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Parent Update – November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012


Students at the ECC celebrated Thanksgiving early with an educational re-enactment of the feast of the first Thanksgiving.

Students dressed as Indians and Pilgrims and enjoyed learning about the origins of the holiday.

To view additional photos, please click here.


Third grade students did an outstanding job Tuesday, November 20th at their Fall concert “How Does Your Garden Grow?”  Students sang, danced and had the audience laughing along as they performed.  Music teachers, Eileen Wallace and Kelly McClellan should be commended for their wonderful instruction and kudos to art teachers Renee Wagner and Jason Skocdopole for their work helping students to make the beautiful sets and colorful headpieces.  Great job by everyone! 


On Tuesday, November 20th, 8th grade WEB leaders invited over 350 6th grade students to participate in our 2nd annual reunion!  During this time, 6th graders shared their favorite classes, information about how they are feeling as a middle school student and all while enjoying breakfast with their original WEB Leaders.

Thank you to the Music Boosters for their help with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, OFIS Cafeteria Staff and OFMS Cafeteria Staff, The  Transportation Department and OFMS teachers for all of your help! 


The Olmsted Falls High School Student Council recently sponsored a blood drive for the American Red Cross.  As a result of their efforts in organizing, the American Red Cross was able to collect 50 pints of blood for needed patient care.  Of the 71 individuals who donated, there were 32 first time blood donors!  A considerable amount of work goes into every blood drive and precious lives have been saved or sustained as a direct result of the dedicated support of the students and District Nurse Carol Meszaros, RN.  In a thank you letter from the American Red Cross, OFHS volunteers were praised for coordinating a very organized blood drive and for doing a great job helping out and recruiting blood donors prior to the event.  Kudos to all who were involved! 


BM1 Kevin Morran, 8th Grade US History teacher Sandra Cibulskas, and Commander Mark Bobal (retired)

Eighth grade students were able to enjoy presentations from Coast Guard and Army veterans for Veteran’s Day.

The speakers explained the nature of their jobs and highlights from their military careers.

Major Raymond Benisek, one of the special guest speakers, graciously gifted the school with a flag that flew over Afghanistan in appreciation for our support in honoring the military.

For more details and photos about all of these special visitors honored at the Middle School, please click here.


Pictured with Mr. Zeih is Kyle Erickson

This is Mr. Dave Zeih’s 9th year presenting to the students of Olmsted Falls Middle School about the life of a British soldier in the 13 American colonies prior to the American Revolution.  His presentation ended with the much anticipated musket blast!   Mr. Zeih is retired from the teaching profession, but continues to educate through his revolutionary presentations!  Mr. Zeih is a former Fairview High School teacher.


Earlier this month, some of the 5th grade students had visits from local CPA’s through a program called FETCH! Many of the 5th graders are currently studying economics and this program was a perfect supplement to their studies.  FETCH!, which stands for Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits®, is a classroom-based game that teaches students critical financial skills like budgeting, saving and spending using a concept every student can relate to – taking care of a pet! Targeted to 5th and 6th grade students, FETCH! is led in the classroom by a team of OSCPA volunteers that share their financial knowledge and expertise to help students understand financial literacy concepts that are the foundation of a healthy financial future.

Learning how to manage money and make responsible financial decisions is important for everyone. For students, it’s even more important. Understanding how to use and manage money early in life paves the way for a lifetime of financial success. Mr. Ken Ellis, an OFIS parent, was able to be one of the CPA’s for his son Stephen’s class.  To view more photos, please click here.


Dr. Rodney Dorsey from the University of Michigan was the guest conductor for 104 music students from the Northeast area this past Saturday. Five students from Olmsted Falls High School were chosen by the committee to represent our school. Melissa d’Aliberti, Oboe, Megan Doherty, Flute, Joe Fudale, Clarinet, Nick Mier, Percussion and Bradley Stricklen, Trombone rehearsed all day on Friday and for an hour and a half on Saturday before presenting a very demanding program in Cleveland State’s Watjen Auditorium that evening.

Congratulations to all of our students who were nominated and participated!  Please click here for more photos.


Do you think you’ve got talent?  The 26th Annual Olmsted Falls Friday Night Talent Show Auditions will be held THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST  from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium.  Get your act together and start preparing your audition.   The key is practice!  Please watch this weekly blog, look for posted flyers in your school and check your school website for more details.  Contact Mrs. Ferrini with questions at 440-427-0894.


