Parent Update – February 22, 2012
THANK YOU SCHOOL COUNSELORS!
In honor of National School Counselor Week, we would like to extend a public thank you to all of our School Counselors for all that they do for the betterment of our students. School Counselors play a vital role in the academic, social, emotional success of all of our Bulldog students.
The daily efforts of our School Counselors help our students and our school system to be successful. These individuals are keenly aware of the challenges and tribulations that many of the students struggle with on a daily basis. We are grateful for our School Counselors for their professionalism, their leadership, and their courage to always do right by kids.
Thank you again for all that you do!
DISTRICT RECEIVES OHIO AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD
Olmsted Falls School District has been presented with the Ohio Auditor of State Award from the Office of State Auditor Dave Yost. This award was presented for the District’s exemplary financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the year 2011. Congratulations to both the team in the Treasurer’s Office and the staff of Olmsted Falls School District! It takes a cooperative and collective effort to ensure effective and accountable financial practices are in place for an organization. Olmsted Falls School District is very proud of this award.
MEET MS. GIAMBOI
Olmsted Falls School District is truly fortunate to have an outstanding group of teachers working with our students each school day. Ms. Gabrielle Giamboi is a moderate / intensive intervention specialist who works at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. Ms. Giamboi works with students who have various physical and developmental disabilities. She is an advocate for her students and makes sure they get the best possible education and services available. In addition to her work during the regular school day, Ms. Giamboi is also extremely active in our local community. She is a team captain and the head of team development for the Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society. She is also involved in the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation and actively supports their fundraising efforts. Ms. Giamboi is also always willing and ready to help out her colleagues. She recently helped to organize a fundraiser for a teacher who lost her husband. Mrs. Giamboi is a strong leader in both our district and in our community!
OFHS ALUMNUS SETS SIGHTS ON BECOMING U.S. NAVY SEAL
Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2007 alumnus Kyle Reese is making news this week with an inspiring goal he has set for himself. Please click HERE to read the story about Kyle Reese from this week’s Akron Beacon Journal.
Kudos to Kyle and best of luck as he pursues his dream of becoming a U.S. Navy Seal!
To read more about Kyle’s career at Kent State University, please click HERE.
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT – THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST
If you, or someone you know, will be registering a kindergarten student in Olmsted Falls Schools for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, you’ll want to be sure to attend Kindergarten Information Night scheduled for next Thursday, March 1st from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center.
Learn about the kindergarten registration process and the importance of making sure students are registered early. Get an overview of the kindergarten program from ECC Director Mrs. Melinda Brunner, and hear from the Director of Transportation, the District Nurse and a representative from Safety Town. There will also be an opportunity to walk around the building and talk to some of the kindergarten teachers. Information about community childcare and preschool providers and the Kinderday program will also be provided.
To ensure that all parents are able to attend this important information night, free babysitting will be provided at the ECC during the presentation. For additional information or questions, please contact the ECC office at 440-427-6360.
ATHLETES ENJOY 2ND ANNUAL BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP
More than 60 campers attended the 2 day event (January 16th & February 20th) at the new Up to Bat facility in Brooklyn.
More than 25 high school players and the Bulldog Coaching Staff gave up their days off of school to help instruct the future Bulldogs in the areas of hitting, fielding, throwing, bunting, and pitching.
Our next camp is the annual “Early Bird Baseball Camp” at OFHS. Date is TBA.
BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS DODGEBALL GAME A SUCCESS
Last week’s Battle of the Schools Dodge Ball Game, a fundraiser for the OFHS PTA, was a great success. Administrators and staff from across the District played three spirited games of dodge ball in front of a packed gymnasium full of students and their families.
It was hard to tell who had more fun – the spectators or the players!
The Falls-Lenox/ECC team defeated the team from OFIS in the first round of play. The OFHS team defeated the team from OFMS in the second round. The third and final round of play put Falls-Lenox/ECC against OFHS for a hard-fought game. The team from OFHS emerged as the winners in this final round of play. To view a photo gallery from this year’s event, please click HERE.
