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Parent Update – January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011


Welcome back!  We hope that all of our students, staff and their families enjoyed the long holiday break, and wish everyone the best in 2011.  Before the new year gets into full swing, we’d like to take a quick look back.  As 2010 came to a close, there was a flurry of activities throughout the District. 

Below please find just a few of the many highlights we are proud to share:

Holiday Learning Connections

Many of our teachers got creative in finding ways to reinforce learning targets while having some holiday fun.  Parent volunteers joined first grade teacher Mrs. Julie Kemper (pictured here with students) to help students build their own gingerbread houses.  This activity was the culmination of a unit that had students reading different versions of the story of the gingerbread man and integrating State standards throughout.

Music To Our Ears

The series of holiday concerts throughout the District are always one of the highlights of the season.  With the snow day cancellation of the first of two scheduled High School holiday concerts, students and staff rallied to put on both scheduled performances in the same night. 

Family members and friends packed the auditorium…twice, as students performed a collection of holiday music. 

To see additional photos from the High School holiday concerts, please click here.

Philanthropic Projects

It is always very special to witness the community service projects coordinated by our staff and students each year.  The number and variety of organizations and individuals impacted by the generosity and commitment of members of our school community during the holiday season is truly inspiring. Below please find a recap of several of the philanthropic efforts that took place as the year came to an end:

High School student Amanda Abraham is pictured next to "The Giving Tree" donation site at Olmsted Falls High School.

The Giving Tree – Buildings across the District collected gloves, hats and scarves as part of The Giving Tree project.  All items collected were donated to the Olmsted Community Church for distribution to those in need. 

Food Drive – Olmsted Falls High School Student Council sponsored its annual food drive with more than 1,750 food items donated to the Olmsted Community Church.  This impressive total surpassed last year’s donation of approximately 1,500 items.  Olmsted Community Church helped disperse the food items to other churches in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township to help residents here in the Olmsted communities. 

“Sock Hop” with Kemper House – Students from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School donated new socks for a special project with Kemper House, a local retirement/assisted living facility here in Olmsted Falls. Approximately 100 members of the K-Kids club decorated the socks with puffy paint.  Student sock designs included candy canes, reindeer and holiday messages.  The finished holiday socks were then donated to residents at Kemper House.  Students and staff not only dropped off the socks – they hosted a “Sock Hop” with the residents!  More than 25 K-Kid students, along with Mrs. Ambrosia and Mrs. Eidam, danced the night away with residents at Kemper House – a memorable event for all!

Toy Collection – First grade classrooms of Mrs. Kostraba, Mrs. DeLuca, Mrs. Vasco and Dr. Kolozvary collected unwrapped toys for a local charity called Christians in Action which serves families in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township.  Approximately 75 items were collected and donated, including large ticket items such as a brand new bike!



Olmsted Falls Schools and our local public library have a long tradition of working together to bring enhanced learning opportunities to our students and families.  The library’s annual Summer Reading Program is one great example.  In recent months, restructuring of local library services has brought new initiatives into our schools.  In early December, Ms. Angeline Kapferer, the Teen Librarian for both North Olmsted and Olmsted Falls library branches, visited 6th grade students in the Middle School Media Center to give a book talk and inform students about programs currently available through Cuyahoga County Public Library.  Watch the blog in the coming weeks for the latest information about available library programs such as homework centers.  Thank you to Ms. Kapferer for making this special visit to Olmsted Falls Middle School!


As many are already aware, Olmsted Falls has a very active and incredibly supportive Alumni Association.  The Olmsted Falls High School Alumni Association plays a critical role in keeping Bulldog alumni connected to each other and the community, and also has a long tradition of philanthropy in support of our current students and facilities.  The organization is currently seeking a new Director/Administrative Assistant to maintain operations.  We encourage all parents to review the position description below and feel free to forward on to anyone you think might be interested in exploring the opportunity:

Olmsted Falls High School Alumni Association is looking for a new Director / Administrative Assistant.  Part-time position for non-profit organization – eight to ten hours a week; two to three days.  Salary $8,000 – $10,000 annually.  No other benefits.  Must be proficient with all Microsoft Office programs.  Duties include event planning, office management, bi-annual newsletter, correspondence, maintenance of data base, bookkeeping, and attendance at monthly Alumni Association board meetings and all Alumni events.  Please mail resume to Olmsted Falls Alumni, P.O. Box 38244, Olmsted Falls, OH  44138.


The start of the new year is a great time to explore new opportunities for involvement.  Olmsted Falls School District is fortunate to have a very active group of PTA units working in support of our schools and our students.  All parents are invited and encouraged to get involved!  Below please find the January schedule of PTA meetings occurring throughout the District:

Middle School PTA – Tuesday, January 11th @ 7:00 p.m.

