Parent Update – April 18, 2012
FIRST GRADERS KICK OFF APRIL BOARD MEETING; HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED
First grade students helped members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education start their monthly meeting last week with a patriotic song, which also featured sign language. The young Bulldogs then led Board members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kudos to the students and their teachers for an outstanding job on this special performance! Children and their parents were invited to stay as some of our older Bulldogs from OFHS were honored for their achievements.
Congratulations to the following Olmsted Falls High School students who were honored by the Board of Education last week for earning the title of Scholar Athlete or First Team: Nick Asadorian, Alex Bevilacqua, Olivia Henton, Jared Kurz, Bridget Liddy, Alita Petras, Erica Reiser, and Matthew Wachowiak. Congratulations also to Sarah Fissel whose artwork was selected as “Top 25” in the 2012 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition and received the Governor’s Award of Excellence – see detailed story in this week’s blog!
A cake and punch reception followed for all. Congratulations again to these great students – of all ages!
BOARD OF EDUCATION AUTHORIZES DISTRICT TO PURSUE BIDS FOR FIRST PHASE OF P.I. PROJECTS
At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting last Thursday, April 12th, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education approved the recommendations of Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley to authorize the Olmsted Falls School District to advertise and receive bids for six permanent improvement projects.
These projects are being made possible by the passage of the critical 2.8 Mill Permanent Improvement (P.I.) Levy this past November. The six projects approved by the Board of Education last week include:
· Renovations to the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium
· Roof repair work at Olmsted Falls High School and Falls-Lenox Primary School
· Replacement of boilers at Olmsted Falls High School
· Replacement of existing entrance doors North, East and West entrances to Olmsted Falls High School
· Installation of wireless network at Olmsted Falls High School as well as Falls-Lenox Primary School and ECC
· District driveway/parking lot repair work
The District now looks forward to getting the bid process underway in an effort to finalize details and begin projects in early summer. Over the summer months, these much-needed repairs and renovations will get underway at the aging Olmsted Falls High School building. Resources are also able to be spread to other buildings in the District. Olmsted Falls School District will begin the 2012-2013 school year with a completely wireless network in all five school buildings.
These next six projects come on the heels of much-needed cement work, which was completed over the recent spring break recess – also thanks to the new P.I. funds. (See April 4th blog post for details.)
The District continues to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to voters! Tangible evidence of these P.I. funds is well on the way. Any parents or residents with questions about the P.I. funds and/or the projects being planned are encouraged to contact the Board office at 427-6000.
OFHS ART STUDENT AND TEACHER HONORED AT STATE LEVEL
Sarah’s creative work made the “Top 25” in this very prestigious show and she received the Governor’s Award of Excellence for her talent.
More than 13,000 entries were submitted from across the state this year!
Congratulations to Sarah on this outstanding achievement! Sarah was also honored for this great accomplishment at last week’s Board of Education meeting (see above).
Sarah’s art teacher, Mrs. Amber West, is especially proud as well. Not only is she Sarah’s current art teacher at OFHS, but Mrs. West also had Sarah as a student in grades K to 3!
Mrs. West was also honored during the ceremony in Columbus last weekend, receiving the “Top 25 Art Teacher Award.”
Kudos to both Sarah Fissel and Mrs. Amber West on this well-deserved recognition!
LOCAL JUDGE SHARES GOVERNMENT LESSON WITH 5TH GRADERS
Parma Municipal Court Judge Kenneth R. Spanagel visited Olmsted Falls Intermediate School last Friday, making presentations to all 5th grade classes about government and the legal system. This educational event served as a supplement to the 5th grade social studies curriculum. The Honorable Judge Spanagel has been a judge in Parma for more than 25 years, and his father was a judge before him. Judge Spanagel did his undergraduate work at Northwestern; completed Law School at Case Western; and served as a lawyer for 12 years prior to becoming a judge. He is the grand-uncle of an Olmsted Falls Intermediate School student in Mr. Judson’s class.
In addition to the large group presentations to all 5th graders, a small number of students also got the opportunity to have lunch with Judge Spanagel. During lunch, each student had the opportunity to ask the judge a question about his work.
Thank you to Judge Spanagel for this special visit; and to Mr. Judson for coordinating this unique learning experience for all 5th grade students.
DON’T MISS OFHS MASQUERS PRODUCTION OF “CINDERELLA” – THIS WEEKEND APRIL 20TH & 21ST!
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!
TWO MORE DAYS LEFT FOR FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR!
Falls-Lenox annual Scholastic Book Fair is being held this week April 16th – April 20th in the Falls-Lenox Library.
Please make note of the remaining dates/times:
Thursday – 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday – 11a.m. to 12:30 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!
OFHS PTA MONTHLY MEETING RESCHEDULED TO THIS MONDAY, APRIL 23RD
This month’s OFHS PTA Meeting has been changed to this Monday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library Media Center. (The meeting had previously been scheduled for Monday, April 30th.) Don’t miss this opportunity to stay on top of the latest happening at OFHS! Please mark your calendars for this Monday and join us!
SENIORS SIGN NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
The Senior Captains from last year’s volleyball team signed National letters of Intent to their respective Division II colleges on Wednesday, May 11, 2012.
Pictured from left to right are Jaclyn Brandt, who will be attending Ursuline College, Kelsey Snider, who will be attending Walsh University, and Angie Bush, who will be attending Notre Dame of Ohio.
