OFCS Update – May 7, 2018

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REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL TOMORROW – TUESDAY, MAY 8TH – ELECTION DAY 

Just a reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on Election Day – tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8th. It is, however, a staff in-service day.  School for students will resume on Wednesday, May 9th.

This adjustment to the current school year calendar was announced in March and was made in an effort to maximize the safety of our students. Olmsted Falls City Schools made the decision to cancel school for students on the upcoming Primary Election day on May 8th, in addition to the normal fall election closure each November. OFCS will use this day as a staff development day for all staff. Moving forward, the district will plan to have no school for students on election days held in both November and May each year – and this will be reflected on the district calendar.

The current 2017-2018 OFCS School Year Calendar (updated in March) can be accessed by clicking HERE.  The 2018-2019 OFCS School Year Calendar can be accessed by clicking HERE.


FOUR STUDENTS HEAD TO NATIONALS FOR SKILLSUSA COMPETITION

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Several students competed in the Ohio SkillsUSA Conference in Columbus April 24th-25th.

The Engineering class students competed in Automated Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Mobile Robotics, Robotics Urban Search and Rescue, Robotics and Automation and Technical Drafting.

Congratulations to high schoolers Charles Reitz and Evan Martin who placed first in Robotics Urban Search and Rescue.  Students Sarah Witt and Alison Kranisk also placed first in that class at the middle school level. These four will compete at the June National competition in Louisville, Kentucky. They are shown in the photos to the right.  Good luck!

Students who placed second in their competitions were Josh Drahony and Cole Zehe, Additive Manufacturing; Tyler Kastl, HVAC; Chris Salveter, Firefighting and Emily Ulee, Health Knowledge Bowl. Placing third were Jacob Kastl, Sheet Metal and Skyler Dougher, job interview.

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

Congratulations to all who competed!


DON’T MISS OFHS SPRING BAND CONCERTS –WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH @ 6:15 & 8 P.M.

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Please note that there is no spring concert performance on Saturday, May 12thThis date was originally listed in the annual Activities Calendar, but has since changed.


PORTRAIT OF A OLMSTED GRADUATE COMMITTEE SEEKING INPUT FROM COMMUNITY 

IMG_1608student successOlmsted community students, parents, staff and community members are invited to participate in an online survey regarding the work of the Portrait of a Graduate an Olmsted Graduate committee in recent months.

Please go to this link to learn more and let us know if we’re on the right track:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PortOfAGrad

Thank you in advance for sharing your input with Olmsted Falls City Schools!


 

BEREA ELKS LODGE HONORS THREE OFMS STUDENTS FOR THEIR ESSAYS ON AMERICANISM

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Congratulations to Bulldogs Lilly Higgins (far left), Kelly Strang (2nd from left) and Elise Grant (3rd from left), pictured here along with winning students from Berea City Schools.

student successOn Tuesday, May 1st, three Olmsted Falls Middle School students were honored at the Elks Lodge in Berea for their winning Americanism essays, which they wrote in December. The topic of this year’s essay was “Why Veterans are America’s Heroes.” There were more than 900 essays submitted from the school districts of Olmsted Falls, Berea and Strongsville, in which these young ladies were chosen. The three and their awards are:

Lilly Higgins, grade 8: First place in the Northeast Ohio District and Third in the state of Ohio.

Elise Grant, grade 8: A top six local winner.

Kelly Strang, grade 7: Third place in the Northeast Ohio District.

The students attended an awards dinner Tuesday where they received a personalized plaque and an American flag for their efforts.

Congratulations to these three young ladies and all who entered this essay contest.


MEET THE OLMSTED FALLS CLASS OF 2018 ATHLETIC SIGNINGS

student successOn Tuesday, May 1st, Olmsted Falls High School sponsored “College Day” for all seniors. The Athletic Department would like to recognize our Bulldog student-athletes who plan on continuing their academic and athletic careers at the college level.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 
Football: John McCabe (Air Force Academy), William Greller (Mercyhurst University), Jacob Dahlinger (Mount Union College) and Brian Eisman (Ohio Northern University)
Boys Soccer: Chase Fernkorn (John Carroll University), Rylan Wikle (Mount Union College), Ryan Kolonick (Cleveland State University), Kevin Lemin (Gannon University), Shelby Edwards (Hiram College), Charlie Watters (University of Findlay) and Joe Bement (Ohio Northern University)
Volleyball:  Leah LaPinta (Ursuline College)
Girls Basketball: Sarah Balfour (Southeast Missouri State)
Wrestling:  Josh Jaeckin (Ashland University)Baseball:  Sullivan Kilbane (Grove City College)Boys Golf:  Logan Bratsch (Baldwin Wallace University)Girls Lacrosse: Delaney Allan (Mount Union College)Boys Lacrosse:  Angelo Hanson (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) and Will Vulpio (Aurora University)

FINAL CALL FOR COMMUNITY ARTISTS – DEADLINE FOR BULLDOG ALUMNI, STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ENTER WORK IN ANNUAL MAY SHOW IS THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH

The annual Olmsted Falls High School Art Show is May 11th.  Alumni, staff and the community are invited to share your hidden talents to enter your artistic work in the show.  Your work will be placed in a special area for all to see.

The entry deadline has been extended to this Wednesday, May 11th. A special form to complete and return to Amber West – awest@ofcs.net – is available by clicking HERE.

Display boards and table space will be available. Hope to see your work there!


DON’T MISS THE MAY ART SHOW – THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH

IMG_1064Students, faculty, special invitees and community members will display their creativity at the Annual May Show this Friday that runs throughout the day in the OFHS gym.

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Whether it is watercolor painting, photography,  wood working, computer generated art, sewing or other forms, you’ll certainly see some amazing pieces.

Admission is free.


STOCK UP FOR SUMMER READING AT OFMS SCHOLASTIC BOGO SALE – MAY 10-18

Got%20BooksThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will be hosting a Scholastic BOGO sale that will run starting this Thursday, May 10th – Friday, May 18th.

The BOGO sale will be fully stocked with the latest titles and series. This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading books.

Hope to see you there!


FIRST DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE SET FOR THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH

Dads, show off your dance steps!

The Olmsted All Pro Dad and the FL/ECC PTA are sponsoring their first-ever Daddy/Daughter Dance. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, May 11th, in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium.  Daughters in Kindergarten through grade 5 are invited to attend with their fathers.

To view more information, click HERE for the flyer.  Advanced registration has closed, but those still interested in attending can pay $15 entry fee per family at the door.

Hey, dads…you just may learn a few new steps. Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor!


 

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PARTNERS WITH SOUTHWEST GENERAL HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE ANNUAL PHYSICALS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES MAY 23RD

CP_leftThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters organization has once again partnered with Southwest General Hospital and has reserved Wednesday, May 23rd as the annual physicals date for our 2018 – 2019 student-athletes.

For the low cost of $20.00, student-athletes will have his/her physical administered as well as the OHSAA Physical’s document/signature form can then be submitted to the athletic office (on site). By signing up for this May event, will help eliminate the concern of an “expired physical occurring during the athletic seasons.”

For additional information – including the link to register – please click HERE.


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR – DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2018-19 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by FRIDAY, 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 2018-19 school year. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION CONTINUES – ALL 3 JUNE SESSIONS ARE FILLING UP

All children entering Kindergarten this Fall are invited to attend Safety Town, a child accident prevention program. It introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. They will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education. The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA sponsors this program and will be held in June at Falls/Lenox Primary School. There are three separate session with different times from which to choose.

Session 1 from June 4-8 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

Session 2 from June 11-15 has three times: 9-11:30 a.m, 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

Session 3June 18-22 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

This program is staffed by volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town.” We have a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads and railroad crossings while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local police, fire and bus departments, as well as field trips to police and fire departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.

To register, go to the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA website by clicking HERE. We are accepting online registration and payment as well as mail in ones. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 11th.  The cost is $50 per child.

****PLEASE NOTE WE ARE A SEPARATE PTA FROM FLECCPTA****


SPREAD THE WORD:  OFMA’S CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER IS MAY 12TH

It’s music to many mouths. The Olmsted Falls Music Association will have its fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 12th at the North Ridgeville Chipotle eatery, 32223 Lorain Road, between Bagley Road and I-480.

