OFCS Update – April 29, 2016

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

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

 

Congratulations To All:

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

Kevin Meehan – Boys Basketball

Sarah Balfour – Girls Basketball

Erika Ratcliff – Girls Bowling

William Moyse – Hockey

Eric Andrews – Boys Swimming

Noel Caraballo – Wrestling

Anthony Caraffi – Wrestling

Michael Iler – Wrestling

Joshua Jaeckin – Wrestling

Brendan Jones – Wrestling

Brice Locklear – Wrestling

Jihad Salti – Wrestling

Michael Shaw – Wrestling

Patrick Simon – Wrestling

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

Kevin Meehan – Boys Basketball

Emily Gerycz – Girls Basketball

Anthony Caraffi – Wrestling

Jamie Dregalla – Girls Swimming

Matthew Metzger – Boys Swimming

Zachery Sadowski – Hockey

Nicole Giangrasso – Cheerleading

Hannah Witteman – Gymnastics

Colin Kuchenmeister – Boys Bowling

Audrey Looby – Girls Bowling

2015-2016 SWC Championship Wrestling Team:

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

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

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

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

Let’s go Bulldogs!

SS_upper_leftPOLARIS INDUCTS FOUR OFHS STUDENTS INTO NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

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

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

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

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

SS_upper_leftOLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZES LOCAL EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION NOMINEES

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

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

Outstanding Peer Student Achievement Awards

Russell Brown

Brielle Gaughan

Lucy Norris

Leah Russo

Outstanding Educator Award

Kristen Crawford

Mariel Krakowiak

Karen Megery

Rochelle Umbel

Congratulations again to all of these outstanding nominees!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Thank you for helping PTA!

F-L BOOK FAIR HUGE SUCCESS – THANK YOU!

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

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

CP_leftECC AM/PM CLASSES VISIT OF LIBRARY

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

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

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OFMA MAY NEWSLETTER ONLINE; UPCOMING MEETING

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

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

sports equipmentSIGN UP FOR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS  FOR GRADES 6-11

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

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

GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

1270 W. Bagley Rd. Berea, OH 44017

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

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

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

HURRY – OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE DEADLINE IS THIS SATURDAY 

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

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

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

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

OFHS MAY SHOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

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

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

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

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

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

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

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

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

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

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM HAS IN PERSON REGISTRATION THIS SATURDAY 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710May Cookie Battle

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

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

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

senior citizensSENIORS – CHECK OUT MAY’S ACTIVITIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

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

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

SIGN UP TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER

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

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

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

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

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

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OFCS Update – April 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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F-L CLASS PUTS STUDY LESSON INTO REAL LIFE OPPORTUNITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LET’S GO BULLDOGS! 

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ECC ENJOYS VISITORS DURING RIGHT TO READ WEEK

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

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

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

CP_leftA PIGGIE AND ELEPHANT PLAY ENTERTAINS ECC STUDENTS

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

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

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

SS_upper_leftGETTING READY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES

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

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

ECC AND FALLS-LENOX PRESENT THEIR HEALTHY HEROES

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

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

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

TWO BULLDOG STUDENTS EARN RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT

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

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

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

Congratulations, Joseph and Joshua!

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

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

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

PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOLLOW-UP SURVEY CONTINUES ONLINE

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

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

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Thank you for helping PTA!

GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFHS MAY SHOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

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

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

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, April 26, 2015

Youngstown State University

Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

6 – 8 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chipotle is located at 26420 Great Norther Shopping Center.

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

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

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

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

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE – May 1st – NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

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

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

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

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

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

LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM PREPARES TO DIVE INTO SEASON

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

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

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

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

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

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710May Cookie Battle

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

Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

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

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

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OFCS Update – April 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BULLDOGS IMPRESS AT 2016 NATIONAL ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Bulldogs!

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

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

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

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

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

OFHS STUDENT HELPS RIGHT TO READ WEEK TAKE FLIGHT AT ECC

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

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

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

OLMSTED FALLS PTAs RECEIVE HONORS AT OHIO PTA CONVENTION

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

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

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

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

PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NOW OPEN

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

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

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Thank you for helping PTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftMIDDLE SCHOOL’S BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE HOBBIT

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

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

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

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

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

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OFHS MAY SHOW NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

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

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

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

DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT BOUNCES INTO THE GYM APRIL 21ST 

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

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

To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO THIS SATURDAY

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

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

To view the flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR THIS SUNDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, April 26, 2015

Youngstown State University

Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

6 – 8 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Chipotle is located at 26420 Great Norther Shopping Center.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

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

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

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

ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

What:  RoboVentures 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP @ OCC

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

Date:  April 19th – May 26th, 2016

When:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7 p.m.

