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Parent Update – December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011 1 comment

WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE

This year’s Winter Break begins TOMORROW, Thursday, December 22nd and runs through Tuesday, January 3rd.  The last day of school prior to Winter Break is today, Wednesday, December 21st.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 4th.

Please note that there will be no blog update during the break next week.  The blog will return on Wednesday, January 4th.

Best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

DISTRICT HONORS MR. FRANK PEDICINI FOR BOARD SERVICE

Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley (right) joined the Olmsted Falls Board of Education in thanking outgoing Board member Mr. Frank Pedicini (left) for his years of dedicated service at last week's Board meeting.

Board of Education member Mr. Frank Pedicini was recognized last Wednesday evening for his 6+ years of service on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.  Mr. Pedicini’s community service has been characterized by the highest level of ethics and integrity. 

As an active parent and member of the Olmsted community, Mr. Pedicini’s service to the District, both before and during his tenure on the Board of Education, has improved the quality of educational opportunities in our schools and community. 

A resolution of public thanks and recognition was passed by Mr. Pedicini’s fellow Board of Education members at the Board’s monthly meeting in December, which was Mr. Pedicini’s final meeting.  On behalf of the Board, administration, staff and students of Olmsted Falls Schools, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Mr. Pedicini for his service and dedication to our District!

OLMSTED FALLS TEACHERS PUBLISHED IN RENOWNED BOOK ON CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls teachers Jessica Barylski, Michelle Buck, Kelly Dye, Audrey Eckert, Robyn Eidam, Kristen Gillespie, Sierra Swanson, Kim Urban and Assistant Superintendent Jim Lloyd for their recent inclusion in the newly published Classroom Assessment for Student Learning book.

Pictured (Front, L to R): Audrey Eckert, Jessica Barylski, Kelly Dye, Kristen Gillespie, Kim Urban. (Back, L to R): Sierra Swanson, Assistant Superintendent Jim Lloyd, and Board of Education President Frank Pedicini. Not pictured: Michelle Buck and Robyn Eidam

 BOARD HONORS SWC 1ST TEAM ATHLETES FROM OFHS

 The Olmsted Falls Board of Education proudly honored nine athletes from Olmsted Falls High School at their regular meeting this month.  Congratulations to these outstanding students who excel both on the field and in the classroom!

Pictured (Front, L to R): Jillian Mesaros (Soccer), Nolan Brandt (Football), Michael Sauvey (Football), Drew Meketa (Football), Stephen Johnson (Golf), and Samantha Smitley (Volleyball). Pictured (Back, L to R): OFHS Principal Dr. Bob Hill, Eric Meehan (Football), Brennan Laird (Football), Kelsey Snider (Volleyball) and Board of Education President Frank Pedicini. Not pictured: Timothy McClaren (Soccer)

1st WEB REUNION AT OFMS A SUCCESS!

On December 14th, OFMS hosted their very first WEB REUNION! Our 8th grade students met with our 6th grade students to check in on their year.  All students enjoyed a delicious donut while meeting with their original WEB Leaders to discuss their favorite subject, grades, and let us know how they feel as new members of our learning community.

WEB coordinators would like to thank OFIS, the custodial staff, teachers and Mr. Kurz for all of their support.  For more pictures, please click HERE.

3RD GRADE CHRISTMAS CONCERT A SUCCESS!

Anyone in attendance at last night’s concert presented by the Falls-Lenox 3rd graders in the OFHS Auditorium knows it was an outstanding performance!  It is no surprise with all of the hard work that was put into the show.  Last Friday, the 3rd graders even presented a special dress rehearsal performance in the cafeteria for the 1st and 2nd graders.  To see photos from this fun rehearsal, please click here.

Kudos to our 3rd graders and to music teacher Mrs. Eileen Wallace on an excellent performance!

OFHS STUDENTS SPREAD HOLIDAY MUSIC TO YOUNGER BULLDOGS

In what has become a wonderful holiday tradition in Olmsted Falls Schools, music students from Olmsted Falls High School make special visits to the other school buildings to share their talents and spread holiday cheer. 

This special activity is both fun and educational, providing younger students with the opportunity to see both instrumental and vocal music in action.

To view photos of today’s visit to Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, please click here.

