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Parent Update – August 24, 2011

WELCOME BACK!

Thank you to all of our Bulldog staff, students and parents for a great start to the 2011-2012 school year! 

Excited students arrive at Falls-Lenox for their first day of school on Tuesday.

 

PTA volunteers at Falls-Lenox help guide students on first day. Thank you PTA!

 

New Falls-Lenox Principal Colleen Longville wishes students well after a great first day.

Kindergarteners leave their mark outside as they arrive at the Early Childhood Center for Orientation.

SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS!

Mark your calendars: 

Sept. 8th     OECPTA Meeting

 Sept. 13th   OFMS PTA Meeting

 Sept. 20th   OFIS PTA Meeting

 Sept. 26th   OFHS PTA Meeting

 Sept. 27th   Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting 

 IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

 The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:

 * Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.

 * Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).

 * Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.

 * Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BEGAN THEIR NEW YEAR WITH A SUCCESSFUL MID-AUGUST WEB ORIENTATION PROGRAM FOR 6TH GRADERS

More than 90 eighth grade students served as WEB leaders for the special WEB (“Where Everyone Belongs”) Program put on for incoming sixth grade students.  WEB leaders applied and were selected to participate at the end of last year.  Each went through 2 days of special WEB training (10 hours total) on August 11 & 12. 

WEB Orientation was held Monday August 15th from 8 am – 12:30 pm.  More than 250 sixth grade students attended.  The day began with a group assembly in the Middle School gym which included many activities with both the new sixth graders and 8th grade WEB leaders.  The WEB leaders also took groups of 6th graders to individual classrooms and did activities with their groups to get to know them better, challenge teamwork skills and provide advice on being successful in the Middle School. 

 The WEB leaders also took the 6th graders on a tour of the building explaining all of the areas of the school.  Finally, the 6th graders had a chance to find their locker locations.  The WEB leaders also attended the 6th Grade Open House on Wednesday, August 17th, and the new student orientation on Friday August 19th.  The next big WEB activity will be the BBQ and home varsity football game in September. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT CARDS –  DUE BY THIS FRIDAY, AUG. 26th

 Emergency Contact Cards were sent home with students in grades 1-5 and grades 7-12 on the first day of school.  (6th grade students received their Emergency Contact Cards at Open House on August 17th.PARENTS:  Please review all information carefully to confirm accuracy and return to your child’s building no later than this Friday, August 26th.  

Please also remember to carefully verify that your e-mail address is correct on your student’s Emergency Contact Card(s).  A current e-mail address in our database helps ensure you will receive notice of weekly District blog updates, as well as periodic building-specific information.

MEET THE TEAMS NIGHT

The Athletic Boosters organized another successful “Meet the Teams Night” at the High School football field last Saturday.  Thank you to all the players, coaches and families who attended this annual event.  We wish all the Bulldogs great success as you represent Olmsted Falls in your chosen activity.  For more photos of “Meet the Teams Night,” please click here.

NEW START TIME FOR ALL VARSITY FOOTBALL  GAMES

Please note that the schedule of all Southwestern Conference Varsity Football games has changed for this school year.  The new starting time is 6:30 pm for the coin toss, band pre-game performance, national anthem, etc.  The new kick-off time is 7:00 pm. 

NEW DATE FOR HIGH SCHOOL PROM

The date of the OFHS Prom for this year has been changed to May 19, 2012.  The prom had previously been scheduled for May 5th.  Parents of High School students, please note the change in your District calendars.

 IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES

Aug. 25th    

FIRST DAY FOR KINDERGARTEN (Students Only)

5th Grade Open House (7 pm)

Aug. 26th  

Preschool Orientation (AM Students & Mrs. Doick’s Students @ 9am; PM Students @1 pm)

Aug. 29th 

Falls-Lenox Open House for West Learning Community (7 pm) – Parents please meet at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  **Please Note:  Presentations in both the cafeteria and the classrooms are geared toward parents.  It is suggested that you try to make arrangements for childcare, so that you can give your full attention to the information being presented.  Babysitting services will not be provided this year.

Aug. 30th   

Falls-Lenox Open House for East Learning Community (7 pm) – Parents please meet at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  **Please Note:  Presentations in both the cafeteria and the classrooms are geared toward parents.  It is suggested that you try to make arrangements for childcare, so that you can give your full attention to the information being presented.  Babysitting services will not be provided this year.

