Parent Update – June 1, 2010
BULLDOG BASEBALL TEAM EARNS SPOT IN STATE FINALS
Congratulations to the OFHS Varsity Baseball team on their 7-6 victory over Perrysburg on Friday. This latest win by the Bulldogs clinched the school’s first-ever Division I Regional Baseball Title and sends the team to the State Final Four Tournament in Columbus this Friday, June 4th. Olmsted Falls will play against St. Edward’s Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers. Click here for a link to Huntington Park.
Any student who wishes to travel to the game must present a signed parent note granting them permission by the end of the day on Thursday, June 3. Notes should be dropped off in the student office. We will compile a list of any student who plans to attend the game and those students will be permitted to take any exam that they missed during the make-up time on Monday or Tuesday. Due to the 1:00 start time for the game, please encourage students to take exams during the first exam block.
Please visit www.ofbaseball.com for more on the team’s historic journey to State.
OLMSTED FALLS RANKED AMONG TOP 15 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN CLEVELAND MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL “RATING THE SUBURBS” ISSUE
Cleveland Magazine’s annual “Rating the Suburbs” issue has just hit newsstands, and Olmsted Falls School District earned a ranking of 14th among the 57 area school districts rated. The annual survey rates school districts based on a number of categories including ACT/SAT scores, proficiency test results, attendance, graduation rates, number of AP courses offered, National Merit scholars, and more. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents of Olmsted Falls School District for the important part you play in keeping our District excellent!
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM FINISHES 27TH IN U.S. AT NATIONALS
Congratulations to our OFHS Academic Team who concluded their already impressive season with a strong showing at their first National Academic Quiz Tournament in Chicago this past weekend. The “A-Team” finished in a tie for 27th place! The B-Team finished the tournament in 124th place overall. These outstanding performances were on a national level against teams from across the entire country. More than 1,100 students competed at the NAQT in Chicago. Special congratulations to junior Jim Coury for emerging the national competition as the #12 individual player in the whole U.S.! Congratulations again to all!
Academic Team members competing in Chicago included: Jim Coury (Jr.), Mike Coury (Jr.), Emily Nageotte (Jr.), Marty Mendenhall (Fr.)Michaela Killik (Jr.), Chris Traylor (Jr.), Eric Miranda (Jr.), Natalie Brdar (Jr.), Pam Keller (So.), and Sohan Vartak (So.).
CLASS OF 2010 PREPARES TO BID FAREWELL
Olmsted Falls High School seniors take part in several events this week. The traditional ending to their time at OFHS includes tomorrow’s Senior Breakfast/Honors Assembly (6/2), the Baccalaureate service tomorrow evening (6/2) at 7:30 p.m., and Commencement Ceremony this Thursday, June 3rd at 8:00 p.m. Click here for link to the High School web page for additional information.
“BOOKS AHOY!” – CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING GAME SETS SAIL THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 5TH
Olmsted Falls School District encourages participation in the Cuyahoga County Library’s Summer Reading Game as a way to maintain and enhance important literacy skills over the summer months. All Olmsted Falls School District students in grades K to 8 have been officially registered to participate in this year’s program. Beginning this Saturday, June 5th, simply stop by any Cuyahoga County Library branch or log on at www.cuyahogalibrary.org to get started. (User name for the Summer Reading Game is student’s first and last name – with no space in between.) The Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Summer Reading Game – “Books Ahoy!” – runs from June 5th to August 7th. Registration allows for participation in “Books Ahoy!” at any Cuyahoga County Library branch including Olmsted Falls, North Olmsted, Berea and Middleburg Heights. Please contact our local Olmsted Falls Library branch at (440) 235-1150 with any questions.
ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE FOR 2010-2011: TUESDAY, JUNE 15TH
For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for 2010-2011, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2010-2011 school year.
OLMSTED FALLS PTA RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
Congratulations to PTA member Linda Parkowski (OECPTA and Falls-Lenox) for receiving the annual Helping Hands Award. Mrs. Parkowski was also named Volunteer of the Year at the annual PTA Volunteer Celebration and Installation Dinner held last week at OFMS. Other Volunteer of the Year finalists included: Kim Cleary (OFIS), Julie Corrigan (High School), and Cindy Zahorchak (OECPTA). Thank you to each of these parents for all of their work on behalf of the students and families of the Olmsted Falls School System. Congratulations also to Falls-Lenox 3rd grade teacher Michelle LaGruth on being named PTA Educator of the Year for here ongoing dedication to the Parent Teacher Association.