Where:  Olmsted Community Center and outside locations

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

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

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

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

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

Olmsted Recreation LogoSENIOR CITIZEN ACTIVITY CALENDAR FOR MONTH OF APRIL

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

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

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OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE – May 1st – NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

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

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

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

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

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

LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM PREPARES TO DIVE INTO SEASON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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OFCs Update – April 8, 2016

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CP_leftBULLDOGS PLAY @ PROGRESSIVE FIELD FOR  THE INDIANS HIGH SCHOOL CHARITY TRIPLE HEADER – TICKET ORDER DEADLINE THIS SUNDAY!

Bulldog Baseball LogoThe OFHS baseball team will play at Progressive Field at about 8 p.m. April 22nd against St. Ed’s as the nightcap game of the annual Cleveland Indians Charities HS Baseball triple header.  The rainout date is April 29th, if needed.

Pre-sale tickets are $5 each. Cash or check are acceptable, with the latter to be made out to “Dan Largent.”  Tickets will be available for pickup the week leading up to the game.  Tickets also will be at the gate, but at a higher price. Complete the form by Sunday, April 10th, which is available by clicking HERE.

Come out and see the Bulldogs play where the pros play.

SS_upper_leftSTUDENTS SHARE TRADITIONS, FOOD ON CULTURE DAY

The Stanczak/Pilko/Judson Team at OFIS celebrated Culture Day on Friday, March 18th.  Students shared stories, traditions and food from the different cultures their families represent.  Pictures shown here display some examples of what the classes experienced in Guatemalan, Dutch, Irish, Chinese and Italian traditions.

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Kudos to our teachers, students and families for collaborating together on this hands-on learning experience!

Fun was had by all!

CP_leftHELPING HANDS HOSTS  MOVIE AND GAME NIGHT – TONIGHT!

A REMINDER to those who have RSVP’d for tonight’s Helping Hands Movie & Game Night!  It will be from 6-8:30 p.m. this Friday, April 8th in OFHS. The sound during the night will be low and the lights, dimmed. The movies will be short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. All are welcome to this free event.

Games will be in the cafeteria and you may bring your own to share with others that night.  Helping Hands will provide the pizza, snacks and water.

Please contact Mariel Krakowiak at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net with questions.

PlayPosterSS_upper_leftOF MASQUERS PRESENTS “THE MUSIC MAN” AS ITS SPRING PLAY

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

Performances will be in the OFHS auditorium.

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

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

CP_leftOFMS BOOK FAIR EXCEEDS ITS GOAL!

thank_youThe OFMS Media Center would like to thank the staff, students and their families for supporting the Scholastic Spring Book Fair recently. The fair was very successful and exceeded our goal.

The Media Center purchased $1,300 in new books and has additional profit to use for new books as they are released.   Also, a huge thank you to the following PTA volunteers for all their help with the fair.  Our fairs would not be as successful without their help and support.   These volunteers do a tremendous job and go above and beyond by making sure there is coverage throughout the fair to help with sales and restock the fair as needed.   In addition to the fair, the volunteers also helped sell raffle tickets and shamrocks on behalf of the LEAD organization to benefit the MDA 2016 Campaign.

The PTA volunteers are Donna McKee,  Kerrie Kruichuk,  Tracy Knierim,  Nicole Humphrey,  Joanna Barnard,  Denise McCray and  Patty Voisinet.

OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING AND TRYOUTS – APRIL 19TH

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

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

To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

CP_leftLATEST NEWS FROM OFMA:  FILL THE TRUCK FUNDRAISER EARNS $2,310!  

12592587_933759376722064_3555932141184423471_nThe Fill the Truck Donation Drive II earned OFMA $2,310 from Easter Seals. The grand total of the two drives was $5,260.  This amount benefits the music programs and students of Olmsted Falls school district. Thank you to all who participated.

To view more photos from the latest  Fill the Truck event, please click HERE.

See what else Olmsted Falls music students have been doing.  View OFMA’s latest Musical Notes April newsletter by clicking HERE.  Read about the many outstanding students who are in the various music programs!

Also – support the next OFMA fundraiser at North Olmsted’s Bob Evans on April 18th, with the restaurant donating 15 percent of sales.  Click HERE to download the fundraiser’s flyer, which must be presented when ordering.

SS_upper_leftMIDDLE SCHOOL’S BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE HOBBIT

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

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

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

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

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

CP_leftOFHS MAY SHOW NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

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

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

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

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

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

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

To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR SAFETY TOWN – DEADLINE IS MAY 11TH 

safety town logoDo you have a child starting Kindergarten in the fall? If so, Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarten students.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  They will practice safety “out in the town,” enjoy visits from local police, fire and bus departments as well as field trips to the Police and Fire departments. Safety Town is organized through the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA. Please go to www.oecpta.org for registration forms.  Sign up deadline is May 11th.

