OFCS Update – June 16, 2016

FINAL BLOG OF THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

Final Concentric+5 Logo Big Dif fontThe final weeks of school have ended,  but there is plenty of news you’ll find right here in the last official blog post of the 2015-16 school year.  Thank you for your patience as we worked to compile this final blog of the year.

We enjoy sharing news from our District with you regularly throughout the school year.

Blog posts will resume in late July to prepare for the 2016-17 school year!

sunThe first day for students in the 2016-17 school year is Aug. 17th.  To download a copy of the 2016-2017 school year calendar, please click HERE.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer break!

BOARD PLACES NO ADDITIONAL TAXES BOND ISSUE ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
Bond Issue Supports Modern School Improvements WITHOUT RAISING TAXES
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Olmsted Falls City Schools Board of Education has officially placed a school improvement bond issue on the November 8, 2016 ballot that will not increase taxes to residents. The issue will pay for upgrades to mechanical systems and school renovations so that money will not have to be diverted from the classroom teaching and instruction budget to make vital repairs.

“We have listened to our community and brought an issue before voters that addresses our critical school facility needs without raising taxes to residents,” said Board President Joseph Bertrand. “By law, the money from this issue can only be spent on facilities and building repairs, and none of it can be used for school salaries or administration. This issue is different and will allow us to maintain our schools without putting additional tax burden on our residents.”

Previously the district had placed two bond related issues before voters. However both were narrowly defeated. The district did not seek a ballot request in March 2016 and instead looked at various financing options that would not increase taxes to residents. Instead the district is spreading the facility repair and improvement costs out over more time, so the amount of taxes homeowners have to pay each year will not increase. In addition, the bonds will be paid off over 35 years so that as new families move into the community, over time, they will contribute to paying them off. This issue also eliminates the need to hold classes in trailers any longer. This is important from a financial standpoint, as most of them have been in use so long that they will need to be replaced very soon with new ones that are now more expensive to purchase.

“This issue is a win for our schools and our community,” noted Superintendent James Lloyd, Ed.D. “This issue will ensure a suitable environment for learning. It also helps to keep our schools strong without increasing taxes to residents.”

Specifically, the school improvement bond levy is needed to:

  • Upgrade mechanical systems and make vital repairs without diverting money from the teaching and instructional budget;
  • Provide infrastructure and computer systems in order to offer classes in the science, technology, engineering and math programs, which are vital to helping students get accepted to top colleges;
  • Enhance school security by eliminating the need to hold classes in trailers as they require doors to remain unlocked so students can go back and forth to the main building, which makes both susceptible to unauthorized entry and security problems;
  • Have advanced science and technology labs, like the ones used by most of the other top-rated nearby school districts; and,
  • Upgrade electrical systems and wiring to better support classroom learning systems and technology that is essential to a modern education.

The district has posted a Frequently Asked Questions section to the home page of their website so that residents who have questions can get answers. Residents are also encouraged to contact the district’s administrative offices at 440-427-6000.

STUDENTS REMEMBER MATH TEACHER CHRISTINE O’BRIEN AT CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL

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Student-organized candle lighting event honoring Ms. Christine O’Brien.

Students at Olmsted Falls Middle School organized a candle light vigil held Tuesday evening in front of the Middle School to honor and remember math teacher Christine O’Brien, who passed away suddenly on June 12th. Approx. 350 students, parents and staff members attended the moving event which took place on the lawn near the grindstone rock.

Ms. O’Brien was an amazing teacher who taught for more than 20 years in Olmsted Falls, and who served this community and our students well. The Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics had just recently named Ms. O’Brien one of their Outstanding Mathematics Educators of the Year.

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L to R: Board of Education President Joe Bertrand, OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, Ms. Christine O’Brien and OFMS Principal Mark Kurz at the regular May 2016 Board Meeting where Ms. O’Brien was recognized for being named an Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held this Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 1-5 P.M. at the A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home located at 18149 Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights.

Olmsted Falls City Schools continues to keep the O’Brien family in our thoughts.

OFMS Principal Mark Kurz can be contacted at mkurz@ofcs.net or 427-6201 if needed.20160614_212637_resizedFAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2016

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SS_upper_leftCongratulations to the 295 members of the Class of 2016!  Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 26th to celebrate Commencement.

