Parent Update – August 29, 2012
KINDERGARTNERS GET OFF TO A GREAT START AT THE ECC
Building administrators, faculty, staff, bus drivers and parents all pitched in to show our youngest Bulldogs the ropes as kindergarten officially got underway at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center last week. Parents and students attended one of the several orientation sessions offered together in advance of the itty bitty Bulldogs stepping out on their own on Friday for the first official day of kindergarten. There was no shortage of friendly faces and helping hands along the way as students learned how to get from the buses to their classrooms. This year marks the start of the fourth year of operation for the District’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) dedicated exclusively to the education of our preschool and kindergarten students. Kudos and sincere thanks to the many parent volunteers who were on hand to help out the first day! Please click HERE for photos from the ECC.
2012-2013 PTA ACTIVITY CALENDARS SENT HOME
Hot off the presses! The 2012-2013 PTA Activity Calendar was sent home (one per household) beginning late last week. PTA Calendars are sent home annually with the youngest student in each household. If you did not receive a calendar, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, grade and homeroom of your youngest student; OR pick one up from any school building’s main office.
Please consider the $2 donation to PTA Council, which can be sent in using the donation envelope attached to each calendar. These donations help fund college scholarships for Olmsted Falls High School students each year.
Also, PLEASE NOTE that the August 2013 page of the calendar (for next August) contained incorrect dates. For your convenience, a corrected August 2013 calendar page was inserted into all calendars. If you need to download a replacement copy of the August 2013 calendar page, please click here. Additionally, please make note that “Kindergarten Screening for 2013-2014 School Year” will take place May 1 & 2, 2013. These dates are listed correctly in this year’s calendar; however a duplicate set of Kindergarten Screening dates were erroneously included in the printed calendar on April 2 & 3, 2013. There are no Kindergarten Screening dates in April 2013; please mark your calendar accordingly.
BULLDOGS PLAY FIRST GAME ON NEWLY RENOVATED FOOTBALL FIELD
Members of the OFHS varsity football team and marching band were the first to play on the newly renovated football field, following the installation of additional field drainage/irrigation and the conversion from a native soil based field to a sand based field finished off with the laying of fresh Kentucky Blue Grass sod that took place over the summer. Improvements to the field were made possible through funds from the Permanent Improvement Levy, passed last November. Funds from this new P.I. are making possible a long list of much-needed improvement projects at Olmsted Falls High School and across the District. Upgrades to high school science labs were completed for the start of the new school year, and significant renovations to the high school auditorium will be completed in September. To view the photos of the recent football field renovations, please click here.
OFHS GOLF TEAM PLACES FIRST AT KENSTON INVITATIONAL
The boys were first out of 16 teams competing, and beat second place Mentor by 15 shots.
Pictured (from L to R) are Cam Winkel, Nick Kay, Alex Mitchell, Brian Jones, Ryan Bratsch and Will Eyssen.
FOOTBALL PARENTS KICKOFF SEASON WITH PICNIC FOR PLAYERS
On Saturday, August 18th the Bulldog football team, along with the trainers and coaches, “kicked-off” their season with a picnic celebrating their hard work over the summer. During the last three weeks, the boys prepared for the upcoming season in the grueling heat with two-a-day practices. The Football Moms organized the event by preparing hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by the dads of the senior players to celebrate the team’s hard work. The team had a great time and enjoyed all the wonderful food, though the desserts were the first to go! Sandy Friedrich and Kathy Gib want to thank everyone who donated and helped work the picnic to make it such a great event. The Bulldogs are looking forward to a great season! For more photos of the picnic, please click HERE.
SUPPORT BULLDOG SPORTS PROGRAMS BY PURCHASING FROM THE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS
Please support your athletic department by buying official bulldog sportswear from the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters. All money raised goes directly to support the sports that we have come to love. Sportswear purchased from other stores supports their own pockets and brings nothing back to the athletes. Please support the Athletic Boosters at home events.
To view photos of the Athletic Boosters Team Shop, click HERE.
Mrs. Kelly Judson has been teaching for the past seven years, and is currently teaching fourth grade Language Arts and Math at OFIS. She finds great joy in reading novels with her students, and loves making math a really fun place where everyone can be successful! Mrs. Judson’s favorite thing about being a Bulldog is the students. She believes so many of her students are hardworking, kind, responsible, and interested in improving. Mrs. Judson has wanted to be a teacher ever since coming home from school on her first day of 1st grade in Mrs. Atkinson’s class! To her, teaching is the most rewarding and challenging career that she can ever imagine. In her spare time, Mrs. Judson loves to spend time with her family, read, and work on her new home. Mrs. Judson and her husband, a 5th grade teacher at OFIS, would also like to announce that they are expecting their first baby this spring!
IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS
5th Grade Open House – TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 29th @ 7:00 p.m.
Falls-Lenox Open House for SOUTH Learning Community – Thursday, August 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
OFHS Open House – Thursday, August 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Please click on the links below for a summary of all important back to school events by 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)
OFHS SCIENCE TEACHER SHARES SUMMER ADVENTURES
OFHS Science Teacher Lisa Whitney has lots of new observations to share following a summer of conservation work and education abroad. Pictured at left is Mrs. Whitney at the Howler Monkey Community Sanctuary in Belize, where she joined the organization’s efforts to work with the community to preserve the howler monkey habitat.