REFLECTIONS is back and projects are due to your building’s chairperson by THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 3rd.  The theme for this year’s Reflections content is:  “The Magic of a Moment.”  OECPTA will be having a Reflections workshop.   Watch for a possible workshop at ECC and Falls-Lenox as well.  Information has already gone out at OFIS; and flyers will be available in the office at the MS and HS for your student to pick up.

Important Notes:  The paperwork is different this year, so please make sure you read it carefully, fill in all the information, and include a parent’s signature.  Entry forms provided at building levels contain contact information specific to that building.  Should you need to make corrections to the form you received, or just need a blank form, please click here.  Also, for a handy tool of rules to reference to make sure your project isn’t shut out for not following the new guidelines, please click here.  You can enter something in each and every category if you desire.


Helping Hands Parent Meeting THIS MONDAY:

Monday, December 3, 6:30-7:30pm

Room W5 at the HS (Enter through the west side gym entrance and follow the signs to W5.)

HH Holiday Party and Fundraiser:

Friday, December 14, 5:30-8pm

OFMS Cafetorium.

$10- Ages 12 – Adult

$8- Ages 4-11

FREE- Ages 0-3

Dinner, Dancing, and Games

Feel free to bring a friend (even from another district)!

Forms and money must be returned back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday, December 7!! Please click HERE to download registration form.


MathCounts is back at OFMS and students can participate in the local Cleveland competition, if qualified move on to the State and National Championship rounds.  Mathcounts is a national middle school program open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  For more information and registration (due by December 3, 2012),  please click here


Get your poinsettias for the holiday season. OFHS National Honor Society Members are now selling poinsettias and will make weekly deliveries through December 19th starting November 28th. The available poinsettias range from 4″ to 10″ and come in red, pink and white. Funds from the sale go to defray costs of NHS inductions and to support service efforts in the community including Relay for Life. Please print this form and return your order with ayment to the high school main office. Thank you for your support!


Fraser Fir Trees, All Fresh Cut

8’ and Under – $45, Over 8’ – $55

When:    December 7th – 6pm to 9pm / December 8th – 9am to 7pm /

December 9th – 12p to 5pm

 Where:  Olmsted Falls High School

Present this Coupon Friday, December 7th and receive $5 off the tree of your choice!


WHEN: December 27th for 2nd thru 4th Graders / December 28th for 5th thru 8th Graders

WHERE:       Olmsted Falls High School

COST:            $25 includes a dri-fit shirt

Please click here for the registration form.

For more information please visit www.ofbaseball.com and twitter.com/ofbaseball (use to check camp updates, weather, etc.)


I would really like to give thanks to our wonderful parents, staff and PTA volunteers who helped and supported the OFMS Scholastic Book Fair. Our fall book fair made slightly over $7,500.00 of which our Media Center will receive 60% of that total for purchasing new books! This will allow us to update our collection with new and exciting titles. Hosting these book fairs would not be possible without our amazing parent volunteers. The following parents gave up their time during this busy season to make our fair such a success:  Susie Asadorian, Rich Bowman, Katie Fidler, Laraine McCafferty, Cindy Purdy, and Rinda Vas.  Again, thank you and have a blessed holiday season. – Terri Tantanella, OFMS Media Center.


EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!  Come support one of OFAB’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  The holidays are here. Get some shopping done with us!  There’s something for everyone on your list including your children, parents, grandparents, friends, teachers…even your pets! Give yourself a gift too…you deserve it!  MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW TO ATTEND!

Where: Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria

When: Saturday, December 8

Time: 9am-1pm

Items for sale include everything from t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, jackets, hats, and blankets to stadium seats, umbrellas, flags, car decals and so much more.  Items at all price points. Apparel in infant to adult sizes.  Plenty of children’s apparel sizes (4 to 18) in stock too this year!

For more information on new items for this year, special highlights and the “Feed the Bulldog” Food Drive Effort, please click here.


OFHS Swim & Dive Team is again bringing the HoneyBaked Ham Store to your door!  You can order delicious Spiral Sliced Hams, Glazed, Roasted & Smoked Turkey Breasts, Boneless Hams, Combinations, Desserts, and Gift Certificates for your holiday entertaining.

Place your order between now and December 8th and enjoy the convenience of picking up your holiday entertaining needs at Olmsted Falls High School. SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE – NO MARK UP.  15% of your purchase will go to the Olmsted Falls Swim and Dive Team.  Orders available for pick up on Friday, December 21st from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the side band entrance, Olmsted Falls High School.