PTA officers for the 2010-2011 school year were also installed at the event. Unit Presidents for the coming school year are: Mercedez Hathcock (PTA Council); Leslie Ziegler (Early Childhood PTA); Linda Parkowski (Falls-Lenox); Leann LaPinta (OFIS); Deb Woodruff (Middle School); and Pam Portik (HS).
FALLS-LENOX STUDENT WINS OHIO PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST
Congratulations to 2nd grader Elizabeth Gonazalez for her award-winning entry in the annual Ohio PTA Reflections contest. Elizabeth’s entry in the literature category earned top honors as received the “Award of Excellence” in her category. Writing with the theme “Beauty is…”, Elizabeth’s essay was the top winner in its category for the entire State of Ohio, earning her and her family a trip to the Columbus Zoo for a special presentation ceremony (see photo above, left). Elizabeth and her parents were also honored at the annual Olmsted Falls PTA Celebration dinner held last week (see photo above, right). Outstanding job Elizabeth!
BULLDOG FOOTBALL PLAYERS VOLUNTEER AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
The Olmsted Falls Bulldog Football Team volunteered their time and service to the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, May 16th.
The players and coaches weeded, pruned, and moved more than 15 cubic yards of mulch to help this RMH spruce up for spring.
This great effort by our players and coaches helps add to the welcoming environment RMH provides for families using this facility as their home away from home while their seriously-ill children are receiving treatment at one of Cleveland’s area hospitals.
STUDENTS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE AT FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL
Students had researched background information on their historical figure and would recite an overview of the person for any and all visitors who pushed their “button.”
In addition to poster boards with facts and pictures, students also dressed as their historical figure. Kudos to students and staff for coordinating such an innovative learning event!
BULLDOG BUDDIES PROGRAM CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL YEAR
Earlier this year, students from Olmsted Falls High School were paired up with younger students from the Early Childhood Center, Falls-Lenox Primary and the Middle School as participants in the “Bulldog Buddies” program. Piloted last year on a smaller scale, the “Bulldog Buddies” program really took off this year with 65 Big Buddy/Little Buddy pairings in total.
Each High School “Big Buddy” made weekly visits to their assigned “Little Buddy” and took part in a variety of personalized activities ranging from tutoring and homework assistance to games and sporting activities. Kudos to the efforts of school counselors Nate Artino (OFHS), Angie DiMassa (ECC/Falls-Lenox), Kathy Suvak (OFMS), Kristal Reis (OFMS) and Sherry Davis (OFHS) whose collaboration helped expand this year’s program.
Additionally, special thanks to Officer Jackie Ketterer from the Olmsted Township Police Department and Police Athletic League who supplied all the Big Buddy and Little Buddy t-shirts, and also spnsored the end of the year ice cream social event.
ATTN: PARENTS – “HEALTHY HERO” PROGRAM AT ECC/FALLS-LENOX
This year the Olmsted Falls health clinic staff started the “Healthy Hero” program at the Early Childhood Center and Falls-Lenox. The program incorporated the following healthy habits that prevent illness:
* WASHING YOUR HANDS WITH POWER, TWICE EACH TIME (Palms – In Between Fingers – Back of Hand)
* COVERING YOUR SNEEZE OR COUGH WITH TISSUES OR YOUR SLEEVE
* KEEPING YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE
Children who are seen using these “Healthy Habits” are given certificates and/or stickers, and are nominated for a monthly drawing of a Toys R Us gift card donated by the PTA. The children really embraced the program, even the preschoolers. So that the children don’t forget what they were taught, it would be very helpful if you would continue to encourage these habits throughout the summer. (Note: Washing their hands “with power twice each side” replaced singing “Happy Birthday” while they washed their hands.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SPRUCE UP SCHOOL COURTYARDS
Students at Olmsted Falls Middle School volunteered their time to help beautify the school’s outdoor courtyards last week. The students did a fabulous job tending to the planted areas and pulling weeds. Their efforts made a big difference and are being enjoyed by all. Great job!