ECC STUDENT ENRICHMENT FROM COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

Mr. and Mrs. Kubat visit the Early Childhood Center (ECC) every week to read to the Kindergarten students.  This week, the students received a special treat from the Kubat family.  They were Santa and Mrs. Claus, and read the “Night Before Christmas.”  Thank you to the Kubat’s and all our community volunteers for donating your valuable time to enrich our student curriculum!

The Kubat's read to an AM Kindergarten class.

The Kubat's read to a PM Kindergarten class.

READING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Students at Falls-Lenox Primary School have enjoyed relaxing with a good book around the Christmas tree in the Library Media Center.  

This set-up definitely wins the "favorite reading spot" award for December!

5th GRADERS UTILIZE MOBILE LAPTOP CARTS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT

All 5th Grade classes are currently completing a Social Studies project with the help of mobile laptop carts. The project, which focuses on a specific U.S. region, covers each standard and learning target the 5th Grade Social Studies teachers taught during the first twelve weeks of school (latitude and longitude, reading and creating maps, creating and reading circle graphs, explaining regional interdependence, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, etc.).  This is a great example of how our technology is being put to great use!  For more photos of our 5th graders in their laptop work groups, please click here.

5th grade students use laptops for social studies project.

OFHS SWIM TEAM SETS ANOTHER SCHOOL RECORD!

Congrats to senior Greg Porch on his record-breaking swim!

The Varsity Boys Swim and Dive Team defeated Midpark 99-85 to improve to 3-0, and 2-0 in the SWC. 

Senior Greg Porch set a new school record in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 5:18.71, breaking his own school record of 5:19.47, set last season. 

The Varsity Girls Swim and Dive Team also defeated Midpark 144-38 to improve to 3-0, and 2-0 in the SWC. 

On Saturday 12/17,  three Bulldog swimmers, Greg Porch, Bridget Liddy and Joan Dregalla, qualified for the CSU Viking Invite, which hosted athletes from all over Ohio and PA.  Junior Joan Dregalla and Senior Bridget Liddy swam personal bests and qualified for the Sat. evening finals.  

Both teams will host Brecksville this Thursday.

NORTH OLMSTED LIBRARY HOLDS FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS FOR COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships: How to search, apply for and win scholarships on January 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM.   Click HERE for more information.
  • FAF$A Coaching for the College Bound on January 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM -4:00 PM.  Click HERE for more information.

2ND ANNUAL WINTER SKILLS BASEBALL CAMP – UPDATE  

Unfortunately, the new Up to Bat facility in Brooklyn will not have their heat installed until after the holidays, so we have decided to have our winter camp over two dates: MLK Day (Mon., January 16th) and Presidents’ Day (Mon., February 20th). 

Time(s): 9:00am-11:00am (Grades 3-5) / 11:30am-1:30pm (Grades 6-8)

Where: Up to Bat Brooklyn (8707 Memphis Ave.) NEW LOCATION!!

Cost: $30.00 for 2 days –OR- $20.00 for 1 Day (Includes Camp T-Shirt)

For: Boys currently in grade 3 through 8  

For additional information on the Winter Skills Camp, including registration forms, please visit: www.ofbaseball.com

For information on the new Up to Bat Facility, click here: http://www.utbbaseball.com/league/default.aspx

OFIS FAMILIES AND STUDENTS GIVE GENEROUSLY TO RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

From December 5th through the 15th, OFIS collected items for Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House.  The items collected will help with the upkeep of the House and provide food and other items for families staying there while a young family member is receiving medical care at a nearby hospital.  Members of OFIS Student Council (pictured below) volunteered to stay after school to organize the donations.  Thank you to OFIS students and families for your very generous donations of products and time!   For more information on the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House, please click HERE.

6TH ANNUAL OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE SURPASSES GOAL

This year marked the sixth annual Student Council Holiday Food Drive at OFHS.  Each year, the drive has accumulated between 1500-1800 food items for the Olmsted Falls/Township Food Bank, located at the Olmsted Community Church.  This year, students wanted to establish a new record, and they set a goal for 2,012 items this year.  OFHS students did more than meet their goal – they more than doubled it with a total of 5,011 food items donated!  Kudos to the students, staff and families of Olmsted Falls High School on this great effort!

OFHS STUDENT RECEIVES EAGLE SCOUT AWARD

Paul Katz received his Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, December 18th.  Paul, a member of Boy Scout Troop 53, is a Sophomore and also involved in bowling, tennis, skiing, Key Club, and Band.  Congratulations to Paul and his attainment of the highest achievement in Boy Scouts!

