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Parent Update – May 25, 2011

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE FOR 2011-2012 APPROACHING QUICKLY – ALL FORMS DUE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2011-2012 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Wednesday, June 15, 2011.   

Please remember that forms must be resubmitted each year by the June 15th deadline.

Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2011-2012 school year.

ATTN: PARENTS OF OFHS SENIORS – UPDATED EXAM SCHEDULE

A reminder that the exam schedule for seniors has been adjusted due to yesterday’s closure of the High School building.  Please click here for the updated exam schedule, if needed.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT

Board President Frank Pedicini (far left) and Vice President Joe Bertrand (far right) joined Principal Mark Kurz in honoring 16 Middle School students recognized in the Midwest Talent Search for their outstanding scores on the ACT and/or SAT tests.

Sixteen Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.

OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are:  Yahia Ali, Connor Arendec, Jennifer Bertrand, Bailey Bihn, Zachary Buchta, Jared Chatham, Taylor Hassel, Kaylin Hynes, Emily Laycock, Stephen Miller, Courtney Nelson, Emily Raffay, Jared Yant, Ethan Novilla, Emily Olszewski, and Michael Doherty.

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!  Additionally, we want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path up to this point.  It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement, and that will continue to help them thrive in the future.  Congratulations again!

OLMSTED FALLS BUS DRIVER AWARDED REGIONAL DRIVER OF THE YEAR TITLE

OAPT North Region Director Debbie Miller, "Driver of the Year" Joyce Bigley, and Olmsted Falls Director of Business Affairs Tim Atkinson.

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls school bus driver Joyce Bigley on being named “Driver of the Year” for the entire North Region of Ohio by the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT).  Mrs. Bigley was presented with the “Driver of the Year Award” at last week’s Board of Education meeting by Debbie Miller, OAPT North Region Director and Transportation Supervisor for Wadsworth City Schools.  In attendance to help recognize Mrs. Bigley were family, friends and fellow bus drivers.

Mrs. Bigley also earned the Olmsted Falls “Driver of the Year” award from her colleagues this year.  Often the first and last Bulldog staff member they come into contact with, Mrs. Bigley makes a positive impact on students and parents each school day. Congratulations!

OFIS K-KIDS KICK IT FOR CANCER

As part of the end of the year Field Day activities at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, the K-Kids Club has organized a “Kick It for Cancer” Kickball Tournament for 4th graders.  Kick-It is a national fundraising program that raises money for children’s cancer research. All proceeds raised by OFIS students will benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.

K-Kids have been planning for next week’s local event with an awareness and fund raising campaign, which has featured information on the morning announcements as well as an official “Kick It” kick-off assembly held last Friday.

This coming Wednesday, June 1st, 4th graders will take the fields at OFIS beginning at 8:20 a.m. through approximately 11 a.m. for the first-ever “Kick It for Cancer” Kickball Tournament in Olmsted Falls.  By organizing this game, Olmsted Falls’ students are helping thousands of children fighting cancer locally and across the country.  Way to go K-Kids!

OLMSTED FALLS DEFEATS LAKE RIDGE ACADEMY IN 21st ANNUAL SCHOLASTIC GAMES CHAMPIONSHIP

The Olmsted Falls High School academic team, left to right, Sohan Vartak, team captain Jim Coury, and Marty Mendenhall, won the 21st annual Academic Championship on the Scholastic Games of Lorain County broadcast of May 23rd. The program was heard on Elyria's WEOL (AM 930).

Following the highest succession of winning scores in the history of the program, the academic team from Olmsted Falls High School defeated defending champion Lake Ridge Academy this past Monday by a score of 510 to 330 in the Scholastic Games Championship.

The radio quiz series has been heard on WEOL radio (AM 930) since 1990 showcasing teams from area high schools.

This year, sixteen different schools have been heard on the weekly series since January.  The Olmsted Falls team, consisted of Jim Coury, Marty Mendenhall, and Sohan Vartak.  Team captain, Jim Coury, was presented with the program’s “Standout Scholar Award”  Based on his performance through the entire program.

ANOTHER YEAR OF IMPRESSIVE WORK ON DISPLAY AT MAY ART SHOW

Olmsted Falls High school held its annual May Art Show last Friday featuring work by students, alumni, staff, and community members.  A large variety of visual arts, photography, and product manufacturing pieces were on display as students and visitors toured the show, held in the gymnasium, throughout the day.

Always a treat to explore are the special booth exhibits created by Olmsted Falls seniors.

Kudos to our graduating bulldogs and all of the show participants for their creativity and talent!

A special thank you to Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club which sponsors the May Show!

To view additional photos from this year’s May Show, please click here.

2011 PROM & POST-PROM

Photo courtesy of Woodard Photography

More than 350 OFHS students attended the 2011 Prom earlier this month.

This year’s OFHS Prom event was held at Windows on the River in downtown Cleveland.  Students were transported to and from the event on busses.

Congratulations to Sean Hirsch and Tatiana Faria who were named this year’s Prom King and Prom Queen.

The 2011 OFHS Prom was followed by a Post-Prom event at the High School.

Many thanks to the students, staff and parents who worked so hard to make this year’s Post-Prom a success!

OLMSTED SAFETY TOWN: SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE

REGISTER TODAY!  Olmsted Early Childhood PTA still has open spots for its summer Safety Town program. Spots are open in the following classes:

Session 2 (June 20 – 24): afternoon (12:30 – 3pm) & evening (6 – 8:30pm)

Session 3 (June 27 – July 1): morning (9-11:30am) & afternoon (12:30 – 3pm)

To access the registration form, please click here.

