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Parent Update – September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

MEET THE 2011 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

On September 15th, the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association inducted six outstanding athletes and one coach into the Olmsted Falls High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  This year’s inductees include:  Ron Molosky, ’61, George Fischer, ’71, John Storey, ’97, Abby Jaroscak Latra, ’98, Michael Gansey, ’01, Kyle Stoffer, ’01, and Jim Emigh, Coach.  Click here to view these outstanding alumni bios and here for Coach Emigh’s bio.  For more pictures from this event, click here.  To nominate an outstanding alumni for the next Distinguished (2012) or Athletic (2013) Hall of Fame, please click on the category.  Or, contact Alumni Association Director Jenny McKeigue at  440-427-6030 or ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.

From left to right: Coach Jim Emigh, Kyle Stoffer, Michael Gansey, Abby Jaroscak Latra, John Storey, George Fischer, Ron Molosky

MINI BULLDOG CHEERLEADERS SHOW SPIRIT   

More than 250 young Bulldogs joined the OFHS Cheerleading squad on the High School track last Friday night to cheer on the Bulldog Varsity Football team . 

Lines of girls followed the lead of our High School cheerleaders with chants and routines that were learned during the annual Bulldog Mini Cheer Camp program.  

For a complete photo gallery from the event, please click here.               

HIGH SCHOOL POST PROM MEETING TONIGHT 7 p.m.

Please note that the High School Post Prom meeting for September will take place tonight, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library Media Center. 

BUS  GARAGE FIELD TRIP

Preschool students from the Early Childhood Center took their first field trip last week to the District’s Bus Garage.  This important field trip helps reinforce bus safety lessons and gives students the opportunity to learn about all of the important things that go on at the bus garage.  

Thank you to the bus garage staff and to the many parent volunteers that made this year’s trip a fun learning experience for our youngest Bulldogs!

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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL WEB BBQ

OFMS WEB Coordinators and Leaders hosted a WEB BBQ on Friday, September 9, 2011.  The turnout was a huge success with 225 WEB and 6th grade students.  Our WEB Coordinators greeted the 6th grade students with smiles, enthusiasm and excitement.  Each student was served a hot dog, bag of chips and cookies.  While the students ate dinner, they were able to share conversation about their school year, teachers and transition to the middle school.  After dinner, our WEB Leaders and 6th Grade students were escorted to the first OFHS football game for the 2011-12 Season!  

The WEB coordinators would like to thank the WEB leaders and OFMS teacher volunteers for all of their support. Go Bulldogs!

K-KIDS RAISE MORE THAN $2,500 FOR DAKOTA’S DREAM

The K-Kids at OFIS coordinated a school-wide change collection fundraiser last week to benefit the annual Dakota’s Dream Fundraiser. The change collection lasted from 9/12-9/16 and culminated with a pajama day for Dakota’s Dream last Friday. The staff and students at OFIS raised over $2,500 for the Dakota’s Dream Fundraiser which benefits the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation.  Dakota Bihn is a student at OFIS this year.  Dakota’s family, in concert with many other Tay-Sachs families, founded the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation in June 2007 to fund research that shows promise to treat or cure Tay-Sachs disease. 

Kudos to all of the students and staff at OFIS for their enthusiastic participation in this effort!  And, congratulations to Mrs. Atkin’s class (pictured above with Dakota) for raising the most money as a class – $270! 

ATTN:  HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS – COUNSELORS PARTNER WITH COLLEGE NOW TO PROVIDE INFORMATION SESSION FOR PARENTS AT OFHS OCTOBER 5TH, 4-6 P.M.

Senior parents and students with questions about the college application process are invited to attend  this informal session to talk with their school counselor and the High School’s financial aid advisor, Mr. Dave Minich of College Now. 

Meet in the High School Library/Media Center to discuss questions and/or concerns relating to the college application process.  The open house format invites parents and students to come in anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on October 5th to ask questions.

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA FUNDRAISER WINDING DOWN THIS WEEK 

The FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA’s MARKET DAY fundraiser is winding down this week.  The listed end date for this important fundraiser is today – however, order forms will be accepted through the end of this week Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase great products and support your child’s school!  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! Product pick-up will be in October.  Any questions, or for additional catalogs/order forms, please email Kristie Patton at kristiepatton@cox.net.  Thanks so much for your help!!!

OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER – ENTERTAINMENT FUNDRAISING CORP.

Feed the cookie monster in your life and help support the OFIS cookie dough fundraiser!  This fundraiser began 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 tigmic1@sbcglobal.net.  Thanks so much for all your help!!!