Paul Katz, the newest Eagle Scout in Olmsted Falls

PTA FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS!

It’s time to get your Act together… You Could Win $$ !  Auditions will be held Saturday, January 7th, 2012 between 9am-12p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.

Get Movin & Groovin… You have all of Winter Break to practice.  Single performers, group performers …come prepared to audition!  Bands need only submit a short video.

All proceeds benefit OFHS Scholarships!

GATHERING NOMINATIONS FOR TWO OHIO PTA AWARDS

Olmsted Falls Parents and Staff we need your help! Take a moment and ask yourselves the following questions:

*Do you know a PTA volunteer or school staff member who has been an outstanding part of your child’s school year so far?

 *Would you like the opportunity to recognize the contributions and special qualities of one of your child’s teachers or a fellow educator?

Please click here to learn more about how to nominate a deserving Olmsted Falls staff member and/or volunteer for the prestigious Ohio PTA Outstanding District Educator Award and Helping Hands Award.  DEADLINE:  MONDAY, JANUARY 9TH.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.  Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.

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.  

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.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Thursday, January 12th, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association Information and Registration Night, Middle School Cafetorium.  The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to kick-off our third season!  In the first two seasons the program has grown from 22 boys playing lacrosse to 95 boys and girls learning and participating in the fastest growing sport in the United States.  In addition to the same programs offered last year, we are pleased to offer a 10 week developmental program for 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls.   Join us for one hour and learn about the sport of  LACROSSE — the Fastest Game On Two Feet —and decide if the non-stop action and excitement is worth a try!   Find out more online at olmstedfallslax.com or email at olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com.  To download the informational flyer click HERE.

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Parent Update – December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011 1 comment

 100th BLOG POST!

Today’s update marks the 100th post to the Olmsted Falls School District blog!  We hope you continue to find these weekly updates enjoyable, informative and useful.  It is our pleasure to use this communication tool to showcase the many outstanding things happening throughout our District and to keep you updated on the latest news. 

Please remember that our Comments feature is a great way to show your Bulldog pride when you see something you like, as well as a great way to get questions answered.  All District administrators are set up to respond to comments.

Many thanks to all who help us keep up with the many activities and events taking place in and around our District! 

RECOUNTS COMPLETE – P.I. LEVY PASSES BY 7 VOTES!

For those who may not have already heard the news, the recount for the District’s P.I. Levy in Lorain County was completed last Thursday (12/8/11) and there was NO CHANGE to the official vote counts.  With the recounts in both Cuyahoga and Lorain counties now complete, and no changes found in either count, the District can now report the official passage of our 5-Year P.I. Levy by the margin of 7 votes!   (Final Combined Vote Count:  4,073 YES votes / 4,066 NO votes)

A special thank you sign from students and staff at the District’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) was hung over the building entrance last Friday to express appreciation to the community. Other District buildings also featured messages of thanks on their sign boards.

Sincere thanks and appreciation to our parents, staff and community for your continuing support of the Olmsted Falls School District.  This has been a true demonstration of democracy in action and a true example of how every vote counts!  THANK YOU AGAIN! 

WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE

Please remember that this year’s Winter Break begins next Thursday, December 22nd and runs through Tuesday, January 3rd.  The last day of school prior to Winter Break is Wednesday, December 21st.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 4th.

HOLIDAY CONCERT SCHEDULE

One great way to get into the spirit of the season is to enjoy our musical Bulldogs performing in one or all of the holiday concerts being offered.  This past Monday, the High School Band put on a Christmas show that was amazing!  Please click HERE to see highlights from this special night.

The Jazz Band entertained the audience throughout the evening.

Don’t miss these remaining concerts that will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit:

*Thursday, December 15th, 7:30 p.m.:  High School Choir @ High School Auditorium

*Tuesday, December 20th: 3rd Grade Christmas Concert @ High School Auditorium(See below for times.)

3rd Grade Classes performing at 6:15 p.m.:  Mr. Klembarsky, Mrs. Richmond-Smith, Ms. Beltram, Mrs. Reitz, and Mrs. Sparks.