Angie Bush was a four-year letterman, while Jaclyn and Kelsey were three-year letterman for the Bulldogs.
Congratulations and best wishes to these outstanding seniors!
PARENT VOLUNTEERS HELP STUDENTS APPLY SKILLS AT “PIZZA DAY” EVENT
Second grade students at Falls-Lenox had an opportunity to put their reading and math skills to work with a fun, hands-on project.
Parent volunteers joined in to help with “Pizza Day” – an interactive lesson combining reading and math skills with pizza making.
Students did a great job at following the instructions and ended up with a delicious reward in the end. Thanks to the second grade teachers and parent volunteers for bringing together this fun and educational activity! To view more photos, click HERE .
ECC PRESCHOOLERS HELP GIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REAL EXPERIENCE DURING SPECIAL VISIT TO PARENTING CLASSES
Preschool students from the Early Childhood Center had a play date at Olmsted Falls High School when they visited Mrs. Dawn Moses’ parenting classes last week. This is a wonderful example of sharing educational experiences across grade levels! To view more photos of this visit, please click HERE .
5th GRADE PARENT MEETING AT OFMS – 6th GRADE ORIENTATION
All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting on Wednesday, May 2, from 7:00-8:30 PM at Olmsted Falls Middle School in the Cafetorium. This program is designed primarily for parents. The agenda for our time together will be as follows:
6th Grade Teaching Teams
- Typical 6th Grade Schedule
- Tour of Building
- Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium
- 6th Grade Parent Night: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (Parents Only)
- 7:00-8:00 PM
- OFMS Cafetorium
Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz, 440-427-6201 or firstname.lastname@example.org, in the event you have any questions regarding the middle school. To download the informational flyer, please click HERE. Thank you!
DON’T MISS THE FINAL OFAB MEETINGS OF THE YEAR
Be sure to mark your calendars for the final two Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster meetings of the year: Monday, May 7th & Monday, June 11th.
OFAB meetings are held the first Monday of each month throughout the school year. All meeting start at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the High School library. Attending is a great way to learn about and get involved in the great contributions being made throughout the year by OFAB!
INFORMATION FOR OFHS SENIORS!
Cedar Point Tickets for May 20, 2012 (day after prom) will be available in the Guidance Office until April 26, 2012. Cost is $35, cash or check made payable to OFHS.
Senior class T-shirts will also be available in the guidance office until April 26, 2012. Cost is $10, cash or check made payable to OFHS. Check out the design on the front of the shirt below:
Senior parents who would like to volunteer to help with the senior cookout at the High School on May 29th from 11am-4pm should contact Mrs. Laut in the Guidance Office at email@example.com or 440-427-6116.
CARNIVAL FOR A CURE: FUN AND FUNDRAISING SUCCESS!
The 2nd Annual Carnival For a Cure, held at Fall-Lenox last Friday and hosted by the Falls-Lenox For Life Team, was a ROUSING success! Between 500 and 600 people came out to enjoy some old fashioned fun of carnival games, cake walks, face painting, Relay style lap walking, and pie throwing at our principals! To view the photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.
Manythanks to Angelina’s, Shaker’s IGA, Kiwanis, Falls-Lenox PTA, the High School Art Club, the High School Bulldog Buddies and friends, and the Falls-Lenox Staff! It was truly a group effort that netted over $4,655 for the upcoming, local Olmsted Falls Relay For Life event scheduled for June 9th and 10th! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there for even more fun! Visit the event website – www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls – to join in the local research study, join a team, or come out for the fireworks and fun! Thanks again to everyone!
OFMS PRESENTS GODSPELL JR. APRIL 25th – 27th
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, students, and seniors.
ALL-U-CAN EAT WINGS, PIZZA & DRINKS TO SUPPORT OLMSTED EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
Come out to Razzles/Rockers Café (27128 Bagley Road, Olmsted Twp.) on Saturday, April 28th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for a great night of good food, loads of fun, and lasting friendships. Ticket price is $20/each and includes ALL YOU CAN EAT WINGS/PIZZA, limited beverages, 50/50 raffles, Chinese Raffle and DJ! For additional information or tickets contact Sandy Price @ 440-236-6088. Tickets are also available at the event. 21 and over please.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions. Thanks for all your help!
OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISERS
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.
Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 29th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible. Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA. 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 (email@example.com). Thank you.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2012 CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
The 2012 Cleveland National College Fair will be held THIS SUNDAY, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Pugh Blevins: Donna.PughBlevins@ndcl.org
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:
Olmsted Lacrosse Home Games – Check out Olmsted Falls’ newest sport for boys AND girls!! Support the Bulldogs and watch a home game! All games are played in the field behind OFIS or the large field behind the OFMS parking lot. The 5/6th grade boys play Medina Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the OFMS field. The 3/4th grade boys also play Medina Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the OFIS field. And finally, the middle school 7/8th grade boys play Strongsville on Monday, April 23rd at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. For future games, check out www.olmstedfallslax.com.
COMMUNITY SHREDDING EVENT – Saturday, May 5th, 9:00 a.m.to 12:oo p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Have documents piling up that are in need of safe, secure disposal. Bring them over to the Community Shredding Day to take advantage of fast, powerful shredders that will help you safely rid yourself of those piles of paperwork that you can’t simply throw away!
Please go to our website www.OCSLINFO.org to print out registration forms.
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.
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.