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Parent Update – September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010


Approximately 300 young Bulldogs joined the OFHS Cheerleading squad on the High School track last Friday night to cheer on the Bulldog Varsity Football team .  Lines of girls followed the lead of our High School cheerleaders with chants and routines that were learned during the annual Bulldog Mini Cheer Camp program.  For a complete photo gallery from the event, please click here.                 


Attention Parents of Preschool and Kindergarten Students!   You are encouraged to attend the Open House event at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center TONIGHT.  Meet new building administrator Dr. Jim Lloyd, visit your child’s classroom and learn more about parent groups such as PTA, OFCS Athletic Boosters and more.                

Tonight!  Wednesday, Sept. 15th                

6:45-7:30 p.m. for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten                

7:30-8:15 p.m. for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten                 

Please note that parking can be an issue for this event.  If needed, you may park at the church across the street and walk over.  If you do end up parking across the street, please take care in crossing Fitch Road.                 


The Health Clinic staff will begin vision and hearing screenings at the end of September in some schools.  All students in grades PreK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7* and 9 will be screened, as well as any students new to the District this year.  (*Note: 7th grade students screened for vision only.)   These vision and hearing screenings will continue through early spring.  If a child fails the first screening, he or she will be re-screened in approximately 4 weeks.  If a child fails both screenings, his or her parent/guardian will be notified in writing.                

Also, scoliosis screenings for students in grades 5-7 will begin this winter.  Parents will receive more information on scoliosis screenings later in the year.              

Parents are encouraged to contact the health clinic at their child’s school with any questions.  Thank you.              


Today, Wednesday, September 15th, was the first Late Start Day (High School ONLY) of the 2010-2011 school year.   To download a copy of the Late Start Schedule, please click here.               


As many are already aware, the Olmsted Falls School District and the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library work in partnership to promote literacy and reading among our student population and their families.  For example, this summer more than 3,000 local children, ages 17 and under, participated in the Library’s Annual Summer Reading Game.                 

Some of you may have already heard that the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will be relocated.  This has generated many questions among residents and community leaders.  Members of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Administration and Board of Trustees will lead a community meeting to present information and address questions and concerns about the planned relocation – all residents are welcome.   I encourage parents to attend to get a full understanding of the plans for the relocation and to have an opportunity to voice your questions and comments at this important, informative meeting.                

The meeting is Tomorrow, Thursday, September 16th at 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of the Olmsted Falls Community Church, 7853 Main Street.  The church is located across the street from the library.              


Sixth grade students at Olmsted Falls Middle School joined students across the country to celebrate National Anthem Day September 14th.                   

On this day, Francis Scott Key penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing American forces defend Fort McHenry from British troops.                 

The day serves as an excellent opportunity to educate students about the national anthem and to demonstrate to the community the important role music teachers play in passing on our cultural heritage.                

The 6th grade choir classes assembled outside around the flag pole on Tuesday to sing the national anthem.  Students throughout the nation participated in this special event celebrating this important day in American history.                


Olmsted Falls High School is home to two foreign exchange students this school year.            

Both Chanita (Pear) Maneekarn of Thailand and Lisa-Marie Taupe of Germany – have come to our District through the American Field Service (AFS) High School Exchange Program.                

OFHS Science Teacher Lisa Whitney and husband Bill Cumming with daughters Hannah (11th grade) and Emma (8th grade) Whitney and AFS Exchange Student Pear Maneekarn (11th grade).


Pear is a junior living with OFHS Science Teacher Lisa Whitney and her family.  Lisa-Marie is a senior living with Joan Roman.                

Both students were profiled in a recent Sun Post-Herald article by local reporter Joanne DuMound.                

A warm Bulldog welcome to both Pear and Lisa Marie!                


Congratulations to both the boys and girls cross-country teams on their outstanding finishes this past Saturday at the Dover Invitational.  The girls dominated, scoring 58 points and finished 1st overall, beating a Kenston team by 48 points, a team that they lost to at Madison last week.  The boys finished 2nd overall, scoring 85 points in a very competitive field, edging out Carrollton on a tie-breaker!            

Leading the two-time Dover champions for the girls were Rachel Botoulas (5th), Brittany Carson (7th), Jaime Fossen (13th), Katelynn Duplaga (15th), Caitlin Dahlin (18th), Meghan Coughlin(30th), and Lindsey Kaschak (37th).  All 5 scorers finished in the top 20 and received individual medals, as the team ran well as a pack.  Congrats again girls!               

The boys varsity took 2nd overall, also bringing home a team plaque, beating Carrollton on the 6th man tie-breaker!  Scoring for the boys were Troy Swiderski (4th), Edwin Rosa (9th), Grant Budic (22nd), Ed Gorski (23rd), Dominic Duhlin (27th), Josh Musial (31st), and Nick Chalfant (32nd).  They also packed very well placing everyone in the top 40.  Great job guys!               