High School PTA – Monday, January 24th @ 7:00 p.m.

Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA – Tuesday, January 25th @ 7:00 p.m.

Intermediate School PTA – Tuesday, January 18th @ 7:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there!


DANCE IT UP FOR KIDS HEALTH EVENT – Saturday, March 19th 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. @ Olmsted Falls Middle School  (*Planning meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, January 12th @ 7:00 p.m. – please see details below.)

 This PTA sponsored, district approved school/community event will be entirely funded by donated private and business goods and services with all proceeds to benefit the Early Childhood Center playground fund and a children’s health charity.  Our goals are to show kids and families that exercise and healthy eating can be fun and family focused and to raise money for some great causes.  A few of the scheduled event activities for all ages include:  Old fashioned “mini” dance marathon with participants soliciting pledges to dance; dance exhibition of both amateur and professional individuals and groups; “WI” family dance stations; and healthy refreshments and health education and vendor booths.

We are looking for individuals from high school students to seniors and local businesses that are willing to join a working committee and/or to donate money, goods or services to help with this event. Some of the things committees will be working on are soliciting donations and sponsors, marketing and advertising, soliciting event participants, helping the day of the event.  Our first meeting is Wednesday, January 12th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Falls-Lenox School Media Center and we welcome all interested individuals who would like to share their time, knowledge, enthusiasm and area of expertise. 

 This has the potential to be an amazing event but we need your help. Please help us share this information by sending this email to any OF person, organization, church group or business you think might be interested.  Contact dzhaviland@yahoo.com if you are able to help with this event and/or attend the meeting.  Thank you!!

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  1. Suzanne Varney
    January 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I just have a question about the guidelines in determining if there will be recess at the primary and intermediate schools during these winter months. I know there was information that was posted recently about how it is decided (if it is above 20, including with the windchill, they go out). It was my understanding that both schools follow the same guidelines. However, the past 2 days the primary school has had indoor recess and the intermediate has had outdoor. I was told last year by the schools that it uses AccuWeather to determine the temperature. Do the schools use different guidelines or is this supposed to be standard between both?

    • Dave Lewis, Chief Operating Officer
      January 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you for your question regarding outdoor recess guidelines for our Falls-Lenox Primary and Olmsted Falls Intermediate school buildings. Both buildings do follow the same basic guideline in terms of temperature to determine whether students will go outside for recess. If the wind chill temperature is 20 degrees or above, students at both buildings generally participate in an outdoor recess.
      Please note, however, that there can be varying factors specific to one building or the other, which could result in one building sending students outside for recess while the other building keeps them in the same day. This is the situation that you describe in your question. Varying factors that may cause buildings to make different determinations include condition of the ground / play area (i.e. wet or icy) as well as the time of recess. Both buildings utilize the “AccuWeather” forecast (available at http://www.accuweather.com) to obtain the latest temperature information. This forecast is updated frequently, so it is not uncommon for there to be a shift in wind chill temperature – up or down – from the start of one recess time to another.
      I hope this will answer your question. We also encourage parents to contact our building principals directly should you have any specific questions about recess on a given day.
      Thank you again for your comment.

      • Suzanne Varney
        January 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        Thank you for your response. I just wanted to make sure there weren’t other circumstances that I wasn’t aware of.

  2. Donna Wapperer
    January 11, 2011 at 4:55 am

    The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Fall 2010 newsletter features an article of interest to parents and educators of children with Attention Deficit Disorder. The Yale Study identifies executive function deficits and how they impact performance and learning. The article “A New Approach to Attention Deficit Disorder” features the Brown model. Rather than the old behavior problem model, the new model matches accommodations to the child’s executive function deficits. There is also a book available that can be borrowed from the library at http://www.ocecd.org.

  3. Mother of 4 and driving
    January 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Some of the other school districts have it where they receive a call, either a home or cell phone number, if the district is cancelling school for the day due to weather. Can you tell me if Olmsted Falls will be doing this anytime in the near future? Thanks

    • January 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Olmsted Falls schools occasionally will make robo calls to homes to make an important announcement. However, unlike other school districts, our district does not own this equipment, rather we use a web based service that costs around 10 cents per phone call. Therefore, at this time, we do not call individual homes when school is canceled.

      Having a daughter in High School, I have learned from several of our students that anyone with a cell phone can sign up for a free text message from several of the Cleveland area TV stations. When school is canceled, and the cancellation is submitted to the TV station, an automatic text message is sent from the TV station to subscribers. This is a free service. I would encourage to you explore this option.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Here is a link to the I-alert text messaging system for Channel 3: http://www.wkyc.com/weather/severe_weather/cancellations_closings/default.aspx

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