Safety Town also needs student volunteer instructors to help during the classes. Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to complete an application, also available at the OECPTA website.  Forms should be returned by May 11.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO

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

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

To view the flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

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

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

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS  HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS  – NEXT ONE, APRIL 14TH

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

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

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

North Central State College, Main Campus

Kee Hall, Rooms 128 A & 128 B

Mansfield, OH 44091

6 – 8 PM

Tuesday, April 26, 2015

Youngstown State University

Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

6 – 8 PM

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

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

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

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

Chipotle is located at 26420 Great Norther Shopping Center.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

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

To download a fundraiser flyer with more general information, please click HERE.  To download a flyer featuring mulch, rock and sand selections, please click HERE.

The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

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

ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

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

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

 

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BOY SCOUTS FLIP FLAPJACKS FOR COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH

pancakeBoy Scout Troop 252 invites the community to its fourth annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10th, at St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

The troop will also have a raffle for an autographed Cleveland Brown’s OL and Pro Bowl player Joe Thomas, #73 jersey.  Malley’s Chocolate also will have chocolate bars to purchase.  Your donations for this event will help the scouts with gear, Court of Honor events, camp outs and activities.  The troop appreciates your support.

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

What:  RoboVentures 

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

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

SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP @ OCC

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

Date:  April 19th – May 26th, 2016

When:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7 p.m.

Where:  Olmsted Community Center and outside locations

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

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

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoFALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM HAS IN-PERSON SIGN UPS APRIL 16TH 

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

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

Olmsted Recreation LogoSENIOR CITIZEN ACTIVITY CALENDAR FOR MONTH OF APRIL

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

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

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OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE – May 1st – NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

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

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

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

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

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

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OFCS Update – March 31, 2016

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A DECADE LONG TRADITION: OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AMONG THE BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC – AGAIN

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) again designated Olmsted Falls school district among the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education.  This is the 10th consecutive year the district has received this honor.

This designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This prestigious designation honors districts for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and CP_leftcommunity leaders that make music education a priority.  To view the complete list of 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Districts, please click HERE.

 

“This truly is an award that will be shared by everyone in our school community,” said OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  “The musical performing arts have been embraced by many, and an honor such as this reaffirms the dedication we have to music education.”

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Olmsted Falls answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and SS_upper_leftcommunity music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Community music programs have been drawing increased attention because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.

Congratulations to all for making Olmsted Falls among the best music education communities in the country!

update-button-mdOHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DENIES REQUESTS TO CHANGE TESTING FORMATS

Olmsted Falls School District’s request to change testing formats from the online format back to the traditional paper/pencil format has been denied by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  Olmsted Falls School District is among school districts across the state of Ohio whose requests to return to paper/pencil format have been rejected.  To read the email message to school superintendents from Ohio’s Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Lonnie J. Rivera, please click HERE.

While we will continue to press this issue, the current reality is that the ODE will NOT send our district – or any other district requesting to change formats – the test materials required to proceed with spring achievement testing in the traditional paper/pencil format.  All districts are required to administer the state-mandated achievement tests, which begin next week, in the same format they previously used.  Therefore, Olmsted Falls School District will be forced to continue to assess students using the same online method we used this past fall.

Dr. Lloyd submitted a public records request to the ODE requesting the data that was used that led to the following statements made in Interim Superintendent Rivera’s email:

“Technical analysis from state and national experts, including individuals from top universities and NASA, have reviewed last year’s tests and determined the online and paper tests were comparable. There were no consistent patterns of differences between paper/pencil and online test results over grade levels or content areas. There were no recommendations from the national PARCC Technical Advisory Committee or Ohio’s Technical Advisory Committee for any adjustments in the results. To our knowledge, no other states that used PARCC testing have needed to make any adjustments.”

The above statements run contrary to the regional data that we have reviewed (and previously reported to our parents) which reveals a major difference in scores between those districts that used online testing and those that used the paper/pencil format.  Additionally, the following articles also draw contrary conclusions to the statements being made by the ODE:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/02/04/report-kids-who-took-common-core-test-online-scored-lower-than-those-who-used-paper/

Olmsted Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd continues to advocate directly to the ODE and the State legislature regarding a number of issues – including testing.  The open letter to the Ohio legislature and the Ohio Department of Education continues to gain new supporters daily. To view the most current version of the letter, including signatures added since mid-March, please click HERE.

We will continue to keep our parents and community updated with further developments.  Please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000 or kcogan@ofcs.net with any questions regarding the spring achievement testing.  Thank you for your continuing support of Olmsted Falls School District.

