OFCS Update – May 28, 2016

sunSUMMER BREAK OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY FOR BULLDOG STUDENTS

Best wishes to all of our Bulldog students and families for a safe and relaxing summer break!  Yesterday – May 27th – marked the last official day of school for students across the District.

Congratulations also to the 295 members of the Class of 2016!   Please watch for a recap of Thursday night’s Commencement Ceremony in next week’s blog post.

bulldog paw blueNOTE:  Next week’s blog will be the final official post for the 2015-2016 school year!  There has certainly been no shortage of news to share!

Go Bulldogs!

MEMORIAL DAY 

flagsFor love of country, they accepted death.  ~ James A. Garfield

Please join Olmsted Falls City School District in pausing to remember and pay tribute to those who have given their lives defending our country’s freedom.

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

WASHINGTON DC TRIP CONTINUES TO EDUCATE, THRILL AP HISTORY STUDENTS

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AP History students had the opportunity again this year to travel to Washington, D.C.  Mr. Mercer has led the trip for more than 20 years.  He said everyone had a great time. They visited several sites, including the White House, the Capitol, the Smithsonian, National Cathedral, the National Zoo, various monuments, Harper’s Ferry, Mount Vernon, Shanksville, PA and others.

Chaperones were impressed with the students’ excellent behavior and the education they received on this four-day trip.

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

MECHANICAL ENGINEER HELPS OFMS STUDENTS WITH SUSTAINABILITY LESSONS

Luisa visit 2SS_upper_leftOFMS grade 7 Science Sustainability Project enjoyed Luisa Chinchilla, a guest speaker, who spent two days with the Griffin and Phoenix teaching teams in science classes.

Luisa is a mechanical engineer with ALCOA who makes aluminum wheels. The Ohio Northern and Baldwin Wallace universities grad  discussed her background, education and her position in the science field.  She also showed CP_leftphotos of the Cleveland ALCOA plant as well as examples of the wheels she makes, which the children were able to touch. She also talked about how companies value sustainability and her trip to Australia to study the regrowth of the Luisa visit 5rain forest and its impact on the environment as well as how climate change is impacting that island.

The students researched and created a poster showing four states, including Ohio, and how they create and use their energies – fossil fuel, nuclear, hydroelectric and biomass.  They completed an ecological footprint activity where they reflected how they personally impact the environment.  Luisa led a discussion on how students can assist in the Earth’s sustainability. Students also completed a leaf on the “Pledge Tree” of an action they can take to help make the Earth more sustainable.

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ANNUAL OFMA PICNIC IS THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST

The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual picnic begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1st at East River Park.

OFMA will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Election of officers for the 2016-17 school year will occur at that time.

CP_leftPTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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Volunteer of the Year Claudia Ferrini with PTA Council President Kelly Walker

PTA volunteers and staff gathered at OFIS for the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner on May 19th.  Congratulations to Claudia Ferrini, who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year.  The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to Dawn Pettry for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Erika Singleton for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Patty Voisinet for OFIS PTA; Kerrie Kruichuk for OFMS PTA; and Claudia Ferrini for OFHS PTA.

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PTA Council Member Linda Parkowski (far left) and PTA Council President Kelly Walker with District Helping Hands Award Winner Laura Mileti.

This year’s Helping Hands Award winner went to OFIS secretary Laura Mileti.  Other Helping Hands nominees recognized included Michael Allen from Falls-Lenox, and Tammy Schroth, who was nominated by both OFMS and OFHS.

Falls-Lenox teacher Karen Megery was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the event. Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including:  Suzanne Kramer at ECC; Laura Connelly at OFIS; Eric Bartowski at OFMS; and Julie Budd at OFHS.

Claire Oliver and Riley Zahorchak were honored as the PTA Reflections program state winners in their respective categories.

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Falls-Lenox Principal Colleen Longville congratulates District Educator of the Year Karen Megery.

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PTA Reflections Chair Linda Parkowski with Olmsted Falls own State-level PTA Reflections winners Riley Zahorchak and Claire Oliver

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all those recognized! 

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

REMINDER:  GRADUATION CEREMONY PHOTO INFORMATION

LifeTouch Grad Pics FlyerLifetouch photographed all graduating Bulldogs at last night’s Commencement Ceremony held at CSU Wolstein Center.

Photos will be available online at www.events.lifetouch.com ten days after the ceremony.

To sign up and receive notification when your proofs are available for review and ordering online, please visit www.events.lifetouch.com.

CP_leftLOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS ENJOY BREAKFAST, ARTS SHOWCASE AT HIGH SCHOOL

DSC_9968Area senior citizens were invited to a Spring Arts Celebration Breakfast at Olmsted Falls High School held May 13th.  This was the second special event for local seniors hosted by Olmsted Falls School District.   Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast of pastries, yogurt, juice and coffee in the library media center before being escorted to the gym for DSC_9986a tour of the annual May Show.

SS_upper_leftFollowing time at the art show, the group was then welcomed into the auditorium to enjoy a special combined band/choir Spring Pops assembly.  Guests were also joined by OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education including Joe Bertrand, Holly Neumann and Cynthia Tomasch.

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

 ATTN:  HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS:  YOU CAN NOW VIEW NEXT YEAR’S SELECTED COURSES ONLINE – CHANGE DEADLINE JUNE 7TH

PowerSchool LogoA list of courses each OFHS student has scheduled for the 2016/2017 school year may be viewed online in Power School.  Click on the class registration link on the left of the screen when logged into the site.  Be sure to contact your  student’s school counselor should you have any questions.

Counselors are available through June 7th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year. Evening appoints are available on June 6th and daytime appointments, June 7th.  Call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.   The deadline to make any course adjustments/changes is June 7th.

OFIS CLASSES LEARN ABOUT EYE CARE FROM LOCAL EYE DOCTORCP_left

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Dr. Sedlacek of The Eye Center in downtown Olmsted Falls visited the classes of the Pilko/Stanczak/Judson teaching team.

Dr. Sedlacek is one of a number of eye doctors who facilitate a program for elementary-aged children called “Realeyes.” He taught the three classes about eye health and optical illusions using a learning activity called The Case of Vinny Vision.

We appreciate the partnership he and The Eye Center have with our schools.

 

2016 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE ON BULLDOG ATHLETICS WEBSITE

There are a variety of Bulldog Summer Sports Camps available, beginning in June, to keep students active over the break.

Please click on any of the camps below, or visit  the Olmsted Falls Athletics website and then click the “Camps” link for a pull-down menu of additional information on each of the following sports camps:

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Bulldogs Tennis Camp (May 31, June 2-3)

Bulldog Baseball Camp (June 6-10)

Olmsted Falls Girls Basketball Bulldog Summer Camp (June 6-10)

Olmsted Falls Lacrosee Summer Camp (July 18-20)

10th Annual Olmsted Falls Bulldog Soccer Skills Camp (July 26-28)

WANTED: BOYS IN GRADES 4-7 FOR SUMMER BASKETBALL OPEN GYM

OFBA logoYounger Bulldogs will have the opportunity to play basketball this summer in a fun setting. Sessions are from 3-4 p.m. on specific Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the OFMS.

The open gyms will be split with grades 4 and 5 playing against each other and grades 6-7 competing. OFBA coaches will supervise them.

For a flyer listing exact dates and other information, click HERE.  

JUNE 15TH IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

bus2AR_upperRightParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2016-17 year MUST submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15th.  Each year new forms are required even if your requested site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2016-17 school year.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED

BULLDOG BUDDIES CELEBRATE END OF SCHOOL YEAR WITH FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS IN STYLE

DSCN1537On May 18th, Bulldog Buddies celebrated their last visit together for the current school year with Falls-Lenox students.  Bulldog Buddies include residents from the Renaissance Retirement Community and the Olmsted Falls and Berea communities who meet weekly with selected students. Through their weekly visits, the Bulldog Buddies have established a strong bond. The benefits of their bond with our students include better attendance, increased motivation and improved resilience.  Falls-Lenox greatly appreciates all of the time the Bulldog Buddies have spent with our students and the efforts they have made to make each child feel special.

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

SS_upper_leftANNUAL OFIS CAREER DAY A SUCCESS THANKS TO COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

IMAG0082Fourth and fifth grade students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School had an opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers during the school’s annual Career Day event held May 13th.

More than 20 community volunteers came together to share information about their job with OFIS students.  Stations were set up throughout the cafeteria.

This hands-on, interactive event is a great way for students to learn about potential career paths they’d like to explore.  A big Bulldog thank you to all who volunteered their time to participate!

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

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPANISH SPIRIT WEEK!

SS_upper_leftDuring the week of May 2nd, teachers and students of Spanish celebrated the 4th  Annual Spanish Spirit Week at Olmsted Falls High School.  Each day, the Spanish students participated in an activity to celebrate the vibrant Spanish language and culture.  On Monday, the school was filled with red and gold clothing to represent the colors Olmsted Falls’ Juan Rulfo Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society.  On Tuesday, students gathered in Mrs. Soto-Kacik’s room to watch the film, “McFarland”.

spanish spirit weekOn Wednesday, students and staff gathered in the gymnasium after school to learn Latin dance moves taught by a talented instructor from a local Dance Studio.  Everyone enjoyed learning to dance the salsa! To view footage and photos from the Latin Dance session, please click HERE.

The most popular activity took place after school on Thursday afternoon.  Students played an intense game of soccer.  Several classmates and faculty members came to watch and to cheer their classmates on to a big Spanish fútbol victory!  The week wrapped up with authentic cuisine in Spanish classes and at local Mexican restaurants.  The activities and celebrations were a success and a good time was had by all!

BOYS LACROSSE WRAPPED UP REGULAR SEASON WITH 12-5 RECORD AND SEVERAL POST-SEASON HONORS

2016All-ConferenceR1Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team on a successful 2016 regular season.  The Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team finished the 2016 regular season with a 12-5 record and set single season records with 12 wins, 164 goals, and 97 assists.

Division 2 Northwest Region All-Conference Awards went to the following players: Daniel Candow, Jack Fontana, Jake Yeager, Angelo Hanson and Sam Lofton.  Coach Kevin McKeigue was also recognized.

Please click HERE to read more.

SS_upper_leftOFHS STUDENT TO PLAY LACROSSE AT THIEL COLLEGE

Jack Signing DayCongratulations to OFHS senior Jack Fontana will play lacrosse for Thiel College starting this fall.

Jack was joined by his parents, teammates and coaches as he signed his formal letter of intent on May 24th.

Best of Luck Jack!  Congratulations!

MORE MAY EVENTS – IN NEXT WEEK’S FINAL POST!

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Teacher Dan Largeant, and his team of helpers, distribute congratulatory yard signs to Bulldog grads ahead of Thursday’s Commencement Ceremony.

The final weeks of the school year are packed full of exciting events and activities!

Please watch for coverage of the following events, and more, in next week’s final post of the year:

  • Class of 2016 Commencement
  • Senior Honors Day & Local Scholarship Winners
  • Polaris Senior Awards
  • OFHS Teacher of the Year
  • Regional Recognitions for OFCS Teachers Christine O’Brien, Karen Megery 
  • Bulldogs @ 2016 Special Olympics
  • New Traditions: Class of 2016 Visits to ECC & Falls-Lenox
  • Operation Yard Sign
  • Multi-Sport Athletes
  • OFIS “Book Buffet”
  • “Matilda” Star’s Visit to OFIS
  • And More!

ATTN PARENTS: CARDIAC SCREENING AVAILABLE @ OFHS JULY 28TH 

mCOREThe district is partnering with mCORE – Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation – to screen OF athletes for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities that may put them at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA. It is the #1 killer of student athletes each year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this. Space is limited at the 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28th screening. The screening takes about 10-12 minutes and includes an EKG and Echo screening. These tests usually cost about $2,000, but this July 28th screening charge is $75.  To view a detailed flyer, click HERE. To sign up for the screening, go to mcoreathletes.com.

PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2017

Class of 2017 logoDear Parents:  We invite you to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee!  2017 Post Prom will be held at the school from midnight – 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017.  There are still several committee and volunteer opportunities available!  Please join us this summer at our regular monthly meetings:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls Library, Meeting Room A
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls Library, Meeting Room A
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls High School Library

To keep up-to-date on important information:

  • Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
  • Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017

We can only have a successful event for our children with your participation.

Questions can be directly to bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com.

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

American Red Cross symbolHealth Care Action Plans:  If your child has a medical condition, which may require treatment at school such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan form from your child’s clinic staff.  These will be sent home before the end of the school year. These action plans, which are completed by both the parent and the physician, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school.  These should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. If your child will need to take a medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up:  If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 8th will be disposed of properly. New 7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade. Ohio Law also requires a Meningococcal vaccination for students entering the 12th grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. All forms listed above will now be available on the district website under School Health Clinic.

POST PROM HOSTS TWO FUNDRAISERS THIS SUMMER – CHIPOTLE AND LAZER CAR WASH

chipotle sandwichEat at Chipotle during the June 28th Dine to Donate fundraiser that runs from 4-8 p.m. that day at its 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center.  Bring in the flyer found HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to ensure 50 percent of the proceeds go to Olmsted Falls Post Prom 2017.

The second fundraiser runs from July 1 to Aug. 31 at the Berea Laserwash, 1425 W. Bagley Road. Enter the code 2170 and $2 will be donated to the group. Click HERE to see the flyer.  Keep it in your car.

Thanks for participating in these events.

FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES

College Now artCollege Now will be offering free college financial aid advising services over the summer for students who have not yet applied for financial aid for the fall semester.

Please contact Taryn Rechenbach to set up your appointment at 216.635.6115 or via email at  trechenbach@collegenowgc.org.

Appointments will be held at the College Now Resource Center downtown on the 3rd floor of Tower City. Weekday and Saturday appointments are available.

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

school lunch tray lunchesThe North Olmsted School District received a grant again to sponsor breakfast, lunch and snacks for children during the summer.

It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs from  June 13 through Aug. 19.

