Parent Update – January 16, 2013
NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST
** Reminder **: There is no school this Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School will resume on Tuesday, January 22nd. Enjoy!
NEW SCHOOL BUS JOINS OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT FLEET THANKS TO P.I. FUNDS
Passage of the Permanent Improvement Levy for Olmsted Falls Schools continues to help stretch the District’s General Fund, by shifting expenses such as the cost of replacing school buses, to the P.I. fund. The first new school bus to be purchased with P.I. funds was delivered to the District the Friday before winter break and passed required Highway Patrol inspection that same day.
The 2014 International School Bus was built in Oklahoma in November and is the second International School Bus in our fleet. The new bus is capable of transporting 84 passengers and has been designated Bus #90 in the District’s fleet. Bus #90 was proudly put into service last Wednesday, January 9th.
With the addition of Bus #90 to the fleet, Olmsted Falls School District was able to sell one of the District’s older buses through the Ohio School Council’s approved auction website, which the District began using last year to generate funds through the sale of old equipment and supplies. The trade-in value offered to the District for this bus (when we purchased our new bus with P.I. funds) was $1,100. The auction price on the bus closed at $3,250 – another great example of further maximizing District funds through innovative partnerships!
ACCESS TO SCHOOL SAFETY SURVEYS CLOSES TOMORROW, THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH
Links to the on-line school safety surveys, which were e-mailed to Bulldog parents last month, will remain available on-line for one more day before the survey window closes at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night. Any parents interested in participating in the survey who have not yet had the opportunity to do so are encouraged to access the on-line surveys before the access to the survey links is shut down at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17th.
Your thoughts and feedback are important to us. The information obtained from these important surveys will be very useful to our District’s overall process of updating building safety plans.
Reminder: Each building has its own specific and unique survey. 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 building-specific survey links via e-mail, they can also be accessed by clicking on the links below:
ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS: POST PROM MEETING TONIGHT
The purpose of the committee is to help provide a safe and substance free environment for after the Prom. The committee needs the help of senior parents and anyone else who may want to donate their time and talent to this event. The DECORATING committee will hold a meeting afterwards to start collecting ideas around our theme for that night. Please come and be a part of constructing, painting or setting up. Help us make it a memorable event! Any questions, please contact: Denise Olszewski 216-271-6000, ext. 1314.
END-OF-YEAR HONORS FOR OFHS BOYS SOCCER TEAM
End of the season honors for the 2012 Olmsted Falls High School boys soccer team occurred both on the athletic field and in the classroom, epitomizing the term student–athlete. Congratulations to Erric Skutt. Brad Sommer, James Bildstein, John Levin, Jake Samsel, Ryan Crozier, Christian Klein, Adam Woodruff and Conner Bailey for earning a combination of honors from SWC, Greater Cleveland Division I, and the All-Ohio Academic Team. Congratulations also go to Head Coach James Walchanowicz for being named 2012 SWC Coach of the Year by his peer. For more details about the impressive list of honors achieved by the OFHS boys soccer team this season, please click here.
MINI BULLDOG CHEERLEADERS NIGHT – REGISTRATION DEADLINE TOMORROW
The Olmsted Falls High School Cheerleaders will present a Mini Cheer Clinic and Cheer Night for Olmsted Falls students in 3rd through 5th grades – January 24th -25th. Registration Deadline: By 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17th. For detailed information and registration form, please click here.
SOS: SIGNS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM GETS UNDERWAY AT OFMS
As a proactive way to address the important topic of teen depression and related issues, Olmsted Falls Middle School annually offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training through the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Middle School Program. The SOS Program at OFMS will include a classroom presentation which will be conducted by our own school counselors and school psychologists. All seventh graders will participate in this program on the following days: Phoenix Team on Wednesday, January 30th; and Griffin Team on Monday, February 11th.
Detailed information on the scheduled SOS Program is being provided to parents this week:
To read the letter sent to Middle School parents this week, please click here.
To download the SOS: Signs of Suicide Parent Newsletter, please click here.
Please contact Middle School Principal Mark Kurz with any questions at 427-6200.
MEET MR. LARGENT!
Mr. Dan Largent is currently in his 13th year in the Olmsted Falls City School District. Currently, he teaches 7th grade World History and also serves as the Varsity Baseball Coach and OFEA Public Relations Chair. Growing up, Mr. Largent had ambitions of becoming an attorney. However, after tutoring an elementary student as a junior in high school, he realized how passionate he was about teaching. Mr. Largent loves being a Bulldog because of the sense of community pride: in high school, he was actually part of the excavating crew that helped build Olmsted Falls Middle School, and was able to witness firsthand the Bulldog spirit prior to his employment here!!
In his spare time, Mr. Largent, an Olmsted Township resident, enjoys spending time with his wife April and their two daughters, Brooke (5), Grace (3) and his dog Bernie. Additionally, he enjoys musical theatre, singing for his church, fishing, and watching movies.
