Parent Update – April 4, 2012
NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY AND MONDAY
REMINDER: Olmsted Falls School District will be CLOSED this Friday, April 6th and Monday, April 9th for the Easter holiday weekend. School will resume on Tuesday, April 10th.
OFMS DESIGN SQUAD TEAM DOES IT AGAIN!
The team of Morgan Ashton, Maggie Backus, Stephen Miller, and Alex Kho spent the first Saturday of spring break competing in creative problem solving and engineering challenges in WVIZ’s Design Squad challenge. Their excellent teamwork and problem solving skills once again led the team to beat out schools from all over the Cleveland area.
The team took first place in this tough engineering competition for the second consecutive year! OFMS gifted teacher Mrs. Anne Miskimins serves as advisor for the OFMS Design Squad Team.
P.I. FUNDS AT WORK OVER SPRING BREAK: LOCAL VENDOR COMPLETES CONCRETE WORK AT FALLS-LENOX, MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL
Students at Falls-Lenox Primary School returned to wider, safer sidewalks this week following the completion of the first project made possible by funds generated from the recently passed Permanent Improvement Levy. Martin Concrete Construction Company, located here in Olmsted Falls, was hired to complete much-needed concrete work at Falls-Lenox Primary School as well as at Olmsted Falls Middle and High Schools.
At Falls-Lenox, Martin Concrete Construction Company worked over the spring break recess to widen the main sidewalk that runs along the front of the school. This wider walkway will help ease congestion on this critical stretch sidewalk, which serves as the primary hub for loading and unloading of buses each school day. Martin Concrete also completed work along the sidewalk in front of Olmsted Falls Middle School, and between the baseball diamonds located at the east end of Olmsted Falls High School.
The 2.8 Mill P.I. Levy was passed in November 2011, and began generating revenue for the District in January of 2012. Because the passage of this levy was timed to correspond with a scheduled drop off in millage of the same amount, residents in the Olmsted Falls School District will not see any increase in their property taxes.
The benefits of passing this critical P.I. levy will be evident in the months and years to come as the District will now have the funds available to address a number of pressing building and facility needs. By law, P.I. funds can ONLY be used for capital improvement projects with a shelf life of five years or more. While a significant portion of these new P.I. funds will be dedicated to building renovations and facility system upgrades at the aging Olmsted Falls High School, there will also be funds available for other needed projects throughout the District – such as the sidewalk expansion at Falls-Lenox.
Olmsted Falls School District wishes to again extend our sincerest thanks to the Olmsted community for providing us with these critical funds to help maintain and protect one of its biggest investments – our school facilities.
Please watch for regular P.I. project updates here on the District’s weekly blog as well as in the School Report, which is mailed to all District residents. Anyone with questions about any of the upcoming P.I. projects is encouraged to contact the Board of Education Office at 427-6000.
NO-COST UPGRADE BRINGS FRESH LOOK AND NEW FEATURES TO DISTRICT WEBSITE
Be sure to check out the newly updated Olmsted Falls School District website (www.ofcs.net), which was upgraded and re-launched during last week’s spring break recess. The website renovation was provided at NO COST TO THE DISTRICT in conjunction with an overall software upgrade being made to the website’s content management system. All existing content from the previous website was transferred over and updates were made to help improve the ease of navigation for all users. Visitors will find new pull-down menus across the top and a collection of new “Quick Links” for each building page. We invite you to CLICK HERE to begin exploring the new District website now!
iPHONE APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR OFHS!
OFHS has an iPhone app! This new application serves as a one-stop tool for everything related to Olmsted Falls High School.
The app includes communication links, links to all high school related web pages, an interactive quiz about OF history, and push notifications for the release of important information.
Please click HERE to download the new OFHS App and enjoy!
HELPING HANDS MEETING NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH
SAVE THE DATE! Students and parents are invited to attend the Helping Hands meeting next Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the High School, Room W5 (art room, use west side gym entrance). Student group for grades 6-12 & Parent group for parent(s) of OFCS student(s) in any grade will meet. Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity, and respect towards all people, especially those with disabilities. Please contact Mariel Krakowiak for additional information or questions: 440-427-6086, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shows are scheduled for April 20th and 21st at 7:30p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Come out and enjoy our talented drama students for a performance of this family-friendly classic!
The cast of CINDERELLA includes:
Angela Cole (senior) as Cinderella; Joe Gibson (sophomore) as Prince; Maggie Englehart (senior) as Stepmother; Maggie Winterich (senior) as Joy; Jillian Mesaros (senior) as Grace; Arrianna Robinson (junior) as Fairy Godmother; Cecelia Dahlinger (sophomore) as Queen; Richie Mendenhall (senior) as King; Ed Gorski (junior) as Lionel; plus a large ensemble cast!
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Mrs. Leslie Pickenheim at 440.427.6070. Tickets are going fast and a sell-out crowd is expected! Don’t miss out! Get your tickets today!
OFHS BOYS SOCCER TEAM MEETING AND PROGRAM INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON-LINE
All players who are planning on playing soccer for Olmsted Falls High School need to attend with a parent.
ECC CELEBRATES RIGHT TO READ WEEK
Preschool and Kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center celebrated Right To Read Week with a variety of special activities and events during the week leading up to spring break.
Fun activities included:
“Read A Shirt Day” when students were inspired to wear shirts with words on them.
“Guest Reader Day” when special visitors from throughout the District and the community volunteered to read in the classrooms.
Students were also treated to a special story-telling assembly thanks to the support of the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA who paid to bring an exciting program from Playhouse Square right into the gymnasium at the ECC!
