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Parent Update – April 24, 2013

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OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Lloyd FamilyThe Olmsted Falls Board of Education officially named the next superintendent of schools during its regular monthly meeting held April 18th at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  The Board voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Dr. James Lloyd to serve as the 25th superintendent of Olmsted Falls School District effective August 1, 2013, when he will officially take the District’s helm. Dr. Lloyd is currently assistant superintendent for the Olmsted Falls School District, a position he has held for the past six years.  He will replace current superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley, who will become superintendent of Dublin City School District effective August 1, 2013.

“We have known Dr. Lloyd for many years and he has been an incredible asset to our District,” said Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth.   “We are pleased to have been able to secure him as our next superintendent and are confident he will continue to lead our District on its path of excellence.”

Prior to serving as assistant superintendent for Olmsted Falls Schools, Dr. Lloyd was director of pupil services for neighboring Westlake City School District for 9 years.   Dr. Lloyd actually began his career in education here in Olmsted Falls School District where he served as a school psychologist from 1995 to 1998.

“I am honored to serve as the next superintendent of this outstanding District,” said Dr. Lloyd.  “It will be a pleasure to continue to work with our exceptional staff, hardworking students and supportive parents in this new capacity.”

Dr. Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts degree in School Psychology from the University of Akron and a doctorate from Ashland University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Lloyd has served as an adjunct professor for Ashland University and Bowling Green State University as well. He has his Administrative and Superintendent Certificates from Cleveland State and Ashland respectively.

He and his wife, Rhonda, will be relocating to the Olmsted Falls School District community with their three children – Mason (10th grade), Tommy (7th grade) and Maggie (4th grade) – this summer.  All three children will attend Olmsted Falls Schools.

If you see Dr. Lloyd out in the District in the coming weeks, please join us in congratulating him and welcoming his family to the Olmsted community!  To view additional photos from last week’s Board meeting, please click HERE.

FIRST GRADERS SHARE EARTH DAY SONG WITH BOARD, HELP LEAD PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

DSC_5807[1]A group of first grade students from Mrs. Mary Pat Burk’s class performed a special song that they had learned for Earth Day for the Board of Education and guests in attendance for the April meeting.

The group also helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance for the official start of the meeting.

Thank you very much to these talented students, their parents and Mrs. Burk for making this month’s meeting extra special!

BOARD RECOGNIZES AWARD-WINNING BULLDOGS

DSC_5811The Board of Education also recognized two students and one staff member for their respective recent honors and awards during the April Board meeting.

The Board offered congratulations to OFHS senior Steve Johnson on being named Division I Academic All-Ohio. He is one of only 10 Division I basketball players selected in the State for this honor.

DSC_5810The Board also recognized OFHS sophomore Teresa Wang for winning a Gold Key (top honor) in the National Scholastic Art & Writing competition.  Teresa will be officially honored at a special ceremony at Carnegie hall in New York City next month!  (Watch for additional coverage of Teresa’s national award and a new online art gallery of other award-wining OFHS art students in an upcoming blog post.)

DSC_5812Finally, the Board extended personal congratulations and appreciation to Olmsted Falls school bus mechanic Roger Urbanek for being the first-ever recipient of the David E. Drum School Bus Mechanic of the Year Award. The intent of this state-wide award, to be presented annually by the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT), is to recognize mechanics who exhibit outstanding cost-saving measures, cooperation and working relationships with school bus drivers and fellow employees, sets high shop standards, and has implemented a preventative maintenance program.

Congratulations again to these three outstanding Bulldogs!

8TH GRADERS PARTICIPATE IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING CHALLENGE AT WVIZ

purple smurfs 3.0A small group of 8th graders participated in a science and engineering competition at the WVIZ Idea Center on Saturday, April 13.  The “Purple Smurfs 3.0” competed in the Design Squad Challenge against 11 other teams and were judged by professional engineers.  The team took second place!

In photo left to right:  Alex Kho, Stephanie Schroth, Molly McCafferty, Joselyn Rabbitt, and Maggie Backus.  For more information please visit:  http://www.ideastream.org/newsdepth/entry/53171.

Congratulations!

OFMS DRAMA STUDENTS TO PUT ON SPRING ONE ACT PLAYS THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY!

One_act_playsThe OFMS Drama Club is presenting its spring one act plays April 25-27 at 7 pm at OFMS.   The plays include “The Plot to Assassinate the Chase Manhattan Bank,” “Out the Window,” “Teen Movie Star,” and “Imperfect Proposal.”  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Please contact  Joy Kiedrowski at 427-6332 for more information or tickets.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET PARTNERS WITH PTA, OFPD, AND DEA THIS SATURDAY

medSaturday, April 27th will mark the 6th nationwide drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency at locations across the country participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet. The Olmsted Falls Police Department has again partnered with the DEA and PTA to host this event in our community. Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on April 27th please drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Olmsted Falls Police Department. All items collected will be turned over to the DEA for destruction at a licensed disposal facility. Please pass this information along to your family, neighbors, friends and colleagues.   Through this collection event, we keep these medications out of the hands of curious youth and we keep these medications out of our drinking water supply. Check out the DEA’s website by clicking here and spread the word about collection points in our area.

ACADEMIC TEAM CONTINUES TO WOW!

Left to right: Zach Buchta, Nathan Seese, Alec Simms, Xavier Rivera, Marty Mendenhall (captain), Andy Nageotte, Cecelia Dahlinger, coaches Rhonna Smith and Joe Galea.

Left to right: Zach Buchta, Nathan Seese, Alec Simms, Xavier Rivera, Marty Mendenhall (captain), Andy Nageotte, Cecelia Dahlinger, coaches Rhonna Smith and Joe Galea.

On Saturday, OFHS hosted the North Coast Regional OAC Tournament.  The tournament consisted of 16 schools from the North Coast Region that had won their Conference/Tournament/League this year.  The top two finishers on the day qualify for the State OAC Tournament at Columbus State Community College in Columbus on May 4, 2013.  Olmsted Falls High School finished in the No. 2 spot as regional runner-up, just behind regional winner, Solon High School. This qualifies our Bulldogs for the OAC State Tournament for the 3rd consecutive year!

In other team news, this Sunday, April 28th, Marty, Zach, and Andy will represent Olmsted Falls in the Semi-Finals of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County on WEOL Radio (930 AM).  The taping takes place at the Ramada of Elyria (near the Elyria Turnpike Exit at Midway Mall) at 1:00 p.m., with the taping of the finals for the top two teams at approximately 3:30 p.m.  There is plenty of room for spectators and anyone who would like to attend is welcome. Olmsted Falls is going for its third straight Scholastic Games Championship and Marty Mendenhall is going for his 8th straight Standout Scholar Award (which would tie the Scholastic Games record!).

Congratulations and good luck!

PARENT VOLUNTEERS HELP STUDENTS APPLY SKILLS AT “PIZZA DAY” EVENT

_full_P4100609Second grade students had an opportunity to put their reading and math skills to work with a fun, hands-on project, which has become an annual tradition at Falls-Lenox.  Parent volunteers joined in to help with “Pizza Day” – an interactive lesson combining reading and math skills with pizza making.  Students did a great job at following the instructions and ended up with a delicious reward in the end.

Thanks to the second grade teachers and parent volunteers!!

For more photos, please click here.

YOUNG INVENTORS SHOWCASE IDEAS AT FALLS-LENOX

_full_P4180679Second grade students at Falls-Lenox participated in the school’s annual Invention Fair last week, a three-day event showcasing student inventions.  Student creativity and innovation was on display for fellow students, staff and  parents.

To view photos from this event, please click here.

Well done second graders!

ECC/FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS HEALTHY HEROES

photo(12)photo(11)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.  Congratulations to March’s winner from the ECC student, Santino Pinzone, pictured above left with his Mother and Mrs. McNeeley. The Falls-Lenox winner was Elsa Gutierrez; her certificate is pictured above right.   A BIG THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for donating the gift cards used for this important program.

MEET MRS. LOPATA!

DSC_5857Mrs. Mary Lopata has been working for our school district for 12 years in the Personnel Department. She has been involved with the High School Boosters, was the past president of several PTA units, and has volunteered many hours in the district.

Mary enjoys the “customer service” that she offers to our employees, whether it is about their medical benefits, new hire paperwork, or processing the BCI & FBI fingerprinting services.

Mary and her spouse, Rich, have been “Bulldog” parents to two children and have been married for 42 years. They have three granddaughters and they all enjoy spending time boating and fishing at the Lake Erie Islands. Mary also enjoys teaching her granddaughters how to ride and take care of her horse, Cowboy.

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

bulldog_leftA listing of 2013 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website.  The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp information and registration forms.

Please click HERE for the latest 2013 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.  **NOTE:  Registration Deadline for HS & MS Volleyball Camps is Wednesday, May 1st!

5TH GRADE PARENT MEETING AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL NEXT WEEK

All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting next Wednesday, May 1, from 7:00-8:30 PM at Olmsted Falls Middle School in the Cafetorium. This program is designed primarily for parents. The agenda for our time together will be as follows:

· 6th Grade Teaching Teams

· Typical 6th Grade Schedule

· Tour of Building

· Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium

· 6th Grade Parent Night: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (Parents Only)

· 7:00-8:00 PM

· OFMS Cafetorium

Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz, 440-427-6201 or mkurz@ofcs.net, in the event you have any questions regarding the middle school.  To view the information flyer, please click here.  Thank you!