2011 Safety Town Registration/Payment Deadline:  June 1st. 

For additional information on Olmsted Safety Town and the OECPTA, please visit the OECPTA website at www.oecpta.org.

JOHN SANDERS MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING

Save the Date!  The Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association will host its annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 16th.  Tee times begin at 9:30 a.m.  All proceeds benefit the scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors.  For additional information, please click here.

SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Department will offer a variety of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades 3 to 12. All information and registration forms have been collected and posted together on the District website.

** TENNIS CAMP INFORMATION JUST ADDED **

Please click here for a link to the Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information page.

Go Bulldogs!

HEALTH CLINIC NEWS

Preparing for the 2011-12 School Year:  For more information or forms, please call your school’s clinic.

Health Care Action Plans/Medications at School: If your child has a medical condition which may require treatment at school such as asthma or severe allergies, etc. you will receive a Health Care Action Plan form from your child’s clinic staff. These action plans, which are completed by you and your physician, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school.

If your child will need to take a medication at school a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Severe Food Allergies: The district hosted a meeting last week for parents and staff to discuss improvements to the district’s Severe Allergy protocol. Consensus was reached on a “Nut Free Snack List” that will be used in Allergy Free classes at the ECC/Falls/IS. Copies of the snack list and as pertinent, the revised protocol, will be sent to parents of students who are assigned to these classes prior to the start of the school year.

Medication Pick Up:  If your child has medications at school please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to June 16th. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by the 16th will be disposed of.

7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dt (Diptheria, Tetanus) booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade.

SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM GUIDE

For a preview of summer programs offered by Cuyahoga County Public Library, please click here.

BORDER’S OFFERS SUMMER READING INCENTIVE FOR STUDENTS

Attention Parents!  Border’s Books is offering a summer reading program for students.   The “Double Dog Dare Challenge” is for children ages 12 and under. Encourage your child to read 10 books and they get a free book from Borders! Simply click here to print the form.

Your child tracks his/her summer reading and turns it in at Borders. Enjoy!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS

AUDITION FOR WEST SIDE STORY— THIS SATURDAY, May 28th at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.  Auditions are open for all actors grades eight and up.  Olmsted Performing Arts will perform this Main Stage show August 12th-13th.   Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, May 29th, and will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, as well as on Sunday.  Details are available at: http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/season.php http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/youthTheater.php

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP PRESENTS:  “RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP” – Thursday, June 9th, 3:00 – 4:30 at the Olmsted Township Hall; and 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria.  Learn how to harvest rain water for all your garden needs and to combat Storm Water Pollution in your community.  Click here for more information.

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 too 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.

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May 24, 2011

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Due to an electrical failure, Olmsted Falls High School is closed today.

All other district buildings will be open.

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Parent Update – May 18, 2011

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ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE FOR 2011-2012: WED., JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2011-2012 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2011-2012 school year.

OFHS STUDENTS PLACE FIRST IN ENGINEERING COMPETITION

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls Pre-Engineering students Matt Bender and Connor Bailey!  Last Friday, May 13th, they competed in the 1st Annual Polaris PLTW competition and won 1st place.  Matt and Connor competed in the IED competition, where they were given the assignment to design four objects that could be used in a fish tank and make an oral presentation about their products.  Matt and Connor competed against teams from Berea, Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview, and Polaris.

Well done!

6TH & 7TH GRADE PARENT & STUDENT ATHLETIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING TONIGHT

All parents of potential 6th and 7th grade student athletes are invited to attend an informational meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium. This program is designed for potential student athletes and their parents.  The agenda will be as follows:

– Sports Seasons (Fall, Winter, & Spring)

– Season Start & End Dates

– Tryout Information

– Academic Eligibility Requirements

– Physical on File Requirements

– Athletic Boosters Membership

– Question & Answer Session

Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz at either 440-427-6201 or by email at mkurz@ofcs.net, in the event you have any questions regarding this informational meeting.  Thank you!

OFMS STUDENTS LEND A HAND TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Riley Alton & Tristan MacIvor worked at the Metroparks during the morning session.

Several seventh graders were willing to act on their knowledge of environmental problems by participating in the Rocky River Reservation garlic mustard pull – even though the event took place on one of the few sunny Saturdays we’ve seen lately!

Emily Waugh, Brianna Wojtowicz & Sydney Martin showed fellow students the garlic mustard plant back at school on Monday.

Garlic mustard is an invasive species that reproduces rapidly thus crowding out native wildflowers.

The students learned that just pulling the plant out by its roots and leaving it on the ground wasn’t sufficient since the seeds will grow into new plants the following year. All of the pulled plants had to be bagged in order to completely remove the invasive species.

Garlic mustard is endemic throughout Ohio – you can find it in your own backyard, on school grounds (we are always on the look-out!), at soccer fields, the Cleveland Art Museum – it’s everywhere!  If you see it, pull it out and throw it in a trash bag – you will be saving our native plants!

MAY ART SHOW – THIS FRIDAY, MAY 20TH

Don’t miss the annual May Show at Olmsted Falls High School THIS FRIDAY, May 20th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the OFHS Main Gym. 

The May Show features work from visual arts, photography, product manufacturing, O.F. alumni, O.F. staff, and O.F. community members. 

All welcome. Free admission.   

