Parent Update – February 13, 2013
LISTEN TO YOUR BULLDOG ACADEMIC TEAM THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH ON WEOL RADIO
Don’t miss the chance to hear the OFHS Academic Team in action this Monday night, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. on WEOL Radio (930 AM) as they compete in the Scholastic Games of Lorain County radio competition. Tune in and listen as our Bulldogs take on the Keystone High School Wildcats – you’ll be proud of the results! Representing the Olmsted Falls team in this exciting competition are senior captain Marty Mendenhall, junior, Andy Nageotte, and freshman, Zach Buchta.
Also, congratulations to the Olmsted Falls Academic Team for recently winning the “already qualified teams” bracket of the annual invitational OAC Tournament held at Cloverleaf High School. The victorious Bulldog “A Team” (pictured at right) consisted of senior captain, Marty Mendenhall, junior, Andy Nageotte, sophomore, Xavier Riviera, and freshman, Zach Buchta. Go Bulldogs!
BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS IS ON…. TOMORROW NIGHT!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
7:00 PM @ Olmsted Falls High School
Tickets are $3.00 for Students & $6.00 for Adults and on sale at the door!
All money raised for this event goes to PTA scholarship fund.
OFHS MUSIC STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST
On Saturday, February 2nd, members of the Olmsted Falls Music Department – both instrumentalists and vocalists – participated in the District IV Solo and Ensemble Contest at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. Starting at 8:00 a.m., students performed solos and small group pieces for judges who rated them on a I-V scale with I being a Superior rating. Each student also received a full written comment sheet that outlined positive and negative aspects of their performance.
Congratulations to the following students who earned Superior ratings: Trombonist Seth Bennett (pictured above); Clarinetists Joe Fudale, Kate Edgehouse and Christine Neudeck; Bassoonist Claire Barratt; Trumpeter Emily Laycock; Flutist Megan Doherty; Pianist/Bass Kevin Thompson; Trombonist/Pianist Kyle Thompson; Flutists Allison Paton, Megan Doherty, Emily Pfisterer and Elizabeth Neudeck; Alto Saxophonist/Pianiast Lindsay Rader; Percussionist Nick Mier; Alto Saxophonist, Paul Katz; Harpist, Adelin Leung; Oboist Melissa d’Aliberti; Bass Soloist Kevin Thompson; Saprano Soloist Sherilyn Rogers; Mezzo Soprano Soloist Christina Pinter; and Baritone Soloist Ed Gorski.
This is an amazing effort by our students here at Olmsted Falls. To view more pictures of the participants, please click here.
OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS & FORENSICS AND SOMETHING DADA IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY CO. PRESENT COMEDY NIGHT – THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School
Tickets $10 at the door
To view the poster for this event, please click here.
OFHS SENIOR ALLISON DUBER RECEIVES TRACK AND FIELD SCHOLARSHIP FROM HILLSDALE COLLEGE
Olmsted Falls senior Allison Duber will further her athletic career at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Allison’s family, friends, and coaches were on hand to congratulate her as she signed a national letter of intent to run track and field for the Hillsdale Chargers on Wednesday, February 6th, which is National Signing Day.
Allison who is a member of the National Honor Society has participated in soccer, basketball, and track during her high school career. She has earned six varsity letters and has twice been named Olmsted Falls Female Undergraduate Athlete of the year. Allison is a three-time state qualifier in track and field and currently holds five school records including the 400 meter dash.
Allison is busy preparing for the upcoming track season. Her goal is to qualify for the State Track Meet for her fourth straight year and earn All Ohio honors. Congratulations Allison on your academic and athletic accomplishments at Olmsted Falls and good luck at Hillsdale!
CELEBRATE COACH JIM RYAN AND VISIT THE NEW TRAINING FACILITY – THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!
Olmsted Falls High School is holding a special event THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH to honor and thank Coach Jim Ryan for his superb service as head football coach and to showcase the new OFHS weight room.
All students, parents, staff, alumni and residents are invited to come to the basketball game (vs. St. Francis de Sales @ 7:30 p.m.), walk through the new training facility, and stay to see Mr. Ryan honored at half-time. After the game, everyone is invited to an open house in Mr. Ryan’s honor at Tony K’s.
