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Parent Update – January 25, 2012

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MRS. KEMPER’S 2ND GRADE CLASS SKYPES WITH BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS’ AUTHOR DEBBIE DADEY

Mrs. Kemper’s 2nd grade class had a SkypeTM discussion with Debbie Dadey, co-author of the popular Bailey School Kids book series on Friday, January 20th.  SkypeTM is a free internet video conferencing service that allows subscribers to chat together via the internet. 

In preparation for the discussion, the children each received a book signed by Debbie Dadey to read over the winter break.  They also read two of her books in class this month.

Each student prepared a question to ask during the interview, and the discussion was a huge success.  Ms. Dadey explained her writing process, showed the students a draft of one her books, and a never before seen copy of a soon-to-be-released book.  The students really seemed to enjoy using this technology to meet a favorite author.

Mrs. Kemper organized the call with the help of Ms. Pinizzotto (educational aide), Nicole Joseph (a parent volunteer), and Ms. Tindera (technology asst.).  They hope to organize more SkypeTM calls this year to supplement the class instruction.

SECOND GRADE CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT – THURSDAY, JANUARY 26TH

Second grade students from Falls-Lenox will perform a special winter concert tomorrow night, Thursday, January 26th, in the OFHS Auditorium. Be sure to come out to see our talented young singers on the big stage! 

Two showtimes:  6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  **Please see below for performance times by class.**

6:30 p.m.:  Performance by 2nd Graders from the classes of Ms. Chichester, Mrs. Gommel, Ms. Keith, Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Timura and Mrs. Vormelker.

7:30 p.m.:  Performance by 2nd Graders from the classes of Mrs. Cieker, Mrs. Kemper, Mrs. Mlady, Ms. Moore and Mrs. Statz.

SOS: SIGNS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM GETS UNDERWAY AT OFMS NEXT WEEK

As a proactive way to address the important topic of teen depression and related issues, Olmsted Falls Middle School is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training through the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Middle School Program.  The SOS Program at OFMS will include a classroom presentation which will be conducted by our own school counselors and school psychologists.  All seventh graders will participate in this program on the following days:  Phoenix Team on Monday, January 30th; Griffin Team on Monday, February 13th

Detailed information on the scheduled SOS Program was provided to parents earlier this week.

To read the letter sent to Middle School parents last week, please click here.

To download the SOS: Signs of Suicide Parent Newsletter, please click here.

DISTRICT NURSES TO BEGIN ROUTINE SCREEENINGS

The school nurse will be doing screenings for hearing, vision and scoliosis over the next two months.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s health clinic.

ECC TYPICAL PEER PLAY DAY – THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH – A FEW AFTERNOON TIME SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE

If you have a child who will be 3 by 8/1/12 and will not turn 6 before 12/1/12, please consider making an appointment for him/her to participate at our final “typical peers” play day this Friday.  To make an appointment for this Friday, January 27th, or to ask questions, please contact Mrs. Loretta McClelland, ECC secretary, at 440.427.6360 or lmcclelland@ofcs.net.  For additional information on the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center preschool program and the upcoming play days, please click here .

OFHS VARSITY SWIMMING & DIVING UPDATE

The Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving Team has improved their record to 6-2 (4-2 SWC), with recent victories over Amherst, Avon Lake, and Fairview.  Senior Bridget Liddy and Junior Joan Dregalla lead the team with 13 Individual 1st place finishes on the season.  Senior Kate Kerney leads the Diving Team with three 1st place finishes.  The girls travel to Westlake this Friday, January 27th.

Congratulations to the OFHS 400 Freestyle Relay Team of Senior Greg Porch, Senior Kevin Bohland, Sophmore Tommy Petro, and Junior Aidan Burton set new school record of 3:32.56 vs. Berea HS on Jan. 20th.

