Parent Update – December 14, 2011
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)
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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/.