POWDERBUFF VOLLEYBALL GAME

VolleyBall-plainSupport the high school class officers in their prom fundraising by attending the annual Powderbuff Volleyball Game. Coached by the females in their grades, male freshmen and sophomores will face off at 7pm on May 2 with a 7:30 main event between juniors and seniors. Tickets will be sold at the door: $5 students $6 adults.

THANKS FOR DONATING TO THE RED CROSS

Redcross LogoThe Olmsted Falls High School held its annual blood drive on April 16, 2013.  The American Red Cross stated in a thank you letter that approximately 135 people will be helped with the total of 45 pints raised. There were a total of 64 participants, of which 25 of those were first time donors. Thanks to everyone who participated in this event by either donating blood or donating their time to volunteer. We look forward to next year’s blood drive which will be scheduled for November and April.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PARENT MEETING – NEXT TUESDAY AT 7:30 PM

Bulldog helmutAll current 8th thru 11th grade parents are invited to an informational meeting for the sport of football, to be held on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:30pm in the high school auditorium.

Head Coach Tom DeLuca and his staff will discuss the off season goals and training, the summer expectations, and the start of the fall season.  If you cannot attend, please email Coach DeLuca to receive the necessary information at Tom_deluca25@yahoo.com.  Thank you.

SPRING SPORTSWEAR SALE –  SATURDAY, MAY 4TH

bulldog_leftThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Club will hold its 1st Annual Spring Sportswear sale.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 4th from 9 am – 12 noon. The sale takes place at the sportswear booth by the concession stand at the football field.  Lots of spring and summer apparel to choose from including shorts, tank tops, muscle t’s, visors and more.  It is free to get in. We look forward to seeing you there!

OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER THIS FRIDAY

imagesDodge Ball Tournament: Friday, April 26th  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Gymnasium. Tournament is open to anyone who would like to participate. Teams will be made up of five members and there’s a $25 entry fee per team. Various prizes will be awarded. There will also be half time activities for prizes. Tickets to the event are $3.00 and will be on sale at the door.

For more information or interested in signing up a team please contact Wendy Yako at  440-227-1796.  All proceeds will benefit 2013 Post Prom.

DINE TO DONATE!  OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT MASQUERS AND FORENSICS

The Masquers and Forensics groups have two remaining “Dining to Donate” fundraising events coming up in the next month:

Ruby Tuesday’s – This Friday, April 26, 2013 – from 11am to 9pm.  Click here to see flyer.

Chick-Fil-A – Next Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – from 5pm to 7pm.  Chick-Fil-A, 4779 Great Northern Blvd. (No Drive-Thru, please)

We hope to see you at one of our fundraisers to support our groups.  Thank you for your support!

POST-PROM WING NIGHT AT UPPER DECK

1241_WINGSDon’t miss the final wing night fundraiser for this year’s Post Prom – Saturday, May 4th from 6-8 p.m. at Upper Deck in Berea.  The address is 375 W. Bagley Rd. The tickets are $20 each and that includes all you can eat wings, pasta, pizza and beverages.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, sideboards and basket raffles as well.  Please contact Meg Fox at (440) 669-7212 for tickets.

DISTRICT SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES – RFP DEADLINE: April 29, 2013

The Olmsted Falls City School District is seeking proposals for three different types of photographic services for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 school years.  Any and all photographic firms are invited to submit proposals.  Please click HERE to view/download the RFP’s for photography services.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Holly Schafer, High School Principal, Mr. Rob Coxon, Athletic Director, or Mr. Mark Hullman, Treasurer, at 440.427.6000, if you have questions.

SAFETY TOWN 2013 SPONSORED BY THE OLMSTED EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA

safety town logo croppedDo you have a child starting Kindergarten in the fall?  If so, Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

Safety Town in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township is organized through the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings, while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood.  Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local Police, Fire and Bus Departments as well as field trips to Police and Fire Departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.  Please click here to find out more and to register.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th– 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town.  Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June.  Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety.   If you are interested – we need your help!  This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours.  For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 10, 2013.  Forms can also be downloaded by clicking here.  Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at lillcleveland@sbcglobal.net

6TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – GET YOURS TODAY!

calendar_raffle_button Help support the Middle School PTA by purchasing     an entry in our 6th Annual Calendar Raffle.  For $5.00 you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of great prizes. We will pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted on this blog. You may enter as many times as you like.

Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be turned in at any of the school main offices.  Take a chance.  We have Monsters tickets, a birthday bowling party at Fairview Lanes along with many other great prizes.   The calendars came home with the K-8th grade students last week.   You can also download a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.  Thanks for your support!

OFMS MEDIA CENTER THANKS YOU!

thank_youThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center would like to thank our students, parents and staff for their continued support with our book fairs. Our spring fair was very successful and the profit from hosting these fairs allows us to continue purchasing new and exciting titles for our Media Center.  Also, a huge thank you to the following PTA volunteers who gave their time to help make our fair such a success:  Rich Bowman, Katie Fidler, Jessica Grimm, Laraine McCafferty, Cindy Purdy, Rinda Vas.

9TH GRADE ADVANTAGE EVENT GIVES STUDENTS AN EARLY LOOK AT POLARIS

MultiPage PDF FileFreshmen interested in attending Polaris as juniors are invited to the 9th Grade Advantage event along with their parents on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  During this interactive evening, students and parents are encouraged to explore our career-technical programs through hands-on demonstrations, gain insight into their career interests and talents using 9th grade career interest survey results, take advantage of exciting door prizes and much more!  For up-to-date information, visit www.polaris.edu or contact our Enrollment Office at (440) 891-7732.

14969154-jar-with-coins-isolated-donation-conceptATTENTION:  SENIOR PARENTS!!

Post Prom is approaching quickly and the committee has been very busy with details of the event. We know the evening will be memorable for all those who attend.  Please get the donations into us quickly through the school office, so we can make the last arrangements for May 18th. Gift cards or monetary gifts are appreciated, just please note student name on outside of envelope. For questions: Gayle Boesken 235-5151

PTA COUNCIL LOOKING FOR THE PTA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

thanksvolunteers3The PTA Council is looking for nominations of a PTA member who works on behalf of children.  This special person is involved and supports the PTA and has made a positive impact on the lives of children.  Anyone interested in nominating a PTA member for Volunteer of the Year should complete the nomination form and turn it in to his/her PTA unit at the April meeting of his/her unit.  Each unit will then submit one nomination to the PTA Council.

Please click here to download the Olmsted Falls PTA Council Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form.

SEEKING ENTRIES FOR OFHS ART SHOW IN MAY

imagesThe Annual OFHS May Show is Friday May 10, 2013. Again, we are looking for work for the show from Olmsted Falls Alumni, OFCS Faculty and Staff, and Olmsted Falls Community Members.  Please complete the entry form and return it to Mariel Krakowiak, at Olmsted Falls High School, by Friday May 3.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To download the entry form, please click here.

HELPING HANDS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL 5K & 1/4 MILE WALK – REGISTER BY MAY 10TH

HH logoHelping Hands will be hosting their first 5K & 1/4 Mile Walk to promote “Disability Awareness” within the community. We are supporting all “special needs/disabilities” with this event…you can decide what you will run/walk for! There will also be a raffle after the 5K. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship to a graduating Helping Hands senior, a donation to the Helping Hands Relay for Life Team, and some money will be used to fund future Helping Hands events.

People of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. The 1/4 Mile Walk on the track is available for those participants that may not be able to complete and entire 5K (assistive equipment is permitted). The attached registration form has all the specific details for the event. Pre-registration is due back to me by Friday May 10.

Please click HERE to download and print the registration form, and share it with your students, family, and friends.

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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are submitting information about a school or school-connected organization’s fundraising event, you will need to make sure that you have completed and submitted the District’s official Fundraising Form.  Once your event has been approved, we will be happy to post/promote the information on the Weekly Blog Update.  To download a copy of the Fundraising Form, please click here.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • 824395710964603133A NIGHT OF MAGIC, ILLUSIONS, AND HYPNOSIS AT THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 26 –  FAMILY & KIDS SHOW 6-7 pm, Advanced Tickets: $8    Door: $10, Friday, April 26th – TRICK-A-NOSIS SHOW 8:30-10:30 p.m.,  Advanced Tickets: $10    Door: $12, Before & After Shows: Interactive Photobooth By InFocus, Games, Face Painting, Concessions & More…Order tickets ONLINE at WWW.OLMSTEDCC.COM  Please click here to view the flyer.

  • BaseballSoftballOLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE, 2013 OPEN REGISTRATION – Summer Community Baseball & Softball for all ages, Kindergarten – Adult.  NEW!  OCSL is partnering with Olmsted Community Center to provide information and online registrations at www.olmstedcc.com.  Register in person at OCC or mail your registration form and payment to: OCSL ℅ OCC, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.  There is ONE MORE WEEK left to register. Registration period ends Tuesday, April 30.  Any registrations subsequent to April 22 will be assessed a $20/player late fee & only accepted as needed.  Please consider sharing your time and talents with OCSL.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Coaches, League Reps & more. UMPIRES NEEDED – Great summer job (ages 11+).  SPONSORS NEEDED – Inexpensive local advertising.
  • Worlds of Fantasy copyWORLDS OF FANTASY, MAY 3-11 WITH SHOWS ON FRIDAYS AT 7:00 P.M. SATURDAYS AT 2:00 – 7:00 P.M., AND SUNDAY AT 2:00 P.M. –  Join Olmsted Performing Arts and take a magical journey to Fantasyland for Rapunzel’s coronation.  You will enjoy singing and dancing by Cinderella, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, Belle, Ariel, and more, and then meet the princesses with photo and autograph opportunities.  Tickets $12-18.  Worlds of Fantasy Boutique open before each show.  Makeover and a snack.  $25 first child; $20 each additional.  Details and reservation at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.
  • OF 2013 Plant Sale Color FlyerOLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – SUNDAY, MAY 5TH – 11 AM TO 2 PM @ JENKINS COMMUNITY CENTER – Perennials, ground covers, flowering shrubs, Hostas, herbs, grasses, wildflowers.  A portion of the funds raise will go toward supporting educational programming at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Click HERE to download flyer.
  • DaraHostaDARA HOSTA OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK, SUNDAY MAY 5 – Run, walk, or just be part of the fun!  All registered participants receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize.  Please click here for more info, the list of prizes, and the registration form.  All proceeds go directly for college scholarships for Olmsted Falls students.
  • spring_flower_sale-300x215ANNUAL FLOWER SALE, SATURDAY, MAY 11, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., SUNDAY, MAY 12, 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., SATURDAY, MAY 18, 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. – It’s that time of year again.  Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 11th, 9 am-5pm, Sunday, May 12th, 8am-2pm, and Saturday, May 18th, 8am-3pm, at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the old Olmsted Falls library.  The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices.  Stop by and shop locally!  You will support not only Scouting, but also a local business, Schuster’s Greenhouse, which supplies the flowers.  Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.
  • bulldog_leftOLMSTED FALLS BULLDOG YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE – REGISTRATION FOR THIS NEW TACKLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH MONDAY, MAY 13TH.  For an overview of the program, list of frequently asked questions and registration form, please click HERE.
  • Pile-of-shredded-paperDOCUMENT SHREDDING, SATURDAY, MAY 18, 9:00 A.M. – NOON, FALLS-LENOX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 26450 BAGLEY ROAD – Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will again be joining forces with New Hope Specialized Services to provide no-cost to residents document shredding.  Please click here for more information.

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  • PANCAKE BREAKFAST, SUNDAY, MAY 19, 8:00 A.M. – NOON, OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 6941 COLUMBIA ROAD, OLMSTED FALLS – Olmsted Performing Arts and the Kiwanis Club of Olmsted Falls are putting on a Pancake Breakfast.  The proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club and the Olmsted Performing Arts Gymnastics program.  Advance tickets are $6, and advance Senior tickets are $5.  Add $1 at the door.  Children under age 3 are free.  To purchase advance tickets, please see a member of the Kiwanis Club, stop by the Olmsted Performing Arts Center, or call 440-235-6722.
  • puppiesBARK FOR LIFE EVENT, MAY 25th, 9:00 A.M., IN FRONT OF OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL – Olmsted Falls Relay for Life is hosting a Bark for Life event on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The 1 mile walk takes place in front of the Middle School with registration starting at 9:00 AM; the event lasting from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. There is a $10 registration fee per dog; $5 for a 2nd dog.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. The event also includes many booths, games, and activities!  Attention Middle School Students: Also attending this event will be the stars of eighth grader Julia Montgomery’s running Paw Print Newspaper column known as “The Chronicles of Murphy.” Come and meet the dogs, Murphy and Bernie!  Please contact Miss Kristen Rupp at (440) 427-6258, krupp@ofcs.net for more details or to register.
  • bova_inset240th ANNUAL PHIL BOVA BASEBALL CAMP 2013, JUNE 17 – 21, 8:15 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., WESTLAKE RECREATION OUTDOOR BASEBALL FIELD, 28955 HILLIARD BLVD. – Experience Your Own Spring Training! High School, College and Professional Instructors with over 200 Years of Experience · Camp Ratio 1 to 8.  Every phase of the game will be unveiled:  Our staff will prepare your son for the next level!  Daily Games · Individual Drills $235 per camper includes:  Hot Lunch Daily · Camp T-Shirt & Hat · Written Evaluation · Individual Color Photo · Awards Ceremony. TEAM DISCOUNTS!!!! Sign up 10 or more kids and receive $35 off per camper!  For Registration, Medical Forms and Discounts, visit our Website at:  www.bovacamps.com or call 440-779-1390   Named #1 Baseball Camp of it’s kind in NE Ohio!
  • 922725_10151642779741062_583767498_nOLMSTED FALLS 2013 LACROSSE SEASON IS HERE!  – The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association would like to invite the community to check out a home game between now and the end of the season in early June.  There are both boys and girls teams – the games are non-stop action and a lot of fun to watch!  Home games are played in the field behind OFIS or the field behind OFMS parking lot.  The newest teams are the High School JV Girls and Boys, who are doing a great job representing Olmsted Falls against teams from Rocky River, Westlake,  Avon Lake, Beachwood, Strongsville,  Medina, Brunswick, St. Ignatius, Hudson, and Bay! Check out game schedules by clicking here.  If you’d like to see photos of  the games, click here to access OF LAX’s facebook page.

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Parent Update – April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013 Comments off

DISTRICT EARNS STATE COMMUNICATION AWARD

DSC_5779Olmsted Falls School District’s Weekly Blog Update was recently recognized with an Achievement Award from the Ohio School Public Relations Association during the organization’s annual Spring Conference.  Olmsted Falls School District received a “Mark of Distinction” award for its Weekly Blog Update, which the District publishes each Wednesday that school is in session using its free blog account with Word Press.

Mark of Distinction awards are presented to entries that receive a score of 90% or higher in each category.  The District’s Weekly Blog Update was judged in the Social Media category.

A special thank you to our principals, teachers and parent leaders who help provide a wide variety of information on school news and events.  As a District, we enjoy using this weekly communication tool to share the many exciting things happening throughout our District.

ACADEMIC TEAM DEFEATS VERMILION IN SCHOLASTIC GAMES RADIO QUIZ SERIES

SG13-04 Olmsted Falls Acad Team

Andy Nageotte, Marty Mendenhall, and Zach Buchta

Marty Mendenhall, left, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning the “Standout Scholar” award on the April 4, 2013, Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL (AM 930).

Marty Mendenhall, left, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling.

The radio quiz program featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools completed its first quarterfinal contest as defending champion Olmsted Falls defeated Vermilion  710 to 130 points.   The High School Scholastic Games of Lorain County is heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930)  sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support.

Olmsted Falls was represented by Zach Buchta, Andy Nageotte, and team captain Marty Mendenhall, who was named to receive for the sixth time the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award.  That  honor, which includes a $50 cash prize, is presented to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  It is Marty’s second such award this year, in addition to his having received the honor four times last year.

Congratulations to the OFHS Academic team and good luck in the upcoming semifinals!

 OFHS BASKETBALL TEAM AMONG TOP 20 TEAM GPA’S IN STATE; SENIOR STEVE JOHNSON NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-OHIO

Steve JohnsonCongratulations to our varsity boys basketball team on being recognized by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association for finishing with the 16th highest Team GPA in the State of Ohio!

Congratulations also to OFHS senior Steve Johnson (left) on being named Division I Academic All-Ohio. He is one of only 10 Division I players selected in the State for this honor.

Congratulations again to Steve and the entire Bulldog varsity basketball team!  Kudos also to our basketball coaches for making success both on the court and in the classroom a top priority!

ECC PRESCHOOL CLASSES VISIT OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIRE STATION

photo 2The Preschool Classes from the ECC visited the Olmsted Township Fire Station on Thursday, April 11th!  They had a tour of the fire station and explored the various vehicles used to rescue citizens throughout the area.  The fire fighters demonstrated the use of various tools to assist people in car accidents, fire rescues and water rescues.  A firefighter looks very different when he/she is fully dressed for a fire!  The children learned about safety rules such as “Stop Drop and Roll” if their clothes are on fire and how to call 911!!

A special thank you to the parents and firefighters for making this trip possible for our preschoolers.  For more photos of this event, please click here.

ATHLETIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS –TOMORROW, APRIL 18TH

bulldog_left1All parents of current 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student athletes are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, April 18, from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium. This program is designed for potential middle school and high school student athletes and their parents.

Items to be covered will include: Program Overview (Mark Kurz, OFMS Principal); Athletic Booster Organization (Steve Schweke, OFHS Athletic Booster Representative); Introductions (Rob Coxon, OFHS Athletic Director); Sportsmanship/Participation (Dawn Moses, OFHS Head Varsity Volleyball Coach); Multi-Sport Athlete Participation (Bryce Burkhard, OFHS Head Wrestling Coach); Proper Weight Training & Conditioning (Tom DeLuca, OFHS Head Varsity Football Coach); Eligibility Guidelines (Matt Fulton, OFHS Head Girls Basketball Coach); Realistic Goals (Chris DeLisio, OFHS Head Boys Basketball Coach); The Bulldog Culture/Bulldog Pride (Jeff Kho, OFHS Head Cross Country Coach).

Additionally, information tables will be set up around the cafeteria with information on the following:  Athletic Boosters;   Summer Camps & Opportunities; Fall Season Sport Information; Winter Season Information; Spring Season Information.  Other varsity coaches and several current high school student athletes will be in attendance and available for questions and to provide sport-specific information.  Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz at either 440-427-6201 or by email at mkurz@ofcs.net, in the event you have any questions regarding this informational meeting.  Thank you!

