Parent Update – December 5, 2012
**SCHOOL SAFETY SURVEY LINK TO BE E-MAILED TO PARENTS**
Within the next few days, parents will be receiving an important e-mail containing a link to an on-line survey regarding school safety. As recently detailed in the November 7th blog update, Olmsted Falls School District is currently working to assess and update all current safety plans throughout the District. These important school safety surveys for parents are an important component of this process.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Each building will have its own specific survey which will be targeted to parents of students in that particular building. This means that a parent with children in multiple buildings will receive multiple survey links. All parents are encouraged to complete a survey for each building in which they have a child enrolled. The input of our parents will play a critical role in the updating of building safety plans.
UPDATED PARENT E-MAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST
Olmsted Falls Schools will begin utilizing an updated parent e-mail database – pulled from the new PowerSchool system – for all e-mail communications, beginning with the distribution of the above mentioned school safety survey links. Parents are asked to monitor their e-mail carefully over the next week or so to ensure that they do not inadvertently drop off the distribution list in the transition.
District Communications Director Kim Petrina will be sending alerts regarding the transition to the existing parent e-mail distribution list to ensure that all parent e-mails are included in the new distribution. If you have any questions or concerns about the status of your e-mail during this process, please contact Kim Petrina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 427-6000. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
OLMSTED FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL AND DISTRICT RECEIVED SOAR AWARDS FOR ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, and Olmsted Falls School District as a whole, for receiving prestigious Battelle for Kids’ 2012 SOAR Awards. These annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids’ school improvement collaborative, for their academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the last school year (2011–2012).
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School was recognized for exceptional academic growth with students in multiple grades and subjects over the 2011-2012 school year and was presented with the 2012 SOAR AWARD for High Progress. The Olmsted Falls District was also honored with the 2012 SOAR Award for Significant Progress.
“We are very proud to have received two of this year’s SOAR Awards,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “These outstanding achievements for both our District as a whole and our Intermediate School are a direct result of the dedication and commitment of each and every staff member in our District, the hard work of our students and the strong parternerships fostered between school and home.”
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE – THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
All residents are invited to tour the newly renovated Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium at a special Community Open House scheduled for this Friday, December 7th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The auditorium renovations were made possible through funding from the Permanent Improvement levy passed last November 2011. Make an evening of it! The annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner will also be taking place in the OFHS cafeteria beginning at 5:00 p.m. this same evening. We hope to see you there!
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING HELD AT COLUMBIA PARK SOCIAL HALL
In an effort to better share important school district information with the community at large, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting for November at the Columbia Park Social Hall.
Local residents were invited and encouraged to attend to learn about what’s happening in the Olmsted Falls School District. The Board and Administration of Olmsted Falls School District extend sincere thanks to the residents of Columbia Park and Park Manager Vicki Gibbons for their hospitality.
BOARD RECOGNIZES HIGH SCHOOL AP TEACHERS
Congratulations to Olmsted Falls High School for being named to the National AP Honor Roll. From 2010 to 2012, the high school increased the number of students participating in AP courses from 124 to 159 while still enabling more than 70% of students to earn AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. High School AP teachers Lisa Whitney (Chemistry), Lidia Soto-Kacik (Spanish), Jeff VanArnhem (Calculus and Computer Science), Christie Cutarelli (Language Arts), John Gaba (Language Arts), John Mercer (History), Tracey Blake (History), Blake Johnson (Biology), and Donna Langenderfer (Statistics) were recognized at the November Board of Education meeting for their efforts in making this achievement possible.
Pictured are (Front Row: L to R) Lidia Soto-Kacik, John Mercer, Christie Cutarelli and Lisa Whitney with OFHS Principal Holly Schafer; (Back Row: L to R) Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth with AP teachers John Gaba, Blake Johnson, Jeff VanArnhem and Donna Langenderfer.
ECC VOLUNTEERS HONORED AT BOARD MEETING
Each week, our District’s littlest bulldogs look forward to special visits by their neighbors from Columbia Park. It was a pleasure for the Board of Education to be able to honor five dedicated volunteers who help out at the District’s Early Childhood Center on Fitch Road. These dedicated volunteers spend time reading to students and helping out in the classrooms. Many, many sincere thanks to Meg Henrich, Gale Koliha, Mary and Bill Kubat, and Sally Stacho for their hours of volunteer time at the Early Childhood Center.