Performers from Playhouse Square put on an interactive play that included student participation. Fun was had by all! THANK YOU PTA!
And THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF who made this year’s Right To Read Week a success! Please click here to view more photos from ECC Right To Read Week.
DON’T MISS OUT ON FREE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP / FINANCIAL AID ADVICE AVAILABLE FOR OFHS PARENTS & STUDENTS – ONLY ONE OPPORTUNITY LEFT!
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 been scheduling appointments 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!
ONLY ONE DATE REMAINS! Mr. Minich will be scheduling appointments in the OFHS Guidance Office for NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 10th between the hours of 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
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.
ALL-U-CAN EAT WINGS, PIZZA & DRINKS TO SUPPORT THE 2011 STATE CHAMPIONS – FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH
A fundraiser to support travel for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on Friday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. We’ll also have an auction with great items from OF companies, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact email@example.com; 440-234-7964.
Thanks for supporting academics—the key to the future. Did you know our academic team does more than appear on the Academic Challenge TV show? They actually compete most weekends from mid-October through May all over the state and in West Virginia. They’ve already qualified one team to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses.
Check out the new Olmsted Falls Academic Boosters Club Facebook page! Post congrats to your student for his/her academic accomplishments. Like us!
SAVE THE DATE! 3rd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of music and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School BlueDog Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their third annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits.
The event includes desserts , dancing, soft drinks, door prizes, basket raffles, and a Grand Raffle for a new IPAD!
All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.
Tickets are $10 per person; purchase 8 tickets to reserve a table in your name. For tickets or more information, contact Don Woods firstname.lastname@example.org 440-915-1241 or Michelle Neudeck email@example.com 440-596-1802. Please click HERE for the flyer.
OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISERS
3. Purchase an ad for the program. Contact Ken Fox (440-391-0624) for details. Ad deadline date is April 6. Ad costs: Full page ad- $100; 1/2-page ad – $50; and business card sized ad – $25.
4. Donate a door prize or gift basket. Additional money is raised at the event through gift basket and big ticket item raffles. Please contact Jim Polcar (440-235-7156) if you have something you would like to donate. Donations are due April 6 so we can recognize the donors in the Night at the Race program.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BULLDOG STARS OF THE WEEK
Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.
5TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – GET YOURS TODAY!
Help support the Middle School PTA by purchasing an entry in our 5th Annual Calendar Raffle. For $5.00 you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of great prizes. We will pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted weekly on this blog. You may enter as many times as you like.
Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be turned in at any of the school main offices. Take a chance. We have Indians and Monsters tickets, along with many other great prizes. The calendars will be coming home with the K-8th grade students this week. You can also download a copy of the calendar by clicking HERE. Thanks for your support!
OFHS ART DEPARTMENT SEEKING ENTRIES FOR ANNUAL MAY ART SHOW
The Olmsted Falls High School Art Department would again like to invite alumni, district staff, and community members to participate in the Annual May Show. This year the show is on Friday, May 11th. We have plenty of space to accommodate 2-D work as well as some 3-D work. Please limit your entries to 3 pieces max (a series counts as one piece). Please keep in mind this show is viewed by students, district staff, and community members. We reserve the right to reject any entries that are deemed inappropriate.
If you are interested in participating, please click here to download an entry form. Completed forms should be sent back to Mariel Krakowiak at Olmsted Falls High School (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2012 CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
The 2012 Cleveland National College Fair will be held on April 22, 2012 at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and will close at 4:00 p.m. Over 190 admission representatives will be in attendance from colleges across the nation. Students are encouraged to pre-register for the fair at the following website: www.gotomyncf.com
You can download a poster of the college fair with a listing of colleges that will be in attendance by clicking HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Tracy: email@example.com or Donna Pugh Blevins: Donna.PughBlevins@ndcl.org
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:
Summer Gedanken Institute for Students 12-17 Years old – July 9th – 13th at Baldwin-Wallace College – In its 11th year, this class is a fun yet intense focus on problem-solving with an emphasis on developing both mental stamina and strength. Topics will include: Risk Management, Pattern Recognition, Operations Research, Logic, Probability, Physics, Geometry and a large variety of puzzles including Rubik’s Cube. The program is a week-long course that will be conducted from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 9th through July 13th at Baldwin-Wallace. (The course will also be offered August 6th through August 10th at Lakeside.) The course is designed for the intellectually inquisitive 12-17 year old students. For more information, please visit: http://gedankeninstitute.com/Abouttheinstitute.html. Register today!
SAVE THE DATE! RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 – June 9TH – 10TH AT OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Welcome back to another great season of Relay For Life! This year promises to be bigger than ever! We have had such a great turn out in the past, that we have been honored to host a huge research study (CPS3) on site at this year’s event, and again our teams are developing for the big day! Please consider joining us on our 24 hour journey; come for the fun activities, the great entertainment, the moving ceremonies, the fireworks, the mission, and the camaraderie! If you are interested in volunteering or forming a team, visit our website for more information. If you are interested in learning more about the on-site “Cancer Prevention Study (CS3), see the “Cancer Prevention Study 3 in Olmsted Falls” link on our website or e-mail Cps3inolmstedfalls@gmail.com. Be a part of the “Best Birthday Party Ever…Across the Nation” and make a difference in our own community! To read the latest issue of the Olmsted Relay for Life newsletter including a list of local contacts, please click here.
39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp for ages 7-14 years old – June 18th – 22nd at Westlake Recreation Center – Experience your own Spring training! The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years experience providing individual instruction for all age levels. Our planned daily schedule will have a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterwards. For more information, please click HERE for the website or HERE for the flyer.