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Parent Update – November 30, 2011

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**P.I. LEVY UPDATE**:  OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS INDICATE DISTRICT’S P.I. LEVY PASSED BY 7 VOTES; AUTOMATIC RECOUNT TO TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK

According to official election results certified yesterday at separate meetings of the Board of Elections in both Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, the Olmsted Falls School District’s 2.8 Mill 5-year P.I. Levy has passed by a margin of 7 votes.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections conducted its formal meeting to certify the official results of the November 8th General Election at 11:30 a.m. yesterday morning (11/29/11).  With all valid votes from the District’s 20 precincts in Cuyahoga County now officially counted, the total number of votes FOR the District’s P.I. Levy is 4,020 and the total number of votes AGAINST the levy is 3,922.

The Lorain County Board of Elections conducted its formal meeting to certify its official results of the November 8th General Election at 4:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon (11/29/11).  With all valid votes now counted in the District’s single Lorain County precinct, the total number of votes FOR the District’s P.I. Levy is 53 and the total number of votes AGAINST the levy is 144.

Combining the official Cuyahoga County FOR/AGAINST totals with official Lorain County FOR/AGAINST totals gives us a combined total of 4,073 YES votes and 4,066 NO votes.  It is from this combined total that we get our current passage by 7 votes.

This extremely close election has triggered an automatic recount (required when the margin is less than 1/2 of 1%).  At this time, the recount for Cuyahoga County has been tentatively set for Monday, December 5th.  The District will have more information on the Cuyahoga County recount as well as the recount for Lorain County in the next couple of days.

Olmsted Falls School District wishes to express sincere gratitude to parents and residents of the Olmsted community for supporting this important P.I. Levy.

We also want to acknowledge all of the parents and staff members who joined the Pride In Olmsted Schools campaign in support of this critical levy.

We will continue to provide updates as the recount process proceeds.  We are hopeful that a recount will maintain the votes in our favor.

OLMSTED FALLS AMONG 23 OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICTS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS AP HONOR ROLL BY COLLEGE BOARD

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced Wednesday that 23 of the state’s school districts have been named to the Second Annual AP Honor Roll of the College Board.  Olmsted Falls School District is proud to be among this elite list of school districts.  Only 5 other school districts in Cuyahoga County were named this year.

To read the complete story as published in last week’s edition of Focus Education, please click here.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LES EXCELLENCE, HONOR & MERIT ROLL STUDENTS AT OFMS & OFHS

Congratulations to our Middle and High School students whose academic achievement has earned them a place on the Les Excellence, Honor or Merit Roll for the 1st Quarter.  To view the 1st Quarter Academic Review Lists, please click HERE for OFHS and HERE for OFMS.

ECC STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

Mrs. Strawser’s kindergarteners celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing as Pilgrims. They learned motions and sounds to reenact the First Thanksgiving Story for the ECC office staff.  They also enjoyed making Friendship Fruit Salad for their feast.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SERVE UP ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FEAST

In what has become an annual tradition as a way to say thank you to teachers and staff, Mrs. Casterline and her students at Olmsted Falls Middle School prepared a full Thanksgiving feast complete with a turkey and all the trimmings.  Staff members, including retired teachers, enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner, which is prepared and served in the Middle School’s Life Skills classroom, on Monday, Nov. 21st just before the Thanksgiving break.

Mrs. Casterline and her son Matt

Taylor Dodge, Sarah Stevens, Marcelle Issa, Rusha Forkapa, Paige Skinner, Zoe Clayburg, Alena Wapperer

Marcelle Issa, Justin Laurenti, Paige Skinner, Rusha Forkapa, Alena Wapperer, Sarah Stevens, Katie Dulin

McKenna Dodge, Rusha Forkapa, Austin Cole, Jacob Matson, Kyle Rote, Michael Jocob, Paige Skinner, Alena Wapperer, Zoe Clayburg, Sophia Caggino

Preparations for the feast begin in early November and provide many opportunities for learning along the way.  Math skills are practiced as students determine how many pounds of turkey will be needed to feed the large group and how many turkeys will be needed.  The same planning and calculations go into determining the ingredients needed for the homemade applesauce, pumpkin pies, brownies and famous secret-recipe sticky buns.

Many volunteers join students in the effort to create this special feast each year.  This year, Mrs. Casterline’s class wishes to thank the following people who came in on Saturday before the feast to help begin the meal preparations:  Mrs. Cole and daughter Alyssa (a junior at the high school) and son Austin, Mr. Forkapa and daughter Rusha, Mr. Ramirez and son Alejandro, Mr. Matson and son Jacob, Mrs. Zajac and son Michael, Mrs. Stevens and daughter Sarah, Mrs. Gabel and son Brett, teacher Mrs. Klayko, and Middle School students Kyle Sheehan, Marcella Issa, Justin Laurenti and Zoe Clayburg.

Thanks also go out to:  Mrs. Klayko for the beautiful flowers for the tables, Mrs. Stevens for her generous donation, Mrs. Cole and daughter Alyssa for help above and beyond, Mrs. Cihlar (retired preschool teacher), Alena Wapperer who helped make mashed potatoes (35 pounds worth!), Matt Caine who took a day off work to cut the turkeys for us, and, of course, Mr. Kurz!

All of these helpers, and those who attend each year, help create a lifelong lesson for students!

OFIS CHESS CLUB STARTED THIS WEEK – STILL TIME TO SIGN UP!

The OFIS Chess Club started this week with about 60 kids playing.

There is still room for more!  Interested 4th and 5th grade students should consider joining the fun.

Sign-up forms are available in the OFIS office if you need one.

The OFIS Chess Club will skip next week as K-Kids will be in session, and then the Chess Club will start up again the following week, before school.

1ST ANNUAL OFHS PROM DRESS SWAP SALE SEEKING COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The senior class officers of Olmsted Falls High School are sponsoring an innovative Dress Swap Sale event to try to help reduce the overall cost of Prom this year.

Parents, students, alumni and community residents are encouraged to donate your gently used formal or semi-formal dresses and/or ties to the OFHS Guidance office anytime before January 6thDonations accepted in the Guidance Office between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday from now until January 6th.  Additionally a weekend drop-off opportunity has been scheduled for Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the OFHS Library Media Center.

The Dress Swap Sale will then take place on Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at OFHS Library Media Center.  Dresses will be re-sold (for prices ranging from $20 – $30).

Persons donating any item will be entered into a drawing for some yet-to-be determined prizes.  Please contact Mrs. Laut in the Guidance Office at 440.427.6116 with any questions.