The Boys Swimming and Diving Team has also improved to 6-2 (4-2 SWC), with January victories over Berea and Fairview.  Against Berea last Friday, January 20th, the boys set four school records!  Senior Kevin Bohland set a new record in the 50 Free with a time of 23.66.  Junior Aidan Burton set two records – in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 58.59, and in the 100 Backstroke with a time 56.43.  The boys 400 Freestyle Relay of Senior Greg Porch, Senior Kevin Bohland, Sophomore Tommy Petro, and Junior Aidan Burton set a new school record of 3:32.56, breaking the previous record from 2002 by more than 3 seconds.  On Tuesday, January 24th, against Fairview, the Boys 200 Medley Relay of Junior Aidan Burton, Sophomore Jake Bolton, Sophomore Tommy Petro, and Senior Kevin Bohland set a new school record of 1:49.60, breaking the old record, set in 2005 by 0.21.  The Boys also travel to Westlake this Friday, January 27th.  Senior Greg Porch and Junior Aidan Burton lead the team with 14 Individual 1st place finishes on the season.  Junior Jon Levin leads the diving team with three 1st place finishes.

ANNUAL DINNER & RAFFLE TO SUPPORT OFHS SWIM & DIVE TEAM

SAVE THE DATE!  Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team present the Annual Dinner and Raffle Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the OFHS cafeteria.  This year’s event will have a country-western theme!   Raffle:  50+ prizes for adults and children donated by local merchants & swim families.  (Raffle tickets will be available for purchase the night of the event.) Dinner catered by Angelina’s.  To download official invitation flyer / reservation form, please click here.
 

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM SCORES BIG

On Saturday, January 14th, the OFHS Academic Team competed in an OAC Tournament at Warren G. Harding High School.  The day was marked by outstanding team performances at all levels!  The A Team (Sohan Vartak, Marty Mendenhall, Brad Sevcik, and Nathan Seese) went 10-0 on the day, winning the Varsity Division.  The B Team (Tom Hoy, Richie Mendehall, Nick Wickham, Andy Nageotte, and Justin McIsaac) went 6-2 on the day, making the top division for playoffs before being eliminated by South Range. They finished in a tie for 4th.  The C Team (Julie Wu, Emily Burland., Samantha Kuehn, Xavier Riviera, and Conner Arendec) went 5-3 on the day, making the top division for the playoffs before being eliminated by our A Team. They finished in a tie for 4th.  The JV A Team (David Graham, Cecelia Dahlinger, Zach Buchta, Emily Raffay.) went 5-2 on the day and won the JV Division for the tournament. (Zach Buchta is an 8th grader!!)  The JV B Team (Jorden Rieke, Mike Zeber, Daniel Gluvna, Eric Pfisterer) went 4-3 on the day and placed 4th in the JV Division for the tournament.

This is the first time the OFHS Academic Team has had not one, not two, but three varsity teams make the top playoff division of a tournament!

On Saturday, January 21st, the Academic Team competed in the SWC Tournament at Avon Lake High School.  For the fourth year in a row, our Academic Team won the SWC Tournament and brought home the “traveling” trophy!  Congratulations to Sohan Vartak (captain), Marty Mendenhall, Brad Sevcik, Tom Hoy, and Emily Burland (pictured above) who represented Olmsted Falls on Saturday. 

ANNUAL GEOGRAPHY BEES HELD AT INTERMEDIATE / MIDDLE SCHOOLS

OFIS and OFMS students got right back to business following the winter break as each building hosted their Annual Geography Bee events.  Each year, students in each building qualify to participate in the respective Geography Bees by taking a qualifying exam in advance of the events. 

OFIS Geography Bee winner Matthew Theilman

OFIS held its Annual Geography Bee on Thursday, January 5th in the gymnasium.  A total of 62 students qualified to participate in this year’s event.  Congratulations to OFIS 5th grader Matthew Theilman for emerging as the winner of the 2012 OFIS Geography Bee.  Following the school-level competition, Matthew, who is a student in Mrs. Pojman’s class, completed a written test to see if he qualifies for the state competition in April. Congratulations again and good luck to Matthew!

OFMS Geography Bee winner Matt Harris

OFMS hosted its 21st Annual Geography Bee on Tuesday, January 10th.  Following two rounds of written qualifying exams, a total of 20 students qualified to participate in this year’s OFMS Geography Bee event.  Congratulations to 8th graders Matt Harris for emerging as the winner of the 2012 OFMS Geography Bee.  Matt will now take a written qualifying exam which could allow him to compete in the State Geography Bee held in March 2012. Congratulations again and good luck to Matt! 

To view photos and read more about the participants and top-place finishers in the OFMS Geography Bee, please click here.

