Parent Update – April 20, 2011
CALAMITY DAYS RESTORED
We are pleased to confirm that last week Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 36, which increases the number of calamity days for this year from three to five. This makes it official, and we can now say with complete certainty that our last day for students this school year will remain June 7th as originally planned.
To download a copy of the 2010-2011 Academic Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls Schools, please click here.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
Last week was National Volunteer Week. Olmsted Falls School District is truly fortunate to have a large number of parent and community volunteers working to enhance the learning environment for our students each day. We extend our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers for their efforts in our schools! These individuals truly help make a difference!
Students and staff at the Early Childhood Center took the opportunity to recognize three volunteers from the community who come in each week to read to our littlest Bulldogs. Each of these volunteers live in the Columbia Park neighborhood adjacent to the ECC. Students look forward to their special visits, and were excited to surprise them with special cards and thanks!
OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL BAND & CHOIR CONCERT TOMORROW
The annual OFIS Spring Band & Choir Concert is scheduled for tomorrow evening, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafetorium.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TOUR NATION’S CAPITOL
Students from Olmsted Falls Middle School embarked on the annual 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. last week with a packed itinerary ahead of them.
During the 3-day adventure, students and chaperones visited: Arlington National Cemetery (including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the home of General Robert E. Lee), U.S. Capitol, White House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Monument, Washington Monument, President Kennedy Gravesite, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, WWII Memorial and Gettysburg Eternal Flame. The group also took a boat cruise on the Potomac River.
This year’s stop at Arlington National Cemetery was an extra special experience this year. The students were joined by U.S. Army Capt. Michael McClelland (OFHS Class of 2000 alumnus).
Capt. McClelland helped students place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and spent time talking with students.
Thank you Capt. McClelland for making the time for this special visit!
To view a gallery of more photos from the trip, please click here.
VOTE ON 2.8 MILL P.I. LEVY LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY
The 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy on the May 3rd election ballot is a very important issue for the Olmsted Falls School District. The last in a series of five public information meetings on the topic was held last night. Any parents or residents who need additional information or have questions on this important ballot issue – which WILL NOT increase the current level of school taxes – are urged to contact the Board of Education office at 440-427-6000.
• A YES VOTE WILL NOT RAISE TAXES! (Replaces existing bond millage set to “drop-off” in 2012.)
• A YES VOTE WILL provide a dedicated funding stream for permanent improvement projects and purchases with an estimated life or usefulness of five years or more.
• A YES VOTE WILL help lengthen the span of time before next operating levy is needed by expanding the District’s ability to handle looming maintenance expenses in older buildings without tapping into limited general fund dollars.
• A YES VOTE WILL provide resources to immediately expand the District’s ability to address issues at the 42-year-old High School facility – a recurring concern expressed by Bulldog parents in the recent Parent Survey.
• A YES VOTE WILL NOT provide any funds for salaries nor benefits. By law, P.I. funds may NOT be used for this purpose.
DO YOU NEED A NEW OR REPLACEMENT “YES FOR SCHOOLS” YARD SIGN? If you would like to request a yard sign or need to replace one that has been blown away in the recent weather, please e-mail your request to email@example.com with the phrase “Yard Sign” as the subject. Provide your name and street address in the e-mail, and a sign will be delivered to your yard.
WINNING DESIGN SQUAD TEAM FROM OFMS FEATURED ON WVIZ
Members of the OFMS Design Squad Team, who took first place in last month’s WVIZ Edward P. Campbell Design Squad Challenge, have been featured on WVIZ’s “NewsDepth” program. Please click the following link to see the awesome rocketry skills and winning results of seventh graders Morgan Ashton, Zach Buchta, Jacob Conder and Stephen Miller in action:
Great news story!
GREAT START TO SPRING SEASON FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY SOCCER TEAMS
In recent weeks, girls and boys soccer teams have brought home championships to the Olmsted community. Congratulations to these talented and athletic young women and men from our District. The girls teams did well last month in the NOGSL (Northern Ohio Girls Soccer League) league tournament. The U10-Gold team and U12 team both were champions in their age groups. These same two teams, along with the U14 girls team, went on to win championships in their age groups in the Rocky River IceBreaker Invitational. Between them, they brought FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS to OlmstedFalls. Additionally, the U13 boys team were Runners-Up in the Rocky River IceBreaker Invitational.
Read more about these athletes, teams and their accomplishments at: http://olmstedsoccer.wordpress.com/.
“WIZARD OF OZ” MUSICAL SUCCESS
OFHS Masquers production of “The Wizard of Oz” last weekend was performed in front of capacity crowds in the OFHS auditorium. The sold out shows received rave reviews. Great job to the OFHS Masquers and the younger Bulldog actors and actresses who joined them!
DANCE IT UP 4 KIDS HEALTH GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of the Dance It Up 4 Kids Health Raffle!
Alice Miller from Falls-Lenox won the free flooring from Figz Floors (440-666-6641); Marie Tessier from OFIS won the Lake Erie Fishing Charter from Blue Dolphin Charters (216-849-4954); and Eileen Wallace from Falls-Lenox won the Radisson Hotel Airport/Akron Symphony “Date Night” Package.
Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support our little ones and to the companies who donated so generously. If you patronize one of these companies please thank them for supporting our schools. This raffle raised over $600!
JOIN PTA FOR THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW!! – April 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium – $5.00 donation at the door. Student Talent, Local Judges, Lots of Family Fun!! Mark your calendars!
OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS ON SAT., APRIL 30TH. Olmsted Falls PTA Council is working once again with the Olmsted Falls Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Task Force to bring Operation Medicine Cabinet back to our community on Saturday, April 30th. The event will run from 10 am to 2 pm with the collection drop off point at the Olmsted Falls Police Department 26100 Bagley Road. Expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in SOLID form only will be collected by uniformed officers and held for safe disposal by a licensed company. Olmsted Falls along with other communities will be participating in this worthwhile event so please inform your friends and family in other communities to check the Drug Awareness and Prevention website at www.DrugAwarenessAndPrevention.com for links to other community drop off points. Please click here for a flyer for the Olmsted Falls event.
OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA 4TH ANNUAL CALENDAR RAFFLE – $5 GIVES YOU 31 CHANCES TO WIN – REGISTER BY APRIL 29TH! Each day in May, a name will be pulled and winners will be notified. You may purchase as many calendars as you like. If you have friends, family or coworkers that may enjoy this opportunity, please pass it along to them. Please click here to download your raffle calendar. Registration form must be returned with money to your school office by April 29th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA to be eligible. Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA. Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips and scholarships.
OLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC TEAM ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER BASKET SALE THROUGH MAY 3RD – Beautiful hanging flower baskets available in time for Mother’s Day at $14.95 each. Order by May 3rd; pick-up on May 6th. Please click here for selections and order form.
OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT – Saturday, June 11, 2011 from noon to noon Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Olmsted Falls High School. It is never to late to join this great cause and register as a survivor or to start your own team. For questions please call Co-Chairs Michelle LaGruth at 440-476-4697 or Lisa Brady at 216-870-8256.