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

College Now artCollege Now’s mission is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services.  It is offering summer boot camps to prepare for the tests. Each boot camp is a 16-hour course where students will learn about and practice for each section of these high-stakes college admissions tests. Every student will receive a real ACT prep book at the conclusion of the boot camp. Snacks will be served.  The various camps start June 6th and continue through Aug. 22nd. To view a flyer with dates, click HERE: To register, click HERE. For various College Now programs and services, click HERE.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF!  This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle  LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

FORE! – GET READY FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING

golfdogJuly 23th is set for the 21st annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing that the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association sponsors. It is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. The site is Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station.  Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ ribs and chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click HERE for the registration form.

 

COMMUNITY

REGISTER FOR FallsSTRONG SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

FallsSTRONG sand volleyball tournament regThis year’s FAllsSTRONG Sand VB Tourney is Friday, June 3rd at Razzles in Olmsted Township.  All proceeds go to scholarships for the Class of 2017.

There is a minimum of six players per team in this double elimination tourney that starts at 10 a.m. Registration is from 9-9:30 a.m. The fee is $20/player, which includes pizza and pop.  To view the flyer and sign-up sheet, click HERE.

Questions?  Call Jen Kanaba, 440-821-5248.

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE READING, FUN ALL SUMMER LONG

The Olmsted Falls Branch Library kicks off its Summer Reading program with a few rounds of mini golf right in its building.  Stop by the branch Sunday, June 5, all day long and find obstacles and challenges to get you into the mood for summer reading.  The library also has many events throughout the summer that are free.  To view a flyer of all the library’s summer programs, click HERE.

LAKE ERIE CAPTAINS JUNE 23-26TH WEEKEND OFFERS PEANUT-FREE BALLPARK

Lake Erie captains logoIn observance of National Food Allergy Awareness Week, the Lake Erie Captains has announced a Peanut & Tree Nut Awareness Weekend during which the entire ballpark cleaned and no nuts/seeds will be served at concession stands. Both days include kids activities, parades and a baseball game against the Great Lakes Loons.  Tickets should be bought at captainsbaseball.com/tickets.  Be sure to enter the special code “NEOFAN” to enable the group to receive a small portion of each ticket sale. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.

This week a group of parents and NEOFAN supporters met with lawmakers about pending legislation – House Bill 200 – to stock undesignated epinephrine in public places, such as daycare centers, colleges, restaurants, camps and others.

 

Volleyball ClipartJOIN  YOUTH SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FOR THOSE IN GRADES 5-12

Razzles invites youth in grades 5-12 to join its Sand Volleyball Camp/League this summer.   The league involves seven weeks of camp, scrimmage play and an end of the session tournament.  The camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 8th.

To download the registration and waiver forms and for more details, see the flyer by clicking HERE.

SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 4 & 5 – RELAY FOR LIFE 2016

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe seventh annual Relay For Life will be June 4th and 5th at OFHS.  It begins at 1 p.m. this year!  Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment and fireworks.  The entire day is filled with hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment. This is a great FAMILY EVENT.  You have to be there for the opening lap at 1 p.m. to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community. The Luminaria ceremony (candle remembrance) is inspiring.  Don’t miss it at dusk. A fireworks display will then follow with more fun during the night.

The super Kiwanis breakfast again is set for the next morning. Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays!  Go to relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more details.  

LIBRARY HOSTING SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM:  BIG BUDDIES / LITTLE BUDDIES 

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Date: Thursdays, 7/7/2016, 7/14/2016, 7/21/2016, 7/28/2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM
(3:00 PM on 7/7 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:30 PM

Description:

Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 3:00 PM before the first Buddy session on July 7th.  Grades 6-12:

 http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=79954

  Book Buddies – Little Buddies

Date: Thursdays, 7/7/2016, 7/14/2016, 7/21/2016, 7/28/2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM

Description:

Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games! Children should have some reading ability. Please attend all 4 sessions. For children entering grades 1–3.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=79947

 

KIDS AGES 9-14 BE PART OF A SUMMER BROADWAY CAMP

The 5-day Broadway Bound Camp is from July 11-15 at Olmsted Community Center. Campers will work close closely with a Broadway actor and music director. For more information, click HERE.

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OFCS Update – May 20, 2016

FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECEIVE DISTRICT AND STATE HONORS IN ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

20160429_080809Falls-Lenox students earned district and state honors in this year’s PTA Reflections contest! The theme of this year’s contest was “Let Your Imagination Fly!” and that they did!  Seven students were featured on the Morning Show and Board member Linda Parkowski awarded students participation certificates and ribbons from the district and Ohio PTA. District winners: Visual Arts- 1st Place Kaitlyn Williams, 2nd Place Elizabeth Flanagan, 2nd Place Owen Von Glahn, 3rd Place Tessa Chapin, Honorable Mention Jesse Simon. 1st Place Musical Composition- Dominic DiFilippo 1st place in Literature- Jesse Simon, Dominic DiFilippo. Dance Choreography- 1st Place Riley Zahorchak

The following Falls-Lenox students had entries that received district awards and were also chosen by the judges to advance and compete at the State level. Visual Arts- Kaitlyn Williams, Own Von Glahn, Musical Composition and Literature- Dominic DiFilippo

Falls-Lenox had one student place at the State Level. Congratulations to Riley Zahorchak who received the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Dance Choreography 2nd place! She was honored at the PTA Recognition Dinner on Thursday, May 19.

We’re very proud of our students achievements!

RENAISSANCE RESIDENTS HELP ECC STUDENTS CELEBRATE READING IS FUN WEEK

Cheering Letters(1)OlinAbout 15 independent residents from The Renaissance Retirement Campus visited Stefanie Kley’s classroom, an ECC tutor, last week to celebrate Reading is Fun Week.

The students showed the Renaissance group many fun ways they learn and practiced their reading skills through songs, games, buddy reading, the Smartboard and telling jokes.   The residents had great stories to share, along with laughs and smiles.  The students and residents seemed to really enjoy the time together. The cookie snack that went along with “Who Stole the Cookie Jar” was a huge hit!

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

6TH–8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS  REVIEW EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY, MAY 26TH

HMFSS_upper_leftThe new Social Studies materials for GRADES 6-8 have been available for parent and community review for the past two weeks at the Olmsted Falls Library.  To accommodate a request to have the materials available for an additional period of time, Olmsted Falls School District is extending the review period (original scheduled to conclude at noon, today, Friday, May 20th)The Social Studies materials review has been EXTENDED THROUGH THE END OF THE DAY ON THURSDAY, MAY 26TH.

Thank you to our local Olmsted Falls Library branch for serving as a review site for these materials for an additional week.

Any parents and community residents still interested in providing feedback are invited to do so using the online Resource Review Survey, which is accessible with any Gmail account. For additional information on the OFCS 6-8th Grade Social Studies Review and how to access the online Resource Review Survey, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

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Falls-Lenox student athletes competing in last Friday’s Special Olympics event at ELY Stadium in Elyria. Watch for full coverage in one of the final blog posts!

MANY, MANY MAY EVENTS – DON’T MISS NEXT WEEK’S POST!

The final weeks of the school year are packed full of exciting events and activities!

Please watch for coverage of these awesome recent events, and more, in our final two posts of the year:

  • OFIS Hosts Annual Career Day
  • Bulldog Students Participate in 2016 Special Olympics
  • Local Senior Citizens Enjoy Concert, Art Show at OFHS Arts Celebration Breakfast
  • Falls-Lenox Bulldog Buddies Program Celebrates Great Year
  • PTA Volunteer & Installation Dinner and Reflections Contest Honors
  • And More!

GRAND MARCH SET BEFORE THIS SATURDAY’S PROM 

prom mightThis year’s Grand March is at 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 21st – Prom night. Come strut your stuff at the Grand March and be seen by family and friends in dress up attire! Be sure to bring smart phones or cameras to catch the special moments on stage! Please be at the high school by 3:30 since the Grand March will begin promptly at 4. Buses will leave for the Prom at 5:30 p.m.

ALL INVITED TO ATTEND MAY 25TH BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY

christian-preschool-graduation-clip-art-Baccalaureate_ServiceJoin in honoring the Senior Class of 2016 at the 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25th, Baccalaureate in the OFHS auditorium.  All are invited.  Seniors who live in the Olmsted community, but attend a school other than OFHS, are welcome to participate.

Seniors, please gather in the OFHS Cafeteria by 7:15 p.m. wearing your caps and gowns.

Any questions please contact Chris Rivera at redmrschris99@aol.com or 440-292-6357.

GRADUATION CEREMONY PHOTO INFORMATION

LifeTouch Grad Pics FlyerLifetouch will photograph all graduating Bulldog seniors at next Thursday’s Commencement Ceremony.

Photos will be available online at www.events.lifetouch.com ten days after the ceremony.

To sign up and receive notification when your proofs are available for review and ordering online, please visit www.events.lifetouch.com.

ATTN:  HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS:  YOU CAN NOW VIEW NEXT YEAR’S SELECTED COURSES ONLINE – CHANGE DEADLINE JUNE 7TH

PowerSchool LogoA list of courses each OFHS student has scheduled for the 2016/2017 school year may be viewed online in Power School.  Click on the class registration link on the left of the screen when logged into the site.  Be sure to contact your  student’s school counselor should you have any questions.

Counselors are available through June 7th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year. Evening appoints are available on June 6th and daytime appointments, June 7th.  Call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.   The deadline to make any course adjustments/changes is June 7th.

MEET APRIL’S HEALTHY HEROES

Landon Smith

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Congratulations to Olivia Lofton, a Falls-Lenox student; Landon Smith, ECC’s A.M. class student and Aiden Eck of ECC’s P.M. class, who are April’s Healthy Heroes.

The Healthy Hero program teaches students healthy habits, such as power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing/sneezing in one’s sleeve.

April ECC pm. class healthy heroEach student recognized receives a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store.  The Hero also earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home.  These are the final Healthy Hero awards for this school year. The program will return in September.

Olivia is pictured (top left) with Margie Strekal, Falls-Lenox health aide.

Landon is pictured (bottom left) with his parents, sister Autumn and Mrs. Michaels.

Aiden (top right) is photographed with his mom Ashley, sister Kendall, grandmother Christine Gallagher and Mrs. McNeeley.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM @ MAY 25TH OPEN HOUSE

weight roomStudents in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to learn more about our All Sports Weight Lifting Program by attending the 6-7 p.m. May 25th Open House in the OFHS weight room.

There will be demonstrations by our student athletes, information shared by our coaches and documents to review.

Make plans to visit with our knowledgeable staff!

tennis-racket-vector-clip-art_93901BULLDOG TENNIS CAMP FOR SUMMER

Anyone interested in Bulldog Tennis Camp, which will be held at the High School on May 31, June 2 and June 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM can pick up a form in the student office, or download to print by clicking HERE.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL KICK-IT FOR CANCER DRIVE

ava kick it kick-ItOlmsted Falls Intermediate School is currently involved in their sixth annual Kick-It for Cancer drive. Fourth and fifth graders at OFIS, led by K-Kids, have been raising money since Tuesday, May 4th. Collections will end on Tuesday, My 24th. Kick-It, (www.kick-it.org) a program of Flashes of Hope, is a national volunteer driven effort focused solely on raising money for children’s cancer research. Kick-It was founded in Chagrin Falls, Ohio by 10-year old Quinn Clarke during his second battle with cancer. He asked his parents if he and his friend Ava Harb, could have a kickball game to raise money for research and was shocked when more than 500 people came to support them. That afternoon has inspired people from across the country and as far away as Hawaii and Australia to help save the lives of children with cancer. MILLIONS of dollars have been raised, and OFIS students should be proud of their part in that. The Olmsted Falls community has raised over $50,000 for Kick-It in the last five years. We are expecting that number to be about $65,000 after this year’s collections!!

Would you like to see where the money goes? A list of Research Studies that Kick-It has supported can be found here:

http://www.kick-it.org/why-kick-it/supported-studies

To support a FOURTH grade class in their collections, click here:

http://www.kick-it.org/games/2016/05/4th-grade-2016-ofis-field-day-kick-it

To support a FIFTH grade class in their collections, click here:

http://www.kick-it.org/games/2016/05/5th-grade-2016-fifth-grade-ofis-kick-it

During the OFIS Field Days, students will dedicate part of each day to celebrating the awareness and money raised, and PLAYING KICKBALL!”

JUNE 15TH IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

bus2AR_upperRightParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2016-17 year MUST submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15th.  Each year new forms are required even if your requested site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2016-17 school year.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED

PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2017

Class of 2017 logoDear Parents:  We invite you to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee!  2017 Post Prom will be held at the school from Midnight – 3 AM on Sunday May 21, 2017.  There are still several committee and volunteer opportunities available!  Please join us this summer at our regular monthly meetings:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls Library, Meeting Room A
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls Library, Meeting Room A
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls High School Library

To keep up-to-date on important information:

  • Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
  • Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017

We can only have a successful event for our children with your participation.

Questions can be directly to bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

American Red Cross symbolHealth Care Action Plans:  If your child has a medical condition, which may require treatment at school such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan form from your child’s clinic staff.  These will be sent home before the end of the school year. These action plans, which are completed by both the parent and the physician, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school.  These should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. If your child will need to take a medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up:  If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 8th will be disposed of properly. New 7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade. Ohio Law also requires a Meningococcal vaccination for students entering the 12th grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. All forms listed above will now be available on the district website under School Health Clinic.

FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES

College Now artCollege Now will be offering free college financial aid advising services over the summer for students who have not yet applied for financial aid for the fall semester.

Please contact Taryn Rechenbach to set up your appointment at 216.635.6115 or via email at  trechenbach@collegenowgc.org.

Appointments will be held at the College Now Resource Center downtown on the 3rd floor of Tower City. Weekday and Saturday appointments are available.

WANTED: BOYS IN GRADES 4-7 FOR SUMMER BASKETBALL OPEN GYM

OFBA logoYounger Bulldogs will have the opportunity to play basketball this summer in a fun setting. Sessions are from 3-4 p.m. on specific Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the OFMS.