OFIS STUDENTS HELP SET GUINESS WORLD RECORD FOR SPORT CUP STACKING

Students at OFIS joined tens of thousands of students across the nation before Thanksgiving for the 2011 STACK UP! event sponsored by the World Sport Stacking Association.  This annual event seeks to increase the record each year for the most people sport stacking at multiple locations in one day.

4th and 5th Graders participated in a variety of timed stacking events during their physical education classes.  This fun and fast-paced event was coordinated by Physical Education teacher Ms. Kristina Robinson.

To view a gallery of photos from this exciting event, please click here.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM PERFORMS WELL AT HISTORY BOWL AND BEE COMPETITION

On Saturday, November 19th, the Academic Team competed in the History Bowl and Bee at Boardman High School.  This competition consists of two parts: the bowl which is a team event, and the bee which is an individual event.

Congratulations Sohan Vartak, Marty Mendenhall, Brad Sevcik, and Nathan Seese on winning the History Bowl and qualifying for the National History Bowl in Washington, D.C.!

In the History Bee, Sohan, Brad, Marty, and Nathan all made the quarter finals, and Sohan, Marty, and Nathan all made the semi-finals. The final was between Michael Coates of Warren G. Harding and David Kramer of Solon, with Michael Coates winning.

The JV History Bee final was between Andy Nageotte of Olmsted Falls and George Clark of Sebring with Andy winning the JV Bee. Zach Buchta finished the JV Bee in 4th place (as an 8th grader).

All of these individuals qualified for the National History Bee in Washington, D.C.  It was a good weekend for Olmsted Falls Quiz Bowl!

SALLY COTTER AND THE CENSORED STONE RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS

The Olmsted Falls High School Masquers  presented  Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone, a parody of Harry Potter.  Cast and crew gave a wonderful performance as witnessed by the entertained audience!  Please click HERE for more photos of these talented students.

THANK YOU PTA BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS!

The students and staff of Olmsted Falls Middle School would like to express their sincere thanks to the PTA volunteers that helped out tremendously with the recent book fair!

Thanks to the time and effort of the following PTA volunteers, OFMS had a very successful book fair and will purchase new books for the Middle School Library with the profits:

Susie Asadorian

Kim Aubel

Irene Berlovan

Rich Bowman

Lisa Dietrich

Katie Fidler

Rebecca Gawsyszawski

Barb Gareau

Laraine McCafferty

Ann Simon

Rinda Vas

THANK YOU PTA! 

BOARD BRIEFS AVAILABLE ON-LINE

DID YOU KNOW?  Board Briefs for the monthly meetings of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education are available on-line.  Summaries of monthly Board of Education meetings are available on the District website.  Board Briefs for each month are uploaded on the Board of Education page.  Any person who is interested in following School Board meetings, but who is unable to attend, is encouraged to check the website following each month’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting.

Please click here if you would like to review the Board Briefs from the most recent Board of Education meeting held November 17, 2011.

Olmsted Falls Board of Education Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  The location of the meetings rotates to a different school building each month.  Please check the website to confirm dates, times and locations.  Changes in dates, times and locations are posted on the website.

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST UNDERWAY – STUDENT ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE ON-LINE

It’s time for the annual PTA Reflections contest.  The PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore their artistic talents. The program offers students across the country the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Olmsted Falls’ students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas:
  • Literature
  • Dance choreography
  • Film production
  • Musical composition
  • Photography
  • Visual arts

For a quick overview of these entry categories, please click here.

This year’s Reflections Theme is “Diversity Means…” and each Olmsted Falls PTA unit is accepting submissions.  Following are the links to forms and deadline information for each unit:

OFHS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

OFMS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

OFIS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  December 15th

 Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

OECPTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

Required Consent Form (for projects featuring a person’s recognizable image or voice)

Blank, Electronic Version of Reflections Form

STATE SUPPORT TEAM REGION 3 SPONSORS WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE TO PARENTS

The State Support Team Region 3 provides families of students with disabilities technical assistance and professional development in supporting students to reach their fullest potential.  Together families and districts can utilize resources provided by our region’s State Support Team to support student achievement.

A variety of workshops are scheduled each month and many are open to both educators and parents.  To view the calendar of workshops, please click here.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY POINSETTIA SALE

It’s time for the Annual National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale!  We can all use some color to get us through what I’m sure will be a mild Cleveland winter so place your order today by clicking HERE to download an order form.  Delivery dates are December 2, 9, and 19.

SWIM AND DIVE BOOSTERS ANNUAL HONEYBAKED FUNDRAISER

OFHS Bulldogs Swim & Dive Team is again bringing the HoneyBaked Ham Store to your door!  From now until Saturday, December 10th, you can order delicious HoneyBaked Spiral Sliced Hams, Glazed Roasted & Smoked Turkey Breasts, Boneless Hams, Combinations, Desserts, and Gift Certificates for your holiday entertaining.  You pay the same price as in the actual store – no mark up.  To download an order form, please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE ANNUAL BULLDOG SPORTSWEAR SALE ON DEC. 10TH
Christmas is right around the corner! Plan to complete some of your holiday shopping when you attend the OFAB Bulldog Sportswear Sale held in High School Cafeteria on December 10th from 9 a.m – 1 p.m.  Tons of great items for mom, dad, kids, grandparents, and friends!  In addition to our wide selection of Bulldog clothing, there will be floor mats, flags, decals, stadium seats, ties, hats, new jewelry items and much more. OF Cheerleaders will be on hand to wrap your gifts too! Plus, a special appearance by Santa!  Attention Parents: Do you have time to volunteer at the sale? Please call Jim or Karen Polcar at 235-7156.
ACADEMIC TEAM CUSTOM ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER

The OFHS Academic Team is conducting a unique custom ornament fundraiser this year featuring personal photos submitted by customers.  The photos are printed on transparencies and inserted into a clear glass ornament, giving a holographic effect to the picture!

To view additional information on these custom photo ornaments, please click here.

To download a copy of the custom ornament order form, please click here.

MUSIC ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISERS CONTINUE

Coming in February, with the help of Shaker’s IGA, students will have another chance to raise funds for trips with our annual Hoagie Sale!  Pre-sales will be available a few weeks prior to the Super Bowl.  Volunteers will be needed to create these amazing sandwiches on Saturday, February 4th.  Please watch for details.

If you have a student involved in music, please join us for our next meeting on December 7th at 7 pm in the High School Choir room!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

TOMORROW, DECEMBER 1ST, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Cuyahoga County Public Library presents a special holiday program at the Olmsted Community Church.  Magician and storyteller, Jim Kleefeld will entertain the whole family with fun magic tricks and games.  All ages are welcome.  To download a copy of the Library’s Winter Program Guide listing additional activities and events, please click here.

THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School – Cub Scout Pack 102 Hosts its 19th Annual Santa’s Secret Shop, a special place for kids to shop for parents/grandparents!  Special shopper elves will be on-hand to assist children with their shopping.  Donuts, Pizza, Chips & Beverages.  Bake Sale and Children’s Craft Table.  Huge Holiday Raffle!  Special performance by OPA Dance Company at 11:00 a.m.  A fun annual event! 

Fridays in December, 7 p.m., and New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m. – OPA Bash.   Olmsted Performing Arts is kicking off the holiday season with OPA Bash — A night of fun for kids ages 1-13  every Friday at 7 p.m. in December, as well as New Year’s Eve.  While you’re gone, your kids will be with experienced staff who will keep your children safe, and make sure they have fun! We will have Christmas crafts, movies, acting games, board games, and a Christmas Dance Party! Also, on November 25th and December 23rd, we will have Christmas cookie decorating!  The location is the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  More details are available at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.

The Olmsted Performing Arts Dance team will be performing at various local venues this holiday season.   They will appear at the  Cub Scout Pack 102’s Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox (see above) at 11am on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at Dillard’s Family & Friend’s Event at Great Northern Mall on Sunday, Dec. 4th.  They will also perform at St. Mary of the Falls’ Angel Tree Party, Emerald Village, and Ronald McDonald this month.

Friday, December 2nd, 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 3rd, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A Christmas Story performed by Olmsted Performing Arts  Main Stage.  Follow Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun in the face of warnings that “You’ll shoot your eye out.”  All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, and A Christmas Story is sure to be a holiday favorite!    Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Advance tickets are available through noon on December 1st at www.olmstedperformingarts.com and are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 4-12 and seniors.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Plus, have hot cocoa and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus and build your own gingerbread house to take home at our special preshow event ninety minutes before each performance.  This event will sell out, so reserve your tickets early!  Tickets for children are $15 each!  Children must be accompanied by an adult, but adults do not need to purchase a ticket.

Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th, Noon – 5 p.m. – Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club Christmas Train Show.   Come see our operating miniature trains on realistic layouts in HO, O, N and G scales!  Also be sure to look around inside our real caboose, peruse our antique railroad memorabilia, or to try to win the raffle for model train prizes.  Kids are admitted free, with $3 donation for adult visitors.  Watch our website for club activities at www.cvwsmrc.org.

Sunday, December 4th, 5 p.m. – The Olmsted Falls Parks & Recreation Board presents its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Village Green.  We will have Christmas caroling with the Olmsted Falls Middle School Singers and Santa will make an appearance!  As usual, Boy Scout Troop 201 will serve  hot chocolate.  We are asking attendees to please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to our local Christians in Action food pantry.  As a thank you, Angelina’s Pizza is donating their yummy warm cinnamon rolls for attendees to enjoy.  Dress for the weather!

December 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  – Boy Scout Troop 201 Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road.  Stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree.

Friday, December 9th, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Olmsted Kiwanis Club is holding a community spaghetti dinner with a special guest, Santa Clause, in the Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria. All welcome.

Saturday, December 10th, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Razzles on Bagley Road – Pojman Family Fundraiser.  All are invited to come out to support the Pojman Family.  Debbie Pojman is a fifth grade teacher at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Mrs. Pojman and her children, Breck and Keira, recently lost their husband / father.  Please consider coming out to help make a difference for them during this difficult time.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through fellow OFIS teacher Lindsey Ambrosia (contact: lambrosia@ofcs.net) or OFIS parent Jennifer Kanaba (jenkanaba@yahoo.com).

Saturday, December 17th, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Olmsted Performing Arts presents Christmas in Italy, a spectacular Christmas celebration for the whole family, at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Explore Italy and learn about its Christmas traditions.  The event will feature true Italian traditions, Italian crafts and gifts, tasty Christmas confections, wine tasting, homemade Italian food, and an appearance by the Olmsted Performing Arts Winter Dance Company.  Explore the Market for just $5, or $3 for children up to age 12.  Explore and Dine for just $20, or $15 for children.  For advance tickets and more information, visit www.olmstedperformingarts.

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Parent Update – November 16, 2011

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**THANKSGIVING BREAK REMINDER**

There will be no school next Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th.  (Please Note: There will also be no District blog update for next week due to the holiday.)  School will resume on Monday, November 28th.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES AT FALLS-LENOX

Each Falls-Lenox learning community participated in a special Veteran’s Day ceremony last Friday.  Students and staff were joined by local veterans, family and friends for these special tributes to those that have served our country.  Army Veteran Jerry Gobble helped raise the flag during the ceremonies.  Other Veterans who participated in special activities around the District were John Somodi, Gordon Hall, Ken Fox, Jim Bartell, Eric Bobal, Dave Zeih, and our very own “Mr. George” Elioff.

Thank you all for your service to our country!  For more photos, please click HERE.

Army Veteran, Jerry Gobble

Veterans Mr. Bill Nickels and our own "Mr. George" Elioff salute the flag

Veteran Jerry Gobble raises the flag

Falls-Lenox students signing and singing "God Bless America"

Student teacher Mike Feller

Veterans Bill Nickels and Gordon Hall


ECC STUDENTS RECEIVE A SPECIAL VISIT

U.S. Army Capt. Michael McClelland (OFHS Class of 2000 alumnus) visited ECC on Friday to talk about his experiences in the Army.  Thank you for your service Captain McClelland!

MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES SPECIAL VETERAN’S DAY VISIT

Commander Mark Bobal spoke to Middle School students about his experiences in keeping water travel safe for passengers and his role as second in command to Coast Guard operations during the 9/11 attacks in New York City.  Commander Bobal has served in the US Coast Guard for his entire career and is currently working for the Coast Guard as a civilian. Thank you Commander Bobal for your service!

 

Residents of Olmsted Falls, Command Sgt. Major Bartell (below right) and Major Fox  (below left)  spoke to the students about their careers in the Army.  Highlights included their roles in the Iraq War.  Students were able to view personal photos, listen to stories about the people our Army veterans have helped and missions they completed, and had the opportunity to ask questions.  Thanks to these Veterans for your service!

REVOLUTIONARY WAR SPEAKER VISITS MIDDLE SCHOOL

This is Mr. Zeih’s 8th year presenting to the students of Olmsted Falls Middle School about the life of a British soldier in the 13 American colonies prior to the American Revolution.  Mr. Zeih is retired from the teaching profession, but continues to educate through his revolutionary presentations!  Mr. Zeih is a former Fairview High School teacher of Middle School principal Mr. Kurz and Middle School U.S. History teacher Mrs. Cibulskas from Fairview High School.

