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Parent Update – April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

OFMS STUDENTS CATCH “THE HUNGER GAMES” FEVER – MORE THAN 380 STUDENTS & PARENTS ATTEND PRIVATE OPENING DAY SCREENING!

It has been hard to escape the buzz over the newly released movie, “The Hunger Games,” which is based on the book trilogy of the same name by television writer and novelist Suzanne Collins.  At Olmsted Falls Middle School, excitement over the new movie was at an all-time high among students who had avidly read the series of books over the course of the year.  Middle School teacher Mrs. Robyn Tenerowicz could not let all that great excitement and energy go to waste.

Mrs. Tenerowicz coordinated with Regal Cinemas corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado, to arrange for a special screening exclusively for Bulldogs on Friday, March 23rd – the date of the movie’s official release to the public.  Reserving two full theaters with her own credit card, Mrs. Tenerowicz was confident that she’d easily pack the house with excited students and parents!  And she was right!

More than 380 students and parents attended the private screenings at the Regal Cinemas in Middleburg Heights!  Students and staff filled five buses after school the Friday before spring break for the journey down Bagley Road to the theaters!  Waiting for them in the parking lot were approximately 60 parents, who were also excited to attend the private screening with their children.  One parent remarked that it had been a long time since her child wanted to go to the movies together – and that this special screening event was building connections within families and among the community!

Mrs. Tenerowicz dressed as a character from the movie for the event!

This unique field trip – including transportation costs – was paid for entirely by those who attended!

Kudos again to Mrs. Tenerowicz for making this creative connection available for students and families!  Her efforts have brought the pages of a book to life for students (and parents), and helped foster a life-long love of reading!

Kudos to our students for being so engaged in and excited by the books you are reading!

Keep turning those pages Bulldogs!

To view additional photos from “The Hunger Games” field trip, please click HERE.

DISTRICT POSTS LISTING OF CURRENT JOB VACANCIES FOR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR

Olmsted Falls City Schools currently has job vacancies for Certified, Classified and Exempt positions for next school year, 2012-2013.  To view the list of vacancies, please click here.  Applications for all vacancies are submitted on-line.

Positions are posted as they become available, so those interested in the latest job posting information are encouraged to visit our website periodically.  Please visit www.ofcs.net and click on the  “Employment” link.  Please note that if you have already applied on-line and later see another position that interests you, you may return to your existing application and update it to include the new posting.

OFHS AMONG TOP SCORING SCHOOLS IN ANNUAL OHIO MATH LEAGUE STANDINGS

The OFHS team of honors math students did well against some of the finest public and private schools in Ohio.  Outstanding performances were achieved by the following students throughout the school year: Mitchell Zehe, Kevin Thompson, Megan Doherty, Marty Mendenhall, Dan Becker, Andrew Zitnik, David Lance, Rachel DuBois, Erin Hoadley, Sohan Vartak, Olivia Henton, Matt Wachowiak, Tom Hoy, Brad Sevcik, and Kevin Candow.  Congratulations to these outstanding students and to the OFHS Math Department!

To view the final team standing for OFHS in the Ohio Mathematics League for 2011-2012, please click HERE.

BULLDOG ALUMNI SPEAKS AT OFMS

 
 
The 8th Grade Blue Team had former student Stewart Hodges speak to them during STAR classes during the month of March, about his challenges as a person with special needs.  Stewart’s message tied in very tightly with the Rachel’s Challenge mission to “inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture” in the school and community setting.
 
 
OFMS STUDENT COMPETES AT STATE LEVEL
 
 
 
8th Grader Matt Harris competed at the 24th annual state-wide geography bee at The Ohio State University – Mansfield campus on Friday, March 30th.   Harris competed against one-hundred-four other students from grades four through eight.  Although he did not proceed to the final round, Matt represented Olmsted Falls very proudly!  Congratulations Matt!
 
HONORABLE SPEAKERS PREPARE OFMS 8th GRADERS FOR WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP

Pictured from left to right: Mrs. Cibulskas, Mr. Bristow, Mrs. Gross, and Mr. Smith

To prepare the OFMS eighth graders for the adventures in Washington D.C., lessons were arranged to provide the students with knowledge and understanding of the trip that they were about to endeavor.  Part of the day involved speaker presentations from a WWII veteran, Mr. Bristow and Vietnam veteran, Mr. Smith.  Mr. Bristow is a retired educator from the Fairview Park City Schools who now resides in Brunswick.  He earned a Bronze Star for his service and spoke to the students about his experiences in Germany.  Mr. Smith is a paraprofessional at OFMS and is a familiar face to the students.  Although, students may know him by passing him in the hallway, they were able to gain a prospective of his life in the military fighting for our country at Vietnam.  Both speakers focused their presentations about their experiences and what the memorials at Washington D.C. means for the people and the veterans that visit them.

Don’t miss next week’s blog for a recap of the OFMS Washington D.C. trip – including photo gallery!

DON’T MISS OFHS MASQUERS PRODUCTION OF “CINDERELLA” – APRIL 20TH & 21ST!

 

OFHS Masquers is proud to present Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

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!

OFMS PRESENTS GODSPELL JR. APRIL 25th – 27th

Students at the Middle School have been busy rehearsing for the spring musical, Godspell Jr.  Performances will be April 25th, 26th, and 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School cafetorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, students, and seniors.