The open gyms will be split with grades 4 and 5 playing against each other and grades 6-7 competing. OFBA coaches will supervise them.

For a flyer listing exact dates and other information, click HERE.  

SIGN UP FOR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS  FOR GRADES 6-11 ON MAY 25TH

All student athletes in grades 6-11 require an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2016-17 school year.  The district has scheduled one from 4-7 p.m. May 25th in the OFHS main gym locker room area.  The cost is $20.  You may select a time slot on an online sign up service.

To view a flyer with all the necessary information, including sign up times, click HERE.

JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS – JOIN POST PROM COMMITTEE

Class of 2017 logoParents of the Class of 2017 are invited to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee.  The group meets on the third Wednesdays of each month from June 2016 to March 2017.  Next April it meets the second and fourth Wednesdays while in May, it is every Wednesday to prepare for the Prom, which is Saturday, May 20. That means Post Prom will begin at midnight Sunday, May 21st, and end at 3 a.m.

Please like the OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee Facebook page to keep informed on important dates and news.  The committee can only have a successful event for students with your participation.

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

school lunch tray lunchesThe North Olmsted School District received a grant again to sponsor breakfast, lunch and snacks for children during the summer.

It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs from  June 13 through Aug. 19.

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

College Now artCollege Now’s mission is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services.  It is offering summer boot camps to prepare for the tests. Each boot camp is a 16-hour course where students will learn about and practice for each section of these high-stakes college admissions tests. Every student will receive a real ACT prep book at the conclusion of the boot camp. Snacks will be served.  The various camps start June 6th and continue through Aug. 22nd. To view a flyer with dates, click HERE: To register, click HERE. For various College Now programs and services, click HERE.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF!  This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle  LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

FORE! – GET READY FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING

golfdogJuly 23th is set for the 21st annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing that the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association sponsors. It is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. The site is Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station.  Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ ribs and chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click HERE for the registration form.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard. Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose.

To download a fundraiser flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE. Thank you to Landmark for its support of OFAB this spring!

COMMUNITY

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR THIS SATURDAY – MAY 21ST

dog bark for lifeThe Olmsted Falls Relay for Life will host a Bark for Life event Saturday, May 21st.  The 1-mile walk will be in front of the OFMS with registration from 10-10:30 a.m.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30, followed by the 1-mile walk.  Following the walk, there is a fashion show for our canine companions, games, activities, food, treats and fun! There is a $10 pre-registration fee per dog – $15 at the door – and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. Contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or vpresnell@sbcglobal.net for more details or to register.

SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER

sharks_paintingJoin the fun being part of the Westview Sharks summer swim team for ages 4-18.  Meet the coaches and in-person registration is on Sunday, May 22nd from 4-6 p.m. at Westview Pool, which is on Redwood Drive. We will have a hot dog dinner and suit try-ons.  Meet our new coach, Dan Lisy. Dan is a registered USA swimming coach who currently coaches for SwimStrong and is also a swim instructor for Fast Lane Swimming.

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

REGISTER FOR FallsSTRONG SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

FallsSTRONG sand volleyball tournament regThis year’s FAllsSTRONG Sand VB Tourney is Friday, June 3rd at Razzles in Olmsted Township.  All proceeds go to scholarships for the Class of 2017.

There is a minimum of six players per team in this double elimination tourney that starts at 10 a.m. Registration is from 9-9:30 a.m. The fee is $20/player, which includes pizza and pop.  To view the flyer and sign-up sheet, click HERE.

Questions?  Call Jen Kanaba, 440-821-5248.

LAKE ERIE CAPTAINS JUNE 23-26TH WEEKEND OFFERS PEANUT-FREE BALLPARK

Lake Erie captains logoIn observance of National Food Allergy Awareness Week, the Lake Erie Captains has announced a Peanut & Tree Nut Awareness Weekend during which the entire ballpark cleaned and no nuts/seeds will be served at concession stands. Both days include kids activities, parades and a baseball game against the Great Lakes Loons.  Tickets should be bought at captainsbaseball.com/tickets.  Be sure to enter the special code “NEOFAN” to enable the group to receive a small portion of each ticket sale. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.

This week a group of parents and NEOFAN supporters met with lawmakers about pending legislation – House Bill 200 – to stock undesignated epinephrine in public places, such as daycare centers, colleges, restaurants, camps and others.

Volleyball ClipartJOIN  YOUTH SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FOR THOSE IN GRADES 5-12

Razzles invites youth in grades 5-12 to join its Sand Volleyball Camp/League this summer.   The league involves seven weeks of camp, scrimmage play and an end of the session tournament.  The camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 8th.

To download the registration and waiver forms and for more details, see the flyer by clicking HERE.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 4 & 5 – RELAY FOR LIFE 2016

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe seventh annual Relay For Life will be June 4th and 5th at OFHS.  It begins at 1 p.m. this year!  Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment and fireworks.  The entire day is filled with hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment. This is a great FAMILY EVENT.  You have to be there for the opening lap at 1 p.m. to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community. The Luminaria ceremony (candle remembrance) is inspiring.  Don’t miss it at dusk. A fireworks display will then follow with more fun during the night.

The super Kiwanis breakfast again is set for the next morning. Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays!  Go to relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more details.  

LIBRARY HOSTING SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM:  BIG BUDDIES / LITTLE BUDDIES 

Kindergarten visit OF library 1Book Buddies – Big Buddies

Date: Thursdays, 7/7/2016, 7/14/2016, 7/21/2016, 7/28/2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM
(3:00 PM on 7/7 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:30 PM

Description:

Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 3:00 PM before the first Buddy session on July 7th.  Grades 6-12:

 http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=79954

  Book Buddies – Little Buddies

Date: Thursdays, 7/7/2016, 7/14/2016, 7/21/2016, 7/28/2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM

Description:

Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games! Children should have some reading ability. Please attend all 4 sessions. For children entering grades 1–3.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=79947

 

KIDS AGES 9-14 BE PART OF A SUMMER BROADWAY CAMP

The 5-day Broadway Bound Camp is from July 11-15 at Olmsted Community Center. Campers will work close closely with a Broadway actor and music director. For more information, click HERE.

 

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OFCS Update – May 11, 2016

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6TH – 8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

HMFSS_upper_leftThe new Social Studies materials for GRADES 6-8 are currently available for review at the Olmsted Falls Library through Friday, May 20th.  Parents and community residents who wish to provide feedback are invited to do so using the online Resource Review Survey, which is accessible with any Gmail account.  (Please see additional information below.) Hard copies of the survey are also available with the materials at the library.  An email notification regarding this latest opportunity to review curriculum materials was  also sent directly to all Bulldog parents this past Monday, May 9th.  

OFCS Social Studies teachers in grades 6 through 8 previewed a multitude of Social Studies resources.  Multiple vendors provided a face-to-face overview of their materials. Teachers spent multiple days previewing the materials and using a quality review rubric to determine the strongest resource. Our teachers have identified World Geography, World History and US History from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a very strong resource.

The social studies textbooks and supporting materials for each grade (6 through 8) will remain available for community review at the Olmsted Falls Public Library through noon on Friday, May 20th.  Additionally, parents can further explore social studies electronic resources by visiting http://preview.hrw.com/sample/reg_sample.jsp and registering for free Virtual Sampling. (Enter the sample word: NASS12 and fill in the required information to be emailed a username and password to preview the materials.)

For parents and community members who have reviewed the new curriculum materials and would like to complete the online Resource Review Survey, the grade-level specific Resource Review Surveys can be accessed by visiting the OFCS website at www.ofcs.net and clicking on the “Social Studies Curriculum Review Survey” Quick Link, located at the top, left side of the page.  

Please note that there is a separate Resource Review Survey for each grade level, and each survey can be accessed with any Gmail account to complete the form.  If you do not already have an existing Gmail account login in, you can create a free account by clicking the blue “Create Account” link on the sign in page.  Once you have signed in, you will then be directed to Resource Review Survey form for the grade level you have selected.  All parents and residents are invited and welcome to review materials for each individual grade level (for grades 6 to 8).  Again, links to each grade level survey are found on the “Social Studies Curriculum Review Survey” QuickLink on the District website.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

SS_upper_leftOFMS GIRLS FASTPITCH WINS SWC CHAMPIONSHIP

20160505_175143_003Congratulations to the OFMS Fastpitch team – led by Coaches Amanda and Sara Banhidy – for finishing the season as SWC Champions with a record of 9-3!  Even as the Lady Bulldogs battled a rainy spring, which prevented many outdoor practices, their dedication, determination and committment never wavered.

To read more about their winning season, please click HERE.

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OFHS BULLDOG BASEBALL TEAM CELEBRATES SENIOR PLAYERS, FAMILIES

DSC_0859The OFHS Varsity Baseball Team recognized 14 senior players and their parents/guardians during Senior Day at last Saturday’s home game against North Royalton High School.

DSC_0996Graduating seniors were acknowledged for their time and participation in the Bulldog baseball program.

Mothers of senior players received roses as well.

Congratulations to all of the seniors and thanks to their families for all of their support of the baseball program at OFHS!

ALSO – CLEVELAND INDIANS’ HARD BALL CLASSIC UPDATE:  More photos have just been added to the gallery from the OFHS Varsity Baseball Team’s recent game at Progressive Field.  The Bulldogs defeated St. Ed’s by a final score of 2-0.  To view more photos of our Bulldog team in action at the Cleveland Indians Charities’ Annual Hardball Classic held Friday, April 29th, please click HERE.

SS_upper_leftBEREA ELKS HONOR SIX OFMS WINNERS IN ESSAY CONTEST

Berea Elks Americanism Winners 2016 aSix OFMS students were honored May 3rd at the Berea Elks Lodge for winning the local Americanism Essay Contests.

Students in the fall submitted an essay about “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country.”  More than 400 essays were submitted to the Berea Elks from Olmsted Falls and Berea schools.

Olmsted Falls had six winners who were from our middle school.  The winners were, from left in the photo, Adam Von Glahn, grade 8; Alexis McNamara, grade 6; Zowie Hoover, grade 6; Jacqueline Huston, grade 6; Amber Blevins, grade 8 and Emily Sumerauer, grade 7.  Congratulations!

OFHS STUDENTS/PARENTS – VIEW SELECTED 2016-17 COURSES ONLINE

PowerSchool LogoA list of courses each OFHS student has scheduled for the 2016/2017 school year may be viewed online in Power School.  Click on the class registration link on the left of the screen when logged into the site.  Be sure to contact your  student’s school counselor should you have any questions.

Counselors are available through June 7th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year. Evening appoints are available on June 6th and daytime appointments, June 7th.  Call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment.   The deadline to make any course adjustments/changes is June 7th.

CP_leftVIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE OF JOINT OFHS-BELCHERTOWN CONCERT

Band 4 - CopyThere are now videos available to view from the April 28th joint concert between OFHS and Belchertown bands.  Last week we shared photos of this exceptional event.

The following videos are now available on Facebook at these links:

SS_upper_leftOFHS Wind Symphony  & BHS Wind Ensemble  “March of the Two Left Feet”: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952510428180292

OFHS Wind Symphony  & BHS  Wind Ensemble “Wedding Dance”:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952518498179485

OFHS Wind Ensemble & BHS Symphonic Band “ Ticonderoga March”: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952523521512316

OFHS Symphonic Winds & BHS Concert Band  “Flourish for Wind Band”: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952528028178532

OFHS AND OFMS CONCERT UPDATES FOR THIS THURSDAY, MAY 12TH

musicOFMS band and choir concerts in MayThe OFHS Spring Pops Concert this Thursday, May 12th, will have split sessions in the OFHS auditorium. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:45 p.m. while the Symphonic Winds and Wind Symphony are at 8:15.  The Jazz 1 will perform at both concerts.

The OFMS Band and Choir Spring Concerts will occur over the next few weeks.  To view a flyer of their dates and times, click HERE. 

SENIOR CITIZENS INVITED TO SPRING ARTS CELEBRATION – THIS FRIDAY, MAY 13TH 

CP_leftOFCS Triple A LogoOlmsted Falls City School District will welcome area senior citizens at Olmsted Falls High School this Friday, May 13th, for a special arts-themed spring breakfast event.

Enjoy the OFHS May Art Show and a complimentary Continental Breakfast Reception from 8-9 a.m. Be the district’s guests at a special 9:15-10:15 am. Spring Pops Concert.  Parking is available on the west side of the building.

Please help spread the word about this latest special event for our community’s seniors citizens by sharing this information with any of your senior family, friends and neighbors residing in the Olmsted community.  Seating is limited, but space is still available!  Please call 440-427-6000 to reserve a spot today!  

To view an event flyer, click HERE.

ANNUAL OFAB SPRING APPAREL SALE – THIS SATURDAY, MAY 14TH

color bulldog head Don’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Spring Apparel Sale.  Everything in the booth (located in the football stadium concessions building) will be at least 10% off.

The sale is THIS Saturday, May 14th from  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stock up on your Bulldog gear for summer!

OFMS OFFERS BOGO BOOK SALE – NEXT WEEK 

book _fairThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will have a Scholastic Buy One, Get One Fair from Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 20th.

This is a great way to stock up on summer reading.

All free items must be of equal or lesser value than the ones you buy. 

dancersGRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

This year’s Grand March is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21st – Prom night. Come strut your stuff at the Grand March and be seen by family and friends in dress up attire! Be sure to bring smart phones or cameras to catch the special moments on stage! Please be at the high school by 3:30 since the Grand March will begin promptly at 4. Buses will leave for the Prom at 5:30 p.m.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM @ OPEN HOUSE

weight roomStudents in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to learn more about our All Sports Weight Lifting Program by attending the 6-7 p.m. May 25th Open House in the OFHS weight room.

There will be demonstrations by our student athletes, information shared by our coaches and documents to review.

Make plans to visit with our knowledgeable staff!

