OFCS Update – June 25, 2019

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FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontThis will be the last official blog post of the 2018-2019 school year.  We’ve enjoyed sharing news from across our school district with you throughout the year. Blog posts will resume in mid-August to prepare for the start of the upcoming 2019-20 school year!

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To download a copy of the 2019-2020 school year calendar, please click HERE.

We hope everyone is enjoying summer in Bulldog Country!


OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE HARDING FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANT AWARDS SUPPORTING
PERFORMING ARTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:  New Partnership Provides Grant Awards for Stage Improvements, Performing Arts Center Naming Rights and Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

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The Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association and the Olmsted Falls City School District are excited to announce the award of three major grants from the Harding Family Charitable Trust. The new grants are designated for significant stage improvements at Olmsted Falls High School, naming rights for the Olmsted Falls High School Performing Arts Center and annual endowed scholarships for graduating seniors.

The Harding Family Charitable Trust has awarded just over $261,000 to the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association for the purpose of making improvements to the stage in the existing Olmsted Falls High School auditorium to transform the space into a high quality performing arts center. The Harding Family Charitable Trust has also granted an additional $100,000 in funds for naming rights to the new performing arts space. These resources will be used for future special auditorium projects and for maintenance and upkeep.

Additionally, the Harding Charitable Trust has awarded $150,000 for Olmsted Falls High School Endowed Scholarships in the names of Amelia Harding, Clara Harding and Charles Harding. These new scholarships will be available starting with next year’s graduating class of 2020.

CP_leftIn total, these three grant awards will bring more than $511,000 in new funding resources to benefit Bulldog students and the school community in areas that held great meaning to the Harding family. As life-long residents of Olmsted Falls, Amelia and Clara Harding had a legacy of supporting their community in numerous ways, often in the memory of their beloved brother, Charles Harding.

“Having been a teacher at Olmsted Falls High School, Amelia Harding was always particularly interested in supporting the students in her community,” said Karen McCarthy, trustee of the Harding Family Charitable Trust.

“As trustees of the Harding Charitable Trust, we are proud to continue the Harding sisters’ legacy of giving by providing grants and scholarships that heighten the educational opportunities of Olmsted Falls Students,” said Tim Coyne, trustee of the Harding Family Charitable Trust.

“The Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association is so pleased to be able to honor the legacy of the Harding Family through our partnership with Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Tim Radigan, president of the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association. “We look forward to putting these grant funds to work and to making a lasting impact in both the area of performing arts as well as student scholarship resources.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the Harding Family Charitable Trust for these generous grants and to our own Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association for their leadership and ongoing support of Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “Our school community is so fortunate to be able to continue to enhance opportunities for students through such wonderful partnerships.”

Improvements to the Olmsted Falls High School stage and auditorium will begin getting underway this summer. The following are some of the improvements planned:

● Stage extension and permanent orchestra pit (with removable/replaceable stage flooring feature)
● New stage curtain and rigging for lights, curtains, electrical
● Addition of carpeting beneath audience seating areas
● Various sound enhancement and amplification features
● Improved catwalk and auditorium lighting

These above improvements – made possible by the generous grant from the Harding Family Charitable Foundation – will transform the existing auditorium space into a truly impressive performing arts center. The official naming and dedication of the upgraded performing arts center will be scheduled for early 2020. The new name has not yet been revealed.


OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL:  Leo Spagnola Brings Two Decades of Experience to His New Role as Principal of Olmsted Falls High School

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The Olmsted Falls Board of Education is pleased to officially announce the hiring of a new principal for Olmsted Falls High School. The Board voted to approve Mr. Leo Spagnola as the new principal of Olmsted Falls High School, which serves more than 1,260 students in grades 9 through 12, at a special meeting held this week. Mr. Spagnola will officially begin his position as the Olmsted Falls High School Principal on August 1, 2019, prior to the start of the new school year.

“Mr. Spagnola is a highly approachable and relational leader with two decades of experience,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “His proven ability to build and maintain a school building culture that inspires and empowers all types of learners will be an outstanding addition to our educational community.”

Mr. Spagnola comes to Olmsted Falls with twenty years of combined experience. He has served as a classroom teacher at the middle school level, a coach and athletic director, and as both a middle school and high school principal. Mr. Spagnola is a student-centered leader who places high value on building and maximizing a positive school culture to support both student and staff success. Most recently, he served as the principal of Parma Senior High School in the Parma City School District.

“It is a privilege to lead this excellent learning community. I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the Olmsted Falls High School family as the new principal,” said Mr. Leo Spagnola. “I feel honored and blessed to be able to join this team as well as be a part of the Bulldog Nation.”

“It is my hope that our school will be a “home away from home” for students, staff, families and community members,” added Mr. Spagnola. “I look forward to working alongside of all the wonderful people that make up Bulldog Country.”

Mr. Spagnola holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Bluffton College. He earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University, where he received his Principal Licensure for grades 4-9 and grades 7-12.

“Mr. Spagnola’s dynamic leadership style impressed our team throughout the extensive selection process and we are thrilled to have him join Olmsted Falls City Schools,” added Dr. Lloyd.

A special Meet and Greet event with Mr. Spagnola will be scheduled for August, ahead of the official start of school. All families of students attending Olmsted Falls High School this coming school year will be invited.

Mr. Spagnola replaces former OFHS Principal Dr. Holly Schafer, who had been with Olmsted Falls City School District as the principal of Olmsted Falls High School for the past seven years.


OFHS FRENCH STUDENTS PUT THEIR WORLD LANGUAGE SKILLS TO WORK IN QUEBEC CITY DURING TRIP TO QUÉBEC CITY

student successOlmsted Falls High School French teachers Chuck May and Emma Schlabig took 22 Bulldog students on a cultural trip to Quebec City this summer.  Students enjoyed a full itinerary during the trip, which took place June 16-19, and were able to use their French language skills in an immersive cultural experience.

Stops on the 4-day tour included: Martello Tower / Plains of Abraham, Québec Parliament Building, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Old Québec – Place Royal / Rue du Trésor / Quartier Petit Champlain, St. Lawrence River, a local culinary school and more!  What an incredible experience for these Bulldogs!


OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUNCHES NEW FAMILY AND COMMUNITY L.I.N.K. INITIATIVE:  Enhancing Family and Community Engagement is Focus of New LINK (Learn, Inspire, Nurture, Know) Program

CP_leftOlmsted Falls City School District is excited to announce a new initiative focused on enhancing the critical partnership between school, home and community. The Family and Community L.I.N.K. program will focus on building high-quality partnerships between the schools, families and community members. The L.I.N.K. acronym stands for: Learn, Inspire, Nurture, Know.

“This new program represents the next logical step in our continued efforts as a district to ensure we are maximizing all aspects of community partnerships in our educational community,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “Community partnerships are one of the cornerstones of our district’s strategic plan and having a person that lives within the community, has students within the school system and is dedicated to further building and strengthening our district in this area will yield great benefits to students as well as our school community as a whole.”

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New OFCS Family & Community LINK Coordinator Julianne Allen (center) along with Board of Education Vice President Linda Parkowski (left) and OFCS Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan (right) following their presentation, “A Partnership that Inspires & Empowers,” at the 2019 Ohio PTA Convention.

Olmsted Falls City School District resident and parent Julianne Allen has been hired as the district’s new Family & Community LINK Coordinator to lead the new initiative to implement programs, practices and policies that encourage strengthened partnerships between families, schools and communities, for the purpose of promoting student success. A 17-year resident of the Olmsted Falls City School District, Mrs. Allen has been an active volunteer who has held numerous leadership positions and dedicated countless hours to the schools. Most recently, Mrs. Allen served as president of the Olmsted Falls PTA Council.

“More than fifty years of research shows that students with involved parents are more successful in school. They earn higher grades, take more advanced coursework, have better attendance, graduate, and go on to higher education or career training,” said Family & Community LINK Coordinator Julianne Allen. “I am proud to be part of a school system that is actively striving to find new ways to link the involvement of parents and community members to student learning.”

“By welcoming partners into our schools, engaging in meaningful two-way communication, and providing parents with resources and tools they can use to support their students at home, we are building partnerships that will help students be successful in school and beyond,” added Mrs. Allen. “I am excited to be part of these expanded efforts.”

Preliminary groundwork on the new L.I.N.K. initiative got underway this spring with a number of information gathering efforts to establish a baseline of the district’s current level of family and community engagement. Efforts included individual meetings with building principals as well as coordinating volunteers for the “Welcoming Walk-Through” project, which aimed to provide fresh insight into a visitor’s view of each of our school buildings. A family survey is also in the works to gather further information and plan for L.I.N.K. first official year of activities. All of these preliminary efforts will help inform and shape the work of the L.I.N.K. initiative.

“While I believe our district does a nice job of connecting with families and places great value on these important relationships, there is always room for improvement,” added Dr. Lloyd. “We look forward to reaching an entirely new and enhanced level of deeper partnerships with our families and community residents as a result of our new L.I.N.K. initiative.”

Watch for increased presence of OFCS Family and Community L.I.N.K. opportunities as the 2019-2020 school year gets underway on August. Follow OFCS L.I.N.K. on Twitter: @OFCSLINK.


OFMS 8TH GRADERS ENGAGED IN SUMMER SERVICE ACTIVITIES

student success8th graders from Olmsted Falls Middle School came together for some service-oriented / kindness activities on Thursday, June 13th.  Members of the 8th grade class of 2023 spent time engaged in service activities in the greater community as well as completed activities at the Middle School.

CP_leftActivities completed by students included painting rocks to be hidden and posted on Instagram @ofmsrocks, making posters to be hung around the Middle School, designing bookmarks and bracelets for the Bulldog Buckstore, and creating decorations and cards for local senior citizens at Riverview Pointe Care Center, Symphony at Olmsted Falls, Sprenger Health Care Village of the Falls and the Louis Stokes Veteran Hospital. Some students traveled to the Rocky River Reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks and beautified the Stinchcomb Memorial by planting flowers, while others went to the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township to visit and make slime with the senior residents.  A third group visited Southwest General Hospital to learn about their junior volunteer program and make summer greeting cards for residents and visitors.

What a great way to spend their summer vacation!  This is awesome Bulldogs!


OFCS PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER JORDAN EATON HONORED WITH FRANKLIN B. WALTER OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD

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Mr. Jordan Eaton Recognized with 2019 Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Congratulations to Bulldog teacher Mr. Jordan Eaton who was recognized at a special awards luncheon held June 11th in Columbus.  Mr. Eaton was the winner of the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award for State Support Team Region 3.  The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is presented to one educator or team from each of Ohio’s sixteen State Support Team regions, who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities.  Mr. Eaton was selected for this prestigious honor through a local and regional nomination and selection process, and is very deserving of this honor.

student successMr. Eaton is a Physical Education teacher in Olmsted Falls City Schools whose role includes teaching Adapted Physical Education classes. Mr. Eaton always sees the possibilities in everyone and encourages self-advocacy. He builds and supports character development and leadership in all students.  Mr. Eaton is an active member of the Olmsted Falls school community also serving as head coach of the OFHS Varsity Girls Basketball team and as coordinator of the District’s Special Olympics program.  He is always looking for ways for his basketball team to participate in Helping Hands, a district disability awareness group which focuses on spreading love, awareness and friendship to all, especially those with disabilities. His team members follow his leadership and eagerly volunteer at Helping Hands events and in special education classrooms. Mr. Eaton truly encourages the independence of students with disabilities and removes barriers in the community.

Congratulations again to Mr. Eaton!  We are so fortunate to have you as part of our Bulldog school community!


RETIREES DEDICATE MORE THAN 90 YEARS OF BULLDOG SERVICE

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees this year! Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to seven dedicated staff members who retired with the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals more than 90 Bulldog years!

They are:

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Bulldog retirees Mark and Denise Tabar at OFCS Records Day gathering.

Sandra Allen, OFMS Cleaner (12 “Bulldog” Years)

Felicia Anderson, OFHS Spanish Teacher (18 “Bulldog” Years)

Melinda Falconi, ECC Principal (8 “Bulldog” Years)

Susan Laycock, Falls-Lenox Paraprofessional (12 “Bulldog” Years)

Larry Shannon, ECC & OFMS Utility Worker

Denise Tabar, OFCS Director of Food Services (20 “Bulldog” Years)

Mark Tabar, OFIS School Counselor (20 “Bulldog” Years)

Bulldog retirees were recognized by their building/departments as well as at the District’s Records Day gathering. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals and their impact on the District will be greatly missed.

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


BIGGEST YEAR EVER FOR OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM THANKS TO GENEROUS SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY

student successThanks to the generous support of more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year, approximately $141,000 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2019.  This year’s total represents an increase of about $4,000 as compared to last year!

More than 371 local scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors this year, thanks to the generosity of our community!

This was the biggest year ever for the OFHS Local Scholarship Program!

Recipients of 2019 Scholarships presented through Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association.

Pictured above are some of the recipients of 2019 Scholarships presented through Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association.

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

This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.


MS. BYNDAS NAMED OFHS TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY CLASS OF 2019

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Congratulations to OFHS math teacher Ms. Laryssa Byndas on being named Teacher of the Year by students in the Class of 2019!

Ms. Byndas was recognized during the Senior Honor Day ceremony.

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

Congratulations again to Mrs. Byndas!


PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

CP_leftThe Olmsted Falls PTA Council continued the tradition of ending the school year by saying “thank you” to those who helped make it a successful year. The annual PTA Volunteer Celebration, this year held June 4th at OFIS, provides PTA members, administrators, staff, the Board of Education, and special guests an opportunity to come together and recognize those who contribute to the strong partnerships between PTA and Olmsted Falls City Schools.

The attendees enjoyed entertainment by the talented students of OFHS Golden Expressions, as well as words of gratitude from Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and a delicious meal prepared by Denise Tabar and her Food Services staff.

Volunteer of Year_GroupAmong those honored by PTA were Heather Hetchler the nominee from OFHS PTA, who was selected as this year’s overall PTA Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to nominees Tiffany Fischbach for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Chrissy Ferrone-Pettit for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Leslie Ray for OFIS PTA and Reghan Laki for OFMS PTA.

Helping Hands GroupThis year’s District Helping Hands Award winner went to Custodian Charles “Chuck” Smith, who was nominated by Olmsted Early Childhood PTA. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized this year included Evan Norris, nominated by Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA; Cathy Hess, nominated by OFIS PTA; Debbie Henton, nominated by OFMS PTA and Kelly Walker, nominated by OFHS PTA.

Educator of Year_GroupPTA District Educator of the Year was awarded to Lori Kallevig, the nominee from OFIS. Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including: Melinda Falconi for the Early Childhood Center, Jessica Hubbard for Falls-Lenox, Leigh Carver for OFMS, and Brian Insley for OFHS.

senior-parents_group.jpgOFHS PTA also acknowledged outgoing PTA senior parents Ellie Dregalla and Donna McKee, marking the end of their PTA volunteer years as their youngest child graduated with the Class of 2019. (Senior Parents Not pictured: Kelly Dailey, Katie Fidler, Jonathan Iwamasa, Ada Narvaez.)