Mr. Kurz and Mr. Zeih

Mr. Zeih and 8th grader Lucas Banhidy

Musket demonstration





MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS THANK VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE

Mrs. Cibulskas’ 8th Grade U.S. History class wrote thank you cards to Veterans in the Cleveland VA Hospital.  Cards contained quotes such as “Freedom is Not Free” and personal messages written by the students thanking a Veteran for his/her service and dedication to our country.

From left to right: Jake Conder, Gavin Luccietta, Riley Alton, Kara Gryndzindski, Colin Kuchenmeister, Matt Metzger, Nada Sperry, Natalie Ferrini

**P.I. LEVY UPDATE**:  OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS TO BE CERTIFIED NOVEMBER 28TH

Olmsted Falls School District continues to wait for the final vote counts from last week’s incredibly close election.  For now, the unofficial count (including precinct results from both Cuyahoga County and Lorain County) remains at 3,998 FOR and 3,994 AGAINST the 5-year P.I. Levy – with the 5-year P.I. issue leading by just four favorable votes.

The latest information that we have regarding the status of our ballot issue is that there are 182 provisional ballots that still need to be verified / counted for the Cuyahoga County precincts.  This should take place between now and next Tuesday, November 22nd.  Then, due to the holiday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will meet on November 28, 2011 for the formal certification meeting.  (We do not have details on number of possible provisional ballots outstanding for our District’s one Lorain County precinct.)

We will continue to keep you updated as to any further result updates that may become available between now and November 28th.   Once official results are certified, it is highly likely that an automatic recount will go into effect.  Automatic recounts are done when the margin is less than 1/2 of 1%.  So, it may even go beyond November 28th before the final official result is known.

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:  Geoff Allman, Brian Chaya, Jack Fontana, Stephanie Koch, Meghan O’Brien

7th Grade:  Michaela Baum, Molly McCafferty, Brandon Wilhelms

6th Grade:  Bret Asadorian, Austin Porche, Adam Shand

Congratulations to these students!

MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

Congratulations to the Olmsted Falls Middle School Academic Team who participated in their first competition this past  Saturday at Hawken School. The Varsity A team placed second overall; team members were Zach Buchta, Claire Barratt, Eli Tomasch, and Jake Dahlinger.  The JV B team was undefeated and took second place as well; members were Bennett Graham, Joselyn Rabbitt, Stephanie Scroth, Nick Romonowski, and Eric Andrews. The JV A team also took 3rd place;  members were Jacob Krucek, Ouen Mali, Maggie Backus, and Molly McCafferty. Also playing at the varsity level were Kacie Burton, Logan Petruziello, Alex Kho, and Jack Wu.

This was a great first effort by the Middle School team and they are to be congratulated on their hard work!

WRESTLING PROGRAM SPONSORS 4th ANNUAL “BRING A RAKE” DAY

The Olmsted Falls Varsity Wrestling wrapped up the preseason by raking yards of program supporters in the community who can use the extra help.  This year twenty wrestlers participated in the event and we thank them for their service!

WINTER BASKETBALL FOR GRADES 1 TO 3 –  REGISTRATION DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY

Registration for the Winter Youth Basketball Program for students in grades 1 to 3 is currently underway.  Registration deadline is this Friday, November 18th.  Informational flyers were sent home in backpacks last week.  For information and on-line forms, please click HERE.

Forms must be turned in to the Falls-Lenox office no later than this Friday, November 18th.

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST UNDERWAY – STUDENT ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
It’s time for the annual PTA Reflections contest.  The PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore their artistic talents. The program offers students across the country the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Olmsted Falls’ students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas:
  • Literature
  • Dance choreography
  • Film production
  • Musical composition
  • Photography
  • Visual arts

For a quick overview of these entry categories, please click here.

This year’s Reflections Theme is “Diversity Means…” and each Olmsted Falls PTA unit is accepting submissions.  Following are the links to forms and deadline information for each unit:

OFHS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

OFMS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

OFIS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  December 15th

 Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

OECPTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

Required Consent Form (for projects featuring a person’s recognizable image or voice)

Blank, Electronic Version of Reflections Form

CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH NEEDS YOUR HELP

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is working to improve the health of students in our county.  By filling out this brief questionnaire you can help the board of health understand your thoughts about your child’s health and the changes you would like to see in school health.

Please click HERE to fill out the questionnaire.

STATE SUPPORT TEAM REGION 3 SPONSORS WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE TO PARENTS
The State Support Team Region 3 provides families of students with disabilities technical assistance and professional development in supporting students to reach their fullest potential.  Together families and districts can utilize resources provided by our region’s State Support Team to support student achievement.

A variety of workshops are scheduled each month and many are open to both educators and parents.  To view the calendar of workshops, please click here.

MUSIC ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISERS CONTINUE

The Olmsted Falls Music Association would like to thank all of our volunteers that helped sell Krispy Kreme donuts at the home football games, including the one at Avon Lake! Never fear, the fun is not over.  We will be selling donuts at all music concerts!  The next opportunities will be November 10th for 7th and 8th grade Choir, November 16th for 7th and 8th grade Band, and the November 17th Falls-Lenox Concert (at the High School).  Please contact Sam Arendec, sarendec@sbcglobal.net, if you would like be a part of the Krispy Kreme Krew!

A fraser fir at the White House

The High School Choir and Band will once again be selling Fraser Fir Christmas Trees  on November 26th and 27th in front of the High School.  For trees under 8’ the cost will be $40 and $50 for those over 8’.  All trees are cut fresh and last a very long time.  If you are interested in purchasing a tree, please see your favorite High School Choir or Band student to receive a voucher.  This voucher will ensure that the student receives $10 in credit.  Feel free to come to the lot even without a voucher.  Students working the lot will receive funding as well.  All proceeds will be used for future choir and band trips.

Coming in February, with the help of Shaker’s IGA, students will have another chance to raise funds for trips with our annual Hoagie Sale!  Pre-sales will be available a few weeks prior to the Super Bowl.  Volunteers will be needed to create these amazing sandwiches on Saturday, February 4th.  Please watch for details.

We want to thank all who attended November’s OFMA meeting!  Great ideas for our programming and scrumptious cupcakes were shared by all!  If you have a student involved in music, please join us for our next meeting on December 7th at 7 pm in the High School Choir room!

OFHS BASEBALL FUNDRAISER ENDS TOMORROW!

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 by tomorrow, Nov. 17, 2011.  Please click HERE for the order form and contact information.

