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Parent Update – November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011

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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  1. Steve
    November 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Great pictures of the students celebrating Halloween. Great memory for the kids and I love how the teachers also participate.

    Congrats for the endorsement of the levy from the Plain Dealer. Hopefully all parents will get out and vote and support this wonderful school system.

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