OPTA Reflections.jpghio PTA Reflections winners were also recognized at the event. Congratulations to Avery Caudill for an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Dance Choreography and Dominic DiFilippo, for an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition AND an Award of Merit in Film Production.

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Kudos to these Bulldog students on their state-level PTA Reflections awards!

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


FIVE BULLDOG SENIORS RECOGNIZED AS BEST OF 2019 AT ANNUAL POLARIS SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY

student successEach year Polaris Career Center recognizes one senior from each of its career-technical training programs as the best of his or her class. The honor is determined by outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, service and extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to the following OFHS senior students for earning this top honor in each of their respective Polaris programs:

Sara Krofta (Baking & Pastry Arts)
Dina Salti (Dental Assisting)
Cole Aiton (Digital Art & Design)
Nicolas Kuntz (Emergency Medical Technical/Fire Training)
Jaden Martin (Precision CNC Machining)

Congratulations to all of these standout students and best of luck to them all in the future!

Polaris Career Center also recognizes the most outstanding junior in each of its career technical training programs. Congratulations to Robert Patton (Aeronautics) and Cassandra Schaefer (Criminal Justice) for earning this distinction among the junior class!


BULLDOG TRADITION CONTINUES: CLASS OF 2019 YARD SIGNS POP UP ACROSS COMMUNITY

student successIt is always special to see the congratulatory yard signs for all of our OFHS grads pop up throughout Bulldog Country on the eve of commencement! Many thanks to the volunteer group of administrators, teachers and staff – and in many cases, their children too – who made this year’s special deliveries to the Class of 2019 ensuring that all grads were recognized throughout the community!


ENTREPRENEUR, PRICELINE FOUNDER JEFF HOFFMAN SPEAKS TO OFHS BUSINESS STUDENTS

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CP_leftFollowing his presentations to the groups, Mr. Hoffman also spent time answering additional questions from students about their own career aspirations and pathways.  OFHS extends a big Bulldog thank you to Mr. Hoffman for taking time to drop during his travels!  What an incredible experience for students!  Thank you also to Mrs. Kotz for coordinating this unique opportunity for her OFHS students!

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OFHS HOSTS ANOTHER AWESOME MAY SHOW!

student successThe annual showcase of student artwork at OFHS was fantastic this year, with students, staff, families and community residents enjoying the extensive display of talent throughout the day and into the evening of May 10.

Kudos to all of our talented Bulldog artists!  Thank you to all who attended! And a special thanks to the Olmsted Kiwanis Club for supporting this annual community event!

To read local media coverage of this year’s May Art Show, please click HERE.


BULLDOGS ROCK AT 2019 SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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More than 50 students from across the Olmsted Falls School District participated in the annual Special Olympics event hosted at Ely Stadium in Elyria last month. The students competed in various events, such as running, long jump and softball throw. Having worked hard to prepare for the big event, our Bulldog students definitely brought their “A” game including lots of enthusiasm and outstanding sportsmanship!

student successOlmsted Falls City Schools had student participants representing all five of our school buildings: ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS. Each building gave its team of Special Olympians an encouraging send-off as they boarded their buses. In addition to staff members and parent volunteers, fellow Bulldog students attended this year to cheer on their friends! It was an all-around awesome day!

This year’s Special Olympic Bulldog athletes included:

From the ECC – Eloise Campanella, Lincoln Kotlinski, Grace Sente and David Zamora

From Falls-Lenox – Zaki Burton, Brennan Dew, Annabelle Ellis, Olivia Hargenrader, Will Henry, Weston Holmes, Lleyton Krakowiak, Phoenix Novak, Joshua Peacock, Caeden Peeler, Sebastian Rashid, Dylan Richmond and Odeh Saleh.

From OFIS – Anthony DiDonato, Cormac Hannon, Shahan Kapoor, Jacob Komitau,
Colbie Krakowiak, Mack Little, Ellen McManamon, Clay McNamara, Mya McNamara, Nathan Smith and Jaden Smith.

From OFMS – Yohanna Amoah, Alexis Andren, Caden Celesky, Johnny Clemons , Emersen Flynn, Sarah Gaughan, Connor Habert, Emily Heine, Owen Novak, Anthony Russo and Jacob Siwek.

From OFHS – Mason Mowery, Bilal Saadeh, Kennedy Smith, Maddie Truscott andBrooke VanArnhem.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our outstanding local Olympians!

You represented Bulldog Country well!

A big THANK YOU to the many staff members and volunteers who attended and assisted students in such a fun day!  See you again next year!


OFHS ENGINEERING STUDENTS PERFORM WELL AT STATE SKILLSUSA CHAMPIONSHIPS & NATIONAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION

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Several Bulldog students qualified for this year’s SkillsUSA State Championships held this past spring in Columbus. SkillsUSA give students the opportunity to display their skills in specific career-technical training areas. This year, hundreds of students from across Ohio competed in dozens of different events. Congratulations to the following OFHS students who participated in SkillsUSA through their Polaris Project Lead the Way Engineering courses taught by Mr. Mike Hadyn at OFHS:

image2(1)The team of Edmund Leung (11th grade) and Victor Jauregui (10th grade) – pictured at left – placed 3rd in the state in the SkillsUSA Ohio Robotic Urban Search and Rescue competition earning the Bronze. In this event, the team must build a robot and arm mechanism prior to the competition and then, during the competition, remotely operates the robot. The robot should be capable of locating, grabbing and moving simulated ordnances on the challenge course. This remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must traverse the course, locate the ordnances, secure them and properly dispose of them in a single time limited round. Congratulations Edmund and Victor!

The team of Chuck Backus (12th grade), Collin Cook (12th grade) and Austin Juergens (11th grade) placed 7th in the state in the SkillsUSA Automated Manufacturing competition. This contest evaluates teams for employment in integrated manufacturing technology fields of computer aided drafting/design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC). CAD operators construct the part geometry; the CAM operator generates the tool paths; and the CNC operator sets up and machines the part. Congratulations Chuck, Collin and Austin!

The team of Michael Borovich (12 grade) and Cole Zehe (12th grade) placed 7th in the state in the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing event. Additive manufacturing embraces a wide range of materials and derivative processes to build parts suitable for end-use service. The virtually unlimited design freedom enabled by additive manufacturing allows the creation of shapes and the integration of feature and function that previously required subassemblies. Congratulations Michael and Cole!

MarissaKuehnSophomore Marissa Kuehn placed 10th in the state in SkillsUSA Technical Drafting competition. This contest focuses on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD).

Marissa is pictured at right following her 1st place win in the SkillsUSA regionals, which secured her spot at the State Championships!
Congratulations Marissa!

The team of Mikayla Kosar (10th grade) and Madison Tate (10th grade) placed 16th in the state in the SkillsUSA Mobil Robotics competition. The contest includes activities that simulate situations encountered by robotic programmers and support professionals. Teams are given a task to solve using a mobile robotic system provided by the technical committee. Teams will have two scored chances to solve the mobile robotic challenge. Once a team has performed the required task or set of tasks, a design change may be introduced. Contestants are required to adhere to industry safety standards using the hardware and software provided. Congratulations Mikayla and Madison!

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Additionally, congratulations are in order for the team of Krislynn Katona and Andrew Schroth – pictured below – who took 1st Place in the Pick and Place competition at the National Robotics Challenge held in Marion, OH in April!

Outstanding performances by all of these impressive engineering students!

 Congratulations again to all!  


OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL REMAINS AN ACTIVE PART OF SCHOOL, COMMUNITY

student successThe Olmsted Falls High School Student Council wrapped up another outstanding school year. Some of their highlights included:

– Planning and organizing the Homecoming game and dance;
– Spearheading the annual high school holiday canned food drive and donating over 4500 cans to the city’s Christians in Action food pantry;
CP_left– Partnering with “Varsity Coats for Needy Folks,” an organization that collects coats, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves and donates them to homeless camps in Cuyahoga County;
– Planning and organizing a fall, winter, and spring pep rally and two spirit weeks. This year’s spring pep rally was held outdoors at Harding Stadium. Donations were collected to win a chance to dunk a teacher or administrator in the dunk tank. The money collected was donated to the ECC towards the purchase of new library books.
–  Student Council awarded $8,000 towards 10 senior scholarships this year!

Congratulations to next year’s officers:

President: Gabbie Salamone
Vice President: Julianne Hess
Secretary: Megan Bobkovich
Treasurer: Morgan Ciolek 

Interested in joining Student Council next year, or partnering with Student Council on an initiative to help the local community? Come to one of our meetings next fall, or e-mail Student Council advisor Mrs. Radigan at bradigan@ofcs.net.


OFHS RHO KAPPA MEMBERS HELP CREATE HEROES NIGHT EVENT AT FALLS-LENOX

student successThis spring, student members of the OFHS Social Studies Honorary (Rho Kappa) coordinated with teachers at Falls-Lenox to create a special Heroes Night event for young students and their families.  Rho Kappa Members Lauren Kreitzer, Elyse Walker, Kristen Miller, Edmund Leung, Jack Surtman, Kelley Shiltz, Choloe Thach, Hailey Taylor, Katelyn Angus, Dan Fidler and Liana Petitti, worked with the elementary students on an on-line hero scavenger hunt, a special art activity to create their own hero.  The event also featured books focused on a hero.

These OFHS Rho Kappa juniors and seniors did a fantastic job leading this fun evening of activities for participating Falls-Lenox students and their parents!


BOARD RECOGNIZES SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

IMG-6848-300x225student successDuring the regular May meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, the 2018 – 2019 Boys Basketball team was recognized for their Championship Season. The program won the SWC for the second year in a row and an OHSAA Division I District Championship for the first time since 2007.  The Bulldogs posted a 16 – 2 conference record and were 23-3 overall.

IMG-6856-300x225The Board also recognized the following student-athletes on the following special accomplishments:

Chuck Backus – Scholar Athlete

Braden Galaska – 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference; Three Year Team Captain

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Eric Hanna – 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference, Southwestern Conference Most Valuable Player, 1t Team All-Northeast Lakes District and 3rd Team All Ohio

Head Boys Basketball Coach Chris DeLisio was also recognized as the 2018 – 2019 Southwestern Conference Coach of the Year.

Coach DeLisio and his staff lead his team to back to back conference championships as well as a District Championship.

Congratulations to Coach DeLisio on continuing to establish an overall vision of success at all levels of the boys’ basketball program!

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER JOE ENGLISH ON BLUE COAT MAN OF YEAR AWARD

SROCP_leftOlmsted Township Police Officer and OFCS School Resource Officer, Joe English, recently received the Knights of Columbus “Blue Coat Man of the Year” award. The Blue Coat Man of the Year award is presented annually by Knights of Columbus Chapter #14416 from St. Mary of the Falls, and alternates every other year between the Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls Police Department.

Officer English serves as a dedicated School Resource Officer (SRO) for Olmsted Falls City Schools.  Congratulations to Officer English!  


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATES

Class of 2019 graduates will continue to have access to their ofcs.net accounts only through Friday, September 6th.  At that time, OFHS graduates will lose access to their accounts.  The OFCS Technology Department is helping students plan ahead by sharing instructions on how graduates can export / transfer all of the contents of their ofcs.net accounts to their personal accounts.

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To access the complete document of instructions, please click HERE.


NORTH OLMSTED SCHOOLS OFFER SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

A Lunch & Snack Program is free and open to all children from ages 1-18 in various North Olmsted locations. The North Olmsted City School District is offering this program to our community.

Locations are the North Olmsted Recreation Center, 26000 Lorain Road, Birch Primary School, 24100 Palm Drive, Maple Intermediate School, 24101 Maple Ridge Road; Chestnut Intermediate School, 30395 Lorain Road; North Olmsted High School, 27301 Butternut Ridge Road.

Please click HERE to view the flyer for times and dates at each location.  You also may view a menu by clicking HERE.


BULLDOG SUMMER 2019 SPORTS CAMPS – STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

color bulldog headInformation about upcoming Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is available on the Olmsted Falls Athletics website, or by clicking the links below:

2019 Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 3-8 (June 24-27)

gOH Run and OFXC Youth Running Day Camp (July 8-12)

OFHS Lacrosse Boys Summer Camp 2019 (July 15-17)

OFHS Soccer Skills Camp for Ages 5-14 (July 29-31)

OFHS Volleyball Mini Skills Clinic for Grades 1-6 (August 5-7)

OFHS Volleyball Junior Netters for Grades 2-6 (Mondays starting Sept. 9th)

Online registration for all OFHS Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps is available at olmstedcc.com.  

For all the latest news and information on Olmsted Falls Athletics, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.   GO BULLDOGS!


OLMSTED FALLS DISTRICT OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-7

school-band-clipartCurrent students in grades 5-7 are invited to make music this summer with their musical instruments – and have fun! Expect to have fun while playing your band instrument, enjoy themed days and fun games.

There will be a concert band and mini-camp marching band clinic.  The dates for both will run from Aug. 19th through the 23rd. The times for the concert band is 8:30-10:30 a.m. and the mini-camp, 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Summer Music Camp will be held in the OFHS band room. The cost for each is $80. There is a $10 discount for each additional child or second group or for a participant in the district’s Athletic Camp.

To view and download the registration form, click HERE.  For questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


ATTENTION POST PROM 2020

All 2020 Senior Parents are welcome to join the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We have established committees and a large fundraiser! We need all parents to help and contribute. Please follow us on Twitter (@2020postprom), join us on Facebook (OFHS 2020 Post Prom) and join our email list. To be added to our mailing list, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com.

We hope to have great parent participation in the planning to make this event a huge success for our kids!  Thanks!


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24th with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS AVAILABLE JULY 31ST

OFHS would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.  The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at:  www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
(mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

An informational flier download is available here: 2019 Olmsted Falls HS Heart Screening Info I.  Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTER GEAR UP FOR 2019-2020 PATRON DRIVE

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters supports the OFHS and OFMS sports teams throughout the year. It is preparing for its 2019-2020 patron membership drive.  Funds raised through a contribution of your choice help continue the support of our middle and high school athletic teams.

To learn more about the Boosters and become a patron, click HERE.


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REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SWINGS-N-THINGS OFFERS COMMUNITY CARD

Swings-N-ThingsSwings-N-Things has created a special Bulldog Community Card for residents of Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and families who are not residents, but have children enrolled in the Olmsted Falls City School District. The card offers special pricing on SNT activities.

Simply stop by Swings-N-Things during normal business hours now to receive a FREE picture Bulldog I.D. card that you will be required to show to receive special Bulldog pricing on each visit.

To learn more about this program, click HERE. You also may go to sntfun.com/bulldog-community-card to pre-register.