AR_upperRightDISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY FINANCIAL REPORTING

State Auditor Award001Olmsted Falls School District has again been recognized by the State of Ohio with the prestigious Auditor of State Award. This award is presented to entities that file timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Auditing Practices), as well as receive a “clean” audit report with no findings, questions or referrals.

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s letter to the district states “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”

Congratulations to the Olmsted Falls School District Treasurer’s Office for their outstanding financial practices, and to Bulldog staff members across the district, who play an important role in the efficient operation of the District.

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SENIORS COMPETE FOR TOP PAGEANT HONORS – TONIGHT!

Support the 2016 and 2017 Proms by attending this year’s Mr. Irresistible Pageant. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight –  Thursday, March 31st –  in the OFHS auditorium.

Check out Justin Peck, Kyle Haines, Max Molkentin, Jake Conder and Josh Lambert compete to be the Senior Class’ most classy, charismatic and talented.

HELPING HANDS HOSTS APRIL 8TH MOVIE AND GAME NIGHT

Movie night is a sensory-friendly experience that Helping Hands provides.  It will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 8th in OFHS. The sound during the night will be low and the lights, dimmed. The movies will be short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. All are welcome to this free event.

Games will be in the cafeteria and you may bring your own to share with others that night.  Helping Hands will provide the pizza, snacks and water.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 6 by emailing mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To see a more detailed flyer, click HERE.

NEXT WEEK THE FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR COMES TO TOWN

book _fairThe Falls-Lenox Primary School Book Fair runs from this Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8th in its library.  Students will have the opportunity to shop during their regular library times throughout the week. There will be no book exchange this week.

Families are invited to shop at the Book Fair and enjoy the PTA-sponsored ice cream social from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7th.

If you are unable to attend or prefer to shop from home, please click HERE.

PlayPosterOF MASQUERS PRESENTS “THE MUSIC MAN” AS ITS SPRING PLAY

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

Performances will be in the OFHS auditorium.

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

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

OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING AND TRYOUTS

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

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

To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL’S BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE HOBBIT

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

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

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

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

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

 ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ DONATION DRIVE IS THIS WEEKEND

fill the truckThe second Fill the Truck Donation Drive comes to the OF Board of Education parking lot THIS WEEKEND – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd. The Olmsted Falls Music Association again is collaborating with Easter Seals to collect clothing and other items that will be recycled. Easter Seals’ Community Action Program supports services for children and adults with disabilities in Northern Ohio.

The list of acceptable donated items has expanded. Some of the items are clothing, shoes, linens, knickknacks, small children’s toys and others.

The proceeds from the bulk sale of the contributions support programs such as speech therapy, home care, medical equipment loans and summer camp opportunities.

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Bring items in boxes or plastic bags. There will be bags at the truck if needed. For more details of the many acceptable items, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Kathy Green, khg712@aol.com.

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IT’S SPIRIT NIGHT MONDAY AT CHICK- FIL- A IN NORTH OLMSTED

Support Olmsted Falls PTA by dining at North Olmsted’s Chick-fil-A  from  6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. THIS MONDAY, APRIL 4TH.  Mention the group and PTA will earn up to 25 percent of the sales. This special is good for dining in, carry out, drive thru and catering. To see the flyer, click HERE.

MORE MUSIC NEWS

musicThe next OFMA meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 6th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS choir room

Also, Jazz Band will be participating in ProMusic Festival at Tiffin University, Thursday, April 7th & Golden Expressions will participate on Friday, April 8th. 

Best of luck to all of our talented performers!

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT NEEDS TEAMS, VOLUNTEERS

DodgeballAre you ready for some fast, competitive dodgeball play?  This year’s Dodgeball Tournament is at 7:15 p.m. April 21st in the OFHS main gym. All high school grade levels are encouraged to create teams of six to eight players, whether all boys, girls or co-ed. Sign up on March 30th in the Pit.  All are invited to attend and cheer on the teams.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students/seniors.

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

To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS  HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS

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

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

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

North Central State College, Main Campus

Kee Hall, Rooms 128 A & 128 B

Mansfield, OH 44091

6 – 8 PM

Tuesday, April 26, 2015

Youngstown State University

Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

6 – 8 PM

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO

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

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

To view the flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

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

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

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

The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

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

ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

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

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

JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE THIS FRIDAY

paint party 1paint party 2The Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township Relay for Life is at our local Pinot’s Pallet in downtown Olmsted Falls tomorrow – FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST – no foolin’.

Come out and support our 2016 Relay for Life and have some fun painting, too.

To view a flyer for more detailed information, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

HURRY!  THE EARLY OCSL REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY

bulldogOlmsted Community Summer League’s baseball/slow-pitch softball registration is almost over.  Sign up before April 1 to avoid a late fee.

