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District Update – August 8, 2012

BACK-TO-SCHOOL

We hope that everyone is enjoying the summer break.  With just two weeks left before the start of the new school year, we are officially activating our District’s weekly blog in order to provide you with a summary of important back-to-school information. 

** IMPORTANT NOTICE – PEARSON POWER SCHOOL TO REPLACE PROGRESS BOOK FOR ON-LINE PARENT ACCESS **

Over the summer, Olmsted Falls School District transitioned to a new student data system using Pearson Power School software.  Parents accustomed to accessing their student’s assignments, grades, attendance information, etc. via Progress Book (for grades 4-12) will now begin using Pearson’s Power School with the current 2012-2013 school year.  User ID and password information will be provided in a letter from respective building principals at the beginning of the year.  Parents will find Power School very similar to Progress Book in terms of the student information available, and will now be able to monitor school fees within the system as well.   

Please watch for the important letters regarding the new Pearson Power School system.  Note: User ID and password information will be provided separately for each individual student.  As with Progress Book, parents will have the ability to merge multiple student accounts into a single account with one user ID and password.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: SCHOOL FEE / LUNCH ACCOUNT PAYMENTS**

Effective August 1, 2012, Olmsted Falls School District will no longer utilize on-site credit card machines for the payment of school fees and school meal accounts.  The removal of the credit card terminals from all school buildings is a cost-saving measure for the District. School offices will no longer have the capacity to process credit card payments in the office or over the phone.

Parents can continue to use their credit card to pay for school fees and school meal accounts using the District’s on-line EZpay system, which has become the primary method of payment for a majority of parents.  (Only 15% of parents were utilizing the on-site credit card terminals.)

Parents choosing to pay school fees with cash or a check can continue to do so by visiting the respective school office.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT BACK TO SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

Our five school buildings are busy preparing for the return of students on Wednesday, August 22 (grades 1-12).  Many important back-to-school events (class list postings, orientations, visitations, etc.) will take place in the days leading up to the official first day of school.  Please click on the links below for a summary of important back to school events for each building:

Early Childhood Center (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Falls-Lenox Primary School (Grades 1-3)

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (Grades 4-5)

Olmsted Falls Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Olmsted Falls High School (Grades 9-12)

NEW PRINCIPAL MEET & GREET – THIS TUESDAY, AUGUST 14TH

Help us give a warm Bulldog welcome to new Olmsted Falls High School Principal Mrs. Holly Schafer! 

Parents and students are invited to stop by the High School office anytime between 5-7 p.m. this Tuesday, August 14to meet Mrs. Schafer . 

To read the article about Principal Schafer, which appears in the latest issue of Our School Report, please click here.

OFHS POST PROM COMMITTEE HOSTS KICK-OFF MEETING – NEXT WED., AUGUST 15TH

The Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom Committee will be having its first meeting of the year for anyone interested in helping plan this annual fun-filled evening for OFHS seniors.  Interested parents are invited to attend the kick-off meeting on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:30 at East River Park.  Be ready to discuss themes, fundraising ideas, committees, and ways to make this event a success.

2012-2013 SUPPLY LISTS

2012-2013 Supply Lists for students in grades Pre-K to 8 are currently available on the respective building web pages on the District website:

For Early Childhood Center Supply Lists, please click here.

For Falls-Lenox Supply Lists, please click here.

For OFIS Supply Lists, please click here.

For OFMS Supply Lists, please click here.

*Note: Supply lists are not provided in advance for students at OFHS.  Individual teachers will advise students as to what supplies/materials are needed for each course. 

OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL ASSISTS BULLDOG FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Olmsted Falls High School’s Student Council is distributing barely-used school supplies it collected from last year. Students from ALL grade levels, K-12, are invited to browse the collection this Monday, August 13th from 9 AM – 1 PM. In order stretch the supply to benefit as many families as possible, the group is asking that a maximum of three items per student be taken.  There are notebooks, folders, paper, binders, locker stands, and many other miscellaneous supplies available – most of which are in above average condition.  Students and parents can look through, and select from, this supply on Monday, August 13th, from 9 AM – 1 PM, in Room G26 at the high school.  Please e-mail OFHS Student Council Advisor Mr. Tom Gibeaut at tgibeaut@ofcs.net with any questions. 

MEET MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH & ENGLISH TEACHER MRS. KIM URBAN

Mrs. Kim Urban is a 6th grade Math and English teacher at OFMS, and also serves as an assistant varsity volleyball coach, as well as a 7th grade basketball coach.  Entering her 15th year of teaching in Olmsted Falls, Mrs. Urban is a Bulldog alumnus who has wanted to be a teacher since the first grade.  She believes being a teacher allows her to help students access and understand material they have previously not known.  She also enjoys learning from her students!  Mrs. Urban loves being a being a Bulldog because of the relationships that she has built –both during her school days in Olmsted Falls as well as during her professional years. She believes that true Bulldogs are loyal and takes pride in that loyalty.  In her spare time, Mrs. Urban enjoys watching her children Tyler (10) and Kylee (7) participate in athletics. She also likes reading, playing volleyball, and yoga.

LATEST SCHOOL REPORT

The July/August Back-To-School Issue of Our School Report will be arriving in all community homes and businesses within the next few days.  The special back-to-school edition includes information on building start/end times, lunch fees, school fees, transportation and more.  To access a PDF file of this important issue, please click here.

2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Please click here to download a copy of the 2012-2013 Academic Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls Schools.

SAVE THE DATE!  SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS

Sept. 11th         OFMS PTA Meeting

Sept. 13th         OECPTA Meeting

Sept. 18th          OFIS PTA Meeting

Sept. 24th          OFHS PTA Meeting

Sept. 25th         Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • HERITAGE DAY PARADE – NEXT THURSDAY, AUGUST 16th – 6:30 p.m. – Don’t miss this annual community event!  Parade will step off from Falls-Lenox School and follow traditional route.  Don’t forget your candy bags!

 

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  1. August 13, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I would LIKE to use EZPay, but it has been down for several days now. Any ideas when it will be back online?

    • Kim Petrina - Communications Director
      August 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you for your question Mr. Naegle. The EZPay system was just switched on yesterday (Tuesday), following the completion of routine summer maintenance and system upgrades. Parents can now log in to add funds to student lunch accounts for all buildings. The ability to pay school fees will be finalized and turned on shortly for ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS and OFMS. Fees for OFHS courses usually take a bit longer before they are finalized and added to the EZPay system. I encourage you to contact your student’s individual building if you have specific questions regarding payment of school fees. Thank you again!

  2. Tiffany
    August 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Wish you have student’s schedule posted onlin or somehow my kids can access them instead of having parents take a day off to pick it up. Please streamline the process not just between the schools parents, but also with students. Thesedays, students are very much technically equipped to view their schedules online. Thanks.

    • Kim Petrina - Communications Director
      August 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you for your comment Tiffany. While our current student database system is not set up to provide on-line access to student schedules, we could certainly take a look at possible alterations to the schedule pick-up program in the future that might be of benefit to working parents. We appreciate your taking the time to share your concerns.

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