SUMMER ARTS CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE

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Let the kids get creative summer! Pinot’s Palette will have 5 weeks of fun artistic journeys with a variety of paintings and projects this summer.  Camp is for ages 6-13 years! Parents/Guardians drop off and pick up.
Choose one or more weeks to attend! All camps are Monday-Friday 9am-1pm:  July 1st–5th, July 15th-19th, July 29th-August 2nd, and/or August 12th–16th
All for only $35 a day! Please send a nut free snack and lunch!
Visit www.pinotspalette.com/olmstedfalls/events or call us at (440) 793-5133


 

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OFCS Update – June 14, 2019

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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

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Well done OFCS!  Today finally marks the last official day of the 2018-2019 school year for Olmsted Falls City Schools!  It’s been an exciting year!

Today’s post will be the second-to-last blog post for the year, with the final post scheduled for next week.  Still so much great news to cover and share!  Read on…and be sure to check out next week’s final blog post for the 2019-2020 school year.


CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2019

student successThe Commencement Ceremony for the Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2019 was held this past Sunday, June 9th at CSU Wolstein Center.  Congratulations to all 345 graduates – the largest OFHS graduating class ever!  Wishing all of our new Bulldog grads all the best in their future endeavors!  CONGRATULATIONS!

To check out more photos from the Class of 2019 Commencement, please click HERE.

To read local media coverage about the Class of 2019, please click HERE.


OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER:  Dora Bechtel Brings Administrative and Classroom Experience along with Extensive Literacy and Early Childhood Expertise

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Mrs. Dora Bechtel

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education is pleased to officially announce the hiring of a new principal for the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center. The Board voted unanimously to approve Mrs. Dora Bechtel as the new principal of the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center, which serves more than 300 students in preschool and kindergarten. Mrs. Bechtel officially begins her position as the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Principal on August 1, 2019, prior to the start of the new school year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Bechtel to our school district,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “Her extensive background of both administrative and classroom experience, as well as her expertise in literacy development, make her an excellent fit to lead our Early Childhood Center.”

An educator with more than 18 years of experience, Mrs. Bechtel has served as an instructional leader, a classroom teacher (in grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2 and 3) and a building administrator. Mrs. Bechtel obtained the level of Master Teacher from the Ohio Department of Education. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award for demonstrating instructional expertise, creativity and innovation in the classroom. Mrs. Bechtel has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Cleveland State University in the Department of Teacher Education. Most recently, Mrs. Bechtel served as the principal of James A. Garfield School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

“I am excited to be joining Olmsted Falls City Schools in such a centralized capacity. Early childhood education is where my passion lies because it plays such a pivotal role in overall learning – it’s important to get off to a good start on one’s educational journey,” said Mrs. Dora Bechtel. “I look forward to working with the staff, families, and youngest students of Olmsted Falls.”

Mrs. Bechtel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, including a Reading Specialist Endorsement, from Cleveland State University. She also earned her Principal Licensure from Cleveland State University. Mrs. Bechtel is a literacy specialist with extensive experience in the implementation of the readers and writers workshop as well as project-based learning.

“Mrs. Bechtel’s leadership, experience and specialized skill set will be an outstanding asset to our Early Childhood Center, as well as to our district as a whole,” added Dr. Lloyd.

A special “Popsicles on the Playground” Meet and Greet event with Mrs. Bechtel will be scheduled for August, ahead of the official start of school. All families of students attending the Early Childhood Center this coming school year will be invited.

Mrs. Bechtel replaces retiring ECC principal Ms. Melinda Falconi, who has been with the Olmsted Falls City School District as the principal of the Early Childhood Center for the past eight years.


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT YEAR – DUE JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2019-2020 school year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by JUNE 15TH. Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


BULLDOG GRADS PURSUE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

student successOlmsted Falls High School graduating seniors Cole Zehe and Masen Collins were selected for a paid internship opportunities at FirstEnergy for seven weeks this summer.
The objective of this internship is to have Cole and Masen continue to intern each summer, and, upon completion of their college degree, return and work full-time for FirstEnergy.  Cole will attend Bucknell University and Masen, Gannon University this fall.

 

RyanCP_leftAs the OFHS Business program continues to grow and community partnerships are expanded, more and more real world learning opportunities are available to students.

OFHS graduating senior Ryan Higginbotham particiated in a spring internship with Jason M. Orsky Wealth Management, providing him with a fantastic learning experience in the financial services field before he heads off to Ohio Univsersity this fall!

Congratulations and best wishes to these soon-to-be collegiates!

Thank you to the community partnerhsips that make these type of valubale internship experiences possible!


OFHS GRADS WILL CONTINUE STUDIES, PURSUE FUTURES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Classof2019_FuturesMapThe Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2019 will travel across the state – and the country – to pursue colleges, technical schools and military service.

student successA special custom interactive map may be viewed by clicking HERE to see exactly where our Bulldogs will be heading this fall. Once the map is opened, simply click on each location for additional information!

Again, wishing best of luck to all of our Class of 2019 Bulldogs!


SENIOR CITIZEN GUESTS ENJOY COMMUNITY DINNER EVENT AT OFHS

CP_leftIt was a true pleasure to host our senior citizen residents of Olmsted Falls City School District for this special community event!  More than 60 guests attended the OFCS Spring Senior Citizen Dinner event on Thursday, June 6th – enjoying a delicious meal, great entertainment and an opportunity to tour the new OFHS expansions and renovations.

Thank you to the OFMS Golden Harmonies and OFHS Trumpet Trio for performing at the event. Thank you to our OFHS Student Ambassadors for helping to serve dinner and for providing excellent tours of the new expansions and renovations in the building!

Check out local media coverage on our last OFCS Senior Citizen event by clicking HERE.


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATES

Class of 2019 graduates will continue to have access to their ofcs.net accounts only through Friday, September 6th.  At that time, OFHS graduates will lose access to their accounts.  The OFCS Technology Department is helping students plan ahead by sharing instructions on how graduates can export / transfer all of the contents of their ofcs.net accounts to their personal accounts.

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To access the complete document of instructions, please click HERE.

If students have any questions or need further assistance, please email Mrs. Davis at idavis@ofcs.net.


NORTH OLMSTED SCHOOLS OFFER SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM

A Lunch & Snack Program is free and open to all children from ages 1-18 in various North Olmsted locations. The North Olmsted City School District is offering this program to our community.

Locations are the North Olmsted Recreation Center, 26000 Lorain Road, Birch Primary School, 24100 Palm Drive, Maple Intermediate School, 24101 Maple Ridge Road; Chestnut Intermediate School, 30395 Lorain Road; North Olmsted High School, 27301 Butternut Ridge Road.

Please click HERE to view the flyer for times and dates at each location.  You also may view a menu by clicking HERE.


BULLDOG SUMMER 2019 SPORTS CAMPS – STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

color bulldog headInformation about upcoming Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is available on the Olmsted Falls Athletics website, or by clicking the links below:

2019 Summer Football Camp (June 17-19)

gOH Run Kids Running Day Camp (June 17-19)

2019 Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 3-8 (June 24-27)

gOH Run and OFXC Youth Running Day Camp (July 8-12)

OFHS Soccer Skills Camp for Ages 5-14 (July 29-31)

OFHS Volleyball Mini Skills Clinic for Grades 1-6 (August 5-7)

OFHS Volleyball Junior Netters for Grades 2-6 (Mondays starting Sept. 9th)

Online registration for all OFHS Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps is available at olmstedcc.com.  

For all the latest news and information on Olmsted Falls Athletics, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.   GO BULLDOGS!


OLMSTED FALLS DISTRICT OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-7

school-band-clipartCurrent students in grades 5-7 are invited to make music this summer with their musical instruments – and have fun! Expect to have fun while playing your band instrument, enjoy themed days and fun games.

There will be a concert band and mini-camp marching band clinic.  The dates for both will run from Aug. 19th through the 23rd. The times for the concert band is 8:30-10:30 a.m. and the mini-camp, 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Summer Music Camp will be held in the OFHS band room. The cost for each is $80. There is a $10 discount for each additional child or second group or for a participant in the district’s Athletic Camp.

To view and download the registration form, click HERE.  For questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


ATTENTION POST PROM 2020

All 2020 Senior Parents are welcome to join the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We have established committees and a large fundraiser! We need all parents to help and contribute. Please follow us on Twitter (@2020postprom), join us on Facebook (OFHS 2020 Post Prom) and join our email list. To be added to our mailing list, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com.

We hope to have great parent participation in the planning to make this event a huge success for our kids!  Thanks!

REMINDER:  Our first event at First Energy is approaching – June 22!  Please sign up to volunteer by going to this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d45adae2caaf58-soccer


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24th with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS AVAILABLE JULY 31ST

OFHS would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.  The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at:  www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
(mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

An informational flier download is available here: 2019 Olmsted Falls HS Heart Screening Info I.  Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


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REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox PrimarySchool)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SWINGS-N-THINGS OFFERS COMMUNITY CARD

Swings-N-ThingsSwings-N-Things has created a special Bulldog Community Card for residents of Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and families who are not residents, but have children enrolled in the Olmsted Falls City School District. The card offers special pricing on SNT activities.

Simply stop by Swings-N-Things during normal business hours now to receive a FREE picture Bulldog I.D. card that you will be required to show to receive special Bulldog pricing on each visit.

To learn more about this program, click HERE. You also may go to sntfun.com/bulldog-community-card to pre-register.


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS

GLSC_ImageThe Great Lakes Science Center presents Camp Curiosity Summer Day Camps at several locations in Cleveland and on the west and east sides.  The science-related camp includes fun with robots, LEGOS, experiments, rockets and other equipment. The camps blast off June 3. For more details, go to GreatScience.com/camps.

 


SUMMER ARTS CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE

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Let the kids get creative summer! Pinot’s Palette will have 5 weeks of fun artistic journeys with a variety of paintings and projects this summer.  Camp is for ages 6-13 years! Parents/Guardians drop off and pick up.
Choose one or more weeks to attend! All camps are Monday-Friday 9am-1pm:  June 17th-21st, July 1st–5th, July 15th-19th, July 29th-August 2nd, and/or August 12th–16th
All for only $35 a day! Please send a nut free snack and lunch!
Visit www.pinotspalette.com/olmstedfalls/events or call us at (440) 793-5133


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OFCS Update – June 4, 2019

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OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTS COMMUNITY DINNER EVENT FOR SENIOR CITIZEN RESIDENTS – THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 6THOFCS 6-6-19 Senior Citizen Dinner_Invite Flyer


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

CalendarGraphicThe 2018-2019 school year is quickly coming toward its end.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES:

Sunday, June 9th – OFHS Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, June 11th – Last Day for Preschool & Kindergarten Students

Friday, June 14th – Last Day for Students (Grades 1-11)

To download a copy of the next year’s 2019-2020 OFCS School Year Calendar, please click HERE.


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT YEAR – DUE JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2019-2020 school year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by JUNE 15TH. Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES TREASURER’S MAY FORECAST

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The Olmsted Falls Board of Education approved the district’s latest Five-Year Forecast during their regular monthly meeting held on May 16th. The Five-Year Forecast is an important planning tool that is required by the State of Ohio and shows three years of actual financial data, along with five years of future projections. All school districts must submit to the Ohio Department of Education a board approved Five-Year Forecast on bi-annually timeline, each October and May.

y19_ForecastGraphicThe Five-Year Forecast is a dynamic budgeting tool that helps our Treasurer’s office plan and demonstrate the district’s effective and efficient annual operations and how we continue to be good stewards of our community’s taxpayer dollar. This tool can also help in determining when the District needs to ask for additional operating dollars. Olmsted Falls City Schools has not gone to the taxpayers for operating dollars since February 2010, which at the time was projected to last three years. Strong fiscal management and planning by the school district has helped stretch these funds nearly nine years.

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Treasurer/CFO Emily Dales

The most current version of the Five-Year Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools is always accessible to the public on the district website, and can be found linked from the treasurer’s page at https://www.ofcs.net/administration/ofcstreasurer. We encourage all community members to review the bi-annual forecasts and reach out with any questions.

To review the full Five-Year Forecast Report including the detailed assumptions, Board approved on May 16, 2019, please click HERE. To view May 2019 Five-Year Forecast summary, please click HERE.

As always, if you have any questions about the current Five-Year Forecast or any other aspect of district finances, please contact Treasurer/CFO Ms. Emily Dales at 440.427.6000. Ms. Dales is always happy to answer questions about district finances.


THREE BULLDOG STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY THE BEREA ELKS

CP_leftThe Berea Elks held its annual Recognition Ceremony earlier this month.

At the ceremony, three Olmsted Falls Middle School eighth graders were recognized for their outstanding essays focusing on the theme, “What Makes Me Proud of America.”

Isabel Ortiz placed first at the Northeast Ohio District competition, Emma Corrigan placed second in the district and Jordan Becaj was a local winner.

Congratulations to these fine students!


OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS: IN THE NEWS

student successIt’s been a very busy spring in Olmsted Falls City Schools!

Check out the following collection of local media coverage you may have missed:

Olmsted Falls Adaptive Lacrosse Program (19 News 5/30/19)

OFMS Recycling Project (Cleveland.com 5/29/19)

OFHS May Show (Cleveland.com 5/17/19)CP_left

OFIS Students Publish Book (Cleveland.com 5/8/19)

OFIS Roasted Coffee Cart (WKYC 4/9/19)

Girls in STEM: OFMS GEMS (WKYC  3/19/19)

National Recognition for Olmsted Falls Middle School (Cleveland.com  3/13/19)

Career Day at Falls-Lenox (Cleveland.com 3/11/19)


IN OUR NEXT BLOG POSTS:

student successWatch for the following stories in our final district blog updates of the year:

  • OFCS Family & Community LINK Initiative
  • Class of 2019 Interactive Futures Map
  • Class of 2019 Grads Score Awesome Summer Internship Opportunities
  • OFHS Rho Kappa / Falls-Lenox Heroes Night
  • Board Honors OFHS Varsity Basketball Team
  • OFHS Basketball Recognized by Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association
  • Five OFHS Bulldogs Named Polaris “Outstanding Seniors”
  • SkillsUSA Recap
  • OFHS May Show – Photo Gallery
  • SRO Named “Blue Coat Man of the Year”
  • AND MORE!

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS – CLASS SCHEDULES – CHANGES DEADLINE

Parents and students, you may view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2019-2010 school year directly in PowerSchool. Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.

THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 14TH.


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

Class of 2019 graduates will continue to have access to their ofcs.net accounts only through Friday, September 6th.  At that time, OFHS graduates will lose access to their accounts.  The OFCS Technology Department is helping students plan ahead by sharing instructions on how graduates can export / transfer all of the contents of their ofcs.net accounts to their personal accounts.

Google Takeout

To access the complete document of instructions, please click HERE.

If students have any questions or need further assistance, please email Mrs. Davis at idavis@ofcs.net.


