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Parent Update – October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

There is NO SCHOOL this Friday, October 14th. 

The Olmsted Falls School District, along with surrounding districts and districts throughout the State, will be closed for the annual NEOEA Day.

 OLMSTED FALLS PTA & THE CLEVELAND CHAPTER OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO SPONSOR CANDIDATES NIGHT AT HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM TONIGHT , WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

Olmsted Falls PTA Council, in cooperation with the Cleveland Chapter of the League of Women Voters, will present a Candidates Night TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  Candidates running for Township Trustee, Olmsted Falls Council at Large, and the Olmsted Falls School Board have been invited to participate.  There will also be a question and answer session regarding the Olmsted Falls Schools P.I. Levy.

 SUN POST-HERALD ENDORSES DISTRICT P.I. LEVY

The Sun Post-Herald has formally endorsed the District’s 5-Year Permanent P.I. Levy.

To read a copy of this endorsement on-line, please click here.

Additionally, Olmsted Township Trustee Sherri Lippus has also expressed support for the levy with a Letter to the Editor, which ran in last Thursday’s Sun Post-Herald.

To read the letter from Mrs. Lippus on-line, please click here.

HOMECOMING EVENTS HIGHLIGHT BULLDOG SPIRIT

Homecoming weekend and the days leading up to it were packed with events for Bulldogs past, present and future.  On Thursday, October 6th, more than 160 guests attended the annual Golden Grads Reunion luncheon at the German Club.  In attendance were alumni from the classes of 1934 – 1968.  See the Golden Grads section below for more information and pictures.

On Friday, October 7th, the OFHS Marching Band invited OFMS 8th grade band students to march with them during pre-game activities.  The 8th graders marched while playing the fight song.

Students in grades 4-12 from the Intermediate, Middle and High Schools joined efforts to form a human tunnel to cheer their varsity Bulldogs as they took the field for Friday night’s Homecoming game.

The Bulldog football team brought fans a Homecoming victory with a 39-14 win over Berea.

At one of the end zones, loud cheering came from our OFIS 4th and 5th graders who enjoyed a fun night hosted by Principal Don Svec and several parent chaperone volunteers.  Go Bulldogs!

ANNUAL KIWANIS HOMECOMING FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST

A special thank you to the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club for hosting a free pancake breakfast for the community on Sunday, October 9th.

This community event has fast become a Homecoming weekend tradition in the community.

Donations collected at this event benefit the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund for upcoming graduates from the OFHS Class of 2012.

MR. SCHAFER’S 5TH GRADE CLASS SELECTED AS FINALIST IN NATIONAL “TERRACYCLE BOX THAT ROCKS” DESIGN COMPETITION – PUBLIC VOTING UNDERWAY NOW!

Congratulations to Mr. Schafer’s 5th grade class on being selected as a finalist in the nationwide Box that Rocks Design Contest sponsored by TerraCycle!

The students designed their innovative entry to replicate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum! They used cardboard for the base of the box and placed the window pane design that is on the real Rock Hall. The students used juice pouches and chip bags in the design.  They also used scraps of cardboard and cut up juice pouches to make the guitars that are on the top of the pyramid. This pyramid is one of two that were made for the center of the OFIS cafeteria to promote recycling. The students designed and built this creative recycling station during recess. What dedication!

To vote for these creative Bulldogs to be named the Grand Prize Winner in this national competition, please visit the TerraCycle website and VOTE TODAY at:

http://www.terracycle.net/The-Box-that-Rocks-Design-Contest

Kudos to Mr. Schafer’s students on their “rockin” design!

GOLDEN GRADS REUNION 2011

More than 160 guests attended the Annual Golden Grads Reunion Lunch on Thursday, October 6th for Bulldog alumni from the Classes of 1934 to 1968.  Many traveled from out-of-town to attend and stayed through the weekend for a variety of reunion and Homecoming festivities.

The Class of '61 was well represented; the Golden Grads event was the kickoff to their 50th Reunion weekend!

Olmsted Falls High School memorabilia was displayed, which included trophies dating from 1922-1962, yearbooks from 1946-1968, and four donated Olmsted Falls jackets from the years 1939, 1957, 1960, and 1966.

Congratulations to Betty Crawford Schnabel, who won the coveted “Oldest Alumni” award!

Betty Crawford's senior photo from the Class of 1934

Bob Venefra, Class of '54, and his 11th grade Civics Teacher, George Schneider

Some of the members of the Class of ’59

For more pictures of this event, you can click here or visit us on Facebook at “Olmsted Falls Alumni Association.”  If you would like to donate any historical Olmsted Falls High School items for future Golden Grads reunions, please contact Jenny McKeigue at 440-427-6030 or email at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com.