OFHS graduating seniors Matthew Fox (pictured at left) and Zachary Buchta (pictured at right) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Joseph Bertrand and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by Matthew Fox and Courtney Nelson.

New to the ceremony this year was a pre-recorded video introduction segment featuring members of the graduating class sharing information with guests that in past years has simply been read aloud at the start of the ceremony.

Courtney Nelson and Matthew Fox lead the Alma Mater.

The new OFHS grads toss their caps into the air.

The new overview video provided an opportunity to showcase the many honors and affiliations represented by the cords and medallions worn by students during the ceremony.

To view the video shown at the Class of 2016 Commencement, please click HERE.

For more photos of this event, please click HERE.  To read the Commencement program, click HERE.

Many OFHS graduates also participated in the annual Baccalaureate service held in the OFHS auditorium the night before graduation on May 25th.  To read an article published online in Joanne DuMound’s weekly column about Baccalaureate, please click HERE.

Congratulations again to this year’s Bulldog graduates!

REMINDER:  GRADUATION CEREMONY PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

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

Photos are now available online at www.events.lifetouch.com. 

4th –  5th GRADE & HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW THROUGH THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH

HMFThe new Social Studies materials for GRADES 4-5 and GRADES 9-12 remain available for review at the Olmsted Falls Library through this Friday, June 17th.

Parents or any community members who wish to provide feedback are invited to do so using the online Resource Review Survey. Hard copies of the survey are also available with the materials at the library. An email notification regarding this latest opportunity to review curriculum materials was sent directly to all Bulldog parents Friday, June 3rd.

OFCS Social Studies teachers at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School and Olmsted Falls High School previewed a multitude of Social Studies resources. Multiple vendors provided a face-to-face overview of their materials. Teachers spent multiple days previewing the materials and using a quality review rubric to determine the strongest resource. These materials will remain available for community review at the Olmsted Falls Public Library through Friday, June 17th.

For additional information, including instructions on how to access the Social Studies Curriculum Resource Review Survey, please click HERE.

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

SS_upper_leftFALLS-LENOX TEACHER MRS. KAREN MEGERY HONORED WITH FRANKLIN B. WALTER OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD

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Mrs. Megery was joined by her family in Columbus as she received the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award this week.

The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is presented to one educator from each of Ohio’s sixteen State Support Team regions, who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities.  Congratulations to Falls-Lenox Intervention Specialist Mrs. Karen Megery, who was nominated by parent and Helping Hands Board member Meg DiFilippo for this year’s award.

Mrs. Megery was selected from a pool of nominees in region 3 to receive this award based upon the narrative submitted that outlined her specific accomplishments and contributions at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  She is one of just 16 educators in Ohio to receive this prestigious award!

The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Mrs. Megery during a special Awards luncheon held in Columbus on June 15th, sponsored by the Ohio Coalition for the Education for Children with Disabilities along with the Ohio Department of Education.   She was joined by her family and Falls-Lenox Principal Colleen Longville for the special event.

Named in honor of the late Dr. Franklin B. Walter, Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history.  With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs.  Among these is the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities.

Congratulations to Mrs. Megery!  Our students and families are so fortunate to have you in Bulldog country!

NEW TRADITIONS:  CLASS OF 2016 GRADS MAKE SPECIAL FAREWELL VISITSOFHS grads and falls-lenox

OFHS grads and ECCThe OFHS Class of 2016 made two very special stops on their way back from commencement practice on May 25th.

The soon-to-be grads visited both the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center and Falls-Lenox Primary School where they were met with cheers of congratulations from the district’s youngest Bulldogs!

The Class of 2016 paraded through the hallways of both buildings and the packed cafeteria at Falls-Lenox to share their excitement with our future Bulldog grads and Bulldog staff members.

CP_leftLOCAL SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS ARE VALUABLE HELP TO CLASS OF 2016

Some local scholarship awardees.

Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association Scholarship Winners from the Class of 2016.

Thanks to the generous support of more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year, $113,455 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2016. Eighty-two local sponsors awarded a total of 225 scholarships to graduating seniors this year.

Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients, and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures.  This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.

To view the complete list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2016, please click HERE.

