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Parent Update – February 8, 2012

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR

The process of registering a kindergarten student at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (ECC) for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year begins well in advance of the start of school in August. The early registration and screening process is important in determining class assignments and programming. Registration packets are already available both at the ECC and on-line. Children must be five years old by August 1st to enroll for kindergarten classes in Olmsted Falls School District.

PLEASE NOTE THESE IMPORTANT DATES:

* Kindergarten registration packets will be available at the Early Childhood Center beginning February 7th; registration packets can also be downloaded from the District website.  To download a registration packet now, please click here.

* Kindergarten Information Night will take place on Thursday, March 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the ECC.  Note: Free babysitting services will be provided at the ECC during the presentation.

* Kindergarten registration will be held on March 15th and 16th at the ECC. Parents need to call the ECC office at 427-6360 to set up a registration appointment time for one of these days. Parents will also need to complete the Kindergarten Registration Packet and bring it with them to their scheduled appointment. Note: When parents come to the ECC for their registration appointment, they will also be able to schedule their child’s kindergarten screening appointment.

* Kindergarten screening appointments will be scheduled for May 23rd and 24th.

If you, or someone you know, will be registering a kindergarten student in Olmsted Falls Schools for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, please be sure you have these important dates on your calendar. For additional information or questions, please contact the ECC office at 440-427-6360.

OFHS STUDENTS ACHIEVE NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST STATUS IN 2012 COMPETITION

Pam Keller

Sohan Vartak

Congratulations to OFHS seniors Pam Keller and Sohan Vartak on being named 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists. 

Annually, approximately 1.5 million U.S high school students vie for National Merit recognition and only 15,000 are chosen for this prestigious honor. 

Congratulations again to Pam and Sohan, and their families, on this outstanding achievement!

Amber Black

OFHS SENIOR ACHIEVES FINALIST STATUS IN 2012 NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 

Congratulations to Bulldog senior Amber Black on being named a Finalist in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students!

Amber was named among a small group of only about 1,600 Semifinalists this past September and has just advanced to the Finalist level in the competition for National Achievement Scholarships. 

Congratulations again to Amber!   

 7th GRADE POWER OF THE PEN TEAM TAKES TOP HONORS

Front row left to right: Morgan Finau, Madison Miller, Kaylee Gomez; Back row left to right: Mrs. Gulden, Emily Walchanowicz, Molly McCafferty, Megan Green, Nathan Loepp, Erika Ratcliff

The 7th Grade Power of the Pen team took top honors at the recent Power of the Pen tournament that took place on January 28th at North Royalton Middle School. The team placed FIRST out of 25 schools and brought home a big trophy symbolizing their unified effort to achieve a team goal.  Nathan Loepp not only placed 7th out of 150 students individually, but his first round piece was selected for the “Best of Round” award.  Molly McCafferty also received a medal honoring her 16th place individually. Other team members who wrote extremely well were Kaylee Gomez, Morgan Finau, Madison Miller, Megan Green, Emily Walchanowicz, and Erika Ratcliff.  The team is coached by Mrs. Gulden, middle school English and reading teacher.  Because the team scored extremely high in this district contest, they are excited to move on to Regionals that will take place on Saturday, March 24th, the first day of spring break!

Emmy Olszewski, 8th grade 3rd place winner

Eighth grader, Emmy Olszewski, also scored very high to achieve THIRD place individually (out of 150 students) and was awarded a trophy for her excellent skills and creativity in the 8th grade division.

Other eighth graders who attended the tournament were Claire Barrett, Zach Buchta, Jake Conder, Mariah Hydzik, Christina Pedicini, and Alex Zbiegien, all coached by 8th grade science teacher, Miss Scalley.

A Power of the Pen tournament is a creative writing competition where students from 25 different schools come together to write for three rounds on given topics and turn their papers in within 40 minutes to be judged. An awards assembly follows later in the afternoon to honor and celebrate the best writers and present team trophies.
 
Students on the team meet every Thursday morning at 7:30 to prepare for such an event by writing and discussing excellent style, literary aspects of effective writing techniques, and sharing their pieces for critique.
 
Congratulations, Power of the Pen Team members!
 

OLMSTED FALLS SENIORS SIGN TO PLAY SOCCER AT COLLEGES NEXT YEAR

Congratulations to Bulldog seniors Jill Mesaros and Reille Dupratt, who have both just signed letters of intent to play soccer at their respective colleges next year.

Pictured from left to right is teammate (and friend) sophomore Laney Haviland, Jill Mesaros, Kelly Yurick, and Reillee Dupratt

Jill Mesaros, a 4 year varsity letter winner and senior captain, will be attending Wheeling Jesuit University on scholarship. She plans to major in pre-law or music.  Jill has a 4.18 gpa.  In addition to playing high school soccer, Jill plays for Excalibur Soccer Club and has participated in Sadd, Masquers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chorale, Basketball, PowderPuff, National Honor Society, Olmsted Performing Arts and takes dance at the Dance Center.  Jill also works at Dairy Queen.  Jill is a vocal leader that demands a lot from her teammates.

Reillee Dupratt is also a 4 year varsity letter winner.  She served as captain her junior and senior year.  She will be attending Edinboro University on scholarship and plans to major in Early Childhood Education.  Reillee has a 3.769 gpa.  In addition to playing high school soccer she plays for Cleveland United and has participated in Key Club, French Club, and PowderPuff. She has also volunteered as a coach for the OFSA recreation soccer program. Reillee also works at Schusters greenhouse and Soccer Sportsplex.  Reillee is a leader by example, logging more hours in the weight room than anyone else.  She is driven to succeed and will work hard to accomplish what she wants.

Congratulations to these outstanding seniors and we wish you much success in college next year!

