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Parent Update – February 9, 2011

February 9, 2011


Don’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Teacher/Staff Basketball Challenge sponsored by the High School PTA (for High School Scholarships).  TONIGHT, Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Gym – $3.00 students/$6.00 adults.  Please click here to download flyer with game schedule.  Come cheer your school on to victory!


Congratulations to OFHS seniors Jim Coury, Mike Coury and Shom Mazumder on being named 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists. 

National Merit Finalist Jim Coury

National Merit Finalist Mike Coury

National Merit Finalist Shom Mazumder

Annually, approximately 1.5 million U.S high school students vie for National Merit recognition and only 15,000 are chosen for this prestigious honor.  Congratulations again to Jim, Mike, Shom, and their families, on this outstanding achievement!


Currently,  Ohio law allows public school districts to miss up to three days of school before make-up days are required.  With our two calamity days last week, the Olmsted Falls school system has now missed three days of school.

Since last week, we have received a lot of telephone calls and emails inquiring about when make-up days would occur if we should miss additional days of school. The answer to this question is “at the end of the school year.”  Specifically, the district calendar has identified June 8, 9, 10, 13, and 14 as make-up days, should it be deemed necessary.


All parents of 2011-2012 kindergarten students are invited and encouraged to attend the Kindergarten Readiness Night at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of the evening is to provide parents with an overview of several topics including:

– How to register for kindergarten (registration packets will be available)

– A description of the Kindergarten Screening process

– A general overview of the kindergarten instructional day

Parents do not need to register to attend this meeting.  Simply show up if you are interested in getting additional information about how to get your child ready for kindergarten if he or she is going next year.  Those presenting at the meeting will include a kindergarten teacher, a transportation department representative, school nurse, the Director of Student Services and the Assistant Superintendent and Early Childhood Center Principal.  The presentation will take approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity to direct questions to those who are best able to answer them.


Thursday, February 17th – 7:00 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium

 All Parents and Residents Welcome!

Olmsted Falls PTA is proud to announce that Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle Schools will be sharing Rachel’s Challenge with their students and staff next week!

All parents and residents are invited to the special Rachel’s Challenge Preview Event to hear an incredible true story of courage and hope, and experience the most powerful school assembly and training program in America. Come witness the story of Rachel Scott, the first Columbine shooting victim, at the Rachel’s Challenge preview event next Thursday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m.

When Rachel was 13 years old, she traced her hands on the back of her dresser and wrote in big black letters, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of peoples’ hearts”.  Her life and writings have impacted over 15 million students in live settings in the last 11 years, and we hope you’ll be able to come hear the inspiring true story of hope, acceptance, and redemption.

Rachel’s Challenge is the largest school assembly program in America.  It is designed to help school administrators, parents and students create safer and more productive places to learn and achieve.  The goal is to motivate and equip students and administrators to embrace new values of kindness and compassion so that no one is left behind because of fear and violence in their school.

The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to eradicate violence, prejudice, bullying, and overall hatred in our nation.  We are doing this by passing on the legacy of Rachel Scott nationwide in hopes that people will follow her example and accept her challenge to spread kindness and compassion to others.  Powerful footage of Rachel’s life and the Columbine tragedy holds audiences spellbound during the one hour presentation that motivates and encourages people to make positive change in the way they treat others.

Feel free to invite friends, family and neighbors to this very special event, as PTA wants to give everyone the opportunity to experience this exceptional program first-hand.


The first public meeting to discuss the 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy – which WILL NOT RAISE TAXES for residents of the Olmsted communities – was held last Thursday in the Middle School Media Center. 

Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley provided an overview of the 2.8 Mill P.I. featuring a brief Power Point presentation followed by an opportunity for Q & A.  To access a PDF file of Dr. Hoadley’s presentation, please click here.

In an effort to make information and meetings accessible to as many parents and residents as possible, four more public meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 7th – 7 p.m. – Falls-Lenox Library Media Center

Wednesday, March 23rd – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center

Tuesday, April 5th – 7 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Library Branch (Main Street)

Tuesday, April 19th – 7 p.m. – OFHS Library Media Center


Special thanks to the Olmsted Falls School District Treasurer's Office staff: (Pictured L to R) Assistant Treasurer Maria Bartulica, Holly McFadden (Accounts Payable/Inventory), Treasurer Mark Hullman, Fran Grega (Payroll), and Sharon Black (Accounts Payable).

Olmsted Falls School District is required by state law to undergo an independent audit of its finances each year.  For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Olmsted Falls School District was independently audited by Alger & Associates, LLC.  The District is proud to report that it received an unqualified “clean” audit, which has been accepted by the state.