BOWLING TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS!
The high school bowling team continues to enjoy a fantastic season, and the individual efforts of two bowlers over the past two weeks are illustrative. On January 26, junior Paul Katz (pictured at left) bowled a 742 series in the morning in a junior varsity match against St. Edward. Then just a few hours later, he bowled 725 as a member of the Olmsted Falls Blue team in the Roseland Lanes Invitational Tournament. He missed high series in the tournament, which was won by the Olmsted Falls Gold team, by just one pin. He was named bowler of the week on January 31 by the Plain Dealer. Not to be outdone, the following week in his final regular season varsity match on February 2, senior Danny Becker (pictured at right) rolled a 791 series, breaking the school record and tying for the 8th best series in the history of the Greater Cleveland Interscholastic League, which dates to 1940. At one point Danny rolled 20 consecutive strikes. He was also named Plain Dealer Bowler of the Week on February 7.
REMINDER FOR OFHS SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 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. THIS Friday, February 15. 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.
ECC PRESCHOOLERS VISITS THE POST OFFICE
The ECC Preschool visited the Olmsted Falls Post Office on Wednesday Febraury 6th. They were able to go behind the scenes to see how the mail is sorted, scan packages, and sit in a mail truck. They finished their trip by buying a stamp to mail a valentine home.
ECC/FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS HEALTHY HEROES
The Healthy Hero Program is designed to teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits such as eating healthy, exercising every day, power washing your hands, coughing and sneezing in your sleeve, and sleeping well.
Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants were entered into a drawing to win a $5 gift card from Toys-R-Us.
A BIG THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for donating the gift cards used for this important program.
Congratulations to January’s winners, Collin Singleton (Falls, pictured above left) and Tegan Linn (ECC, pictured with her parents above right)!
CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES DAY AT THE ECC
Last week, the ECC held “Celebrating Differences Day” in which students learned about showing kindness toward persons with disabilities, and celebrated ways in which we are all alike yet different. High School students performed a puppet show to reiterate these concepts.
Pictured L to R: Robin Scott, Megan Doherty, Madeline Matia, Emily Pfisterer and Maria Halata.
MEET MRS. HUNT!
Mrs. Nancy Hunt has been working in the Olmsted Falls City School District since the 1991-1992 school year. Currently, she serves as a school bus driver and an OBI On Bus Instructor, and also trains and recertifies our bus and van drivers. Additionally, she is a member of the safety committee and is involved with the “School Bus Roadeo.” Mrs. Hunt loves being a Bulldog because she thinks that we have a wonderful school district and really enjoys the students that she transports.
Mrs. Hunt has three daughters, Angela (31), Jessica (27), and Rebecca (25), two sons-in-law, and six beautiful grandchildren, ranging in age from 14 years old to 5 months. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, reading, crafts, scrapbooking, and gardening.
OFHS SWIM AND DIVE DINNER – THIS TUESDAY!
Date: THIS TUESDAY, 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.
OFMS LOCK IN – SAVE THE DATE!
WHAT: WEB LOCK IN
WHEN: Friday, March 1st 8 PM – Saturday, March 2nd 7AM
WHERE: MIDDLE SCHOOL
6th grade early bird sign up (for door prizes) is due February 21, 2013. Parents can click HERE to download the permission form.
**We are accepting donations for gift cards and gift baskets for door prizes in the Guidance Office.**
YOUR CHILD COULD BE A “LEGISLATOR FOR THE DAY”
State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) has announced a renewed partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library for his “Legislator for a Day” reading program. The contest, which begins on Monday, February 4th, continues Rep. Dovilla’s strong support of public libraries. Children in grades one through six may participate in the program by reading five books and recording the titles on a special bookmark available at the four branches in Rep. Dovilla’s district, including our Olmsted Falls branch. Children should return the completed bookmark to one of the participating branches no later than Friday, March 8th. The completed bookmark serves as an entry form for each child. Please click here to read the letter from Representative Mike Dovilla.