Special thanks are extended to Mr. Ryan Milowicki who served as the emcee for the OFMS Geography Bee and to PTA who provides the plaques for these winning students which will be presented in May.

READING BUDDIES LEARN AND HAVE FUN AT FALLS-LENOX

Reading Buddies is a program at Falls-Lenox where selected 3rd grade students read to 1st grade students.  In these photos, Mrs. Reitz’s 3rd graders read to their 1st grade buddies from Mrs. Sanfilippo’s class.   For more photos, click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION UPDATE

All music students in grades 8 through 12 will be given an opportunity to earn travel credits towards future high school music trips such as last year’s trip to New York City.  This is the second year that students will be selling Hoagies to be delivered on Super Bowl Saturday, February 4, 2012.  Students will have order forms the week of January 9th.  Hoagies will cost $5 each with $3 going directly to the students travel accounts.  This event is sponsored by our friends at Shakers IGA, so be sure to see your favorite musician in grades 8 through 12 to order your hoagies!

Please join OFMA the first Wednesday of every month in the high school choir room at 7pm to discuss upcoming events and fund raising opportunities for our outstanding music program!

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.

OFHS KEY CLUB “JEANS FOR TEENS” COLLECTION

The Olmsted Falls High School Key Club is collecting gently used jeans of all sizes, colors and brands for the “Jeans for Teens” drive sponsored by Aéropostale.  The school that collects the most jeans to be donated to homeless shelters will win scholarship money, a celebrity attended party and a pair of designer jeans for every student.  Please consider going through your closets and donating your old jeans.  Collection boxes have been set up in the high school library to collect your donations now through February 12th.  If you have any questions, please contact Jenelle Hughes at the High School.

SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOL PTA MEETING – THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH

Are you a parent of a student with a disability? Would you like your student to be involved and/or participate in an organized school group/club? Are you looking for a support group to help answer your questions, give potential suggestions, and possibly socialize with? If you are interested in discussing similar topics, please plan to attend the High School PTA meeting on Monday, January 30th in the High School Library Media Center at 7:00 p.m. High School Counselors Sherry Davis and Lisa Meinhardt, and High School art teacher Mariel Krakowiak, will speak to the group on this important topic.  Parents of students with disabilities as well as parents of typical students are encouraged to attend.  Parents of younger students not yet in high school are also invited and encouraged to attend.  If you cannot attend the meeting please contact Mariel Krakowiak, high school teacher and a parent of a child with special needs (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net).  For additional information, please click here.

POST SECONDARY OPTION INFORMATION MEETING FOR HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – FEBRUARY 2ND

Save the Date – Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Auditorium!  Post Secondary Option Information meeting for parents and students interested in college courses for credit while in high school.  (For current 8th-11th grade students.)   Please contact the OFHS Counseling Department at 427-6116 with questions.  We hope to see you there!

FALLS-LENOX PLANNING FAMILY LITERACY NIGHTS

ATTN:  Falls-Lenox Families! 

Mark your calendars for the following Literacy Nights:

First Grade – Thursday, February 2nd

Second Grade – Thursday, February 23rd

Third Grade – Thursday, March 15th

All Literacy Nights will take place from 6:00-7:45 p.m.  and promise to be fun and engaging evenings for the children and their families.  Watch for additional information!

OFIS PTA PARTNERS WITH OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER FOR SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHT DONATION PROGRAM IN FEBRUARY

Saturday Activity Nights, a youth program that hosts gym activities, DJ/dance party, craft, games and fun for ages 8-14, from 7-10 p.m. on Saturdays at the Olmsted Community Center (8170 Mapleway Dr., Olmsted Falls) will partner in February with OFIS PTA. All 4th and 5th grade students at OFIS will receive coupons that they can use at each of the Saturday Activity Nights in the month of February. Each coupon allows OFIS Students to receive a free drink. For each coupon used by OFIS students, the Saturday Activity Night program will give $1.00 back to OFIS PTA!  Parents please encourage the use of these coupons and help our PTA earn money for OFIS. 

MORE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/EVENTS:

SPRING SOCCER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN IN PERSON REGISTRATION TONIGHT!   Olmsted Falls Soccer Association has OPENED soccer registration for the Spring Session. The cost is $60.00 for the first player, $50.00 for the second player and $40.00 for the third player. You can register by either attending our in person registration on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria or by going to our website http://olmstedsoccer.wordpress.com/ . We have improved the online registration and encourage you to use it. You can use your PayPal account to pay for your registration.   The cut off for registrations is Feb 28th. Any registrations received after that date will be charged an additional $10.00, please don’t be late.

