Parent Update – June 1, 2011
EVENTS SCHEDULE GEARS UP AS SCHOOL YEAR WINDS DOWN
Olmsted Falls School District is busy with events as the 2010-2011 school year draws to a close. It is wonderful to see students, families and staff come together to celebrate another great year in Bulldog country! Following, please find a summary of events occurring during the remaining days of this school year:
TONIGHT! Wednesday, June 1st – OFHS Baccalaureate Ceremony – OFHS Auditorium – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 2nd – OFHS Commencement Ceremony – CSU Wolstein Center – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 3rd – Falls-Lenox Field Day
Monday, June 6th – 4th Grade Honors Day – 8:30 a.m.
Monday, June 6th – 7th Grade Honors Program – 9:30 a.m.
Monday, June 6th – 8th Grade Honors Program – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, June 6th – 6th Grade Honors Program – 1:45 p.m.
Monday, June 6th – OFHS Athletic Banquet (Baseball, Softball, Boys Tennis) – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th — 5th Grade Honors Day – 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 7th – 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony – 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, June 7th – LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS!
Tuesday, June 7th – OFHS Athletic Banquet (Track & Field) – 6:30 p.m.
BULLDOG BUDDIES CELEBRATES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF MENTORING
OFHS students who participate in the Bulldog Buddies Program joined their “little buddies” at Falls-Lenox last week for an ice cream social to celebrate the end of this year’s program.
A collaborative effort between OFHS, OFMS, Falls-Lenox and the ECC, provides an opportunity for high school students to volunteer their free time to act as a mentor to Little Buddies. Nearly 175 students (Big and Little Buddies) were involved this year – which was just the second full year of the Bulldog Buddies program. Kudos to our high school students involved in this program for serving as outstanding role models for our younger students!
A special thank you to all those who make the Bulldog Buddies program possible, especially Detective Jackie Ketterer who sponsors the program through Olmsted Township Police Athletic League (PAL) by buying t-shirts for all participants and supporting the ice-cream social.
STATE-LEVEL PTA REFLECTIONS WINNERS FROM OLMSTED FALLS
Congratulations to talented bulldogs Hope Burkhart (OFIS), Mauren Schindler (OFHS) and Alisha Butler (OFHS) on achieving state-level recognition in this year’s Ohio PTA Reflections Annual Cultural Arts Program competition. Olmsted Falls School District is proud to be home to these three state-level winners who submitted entries under this year’s theme, “Together We Can…,” and were recognized in the following categories:
Hope Burkhart (OFIS) – Film/Video – Award of Excellence (1st place)
Mauren Schindler (OFHS) – Music Composition – Honorable Mention
Alisha Butler (OFHS) – Visual Arts – Honorable Mention
Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six categories to participate in the annual competition: visual art, photography, dance choreography, music composition, film/video and literature. Approximately 16,000 students participated from schools across Ohio.
The Ohio PTA awards state winners a certificate and ribbon. First, second and third place winners enjoyed a Reflections Celebration at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Congratulations again to our local students for making an impression at the state-level!
ATTN: PARENTS – ANNUAL SUMMER READING GAME GETS UNDERWAY THIS WEEKEND!
The Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Annual Summer Reading Game gets underway this Saturday, June 4th and runs through August 6th. The theme of this year’s game is “Reading Around The World.” Olmsted Falls School District strongly encourages participation in the Summer Reading Game by all students as a way to maintain and enhance important literacy skills over the summer months. Reading is its own reward, but when students play this year’s “Read Around the World” summer reading game, they can also earn chances to win great prizes from the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s community partners including: Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Indians, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Cleveland Browns, Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Chipolte Mexican Grill, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Visit Cuyahoga County Public Library online for complete details. Stop by our local branch library beginning June 4th to receive a registration gift – while supplies last!
For a preview of all summer programs offered by Cuyahoga County Public Library, please click here.
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.
PTA PARTNERSHIP WITH SCHOOL SUPPLY COMPANY PROVIDES NEW SERVICE FOR PARENTS
If you have a child entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, PTA has a wonderful service for you. PTA has selected First Day School Supplies to be our online site to order the children’s school supplies. Supply lists have already been submitted to the company. All you have to do is go to www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com and pick the school and grade your child will be entering in the fall.
The supplies will be delivered to the school and can be picked up on visitation day or on the 1st day of school. The supplies come in boxes labeled with your child’s name and grade. The best part of this online service is you don’t have to order the entire list. If you don’t need crayons, just click that item and it will be removed from your order. Or if your child likes to pick their folders, you can remove them for the items listed. We know with working parents and busy schedules this might be a service that our parents will enjoy. All kits must be ordered by June 30th. Should you have any questions you can contact Kim Cleary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAL SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
With summer just around the corner, parents may be thinking about what your child will do for meals while school is out. The good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has partnered in our local community with agencies to serve free meals. It’s food that’s in, while school is out. There are no income requirements, and any child under age 18 may come to eat.
For a listing of local Summer Food Service sites in nearby North Olmsted, please click here.
Additionally, below is a website with a map of all of the Summer Food Service sites operating throughout Ohio.
First click on the website: https://oh.cnpcares.com/summer/SfspFoodServByCnty.asp. Then, click on the county where your children will be, if there are sites operating in that community, they will be listed. If more information is needed about the site, call the contact information provided. Many of the sites also provide activities for the children coming to the site.
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.
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
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 Cafetorium. 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 Charles Harding Memorial Stadium. It is never too late to join this great cause and register as a survivor or to start your own team. All are welcome and invited to attend – please bring family and friends to this event to help fight cancer. For questions, please call Co-Chairs Michelle LaGruth at 440-476-4697 or Lisa Brady at 216-870-8256.
JOHN SANDERS MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING – Saturday, July 16th – Tee Times begin at 9:30 a.m. Save the Date! The Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association will host its annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, July 16th. All proceeds benefit the scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors. For additional information, please click here.