ALL-U-CAN EAT WINGS, PIZZA & DRINKS TO SUPPORT THE 2011 STATE CHAMPIONS –  THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH

A fundraiser to support travel for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on THIS 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 mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.

Thanks for supporting academicsthe 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!

3rd ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ – THIS 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 ofmamusic@gmail.com 440-915-1241 or Michelle Neudeck neudeck@cox.net 440-596-1802.  Please click HERE for the flyer.

BOOK FAIR AT FALLS-LENOX NEXT WEEK!

Falls-Lenox annual Scholastic Book Fair is being held April 16th – April 20th in the Falls-Lenox Library. 

Please mark your calendar with the following schedule and plan to stop by: 

Monday through Friday – 11a.m. to12:30 p.m.

Monday and Wednesday – 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday – 6 to 8 p.m. 

There will also be a bake sale Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.  All money raised will go toward One For Books.  Thanks!

NOMINATE A PTA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!

It’s PTA volunteer of the year nomination time! Hopefully, each PTA unit is currently in the process of nominating one or more PTA members who have gone “above and beyond” in volunteering their time and talents to better their child(ren)’s home, school and community experience during this school year.

By the end of April, each PTA unit will choose a nominee to be sent to PTA council, who will in turn vote on May 4th to determine this year’s volunteer of the year.  The winner will be announced at the annual PTA volunteer dinner at the end of May. Upcoming PTA meetings include:

4/12 OECPTA Meeting at 7 pm **TOMORROW NIGHT**

4/17 OFIS PTA Meeting at 7 pm

4/24 Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting at 7 pm

4/30 OFHS PTA Meeting at 7 pm 

If you would like to still nominate someone for your PTA unit, please click HERE to download the form. You will need to include the nominee’s name, PTA experience/offices held, community involvement and a brief statement of recommendation. Forms may be turned in at any of the PTA meetings listed above. Please contact your PTA unit president or Ann Simon at simon@stratos.net if you have any further questions.  Thanks for all your help!

OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISERS

Dodge Ball Tournament:  April 19th, 2012  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Gymnasium for 9th grade through 12th grade students.  Prizes for the 1st place team and the best team costume.  Half time activities for prizes.   You will need five members per team and the team entry is $25.00.  Teams can sign up during lunch time in the High school cafeteria  beginning April 4th through April 18th.   Tickets are $2.00 and will be on sale at the High school cafeteria during lunch hours.  All proceeds will benefit 2012 Post Prom event.  For more information please contact  Lisa Hansinger @ 235-3029.
 
 
 
Fundraiser/Raffle:  April 28th, 2012 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. @ Slim n Chubby’s (12492 Prospect Rd., Strongsville, OH.   All you can eat Wings, Boneless Wings, Hot Dogs, Meatballs, Rigatoni and Cheesy Potatoes, BBQ meatballs.   All you can drink Draft beer, Wine, Well mixed drinks, Pop, Coffee and Juice.  Over 25 Chinese raffle baskets, 50/50 side boards.  Tickets are $20.00 each.  All proceeds will benefit 2012 Post Prom event.  Please contact Teri Petro @ 236-6482.
 
 
 
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ NIGHT AT THE RACES – APRIL 21st!
 
One of OFAB’s biggest fundraisers is right around the corner – Night at the Races being held April 21 at the German American Cultural Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and races start at 8:00 p.m. Here’s how you can help make it a huge success:
 
1. Purchase tickets to attend. Table of 8 is $240 ($30/person) and includes buffet dinner, pop, draft. Contact Dave Kurz (440-263-0051).  Call soon as tables sell out!
 
2. Sponsor a horse.  It’s fun and you have a chance to win $50. We need your horse order form (attached) and $30 payment by April 6. Horse sponsors are recognized in the Night at the Races program. Have questions? Call Shelly Mitchell (216-570-6370) or Lisa Hanna (440-427-0551).
 

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.

Visit our website for the official Night at the Races flyer and our horse form!
 
 

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.

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!

CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY SEEKS YOUR FEEDBACK

Cuyahoga County Public Library is starting its next strategic plan.  The process is being called, “The Next Chapter @ Your Library.”  All residents are invited to participate in an online survey and, if possible, library focus groups.  Please click HERE for more information.

Focus group dates and times @ the North Olmsted Branch are as follows:

Focus Group for everyone Friday April 27th/ 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Focus Group for Parents Thursday May 3rd/4:00 p.m.

Focus Group for New Americans Friday May 4th /11:00 a.m.

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 (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net).  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: atracy@leaf-ohio.org or Donna Pugh Blevins: Donna.PughBlevins@ndcl.org

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

2ND ANNUAL CARNIVAL FOR A CURE: A FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL NIGHT AND MINI “RELAY” – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 FROM 6 – 9 P.M. 

Hope to see everyone there!  All welcome – even if you hadn’t planned on coming originally, but now can!  Join us for the fun!

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.

15th Annual Olmsted Falls Baseball Camp for boys entering Grade 3 through entering Grade 9 – June 11th – 15th at Olmsted Falls High School Fields This year’s camp will have TWO sessions and the camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, and base-running. Come join us for a week of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the high school coaching staff, current players, and former Bulldog players currently playing in college.  Click HERE for more information.

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.

Kent State Travel-Elite Soccer Camp – June 25th – 29th at Schady Road Fields, Olmsted Township – Designed for current travel and premiere soccer players, the camp emphasizes tactical development, skill building, and having fun!  Click HERE for the flyer or click HERE to download the registration form.

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