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Parent Update – January 18, 2012

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2012 Concert Schedule for Olmsted Falls Schools

The second half of the school year offers a variety of outstanding music events!  Be sure to mark your calendars and come see our talented students in the following performances:

Thursday, January 26th:  Falls-Lenox 2nd Grade Concert (at OFHS Auditorium)

Wednesday, February 15th:  OFMS Winter Band Concert

Tuesday, February 28th:  OFMS Winter Choir Concert – 6th Grade Choirs & Singers

Wednesday, February 29th:  OFMS Winter Choir Concert – 7th / 8th Grade Choirs & Singers

Wednesday, March 7th:  OFHS Winter Band Concert

Wednesday, March 14th:  OFHS Winter Choral Concert

Thursday, March 22nd:  Falls-Lenox 1st Grade Concert (at OFHS Auditorium)

Saturday, April 14th:  OFHS Ballroom Blitz

Tuesday, May 8th:  OFMS Spring Choir Concert – 6th Grade Choirs & Singers

Wednesday, May 9th:  OFMS Spring Choir Concert – 7th / 8th Grade Choirs & Singers

Thursday, May 10th:  OFHS Band Pops Concert

Wednesday, May 16th:  OFIS Spring Band & Choir Concert

Thursday, May 17th: OFHS Choir Pops Concert

Wednesday, May 23rd:  OFMS All Band Concert

FALLS-LENOX CELEBRATES DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK

Students at Falls-Lenox celebrated Disability Awareness Week with a variety of special activities and events.   A grade level Poster Contest was held and winners were featured on this week’s morning show. 

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as winners for their great posters:

First grade – Hadley Allen and Kayla Bauer

Second grade – Riley Orellano and Ethan Royal

Third grade – Paige Chernisky and Gabrielle Masola

In addition, thanks to funds provided by the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA, all students were treated to a special assembly featuring a ventriloquist show with an entertaining and educational message to go along with the theme of the week.  Many thanks to PTA, School Pyschologist Mrs. Robin Scott, and the Falls-Lenox staff and students for making this a great week!

To view photos from this week’s Disability Awareness Week activities, please click here.

OFMS WAS THE FOX 8 “COOL SCHOOL” LAST WEEK! CHECK OUT THE REPORT FROM FOX!

In case you missed it live, we are providing the link to Fox’s report of Olmsted Falls Middle School as the COOL SCHOOL OF THE WEEK!  The Middle School students did a fantastic job representing our district with BULLDOG PRIDE!  For additional photos from the Fox filming at OFMS as well as our OFMS students live in studio at Fox 8, please click here.

Here are Zach Buchta and Alex Kho in the Fox Studio

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.

THIS FRIDAY!  OFHS MASQUERS AND FORENSICS PRESENTS COMEDY NIGHT

Bring your sense of humor to OFHS Masquers and Forensics’ COMEDY NIGHT on Friday, January 20th at 8:00 p.m.!! 

It’s a hilarious, fast-paced, improvised comedy based entirely on audience suggestions and made up right before your eyes!  Click HERE for the informational flyer.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CURRENTLY SCHEDULING TYPICAL PEER PLAY DAYS FOR JANUARY 20TH & 27TH

If you have a child who will be 3 by 8/1/12 and will not turn 6 before 12/1/12, please consider making an appointment for him/her to participate at one of our play days to meet potential “typical peers.”  To make an appointment for January 20th or January 27th, or to ask questions, please contact Mrs. Loretta McClelland, ECC secretary, at 440.427.6360 or lmcclelland@ofcs.net.  For additional information on the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center preschool program and the upcoming play days, please click here .

DON’T MISS THE FALLS-LENOX/ECC JANUARY PTA MEETING – NEXT TUESDAY, JAN. 24TH

Ever hear the old nursery rhyme….don’t let the bedbugs bite?  Well, bedbugs are alive and well in Northeast Ohio, and across the country.  F-L/ECC PTA is offering a presentation on how to avoid getting bedbugs, and what to do if your household does get them.  The presentation is open to all, you do not have to be a PTA member to attend.