Just bring in the flyer you may download by clicking HERE, show it on your phone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to ensure that 50 percent of your proceeds will be donated to OFMA.  PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE ORDERS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS FUNDRAISER. YOU MUST ORDER IN PERSON.

Thanks so much for your support.


SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM/CAMP OFFERED AT OFMS

Students now in grades 5-7 can enjoy some fun making music this summer.  The Olmsted Falls Summer Band Program offers music, fun and games.

Camp dates are June 4th-7th and June 11th-14th and runs from 8:30-10 a.m. for grades 5-7 in concert band and 10:15-11:45 a.m. for grades 6-8 with jazz/blues improvisation. The cost is $80 for each class. Families receive $10 off per additional child or second group or a participant in an OFCS athletic camp. Each camper receives a T-shirt.

For a detailed flyer with registration form, click HERE.  If you have questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

Camp Invention_early discount _Page_1Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up!

Camp will run the week of June 11-15. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register.

To download a Camp Invention flyer, please click HERE.  Contact Brianna Smith at bsmith@ofcs.net with any questions.

 

 



 COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


OLMSTED FALLS BOY SCOUTS PLANT SALE CHANGES LOCATION THIS YEAR- SALE DATES: May 12th, 13th & 19th 

It’s that time of year for the Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 annual flower sale on May 12th, May 13th and May 19th.   The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13th – Mother’s Day and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19th.  The sale will be at a new location this year – in the parking lot between the Olmsted Falls Library and Olmsted Falls City Hall at the corner of Bagley Road and Mapleway Drive. 

The Scouts will have hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables available at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts!  Stop by, support scouting and shop locally!  We are also collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry, so please consider dropping off a nonperishable food items when you shop. Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.


 

ALL INVITED TO MAY 19TH DISCOVER AVIATION DAY @ LORAIN COUNTY AIRPORT

Experience free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17, flight simulators, aircraft displays, kids activities and a pancake breakfast at the Discover Aviation Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19th at the Lorain County Airport, 44050 Russia Road, Elyria.

Rides to purchase are available on Tillie the Biplane.

For more details, go to eaa1252.org or call 440-236-6594.


 

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OFCS Update – April 26, 2018

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OFCS STUDENTS, TEACHER RECEIVE ESC EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS

The Annual Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County – ESC – Excellence in Education Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of Students with disabilities, Peers who have built meaningful relationships with them and outstanding Educators who instruct or support their learning.

 

We are proud to congratulate the 2018 ESC Award recipients from Olmsted Falls from each category:
 
Student – Brennan Dew
Peer – Morgan Rinas
Educator – Elaine Atkinson

This year, the Olmsted Falls City School District submitted six nominations for the ESC Awards. Our Student Nominee was Brennan Dew, a Kindergarten student. Our two Peer Nominees were Liam Kuzmickas, a Kindergarten student and Morgan Rinas, an 11th grader. Our three Educator nominees were Christine Hannon, a paraprofessional at ECC, Elaine Atkinson, preschool teacher  and Team Heinrich/DeMuth from ECC, which includes Andrea Heinrich, Franca DeMuth, Cheryl Fudale, Christine Hannon and Molly Reeves.
 
Congratulations and thank you to all who make this district such a wonderful educational experience!


BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS TWO SHAKESPEARE PLAYS WITH PERFORMANCES TONIGHT THRU SUNDAY

Can’t get enough of William Shakespeare?  Neither can the Bulldog Theatre Company players!  They will present “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – adaptations by Mike Wilis – April 26-29 at 7 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria Enjoy the production that includes 60 grade 6-8 students in the cast, crew and pit orchestra.

Tickets for the Thursday-Sunday performances are $5 for adults, $3 for students in grade 4 and up and free to senior citizens and students in grade 3 and below.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be” – if they miss this BTC production!


OFCS RECEIVES NATIONAL BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION AWARD FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

NAMMF_18_BCMEOFCS is proud to announce that our district has just been awarded the 2018 Best Communities for Music Education designation presented by The NAMM Foundation.

This is the 12th 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, we encourage you to visit: https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/2018districts.

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Congratulations to all!


OFMS GEMS LEAVE THEIR MARK AT SKILLS USA COMPETITION IN COLUMBUS

student successGEMS competed in the annual Skills USA Middle School competition in Columbus on Tuesday. Sarah Witt and Alison Kraniske took GOLD in the Robotics Search and Rescue competition, Isabel Ortiz took GOLD in Technical Math and Sophie Skeritt took Silver.

All the girls put forth an amazing amount of effort. Sarah and Alison will have the chance to compete at the national level in Louisville, KY this summer!


PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE COMMITTEE COMES TOGETHER FOR SECOND MEETING

A group of community stakeholders gathered together again earlier this week to continue their work creating a “Portrait of an Olmsted Falls Graduate.”  The April 23rd meeting was the second in a series of three scheduled meetings led by OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  The group is discussing the kinds of skills students need to be successful and creating the conditions to cultivate these skills.

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OFCS SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD JUST ADDED LATEST POST TO HIS BLOG

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Did You Know?  Olmsted Falls City School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd personally authors a blog called the “OFCS Superintendent’s Update.”

Dr. Lloyd has just posted a new update regarding the latest work of a collaborative effort underway including superintendents from across the state of Ohio.

To read Dr. Lloyd’s latest post, please click HERE.


GROUP OF OFHS STUDENTS HOLD EVENT TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE, MEET WITH STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS

DSC_0592Students from Olmsted Falls High School organized an impressive and thoughtful event in conjunction with National Walkout Day last Friday, April 20th.  The event took place Friday morning in the OFHS Stadium and featured a series of student speakers, a 187 second moment of silence, and the release of individual balloons in memory of the victims of school shootings at Columbine High School (Littleton, CO) and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, FL).

Later that afternoon, a small group of students, led by senior Andrea Sheetz, met privately with State Representative Tom Patton and State Senator Matt Dolan to discuss issues surrounding school safety. 

To read more about the day’s events in an article featured on Cleveland.com, please click HERE.



BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS OFHS SCHOLAR, 1ST TEAM WINTER STUDENT ATHLETES AS WELL AS SWC BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPS

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education was pleased to honor a number of student athletes at their regular monthly meeting held April 19th.  The Board welcomed and acknowledged the accomplishments of Winter 2017-2018 Scholar Athletes and 1st Team All SWC Athletes.  The Board also welcomed the OFHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team to personally congratulate the group on their SWC Conference Championship.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes!


OFMS L.E.A.D. ORGANIZATION SHARES THEIR EXEMPLARY EFFORTS AT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

DbMYwqKVAAAq13vThe April 19th Board of Education meeting was kicked off with a joint presentation by OFMS students and staff members involved in the building’s L.E.A.D. organization.  L.E.A.D. stands for Learn, Educate, Advocate, Do.

Several years ago, OFMS merged its Student Council, Builder’s Club, and Helping Hands student groups into one collective group called the L.E.A.D. organization. This group empowers students to participate in activities that help students and teachers within our district and members of our community. These students are serving as role models in our community while they are serving their community and developing their leadership skills.

DbMYwqKUwAAtIR9Board members enjoy learning about various district classes and programs during presentations at each month’s regular Board of Education meeting.  Student presenters for this month’s presentation on L.E.A.D. included Raedan Pandya, Kristina Hess, Nicole Gaal, Addie Odon, Kylee Urban, and Sabrina Brancatelli.  Staff advisors include: Casey Lehmann, Rachel Papa, Sarah Mueller, and Lisa Hyppa.

Thank you to all for this fantastic presentation.  Well done!


ANTI-BULLYING SURVEY REVIEWED AT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING; RESULTS TO HELP GUIDE DISTRICT’S BEST PRACTICES

Logo1Olmsted Falls City School District prides itself on continuous improvement across all facets of our school district. Student well-being and safety are among the most important areas that the district wants to ensure we continually demonstrate best practices. In a proactive effort to assess and further improve upon best practices relating to the district’s anti-bullying efforts, initiatives, rules and practices, Olmsted Falls City School District students in grades 4 to 12, along with district staff members, participated in a 14-question online survey this past November. The survey gathered feedback from 2,290 students and 392 staff on school climate and culture as well as their understanding of rules and practices.

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Dr. Shannon Goss, OFCS Director of Student Services, reviewed questions the survey set out to answer, programs in place currently and next steps to further enhance the district’s practices.

To view the information presented at the Board meeting, please click HERE.