SWIM AND DIVE INFORMATION FOR THE 2011-2012 SEASON

The Swim and Dive team is excited about its upcoming season.  Please click HERE to view the season schedule and come out to support the team!  If you are interested in purchasing cool Swim and Dive Bulldog apparel, click HERE for the order form.  Swim and Dive Boosters will meet in the High School cafeteria on the following dates:

December 7, 2011

January 11, 2012

February 8, 2012

Dinner Fundraiser February 21, 2012

March 14, 2012

April 11, 2012

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Beginning November 6th – Railroad Crossing at Sprague Road will be closed for two weeks (tentatively…hoping for a one week closure).  During the time of closure, some of our bus arrival times will be slightly affected due to having student pick-ups on both sides of that particular railroad.  We have made adjustments to reduce the impact, but are expecting both arrival times at school and some drop off times to be delayed.  We ask for your understanding during this time of closure, and we will do our best to get everyone to their destinations quickly.  Please contact Heath Krakowiak, Transportation Supervisor, at 427-6350 or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net with questions.

November 17th, 7 p.m., November 18th, 7 p.m., November 19th,  7 p.m. –  Olmsted Performing Arts Main Stage will perform the musical The Wizard of OzSaturday matinee is SOLD OUT so we’ve added a Thursday evening pre-show at 7 p.m.  Come watch our actors fly and a “tornado” hit the stage as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.  Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Tickets are now on sale!  Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 4-12) and seniors (60+).  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Advance tickets are available through noon on November 17th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.  The show will feature characters “flying” and special effects such as fireballs!  Tickets are selling fast.

November 19th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Holiday Craft and Home Fair.  Come 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.

November 24th, 11 p.m., November 25th, 7 p.m.,  every Friday in December, 7 p.m., and New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m. – OPA Bash.   Olmsted Performing Arts is kicking off the holiday season with OPA Bash — A night of fun for kids ages 1-13 beginning 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for those Black Friday sales and continuing every Friday at 7 p.m. in December, as well as New Year’s Eve.  While you’re gone, your kids will be with experienced staff who will keep your children safe, and make sure they have fun! We will have Christmas crafts, movies, acting games, board games, and a Christmas Dance Party! Also, on November 25th and December 23rd, we will have Christmas cookie decorating!  The location is the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  More details are available at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.

Did your daughter or son love our Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine With Royalty event this summer?  Bring the magic home by celebrating your child’s special day with a Princess Party, Pirate Party, Dance Party, or Acting Party with Olmsted Performing Arts.  Please visit our website, www.olmstedperformingarts.com, for more information.

December 3rd and 4th, Noon – 5 p.m. – Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club Christmas Train Show.   Come see our operating miniature trains on realistic layouts in HO, O, N and G scales!  Also be sure to look around inside our real caboose, peruse our antique railroad memorabilia, or to try to win the raffle for model train prizes.  Kids are admitted free, with $3 donation for adult visitors.  Watch our website for club activities at www.cvwsmrc.org.

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Parent Update – November 9, 2011

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P.I. LEVY UP BY NARROW MARGIN OF 4 VOTES FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S ELECTION

As of this morning, UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS indicate 50.03%  FOR the 5-year P.I. Levy and 49.97% AGAINST the issue in yesterday’s election. The unofficial count (including precinct results from both Cuyahoga County and Lorain County) is currently at 3,998 FOR and 3,994 AGAINST.

It is important to stress that there are still some absentee and provisional ballots to be counted, so these unofficial numbers will change.  Additionally, this slim margin will also trigger an automatic recount.  (Automatic recounts are done when the margin is less than 1/2 of 1%.)  So, it may be a few weeks before the final results of this important election is determined.

Olmsted Falls School District is grateful to the Olmsted communities for their increased support of this important P.I. Levy.  Support for the issue increased substantially from May, when the issue was defeated with 54% of votes cast against it and 46% of votes cast in favor.

The District wishes to express sincere appreciation for the efforts of parents and staff members who volunteered countless hours to help educate our community about the P.I. Levy.  Thank you for your personal time and support!

We remain hopeful that the final results will be in our favor, and will continue to provide updates as the ballot count continues.

To read the Sun Post Herald story* about yesterday’s election, please click here.  (*Please note that at press time the vote difference was being reported as 6 votes up, instead of the more current count of 4 votes up.)

CONGRATS TO OUR BULLDOG FOOTBALL TEAM!

The OFHS Varsity Football Team finished the season last Friday with a 6-1 record in the Southwest Conference and a 7-4 record overall.  The team was given a spirited send off by the community on Friday afternoon as they departed for the first round play-off game against Toledo Central Catholic.  While our Bulldogs were defeated Friday night, they gave it their all and have much to be proud of this season.

Eleven members of the OFHS varsity football team have just been selected, by SWC coaches, for the All-Conference team.  Congratulations to these All-conference athletes:

First Team Defense – Mike Sauvey

First Team Offense – Drew Meketa, Eric Meehan, Nolan Brandt and Brennan Laird

Second Team Defense – Brandon Friedrich

Second Team Offense – Ryan Dieckman and Evan Rieke

Second Team Specialist – Nate Ferster

Honorable Mention – Mike Gib and Matt Gib

Additionally, Bulldog quarterback Brennan Laird has been named SWC Most Valuable Player.

Congratulations again to these outstanding players and the entire Bulldog football team!

To view all of the photos from the community send-off, please click HERE.

FALLS-LENOX/EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER PTA SPONSORS DONUTS WITH DADS

In an effort to increase family engagement and boost PTA membership, the PTA held its annual “Donuts with Dads” event on November 3rd and 4th at the Falls-Lenox Cafeteria.  Donuts and beverages were served to over 580 Dads and students, making this a very successful PTA event.

A big thanks to all the PTA volunteers who made this possible, and especially to all of the PTA Dads for participating.  More pictures from this event can be viewed HERE.

OFHS MASQUERS TO PRESENT HARRY POTTER PARODY THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Olmsted Falls High School Masquers is proud to present Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone, a parody of Harry Potter, on Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.  Reserve tickets by calling 427-6070.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, please contact Leslie Pickenheim at 427-6070 or lpickenheim@ofcs.net.

OLMSTED FALLS PLACES  IN 2011 STATE TOURNAMENT OF MATHEMATICS

The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) held its annual State Tournament of Mathematics on February 26th at test centers throughout Ohio.  Please click HERE for more details.  Congratulations to the Olmsted Falls High School team! 

OFHS CHEERLEADERS TAKE FIRST PLACE IN SWC CHEERLEADING COMPETITION

On Monday night, the Olmsted Falls High School Cheerleaders competed in the annual South Western Conference Cheerleading competition. 

After performing an outstanding routine, the Bulldog Cheerleaders took home first place in the entire SWC conference. 