Classes performing at 7:45 p.m.:  Mrs. Volchko, Mr. Acerra, Mrs. Marsco, Mrs. Duray, Mrs. Petro, and Mrs. LaGruth

FALLS-LENOX FIRST GRADERS DONATE TOYS FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

First graders from the classrooms of Mrs. Kostraba, Mrs. DeLuca, Mrs. Burk, Mrs. Vasco, Dr. Kolozvary participated in a holiday gift drive this week to benefit Christians In Action, a local non-profit organization which assist Olmsted families.   The toy drive was organized as a service project for the students to reinforce discussions about ways to show compassion and caring to others, as well as, ways to give back to those that are less fortunate.  Kudos to our first grade teachers and students for this generous effort to help local families!

 

 

  

OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR ANNUAL APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

Olmsted Falls High School held its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Brunch last Friday in the High School Media Center.  Guests were treated to a buffet breakfast and enjoyed a special holiday performance by the High School’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

In addition, Bulldog alumnus Caitlyn John returned to her alma mater to personally express special thanks to the sponsors who supported her this year.  Caitlyn is currently studying Journalism at Ohio University.  Click HERE for more photos of this event.

PTA Representative Sandra Graham with Class of 2011 alumnus and Local Scholarship recipient Caitlyn John

Last year, these local sponsors provided nearly $125,000 through 234 scholarships for members of the Class of 2011.  Our District extends its continued gratitude to all of these individuals, businesses and organizations, for their generous support of our Bulldog graduates!

The 2012 Local Scholarship Program is getting underway.  For information on sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Mrs. Tommye Laut in the High School Counseling Office at 427-6116.

ENDOWMENT AND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ELECTS NEW BOARD PRESIDENT

Holly McFadden was recently elected President of the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association.  She has been a Trustee on the Board for seven years and is currently the Chair of the Fundraising and Golf Outing Committees.  In addition, Holly is a member of the Scholarship Committee that selects outstanding Seniors to receive one of twenty-two scholarships administered by the Association.  Scholarships distributed by the Alumni Association in 2011 totaled $22,400.

Holly is employed at the Board Office in the Treasurer’s Department, a position she’s held since 2003.  She and her husband, Jay, have two boys, a Sophomore and a 6th Grader, who attend Olmsted Falls City Schools. Holly is very active in the schools and has been the Fundraising Chair for the Falls-Lenox, Intermediate, and Middle School PTA’s.  She also teaches PSR classes at St. Mary’s.  Congratulations to Holly and we wish her much success in her new post!

The Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association is dedicated to supporting Olmsted Falls City Schools and its proud history and to providing assistance and direction to future alumni.  Click HERE for the Alumni Association’s Mission Statement.  Click HERE to become a Member.

OFHS SWIMMING & DIVING TEAMS OFF TO GREAT START

On Saturday,  December 10th, the Varsity Girls Swim and Dive Team defeated North Olmsted 96-90, to improve to 2-0 and begin 1-0 in the SWC.  The Boys team also defeated North Olmsted 104-73, to improve to 2-0, and begin their season 1-0 in the SWC.  Junior Aidan Burton set a new school record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 58.13, breaking the record of 59.03 set by Matt Cook in 2005.  The teams will swim and dive versus Midpark on Wednesday, December 14th.

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP POLICE BRING SAFETY ASSEMBLY TO ECC

Many thanks to the Olmsted Township Police Department for bringing the “Officer Phil”  Team Up For A Safer Community” program to Falls-Lenox last week.  Students enjoyed a special assembly about important safety rules.  Children also received a free “Team Up” activity and coloring book.  Thank you again to the Olmsted Township Police!

PTA FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS!

It’s time to get your Act together… You Could Win $$ !  Auditions will be held Saturday, January 7th, 2012 between 9am-12p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium. 

Get Movin & Groovin… You have all of Winter Break to practice.  Single performers, group performers …come prepared to audition!  Bands need only submit a short video. 

All proceeds benefit OFHS Scholarships!

OFIS PTA REFLECTIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH!

The deadline for OFIS students to submit entries for the annual PTA Reflections contest has been extended to next Tuesday, December 20th.  Please click here for full contest details and building-specific entry forms.

GATHERING NOMINATIONS FOR TWO OHIO PTA AWARDS

Olmsted Falls Parents and Staff we need your help! Take a moment and ask yourselves the following questions:

*Do you know a PTA volunteer or school staff member who has been an outstanding part of your child’s school year so far?

 *Would you like the opportunity to recognize the contributions and special qualities of one of your child’s teachers or a fellow educator?

