Parent Update – October 27, 2010
BOARD APPROVES FIVE-YEAR FORECAST
Last Wednesday evening, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education met and approved a new five-year financial forecast for the school district. This action is required by Ohio law to be completed, and submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, by November 1st. To view the District’s new five-year forecast, please click here.
Like all financial projections, this document is based upon a set of assumptions. These assumptions can be found at the beginning of the forecast. A few of the major assumptions include:
1. The Board of Education is expecting that financial aide, that comes from the school foundation program (state aide), will decrease by 5%. This amounts to a $524,192 reduction, annually, in real dollars.
2. Presently, the District is being instructed by the Ohio Department of Education to include all costs associated with full implementation of All-Day, Everyday Kindergarten. Therefore, $300,000 has been added to the annual budget, beginning in Fiscal Year 12 (2011-2012 school year) to cover this unfunded mandate.
Even with a planned reduction in state aide ($524,192), and the implementation of the unfunded mandate ($300,000) of All-Day, Everyday Kindergarten, with prudent use of resources, the District still will be able to maintain the pledge it made to residents during the last levy campaign to manage for three years before requesting additional operating money.
SURVEY OF DISTRICT PARENTS UNDERWAY
All parents who have provided current e-mail addresses to the District should have received an e-mail invitation last Thursday, October 21st, to participate in an on-line parent survey. This web-based survey will remain open through noon this coming Monday, November 1st.
Parent participation in this 12-question survey will help provide a critical voice for our Board of Education as they continue to take a strategic, long-range look at the needs of the Olmsted Falls School District. We hope you will be able to take a few moments to share your thoughts.
TODAY’S FLU CLINIC – CANCELLED
PLEASE NOTE: Due to a lack of pre-registered participants, the Flu Vaccination Clinic scheduled for this afternoon (Wed., October 27th, 4-7 p.m.) at Olmsted Falls Middle School has been cancelled.
OFHS SCIENCE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN FORENSIC SCIENCE WORKSHOP AT BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE
Three Olmsted Falls High School students, along with their science teacher Mrs. Lisa Whitney, were among 52 area high school students and science teachers attending the B-W: CSI Academy, a day-long mock crime scene investigation utilizing forensic science technology and collection techniques. This educational event took place on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College last Friday, October 22nd. The high school teams were accompanied by B-W criminal justice and forensic science students, who worked as peer mentors, lab assistants, actors and crew.
Law enforcement officers from the City of Hubbard Police Department led participating students from 25 schools through mock crime scenes staged on campus. Students collected evidence and then processed it in labs under the direction of B-W physics, chemistry and criminal justice professors.
Funded primarily through Ohio Board of Regents’ STEM initiatives, B-W: CSI Day is among several educational programs offered by Baldwin-Wallace College to high school students. Its goal is to educate high school students about careers in science, including the teaching profession.
DID YOU KNOW?: OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT GENERATES REVENUE THROUGH A BUS MAINTENANCE PARTNERSHIP WITH FAIRVIEW PARK CITY SCHOOLS
The Olmsted Falls School District entered into a contract to provide bus maintenance services to Fairview Park City Schools. This new partnership began last spring, generating a new revenue stream for our District while providing a much-needed service for nearby Fairview Park. This is not the first time Olmsted Falls School District’s Transportation Department has entered into a regional agreement of this type. The District also provides maintenance and fuel services for Lakewood City Schools, as well as the City of Olmsted Falls.
Click here to read an article from the Sun Post-Herald about this partnership with Fairview Park City Schools.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS
The District’s littlest Bulldogs, along with teachers and administrators at the Early Childhood Center, expressed big thanks by sending this special photograph to the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club to recognize their recent donation of $500 toward the purchase of new playground equipment at the ECC. Additional fundraising efforts are currently underway.
COOKING PROJECTS ENGAGE STUDENTS’ MINDS AS WELL AS STOMACHES
Miss Baechle’s second graders are participating in a series of cooking activities this year thanks to the help of parent volunteers. A cooking activity can be a great change of pace and a good reinforcement of concepts being learned in the early primary years.
Many State standards are covered during the cooking activities such as: following two and three-step directions (language arts), choosing and using the best measurement tool for a job (math) using good safety procedures during an experiment (science), and using problem/solving/decision-making skills to solve problems independently or in a group (social studies).
Students are also making individual cookbooks where they write about their experience, have a picture of them cooking and include the recipe. To date, cooking activities have included Mrs. Garcia’s French Bread Pizza, Mr. & Mrs. Skoutas’ French Toast, Mrs. Gonzalez’s Apple Turnovers, Mrs. Skoutas’ Pumpkin Pancakes, and Mrs. Gonzalez’s Monster Cupcakes.
Fourth grade students in the homerooms of Mrs. Ambrosia, Mrs. Pojman, and Mrs. Tzolakis teamed up last Friday for a special “Cookie Day” to reinforce and celebrate recent Social Studies learning targets.
The students, along with eighteen parent volunteers and their teachers, iced cookies to represent the regions of Ohio, the Ohio Divide and the Ohio River.
A special thank you to all of the parents involved in both cooking projects! Your participation is very much appreciated!
“Be A Healthy Hero Program”
Students in grades K-3 will be taking part in the “Healthy Choices – Be a Healthy Hero” program. Students will receive a short education program on the importance of hand washing, healthy snacks and exercise. Parents will be able to participate in the program by encouraging these healthy choices at home, and students will have a chance to be the monthly “Healthy Hero” and receive a $5 “Toys R Us” gift card donated by the PTA. Preschool students will receive a simpler version of the program but will also have a chance to be the Healthy Hero. More information about the program will be sent home with the students in the next few weeks.
EAGLE SCOUTS RECOGNIZED AT WEEKEND CEREMONY
Since only 2% of Boy Scouts obtain Eagle Scout status, this is a tremendous achievement.
Congratulations to Matthew Wachowiak, Tom Hoy, and Kevin Bohland (pictured L to R) for this outstanding accomplishment.
STAFF WELLNESS FAIR
As health insurance costs have continued to increase, maximizing the health of staff members is one way that employers can ensure their organization is positioned to receive the best rates available. Olmsted Falls School District has had a Staff Wellness Program in place for the past several years featuring a number of components to promote healthy lifestyles among employees.
One component of this Wellness Program is the annual Staff Wellness Fair – which provides all employees with an opportunity to participate in a number of free screenings as well as to receive their annual flu vaccine. The 2010 Wellness Fair for staff took place in the High School Auxiliary Gym last Thursday, October 21st.
OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM PARENT MEETING – TONIGHT!!
Parents of all interested swimmers / divers are encouraged to attend tonight’s Parent Meeting scheduled for:
TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27th – 6:30PM (OFHS – ROOM W3)
Also, all are invited to click here for information on the OFHS Swim & Dive Team’s Annual Candle Sale – ends Nov. 7th!
OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTER NEWS
Click here to read the latest on these and other events from the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters.
Don’t miss important announcements about:
* Athletic Boosters Meeting – This Monday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. (All are welcome to attend!)
Olmsted Falls Boys Developmental Basketball League – Begins THIS SATURDAY, October 30th – Click here for additional details and registration information.
Olmsted Falls Junior Girls Basketball League – Begins THIS SATURDAY, October 30th – Click here for additional details.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating in Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township – THIS SUNDAY, October 31st, 6-8 pm BE SAFE & HAVE FUN!
SAVE THE DATE!
OECPTA’S “Night At The Aces” Fundraiser – Saturday, November 13th, 8-10 p.m. – Please click here for additional information.