Also, Senior Marcie Brasdovich won the award for best jumps in the SWC, as well as the award for Scholar Athlete. 

Thank you to all the parents, students and fans that came to support the OFHS Cheerleaders on this tremendous accomplishment. 

Congratulations OFHS Cheerleaders!

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:  Josh Aubel, Sara Hathcock, Francesca Klypchak, Max Molkentin

7th Grade:  Cassidy Fudale, Sean Koch

6th Grade:  Hope Burkhart, Reily Bucar, Adrien Curtis, Sullivan Kilbane, Jack Weidner

Congratulations to these students!

SPECIAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES SCHEDULED AT FALLS-LENOX FOR THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

A Special Veteran’s Day Ceremony has been scheduled for each Falls-Lenox Learning Community.  Parents, family and friends are invited to attend.  Each ceremony will take place in front of Falls-Lenox Primary School and will last approx. 10-15 minutes.  Please click HERE for a great video showing how to express appreciation to veterans.

Ceremony times are set as follows:

South Learning Community:  11:45 a.m.

East Learning Community:    12:20 p.m.

West Learning Community:   12:50 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION SESSION ON TEEN DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE IS THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH

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.

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST UNDERWAY

 It’s time for the annual PTA Reflections contest.  The PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore their artistic talents. The program offers students across the country the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Olmsted Falls’ students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas:

  • Literature
  • Dance choreography
  • Film production
  • Musical composition
  • Photography
  • Visual arts

 For a quick overview of these entry categories, please click here.

 This year’s Reflections Theme is “Diversity Means…” and each Olmsted Falls PTA unit is accepting submissions.  Following are the links to forms and deadline information for each unit:

 OFHS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

 OFMS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

OFIS PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  December 15th

 Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

 OECPTA Reflections Entry Form – Entry Deadline:  January 6th

 Required Consent Form (for projects featuring a person’s recognizable image or voice)

 Blank, Electronic Version of Reflections Form

CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH NEEDS YOUR HELP

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is working to improve the health of students in our county.  By filling out this brief questionnaire you can help the board of health understand your thoughts about your child’s health and the changes you would like to see in school health.

Please click HERE to fill out the questionnaire.

STATE SUPPORT TEAM REGION 3 SPONSORS WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE TO PARENTS
The State Support Team Region 3 provides families of students with disabilities technical assistance and professional development in supporting students reach their fullest potential.  Together families and districts can utilize resources provided by our region’s State Support Team to support student achievement. 

A variety of workshops are scheduled each month and many are open to both educators and parents.  To view the calendar of workshops, please click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA MUG SALE – DEADLINE FOR ORDERS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

The Middle School PTA is selling bulldog coffee mugs as part of their fall fundraiser.  They make great stocking stuffers.  To view a flyer showing the style of the mug, please click here.  The Bulldog graphic shown at left is the one featured on the mug.  If you are interested in purchasing one please send an email to Holly McFadden at hmm5356@att.net.

The mugs are $10.00 each and you can send cash or a check made out to OFMS PTA to Holly’s attention at the Middle School or Olmsted Falls Board office.  We will take orders up until November 11th only.  Thanks for your support.  You mail email Holly with any questions as well.

MUSIC ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISERS CONTINUE

The Olmsted Falls Music Association would like to thank all of our volunteers that helped sell Krispy Kreme donuts at the home football games, including the one at Avon Lake! Never fear, the fun is not over.  We will be selling donuts at all music concerts!  The next opportunities will be November 10th for 7th and 8th grade Choir, November 16th for 7th and 8th grade Band, and the November 17th Falls-Lenox Concert (at the High School).  Please contact Sam Arendec, sarendec@sbcglobal.net, if you would like be a part of the Krispy Kreme Krew!

A fraser fir at the White House

The High School Choir and Band will once again be selling Fraser Fir Christmas Trees  on November 26th and 27th in front of the High School.  For trees under 8’ the cost will be $40 and $50 for those over 8’.  All trees are cut fresh and last a very long time.  If you are interested in purchasing a tree, please see your favorite High School Choir or Band student to receive a voucher.  This voucher will ensure that the student receives $10 in credit.  Feel free to come to the lot even without a voucher.  Students working the lot will receive funding as well.  All proceeds will be used for future choir and band trips.

Coming in February, with the help of Shaker’s IGA, students will have another chance to raise funds for trips with our annual Hoagie Sale!  Pre-sales will be available a few weeks prior to the Super Bowl.  Volunteers will be needed to create these amazing sandwiches on Saturday, February 4th.  Please watch for details.

We want to thank all who attended November’s OFMA meeting!  Great ideas for our programming and scrumptious cupcakes were shared by all!  If you have a student involved in music, please join us for our next meeting on December 7th at 7 pm in the High School Choir room!

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 – TODAY, 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 TODAY:  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 INFORMATION FOR THE 2011-2012 SEASON

The Swim and Dive team is excited about its upcoming season.  Please click HERE to view the season schedule and come out to support the team!  If you are interested in purchasing cool Swim and Dive Bulldog apparel, click HERE for the order form.  Swim and Dive Boosters will meet in the High School cafeteria on the following dates:

October 12, 2011

November 9, 2011

December 14, 2011

January 11, 2012

February 8, 2012

Dinner Fundraiser February 21, 2012

March 14, 2012

April 11, 2012

DON’T MISS OFHS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER

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

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.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Beginning November 6th Railroad Crossing at Sprague Road will be closed for two weeks (tentatively…hoping for a one week closure).  During the time of closure, some of our bus arrival times will be slightly affected due to having student pick-ups on both sides of that particular railroad.  We have made adjustments to reduce the impact, but are expecting both arrival times at school and some drop off times to be delayed.  We ask for your understanding during this time of closure, and we will do our best to get everyone to their destinations quickly.  Please contact Heath Krakowiak, Transportation Supervisor, at 427-6350 or hkrakowiak@ofcs.net

November 18th, 7 p.m., November 19th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. –  Olmsted Performing Arts Main Stage will perform the musical The Wizard of Oz.  Come watch our actors fly and a “tornado” hit the stage as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.  Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Tickets are now on sale!  Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 4-12) and seniors (60+).  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Advance tickets are available through noon on November 17th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.  The show will feature characters “flying” and special effects such as fireballs!  Tickets are selling fast.

November 19th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Holiday Craft and Home Fair.  Come 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.