JUNE 15TH IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

bus2AR_upperRightParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2016-17 year MUST submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15th.  Each year new forms are required even if your requested site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2016-17 school year.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED

IT IS FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK

neofan logoOlmsted Falls School District is helping the Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network by assisting with the annual Food Allergy Awareness Week aimed toward educating people about food allergies.  Some people – children and adults – can get very sick when eating certain foods.  That reaction is called a food allergy.  Awareness and understanding is key.  There are a number of ways to respect such allergies and help aide in preventing reactions including washing hands after eating.

To view a more detailed flyer about food allergies, please click HERE.

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

American Red Cross symbolHealth Care Action Plans:  If your child has a medical condition, which may require treatment at school such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan form from your child’s clinic staff.  These will be sent home before the end of the school year. These action plans, which are completed by both the parent and the physician, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school.  These should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. If your child will need to take a medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up:  If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 8th will be disposed of properly. New 7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade. Ohio Law also requires a Meningococcal vaccination for students entering the 12th grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. All forms listed above will now be available on the district website under School Health Clinic.

FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES

College Now artCollege Now will be offering free college financial aid advising services over the summer for students who have not yet applied for financial aid for the fall semester.

Please contact Taryn Rechenbach to set up your appointment at 216.635.6115 or via email at  trechenbach@collegenowgc.org. Appointments will be held at the College Now Resource Center downtown on the 3rd floor of Tower City. Weekday and Saturday appointments are available.

WANTED: BOYS IN GRADES 4-7 FOR SUMMER BASKETBALL OPEN GYM

OFBA logoYounger Bulldogs will have the opportunity to play basketball this summer in a fun setting. Sessions are from 3-4 p.m. on specific Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the OFMS.

The open gyms will be split with grades 4 and 5 playing against each other and grades 6-7 competing. OFBA coaches will supervise them.

For a flyer listing exact dates and other information, click HERE.  

SIGN UP FOR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS  FOR GRADES 6-11sports equipment

All student athletes in grades 6-11 require an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2016-17 school year.  The district has scheduled one from 4-7 p.m. May 25th in the OFHS main gym locker room area.  The cost is $20.  You may select a time slot on an online sign up service.

To view a flyer with all the necessary information, including sign up times, click HERE.

JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS – JOIN POST PROM COMMITTEE

Class of 2017 logoParents of the Class of 2017 are invited to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee.  The group meets on the third Wednesdays of each month from June 2016 to March 2017.  Next April it meets the second and fourth Wednesdays while in May, it is every Wednesday to prepare for the Prom, which is Saturday, May 20. That means Post Prom will begin at midnight Sunday, May 21st, and end at 3 a.m.

Please like the OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee Facebook page to keep informed on important dates and news.  The committee can only have a successful event for students with your participation.

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

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The North Olmsted School District received a grant again to sponsor breakfast, lunch and snacks for children during the summer.

It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs from  June 13 through Aug. 19.

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

College Now artCollege Now’s mission is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services.  It is offering summer boot camps to prepare for the tests. Each boot camp is a 16-hour course where students will learn about and practice for each section of these high-stakes college admissions tests. Every student will receive a real ACT prep book at the conclusion of the boot camp. Snacks will be served.  The various camps start June 6th and continue through Aug. 22nd. To view a flyer with dates, click HERE: To register, click HERE. For various College Now programs and services, click HERE.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF!  This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle  LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

GET INTO THE SWING FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING

golfdogJuly 23th is set for the 21st annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing that the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association sponsors. It is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. The site is Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station.  Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ ribs and chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click HERE for the registration form.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard. Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose. To download a fundraiser flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE. Thank you to Landmark for its support of OFAB this spring!

COMMUNITY

OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 FLOWER SALE – FINAL DAY IS THIS SATURDAY

boyscoutsSaturday is the final day to buy flats of annuals and veggies, as well as hanging baskets at the OF Boy Scout Troop 201 Plant Sale. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday on the corner of the former Jenkins Center.   Stop by, support scouting and shop locally.  The sale will be at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Road, across from Olmsted Community Church. The scouts also are collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry.  Please consider dropping off a non-perishable food item at the sale.

BIKE SAFETY WEEK WHEELING UP – BIKE RODEO IS THIS SATURDAY – MAY 14TH

Put a lid on it bike rodeoBike Helmet Safety Awareness Week is May 9-21. To highlight the celebration, the Olmsted Bike Safety Rodeo is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th at the Olmsted Community Center. There are 90 free bike helmets for those who pre-register online at olmstedcc.com or in person at 8170 Mapleway Drive. The rodeo includes a series of skill stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Grab your bikes, wear your helmets and join the local safety forces in this one-day FREE event to promote Bike Safety Week – and PUT A LID ON IT to protect yourself before you pedal. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

GREAT NORTHERN MALL HOSTS HEALTH FAIR- THIS SATURDAY

health careThe Great Northern Mall will celebrate EMS Week with a Community Health Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th.

The fair will feature various health screenings, blood drive, child seat safety check, family friendly games and activities and a 1 p.m. appearance by the UH safety squad.

To see a detailed flyer of the event, click HERE.

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

dog bark for lifeThe Olmsted Falls Relay for Life will host a Bark for Life event Saturday, May 21st.  The 1-mile walk will be in front of the OFMS with registration from 10-10:30 a.m.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30, followed by the 1-mile walk.  Following the walk, there is a fashion show for our canine companions, games, activities, food, treats and fun! There is a $10 pre-registration fee per dog – $15 at the door – and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. Contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or vpresnell@sbcglobal.net for more details or to register.

SIGN UP TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER

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Join the fun being part of the Westview Sharks summer swim team for ages 4-18.  Meet the coaches and in-person registration is on Sunday, May 22nd from 4-6 p.m. at Westview Pool, which is on Redwood Drive. We will have a hot dog dinner and suit try-ons.  Meet our new coach, Dan Lisy. Dan is a registered USA swimming coach who currently coaches for SwimStrong and is also a swim instructor for Fast Lane Swimming.

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

LAKE ERIE CAPTAINS WEEKEND OFFER PEANUT-FREE BALLPARK

Lake Erie captains logoIn observance of National Food Allergy Awareness Week, the Lake Erie Captains have announced a Peanut & Tree Nut Awareness Weekend during which the entire ballpark cleaned and no nuts/seeds will be served at concession stands. Both days include kids activities, parades and a baseball game against the Great Lakes Loons.  Tickets should be bought at captainsbaseball.com/tickets.  Be sure to enter the special code “NEOFAN” to enable the group to receive a small portion of each ticket sale. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.

This week a group of parents and NEOFAN supporters met with lawmakers about pending legislation – House Bill 200 – to stock undesignated epinephrine in public places, such as daycare centers, colleges, restaurants, camps and others.

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JOIN  YOUTH SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FOR THOSE IN GRADES 5-12

Razzles invites youth in grades 5-12 to join its Sand Volleyball Camp/League this summer.   The league involves seven weeks of camp, scrimmage play and an end of the session tournament.  The camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 8th.

To download the registration and waiver forms and for more details, see the flyer by clicking HERE.

SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 4 & 5 – RELAY FOR LIFE 2016

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe seventh annual Relay For Life will be June 4th and 5th at OFHS.  It begins at 1 p.m. this year!  Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment and fireworks.  The entire day is filled with hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment. This is a great FAMILY EVENT.  You have to be there for the opening lap at 1 p.m. to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community. The Luminaria ceremony (candle remembrance) is inspiring.  Don’t miss it at dusk. A fireworks display will then follow with more fun during the night.

The super Kiwanis breakfast again is set for the next morning. Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays!  Go to relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more details.  

KIDS AGES 9-14 BE PART OF A SUMMER BROADWAY CAMP

The 5-day Broadway Bound Camp is from July 11-15 at Olmsted Community Center. Campers will work close closely with a Broadway actor and music director. For more information, click HERE.

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OFCS Update – May 6, 2016

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SS_upper_leftLAST WEEK’S OFHS-BELCHERTOWN JOINT CONCERT WAS A COLLABORATIVE SUCCESS

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Thank you to everyone who helped in collaborating the historical concert between OFHS and Belchertown bands.

CP_leftIt was amazing to see so many different aspects of our school and band programs come together so quickly.

Band3Also, a HUGE thanks to OFMA and Food Service for their help as well.

What an amazing opportunity of collaboration for the OF students.

Congratulations on such a success. These are once in a lifetime moments.

To see a Cleveland.com story of the concert, click HERE.


OFHS STUDENTS COMPETE AT SKILLSUSA STATE CONTEST

skills combined photoSS_upper_leftStudents in Career Tech programs from across the state of Ohio met in Columbus April 26th and 27th for the SkillsUSA Ohio Championship.

Some of the highlights included: Joshua Aubel and Logan Klink placing first in Mobile Robotics; Joselyn Rabbitt and Stephanie Schroth taking first in Robotics and Automation Technology; and Megan Sanok taking second place in CNC Milling.

To see a photo gallery of these students in action, click HERE.

OFHS students who participated were:

Health Knowledge Bowl – Skye MacEwan, Ruchi Patel, Emily Patterson

Team Works – Hunter Fairchild

Criminal Justice – Donovan Condosta

Crime Scene Investigation – Christopher Kollm

Advertising Design – Ashley Robertson

Mobile Robotics – Joshua Aubel, Logan Klink

Robotics and Automation Technology – Joselyn Rabbitt, Stephanie Schroth

Technical Drafting – Cole Zehe

Automated Manufacturing Technology – Joseph Bement, Connor Hughes, Matthew Metzger

Additive Manufacturing – Joshua Dragony, jake Wrege

Job Interview – Morgan Jedrzejek

CNC Milling – Megan Sanok  

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students for representing OFHS and Polaris Career Center extremely well!

SS_upper_leftTWO OFHS STUDENTS THREE- PEAT IN STATE COMPETITION

Ohio skills 2Joselyn Rabbitt and Stephanie Schroth have achieved what no other team has done.

On April 26th at the Ohio SkillsUSA Championships,  they competed in the Robotics and Automation Technology Competition and won first place for a third time. To our knowledge, this has never been accomplished before!

Joselyn and Stephanie, both OFHS juniors, are enrolled in the Polaris/Olmsted Falls Pre Engineering classes. They also have received similar results in other robotic competitions, including third place and two first-place finishes in National Robotics “Pick and Place” Competition, a 2014-2015 VEX Create Award, 2015-2016 VEX Design Awards and two third-place awards at National SkillsUSA championships for Robotics and Automation Technology.

“I am so proud of what these young women have accomplished in these three years. They are truly role models to other aspiring engineers and women to succeed in STEM programs. I am looking forward to seeing what they do in the future,” said Mike Haydn, pre-engineering instructor. They will be competing in Louisville, Kentucky June 20th-24th in the SkillsUSA National Championships. We wish them success. Go Bulldogs!

SS_upper_leftBULLDOGS DEFEAT ST. ED’S @ PROGRESSIVE FIELD

bseball 1The OFHS varsity baseball team had a victorious – and fun – time at the Cleveland Indians Charities’ Hardball Classic last Friday at Progressive Field.

The final score was Bulldogs 2, St. Edward 0.  OF broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring two runs on a throwing error from the St. Ed’s pitcher. CP_leftbaseball 2Congrats on such a fine showing at the Classic. Bulldogs!

To view more photos of the day, including batting practice inside the stadium, click HERE.

To read a Chronicle Telegram story about it, click HERE and for a story in the Morning Journal, click HERE.

OFHS MAY SHOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE IS TODAY –  MAY 6TH

deadline cliparatHurry!  The OFHS May Show is seeking artwork entries from such clipart artgroups as faculty, staff, alumni and community members – but the deadline of Friday, May 6th, is almost here. If you would like to enter artwork, complete the entry form found by clicking HERE.  All work must be registered by Friday, May 6, with forms completed and returned to Mariel Krakowiak. Dates for drop off and pick up are included in the entry form.  Any questions should be directed to Mariel, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net. Students enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members.  Please consider entering your work.

OFMS band and choir concerts in MayOFHS and OFMS CONCERT UPDATES

musicThe OFHS Spring Pops Concert next Thursday, May 12th, will have split sessions in the OFHS auditorium. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:45 p.m. while the Symphonic Winds and Wind Symphony are at 8:15.  The Jazz 1 will perform at both concerts.

The OFMS Band and Choir Spring Concerts will occur over the next few weeks.  To view a flyer of their dates and times, click HERE.

OFHS SENIOR CITIZENS INVITED TO SPRING ARTS CELEBRATION MAY 13TH – RSVP DEADLINE MAY 11TH

CP_leftOFCS Triple A LogoOlmsted Falls City School District invites community senior citizens for a special arts-themed OFHS spring event on Friday, May 13th.

Enjoy the OFHS May Art Show and a complimentary Continental Breakfast Reception from 8-9 a.m. Be the district’s guests at a special 9:15-10:15 am. Spring Pops Concert.  Parking is available on the west side of the building.

Please reserve a spot by May 11th by calling 440-427-6000. Seating is limited.

To view an event flyer, click HERE.

CP_leftCARNIVAL FOR A CURE IS ANOTHER TEAM EFFORT WINNER

DSCN1435Carnival for a Cure celebrated another successful year with Owen Timura showing us his strength and determination!

This was an awesome family event and a great time was had by all.

It was a terrific team effort by the Falls-Lenox Relay for Life Team, Kiwanis, PTA, Angelina’s and DSCN1422Shaker MarketPlace IGA.

The extra special help from the high school girls and boys basketball teams was also truly appreciated!

Thanks to all the families who participated in the cause.

We look forward to seeing you at the ‘big carnival’ Relay at the high school on June 4th!

To see a photo gallery of the Carnival, click HERE.

CP_leftECC STUDENTS ENJOY AND LEARN FROM VEHICLE DAY

vehicle day 8Students at ECC last week braved occasional spots of rain during their Vehicle Day in the school’s parking lot.  They got to hold the large gloves of utility workers, walk through the back of an Olmsted Falls police car and learned how produce comes to people via The Farm Truck, among other vehicles.

