Parent Update – October 6, 2010
HOMECOMING EVENTS HIGHLIGHT BULLDOG SPIRIT
Homecoming weekend and the days leading up to it were packed with events for Bulldogs past, present and future. More than 100 guests attended the Annual Golden Grads Reunion Lunch on Wednesday, September 29th for Bulldog alumni from the Classes of 1934 to 1968. Many traveled from out-of-town to attend and stayed through the weekend for a variety of reunion and Homecoming festivities.
On Friday, October 1st, the Bulldog football team brought fans a Homecoming victory with a 24-14 win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Go Bulldogs!
A capacity crowd of current OFHS students attended the annual Homecoming Dance held Saturday night at the High School. Congratulations to this year’s Homecoming Queen Jen Beck and Homecoming King Eddie Looby.
A special thank you to the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club for hosting a free pancake breakfast for the community on Sunday, October 3rd. This community event has fast become a Homecoming weekend tradition in the community.
Donations collected at this event benefit the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund for upcoming graduates from the OFHS Class of 2011.
HIGH SCHOOL LAUNCHES SHADOWING PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS – PARENT AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
News of the High School’s innovative new Shadowing Program was shared with parents District-wide via e-mail last Friday. The OFHS Guidance Department is currently seeking parent volunteers willing to share their careers with our high school students. This invitation to participate in the new OFHS Shadowing Program is being extended to all parents District-wide, as well as local community businesses. We know that there are many valuable resources for our students right here in our own community!
If you are interested in learning more about participating in the OFHS Shadowing Program, please visit the Counselors’ Corner page on the High School website for a link with further details. Please also feel free to contact one of the School Counselors in the High School Guidance Department directly with any questions:
Nate Artino – firstname.lastname@example.org, 440.427.6120
Sherry Davis – email@example.com, 440.427.6119
Lisa Meinhardt – firstname.lastname@example.org, 440.427.6118
IMPORTANT REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
An important reminder for all parents that there is NO SCHOOL next Friday, October 15th. The Olmsted Falls School District, along with surrounding districts and districts throughout the State, will be closed for the annual NEOEA Day.
OFHS MARCHING BAND ENTERTAINS COMMUNITY AT FALLS DAY IN THE PARK
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA SPONSORS JUNGLE TERRY ASSEMBLIES
Students at both Falls-Lenox Primary School and the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center were treated to a special visit by the one and only Jungle Terry last week.
Students at both buildings were thrilled as Jungle Terry introduced them to more than a few of his exotic animal friends.
Parent and teacher support of our local PTA units makes these fun and educational opportunities possible for our students.
Thank you Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA!
VOTE FOR YOUR BULLDOGS! HELP MAKE UPCOMING OLMSTED FALLS VS. WESTLAKE FOOTBALL MATCH-UP THE CLEVELAND BROWNS HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK
Starting this season, fans will have the opportunity to select the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week throughout the regular season. Four panel members, including Dave Chudowsky (WKYC-TV 3), Matt Florjancic (www.ClevelandBrowns.com), Mark “Munch” Bishop (WKNR-850 AM) and Mike Snyder (WTAM-1100 AM) will each nominate one game per week.
ClevelandBrowns.com reporter Matt Florjancic has selected this Friday’s Olmsted Falls Vs. Westlake football game to compete for the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week slot. Fans have the opportunity to cast their vote until 5:00 p.m. TODAY at http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/community/youth-football/high-school-football.html
Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to go on-line TODAY and cast their vote! Each Game of the Week will be covered by Browns reporters with highlights appearing on www.ClevelandBrowns.com, as well as other Browns programming.
STUDENTS ENJOY BOOKS DONATED BY OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS CLUB
The book collection at Falls-Lenox School Library just got larger thanks to a donation of books by the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club. Students at Falls-Lenox are enjoying the new selection of books. Thank you to the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club for its ongoing support of our schools!
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM PERFORMS WELL AT HOME
On Saturday, October 2nd, Olmsted Falls High School hosted the North East Region Fall Kickoff Tournament. With local parents, Kiwanians, Key Club members, and teachers serving as volunteers for the event, the tournament ran smoothly. It culminated with a dramatic win for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team (A) over Copley High School (A) 430-185. The Olmsted Falls Academic Team (B) finished third in their bracket, while the C-Team finished in a tie for second in their bracket. The Bulldog D-Team won the JV Division. The #2 individual scorer in the tournament was Jim Coury. The #5 individual scorer in the tournament was Sohan Vartak.