November 24th, 11 p.m., November 25th, 7 p.m.,  every Friday in December, 7 p.m., and New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m. – OPA Bash.   Olmsted Performing Arts is kicking off the holiday season with OPA Bash — A night of fun for kids ages 1-13 beginning 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for those Black Friday sales and continuing every Friday at 7 p.m. in December, as well as New Year’s Eve.  While you’re gone, your kids will be with experienced staff who will keep your children safe, and make sure they have fun! We will have Christmas crafts, movies, acting games, board games, and a Christmas Dance Party! Also, on November 25th and December 23rd, we will have Christmas cookie decorating!  The location is the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  More details are available at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.

Did your daughter or son love our Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine With Royalty event this summer?  Bring the magic home by celebrating your child’s special day with a Princess Party, Pirate Party, Dance Party, or Acting Party with Olmsted Performing Arts.  Please visit our website, www.olmstedperformingarts.com, for more information.

December 3rd and 4th, Noon – 5 p.m. – Cuyahoga Valley & West ShoreModel Railroad Club Christmas Train Show.   Come see our operating miniature trains on realistic layouts in HO, O, N and G scales!  Also be sure to look around inside our real caboose, peruse our antique railroad memorabilia, or to try to win the raffle for model train prizes.  Kids are admitted free, with $3 donation for adult visitors.  Watch our website for club activities at www.cvwsmrc.org.
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Parent Update – November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011 1 comment

PLAIN DEALER ENDORSES OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT P.I. LEVY

The Cleveland Plain Dealer formally endorsed the 5-year P.I. Levy in this past Sunday’s edition.  To read the endorsement on-line, please click here.

Additionally, Olmsted Falls School District also received a positive mention in an Opinion piece which also ran in this past Sunday’s issue of The Plain Dealer.  To read the OpEd, please click here.

ELECTION DAY IS THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH!

Have you voted yet?  Every vote counts! 

If you are not voting by mail, please mark your calendar in bright red ink to get to the polls this Tuesday, November 8th! 

Remember, we need your support…and your actual vote!

Please click here if you haven’t had a chance to see the new video featuring Bulldog alumni of today…and tomorrow!  

Want to do more to help pass the P.I. Levy?  Please see the list of  “Five Simple Ways You Can Still Help” below.

HALLOWEEN PARADE PHOTO GALLERIES AVAILABLE ON-LINE

Students and staff at the Early Childhood Center, Falls-Lenox and Olmsted Falls Intermediate School welcomed parents for annual Halloween parade festivities on Monday.  The High School also participated in some fun!  To see photos from these special events, we invite you to click on the links below to visit website photo galleries for each building:

To see photos from Early Childhood Center, please click here.

To view photos from Falls-Lenox, please click here.

To view photos from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, please click here.

To view photos from Olmsted Falls High School, please click here.

GENEROUS DONATIONS OF CANDY MAKE ANNUAL PTA SERVICE PROJECT A SUCCESS

Parent volunteers helped coordinate the annual Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Candy Drive on Tuesday.  

Each year, students and families send in excess Halloween candy to be donated to local charities. 

This effort historically collects more than 500 pounds of candy! 

Many thanks to the families who donated and the PTA volunteers who coordinated this sweet effort! 

DON”T MISS THE ANNUAL POWDER PUFF POST PROM FUNDRAISER EVENT – THIS THURSDAY!

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!!

VARSITY FOOTBALL OHSAA PLAYOFF INFORMATION:  OLMSTED FALLS VS. TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

OFHS VARISTY FOOTBALL TAKES ON TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 4TH @ TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC, 7:30 P.M.

Presale Tickets:  $7.00

Presale Tickets will be sold as follows:

  • Olmsted Falls High School Student Office – Wednesday from 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Olmsted Falls High School Student Office – Thursday from 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Olmsted Falls High School Charles A. Heading Memorial Stadium – Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Tickets at the Toledo Central Catholic gate – $9.00

GO BULLDOGS!   

ACADEMIC TEAM SHOWS HALLOWEEN SPIRIT AT WEEKEND TOURNAMENT

This weekend, the Academic Team traveled to Aurora High School for the Early Bird OAC Tournament.  There were 32 Varsity and 26 JV teams competing in this tournament.  The OFHS A-Team won their bracket with a 7-0 record.  The B-Team posted a 4-3 record and C-Team posted a 3-4 record in the Varsity Brackets.  Our JV Teams posted 5-2 and 2-5 records on the day.

Pictured at right are most of the Academic team members posing with the A-Team’s trophy.  Since this tournament was on Halloween weekend, students were encouraged to compete in costumes!

In mid-October, the team also helped solidify a new rule in Ohio Academic Competition, which allows high school teams to compete in College level tournaments as long as they are entered as a high school team and all involved realize they are high school students before play begins.  Olmsted Falls was the first high school in Ohio to participate in a College level tournament under the new rule.  Our A Team competed at the MAGNI OSU Tournament on October 15, 2011 against all College teams!  A Team did a great job at OSU!  Stats can be viewed here: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/110/stats/prelims/.  The team ended up in a circle of death tie after the preliminary rounds (with a 4-1 record) and lost on the tiebreaker.  The team placed 9th overall (out of 18) on the day with a record of 6-4, competing against teams from University of Michigan, Michigan State, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Louisville, Northwestern, Chicago, Centre, and Miami.

On the same day, our B Team, C Team, and the JV’s were at the South Range HS NAQT Tournament.  Stats can be viewed here:  http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/114/stats/prelims/. The B team posted a 5-2 record, C Team posted a 3-3 record, and JV’s posted a 6-1 record and qualified for the Championship, losing in the finals to Copley.

Go Bulldogs!

OFIS STUDENT WINS ARTSONIA’S ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to 5th grader Katelyn Angus, who was selected as Artsonia’s 4th-6th “ARTIST OF THE WEEK!” for October 30, 2011 – November 5, 2011. 

During the contest, Katelyn received 771 votes from website visitors! 

Be sure to check the Artsonia homepage at www.artsonia.com where you will see Katelyn’s artwork featured for the next few days. 

Katelyn will also be receiving $50 and a special plaque provided by Blick Art Materials.

SPANISH STUDENTS VOLUNTEER

Amber Black (left) and Natalie Gasper (right), both seniors, volunteer their time during early release period to work with students needing a little practice with Spanish class. 

OFMS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN RED RIBBON WEEK ACTIVITIES

The National Red Ribbon Celebration is a time set aside annually from October 24-28 to increase awareness about the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and to promote safe and drug-free environments for everyone. The celebration serves as a tool for involving all aspects of the community in the process of prevention.

The Red Ribbon Celebration originated to honor the work and memory of a Drug Enforcement Agent who was murdered by drug traffickers in 1985. The Red Ribbon symbolizes a commitment to healthy drug-free lifestyles.