To view more photos from OFHS Senior Honors Day, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2016 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year. To review a list of students who were awarded College/University and other scholarships this year, please click HERE.

In addition to all the scholarships listed in the above College/University Scholarship link, Class of 2016 graduate Joshua Aubel was awarded a U.S. Navy ROTC Scholarship and will be attending Penn State University in the fall to study Aerospace/Astrospace Engineering.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2016! Best of luck to you all!

OFHS TEACHER KEVIN CIOLEK HONORED BY CLASS OF 2016

CjTaxx6WYAAsUTDStudents of the OFHS Class of 2016 selected Physical Education and Health Teacher Mr. Kevin Ciolek to receive the annual Teacher of the Year Award at the Senior Honors Day Assembly held May 25th.

Mr. Ciolek was joined by his family to celebrate this special recognition.

Congratulations to Mr. Ciolek on the well-deserved honor!

 

2016 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO AVAILABLE ON NEW BULLDOG ATHLETICS WEBSITE

color bulldog headThere are still some Bulldog Summer Sports Camps available to keep students active over the break.

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

Olmsted Falls Lacrosee Summer Camp (July 18-20)

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

Olmsted Falls Volleyball Camp for Grades 2-6 (August 1-5)

Olmsted Falls Volleyball Junior Netters Program (August 20 & 27, Sept. 3, 10 & 17) 

OFHS SENIOR EARNS TOP HONORS AT 40TH ANNUAL POLARIS SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY

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Polaris Outstanding Senior Award Winner for Class of 2016 Ruchi Patel with Polaris Board member Jim Weisbarth and OFHS Principal Holly Schafer at 40th Annual Polaris Senior Awards Ceremony.

SS_upper_leftCongratulations to OFHS senior (now alumnus) Ruchi Patel on being named Outstanding Senior for Polaris Class of 2016.  This top honor is determined by outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, service and extra-curricular activities.  Ruchi completed the Medical Professions program with Polaris Career Center.  Ruchi Patel has had an impressive two-year run at Polaris. This spring, her Health Knowledge Bowl Team took gold medal honors at the regional SkillsUSA competition. She has earned a 4.0 GPA in the Medical Professions program, was the recipient of the Academic Excellence and Art Awards at Olmsted Falls High School, was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, was named the Outstanding Program Student as a senior and was a two-time Student of the Quarter honoree. Patel juggles a busy school, work and extra-curricular schedule. She served as a Polaris student ambassador, was a member of the Art Club, and participated in the MetroHealth Experience. Patel is the recipient of the University of Akron Presidential Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Akron this fall to pursue a degree in Nutrition. Her long-term goal is to be a Nutritionist/Registered Dietician.  Congratulations Ruchi!

Other OFHS students recognized with Outstanding Junior / Senior Awards in their respective programs included:

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM JUNIORS

Ashley Brown for Deli & Food Production

Benjamin Muniz III for Criminal Justice

Kyle Rote for Automotive Technology

Chancelor Szabo for Aeronautics

Gabrielle Zemaitis for Digitial Art & Design

OUTSTANDING PROGRAM SENIORS

Jocelyn Breisacher for Bakery & Pastry Arts

Donovan Condosta for Criminal Justice

Tanner Dodge for Emergeny Medical Technician/Fire Training

Hunter Fairchild for Construction Trades

Ruchi Patel for Medical Professions

Megan Sanok for Precision CNC Machining

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  Go Bulldogs! 

RETIREES DEDICATE MORE THAN 240 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees this year!  Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to nine dedicated staff members retiring from the 2015-2016 school year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools total 245 Bulldog years!

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Bulldog Retirees (L to R): Sue Selby, Karen Franz, Christine Warren, Karen Ebenger, Loretta McClellan and Mark Hullman. (Not pictured: Helene Bielozer, Harold Casterline, Tommye Laut and Mike Paul.)

