District Update – August 8, 2012
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!