This combined effort marks one of the best combined finishes for the cross-country team in quite some time, and both teams only have one senior!  Good luck to both the boys and girls cross-country teams this week at Cleveland Heights, and keep up the great running!               


The Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA Spirit has kicked-off its annual Spirit Wear Fundraiser.  Order forms are available on the Middle School PTA News Page or by clicking here.  2010-2011 Middle School PTA Spirit Wear items can be viewed by visiting the product photo gallery on the Middle School website.

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  1. Linda Parkowski
    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    With all the media attention on bullying in the schools I was interested in learning what type of training the teachers and staff receive to assist them in their jobs? Thank you.

  2. Mark Kurz, Middle School Principal
    September 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    The middle school staff receives training on the characteristics of bullying and bully-like behavior, the characteristics of potential bullies, and the consequences of bullying for the bystanders and victims. Our staff is trained how to report such incidents to the assistant principal. We have a bully referral form that is used to track the students who engage in bully-like behaviors, the locations where the behaviors take place, the consequences for the offenders, and the names of the victims. Our staff is trained on how to refer bullies to our counselors for appropriate intervention and prevention strategies. We have an active peer mediation program that teachers can refer students to as a way to teach the students how to resolve their differences in an appropriate manner.

    On Thursday, September 16, we held grade level assemblies that focused on the characteristics of bullying and what students can do if they feel they are being bullied. We also let all of our students know how to access and make referrals to our peer mediation program.

    We have developed a standard lesson plan specific to name calling for all teachers to use with their students. The learning outcomes for this lesson are that students will be able to: define bullying, explain why certain terms are used as insults and why they are harmful to people, recognize bullying and its effect on others, and identify ways to help those who are victims of bullying.

    Our school counselors conduct classroom guidance lessons with students on the characteristics of cyber bullying and its effects on the victims.

    We now have all sixth grade students participate in a special lesson on the various types of bullying and the consequences for engaging in bullying. All students are then expected to sign an anti-bullying contract.

    We encourage parents and students to report bullying to any staff member. The only way we can eliminate bullying is if the bystanders and victims come forward and report all incidents of bullying.

  3. Linda Parkowski
    September 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you Mr. Kurz! Can someone let me know what training is deveoped for the Falls-Lenox staff and bus drivers?

    • Neil Roseberry, Falls-Lenox Principal
      September 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

      As with the Middle School, the staff at Falls-Lenox also receives training on the characteristics of bullying and bully-like behavior. The staff reports incidents of such behavior and actions are taken to correct and eliminate the behavior. Parents, of individuals displaying this kind of behavior, are notified and are expected to be a part of the process to eliminate bullying and bully-like behavior. Inappropriate behavior such as this is recorded and monitored.

      In addition, our counselor works with both the student exhibiting this kind of behavior as well as those students who have experienced bullying. She also provides programming to help prevent the problem before it even happens. Specifically, she is using a program called “Kelso’s Choices”. This program is being implemented (K-3.) This program teaches children strategies to solve small problems that may occur such as teasing, cutting in line, cheating at a game, etc. The counselor also specifically addresses bullying in each classroom by teaching the students specific anti-bullying strategies. Students are asked during the lesson to sign a pledge to not be a bully and to help others that are being bullied. A parent letter is typically sent home after this lesson with students that address the topic of bullying.

      Furthermore, our school has a peer mediation program in place which supports students helping other students with conflicts and solving problems peacefully. For the past three years the PTA has also sponsored an anti-bullying assembly for the students at Falls-Lenox.

  4. Linda Parkowski
    September 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you Mr. Roseberry. Coincidentally Mrs. Butta (formerly Miss DiMassa) will be speaking at the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 26th about Kelso’s Choices and the role of the guidance counselor in Falls and the ECC.

  5. Marie
    September 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    My husband recently lost his job and I believe that our children may now be eligible for free lunches. How do I go about applying for this? Also, can you supply me with information about the breakfast program at the Intermediate school and the middle school. I would like to know how this works so my children can eat breakfast at the school if we qualify for free meals.

  6. Denise Tabar, Food Services Director
    September 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    In the beginning of the school year an application for the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced price meals is sent home with every student. During the school year applications are available in each school’s main office or by calling the Food Service Office. If we have the student contact information we can send an application home with the student. The application needs to be returned to the Food Service Office and will be processed within 24-48 hours after received. Once the application has been processed you will be sent a letter outlining your status as “free”, “reduced” or “denied”. Free status means your students’ meals will be free, reduced status means breakfast will cost .30 and lunch will cost .40 and denied means you did not meet the requirements for the program and your students must pay full price if they wish to buy a meal.

    Breakfast is available daily at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School from 7:30am -8:00am and at the Middle School from 7:50am – 8:30am. Students should enter the cafeteria upon arriving at school. Students should eat breakfast in the Bulldog Cafe unless they arrive close to the start of the school day at which time they can grab a breakfast to go bag and eat in the classroom.

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