Helene Bielozer, Speech & Language Pathologist, (11 Bulldog years)

Harold Casterline, OFMS Paraprofessional, (19 Bulldog years)

Karen Ebenger, OFIS Tutor, (21 Bulldog years)

Karen Franz, District EMIS Coordinator, (35 Bulldog years)

Mark Hullman, Treasurer, (8 Bulldog years)

Tommye Laut,  OFHS Counselors’ Secretary, (33 Bulldog years)

Loretta McClellan, ECC Secretary, (26 Bulldog years)

Mike Paul, OFMS Head Custodian, (30 Bulldog years)

Sue Selby, Teacher Liaison, (31 Bulldog years)

Christine Warren, OFHS Math Teacher, (31 Bulldog years)

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

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

SS_upper_leftBULLDOG STUDENTS REPRESENT OFCS AT 2016 SPECIAL OLYMPICS

dscn2242More than 45 students from across the Olmsted Falls School District participated in the annual Special Olympics Track & Field Day hosted at Ely Stadium in Elyria on May 13th.  Students with moderate-intensive needs from 15 local school districts competed at the event.  Students competed in events such as running, long jump and softball throw.  Participating Bulldog students practice hard all year and their enthusiasm and sportsmanship are always second to none!  Many athletes came home with first, second and third place ribbons!

dscn1467Olmsted Falls City Schools had student participants representing all five of our school buildings:  ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS.  Each building gave its team of Special Olympians an encouraging send-off with students lining hallways to cheer their fellow Bulldogs on as they boarded buses to Ely Stadium.

Our Bulldog Special Olympians included:  Yohanna Amoah, Jacob Belohavek, Preston Brown, Russell Brown, Kara Cortes, Victor Darwish, Anthony DiDonato, Emersen Flynn, Sarah Gaughan, Heather Grant, Cormac Hannon, Shahan Kapoor, Colbie Krakowiak, dscn1482Jacob Komitau, Jeff Laird, Maeve Leonard, Brionna Lewis, Mack Little, Matthew Matzelle, Bekka McElroy, Ellen McManamon, Clay McNamara, Mya McNamara, LuLu Mustafa, Owen Novak, Phoenix Novak, Aaron Oehlstrom, Caeden Peeler, Taylor Petitti, Jacob Siwek, Nathan Smith, Jaden Smith, Sarah Stevens, Tristen Thompson and Javi Vargas.

A huge thank you goes out to the many staff members and volunteers who attended and helped the students have a fun and safe day!  A dscn1530very special thank you also goes out to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for the use of its tent and flag!

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

To view a video montage created by OFIS Intervention Specialist Cindy Zahorchak, please click HERE.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our outstanding local Olympians!  Go Bulldogs!

YARD SIGNS EXTEND PUBLIC CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2016

IMG_3851Sign AssemblyIn what has become an annual tradition, all graduating Bulldogs received a congratulatory yard sign on the eve of the Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Many thanks to OFMS teacher Dan Largent and the Olmsted Falls Education Association for coordinating the purchase, assembly and personal delivery of these signs by a volunteer group of administrators, teachers and staff.

Congrats again to the OFHS Class of 2016!

SS_upper_leftOFMS GRADS SPEND THEIR LAST DAY IN GRADE 8 PAYING IT FORWARD 

pay it forward 5For their last full day as eighth graders at Olmsted Falls Middle School, the class of 2020 spent the day “Paying it Forward” CP_leftby participating in service projects that helped the middle school, senior citizens in the community, local animal rescue shelters and veterans at the VA in Cleveland. They also donated books and sent letters and bookmarks to pay it forward 4children in need of books in the United States through the Reader to Reader Organization.  The students were able to experience the rewards of paying it forward and the amazing difference and impact that random acts of kindness can make on others.

pay it forward 7Students cleaned the beautiful courtyards at the OFMS and created posters with Rachel’s Challenge sayings that will hang throughout the hallways, wrote a variety of cards and decorations for senior citizens at the Eliza Jennings here in Olmsted Township, wrote letters of thanks and gratitude and made decorations for our heroic veterans at the VA in Cleveland. They also put together goodie bags for local animal shelters to give to those kind people adopting rescue animals and giving them a forever home and then made literary connections with students who are in need of books throughout the United States by donating over 300 books to students without them.

Pay it forward 1As the class of 2020 left OFMS on May 27, 2016, they definitely left their legacy through their random acts of kindness and generosity and made a huge difference in the lives of so many.  We thank these students and wish them all of the best as they go to the high school, where we know that they will continue spreading this spirit and the Bulldog Effect of Paying it Forward.