OFHS, OFMS, and OFIS participated in Red Ribbon week with a variety of themed activities each day last week.  Below, please enjoy a few pictures from OFMS:

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:  Meghan Garrett, Meghan O’Brien, Jared Yant

7th Grade:  Garrett Dietrich, Gwen Gossett, Thomas Legeza Narvaez, Madison Thompson

6th Grade:  Audra Bowers, Colleen Gareau, Ashley Hitterman, Josh Jaeckin, Evan Martin

Congratulations to these students!

SAVE THE DATE:  SPECIAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES SCHEDULED AT FALLS-LENOX FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

A Special Veteran’s Day Ceremony has been scheduled for each Falls-Lenox Learning Community.  Parents, family and friends are invited to attend.  Each ceremony will take place in front of Falls-Lenox Primary School and will last approx. 10-15 minutes.  

Ceremony times are set as follows:

 South Learning Community: 11:45 a.m.

East Learning Community:   12:20 p.m.

West Learning Community:  12:50 p.m.

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.

FIVE SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN STILL HELP PASS THE P.I. LEVY

Less than one week from today, our community will vote on the 5-Year Permanent Improvement Levy for our District.  Thank you to all who have helped with levy efforts to date.  We must continue our push through Election Day to keep awareness high and get the vote out in favor of this critical levy. 

Here are five simple ways you can help in these final days:

1. Display Your “Yes for Schools” Yard Sign – Please be sure your “Yes for Schools” yard sign is prominently displayed.  We need to keep increasing the number of yard signs around town through Election Day – especially on heavily traveled roads like Bagley, Columbia, Cook, Fitch, Stearns & Usher.  If you need a replacement sign or haven’t had a chance to get one yet, 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.

2. Join Our Final “Walk & Talk” This Saturday, November 5th – Positive response continues for this personal outreach effort.  Five sub-divisions have been covered to date.  Efforts will continue again this Saturday beginning at 10:15 a.m. here at the Board Office.  Please e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com with the subject “Walk & Talk” to confirm in advance if you plan to participate – this helps out greatly with route and materials preparation. 

3. Make Phone Calls – Take a list of voter names and numbers to help us with another layer of voter follow-up.  General scripts would be provided along with your list.  Calling efforts would begin toward the end of this week based on volunteer response.   Please e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com with the subject “Phone Calls” to assist with this effort.

4.  Take the “Me Plus Three” Pledge – Pledge to make sure that you plus three additional yes voters cast a vote in this election.  Pick three registered voters that you know and commit to personal follow-up to ensure their votes get cast.  Make personal calls to ensure that absentee ballots that have been requested have also been mailed back.  Call to make sure your voters make it to the polls on Election Day.  For any overachievers in the crowd, take the “Mine Plus Nine” pledge instead!! EVERY VOTE COUNTS!   

5. Help Create a Final Presence at the Polls on Election Day – The Pride campaign is seeking Bulldog staff members and parents to help with a final presence at the polls on Election Day.  Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.  Signs or flyers to be provided.   Please e-mail prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com with the subject “Work the Polls” with any time slot you have available to volunteer on November 8th, as well as any preference you may have as to polling location (ECC, Falls-Lenox, Middle School, High School, Community Church, All Saints Lutheran Church).  A schedule will be created and distributed before Election Day.  The greatest need will be during the heaviest voting times frames (6:30 – 9:30 a.m.; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.) to ensure that we have all polling locations covered, but presence during mid-day helps as well!   

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA MUG SALE – DEADLINE FOR ORDERS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

The Middle School PTA is selling bulldog coffee mugs as part of their fall fundraiser.  They make great stocking stuffers.  To view a flyer showing the style of the mug, please click here.  The Bulldog graphic shown at left is the one featured on the mug.  If you are interested in purchasing one please send an email to Holly McFadden at hmm5356@att.net.  

The mugs are 10.00 each and you can send cash or a check made out to OFMS PTA to Holly’s attention at the Middle School or Olmsted Falls Board office.  We will take orders up until November 11th only.  Thanks for your support.  You mail email Holly with any questions as well.

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 – NEXT 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 ONLY:  Next Wednesday, 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 INFORMATION FOR THE 2011-2012 SEASON

The Swim and Dive team is excited about its upcoming season.  Please click HERE to view the season schedule and come out to support the team!  If you are interested in purchasing cool Swim and Dive Bulldog apparel, click HERE for the order form.  Swim and Dive Boosters will meet in the High School cafeteria on the following dates:

October 12, 2011

November 9, 2011

December 14, 2011

January 11, 2012

February 8, 2012

Dinner Fundraiser February 21, 2012

March 14, 2012

April 11, 2012

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.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

November 4th, 6:30 p.m. – Olmsted Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner.  Please join us at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, on Friday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m. for our annual Spaghetti Dinner.  There will be an appearance by the Olmsted Performing Arts 2011 Winter Dance Company, a performance by The Big Daddies, karaoke, and raffles galore!  Prizes include:  4 one-day park hoppers for Walt Disney World, 2 tickets for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a Moonrock Bowling party, a 30 minute massage, a portrait packaged, a $165 gift basket from Footsteps, golfing and tobogganing passes, Cleveland Metroparks zoo passes, and much more!  Advance tickets (through noon on Nov. 3rd) for the dinner are $10/adult and $8/child or senior.  Add $2/person at the door.  Dinner includes pasta, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert.  Cost of karaoke is $5/song for individuals or $10/song for groups.  Tickets and additional information are available at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.

November 18th, 7 p.m., November 19th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. –  Olmsted Performing Arts Main Stage will perform the musical The Wizard of Oz.  Come watch our actors fly and a “tornado” hit the stage as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.  Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Tickets are now on sale!  Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 4-12) and seniors (60+).  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Advance tickets are available through noon on November 17th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.  The show will feature characters “flying” and special effects such as fireballs!  Tickets are selling fast.

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.

November 24th, 11 p.m., November 25th, 7 p.m.,  every Friday in December, 7 p.m., and New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m. – OPA Bash.   Olmsted Performing Arts is kicking off the holiday season with OPA Bash — A night of fun for kids ages 1-13 beginning 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for those Black Friday sales and continuing every Friday at 7 p.m. in December, as well as New Year’s Eve.  While you’re gone, your kids will be with experienced staff who will keep your children safe, and make sure they have fun! We will have Christmas crafts, movies, acting games, board games, and a Christmas Dance Party! Also, on November 25th and December 23rd, we will have Christmas cookie decorating!  The location is the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  More details are available at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.

Did your daughter or son love our Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine With Royalty event this summer?  Bring the magic home by celebrating your child’s special day with a Princess Party, Pirate Party, Dance Party, or Acting Party with Olmsted Performing Arts.  Please visit our website, www.olmstedperformingarts.com, for more information.

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