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Parent Update – May 29, 2013

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FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR TO PUBLISH FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH

Thank you for your patience as we work to complete the District’s final blog post of the year.  There’s a lot of great news to share and we want to get it all in!  The usual parent email alerts will go out as soon as the blog is finalized and published on Friday.  Thank you.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  ALTERNATE  TRANSPORTATION  FORM  DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2013-2014 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2013Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2013-2014 school year.  Please call the Transportation office at 427-6350 with any questions.

TWO OFHS STUDENTS FEATURED IN WKYC “BEST OF THE CLASS” COMMERCIALS

DuBois_RachelCochrac_SarahWatch for two OFHS Bulldogs featured in the annual WKYC (Ch. 3) “Best of the Class” commercials, which began airing this week through June 23rd.

Senior Rachel DuBois (pictured at left) is representing Olmsted Falls High School; and fellow OFHS senior Sarah Cochrac (pictured at right) is representing Polaris Career Center. Each was nominated and selected for this annual recognition, and will represent Olmsted Falls High School and Polaris Career Center well!   Congratulations to these two outstanding students!

5TH GRADERS IMPRESS TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES WITH PARK DESIGNS

DSC_6140-BrightenedFifth grade math teacher Mr. Mike Schaffer partnered with the Olmsted Township Trustees last week to provide his students the opportunity to have their “Park Projects” reviewed by local elected officials.  Each spring, students in Mr. Schaffer’s class apply their math skills to design a park.  Specifications for the park are provided to the students and their design must be drawn to scale and include certain items such as a playground, picnic pavilion, volleyball court, swimming pool, basketball courts, restrooms and a parking lot. In addition to area and perimeter calculations, students must also take into account budget calculations.

Olmsted Township Trustees, Mrs. Sherri Lippus and Mr. Scott Ross, volunteered their time to review and select top park designs in various categories.  Mrs. Lippus and Mr. Scott were so impressed with the students’ work, they plan to showcase the parks at their June Township Trustees Meeting and recognize the budding young green space designers!  Kudos to all of Mr. Schaffer’s 5th grade students for their excellent work!  And thank you to the Olmsted Township Trustees for their participation!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  DISTRICT TO TRANSITION TO ON-LINE REGISTRATION THIS FALL

Following the successful implementation of the District’s new on-line enrollment system (for students new to the District) this spring, Olmsted Falls Schools will begin using the new system for returning students this fall.  The District’s new InfoSnap system will enable parents to review and update all of the information for their student(s) on-line.

Parents of all Bulldog students currently enrolled in Olmsted Falls School District for the 2012-2013 school year will be receiving a letter via mail this August containing an important “Snap Code” which will provide them confidential access to review and update contact, family, and medical information for each student.  Please watch for this important mailing in August!

OLMSTED FALLS  PTA RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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PTA Council President Rebecca Gawsyszawski, PTA Volunteer of the Year Ann Simon and PTA member Katie Fiddler.

Congratulations to Middle School PTA President Ann Simon for receiving this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year Award at the annual PTA Volunteer Celebration and Installation Dinner held last Thursday evening at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.  Ann was nominated by fellow OFMS PTA member, Katie Fiddler.  Many thanks to Ann for her continuing commitment to the students of Olmsted Falls Schools!

Kudos also goes out to all of the other Volunteer of the Year Award nominees:  Michelle Hutchinson and Sandy Price, nominated by OECPTA; Lori Surtman nominated by Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Deana Harb nominated by OFIS PTA; and Denise Olszewski nominated by OFHS PTA.  The impact each of you have on our students, our schools and our community is truly invaluable.

Thank you to this year’s Volunteer of the Year nominees and ALL of our PTA members throughout the District!

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PTA Council President Rebecca Gawsyszawski, OFMS PTA President Ann Simon, PTA Educator of the Year Dan Largent, and fellow OFMS Teacher Chris Odon, who assisted with the award presentation.

Congratulations also to Olmsted Falls Middle School Social Studies Teacher Mr. Dan Largent on being named PTA Educator of the Year for his ongoing dedication to the Parent Teacher Association, his daily commitment to students and his positive impact in the Olmsted community.

In addition to his daily work with students at OFMS, Mr. Largent is the head coach of the Olmsted Falls High School Varsity Baseball Team, and has been commended for instilling in his team members the importance of community service.