DON’T MISS OFHS MASQUERS’ SPRING MUSICAL – ”GREASE, THE MUSICAL!” — THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!

OFHS GREASE Poster MatOlmsted Falls High School Masquers presents GREASE: School Version

Olmsted Falls High School

April 19 @ 7:30pm

April 20 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm

Call 440-427-6070 for tickets – $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Click here to see the flyer.

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK!!!

Mark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held the week of April 15th – 19th.  The fair is currently taking place in the library during the times listed below:

book _fairApril  15-19 from 11-12:45 pm (during lunch periods)

April 15 and 17 from 3-4 pm  (Monday and Wednesday)

April 16 and 18 from 6-8 pm  (Tuesday and Thursday)

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES EVENT – THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH!

NightAtTheRacesNavyA fun-filled night is in the works….OFAB’s annual Night at the Races. This year’s event will be held at the German American Club on Saturday, April 20. Food, drink, prizes and horse racing are the evening’s highlights. All the fun begins at 6 p.m. Tickets to attend are $30/person (sold in tables of 8).  To inquire about tickets, contact Dave Kurz at dktribe@cox.net or call 440-263-0051.  Act fast, this event traditionally sells out!

A successful Night at the Races is contingent upon the support of our families, community and surrounding businesses.  Here’s how you can help make one of OFAB’s biggest fundraisers a huge success:  Donate Merchandise, Purchase an Advertisement for our Program,  and/or Purchase a Horse.  For additional information on how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, please visit www.ofathleticboosters.org.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! SEE YOU APRIL 20TH!

MEET MRS. LEHMANN!

Lehmann.CMrs. Casey Lehmann has been an employee of the district for the past 11 years. Currently, she teaches 6th grade social studies and language arts. Mrs. Lehmann went into teaching because of the influence of the great teachers she had herself while attending Olmsted Falls schools. She loves being a Bulldog because of the community, which she feels is supportive and full of pride.

Mrs. Lehmann lives in Olmsted Township with her husband, Tom, and children Connor (5) and Brenna (3). Her hobbies include watching, coaching, and playing sports, and reading.

OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER

imagesDodge Ball Tournament: Friday April 26th  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Gymnasium. Tournament is open to anyone who would like to participate. Teams will be made up of five members and there’s a $25 entry fee per team.  Various prizes will be awarded. There will also be half time activities for prizes. Tickets to the event are $3.00 and will be on sale at the door. For more information or interested in signing up a team please contact Wendy Yako at  440-227-1796.  All proceeds will benefit 2013 Post Prom.

DISTRICT SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES – RFP DEADLINE: April 29, 2013

The Olmsted Falls City School District is seeking proposals for three different types of photographic services for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 school years.  Any and all photographic firms are invited to submit proposals.  Please click HERE to view/download the RFP’s for photography services.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Holly Schafer, High School Principal, Mr. Rob Coxon, Athletic Director, or Mr. Mark Hullman, Treasurer, at 440.427.6000, if you have questions.

SAFETY TOWN 2013 SPONSORED BY THE OLMSTED EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA

safety town logo croppedDo you have a child starting Kindergarten in the fall?  If so, Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.  Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own.  Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.

Safety Town in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township is organized through the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings, while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood.  Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local Police, Fire and Bus Departments as well as field trips to Police and Fire Departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.  Please click here to find out more and to register.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th– 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town.  Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June.  Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety.   If you are interested – we need your help!  This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours.  For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 10, 2013.  Forms can also be downloaded by clicking here.  Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at lillcleveland@sbcglobal.net

6TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – GET YOURS TODAY!

calendar_raffle_buttonHelp support the Middle School PTA by purchasing an entry in our 6th Annual Calendar Raffle.  For $5.00 you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of great prizes. We will pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted on this blog. You may enter as many times as you like.

Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be turned in at any of the school main offices.  Take a chance.  We have Monsters tickets, a birthday bowling party at Fairview Lanes along with many other great prizes.   The calendars came home with the K-8th grade students last week.   You can also download a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.  Thanks for your support!

OFMS MEDIA CENTER THANKS YOU!

thank_youThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center would like to thank our students, parents and staff for their continued support with our book fairs. Our spring fair was very successful and the profit from hosting these fairs allows us to continue purchasing new and exciting titles for our Media Center.  Also, a huge thank you to the following PTA volunteers who gave their time to help make our fair such a success:  Rich Bowman, Katie Fidler, Jessica Grimm, Laraine McCafferty, Cindy Purdy, Rinda Vas.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET PARTNERS WITH PTA, OFPD, AND DEA

medSaturday, April 27th will mark the 6th nationwide drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency at locations across the country participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet. The Olmsted Falls Police Department has again partnered with the DEA and PTA to host this event in our community. Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on April 27th please drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Olmsted Falls Police Department. All items collected will be turned over to the DEA for destruction at a licensed disposal facility. Please pass this information along to your family, neighbors, friends and colleagues.   Through this collection event, we keep these medications out of the hands of curious youth and we keep these medications out of our drinking water supply. Check out the DEA’s website by clicking here and spread the word about collection points in our area.

9TH GRADE ADVANTAGE EVENT GIVES STUDENTS AN EARLY LOOK AT POLARIS

MultiPage PDF FileFreshmen interested in attending Polaris as juniors are invited to the 9th Grade Advantage event along with their parents on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  During this interactive evening, students and parents are encouraged to explore our career-technical programs through hands-on demonstrations, gain insight into their career interests and talents using 9th grade career interest survey results, take advantage of exciting door prizes and much more!  For up-to-date information, visit www.polaris.edu or contact our Enrollment Office at (440) 891-7732.

DINE TO DONATE!  OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT MASQUERS AND FORENSICS… 

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300The Masquers and Forensics groups have three “Dining to Donate” fundraising events coming up in the next month:

1.  Applebee’s, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, from 11am to 9pm.  Click here to see flyer.

2.  Ruby Tuesday’s, Friday, April 26, 2013, from 11am to 9pm.  Click here to see flyer.

3.  Chick-Fil-A, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 5pm to 7pm, Chick-Fil-A, 4779 Great Northern Blvd. (no Drive-Thru, please)

We hope to see you at one of our fundraisers to support our groups.  Thank you for your support!

14969154-jar-with-coins-isolated-donation-conceptATTENTION:  SENIOR PARENTS!!

Post Prom is approaching quickly and the committee has been very busy with details of the event. We know the evening will be memorable for all those who attend.  Please get the donations into us quickly through the school office, so we can make the last arrangements for May 18th. Gift cards or monetary gifts are appreciated, just please note student name on outside of envelope. For questions: Gayle Boesken 235-5151

PTA COUNCIL LOOKING FOR THE PTA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

thanksvolunteers3The PTA Council is looking for nominations of a PTA member who works on behalf of children.  This special person is involved and supports the PTA and has made a positive impact on the lives of children.  Anyone interested in nominating a PTA member for Volunteer of the Year should complete the nomination form and turn it in to his/her PTA unit at the April meeting of his/her unit.  Each unit will then submit one nomination to the PTA Council.

Please click here to download the Olmsted Falls PTA Council Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form.

SEEKING ENTRIES FOR OFHS ART SHOW IN MAY

imagesThe Annual OFHS May Show is Friday May 10, 2013. Again, we are looking for work for the show from Olmsted Falls Alumni, OFCS Faculty and Staff, and Olmsted Falls Community Members.  Please complete the entry form and return it to Mariel Krakowiak, at Olmsted Falls High School, by Friday May 3.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To download the entry form, please click here.

HELPING HANDS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL 5K & 1/4 MILE WALK – REGISTER BY MAY 10TH

HH logoHelping Hands will be hosting their first 5K & 1/4 Mile Walk to promote “Disability Awareness” within the community. We are supporting all “special needs/disabilities” with this event…you can decide what you will run/walk for! There will also be a raffle after the 5K. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship to a graduating Helping Hands senior, a donation to the Helping Hands Relay for Life Team, and some money will be used to fund future Helping Hands events.

People of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. The 1/4 Mile Walk on the track is available for those participants that may not be able to complete and entire 5K (assistive equipment is permitted). The attached registration form has all the specific details for the event. Pre-registration is due back to me by Friday May 10.

Please click HERE to download and print the registration form, and share it with your students, family, and friends.

