Parent Update – November 17, 2009
With the potential failure of the recent operating levy (vote count is not official until November 24th), plans are moving forward with implementation of the District’s Educational Reduction Plan.
One component of this Reduction Plan is reducing our bus service to state minimums, which will, in part, entail that bus service will no longer be provided to families who live within two miles of the facility which their child attends school.
I want to make families aware that a letter has been prepared and will be mailed by the end of this week to families affected by this change.
We are also planning written correspondence to those families who will be affected by the elimination of the alternative transportation services previously provided. We expect these letters will be mailed out before Thanksgiving break.
Additionally, with the implementation of the ½ mile walking zones, fewer overall bus stops will be necessary. As such, it is likely that children living outside the two mile zone will have a new bus stop location as of January 4th, 2010. The location of bus stops will be communicated to families in early / mid December.
Finally, it is likely that a public meeting will be held to answer parents’ questions regarding these transportation changes. Once the date and time of this meeting is established, it will be communicated to parents.
Levy Committee Begins Work
This past Sunday, 28 residents of the Olmsted communities began work on the February 2010 operating levy campaign. I would invite you to become a part of this committee.
It has become very clear to many in this community that voting yes is simply not enough.
We need our parents, and our community members, to come together and work together on this campaign if we are to have any expectation of passing this levy.
Again, voting yes in simply not enough to get this levy passed.
The levy committee will be meeting again, this Sunday at 6 PM in the cafeteria at Olmsted Falls High School. I encourage you to come to this meeting, get involved in this campaign, and work to ensure that the quality of our children’s education is not further sacrificed.
Masquers Fall Play
This Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 PM, the OFHS Masquers will be presenting the play: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon in the OFHS auditorium.
Here is a description of this play: the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil’s Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.
Tickets for this performance are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased “at the door” the evening of the performance.
OFIS PTA meeting
A reminder that the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (OFIS) PTA will be meeting tonight at 7 PM in the Intermediate School Library.
High School Forensic Team
Congratulations to the OFHS Forensic (Speech and Debate) Team on their second straight top ten finish at the Lincoln-West tournament.
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood PTA – Holiday raffle and Casino Night
This Friday, November 20th, the OECPTA will hold their annual Holiday raffle and Casino Night at the West Side Irish American Club on Jennings Road. This event will begin at 6:30 PM. For more information on purchasing tickets for this event, please click here.
Polaris to Host First Annual College Night
College bound juniors and seniors, and their parents, are invited to attend the First Annual Polaris College Night on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
The event will feature representatives from over 30 two- and four-year colleges and universities, the armed forces and numerous local apprenticeships. In addition, there will be two scheduled sessions highlighting financial aid resources that are available to perspective students.
The Polaris Guidance Office will also be available to discuss scholarship opportunities.
Some of the colleges / universities scheduled to participate include:
• Baldwin-Wallace College
• Bowling Green State University
• Cleveland Institute of Art
• Cleveland State University
• Cuyahoga Community College
• DeVry University
• Johnson & Wales University
• Lorain County Community College
• The Ohio State University
• Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
• The University of Akron
• Ursuline College
• Virginia Marti College of Art & Design
For additional information, please visit the Polaris JVS website.