Parent Update – January 25, 2012
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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
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 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 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!
MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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.