Parent Update – April 17, 2013
DISTRICT EARNS STATE COMMUNICATION AWARD
Olmsted 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
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
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
The 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
All 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
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:
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!
A 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 email@example.com 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!
Mrs. 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
Dodge 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
Do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE – GET YOURS TODAY!
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!
The 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
Saturday, 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
Freshmen 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…
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!
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
The 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
The 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: email@example.com. To download the entry form, please click here.
HELPING HANDS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL 5K & 1/4 MILE WALK – REGISTER BY MAY 10TH
Helping 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:
- GREASE 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.
- CUB 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.
- AMERICAN 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
- CLEVELAND 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-299-6825. To view the 3 page flyer, please click here.
- JOIN 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 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.
- STAND 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
A 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- ANNUAL 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.
- 40th 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!