Parent Update – September 14, 2011
UPDATED THURS., SEPT. 15TH @ 9:45 A.M.: POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED TO OFIS, OFMS, OFHS & BOARD OFFICE BUILDINGS
Power has now been restored to the Intermediate School, Middle School, High School and Board Office. A local power outage in Olmsted Township this morning resulted in a temporary loss of power at three District school buildings and the Board office. All power has now been restored. Thank you.
TWO OFHS STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SEMI-FINALISTS
Congratulations to Pam Keller and Sohan Vartak on being named as Semi-Finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented Olmsted Falls High School seniors have the opportunity to continue on in this prestigious competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $34 million, that will be offered next spring.
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Kudos to Pam and Sohan on this outstanding achievement and best of luck as the competition proceeds into the spring! From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group.
OPEN HOUSE AT EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER TONIGHT
Attention Parents of Preschool and Kindergarten Students! You are encouraged to attend the Open House event at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 14th. Meet the new Early Childhood Center Director Mrs. Melinda Brunner, visit your child’s classroom and learn more about parent groups such as PTA.
TONIGHT! Wednesday, Sept. 14th ** PLEASE NOTE CHANGES IN TIMES **
6:45-7:25 p.m. for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten
7:35-8:15 p.m. for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten
** Please note the end time for the first session and the start time for the second session have been adjusted slightly to allow for some of the families who are coming to the AM session to get out of the parking lot before the families of the PM session arrive. This is an effort to alleviate parking congestion in the ECC lot and allow for a maximum number of families to park at the ECC – instead of having to park across the street at the church and walk across Fitch Road.
LATE START REMINDER FOR HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS
Today – Wednesday, September 14th – was the first Late Start Day (High School ONLY) of the 2011-2012 school year. To download a copy of the Late Start Schedule for this year, please click here.
Please note that for High School Late Start Days, bus routes will be run as usual in the morning for students needing to arrive at the regular time or for students needing to catch the Polaris transfer bus. For late arriving students, the eight PM High School bus routes will be run in the morning with pick-ups beginning at 8:45 a.m. Pick up times will be approximately 2 hours later than usual. Students will be dropped off at the high school at 9:15 a.m.
HIGH SCHOOL POST PROM MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
Please note that the High School Post Prom meeting for September will take place next Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library Media Center. (Note: the September Post Prom meeting is listed incorrectly in the District calendar – there is no Post Prom meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m.)
DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTE PARAPROFESSIONALS
Olmsted Falls Schools is seeking community members who would like to become substitute paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals work with special needs children in all of our buildings. This is a great way to see if this type of work is something you would enjoy and often leads to regular employment with the district.
Please contact Mary Lopata at 440-427-6000 for more information about becoming a substitute paraprofessional.
OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER – ENTERTAINMENT FUNDRAISING CORP.
Feed the cookie monster in your life and help support the OFIS cookie dough fundraiser! This fundraiser begins on Friday, September 16 and runs through to Friday, September 30. Support of this fundraiser will help pay for field trips, assemblies, field day, right-to-read-week, the 5th grade luau and the many other activities sponsored by the OFIS PTA.
Please help support your child by participating in this great fundraiser! There are many cookie dough choices to choose from! If you have any questions or need additional forms, please feel free to contact Vickie Lofton at email@example.com. Thanks so much for all your help!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much for your help!!!
SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS!
Sept. 20th OFIS PTA Meeting
Sept. 26th OFHS PTA Meeting
Sept. 27th Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting
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.
JOIN THE PRIDE – “WALK & TALKS” SCHEDULED NEXT THREE SATURDAYS
“Walk and Talk!” – Please consider joining this important effort to inform the Olmsted community about the importance of the upcoming 5-year Limited Permanent Improvement Levy! Volunteers are needed for the following “Walk and Talk” efforts: this 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, most importantly, it makes a difference!
VOTERS MUST OBTAIN THEIR OWN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS FOR NOV. 8TH 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:
You can also pick-up Absentee Ballot Applications at the local library branch. Vote by mail or vote at the polls – just please be sure to vote!
NORTH OLMSTED LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH COLLEGE NOW TO HOST INFORMATION PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS & SENIORS
The North Olmsted Branch library has partnered with College Now of Greater Cleveland to host a series of programs for high school juniors and seniors, and their parents. The programs focus on financial aid, scholarships, and completing FAFSA forms. The first program date is coming up quickly on Oct. 4th. For program descriptions and dates, please click here.
TOUCHDOWN FOR READING
The touchdown for reading program that 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
Olmsted Falls Basketball Association Hosting Travel Team Tryouts
The newly formed Olmsted Falls Basketball Association (OFBA) will be holding Travel team tryouts next Saturday, Sept. 24th. Please click here to download flyer with additional information.
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.