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Parent Update – April 27, 2011

** 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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