YOU STILL MAY REGISTER INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS FOR THE UPCOMING 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR! 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS TAKE PLACE JUNE 12TH-14TH.  PLEASE MAKE SURE INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS ARE REGISTERED IN TIME TO SECURE A SCREENING APPOINTMENT AT THIS TIME.

KindergartenKindergarten registration continues to occur. Please let any families you may know who will have a kindergarten age student next year that NOW is the time to register.  It is important that all kindergarten students be registered in advance of the kindergarten screening appointments that will occur June 12th, 13th & 14th.  

The first step to enrolling a new kindergartner is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year!


BULLDOG SUMMER 2019 SPORTS CAMPS!

color bulldog headInformation about upcoming Bulldog Summer Sports Camps is available on the Olmsted Falls Athletics website, or by clicking the links below:

2019 Summer Girls Lacrosse Camp (June 3-5)

2019 Summer Tennis Camp (June 6-7)

2019 Summer Football Camp (June 17-19)

gOH Run Kids Running Day Camp (June 17-19)

2019 Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 3-8 (June 24-27)

gOH Run and OFXC Youth Running Day Camp (July 8-12)

OFHS Soccer Skills Camp for Ages 5-14 (July 29-31)

OFHS Volleyball Mini Skills Clinic for Grades 1-6 (August 5-7)

OFHS Volleyball Junior Netters for Grades 2-6 (Mondays starting Sept. 9th)

Online registration for all OFHS Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps is available at olmstedcc.com.  

For all the latest news and information on Olmsted Falls Athletics, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.   GO BULLDOGS!


OLMSTED FALLS DISTRICT OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-7

Current students in grades 5-7 are invited to make music this summer with their musical instruments – and have fun! Expect to have fun while playing your band instrument, enjoy themed days and fun games.

There will be a concert band and mini-camp marching band clinic.  The dates for both will run from Aug. 19th through the 23rd. The times for the concert band is 8:30-10:30 a.m. and the mini-camp, 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Summer Music Camp will be held in the OFHS band room. The cost for each is $80. There is a $10 discount for each additional child or second group or for a participant in the district’s Athletic Camp.

To view and download the registration form, click HERE.  For questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS – POST PROM MEETING JUNE 12

Our next Post Prom 2020 meeting is Wednesday, June 12th at 7 p.m in the OFHS Media Center.

Now that 2019 prom is complete, we will be able to start working on a number of the items that have been on hold, such as fundraising, donations, collections, decorations, etc. Please spread the word and join us for this important meeting!

Our first event at First Energy is approaching! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d45adae2caaf58-soccer


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24th with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS

OFHS would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.  The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at:  www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
(mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

An informational flier download is available here: 2019 Olmsted Falls HS Heart Screening Info I.  Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


OFCS SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINEⓇ – HELP KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE!

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Olmsted Falls City School District utilizes an anonymous reporting system called The Safe School HelplineⓇ. Parents and students can use The Safe School HelplineⓇ to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression and/or thoughts of suicide. The Safe School Helpline® also includes access to a Counseling and Crisis Center staffed 24/7 with trained crisis intervention counselors that can serve as a direct resource for students seeking assistance for themselves or others.  All reporting is anonymous, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How Does It Work? Simply use one of the following three options to access the Safe School Helpline:

  • CALL from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE (418-6423),ext. 359 to leave your information.
  • TEXT 66746 then type TIPS.
  • ONLINE at http://www.safeschoolhelpline.com

Your message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and forward your message to school officials, so appropriate follow-up action can be taken.  See Something, Say Something!


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!”


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REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



JOIN FAT LITTLE BUDDIES RUN/WALK; PROCEEDS BENEFIT ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION – THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH

You still have time to sign up for the June 8th Fat Little 5K run and 1-mile walk.   Simply click HERE to register, but HURRY.  Sign up deadline is THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 6.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at Fat Little Buddies Tavern, 26906 Cook Road. The race/walk fee is $25. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The top overall man and woman and the top three in each age divisions – 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over – will receive awards. Stay after the race and enjoy post celebrations at the tavern include lunch specials and live music on the outdoor patio.


BEST OF OLMSTED 2019 – THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH

BEST OF OLMSTED EVENT GRAPHICJoin the Olmsted Community Center as it rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the Best of Olmsted for those who have been recognized for their service in our community during the past year. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages, music, and memories.

Visit the Best of Olmsted 2019 event page HERE for upcoming ticket*, sponsoring, vendor and event details.  Tickets are online or call 440.427.1599.

*A portion of proceeds to be donated to Westlake Meals on Wheels; (serving Olmsted Twp, Olmsted Falls, North Olmsted & Westlake).


SWINGS-N-THINGS OFFERS COMMUNITY CARD

Swings-N-ThingsSwings-N-Things has created a special Bulldog Community Card for residents of Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and families who are not residents, but have children enrolled in the Olmsted Falls City School District. The card offers special pricing on SNT activities.

Simply stop by Swings-N-Things during normal business hours now to receive a FREE picture Bulldog I.D. card that you will be required to show to receive special Bulldog pricing on each visit.

To learn more about this program, click HERE. You also may go to sntfun.com/bulldog-community-card to pre-register.


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS

GLSC_ImageThe Great Lakes Science Center presents Camp Curiosity Summer Day Camps at several locations in Cleveland and on the west and east sides.  The science-related camp includes fun with robots, LEGOS, experiments, rockets and other equipment. The camps blast off June 3. For more details, go to GreatScience.com/camps.


BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMMISSION HAS TWO OPEN FIELD POSITIONS

The Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission has openings for a crew chief and a field crew worker for its program this year.

The chief’s position runs from April through July and oversees the fields and their conditions. The pay is $1,000.

The field worker post runs from May through July and physically works on the fields and involved in other activities.  The pay is $3,000.

To view a flyer of the positions, click HERE.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

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teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


 

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OFCS Update – May 2, 2019

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Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed the long-awaited spring break!!  There are just over six weeks left to go!  As we head into the final stretch of the 2018-2019 school year, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES:

Tuesday, May 7th – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTSStaff Professional Development Day

Monday, May 27th – NO SCHOOLMemorial Day Holiday

Sunday, June 9th – OFHS Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, June 11th – Last Day for Preschool & Kindergarten Students

Friday, June 14th – Last Day for Students (Grades 1-11)


FINISHING TOUCHES PUT BULLDOG PRIDE FRONT & CENTER AT OFHS

During spring break, crews were able to complete one of the final finishing touches to the OFHS renovation project.  New flooring featuring Bulldog graphics were added to the main front entrance and west athletic entrance of the building!

Students, staff and visitors to the building are now officially welcomed by the O.F. Bulldog and our Bulldog Pride!


COMMUNITY TURNS OUT FOR ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCHOOLS & OFHS OPEN HOUSE EVENT

IMG-5590Logo1Students, parents, faculty, staff and community residents packed the newly renovated cafeteria at Olmsted Falls High School last month for the annual State of the Schools event.

This year’s State of the Schools presentation featured a welcome by Board of Education President Mrs. Holly Neumann, an update on accountability, innovation and student success by OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, and a financial update from OFCS Treasurer & CFO Ms. Emily Dales.

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OFHS student presenters Hannah Foster & Antoinette Circino with OFCS Superintendent  Dr. Jim Lloyd following State of the Schools

OFHS business teacher Mrs. Liz Cleary also participated in this year’s State of the Schools presentation along with two of her students, Hannah Foster and Antoinette Circino, who did an amazing job sharing their experiences.

To view a copy of this year’s State of the Schools presentation, please click HERE.

A video of this year’s State of the Schools address is also available for viewing on the OFCS Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/olmstedfallsschools/

This year’s event was followed by a special OFHS Open House providing guests an opportunity to participate in student-led tours of the newly expanded and renovated spaces throughout the buildings.

Tours were led by OFHS Student Ambassadors who did an excellent job showing visitors around the building.  Their tour guide skills were met with rave reviews!

Thank you to all of our student volunteers!  And thank you to all who attended!

To read local media coverage of the event, please click HERE.


OFCS SPRING ARTS SCHEDULE: CONCERTS, PLAYS & ART EXHIBITS

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May 2, 3 & 4(OPENS TONIGHT!) OFMS Bulldog Theatre Company’s Spring Play, “Smarty Pants”

May 9 – OFHS Masquers & Forensics Annual Cabaret Night

May 15 & 16 – OFHS Spring Band Pops Concert

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May 17 – OFHS May Art Show

May 21 & 22 – OFHS Spring Choir Pops Concert

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May 23 – OFMS Spring Choir Concerts

May 30 – OFMS Spring Band Concerts

Please check building webpages for event times.


MAY 6TH IS BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY

Driver Appreciation Resolution_4-11-19Olmsted Falls City School District is fortunate to have an outstanding team of bus drivers transporting our students to and from school each day.  Our drivers are the first school district employees to greet many of our students each morning and the last to say goodbye each afternoon.  They take great pride and care in safely transporting students each school day.

To recognize the district’s excellent transportation team, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education passed a resolution at their April meeting designating Monday, May 6, 2019 as Bus Driver Appreciation Day!  To read the official resolution, please click HERE.

Thank you to all of our Bulldog bus drivers, and the entire OFCS Transportation Department, for all you do!


ANNUAL CABARET NIGHT AT OFHS SET FOR MAY 9TH

stagespotlightMasquers and Forensics students will be presenting Cabaret Night on Thursday, May 9th in the high school auditorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Cabaret Night is a variety show with musical selections, short scenes, and comic banter from the MCs!

Seating is onstage at cocktail tables and provides a close-up view to the performers. Ticket price includes beverages and desserts with wait staff. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Tickets are on sale at the door for $10.


OFCS HOSTING SENIOR CITIZEN DINNER EVENT @ OFHS ON JUNE 6TH

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OFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

 

student successCongratulations to Bulldog students attending Polaris Career Center or participating in Polaris Project Lead the Way (PLTW) satellite programs at OFHS, who were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society during a special ceremony at Polaris Career Center.  Polaris Career Center recently inducted 84 students into the National Technical Honor Society. We are proud to announce that 12 students from Olmsted Falls City School District were among those inducted!

NTHS CeremonyBulldog students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society include:

Paige Chernisky, junior, biomedical sciences (PLTW satellite); Alexis Chrise, junior, biomedical sciences (PLTW satellite ); Kaye Dregalla, senior, teaching professions (PLTWsatellite); Desiree Jasper, senior, cosmetology; Sarah Krofta, senior, baking and pastry arts; Nicolas Kuntz, senior, emergency medical technician and fire training; Madison Marsico, senior, teaching professions (PLTW satellite); Addison Sandru, junior, medical professions; Cassandra Schaefer, junior, criminal justice; Andrew Schroth, junior, engineering (PLTW satellite); Jack Surtman, junior, aeronautics; and Elizabeth Traine, junior, cosmetology.

NTHS is America’s highest award for excellence in career and technical education. Its mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities for the organization’s number.  Students must earn all As in their respective program; maintain a 95 percent or higher attendance rate and maintain a 3.0 accumulative GPA.

Again, congratulations to all of these outstanding students.


BULLDOG ALUMNUS DEBORAH MAKARI SELECTED AS SPECIAL COMMENCEMENT & CANDLELIGHT SPEAKER FOR THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY CLASS OF 2019

Deborah_Makaristudent successCongratulations to Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2015 alumnus Deborah Makari!  Deborah is a history major at The Ohio State University and has been selected as one of four Commencement and Candlelight Ceremony speakers.  Deborah will be sharing her Buckeye story during commencement weekend as she graduates with The Ohio State University Class of 2019.  Kudos to this Bulldog alumnus on this honor!

The Ohio State University Candlelight Ceremony takes place on May 4 on the Oval near Thompson. Pre-event festivities will begin at 7:30p.m. The OSU Commencement Ceremony will take place on May 5 beginning at noon.

After graduation, Deborah plans to seek a public service position with a non-profit or advocacy organization, and hopes to reside in Washington, D.C.  Best wishes to Deborah from Bulldog country for continued success!


OFCS LEADS BY EXAMPLE AT ANNUAL OHIO PTA CONVENTION

PTA ConferenceOn April 13, Olmsted Falls City Schools was featured at the 113th Annual Ohio PTA Convention and Exhibition in Columbus, Ohio. Linda Parkowski, Vice-President of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, Kelli Cogan, Assistant Superintendent for OFCS, and Julianne Allen, President of Olmsted Falls PTA Council, teamed up to present “A Partnership that Inspires & Empowers Students”.

CP_leftThe presentation focused on how the Olmsted Falls City School District works in collaboration with its PTAs for the purposes of inspiring and empowering ALL students, including how PTA Council serves as a critical sounding board for the administration on topics such as testing, accountability, student mental health, and the District’s recent Portrait of a Graduate work. The event was a great opportunity to share with other districts around the state of Ohio about the work that is ongoing in Olmsted Falls and to provide information about how school districts can strengthen their partnerships with PTA to benefit all students. 


SPECIAL GUESTS HELP 8TH GRADERS GAIN INSIGHT AHEAD OF ANNUAL D.C. TRIP

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U.S. Navy Veteran Dr. Bill Baumann

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U.S. Army Veteran Mr. William Bristow

Before last month’s annual Washington D.C. Trip, the eighth graders attended special presentations from a WWII and Vietnam Veteran.

Students were able to gain insight about what it was like to be a soldier during wartime and to understand the meaning and importance of the WWII and Vietnam War Memorials that are in Washington D.C.

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Thank you to World War II Veteran Mr. William Bristow (U.S. Army Veteran of the Battle of the Bulge) and Dr. Bill Baumann (U.S. Navy Veteran of Vietnam – USS Ajax) who took the time with the students to make the field trip more meaningful. Bulldog country is grateful for your service and for your willingness to continue to give back to your community!


HELPING HANDS HONORS DISTRICT’S EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD NOMINEES

student successEach year the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County presents “Excellence in Education” awards to deserving Students, Peers, and Educators.  The process begins with nominations at the local school district level.  Olmsted Falls City Schools received a total of ten nominations this year – one Outstanding Student Achievement award nomination, four Outstanding Peer Achievement award nominations, and five Outstanding Educator Achievement award nominations.  The district’s Helping Hands organization coordinates the annual “Excellence In Education” awards.

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Excellence in Education Award Nominees were joined by those who nominated them in the picture above. Congratulations to all!

On the evening of April 12th, Helping Hands hosted a special “Excellence In Education” recognition dinner for all ten of this year’s award nominees from the Olmsted Falls School District. At the event, held at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, each nominee was personally recognized for everything he/she does for the Special Education community!

Following please find each award category and the list of nominees:

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

Outstanding Student Nominee:  8th Grade Student Celia Head

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

Outstanding Peer Nominees:  Kindergartener Anna Tonnissen, 7th Grade Student Megan Hicks, 8th Grade Student Addie Odon, and OFHS Senior Kaitlyn Hradek.