The final day to register is April 15th.  To register, go to Olmsted Community Center website, Olmstedcc.com.

If you are interested in playing Adult Coed Softball, contact Jim Masie, jimmasie@gmail.com. We also are looking for a Boys Intermediate League Rep. If interested in this position, contact Nicole Sherman, nsherman2000@gmail.com.  Feel free to ‘like’ OCSL on its facebook page to see updated news about the league.

FASHION SHOW, BACHELOR AUCTION RAISES FUNDS FOR TWO  STUDENTS – TOMORROW

Catwalk for a Cure photoThe Catwalk for a Cure on Friday, April 1st will benefit Bulldog students Tommy Pettry and Owen Timura who are battling rare forms of cancer. The event includes a prom fashion show at 7 p.m. followed by a bachelor auction, which includes students willing to step forward for this fun event.

Tickets are $10 each.  Gengraphics Photography is presenting the event. Tickets are available through Gengraphics or the studio’s senior models. All proceeds benefit the students and their families. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY TO OFFER SCRATCH DIGITAL ANIMATION WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS IN GR. 5-8

Learn how to create your own digital animation from SCRATCH! Students in 5th-8th grade are invited to join us as we explore, create and share our own stories, games, music and art! Imagine! Program! And Share! Registration is limited. Note: If you do not currently have a Scratch account, please bring a valid email address.

SCRATCH Digital Animation 101

Date: 04/06/2016
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=81688

BOY SCOUTS FLIP FLAPJACKS FOR COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – APRIL 10TH

pancakeBoy Scout Troop 252 invites the community to its fourth annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10th, at St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

The troop will also have a raffle for an autographed Cleveland Brown’s OL and Pro Bowl player Joe Thomas, #73 jersey.  Malley’s Chocolate also will have chocolate bars to purchase.  Your donations for this event will help the scouts with gear, Court of Honor events, camp outs and activities.  The troop appreciates your support.

Olmsted spirit race logoOLMSTED SPIRIT RACE NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

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

Early bird registration that offers a discount is open until midnight tonight, March 31. The cost is $16 for students/military and $20, adults. The sign-up price then increases to $20, students/military and $25, adults through April 27th.   Registration is available at olmstedspirit.com.

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

LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE PLAYERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS!  

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUWe currently have a need for additional players to fill out rosters.  2-3 players are needed in the 7-8 year old group and 2-3 players are needed for the 11 year old age groupLate fees will be waived.

LCHS rosters are currently being assembled.  Players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March.

For more information or if you have any questions, visit www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com OR contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoFALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM HAS IN-PERSON SIGN UPS NEXT MONTH

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

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

VOICE VARIATIONS DANCE OFFERINGS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND

Voice Variations will offer Hip Hop Dance Max Class from 10:45-11:45 a.m. on Saturdays from April 2nd through May 7th.  Kids ages 10 and older are invited to attend this high energy and core/cardio strengthening workout at Olmsted Community Center.

Broadway Tap Dance Class is from 1-2 p.m. Sundays from April 3rd through May 22nd at Above The Barre, 1450 W. Bagley Road, Berea. It is for ages 7-11.

Registration and more information is available at voice-variations.com.

Olmsted Recreation LogoSENIOR CITIZEN ACTIVITY CALENDAR FOR MONTH OF APRIL

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

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

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OFCS Update – March 19, 2016

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spring-break-4-clipartSPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK: MARCH 21st – MARCH 28th

Ready or not, Spring Break is upon us.  There will be no classes next week plus one day – from Monday, March 21st through Monday, March 28th.  School resumes Tuesday, March 29th.

Enjoy the break and the weather.

LUCKY THE IRISH – AND THE ECC 

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Mr. Bill Kubat and Mrs. Anita Newmann shared a book with Karen Strawser’s A.M. class last week.

Yesterday, her class enjoyed a visit by two leprechauns – who look a little familiar to the school and its students.

Thank you to all of our caring adults – staff members and community volunteers – who make the ECC such a special place for students!

AR_upperRightTWO REFURBISHED SCHOOL BUSES FROM OKLAHOMA FIND NEW HOME WITH OFCS

refurbished bus 7The OFCS Transportation Department did some creative thinking in devising a plan to replace two district-owned school buses approaching the end of their useful life cycle.  They had a combination of 38 years and 301,672 miles!

The department searched for and found used school buses with proper maintenance history in southern states to secure corrosion-free vehicles. Making sure the buses had everything upgraded to meet Ohio School Bus Construction refurbished bus 6Standards, Tim Atkinson, director of business affairs, and Heath Krakowiak, transportation supervisor, found two quality vehicles in Collinsville, Oklahoma. The buses have freshly painted exteriors, refurbished interiors and undercoated chassis to protect them from the harsh weather of Northeast Ohio.

refurnished bus 3After arriving here, the district’s mechanic staff made the two “new to us” buses Bulldogs’ own with all appropriate markings, safety equipment and other upgrades.  These two 2003 generation Blue Bird buses look brand new.

refurnished bus 4The district plans to achieve another 10 years of quality service here for the buses at a significant value versus buying new school buses.