To read a news article about the project on Cleveland.com, please click HERE.

Anyone with questions regarding the information presented is encouraged to contact Dr. Goss at 440.427.6530.


LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER FOR MEETING, TOUR OFHS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Copy of IMG-0872Thank you to all of the local community leaders who were able to attend the Joint Community Leaders Meeting hosted by Olmsted Falls City Schools on Monday, April 16th at Olmsted Falls High School.  Attendees included elected officials and leaders from Olmsted Falls City Schools, Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township. The opportunity to gather together and share information of mutual interest to all was time well spent.

The evening’s agenda included a walking tour of the expansion and renovation project currently underway at Olmsted Falls High School.  The group toured the cafeteria and media center space, which is one of the major renovation areas of the project.  They also viewed progress on the new wing of science and art classrooms through the courtyard windows.

Thank you again to all who were able to join us!


OFHS CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS ARE THIS SATURDAY

Olmsted Falls High School cheerleaders: officials tryouts start at 8:45 a.m. April 28th in the OFHS gym.

The Parent meeting for the 2018-2019 cheer squads is at 7:30 p.m. April 30th in the OFIS cafeteria.

If you have questions, email Coach Danielle at ofhscheerleading@gmail.com. For a detailed flyer, click HERE.


2018 FOOTBALL SEASON PARENT MEETING SET FOR MAY 1ST

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Attention for all parents of students who plan to play freshman or varsity football for the 2018 season. There is a parent meeting at 7 p.m. May 1st in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium.

To view a brief alert of the meeting on the Olmsted Falls athletics page, click HERE.


ECC & F-L DADS: DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY AT FIRST DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE – FRIDAY, MAY 11TH

Dads, show off your dance steps!

The Olmsted All Pro Dad and the FL/ECC PTA are sponsoring their 1st ever Daddy/Daughter Dance. It is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, May 11th, in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium.  Daughters in Kindergarten through grade 5 are invited to attend with their fathers.

To view more information and to register, click HERE for the flyer. The entry fee is $10 a family in advance and $15/family at the door. Registration deadline is May 5th.

Hey, dads…you just may learn a few new steps. Look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!



OFHS ALUMNI, STAFF, COMMUNITY: SHARE YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS

The annual Olmsted Falls High School Art Show is May 11th.  Alumni, staff and the community are invited to share your hidden talents to enter your artistic work in the show.  Your work will be placed in a special area for all to see.

The entry deadline is May 4. A special form to complete and return to Amber West – awest@ofcs.net – is available by clicking HERE. Display boards and table space will be available. Hope to see your work there!


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PARTNERS WITH SOUTHWEST GENERAL HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE ANNUAL PHYSICALS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES MAY 23RD

CP_leftThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters organization has once again partnered with Southwest General Hospital and has reserved Wednesday, May 23rd as the annual physicals date for our 2018 – 2019 student-athletes.

For the low cost of $20.00, student-athletes will have his/her physical administered as well as the OHSAA Physical’s document/signature form can then be submitted to the athletic office (on site). By signing up for this May event, will help eliminate the concern of an “expired physical occurring during the athletic seasons.”

For additional information – including the link to register – please click HERE.


SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION CONTINUES – ALL 3 JUNE SESSIONS ARE FILLING UP

All children entering Kindergarten this Fall are invited to attend Safety Town, a child accident prevention program. It introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. They will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education. The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA sponsors this program and will be held in June at Falls/Lenox Primary School. There are three separate session with different times from which to choose.

Session 1 from June 4-8 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

Session 2 from June 11-15 has three times: 9-11:30 a.m, 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

Session 3June 18-22 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

This program is staffed by volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town.” We have a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads and railroad crossings while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local police, fire and bus departments, as well as field trips to police and fire departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.

To register, go to the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA website by clicking HERE. We are accepting online registration and payment as well as mail in ones. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 11th.  The cost is $50 per child.

****PLEASE NOTE WE ARE A SEPARATE PTA FROM FLECCPTA****


HURRY – OFHS BOOSTERS BENEFITS WITH CONTINUED PASTA FUNDRAISER THROUGH APRIL

The “Pasta Fundraiser” continues as the OFHS Athletic Boosters now will benefit from the online event.

The pasta, made in the U.S.A., offers such shapes as tennis rackets, basketballs, volleyballs, snowmen, baseball gloves, runners, shoes and such themes as OSU Buckeyes, tailgate and celebrate pasta, down on the farm mac and cheese, zoo animals, music, angel hair and others.

The online sales will be shipped directly to you. Boosters will receive 40-percent of all sales. For more details about the fundraiser on the Bulldog athletic page, click HERE.

To go directly to the online fundraiser, click HERE.



REGISTER FOR THE OFMS PTS MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE TODAY

The Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA May Calendar Raffle is here!

You have 23 chances to win for only $5. The fun is simple.  Each weekday in May, a name will be pulled. That person wins whatever gift is listed that day. You may buy as many calendars as you wish. Money raised will help support assemblies, field trips and scholarships. A list of winners will be posted on the Olmsted Falls blog.

Simply click HERE to go to the calendar and register the attached form from the calendar. Return the form and your money to your school office marked OFMS PTA.

Good luck!


PLAY BINGO AT OFHS VENDORS NIGHT MAY 2ND

All are welcome to try their luck at the Olmsted Falls High School PTA Vendors Bingo Night May 2nd.  The event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. at Tony K’s Bar & Grille on West Bagley Road in Berea.

It just costs $10 to shop AND play 12 rounds of Bingo with great prizes from vendors. Food and beverages are available to purchase.

Bring your friends for a great night out!


CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

Camp Invention_early discount _Page_1Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up!

Camp will run the week of June 11-15. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register.

To download a Camp Invention flyer, please click HERE.  Contact Brianna Smith at bsmith@ofcs.net with any questions.




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FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM TO HOLD TRYOUTS – THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH 

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoThe Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held April 28th from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. Online registration begins April 8th. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township 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.



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WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM ANNUAL REGISTRATION EVENT – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH

Looking for a fun, recreational activity for your child this summer?

Join us for our annual Westview Swim Team Meet-the-Coaches and In-person Registration Event on Sunday, April 29th 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Olmsted Community Center (8170 Mapleway Drive).

Coaches and parent representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information about the swim season. You can register your child, sign-up to volunteer at meets, order swimsuit and spirit wear, and discover what the summer excitement is all about!  Visit https://westviewhoaswimtea.wixsite.com/homepage for additional information.


21ST ANNUAL OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK – MAY 6TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K color smallThis year is the 21st annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk! It will be Sunday, May 6th at Olmsted Falls Middle School (due to construction at the high school). This community event has raised over $200,000 in scholarships for OFHS graduates since its beginning.

You can sign up at http://www.OlmstedSpirit.com. The race/walk is only $5 this year, or $15 if you want a t-shirt. There is also a brand-new Kids Run this year, so check out the website for more information. If you would like to volunteer, donate a basket/raffle prize, or get involved, please email Mr. Zrenner at JZrenner@ofcs.net.

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PERENNIALS, POTTED PLANTS/SHRUBS AVAILABLE @ OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PLANT SALE

The Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6th. This year the sale is located next to the Olmsted Falls Library, 8100 Mapleway Drive, near Bagley Road.

More than 2,000 locally grown potted plants for sun and shade, for pollinators and many marked for deer resistance, are offered at low prices,

Proceeds benefit the schools, community organizations and public gardens.

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LOCAL STUDENTS PERFORM IN NORTH POINT BALLET’S PETER PAN

NPB_PeterPan_Postcard_Front_v4North Pointe Ballet, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is performing “Peter Pan” at the Lorain Palace Theater May 4th-6th. Our special sensory friendly performance is May 5th at 2:30pm. We are committed to increasing access and inclusion for our community’s children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities.

To provide a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families, dedicated Sensory Friendly performances include:

Reduction of loud or jarring sounds
Reductions in flashing or strobe lights
Modification of the house lights during the performance
Accommodated house rules: audience members are free to talk or move during the show
Extra staff and volunteer support.
Designated “Take a Break Space” in the theater where children can play and families can still enjoy the performance

Audience members are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the show. Families may select their own seats that works best for their situation.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2018-2019 
 
preschool cartoon kidsOlmsted Community Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway.  The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 or ocprschol@aol.com The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street in Olmsted Falls.
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OLMSTED FALLS BOY SCOUTS PLANT SALE CHANGES LOCATION THIS YEAR

It’s that time of year for the Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 annual flower sale on May 12th, May 13th and May 19th.   The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13th – Mother’s Day and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19th.  The sale will be at a new location this year – in the parking lot between the Olmsted Falls Library and Olmsted Falls City Hall at the corner of Bagley Road and Mapleway Drive. 