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

Outstanding Educator Nominees: Teaching Team Cindy Zahorchak and Jamie Meyers;  Speech Pathologist Lori Kallevig; Physical Education/APE Teacher Jordan Eaton; Student Services Administrative Assistant Pam Manas; and Intervention Specialist Tutor Cathy Warren.

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

From our group of outstanding nominees, the following individuals have been selected and will be recognized by the ESC at the annual Excellence In Education Awards breakfast set to take place on May 10th:  Outstanding Student Nominee Celia Head;  Outstanding Peer Nominee Kaitlyn Hradek; and Outstanding Educator Nominees Jordan Eaton and Pam Manas. Congratulations!


FIRST GRADERS CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY WITH MAYOR GRAVEN

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The group helped plant a new tree by Olmsted Falls City Hall!

Thank you to Mayor Graven for celebrating Arbor Day with our first graders!


FALLS-LENOX ACCEPTS THE “KINDNESS CHAIN CHALLENGE”

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Students wrote down examples of when they were kind to others, and then the classes linked the chains together!  The grade level with the longest chain won a pajama day!

Congratulations to our first graders for “linking” the most acts of kindness!  All grades should be VERY proud as each displayed many acts of kindness and very long chains! Keep being kind!


FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS LEARN TRUE ROCKSTARS DON’T HATE!

student successFalls-Lenox hosted three awesome, rockin’ assemblies for students featuring musician and motivational speaker Todd Waites! Students in each grade level had the opportunity to meet Todd and hear his inspirational story and message.  The high-energy “True Rockstars Don’t Hate” assemblies were a hit with the students and shared a message about the importance of kindness!

Thank you Todd Waites for sharing your musical talent and your inspirational story with our students! Kindness counts!


RAVE REVIEWS FOR OFHS MASQUERS’ “BEAUTY & THE BEAST”

student successKudos to our talented OFHS Masquers students on an outstanding spring musical production of “Beauty and The Beast!”  Audiences enjoyed the performances!  Acting, singing, choreography, costumes and sets were a huge hit!  Well done!

To read local media coverage about OFHS Masquers production of “Beauty & the Beast,” please click HERE.


CALLING ALL ARTISTS – COMMUNITY, OFHS ALUMNI, STAFF AND FACULTY

The Olmsted Falls High School Annual May Show is Friday, May 17th  and alumni, faculty, staff and community members are invited and encouraged to enter their work.

CP_leftMembers of the Olmsted Falls City schools and community may share their hidden talents at the art show. This special work will be displayed in a special area set aside just for you.  This is one of the favorite displays people love, so consider entering.

Display boards are available for flat work (paintings, drawings, photography, etc.) and table space for three-dimensional pieces, such as sculpture, ceramics, embroidery and others.

Please fill out a form by clicking HERE is you would like to be part of the show.  There are more details on the form as to when and where to drop off your pieces.  We hope to see you – and your creativity – there.


BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS OFHS ATHLETES AT APRIL BOARD MEETING

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student successThe Olmsted Falls Board of Education was pleased to honor more outstanding OFHS athletes during its regular meeting in April.

The Varsity Girls Basketball Team was proudly recognized for winning the Southwestern Conference Championship! Congrats to the team on their amazing season!  The Bulldog Girls Basketball Team finished with an SWC record of 17-1 and 21-4 overall. The team also finished runner up in the OHSAA Northeast District DI Tournament held at Elyria Catholic High School.

Two members of the Bulldog Girls Basketball Team were also honored by the Board of Education and presented with certificates by OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  Shannon Carr (pictured on left) was recognized for being named a Scholar Athlete; and Clare Kelly (pictured on right) was recognized for being named 1st Team All-Conference, Conference MVP and 2nd Team All Ohio. Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes!

Finally, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Jordan Eaton was recognized for being named Southwestern Conference Coach of the Year!  OFHS Principal Dr. Holly Schafer and Dr. Lloyd joined Coach Eaton for a photo with his SWC Coach of the Year Award!  Congratulations Coach Eaton!

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FALLS-LENOX & OFHS SHARE BUILDING UPDATES WITH BOARD MEMBERS

student successThank you to the presentation teams from Falls-Lenox Primary School and Olmsted Falls High School for providing the Board of Education members with informative updates at the April board meeting!

CP_leftThe team from Falls-Lenox shared with board members about their building’s three student groups that help to serve the community and the school. These groups include: Terrific Kids, Helping Hands, and the Third Grade Ambassadors Program. Through these experiences, students learn about kindness and are given opportunities to help others.  Falls-Lenox students joined staff members to share their personal experiences with these outstanding student groups.  Their presentation concluded with students spending one-on-one time talking with board members.  

 

The team from Olmsted Falls High School shared a video with the board members highlighting recent work to incorporate innovative design qualities into class lessons.  Members from the OFHS Design Team outlined efforts underway to design and maximize engaging work for students.   

Presentations such as these are featured at all regular Board of Education meetings throughout the school year.  Olmsted Falls Board of Education meetings are always open to the community and the schedule can be found on the district website.


FALLS-LENOX READ-A-THON GATHERS RECORD-BREAKING READING TIME, MATERIAL AND FUN

A big thank  you for all who were involved in the recent Falls-Lenox Read-A-Thon fundraiser and After-School Session. The fundraiser earned the Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA a total of $2,913.75.  These funds are used to buy books for students to keep during Right-To-Read Week, pay for author visits and purchase materials for literacy events.

Students who attended Friday’s reading session were instrumental in breaking last year’s record of minutes read! The 141 students who attended each logged 60 minutes, which added 8,460 minutes to the school total! The new record now stands at 73,249 minutes read over two weeks.

Students enjoyed visits from Olmsted Falls Chief of Police Odis Rogers, Firefighter Patrick Grau and his crew along with Librarian Lisa Woodruff of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Each visitor read a story, which made our event even more special. Thank you to all who were part of this special week.

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


FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR HITS ANOTHER HIGH CHAPTER IN SALES, READING MINUTES

thank_youA big “Thank You!” to all who attended the Falls-Lenox Book Fair. We sold about 1,976 books during this year’s fair!  This amount of books provides about 355,779 reading minutes to our students. We also had many Bulldog families in attendance during our Literacy Night.  What a great way for families to encourage literacy and help their children to become lifelong readers!

A special Thank You to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Book Fair Chairperson, Janelle Prada and committee members Jen Prugar, Michelle Saluja, Valerie Gerrish, Katie Pace, Bridgette Ross, Amie Johnson, Brandy Phillips, Kelly Fires, Melissa Echenrode,Tammy Lewarchick, Denise Rizer and Leah Peeler who helped to prepare for and work the Fair all week! Without their help we would never be able to handle the volume of students and families who participate every year!


NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS FOR THE UPCOMING 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR! 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS TAKE PLACE JUNE 12TH-14TH.  PLEASE MAKE SURE INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS ARE REGISTERED IN TIME TO SECURE A SCREENING APPOINTMENT AT THIS TIME. 

KindergartenKindergarten registration continues to occur. Please let any families you may know who will have a kindergarten age student next year that NOW is the time to register.  It is important that all kindergarten students be registered in advance of the kindergarten screening appointments that will occur June 12th, 13th & 14th.  

The first step to enrolling a new kindergartner is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!


ECC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM SEEKING TYPICAL PEERS FOR 2019-2020 

The Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center is looking for a few more typical peer models to fill afternoon openings (11:40am-2:10pm), 4 days a week (Monday through Thursday) in our integrated preschool classes for 2019-2020.  For a detailed description of the preschool program, including the role of the typical peer, please click HERE.

If the ECC preschool experience sounds like a perfect fit for your preschooler, please call Meg Santiago at (440) 427-6360 to make arrangements for your child to come play with us on Friday, May 17 from 12:30-2:00pm.  We look forward to seeing you!


BULLDOG SUMMER 2019 SPORTS CAMPS!

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OFHS Youth Volleyball Camp for Grades 1-6 (May 28-31)

2019 Summer Girls Lacrosse Camp (June 3-5)

2019 Summer Tennis Camp (June 6-7)

2019 Summer Football Camp (June 17-19)

gOH Run Kids Running Day Camp (June 17-19)

2019 Summer Basketball Camp for Grades 3-8 (June 24-27)

gOH Run and OFXC Youth Running Day Camp (July 8-12)

OFHS Soccer Skills Camp for Ages 5-14 (July 29-31)

OFHS Volleyball Mini Skills Clinic for Grades 1-6 (August 5-7)

OFHS Volleyball Junior Netters for Grades 2-6 (Mondays starting Sept. 9th)

Online registration for all OFHS Bulldog Athletics Summer Camps is available at olmstedcc.com.  

For all the latest news and information on Olmsted Falls Athletics, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.   GO BULLDOGS!


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER – SAVE $15 WITH MAY 10 EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24th with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10) OFF $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday.

Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS

OFHS would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.  The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at:  www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
(mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

An informational flier download is available here: 2019 Olmsted Falls HS Heart Screening Info I.  Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


OFCS SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINEⓇ – HELP KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE!

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Olmsted Falls City School District utilizes an anonymous reporting system called The Safe School HelplineⓇ. Parents and students can use The Safe School HelplineⓇ to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression and/or thoughts of suicide. The Safe School Helpline® also includes access to a Counseling and Crisis Center staffed 24/7 with trained crisis intervention counselors that can serve as a direct resource for students seeking assistance for themselves or others.  All reporting is anonymous, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How Does It Work? Simply use one of the following three options to access the Safe School Helpline:

  • CALL from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE (418-6423),ext. 359 to leave your information.
  • TEXT 66746 then type TIPS.
  • ONLINE at http://www.safeschoolhelpline.com

Your message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and forward your message to school officials, so appropriate follow-up action can be taken.  See Something, Say Something!


OFIS GREEN TEAM FUNDRAISER – ORDER DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY, MAY 3RD

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The OFIS Green Team is having its first fundraiser ever! The Green Team has partnered with Norwex, a company whose mission is to radically reduce the chemicals used in homes. The money raised for OFIS Green Team Club will continue to help students learn new ways to help the environment, teach others, and do great things at OFIS.  25% of all sales goes back to our Green Team!

All orders are online and ship DIRECTLY to customers within 48 hours.

Please click HERE for the OFIS Green Team’s Online Norwex Fundraiser Shop.

This is a short fundraiser – ORDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THIS FRIDAY, MAY 3RD.  

Thank you in advance for supporting the OFIS Green team Club!  If you have any questions, please contact Green Team Advisor Mr. Mike Schafer at mschafer@ofcs.net.


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!”


CLASS OF 2019 POST PROM UPDATES–CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER THIS SAT., MAY 4TH

 

Come into Chipotle in North Ridgeville THIS SATURDAY, Saturday, May 4th, between 4 – 8 p.m.

chipotle sandwichBring in the flyer (link available below), show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make certain that 33 percent of the proceeds are donated to OFHS Post Prom 2019. Your family will be so excited to have Chipotle for dinner!  To download the flyer, click HERE.

The Post Prom Committee is also still collecting gift card(s) that range from $15-$25 to be used as gifts for our seniors during Post Prom. If you, or someone you know, would like to make a gift card donation, click on the link HERE for details. Thank you in advance for all your donations!

2019 Post Prom May Meeting Schedule:

Wed. 5/8; 7:00pm in the OFHS Media Center,
Wed. 5/15; 7:00pm in the OFHS Media Center; and finally
Wed. 5/29; 7:00pm in the Health Room (Rm. 302, Ciolek’s room)

For more information about Post Prom, click HERE.


ATTN: PARENTS OF JUNIORS!  CLASS OF 2020 POST PROM PLANNING GETTING UNDERWAY…

Our next Post Prom meeting is May 8th at 7:00 pm in the High School Health Room. This is the meeting you do NOT want to miss! We will be presenting and selecting a theme for the 2020 Post Prom. If you have any theme ideas, please bring them to the meeting. We will also be getting information on the First Energy Fundraiser training. They are willing to come to our HS to train so we do not have to travel! Look for further info on this coming soon.

Please make an effort to let all junior parents know of this meeting on May 8th, and please try to attend!


START SAVING CLOTHING ITEMS FOR THE MAY 11th “FILL THE TRUCK” FUNDRAISER

bulldog over musical noteThe Olmsted Falls Music Association is partnering with Savers to bring Fill the Truck – a donation collection vehicle – to the community. It will be located from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School’s front parking lot.
Items that may be donated are clothing, shoes, such accessories as purses, scarves, belts, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes, linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric. It will NOT accept household items, toys, books or items that are not cloth.


DINE AT CHIPOLTE MAY 19TH TO HELP OFHS PTA RAISE FUNDS FOR NEXT YEAR’S SCHOLARSHIPS 

218597-flyerAll are invited to stop by North Ridgeville’s Chipotle eatery from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 19TH. Bring in the flyer, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause because 33 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls High School PTA to be used for scholarships for the 2020 graduating seniors.

Please note that online orders will not be included in the fundraiser. Hope to see you there. Chipotle is located at 32223 Lorain Road.


OECPTA OFFERS FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT FUNDRAISER @ LOCAL COVERED BRIDGE

5K run olmsted spirtHave you been wanting new family photos? Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA (OECPTA) for a photo shoot fundraiser on May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Harding pedestrian covered bridge in downtown Olmsted Falls.

The cost is just $45 for OECPTA members and $55 for non-members and includes four digital images with copyright release. All photos may be purchased for an additional $70 (over $400 value). For complete details and to register, visit: www.TraeDawn.com/pta


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REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SWINGS-N-THINGS OFFERS COMMUNITY CARD

Swings-N-ThingsSwings-N-Things has created a special Bulldog Community Card for residents of Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and families who are not residents, but have children enrolled in the Olmsted Falls City School District. The card offers special pricing on SNT activities.

Simply stop by Swings-N-Things during normal business hours now to receive a FREE picture Bulldog I.D. card that you will be required to show to receive special Bulldog pricing on each visit.

To learn more about this program, click HERE. You also may go to sntfun.com/bulldog-community-card to pre-register.


SWIMMER SIGN UP FOR FALLS POINTS SWIM TEAM IS THIS SATURDAY, MAY 4TH – ONLINE REGISTRATION OCCURRING NOW

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoThe Falls Pointe Swim Team registration is from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 4th at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse.  Online sign up is now occurring on the team’s website at Fallspointeswimteam.com. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls City School District resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool.

Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim.  It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels with many fun activities included. For more information and online registration, go to fallspointeswimteam.com.


ANNUAL OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE IS THIS SUNDAY, MAY 5th AT OFMS

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Online registration is now open for this year’s May 5th Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.  The Kids Superhero Run again is scheduled for those ages 10 and younger. They are invited to dress as their favorite superhero.

The event includes a 5K race/walk, 1-mile, 400 meter run or 50 meter dash. For more details, go to olmstedspirit.com.


