesday, May 6, and curbside pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in front of Falls-Lenox. We have all of our usual products – hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more. This year, we are also offering hydrangeas – all just in time for Mother’s Day!
For more information and to order, go to troop201.cheddarup.com. Customers should remain in cars on the day of pickup, and all Scouts/volunteers will adhere to social distancing rules and safety precautions.

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OFCS Update – April 23, 2020

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LATEST DISTRICT UPDATES FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD

Logo1Keeping our Bulldog families informed continues to be a top priority during these unprecedented times.  Thank you to all of our Bulldog families district wide for staying tuned in and monitoring email updates from Olmsted Falls City Schools as well as your child’s school building.  

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd provided two email updates this week covering important topics including the Governor’s extension of the current school closure through the end of this school year, the district’s grading policy for the final grading period, and the district’s operating levy on Ohio’s primary election ballot.  If you have not had an opportunity to read this week’s updates from Dr. Lloyd, we encourage you to do so for the latest information.

Click HERE to read Dr. Lloyd’s email update from Monday, April 20th; and click HERE to read his email from Wednesday, April 22nd. 


***LAST CHANCE! PRIMARY ELECTION: STILL TIME TO VOTE – BUT DO NOT DELAY!***

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Voting in the postponed March 17, 2020 primary election has been extended to April 28, 2020. Voting will be by mail only. This is the ONLY way to vote in this primary election. All ballots cast prior to the postponement via absentee or early voting will be counted. FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO VOTE:

STEP 1: Obtain an application to vote by mail: Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website and print out an application. www.443vote.us 

STEP 2: Mail OR DROP OFF the completed application to the Board of Elections. DO NOT DELAY. You must allow time for your application to reach the Board of Elections for your application to be processed, and then for your ballot to reach you in the mail. BETTER OPTION: DELIVER YOUR BALLOT DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

STEP 3: Watch for your ballot! Don’t wait to fill it out…take action immediately. If mailing your ballot, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AND MAKE SURE IT IS POSTMARKED BY MONDAY, APRIL 27.  BETTER OPTION: HAND DELIVER YOUR BALLOT DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS NO LATER THAN 7:30 P.M. ON APRIL 28 

PLEASE NOTE: Because the election is only a few days away, the best bet for getting a ballot mailed to you in time AND having your vote count is to DROP OFF YOUR BALLOT APPLICATION at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, located at the northwest corner of Euclid and East 30th Street, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio,  44115. Click here for directions to the main building. Once your application is processed and you have received and completed your ballot, DROP IT OFF at the same location. 

Issue 29 on this primary ballot is the operating levy for Olmsted Falls City Schools. (It appears as Issue 14 for our Lorain County Voters.*) For those needing additional information about the operating levy for Olmsted Falls Schools, please visit OFCS Levy Information.

*For Columbia Station voters residing in Lorain County, please visit https://www.loraincountyelections.us/ or call (440) 326-5948.


NOTES FROM HOME:  ALL TOGETHER BULLDOGS!notes from home

We know the news this week that students would not return to school was disappointing for many. It may feel as though we are all navigating this on our own, isolated in our homes and waiting for things to get better. Despite the distance between all of us in Bulldog Nation, we are still ONE SCHOOL community. No matter how young or grown-up we are, we are ALL BULLDOGS, united by the values and mission of Olmsted Falls schools that we call THE BULLDOG WAY

ALL TOGETHER

 

What does The Bulldog Way look like in your home? We bet you’ve already seen even your youngest Bulldogs exemplifying these traits and behaviors: good citizens, safe, respectful, responsible, kind, creative, unique, imaginative, inventive, curious, flexible, explorer, persistent, resilient, independent, collaborator, self-confidence, compromise, values others, reflective, problem solver, well-organized, logical, critical thinker, communicator, listener, articulate, self-directed, goal setting, time management, lifelong learner!

We want to hear from you! Share your pictures, tell us your stories, make a sign, send us a message to let us know what The Bulldog Way means to you. Send e-mail submissions to: OFCSLINK@ofcs.net, tag @OFCSLINK and/or @OFCSDistrict on Twitter using the hashtag(s) #OFBulldogsTogether or #TheBulldogWay. Over the coming weeks, we will share your pictures and your stories with our school community as a reminder that we truly are ALL TOGETHER BULLDOGS!
Stay tough, Bulldogs!
We’re BULLDOG PROUD of you!