A copy of this most recent financial audit has been released by the State Auditor’s office and is available on the web.  We invite you to click on the following link to review the financial audit for Olmsted Falls Schools:

Olmsted Falls School District Audit – For the Year Ended June 30, 2010

Olmsted Falls School Treasurer Mr. Mark Hullman noted that a good audit is a direct reflection upon all stakeholders within a school district, and expressed appreciation to all Bulldogs for their individual roles in this good audit. 


Students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School had a special visit last week as Ahmad Crump and mascots from the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled west to personally deliver a $1,000 award check to Principal Don Svec.  The Intermediate School won the team’s Straight A All-Stars Contest by submitting the most straight A report cards in the area.  During the first quarter, 258 out of OFIS’s 600 students received straight A’s!  

In addition to the donation to the school, which will be deposited into the student activity fund, the Cleveland Cavaliers also gave tickets to tonight’s Cavaliers game (versus Detroit) to every student and staff member at the school! 

Pictured at right:  OFIS students react to the news of Cav tickets!

Go Bulldogs!  Go Cavs!


Bulldog parents can now get the latest news from the Bulldog Cafe’s new Facebook page.  Follow the latest information and promotions from the Bulldog Cafe at www.facebook.com/bulldogscafe.  


Congratulations to our Bulldog swimmers and divers on their accomplishments at this past Saturday’s SWC Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place at the Westlake Recreation Center!  Special congratulations to swimmers Bridget Liddy and Amanda Paliska on their 1st place SWC championship swims

You can read up on all the highlights in Coach Hunter’s report below:

* OFHS girls placed 3rd in the SWC tournament, giving us a 3rd place finish this year overall in the SWC.  3rd place is the highest place ever for our girls, and we have finished 3rd for 3 consecutive years.

* Our boys placed 6th in this year’s SWC Championship tournament, and finished 5th overall in the SWC this season, improving from last year’s 7th place finish.  Go bulldogs!

* In each event, 8 schools competed with 3 entries in each, so the following place rankings are out of 24 athletes or relays in each event.

Top finishers from the Boys SWC Championships:

200 Freestyle –  Greg Porch(JR) 4th; Aidan Burton(SO) 6th.

200 I.M.- Jake Bolton(FR) 6th.

100 Backstroke – Aidan Burton 5th.

100 Breaststroke – Jake Bolton 5th.

Top finishers from the Girls SWC Championships:

4-Time SWC Swimming Champion Amanda Paliska

SWC Swimming Champion Bridget Liddy

200 Medley Relay – Jen Beck(SR), Bridget Liddy(JR), Amanda Paliska(SR), Kit John(SR) – 2nd place.

200 Freestyle – Bridget Liddy- 1st place – SWC Champion!

200 I.M. – Amanda Paliska – 1st place – 4 time SWC Champion!!

50 Freestyle – Kit John – 3rd place.

100 Butterfly – Amanda Paliska 1st Place – 4 time SWC Champion!!

500 Freestyle – Bridget Liddy – 3rd place.

200 Freestyle Relay(Amanda Paliska, Jen Beck, Bridget Liddy, Kit John) – 2nd Place; B-Relay (Jamie Maloney (FR), Ellen Disrud (SR), Katie Ashmun(JR), Briahna Carney(SR)) – 6th place.

Next up for Bulldog swimmers and divers are the sectional tournaments.  Divers will be competing at Solon High School today and tomorrow, Feb 9th and 10th.  Boys will compete in sectional swimming this Friday, Feb. 11th at Lakewood High School.  Girls will compete in sectional swimming this Saturday, Feb. 12th at Lakewood High School.

The top 2 finishers in the 20 team field will automatically qualify for the District championships at Cleveland State University.  GO BULLDOGS!!


Students in third, fourth and fifth grades are invited to cheer at the Olmsted Falls High School vs. Berea High School Varsity Basketball Game on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the OFHS High School Cheerleaders Mini-Cheer Clinic, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17th in the High School Gym.  (**Participants must attend clinic in order to cheer at the game.**)  Every participant will receive:  Mini Cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, and a snack. The cost is:  $20.00 for the first child, then $15.00 for each additional child in your immediate family.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR MINI-CHEER CLINIC IS TODAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th.  Please click here for information flyer with additional details.


The Dance It Up 4 Kids Health Event, scheduled for Saturday, March 19th  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Middle School, is shaping up to be an exciting event.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved!  This event is a wonderful way for families to bond, have fun and raise money for our new ECC playground and children’s health charities.  All event activities emphasize to kids that exercising and living a healthy lifestyle can be fun and easy. Please show your support by participating in one of our fun activities!