Congratulations to our Academic Team members on these outstanding accomplishments. The overall stats for this tournament can be viewed here: http://results.scobo.net/OFHS_Quiz_Bowl
The OFHS Academic Team wishes to thank once again all of the volunteers who helped make this tournament possible!
OFHS CHEERLEADERS CREATE AWARD-WINNING COMMUNITY CHEER
The Bulldog Cheerleaders’ original chant stood out above the rest and earned them a $250 check award.
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT AHEAD OF THE CURVE WITH COLLECTION OF STUDENT HEALTH DATA
Olmsted Falls City School District has been collecting Body Mass Index (BMI) data for students in grades 1-5 since the 2004-2005 school year, and for students in grades 6-8 since the 2007-2008 school year. The first year this data was collected established a baseline for the numbers of overweight and obese students in Olmsted Falls City Schools. This baseline data provided a valuable tool for the District to use as one objective way to measure progress in future years.
BMI tests are now mandated for all schools, however, school districts have the ability to opt out this year and begin this process next year. Olmsted Falls School District has chosen not to opt out since we are already collecting this data.
It has been important to look at District trends in BMI data to help the school wellness team better understand the impact of wellness protocols and activities already in place, support program planning and improve its approach to student wellness. In addition, this BMI information can help improve the overall awareness in the school community of the importance of healthy eating and daily activity.
In the 2004-2005 school year, the Olmsted Falls City School District reported 18.4% overweight students and 15% obese students. In the 2009-2010 school year, the Olmsted Falls City School District reported 15.68% overweight students and 12.75% obese students. This is a decrease of 2.72% in the overweight category and 2.25% in the obese category over a 5 year period.
To date this information has only been reported as aggregate data by grade, gender and by district. The BMI data collection is a voluntary process with great attention given to student’s privacy. Approximately 3% of the parents decline to have their student(s) measurements taken. Completed for aggregate use only, the collection of BMI data has been one very useful tool to help the district assess the childhood obesity issues in our community.
Chronic Health Conditions
If your child has a chronic illness or condition (like asthma, food allergies, etc) that may need to be treated during the school day, we strongly recommend you submit a health care plan to the clinic. The health care plan outlines what you and your physician would like the staff to do if your child becomes symptomatic during school. You can obtain a health care plan form from your school’s clinic staff.
If your child does experience symptoms at school and there is no care plan available, staff will notify you, and if necessary, call 911.
In the last several years, Ohio has seen outbreaks of Chickenpox (Varicella) and Whooping Cough (Pertussis). Children who aren’t properly vaccinated or who don’t have evidence of vaccinations or history of the disease must be excluded from school if there is an outbreak. If you haven’t already done so, please submit an updated immunization record to your child’s health clinic ASAP. All seventh graders were required to receive a Dpt (Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) booster prior to the start of school.
OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTER NEWS
Click here to read the latest on events and news from the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters.
OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC BOOSTER NEWS
Click here to read the latest on events and news from the Olmsted Falls Music Boosters.
OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL HOSTS MACY’S SHOP FOR A CAUSE EVENT – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16TH
The Olmsted Falls PTA Council is selling Shopping Passes for $5.00 for the Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event to help raise scholarship funds for graduating seniors. Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $34 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Customers purchasing tickets benefit by receiving incredible store-wide shopping savings all day on October 16, 2010. Macy’s will also host special events, prizes and other in-store excitement. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card. Click here for flyer with additional details. For more information or to purchase a pass, please contact Kim Cleary (email@example.com).
Olmsted Falls Youth Coaches Clinic – October 23rd – Olmsted Falls Head Basketball Coach Chris DeLisio is offering a “Youth Coaches Clinic” targeted to area basketball coaches. Please click here to download flyer with further information.
Flu Vaccination Clinic at Olmsted Falls Middle School – Wednesday, October 27th, 4 pm – 7 pm – Sponsored by PTA. Click here for additional details. Important Note: Effective this year, you must pre-register; no walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the clinic.
Olmsted Falls Boys Developmental Basketball League – Begins Saturday, October 30th and runs through Saturday, December 4th – Click here for additional details and registration information.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating in Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township – Sunday, October 31st, 6-8 pm – BE SAFE & HAVE FUN!