Parent Update – January 12, 2011
ATTN: A.M. KINDERGARTEN PARENTS – TODAY’S FIELD TRIP CANCELLED
Today’s scheduled all-day field trip for A.M. kindergarten students has been cancelled. An automated voice message has been sent to all A.M. kindergarten parents by Dr. Lloyd with the following message:
“Good morning. This is Dr. Jim Lloyd at the ECC with a message for our A.M. kindergarten parents. Due to inclement weather conditions, today’s field trip has been cancelled. A.M. kindergarten students did not depart from the ECC this morning, and will remain here until the scheduled dismissal at 2:30. At that time, kindergarten students will be dismissed as originally planned, and will either be transported home by bus or picked up by a parent or authorized adult. If you are available, and would like to pick up your child earlier, you are welcome to do so at any time. Otherwise, again, we will be following our original dismissal plan for the day at 2:30 p.m. All students do have their lunches, and will be enjoying those in their classrooms. Please feel free to contact us at the ECC at 427-6360 with any questions. Thank you.”
Tomorrow’s scheduled all-day field trip for P.M. kindergarten students is still on as planned. P.M. students are to report to school in the morning as scheduled. Also, as originally planned, A.M. kindergarteners will not have school tomorrow. The field trip for A.M. kindergarteners will be rescheduled to another date and parents will be kept updated once the new date becomes confirmed.
JANUARY IS SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH
The Ohio School Boards Association celebrates School Board Recognition Month each January to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected Board of Education plays in our society. The Olmsted Falls School District is joining with other districts throughout the state this month to recognize the important contributions school board members make to their communities. School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s 719 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to maintaining local control and providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children.
Olmsted Falls is especially fortunate to have five dedicated and engaged community members serving on our Board of Education:
Joseph Bertrand (7th year of service)
Rhonda McCrone (14th year of service)
Frank Pedicini (7th year of service)
Michelle Theriot (19th year of service)
James Weisbarth (16th year of service)
These public servants are elected to serve by local citizens and receive little compensation for their tireless efforts. In fact, in Olmsted Falls, Board of Education members donate back the small salary they do receive into the Local Scholarship Fund to benefit Olmsted Falls High School graduates each year.
Please join us in expressing sincere appreciation to Mr. Bertrand, Mrs. McCrone, Mr. Pedicini, Ms. Theriot and Mr. Weisbarth for their time, effort and year-round commitment to maintaining educational excellence for our students.
Last week, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its Annual Organizational Meeting. At the Organizational Meeting, Mr. Frank Pedicini was elected to serve an additional year as Board President; and Mr. Joe Bertrand was elected to serve another year as Board Vice President. Board Member Mrs. Rhonda McCrone will serve as the Board’s legislative liaison for 2011. We extend both congratulations and thanks to these individuals for taking on these additional responsibilities in the coming year.
BOARD OF EDUCATION CONTINUES DISCUSSIONS REGARDING 2.8 MILL “DROP-OFF”
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education held a Special Work Session following its Annual Organization meeting last Thursday, January 6th. During the Board’s work session, discussion of the 2.8 mill drop-off, scheduled to occur in 2012, continued. The Olmsted Falls Board of Education continues to work to determine how to best proceed with this opportunity to potentially pass an issue to bring additional financial resources to our District without raising taxes for our residents. The Board will be making a final decision at its regular January meeting to determine if we will be on the ballot in May (or not), and to determine if we would be on with a straight 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement levy or a 2 Mill Permanent Improvement levy and a 0.8 Mill Bond issue.
Parents and community members are encouraged to contact the Board Office with any questions about the upcoming 2.8 mill “drop-off” and the Board’s discussions to date.
BULLDOG COACH AND ATHLETES RECOGNIZED
Congratulations to OFHS Assistant Football Coach John Gaba, who has been selected as the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association. This is a well-deserved honor for Coach Gaba. In addition to coaching, Mr. Gaba also teaches language arts and serves as the yearbook advisor at the High School.
Congratulations are also being extended to OFHS football players Bill Budosh and Denton Sagerman, who have been named Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Both are currently seniors at OFHS.
Please join us in congratulating all three of these outstanding Bulldogs!
TONIGHT’S DANCE IT UP FOR KIDS HEALTH EVENT PLANNING MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
This first planning meeting for the “Dance It Up for Kids Health” event scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to weather conditions. The meeting has been rescheduled to next Wednesday, January 19th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Falls-Lenox School Media Center. All interested individuals who would like to share their time, knowledge, enthusiasm and area of expertise are encouraged to attend.
The “Dance It Up for Kids” planning committee is 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 (see additional event details below in “Upcoming Events” section). Some of the things committees will be working on are soliciting donations and sponsors, marketing and advertising, soliciting event participants, and helping the day of the event.
FRESHMEN COCOA & CRAM TOMORROW AFTERNOON
The annual freshmen semester exam study session will be held this Thursday, January 13th in the HS cafeteria from 2-4 p.m. All freshmen are free to stop in, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and get help studying for exams.