To view the complete 8th Grade Service Project photo gallery, please click HERE.

CP_leftMEET OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS CLUB’S 2016 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDEES

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Pictured here, from left, are ECC Secretary Loretta McClelland, ECC Principal Melinda Brunner and OFMS English/Reading Teacher Thimi Kemock, who are this year’s OF Kiwanis Club’s Employee of the Year winners.

Staff members are nominated annually for Employee of the Year by their fellow colleagues. A special committee of Kiwanis members reviews the nominations and then selects the awardees.

Congratulations to all three 2016 Employees of the Year!

A special thank you to the Kiwanis Club for its continued support of the Olmsted educational community.

CP_leftKRISTIE PATTON HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD

Friends of EducationFalls-Lenox teacher and OFEA member Michelle LaGruth (left) presented Bulldog supporter Mrs. Kristie Patton (right) with this year’s “Friends of Education Award,” which the Olmsted Falls Education Association presents annually.

Mrs. Patton was recognized for her dedication and commitment to the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools.

A long-time teacher’s assistant at Falls-Lenox Primary School, Mrs. Patton is also a very involved parent who volunteers regularly in the classroom, is an active member of several PTAs and has worked in support of levy campaigns.

Congratulations and much gratitude to Kristie Patton!

 

SS_upper_leftOFHS RECOGNIZES MULTI-SPORT STUDENT-ATHLETES 

2015-2016-Multi-Sport-AthleteThis year’s multi-sport student-athletes were recognized for participating in three varsity sports.

The Olmsted Falls High School Athletic Department and all Olmsted Falls Coaches would like to thank the multi – sport athletes & their families for their dedication and commitment to a variety of the interscholastic athletic programs this past school year.

The 2015 – 2016 student-athletes are pictured in the photo.  They are, from left to right:

Row one:  Charlie Linville, Andrew Ade, Jack Spellacy, Eric Hanna, Michael Howard, Alex Kho.

Row two: Joselyn Rabbitt, Katie Knecht, Kellie Garrity, Sarah Makari, Victoria Kucler, Lauren Gumeny.

Row three: Zach Wolanin, William Wendling, Andrew Turski, Adam Skutt, John McCabe, Ian Schneider, Trae Henderson, Theodore Grendzynski and Braden Galaska.

Congratulations to all of our Bulldogs!

SS_upper_leftFIVE STATE QUALIFIERS FROM OFHS COMPETE AT OHSAA STATE TRACK & FIELD FINALS

Track-Field-State-QualifiersCongratulations to the five members of the Bulldog Track & Field team who qualified to compete in the OHSAA Track & Field State Finals held June 4th at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Mary Piper competed in the long jump and Bulldog Relay team members Morgan Summers, Maggie Bildstein, Francesca Klypchak and Summer Ellis proudly represented the Bulldogs in the girls 4×200 relay.

Mary Piper All-OhioCongratulations to Mary Piper Mary Piper All-Ohio with Coacheswho took sixth place All-Ohio in the State D1 Long Jump competition!

Kudos to the OFHS Track & Field athletes and coaches on a great season!

CP_left‘MATILDA’ STAGE ACTRESS VISITS OFIS

playhouse 5Some OFIS students received an ultimate career day experience prior to summer break.  Cassie Silva, the actress who plays Mrs. Wormwood in the stage play “Matilda,” visited the team classes of Mrs. Judson, Mrs. Pilko and Mrs. Stanczak after the latter won a Playhouse Square contest.

playhouse 4Cassie spent an hour with the students discussing her being a stage actress, her training, experience and the overall story of Matilda.  Each student received a copy of the book and a chocolate cupcake!  It was a wonderful experience for all.

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20160518_141646Congratulations to Josh Voisinet on placing 1st in the OFCS Primary Division for his Photography entry in the annual PTA Reflections contest!

Josh was presented with his Reflections award in front his classmates at the ECC on May 20th.

All ECC participants received a participation ribbon, a certificate, and a goodie bag that included a gift card to Falls Ice Cream from the PTA.

Congratulations to Josh!