LOCAL PTA UNITS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL OHIO PTA AWARDS – DEADLINE IS THIS TUESDAY, JAN. 22ND
OFCS Parents and Staff – we need your help! Take a moment and ask yourselves the following questions: Do you know a PTA volunteer or school staff member who has been an outstanding part of your child’s school year so far? Would you like the opportunity to recognize the contributions and special qualities of one of your child’s teachers or a fellow educator?
Every year, Ohio PTA presents awards to educators and volunteers/staff who show outstanding and remarkable support of youth. The Outstanding District Educator Award is presented to a certified educator who is a PTA member and is nominated by a fellow staff or parent in the school district. The Helping Hands Award is given to an outstanding volunteer or school district staff member (non-certified educator) who is a PTA member nominated by fellow staff or parents. The local deadline for this year’s nomination is January 22nd! Please click HERE to download nomination forms and learn more.
REMINDER FOR OFHS SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
For seniors interested in applying for the Local Scholarship Program, applications are due to the HS Counseling Office by no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15th. Last year, thanks to the generosity of 71 local community donors, the OFHS Local Scholarship Program awarded more than $121,500 through 241 scholarships for members of the Class of 2012. Local Scholarship Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office or downloaded by clicking HERE. Please contact Ms. Tommye Laut at 427-6116 with any questions.
2nd ANNUAL POST PROM TAKE-N-BAKE FUNDRAISER
Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! Support the OFHS Post Prom Committee by purchasing ready to bake cheese pizza from Angelina’s Pizza. Order a medium ready to bake cheese pizza for either Super Bowl weekend, or order gift certificates for medium ready to bake cheese pizza for later. Please click here for order form and more details. Proceeds benefit OFHS Post Prom 2013 – a safe and secure after prom party made possible by parent volunteers.
OFHS SWIM AND DIVE DINNER
Date: February 19, 2013 (snow date February 26th)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: High school cafeteria
Dinner will be provided by Applebee’s-Salad, Chicken, Broccoli Alfredo, Rolls and Dessert. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids 10 and under. Raffle baskets, 50/50. For tickets, call Deanna Kress 216-513-6513 or Ellen Dregalla 440-235-1364. To view and download the invitation and order form, please click here.
2013 YEARBOOK ON SALE NOW!
Oh memories, Oh memories, how will we keep you? By buying a 2013 yearbook of course! The new 2012-2013 yearbooks are on sale now for $45 a limited time only. They can be purchased online by clicking here. Last year’s yearbook can still be purchased as well for $60. Please contact Mr. Gaba or Mrs. Pickenheim at Olmsted Falls High School if you have any questions.
BLOG DEADLINE REMINDER
Items for the District’s Weekly Blog Update must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. each Friday for the following week’s post. The Weekly Blog Update will be published every Wednesday that school is in session. Items should be no more than 125 words and should be sent in paragraph form. To view the new Content Submission Guidelines information sheet, please click here.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:
- OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE INFORMATION MEETING TOMORROW, THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA – The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will be holding its Information and Registration Night at the High School Cafeteria to kick off its 4th season. In the first three seasons the program has grown from 20 boys to 160 boys and girls learning and participating in the fastest growing sport in the United States. New this year are high school boys and girls teams, and a Middle School girls team! We are again offering a 10 week developmental program for 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls. Join us for one hour and learn about the “Fastest Game On Two Feet” — Find out more online at olmstedfallslax.com. To download the informational flyer and registration form, click here.
- RELAY FOR LIFE KICK-OFF EVENT – THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 7 P.M. AT THE OFHS VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME – SAVE THE DATE!! The Olmsted Falls Relay For Life is having a Kick-Off Event on Friday, January 18th at the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs Varsity Basketball game! The game starts at 7:00 and will be against Avon Lake. At the game, we will be advertising Relay, handing out “Save The Dates” and selling cupcakes and luminaria. The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters have also generously allowed us to take over the 50/50 for the evening! Please consider coming out, supporting Relay, and wearing your PURPLE! It will be a great night and we hope to see you there!
- LOCAL YOGA CLASSES OFFERED TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS/FRIDAYS IN FITNESS STUDIO AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER — Serenity Yoga offers three yoga classes per week, ongoing throughout the year, in the upper level fitness studio at the Olmsted Community Center. For class times, pricing and to reserve your space, visit www.liveserenityyoga.com or call (216) 282-YOGA.
- OPTIONS FOR ACTION PRESENTATION ON SCHOOL SHOOTING DEFENSE PROCEDURES – SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2:00 P.M. AT FIGHT FIT (17820 Engelwood Drive., Suite 5, Middleberurg Heights, OH) — Special presentation from concerned parents regarding nationally recommended guidelines regarding school shooting safety procedures and lockdown training. To download event flyer with additional information, please click HERE.