SUPPORT THE 8TH GRADE D.C. TRIP FUND AT COOKOUT FOR A CAUSE – THIS SATURDAY, MAY 21ST

Help support Olmsted Falls 8th Grade D.C. trip fund.  Stop by Drug Mart at  the corner of Bagley & Columbia THIS SATURDAY, May 21st between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to enjoy hot dogs, chips and pop!  All proceeds go to the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip fund.  To download the official flier, please click here

BULLDOG FOOTBALL PLAYERS VOLUNTEER AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Last Sunday, May 15th, a group of 48 Bulldog Football Players and coaches volunteered their time at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland.  The players were responsible for duties that included a number of outdoor tasks from pulling out the hedges in the front of the complex to weeding and spreading mulch.  A great effort was made by all to help out for a very worthy cause.

Please click here to see pictures of our players and coaches at work!  Great job Bulldogs!

OLMSTED SAFETY TOWN: SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE

REGISTER TODAY!  Olmsted Early Childhood PTA still has open spots for its summer Safety Town program.

Spots are open in the following classes:

Session 2 (June 20 – 24): afternoon (12:30 – 3pm) & evening (6 – 8:30pm)

Session 3 (June 27 – July 1): morning (9-11:30am) & afternoon (12:30 – 3pm)

To access the registration form, please click here.

2011 Safety Town Registration/Payment Deadline:  June 1st. 

For additional information on Olmsted Safety Town and the OECPTA, please visit the OECPTA website at www.oecpta.org.

OFIS CAREER DAY SUCCESS – THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

Many thanks to the 22 parents and relatives of both current and former students who volunteered their time yesterday, Tuesday, May 17th, to participate in the OFIS Career Day Event.  The following volunteers shared information about their careers with students in the classrooms:

Mr. Brookbank (Financial Services)

Mrs. Klypchak (Social Work)

Mr. Kimbro (Fireman)

Mrs. Vas (Attorney)

Mrs. Brindisi (International Student Director of Walsh University)

Mrs. Haviland (School Nurse)

Mr. Stillman (Notre Dame College Football Coach)

Miss Leach (Dietetic Intern)

Mrs. Musto (Horse Trainer)

Mr. Urry (U.S. Army)

Mr. Dingfelder (Police Officer)

Mr. McCormick (Metro Parks Trail Monitor)

Mr. LaRosa (Ad Sales)

Mr. Wilkinson (Photo Journalist)

Mr. Funari (K-9 Police Officer)

Mr. Veres (Aerospace Engineer)

Mr. Green (U.S. Navy Chief)

Mr. McQuillan (Restaurant Owner)

Mrs. Baker (Dance Instructor)

Mr. Atherton (Electrician)

Mr. Pinchek (Recreation Director for Fairview Park Recreation Center)  

Thank you again to all of our volunteers!  The students and staff very much appreciated your time and effort!

To view additional photos from the OFIS Career Day event, please click here.

GRANT FROM TARGET SUPPORTS LIFETIME SPORTS UNIT FIELD TRIP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL  STUDENTS

The physical education department at Olmsted Falls Middle School was awarded a $700 grant to help pay for all 6th grade students, as well as adapted physical education students, to attend a bowling outing at Buckeye Lanes earlier this spring.  This special field trip was part of the lifetime sports unit, in which students were taught how to keep score without the use of technology.  Kudos to OFMS physical education teachers Brigid Radigan, Laura Sheldon and Steve Hunter for securing these grant funds to enhance the curriculum integration of math and physical education with a hands-on experience for their students!

SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Department will offer a variety of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades 3 to 12. All information and registration forms have been collected and posted together on the District website.

Please click here for a link to the Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information page.

Go Bulldogs!

BULLDOGS IN THE NEWS

Olmsted Falls students are making headlines in the local media.

We invite you to click on the links below to read last week’s Sun Post Herald coverage of:

Bulldog Baseball Player Denton Sagerman

Student of the Week Zach Sanford

OFHS Academic Team Success

BORDER’S OFFERS SUMMER READING INCENTIVE FOR STUDENTS

Attention Parents!  Border’s Books is offering a summer reading program for students.   The “Double Dog Dare Challenge” is for children ages 12 and under.

Encourage your child to read 10 books and they get a free book from Borders! Simply click here to print the form.

Your child tracks his/her summer reading and turns it in at Borders. Enjoy!

 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS

OLMTED 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 too 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.

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Parent Update – May 11, 2011

FALLS-LENOX TEACHER RECOGNIZED AT CRYSTAL APPLE AWARDS DINNER

Congratulations to Falls-Lenox teacher Michelle Schoenhofer, who was among a small group of educators honored last week with a 2010-2011 Crystal Apple Award presented by The Plain Dealer and sponsored by Bryant & Stratton College.  Ms. Schoenhofer was selected for this honor during the first recognition period earlier in the school year.

The awards banquet took place on May 5th at The Plain Dealer.  Ms. Schoenhofer was nominated by Bulldog  parent Paula Grant, who also attended this very special recognition event with her daughter.

Congratulations again to Ms. Schoenhofer!

JIM AND MIKE COURY AWARDED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Congratulations to OFHS seniors Jim Coury (left) and Mike Coury (right)!

Following recognition as National Merit Finalists earlier this year, Jim and Mike Coury were notified last week that they have each been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship  as part of this prestigious program!

Congratulations and continued success to both Jim and Mike!

YOUNG INVENTORS SHOWCASE IDEAS AT FALLS-LENOX

Second grade students at Falls-Lenox participated in the school’s annual Invention Fair last week, a two-day event showcasing student inventions.

Student creativity and innovation was on display for fellow students, staff and  parents.

To view photos from this event, please click here.

Well done second graders!