Dance Exhibition:  Noon to 2:00 p.m. 

  • All ages-families and seniors especially welcome!
  • Individuals, couples or groups
  • Routines can be funny, silly or serious
  • Entrance fee which includes admission to the event for all participants:
    • Students/Seniors 60+:  Individual $5  Couple/Group Fee $10
    • All others:  Individual $10  Couple/Group $20

 Mini Dance Marathon:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

  • 15 minute breaks per hour-you can stop at any time
  • All ages, Family groups encouraged to participate
  • Dancers obtain pledges to raise money-can be a lump sum pledge or per hour of dancing
  • Dancers get free admission to the event

For entrance forms or more information, contact danceitup4kids@gmail.com or Darla Haviland at 440-427-6364. 


Did you know that the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce website is not only a great resource for Chamber members, but for all residents of the Olmsted community as well?  Local business listings, promotions and discounts, and community events are featured in addition to monthly Chamber of Commerce news and resources.  To explore your local Chamber of Commerce website, please visit www.olmstedchamber.org.


The Healthy Choices – Be a Healthy Hero program, which helps kids form healthy habits by choosing healthier snacks, exercising daily and using good hygiene practices has been a real success at the ECC, Falls-Lenox and Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Over 500 students in these schools have participated in this program – most of them on a continuing basis.

Thank you to the parents and teachers who have supported the kids in their healthy choices!  These are the Healthy Heroes of the Month chosen randomly from among all participants. They received a $5 Toys-R-Us gift card donated by their school’s PTA. The program will run through April. Congratulations to:  Liberty Mongera, Cameron Knowls, and Ava Harb at the ECC; Tyler DeLap and Augie Stallman at Falls-Lenox; and  Mohammed Allan and the Intermediate School.


BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE “Take a Kid to the Game” Event – Saturday, February 19th. All area students in grades K to 8 will be admitted free of charge to an upcoming Yellow Jacket basketball double-header with a paying parent or adult.  For additional details, please click here.

Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team ANNUAL DINNER & RAFFLE – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Come support your Bulldog swimmers and divers and enjoy a dinner with family and friends!  This year’s dinner features a Roman Gladiator Theme that you won’t want to miss!  Proceeds benefit the Swim & Dive Team.  Click here to download the official invitation flyer and ticket form.  $10 for adults; $6 for children (10 & under).   Go Bulldogs!

*NEW EVENT* JUST POSTED: Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association LAS VEGAS NIGHTSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. to midnight, will be held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd. in Olmsted Township.  There will be a cash bar, refreshments, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle and VitaMix raffle.   All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2011.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door.  Call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 for tickets or more information.  21 and over please. Hope to see you there!!

*NEW EVENT* JUST POSTED: Olmsted Falls Music Association 2nd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 7 p.m. – Live at The Historic Columbia Ballroom in Columbia Station.  Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their second annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits.  The event includes casual dinner of pasta, chicken parmesan, salad, desert, dancing, soft drinks, raffles, and a silent auction.  $25.00 per person.  Limited Tickets.  All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.  Contact Don Woods (427-9737) or Sam Arendec (427-9443) or e-mail ofmamusic@gmail.com for tickets.  Click here to download event flyer.

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 dzhaviland@yahoo.com if they are able to help with this event.  PLANNING MEETINGS HELD EVERY TUESDAY FROM 6:00-7:30 P.M. IN THE FALLS-LENOX MEDIA CENTER – ALL WELCOME!

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  1. Steve
    February 10, 2011 at 8:31 am

    After looking at the powerpoint that gives information on the permanent improvement levy, I see where this would be a great investment for our community.

    This levy is NOT a tax increase, the money can only go to update our buildings, and not toward salary increases, and this levy helps make the operating levy last longer.

    This seems like a no brainer and I would hope all parents would get out and vote to maintain our school facilities.

  2. Marie
    February 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I attended the levy meeting last week at the middle school and now I understand how voting yes on this levy will not increase my taxes. I really did not understand this until I learned that old millage was dropping off my taxes. I appreciate how this was clearly explained by Dr. Hoadley.

    While a tax reduction would be nice, I know that last summer my husband and I had to put a new roof and hot water heater in our home and our house is only 15 years old. I did not know that the high school was over forty years old.

    I will vote yes but I fear many parents will not understand that this levy will not increase taxes. How will you get everyone to understand this important fact?

  3. Dee Weber
    February 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Is there any way that other teams such as forensics might get in the spot light at all? it’s very disappointing to see pictures of the same 3 studetns on the academic team over and over again!

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