Some during the morning session saw the Olmsted Township squad and fire truck leave to answer a call for help.  It really was a learning experience.

To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.  To read about the event in the Sun Post-Herald, click HERE.

CP_leftAUTHOR VISITS ECC BOOK CLUB

book club 3Local author/illustrator Lindsay Ward visited ECC’s All-together Book Club at the Olmsted Falls branch library. The Friends of the Library sponsored the event. Her visit was encouraged due to the Book Club members’ desire to learn how libraries obtain books.  They wondered where the books come from so Lindsay showed them the entire process – from beginning with her typed manuscript and covered with handwritten notes.  The children really enjoyed this special event!

ECC families and the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library enjoy a wonderful collaboration on the All-together Book Club throughout the school year.

ANNUAL OFAB SPRING APPAREL SALE – SATURDAY, MAY 14TH

color bulldog headSave the Date!  Don’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Spring Apparel Sale.  Everything in the booth (located in the football stadium concessions building) will be at least 10% off.

The sale is Saturday, May 14th from  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stock up on your Bulldog gear for summer!

GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThis year’s Grand March is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21st – Prom night. Come strut your stuff at the Grand March and be seen by family and friends in dress up attire! Be sure to bring smart phones or cameras to catch the special moments on stage! Please be at the high school by 3:30 since the Grand March will begin promptly at 4. Buses will leave for the Prom at 5:30 p.m.

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

American Red Cross symbolHealth Care Action Plans:  If your child has a medical condition, which may require treatment at school such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan form from your child’s clinic staff.  These will be sent home before the end of the school year. These action plans, which are completed by both the parent and the physician, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school.  These should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. If your child will need to take a medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up:  If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 8th will be disposed of properly. New 7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade. Ohio Law also requires a Meningococcal vaccination for students entering the 12th grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. All forms listed above will now be available on the district website under School Health Clinic.

KEEP SCHOOL LEARNING GOING ALL SUMMER LONG – ORDER SERIES BY THIS MONDAY

summer bridge activitiesPrevent summer learning loss.  Summer Bridge Activities is an award-winning summer learning series that is an easy and proven way to help children retain their classroom skills. Research shows on average, children can lose 2.8 months of grade-level equivalency skills over summer vacation. By using the Summer Bridge Activities books, students enter their new grades prepared and confident. OFIS PTA has partnered with Learning Express to offer Summer Bridge Activities for $14.95 plus tax (Cuyahoga County residents pay $16.15 total.)

Complete the order form by clicking HERE and return it no later than May 9th to your child’s school – Attn: Summer Bridge, c/o OFIS PTA. Learning Express will donate 20 percent of sales back to Olmsted Falls. Questions?  Contact Melissa Schwecke, melissa.schwecke@gmail.com.

GOTR Practice 5KCHEER ON F-L THIRD GRADERS IN PRACTICE 5K RUN THIS TUESDAY

logo_girlsontherunFalls-Lenox Primary School again is involved with the Girls on the Run program.

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit, character-building program that encourages girls in grades 3-8 to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.  The program combines training for a 5K with education to address all aspects of girls’ development – emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being.

Join the F-L grade 3 girls as they participate in the practice 5K run at 3 p.m. this Tuesday, May 10th outside the school. The route starts at the school’s west parking lot and continues on Bagley, Mapleway, Garfield, Olmway, Garfield, Brookside, Mill, Brookside, Usher, Brentwood, Bagley and back home to F-L.

Show your support for their training and effort. You also may join the Girls on the Run 5K in Akron, which is the northeast regional race. It is slated for May 22nd. A flyer with details of the race is available by clicking HERE.

weight lifting bellsLEARN MORE ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM @ OPEN HOUSE

Students in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to learn more about our All Sports Weight Lifting Program by attending the 6-7 p.m. May 25th Open House in the OFHS weight room.

There will be demonstrations by our student athletes, information shared by our coaches and documents to review.

Make plans to visit with our knowledgeable staff!

WANTED: BOYS IN GRADES 4-7 FOR SUMMER BASKETBALL OPEN GYM

OFBA logoYounger Bulldogs will have the opportunity to play basketball this summer in a fun setting. Sessions are from 3-4 p.m. on specific Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the OFMS.

The open gyms will be split with grades 4 and 5 playing against each other and grades 6-7 competing. OFBA coaches will supervise them.

For a flyer listing exact dates and other information, click HERE.  

SIGN UP FOR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS  FOR GRADES 6-11sports equipment

All student athletes in grades 6-11 require an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2016-17 school year.  The district has scheduled one from 4-7 p.m. May 25th in the OFHS main gym locker room area.  The cost is $20.  You may select a time slot on an online sign up service.

To view a flyer with all the necessary information, including sign up times, click HERE.

JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS – JOIN POST PROM COMMITTEE

Class of 2017 logoParents of the Class of 2017 are invited to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee.  The group meets on the third Wednesdays of each month from June 2016 to March 2017.  Next April it meets the second and fourth Wednesdays while in May, it is every Wednesday to prepare for the Prom, which is Saturday, May 20. That means Post Prom will begin at midnight Sunday, May 21st, and end at 3 a.m.

Please like the OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee Facebook page to keep informed on important dates and news.  The committee can only have a successful event for students with your participation.

DINE TO DONATE AT SUDS TO BENEFIT OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM – THIS TUESDAY – MAY 10TH

sudsCome out for a last chance to help support the 2016 Post Prom! Tuesday May 10, from 5:30-7:30 1270 W. Bagley Rd. Berea, OH 44017 Just tell the server you’re there to support the Olmsted Falls Post Prom and 20% of your bill (minus alcohol) will be donated back. Please help spread the word to friends and family, thank you for your support!

Post Prom is a safe and fun place for our children to go after Prom is over.

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

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The North Olmsted School District received a grant again to sponsor breakfast, lunch and snacks for children during the summer.

It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs from  June 13 through Aug. 19.

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

College Now artCollege Now’s mission is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services.  It is offering summer boot camps to prepare for the tests. Each boot camp is a 16-hour course where students will learn about and practice for each section of these high-stakes college admissions tests. Every student will receive a real ACT prep book at the conclusion of the boot camp. Snacks will be served.  The various camps start June 6th and continue through Aug. 22nd. To view a flyer with dates, click HERE: To register, click HERE. For various College Now programs and services, click HERE.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF!  This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle  LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

GET INTO THE SWING FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING

golfdogJuly 23th is set for the 21st annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing that the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association sponsors. It is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. The site is Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station.  Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ ribs and chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click HERE for the registration form.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard. Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose. To download a fundraiser flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE. Thank you to Landmark for its support of OFAB this spring!

COMMUNITY

OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 READY TO BLOOM ITS ANNUAL FLOWER SALE THIS SATURDAY/SUNDAY PLUS MAY 14TH

boyscoutsIt’s that time of year again. OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8th (Mother’s Day) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14th on the corner of the former Jenkins Center.  The scouts will offer hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts.  Stop by, support scouting and shop locally.  The sale will be at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Road, across from Olmsted Community Church. The scouts also are collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry.  Please consider dropping off a non-perishable food item at the sale.

 

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Celebrate National Tap Dance Day and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday with a tap dancing story and performance — plus you’ll learn some tap dancing steps! The Arlene Cassara Dance & Theater Center will visit the Olmsted Falls Library branch this Saturday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m.  Open to children ages 4-12.

BIKE SAFETY WEEK WHEELING UP – BIKE RODEO IS MAY 14TH

Put a lid on it bike rodeoBike Helmet Safety Awareness Week is May 9-21. To highlight the celebration, the Olmsted Bike Safety Rodeo is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th at the Olmsted Community Center. There are 90 free bike helmets for those who pre-register online at olmstedcc.com or in person at 8170 Mapleway Drive. The rodeo includes a series of skill stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Grab your bikes, wear your helmets and join the local safety forces in this one-day FREE event to promote Bike Safety Week – and PUT A LID ON IT to protect yourself before you pedal. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

GREAT NORTHERN MALL HOSTS HEALTH FAIR

health careThe Great Northern Mall will celebrate EMS Week with a Community Health Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th.

The fair will feature various health screenings, blood drive, child seat safety check, family friendly games and activities and a 1 p.m. appearance by the UH safety squad.

To see a detailed flyer of the event, click HERE.

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

dog bark for lifeThe Olmsted Falls Relay for Life will host a Bark for Life event Saturday, May 21st.  The 1-mile walk will be in front of the OFMS with registration from 10-10:30 a.m.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30, followed by the 1-mile walk.  Following the walk, there is a fashion show for our canine companions, games, activities, food, treats and fun! There is a $10 pre-registration fee per dog – $15 at the door – and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. Contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or vpresnell@sbcglobal.net for more details or to register. SIGN UP TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER

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Join the fun being part of the Westview Sharks summer swim team for ages 4-18.  Meet the coaches and in-person registration is on Sunday, May 22nd from 4-6 p.m. at Westview Pool, which is on Redwood Drive. We will have a hot dog dinner and suit try-ons.  Meet our new coach, Dan Lisy. Dan is a registered USA swimming coach who currently coaches for SwimStrong and is also a swim instructor for Fast Lane Swimming.

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 4 & 5 – RELAY FOR LIFE 2016

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe seventh annual Relay For Life will be June 4th and 5th at OFHS.  It begins at 1 p.m. this year!  Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment and fireworks.  The entire day is filled with hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment. This is a great FAMILY EVENT.  You have to be there for the opening lap at 1 p.m. to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community. The Luminaria ceremony (candle remembrance) is inspiring.  Don’t miss it at dusk. A fireworks display will then follow with more fun during the night.

The super Kiwanis breakfast again is set for the next morning. Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays!  Go to relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more details.  

KIDS AGES 9-14 BE PART OF A SUMMER BROADWAY CAMP

The 5-day Broadway Bound Camp is from July 11-15 at Olmsted Community Center. Campers will work close closely with a Broadway actor and music director. For more information, click HERE.

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OFCS Update – April 29, 2016

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SS_upper_leftBOARD HONORS SCHOLAR ATHLETES, 1ST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE ATHLETES &  SWC CHAMPION WRESTLING TEAM

Bulldog athletes, coaches, family and friends attended the April 21st regular meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education to celebrate the accomplishments of an outstanding group of winter athletes.  Fourteen student athletes were honored for being named 1st Team All SWC Conference Student Athletes and 10 student athletes were honored as Scholar Athletes for earning the highest Grade Point Average on their respective varsity teams.  The Board of Education also recognized the SWC Championship-Winning Bulldog Wrestling Team and its coaches for earning the top spot in this year’s conference.  All students honored received certificates of recognition, and all in attendance celebrated with a cake and punch reception that followed.Winter Athletes Honored

 

Congratulations To All:

1st Team All Southwestern Conference Athletes for Winter 2015-2016:

Kevin Meehan – Boys Basketball

Sarah Balfour – Girls Basketball

Erika Ratcliff – Girls Bowling

William Moyse – Hockey

Eric Andrews – Boys Swimming

Noel Caraballo – Wrestling

Anthony Caraffi – Wrestling

Michael Iler – Wrestling

Joshua Jaeckin – Wrestling

Brendan Jones – Wrestling

Brice Locklear – Wrestling

Jihad Salti – Wrestling

Michael Shaw – Wrestling

Patrick Simon – Wrestling

Scholar Athletes (with highest Grade Point Average on their varsity team) for Winter 2015-2016:

Kevin Meehan – Boys Basketball

Emily Gerycz – Girls Basketball

Anthony Caraffi – Wrestling

Jamie Dregalla – Girls Swimming

Matthew Metzger – Boys Swimming

Zachery Sadowski – Hockey

Nicole Giangrasso – Cheerleading

Hannah Witteman – Gymnastics

Colin Kuchenmeister – Boys Bowling

Audrey Looby – Girls Bowling

2015-2016 SWC Championship Wrestling Team:

Michael Shaw, Jihad Salti, Brendan Jones, Joshua Jaeckin, Brice Locklear, Anthony Caraffi, Michael Iler, Noel Caraballo, Patrick Simon, Alec Kirby, Noah Broski, Nicolas Kuntz, Jaden Mendeluk, Nicholas Dailey, Alexander Kho, and coaches Chris Odon, Chris Connelly, Bryce Burkhard and Ross Whitson.

OFHS BASEBALL @ PROGRESSIVE FIELD TONIGHT – FRIDAY – APRIL 29TH – VS. ST. ED’S

Bulldog Baseball LogoThe Hardball Classic that was rescheduled from last week will be played at Progressive Field is set for 8 p.m. TONIGHT Friday, April 29th. The Bulldogs will face St. Edward High School on the Cleveland Indians’ baseball field.

To visit the Cleveland Indians Charities’ Hardball Classic web page, please click HERE.  

Let’s go Bulldogs!

SS_upper_leftPOLARIS INDUCTS FOUR OFHS STUDENTS INTO NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

Congratulations to Donovan Condosta, senior; Ruchi Patel, senior; Alex Pritt, junior and Gabrielle Zemaitis, junior on their being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.  These Bulldogs were among a record 53 students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) during its March 31st ceremony at Polaris Career Center.polaris inductees

NTHS’s mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities for the organization’s members. Fewer than two percent of America’s secondary students are nominated for membership in this prestigious organization. Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership and character. To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

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

Congratulations again to Donovan, Ruchi, Alex and Gabrielle on this outstanding achievement!  Congratulations also to all of the inductees from the other Polaris member schools – Berea-Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview Park, North Olmsted & Strongsville.

SS_upper_leftOLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZES LOCAL EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION NOMINEES

image_galleryEach year, the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County’s Excellence In Education Awards recognize students, peers and educators in the area of special education.  Honorees are recognized in the following areas:  Outstanding Student Achievement Award; Outstanding Peer Achievement Award; and Outstanding Educator Award.  Olmsted Falls City School District is fortunate to receive several nominations for these awards from staff, parents and community members each year.  While the ESC can only recognize one individual for each award category per school district, Olmsted Falls Schools is proud to recognize all of its outstanding local nominees.  This year, Helping Hands recognized all of our local nominees at the recent Movie & Games Night held at Olmsted Fall High School.