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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are submitting information about a school or school-connected organization’s fundraising event, you will need to make sure that you have completed and submitted the District’s official Fundraising Form.  Once your event has been approved, we will be happy to post/promote the information on the Weekly Blog Update.  To download a copy of the Fundraising Form, please click here.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • OFHS GREASE Poster MatGREASE THE MUSICAL! THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 19 7:30 P.M., AND SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 3:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.Call 440-427-6070 for tickets – $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors.  Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Click here to see the flyer.
  • boyscoutsCUB SCOUT/BOY SCOUT OPEN HOUSE, TOMORROW NIGHT, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL, FALLS GYM (KIDS FIRST SIDE OF THE BUILDING) Scouting capitalizes on the interests of boys in 1st through 12th grades. Camping and other outdoor activities are just part of the fun! Scouting builds self-esteem, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging. You and your son are invited to find out what all the fun is about at our Spring Open House. Representatives from Olmsted Falls Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews will be available to answer questions and sign up your son.
  • 3shamrocksAMERICAN SOCIETY OF MILITARY COMPTROLLERS (ASMC) SHAMROCK RUN, 5 KILOMETER RACE/1 MILE WALK, THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH, 9:00 A.M. – All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the St. Augustine Hunger Center.  To view the flyer, please click here or click here for the web site.
  • SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS… THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, 8170 MAPLEWAY DRIVE, 440-427-1599  – Jump high and stick to the 18ft Inflatable Velcro Wall by TNT Inflatables at the Olmsted Community Center’s Saturday Activity Night. Also enjoy Crafts, Games, DJ, Basketball and Fun for All. 7-10 p.m. Ages 8-13. Cost $8.00. For more Info: www.olmstedcc.com

  • 72ff8898-7cb6-4166-8438-c0ffed52a325CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 21 – The Cleveland National College Fair will take place on April 21 at the Wolstein Center from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Admissions representatives from over 170 colleges and universities will be available to speak with perspective students. Informational sessions include NCAA Athletic Eligibility, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and ACT vs. SAT.  Admission is free!  Students can pre-register online at www.gotomyncf.com For additional information, please contact Gracy Olmeda at golmeda@nacacnet.org or 703-299-6825.  To view the 3 page flyer, please click here.
  • swim raceJOIN FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM THIS SUMMER! REGISTRATION IS THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. –  The Falls Pointe Piranhas will be holding their  annual registration for summer swim team on Sunday, April 21st from 2-4pm at the Falls Pointe developments clubhouse on Falls Pointe Drive (off Schady). Registration is open to any child between 4-18 who is a resident of Olmsted Falls or Township. Activities include practice M-F, weekly swim meets and lots of fun events during the season.  Your child does not need to be a strong swimmer to join but must be able to swim independently. For more information and pricing visit  www.fallspointe.org
  • tennis-racket-vector-clip-art_93901TENNIS FUN! KIDS TENNIS LESSONS & ADULT CARDIO TENNIS, STARTING THIS SUNDAY – APRIL 21, 28, & May 5, 12, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., OFHS TENNIS COURTS, 26939 BAGLEY ROAD –  For ages 7 & up.  Questions?  Please call  440-567-6910 or email Championstennis1@aol.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • bballSTAND UP AMPUTEE BASKETBALL, AMP1 vs BALDWIN WALLACE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 7:00 P.M., BALDWIN WALLACE URSPRUNG GYMNASIUM – The game benefits Youth Challenge and raises awareness about the physical capabilities of amputees when equipped with high performance prosthetics.  To view the flyer, please click here.  For more information, please contact Leimkuehler, Inc. at 216-651-7788
  • 824395710964603133A NIGHT OF MAGIC, ILLUSIONS, AND HYPNOSIS AT THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER, FRIDAY, APRIL 26 –  FAMILY & KIDS SHOW 6-7pm, Advanced Tickets: $8    Door: $10, Friday, April 26th – TRICK-A-NOSIS SHOW 8:30-10:30 p.m.,  Advanced Tickets: $10    Door: $12, Before & After Shows: Interactive Photobooth By InFocus, Games, Face Painting, Concessions & More…Order tickets ONLINE at WWW.OLMSTEDCC.COM  Please click here to view the flyer.

  • WEST SHORE FAMILY YMCA ACTIVITIES, SPRING SESSIONS APRIL 29 – JUNE 6, 1575 COLUMBIA ROAD, WESTLAKE – Check out the West Shore YMCA for Spring Aquatics and Youth Sports.  Click here for more info.
  • Snow WhiteWORLD OF FANTASY BOUTIQUE (AGES 2-12), APRIL 12-21 AND MAY 3-11, SLOTS BEGIN AT 4:30 P.M. ON FRIDAYS, 11:30 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAYS, AND 11:30 A.M. ON SUNDAYS – Children will be transformed by their own Fairy Godmother into princesses or knights.  For girls, the experience will include hairstyle shimmering make-up princess sash, face gem, and nail polish.  Boys will enjoy a gel-spiked, confetti-sprinkled hairstyle and a sword and shield.  All children may have sparking juice and light appetizers.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may enjoy complimentary coffee or tea.  Advance registration and separate ticket are required for the World of Fantasy Boutique. $25 for the first child, and $20 for each additional child.  Reservations required (www.olmstedperformingarts.com).
  • DaraHostaDARA HOSTA OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK, SUNDAY MAY 5 – Run, walk, or just be part of the fun!  All registered participants receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize.  Please click here for more info, the list of prizes, and the registration form.  All proceeds go directly for college scholarships for Olmsted Falls students.
  • spring_flower_sale-300x215ANNUAL FLOWER SALE, SATURDAY, MAY 11, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., SUNDAY, MAY 12, 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., SATURDAY, MAY 18, 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. – It’s that time of year again.  Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 11th, 9 am-5pm, Sunday, May 12th, 8am-2pm, and Saturday, May 18th, 8am-3pm, at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, right next to the old Olmsted Falls library.  The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers available at good prices.  Stop by and shop locally!  You will support not only Scouting, but also a local business, Schuster’s Greenhouse, which supplies the flowers.  Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.
  • img-Phil-Bova40th ANNUAL PHIL BOVA BASEBALL CAMP 2013, JUNE 17 – 21, 8:15 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., WESTLAKE RECREATION OUTDOOR BASEBALL FIELD, 28955 HILLIARD BLVD. Experience Your Own Spring Training! High School, College and Professional Instructors with over 200 Years of Experience · Camp Ratio 1 to 8.  Every phase of the game will be unveiled:  Our staff will prepare your son for the next level!  Daily Games · Individual Drills $235 per camper includes:  Hot Lunch Daily · Camp T-Shirt & Hat · Written Evaluation · Individual Color Photo · Awards Ceremony. TEAM DISCOUNTS!!!! Sign up 10 or more kids and receive $35 off per camper!  For Registration, Medical Forms and Discounts, visit our Website at:  www.bovacamps.com or call 440-779-1390   Named #1 Baseball Camp of it’s kind in NE Ohio!
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Parent Update – April 10, 2013

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8TH GRADERS ENJOY EXCITING AND EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY TO OUR NATION’S CAPITOL

Arlington8th grade students, staff members and volunteer parent chaperones departed early last Wednesday morning for the annual 8th grade Washington D.C. trip.  From Wednesday through Friday (April 3rd – 5th), the students whizzed around the Washington D.C. area getting to see as many sights as possible including: Arlington National Cemetery, the WWII Memorial, the Marine Corps Museum, Mount Vernon, Ford’s Theatre and Peterson House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, the Capitol building, the Vietnam Veteran Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Gettysburg National Battlefield and Shanksville Memorial – just to name a few!

Pictured at right: Arlington National Cemetery wreath presentation ceremony.  OFMS students earned the privilege to lay the wreath at The Tomb of the Unknowns by winning an essay contest.  The presenters were Ray Benisek (front left) Olivia Safady (front right), Alex Kho (back left) and Caleb Prante (back right).

Many thanks to the staff members and volunteer chaperones, who accompanied students on this exciting and educational journey.  To view additional photos and details from the trip, please click HERE.

 

REMINDER:  OFHS SPRING PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – TOMORROW, THURSDAY. APRIL 11TH!

OFHS Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for TOMORROW, Thursday, April 11th from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The High School will be utilizing an open format for this year’s spring conferences. This means that all teachers will host conference sessions in their classrooms continuously from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. (Please note that the 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. time has been updated and differs from the time frame printed in the District’s annual PTA Activities Calendar.) Parents will not need to call in advance to schedule specific appointment times. Rather, parents can come anytime between 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. and proceed directly to the classroom(s) of the teacher(s) with whom you would like to conference. A listing of your student’s teachers can be found in your PowerSchool Parent Access account. Parents can expect to spend approximately 10 minutes with each teacher to discuss student progress and performance.  Please contact the High School office at 427-6100 with any questions.

 

IMG_0801[1]OFMS STUDENTS REPRESENTS DISTRICT WELL AT STATE GEOGRAPHY BEE

Congratulations to OFMS student Jake Dahlinger, who competed last Friday, April 5th at the state Geography Bee in Columbus. 

Jake represented Olmsted Falls proudly and did extraordinary well!

OFHS SOPHOMORE COMPLETES EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT AT MIDDLE SCHOOL 

img_0177_0027Tim Fox, a sophomore at Olmsted Falls High School recently completed his Eagle Scout Project.  Along with other members of his troop, Tim built, stained, and installed 3 wooden benches at Olmsted Falls Middle School.  These benches were placed in each of the three courtyards at the Middle School.   Thanks to Tim and his Boy Scout Troop members for creating beautiful seating to enjoy the gardens at the Middle School! 

To view the other two benches, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERS WITH SURROUNDING DISTRICTS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE – SPECIAL EVENT THIS MONDAY, APRIL 15TH AT WESTLAKE PERFORMING ART CENTER 

Legally Addicted WESTOlmsted Falls City Schools has joined forces with Berea City School District, Avon Lake School District and Westlake City School District to co-sponsor a play, title “Legally Addicted,” that raises awareness of prescription drug abuse.  This powerful event is presented by Your Teen for Parents, and also sponsored by Recovery Resources, Community Challenge and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Narcotics Task Force.

The play performance will be held at Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, Ohio on Monday, April 15th from 7:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.  Following the play, there will be a panel discussion.  To view the event flyer, please click here.  To register, please click here.