BOY SCOUTS TROOP 201 CONTINUES ITS MAY FLOWER SALE BUT AT NEW SITE – FALLS-LENOX SCHOOL

spring_flower_sale-300x215The Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 has a new home this year for its May 11th, 12th and 18th Flower Sale. The boys will be selling hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers, vegetables and herbs in front of the Falls-Lenox Primary School. The selections will make great Mother’s Day gifts or plantings for all gardens.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12th, which is Mother’s Day and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18th.  Troop 201 will accept donations of nonperishable foods, paper products and personal items to the Christians in Action food pantry, which serves residents of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township. For more details, contact Jennifer Seward with Troop 201, 440-785-6779 or jenniferseward@hotmail.com.


OLMSTED FALLS GIRL SCOUT TROOP HAS JUNE 1 -THIS SATURDAY – CAR WASH FUNDRAISER

Girl Scout Troop 71477 from Olmsted Falls will have a car wash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 1.   The car wash is at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

Proceeds from the car wash will help fund the troop’s trip to Orlando for the Girl Scout convention in 2020.


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS

GLSC_ImageThe Great Lakes Science Center presents Camp Curiosity Summer Day Camps at several locations in Cleveland and on the west and east sides.  The science-related camp includes fun with robots, LEGOS, experiments, rockets and other equipment. The camps blast off June 3. For more details, go to GreatScience.com/camps.

 


BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMMISSION HAS TWO OPEN FIELD POSITIONS

The Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission has openings for a crew chief and a field crew worker for its program this year.

The chief’s position runs from April through July and oversees the fields and their conditions. The pay is $1,000.

The field worker post runs from May through July and physically works on the fields and involved in other activities.  The pay is $3,000.

To view a flyer of the positions, click HERE.


ADAPTIVE LACROSSE RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS YEAR

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to offer adaptive lacrosse once again this year.

Practices will be on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – location TBD in Olmsted Falls. Practices will include a warm up, fundamental skill development and drills.  This program will run in April and May, though start date will be determined by the weather and ability to practice outdoors.

This program is designed for children with special needs in grades 1-8.  There is no cost to sign up. For questions or to register, please contact Jodi DeMarco, joannademarco@yahoo.com.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

OF baseball association flyer pixAlthough players do not have to be evaluated for these travel
teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


 

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OFCS Update – April 2, 2019

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PLEASE JOIN US TONIGHT FOR THE ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCHOOLS & OFHS COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE EVENT
Olmsted Falls City Schools
State of the Schools Address
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On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 6:30 p.m all Olmsted Falls City School District residents are invited to attend the annual State of the Schools event to hear what is occurring in the district directly from top leadership. The event will take place at Olmsted Falls High School and will be immediately followed by a special opportunity for residents to tour the newly expanded, newly renovated Olmsted Falls High School.  Student-led tours and light refreshments are planned!  

Please be sure to mark your calendar and join community members from across the district for this unique community engagement opportunity. 

We hope to see you there!


OFCS RECEIVES NATIONAL BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION AWARD FOR 13TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

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OFCS is proud to announce that our district has just been awarded the 2019 Best Communities for Music Education designation presented by The NAMM Foundation!  This is the 13th consecutive year Olmsted Falls City School District has received this prestigious national recognition!

To view the official press release and see the complete list of 2018 BCME districts, please click HERE.  

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OFCS LAUNCHES SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINEⓇ

The safety and well-being of our students and staff continues to be a top priority of Olmsted Falls City Schools. Olmsted Falls School District has just added a new communication feature designed to assist parents and their students in reporting any concerns.

Olmsted Falls City School District will now be utilizing an anonymous reporting system called Safe School HelplineⓇ. Effective immediately, parents and students can use the Safe School HelplineⓇ to report threats of violence, bullying, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, student depression and/or thoughts of suicide. The Safe School Helpline® also includes access to a Counseling and Crisis Center staffed 24/7 with trained crisis intervention counselors that can serve as a direct resource for students seeking assistance for themselves or others.

All reporting is anonymous, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Last week, each Bulldog family received a detailed Safe School Helpline® brochure along with a magnet featuring the voice and text phone numbers for this new service as well as the web address for reporting concerns. Additionally, there is also a free mobile app available for those who are interested.

How Does It Work? Simply call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE (418-6423),ext. 359 to leave your information. Or text 66746 then type TIPS. Your message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and forward your message to school officials, so appropriate follow-up action can be taken.

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In addition to providing information on this new program directly to parents, Olmsted Falls City Schools will also be developing age-appropriate methods to build awareness with students about the availability of this important new safety and wellness resource. Posters in school buildings, student announcements, classroom lessons by counselors, and inclusion in annual handbook assemblies at start of each year are just a few examples. Student awareness efforts will vary by building.

If you have any questions about the Safe School Helpline®, please call your school principal.  Thank you for your continued support of Olmsted Falls City Schools.


THREE BULLDOG STUDENT PROJECTS RECEIVE FUNDING FOR IMPLEMENTATION AT OFHS

student successFive OFHS students recently participated in the Health and Wellness AdCap Challenge at Case Western Reserve University.

They were Laney Ventimiglia, Tyler Urban, Aiden Martinez, Brad Connor and Colleen Thiel.

The students created and presented a 60-second “pitch” dedicated toward improving some aspect of health or wellness at OFHS. Two of their projects received funding!

“Clean Hands, Clean Life,” which Laney presented and “Falls Farm Field Trips,” which Tyler and Aiden pitched, each won a $1,000 prize. The prize money will be used to fund and implement their ideas into OFHS next year.

Congratulations to these students of OFHS teacher Brigid Radigan.


OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL BOARD HONORS WINTER ATHLETES

student successThe Olmsted Falls School Board and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd welcomed several student-athletes at the March 21st board meeting who participated in winter sports. 

Congratulations to our Hockey and Wrestling 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference Student-Athletes. 1st Team All SWC Hockey and Honorable Mention All Ohio: Dominic Conte; 1st Team All SWC, Sectional Champion, and OHSAA Qualifier Caiden Fetterman are pictured at right in the photo along with Board of Education President  Mrs. Holly Neumann and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd

Congratulations to the OFHS Scholar Athletes from the Winter 2018–20019 season. Pictured here are Board President Mrs. Holly Neumann; Travis Green, Boys Bowling; Jamie Bridle, Girls Bowling; Naomi Goldman, Gymnastics;  Jacob Kerkay, Hockey; Haley Taylor, Girls Swimming; Masen Collins, Boys Swimming, Connor Atkins, Wrestling; Elyse Walker, Cheerleading;; and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

The 2018 – 2019 Boys Bowling Team won the Northeast Division I District Championship. The team captured the championship on Sunday, February 24th at Roseland Lanes. The team went on to compete in the OHSAA Divison I Tournament on March 9th at Wayne Webb Columbus Bowl Lanes in Columbus, OH where the team finished in 7th place overall. Pictured here are Board President Mrs. Holly Neumann; Assistant Coach Andrew Oltmanns; Jerrod Green, Keegan Skoczen, Adam Puszak, Travis Green, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. Not pictured Head Coach Chad Kuchenmeister, Scott McKee, Logan Sharp, Kyle Kollm and Christopher Burkhart.

The 2018 – 2019 championship Southwestern Conference Gymnastics Team was presented with the first-ever Gymnastics banner that will be placed in the Olmsted Falls High School main gym. The team captured the SWC title on February 10th at the North Olmsted Recreation Center against a full field of conference teams. Pictured here are Annie Gutschow, Sophia Krumroy, Abby Schwecke, Hannah Prante, Morgan Ciolek, Abbie LaRosa, Naomi Goldman, Colleen Thiel, Mara Deselich, Megan Poore, Erin Hoffman.  Not pictured: Lindsey LaPinta, Anaisa Comerford, and Taylor Schuette.

Congratulations to these fine Bulldog student athletes! The OFHS girls and boys varisty basketball teams will be recognized at the upcoming April and May Board of Education meetings respectively. 


FOUR OFHS ART STUDENTS SHINE IN THIS YEAR’S GOVERNOR’S ART EXHIBITION COMPETITION

student successEvery year OFHS art students enter pieces into the Ohio Governors Youth Art Exhibition competition. The process of pieces that enter into this showing begins at the regional level. Thousands of art pieces are submitted.  

This year four OFHS students advanced from the regional level to state-level competition.

They are Jamie Bridle for “Moonlit Martyrdom;” Emily Kasl, “Best Friends;” Biana Sophia, “Happy Hour” and Chloe Thach, “Dancing with the Sunlight.”

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Moonlit by Jamie Bridle

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Dancing with the Sunlight by Chloe Thach

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Happy Hour by Briana Sophia

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Best Friends by Emily Kasl

 

Chloe’s piece, “Dancing with the Sunlight” (pictured above) was selected to be exhibited in Columbus.

The exhibition opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in April and closes at the end of May.

Congratulations to all of these talented Bulldog artists and all who entered their artwork!

To read more about this competition, click HERE.


IMPRESSIVE! OFMS STUDENT 7TH IN STATE GEOOGRAPHY BEE!

student successimage1Congratulations to 8th grader, David Vidovich, on placing 7th in the final round of the Ohio Geography Bee. David completed the preliminary round with a perfect score to qualify him for the final competition.

He represented OFMS with dignity and professionalism. We are so proud of David and his impressive performance! Well done!

The State Geography Bee was held last Friday, March 29th.


DENISE DUFALA KICKS OFF FALLS-LENOX RIGHT TO READ WEEK

CP_leftDenise Dufala, the former Cleveland news anchor, spoke to students about her new book, Bomba the Brave.

The book is about a brave young bunny who loves to jump and sing the hopscotch song. On the first day of school, Bomba discovers he needs glasses. When a classmate makes fun of him, it’s Tess to the rescue!  The bunnies learn to be kind, to be an upstander and to stick together. The students enjoyed singing along and listening to the story as they learned these valuable lessons.

student successThe assembly was part of the school’s month-long guidance theme of Kindness and followed up classroom lessons at which each student made a pledge to treat others the way they would want to be treated.

Special thanks to the PTA for securing resources for the classroom lessons as well as providing us with the very special visit from Mrs. Dufala!


HOW DOES A MOMENT LAST FOREVER?   COME SEE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ OFHS – APRIL 12th & 13th

Olmsted Falls High School Masquers is proud to present BEAUTY AND  THE BEAST! Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday 12th and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Call 440-427-6070 to reserve your tickets.  We expect sell-out shows, so please reserve your tickets soon!


INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR SHOULD REGISTER NOW!

KindergartenWelcome new kindergartners….kindergarten registration continues to occur. Please let any families you may know who will have a kindergarten age student next year that NOW is the time to register.

The first step to enrolling a new kindergartener is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!



A BIG THANK YOU!

thankyouOlmsted Falls Intermediate School had another successful Scholastic Book Fair this year.

Thank you to everyone who supported the fair.  Our book fair provided 169,799 reading minutes and over 943 books.

What a wonderful gift our students received from your generosity – the gift of reading!


ECC THANKS ALL WHO BOUGHT ITEMS AND VOLUNTEERED AT ITS BOOK SALE

A big “Thank You!” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center Book Fair. We sold over 728 books during this year’s fair, which provided about 131,099 reading minutes. We had many of our Itty Bitty Bulldogs in attendance at our family night. What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children to become lifelong readers!

 

 

A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA volunteers, Janelle Prada, Traci Lambert, Michelle Saluja, Michelle Allenbaugh, Daniel Munich, Melissa Eckenrode, Denise Rizer, Dawn Pettry, Jen and Anna Prugar, Deepa Rao and Debbie Lackey.  Without the help from all these wonderful volunteers, the Book Fair would not have been such a success!!


CONGRESSMAN OFFERS MILITARY ACADEMY INFORMATION – THIS SATURDAY – APRIL 6TH

Congressman Anthony Gonzalez will host a Military Service Academy Information Session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6th. It will be held at Green High School, Senior Commons, 1474 Boettler Road in Uniontown. The session will offer information about the service academy nomination process and tips on presenting the strongest application possible. It is open to everyone within Ohio’s 16th District.

RSVP to bryan.bowman@mail.house.gov. For more details, call 330-599-7037.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information. The website is available by clicking HERE.


CHECK OUT OFMS SPRING BOOK FAIR – COMING APRIL 8 

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will host a Scholastic Spring Book Fair.

The fair will run April 8th to April 17th. It will be stocked with new and exciting books for everyone! Students will have the opportunity to shop during their scheduled library time and during Star.

Come and find some new reading for the upcoming Spring Break!


OFHS OFFERS VOLLEYBALL PROGRAMS AT VARIOUS AGE LEVELS

Olmsted Falls High School volleyball coaches and players will help younger enthusiasts enhance skills and learn to enjoy the game of volleyball.

Junior Netters is a volleyball program for girls and boys in grades 2-6. The program will begin in September for five Mondays. Register by April 15 and the fee is $50. That will increase to $55 after April 15. To view a more detailed flyer, click HERE.

A Mini Skills Clinic for grades 1-6 is August 5-7 at the high school.  Again, register by April 15 and the cost is $45; after April 15, $50. To learn more details, click HERE.

The Olmsted Falls High School Youth Volleyball Camp is for grades 1-6.  It will run from 5-7 p.m. May 28-31. The cost is $55 by April 15 and $60 after April 15. The camp is for players who live in Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township or in the Olmsted Falls School District. To view a flyer, click HERE.

The three volleyball programs will be at OFHS.  Registration is available online at olmstedcc.com.


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday.

Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.


mCORE TO PROVIDE CARDIAC SCREEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OFHS STUDENTS

PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS

We would like to share information on an excellent opportunity that has been made available to our students at Olmsted Falls High School.  We are partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen our students for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  mCORE partners with schools, hospitals, and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings.

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.

The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per student and each student will be receiving both an EKG and Echo screening.  You may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment.

All mCORE screenings are performed by registered cardiac sonographers and results are read by mCORE medical director and our team of pediatric cardiologists.  (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).

Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at www.mcoreathletes.com

Olmsted Falls High School Heart Screening
mCORE Screening Location will be in the High School Training/Locker Rooms
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Cost: $79

To reserve your screening time please click HERE, then click “Schedule Screening” and choose Olmsted Falls High School.

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Thank you for considering this service opportunity for our students.


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!”


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NIGHT AT THE RACES IS THIS SATURDAY – APRIL 6

The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Night at the Races is Saturday, April 6th, at St. Demetrios in Rocky River.

For ticket information, please contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.

To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.

In addition, the organization has a merchant letter to share.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer the letter for a donation.

The flyers listed below contains more precise details on this event. Simply click on each to view the flyer. Thank you in advance for supporting this organization at their annual event.

2019 Night at the Races Flyer    /    2019 Horse Form    /    2019 Merchant Letter



CLASS OF 2019 POST PROM UPDATES– GIFT CARDS DROP OFF & DINE AT CHIPOTLE

The Post Prom Committee is collecting gift card(s) that range from $15-$25 to be used as gifts for our seniors during Post Prom. If you, or someone you know, would like to make a gift card donation, click on the link HERE for details. Thank you in advance for all your donations!