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PTA Council President Rebecca Gawsyszawski, PTA Helping Hands Award winner Kim Petrina, and PTA member Linda Parkowski.

Finally, congratulations are extended to Ohio PTA Helping Hands Award winner Kim Petrina, who was also recognized at this year’s PTA Volunteer Dinner!

Mrs. Petrina, Director of Communications for Olmsted Falls Schools, was recognized for her long-time support in helping promote the activities and efforts of Olmsted Falls PTAs!

Thank you to each of these award recipients and all of our PTA volunteers for your unending work on behalf of the students and families of the Olmsted Falls School System!

OLMSTED FALLS STAFF AND STUDENTS RECEIVE RECOGNITION

On Friday, May 17th the following students and Olmsted Falls School District faculty members were recognized at the Annual Recognizing Excellence in Education for Students with Disabilities Awards ceremony at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.  To view more photos, please click here.   The awards were as follows:

ESC_2013Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Sarah Stevens (8th grade)

Outstanding Peer Achievement Award: Hannah Kho (5th grade)

Outstanding Peer Achievement Award: Kyle Rolland (12th grade)

Outstanding Educator Achievement Award: Jayne Reitz (3rd Grade Teacher) and Doreen “Terry” McLellan (HS Paraprofessional, not pictured)

OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL CONGRATULATES “REFLECTIONS” WINNERS

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Leah LaPinta, Olmsted Falls PTA Reflections Chair Julianne Allen and Stephanie Kollar

More than 90 students from Olmsted Falls participated in this year’s “Reflections” contest. “Reflections” is an annual cultural arts program held through National PTA. Children in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas: literature, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film/video and musical composition.

The Reflections program allows PTA’s throughout the state to recognize children for their creativity in portraying yearly themes. The theme of this year’s contest was “The Magic of a Moment”.  Two students were awarded Honorable Mentions at the state level for their work. Congratulations Leah LaPinta, Middle School-Photography, and Stephanie Kollar, High School- Film Production. (Pictured at left.)

To view the complete list of local “Reflections” winners, please click HERE.  Thanks to all students for their participation. Students are encouraged to start creating for next year’s theme: “Believe, Dream, Inspire.”

OLMSTED FALLS PTA INDUCTS NEW OFFICERS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

DSC_6230Congratulations to all of the new PTA officers for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.  The formal induction of next year’s officers for all units took place at the annual PTA Volunteer Dinner.

The Olmsted Falls PTA Presidents for 2013-2014 include (pictured from L to R):  Leanne LaPinta (OFIS PTA President); Holly Neumann (Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA President); Ann Simon (OFMS PTA President); Amy Krogh (PTA Council President); and Sandra Graham (OFHS PTA President).   Not pictured:  Beth Mordarski (OECPTA President).

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

drugs2Saturday, April 27th marked the 6th nationwide drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, in partnership with Drug Task Forces in Northeast Ohio, Sheriff’s Offices, local Police and Fire departments, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., and many other local organizations.  PTA and High School student volunteers assisted officers of the Olmsted Falls Police Department to collect over 40 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Together, the partners helped residents in northeast Ohio safely dispose of over 18,0000 pounds of outdated or unwanted prescription medications.  According to the DEA Cleveland Resident Office Agent in Charge Gene Corley, “The exact poundage was 18,124 pounds, and covered the following counties:  Ashland, Ashtabula, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Richland, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Wayne and Wyandot.”

drugsIf area residents missed the collection and would like to dispose of unwanted medicines, the Olmsted Township Police Department has a permanent drop box.  Many communities have installed permanent drop boxes in local police stations.  In Cuyahoga County, visit http://sheriff.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/RxDrugDropBoxProgram.aspx for a list of locations; or all other counties, visit http://rxdrugdropbox.org/ .

Many thanks to the Olmsted Falls Police Department and our High school volunteers  Emily and Jake Olszewski  and Natalie Ferrini for making this a successful event. 

PROJECT “LEAD THE WAY” PIONEERS GRADUATE

photo(19)The first graduates of project lead the way are off to their respective colleges.  With all types of medical majors planned, this class is destined for greatness.

“It’s been an amazing four years.  These students from day one exceeded my expectations with all they did”, declared Peter DuBois, the teacher of the program.  “I will miss this class as they were the true pioneers of the program.”