The Scouts will have hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables available at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts!  Stop by, support scouting and shop locally!  We are also collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry, so please consider dropping off a nonperishable food items when you shop. Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.


ADAPTIVE LACROSSE COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

Lacrosse Bulldog logoOlmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to announce a new component to our developmental lacrosse program – Adaptive Lacrosse! This program will run during the standard lacrosse season (March – May) and is designed to allow individuals with developmental disabilities to learn about and participate in the game of lacrosse. If you or someone who you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Jodi DeMarco at joannademarco@yahoo.com or 440-503-3090. All are welcome, this is not limited to Olmsted Falls.


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OFCS Update – April 13, 2018

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DON’T MISS GUYS AND DOLLS SPRING MUSICAL THIS WEEKEND – PERFORMANCES TONIGHT & SATURDAY  AT 7:30 P.M.

guys and dolls green (1)The talented Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present Guys and Dolls as its spring musical production on April 13th and 14th in the OFHS auditorium.

Both performances will start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens.

Our OFHS Masquers family hopes to see you there!



RESULTS OF SURVEY ON ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS, RULES & PRACTICES TO BE PRESENTED AT APRIL 19th BOARD MEETING

Logo1In a proactive effort to assess and improve upon best practices relating to the district’s anti-bullying efforts, initiatives, rules and practices, Olmsted Falls City School District students in grades 4 to 12, along with district staff members, participated in an online survey this past November.  The survey gathered feedback from students and staff on school climate and culture as well as their understanding of rules and practices.

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This Thursday, April 19th, Dr. Shannon Goss, OFCS Director of Student Services, will present findings from this important survey project to the Olmsted Falls Board of Education members at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, April 19, 2018, in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center. The survey presentation by Dr. Goss will be one of several items on the evening’s meeting agenda.

As always, parents, staff and residents are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you on April 19th at 7:00 p.m.


OFMS STUDENTS PLACE WREATH ON ARLINGTON’S UNKNOWN SOLDIER TOMB

Olmsted Falls Middle School eighth graders enjoyed a three-day field trip to Washington D.C from April 4th-6th.  They experienced a special moment at Arlington Cemetery while there.

Congratulations to Greg Smith, Jimmy Bement, Allie Gumeny and Emma Kassouf for earning the honor of placing the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


LOCAL STUDENT HEADS TO NATIONAL HISTORY BEE CONTEST

student successOFMS seventh-grader David Vidovich won the National History Bee 2018 Regional Finals Championship in Detroit this weekend. He will compete in Atlanta for the National Championship.

Congratulations, David, and best wishes for a very successful competition.


OFMS STUDENT COMPETES AT STATE GEOGRAPHY BEE CONTEST

student successOFMS student Arjun Arumugan participated in the State Geography Bee Tournament in Columbus Friday, April 6th.

Arjun qualified for the state tournament by being the OFMS Geography Bee Champion and performing exemplary on a qualifying test. Arjun represented Olmsted Falls with pride! Congratulations Arjun!



OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION UNANIMOUSLY PASSES TWO RESOLUTIONS AT MARCH MEETING

Logo1The Olmsted Falls Board of Education unanimously passed two important resolutions at their monthly meeting held March 15, 2018.

The first resolution passed was a Resolution Supporting School Safety and Reducing Violence in Schools, which acknowledges the growing epidemic of school violence in the United States and implores federal and state leaders to enact legislation with funding for efforts to help ensure the safety of students and staff.  Copies of this resolution have been sent to the President of the United States, the Governor of Ohio, the United States Congress and the Ohio General Assembly. To read the full content of this resolution, please click HERE.

The second resolution passed was a Resolution In Opposition of House Bill 512, which formally expresses the Olmsted Falls Board of Education’s opposition to this current legislation being considered which would transfer nearly all duties and authority of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to a new state agency called the Department of Learning and Achievement.  If this legislation is adopted, the current Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation would all be consolidated into the proposed new Department of Learning and Achievement. Copies of this resolution have been sent to members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.  To read the full content of this resolution, please click HERE.

Anyone with questions about these recent resolutions passed by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education is encouraged to call the Board office at 440.427.6000.



OFHS WELCOMES NEW SECURITY GUARD

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This is our new OFHS Security Guard, Angel; he will be with us through the duration of the construction project. Welcome Angel!

AR_upperRightThe safety and security of our students and staff continues to be the top priority at Olmsted Falls High School. The school district has hired a security guard that will be monitoring the side door entrance that connects the west end of the High School with the classroom trailers and student parking lot. The security guard will be making sure that only high school students/staff and approved construction personnel are using this entrance. All others will be instructed to go to the main front entrance to properly sign-in through the student office. The students have been instructed that they are not to open the doors for anyone. Between classes, students coming from the trailers are to enter the high school through this west side entrance, which will now be monitored by the security guard. The security guard will help by reminding the students to follow this protocol. The security guard will also be checking all authorized construction personnel entering the high school through this entrance to access the cafeteria/media center work space.  Please join us is welcoming Angel (pictured at left) to our Bulldog family!



NEWSMAKERS: OFHS STUDENTS & OFCS SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD WERE IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK

Logo1Just in case you missed it, check out the links below for coverage of our district relating to raising awareness about school safety and honoring victims of school violence:

April 11, 2018 – Cleveland.com coverage of Upcoming Event to Honor Victims of School Violence

April 10, 2018 – We Love Schools Podcast featuring OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd


APRIL MUSICAL NOTES ARE HERE!

music1student successThe April issue of Olmsted Falls Music Association’s monthly publication Musical Notes is now available to download. Click HERE this link to download the April 2018 issue.

For the archive of past issues, please click HERE.

Thank you to OFMA for gathering such a wonderful collection of music news each month!  There is certainly no shortage of information to share!


OFHS CHEERLEADERS CLINIC AND TRYOUTS ARE THIS MONTH – APRIL 24 & 28

Olmsted Falls High School cheerleaders: the mandatory cheerleader clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 24th in the OFHS auxiliary gym. Tryouts start at 8:45 a.m. April 28th in the OFHS gym.

The Parent meeting for the 2018-2019 cheer squads is at 7:30 p.m. April 30th in the OFIS cafeteria.

If you have questions, email Coach Danielle at ofhscheerleading@gmail.com. For a detailed flyer, click HERE.


OFIS GIRLS RUNNING CLUB GEARS UP FOR OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K

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CP_leftThe OFIS Girls Running Club is in high gear as they prepare for the Olmsted Spirit 5k on Sunday, May 6.  Fifty-eight 4th and 5th grade girls are part of the club and have been training hard and would love some crowd support.  Please plan on coming up and cheering them on.  The Olmsted Spirit 5k starts and ends at the Middle School this year.  The running club girls will be wearing neon yellow ~ stop up to cheer them on!



ECC THANKS ALL FOR MAKING ITS BOOK FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS

A big “Thank You” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair before Spring break. We sold more than 724 books during this year’s fair!  That number provided about 130,349 minutes of reading. 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, Kristy Braun, Michelle Saluja, Brandy Phillips, Michelle Smith, Valerie Gerrish, Marti Cappicioni and Jamie Jackson. Without the help of all these wonderful ladies, the Book Fair would not have been such a success!


OFHS BOOSTERS BENEFITS WITH CONTINUED PASTA FUNDRAISER THROUGH APRIL

The “Pasta Fundraiser” continues as the OFHS Athletic Boosters now will benefit from the online event.

The pasta, made in the U.S.A., offers such shapes as tennis rackets, basketballs, volleyballs, snowmen, baseball gloves, runners, shoes and such themes as OSU Buckeyes, tailgate and celebrate pasta, down on the farm mac and cheese, zoo animals, music, angel hair and others.

The online sales will be shipped directly to you. Boosters will receive 40-percent of all sales. For more details about the fundraiser on the Bulldog athletic page, click HERE.

To go directly to the online fundraiser, click HERE.