Come into Chipotle in North Ridgeville on Saturday, May 4th, between 4 – 8 p.m. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make certain that 33 percent of the proceeds are donated to OFHS Post Prom 2019. Your family will be so excited to have Chipotle for dinner!  To download the flyer, click HERE.

For more information about Post Prom, click HERE.


CLASS OF 2020 POST PROM COMMITTEE GETS UNDERWAY; MEETING SET FOR APRIL 10TH

All Junior Class parents are welcome to join in the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We are in the beginning planning phases, and already have a large fundraiser secured! We need all parents to help and contribute. Please follow us on Twitter (@2020postprom), join us on Facebook (OFHS 2020 Post Prom) and join our email distribution list. If you would like to be included in the emails, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the High School Health Room.


START SAVING CLOTHING ITEMS FOR THE MAY 11th “FILL THE TRUCK” FUNDRAISER

bulldog over musical noteThe Olmsted Falls Music Association is partnering with Savers to bring Fill the Truck – a donation collection vehicle – to the community. It will be located from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School’s front parking lot.
Items that may be donated are clothing, shoes, such accessories as purses, scarves, belts, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes, linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric. It will NOT accept household items, toys, books or items that are not cloth.


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER – SAVE $15 WITH MAY 10 EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24th with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10) OFF $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

 


 

OECPTA OFFERS FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT @ LOCAL COVERED BRIDGE

Have you been wanting new family photos? Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA (OECPTA) for a photo shoot fundraiser on May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Harding pedestrian covered bridge in downtown Olmsted Falls.

The cost is just $45 for OECPTA members and $55 for non-members and includes four digital images with copyright release. All photos may be purchased for an additional $70 (over $400 value). For complete details and to register, visit: www.TraeDawn.com/pta


SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

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Are you interested in joining our Bulldog team as a substitute teacher?  Apply today at renhillgroup.com or contact Ann Stricklen in Human Resources if you have questions at 440.427.6015 or atricklen@ofcs.net.


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



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GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMPS

The Great Lakes Science Center presents Camp Curiosity Summer Day Camps at several locations in Cleveland and on the west and east sides.  The science-related camps includes fun with robots, LEGOS, experiments, rockets and other equipment. The camps blast off June 3. For more details, go to GreatScience.com/camps.


BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMMISSION HAS TWO OPEN FIELD POSITIONS

The Olmsted Community Baseball/Softball Commission has openings for a crew chief and a field crew worker for its program this year.

The chief’s position runs from April through July and oversees the fields and their conditions. The pay is $1,000.

The field worker post runs from May through July and physically works on the fields and involved in other activities.  The pay is $3,000.

To view a flyer of the positions, click HERE.


JOIN THE WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM THIS SUMMER – IN-PERSON REGISTRATION THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Are you looking for a fun, recreational activity for your child this summer?  Join the Westview Swim Team.

In-person in-person Registration Event

Sunday, April 7th 5-7 pm

Olmsted Community Center Gym –  8170 Mapleway Drive

Parent representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information about the swim season.  You may register your child, sign-up to volunteer at meets, order swimsuits and spirit wear, and discover what the summer excitement is all about!

For more information, please visit the Westview Shark website by clicking HERE.


OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION’S 2019 SPRING REC LEAGUE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the Olmsted Falls Soccer Association Spring Rec Soccer League. OFSA offers teams for children from preschool all the way through high school.

To register, please visit the Olmsted Falls Soccer Association‘s website at www.olmstedsoccer.com.  Registration will close April 13th.  Late registrations will be considered on a discretionary basis and if there are still available spots. Please like Olmsted Falls Soccer Association on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. Any questions? Please contact ofsa.soccer@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you on the fields.


ADAPTIVE LACROSSE RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS YEAR

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to offer adaptive lacrosse once again this year.

Practices will be on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – location TBD in Olmsted Falls. Practices will include a warm up, fundamental skill development and drills.  This program will run in April and May, though start date will be determined by the weather and ability to practice outdoors.

This program is designed for children with special needs in grades 1-8.  There is no cost to sign up. For questions or to register, please contact Jodi DeMarco, joannademarco@yahoo.com.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

OF baseball association flyer pixAlthough players do not have to be evaluated for these travel
teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


OCSL REGISTRATION CONTINUES – LATE FEE NOW IN PROGRESS

ocsl-logoLate registration continues through April 15th for the Olmsted Community Summer League.  OCSL offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4 through 18. We accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel.

To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at Olmsted Community Center on Mapleway Drive. Please like OCSL on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields. Any questions please contact the OCC at (440) 427-1599.


 

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OFCS Update – March 11, 2019

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COMMUNITY INVITED: PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO ATTEND ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCHOOLS & OFHS COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE EVENT APRIL 2ND
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Olmsted Falls City Schools
State of the Schools Address
&
OFHS Community Open House
Tuesday, April 2nd
6:30 p.m.
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Olmsted Falls High School
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, all Olmsted Falls City School District residents are invited to attend the annual State of the Schools event to hear about what’s going on in the district directly from top leadership. The event will take place at Olmsted Falls High School and will be immediately followed by a special opportunity for residents to tour the newly expanded, newly renovated Olmsted Falls High School.
Please be sure to mark your calendar and join community members from across the district for this unique community engagement opportunity.  We hope to see you there!

TWO OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS

student successCongratulations to Ben Meredyk and Dan Fidler, who were recently named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They met all the requirements as semifinalists to advance to Finalist standing.

All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships this year.

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Dan Fidler

Picture of National Merit Finalist Ben Meredyk

Ben Meredyk

The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress and notification of offers will be made soon to those selected.

These two Bulldog finalists took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year and performed well to be named as Semifinalists. More than 1.6 million students took the test and entered the program. It then identified the 50,000 highest scores, of which 16,000 of those high performers became Semifinalists and continued on by meeting several additional requirements.

We congratulate Dan and Ben and wish them well as they continue through this final level of the National Merit Scholarship Program!


BULLDOG BOYS BASKETBALL PLAY OHSAA REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL GAME THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT – MARCH 13TH @ 7 PM

IMG_6979-300x169student successCongratulations to the Bulldog Boys Basketball on winning the OHSAA Division I Elyria Catholic District Championship on Saturday evening and advancing to the OHSAA Division I Region I – Akron/Toledo Regional Semi-Finals.

The Bulldogs will travel to the University of Akron (James A. Rhodes Arena, 373 Carroll Street, Akron, OH 44325) on Wednesday, March 13th to face Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at 7:00 pm.  

Please click HERE for additional details and ticket information.

The winner of this Regional Semi-Final game will advance to the Regional Championship game that will be held on Saturday, March 16th at James A. Rhodes Arena (Time: 2 pm but subject to change) vs. the winner of Lima Senior/Toledo Start.

Good Luck Bulldogs!


OFHS VARSITY BOWLING TEAM FINISHES 7TH IN STATE!

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CONGRATULATIONS to the OFHS Varsity Bowling Team on an outstanding season that concluded this weekend in the 7th Place slot in the final tally out of more than 150 Division I Schools!

The team competed this past Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl where they were formally presented with their 1st Place District Trophy (pictured at right)!  

D1P5nrpWoAAGdmTAt the end of Saturday’s competition, Bulldog bowler Travis Green (pictured at far left) was recognized with a spot on the 2nd Team All Ohio with a 669 series score! 

Congratulations to Travis!  And, again, congratulations to the entire OFHS Bulldog Bowling Team on the outstanding achievement of finishing the season 7th in the State!


OFHS BAND GETS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN SOUND EDITING DURING RECENT TRIP TO FLORIDA

The OFHS band was quite busy during their DisneyWorld trip last month.  The band not only performed in the parade at Universal Studios, but the Wind Symphony also had the opportunity to get into a working sound studio and to create a special video project during a hands-on workshop.

The participating students added music, voices and sound effects to a whimsical creation that can be seen by clicking HERE.

To view a photo gallery of students working on the video in Orlando, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftAccording to Mrs. Julie Budd, band director, they played and recorded the music in a real studio setting with the students creating the sound effects. A few Bulldog student actors were chosen to read the lines as well!

“This was a phenomenal learning experience that really showcased some very interesting and important career paths as well. We all learned new skills and had a great time in the workshop,” Julie Budd said. “It was a joy to see our Olmsted Falls students perform in the parade and to watch them participate in this workshop.”

What a wonderful experience for our Bulldog music students to experience!


OFMS IS NAMED A 2018-19 PLTW DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL

Congratulations to our Olmsted Falls Middle School.  It was recognized as a 2018-19 Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. Our school is one of just 148 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK – 12 students and teachers in U. S. schools. Our district and Polaris Career Center partners and collaborates to provide students with dynamic STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – programs through PLTW.

The recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, OFMS had to meet the following criteria:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level
  • Have at least 50 percent of the student body participating
  • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units during their middle school tenure.

student successThrough PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.  PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

CP_left“It is a great honor to recognize Olmsted Falls Middle School for its commitment to students,” Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW said.  “It is a model for what a school should look like and it should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path students choose.”

Again, congratulations!


AMERICAN LEGION HONORS OFHS STUDENT FOR HIS COMPETITION ADVANCEMENT

The 13th District of the American Legion honored OFHS sophomore Henry “Hank” Long on Sunday, March 3rd.  He was the top finisher in the district’s administration of the American Legion’s Americanism & Government test he took in November.

Hank’s essay and test advanced to the state competition. Although he did not advance further, he becomes only the third Bulldog to have his scores advanced to this level. The Legion presented Hank with a certificate and a cash prize at the Sunday meeting. This was a special recognition not only for Hank, his family and our school, but also for  local and district American Legion members.

Students that Unit 91 of the American Legion in Berea also recognized were sophomore Giana Formica; juniors Kristen Miller and Johnathan Gaba and seniors Louis Hendrix and Shannon Carr. They received their certificated and awards in class.

Congratulations to Hank and all those who were recognized in this program.  David is shown with his parents, David and Lori Long as well as with OFHS teacher, John Mercer.


PARENTS & STUDENTS ATTEND “LIKE” SCREENING

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PTA Council member Heather Hetchler welcomes guests to film screening of IndieFlix documentary “Like” at OFHS Auditorium March 6th.

Approximately 100 parents and students took advantage of last week’s special screening of the independent documentary film, “LIKE” – held last Wednesday night in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  The event was sponsored by Olmsted Falls PTA Council and provided an opportunity for guests to learn more and enhance their understanding about the impact of social media in our lives.

CP_leftThose in attendance received a handout with additional information and resources.  If you were unable to attend and are interested in reviewing the handout, a copy can be accessed HERE.

Additionally, the handout referenced the following websites for those interested in exploring the topic even further:

www.humanetech.com/take-control/

www.thelikemovie.com/resources-common-questions

www.commonsense.org/social-media-social-life-2018

Thank you again to PTA Council for providing this great opportunity to be informed on the critical topic of social media usage and its impact today. 


MARCH 2019 ISSUE OF “THE SPOTLIGHT” HIGHLIGHTS ‘POT OF GOLD’ SHOPS, SPRING FASHION AND BARONS HOCKEY PLAYER

The latest issue of the OFHS student newspaper, “The Spotlight,” is hot off the press.  Some of the news articles in the OFHS newspaper include the luck of the Irish, comments from senior winter sports athletes about their competitive year, and a transplanted student from Indiana to play hockey for the Cleveland Barons.

To view the Spotlight click HERE.


FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER: MARCH 25TH – 29TH

book-fair-is-comingThe Falls-Lenox Book Fair is coming soon!!

The Falls-Lenox Book Fair will take place Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29, in the Library.

Children will be able to shop during their regular library times. (There will not be book exchange during that week.)

Families are invited to shop during Literacy Night on March 28, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our new online book fair by clicking HERE.


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS INVITED TO ATTEND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP FAIR AT LCCC – MONDAY, APRIL 1ST

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Lorain County Community College is having a University Partnership Fair on Tuesday, April 1st. The college has 14 partner universities and students have the opportunity to earn a 4 year degree from these partner universities by taking classes at LCCC. 

University Partnership Fair
Monday, April 1, 2019
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
College Center Commons

Representatives from partner universities will be on hand to answer questions about admission and program requirements.  Current partner universities include: Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Ashland University, The University of Toledo, Hiram College, Bowling Green State University, Youngstown State University, The University of Akron, Ohio University, WGU Ohio, Lake Erie College, University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University and Miami Univeristy.

LCCC was the first community college in the state to offer a University Partnership. The partnership enables students to earn 50 different bachelor’s and master’s degrees from any of 14 Ohio universities without leaving the LCCC campus. Students can save up to $50,000 by earning their degree through the University Partnership, compared to the cost of room, board and tuition at other universities.


CHECK OUT AND BID ON ITEMS IN THE OECPTA ONLINE AUCTION

Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA for an online auction that is occurring now. You may bid on 20 amazing packages from local organizations with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the children and families of the Olmsted communities.

There are terrific items that have been donated by such local businesses as Above the Barre, Casa, Grand Pacific Popcorn Company, Roasted, Swings & Things, Vitamix and many more.

Hurry!  The auction closes at 10 p.m. March 15th.  For complete details and to start bidding, go to www.32auctions.com/oecpta2019


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!

KindergartenWelcome new kindergartners….kindergarten registration took place this week….if you know a family who will have a kindergarten age student next year – please let them know the time to register is NOW.

The first step to enrolling a new kindergarten is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!


2019 POST PROM UPDATE 

Prom is Saturday, June 1st and Post Prom is Sunday, June 2nd from midnight to 3 a.m. Follow us on Facebook: OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee and Twitter: OFHSPostProm19.

To join our mailing list for the latest information and updates, please send an email to OFHS2019PostProm@yahoo.com to let us know you want to be on our mailing list.

Our next meeting is March 20th in the OFHS Media Center – please join us!

For more Post Prom news and information, please click HERE.


CLASS OF 2020 POST PROM COMMITTEE GETS UNDERWAY; MEETING SET APRIL 10TH

All Junior Class parents are welcome to join in the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We are in the beginning planning phases, and already have a large fundraiser secured! We need all parents to help and contribute. Please follow us on Twitter (@2020postprom), join us on Facebook (OFHS 2020 Post Prom) and join our email distribution list. If you would like to be included in the emails, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the High School Health Room.


START SAVING CLOTHING ITEMS FOR THE MAY 11th “FILL THE TRUCK” FUNDRAISER
bulldog over musical noteThe Olmsted Falls Music Association is partnering with Savers to bring Fill the Truck – a donation collection vehicle – to the community. It will be located from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School’s front parking lot.
Items that may be donated are clothing, shoes, such accessories as purses, scarves, belts, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes, linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric. It will NOT accept household items, toys, books or items that are not cloth.