7th Grade Open House (7-8 pm)

Aug. 31st

High School Open House (7 pm)

Sept. 1st 

Falls-Lenox OPEN HOUSE for South Learning Community (7 pm) – Parents please meet at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  **Please Note:  Presentations in both the cafeteria and the classrooms are geared toward parents.  It is suggested that you try to make arrangements for childcare, so that you can give your full attention to the information being presented.  Babysitting services will not be provided this year.

8th Grade Open House (7-8 pm)

Sept. 14th

Early Childhood Center Open House (AM Preschool/Kindergarten @ 6:45 pm; PM Preschool/Kindergarten @7:30 pm)

**IMPORTANT STUDENT HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT:  ANNUAL STUDENT MEDICATION ORDERS AND CARE PLANS**

All student medication orders and care plans for illnesses must be submitted each school year. Health Clinic staff cannot give medications without a new physician order. Care plans went out to parents at the end of last year and replacements can also be obtained from your clinic staff.  Medication forms are available on the district’s website. Please note the following: 

  1. All medication must be sentin the original container.
  2. Only parents can bring medications, including over the counter drugs to the clinic. The only exceptions are inhalers and Epipens if the student has a physician signed “self-carry” order.
  3. Orders for prescription drugs must be signed by the physician and parent.
  4. Orders for over the counter drugs require only a parent signature if dosage is per package instruction.

 Please call your child’s health clinic if you have any questions.   Thank you for your cooperation.

 NEW FACES

Olmsted Falls School District is pleased to introduce new Bulldog staff members – and some existing Bulldog staff members in new positions – for the 2011-2012 school year.  When you visit the schools, please welcome them too!

 
 New Falls-Lenox Principal Miss Colleen Longville
 
 

New Director of the Early Childhood Center Mrs. Melinda Brunner

New Assistant Principals Miss Lisa Williams (Falls-Lenox), Mr. Nate Artino (High School), Miss Krista DiRocco (Middle School).

 Back Row (L-R): High School Language Arts Teacher Chris Wagner; Falls-Lenox Tutor Brianna Smith; High School Math teacher Justin Zrenner; High School Math teacher Alyssa Ropes; High School Social Studies Teacher Brian Insley; High School Science Teacher Brittany Rasmussen; and Middle School Music Teacher Ryan Patterson. Front Row, Seated (L-R): Intermediate School Long-Term Substitute Teacher Danielle Hicks; Falls-Lenox 3rd Grade Teacher Andrea Beltram and High School Counselor Lauren Peterson.

 EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE                                             

District officials recognized employees for their years of service to the District during the annual General Staff Meeting held Monday, August 23rd.  Employees with 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 “Bulldog years” were acknowledged for their contributions to the District’s success.  Congratulations to all and thank you for your service!  

“20 Year Bulldogs” Michele Buck (Middle School), Daniel Dame (Falls-Lenox), Franca DeMuth (Falls-Lenox), Jean Double (Intermediate), Teresa Haun (High School), Bernie Lofredo (High School), Karen Megery (Falls-Lenox), Tammy Mlady (Falls-Lenox), and Debra Weisbarth (High School).

“25 Year Bulldogs” Maureen Brock (Falls-Lenox), David Willson (Middle School), Michelle LaGruth (Falls-Lenox); not pictured is John Stover (High School)

 

“30 Year Bulldogs” Raymond Terry (ECC) and Kathleen Wood; not pictured is Victoria McConnell-Paul (Falls-Lenox)

“35 Year Bulldog” Janet Venecek (Intermediate)

HERITAGE DAY PARADE                                              

In the annual tradition, Olmsted Falls Board of Education members and District administrators joined the OFHS Marching Band, Bulldog athletes and mascot on the parade route in the Heritage Days Parade held August 18th.   Students, families and community members lined the streets for the annual event…and for the candy.  Please enjoy the Heritage Day Parade photos below, and click here to view a complete photo gallery.              

 

 

JOIN THE PRIDE – “COME HELP” THE PRIDE IN OLMSTED SCHOOLS COMMITTEE

The information campaign to educate parents and the greater Olmsted Community about the critical importance of the 5-year Permanent Improvement levy on the November 8th ballot is officially underway.  A special thank you to those volunteers who began work to get things rolling  this summer.  Thank you also to all of those parents who have taken “Yes for Schools” and “Bulldog Pride” signs to display in your yards – this greatly helps to increase awareness!

All parents are invited and encouraged to get informed and get involved!  Following are a few ways for you to join the efforts of the Pride In Olmsted School Committee:

Saturday, September 3rd – A door-to-door effort to inform the community about the 5-year P.I. levy will take place from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  Any parents interested in assisting with this important effort should meet at the Board Office at 9:30 a.m.  Levy literature will be provided.