All Olmsted Falls High School and Middle School students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNUS CONTINUES GREAT POLE VAULT FEATS

Katie2009 OFHS graduate Katie Nageotte won the indoor Division II National Championship in the Pole Vault on March 8th.  The event was held in Birmingham, Alabama. This was Katie’s first national championship of her career in the pole vault. Her winning mark was 13 feet, 11.25 inches. 

In her Bulldog career, she won the State Title in the Pole Vault in 2009, finishing 2nd in 2008, and 6th in 2007. 

Congratulations Katie!

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET PARTNERS WITH PTA, OFPD, AND DEA

medSaturday, April 27th will mark the 6th nationwide drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency at locations across the country participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet. The Olmsted Falls Police Department has again partnered with the DEA and PTA to host this event in our community. Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on April 27th please drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Olmsted Falls Police Department. All items collected will be turned over to the DEA for destruction at a licensed disposal facility. Please pass this information along to your family, neighbors, friends and colleagues.
Through this collection event, we keep these medications out of the hands of curious youth and we keep these medications out of our drinking water supply. Check out the DEA’s website by clicking here and spread the word about collection points in our area.

MEET MR. ACERRA!

AcerraMr. Zack Acerra has been a Bulldog employee for the past seven years and currently serves as a third grade teacher. As a high school student, he was able to volunteer in an elementary classroom and discovered that he enjoys working with younger children.

Mr. Acerra loves being a Bulldog because he feels that he works in an open, comfortable environment where the staff and parents work together to showcase our strengths, as well as help each other through difficult times.

Mr. Acerra and his wife, Allison, were married in 2012. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, running marathons, and riding his bicycle.

9TH GRADE ADVANTAGE EVENT GIVES STUDENTS AN EARLY LOOK AT POLARIS

MultiPage PDF FileFreshmen interested in attending Polaris as juniors are invited to the 9th Grade Advantage event along with their parents on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  During this interactive evening, students and parents are encouraged to explore our career-technical programs through hands-on demonstrations, gain insight into their career interests and talents using 9th grade career interest survey results, take advantage of exciting door prizes and much more!  For up-to-date information, visit www.polaris.edu or contact our Enrollment Office at (440) 891-7732.

MASQUERS AND FORENSICS OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOW SUPPORT

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300The Masquers and Forensics groups have three “Dining to Donate” fundraising events coming up in the next month:

1.  Applebee’s, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, from 11am to 9pm.  Click here to see flyer.

2.  Ruby Tuesday’s, Friday, April 26, 2013, from 11am to 9pm.  Click here to see flyer.

3.  Chick-Fil-A, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 5pm to 7pm, Chick-Fil-A, 4779 Great Northern Blvd. (no Drive-Thru, please)

We hope to see you at one of our fundraisers to support our groups.  Thank you for your support!

14969154-jar-with-coins-isolated-donation-conceptATTENTION:  SENIOR PARENTS!!

Post Prom is approaching quickly and the committee has been very busy with details of the event. We know the evening will be memorable for all those who attend.  Please get the donations into us quickly through the school office, so we can make the last arrangements for May 18th. Gift cards or monetary gifts are appreciated, just please note student name on outside of envelope. For questions: Gayle Boesken 235-5151

PTA COUNCIL LOOKING FOR THE PTA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

thanksvolunteers3The PTA Council is looking for nominations of a PTA member who works on behalf of children.  This special person is involved and supports the PTA and has made a positive impact on the lives of children.  Anyone interested in nominating a PTA member for Volunteer of the Year should complete the nomination form and turn it in to his/her PTA unit at the April meeting of his/her unit.  Each unit will then submit one nomination to the PTA Council. 

Please click here to download the Olmsted Falls PTA Council Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form.

OFHS BOYS SOCCER PLAYER / PARENT MEETING – TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH @ 7:30 P.M.

BOYS SOCCER LOGOThere will be a Player / Parent Meeting Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 7:30 – 9:00 in the Olmsted Falls High School Library for all boys interested in playing high school soccer in the fall of 2013.  All players who are planning on playing soccer for Olmsted Falls High School need to attend with a parent.

If for some reason (club training, soccer game) you cannot attend, please have a parent attend.

Information concerning the summer and up coming season will be discussed.

See soccer website for more information (http://ofhssoccer.wordpress.com/) or Contact coach Walchanowicz (ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net)

DON’T MISS OFHS MASQUERS’ SPRING MUSICAL – “GREASE, THE MUSICAL!”

talent-show1Olmsted Falls High School Masquers presents GREASE: School Version

Olmsted Falls High School

April 19 @ 7:30pm

April 20 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm

Call 440-427-6070 for tickets – $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Click here to see the flyer.

SAVE THE DATE – FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR NEXT WEEK!!!

Mark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held the week of April 15th – 19th.  The fair will take place in the library during the times listed below:

book _fairApril  15-19 from 11-12:45 pm (during lunch periods)

April 15 and 17 from 3-4 pm  (Monday and Wednesday)

April 16 and 18 from 6-8 pm  (Tuesday and Thursday)

April 16th will be the family night event including an ice cream social!  Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Surtman at loris4@att.net.  Thank you!

OLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC TEAM (OFAT) FUNDRAISER, THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 8 – 10 P.M. @ RAZZLES

A fundraiser to support the Olmsted Falls razzlesAcademic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles THIS Saturday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. Raffles with great items from OF merchants, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact Anne Mendenhall at mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.  Did you know our academic team has already qualified 2 teams to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses. To learn how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, contact Anne Mendenhall at mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.  Thanks to our Sponsors (as of April 1, 2013): AmeriPrint, Angelina’s Pizza, Artist Colony, A Time to Spa, CSM & JLK, LLC (formerly Backstage Day Spa), Clementines, Falls Family Restaurant, Falls Ice Cream, Falls PC Clinic, Jorgensen’s Apiary, Moosehead Hoof & Ladder, The Olde Wine Cellar, Shaker’s IGA, Tony K’s Bar & Grill

SEEKING ENTRIES FOR OFHS ART SHOW IN MAY

imagesThe Annual OFHS May Show is Friday May 10, 2013. Again, we are looking for work for the show from Olmsted Falls Alumni, OFCS Faculty and Staff, and Olmsted Falls Community Members.  Please complete the entry form and return it to Mariel Krakowiak, at Olmsted Falls High School, by Friday May 3.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To download the entry form, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES EVENT – SAT., APRIL 20TH!

NightAtTheRacesNavyA fun-filled night is in the works….OFAB’s annual Night at the Races. This year’s event will be held at the German American Club on Saturday, April 20. Food, drink, prizes and horse racing are the evening’s highlights. All the fun begins at 6 p.m. Tickets to attend are $30/person (sold in tables of 8).  To inquire about tickets, contact Dave Kurz at dktribe@cox.net or call 440-263-0051.  Act fast, this event traditionally sells out!

A successful Night at the Races is contingent upon the support of our families, community and surrounding businesses.  Here’s how you can help make one of OFAB’s biggest fundraisers a huge success:  Donate Merchandise, Purchase an Advertisement for our Program,  and/or Purchase a Horse.  For additional information on how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, please visit www.ofathleticboosters.org.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! SEE YOU APRIL 20TH!

HELPING HANDS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL 5K & 1/4 MILE WALK – REGISTER BY MAY 10TH

HH logoHelping Hands will be hosting their first 5K & 1/4 Mile Walk to promote “Disability Awareness” within the community. We are supporting all “special needs/disabilities” with this event…you can decide what you will run/walk for! There will also be a raffle after the 5K. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship to a graduating Helping Hands senior, a donation to the Helping Hands Relay for Life Team, and some money will be used to fund future Helping Hands events.

People of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. The 1/4 Mile Walk on the track is available for those participants that may not be able to complete and entire 5K (assistive equipment is permitted). The attached registration form has all the specific details for the event. Pre-registration is due back to me by Friday May 10.

Please click HERE to download and print the registration form, and share it with your students, family, and friends.

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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are submitting information about a school or school-connected organization’s fundraising event, you will need to make sure that you have completed and submitted the District’s official Fundraising Form.  Once your event has been approved, we will be happy to post/promote the information on the Weekly Blog Update.  To download a copy of the Fundraising Form, please click here.

RAILROAD TRACKS BY GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION CLOSED THIS WEEK!

road-closurePlease be aware that Norfolk Southern will be closing the rail crossing on Columbia Road from April 8 – 12.

Detour signs will be posted.

  • Billboard1983UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:OLMSTED FALLS CLASS OF ’83 TO HOLD ITS 30 YEAR REUNION THIS SUMMER! – The Olmsted Falls Class of ’83  will be hosting its 30th Reunion this summer  on August  10 at 7:00 p.m.   Saturday’s event  will  consist of cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres on the Patio of Panini’s in Westlake.  Please click here for the invite.  If you have any questions or would like to attend our next planning meeting, please contact Kathy (Walsh) Payne at  kathypayne08@gmail.com or Deb (Lloyd) Henton at j.d.henton@sbcglobal.net.
  • MEET JACK GANTOS: AUTHOR VISIT, THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., NORTH OLMSTED MIDDLE SCHOOL, 27351 BUTTERNUT RIDGE ROAD – Jack Gantos is the acclaimed author of the Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series; Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medalist. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Friends of the North Olmsted Library and Mac’s Backs – Books on Coventry. Registration is required. To register, click here or call 440.777.6211.  To view the flyer, click here.