FIRST SEMESTER EXAMS FOR OFHS STUDENTS
Semester exams will be given next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 19th, 20th and 21st at OFHS. Please encourage to study, eat healthy and get adequate rest to allow them to make their best effort.
ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BE PROVIDED THIS FRIDAY
Olmsted Falls High School students will receive their 2nd semester schedules this Friday, January 14th. Please check with your student to be aware of any start/end time changes from 1st semester. The second semester begins Monday, January 24th.
FIFTH ANNUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK UNDERWAY AT FALLS-LENOX AND ECC
This week marks the 5th Annual Disability Awareness Week at Falls-Lenox.
The week will include a variety of activities in order to continue to foster kindness and acceptance of those with differences, including assemblies sponsored by the PTA.
Children at the Early Childhood Center participate in Disability Awareness Week activities as well.
This year, ECC students will each be decorating their own butterfly to illustrate how they are all unique just like butterflies are all unique.
For additional information or questions on Disability Awareness Week, please contact Robin Scott, School Psychologist, at 440-427-6432.
THANK YOU PTA COUNCIL!
Did you know that, in addition to our District’s five active PTA units, Olmsted Falls has a PTA Council comprised of representatives from all five of these units? The Olmsted Falls PTA Council, led this year by Council President Mercedez Hathcock, meets monthly throughout the school year to share information among its unit, collaborate on events and communicate directly with building and District administrators.
Thank you to the members of Olmsted Falls PTA Council for their collective efforts and their positive impact on the students, faculty and staff of the Olmsted Falls School District.
JUNIOR BULLDOG HOCKEY NIGHT SET FOR NEXT TUESDAY, JANUARY 18TH
All 6th, 7th and 8th graders interested in playing high school hockey are invited to Junior Bulldogs Night with the Olmsted Falls High School Hockey team. The event will take place at Brooklyn Ice Rink – home of Bulldog Hockey – located at 7600 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn, Ohio, 44144, 216-351-5334, on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.
Student participants will get an opportunity to practice with the Bulldogs and get to know the team. Participants should bring skates and gear for practice. Parents must transport the skater to and from the rink. Please call Patti Daugherty at 440-235-8583 or Jill Petitti at 440-235-6464 to reserve your spot on the ice. There will be pizza and soft drinks for the skaters after practice so an RSVP is needed to know how much to get.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPETE IN 20TH ANNUAL GEOGRAPHY BEE
Olmsted Falls Middle School held its 20th Annual Geography Bee just before the Winter Break. More than 800 students at the Olmsted Falls Middle School took a Qualifying Written Exam in Social Studies classes in November. The results of that exam generated 54 contestants that took a Preliminary Written Exam during students’ STAR classes. Finally, 18 contestants from the sixth through eighth grades advanced to the Final School Competition in December. The competition consisted of questions provided by National Geographic that were given orally to each of the contestants. (National Geographic endorses the Geography Bee.)
Congratulations to the 18 Middle School students who advanced to the Final School Geography Bee Competition. Contestants included:
Kaylee Gomez, Casey Komar, Jonathan Wang
Damaris Pierce, Jack Hyneman, Erin Hetchler, Matt Harris
Eric Pfisterer, Lindsay Rader, Hayley Brunner, Colin Betts, Tyler Zalac, Emily Raffay, Alex Kokolari, Emily Sheetz, Grace Sulzman, Joe Reisinger, Yahia Ali
The Top Four Finishers were:
1st place – Yahia Ali (8th Grade)
2nd place – Tyler Zalac (8th Grade)
3rd place – Erin Hetchler (7th Grade)
4th place – Grace Sulzman (8th Grade)
The winning question was: Do you know the answer to the following question? Africa’s highest peak is part of a national park in Tanzania. Name this mountain.
8th grader Yahia Ali earned the chance to take the state-qualifying exam for a possible opportunity to compete in the state-level Geography Bee competition in April. The winner of the state competition will win an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national level in May.
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students who participated in the OFMS Geography Bee and best of luck to Yahia Ali as the competition proceeds!
OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SEEKS NEW DIRECTOR/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
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.
FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS NOT FORGOTTEN BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Biology & Anatomy students at Olmsted Falls High School recently donated a significant amount of pet supplies to the Berea Rescue Shelter and Love-A-Stray. Donations included more than 100 bags of dog food as well as cat food, cat litter, collars, leashes, toys and more.
Thank you to OFHS Science Teacher Mrs. Bock for coordinating this charitable effort, and kudos to participating students and families for their generosity.
DANCE IT UP FOR KIDS HEALTH EVENT – Saturday, March 19th 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. @ Olmsted Falls Middle School – 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; Wii family dance stations; and healthy refreshments and health education and vendor booths.
This has the potential to be an amazing event but we need your help. Please help us share this information by encouraging any OF person, organization, church group or business you think might be interested in participating to contact email@example.com if they are able to help with this event. Thank you!!