Parent Update – November 24, 2009
Transportation Changes – Effective January 4, 2010
As a result of the past three levy failures, Olmsted Falls schools will be reducing school bus transportation to state minimums. Last week, letters were mailed to parents who live within the two mile zone of the school in which their child attends notifying them that bus service will be discontinued. As a parent, if you feel that you received this letter in error, please contact the Olmsted Falls bus garage at 427-6350. The OFCS transportation department will remeasure, if necessary, to ensure accuracy.
A second change that will go into effect as of January 4, 2010 is the elimination of Alternative Transportation requests. Under state minimum busing, all students receiving transportation services will be assigned to the bus stop nearest their residence. Please note that any student, currently using a private shuttle service to and/or from a day care / child care provider will still be able to do so.
Additionally, students in grades 1-3 who are already on-site at Falls-Lenox will be able to continue to take advantage of the walking escort provided by Kids First and the Olmsted Community Center. However, the reduced bus routing will no longer utilize Falls-Lenox as a transfer hub. Therefore, students in other grade levels will no longer have access to the Kids First / Olmsted Community Center walking escort at Falls-Lenox.
Please watch for additional information that may be sent directly from your child’s school regarding any changes in drop-off / pick-up procedures due to the anticipated increase in traffic at the building sites. You may be asked to verify private pick-up / escort arrangements for your child at the individual building level. Please direct any specific questions to the main office at your child’s school.
We hope that providing you with this advanced notification will allow you ample time to make alternate arrangements for transporting your child to/from school beginning Monday, January 4, 2010. It is our sincere hope that passage of the next operating levy, which has been placed on the February 2, 2010 ballot, will provide the additional funding needed to allow us to restore our District’s busing services.
A Transportation Information Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the High School Auditorium to answer any logistical questions regarding the changes in transportation services.
Levy Campaign Meeting
Over 150 persons attended the levy campaign meeting, held this past Sunday evening, at OFHS. I want to thank our community for this strong turnout.
The emphasis again on this campaign will be to ensure that all residents have the information needed to cast an informed vote. Additionally, since this is a February election and the weather is always an unknown during this time of year, the campaign committee is encouraging all parents to vote by absentee ballot. If you are interested in voting by absentee ballot, please email Kim Petrina (email@example.com) and the necessary paperwork will be delivered to your home.
Additionally, while the turnout was strong at Sunday’s meeting, the levy campaign is still in need of volunteers. I would strongly encourage all parents to become part of this campaign. Please contact Kim Petrina (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Middle School Students Learn the Benefits of Physical Exercise
Approximately 800 students participated in this Activity Day. Each student participated in a 40-minute time period, while wearing pedometers, in a variety of activities designed to improve their cardiovascular fitness and endurance levels. The goal of this program is to show students that exercise can be enjoyable and can occur in many places around our community.
Students had the opportunity to select one activity: Pedometer Basketball; The Amazing Race (walk/run scavenger hunt), Pedometer Soccer, and the Fitness Challenge. All pedometer steps were recorded, and prizes were given out to the students who recorded the most steps during the period.
Also as a part of this activity, an essay contest was conducted. In this contest, students were encouraged to “go green” and discuss the benefits of physical activity while at the same time explaining how alternate forms of transportation (walking, bike riding) help the environment.
2009 Boys and Girls Foundation Basketball Game
On Friday, November 20th, the OFHS boys and girls varsity basketball teams each participated in the 2009 Foundation Basketball game at North Ridgeville High School. This event was scheduled as a way to raise money for local charities.
I would personally like to thank our head coaches (Pat Donahue – boys basketball and Matt Fulton – girls basketball) for their efforts with this worthwhile event. This event raised:
• 534 non – perishable food items for the North Ridgeville Community Care facility;
• $874 for the North Ridgeville Community Care facility;
• OFHS student athletes spent time volunteering at the North Ridgeville Community Care facility helping with inventory and packaging of the donated items.
A 2010 Foundation game will be played at Olmsted Falls High School and the charitable donations for this event will benefit the people in need in the Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township areas.
SWC All-Conference Golf Selections
Congratulations to the following OFHS golfers who have received All-SWC honors for their efforts this past Fall Sports Season:
Steve Johnson (9th Grade)
Eric Chaney (11th Grade)
Neil McGrew (12th Grade)
Cory Daugherty (11th Grade)
Taylor Eyssen (11th Grade)
Kristin Holland (11th Grade)
Relay For Life
Did you know that a Relay for Life event will be held this June 12-13, 2010 at OFHS. If you are interested in forming a team and participating in this event, please contact Lisa Brady (216-870-2856) or Michelle LaGruth (440-235-9611). For more information about Relay for Life, please click here.
Did You Know – The Cost of Dropping Out of School?
$292,000. That is the cost incurred by taxpayers for each dropout over their lifetime in terms of lost earnings, and therefore lower taxes paid and higher spending for social costs including incarceration, health care, and welfare. “The Consequences of Dropping Out of High School” report, released in October 2009 by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Boston’s Northeastern University, offers a sobering look at the dropout crisis.