Please click here to learn more about how to nominate a deserving Olmsted Falls staff member and/or volunteer for the prestigious Ohio PTA Outstanding District Educator Award and Helping Hands Award.  DEADLINE:  MONDAY, JANUARY 9TH.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK

A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.  Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.

LIBRARY SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT AT SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 15, the Cuyahoga County Public Library will host a community meeting regarding the new Olmsted Falls Branch.  Come and share your thoughts and ideas.

The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Community Church Fellowship Hall located at 7853 Main Street.  For more information, please click HERE.

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.  

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.

ACADEMIC TEAM CUSTOM ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO PLACE YOUR ORDER!  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.

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.  Last day to order is this Friday, Dec. 16th, for delivery on Monday, December 19th.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

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 http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/.

Thursday, January 12th, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association Information and Registration Night, Middle School Cafetorium.  The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to kick-off our third season!  In the first two seasons the program has grown from 22 boys playing lacrosse to 95 boys and girls learning and participating in the fastest growing sport in the United States.  In addition to the same programs offered last year, we are pleased to offer a 10 week developmental program for 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls.  Join us for one hour and learn about the sport of  LACROSSE — the Fastest Game On Two Feetand decide if the non-stop action and excitement is worth a try!   Find out more online at olmstedfallslax.com or email at olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com.  To download the informational flyer click HERE.
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Parent Update – December 7, 2011

December 7, 2011 2 comments

**UPDATE (12-8-11, 4:00 p.m.):  P.I. LEVY PASSES BY 7 VOTES; RECOUNTS COMPLETE!**

We have just received word that today’s recount for our P.I. Levy in Lorain County has been completed and there is NO CHANGE to the official vote counts reported last week.

With the recounts in both Cuyahoga and Lorain counties now complete, and no changes found in either count, we can officially celebrate the passage of our 5-Year P.I. Levy by the margin of 7 votes!   (Final Combined Vote Count:  4,073 YES votes / 4,066 NO votes)

Sincere thanks and appreciation to our parents, staff and community for your continuing support of the Olmsted Falls School District.  This has been a true demonstration of democracy in action and a true example of how every vote counts!

THANK YOU AGAIN!

AUTOMATIC RECOUNT FOR CUYAHOGA COUNTY COMPLETED THIS MORNING – NO CHANGE TO OFFICIAL LEVY VOTE COUNTS; LORAIN COUNTY RECOUNT TOMORROW

As reported on last week’s blog, the extremely narrow margin of passage for the recent District’s P.I. Levy vote triggered an automatic recount in both Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. 

The recount for Cuyahoga County took place this morning at 9:30 a.m.   We are pleased to share that the vote count  results from Cuyahoga County held and there were no changes to the official Cuyahoga County vote count reported last week (4,020 FOR / 3,922 AGAINST).

The recount for the single Lorain County precinct will take place tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.  Official vote counts for Lorain County were 53 FOR  / 144 AGAINST.  We are very hopeful that the Lorain County results will hold as well.

NOTE:  We plan to update the blog tomorrow afternoon with final confirmation on the Lorain count, and the final results for our issue.

We remain hopeful that the P.I. Levy’s seven vote lead overall will hold and that we will be able to begin to put these funds to work after the first of the year.  Thank you again for your continuing support of Olmsted Falls Schools!

OFAB’S BULLDOG APPAREL CHRISTMAS SALE THIS SATURDAY,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Don’t miss the Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster’s Annual Bulldog Apparel sale this Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria.  Items for sale include everything from t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, jackets, ties, hats, and blankets to stadium seats, umbrellas, flags, car decals and so much more.  New to the collection this year is   Bulldog and sport-specific (football, basketball mom, etc.) jewelry as well as Bulldog tumbler hot/cold cup.  Items at all price points. Apparel in infant to adult sizes. 

Special guest Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  – Bring your camera for picture opportunities!

Also, Support the “Feed the Bulldog” Food Drive Effort & Receive a Paw Print Key Chain – Bring in at least one can or non-perishable food item to support the Olmsted Community Church food pantry helping local community members in need and receive a free “Go Bulldogs” paw print key chain.  Food collection bins will be set up during the sale. 

OFHS SOCCER TEAM EARNS AWARDS ON AND OFF FIELD

Following a season where accolades were aplenty for its play on the field, the Olmsted Falls men’s soccer team was honored for its work in the classroom with both the Ohio High School Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio Team Academic Award and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award.