FALLS-LENOX AND ECC ART PROGRAM RANKS #1 IN STATE AND #2 IN NATION; ELEMENTARY ART TEACHERS RECOGNIZED

Students from Mrs. LaGruth's and Mrs. Patay's classes gather to help congratulate Ms. McConnell-Paul (left) and Ms. Wagner (right) on their Artsonia Leadership Awards.

Congratulations to elementary art teachers Ms. Renee Wagner and Ms. Victoria McConnell-Paul on being recognized by the world’s largest on-line art gallery, Artsonia, for outstanding leadership in the area of Arts Education at Falls-Lenox and the ECC.  The Leadership Award honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in arts education. The award also recognized significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program

While teachers in more than 100 countries showcase their students’ artwork on Artsonia, Ms. Wagner and Ms. McConnell-Paul have created a school community deserving of recognition.  During the 2010-2011 school year, Falls-Lenox and the ECC gallery showcased 8869 pieces of artwork which was visited 158,041 times and received 1636 comments from friends and family.

To view the amazing on-line art gallery for Falls-Lenox and ECC, please visit www.artsonia.com/schools/falls1.

Special thanks and recognition also goes out to the many PTA parent volunteers who helped scan and post photos of all of the outstanding student artwork!

ABOUT ARTSONIA:  Artsonia is an online children’s art museum where teachers & parents can upload and share their  child’s artwork with family and friends that may not be in the community. Artwork can also be made into greeting cards, Christmas ornaments and aprons to name just a few of the many items available. Not to mention, part of the proceeds from each Artsonia purchase go to our school to help pay for art supplies.

ARTSONIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We need your help…Calling all volunteers!!! If you like to take pictures and  edit them on-line, this is the opportunity for you! Artsonia is looking for volunteers to help photograph, upload and publish the kids’ artwork. We work on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am until 11 or noon. If you are interested in helping, please contact either Amy Krogh (amymkrogh@hotmail.com) or Barb Hargenrader (barbcr8m@netzero.net).

Congratulations again to Ms. Wagner and Ms. McConnel-Paul, and thank you to PTA for supporting this creative initiative with countless volunteer hours!

ABSENTEE VOTING NOW UNDERWAY!

Did you know that residents began voting last week?  Absentee ballots began arriving in homes last week for registered voters who have already submitted their Vote by Mail applications.

REMINDER:  Applications to vote by absentee ballot are NOT being automatically mailed for the November 8th election.

HOWEVER, the applications are still available from 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!

“YES FOR SCHOOLS” YARD SIGNS

November 8th is just around the corner….and voting has already begun.  Please help the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee keep the campaign momentum going for the P.I. Levy by displaying a “Yes for Schools” yard sign!

To get yours delivered to your home, please e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com with the subject “Yard Sign.”

Please include your street address and a “Yes for Schools” sign will be placed in your yard by one of our volunteers.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FINAL LEVY EFFORTS

“Walk and Talk!” – Important efforts to reach out to voters with information about the 5-year P.I. Levy will continue and volunteers are needed to maximize the number of voters reached. 

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, October 15th, as well as the following two Saturdays (Oct. 22nd & 29th).  A quick briefing/training session will take place each Saturday at 10:15 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!  Please e-mail thoadley@ofcs.net if you are available to help.

DON’T MISS OFHS POST PROM COMMITTEE EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS 

Attn:  High School Parents!  Post Prom is off to a great start and the committee needs your help!  Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011:  Next Post Prom MeetingCome vote on this year’s theme!

Thursday, November 3, 2011:  Annual Powder Puff Game – Students, Alumni, Friends and Families – Come support the seniors vs. juniors – OFHS Football Stadium at 7:00 PM

* Reminder to All Mini-Cheerleaders:  Please come in your cheer shirts and cheer on our teams!! All girls meet inside the gate for the Powder Puff Game at 6:45 PM!!

Friday, November 11, 2011:  Wing Night at Slim & Chubby’s  (12492 Prospect Road) in Strongsville from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Please come and enjoy a night out with good food, drinks and friends. Tickets are $20 per person and includes food and drink. Please contact us for pre-sale tickets at OFHSpostprom2012@gmail.com.

OFMS PTA SPIRITWEAR ON SALE NOW

Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA is currently selling Spiritwear.

The 2011-2012 collection can be viewed on-line by visiting the OFMS PTA Spiritwear page on the website. Order forms can be downloaded there as well.

Spiritwear order deadline is November 11th!  Show your Bulldog spirit today!

All proceeds from the OFMS PTA Spiritwear sale benefit OFMS PTA and its activities and scholarships.

OFMA FALL FUNDRAISER SUPPORTS MUSIC EDUCATION

The Olmsted Falls Music Association is currently raising funds to support District music programs through Krispy Kreme Donut Sales at all the home football games. 

Thank you for your support of Bulldog Music!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Thursday, October 27th – 5:30 p.m. – Annual Trick or Treat Party at Village of the Falls.  Please click here  for event flyer.

Monday, October 31st – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Community Trick-or-Treating for both Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township.

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