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Parent Update – October 26, 2011

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE DOVILLA PRESENTS EXCELLENT RATING AWARD TO OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION

Ohio State Representative Mike Dovilla attended last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting to formally present the District with its most recent “Excellent” rating on the Local Report Card issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

Pictured from left to right:  Olmsted Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley, State Representative Mike Dovilla and Board of Education President Frank Pedicini.  

OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists Pam Keller and Sohan Vartak, along with National Merit Commended Students  Kristin Allen, Kevin Candow, Stephanie Kiroff,  Hayleigh Sanders, Nicholas Wickham, and 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist Amber Black, were honored at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  State Representative Mike Dovilla also presented the students with special commendations for their outstanding achievements.

Pictured from left to right:  Board of Education President Frank Pedicini, Olmsted Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley, Kevin Candow, Sohan Vartak, Amber Black, Pam Keller, and State Representative Mike Dovilla.

OFMS DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS “HOSPITAL” – DEBUT PERFORMANCE TONIGHT! 

Don’t miss the comedic talents of our Middle School Drama Club as they present the play “Hospital” in three evening performances beginning TONIGHT in the Middle School cafetorium!   Three performances scheduled:

TONIGHT, Wed., Oct. 26th @ 7:00 p.m. ** Premiere Performance! **

Thurs., Oct. 27th @ 7:00 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 28th @ 7:00 p.m.

Tickets available at the door:  $5 adults; $3 students/children.

DISTRICT PARTNERS WITH STATE HIGHWAY PATROL / DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

Last Thursday, the Olmsted Falls School District Transportation Department hosted the Ohio State Highway Patrol for the day as part of National School Bus Safety Week.  State Trooper Jeff Fide and Ohio Department of Public Safety Officer Chip Hilling, member of the MVI (Motor Vehicle Inspection) Team, rode along on two bus routes and monitored traffic, bus and pupil safety.  During their visit, five busses in the District’s fleet were also inspected and passed by the team.

 Pictured from left to right:  District Transportation Manager Heath Krakowiak, On-Bus Instructor and Bus Driver Nancy Hunt, Bus Driver Karen Corrigan, State Trooper Jeff Fide and Officer Chip Hilling from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) Team. 

PRIDE COMMITTEE DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FEATURING BULLDOG ALUMNI FROM TODAY…AND TOMORROW!

With voting for the District’s 5-year P.I. Levy on the November 8th election ballot already underway, the Pride in Olmsted Schools Committee today launched a web-based video to help ratchet up awareness of the importance of this levy to the District and, especially, to Olmsted Falls High School where much of the funds will be directed.

To view the new video from Pride on YouTube, please click here.

A sincere thank you to all of our Bulldog alumni who participated in the filming for this video, and many thanks to parent volunteer Paul Burkart for his generous time and talent in putting this piece together!  Thanks also to parent volunteer Kim Cleary for posting this new promo video to You Tube and helping promote it.

REMEMBER:  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!  PLEASE BE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PLAN IN PLACE TO MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS IN THIS ELECTION!  VOTE BY MAIL OR VOTE AT THE POLLS NOV. 8TH – JUST PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE!

HALLOWEEN ART ON DISPLAY AT FALLS-LENOX

Fabulous Fall art projects are currently on display at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  Featured in the display case this week are outstanding pieces created by students during art class with Ms. McConnell- Paul.  Please click HERE to view these creative pieces close up.

HALLOWEEN PARADE SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 31st

A favorite Fall event for students and parents alike, Halloween costume parades will take place for students in grades Pre-K to 5 on Halloween day, Monday, October 31st:

Early Childhood Center – AM Preschool & Kindergarten @ 9:30 a.m.

Early Childhood Center – PM Preschool & Kindergarten @ 12:30 p.m.

Falls-Lenox Primary School @ 1:15 p.m.

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School @ 1:30 p.m.

ECC STUDENTS SEND GIANT THANK YOU TO BOARD OF EDUCATION…LITERALLY

Olmsted Falls Board of Education members Frank Pedicini (President), Joe Bertrand (Vice President), Rhonda McCrone, Jim Weisbarth and Michelle Theriot hold up the giant thank you card sent to them by the young bulldogs from the Early Childhood Center.

 The students wanted to express their thanks in a BIG way for the Board of Education’s decision to earmark profits from the sale of the old modular classrooms behind the ECC toward the adaptive playground fund.  Fundraising efforts are currently underway for this much-needed new playground facility at the ECC.