AWARDS DAY FOR TOP OWE STUDENTS

The Occupational Work Experience (OWE) Work Study Program Awards Day was held on May 22nd at the Village Green.  Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding effort this year!

2013-05-22_09-41-28_819Graduating Seniors:     Angel Alderman, Kristy Bass, Tatiana Rodgers, Kailee Ryder, Brandon Sawyer, Alex Staten, and Corey Varga
Top Society Game Players:    Austin Balnius and Catherine Mahoney
STUDENT OF THE YEAR:   Rebecca Wayne (Junior)

 KIWANIS RECOGNIZE OFHS STUDENTS

On Tuesday May 21 the following students were recognized at the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Meeting for receiving the Kiwanis Contributors Club Award for their volunteerism during the 2012-2013 school year.  Their names will be engraved onto the plaque which hangs near the HS student office.

contributors club_13Thomas Cobb (11th grade)

Allyson Kuehn (12th grade)

Hayley Reeves (12th grade)**not pictured

Kyle Rolland (12th grade)

ANNUAL SERVICE PROJECT HELPS KEMPER HOUSE RESIDENTS

photo(22)OFMS Student Council members and their advisors, Miss Reisner and Mrs. Radigan recently  participated in their annual service project.

This year, student council hand painted pots and planted flowers in them to give to female residents at Kemper House for Mother’s Day. The residents were so appreciative and the gifts brightened their holidays.

SEVENTH GRADERS PARTNER WITH SECOND GRADERS TO CREATE POETRY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Tuesday, May 21st, seventh grade students from Ms. Grodek’s class partnered up with second grade students in Mrs. Gommel, Mrs. Mlady, and Mrs. Timura’s class to do a poetry reading. The seventh grade students have spent some time understanding and writing various types of poems, and some of the poems were written specifically about their second grade buddy! The second grade students provided their buddy with some information about themselves in order to help make the poetry writing easier. Lessons that the second graders learned were how to use adjectives, nouns, verbs, and  onomatopoeia’s to make your writing more interesting.  What a great partnership for writing and fun!  For more photos, please click here.

ECC/FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS HEALTHY HEROES

photo(20)photo(21)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 the May winner, ECC student, Mercedes Cooper.  She is pictured at left with her aunt Michelle Fogler and Mrs. Heinrich.   Pictured at right is Falls-Lenox winner Katelyn Pickett.  A BIG THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for donating the gift cards used for this important program.

MEET MRS. ECKERT!

EckertMrs.11-12Mrs. Audrey Eckert is a 4th grade language arts and social studies teacher at OFIS. Additionally, she has worked with the language arts committee implementing Reader’s Workshop into our district and is a member of the District Leadership Team.

Mrs. Eckert loves being a teacher and is always thrilled to see a student have an “Aha” moment, or when they finally find a book they can’t put down. She hopes that her own love of books will rub off onto her students so that they can become lifelong readers.

Mrs. Eckert believes that Olmsted Falls is an awesome place to work because of the dedicated individuals with whom she teaches, and the community that rallies around those in need.  In her spare time, Mrs. Eckert, a resident of Olmsted Township, enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband Doug, and six-year old son, Wynton.

OFHS WEIGHT ROOM OPEN TO STUDENTS AND ALUMNI THIS SUMMER

weight roomThis summer the OFHS weight room is being sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.  Starting Friday, June 7th through August 2nd, the weight room will be open every weekday to any Olmsted Falls City Schools student 7th grade and above and OFHS Alumni.   Mornings sessions will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Evenings sessions will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   The cost is $25 for the summer if received on or before June 5th .  If received after June 6th, late registrations cost $40!  The completed registration form and checks are due before you will be permitted to work out.  Please click here to download a registration form.  To Register, MAIL or drop off Registration form to Olmsted Falls High School Main Office…Attn: Summer Weight Room.

LOCAL SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE


With summer just around the corner, parents may be thinking about what your child will do for meals while school is out.  The good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has partnered in our local community with agencies to serve free meals.  It’s food that’s in, while school is out.  There are no income requirements, and any child under age 18 may come to eat.

For a listing of local Summer Food Service sites in nearby North Olmsted, please click here.

Additionally, below is a website with a map of all of the Summer Food Service sites operating throughout Ohio.

First click on the website:  https://oh.cnpcares.com/summer/SfspFoodServByCnty.asp.  Then, click on the county where your children will be, if there are sites operating in that community, they will be listed.  If more information is needed about the site, call the contact information provided.  Many of the sites also provide activities for the children coming to the site.

