Parent Update – September 7, 2011
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS
A group of Olmsted Falls administrators, Board members and parents took their levy information campaign to the streets over the long holiday weekend as they knocked on doors to personally talk to residents about the importance of the upcoming 5-year Limited Duration P.I. Levy on the November ballot. The overall response was very positive with many residents agreeing to display yard signs to help further promote the efforts of the information campaign.
These one-on-one conversations go a long way toward communicating the benefit and simplicity of this important levy to our residents. It helps to personally underscore and explain to people how this 5-year limited P.I. Levy works and why it will NOT raise their current level of school taxes.
Olmsted Falls School District has placed a 2.8 Mill 5-Year Permanent Improvement Levy on the November 8th election ballot. This new levy has been strategically timed to correspond with the “roll-off” of existing levy millage in the same amount – which means that the current level of school taxes will remain the same. By law, because it is a new type of levy, the ballot language must read “Additional,” however the corresponding millage “roll-off” ensures that the current tax level will not increase.
District officials and levy volunteers plan to continue their door-to-door “walk and talk” efforts in the coming weeks. Please consider joining this important effort! Volunteers are needed for the following “Walk and Talk” efforts: Saturday, Sept. 17th; Saturday, Sept. 24th; and Saturday, October 1st. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available to help. A quick briefing/training session will take place each scheduled Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Board Office, followed by the “walk and talk” from 10 a.m. to Noon.
Funds generated from the 5-year P.I. Levy will be largely focused on upgrades and renovations to the 43-year-old Olmsted Falls High School facility. For additional information or questions on the 5-year P.I. Levy, residents are urged to contact the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at 440-427-6000.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that all levy activities and materials are funded by private donations to the Pride In Olmsted Schools organization. By law, no school district funds can be used for levy campaign efforts or materials. Levy information materials such as brochures, flyers and yard signs are all paid for by the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee.
VOTERS MUST DOWNLOAD THEIR OWN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS; ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE AUTOMATICALLY MAILED FOR NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION
Many busy parents and residents have found the practice of Voting by Mail very convenient in recent elections – especially when the applications to request the absentee ballots were mailed to them automatically. Please note that applications to vote by absentee ballot are NOT being mailed for the November 8th election. HOWEVER, the applications will still be made available by the Board of Elections both on-line and at various public locations such as libraries.
For parents and residents who are interested in voting by mail in the November 8th election, following is the link to the application on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website:
Vote by mail or vote at the polls – just please be sure to vote!
REMINDER! SUPERINTENDENT DR. TODD HOADLEY HOSTING LOCAL REPORT CARD INFORMATION SESSION TONIGHT IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY
Any parent or resident having questions about the Local Report Card ratings for Olmsted Falls Schools, and/or questions about the new rating system, are invited to join Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley in the Olmsted Falls High School Library TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 7th between 7 – 8 p.m.
Parents and residents may also contact the Board of Education Office at 440-427-6000 with any questions.
MIDDLE SCHOOL WEB BBQ TAILGATE THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 9TH
The Middle School is hosting a WEB BBQ for 6th grade students and 8th grade WEB leaders before the first home football game this Friday night. Students will eat at the Middle School and then walk over as a group to watch the Bulldogs play in their first varsity home game of the season.
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA LAUNCHES ONLINE BULLDOG BULLETIN
Check out the new Bulldog Bulletin! This new online newsletter allows the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA to share committee news, make requests for assistance, celebrate accomplishments, and express appreciation quickly and easily. Information is archived and made searchable by committee, topic, or keyword. Read the site in realtime or sign-up for email notifications of new content at www.fleccpta.com or through the new Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Facebook page.
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA FUNDRAISER – MARKET DAY
Check your child’s backpack… the FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA’s MARKET DAY fundraiser begins today!! It is scheduled for 2 weeks, from September 7th to September 21st, with a product pick-up date in October. This one and only fundraiser allows the PTA to provide field trips, assemblies, right-to-read-week, and other important programs to the students at Falls-Lenox and the ECC. Please help support your child through participating in this fundraiser! Any questions, or for additional catalogs/order forms, please email Kristie Patton at email@example.com. Thanks so much for your help!!!
MINI BULLDOG CHEERLEADERS
Lines of girls followed the lead of Olmsted Falls High School cheerleaders with chants and routines that were learned during the annual Bulldog Mini Cheer Camp program.
This program will be offered again this year. Please click here to download the registration form.
ONE MORE OPEN HOUSE FOR FALL 2011
Wednesday, Sept. 14th
Early Childhood Center Open House
A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten 6:45pm; P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten 7:30p.m.
SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS!
Sept. 8th OECPTA Meeting – TOMORROW NIGHT!
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.
JOIN THE PRIDE – “COME HELP” THE PRIDE IN OLMSTED SCHOOLS COMMITTEE
All parents are invited and encouraged to get informed and get involved!
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, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject Line: Yard Signs). Be sure to 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!
**Important Note: The Pride Committee is currently very low on its supply of “Yes for Schools” yard signs. If you have requested a sign, but have not yet received it, please know that your name has been added to the waiting list and a sign will be delivered to you by the end of next week, once the new supply comes in.
* * Please help us abide by city ordinances! Please display yard signs in your main front yard area and NOT on the tree lawn next to the street! Thank you!**
“Walk and Talk!” – Please consider joining this important effort! Volunteers are needed for the following “Walk and Talk” efforts: Saturday, Sept. 17th; Saturday, Sept. 24th; and Saturday, October 1st. Please e-mail email@example.com if you are available to help. A quick briefing/training session will take place each scheduled Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Board Office, followed by the “walk and talk” from 10 a.m. to Noon. It’s quick. It’s easy…some might even say fun! And, it makes a difference!
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 43-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.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org (school e-mail), or email@example.com (personal e-mail.) Thank you.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
O.F.S.A. Showcase Matches
The Olmsted Falls Soccer Association will be hosting two “showcase” travel soccer matches against area teams. Both these Girls Travel and Boys Travel matches will be played at the Olmsted Falls High School field. Come and support your future Bulldog Soccer Stars:
Boys U14 Travel Soccer Match: 9/17/11 @ 5:00 pm vs. U14 Columbia
Girls U14 Travel Soccer Match: 9/26/11 @ 5:00 pm vs. U14 Fairview Park
Games will be played prior to regularly schedule high school matches, at the Olmsted Falls High School soccer field, located behind the Olmsted Falls Middle School at 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, Ohio.