DR. JIM LLOYD RECEIVES EMERGING EDUCATOR AWARD

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd who was honored last week by the GCEDC at a special ceremony held at Cleveland State University.

Dr. Lloyd was the first recipient of the  Emerging Educator Award, which was established to recognize energy and impact of education leaders in promoting highly qualified professional development.

Dr. Lloyd is responsible for all professional development for teaching staff within the Olmsted Falls School District.  The innovative efforts of Dr. Lloyd and building leadership teams have been recognized throughout the State of Ohio and
beyond.

Congratulations again to Dr. Lloyd!

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Department will offer a variety of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades 3 to 12. All information and registration forms have been collected and posted together on the District website.

Please click here for a link to the Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information page.

Go Bulldogs!

OLMSTED SAFETY TOWN:  SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE

Olmsted Early Childhood PTA still has open spots for its summer Safety Town program.  Spots are open in the following classes:

Session 2 (June 20 – 24): afternoon (12:30 – 3pm) & evening (6 – 8:30pm)

Session 3 (June 27 – July 1): morning (9-11:30am) & afternoon (12:30 – 3pm)

To access the registration form, please click here.

REMINDER:  Payment for all students registered in this summer’s Safety Town sessions is due by May 15th. 

For additional information on Olmsted Safety Town and the OECPTA, please visit the OECPTA website at www.oecpta.org.

OFHS VOLLEYBALL PLAYER SIGNS TO PLAY WITH WEST LIBERTY COLLEGE

Last week, senior Bulldog volleyball player Michaela Hawkins signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for West Liberty College. Michaela came to Olmsted Falls this past season as a senior. She has earned 9 varsity letters in her high school career in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Michaela will attend West Liberty in the Fall to pursue a degree in Nursing while participating on the volleyball team. She will be the 5th generation in her family to attend West Liberty.

Congratulations Michaela!

OFIS SEEKING SPEAKERS FOR ANNUAL CAREER DAY

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will host its annual Career Day on Tuesday, May 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OFIS is looking for additional speakers to add to our list of guests who will meet with kids in the classroom to talk about their interesting careers.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fun and educational event, please contact OFIS School Counselor Mr. Mark Tabar at 427-6520.

OFHS PRE-ENGINEERING STUDENTS COMPETE IN ANNUAL TECH PREP CARDBOARD CANOE RACE

Last week, students from the Pre-Engineering Class at Polaris and Olmsted Falls competed in the Tech Prep Cardboard Canoe race at Tri-C.  Bulldog participants made a strong showing as they showcased their engineering skills with cardboard canoes that were both fast and well-designed.

Congratulations to the following:

1st Place – Fastest Time – Olmsted Falls students Connor Bailey and Matt Bender

1st Place – Presentation – Olmsted Falls students Connor Bailey and Matt Bender

3rd Place – Fastest Time – Olmsted Falls student Connor Doris with Brooklyn HS students Braden Williams and Ayes Syed

DISTRICT SURVEYS PARENTS ON P.I. LEVY

District officials reached out to parents earlier this week with an on-line survey regarding the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy.  Bulldog parents were e-mailed a link to participate in the six-question survey, which focuses on levy awareness, communication materials and methods, and the structure of the levy itself.

Thank you to the more than 300 parents who have already completed the survey since Monday. This feedback will be a valuable tool for administrators and Board of Education members as the next steps for the issue are determined.

The on-line survey regarding the levy will remain open through this Friday, May 13th. If you need to have the link resent, please contact District Communications Director Kim Petrina via e-mail at kpetrina@ofcs.net.

PD EDITORIAL PRAISES DISTRICT’S EFFICIENCY EFFORTS AND VOICES SUPPORT FOR P.I. LEVY

Olmsted Falls School District received not one, but two positive endorsements from The Plain Dealer regarding the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy. In addition to a formal editorial endorsement of the issue prior to the May 3rd election, The Plain Dealer also ran a positive follow-up editorial this past weekend.  To read this latest PD editorial, please click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL RUGBY ACTIVITIES ATTRACT MEDIA ATTENTION

The sport of rugby has been incorporated into the physical education curriculum at Olmsted Falls Middle School this year.  The sport has been well received by students, and its benefits were recently profiled by HighSchoolSports.net through an interview with OFMS Physical Education Teacher Brigid Radigan.  Please click here for the link to the story.

HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE APPRECIATION

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped or donated blood at last week’s HS Blood Drive, especially Tatiana Faria, Christy Otonaga, Tori Alai, Dave Godfray, Tracy McGrain, Mercedez Hathcock, Jan Stetz, Ellen Bertrand and Jeanne Mahoney.

Students and staff donated 71 pints of blood to help save lives and earned $1,000 in scholarship money this year.  Congratulations to Christy Otonaga and Ellen Disrude, the 2012 Red Cross Scholarship Recipients who each received $500.  Kristy and Ellen were randomly chosen from among all the students who gave so selflessly to others by working or donating blood at both of the HS drives this year.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH SEEKING INPUT ON LIBRARY’S FUTURE

Cuyahoga County Public Library is seeking input on the future of the Olmsted Falls Branch. As you may already be aware, CCPL has a Facilities Master Plan that will reduce its operating costs to ensure excellent library services for years to come. Replacement of the  existing Olmsted Falls Branch is part of this plan. The current location is costly to operate and does not meet customers’ needs. CCPL intends to move forward with plans for an approximate 6,000 square foot replacement branch. This project is currently in the design phase.