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM MEMBERS EARN SPOTS ON OHIO ALL STAR TEAM

On Sunday, February 5th, OSU held the annual Ohio All Star Team tryouts in Columbus.  Academic Team players from across the State of Ohio were invited to try out for the All Star Team that will represent Ohio at the NASAT (National All Star Academic Tournament) sponsored by HSAPQ (High School Academic Pyramidal Questions) which will also be held at OSU this June.  This is a prestigious honor for Academic Team players. 

OFHS is very proud to announce that we have two players that have been named to the Ohio All Star Team!   Sohan Vartak will represent Olmsted Falls and Ohio as the captain of the Ohio All Star Team. Marty Mendenhall will represent Olmsted Falls and Ohio as the first alternate to the Ohio All Star Team. Additionally, for the second year in a row, OFHS Academic Team Coach Mrs. Rhonna Smith has been asked by OSU to coach the Ohio All Star Team. 

Sohan Vartak

Marty Mendenhall

Coach Rhonna Smith

Congratulations to these students and Coach Smith on this well-deserved honor! 

Good luck in June!

FIRST GRADE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ENJOY LITERACY NIGHT!

Falls-Lenox first graders and their families enjoyed Literacy Night, which was filled with fun and engaging activities for all.  To view a gallery of photos from this special Bulldog family event, please click HERE

Thank you to all those who were able to attend.  Falls-Lenox will host two more Literacy Nights in the coming weeks.  Be sure to mark your calendars:

Second Grade – Thursday, February 23rd

Third Grade – Thursday, March 15th

 All Literacy Nights take place from 6:00-7:45 p.m.  and promise to be fun and engaging evenings for the children and their families.  We hope to see you there! 

BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS IS ON: FALLS-LENOX/ECC TEAM SHIRTS ON SALE NOW!

This year we are playing DODGEBALL!  Come out and support your school!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

7:00 PM @ Olmsted Falls High School

Tickets are $3.00 for Students & $6.00 for Adults and on sale at the door!

T-SHIRTS FOR FALLS-LENOX/ECC TEAM ON SALE NOW!!  $6.00 a shirt!  Please click HERE for the order form.

FREE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP / FINANCIAL AID ADVICE AVAILABLE FOR OFHS PARENTS & STUDENTS

Is college just around the corner for your student?  If so, OFHS is providing the opportunity for parents to meet individually with financial advisor Mr. Dave Minich from College Now of Greater Cleveland.  Mr. Minich has more than 40 appointments available to personally meet with parents/students to help connect them with different college scholarship and funding opportunities.  Mr. Minich can also help with filing for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Parents are highly encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity!  Below please find the dates and time frames for scheduling appointments with Mr. Minich:

Feb 14  (OFHS Guidance Office) 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Feb 28  (OFHS Guidance Office) 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

March 3  (Saturday – OFHS Library) 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

March 13 (OFHS Guidance Office) 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

April 10 (OFHS Guidance Office) 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please call Ms. Tommye Laut in the HS Counseling Department at 427-6116 to schedule your appointment today.

Parents are also encouraged to visit the Counselor’s Corner of the OFHS website for additional scholarship resources.  Visit the OFHS Counselor’s Corner by clicking here, and look for “Scholarship Information” under the Forms section about half way down the page on the right-hand side.

REMINDER FOR SENIORS:  LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

For seniors interested in applying for the Local Scholarship Program, applications are due to the HS Counseling Office by this Friday, February 10th.  Last year, the OFHS Local Scholarship Program awarded nearly $125,000 through 234 scholarships for members of the Class of 2011.  Please contact Ms. Tommye Laut at 427-6116 with any questions.

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.

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.

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.

ANGELINA’S PIZZA POST PROM FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE BACK THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

Angelina’s Pizza, First Annual Take-n-Bake fundraiser:  Flyers, order forms and an attached envelope were sent home with all students at  ECC, Falls-Lenox and OFIS on Tuesday, January 31st.   These order forms need to be returned back to the schools by this Friday, February 10th.  Additional order forms will be available at any of the five school buildings or contact Sharon Potter at 440-427-1171.  (If you need your order form picked up, please also contact Sharon Potter.) 

Pick up pizza or gift certificates at Angelina’s Pizza on Saturday, February 18th between the hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Thank you for your support!

POST PROM COMMITTEE THANKS BULLDOG DINERS!

The OFHS Post Prom committee would like to thank all who dined at Applebee’s earlier this week.   The restaurant donated 15% of sales from those who brought in the special promotional flyer.  We hope you enjoyed your food and thank you for supporting Post Prom!

EDUCATION ALTERNATIVES ORGANIZATION SEEKS DONATIONS

Education Alternatives (EA), an education resource partner of Olmsted Falls Schools, recently purchased two homes to be used for students who are homeless, or are living in unsafe homes.  One of the homes will be used as a group home.  In order for it to be functional for eight residents, household items are needed.  EA is in need of beds, furniture, kitchen equipment, bedding, etc.  

If you have items that you would like to donate (and you will receive a donation letter for items donated), please contact Kathy Manning at 216-965-5596 to coordinate pick up of the items.  Please spread the word to other family members and friends that also may be willing to donate something.  Thank you for your help.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/EVENTS:

Tennis Lessons and Competition:  Sundays, February 12th – March 25th, Paramount Tennis Club, 31550 Viking Parkway, Westlake, OH.  Please click HERE for more information and registration form.

Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association: Deadline to register is February 15th.  Over 100 boys and girls have already signed up for the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and the fastest sport on two feet!  Be a part of the newest sport to come to Olmsted Falls!!  Check out a short video HERE  of girls and boys state high school Lacrosse championships in another state.  Click HERE for the registration form or visit olmstedfallslax.com

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