Please Join Us:

Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm

Falls-Lenox Cafeteria

**Free babysitting is available and two $25 gift cards will be raffled off for all those in attendance!**

NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 24TH FOR OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AND HELPING HANDS PTA AWARDS

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 EXTENSION:  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24TH.

JANUARY 30th HIGH SCHOOL PTA MEETING FEATURES DISABILITY AWARENESS DISCUSSION

Are you a parent of a student with a disability? Would you like your student to be involved and/or participate in an organized school group/club? Are you looking for a support group to help answer your questions, give potential suggestions, and possibly socialize with? If you are interested in discussing similar topics, please plan to attend the High School PTA meeting on Monday, January 30th in the High School Library Media Center at 7:00 p.m. High School Counselors Sherry Davis and Lisa Meinhardt, and High School art teacher Mariel Krakowiak, will speak to the group on this important topic.  Parents of students with disabilities as well as parents of typical students are encouraged to attend.  Parents of younger students not yet in high school are also invited and encouraged to attend.  If you cannot attend the meeting please contact Mariel Krakowiak, high school teacher and a parent of a child with special needs (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net).  For additional information, please click here.

POST SECONDARY OPTION INFORMATION MEETING FOR HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS

Save the Date – Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Auditorium!  Post Secondary Option Information meeting for parents and students interested in college courses for credit while in high school.  (For current 8th-11th grade students.)   Please contact the OFHS Counseling Department at 427-6116 with questions.  We hope to see you there!

FALLS-LENOX PLANNING FAMILY LITERACY NIGHTS

Attn:  Falls-Lenox Families!  Mark your calendars for the following Literacy Nights:

First Grade – Thursday, February 2nd

Second Grade – Thursday, February 23rd

Third Grade – Thursday, March 15th  

All Literacy Nights will take place from 6:00-7:45 p.m.  and promise to be fun and engaging evenings for the children and their families.  Watch for additional information! 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/EVENTS:

SPRING SOCCER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Olmsted Falls Soccer Association has OPENED soccer registration for the Spring Session. The cost is $60.00 for the first player, $50.00 for the second player and $40.00 for the third player. You can register by either attending our in person registration on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria or by going to our website http://olmstedsoccer.wordpress.com/ . We have improved the online registration and encourage you to use it. You can use your PayPal account to pay for your registration.   The cut off for registrations is Feb 28th. Any registrations received after that date will be charged an additional $10.00, please don’t be late.

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Parent Update – January 11, 2012

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OFMS IS THE FOX 8 “COOL SCHOOL” THIS WEEK! DON’T MISS FOX 8 NEWS TOMORROW MORNING!   

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls Middle School for being voted “Cool School of the Week” by Fox 8 viewers! 

Tune in Fox 8 TOMORROW MORNING – Thursday, January 12th at 6:40 a.m. to see the special profile on Olmsted Falls Middle School, which was taped earlier this week. 

Also, watch OFMS students Alex Kho and Zach Buchta play the Coffee Quiz live in studio.  Go Bulldogs!

OFMS WEB leader Matt Fox (pictured at right) was interviewed by Fox 8 News reporter Annette Lawless during filming at Olmsted Falls Middle School this past Monday. 

For additional photos from Monday’s taping, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTS 2012 OFFICERS, WELCOMES NEWEST MEMBER

Last week, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its Annual Organizational Meeting.  At the Organizational Meeting, Mr. James Weisbarth was elected to serve as Board President for calendar year 2012; and Mr. Joe Bertrand was elected to serve another year as Board Vice President.  Board Member Ms. Michelle Theriot will serve as the Board’s legislative liaison for 2012.  We extend both congratulations and thanks to these individuals for taking on these additional responsibilities in the coming year.

The Board of Education also welcomed new Board member Mr. Greg Surtman, who was elected in November 2011.  Mr. Surtman was officially sworn in by District Treasurer Mr. Mark Hullman. 

To learn more about our newest Board member, Mr. Surtman, as well as the other members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, please click here.

 Congratulations to Mr. Surtman as well as to Mr. Weisbarth, who was re-elected in the November 2011 election to serve another term! 