Kudos to all of our staff and administrators for their participation in this year’s fundraiser event which raised $5,222.50! All funds raised will go toward PTA scholarships for graduating seniors.
Thank you PTA for coordinating this fundraising event!
OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL LAS VEGAS NIGHT – THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH
The Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association Las Vegas Night, featuring gambling, food and fun, will be held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd., Olmsted Township on Saturday, February 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be a cash bar, refreshments, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle and VitaMix raffle. All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2012. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 for tickets or more information. 21 and over please. Hope to see you there!!
“LEGISLATOR FOR A DAY” READING CONTEST
State Representative Michael Dovilla is hosting a “Legislator for a Day” reading contest for Olmsted Falls students in Grades 1-6. Children can pick up a bookmark at the Olmsted Falls branch and record five books that they have read on the back of the bookmark. Once the books have been read and recorded, participants should return the bookmark to the library no later than THIS FRIDAY, February, 24, 2012. One child will be randomly selected as “Legislator for a Day”. Winners will receive a VIP tour of the Ohio Statehouse, which will include participating in a mock legislative hearing and lunch with Mr. Dovilla. If you have any questions, please contact Liza Kahoe Arthur at 235-1150.
OFHS SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 5TH
Olmsted Falls High School is once again offering a Summer Enrichment Program for health and physical education classes for current 8th and 9th grade students. Classes begin on Thursday, June 7, 2012 and end on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The final exam date for all classes is Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Both classes fulfill graduation requirements. Since students are required to attend 15 classes, there will be one makeup day taught by the summer school staff on Thursday, June 28, 2012. On the makeup day, health classes will be conducted in the morning and physical education classes will be conducted in the afternoon.
Registration will begin Monday, March 5, 2012. Please be prompt with your reply as classes fill up quickly. Tuition for each class is $150.00. Enrollment forms will be available at both the high school and middle school guidance offices beginning March 5, 2012.
If interested, please click here to read the complete information letter regarding the Summer Enrichment Program. To download an enrollment form from the high school website, please click here. ** Important Note: Registration for the Summer Enrichment programs begins March 5th. Enrollment Forms will not be accepted prior to March 5th. **
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 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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK
Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.
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.
OHIO PTA ACTIVITIES
Ohio PTA wants your photos! Looking for pics of members volunteering, social activities, meetings/conferences, PTA sponsored activities with students, etc. They will be made into a slideshow for the Ohio PTA convention in April. Please email to Ana Chapman, Director of Communications, email@example.com.
Ohio PTA is sponsoring a Cooking Together/Cooking Forever campaign, featuring educational videos, enrichment materials, and possible cook-off. It is a free program that is open to PTA parents to do on their own free time.
To sign up go to www.programsfsc.org, click on the sign up button, enter your PTA name and unit ID, the approx. # of families in your school, and your contact information. Everything you need will be emailed to you.
UPCOMING CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY EVENTS FOR STUDENTS
Free ACT/SAT Workshop – Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Olmsted Falls Branch Library. Huntington’s ACT/SAT Workshop was developed exclusively for college-bound high school students and their parents, and is designed to guide them through the college entrance process. Today’s high school students need to be as prepared as possible. This program covers a wide range of topics, including: factors influencing college admissions and facts about how college entrance exam scores are used, information you should know about the ACT, quick tips on preparing for college entrance exams, an overview of the college admissions timeline. Registration Requested. Sign up by phone 440.235.1150, in person, or through our website Cuyahogalibrary.org
Hip Hop Camp – Monday through Friday March 26 – 31, 1pm – 4pm at Olmsted Falls Branch Library. 11-18 year olds! – develop your imagination, creativity and self-expression, as well as valuable skills in team work and critical thinking. We’ll cover DJing MCing (rapping), dance, and graffiti style art. Presented by the Progressive Arts Alliance. Attendees at this camp are entered into a raffle to win a scholarship to the Rhapsody Arts Summer Hip Hop Camp! A model release form must be signed by a parent or guardian before the start of the camp. Registration required, beginning February 13th. Sign up by phone 440.235.1150, in person, or through our website Cuyahogalibrary.org