 

SS_upper_leftOFHS GRAD DISCUSSES HIS GOVERNMENTAL WORK

Nick MacekBulldog 2011 grad Nick Macek addressed Mr. Mercer’s OFHS government and law classes last month.

He has worked on several campaigns, including CP_leftgubernatorial and presidential ones, and currently works for a nonprofit dedicated to clean energy.

Nick also spoke to students about potential careers in politics and/or other civic areas.  He told stories about meeting President Obama and Vice President Biden.

 

OFIS CLASSES DINE ON BOOKS IN THIS SPECIAL READING PROJECT

IMG_2754IMG_0170The OFIS grade 4 language arts classes of Ms. Connelly, Mr. Sunkle and Ms. Tzolakis experienced a Book Buffet prior to summer vacation. Students chose any book they wanted and presented the project using food.  They had five sections – introduction, setting, characters/traits and evidence, summary and review — which needed to be incorporated into a model of  a food item that fit appropriately with their chosen book.

Students reviewed each other’s projects offering feedback to one another.  Parents were also invited to visit a showcase of all the projects on display and provided some wonderful feedback as well.  Everyone enjoyed this special year-end project and got lots of ideas for their summer reading lists!  It was a very enriching Book Buffet.

To view a gallery of additional photos from the Book Buffet, please click HERE.

CLASS PHOTO TRADITION TAKES MR. GIBEAUT’S STUDENTS TO SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE

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Mr. Gibeaut’s Sociology class took their semester photo with Dr. Jim Lloyd in the Superintendent’s office!

Twenty-seven years ago, OFHS Social Studies Teacher Mr. Tom Gibeaut embarked on a unique and creative way to keep his classroom bulletin boards covered and decorated.  Having admittedly limited artistic skills at the time, Mr. Gibeaut decided that if he began taking class pictures and blowing them up into 8X10 prints, he’d soon be able to get a couple of the boards covered.

Today, at 10-12 semester classes per year, Mr. Gibeaut has close to 300 of these class pictures – about half of which now have to be stored in a file cabinet since he has more than exceeded the available bulletin board space in his classroom.  There are currently about 150 of the class photos on display across the five bulletin boards in his room!

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More than 150 class photos are currently on display in Mr. Gibeaut’s classroom.

Each class makes its own decision regarding where to take their respective photos or what background to Photoshop their class into.  Odd school locations over the years have included the Biology pond; the Press Box; houses of students who live nearby; Papa’s Produce; with various students’ cars; near the Turnpike; and even in certain school administrators’ offices!

This year’s Sociology class scheduled a meeting in the Superintendent’s office – yes, the whole class – to capture their group photo for this semester.  Over the years, classes have also used Photoshop to insert themselves into a variety of creative locations including Discount Drug Mart, Caesar’s Palace, the Death Star, and Bikini Bottom (from SpongeBob)!

Kudos to Mr. Gibeaut and his students for their ongoing creativity in maintaining this tradition from semester to semester!

F/L GIRLS ON RUN SHOWED STRENGTH, SUPPORT @ 5K RACEgirls on run 2

girls on run 3Girls on the Run was so much fun at Falls-Lenox this year!

The third graders learned so many great life skills, worked as a team, became stronger young ladies and ran many miles! They participated in a practice 5K here in Olmsted Falls, which started and finished at Falls-Lenox. They also ran a season-culminating 5K in Akron on May 22, 2016. The girls did an awesome job, staying positive, finishing the races and supporting their teammates.Girls on Run 1

We would like to thank all the parents, teachers, and friends for your support. We had so many running buddies, helpers and fans! We could not have done it without you! Thank you, GOTR Coaches Falls-Lenox Primary School.

OFMA’S MUSICAL NOTES FOR JUNE INCLUDES HONORS, PHOTOS

Olmsted_Falls_MusicThe June edition of the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes is filled with end-of-the-year honors, scholarships and pictures.  It also includes information about the Feb. 16-21, 2017 Disney trip and a membership form. It may be viewed by clicking HERE.

The group’s first monthly meeting of the 2016-17 school year is at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the OFHS choir room. Hope to see you there.

OFMS MEDIA CENTER THANKS VOLUNTEERS

The end-of-the-year Middle School Scholastic Buy One-Get One (BOGO) Book Fair was very successful.