CCPL is encouraging library patrons to participate in a survey to provide input to help it better understand the needs and expectations of our local library patrons, so to better serve them.  Please click on the following link and take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey:

http://research.zarca.com/k/SsUPVXsXXsPsPsP

OFMS STUDENTS SUPPORT PASTA FOR PENNIES PROGRAM

Olmsted Falls Middle School was an instrumental part of the success of this year’s Pasta for Pennies program, which helps raise awareness about blood cancers while raising funds for a cure.  Students at OFMS generously  contributed $4,545.79 to this program, which is sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Since OFMS began supporting the Pasta for Pennies program several years ago, OFMS Bulldogs have raised a total of $24,221.86 for this effort!

FALLS-LENOX STAFF, STUDENTS AND PARENTS RAISE MORE THAN $3,000 AT CARNIVAL FOR A CURE EVENT

Congratulations to the staff, students and parents at Falls-Lenox on the successful Carnival for a Cure hosted in the building last month.  More than 300 students and more than 340 parents attended this first-time event which featured a wide variety of family friendly activities. This was truly an old-fashioned school carnival that brought together parents and kids for an evening of fun.  In total, the event raised approximately $3,100 for the upcoming Relay for Life event, which benefits The American Cancer Society.

Many staff members, parents and local businesses pitched in to make this event a huge success.  Special thanks to Angelina’s, Shaker’s IGA, Kiwanis and PTA!

UPCOMING EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS

“Help!  My Child is Being Cyber Bullied” Workshop at Strongsville Library Branch – TOMORROW, Thursday, May 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.This workshop will present strategies and interventions that work to stop cyberbullying now!  Presenter: Todd Walts, President/CEO, CampusImpact, Inc.  Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville Branch, 18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville.

Boy Scout Troop 201 Annual Flower Sale – This Saturday, May 14th ( 8am-2pm) at the Jenkins Center located at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the Olmsted Falls Library. The Boy Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices. Stop by, shop locally, & support Scouting! Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-816-0372, with questions or visit www.troop201.org.

OLMTED 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 too 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.

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Parent Update – May 4, 2011

2.8 MILL P.I. LEVY DEFEATED IN MAY 3RD ELECTION

Unofficial election results indicate 46% of votes cast in favor of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy, with 54% of votes  cast against it in yesterday’s election.  Passage of this P.I. Levy – which would not increase the current level of taxation – was a critical component to the District’s financial health.  Looming cuts at the state level made passage of the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy even more urgent.

District officials will discuss next steps within the week.  The 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy could be placed back on the ballot in August or November of 2011. Passage of this 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy would be needed before the end of calendar year 2011 in order to maintain the ability to redirect critical funding without increasing the current level of taxation.

Parents and residents are encouraged to post questions regarding the 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy here on the District’s blog. It is imperative that the education campaign about the benefits of this strategically timed levy continues.

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Department will offer a variety of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades 3 to 12.   All information and registration forms have been collected and posted together on the District website.

Please click here  for a link to the Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information page.

Go Bulldogs!

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AMONG “BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN AMERICA” FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the fifth year in a row, Olmsted Falls School District has been named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” by a national survey sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.

The school districts named by the NAMM Foundation demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing music education for their students – even during these challenging economic times.

Congratulations to the staff, students, parents and community members who help make our music program a nationally recognized success!

OFHS CHORALE & WIND ENSEMBLE PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY

Students in the OFHS Chorale and Wind Ensemble traveled to New York City for special performances last week.

One of the highlights of the trip was a performance in front of the world-renowned Lincoln Center.

Above, OFHS Choral at Lincoln Center. At right, OFHS Wind Ensemble at Lincoln Center.

These talented music students represented Olmsted Falls School District with great poise and pride.  Well done!

MIDDLE SCHOOL POWER OF THE PEN TEAM STATEBOUND

The 8th grade team placed 1st out of the 41 schools in attendance, and several of the teams’ individual writers were recognized for outstanding achievement and placed in the top 20% of all competitors, qualifying them for the State competition.

Pictured at left are the members of the 8th Grade Power of the Pen Team:  Back Row (L to R) – Teresa Wang, Breanna Palkovic, Chloe Topolski, Kat Karolak, and Miss Scalley; Front Row (L to R) – Madeline Finau, Kathryn  Lesiak, Julia McFadden, and Chris Vandrasik.

Special congratulations go to State-bound 7th graders:  Zach Buchta, who came in 4th place overall and received a “Best of Round” award; Emmy Olszewski, who came in 10th place; and Christina Pedicini, whose strong performance also earned her a place at the state competition.  The eighth grade state qualifiers include Madeline Finau (4th place overall), Kathryn Lesiak (5th place), Breanna Palkovic (14th place), and talented writer Chloe Topolski.

Members of the 7th Grade Power of the Pen Team are pictured above:  Back Row (L to R) – Madeline Finau, Kathryn Lesiak, Breanna Palkovic, and Chloe Topolski; Front Row (L to R) Christina Pedicini, Emmy Olszewski, and Zach Buchta.

Good luck to all of these fantastic young writers as they prepare for the Power of the Pen State tournament hosted by the College of Wooster on Friday, May 27th!

OFHS BASEBALL TEAM HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL YOUTH BASEBALL DAY TOMORROW

The OFHS Baseball Team will host its 2nd Annual Youth Baseball Day TOMORROW, Thursday, May 5th during its game against Berea.  There will be a huge five-sport inflatable, radar gun station, and more! A name will be drawn each inning to warm-up the left fielder and keep the game ball!

When: Thursday, May 5th at 4:30pm

Where: Olmsted Falls Field 3

This is a great event for our young Bulldog baseball fans!  Hope to see you there!