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

new-olmsted-falls-library-main-doors-april-2013-imag1710.jpgCP_leftDid you know that our local Cuyahoga County Public Library branch offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K – 8?

An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday.

Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24, 2019 with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10) OFF $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!”


FOOD + FAMILY + FRIENDS = AN ENJOYABLE OFAB FUNDRAISER MARCH 21st

bulldog-logoThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters invites all to dine from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 21st at Danny Boys, 24129 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The restaurant will donate 20 percent of that day’s proceeds of participating customers to the association. Just bring in the flyer when you dine in, carry out or on delivery to show your support and participation. The flyer must be presented in person – cell phone photos will not apply. To download the flyer, click HERE.

Thank you for your support.


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NIGHT AT THE RACES ROUNDING THE BEND AND HEADING HOME

The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Night at the Races is Saturday, April 6th, at St. Demetrios in Rocky River.

For ticket information, please contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.

To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.

In addition, the organization has a merchant letter to share.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer the letter for a donation.

The flyers listed below contains more precise details on this event. Simply click on each to view the flyer. Thank you in advance for supporting this organization at their annual event.

2019 Night at the Races Flyer    /    2019 Horse Form    /    2019 Merchant Letter


OECPTA OFFERS FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT @ LOCAL COVERED BRIDGE

Have you been wanting new family photos? Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA (OECPTA) for a photo shoot fundraiser on May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Harding pedestrian covered bridge in downtown Olmsted Falls.

The cost is just $45 for OECPTA members and $55 for non-members and includes four digital images with copyright release. All photos may be purchased for an additional $70 (over $400 value). For complete details and to register, visit: www.TraeDawn.com/pta


SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

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Are you interested in joining our Bulldog team as a substitute teacher?  Apply today at renhillgroup.com or contact Ann Stricklen in Human Resources if you have questions at 440.427.6015 or atricklen@ofcs.net.


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



ADAPTIVE LACROSSE RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS YEAR

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to offer adaptive lacrosse once again this year.

Practices will be on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – location TBD in Olmsted Falls. Practices will include a warm up, fundamental skill development and drills.  This program will run in April and May, though start date will be determined by the weather and ability to practice outdoors.

This program is designed for children with special needs in grades 1-8.  There is no cost to sign up. For questions or to register, please contact Jodi DeMarco, joannademarco@yahoo.com.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

OF baseball association flyer pixAlthough players do not have to be evaluated for these travel
teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


OCSL REGISTRATION CONTINUES – LATE FEE WILL BE CHARGED AFTER MARCH 15

ocsl-logoRegistration is now open through March 15, 2019 for the Olmsted Community Summer League.  OCSL offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4 through 18. We accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel.

To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. Registrations after March 15, 2019 will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2019. Please like OCSL on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields. Any questions please contact the OCC at (440) 427-1599.



 

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OFCS Update – February 28, 2019

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OFHS SPANISH DEPARTMENT INDUCTS EIGHT STUDENTS

On February 13th, the Olmsted Falls High School Spanish Department inducted a talented group of students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.”  The ceremony took place at the Mexican Restaurant, Maya,  in Berea.  Following the induction ceremony, the Spanish teachers, the inductees and their families enjoyed a delicious meal to celebrate the success of these students.

“La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica” is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese, which the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors.  It was formally organized as the Spanish National Honor Society in 1953.  The name was changed to “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica” in 1959.  There are now over 2,000 national and International chapters.  The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies.

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Mrs. Lidia Soto-Kacik, Mrs. Felicia Anderson, Mrs. Jenelle Hughes, Mrs. Laura Ulmenstine and Mrs. Christina Seghy are excited and pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Class of the Olmsted Falls Juan Rulfo Chapter of “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica”.  The newest members are:

Nicodemus  Humphrey, Mary Grace Petti, Chloe Thach, Bailey Marks, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Kayla Kippes, Morgan Ciolek and Rachel Drobnak.

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

 ¡FELICIDADES A TODOS!     Congratulations to all!


BALDWIN WALLACE STUDENTS “DRESS UP” THEIR TEACHING UNITS FOR ECC CLASS

A team of Baldwin Wallace University students recently presented mini-units to students at our Early Childhood Center.

As the photo suggests, this early childhood social studies and science methods student is teaching a lesson from a 4-lesson mini unit in costume as the Statue  of Liberty. All of the BW students had the opportunity to present their own mini-lessons as their fellow BW colleagues looked on.  This provided a great opportunity for debriefing with each other afterward.

student successCP_leftThe experience also provided our Itty Bitty Bulldogs with a fun opportunity to learn from their special classroom visitors, while also getting an opportunity to show their visitors how great they are at being their Bulldog Best by being respectful, responsible and safe!


OFMS/PLTW TEACHER STACEY WISNIEWSKI RECOGNIZED AT CALIFORNIA SUMMIT

Ms. Wisniewski with OFMS Principal Mark Kurz and OFCS Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at the PLTW Summit in Anahiem, CA.

Ms. Wisniewski (center) was joined by OFMS Principal Mark Kurz and OFCS Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan as she was publicly recognized at the PLTW Summit in Anahiem, CA earlier this month.

Congratulations again to OFMS / Polaris Project Lead the Way Teacher Stacey Wisniewski on being named a PLTW Gateway Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the innovative and transformative learning experiences she provides to her students at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  Ms. Wisniewski teaches two Polaris Project Lead the Way Gateway classes at OFMS: Medical Detectives and Design & Modeling.

In addition to teaching these exciting courses during the school day, Ms. Wisniewski also coaches the OFMS Skills USA competition students and is the staff advisor for the OFMS GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Club.

student successFollowing local recognition in December as a PLTW Gateway Teacher of the Year, Ms. Wisniewski was honored again earlier this month at the PLTW Summit in Anaheim, CA, where she participated – along with a small team of educators from Olmsted Falls Schools and Polaris Career Center – in a variety of conference workshops.  Ms. Wisniewksi was publicly recognized on stage during a special conference dinner event.

Congratulations again to Ms. Wisniewski!  Our students are so fortunate to have your passion and enthusiasm to inspire and empower them!


TICKET INFO FOR TONIGHT’S BULLDOG GIRLS BASKETBALL DISTRICT FINAL 

bulldog-logostudent successAs the Bulldogs defeated the Amherst Comets on Monday evening, 44-41, the team will face the Avon Lake Shoregals who defeated the Westlake Demons 44-29.

The District Final match up vs the Shoregals will be held TONIGHT – Thursday, February 28th at 7 pm – at Elyria Catholic High School (725 Gulf Road, Elyria, OH 44035).

The winner of this District Final game will advance to the OHSAA Regional Semi-Final to be played on Tuesday, March 5th at 8 pm at Norwalk High School (350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, OH 44857) vs. Canton McKinley/Wadsworth winner out of the Medina District.

Pre-sale tickets for the District Final have been on-sale in the Olmsted Falls High School (main office) this week.  Tickets can be purchased through 3:00 p.m. today.

Pre-Sale Ticket prices:   Adults and Seniors: $6  / Students: $4

All tickets at the gate: $6

Please consider purchasing your tickets in advance and through the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department as a percent of pre-sale will return to our Bulldog programs.

Thank you and Go Bulldogs!


SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AT TONIGHT’S BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS DODGEBALL GAME @ OFHS

It’s time for the annual Battle of the Schools Dodgeball game –TONIGHT – Thursday, February 28th in the Olmsted Falls High School gym. Teachers and building staff will compete starting at 7 p.m. – doors open at 6:30.

During halftime you can take the court to shoot free throws or 3 pointers. Donate $1 and if you sink a basket, you win $2.  There is also a 50/50 raffle, concessions and face painting, the latter that is available through the junior class.

Admission is $4 for students and $6, adults.  Proceeds will benefit scholarships for graduating seniors of the Class of 2019.


POST-SEASON ACTION FOR OFHS ATHLETES

bulldog-logostudent successIn addition to the Varsity Girls Basketball team playing in tonight’s District Final (see above for details), below please find additional updates on OFHS student-athletes and teams as they continue to advance in the post-season:

OHSAA Bulldog District Wrestling Information for March 1st and 2nd

Bulldog Boys Basketball Sectional Final Game Information for March 2nd

OFHS Gymnast Mara Deselich Qualifies to Compete in OHSAA State Gymnastics March 2nd

Olmsted Falls Boys Bowling Wins District Title- Qualifies For D1 State Tournament March 9th

Best of luck to all of these outstanding student-athletes as they continue on in competition!

Let’s go Bulldogs!!


PTA COUNCIL PRESENTS INDEPENDENT FILM DOCUMENTARY “LIKE” TO FURTHER EDUCATE PARENTS & STUDENTS ABOUT IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON OUR LIVES – NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6TH

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Another film screening event you won’t want to miss!  Olmsted Falls PTA Council is proud to present another opportunity for parents and students to get educated on the impact of social media in our lives as they present a special screening of the independent documentary film, “Like,” next Wednesday evening, March 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in the OFHS Auditorium.

To view the film trailer, please visit www.thelikemovie.com and click “Watch the Trailer.”

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Thank you to PTA for sponsoring this opportunity to learn more and enhance the perspectives of parents and students relating to social media use.

We hope to see a great turnout for this special film screening event next week!


HELPINGS HANDS BOWLING FUNDRAISER – THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD – VARIOUS WAYS TO HELP AND BOWL

Helping Hands is hosting their annual Bowling Fundraiser at Buckeye Lanes THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD from 12:00-2:00! There are multiple ways you can be involved!

If interested in getting a team together and bowling click here for the registration form!

Not a bowler? You can sign up to donate baked goods or prizes! Just click on the following link! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BADA822A0FF2-2019

We also appreciate businesses and families who would like to sponsor a lane! If interested please click here!

Proceeds support OFCS Special Olympics athletes, grants for classroom supplies and equipment for special needs students, outside therapy services (music), field trip opportunities, and scholarships for selected graduating Helping Hands volunteers.


REMEMBER: KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!

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The first step to enrolling a new kindergarten is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!


GET READY: ECC SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: MARCH 4TH – 8TH

book-fair-is-comingThe Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair is coming soon!! Monday, March 4, through Friday, March 8, in the Library.
Children will be able to shop during their regular afternoon library time.

Families are invited to shop from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday March 5th.

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our online book fair:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/olmstedfallserlychldhdctr

Online shopping dates are February 24 – March 9.


NEXT WEEK:  LEARN MORE ABOUT MILITARY OPTIONS AFTER GRADUATION

Military Information Night: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 – (Berea-Midpark High School Library) 

Berea-Midpark High School is hosting a Military information night. Students and parents are invited to learn about available options in the United States Military. Representatives from the military branches will be in attendance to answer all questions about enlistment, benefits and ROTC college scholarships.  For more information, please contact the Berea-Midpark Guidance Department.

ASVAB Testing: 8:10 a.m., Friday, March 8 – (OFHS High School Media Center)

Juniors and seniors planning to enlist in a branch of the military should take the ASVAB assessment. This assessment helps recruiters determine the types of careers your student is eligible for within their branch of the military. Students should sign up in the Guidance Office.  Spaces are limited. If your student is unable to test at OFHS, they are able to test at any military enlistment processing center.


CLASS OF 2020 POST PROM COMMITTEE GETS UNDERWAY; MEETING SET APRIL 10TH

All Junior Class parents are welcome to join in the planning of our Class of 2020 Post Prom event! We are in the beginning planning phases, and already have a large fundraiser secured! We need all parents to help and contribute. Please follow us on Twitter (@2020postprom), join us on Facebook (OFHS 2020 Post Prom) and join our email distribution list. If you would like to be included in the emails, please send an email with your name to: 2020postprom@gmail.com. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the High School Health Room.


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24, 2019 with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10) OFF $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

new-olmsted-falls-library-main-doors-april-2013-imag1710.jpgCP_leftDid you know that our local Cuyahoga County Public Library branch offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K – 8?

An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday.

Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.


SELL OR FIND GREAT KIDS-RELATED BUYS AT OECPTA’S BARGAIN BONANZA MARCH 9th

Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s annual Bargain Bonanza is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School.

If you would like to sell your gently-used child-related items, be sure to register by March 4. To obtain seller information, go to www.oecpta/bargain-bonanza-seller-registration.

Buyers have the option of hitting the Early Bird entry from 8-9 a.m.  The entry cost is $5. The $2 general admission is from 9 a.m. to noon.  The $3 bag sale runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Large items will be reduced to half price at that time.


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!”


FOOD + FAMILY + FRIENDS = AN ENJOYABLE OFAB FUNDRAISER MARCH 21st

bulldog-logoThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters invites all to dine from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 21st at Danny Boys, 24129 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The restaurant will donate 20 percent of that day’s proceeds of participating customers to the association. Just bring in the flyer when you dine in, carry out or on delivery to show your support and participation. The flyer must be presented in person – cell phone photos will not apply. To download the flyer, click HERE.

Thank you for your support.


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NIGHT AT THE RACES READY TO RUN

The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Night at the Races is Saturday, April 6th, at St. Demetrios in Rocky River.

For ticket information, please contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.

To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.

In addition, the organization has a merchant letter to share.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer the letter for a donation.

The flyers listed below contains more precise details on this event. Simply click on each to view the flyer. Thank you in advance for supporting this organization at their annual event.

2019 Night at the Races Flyer    /    2019 Horse Form    /    2019 Merchant Letter


OECPTA OFFERS FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT @ LOCAL COVERED BRIDGE

Have you been wanting new family photos? Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA (OECPTA) for a photo shoot fundraiser on May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Harding pedestrian covered bridge in downtown Olmsted Falls.

The cost is just $45 for OECPTA members and $55 for non-members and includes four digital images with copyright release. All photos may be purchased for an additional $70 (over $400 value). For complete details and to register, visit: www.TraeDawn.com/pta


SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

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Are you interested in joining our Bulldog team as a substitute teacher?  Apply today at renhillgroup.com or contact Ann Stricklen in Human Resources if you have questions at 440.427.6015 or atricklen@ofcs.net.


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



ADAPTIVE LACROSSE RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS YEAR

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to offer adaptive lacrosse once again this year.

Practices will be on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – location TBD in Olmsted Falls. Practices will include a warm up, fundamental skill development and drills.  This program will run in April and May, though start date will be determined by the weather and ability to practice outdoors.

This program is designed for children with special needs in grades 1-8.  There is no cost to sign up. For questions or to register, please contact Jodi DeMarco, joannademarco@yahoo.com.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

OF baseball association flyer pixAlthough players do not have to be evaluated for these travel
teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


OCSL REGISTRATION

ocsl-logoRegistration is now open through March 15, 2019 for the Olmsted Community Summer League.  OCSL offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4 through 18. We accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel.

To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. Registrations after March 15, 2019 will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2019. Please like OCSL on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields. Any questions please contact the OCC at (440) 427-1599.



 

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