Parent Update – December 21, 2011
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
OFHS SWIM TEAM SETS ANOTHER SCHOOL RECORD!
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!
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!
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
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.
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 email@example.com. To download the informational flyer click HERE.