The Olmsted Falls men posted an astounding team grade point average of 3.55 en route to earning the program’s fourth All-Ohio Award and the second NCSAA Award in the past five years. A total of only 135 programs nation-wide earned NSCAA Team Academic Award honors with GPAs of 3.00 or higher.

Seniors Tyler Knapp and Tim McClaren were placed on the Ohio High School Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio Academic Team for maintaining a 3.7 GPA.

Senior Tim McClaren also earned the The National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Senior Excellence Award for his outstanding play on the field, his accomplishments in the classroom, and the sportsmanship and leadership displayed throughout the season.

Under fifth-year Head Coach James Walchanowicz, the Bulldogs men finished the 2011 campaign at 7-11 overall and finished the season with a heart breaking 2-1 loss to Strongsville in the Sectional Championship game.  Earning ALL SWC Honorable Mention were Juniors James Bildstein and Brad Sommer.  Earning ALL SWC Second Team was Junior Jon Levi, and earning ALL SWC FIRST Team was Senior Tim McClaren.  Tim McClaren was also named ALL SWC ACADEMIC SCHOLAR.  Seniors Kyle Barber and Brian Bildstein, Junior Jon Levin, Sophomore Michael Payne, and  Freshman Christian Klein earned Honorable Mention Greater Cleveland honors Division I.  Earning ALL Greater Cleveland Second Team was Senior Tim McClaren.

ACADEMIC TEAMS CONTINUE TO SCORE WELL IN TOURNAMENTS

This past weekend, the OFHS Academic Team traveled to Clayton, OH (just west of Dayton) for the 6th Annual Rowdy Raider NAQT Qualifier Tournament.  There were Academic Teams from the Tri-State Area participating (Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio).  After the second round robin of play, our A Team was in a three-way tie and had to play their way through a playoff 10 question packet against Sycamore HS (Cincinnati) to meet Warren G. Harding HS in a second playoff 10 question packet (which they won).  This gave them the opportunity to play Northmont HS (Clayton, OH) for the championship.  Our A-Team (Sohan Vartak, Brad Sevcik, Marty Mendenhall, and Nathan Seese) finished 12-1 on the day on their way to capturing 1st place overall in a very tough field.

The Academic A Team holds their trophy, with Academic Team Advisor Mrs. Rhonna Smith

Our B-Team (Tom Hoy, Richie Mendenhall, Nick Wickham, and Andy Nageotte) went 5-5 on the day while C-Team (Emily Burland, Julie Wu, Xavier Riviera, and Conner Arendec) finished 5-5 on the day as well.  It was another good weekend for Olmsted Falls Quiz Bowl!  Thank you for your continued support of the Academic Team!

STUDENT COUNCIL BLOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS!

The OFHS Student Council members, working with Olmsted Falls School District Nurse Carol Meszaros, sponsored a blood drive on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Olmsted Falls High School.  

Thanks to their efforts and the efforts of volunteers, the American Red Cross was able to collect 71 pints of blood for needed patient care.  Of those 82 presenting donors, 45 donated blood for the first time.   A considerable amount of work goes into every blood drive and precious lives have been saved or sustained as a direct result.  Thanks for your effort and great job OFHS!  

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON DEMONSTRATED BY DISTRICT STAFF

The High School Kitchen Staff adopted two families instead of exchanging gifts with each other this year.  Teresa Haun, Diane Drespling, Marlene Wilhelm, Helga Allen, Pat Binggeli, Veronica Kelly and Laurie LaGruth are pictured below along with their very generous gifts.

The Food Service Department, pictured below,  took up a food collection at its recent staff meeting to donate to the Christians In Action Food Bank, an organization that helps needy families in the Olmsted Falls Community.

Thank you to both groups for showing the community the true Spirit of the Season!

OFMS 6TH GRADERS GRADUATE FROM D.A.R.E. PROGRAM

D.A.R.E stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.  As part of the D.A.R.E. program, Officer Bob Swope instructed students to act in their own best interest when facing high-risk, low-gain choices and to resist peer pressure in making personal choices regarding tobacco smoking, drug abuse, alcohol consumption and peer pressure in social networks.  The D.A.R.E program has received numerous accolades and awards for helping keep kids off drugs.  Thanks to Officer Bob Swope for his all his time and efforts with our students!

