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Parent Update – November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011

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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