  • downloadARTIST DETECTIVES – MINIATURE PAINTING WORKSHOP, THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY – Little is known about miniature art…no pun intended! Explore and uncover interesting facts about the life and art of miniature artist, Oliver Frazer, then create your own mini painting in this Artist Detectives Painting Workshop conducted by professional artist and author JoAnn DePolo.  Grades 6-12.  Registration is required.  Please click here for more info and to register.
  • baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUOLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE 2013 OPEN REGISTRATION – Summer Community Baseball & Softball for all ages, Kindergarten – Adult.  NEW!  OCSL is partnering with Olmsted Community Center to provide information and online registrations at www.olmstedcc.com.  Register in person at OCC or mail your registration form and payment to: OCSL ℅ OCC, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.  Last day to register is April 15, 2013.  All Late registrations will add $20/player late fee & only accepted as needed.  NEW! Men’s Adult Softball (ages 18+) – All games played locally on Sunday mornings.  Please consider sharing your time and talents with OCSL. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Coaches, League Reps & more.  UMPIRES NEEDED – Great summer job (ages 11+)  SPONSORS NEEDED – Inexpensive local advertising.
  • 3shamrocksAMERICAN SOCIETY OF MILITARY COMPTROLLERS (ASMC) SHAMROCK RUN, 5 KILOMETER RACE/1 MILE WALK, SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH, 9:00 A.M. – All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the St. Augustine Hunger Center.  To view the flyer, please click here or click here for the web site.
  • tennis-racket-vector-clip-art_93901TENNIS FUN! KIDS TENNIS LESSONS & ADULT CARDIO TENNIS, SUNDAYS – APRIL 21, 28, & May 5, 12, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., OFHS TENNIS COURTS, 26939 BAGLEY ROAD –  For ages 7 & up.  Questions?  Please call  440-567-6910 or email Championstennis1@aol.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.

  • bballSTAND UP AMPUTEE BASKETBALL, AMP1 vs BALDWIN WALLACE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 7:00 P.M., BALDWIN WALLACE URSPRUNG GYMNASIUM – The game benefits Youth Challenge and raises awareness about the physical capabilities of amputees when equipped with high performance prosthetics.  To view the flyer, please click here.  For more information, please contact Leimkuehler, Inc. at 216-651-7788
  • WEST SHORE FAMILY YMCA ACTIVITIES, SPRING SESSIONS APRIL 29 – JUNE 6, 1575 COLUMBIA ROAD, WESTLAKE – Check out the West Shore YMCA for Spring Aquatics and Youth Sports.  Click here for more info.

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  • AMAZING MAGIC SHOW BY MAGIC MIKE PRODUCTIONS AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER  – FRIDAY, APRIL 26th –  6:00 p.m. – Family and Kids Magic & Illusion Show;  8:30 p.m.:  Trick-a-Nosis – Adult Magic, Illusion, Hypnosis & Comedy Show; Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. with kids activities, Interactive Photobooth by inFocus, concessions and more. Get your tickets now! Get more information and order online at www.olmstedcc.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • mermaid_200x200DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR., OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS YOUTH THEATER, APRIL 12th – 21st, WITH SHOWS ON FRIDAYS AT 7:00 P.M., SATURDAY’S AT 2:00 P.M. & SUNDAYS AT 2:00 P.M. –   Advance tickets are $11-15 at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.   Worlds of Fantasy boutique is open before each show.  Makeover and a snack.  $25 first child; $20 each additional child.  Get details and make a reservation (required) at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.
 
  • Worlds of Fantasy copyWORLDS OF FANTASY, MAY 3-11 WITH SHOWS ON FRIDAYS AT 7:00 P.M. SATURDAYS AT 2:00 – 7:00 P.M., AND SUNDAY AT 2:00 P.M. –  Join Olmsted Performing Arts and take a magical journey to Fantasyland for Rapunzel’s coronation.  You will enjoy singing and dancing by Cinderella, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, Belle, Ariel, and more, and then meet the princesses with photo and autograph opportunities.  Tickets $12-18.  Worlds of Fantasy Boutique open before each show.  Makeover and a snack.  $25 first child; $20 each additional.  Details and reservation at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.
  • DARA HOSTA OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK, SUNDAY MAY 5 – Run, walk, or just be part of the fun!  All registered participants receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize.  Please click here for more info, the list of prizes, and the registration form.  All proceeds go directly for college scholarships for Olmsted Falls students.
  • puppiesBARK FOR LIFE EVENT, MAY 25th, 9:00 A.M., IN FRONT OF OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL – Olmsted Falls Relay for Life is hosting a Bark for Life event on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The 1 mile walk takes place in front of the Middle School with registration starting at 9:00 AM; the event lasting from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. There is a $10 registration fee per dog; $5 for a 2nd dog.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. The event also includes many booths, games, and activities!  Attention Middle School Students: Also attending this event will be the stars of eighth grader Julia Montgomery’s running Paw Print Newspaper column known as “The Chronicles of Murphy.” Come and meet the dogs, Murphy and Bernie!  Please contact Miss Kristen Rupp at (440) 427-6258, krupp@ofcs.net for more details or to register.

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Parent Update – April 3, 2013

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DISTRICT RECEIVES OHIO AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD

Auditor of State Certificate 2012Olmsted Falls School District has been presented with the Ohio Auditor of State Award from the Office of State Auditor Dave Yost. This award was presented for the District’s exemplary financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the year 2012. This is the second consecutive year Olmsted Falls School District has received this prestigious award.

Congratulations to both the team in the Treasurer’s Office and the staff of Olmsted Falls School District! It takes an ongoing cooperative and collective effort to ensure effective and accountable financial practices are in place for an organization. Olmsted Falls School District is very proud of this award.

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERS WITH SURROUNDING DISTRICTS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE – SPECIAL EVENT MONDAY, APRIL 15TH AT WESTLAKE PERFORMING ART CENTER

Legally Addicted WESTOlmsted Falls City Schools has joined forces with Berea City School District, Avon Lake School District and Westlake City School District to co-sponsor a play, title “Legally Addicted,” that raises awareness of prescription drug abuse.  This powerful event is presented by Your Teen for Parents, and also sponsored by Recovery Resources, Community Challenge and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Narcotics Task Force.

The play performance will be held at Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, Ohio on Monday, April 15th from 7:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.  Following the play, there will be a panel discussion.  To view the event flyer, please click here.  To register, please click here.

All Olmsted Falls High School and Middle School students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

OFIS 4th GRADERS TAKE FIELD TRIP TO SCIENCE CENTER

Science PictureThe 4th graders recently took a field trip to The Great Lakes Science Center where they enjoyed all the hands-on exhibits and seeing the special Egyptian exhibit. The students were also able to attend the Omnimax theater and saw the 3D movie “Sea Rex,” a journey to a prehistoric world.

The picture to the left is in front of an exhibit designed by Olmsted Falls Alumni John Gonzalez, the father of Stephen Gonzalez, one of the 4th grade students on the field trip.

AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH, 7-8 P.M. AT OFHS

aut_awareness_monthIn support of “Autism Awareness Month”, Helping Hands is happy to be hosting an “Autism Awareness Event”  this Friday April 5, from 7-8pm in the Media Center at OFHS. Local author, Nick Shamhart will be selling his novel, “The Fog Within” and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to an autism charity. Helping Hands will also have additional support information available for families including area after school programs and area summer programs. Please mark your calendar and plan on stopping by to learn more about this disorder and support the research to find effective methods for earlier diagnosis. If you have any questions please contact Mariel Krakowiak  at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

ECC CELEBRATES RIGHT TO READ WEEK

photo(7)Preschool and Kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center celebrated Right To Read Week with a variety of special activities and events during the week leading up to spring break.  This year’s theme was “Buggy for Books” and the children enjoyed a variety of special events and activities!

The fun included:  a guest appearance by the children’s librarian from our new Olmsted Falls branch for the Cuyahoga County library; an online draw-along presentation by Mark Harpster; “crickets” on a stick snacks from our Food Service Department; math and science learning stations in the gym and special classroom book deliveries by Mrs. B (in her beautiful bee wings)!

THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF who made this year’s Right To Read Week a success at the ECC!

BULLDOG YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM INFORMATION MEETING — TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3RD

Bulldog helmutThe Bulldog Youth Football League is a new program preparing to start a 5th and 6th grade football program for the students of the Olmsted Falls School District. Olmsted Falls has been accepted to join the Little Southwest Conference for this fall 2013.  Other communities involved in the Conference include: North Olmsted, Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Rocky River, Lutheran West, Fairview Park, and Sheffield.  This opportunity is a great way to help Olmsted Falls Youth learn and play the game of tackle football right here in our community.

There will be an informational meeting for parents and players on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.   This will give parents the opportunity to have any questions/concerns answered as well as help the organization learn the interest level in the community.  If you have a current 4th or 5th grade child that would be interested in playing in the newly formed 5th and 6th football program this fall, 2013 please try to attend this meeting.  If you cannot attend but would like more information, or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please email your name and contact information to OFBYFootball@gmail.com  or visit our website for more information.  You can also able to check us out on Facebook.  We look forward to seeing you tonight.

MEET MRS. FENDERBOSCH!