Top row left to right: Joe Bement, Jensen Brock, Alena Caggiano, Bret Asadorian, Jenna-Star Shranko; Bottom row left to right: Joy Jacobs, Leah LaPinta, Olivia Bongiovanni, Caitlyn Rheume

The students above were selected to read their essays about what D.A.R.E. taught them to an audience of parents and 6th graders at the recent D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

OFMS 6th GRADE STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND DEC. 14TH WEB REUNION

SAVE THE DATE! All 6th grade students have been invited to attend a special morning reunion event next Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Don’t miss this chance to join your fellow WEB Leaders and catch up on how this year is going!  Doughnuts will be served.  Meet in the OFIS Bulldog Café at 8:00 AM.

**8th Grade WEB Leaders: please report to school at 7:45 AM**

OFMS WEB LEADERS HOST MOVIE NIGHT

On Thursday, December 1st the Middle School 8th Grade WEB Leaders hosted Movie Night for all 6th grade students.  Students enjoyed hot chocolate and homemade cookies, thanks to the Intramural Mentoring Program, all while watching the hilarious comedy Zoo Keeper!  Thank you to all who participated!

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:  Jared Chatham, DeNasia Mahome, Sean Patterson

7th Grade:  Zoe Clayburg, Daniel Linder, Alex Moore, Will Moyse

6th Grade:  Emily Garrett, Sarah Ivan, Kevin Kruichuk, Syler Minor, Jihad Salti, Jordan Sicking

Congratulations to these students!

A few of this week's Bulldog Stars! Congratulations to all!

OFIS PTA REFLECTIONS DEADLINE NEXT THURSDAY, DEC. 15TH

The deadline for OFIS students to submit entries for the annual PTA Reflections contest is next Thursday, December 15th.  Please click here for full contest details and building-specific entry forms.

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association hosted its annual holiday luncheon for retired bulldog staff members this past Monday at OFIS.  More than 50 retired bulldogs were in attendance at this popular event, sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.

Retired staff in attendance enjoyed a wonderful hot lunch prepared by Mrs. Tabar and her staff.  The lunch was served expertly by Mr. Ryan’s OWA students from OFHS.  Guests were also treated to a variety of  music performed by Mr. Patterson’s 8th Grade Singers, Mrs. Kiedrowski’s 8th Grade Choir, and Mr. Gulden’s Jazz Band.  The finale was a tour of the new OFIS building provided by principal, Mr. Svec.

To view additional photos from the 2011 Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon, please click here.

LOCAL SISTERS APPEAR TOGETHER IN PLAYHOUSE SQUARE’S PRODUCTION OF “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

The Nelson siblings, Courtney (8th grade), Cameron (5th grade), Cassidy (2nd grade), and Carly (Kindergarten) – all students of the Olmsted Falls School District – will be performing in the play “A Christmas Carol” from Friday, December 2nd through Friday, December 23rd at the Great Lakes Theater, Playhouse Square.

Three of the four sisters have been in the play before, but this is the first time all four will be in the production together, which makes this a special holiday season for the family.  The company cast 9 children and one understudy in an audition process which consisted of singing and reading from the script.  This is a very special honor, as well as a commitment of hard work and dedication.  The girls will be performing in 30 shows overall – including one performance next week being attended by Courtney’s fellow 8th graders from Olmsted Falls Middle School!  For more information and to order tickets, please visit the Great Lakes Theater website  by clicking HERE.  Good luck and have a great time girls!

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 THIS 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.

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FUNDRAISER PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY TO SHOP WITH A COP

Help provide a deserving child the opportunity to “Shop with a Cop” for Christmas.  For every $100 worth of tickets sold, one child will have this great opportunity!  Tickets are $1 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.  For more information or to purchase tickets, stop by or contact Lieutenant Matt Vanyo at the Olmsted Township Police Department, 26900 Cook Road, Olmsted Township, 440-235-3335.  All money goes to help needy children at Christmas.

LIBRARY SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT AT SPECIAL MEETING NEXT WEEK

Next Thursday, December 15, the Cuyahoga County Public Library will host a community meeting regarding the new Olmsted Falls Branch.  Come and share your thoughts and ideas. 

The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Community Church Fellowship Hall located at 7853 Main Street.  For more information, 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.

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 TONIGHT, December 7th at 7 pm in the High School Choir room!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Friday, December 9th, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Olmsted Kiwanis Club is holding a community spaghetti dinner with a special guest, Santa Claus, 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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