PARENT ORIENTATION FOR CURRENT FIFTH GRADERS WILL BE A “HANGOUT”

Mark your Calendar!All parents of current 5th graders are invited to attend an Olmsted Falls Middle School parent orientation meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 7:00-8:00 PM, via a Google Hangout. OFMS will send an email to all 5th-grade parents with a link to the Google Hangout by      Monday, April 27, 2020.

If you are unable to join the hangout at the scheduled time, the presentation will be recorded and shared with all 5th-grade parents on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Please plan to attend or check out the recorded presentation.


OFHS LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT TO HONOR THE CLASS OF 2020

bulldogThis week, Olmsted Falls High School joined with other schools all over Ohio to recognize the Class of 2020. This class has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, and it is important that our community looks for opportunities to celebrate their accomplishments. Lights at Harding Memorial Stadium were turned on at 8:20 PM (20:20 PM Military time) on 4-20-20. The lights stayed on for 20 minutes and 20 seconds. Hang in there, Seniors! We are proud of you!


 

OLMSTED FALLS PARENT SANDRA GRAHAM RECEIVES STATE-WIDE PTA HONOR

Ohio PTA LogoCongratulations to Bulldog volunteer extraordinaire Mrs. Sandra Graham!

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Ohio PTA recently announced that Mrs. Graham was the overall winner of the Helping Hands Award. Nominees from PTAs all over Ohio are considered for this honor, and Olmsted Falls’ own Mrs. Graham was the state winner! Wow!

Mrs. Graham is known for her tireless efforts in our community and beyond. You may know her from PTA, Marching Band, Publishing Company, Academic Team, Boy Scouts, work with her church, and nearly every other group, club, and volunteer opportunity in our school community. Suffice it to say that Mrs. Graham is a professional volunteer!

What well-deserved recognition for someone who is dedicated to the children and schools in her community and beyond, always true to the PTA mission! Well done, Mrs. Graham!


OFHS STUDENTS ACHIEVE OHIO SEAL OF BILITERACY

congratsOFCS is happy to announce that six seniors tested for and achieved the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy! The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduating seniors who can demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and at least one other language. Olmsted Falls High School gives this award by following state-established guidelines.

student successTo earn a Seal of Biliteracy, students must first demonstrate proficiency in English by earning a proficient level or higher on their ACT, SAT, or state-mandated language arts test. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in another language by meeting criteria set by the Ohio Department of Education.

Olmsted Falls administered an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) approved test to interested students who may qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy. They took the Avant Assessment in Spanish and had to score at the minimum at the intermediate-high level in all 4 skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking.) Our students scored well beyond the required level of proficiency. This is yet another example of the many reasons why continuing language study throughout the high school years is beneficial.

We would like to congratulate the following students for achieving this honor: 

Jacob Burdette

Morgan Ciolek

Bailey Marks

Summer Stevens

Chloe Thach

Colleen Thiel

Well done, Bulldogs!


A COMMUNITY EFFORT!  GENEROSITY OF BULLDOG FAMILIES KEEPS PIZZA FRIDAY ROLLING & GERMAN CLUB MAKES DONATION OF FOOD

In addition to the daily efforts of our dedicated Food Service staff, the Pizza Friday deliveries continue thanks to Rascal House pizza and donations from the following families: Grendzynski, Atkins, Hanna , Mitchell, Hamel, Yako, Asadorian , Spellacy, Galaska & Backus.

Thank you for your generosity and for providing a fun Friday night meal for local Bulldogs! 

Also, a big Bulldog “THANK YOU” to the German American Cultural Center for their generous donation of turkey and English muffins for our breakfast/lunch program. Community partners like the German American Cultural Center are vital to our school and we appreciate their help in enhancing the current breakfast/lunch program. THANK YOU!

The daily free lunch/breakfast program is open to any students in need.  Any family needing to add their student(s) to the are encouraged to click HERE for additional information regarding how to sign up for the daily meal deliveries.  By signing up for this program, you are doing your part to support local business and this will allow our school to continue providing high-quality, nutritious meals for this year and beyond. 


 

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