DISCOUNTED SAFETY TOWN EARLY REGISTRATION FEE ENDS TODAY

All children entering Kindergarten this Fall are invited to attend Safety Town, a child accident prevention program. It introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. They will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education. The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA sponsors this program and will be held in June at Falls/Lenox Primary School. There are three separate session with different times from which to choose.

Session 1 from June 4-8 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

Session 2 from June 11-15 has three times: 9-11:30 a.m, 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

Session 3June 18-22 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

This program is staffed by volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town.” We have a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads and railroad crossings while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local police, fire and bus departments, as well as field trips to police and fire departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.

To register, go to the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA website by clicking HERE. We are accepting online registration and payment as well as mail in ones. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 11th.

Fees are $40 per child if received before April 13th for OECPTA members.

$45 per child if received before April 13 for NON-OECPTA members

$50 per child if postmarked after April 13 for everyone

****PLEASE NOTE WE ARE A SEPARATE PTA FROM FLECCPTA****



2018 FOOTBALL SEASON PARENT MEETING SET FOR MAY 1ST

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Attention for all parents of students who plan to play freshman or varsity football for the 2018 season. There is a parent meeting at 7 p.m. May 1st in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium.

To view a brief alert of the meeting on the Olmsted Falls athletics page, click HERE.



OFHS ALUMNI, STAFF, COMMUNITY: SHARE YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS

The annual Olmsted Falls High School Art Show is May 11th.  Alumni, staff and the community are invited to share your hidden talents to enter your artistic work in the show.  Your work will be placed in a special area for all to see.

The entry deadline is May 4. A special form to complete and return to Amber West – awest@ofcs.net – is available by clicking HERE. Display boards and table space will be available. Hope to see your work there!


F-L BOOK FAIR SHOWS READING ROCKS WITH ITS FAMILIES

A great big “Thank You” to students, their families and the community who visited the Falls-Lenox Book Fair. The event saw 1,746 books sold during that time.  This amount of books provides about 314,339 reading minutes for our students! What a great way in encouraging literacy and helping children to become lifelong readers.

A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA volunteers. They included Janelle Prada, Jen Prugar, Michelle Saluja, Cathy Hess, Denise Rizer, Kristy Buccieri, Angie Stokes, Jamie Jackson, Mary Lessick, Brandy Phillips, Danielle Ratliff, Katie Pace, Michelle Smith, Chrissy Ferrone, Kristy Braun and Bridgette Ross. Their help in preparing for and working at the Book Fair made it such a successful event!


TAKE YOUR POST AT THIS SATURDAY’S APRIL 14TH NIGHT AT THE RACES

The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is this Saturday, April 14th.

Booster members invite everyone to come and support its organization. This event is one of its largest fundraisers of the year. All funds raised go directly back to all of the athletic organizations in our district grades 7 – 12.

For tickets, contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.  To purchase a horse, contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.  In addition, the group has sent a merchant letter.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer this letter for a donation. See the attached flyers for more information.

Come on out for a good time while helping our athletic programs – we look forward to a fun night! GO BULLDOGS!

 
 
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CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

Camp Invention_early discount _Page_1Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up!

Camp will run the week of June 11-15. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register.

To download a Camp Invention flyer, please click HERE.  Contact Brianna Smith at bsmith@ofcs.net with any questions. 

  


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



21ST ANNUAL OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK

Olmsted Spirit 5K color smallThis year is the 21st annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk! It will be Sunday, May 6th at Olmsted Falls Middle School (due to construction at the high school). This community event has raised over $200,000 in scholarships for OFHS graduates since its beginning.

You can sign up at http://www.OlmstedSpirit.com. The race/walk is only $5 this year, or $15 if you want a t-shirt. There is also a brand-new Kids Run this year, so check out the website for more information. If you would like to volunteer, donate a basket/raffle prize, or get involved, please email Mr. Zrenner at JZrenner@ofcs.net.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE LATE REGISTRATION CONTINUES UNTIL THIS SUNDAY

The Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4-18.  We  accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website by clicking HERE or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive.

Registration remains open, but will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15th. Please like OCLS on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields.  Any questions, contact OCC at 440-427-1599.


TROOP 252 SPONSORS PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS SUNDAY

Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 252 will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15th at St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

The event includes pancakes, sausage and raffle prizes.  The troop will accept donations at the breakfast. The entire community is invited to join the troop and enjoy a breakfast without the mess or fuss.


BINGO NIGHT OFFERS FUN AND GAMES

Family and friends of students enrolled in Olmsted Community Preschool are invited to a Bingo Night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 19th at Tony K’s in Berea.

You may purchase 10 Bingo cards at the Olmsted Community Church’s Preschool office or at the event for $10. You will received five extra cards if you purchase your 10 in advance.  Local vendors will have their wares to sell and give away as prizes. Food and beverages will be available during the event. Tony K’s Bar and Grill is at 841 W. Bagley Road, Berea.


FALL POINTE SWIM TEAM TO HOLD TRYOUTS APRIL 28TH

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoThe Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held April 28th from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. Online registration begins April 8th. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township 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.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2018-2019 
 
preschool cartoon kidsOlmsted Community Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway.  The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 or ocprschol@aol.com The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street in Olmsted Falls.

ADAPTIVE LACROSSE COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

Lacrosse Bulldog logoOlmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to announce a new component to our developmental lacrosse program – Adaptive Lacrosse! This program will run during the standard lacrosse season (March – May) and is designed to allow individuals with developmental disabilities to learn about and participate in the game of lacrosse. If you or someone who you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Jodi DeMarco at joannademarco@yahoo.com or 440-503-3090. All are welcome, this is not limited to Olmsted Falls.


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OFCS Update – March 24, 2018

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SPRING BREAK BEGINS THIS MONDAY

Well, there may still be snow on the ground, but Spring is here – and so is Spring Break!

There will be no school starting this Monday, March 26th through Monday, April 2nd.  Classes will resume Tuesday, April 3rd.

Have a safe and enjoyable break.  See  you April 3rd!


SCHOOL COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTEND OFCS SAFETY FORUM; VIEW LIVE STREAM OF EVENT

IMG_0607.JPGCP_leftOlmsted Falls City Schools hosted a School Safety Forum this past Wednesday night at Olmsted Falls High School.  Approximately 125 people were in attendance in the auditorium as OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd led the meeting, which featured an overview of key safety and security components in place throughout the district.  Dr. Lloyd was joined by police and fire chiefs from both Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  The district’s School Resource Officer Joe English from the Olmsted Township Police Department was also in attendance, along with all building principals, members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education and other elected officials.

IMG_0650A general question and answer period followed Dr. Lloyd’s presentation.  Attendees also had the opportunity to ask building-specific questions at smaller break-out sessions which took place in the cafeteria. 

IMG_0669OFCS extends our gratitude and thanks to our local safety forces for their participation in this event and for their ongoing partnership and support.  We also thank all parents and community members who came out for this important event.   

For those unable to make it in person, the event was also streamed live on the school district’s official Facebook page.  The video of this event will remain available there and can be viewed at any time by visiting www.facebook.com/olmstedfallsschools.

Any parent, staff member or resident with a question or concern about school safety is encouraged to contact directly:

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd 427-6000
OFHS Principal Mrs. Holly Schafer 427-6100
OFMS Principal Mr. Mark Kurz 427-6200
OFIS Principal Mr. Don Svec 427-6500
Falls-Lenox Principal Mrs. Lisa Barrett 427-6400
ECC Principal Mrs. Melinda Brunner 427-6360

Additionally, Olmsted Falls City Schools is part of the SaferOH Tip Line.  SaferOH is an anonymous tip line service available 24 hours a day by calling or texting #844-SaferOH (844-723-3764).  To learn more about the SaferOH Tip Line, please click HERE.

Thank you to all for your continued support of Olmsted Falls City Schools.


STAKEHOLDERS COME TOGETHER TO HELP CREATE PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE

DY7vz92V4AAmA93CP_leftA group of approximately 40 local community stakeholders – including teachers, parents, high school students, Board of Education members, district administrators, local elected officials, business and community leaders, and representatives from post-secondary education – came together for the first in a series of three scheduled work sessions aimed at creating a “Portrait of an Olmsted Falls Graduate.”  The first work session was held at Olmsted Falls Intermediate on the evening of Thursday, March 22nd.