CLEVELAND BROWNS MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEED, SKILL AND STRENGTH CLINIC
Times: Friday – 6:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday – 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Browns Training Facility
The 2013 Cleveland Browns Middle School Speed, Skill & Strength Clinic gives 13 and 14 year olds the opportunity to prepare for the next level of football by developing proper speed, skill and strength training. The two-day program will feature instruction focused on proper training specifically for middle school football players. For registration, please click here.
OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL FUNDRAISER
Olmsted Falls PTA Council is selling Butter Braid Pastries (each pastry sells for $12.) If you have never tasted Butter Braid Pastries, samples will be available at the Battle of the Schools Dodge Ball Game, Thursday, February 14th. The sale runs until February 26th with product pick up on March 19th at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) from 5-7 p.m. To view and download information and order form, please click here.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL LAS VEGAS NIGHT
The Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association Las Vegas Night, featuring gambling, food and fun, will be held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd. (south off Bagley, west of Stearns), in Olmsted Township on Saturday, February 23, from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be a cash bar, refreshments by Angelina’s, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle and VitaMix raffle. All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2013. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030 for tickets or more information. 21 and over please. Hope to see you there!!
ANNUAL OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA IS MARCH 9TH!
Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Annual Bargain Bonanza is set for Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Olmsted Falls Middle School. The sale features gently used children’s clothes, toys, gear and maternity wear. All items are organized by size, gender and category. Seller registration is open NOW. If you are interested in selling your items, please visit www.oecpta.org to obtain more information and a seller registration form. Deadline for sellers is February 15, 2013.
$2 General Admission: 9am – 12:30pm
$3 Bag Sale: 2:30pm-3:30pm
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 26TH ANNUAL PTA TALENT SHOW – MARCH 15TH!
The 26th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7 pm in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium. Join us for a fun-filled evening featuring 21 acts ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th Grade demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic and magical talents. Please come and support these amazing students. All proceeds will benefit the OFHS scholarship fund. Watch this weekly blog for more details. For further information, contact Claudia Ferrini at 440-427-0894.
HELP FALLS-LENOX RECEIVE A VISIT FROM AUTHOR JAN BRETT!
A favorite author of many of our primary students, Jan Brett, is offering an opportunity for our school to win prizes. The top prize is a school visit by Jan Brett herself! We are in 17th Place right now with 87 votes. The school that is in first place right now has 554 votes. All you need to do is like her Facebook page and click on the “Contest” button at the top of the page. The “Contest” button states “Free school or library visit.” From there, just fill out the entry which only requires basic information (name, email, school name, city, state and zip code)! Each person can post one time. If you are a Facebook user, please consider visiting Jan Brett’s Facebook page today to enter the contest. Encouraging family and friends with Facebook pages to do the same will help even more! What excitement for our students to be the winning school for this special author’s visit!
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 can now be preordered; the year book costs $50. This price is good until March 28. The yearbooks 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:
- SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS… ARE All NEW in 2013, 7:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M. AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, 8170 MAPLEWAY DRIVE, 440-427-1599 – For ages 8-13, Cost is $8.00. Mark Your Calendars: February 16th, InFocus Interactive Photo Booth. Kids get silly pics w/ your friends. March 16th, Magician and Illusionist, Magic Mike. Every Saturday Night includes: Basketball, Ultimate Football, Dodgeball, Obstacle Courses, in our full gym, Crafts, Games w/ Prizes, and free Air Hockey, Pool, Ping Pong and Fooseball. Get your friends together and get out of the cold to enjoy physical fitness and fun indoors on Saturdays this winter. Parent Volunteers currently being accepted. Contact: Amy Hanratty: firstname.lastname@example.org . Notice: Background checks mandatory for Volunteers & Staff over 18 yrs. Visit: www.olmstedcc.com to view this months featured flyer & fun!
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS (OPS) – Is currently taking applications for fine arts and crafts vendors looking to participate in our Spring Marketplace to benefit the Disney Dance Team. The Spring Marketplace will take place on Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at Olmsted Performing Arts, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138, 440-235-6722 and feature many fine arts and crafts vendors, raffle prizes, fun spring ideas, dance team performances and more! See you this spring at OPA! Interested vendors please contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org