Kudos to our Transportation Department for going above and beyond to secure these outstanding buses for our District!

To view more photos of the buses, click HERE.

FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:  REGISTRATION TO CLOSE FOLLOWING SPRING BREAK

OFCS Triple A LogoTo ensure that all families interested in registering an incoming kindergarten student in the new full-day program for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year are able to do so, the full-day kindergarten registration option will remain available through the spring break.  More than 100 students have been registered to date!

If you are interested in enrolling a student in the new full-day kindergarten program, please do so as soon as possible.  Following the break, full-day kindergarten registration will be closed to allow adequate time for staffing and logistical planning.  Registration for traditional half-day kindergarten will remain available after the break, however it is recommended that parents register ALL kindergarten students as soon as possible in order to be part of all parts of the registration, screening and placement process.

To register a kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 school year, visit http://www.ofcs.net and click on the “NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017)” located at the top of the QUICK LINKS on the left side of the page.  To secure a spot in the new full-day program, a non-refundable deposit of $200 (one full month tuition) is required as part of the online registration process. Parents may also choose to pay annual tuition in full at the time of registration to receive a 10% discount (discounted full-day tuition rate = $2,160).

Please help us spread the word to any friends or relatives you may know in the District who will have an incoming kindergarten student next school year!  For questions about the full-day kindergarten program, please contact Melinda Brunner at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center @ 427-6360, or mbrunner@ofcs.net.

OFMS POWER OF THE PEN TEAMS HAVE BUSY & SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Power of the Pen regionals photoGrade 7 and 8 OFMS Power of the Pen teams traveled to Cuyahoga Heights Middle School last month for the first tournament of the year. The seventh-grade team came in second place and the eighth-grade took fourth out of 26 schools.  All the writers accomplished great successes SS_upper_leftindividually.

On Saturday, March 12th, writers who qualified for Regionals traveled to St. Joseph Academy for an even fiercer competition.  The two teams combined and took fourth place out of 40 schools. Again, all writers performed admirably.

The seventh graders were Emma Barnard, a regional qualifier; Sophia Krumroy, who placed 18th at regionals, regional qualifier; Cassie Moilov, won Best of Round award at districts, regional qualifier; Keeley Patton, placed sixth at regionals and 11th at district, a regional qualifier;  Daisy Watts, placed 12th at districts, a regional qualifier; Shreya Desai; Brianna Opheim;  Emily Sumerauer and Sara Zawadzki.

The eighth graders were Megan Bobkovich, regional qualifier; Nicole Latona, who took a “superior” rank into the regional competition, regional qualifier; Kristen Miller,  who won a Director’s Choice award at districts, regional qualifier; Ashley Rice, regional qualifier; Emily Kasl; Kayla Kippes; Rhiannon Lloyd; Summer Stevens and Elizabeth Traine.

Congratulations to all these talented young writers on their many accomplishments this year.

Pictured above are, back row: Coach Grinnell, Kayla Kippes, Nicole Latona, Ashley Rice, Megan Bobkovich, Coach MacAleese, Keeley Patton, Cassie Moilov, Daisy Watts and front row: Kristen Miller, Emily Kasl, Elizabeth Traine, Brianna Opheim, Emma Barnard and Sophia Krumroy.

TE_lowerRight-cropFRESH LOOK AND RESPONSIVE DESIGN UPGRADE FOR DISTRICT WEBSITE

websiteThe official Olmsted Falls School District website (www.ofcs.net) transitioned to a new platform earlier this week.  Visitors to the website following its launch on Monday, March 14th likely noticed the more vivid images and more simplified, streamlined layout. Overall, the location of basic site navigation menus remains the same, so visitors should continue to find the information they are looking for in generally the same areas.

One significant enhancement with the new upgrade is the implementation of responsive design technology which makes sure the site looks great and maintains maximum functionality on any screen, including your mobile device. Accessing the website from your phone is now easier than ever – with no need for side-to-side scrolling or “pinching” the screen.

The District website continues to serve as an important information resource for students, staff and parents. We will continue to look for ways to further enhance the information that is available on the website.  If you have any questions about the website’s new format, please email Kim Petrina at kpetrina@ofcs.net.

ECC healthy heroMEET FEBRUARY’S HEALTHY HEROES

FL healthy heroECC’s Patrick Byrnes and F-L’s Elisabeth Flanagan are the most recent Healthy Hero from their schools.