DY7vz92VMAAQG1Dstudent successLed by OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, the group will be engaged in formulating a description of the types of skills and attributes that all graduates of Olmsted Falls should acquire during their time in Olmsted Falls City Schools.  The collaborative conversations will delve deep into the key elements needed to help students succeed in the world following graduation. 

DY7wILYU8AEWDwgAR_upperRightThis important work is an extension of the district’s Strategic Plan and mission to provide experiences that inspire and empower students.  

Thank you to all those who participated in this week’s first Portrait of a Graduate work session!  We look forward to sharing out additional information at the collaborative process continues.


OFHS EXPANSION/RENOVATION KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR FOLLOWING SPRING BREAK; CAFETERIA, KITCHEN AND MEDIA CENTER TO BE CLOSED, WALLED OFF FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR

AR_upperRightCURRENTLY UNDERWAY:  We are excited to report that progress on the expansion and renovation of Olmsted Falls High School continues to gain momentum.  While much of the work began behind the high school and was not visible from the street, passers-by and visitors to the campus in recent weeks have likely noticed evidence of construction preparations on the west end of the building where the music wing expansion is underway as well as the east side of the building where the new business classrooms will be constructed.

Interested students, families and community residents can also view progress on the largest portion of the expansion, occurring behind the south side of the building by accessing the live construction webcam which has been set up to show the site of the brand new wing of classrooms being built in the open courtyard space currently adjacent to the south edge of the cafeteria. This new wing will include nine modern science classrooms as well as four art classrooms.  When completed, this new wing will also eliminate any further need for the external classroom trailers, which will ultimately be removed.

IMG_0720To access the Live OFHS Construction Web Cam and view the south side expansion, please follow the instructions and tips  below:

  • Open your browser and go to our Web Cam’s address. Enter it exactly as shown: http://208.108.155.54:88
  • Enter Username guest
  • Enter Password Guest1 (Capital G with a number one at the end)

Tips for accessing the live webcam:  Flash needs to be installed to run on Windows devices like Desktop PC’s and laptops.  Flash cannot be installed on Chromebooks, So, the Web Cam will not work on Chromebooks.  For additional information on the live OFHS construction webcam, please click HERE.

HAPPENING NEXT:  In addition to the expansion portion of the project outlined above, there are several significant renovation components taking place within the existing high school building.  One of the most major areas to be renovated is the current kitchen, cafeteria and media center spaces.  In order to ensure that these elements of the project are completed in time for the start of the new school year (in September 2018), work on this portion of the renovations will be getting under way during the spring break.

By the time OFHS students return from spring break on Tuesday, April 3rd, the cafeteria and media center area will no longer be accessible.  These areas will be walled off completely to allow renovation work to begin.  Effective Tuesday, April 3rd, the building’s auxiliary gym will serve as the temporary cafeteria space through the remainder of the current school year.  Food services will continue to serve the existing menu of food and beverage selections from the south side serving line through approximately April 13th, at which time kitchen operations will officially move from the high school to the intermediate school.  At that time, an adjusted menu of available food items will be transported to the high school daily.  OFHS students and families will receive additional information as this transition occurs.

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CONTINUED APPRECIATION:  Olmsted Falls City School District continues to be sincerely grateful to our school community for passing the November 2016 bond issue, which made this much-needed expansion and renovation possible with a zero increase in taxes.  We are also incredibly thankful for the continued cooperation of our current OFHS students and staff.  

Anyone with questions about the current expansion and renovation projects underway at Olmsted Falls High School is encouraged to reach out to OFHS Principal Holly Schafer (hschafer@ofcs.net) or OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd (jlloyd@ofcs.net).  We are happy to talk to students, parents and community residents about the project.


FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS CRUSH RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK PROJECTION OF READING MINUTES  & WELCOME AFTER-SCHOOL READING SESSION

student successThe students of Falls-Lenox surpassed their expectations. They demolished their own Right-to-Read Week goal of 62,075 minutes! During last week’s Read-A-Thon, they read more than 66,997 minutes! Top classes who read the most (Teachers Kostraba, Dame, Payne) earned a class set of books from Scholastic to add to their teacher’s library.  They also raised an impressive $3,950 to help their school and PTA provide literacy opportunities to students.  You may help push the school to $4,000 since there is still time to donate through March 28.  Simply click HERE and select “Donate directly to the group.”  We are so proud of all of our readers and thank the caregivers at home for encouraging their children to read.

“Reading to the mind is what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison.  

On Friday Falls-Lenox hosted an after-school Read-A-Thon Reading Session. More than 70 first- to third-graders attended. There were guest readers and helpers, including Olmsted Falls Fire Chief Chad Gluss and his team of firefighters, as well as two OFHS students, Sophie K. and Becca A. Spider-Man came by to encourage our readers, too! Each student logged 75 minutes of reading and there were chances to win raffle prizes! Thank you to all who participated!


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OFHS STUDENT’S TWIST OF EVENTS INSPIRES OTHERS

Tom Pettry accidentally discovered he had a carcinoid tumor after suffering a concussion on the football field and an emergency appendectomy the next day. 

His remarkable journey is told in a recent article the National Federation of State High School Associations published.  (The photos featured at left were part of that article.)

To view the inspiring article, click HERE.


POLARIS TO WELCOME SIX OFHS STUDENTS INTO ITS TECHNICAL SOCIETY

Congratulations to six Bulldog students who were selected into the Polaris Satellite National Technical Honor Society.

The six are Taylor Jones, biomedical science; Joseph Backus, engineering; Michael Borovich, engineering; Chase Fernkorn, engineering; Cole Zehe, engineering and Natalie Partin, teaching professions. The induction will occur at 6 p.m. April 17th at Strongsville High School. Students from other schools within Polaris’ jurisdiction also will be inducted.

Congratulations to all selected students!


CONGRATULATIONS TO OFHS WINTER SCHOLAR AND 1ST TEAM ATHLETES!

Seventeen OFHS winter athletes have earned Scholar Athlete or 1st Team  All Conference recognition this season.  

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OFHS Winter Sports Scholar Athletes

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OFHS Winter Sports 1st Team All Conference Athletes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

student successTo read the announcement and complete listing of all winter Scholar Athletes from OFHS Athletics Department, please click HERE.

To read the announcement and complete listing of all winter 1st Team All Conference Athletes from OFHS Athletics Department, please click HERE.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes!


STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT OFHS 38TH ANNUAL ACADEMIC HONORS BANQUET

student successDSC04021More than 140 OFHS students were recognized at this year’s 38th Annual OFHS Honors Banquet held at Baldwin-Wallace College on March 8th.  Students were joined by their families for the event, which included dinner followed by the recognition of students.

To view the complete program from the event, which includes the names of all students honored, please click HERE.

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

Congratulations to these outstanding student scholars!


THE ODDS ARE – GUYS AND DOLLS MUSICAL COMING TO OFHS APRIL 13TH & 14TH!

 

The talented Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present the Guys and Dolls as their spring musical production on April 13th and 14th in the OFHS auditorium.

Both performances will start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens.

To pre-order tickets, please call 427-6070.


OFHS CHEERLEADER INFO NIGHT, CLINIC AND TRYOUTS ARE NEXT MONTH

All those interested in cheerleading should attend the 7:30 p.m. April 10th informational meeting in the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School cafeteria. The mandatory cheerleader clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 24th in the OFHS auxiliary gym. Tryouts start at 8:45 a.m. April 28th in the OFHS gym.

The Parent meeting for the 2018-2019 cheer squads is at 7:30 p.m. April 30th in the OFIS cafeteria.

If you have questions, email Coach Danielle at ofhscheerleading@gmail.com. For a detailed flyer, click HERE.


OFIS MALLEY’S FUNDRAISER ENDS THIS MONDAY, MARCH 26TH

malley_chocHurry!  The OFIS Malley’s candy sale ends this Monday!  All proceeds will be used to offset the cost of our annual class trip to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan during the spring of your child’s 5th grade year.

· This is an ONLINE only candy fundraiser. Friends and family can order at their convenience 24 hours a day.

· All orders totaling $65 or more to one address receive FREE SHIPPING.

· ONLINE order deadline is Monday, March 26.

· TO GET STARTED: Visit our group link at: https://malleys.com/fundraising/campaign/olmsted-falls-easter-fundraiser

Thank you for supporting our school.  Sincerely,  Olmsted Falls Intermediate Staff


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OECPTA ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER

Check out Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s online auction fundrasier now through March 31st!  