SWIM AND DIVE TEAM SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD OPPORTUNITY

diving-into-waterWe had an amazing season this year.  The 2012-2013 Swim and Dive team broke a total of 13 current school records! Incredibly, we also had 15 athletes advance to District Championships.  Good Luck to our graduating seniors: Joan Dregalla, Jaime Fossen, Shannon John, Sam Aburaad, Aidan Burton, Jon Levin, and Cody Locklear.  We will miss you!  We are preparing for another great season for 2013-2014. Come be a part of the exciting OFHS Swim and Dive team. We offer a summer scholarship to anyone interested in attending a summer program/camp and swimming and/or diving for OFHS next year. Please click here for the application.  If you would like more information on joining the team, please contact Coach Laughlin at mlaughli@ymail.com.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SUMMER OPEN GYMS FOR CURRENT 4TH – 7TH GRADE GIRLS

The Girls High School and Middle School Basketball coaches along with the OFBA will be having 4 open gyms this summer for girls in grades 4-7.  The dates, times, and location are listed below.  We would love for you to come and play!

basketballWednesday, June 19th    4:00-5:30 PM       Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, June 26th    4:00-5:30 PM       Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, July 3rd       10:00-11:30 AM    Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, July 10th     10:00-11:30 AM    Olmsted Falls High School

We will run two floors so that we can separate the players by age/ability level.  All players will be supervised by High School and Middle School coaches and parents you are welcome to stay as well.  Please click HERE to download the information in a flyer.

OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI AND ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION TO HOLD GOLF OUTING

golfdogWho?   Any and all golfers and “want to be” golfers, men and women!!

When?   Saturday, July 13, 2013 – tee times begin at 9:00 a.m.

Where?  Mallard Creek Golf Course, 34500 Royalton Road, Columbia Station

Cost?   $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, a fabulous steak dinner, and favor

Format?   4 Person Scramble, no handicaps

100_1602REGISTER EARLY—all teams and individuals with paid registrations submitted by May 31 will receive four (4) complimentary raffle tickets per golfer for the AWESOME door prize drawings.  There will also be games and a 50/50 raffle!  All proceeds benefit the Alumni Association and its Scholarship Programs.  Next Wednesday on Honor Day, the Alumni Association will be giving away 48 scholarships/awards totaling $29,400!   Pictured at left:  The 2012 Winners – Bob Lehman, Heath Krakowiak, Bob Burton, Joe Miles

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. 

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.

6TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE WINNERS

calendar_raffle_buttonCongratulations to the remaining winners of the Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle.  Thanks to everyone that participated.  The Middle School PTA appreciates your support.

 May 15th – Jack Hirsch – Hanson’s Greenhouse gift card

May 16th – Heather Cruz – Thirty-One Insulated Cooler

May 17th – Judy Strang – Angelina’s gift card

May 18th – Kristen Burgess – Sheetz gift card

May 19th – Amy Smith – Trolley House gift card

May 20th – Heather Michaud – Olmsted Auto Card gift card

May 21st – Mike Kulaga – Fairview Lanes

May 22nd – Hailey Peterson – Subway Gift card and travel mug

May 23rd – Kathy Dean – Starbucks gift card

May 24th – The Rousek Family – Cleveland Browns goodie bag

May 25th – Daniel Fidler – Cutting Garden gift card

May 26th – Toron Marion – RYCO sports gift card

May 27th – Grace Seidel – Mulligan’s Family Fun Park gift pack

May 28th – Gracie Hyppa – Artist Colony gift card

May 29th – Cathy Saweda – Rock Hall tickets

May 30th – The Heine Family – FLB gift card and travel mug

May 31st – Paul Baur – Trolley House gift card

CASE WESTERN RESERVE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY OFFERING FREE “GIRLS LINK” PROGRAM FOR LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

Girls Link logo“Girls Link” is a five-session series of group meetings being offered locally at the North Olmsted branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library through the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve. Girls ages 10-14, enrolled in Middle School, are encouraged to participate.  The “Girls Link” meetings at the North Olmsted Library are scheduled for Tuesday nights, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16 & July 23, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. “Girls Link” is a prevention program that encourages girls to make new friends and feel more connected to others her age through peer support and skill-building strategies. For additional information, please click HERE for a flyer and HERE for a brochure.  Call and enroll today!

CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY FOR MANY FUN SUMMER PROGRAMS – BE SURE TO CHECK OUT  OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!!

cuyahoga-logo-footerThe Olmsted Falls library has many exciting opportunities this summer,  including four Kindergarten readiness programs to get our little ones ready for the new school year and two camps for children and teens.  For a complete listing of all the programs, please click here.

OFMS STUDENT COUNCIL GETS CREATIVE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

RFL1 RFL2OFMS Student Council and the Relay for Life team recently came together to help “Shake Out” cancer. For $1.00, students could participate in the filming of a Harlem Shake video, which will be posted to You Tube in the future. For a $5.00 donation, students could wear a costume in the video.

Principal Mark Kurz led the Harlem Shake for 6th grade students, as a reward for raising over $312 just during their lunch period!! Overall, the middle school students raised $570 for Relay for Life. Great job!

“BARK FOR LIFE” EVENT GETS EXCITEMENT GOING FOR UPCOMING OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE

DSC00013On Saturday, May 25th, Olmsted Falls Relay for Life held the first annual Bark for Life event.  A total of seventy-nine registered dogs and their owners showed up to help support the fight against cancer.  The event consisted of a walk around the front of the Middle School, vendors, games, photos with the Bulldog mascot, and even a doggy wedding!  The event was a huge success, which raised over $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.

We hope to see everyone on June 8th starting at 3 PM for the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life event!

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:

  • cache_4000140904DINE & DONATE TO SUPPORT ROBBY’S VOICE – Friday, May 31st through Saturday, June 1st – LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE IN NORTH OLMSTED –Invite Family, Friends and Neighbors to Lone Star Steakhouse in North Olmsted, Ohio on Friday, May 31st through Saturday, June 1st. Lone Star will donate 15% of full priced items back to Robby’s Voice.  Flyer must be presented when you dine.  We sincerely appreciate your support!  Please click here for the flyer.
  • ar129839597390102BEACH  PARTY!, SATURDAY, JUNE 1st, 7 P.M. – 10 P.M., THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER On Saturday, June 1st The Saturday Activity Nights will host a Beach Blast …End of the Year Party! Wear your Tropical Beach Attire! No swim suits please. Enjoy Outside Water Balloon Competitions, Water Bomb the Staff, Beach Ball giveaways, Frisbee throwing competition, Limbo & Hula Hoop contests w/ prizes. Ages 8-13. Cost $8.
  • yoga-clipartSUMMER YOGA CLASSES OFFERED TUESDAY NIGHTS, 7 – 8 P.M. IN THE DOWNSTAIRS DANCE STUDIO AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER — Kick off your summer with yoga on Tuesday nights!  Serenity Yoga is offering Tuesday evening yoga classes all summer long.  For class info, pricing and to reserve your space, please visit www.liveserenityyoga.com or call (216) 282-YOGA.
  • swim raceWESTVIEW SWIM TEAM – Looking for a fun, physical activity to get your child off the couch and computer this summer?  The Westview Swim Team is open to children aged 4 to 18 who are residents of Olmsted Falls/Township  AND can swim. We teach competitive swim strokes and compete in meets from June 1 to July 24. We emphasize  sportsmanship, teamwork  and self-esteem. Many swimmers have gone on to swim competitively in high school and college, earning scholarships and building self-discipline. Kids LOVE our awesome events like Donut Fridays, Swim-a-Thon, secret swimmer and Awards Banquet with pool party!  www.whoaconnect.org or contact Catherine Davis @ 440- 427-0514 for additional information.
  • FUNDRAISER FOR OFFICER GARY WILSON, JUNE 8, 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., RAZZLES – Please join us at Razzles to support Officer Gary Wilson as he recovers from a motor vehicle accident.  Donation is $20 and includes Draft beer, pizza, wings, soft drinks, 50/50 Raffle, Chinese Raffle (gift baskets).  For more information, click here.
  • relayRELAY FOR LIFE – SAVE THE DATE: The 4th Annual Relay For Life will be held June 8th– 9th at Olmsted Falls High School. The event begins at 3 p.m. this year! Please help us to Color Out Cancer With A Rainbow Of Hope! Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment, and fireworks! A great FAMILY EVENT! Join us for the opening lap at 3 p.m. – we will be celebrating the survivors of cancer in our community! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is unexplainable….don’t miss it at 9! Luminaria will be followed by an amazing fireworks display and more fun all night long! Getting hungry?? There will be another famous Kiwanis breakfast in the morning. This year’s event is 18 hours and will be attended by thousands of participants and community members! Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays! Visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more information!
  • FallsSTRONG sand volleyball tournament regFALLSSTRONG CO-ED SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH @ 9:30 A.M. AT RAZZLES – Registration:  9:30 – 10 a.m.; Tournament Starts: 10 a.m.  Round-robin; min. 6 players per team.  All proceeds benefit Danny Cuellar, Ryan Hoffer, Alex Stipek, and Chase DuPratt.  Click HERE to download the information / registration form.  A SECOND FallsStrong FUNDRAISER AT RAZZLES HAS BEEN ADDED FOR PARENTS ON FRIDAY NIGHT, JUNE 14TH FROM 7-9 P.M. Questions?  Please contact jenkanaba@yahoo.com or visit www.fallsstrong.org.
  • tennisBOYS/GIRLS INSTRUCTIONAL SUMMER TENNIS CAMP 2013, JUNE 17 – JUNE 21, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. MON, WED, FRI, 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. TUES, THURS, OFHS TENNIS COURTS – For Boys and Girls entering grades 5th -9th.  (Rain Date: Sat, June 22nd),  Registration Deadline:  Friday June 7th.  Cost:  $60.00 / per child (includes OCC water bottle).   Strong fundamental tennis instruction for boys and girls.  Each child should come prepared with:  Sunscreen, sunglasses/visor, water and tennis racquet.  Register online at www.olmstedcc.com  (or fill out & drop off registration form).  Please click here for registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kuntz @ 440.235.2442 or email:  office@olmstedcc.com.
  • 100_1568OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE SUMMER CAMP 2013  –  JULY 22 – 24, 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., OFMS FIELDS, 27045 BAGLEY ROAD –  With the program now growing from 20 players to 200 players, OFLA is pleased to offer a 3 day camp to boys and girls entering grades 1-8 for the 2013-2014 school year.  The cost is $40 and is open to players of all skill levels from beginner to advance.  Players will be separated by age and skill level.  The camp will focus on developing the skills of each individual camper.  Each camper will receive an OF Bulldog lacrosse dri-fit shirt.  Please click here for a registration form.Olmsted Community Center announces 2013 SUMMER EVENTS for kids and adults of all ages running here in our local community.
  • sunOLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER ANNOUNCES 2013 SUMMER EVENTS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS OF ALL AGES RUNNING HERE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITYOCC has our own high quality camp offerings run by local talented adult instructors like Jen Kuntz (tennis & volleyball), Holly Mandak (cheerleading), and Dave Pellerite (basketball).  In addition, we have partnered with other LOCAL programs to provide information and or registration for swim lessons, art, flag football, taekwondo, zumba, line dancing and a whole lot more.  You can find information on our website at www.olmstedcc.com or call our office at 440.427-1599.

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Parent Update – May 22, 2013

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MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT

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Midwest Talent Search honorees with Olmsted Falls Board of Education members and Middle School Principal Mark Kurz.

Seventeen Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.

OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are:  Isaac Baillis, Joseph Bertrand, Julie Calaway, Ashley Clark, Adrien Curtis, Kyle Erickson, Miranda Gibel, Bennett Graham, Megan Green, Casey Komar, Jacob Krucek, Joseph Linder, Thomas Narvaez-Legeza, Thomas Slater, Natalie Sommer, Elijah Tomasch, and Emily Walchanowicz.

Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!  Additionally, we want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path up to this point.  It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement, and that will continue to help them thrive in the future. Congratulations again!

OFHS MATH TEACHER RECEIVES REGIONAL AWARD

OFHS math teacher Ms. Donna Langenderfer was recognized at last week’s Board of Education meeting for winning the Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award from the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM).

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Congratulations to Ms. Langenderfer!  She is very deserving of this regional honor!

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS, BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS MEET WITH RESIDENTS

DSC_5959In addition to the professional phone survey being conducted this week (see below), residents also had an opportunity to meet with District administrators and Board of Education members during a series of more informal focus groups hosted in homes as well as in the meeting room of the new Olmsted Falls Library.  The purpose of these smaller community meetings was to engage in a more in-depth conversation with stakeholders.