Tuesday, September 6th @ 7:00 p.m. – Attend the next “Come Help” meeting.  Join other Bulldog parents and staff in expanding campaign efforts.

Display Your Yard Signs! – Anyone who has a “Yes for Schools” sign from the May campaign tucked away in your garage, now is the time to pull it out and display it once again in your yard.  For those in need of a yard sign, you may pick one up at any of the upcoming Open House events OR simply e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com (Subject Line: Yard Signs).  Please include your street address and indicate if you would like a “Yes for Schools” sign, a “Bulldog Pride” sign, OR BOTH!  Pride volunteers will deliver the sign(s) right to your yard!

FAST FACTS ON THE 2.8 MILL 5-YEAR P.I. LEVY IN NOVEMBER

Net increase to homeowners is zero (0)

5-year limited duration

Cannot be used for salaries/benefits

Renovate 42-year-old Olmsted Falls High school

Extend time before next operating levy

IMPORTANT NOTE:  While the ballot language must, by law, read “ADDITIONAL,” this levy WILL NOT RESULT IN A NET INCREASE to homeowner’s current tax bill due to a corresponding “roll-off.”

 QUESTIONS??  Parents and residents are encouraged to contact the Board of Education Office at 427-6000 with any questions.

DISTRICT SEEKING SPECIAL EDUCATION FAMILY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Family Council is a monthly meeting at the State Support Team facility (in Valley View) of parents and caregivers of students with disabilities receiving special education services in Cuyahoga County. Members are appointed by the Superintendent of their school district. The purpose of Family Council is to provide a forum for families to exchange information and study various topics relating to the education of their children with disabilities. Each month an educational update, along with a specific presentation topic is offered.

At this time, Olmsted Falls has a vacancy on the Family Council.  If you are the parent or caregiver of a child receiving services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are interested in serving on this council, please contact Merritt Waters, Director of Student Services, at 440-427-6530 or mwaters@ofcs.net for additional information.

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR NAUTICA CHARITY POKER FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 1-4

The Nautica Charity Poker Festival is just a week and a half away!  Athletic Boosters are still seeking volunteers to fill the following shifts:

Saturday, Sept. 3rd from 2-7 pm

Saturday, Sept. 3rd from 7 pm to midnight

Sunday, September 4th from 7 pm to midnight.

To volunteer, please e-mail ofholdm@att.net with your contact information and shift availability.  Also, people can come up and volunteer at the event training meeting which will be held Monday, Aug. 29th from 6 to 7 pm in the High School Library.

All volunteers will receive a confirmation e-mail and receive training at the High School Library on August 29, from 6-7pm so they know what do to during their shift.  Plus, volunteers receive free refreshments during their shift(s) and an OFAB volunteer t-shirt.  Do not worry if you do not play cards. That is NOT a requirement.  

TOUCHDOWN FOR READING

The touchdown for reading program started on August 15th and Cuyahoga County Public Library is hoping that our schools will participate this fall.  The game runs from August 15th through November 30th for grades K-8.  Students can only play online – there is no paper game board.  Depending on how many students participate, our school could win one of the following:

**In the Second, Third and Fourth Quarter the school with the highest percentage of participation per total enrollment will be featured in a web story on ClevelandBrowns.com.

**The school with the highest participation in Touchdown for Reading overall will win a wrap-up party with a visit from a Cleveland Browns player!

Participation is just like the summer reading game, but in football terms such as yards and quarters.  For more information, please click here:

In addition, please click here to view fall programs at the Olmsted Falls branch.

RESEARCHER SEEKING BULLDOG GRADUATES FROM CLASSES OF 2008, 2009 AND 2010 WITH HISTORY OF AP AND/OR PSO COURSES

Mr. George Wachowiak – a local resident of Olmsted Township, Bulldog parent and teacher in a nearby school district – is conducting research in order to complete requirements for his doctoral degree in education with Capella University.  The research study is called “Dual Enrollment Experiences: Perceptions of Readiness for Postsecondary Education.”

He is looking for Bulldog alumni that graduated in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and who participated in AP (Advanced Placement) or PSO (Post secondary Option, college classes) courses while attending Olmsted Falls High School.  Participation in this study simply involves the completion of a questionnaire that may be filled out and submitted online.

If you know an Olmsted Falls graduate who meets the above criteria and may be interested in participating in this study, please pass along the following contact information for them to get in touch directly with Mr. Wachowiak:  440-233-6313 (phone),  george.wachowiak@clearviewschools.org (school e-mail), or gmwach5922@sbcglobal.net (personal e-mail.)  Thank you.

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