DISTRICT REACHES OUT TO PARENTS FOR ASSISTANCE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA ISSUES

OFHS Principal Dr. Bob Hill and OFMS Principal Mr. Mark Kurz jointly mailed a letter to all parents of high school and middle school students this week.  The subject of this important letter was “social media” and issues that the District has been encountering with students’ use of Facebook as well as texting.  This letter is an attempt on the District’s part to reach out to parents for their help in this matter.

While the District is limited from a discipline (reactive) standpoint, due to the social media activities taking place outside of school grounds, it is never limited in trying to work with parents, in a proactive manner, in order to prevent issues.

Access to Facebook is blocked on all District computers, however the impact of activities on Facebook outside of school inevitably spills into the regular school day.  To read the letter that was mailed home to all parents of Middle and High School students, please click here.

DISTRICT TO HOST INFORMATION MEETING REGARDING FOOD ALLERGY PROTOCOL NEXT WEDNESDAY, MAY 11TH

Parents, staff and interested community members are invited to a meeting to discuss aspects of the District’s “Severe Food Allergy Protocol” on Wednesday, May 11th from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Falls-Lenox cafeteria. Please call Darla Haviland, R.N. District Nurse at 440-427-6364 for more information.

OFIS SEEKING SPEAKERS FOR ANNUAL CAREER DAY

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will host its annual Career Day on Tuesday, May 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   OFIS is looking for additional speakers to add to our list of guests who will meet with kids in the classroom to talk about their interesting careers.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fun and educational event, please contact OFIS School Counselor Mr. Mark Tabar at 427-6520.

OFHS STUDENT HEADED TO NATIONAL SKILLS COMPETITION IN KANSAS CITY

Congratulations to senior Zach Sanford, who recently represented Olmsted Falls High School and Polaris Career Center at the State Skills USA competition in Columbus.

Zach took first place and was presented with the Gold medal for the Criminal Justice Competition!

Zach will be headed to Kansas City, Missouri for National Competition during the week of June 18th.

Congratulations and good luck Zach!

PTA’S FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW WINNERS

Congratulations to the following winners of last Friday’s 24th Annual High School PTA Friday Night Live Talent Show:

First Place Overall – Kevin Thompson

Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award – Maurene Kawecki

First Place – 8th Grade and Under – Neil Spooner

Second Place – 8th Grade and Under – Lindsay Rader and Emily Laycock

Third Place – 8th Grade and Under – Ashley Campbell

First Place – High School – Lauren Roney

Second Place – HighSchool – Nicole Sloan

Third Place – High School – Ryan Kody and Joe Gibson

Congratulations to All!!!

A special thanks to Mr. Moore for hosting the Talent Show. Also, thanks to Carson Moore for performing the National Anthem. Tatiana Faria and Sean Hirsch were our student judges and our faculty judges were Mrs. Reimer and Mrs. Gulden. Great Job Everyone!!!

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association hosted its annual Retired Staff Luncheon this past Monday.  Approximately 25 retired Bulldog staff members attended and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues.  Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley also attended, expressing heartfelt thanks to the group for their role in creating and maintaining the District’s tradition of excellence.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM BACK IN ACTION

Last Saturday, the Academic Team traveled to Cloverleaf for the Ohio Academic Competition Regionals.  The team won its Region in dramatic fashion with a final match that went into overtime.  Students participating included Jim Coury (captain), Mike Coury, Sohan Vartak, Marty Mendenhall, and Emily Nageotte.  These students will participate in the State OAC Competition this coming Saturday in Columbus.

Last Sunday, the Academic Team participated in the semi-finals and the finals of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County for WEOL Radio.  The team’s semi-final match was against Vermilion.  The score was 680-240 in favor of the Bulldogs. The team then competed in the finals against defending champion Lake Ridge Academy.  The Bulldogs again prevailed with a 510-330 victory to claim the Scholastic Games title for 2011.  These episodes will air on May 16 (versus Vermilion) and May 23 (versus Lake Ridge Academy) on WEOL Radio 930 AM at 6:05 pm.  The broadcasts are saved as podcasts and can be listened to at any time.  The podcasts are available on their webpage http://www.weol.com click on Scholastic Games.  The podcasts are posted to the website after they air on the radio.

From the victories on Scholastic Games this year, this team brought back over $3500 in college scholarship money that will be awarded to deserving seniors attending the schools offering the grants.  These are $500 tuition credits to:  Oberlin College, Ohio Weslyan, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Lorain County Community College, Notre Dame of Ohio, and Ashland University.  These scholarships are awarded to seniors attending these schools and not to the students on the team.  The students participating for Olmsted Falls were:  Jim Coury, Sohan Vartak, and Marty Mendenhall.  Jim Coury was named the standout scholar for both broadcasts.  Writeups from the matches can also be found on the http://standoutscholars.com/.

Finally, last week, the team participated in the online Knowledge Master Open competition.  The Bulldogs finished 1st in the State of Ohio, and 21st internationally out of all the teams participating.  The results of this competition can be viewed here:  http://www.greatauk.com/kmoh.pdf  (Scroll down to Ohio.)

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH SEEKING INPUT ON LIBRARY’S FUTURE

Cuyahoga County Public Library is seeking input on the future of the Olmsted Falls Branch. As you may already be aware, CCPL has a Facilities Master Plan that will reduce its operating costs to ensure excellent library services for years to come. Replacement of the existing Olmsted Falls Branch is part of this plan. The current location is costly to operate and does not meet customers’ needs.  CCPL intends to move forward with plans for an approximate 6,000 square foot replacement branch. This project is currently in the design phase.