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

Congratulations, Elisabeth and Patrick.  Pictured with Elizabeth is Maggie Bago, library assistant and with Patrick is his mother, Lisa Byrnes and Mrs. Roberto.

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT NEEDS TEAMS, VOLUNTEERS

DodgeballAre you ready for some fast, competitive dodgeball play?  This year’s Dodgeball Tournament is at 7:15 p.m. April 21st in the OFHS main gym. All high school grade levels are encouraged to create teams of six to eight players, whether all boys, girls or co-ed. Sign up on March 30th in the Pit.  All are invited to attend and cheer on the teams.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students/seniors.

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

To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.

SS_upper_leftFALLS-LENOX STUDENTS ARE  KIDS WHO LOVE MUSICALS

kids loveFalls-Lenox has been enjoying a wonderful program in our classrooms courtesy of our supportive PTA. Kids Love Musicals! encourages students to explore the parts of a musical and helps our children use its themes to find personal application in the performing arts.

Children engage with characters who express their emotions through self-expression. The students enjoy the opportunity to participate in the elements of song, dance, acting and singing. With props, the students are able to get up, act scenes out and explore their creativity in a unique way. It’s a world of imagination, feeling, thinking and fun!

A special thanks to the Kids Love Musicals! Staff, Heather Hamilton, Karen Cillo and our wonderful FL PTA for making this program a huge success for our students!

Book FairCP_leftECC BOOK FAIR SOLD MORE THAN 850 BOOKS!

A big “Thank You” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair.  The event sold close to 883 books during this year’s fair. Many of our Itty Bitty Bulldogs attended the sale’s family night.

There was even a guest appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and his friend, Emily Elizabeth.

What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children become lifelong readers!  A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for providing great volunteers who helped prepare for and work the Fair all week!

CP_left‘THANK YOU’ TO ALL SHAMROCK PURCHASERS

LEADS shamrocks Olmsted Falls Middle School L.E.A.D. organizations’ fundraiser raised 509 from the shamrocks that were sold for $1 and $5 each.
All the proceeds went to support The Muscular Dystrophy Association.
A big THANK YOU to all students who participated.

drill team figureOFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING AND TRYOUTS

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

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

To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS – FIRST ONE IS THIS SATURDAY

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

CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY

US_military_flag_and_eagleRegistration is preferred, but not required by emailing Congressman Renacci’s Academy Coordinator at bryan.bowman@mail.house.gov. For additional information call 330-334-0040

 

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

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

North Central State College, Main Campus

Kee Hall, Rooms 128 A & 128 B

Mansfield, OH 44091

6 – 8 PM

Tuesday, April 26, 2015

Youngstown State University

Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

6 – 8 PM

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Horizon Science Academy

6000 South Marginal Road

Cleveland, OH  44103

10 a.m. to noon

NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO

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

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

To view the flyer, click HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

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

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

 

CP_leftPURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

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

The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake.  For location information, please click HERE.

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

CLEAN YOUR CLOSETS,  BASEMENT FOR THE ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ DRIVE

fill the truckThe second Fill the Truck Donation Drive comes to the OF Board of Education parking lot for two days next month – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd. The Olmsted Falls Music Association again is collaborating with Easter Seals to collect clothing and other items that will be recycled. Easter Seals’ Community Action Program supports services for children and adults with disabilities in Northern Ohio.

The list of acceptable donated items has expanded. Some of the items are clothing, shoes, linens, knickknacks, small children’s toys and others.

The proceeds from the bulk sale of the contributions support programs such as speech therapy, home care, medical equipment loans and summer camp opportunities.

All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Bring items in boxes or plastic bags. There will be bags at the truck if needed. For more details of the many acceptable items, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Kathy Green, khg712@aol.com.

ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE

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

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

JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE

paint party 1paint party 2The Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township Relay for Life is having a paint party fundraiser at our local Pinot’s Pallet in downtown Olmsted Falls.  It’s on April 1st – no foolin’.

Come out and support our 2016 Relay for Life and have some fun painting, too.

To view a flyer for more detailed information, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

EASTER BUNNY WILL APPEAR AT THIS SUNDAY’S  KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

kiwanis pancake breakfastThe annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club Pancake/French Toast Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Sunday, March 20th in the OFHS cafeteria.

The donation is $6 with kids 3 and under free. You have a chance to win Chinese raffle gifts and an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX.  Pictures are available with the Easter Bunny.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

OLMSTED FALLS CITY HALL HAS OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY TO CELEBRATE BUILDING’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

olmsted falls city hall pixOlmsted Falls City Hall is the former Olmsted Falls schools building that once housed every grade level.  The building was built in 1916.