Congratulations to all of the nominees from Olmsted Falls School District:

Outstanding Peer Student Achievement Awards

Russell Brown

Brielle Gaughan

Lucy Norris

Leah Russo

Outstanding Educator Award

Kristen Crawford

Mariel Krakowiak

Karen Megery

Rochelle Umbel

Congratulations again to all of these outstanding nominees!

The local nominees who will be recipients of the Excellence in Education Awards presented at the Annual Excellence in Education Awards Breakfast sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center on May 13th are as follows:  Russell Brown, Leah Russo and Karen Megery.  Each has been invited to attend along with a guest(s).  Congratulations again and enjoy this well-deserved recognition!

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ALL INVITED TO FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – TONIGHT, FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH

carnival-clip-artBring the family to this year’s Falls-Lenox School’s Carnival for a Cure that is supporting Owen Timura, a student who is battling a rare form of cancer and the ACS Relay for Life.  Have some fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge the principal! The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 29th, includes a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  Walk a mile or more and earn your lap beads.  There is face painting and other fun.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost for all this fun is $5 per student/adults: donation.  To view more information about the carnival, including purchasing an Owen Strong T-shirt, click HERE.

CP_leftPTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOLLOW-UP ON-LINE SURVEY ENDS TODAY

deadline clock is tickingAs part of its ongoing commitment to strong partnerships among families, schools and the community at large, PTA is again conducting a local family-school partnership survey. The results of this follow-up survey will be used to assist our local Olmsted Falls PTA units in continuing efforts to grow and sustain a strong family-school partnership.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this online survey.

Ohio PTA LogoAll PTA survey links will remain open through TODAY, Friday, April 29th Each survey should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. To complete one or more surveys now, simply click on the appropriate link(s) below:

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Thank you for helping PTA!

F-L BOOK FAIR HUGE SUCCESS – THANK YOU!

book fair fun imageThis year’s Falls-Lenox Primary School Book Fair was a HUGE success again!   Students enjoyed shopping for books during their library time as well as taking part in Family Night and the PTA sponsored ice cream social.   Total sales and donations collected topped $13,000, making this our most successful book fair to date!

Thank you to all of the staff and students who supported our book fair and an extra-special thank you to the following volunteers who took the time out of their busy schedules to help make it a success: Jen Prugar, Erika Singleton, Jennifer Vinci, Sarah Fishbach-Cangemi, Michelle Smith, Lindsay Raich, Reghan Laki, Becky Atkins, Kim Sperling, Cathy Hess, Chris Hughes and  Amy Staley.

CP_leftECC AM/PM CLASSES VISIT OF LIBRARY

Mrs. Doyle’s AM and PM Kindergarten classes visited the Olmsted Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library last Friday.  This is an annual event with the children riding the bus to the library.  The children had fun and the teachers said it was a great experience for them.

We thank the OF Library for hosting the students. Everyone looks forward to the OF Library visiting ECC soon! ECC also looks forward to your greeting next year’s kindergartners, too.

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OFMA MAY NEWSLETTER ONLINE; UPCOMING MEETING

Olmsted_Falls_MusicThe Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes is loaded with photos of the successful Fill the Truck campaign, Music Man play and concerts as well as results of contests, dates of future ones and various links. To view the newsletter, click HERE.

The OFMA May meeting is at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, May 4th, in OFHS Room W1.  The group will elect officers for the 2016-17 school year.

sports equipmentSIGN UP FOR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS  FOR GRADES 6-11

All student athletes in grades 6-11 require an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2016-17 school year.  The district has scheduled one from 4-7 p.m. May 25th in the OFHS main gym locker room area.  The cost is $20. You may select a time slot on an online sign up service.

To view a flyer with all the necessary information, including sign up times, click HERE.

GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThis year’s Grand March is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21st – Prom night. Come strut your stuff at the Grand March and be seen by family and friends in dress up attire! Be sure to bring smart phones or cameras to catch the special moments on stage!

Please be at the high school by 3:30 since the Grand March will begin promptly at 4. Buses will leave for the Prom at 5:30 p.m.

DINE TO DONATE AT SUDS TO BENEFIT OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM ON MAY 10TH

sudsCome out for a last chance to help support the 2016 Post Prom!

Tuesday May 10, from 5:30-7:30

1270 W. Bagley Rd. Berea, OH 44017

Just tell the server you’re there to support the Olmsted Falls Post Prom and 20% of your bill (minus alcohol) will be donated back.

Please help spread the word to friends and family, thank you for your support!

Post Prom is a safe and fun place for our children to go after Prom is over.

HURRY – OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE DEADLINE IS THIS SATURDAY 

deadline cliparatThe OFMS May Calendar fundraiser sign up is quickly coming to its April 30th deadline!  Anyone – parents, grandparents, neighbors and co-workers – may join in the fun where a different winner is pulled every day.  A list of winners will be posted on the blog.

Entry forms and cash or a check (written to MS PTA) may be dropped off at any of the schools’ main offices THIS WEEK. Why not take a chance.

The contest includes many gift cards to local and area stores, tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie Crusher tickets, golf passes, Lolly the Trolley tours and more. View a copy of the calendar by clicking HERE.

Entry forms must be returned with money to your school office by this Saturday, April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA to be eligible. Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips and scholarships. Thank you – and good luck!

OFHS MAY SHOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

clipart artDon’t be shy.  If art is your talent – let others view it.  The OFHS May Show is seeking artwork entries from such groups as faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  The show is Friday, May 13th.CP_left

If you would like to enter artwork, complete the entry form found by clicking HERE.  All work must be registered by Friday, May 6, with forms completed and returned to Mariel Krakowiak. Dates for drop off and pick up are included in the entry form.  Any questions should be directed to Mariel, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

Students enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members.  Please consider entering your work.

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

College Now artCollege Now’s mission is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services.  It is offering summer boot camps to prepare for the tests. Each boot camp is a 16-hour course where students will learn about and practice for each section of these high-stakes college admissions tests. Every student will receive a real ACT prep book at the conclusion of the boot camp. Snacks will be served.  The various camps start June 6th and continue through Aug. 22nd.

To view a flyer with dates, click HERE: To register, click HERE. For various College Now programs and services, click HERE.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF!  This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle  LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

GET INTO THE SWING FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING

golfdogJuly 23th is set for the 21st annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing that the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association sponsors.

It is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. The site is Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station.  Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ ribs and chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click HERE for the registration form.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard.

Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose.

To download a fundraiser flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

Thank you to Landmark for its support of OFAB this spring!

COMMUNITY

LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM HAS IN PERSON REGISTRATION THIS SATURDAY 

The Longbrooke Swim Team will have its in-person registration from 9-11 a.m. THIS Saturday April 30th at the Longbrooke pool.

Come and meet other families and learn what summer swim is all about. You will have the chance to learn more about team activities, try on swim suits and sign up to help at events.  Be sure to bring your calendar so you can sign up! Meets begin June 16 and finish July 16.

If you have questions or need more registration information, please call Stacy Mowery, membership director, csmo33@aol.com or 440-826-9828.

OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE THIS SUNDAY – May 1st – REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE EVENT 

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThe annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for this Sunday, May 1st at the OFHS stadium. The race starts at 9 a.m. , with in-person registration available immediately before the event.

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors.  You may contact olmstedspirit@gmail.com for more details, if needed.

OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIAL PLANT SALE  THIS SUNDAY –  MAY 1ST

Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale is this Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Jenkins Center, 7239 Main Street, near the covered bridge in the heart of Olmsted Falls. OFGC service projects include elementary school programs for both Bulldog students and St. Mary of the Falls. The sale includes a large variety of flowering bushes, plants for pollinators, wild flowers and many others.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY TO HOST MAY COOKIE BATTLE MAY 4TH – BRING YOUR CREATIVITY AND YOUR SWEET TOOTH!

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710May Cookie Battle

Date: 05/04/2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

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For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required and release form to work with food must be filled out by parent/legal guardian.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=83973

senior citizensSENIORS – CHECK OUT MAY’S ACTIVITIES

The Olmsted seniors have many planned activities through Olmsted Recreation. Whether it’s crafts, dancing, exercising, Wii bowling or health screening, seniors are invited to attend the activity.  To view a May calendar of events, click HERE.

OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 READY TO BLOOM ITS ANNUAL FLOWER SALE

boyscoutsIt’s that time of year again. OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8th (Mother’s Day) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14th on the corner of the former Jenkins Center.  The scouts will offer hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts.  Stop by, support scouting and shop locally.  The sale will be at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Road, across from Olmsted Community Church.

The scouts also are collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry.  Please consider dropping off a non-perishable food item at the sale.

BIKE SAFETY WEEK WHEELING UP – BIKE RODEO IS MAY 14TH

Put a lid on it bike rodeoBike Helmet Safety Awareness Week is May 9-21. To highlight the celebration, the Olmsted Bike Safety Rodeo is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th at the Olmsted Community Center. There are 90 free bike helmets for those who pre-register online at olmstedcc.com or in person at 8170 Mapleway Drive.

The rodeo includes a series of skill stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Grab your bikes, wear your helmets and join the local safety forces in this one-day FREE event to promote Bike Safety Week – and PUT A LID ON IT to protect yourself before you pedal. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

The Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks.

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

dog bark for lifeThe Olmsted Falls Relay for Life will host a Bark for Life event Saturday, May 21st.  The 1-mile walk will be in front of the OFMS with registration from 10-10:30 a.m.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30, followed by the 1-mile walk.  Following the walk, there is a fashion show for our canine companions, games, activities, food, treats and fun! There is a $10 pre-registration fee per dog – $15 at the door – and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana.

Contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or vpresnell@sbcglobal.net for more details or to register.

SIGN UP TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER

sharks_paintingJoin the fun being part of the Westview Sharks summer swim team for ages 4-18.  Meet the coaches and in-person registration is on Sunday, May 22nd from 4-6 p.m. at Westview Pool, which is on Redwood Drive.

We will have a hot dog dinner and suits try-ons.  Meet our new coach, Dan Lisy. Dan is a registered USA swimming coach who currently coaches for SwimStrong and is also a swim instructor for Fast Lane Swimming.

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

KIDS AGES 9-14 BE PART OF A SUMMER BROADWAY CAMP

Enroll by this Saturday and save $50 on the upcoming 5-day Broadway Bound Camp from July 11-15 at Olmsted Community Center. Campers will work close closely with a Broadway actor and music director. For more information, click HERE.

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OFCS Update – April 22, 2016

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DON’T MISS OFMS THEATRE COMPANY’S PRESENTATION OF THE HOBBIT – TONIGHT & TOMORROW 

SS_upper_leftAwesome sceneryThe Middle School will become Middle Earth as the Bulldog Theatre Company is proud to present its production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit!  A tale of good vs. evil, friendship, forgiveness, and bravery,  the BTC’s staging of this classic has everything you could possibly want from a night out:  Dragons, sword fights, goblins, precious jewelry, and so much more.Thursday evening’s opening performance took place in front of a packed house!  With a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 90 hardworking and dedicated students, this is an epic performance not to be missed!

Remaining performances are TONIGHTFriday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23 in the Middle School Cafeteria.  All performances start at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up), and Free for senior citizens and children 3rd grade and under.

OFHS BASEBALL @ PROGRESSIVE FIELD TONIGHT POSTPONED TO NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH!

Bulldog Baseball LogoPlease note that this year’s Hardball Classic scheduled for today at Progressive Field has been postponed to next Friday due to field conditions from this week’s rain. Olmsted Falls Bulldogs will take on St. Ed’s next Friday, April 29th at 8:00 p.m.

To visit the Cleveland Indians Charities’ Hardball Classic web page, please click HERE.  Let’s go Bulldogs!

RAVE REVIEWS FOR OFHS MASQUERS PRESENTATION OF THE MUSIC MANmusic man cast and crew

Kudos to the cast and crew of OFHS Masquers for their spring musical production of The Music Man last weekend!  The show was a great success thanks to the talented cast, amazing crew and fantastic pit orchestra!  Audience attendance was high as family, friends, staff and community residents packed the auditorium for each performance!  A special thank to the Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensics Patrons for their support of this year’s musical!

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F-L CLASS PUTS STUDY LESSON INTO REAL LIFE OPPORTUNITY

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Falls-Lenox Teacher Mrs. Kostraba and her class recently concluded their producers and consumers unit by selling and buying items in the ”Room 308 Mall.”  Students made bracelets, bookmarks and trail mix, as well as created props for a photo booth using items donated from classroom families. Students used money earned by making good behavior choices to book marker 4buy their fellow classmates’ creations on shopping day.

Miss Longville and Mrs. Carey even stopped by to make some purchases! The students worked very hard to open up their stores.  It was a great real world experience with economics and coin values.

To see a photo gallery of the “mall” in action, click HERE.

OFHS BANDS WELCOME MASSACHUSETTS BAND FOR COMBINED CONCERT NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH @ 7:00 P.M. – COMMUNITY WELCOME!

SS_upper_leftmusicOlmsted Falls High School Bands will welcome the students and director from Belchertown, MA for a special collaboration on Thursday, April 28th. Bulldog students will combine and collaborate with students from Massachusetts during the afternoon through a Master class with Dr. Messier.  They will then share dinner and mingle with their new friends ahead of a combined concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday night in the CP_leftOFHS auditorium.

This unique and special event is a FIRST for Olmsted Falls, and a great honor! The OFHS band program were sought out for this special performance partnership based on its reputation and the ability level of our fantastic musicians. The two schools have been collaborating musically across the country for the past few months! Three of the four bands will combine with their three bands from Belchertown for a total of 300 students involved in this event!! The Pride of Olmsted Falls look forward to this special collaboration, and hope to leave a lasting impression of excellence on behalf of OH schools with our new friends from MA.