Pictured are (Front Row: L to R) Sally Stacho, Meg Henrich and Mary Kubat; (Back Row: L to R) Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth, Gale Koliha, ECC Director Melinda Brunner and Bill Kubat
DISTRICT HONORS LOCAL REPORTER
Board President Jim Weisbarth presented Mrs. DuMound with the OSBA Media Honor Roll Certificate – an annual award from the Ohio School Board Association that acknowledged local media writers for their work.
Flu and cold season are fast approaching, and your School Health Care Team is aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others, and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered. A one-sheet summary of guidelines has been provided by the School Health Clinic to cover the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations for school and daycare.
Please click HERE to download the guidelines. Special thanks to District Nurse Carol Meszaros, RN, for pulling together this very useful tool.
RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association hosted its annual Christmas luncheon for retired bulldog staff members this past Tuesday at OFIS. More than 50 retired bulldogs were in attendance at this popular event, sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.
Retired staff in attendance enjoyed a gourmet hot lunch prepared by Food Service Director Denise Taber and her wonderful staff. The lunch was expertly served by Mr. Ryan’s OWA students from OFHS. Guests were also treated to a special preview of an upcoming Christmas concert performance by the 4th and 5th grade choral students, led by Music teacher Kelly McClellan. Schuster’s Greenhouse on Columbia Road provided the beautiful poinsettia table decorations.
To view additional photos from the 2012 Retired Staff Christmas Luncheon, please click here.
MEET MRS. ATKINSON!
Mrs. Elaine Atkinson has spent her 22 year career in the Olmsted Falls City School District working as a kindergarten teacher, a tutor, a first grade teacher, and currently as an early childhood intervention specialist at the ECC.
Mrs. Atkinson went into education because she wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of children. She loves their humor, innocence, curiosity, wonder, and free spirits, and believes that children perpetuate life!
Mrs. Atkinson loves being a Bulldog because she is able to stay close to her family and community by working in the same school system as her husband, Tim and three boys, John (22), Michael (19), and Joseph (17). Her hobbies include reading, shopping, and traveling.
ANNUAL 6TH GRADE MOVIE NIGHT AT OFMS – TOMORROW, THURSDAY, DEC. 6TH
Where: OFMS Cafetorium
When: 6:30 p.m. -8:45 p.m. (Parents can drop off and pick up in front of the school)
Please note: The movie title will be posted on the middle school website on 12/6. To view the flyer, please click here.
HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY FUNDRAISER
$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.
ANNUAL NHS POINSETTIA SALE
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 payment to the high school main office. Thank you for your support!
OFMA 2012 CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
Fraser Fir Trees, All Fresh Cut
8’ and Under – $45, Over 8’ – $55
When: December 7th – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. / December 8th – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. / December 9th – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Present this Coupon Friday, December 7th and receive $5 off the tree of your choice!
3RD ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP
WHERE: Olmsted Falls High School
COST: $25 includes a dri-fit shirt
Please click here for the registration form.
For more information please visit http://www.ofbaseball.com and twitter.com/ofbaseball (use to check camp updates, weather, etc.)
OFAB’S ANNUAL BULLDOG APPAREL CHRISTMAS SALE – NEXT SATURDAY!
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
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!
OFHS SWIM & DIVE ANNUAL HONEYBAKED HAM SALE UNDERWAY!
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.
OFHS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER
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 email@example.com.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
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.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WINTER CARNIVAL NIGHT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. AT THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, 8170 MAPLEWAY DRIVE – Parents finish up your Christmas Shopping. Kids come have a blast this Saturday at Winter Carnival Night. Ring Toss, Spinning Wheel with prizes, Candy Cane Limbo, Crafts, Basketball competitions and more…. for ages 8-13. Visit www.olmstedcc.com for more information.
- CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY TEEN CAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. AT OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL – Learn some basic skills in creative cake – and cookie – decorating! Get hands-on experience using frosting tips, a pastry bag and colored frosting, plus take home your decorated cookies! All supplies provided. This is a great program to attend if you’re planning to enter the Bake-A-Book, Win a Nook® contest!To register for the cake decorating workshop, call or stop at the information desk of any participating branch or visit cuyahogalibrary.org and click on branch name. All participants must have a release form signed by a parent or legal guardian before the program in order to work with food. Please click here to view the library’s information page about this program.
- 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.