CCPL is encouraging library patrons to participate in a survey to provide input to help it better understand the needs and expectations of our local library patrons, so to better serve them.  If you are interested in participating in this important survey, please click the following link and take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey:

http://research.zarca.com/k/SsUPVXsXXsPsPsP

UPCOMING EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS

OFHS Baseball Team 1st Annual Cure Tay-Sachs Classic – This Saturday, May 7th at Olmsted Falls Field 3.  Olmsted Falls, North Royalton, Midview and Clearview will compete in this first annual event to benefit the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation.   A Fausto Carmona signed baseball, Shin-Shoo Choo signed baseball, Carlos Santana signed baseball and Bob Feller signed poster will be raffled off at the Classic. One after each game – tickets will be a $1 each – all proceeds will go towards CTSF!  Click here for event flyer which includes game schedule.

Boy Scout Troop 201 Annual Flower Sale – Saturday, May 7th (9 am-dark); Sunday, May 8th ( 8am-2pm); and Saturday, May 14th (8am-2pm), at the Jenkins Center located at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the Olmsted Falls Library.  The Boy Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices.  Stop by, shop locally, & support Scouting!  Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-816-0372, with questions or visit www.troop201.org.

OLMTED 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 too 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.

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Parent Update – April 27, 2011

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** JUST ADDED:  BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION **

The  Olmsted Falls Athletic Department is offering a variety of Summer Sports Camps for students in grades 3 to 12.   All information and registration forms have been collected and posted together on the District website. 

Please click here  for a link to the Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information page.

Go Bulldogs!

ANNUAL FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW JUST DAYS AWAY

JOIN PTA FOR THE ANNUAL FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW this Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.

Student Talent, Local Judges, Lots of Family Fun!!

($5.00 donation at the door.) 

Don’t miss out!

CRITICAL VOTE ON 2.8 MILL OPERATING LEVY LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY

Have you cast your vote yet?  To date, there have been more than 4,400 absentee ballots issued and 3,106 returned.  If you have requested an absentee ballot, please be sure to mail it back in today!  If you are not voting by absentee, please be sure to mark your calendar to vote at the polls this Tuesday, May 3rd!  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

The 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement Levy on the May 3rd election ballot is a critical issue for the  Olmsted Falls School District. Any parent or resident who may still need additional information or have questions on this important ballot issue – which WILL NOT increase the current level of school taxes – is urged to contact the Board of Education office at 440-427-6000.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

A YES VOTE WILL NOT RAISE CURRENT LEVEL OF SCHOOL 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.

HELP KEEP AWARENESS HIGH WITH A YARD SIGN

Many, many thanks to all of our Bulldog families who are proudly displaying “YES FOR SCHOOLS” yard signs!  This collective effort has helped increase awareness of this important P.I. Levy.

If you would like to display a yard sign, or need a replacement sign for one that has been lost in the recent storms, please e-mail your request to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.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.

Yard signs can also be picked up at the Board of Education Office located in front of the High School.  Please feel free to stop in anytime between 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on school days. 

Thank you again for your continuing support!

INCREASING FUEL PRICES IMPACT DISTRICT EXPENDITURES

Due to the continued upward movement of fuel prices, Olmsted Falls School District will most likely need to generate an additional Purchase Order to cover fuel costs above the originally estimated amount for the current fiscal year.

Fuel prices in July 2010:  Gas $2.45/gallon; Diesel $2.42/gallon

Fuel prices on April 20, 2011:  Gas $3.59/gallon; Diesel $3.71/gallon.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWEST NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS

Current and newly inducted National Honor Society members at April 21st NHS Induction Ceremony at Olmsted Falls High School.

Congratulations to the following OFHS students who were selected as the new members for National Honor Society: Victoria Alai, Kristin Allen, Nick Asadorian, Katherine Ashmun, Desiree Belford, Lori Bertrand, Amber Black, Kevin Candow, Ryan Fashempour, Jessie Feldman, Melissa Fowler, Holly Hammeren, Elizabeth Hawkins, Olivia Henton, Pam Keller, Samantha Kuehn, Kathryn Lappin, Scott Loeffler, Emilie Macek, Timothy McClaren,  Jillian Mesaros, Ashley Michel, Maddie New, Ashley Raffay, Erica Reiser, Denton Sagerman, Hayleigh Sanders, Sohan Vartak, Margaret Winterich, and Zachary Zaruba.

The formal NHS Induction ceremony took place last Thursday in the OFHS auditorium in front of a capacity audience of parents, family members and fellow students.  Current NHS members participated in the Induction Ceremony by introducing each new member individually.

OFIS SEEKING SPEAKERS FOR ANNUAL CAREER DAY

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School will host its annual Career Day on Tuesday, May 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   OFIS is looking for 12 more speakers to add to our list of guests who will meet with kids in the classroom to talk about their interesting careers.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fun and educational event, please contact OFIS School Counselor Mr. Mark Tabar at 427-6520.

OFHS LATIN STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENT RESULTS ON NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

Left to right: Magistra Czupik, Sohan Vartak (Latin III, Silver Medal), Hayleigh Sanders (Latin III, Cum Laude certificate), Lucas Altstadt (Latin II, Magna Cum Laude Certificate), Kevin Clancy (Latin II, Cum Laude certificate), Erin Hoadley (Latin I, Magna Cum Laude certificate), and Evan Koch (Latin I, Magna Cum Laude certificate). Not pictured: Pam Keller (Latin III, Silver Medal)

A number of students in Latin I, II, and III courses at Olmsted Falls High School recently took the National Latin Exam – an annual examination promoting the study of Latin and encouraging individual student achievement in the language.