 2012 Olmsted Falls Board of Education

Front row: Board President Mr. Jim Weisbarth (17th year of service) and Board Vice President Mr. Joe Bertrand (8th year of service).  Back row:  Board Members Mrs. Rhonda McCrone (15th year of service), Mr. Greg Surtman (1st year of service) and Ms. Michelle Theriot (20th year of service).

MINI BULLDOG CHEERLEADERS NIGHT – REGISTRATION DEADLINE TODAY!

The Olmsted Falls High School Cheerleaders will present a mini cheer clinic and cheer night for Olmsted Falls students in 3rd through 5th grades – January 26th -27th.  Registration deadline NO LATER THAN Wednesday, January 11th.  For detailed information and registration form, please click here.

FIRST SEMESTER EXAMS; ANNUAL “COCOA & CRAM” EVENT FOR FRESHMAN JAN. 12TH

To download a copy of the OFHS 1st Semester Exam Schedule for all students (grades 9-12), please click here.

ATTN:  PARENTS OF FRESHMEN – All freshmen students will be receiving an invitation flyer this week about the Annual “Cocoa & Cram” study session scheduled for Thursday, January 12th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Student Ambassadors will host the event providing study strategies and cocoa to prepare for the exams.  Location:  Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria. 

To download information on studying strategies and test taking tips, please click here.

DEADLINE FOR O.F. WINTER BASEBALL CAMP IS TOMORROW- THURSDAY, JAN. 12TH

This year’s Olmsted Falls Winter Baseball Camp is scheduled over two dates: MLK Day (Mon., January 16th) and Presidents’ Day (Mon., February 20th).  The camp takes place at Up to Bat Brooklyn (new location!).  Registration deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, January 12th!  For additional information, including registration forms, please visit:  www.ofbaseball.com

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.

SAVE THE DATE!  OFHS MASQUERS AND FORENSICS PRESENTS COMEDY NIGHT

Bring your sense of humor to OFHS Masquers and Forensics’ COMEDY NIGHT on Friday, January 20th at 8:00 p.m.!!  It’s a hilarious, fast-paced, improvised comedy based entirely on audience suggestions and made up right before your eyes!  Click HERE for the informational flyer.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CURRENTLY SCHEDULING TYPICAL PEER PLAY DAYS FOR JANUARY 20TH & 27TH

If you have a child who will be 3 by 8/1/12 and will not turn 6 before 12/1/12, please consider making an appointment for him/her to participate at one of our play days to meet potential “typical peers.”  To make an appointment for January 20th or January 27th, or to ask questions, please contact Mrs. Loretta McClelland, ECC secretary, at 440.427.6360 or lmcclelland@ofcs.net.  For additional information on the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center preschool program and the upcoming play days, please click here .

NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 24TH FOR OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AND HELPING HANDS PTA AWARDS

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 EXTENSION:  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24TH.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT A SUCCESS; ADDITIONAL PARENT INFORMATION OPPORTUNITIES PLANNED BY HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE

Approximately 85 high school parents attended last night financial aid presentation held in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium.  Numerous appointments are still available in February and March with the high school’s College Now advisor for parents who may be seeking assistance with their financial aid concerns for their seniors next year.  Interested parents should contact Mrs. Laut in the Counseling Office to set up an appointment; her phone number is 440.427.6116.

SAVE THE DATE – On Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the HS Auditorium, an information meeting has been scheduled for parents and students interested in learning more about the Post Secondary Option program (for current 8th-11th grade students interested in taking college courses while they are in high school).

JANUARY 30TH HIGH SCHOOL PTA MEETING FEATURES DISABILITY AWARENESS DISCUSSION

Are you a parent of a student with a disability? Would you like your student to be involved and/or participate in an organized school group/club? Are you looking for a support group to help answer your questions, give potential suggestions, and possibly socialize with? If you are interested in discussing similar topics, please plan to attend the High School PTA meeting on Monday, January 30th in the High School Library Media Center at 7:00 p.m. High School Counselors Sherry Davis and Lisa Meinhardt, and High School art teacher Mariel Krakowiak, will speak to the group on this important topic.  Parents of students with disabilities as well as parents of typical students are encouraged to attend.  Parents of younger students not yet in high school are also invited and encouraged to attend.  If you cannot attend the meeting please contact Mariel Krakowiak, high school teacher and a parent of a child with special needs (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net).  For additional information, please click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA FUNDRAISER WINNERS

Just before the winter break, 22 middle school students were treated to a limo lunch ride for a pizza party at Ace’s Grille in North Ridgeville.  These students earned the limo ride by selling at least 18 items in the Middle School PTA’s 2011 bulldog mug fundraiser.  The fundraiser was a success with $4,000.00 being earned to use toward PTA sponsored scholarships, teacher grants and student activities at the Middle School.  A big thanks to all the participants and to PTA for their continuing support of Olmsted Falls Schools!  

OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA BARGAIN BONANZA

Bargain Bonanza, Early Childhood PTA’s annual resale of gently used children’s clothes, toys, gear and maternity wear, is the group’s biggest fundraiser. The money raised from this public event allows the PTA to offer parties, programs and outings at minimal or no cost to its members.

The sale will be at Olmsted Falls Middle School on March 10, 2012. The registration deadline is February 15, 2012. If you want to sell an item, please return the FORM as soon as possible. Remember, you do not need to be a member to be a seller. Please review the information SHEET  for additional guidelines.  Visit Early Childhood PTA’s WEBSITE for even more information.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/EVENTS:

LACROSSE SEASON IN OLMSTED FALLS BEGINS SOON – INFORMATION MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT!

TOMORROW, Thursday, January 12th, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. the Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will be holding its Information and Registration Night at the Middle School Cafetorium. The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to kick-off its 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.

SPRING SOCCER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Olmsted Falls Soccer Association has OPENED soccer registration for the Spring Session. The cost is $60.00 for the first player, $50.00 for the second player and $40.00 for the third player. You can register by either attending our in person registration on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria or by going to our website http://olmstedsoccer.wordpress.com/ . We have improved the online registration and encourage you to use it. You can use your PayPal account to pay for your registration.   The cut off for registrations is Feb 28th. Any registrations received after that date will be charged an additional $10.00, please don’t be late.

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Parent Update – January 4, 2012

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome back!  We hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break!   This week’s blog is packed with information about many upcoming events, meetings and opportunities – be sure not to miss out!  Best wishes to all for a wonderful 2012!

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

Each year, with the arrival of winter weather, we receive a number of questions regarding our District’s policy for closing school due to inclement weather conditions. We understand that the decision to close schools has an enormous impact on all of our families.  To read more about how Olmsted Falls School District determines snow days, please click here.

DISTRICT FOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT HONORED BY STATE

Building cafeteria managers proudly display the 2011 Stellar Award banner. Pictured (L-R): Mrs. Cheryl Hennessey (OFIS), Mrs. Roberta Gonzalez (Falls-Lenox), Director of Food Services Mrs. Denise Tabar, Mrs. Carrie Bargholt (OFMS), and Mrs. Teresa Haun (OFHS)

Congratulations to the District’ Food Services department on being recognized by the Ohio Department of Education with the 2011 Stellar Award for Excellent Nutrition Practices

This award recognizes our Food Service Department’s innovative use of best practices to promote a healthy school nutrition environment, and is a tribute to the entire food service staff. 

This is the 8th year that Olmsted Falls School District has received this prestigious award.

Congratulations again to all of our outstanding Food Services staff members!

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS INVITED TO HEALTH & WELLNESS THEMED PTA MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 10TH

Join Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA this coming Tuesday, January 10th and learn creative and fun ways to start the New Year by learning how to get into healthy lifestyle changes.  Yvette Schmitz from “Fitness Freak Pro”  will speak on “getting fit in the new year”!   She will have new and exciting ideas to help get us and keep us in shape – information for the family, women, men and students as well. Weight loss plus energy and fitness training tips from exercise to changing your Health inside and out.  Lots of Fitness Flyers to take home and follow.  Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m.!

MINI BULLDOG CHEERLEADERS NIGHT

The Olmsted Falls High School Cheerleaders will present a mini cheer clinic and cheer night for Olmsted Falls students in 3rd through 5th grades – January 26th -27th.  Registration deadline NO LATER THAN Wednesday, January 11th.  For detailed information and registration form, please click here.

FIRST SEMESTER EXAMS; ANNUAL “COCOA & CRAM” EVENT FOR FRESHMAN JAN. 12TH

To download a copy of the OFHS 1st Semester Exam Schedule for all students (grades 9-12), please click here.

