Parent Update – December 12, 2012
VETERAN COACH JIM RYAN RETIRES AS BULLDOG FOOTBALL COACH AFTER 25 YEARS
Olmsted Falls High School Head Football Coach Jim Ryan has announced he will retire from his head football coaching position after twenty-five years. Wanting to spend more time with family and take a step back from the program as head coach, Ryan stated it is time for another person to begin a new era within the Bulldog Football program.
Please click HERE to read more about Coach Ryan’s retirement and career.
Coach Ryan you will be greatly missed!
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LINKS TO SCHOOL SAFETY SURVEYS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS
Earlier this week, links to the on-line school safety surveys were e-mailed out to parents. Each building has its own specific and unique survey. If you are a parent/guardian with students in more than one school building, then you should have received multiple e-mails/survey links.
Your thoughts and feedback are important to us. All parents/guardians are encouraged to complete a survey for each building in which they have a child enrolled. If you did not receive the survey links via e-mail, they can also be accessed by clicking on the links below:
The input of our parents will play an important role in the updating of building safety plans. We thank you in advance for your time and participation. Additional reminder e-mails with these survey links will be sent out over the next few weeks.
NEW PARENT E-MAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST NOW IN USE
Beginning this week, Olmsted Falls School District transitioned to an updated parent e-mail distribution list. This new list contains all current parent/guardian e-mails from the District’s new PowerSchool database. Most parent e-mails from this distribution list that we have been using throughout this school year should be included in this new distribution list.
If you find that you are no longer receiving District e-mails alerts, please contact Kim Petrina via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the name(s)/grade(s) for each of your students. This will enable us to add your e-mail to the new parent e-mail distribution as well as to the PowerSchool database, so that you may continue to receive District communications via e-mail.
Thank you to those that have already e-mailed to inform us of a needed update. Please allow 3-5 days for the updates to take effect. It is our District’s goal to reach as many parents as possible with our e-mail communications. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line, and then notify the Bus Garage via phone at 427-6350.
Note: Once on-line, please select the “Start an application for employment” option, and follow the instructions on the screen.
INDIANS’ PROSPECT NICK HAMILTON TO SPEAK AT OFHS AUDITORIUM THIS THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 P.M.
Former Kent State baseball standout and current Cleveland Indians’ Prospect Nick Hamilton will be speaking at Olmsted Falls High School in the newly remodeled auditorium on Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.! All players and anyone, young or old, who would be interested in hearing his inspirational story are welcome to attend!
In addition to sharing his story, Nick will participate in a Q and A session and also will stay after to sign any autographs you might want! Bring any baseballs, Cleveland Indians, or Kent State gear that you would like him to sign! Admission is free. To view a short video about Nick, visit: http://youtu.be/m44oI6b5d5w.
Note: Nick will be meeting BEFORE the speech at 6:40 p.m. with students from our district who are also hearing-impaired. When Nick was a toddler, he began to lose his hearing and now relies upon hearing aids. If any other students fall into this category, please feel free to come say hello to Nick!
OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC BOOSTERS CHRISTMAS TREE SALE A SUCCESS
The Olmsted Falls Music Association held its 3rd annual Christmas Tree Sale this past weekend. Student volunteers earned service hours towards their applications for the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Hard-working students logged over 100 service hours. OFMA sold a record number of trees this year with profits over $1300 to go to the OFMA general fund. Fundraising like the tree sale allows OFMA to donate another $11,000 to the schools’ music departments this year. These funds are used at every grade level to support and enhance music education. In past years funds have been used to buy and repair instruments and to add sound systems to the high school band and choir rooms. For more photos, please click here.
MEET MR. JUDSON!
Mr. Jesse Judson is a 5th grade social studies and language arts teacher at OFIS. Additionally, he serves as a Power Teacher trainer, the grade level leader for 5th grade, and a member of the Master Teacher committee. This is currently his 8th year in education and his 6th year in Olmsted Falls.
Education runs in Mr. Judson’s family. His mother and two younger siblings are teachers, his father is a guidance counselor, and his grandmother is a retired teacher and taught Mr. Kurz, the principal at OFMS! He decided on a career in education because he loves working with students.
Mr. Judson and his wife, Kelly, a 4th grade teacher at OFIS are expecting their first child in March. In his spare time, he enjoys thinking, drumming, reading, traveling, and cooking.
COME OUT AND ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON WITH THE OFHS CHOIRS NEXT TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH
Concert 2 – 8:15 – approx. 9:15 p.m. featuring OFHS Treble Choir, Golden Expressions, OFHS Barbershop Quartet, and OFHS Chorale.
Alumni are invited back to EITHER concert as the Hallelujah Chorus will be performed at both concerts. Admission is $5.00 per person or $3.00 per person plus a can of food, which will be donated to the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township Food Bank. Preschoolers and Senior Citizens free. Please come and enjoy music of the season at both concerts.
OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
OFHS Student Council is again running its Holiday Food Drive from Monday, December 10th and concludes on Friday, December 21st. The 2nd period class that collects the most canned/non-perishable items (done per capita…) will win a Panera breakfast, and the runner-up gets some Dunkin Donuts. Last year students donated just over 5,000 items for the local food bank at Olmsted Community Church. Student Council has the ambitious goal of bumping this up 10%, to 5,500 items this year. Thanks for your support!
OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SPONSORS ANNUAL APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
Olmsted Falls High School held its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast last Friday in the High School Media Center. Guests were treated to a buffet breakfast and enjoyed a special holiday performance by the High School’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
In addition, Bulldog alumnus Nick Sword (seen on video screen in photo at left) made a special appearance at this year’s event via a recorded video message to express his thanks and appreciation to the local scholarship sponsors. Nick is currently studying at John Carroll University. For more photos from this event, please click HERE.
Last year, a total of 71 local sponsors provided nearly $121,548.62 through 241 scholarships for members of the Class of 2011. Our District extends its continued gratitude to all of these individuals, businesses and organizations, for their generous support of our Bulldog graduates! The 2013 Local Scholarship Program is getting underway. For information on sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Mrs. Tommye Laut in the High School Counseling Office at 427-6116.
MARCHING BAND UNIFORM, RAINCOAT AND GIG BAG COLLECTION
Collection of the remaining uniforms, raincoats and gig bags will be on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in the Music Hallway at the high school from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
RESIDENTS TOUR NEWLY RENOVATED AUDITORIUM
A steady stream of visitors took time to come inside the new auditorium, hear the new sound system and learn more about one of the biggest renovation projects to date made possible with funding from the new Permanent Improvement Levy (passed in November 2011).
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!
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.)
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- 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.
- 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!
3rd ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT – DECEMBER 31ST FROM 7:30 P.M. – 12:30 A.M. AT NORTH OLMSTED RECREATION CENTER – Join us for a fun evening of ice skating, swimming, games, prizes and balloon drop at midnight. Purchase advance tickets at the N.O. Rec Center for $12 or $15 at the door. Admission includes all activities, snack and beverage. For more info, please call 440-734-8200. Event Co-sponsored by Cleveland Edges Skating Club and N.O. Recreation Department.