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Parent Update – February 16, 2011

February 16, 2011


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

 All Parents and Residents Welcome!

(Babysitting Available in Rm. 351)

As we are all aware, bullying and bully-like behaviors have been making headlines and impacting communities across the country in recent years.  Olmsted Falls School District takes a strong stance against such behaviors.  It is important that school officials, faculty, staff, students and parents all work together to foster a positive environment for all students. 

All parents are encouraged to attend tomorrow night’s powerful and educational presentation of Rachel’s Challenge – created in honor of Rachel Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine Shooting in 1999.  Special thanks to our Olmsted Falls PTA for bringing this renowned anti-bullying presentation to our community.  This PTA-sponsored event is open to the public.   

All parents and residents are invited 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.  Following the Columbine tragedy, Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, began to speak around the country to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation.  Using writings and drawings from Rachel’s many diaries, Darrell and thirty other speakers continue to honor Rachel’s life by reaching out with her simple but profound message.  The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to bring a permanent positive culture change to schools, businesses and communities by starting a chain reaction of compassion and kindness. 

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.


Please remember that there is no school this Monday, February 21st in honor of President’s Day.  School will resume on Tuesday, February 22nd.  Enjoy the long weekend!  


The next general membership meeting of the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA will be held on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7pm at the Falls-Lenox cafeteria.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Todd Hoadley speaking on the upcoming Permanent Improvement Levy that will be on the ballot May 3rd.  All are welcome to attend!  As with every monthly meeting, everyone in attendance has a chance to win one of two $25 gift cards to a local business.  Come and hear what is going on in your child’s school and with the PTA!!


Class of 2015 Orientation for 2011-2012 students and their parents will take place next Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the OFHS Auditorium.


Individual college financial aid appointments are still available for senior parents. Please contact Mrs. Laut in the high school guidance office for more information (tlaut@ofcs.net or 427.6116).


Parents volunteer weekly at the Falls-Lenox Publishing Company. Pictured above are: Donna McKee at sewing machine, Doreen Machovina at iron, Kerrie Kruchuk and Nicole Allmindinger at cruncher, Angie Hoadley, Lori Kaschak and Amy Harris tying off cloth books and Sandra Graham at paper cutter.

Every day, numerous parents (and non-parents) can be found helping out in all of our Olmsted Falls school facilities.  School volunteers are extra-special people who are committed to making our schools the best they can be. These volunteers offer special attention and caring, and they inspire our students to reach for, and realize their dreams.

This act of volunteerism is greatly appreciated by all school personnel.  As a parent, you may volunteer at the schools of your choice, and you may participate in activities that match your interests and your availability of time. 

At OFCS, we have volunteers who assist our teachers in the classroom, design bulletin boards, tutor students who struggle with learning, or help out in the office or library.

Every school in our District needs volunteers. From elementary to high schools, educators value the time and special talents of our Olmsted volunteers. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email one of our District’s principals.


On Saturday, February 5th, the Middle School’s Power of the Pen team traveled to North Royalton Middle School to compete against 24 other schools for the District Power of the Pen tournament.  They were victorious in many ways as they set their pens to paper in three 40-minute rounds of writing.   They were judged for their creativity, writing style, and producing a complete, well-written narrative with their extemporaneous writing. 

A special congratulations is extended to 7th grader, Zach Buchta, who came in FIRST PLACE out of 150 students, to 8th grader, Breanna Palkovic, who placed 3rd, and to 7th grader, Mariah Hydzik who placed 5th.  There were 300 students in the entire competition. 

Zach Buchta

Breanna Palkovic

Mariah Hydzik


Following are all of the students on the Power of the Pen Team who meet every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. to sharpen their writing skills:

7th graders include Claire Barratt, Zach Buchta, Jake Conder, Mariah Hydzik, Marisol Lambermont, Emmy Olszewski, Christina Pedicini, and Alex Zbiegien.

8th graders include Madeline Finau, Katarina Karolak, Kathyrn Lesiak, Julia McFadden, Breanna Palkovic, Chloe Topolski, Chris Vandrasik, and Teresa Wang.

Mrs. Gulden coaches the seventh graders, and the eighth graders are coached by Miss Scalley. The students are now practicing hard for their next tournament, Regionals, which will be held on Saturday, April 9th. 

Congratulations, writers!


Celebrating the 100th day of the school year has become a popular activity for elementary school students.  While there are hundreds of ways to celebrate the 100th day, we like the creativity of students in the first grade classrooms of Mrs. Kostraba and Mrs. DeLuca. 