Visit http://www.32Auctions.com/OECPTA to check out a great selection of items to bid on.  AUCTION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST!

All proceeds benefit the OECPTA!


OFHS BOOSTERS, TENNIS TEAM OFFERS PASTA IN ALL SHAPES, COLORS IN CURRENT FUNDRAISER

The OFHS Athletic Boosters and the Bulldog tennis team are sponsoring a “Pasta Fundraiser” through April 3rd.

The pasta, made in the U.S.A., offers such shapes as tennis rackets, basketballs, volleyballs, snowmen, baseball gloves, runners, shoes and such themes as OSU Buckeyes, tailgate and celebrate pasta, down on the farm mac and cheese, zoo animals, music, angel hair and others.

The online sales will be shipped directly to you and all sales in person will have the items shipped to the team, with members delivering them. Any sales after the tennis team date will continue to be credited to the Athletic Boosters account for an additional 30 days.

The team boosters will receive 40-percent of all sales. Proceeds will go toward the programs and much-needed indoor court time and new tennis equipment.

For more details about the fundraiser on the Bulldog athletic page, click HERE.

To go directly to the online fundraiser, click HERE.


OFMA TO HOST CLOTHING DONATION DRIVE – SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH

April2018_FillTheTruck_halfsheetHelp us “Fill the Truck”: OFMA is hosting a clothing donation drive Saturday April 7th (one day only). A donation vehicle will be parked in the parking lot of the Olmsted Falls City Schools District Office, 26937 Bagley Road on
Saturday, April 7th from 8:30 am till 2:30 pm.

Savers will compensate OFMA based on the number of pounds of cloth items collected.
Acceptable items include:
– Clothing & Shoes
– Accessories (purses, scarves, gloves, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes)
– Linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric

CANNOT ACCEPT HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, TOYS OR ANY ITEMS NOT CLOTH.

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt! Bring items to be donated in plastic bags or boxed.


TAKE YOUR POST AT THE APRIL 14TH NIGHT AT THE RACES

The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is on Saturday, April 14th.

Booster members invite everyone to come and support its organization. This event is one of its largest fundraisers of the year. All funds raised go directly back to all of the athletic organizations in our district grades 7 – 12.

For tickets, contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.  To purchase a horse, contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.  In addition, the group has sent a merchant letter.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer this letter for a donation. See the attached flyers for more information.

Come on out for a good time while helping our athletic programs – we look forward to a fun night! GO BULLDOGS!

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CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION DISCOUNT EXPIRES FRIDAY – MARCH 23RD

Camp Invention_early discount _Page_1Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up!

Camp will run the week of June 11-15. Early registration discounts are available, so don’t delay. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25, which expires this Friday, March 23rd.

To download a Camp Invention flyer, please click HERE.  Contact Brianna Smith at bsmith@ofcs.net with any questions.



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KIWANIS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST EVENT – THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH @ OFIS* (*Please note change in location from O.F. High School to O.F. Intermediate School)

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the next Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast!  

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at OFIS


OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION ENDS SOON – MARCH 31ST

The Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4-18.  We  accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website by clicking HERE or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive.

Registration after March 31st will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15th. Please like OCLS on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields.  Any questions, contact OCC at 440-427-1599.


GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES PRESENTED BY OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS
FF2C001D-A91F-4DAB-BDA9-54158FEE6F31Join us on our journey to the Enchanted Forest where we meet 12 dancing princesses on their quest to find adventure and love. Next, meet our prince and fairies as they mount a daring magical rescue to save Sleeping Beauty from a fairy who has gone astray. And last, but not least, Join Ella, who despite her difficulties, learns the magic of kindness and believing in the beauty of her dreams, and that all problems can be solved with a good pair of shoes.

Showtimes:

Fri Apr 6, 2018 | 7:00PM
Sat Apr 7, 2018 | 2:00PM
Sat Apr 7, 2018 | 7:00PM
Sun Apr 8, 2018 | 2:00PM

http://www.opatickets.com

The performances are held at Elyria High School Performing Arts, 600 West Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035.


FALL POINTE SWIM TEAM TO HOLD TRYOUTS APRIL 28TH

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoThe Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held on April 28th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. Online registration begins April 8th. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township 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.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2018-2019 
preschool cartoon kidsOlmsted Community Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway.  The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 or ocprschol@aol.com The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street in Olmsted Falls.

ADAPTIVE LACROSSE COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

Lacrosse Bulldog logoOlmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to announce a new component to our developmental lacrosse program – Adaptive Lacrosse! This program will run during the standard lacrosse season (March – May) and is designed to allow individuals with developmental disabilities to learn about and participate in the game of lacrosse. If you or someone who you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Jodi DeMarco at joannademarco@yahoo.com or 440-503-3090. All are welcome, this is not limited to Olmsted Falls.


 

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UPDATE: OFCS SAFETY & SECURITY MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST @ 7 PM – WILL TAKE PLACE AS PLANNED

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REMINDER: INFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY MEETING REGARDING OFCS SCHOOL SAFETY/SECURITY SET FOR TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST

Olmsted Falls City School District will host an informational meeting on school safety and security at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 21st at Olmsted Falls High School.

OFCS district and building administrators will be joined by our local safety officials from both Olmsted Township and the city of Olmsted Falls to talk about school safety/security measures and practices.  This special meeting is open to all parents, staff and residents of Olmsted Falls City Schools.

TONIGHT!

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What:  OFCS School Safety/Security Meeting

Date: **TONIGHT** Wednesday, March 21st

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium
26939 Bagley Road
(*Parking available in front of building and in west lot. Enter through front main doors or west door entrance.)

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Olmsted Falls City Schools Closed Today -Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Due to Inclement Weather / Road Conditions

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All Olmsted Falls City School District buildings will be closed today due to inclement weather and road conditions.

Please stay safe and warm.

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OFCS Update – March 16, 2018

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REMINDER: INFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY/SECURITY SET FOR THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST

Olmsted Falls City School District will host an informational meeting on school safety and security at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, March 21st at Olmsted Falls High School.  

OFCS district and building administrators will be joined by our local safety officials from both Olmsted Township and the city of Olmsted Falls to talk about school safety/security measures and practices.  This special meeting is open to all parents, staff and residents of Olmsted Falls City Schools.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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What:  OFCS School Safety/Security Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 21st

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium
26939 Bagley Road
(*Parking available in front of building and in west lot. Enter through front main doors or west door entrance.)

We look forward to seeing you there.

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OFHS BULLDOGS WRITE WELL IN THEIR INAUGURAL PENOHIO YEAR

Congratulations to the OFHS PenOhio varsity team who took first place overall in the recent PenOhio competition!

Individual winners in that division were Camryn Hassel, first place; Lauren Gumeny, third place and Jake Wrege, sixth place.

Camryn also received a $1,000 scholarship to Kent State University.

Remaining members of the varsity team are Nicole Egel, Jared Brancatelli and Emma Andrus who also scored very well.

Congratulations again to all of these talented writers!


FALLS-LENOX CELEBRATES COLLEGE AND CAREER AWARENESS WEEK

img_4920aLast week Falls-Lenox School observed College and Career Awareness Week.

Each day students attained information about a new career and participated in fun activities to bring awareness about different careers, including sending their favorite stuffed animals to work with their parents. The students shared their stuffed animal’s experience with their classmates.

The week ended with the third grade students attending Third Grade Career Day. Parents, friends and family represented 42 careers as they took time from their busy schedules to share, inspire and motivate students. All speakers inspired the students to work hard and set goals so they can have a rewarding career in the future. The speakers also linked their conversations with the third grade economics unit. Students explored the concepts of goods, services and competition.

We appreciate all of the time and energy the speakers put into their presentation. Positive energy and motivation were beaming from the students as they left that afternoon.

The goal of the College and Career Awareness Week activities is to help students make connections between skills taught at school and skills needed in the real work world.

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


SOUTHWEST HOSPITAL INTRODUCES “HEALTHY ROSTER” MOBILE APP FOR PARENTS AND COACHES

color bulldog headCP_leftBulldog families and coaches now have a new way to conveniently connect to athletic training services available through a partnership with Southwest General Hospital. 

For additional details on this new service, click HERE now for the article on the Bulldog athletics website.