ATTN:  PARENTS OF FRESHMEN – All freshmen students will be receiving an invitation flyer this week about the Annual “Cocoa & Cram” study session scheduled for Thursday, January 12th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Student Ambassadors will host the event providing study strategies and cocoa to prepare for the exams.  Location:  Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria. 

To download information on studying strategies and test taking tips, please click here.

DID YOU KNOW?  Information on exams, events like Cocoa & Cram, links to important websites such as ACT/SAT registration, and much, much more can be found year-round on the OFHS Counselor’s Corner page of the High School website.  Please click here to explore an outstanding information resource that has been compiled for High students and parents!

OFHS ART STUDENTS HONORED FOR WORK

Melancholy Stroll by Lily Perkins

In early December, the Olmsted Falls High School Art Department entered 55 individual art pieces, 6 art portfolios and 1 photography portfolio into the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Competition at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

With nearly 1,700 pieces of individual artwork, 25 photography portfolios, and 44 art portfolios submitted, the jurors have awarded 83 Gold Keys, 110 Silver Keys, and 211 Honorable Mentions.

Congratulations to these Olmsted High School art students who received the following awards:

Amy Brickman (10th grade) – Silver Key – Photography (Honey Hands)

Nicole Cacioppo (9th grade) – Silver Key – Photography (Boats)

Peacock Feather by Alita Petras

When Words Soar by Eddie Zajac

Sarah Fissel (10th grade) – Gold Key (Cleveland Institute of Art Award) – Sculpture (Book Forrest)

Katy Kopp (11th grade) – Honorable Mention – Photography (Girl Standing)

Meredith LeBlanc (10th grade) – Silver Key – Photography (Sweet Girl)

Lily Perkins (9th grade) – Gold Key – Photography (Melancholy Stroll)

Alita Petras (12th grade) – Honorable Mention – Painting (Peacock Feather)

Eddie Zajac (12th grade) – Gold Key (Gabriel Reichel Sculpture Imagination Award) – Sculpture (When Words Soar)

To view more images of the award-winning artwork from these students, please click here

The Scholastic Art and Writing Competition is the first of many competitions that OFHS art students enter with their outstanding work each year.  Congratulations again!

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CURRENTLY SCHEDULING TYPICAL PEER PLAY DAYS FOR JANUARY 20TH & 27TH

If you have a child who will be 3 by 8/1/12 and will not turn 6 before 12/1/12, please consider making an appointment for him/her to participate at one of our play days to meet potential “typical peers.”  To make an appointment for January 20th or January 27th, or to ask questions, please contact Mrs. Loretta McClelland, ECC secretary, at 440.427.6360 or lmcclelland@ofcs.net.  For additional information on the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center preschool program and the upcoming play days, please click here .

JANUARY HIGH SCHOOL PTA MEETING FEATURES DISABILITY AWARENESS DISCUSSION

Are you a parent of a student with a disability? Would you like your student to be involved and/or participate in an organized school group/club? Are you looking for a support group to help answer your questions, give potential suggestions, and possibly socialize with? If you are interested in discussing similar topics, please plan to attend the High School PTA meeting on Monday, January 30th in the High School Library Media Center at 7:00 p.m. High School Counselors Sherry Davis and Lisa Meinhardt, and High School art teacher Mariel Krakowiak, will speak to the group on this important topic.  Parents of students with disabilities as well as parents of typical students are encouraged to attend.  Parents of younger students not yet in high school are also invited and encouraged to attend.  If you cannot attend the meeting please contact Mariel Krakowiak, high school teacher and parent of child with special needs (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net).  For additional information, please click here.

STUDENT GIVES NEW MEANING TO “WEARING YOUR BULLDOG SPIRIT”

Fifth grade student Len Bradish has taken his Bulldog spirit to new heights sporting a haircut which features the bulldog paw print!  

Thanks to Len’s mom for submitting this fun photo. 

Go Bulldogs!

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

PTA FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS!

It’s time to get your Act together… You Could Win $$ !  Auditions will be held THIS 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!

1ST ANNUAL OFHS PROM DRESS SWAP SALE THIS SATURDAY

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 through January 6th.  

The Dress Swap Sale will then take place on THIS 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.

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

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:  THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 9TH.

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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