Please click HERE to download the order form attached.  For more information call Carrie Higginbotham at 440-243-8512.


An OFHS Post Prom Committee fundraiser is currently under way. “Pick-3 Lottery”.  You can purchase a lottery ticket for $5.  If the numbers on your ticket come up any time during the month of December 2012 Ohio Lottery drawings, you will win $50.  You can win more than once during the month.

To purchase a lottery ticket please contact Wendy Yako at yakot@sbcglobal.net.


The books at the following link have been handpicked by Cuyahoga County Public Library staff as the best books of 2012 for kids ages 0-18.  Please click here to access the Great Books for Kids website.  To download the flyer, please click here.


  • BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE  DECEMBER 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th, SCHUSTER’S GREENHOUSE, 9165 COLUMBIA ROAD –  Hours are Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Please stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree.  Questions?  Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.
  • POLAR PENGUIN NIGHT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. AT THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, 8170 MAPLEWAY DRIVE – the Saturday Activity Night program kicks off the month of December with some Polar Fun! Parents grab a night out, kids ages 8-13 come by and chill with your friends and have a blast at basketball, dodgeball, our snow ball toss with prizes, crafts, Penguins & more!  Cost: $8.00 includes all the fun!  Visit: www.olmstedcc.com for more information.  To view the flyer which shows all the fun December activity nights, please click here.
  • SANTA’S SECRET SHOP, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL – At Santa’s Secret Shop, kids can shop for presents for family and friends with the help of our elves. Most items are $1-$10. Also, visit with Santa, purchase bake sale items and buy tickets for our huge holiday raffle of great items including an Apple iPad Mini.  All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102.
  • ST. MARY OF THE FALLS 3RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR CRAFT & GIFT SHOW – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST – 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. IN THE PARISH HALL – Find unique gifts from local crafters & vendors.  Enjoy Christmas Carols by the St. Mary of the Falls Youth Choir.  Photos with Santa and Create Your Own Nativity Photos from 11 am – 12;30 p.m. and 1:30 – 3 p.m. Food, fellowship and more!  Please click HERE to download event flyer.
  • 24TH ANNUAL SEARCH FOR THE CHRIST CHILD, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 & 2 – 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., FIELDS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 34077 LORAIN ROAD, NORTH RIDGEVILLECome anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to experience what it may have been like on that first Christmas so long ago in Bethlehem.   “Search” is a live in-door presentation of the First Christmas story. You will be greeted at the Friendship Inn when you arrive and led by a shepherd guide on an interactive trip following the star in the East and sharing in the experiences of the people of that time. Shepherds, heralding angels, local villagers, Innkeepers, a street scene, King Herod in his palace, and the manger scene are all presented LIVE. Refreshments will be provided before your journey.  Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food items and money brought to the manger will be distributed to North Ridgeville Community Care.
  • ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT THE VILLAGE GREEN, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND AT 5:00 P.M.  –  There will be caroling by the  OF Middle School choir, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa!  Non perishable food donations are being accepted for the Olmsted Community Church Food Pantry.   Sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Parks & Recreation Department.
  • OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT BLOOD DRIVE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 FROM 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.  – The Olmsted Township Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor a community blood drive at the new Fire Station on Fitch Road (just north of Cook Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 22nd.  Call 235-3746 to schedule a convenient appointment time to come donate blood.  Walk-ins okay too.  Donors age 16 and under will need parental consent.  Tour the new fire station while you’re there!  All welcome!
  • A CHRISTMAS STORY WILL BE PERFORMED AT OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS MAIN STAGE – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 7:00 p.m., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 2:00 p.m. – Performances will be in the 1,200 seat theater at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Tickets are $18 (Orchestra A), $15 (Orchestra B), and $12 (Reserved). Advance tickets will go on sale on October 7th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com, and will be available through noon on December 6th, or call 440-465-3355 to check the hours for our box office… Tickets may also be available at the door.
  • TCHAIKOVSKY’S CLASSIC AND MOST FAMOUS BALLET, THE NUTCRACKER, WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS DANCE ACADEMY ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7:00 p.m., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 AT 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 AT 2:00 p.m. – Performances will be in the 1,200 seat theater at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Tickets are $18 (Orchestra A), $15 (Orchestra B), and $12 (Reserved). Visit www.olmstedperformingarts.com for information about the preshow event, and to purchase advance tickets which will go on sale on October 14th. Advance tickets will be available through noon on December 13th. Call 440-465-3355 to check the hours for our box office. Tickets may also be available at the door.


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