Fenderbosch.KMrs. Kitty Fenderbosch has been employed as a school bus driver for the past 25 years in our district. Additionally, she has also served on several school committees, created our bus safety program, and was the president of OAPSE. She loves being a Bulldog because of the unity we have and states, “We are truly one for all and all for one!”

Mrs. Fenderbosch and her husband, David, have been married for 37 years and have three children who are all Bulldog graduates, Jessica (34), Leigh (32), and Thomas (29).  In her spare time, Mrs. Fenderbosch works at a vet clinic, serves as a member of Olmsted Falls City Council, and spends her summers relaxing at the lake in Portland, NY.

OFHS DRILL TEAM TRYOUTS NEXT WEEK

minicheerThere will be an informational meeting next Tuesday night, April 9th regarding drill team tryouts for the 2013-2014 season. We will meet in room W-3 at the high school from 7-8pm. Please bring a parent and any questions you have. We will run clinics Monday – Thursday, April 15th – 18th from 6:30 – 8:30pm, and tryouts will be Friday, April 19th starting at 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lisa Topolski at ltopolski@ofcs.net.

PTA COUNCIL LOOKING FOR THE PTA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

thanksvolunteers3The PTA Council is looking for nominations of a PTA member who works on behalf of children.  This special person is involved and supports the PTA and has made a positive impact on the lives of children.  Anyone interested in nominating a PTA member for Volunteer of the Year should complete the nomination form and turn it in to his/her PTA unit at the April meeting of his/her unit.  Each unit will then submit one nomination to the PTA Council.  Please click here to download the Olmsted Falls PTA Council Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form.

OFHS BOYS SOCCER PLAYER / PARENT MEETING – TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH @ 7:30 P.M.

BOYS SOCCER LOGOThere will be a Player / Parent Meeting Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 7:30 – 9:00 in the Olmsted Falls High School Library for all boys interested in playing high school soccer in the fall of 2013.  All players who are planning on playing soccer for Olmsted Falls High School need to attend with a parent.

If for some reason (club training, soccer game) you cannot attend, please have a parent attend.

Information concerning the summer and up coming season will be discussed.

See soccer website for more information (http://ofhssoccer.wordpress.com/) or Contact coach Walchanowicz (ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net)

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENTS GREASE, THE MUSICAL!

Olmsted Falls High School Masquers presents GREASE: School Version

OFHS GREASE Poster MatOlmsted Falls High School

April 19 @ 7:30pm

April 20 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm

Call 440-427-6070 for tickets – $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Click here to see the flyer.

SAVE THE DATE – FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR!

Mark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held the week of April 15th – 19th.  The fair will take place in the library during the times listed below:

book _fairApril  15-19 from 11-12:45 pm (during lunch periods)

April 15 and 17 from 3-4 pm  (Monday and Wednesday)

April 16 and 18 from 6-8 pm  (Tuesday and Thursday)

April 16th will be the family night event including an ice cream social!  Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Surtman at loris4@att.net.  Thank you!

OLMSTED FALLS ACADEMIC TEAM (OFAT) FUNDRAISER, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 8 – 10 P.M. @ RAZZLES

A fundraiser to support the Olmsted Falls razzlesAcadmic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on Saturday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. Raffles with great items from OF merchants, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact Anne Mendenhall at mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.  Did you know our academic team has already qualified 2 teams to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses. To learn how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, contact Anne Mendenhall at mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.  Thanks to our Sponsors (as of April 1, 2013): AmeriPrint, Angelina’s Pizza, Artist Colony, A Time to Spa, CSM & JLK, LLC (formerly Backstage Day Spa), Clementines, Falls Family Restaurant, Falls Ice Cream, Falls PC Clinic, Jorgensen’s Apiary, Moosehead Hoof & Ladder, The Olde Wine Cellar, Shaker’s IGA, Tony K’s Bar & Grill

SEEKING ENTRIES FOR OFHS ART SHOW IN MAY

imagesThe Annual OFHS May Show is Friday May 10, 2013. Again, we are looking for work for the show from Olmsted Falls Alumni, OFCS Faculty and Staff, and Olmsted Falls Community Members.  Please complete the entry form and return it to Mariel Krakowiak, at Olmsted Falls High School, by Friday May 3.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.  To download the entry form, please click here.

OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES EVENT – SAT., APRIL 20TH!

NightAtTheRacesNavyA fun-filled night is in the works….OFAB’s annual Night at the Races. This year’s event will be held at the German American Club on Saturday, April 20. Food, drink, prizes and horse racing are the evening’s highlights. All the fun begins at 6 p.m. Tickets to attend are $30/person (sold in tables of 8).  To inquire about tickets, contact Dave Kurz at dktribe@cox.net or call 440-263-0051.  Act fast, this event traditionally sells out!

A successful Night at the Races is contingent upon the support of our families, community and surrounding businesses.  Here’s how you can help make one of OFAB’s biggest fundraisers a huge success:  Donate Merchandise, Purchase an Advertisement for our Program,  and/or Purchase a Horse.  For additional information on how you or your company can get involved in supporting this event, please visit www.ofathleticboosters.org.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! SEE YOU APRIL 20TH!

HELPING HANDS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL 5K & 1/4 MILE WALK – REGSITER BY MAY 10TH

specialed_helping-hands-1Helping Hands will be hosting their first 5K & 1/4 Mile Walk to promote “Disability Awareness” within the community. We are supporting all “special needs/disabilities” with this event…you can decide what you will run/walk for! There will also be a raffle after the 5K. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship to a graduating Helping Hands senior, a donation to the Helping Hands Relay for Life Team, and some money will be used to fund future Helping Hands events.

People of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. The 1/4 Mile Walk on the track is available for those participants that may not be able to complete and entire 5K (assistive equipment is permitted). The attached registration form has all the specific details for the event. Pre-registration is due back to me by Friday May 10.

Please click HERE to download and print the registration form, and share it with your students, family, and friends.

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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are submitting information about a school or school-connected organization’s fundraising event, you will need to make sure that you have completed and submitted the District’s official Fundraising Form.  Once your event has been approved, we will be happy to post/promote the information on the Weekly Blog Update.  To download a copy of the Fundraising Form, please click here.

RAILROAD TRACKS BY GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION CLOSED NEXT WEEK

road-closurePlease be aware that Norfolk Southern will be closing the rail crossing on Columbia Road from April 8 – 12.

Detour signs will be posted.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

  • springOLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS SPRING MARKETPLACE, SATURDAY APRIL 6, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., 6941 COLUMBIA ROAD, OLMSTED FALLS – Featuring many fine arts and crafts vendors,  raffle prizes, fun spring ideas, concessions & coffee bar, dance team performance and more!  Benefits Disney Dance Team. Thank you for helping to make our Disney Dreams come true!  OPA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
  • downloadARTIST DETECTIVES – MINIATURE PAINTING WORKSHOP, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY – Little is known about miniature art…no pun intended! Explore and uncover interesting facts about the life and art of miniature artist, Oliver Frazer, then create your own mini painting in this Artist Detectives Painting Workshop conducted by professional artist and author JoAnn DePolo.  Grades 6-12.  Registration is required.  Please click here for more info and to register.
  • 3shamrocksAMERICAN SOCIETY OF MILITARY COMPTROLLERS (ASMC) SHAMROCK RUN, 5 KILOMETER RACE/1 MILE WALK, SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH, 9:00 A.M. – All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the St. Augustine Hunger Center.  To view the flyer, please click here or click here for the web site.
  • WEST SHORE FAMILY YMCA ACTIVITIES, SPRING SESSIONS APRIL 29 – JUNE 6, 1575 COLUMBIA ROAD, WESTLAKE – Check out the West Shore YMCA for Spring Aquatics and Youth Sports.  Click here for more info.

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  • AMAZING MAGIC SHOW BY MAGIC MIKE PRODUCTIONS AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER  – FRIDAY, APRIL 26th –  6:00 p.m. – Family and Kids Magic & Illusion Show;  8:30 p.m.:  Trick-a-Nosis – Adult Magic, Illusion, Hypnosis & Comedy Show; Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. with kids activities, Interactive Photobooth by inFocus, concessions and more. Get your tickets now! Get more information and order online at www.olmstedcc.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • mermaid_200x200DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR., OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS YOUTH THEATER, APRIL 12th – 21st, WITH SHOWS ON FRIDAYS AT 7:00 P.M., SATURDAY’S AT 2:00 P.M. & SUNDAYS AT 2:00 P.M. –   Advance tickets are $11-15 at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.   Worlds of Fantasy boutique is open before each show.  Makeover and a snack.  $25 first child; $20 each additional child.  Get details and make a reservation (required) at www.olmstedperformingarts.com.
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  • WORLD OF FANTASY BOUTIQUE (AGES 2-12), APRIL 12-21 AND MAY 3-11, SLOTS BEGIN AT 4:30 P.M. ON FRIDAYS, 11:30 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAYS, AND 11:30 A.M. ON SUNDAYS – Children will be transformed by their own Fairy Godmother into princesses or knights.  For girls, the experience will include hairstyle shimmering make-up princess sash, face gem, and nail polish.  Boys will enjoy a gel-spiked, confetti-sprinkled hairstyle and a sword and shield.  All children may have sparking juice and light appetizers.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, who may enjoy complimentary coffee or tea.  Advance registration and separate ticket are required for the World of Fantasy Boutique. $25 for the first child, and $20 for each additional child.  Reservations required (www.olmstedperformingarts.com).

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