The community is invited to attend this unique performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th.  Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door.  (Senior citizens and school age kids are free.)

OFHS STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS AT REGIONAL SKILLSUSA COMPETITIONS; ADVANCE TO STATE LEVEL COMPETITION NEXT WEEK

Forty-four students from Polaris Career Center – including eleven Olmsted Falls Bulldogs – recently competed in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition at several northeast Ohio locations.  Each year, this event gives local students the opportunity to display their skills in specific career-technical training areas.  This year, hundreds of students from schools around the region competed in over 30 different skill contests.  Students who finished in the top three in each event will represent Polaris and the North Central Region at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus on April 26-27, 2016.

Congratulations to the following OFHS students who placed in the top three in their respective contests:

Ashley Robertson – a senior in Polaris Digital Art & Design program – placed 3rd in the Advertising Design contest.

Megan Sanok – a senior in Polaris Precision CNC Machining program – placed 2nd in the CNC Milling contest.

Christopher Kollm – a senior in Polaris Criminal Justice program – placed 2nd in the Crime Scene Investigation contest.

Donovan Condosta – a senior in Polaris Criminal Justice program – placed 3rd in the Criminal Justice contest.

Skye MacEwan – a senior in Polaris Medical Professions program – placed 2nd in the Health Knowledge Bowl 1 contest.

Emily Patterson – a senior in Polaris Medical Professions program – placed 2nd in the Health Knowledge Bowl 1 contest.

Ruchi Patel – a senior in Polaris Medical Professions program – placed 1st in the Health Knowledge Bowl 2 contest.

Morgan Jedrzejek – a junior in Polaris Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy program – placed 2nd in the Job Interview contest.

Madison Thompson – a junior in Polaris EMT/Fire Training program – placed 3rd in the Medical Math contest.

Hunter Fairchild – a senior in Polaris Construction Trades program – placed 2nd in the Team Works contest.

Cole Zehe – a freshmen in the Polaris Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Satellite program – placed 2nd in the Technical Drafting contest.

CONGRATULATIONS again to all of these talented students and GOOD LUCK at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus next week!

LET’S GO BULLDOGS! 

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ECC ENJOYS VISITORS DURING RIGHT TO READ WEEK

right to read 5ECC students began Right to Read Week April 4th with a special visit from Michelle Todd, the children’s librarian from the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library. On Tuesday, they were treated to a virtual visit from Steve Harpster, the children’s author and illustrator. His interactive broadcast came into classrooms in real-time via classroom Smart Boards.  Mystery Readers visited our littlest Bulldogs throughout the week to share stories with them in their classrooms. The week’s activities ended Friday, April 8th, with some special buggy hands-on math and science activity stations.

right to read 8right to read 2A special thanks to all our mystery readers and parent volunteers who helped decorate our building and get our children excited about reading. Extra special thanks to Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA and Right to Read Chairperson Rachel O’Malley. They were generous in providing each student with a new book each day last week to take home and keep. The children at the ECC are definitely “Buggy for Books.”

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

CP_leftA PIGGIE AND ELEPHANT PLAY ENTERTAINS ECC STUDENTS

Strawser am classstrawser pm class bThe AM and PM kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center recently enjoyed a special assembly featuring a Piggie and Elephant play, based on the popular book by author Mo Willems.

A big THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for sponsoring the program – the children LOVED it!

Photos shown here are of Mrs. Strawser’s AM and PM classes.

SS_upper_leftGETTING READY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES

Special olympicsOlmsted Falls schools have 46 student athletes who will participate in the May 13th Special Olympics Track and Field event at Ely Stadium in Elyria. The time is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Mr. Dame recently spent his prep period working with ECC Kindergarten Special Olympians. The school is fielding a team of its own this year.

Each student will have a volunteer with them, which means there will be 46 volunteers as well. The rain out date is May 17th.

ECC AND FALLS-LENOX PRESENT THEIR HEALTHY HEROES

Falls Lenox healthy heroECC winner healthy heroAlden Phillips and Claudia Stanley, of ECC and Falls-Lenox, respectively, are March’s Healthy Hero winners.  There is only one more month for this recognition prior to summer break.

The Healthy Hero program teaches students healthy habits, such as power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing/sneezing in one’s sleeve.  They receive a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store.  The Hero also earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home.

Congratulations, Claudia and Alden.  Pictured with Claudia, right, is Carol Meszaros and pictured with Alden, left, are Mrs. DeMuth, Alden’s parents Julie and Pete and Mrs. Roberto.

TWO BULLDOG STUDENTS EARN RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT

Joe BertrandJosh LambertOlmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 will recognize two Bulldog students who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Joseph Bertrand (pictured at left) and Joshua Lambert (pictured at right).

The Court of Honor will be held at 2 p.m., this Sunday, April 24th, at the Olmsted Falls Baptist Church.

The troop has welcomed 150 Eagle Scouts since its inception.  The troop is chartered by the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club and has been an actively registered Boy Scout Troop since 1926.

Congratulations, Joseph and Joshua!

9TH GRADE ADVANTAGE EVENT GIVES STUDENTS A SNEAK PEEK AT POLARIS – THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH

polaris 9th grade advantageFreshmen interested in attending Polaris as juniors are invited to the 9th Grade Advantage event along with their parents on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. During this interactive evening, students and parents are encouraged to explore our career-technical programs through hands-on demonstrations and tours, gain insight into their career interests and talents using 9th grade career interest surveys, get a FREE gift (just for attending!), take advantage of exciting door prizes and much more.

For up-to-date information, visit www.polaris.edu or contact the Enrollment Office at (440) 891-7732 or ccrisler@polaris.edu.

PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOLLOW-UP SURVEY CONTINUES ONLINE

Ohio PTA LogoAs part of its ongoing commitment to strong partnerships among families, schools and the community at large, PTA is again conducting a local family-school partnership survey. The results of this follow-up survey will be used to assist our local Olmsted Falls PTA units in continuing efforts to grow and sustain a strong family-school partnership.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this online survey.

All PTA survey links will remain open through Friday, April 29th.  Each survey should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. To complete one or more surveys now, simply click on the appropriate link(s) below:

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Thank you for helping PTA!

GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThis year’s Grand March is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21st – Prom night. Come strut your stuff at the Grand March and be seen by family and friends in dress up attire! Be sure to bring smart phones or cameras to catch the special moments on stage!

Please be at the high school by 3:30 since the Grand March will begin promptly at 4. Buses will leave for the Prom at 5:30 p.m.

OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE IS HERE – WHY NOT TAKE A CHANCE

New May PTA calendarThe OFMS PTA is ready with its annual Calendar Raffle fundraiser. For $5, you enter into a chance to win 31 days of great prizes. A different winner is pulled every day. A list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like. Why not share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.

Entry forms and cash or a check (written to MS PTA) may be dropped off at any of the schools’ main offices. Why not take a chance?! The contest includes many gift cards to local and area stores, tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie Crusher tickets, golf passes, Lolly the Trolley tours and more. View a copy of the calendar by clicking HERE.

Entry forms must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA to be eligible. Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips and scholarships. Thank you – and good luck!

OFHS MAY SHOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

clipart artDon’t be shy.  If art is your talent – let others view it.  The OFHS May Show is seeking artwork entries from such groups as faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  The show is Friday, May 13th.CP_left

If you would like to enter artwork, complete the entry form found by clicking HERE.  All work must be registered by Friday, May 6, with forms completed and returned to Mariel Krakowiak. Dates for drop off and pick up are included in the entry form.  Any questions should be directed to Mariel, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

Students enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members.  Please consider entering your work.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF!  This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle  LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS  HOST LAST 2 MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS  IN NEXT FEW DAYS: 4/23, 4/26.

Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join us at one of our informational sessions held across Ohio.

US_military_flag_and_eagleUNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINARS SPONSORED BY SENATOR SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend. Call the Academy Coordinators at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-8446 then press 1.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, April 26, 2015

Youngstown State University

Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

6 – 8 PM

carnival-clip-artALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

Bring the family to this year’s Falls-Lenox School’s Carnival for a Cure that is supporting Owen Timura, a student who is battling a rare form of cancer and the ACS Relay for Life.  Have some fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge the principal! The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. April 29th, includes a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  Walk a mile or more and earn your lap beads.  There is face painting and other fun.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost for all this fun is $5 per student/adults: donation.  To view more information about the carnival, including purchasing an Owen Strong T-shirt, click HERE.

DIVE INTO DINING @ NORTH OLMSTED’S CHIPOTLE – SAVE THE DATE – THIS MONDAY –  APRIL 25TH!

chipotle sandwichShow your team spirit by joining the OFHS Swim and Dive Team at its Monday, April 25th fundraiser.

Dine at North Olmsted’s Chipotle from 5-9 p.m. Monday, April 25th. Bring in the flyer that is available by clicking HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to ensure that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the team.

Chipotle is located at 26420 Great Norther Shopping Center.

GET INTO THE SWING FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING

golfdogJuly 23th is set for the 21st annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing that the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association sponsors.

It is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. The site is Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station.  Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ ribs and chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click HERE for the registration form.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard.

Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose.

To download a fundraiser flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

Thank you to Landmark for its support of OFAB this spring!

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE – May 1st – NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThe annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for Sunday, May 1st at the OFHS stadium. The race starts at 9 a.m. , with in-person registration available immediately before the event.

Registration costs $20 for students/military and $25, adults, through April 27th.   Registration is available at olmstedspirit.com.

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors.  You may contact olmstedspirit@gmail.com for more details, if needed.

DON’T MISS OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIAL PLANT SALE –  MAY 1ST

Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale is Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Jenkins Center, 7239 Main Street, near the covered bridge in the heart of Olmsted Falls. OFGC service projects include elementary school programs for both Bulldog students and St. Mary of the Falls. The sale includes a large variety of flowering bushes, plants for pollinators, wild flowers and many others.

LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM PREPARES TO DIVE INTO SEASON

swim raceThe Longbrooke Swim Team will have its in person registration from 9-11 a.m. April 30th at the Longbrooke pool.

Come and meet other families and learn what summer swim is all about. You will have the chance to learn more about team activities, try on swim suits and sign up to help at events.  Be sure to bring your calendar so you can sign up! Meets begin June 16 and finish July 16.

If you have questions or need more registration information, please call Stacy Mowery, membership director, csmo33@aol.com or 440-826-9828.

If you have questions or need further registration information, please contact Stacy Mowery, Membership Director, at csmo33@aol.com or 440-826-9828 or myself.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY TO HOST MAY COOKIE BATTLE MAY 4TH – BRING YOUR CREATIVITY AND YOUR SWEET TOOTH!

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710May Cookie Battle

Date: 05/04/2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required and release form to work with food must be filled out by parent/legal guardian.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=83973

OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 READY TO BLOOM ITS ANNUAL FLOWER SALE

boyscoutsIt’s that time of year again. OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8th (Mother’s Day) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14th on the corner of the former Jenkins Center.  The scouts will offer hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts.  Stop by, support scouting and shop locally.  The sale will be at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Road, across from Olmsted Community Church.

The scouts also are collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry.  Please consider dropping off a non-perishable food item at the sale.

BIKE SAFETY WEEK WHEELING UP – BIKE RODEO IS MAY 14TH

Put a lid on it bike rodeoBike Helmet Safety Awareness Week is May 9-21. To highlight the celebration, the Olmsted Bike Safety Rodeo is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th at the Olmsted Community Center. There are 90 free bike helmets for those who pre-register online at olmstedcc.com or in person at 8170 Mapleway Drive.

The rodeo includes a series of skill stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Grab your bikes, wear your helmets and join the local safety forces in this one-day FREE event to promote Bike Safety Week – and PUT A LID ON IT to protect yourself before you pedal. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

The Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks.

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

dog bark for lifeThe Olmsted Falls Relay for Life will host a Bark for Life event Saturday, May 21st.  The 1-mile walk will be in front of the OFMS with registration from 10-10:30 a.m.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30, followed by the 1-mile walk.  Following the walk, there is a fashion show for our canine companions, games, activities, food, treats and fun! There is a $10 pre-registration fee per dog – $15 at the door – and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana.

Contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or vpresnell@sbcglobal.net for more details or to register.

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OFCS Update – April 15, 2016

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PlayPosterDON’T MISS OF MASQUERS PRESENTING “THE MUSIC MAN” – TONIGHT & TOMORROW

OFHS Masquers will perform Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th.

More than 40 students are involved in the musical, with performances in the OFHS auditorium.

The cast, crew and faculty involved in the musical invite the community to attend the production.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students/seniors.  For tickets call:  (440) 427-6077.

OFHS STUDENT MIKAYLA SCHAFFER AND HER CULINARY TEAM TAKE GOLD IN REGIONAL COMPETITION; QUALIFY FOR STATE 

Culinary TeamPolaris Baking & Pastry Arts students – including OFHS junior  Mikayla Schaffer – recently competed in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) regional culinary competition at several Northeast Ohio locations.  This year, 15 schools and nearly 100 students took part in regional events.  FCCLA sponsors competitions at the regional, state, and national levels for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences career-technical programs.  The competitions give students the opportunity to showcase their career-technical talents and skills. Mikayla’s Polaris junior team – which included Abagael Alai from Brooklyn High School and Michael Peracchio from North Olmsted High School – won a regional gold medal and qualified to compete at the Columbus Culinary Institute in Columbus, Ohio, on April 27-28.

Her team took gold in the culinary team event and qualified for the state competition.  In this challenge, the team prepared a three course meal featuring:  a warm Brussels sprout salad with bacon and maple syrup dressing; chicken breast stuffed with Fontana cheese and spinach served with quinoa with cremini mushrooms and garden vegetable sauté; and olive oil chocolate cake with fresh strawberries and chocolate glaze.

Congratulations to Mikayla and her team!  Good luck at the state competition!