Incoming Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd led the discussions with participants representing a cross-section of the community.  Topics of discussion included what people value most about Olmsted Falls Schools, things they feel the District could possibly “do without” and still maintain quality, and how to best prepare students for the fast-changing, technology-enabled global society.

Feedback from these small group meetings will be reviewed in conjunction with the larger phone survey to give District officials an updated understanding of the thoughts and opinions of our residents.  Thank you to all of those who hosted and participated in these important discussions! 

If you are interested in hosting a community meeting in your home or in a local meeting room, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

COMMUNITY SURVEY UNDERWAY; PHONE CALLS BEGAN MONDAY

Telephones001A random telephone survey of District residents began this past Monday and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week.  The calls are being made to collect information from residents about their thoughts and opinions regarding the Olmsted Falls School District.  These important phone surveys are being conducted by professionals from Triad Research Group, a local Cuyahoga County company based in Rocky River.  Each phone survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  As a District resident and a parent, your thoughts and opinions are very important to us.  We hope you will consider participating should your phone be among the random numbers called this week.  ** Please Note:  Caller IDs will show local number (440) 628-7616 for the incoming survey calls. ** Should you have any questions about the upcoming community survey about Olmsted Falls Schools, please contact the Board Office at 427-6000.

MIDDLE SCHOOL POWER OF THE PEN STUDENTS ARE STATE BOUND!

photo(18)Eight fantastic writers qualified for the Power of the Pen State tournament to be held May 23rd and 24th at the College of Wooster.  They will be competing with over 700 students across the state of Ohio!

Congratulations to these talented students:

Pictured in front row, from left to right, are Alex Enczur, Abby Gaba, and Morgan Finau.  Pictured in back row, from left to right, are Zach Zdanowicz, Nathan Loepp, Molly McCafferty, Maggie Backus, and Erika Ratcliff.

Coaches Miss Scalley and Mrs. Gulden are qualified state judges, and they wish this talented team a special good luck!

Go bulldogs!

OFMS MUSIC PROGRAM DEMONSTRATES OUTSTANDING MUSIC ABILITY AT DISTRICT CONTEST

musicOn Friday, May 10, 2013, the Eighth Period Eighth Grade Band directed by Mr. Gulden and the Fourth Period Seventh Grade Band directed by Mr. Feller, traveled to Firelands HS for the Ohio Music Education Association sponsored Large Group Contest.  This is a very intense situation, where three music educators judge the performers on three pieces.  The students performed very well earning a “superior rating” which is the highest rating possible.  Congratulations Fourth Period Seventh Grade Band and Eighth Period Eighth Grade Band for a job well done!

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM FINISHING YEAR STRONG; HEADED TO NAQT NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND!

Academic TeamAt the beginning of the academic competition season in the State of Ohio, there are almost 800 schools that compete in the Ohio Academic Competition format (OAC) in Ohio.  Congratulations to our OFHS Academic Team and team captain, Marty Mendenhall,  for advancing all the way to the State Competition again this year.  These outstanding bulldogs finished third overall, marking the third consecutive year that Olmsted Falls has placed in the top three teams in the State of Ohio in the OAC format (2011-3rd, 2012-1st, 2013-3rd).

The OFHS Academic Team also competes in the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) format, and this year finished with a 4th place showing in the State of Ohio.   This is the 4th year in a row that Olmsted Falls has placed in the top four teams in the State of Ohio (2010-2nd, 2011-1st, 2012-3rd, 2013-4th) in NAQT competition. This is the format that the OFHS team will compete in when they head to nationals in Atlanta over Memorial Day Weekend.  

Best of luck to our bulldogs!

OFHS ALUMNUS WINS COLLEGE JEOPARDY!

JimCouryJimCoury2The entire Olmsted Falls Schools community shared in the excitement last week as OFHS Class of 2011 alumnus Jim Coury emerged as the champion of the college Jeopardy! tournament!  The final episode aired this past Friday night, and Jim made his alma mater and his community proud with his impressive performance and ultimate victory!  Congratulations to Jim Coury and his family (pictured at right)!

To read an article about Jim’s win in the Washington Post, please click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER

IMG_0507dogGinny Csider from The Rescue Inn visited with students in the Middle School Media Center last week.  The Rescue Inn is an Ohio non-profit, foster-based rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in need.  The Rescue Inn rescues dogs from shelters and places them in foster care until they can find a “forever family.”