OFHS students at each level were recognized as follows:

Latin I Certificates, Magna Cum Laude to Evan Koch and Erin Hoadley

Latin II Certificate, Magna Cum Laude to Lucas Alstadt

Latin II Certificate, Cum Laude to Kevin Clancy

Latin III Certificate, Cum Laude to Hayleigh Sanders

Latin III Silver Medals to Sohan Vartak and Pam Keller

Congratulations to all!

SENIOR JEREMY ORTIZ AWARDED GCFCA SCHOLARSHIP

GCFCA Scholarship winner Jeremy Ortiz with his mom, Maureen Saundry-Ortiz, at the GCFCA Awards dinner.

Congratulations to OFHS Bulldog Jeremy Ortiz, who received a $750 scholarship from the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association.

Criteria for the scholarship included GPA requirements, along with plans on playing football at the college level.

Jeremy was presented the scholarship at the recent GCFCA Awards Dinner.  Jeremy will be attending Tiffin University this fall to continue his educational and football careers.

Congratulations again to Jeremy!

PLAYHOUSE SQUARE DONATION HELPS OFF-SET TRANSPORTATION COSTS FOR FIELD TRIPS TO THEATER

Third grade students in the classes of Mr. Klembarsky and Mrs. Reitz proudly brought back a check donation from Playhouse Square presented to the Olmsted Falls School District.

The donation in the amount of $2,400 helps cover transportation charges associated with field trips to Playhouse Square.

Thank you Playhouse Square!

BOARD PRESENTS BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS WITH SIX SIGMA YELLOW BELTS

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored members of the Bulldog staff at their regular monthly meeting last Wednesday, April 20th.  Twelve staff members made a series of presentations to School Board members about the Six Sigma projects they have completed over the course of the last several months.  These in-depth projects required extensive training, skilled analysis and innovative thinking.  The end products ultimately resulted in increased efficiencies in select areas of District operations.

Following the Six Sigma project presentations, these staff members were formally recognized as Six Sigma Yellow Belt graduates.  Each was presented with a certificate and their own yellow belt to make things official.

Congratulations to the following Six Sigma teams and staff members:

Food Service Team: Denise Tabar, Teresa Haun, Cheryl Hennessey, Carrie Bargholt, Roberta Gonzalez

Technology Team: Joe Magrey, Donna Tindera

Custodial Maintenance Team: Heath Krakowiak, Mike Sandy, Diana Hill

Transportation Team: Tim Atkinson, Jan Holecko, Greg Surtman (Bulldog parent)

Staff members Tim Atkinson and Jan Holecko were joined on their Transportation Team by a Bulldog parent, Greg Surtman, who had an interest in participating in the Six Sigma project.  We thank Mr. Surtman for his valuable involvement in this project.

Congratulations again to all of these Six Sigma Yellow Belts!

LOCAL SOLDIERS HELP ADD MEANING TO D.C. TRIP

As reported on last week’s blog, 8th graders from Olmsted Falls Middle School have just returned from an educational trip to Washington, D.C.  Did you know that, prior to their departure, students were visited by a WWII veteran as well as a soldier recently back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan?

The day before the students left for D.C., a full day of lessons were planned in preparation for the places the group would visit.  Within these lessons, social studies teachers included two special speakers that would help enhance students’ knowledge of monuments that they would visit.

WWII veteran Bill Bristow spoke to students about his experiences as a soldier, helping to make the students aware of the symbolic meaning of the WWII monument before they visited it.

Dan Dean – a former Bulldog – also spoke to students about his experiences on his most recent tour in Afghanistan with Operation Enduring Freedom.  Mr. Dean just arrived back in the United States at the beginning of April from a six month tour.  He helped the students understand the significance behind the Pentagon Memorial and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Many thanks to both of these gentlemen for helping bring history to life for our students!  And thank you again to Capt. Mike McClelland – another Bulldog graduate – who joined students for their visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL HOLDS TWO FUNDRAISING EVENTS TO BENEFIT CHARITIES

Members of the Olmsted Falls High School Student Council have been busy in recent weeks coordinating two creative fundraisers to benefit charities:

1) For the fourth consecutive year, the High School ran its “Stall Day,” where select classrooms can “stall” their teacher’s lesson for the day to count and roll change that the class has brought in that day.  This year, the proceeds totaled $775, and will be divided amongst, and donated to, the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life teams.

2) Also, on April 5th, 146 members of OFHS student body participated in TOMS’ One Day Without Shoes, an awareness project and fundraiser that sheds light on the experience of students nationwide and worldwide who are so impoverished that they can’t afford shoes (and, therefore, are unable to attend school).  $292 was contributed to TOMS to purchase shoes for needy kids.  For additional information on the fundraiser for TOMS, please visit:  http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/

UPCOMING EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS

JOIN PTA FOR THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW!!  – THIS FRIDAY, 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!

OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA  4TH ANNUAL CALENDAR RAFFLE – $5 GIVES YOU 31 CHANCES TO WIN – REGISTER BY THIS FRIDAY, 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.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS – THIS SATURDAY, 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.

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS – THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.  Auditions are open for all actors in first through ninth grade.  Olmsted Performing Arts will perform this Youth Theater show July 29th-30th.  Rehearsals will begin on Monday, May 2nd, and will be held on Monday and Friday evenings, as well as on Saturday afternoons.  Additional details are available at: http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/youthTheater.php.

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 too 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.

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