Parent Update – December 7, 2011
**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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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 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
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
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: email@example.com) or OFIS parent Jennifer Kanaba (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.