ACADEMIC TEAMS TAKE TOP SPOTS

On October 15, our Academic ‘A’ Team traveled to Morgantown, WV for the University HS NAQT National Qualifier.  They posted a 9-0 record and are on their way to winning the tri-state tournament.  By virtue of their victory in the tournament, they have qualified for the High School National Academic Tournament (HSNCT) in Atlanta, GA Memorial Day Weekend.

On the same day, our ‘B’ Team and our JV’s traveled to Copley High School for the Cory Salem Memorial Tournament.  The ‘B’ Team tied for second in their bracket.  Our JV’s played all Varsity teams and went 0-7.

It was a good weekend for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team!

4TH GRADE TOURS OHIO CORN MAZE AT RAMSEYER FARMS

This week, despite the rain, the 4th graders enjoyed their field trip through the corn maze at Remseyer Farms.  The kids learned about Ohio cities, famous Ohioans, fun sports info, Ohio presidents, and a whole host of interesting Ohio facts.  To see an aerial view of the Ohio corn maze, click HERE.  For more pictures, please click HERE.

SIDE BY SIDE PROJECT

Sixteen High School Band members traveled to the Middle School on Wednesday, October 19th. They sat next to Middle School 8th grade students and played along with them as a way to create a bridge between the Middle School and High School.

The Side by Side project will hopefully make it easier for 8th grade students to be involved in Instrumental music at the High School level.  For more pictures of this project, please click HERE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community. This week, the following students were selected for this honor:

8th Grade:  Taylor Pettiti, Samantha Cooper, Ashley Robertson, Sydney Cox

7th Grade:  Olivia Safady, Kyle Payne

6th Grade:  Eric Grimm, Connor Yant

Congratulations to these students!

SAVE THE DATE:  MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION SESSION ON TEEN DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

The Middle School PTA will be hosting an informational session on the topic of Teen Depression and Suicide Risk Factors on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7pm in the middle school library media center.  The session will review the symptoms of youth depression and warning signs of suicide.  One of the school counselors will be present to address this topic.

OFIS STUDENT SELECTED FOR SOCCER TRAINING IN ITALY

Nate Kanaba, a 5th grade student at OFIS, was selected by AC Milan, a Pro Soccer team from Milan Italy to train with them in Italy in November.

This special event enables only the most talented of youth soccer players from around the world to receive an invitation.

Kanaba is 1 of 200 children selected to participate.

He is currently a right-midfielder for the Ohio Premier and Olmsted Falls U12 travel squads.

Congratulations to Nate and have fun in Italy!

OFHS BASEBALL FUNDRAISER

Baseball hats make a great holiday gift and are a hot item for the kids. There are 3 styles:  1) Our traditional Navy game hat with a gold/white “OF” on front and Paw Print on back; 2) Our brand new for 2012 alternative game hat – White hat with navy/gold “OF”, navy brim, and paw print on back; 3) Snapback hat – navy with gold brim and gold/white OF/Paw.

All hats come with a “ProVisor” flat brim and are custom moldable to retain their curve once bent. The game hats are flex fit with 3 sizes from which to choose.  In addition all hats are made with performance fabric called Dryve.  The Snapback is also a Dryve fabric, not wool, as it is listed on the website and order form.

Orders must be placed between 10/24/2011 and 11/17/2011. Please click HERE for the order form and contact information.

OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER – ONE-DAY PICK-UP – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 FROM 3:00-7:00P.M.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the OFIS cookie dough fundraiser!  Your support 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.  Our pick-up day for the cookie dough is scheduled for ONE DAY ONLYWednesday, November 9 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the OFIS cafeteria.  This date was purposely chosen to make it easier for pick-up as it coincides with our first Parent-Teacher Conference night.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vickie Lofton at tigmic1@sbcglobal.net.

SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER

From now until Monday, November 7th, the Swim and Dive team is selling Candle Time candles.  These candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances and come in a variety of scents.  They make great gifts for any occasion such as birthdays, teacher’s gifts, and the holidays and candles are appreciated by just about everyone.  Cost is one for $10, two for $18 and three for $25.  To download an order form, please click HERE.  For more information, please contact Swim and Dive team President Ellen Dregalla at 440-235-1364 or email dregalla5@sbcglobal.net.

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:

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.

ABSENTEE VOTING NOW UNDERWAY!

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 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.

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.Cans for Good Food Drive.  Trick or Treat for food to benefit the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry!  Please click here for more information.

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

Saturday, November 19th – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Holiday Craft and Home FairCome enjoy this uniquely fun and entertaining shopping extravaganza for the whole family at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls. There will be Crafters, Exhibitors, Bake Sale, Magic, Balloon Art, Face Painting, Live Music Performances, Raffles and Children’s Make-it Take-it Craft Room. Visit www.olmstedcc.com for more information.

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