OFMA FALL FUNDRAISERS SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION

The Olmsted Falls Music Association is currently raising funds to support District music programs through the following fundraising efforts:

* Krispy Kreme Donut Sales at home football games – get your fresh Krispy Kreme Donuts from OFMA!

* Wing Night at Razzle’s on October 8th – please click here to download flyer.

* Custom band and choir car decals currently on sale at the Middle and High Schools through October 7th – For order information, please click on the link or links below:  

Middle School  Band Decal Order Form

Middle School Choir Decal Order Form

High School Band Decal Order Form

High School Choir Order Form

Thank you for your support of Bulldog music!

 SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS!

Mark your calendar:

Sept. 26th   OFHS PTA Meeting

Sept. 27th   Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting 

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP

Absentee voting for the November 8th election begins October 4th.  The Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee is in need of additional volunteers to help get the word out about the District’s important 5-year P.I. Levy.  Please e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com if you are available to help:

“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 “Walk and Talk” efforts this Saturday,  Sept. 24th; and Saturday, October 1st.  A quick briefing/training session will take place each remaining Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Board Office, followed by the “walk and talk” from 10:45 a.m. to Noon.  It’s quick.  It’s easy…some might even say fun!  And, most importantly, it makes a difference!

Display a “Yes for Schools” Sign – The new supply of “Yes for Schools” signs has arrived!! 

To get yours delivered to your home, please e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com with the subject “Yard Sign.”  Include your street address and a “Yes for Schools” sign will be placed in your yard by one of our volunteers.

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:

Absentee Application 

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.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

*** ROAD CLOSURE ALERT:  Please be advised that, weather permitting, beginning Friday, September 23rd at 5:00 a.m through Friday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m., Fitch Road from Bagley Road to Cranage Road will be closed.  Detour route will be posted.  Local traffic will be maintained for the duration of the closure. ***

Saturday, Sept. 24th – 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.

Saturday, Sept. 26th – 5:00 p.m. – O.F.S.A. Girls U14 Travel Soccer Showcase Match.  The Olmsted Falls Soccer Association will be hosting one more “showcase” travel soccer match this weekend.  The match against Fairview Park will be played at the Olmsted Falls High School field prior to the regularly scheduled High School matches. Come and support your future Bulldog Soccer Stars – game starts at 5:00 p.m.  Olmsted Falls High School soccer field is located behind the Olmsted Falls Middle School at 27045 Bagley Road.  For more information on the Showcase matches and O.F.S.A., click HERE or contact Joe Vitale at joevitalejr2003@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 2nd – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Falls Day In The Park. The Parks & Recreation Board of the City of Olmsted Falls will host its annual Falls Day in the Park celebration on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 1-4 pm at East River Park at 7878 Lewis Road in Olmsted Falls.  Falls Day is a craft fair, a family event, and so much more.  We will have a live band, the New Sunset Band, from 1-3 pm, donuts and cider, hot dogs, and other food, free crafts for the kids, old-fashioned family games such as kickball, strolling jugglers, police cars, fire trucks, and more.  We will present the Citizen of the Year at 3 pm, and the Olmsted Falls High School Marching Band will cap off the day with a performance at 3:30 pm.  Questions?  Contact Sharon Knaggs at 440-463-8106 or City Hall at 440-235-5550.

Thursday, October 6th – 8:00 p.m. – Why Teenagers Take Risks Presented by Baldwin-Wallace College.  The Baldwin-Wallace College Department of Psychology will present an evening with Dr. Steinberg, one of the world’s leading authorities on psychological development during adolescence.  Dr. Steinberg’s research focuses on adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, family relationships, after-school employment, school achievement and juvenile justice.  Free and open to the public.  Please click here for event flyer.

Saturday, October 8th – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Olmsted Performing Arts Garage Sale. On October 8, 2011, Olmsted Performing Arts will have a HUGE garage sale from 8 am – 7 pm at 26862 John Road, Olmsted Falls.  In addition to all the incredible bargains you can score, celebrate the beginning of Fall with us!  Purchase pumpkin rolls, hot apple cider, and roasted corn, and meet Dorothy and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.  All proceeds will benefit Olmsted Performing Arts.  And, if you would like to donate items, please contact marie@olmstedperformingarts.com.

Saturday, October 8th – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Olmsted Shredding Day.  On Saturday, October 8th 2011, Northcoast Shredding will be at Falls Lenox Primary School to shred documents between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.  Magazines and newspapers will not be accepted for shredding, however, each of the schools have recycle units on site for newspapers and magazine collection.  If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at: 440‐235‐5550 or Town Hall at: 440‐235‐3051.  This service is brought to our community through the collaborative efforts of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township elected officials.

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