Parent Update – November 16, 2011
**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.
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.
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.
**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
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.
- Dance choreography
- Film production
- Musical composition
- 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)
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, email@example.com, if you would like be a part of the Krispy Kreme Krew!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Oz. Saturday 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.