BULLDOGS IMPRESS AT 2016 NATIONAL ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

NationalRobotics2Four teams from Olmsted Falls Competed in the National Robotics Challenge in Marion Ohio April 7, 8 & 9.  Three teams competed in the Robo Hockey competition.  Members of the teams are Joe Backus, Brian Grove, Josh Heney, Daniel Holmes, Evan Kerr, Max Kirth Gruszczynski, Michael Kirth Gruszczynski, Zach Longo, Ouen Mali, Joselyn Rabbitt, Charles Reitz and Stephanie Schroth.

National RoboticsStephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt (pictured at left) competed in the pick and place competition and for the second year in a row finished  1st  place!  Joe Backus and Zach Longo (pictured at right) competed all the way to the quarter finals Saturday in Robo Hockey before being defeated.

To view more photos of our Bulldogs at the National Robotics Challenge, please click HERE.

To learn more about the National Robotics Challenge, please visit http://www.thenrc.org/.

Congratulations Bulldogs!

OF AND NORTH OLMSTED PEN PALS MEET, SOLVE PUZZLES TO READ MESSAGES AND JUST HAVE FUN

pen pal 11Mrs. Schiely’s first-grade class has been pen pals with Mrs. Rosso’s class in North Olmsted at Butternut Elementary School this year.

Each student had a pen pal who wrote back and forth to each other. The students learned about each other’s favorite subject, what they were studying in math, their favorite recess activities and about field trips. It was a pen pal 14great experience.

The North Olmsted class visited Falls-Lenox last week and met their pen pals in person for the first time. They wrote messages on puzzles that OF students had to put together – with the help of their pen pals – to solve. They did a Pen Pal word search together, played a math game and had fun in the gym. It was a wonderful experience!

To see a photo gallery of the pen pal day, click HERE.

OFHS STUDENT HELPS RIGHT TO READ WEEK TAKE FLIGHT AT ECC

butterfliesThe Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center would like to thank ACE student Russell Bachman for hanging the fantastic display of butterflies made by the kindergarten students during Celebrating Differences Week.

The flying artwork was the perfect compliment to the ECC’s Right to Read Week theme:  Buggy About Books!

Thanks again Russell!  And kudos to all our young readers at the ECC!

OLMSTED FALLS PTAs RECEIVE HONORS AT OHIO PTA CONVENTION

Laura Mileti Honored at Ohio PTA ConventionOlmsted Falls was well represented with awards at the annual Ohio PTA Convention in Columbus last weekend.

Laura Mileti was recognized as the PTA District 12 Helping Hands award winner.  Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA received the President’s Gold Award for Membership.  The award is given to the PTA unit in Ohio with the largest increase in membership numbers from the previous year.  Linda Parkowski was awarded the Gold Key – her second of three possible ones to earn – for her commitment to continuing education and development in PTA leadership. The Ohio PTA Advocacy award was presented to Sandra Graham, Amy Krogh and Kelly Walker.

The Family School Partnership Award was presented to 27 Olmsted Falls PTA members – far and away the most of any PTA.  They are Joanna Barnard, Ellen Bertrand, Debra Bush, Judy Calloway, Julie Clum, Meg DiFilippo, Claudia Ferrini, Katie Fidler, Sandra Graham, Amy Krogh, Kerrie Kruichuk, Mark Kurz, Lori Long, Jill  Madar, Denise Olszewski, Rachel O’Malley, Kristie Patton, Michelle Saluja, Phyllis Scalzo, Holly Schafer, Ann Simon, Laura Ulmenstine, Patty Voisinet, Kelly Walker, Kellie Williams, Joe Young and Leslie Ziegler.

Congratulations to these PTA members and unit – as well as all PTAs – for being so active and working for the children of our district.

PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NOW OPEN

Ohio PTA LogoAs part of its ongoing commitment to strong partnerships among families, schools and the community at large, PTA is again conducting a local family-school partnership survey. The results of this follow-up survey will be used to assist our local Olmsted Falls PTA units in continuing efforts to grow and sustain a strong family-school partnership.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this online survey.

All PTA survey links will remain open through Friday, April 29th Each survey should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. To complete one or more surveys now, simply click on the appropriate link(s) below:

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Thank you for helping PTA!

ATTN: OFHS PARENTS – TESTING / LATE START REMINDER EMAILED HOME TODAY

CalendarGraphicOFHS Principal Holly Schaffer emailed OFHS parents this afternoon with a reminder about logistics for AIR testing, which begins next week.

Please note the following regarding bus schedules for Late Start Days:

    • We will be running two routes for the next two weeks (M-TH).
    • The first run will pick up at the regularly scheduled time in order to get students to school in time for testing.
    • The second run will begin after 8:45 a.m. for any student who is NOT testing. Students riding this second run should be ready at their pick-up point at 8:45 a.m. and be looking for their PM bus number.  (PM buses will be picking up students on the late run.)

OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING  – NEXT TUESDAY – APRIL 19TH

drill team figureAn informational meeting for the upcoming OFHS Drill Team is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19th in Room W-3 at the high school.

Parents are welcome. The clinic runs from 6-8 p.m. April 25th-28th with tryouts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29th.

To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftMIDDLE SCHOOL’S BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE HOBBIT

Blog Post - Google DocsFor three nights this month, the Middle School will become Middle Earth as the Bulldog Theatre Company is proud to present its production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit!

A tale of good vs. evil, friendship, forgiveness, and bravery,  the BTC’s staging of this classic has everything you could possibly want from a night out:  Dragons, sword fights, goblins, precious jewelry, and so much more.

With a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 90 hardworking and dedicated students, this is an epic performance not to be missed.

Performances are Thursday, April 21, Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23 in the Middle School Cafeteria.  All performances start at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up), and Free for senior citizens and children 3rd grade and under.

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OFHS MAY SHOW NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

clipart artDon’t be shy.  If art is your talent – let others view it.  The OFHS May Show is seeking artwork entries from such groups as faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  The show is Friday, May 13th.

If you would like to enter artwork, please complete the entry form found by clicking HERE.  All work must be registered by Friday, May 6, with forms completed and returned to Mariel Krakowiak. Dates for drop off and pick up are included in the entry form.  Any questions should be directed to Mariel, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

Students enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members.  Please consider entering your work.

DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT BOUNCES INTO THE GYM APRIL 21ST 

DodgeballAre you ready for some fast, competitive dodge ball play?  This year’s Dodge Ball Tournament is at 7:15 p.m. April 21st in the OFHS main gym. Student, staff and the community are invited to attend and cheer on the teams.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students/seniors.

There is also a need for volunteers and referees.  Email Annette Glover, alg7373@gmail.colm. All proceeds go to OFHS Post Prom Committee, which provides a complimentary event after Prom on Saturday, May 21st, that provides a fun/safe environment for students. It runs from midnight until 4 a.m.

To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.

OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE IS HERE – WHY NOT TAKE A CHANCE

New May PTA calendarThe OFMS PTA is ready with its annual Calendar Raffle fundraiser. For $5, you enter into a chance to win 31 days of great prizes. A different winner is pulled every day. A list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like. Why not share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.

Entry forms and cash or a check (written to MS PTA) may be dropped off at any of the schools’ main offices. Why not take a chance?! The contest includes many gift cards to local and area stores, tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie Crusher tickets, golf passes, Lolly the Trolley tours and more. View a copy of the calendar by clicking HERE.

Entry forms must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA to be eligible. Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips and scholarships. Thank you – and good luck!

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new.  Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF!  This year the camp is from June 6-10.  Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle  LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO THIS SATURDAY

Notre Dame College will have its 2016 Transition Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16th. It is for students who may need assistance beyond high school in terms of employment, residential, guardianship, financial planning and other areas. There will be break-out sessions as well as booths with information. There will be more than 80 exhibitors.

It is free and registration is preferred, but walk-ins also are welcome.

To view the flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR THIS SUNDAY

The National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at First Merit Convention Center of Cleveland, formerly the Cleveland Convention Center, in downtown Cleveland.

To register, go to www.gotomyncf.com.  Complete the registration and print out the barcode identification. Bring the barcode identification to the fair. Colleges will scan the barcode to access information and allow more time for one-on-one conversation. 

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS  HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS  – NEXT ONE, SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD

Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join us at one of our informational sessions held across Ohio.

US_military_flag_and_eagleUNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINARS SPONSORED BY SENATOR SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend. Call the Academy Coordinators at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-8446 then press 1.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, April 26, 2015

Youngstown State University

Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

6 – 8 PM

DINE AT BOB EVANS AND HELP OFMA THIS MONDAY, APRIL 18TH

The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s fundraiser is from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, April 18th at Bob Evans in North Olmsted. Simply present the flyer found in this month’s Musical Notes, by clicking HERE and the group will earn 15 percent of the sales.  Proceeds help the music programs in all the district schools.

DIVE INTO DINING @ NORTH OLMSTED’S CHIPOTLE – SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 25TH!

chipotle sandwichShow your team spirit by joining the OFHS Swim and Dive Team at its Monday, April 25th fundraiser.

Dine at North Olmsted’s Chipotle from 5-9 p.m. Monday, April 25th. Bring in the flyer that is available by clicking HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to ensure that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the team.

Chipotle is located at 26420 Great Norther Shopping Center.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard.

Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose.

To download a fundraiser flyer with additional information, please click HERE.  The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

Thank you to Landmark for its support of OFAB this spring!

ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

carnival-clip-artBring the family to this year’s Falls-Lenox School’s Carnival for a Cure that is supporting Owen Timura, a student who is battling a rare form of cancer and the ACS Relay for Life.  Have some fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge the principal! The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. April 29th, includes a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink.  Walk a mile or more and earn your lap beads.  There is face painting and other fun.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost for all this fun is $5 per student/adults: donation.  To view more information about the carnival, including purchasing an Owen Strong T-shirt, click HERE.

COMMUNITY

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS ROBOVENTURES PROGRAM  

What:  RoboVentures 

When: 7-8 p.m., Wednesdays: 4/20/2016, 5/18/2016

Description: Students in grade 5 and up are invited to join us for monthly free play and mini-challenges using Mindstorms robots! Registration is required by going to the library’s website by clicking HERE.

BaseballSoftballTODAY IS LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR OCSL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL – APRIL 15TH

The Olmsted Community Summer League’s baseball/slow-pitch softball registration’s deadline is this Friday, April 15th. Register at olmstedcc.com. The league has a Facebook page. Anyone interested in playing Adult Coed softball, contact Jim Masie, jimmasie@gmail.com. The league also is looking for a Boys Intermediate League Rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, nsherman2000@gmail.com

BIKE SAFETY WEEK WHEELING UP – BIKE RODEO IS MAY 14TH

Put a lid on it bike rodeoBike Helmet Safety Awareness Week is May 9-21. To highlight the celebration, the Olmsted Bike Safety Rodeo is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th at the Olmsted Community Center. There are 90 free bike helmets for those who pre-register online at olmstedcc.com or in person at 8170 Mapleway Drive.

The rodeo includes a series of skill stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Grab your bikes, wear your helmets and join the local safety forces in this one-day FREE event to promote Bike Safety Week – and PUT A LID ON IT to protect yourself before you pedal. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

The Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks.

SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP @ OCC

074157_105323_speed&agility_medParticipate in the Spring Speed & Agility Camp that is open to boys and girls ages 10-13. It will provide a great opportunity for campers to improve speed, agility, strength, explosive power, balance and coordination, ability to accelerate, decelerate, change directions; and overall running form and mechanics.

Date:  April 19th – May 26th, 2016

When:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7 p.m.

Where:  Olmsted Community Center and outside locations

Cost:  $80 for all 12 sessions (six weeks)

For additional information and to register online, please click HERE.

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoFALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM HAS IN-PERSON SIGN UPS THIS SATURDAY

Falls Pointe Swim Team will  have its registration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16th at the Falls Pointe clubhouse.  The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident between the ages of 4-18.

Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim.  Kids will have a blast this summer on the team, with such activities as Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer week and an awards picnic and pool party.  It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is you must be able to swim independently across the pool.  For more information, go to www.fallspointeswimteam.com.

Olmsted Recreation LogoSENIOR CITIZEN ACTIVITY CALENDAR FOR MONTH OF APRIL

Olmsted recreation has a full schedule of activities for local senior citizens in the month of April.

Please click HERE to download the April 2016 Senior Activities Calendar.

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OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE – May 1st – NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for Sunday, May 1st at the OFHS stadium. The race starts at 9 a.m. , with in-person registration available immediately before the event.

Registration costs $20 for students/military and $25, adults, through April 27th.   Registration is available at olmstedspirit.com.

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors.  You may contact olmstedspirit@gmail.com for more details, if needed.

spring_flower_sale-300x215DON’T MISS OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIAL PLANT SALE ON MAY 1ST

Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale is Sunday, May 1, 11 am to 2 pm at the former Jenkins Center, 7239 Main Street, near the covered bridge in the heart of Olmsted Falls. OFGC service projects include elementary school programs for both Bulldog students and St. Mary of the Falls. The sale includes a large variety of flowering bushes, plants for pollinators, wild flowers and many others.

LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM PREPARES TO DIVE INTO SEASON

swim raceThe Longbrooke Swim Team will have its in person registration from 9-11 a.m. April 30th at the Longbrooke pool.

Come and meet other families and learn what summer swim is all about. You will have the chance to learn more about team activities, try on swim suits and sign up to help at events.  Be sure to bring your calendar so you can sign up! Meets begin June 16 and finish July 16.

If you have questions or need more registration information, please call Stacy Mowery, membership director, csmo33@aol.com or 440-826-9828.

If you have questions or need further registration information, please contact Stacy Mowery, Membership Director, at csmo33@aol.com or 440-826-9828 or myself.

OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 READY TO BLOOM ITS ANNUAL FLOWER SALE

boyscoutsIt’s that time of year again. OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8th (Mother’s Day) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14th on the corner of the former Jenkins Center.  The scouts will offer hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts.  Stop by, support scouting and shop locally.  The sale will be at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Road, across from Olmsted Community Church.

The scouts also are collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry.  Please consider dropping off a non-perishable food item at the sale.

 

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