Last week, each student made a two-inch mini sub and then placed it on a pre-measured, labeled sheet to make a 100 inch long submarine sandwich!    

Students then dined on their delicious creations in what they called their “100th Day Cafe!” 

Click here to see more photos from the “100th Day Cafe.”


Congratulations to the Bulldog Wrestling Team for their second place finish this past Saturday at the SWC Tournament!   The team finished in second place 34 points behind Brecksville, with the next closest team a distant 3rd 86.5 points behind the Bulldogs.  The team won 10 of 13 matches in the finals, including individual Championships by Chase DuPratt and Jerimiah Roig.
A special thank you to all of the Bulldog Wrestling fans who came out to support the team.  It was very evident who had the loudest and largest fan base at the SWC.  It was a good day, and the loud support by our parents and fans was much appreciated.
SWC Place Winners:

1st Place Champions – Chase DuPratt and Jerimiah Roig

2nd Place – P.J. Mueller, Alex Bevilacqua, and Scott Linville

3rd Place – Nick Asadorian, Kyle Kokitka,  Scott Ahern, Brain Slater, Adam Binggeli, Travis Devericks, and Jordan Lee. 

4th Place: Nick Sommer.
JV Success: Last Friday the JV wrestling squad competed in the SWC JV tourney.  Although no team score is kept, it is fair to say that our JV’s lead this event.  Place winners included Champions: Adam Salti, Brandon Taylor, L.J. Yurick, Rich Rader, and Austin Balnius.  2nd: David Lance, Sean Fallon, David Rivera, Issac Lozada.  4th: Basil Saadeh, and Clay Bolton.
Next Up for Bulldog Wrestling: Sectionals at Lorain High School this Friday and Saturday.  www.ofwrestling.com

Go Bulldogs!

A number of public meetings have been scheduled to provide information and answer questions about the upcoming 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy – which WILL NOT RAISE TAXES for residents of the Olmsted communities.  

In an effort to make information and meetings accessible to as many parents and residents as possible, four 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

To access a PDF file of Dr. Hoadley’s presentation, please click here.


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. 


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 – NEXT 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 LISTING: 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 LISTING: 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. Danny
    February 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Dr. Hoadley – I was wondering what the schools will be able to do with the estimated $481,000 income tax from the casinos? I realize it will be smaller amounts to begin with, but what are the plans with that money? Also would/could you get one of the teachers/staff that was involved in the Race to the Top talks to please address specifically WHY they voted not to sign off on the paperwork to receive those funds? I know that other people have asked about this before, but I have never seen a response by them?. Thanks!

  2. February 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Danny, thank you for your comment.

    The state of Ohio has an 8 billion “hole” in its upcoming budget. This will be have to be “filled” by the state legislature by July 1, 2011. Our state level elected officials have been telling me since last Spring to expect a 10% to 20% reduction in our state funding. Other state level elected officials have been quoted in the Plain Dealer predicting up to a 30% cut in state funding for public schools. A 10% cut in state funding will equate to a reduction in our state revenue of around $1,000,000 for Olmsted Falls schools.

    The Casino tax revenue, as I understand it will go to the state government and then be reallocated to local entities. It is my belief that this revenue, like the Ohio lottery proceeds, will not increase our state funding, but rather, be used to supplant existing funding our school already receives through the state funding program for schools.

    Regarding our teacher unions refusal to sign off on the Race to the Top agreement, I will ask their leadership to answer your question directly on this blog.

  3. Danny
    February 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    thank you! I was wondering what the catch was with the article on the casino funding today so I appreciate the response.

  4. Diane
    February 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Thank You to the OF PTA for bringing Rachel’s Challenge to the district and our children. Though I was unable to attend the event due to work committments I can already tell you there has been an impact on my 9 year old daughter. Immediately after coming home from school she called me on my cell phone to tell me about it and talked for over 20 minutes about it while I drove home from a meeting. She had me in tears as I recognized the powerful impact this had on her. She then proceeded to update my facebook page with Rachel’s picture and comments about Rachel. Thank you to the PTA and to the district for having the courage to present this to our children and the community.

  5. Danny
    February 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Is anyone from the teacher’s staff or union rep going to answer the above question?

  6. OlmstedJoe
    February 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I cannot speak for the teacher’s union, but this is what another local superintendent had to say about RTTT. My understanding is that the teachers of Olmsted Falls probably had similar thoughts.


    The federal money came with entirely too many strings attached and could have actually cost the district ADDITIONAL money. The $100,000 from the government only would have taken teachers time away from doing what is most important, spending time in the classroom educating our children.

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