The city of Olmsted Falls is celebrating its annual Open House and the building’s 100th birthday from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday, March 20th. Any Bulldog graduate from classes up to and including 1968 will be recognized at the event.  There also will be food, music, kids activities and a speaker who will discuss the building’s history.  It’s free and open to the public.

PROM FASHION SHOW, BACHELOR AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TWO BULLDOG STUDENTS

Catwalk for a Cure photoThe Catwalk for a Cure on April 1 will benefit Bulldog students Tommy Pettry and Owen Timura who are battling rare forms of cancer. The event includes a prom fashion show at 7 p.m. followed by a bachelor auction, which includes students willing to step forward for this fun event.

Only 180 tickets are available, so it’s first come, first serve. Tickets are $10 each. VIP tickets are $20, which include front row seats and a reception prior to the doors opening at 6:15. Gengraphics Photography is presenting the event. Tickets are available through Gengraphics or the studio’s senior models. All proceeds benefit the students and their families. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE CONTINUES SIGN-UP WITHOUT LATE FEE THROUGH THIS MONTH

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Register for the upcoming Olmsted Community Summer League online through Olmsted Community Center. Registrations without a late fee will be accepted until March 31.  Late registrations with a $20 late fee will be accepted until April 15. The 2016 registration form is available by clicking HERE.

To register, visit OCC’s website at www.olmstedcc.com.  Also ‘like’ OCC on its Facebook page to see updated league news.  If you are interested in playing in the Adult Coed Softball league, contact Jim Masie, jimmasie@gmail.com.  The group also is looking for a Boys Intermediate league rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, nsherman2000@gmail.com.

Register soon for any of the leagues before sign ups close.

LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE PLAYERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS!  

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUWe currently have a need for additional players to fill out rosters.  2-3 players are needed in the 7-8 year old group and 2-3 players are needed for the 11 year old age groupLate fees will be waived.

LCHS rosters are currently being assembled.  Players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March.

For more information or if you have any questions, visit www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com OR contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.

HIP-HOP DANCE MAX @ OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

Saturdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m.  (Ages 10-17)

This class will give you a work out with a high energy warm up that includes core and cardio strengthening followed by choreography to music. The possibilities are endless as Hip Hop uses the basics of all styles of dance and manipulates them to give an edge that is high energy and fun. Instructor: Amanda Trompak   Location: The Olmsted Community Center, Upper Dance Studio, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls

Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Ages: 10 -17 Class Maximum: 10 Students. Cost: $150 (6 weeks Starts Saturday, April 2nd – Saturday, May 7th 2016)

Register now and check out our Broadway Combo and Tap classes for spring semester.  www.voice-variations.com

BOY SCOUTS FLIP FLAPJACKS FOR COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

pancakeBoy Scout Troop 252 invites the community to its fourth annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10th at St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

The troop will also have a raffle for an autographed Cleveland Brown’s OL and Pro Bowl player Joe Thomas, #73 jersey.  Malley’s Chocolate also will have chocolate bars to purchase.  Your donations for this event will help the scouts with gear, Court of Honor events, camp outs and activities.  The troop appreciates your support.

OPA HAS SEVERAL SUMMER CAMPS, UPCOMING PLAYS

opa-beauty and the beast jr-6x4opa-rapunzel’s coronation day-6x4Art, gymnastics, theater, dance, even sampler camps are available to area youth, as young as age 3, this summer through Olmsted Performing Arts. Registration is now occurring at olmstedperformingarts.com and at its new location, 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea. To see a flyer, click HERE.  OPA also has two upcoming performances – Beauty and the Beast Junior at Parma Snow Library Auditorium from March 18-20 and Rapunzel’s Coronation from April 22-24 at the same location.

 

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OFCS Update: Special Weekend Edition – March 12, 2016

***BREAKING NEWS*** 

VOICES OF LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS, EDUCATORS GAIN TRACTION WITH COVERAGE IN PLAIN DEALER / CLEVELAND.COM

The open letter to Ohio legislators and the Ohio Department of Education – mentioned in the last OFCS Weekly Update (posted 3/10/16) – has gained the attention of Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com education reporter Patrick O’Donnell.  To read Mr. O’Donnell’s article, posted earlier today, please click on the following link:

Distrust of state report cards and a “disconnect” with Columbus bother superintendents and OEA teachers union [by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, 3/12/16]

Olmsted Falls City School District continues to be proactive in expressing grave concerns to our State Legislature and the Ohio Department of Education and has now joined forces with a growing list of other local school districts to send a common message of concern in a larger effort to be heard.  To review the most current version of the open letter to Ohio legislators and the Ohio Department of Education, please click HERE.

Today’s coverage in The Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com is a step in the right direction.  We will continue to keep our parents and our community updated as efforts continue.

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