The fair helped students and staff take advantage of great deals on book for summer reading.

Thanks to the following PTA volunteers who continually give their time to work and support our book fairs:

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Tracy Knierim

Rachel O’Malley

Cindy Purdy

Rinda Vas

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

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

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

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

ATTN PARENTS: CARDIAC SCREENING AVAILABLE @ OFHS JULY 28TH 

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

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

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

Needed vaccines:  New  7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade. Ohio Law also requires a Meningococcal vaccination for students entering the 12th grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. All forms listed above will now be available on the district website under School Health Clinic.

LOOKING AHEAD:  FIRST DAY AT OFHS FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Attention OFHS Parents:  The first day of school for all grades at OFHS is Wednesday, August 17th. Incoming 9th graders for the 2016-2017 school year will have an orientation beginning at 7:26 am. Students in grades 10-12 will follow a LATE START schedule that same day. Bus routes will make pick-ups for both the regular and late start students. More information will be posted on the OFHS webpage the first week August.

FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES

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

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

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

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 will run through Aug. 22nd. To view a flyer with dates, click HERE: To register, click HERE. For various College Now programs and services, click HERE.

PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2017:  JOIN POST PROM PLANNING EFFORTS

Class of 2017 logo2017 Post Prom will be held at the school from Midnight – 3AM on Sunday May 21, 2017.  There are still several committee and volunteer opportunities available for the 2017 Post Prom committee!

Please join us this summer at our regular monthly meetings:

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

To keep up-to-date on important information:

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

We can only have a successful event for our children with your participation. To see a flyer of this summer’s activities, click HERE.

Questions can be directly to bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com.

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

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

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

Thanks for participating in these events.

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

The Olmsted Falls Branch Library has many events throughout the summer that are free.  To view a flyer of all the library’s summer programs, click HERE.

 

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

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

NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.

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

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

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

Description:

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

Book Buddies – Little Buddies

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

Description:

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

 

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

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

 

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OFCS Update – May 28, 2016

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sunSUMMER BREAK OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY FOR BULLDOG STUDENTS

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

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

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

Go Bulldogs!

MEMORIAL DAY 

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

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

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

SS_upper_leftWASHINGTON DC TRIP CONTINUES TO EDUCATE, THRILL AP HISTORY STUDENTS

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

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

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

MECHANICAL ENGINEER HELPS OFMS STUDENTS WITH SUSTAINABILITY LESSONS

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

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

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

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ANNUAL OFMA PICNIC IS THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST

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

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

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

CP_leftPTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all those recognized! 

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

REMINDER:  GRADUATION CEREMONY PHOTO INFORMATION

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

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

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

CP_leftLOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS ENJOY BREAKFAST, ARTS SHOWCASE AT HIGH SCHOOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFIS CLASSES LEARN ABOUT EYE CARE FROM LOCAL EYE DOCTORCP_left

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Bulldog Baseball Camp (June 6-10)

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

Olmsted Falls Lacrosee Summer Camp (July 18-20)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED

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

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

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

SS_upper_leftANNUAL OFIS CAREER DAY A SUCCESS THANKS TO COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

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

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

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

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

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPANISH SPIRIT WEEK!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please click HERE to read more.

SS_upper_leftOFHS STUDENT TO PLAY LACROSSE AT THIEL COLLEGE

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

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

Best of Luck Jack!  Congratulations!

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

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

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

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

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

ATTN PARENTS: CARDIAC SCREENING AVAILABLE @ OFHS JULY 28TH 

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

PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2017

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

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

To keep up-to-date on important information:

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

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

Questions can be directly to bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com.

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for participating in these events.

FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES

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

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

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

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

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

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

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

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

 

COMMUNITY

REGISTER FOR FallsSTRONG SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kindergarten visit OF library 1Book Buddies – Big Buddies

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

Description:

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

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

  Book Buddies – Little Buddies

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

Description:

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

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

 

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

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

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OFCS Update – May 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

We’re very proud of our students achievements!

CP_leftRENAISSANCE RESIDENTS HELP ECC STUDENTS CELEBRATE READING IS FUN WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRAND MARCH SET BEFORE THIS SATURDAY’S PROM 

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

ALL INVITED TO ATTEND MAY 25TH BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY

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

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

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

GRADUATION CEREMONY PHOTO INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEET APRIL’S HEALTHY HEROES

Landon Smith

Olivia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make plans to visit with our knowledgeable staff!

