Parent Update – January 6, 2010
After two days of the new transportation system, progress is being made. While long lines of traffic will not subside anytime soon, it seems students and parents are learning how to navigate through this new pick-up and drop-off system. However, just like the beginning of the school year, it will take a week or two before the new bus routes “iron out” and become more consistent on the daily pick-up and drop-off times.
On Monday, Falls-Lenox students had their first experience transferring buses at the new Middle School hub. (Please see November 24th Blog post for more information on the Middle School hub concept).
While this new experience was confusing for many of our young students, we are hopeful that they will quickly adjust. Our Kindergarten students have been transferring buses all school year and from past experience, it takes a while before they become confident and comfortable with this routine. There have been six to eight adults supervising the transfer of students at the hub and helping children find their correct bus assignment.
Parents Picking Up and Dropping Off Students
Let me begin by thanking parents for your patience. While there are few things in life more frustrating than waiting in a long line, this is our new reality in the Olmsted communities.
Unfortunately, with Bagley Road as the only entry/exit for Falls-Lenox, OFIS, and the Middle School, and Fitch Road the only entrance/exit for the Early Childhood Center, there are simply no other options. Please note that “Right Turn Only” signs have been installed at Falls-Lenox to help expedite the exiting of vehicles. We ask everyone to please be considerate of all and follow these new traffic patterns.
Middle School Parents
First, let me encourage parents of Middle School students who are picking up their children to please consider forming more car pools. The vast majority of vehicles are only picking up one student. More car pools will mean fewer total cars, which will shorten the time period of the overall pick up process.
Also, a reminder to parents that the Middle School offers a daily homework lab. Students can attend the homework lab and then be picked up at 4:30 PM. For more information on the homework lab, please click here.
Pride In Olmsted School Website
Since the defeat of the November 2009 operating levy, nearly 150 volunteers have been working hard to promote the February 2010 levy campaign. Today, a new website was released that provides residents the information they need to cast an informed vote on February 2nd. Click here to view the new Pride Website.
Additionally, the Pride in Olmsted Schools will be conducting a campaign meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at OFHS. Please consider attending and helping out with the upcoming campaign.
OFCS Food Service Receives State Recognition
I am proud to announce that on December 29th, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recognized Olmsted Falls City Schools, as well as 18 other school systems around the state of Ohio, with the 2009 Stellar Award for Best Nutrition Practices.
“Schools that provide high-quality meals to their students help prepare young minds and bodies for learning,” said Deborah Delisle, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These schools have shown a commitment to nurturing the whole child that deserves to be recognized.”
ODE established the Stellar Awards in 2003 to recognize schools that use best practices to promote a healthy school nutrition environment. Based on written nominations, ODE selected recipients based on their efforts to adopt the following USDA guidelines for local school wellness policies:
– The nutritional quality of meals served, including purchasing and preparation practices that reflect the National Dietary Guidelines;
– The extent to which a la carte and vending items contain healthy choices;
– Access to continuing education and training opportunities for food service staff members;
– Success in providing a pleasant eating environment for students; and
– Nutritional education aimed at students, staff, parents and the community through marketing programs and activities; for example, using alternatives to candy when rewarding children for good behavior or academic performance.
Congratulations to OFCS Food Services Director, Mrs. Denise Tabar and her staff for receiving this well deserved recognition.
Did You Know That State Law Requires OFCS To Provide Educational Services to Students with Disabilities At the Age of Three?
Did you know that the state of Ohio requires public schools to begin providing educational services to children with disabilities upon their third birthday?
The OFCS Preschool Program, housed at the Early Childhood Center, is a program designed especially for children with various developmental delays and special needs. Our program provides specialized service for children ages 3 to 5 in the following areas: academics, behavior, socialization, sensory development, gross and fine motor development, and language development.
“Typical Peers” are integrated into each class as a role model for language and age-appropriate behaviors. Class size is small and, by law, cannot exceed 12 students. All OFCS Preschool teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education and Preschool Special Education, and each class has a para-professional(teacher’s aide) that assists the students and the teacher.
If you are interested in having your child considered for a position as a “typical peer,” our enrollment process for the 2010-2011 school year is getting under way. We have two dates scheduled, January 22nd and January 29th, both with times from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm.
Please contact ECC Principal, Gina Sanfilippo, at 440-427-6360 if you would like to set up an assessment time.
Ohio General Assembly Passing Legislation Protecting School Funding
While the Olmsted Falls Schools receive the majority of its revenue from local taxes, the District does receive approximately 40% of its funding from Ohio’s school funding formula. As written in the December 14 blog post, this funding was in jeopardy. This issue has now been settled as a legislative compromise was reached just before Christmas. For details of this new legislation, please click here.
PTA Talent Show
Time is growing near for the annual PTA Talent Show. Auditions are set for Saturday, January 23rd from 9 AM – Noon. For more information, you may contact Mrs. Gae Riemer at 235-0629.
Falls-Lenox Holiday Concert
During December, students from Falls-Lenox performed the Nutcracker for their Holiday concert. Here are two pictures from this performance:
Final Results (By Precinct) From November Operating Levy
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections released precinct results from the November 2009 operating levy. For a copy of these results, please click here.
School Report Is In the Mail
Over Holiday Break, a new edition of the OFCS School Report was created. This document has been printed and should arrive in homes in the near future. For a sneak preview of this document, please click here.
Financial Aid Night for Senior Students And Parents
Please note that the OFHS Guidance Department is sponsoring an important informational meeting for college bound seniors and their parents. This meeting will be held in the OFHS auditorium at 7 PM on Monday, January 11th.