Mrs. Whitney also worked with a Manatee Sanctuary, visited a Smithsonian Research Lab, and studied the Great Barrier Reef!
Nonprofit work and outdoor education runs in the family. Mrs. Whitney’s daughter Hannah (OFHS Class of 2012) spent 17 days on remote Fijan islands this summer, teaching lessons to children in the villages. Hannah is a freshman at Miami of Ohio this year.
Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA spirit wear will be sold at the 5th, 7th and 8th grade Open Houses. We will be sending home order forms this week with our Kindergarten through 5th graders. This year we are taking orders for our hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts and pajama bottoms. All orders received by Sept 10th will be filled and sent home with the child on September 28th. All orders received after Sept 10th will be available for pick up at the Middle School on November 5th and 15th.
OFHS YEARBOOKS ARE IN!
The 2011-2012 yearbooks have arrived! Anyone who did not pre-order one can purchase one now! They are $60 and checks can be made payable to OFHS. They can be purchased at lunches during the day in the pit and at the football games on Friday night by the concession stands. You can contact John Gaba at the e-mail address email@example.com or the number (440) 427-5060. Get them while there’s still some left!
OLMSTED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLDS FIRST LUNCH MEETING OF THE YEAR AT EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
The Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center hosted members of the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce for the organizations first lunch meeting following the summer break. Members relived their own school days by going through the ECC’s cafeteria line to gather their lunch of bbq chicken, salad, watermelon and fresh cobbler, which they then enjoyed on picnic tables in the outdoor courtyard. ECC Director Mrs. Melinda Brunner provided the group with an overview of ECC operations.
Following their regular meeting agenda, Chamber members joined Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley for a tour of the ECC, which houses the District’s preschool and kindergarten programs.
2012 HOME VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH
Adults – $6.00 / Students – $3.00 / Seniors – $3.00
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PLAN FOOD DRIVE AT SEPT. 21ST HOME FOOTBALL GAME
The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters will be conducting a food drive during the home varsity game against Brecksville on September 21st. Items donated will go directly to the Olmsted Falls/Township Food Pantry. This food pantry supports over 150 local families throughout our community that are in need. Please bring any non-perishable food items to the September 21st game. Cash donations will also be accepted at the main concession stand. Thank you in advance for your support.
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
LEARN HOW TO BECOME A HOST FAMILY FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENT
Olmsted Falls High School is looking for families interested in hosting a high school international exchange student this school year. Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Local Coordinator, John Church, is working with OFHS Principal Holly Schafer, to enroll at least one international student. All that’s needed is a host family. Host families can have children of any age or no children at all. They can be two parent families, single parent families or empty nesters. All that is required is a loving and accepting home. Host families learn about a different culture and have the opportunity to share their own. Host families enjoy having a new member of their family, and gaining a special connection to another culture for life. Students are proficient in English and arrive with insurance and spending money. Interested families can find additional information at http://ciee.org/highschool/or by contacting John Church at 440-808-8507, 440-376-7757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIBRARY SEEKS LOCAL STUDENTS FOR “MURAL MAKING” PROJECT AT NEW OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH
Exciting things have been happening over the summer with the new library building. On July 11th, the Cuyahoga County Library officially broke ground for construction of the new Olmsted Falls Branch located on Mapleway. (Renderings of the new building are now on display at the current branch.) The Cuyahoga County Library has decided to engage youth in the Olmsted Falls community to help plan and build a mural that will be installed in the Children’s and Teen’s areas of the new library. This project – entitled Making History One Piece at a Time – is in collaboration with Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and local artist Augusto Bordelios. The first planning sessions are on September 11th from 4:30 -5:30 for grades K-5; and September 25th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. grades 6-12. Registration begins on August 29th. Please click here to download the official information flyer.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- 9th ANNUAL OLMSTED SCHOLARSHIP FUND GOLF OUTING SPONSORED BY THE OLMSTED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – TODAY, THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH AT CREEKWOOD GOLF COURSE IN COLUMBIA STATION – 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Tee-off, Scramble Format. Four hole-in-one contests including $10,000 cash grand prize for hole #4. $80.00 includes golf registration, box lunch, BBQ ribs & chicken dinner. Dinner will be served at 2:00 pm. Register on line at www.olmstedchamber.org. If interested in purchasing dinner only for $25.00 or lunch only for $7.00, or for more information, please contact Cindy Kelly at email@example.com.
- CLEVELAND CROPS SCHADY ROAD FARM RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH – 2:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the opening of Cuyahoga County’s newest farm. Learn how this unique collaboration will lead to15 jobs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Parking at SWINGS-N-THINGS, 8501 Stearns Road with shuttle bus to the farm located at 27180 Schady Road. The Farmers Market is onsite Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday’s 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. To view and print the flyer, please click HERE.
- OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS SERIES OF EVENTS/PROGRAMS THIS FALL – Our local library has a great series of events scheduled for this fall. Please click here to access the latest fall schedule from Cuyahoga County Public Library.