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

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

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL KICK-IT FOR CANCER DRIVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED

PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2017

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

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

To keep up-to-date on important information:

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

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

Questions can be directly to bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

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

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

FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS – JOIN POST PROM COMMITTEE

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

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

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

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

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

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

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

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

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

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

REGISTER FOR FallsSTRONG SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Kindergarten visit OF library 1Book Buddies – Big Buddies

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

Description:

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

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

  Book Buddies – Little Buddies

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

Description:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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OFCS Update – May 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SS_upper_leftOFMS GIRLS FASTPITCH WINS SWC CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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

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OFHS BULLDOG BASEBALL TEAM CELEBRATES SENIOR PLAYERS, FAMILIES

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

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

Mothers of senior players received roses as well.

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

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

SS_upper_leftBEREA ELKS HONOR SIX OFMS WINNERS IN ESSAY CONTEST

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

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

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

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

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

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

CP_leftVIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE OF JOINT OFHS-BELCHERTOWN CONCERT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view an event flyer, click HERE.

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

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

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

Stock up on your Bulldog gear for summer!

OFMS OFFERS BOGO BOOK SALE – NEXT WEEK 

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

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

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

dancersGRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM @ OPEN HOUSE

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

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

Make plans to visit with our knowledgeable staff!

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED

IT IS FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK

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

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

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

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

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

FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS – JOIN POST PROM COMMITTEE

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

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

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

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

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

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

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

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

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

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

GREAT NORTHERN MALL HOSTS HEALTH FAIR- THIS SATURDAY

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

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

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

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

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

SIGN UP TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER

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

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

LAKE ERIE CAPTAINS WEEKEND OFFER PEANUT-FREE BALLPARK

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

NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OFCS Update – May 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

What an amazing opportunity of collaboration for the OF students.

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

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


OFHS STUDENTS COMPETE AT SKILLSUSA STATE CONTEST

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

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

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

OFHS students who participated were:

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

Team Works – Hunter Fairchild

Criminal Justice – Donovan Condosta

Crime Scene Investigation – Christopher Kollm

Advertising Design – Ashley Robertson

Mobile Robotics – Joshua Aubel, Logan Klink

Robotics and Automation Technology – Joselyn Rabbitt, Stephanie Schroth

Technical Drafting – Cole Zehe

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

Additive Manufacturing – Joshua Dragony, jake Wrege

Job Interview – Morgan Jedrzejek

CNC Milling – Megan Sanok  

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

SS_upper_leftTWO OFHS STUDENTS THREE- PEAT IN STATE COMPETITION

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

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

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

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

SS_upper_leftBULLDOGS DEFEAT ST. ED’S @ PROGRESSIVE FIELD

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFMS band and choir concerts in MayOFHS and OFMS CONCERT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view an event flyer, click HERE.

CP_leftCARNIVAL FOR A CURE IS ANOTHER TEAM EFFORT WINNER

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

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

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

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

Thanks to all the families who participated in the cause.

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

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

CP_leftECC STUDENTS ENJOY AND LEARN FROM VEHICLE DAY

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

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

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

CP_leftAUTHOR VISITS ECC BOOK CLUB

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

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

ANNUAL OFAB SPRING APPAREL SALE – SATURDAY, MAY 14TH

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

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

Stock up on your Bulldog gear for summer!

GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

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

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

weight lifting bellsLEARN MORE ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM @ OPEN HOUSE

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

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

Make plans to visit with our knowledgeable staff!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS – JOIN POST PROM COMMITTEE

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS

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

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

All meals must be consumed on site.

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

REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS

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

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

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

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

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

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

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

COMMUNITY

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

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

 

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

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

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

GREAT NORTHERN MALL HOSTS HEALTH FAIR

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

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

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

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

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

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

Contact westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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OFCS Update – April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 Comments off

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

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

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

April 22, 2016 Comments off

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

SS_upper_leftKudos 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.)

SS_upper_leftOFHS 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:

CP_leftFALLS-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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