Parent Update – November 30, 2011
**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.
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.
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!
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
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 6th. Donations 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!
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:
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
- 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)
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) or OFIS parent Jennifer Kanaba (email@example.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.