OFHS MUSICIANS RECEIVE HIGH PRAISE AS THEY PREPARE FOR STATES AND OTHER LOCAL PERFORMANCES

musicOur Bulldog musicians and singers continue to impress the greater community with their talents.  There are a number of performances coming up and the community is invited and welcome to attend:

  • The OFHS Band will compete at States to be held at North Royalton High School on April 20th & 21st.  The Wind Symphony performs and competes at class AA which is the highest level of band literature available for high school students and the Wind Ensemble performs at a Class B. The competition is free and open to the public. Questions about performance times can be emailed directly to OFHS Band Director Mrs. Julie Budd at jbudd@ofcs.net.
  • The OFHS Women’s Choir, Bel Canto Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski, also made it to States and will perform at Highland High School on April 21st.
  • Additionally, the OFHS Wind Symphony will be performing alongside Kent Sate University’s top ensemble on May 4th at 7 p.m.  They were selected for this honor by being one of the top ensembles in North East Ohio – a great honor for our music program, and a reflection on the fantastic students.  This concert is also free and open to the public and will be held at Cartwright Hall in Kent State University.

Finally, speaking of Kent State….

Dr. Jesse Leyva, Kent State University’s director of bands and an associate professor of music, sent OFHS Principal Holly Schafer and Superintendent Jim Lloyd personal congratulations on our Bulldog students’ Superior rating in a recent competition held on its campus.  His message read: “On behalf of the Kent State University School of Music, I would like to congratulate Directors Julie Budd and Joe LaFlamme and your students for earning a Superior rating at the Ohio Music Educators Association Large Group Adjudicated Event March 2 & 3.  The Olmsted Falls High School band students have been awarded the highest possible assessment rating from OMEA, the official music education association of our state.  This Superior rating is a distinguished achievement and speaks very highly of the teaching and learning environment within your school district. The Kent State School of Music applauds your support and achievement within the field of music education.”

Congratulations again and continued good luck in your performances ahead!


MORE MUSIC NEWS!

IMG_0581.jpgThe OFHS Brass Quartet of Joe Bertrand, Dan Fidler, Catie Shambaugh, and Matt Strum kicked off this month’s Board of Education meeting by playing the 3 minute chamber piece that recently earned them a Super Rating.  The extremely difficult piece was very impressive and enjoyed by all in attendance. Well done! 

musicThe March issue of Olmsted Falls Music Association’s monthly publication Musical Notes is now available to download. Click on this link to download the March 2018 issue and/or to download past issues:

http://www.olmstedfallsmusic.com/downloads

Thank you to OFMA for gathering such a wonderful collection of music news each month!  There is certainly no shortage of information to share!


2018 OFMA SUMMER MUSIC CAMP SCHOLARSHIP

OFMA Summer Music Camp logo-smallThe 2018 OFMA Summer Music Camp Scholarship application is available to download.

OFCSD students currently in grades 4 thru 12 are welcome to apply.

Applications are due to your music teachers by Friday, March 23rd.

Please click HERE to download the application.


OFHS CHEERLEADER INFO NIGHT, CLINIC AND TRYOUTS ARE NEXT MONTH

All those interested in cheerleading should attend the 7:30 p.m. April 10th informational meeting in the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School cafeteria. The mandatory cheerleader clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 24th in the OFHS auxiliary gym. Tryouts start at 8:45 a.m. April 28th in the OFHS gym.

The Parent meeting for the 2018-2019 cheer squads is at 7:30 p.m. April 30th in the OFIS cafeteria.

If you have questions, email Coach Danielle at ofhscheerleading@gmail.com. For a detailed flyer, click HERE.



REMINDER – NO SCHOOL MAY 8TH – PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Please note that Olmsted Falls City Schools has made a change to the current school year calendar relating to the May 8th election day. There will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018. Staff members will report for a district-wide staff development day.

In an effort to maximize the safety of our students, Olmsted Falls City Schools has decided to cancel school for students during the spring election day in addition to the normal fall election closure each November.  OFCS will use this day as a staff development day for all staff.

The current 2017-2018 OFCS School Year Calendar has been updated to reflect this mid-year change and can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Please mark your personal family calendars with this important change. Thank you.


OFIS MALLEY’S FUNDRAISER CONTINUES THROUGH MARCH 26TH

malley_chocThe annual Malley’s candy sale continues at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School! All proceeds will be used to offset the cost of our annual class trip to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan during the spring of your child’s 5th grade year.

· This is an ONLINE only candy fundraiser. Friends and family can order at their convenience 24 hours a day.

· All orders totaling $65 or more to one address receive FREE SHIPPING.

· ONLINE order deadline is Monday, March 26.

· TO GET STARTED: Visit our group link at: https://malleys.com/fundraising/campaign/olmsted-falls-easter-fundraiser

Thank you for supporting our school.  Sincerely,  Olmsted Falls Intermediate Staff


OFMA TO HOST CLOTHING DONATION DRIVE – SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH

April2018_FillTheTruck_halfsheetHelp us “Fill the Truck”: OFMA is hosting a clothing donation drive Saturday April 7th (one day only). A donation vehicle will be parked in the parking lot of the Olmsted Falls City Schools District Office, 26937 Bagley Road on
Saturday, April 7th from 8:30 am till 2:30 pm.

Savers will compensate OFMA based on the number of pounds of cloth items collected.
Acceptable items include:
– Clothing & Shoes
– Accessories (purses, scarves, gloves, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes)
– Linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric

CANNOT ACCEPT HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, TOYS OR ANY ITEMS NOT CLOTH.

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt! Bring items to be donated in plastic bags or boxed.


GET READY TO TAKE THE REINS AT THE APRIL 14TH NIGHT AT THE RACES

Mark your calendars for the annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races on Saturday, April 14th.

Booster members invite everyone to come and support its organization. This event is one of its largest fundraisers of the year. All funds raised go directly back to all of the athletic organizations in our district grades 7 – 12.

For tickets, contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.  To purchase a horse, contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.  In addition, the group is sending out a merchant letter.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer this letter for a donation. See the attached flyers for more information.

Come on out for a good time while helping our athletic programs – we look forward to a fun night! GO BULLDOGS!

 
 
Horse Form – 2018 Horse Form

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START THINKING ABOUT SUMMER: CAMP INVENTION IS CALLING ALL CAMPERS & INVENTORS!

Camp Invention_early discount _Page_1Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up!

Camp will run the week of June 11-15. Early registration discounts are available, so don’t delay. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires 3/23).

To download a Camp Invention flyer, please click HERE.  Contact Brianna Smith at bsmith@ofcs.net with any questions.



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KIWANIS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST EVENT – SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH @ OFIS* (*Please note change in location from O.F. High School to O.F. Intermediate School)

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the next Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast!  

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at OFIS


OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION ENDS SOON – MARCH 31ST

The Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4-18.  We  accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website by clicking HERE or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive.

Registration after March 31st will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15th. Please like OCLS on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields.  Any questions, contact OCC at 440-427-1599.


GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES PRESENTED BY OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS
FF2C001D-A91F-4DAB-BDA9-54158FEE6F31Join us on our journey to the Enchanted Forest where we meet 12 dancing princesses on their quest to find adventure and love. Next, meet our prince and fairies as they mount a daring magical rescue to save Sleeping Beauty from a fairy who has gone astray. And last, but not least, Join Ella, who despite her difficulties, learns the magic of kindness and believing in the beauty of her dreams, and that all problems can be solved with a good pair of shoes.

Showtimes:

Fri Apr 6, 2018 | 7:00PM
Sat Apr 7, 2018 | 2:00PM
Sat Apr 7, 2018 | 7:00PM
Sun Apr 8, 2018 | 2:00PM

http://www.opatickets.com

The performances are held at Elyria High School Performing Arts, 600 West Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2018-2019 
preschool cartoon kidsOlmsted Community Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway.  The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 or ocprschol@aol.com The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street in Olmsted Falls.

ADAPTIVE LACROSSE COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

Lacrosse Bulldog logoOlmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to announce a new component to our developmental lacrosse program – Adaptive Lacrosse! This program will run during the standard lacrosse season (March – May) and is designed to allow individuals with developmental disabilities to learn about and participate in the game of lacrosse. If you or someone who you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Jodi DeMarco at joannademarco@yahoo.com or 440-503-3090. All are welcome, this is not limited to Olmsted Falls.


 

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