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Parent Update – January 4, 2012

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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