Along with talking to students about work of The Rescue Inn, Ms. Csider also talked to students about being responsible pet owners and ways they can help.

CULTURAL DAY FOR OFIS 5TH GRADE STUDENTS

IMAG0028For the past several weeks, students in Mr. Schafer, Mrs. Atkins, and Mrs. Harb’s Social Studies classes have been studying immigration. They have tied this unit into their own cultures and world geography. As a culminating activity, each student learned about a country from which their ancestors came.

Students asked family members about immigration, and whether or not their family members passed through Ellis Island. Each student then made or brought in food and other cultural objects from that country. Families were invited to OFIS for a Cultural Celebration share day.

Students and their families had a great time trying food from all over the world, and learning about other cultures.

THE 12TH ANNUAL YOUNG AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS BOOK PROJECT!

IMAG0115Fifth Graders at OFIS from Mrs. Atkins, Mr. Schafer, and Mrs. Harb’s Language Arts classes created and wrote their very own Fictional Narratives which were sent to Mariel Krakowiak’s High School Art students to illustrate. These illustrations were based on how detailed the 5th graders wrote!  Once again, the illustrations were amazing! The fifth grade students were so thankful and loved their final copy.

OFIS hosted a special event where the high school students came to OFIS to meet their “5th grade authors”.  Well done authors and illustrators!!!

Please click here to view a few of these amazing illustrations.

OLMSTED FALLS KINDERGARTEN STUDENT WINS PBS WRITERS CONTEST

kindergartenCongratulations to Danica Marshall, Kindergarten winner of the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest for the WVIZ viewing area!  Danica is a student in Mrs. Doyle’s AM kindergarten, and daughter of OFMS Life Skills teacher Mrs. Marshall.

As author of the first place book at the kindergarten level, she received a prize pack from WVIZ.  Even more exciting, her story is being sent on to the national competition, which will be judged in the next few weeks!

Her winning book, “Daddy and Danica’s River Adventures,” can be viewed here on the WVIZ website: http://www.ideastream.org/education/writers.

Congratulations and good luck to Danica!

HELPING HANDS ACCOMPANIES STUDENTS TO FESTIVAL

field tripfield trip 2Four Helping Hands Members accompanied students from OFMS & OFIS to The Arts on the Town Festival held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  The Festival was held as a means of demonstrating the importance of the arts as a total development of all individuals.

The purpose of the Art Festival is to provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in meaningful art experiences and increase public awareness of the artistic abilities and importance of art for individuals with disabilities.

FALLS-LENOX APPRECIATES ITS VOLUNTEERS!

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The students and staff at Falls-Lenox are so grateful to have such dedicated parents and community members helping out!  For more photos, please click here.

RED CROSS THANKS YOU!

Redcross LogoFalls-Lenox Primary School held a blood drive on May 13, 2013. The American Red Cross stated that approximately 141 people will be helped with the total of 47 pints raised and a total of 57 participants.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this event by either donating blood or donating their time to volunteer.  Children who had a parent or guardian donate blood are invited to a pizza party with the principals on Tuesday, May 28th at 2:00 p.m.

SWIM AND DIVE TEAM SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD OPPORTUNITY

diving-into-waterWe had an amazing season this year.  The 2012-2013 Swim and Dive team broke a total of 13 current school records! Incredibly, we also had 15 athletes advance to District Championships.  Good Luck to our graduating seniors: Joan Dregalla, Jaime Fossen, Shannon John, Sam Aburaad, Aidan Burton, Jon Levin, and Cody Locklear.  We will miss you!  We are preparing for another great season for 2013-2014. Come be a part of the exciting OFHS Swim and Dive team. We offer a summer scholarship to anyone interested in attending a summer program/camp and swimming and/or diving for OFHS next year. Please click here for the application.  If you would like more information on joining the team, please contact Coach Laughlin at mlaughli@ymail.com.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SUMMER OPEN GYMS FOR CURRENT 4TH – 7TH GRADE GIRLS

The Girls High School and Middle School Basketball coaches along with the OFBA will be having 4 open gyms this summer for girls in grades 4-7.  The dates, times, and location are listed below.  We would love for you to come and play!

basketballWednesday, June 19th    4:00-5:30 PM       Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, June 26th    4:00-5:30 PM       Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, July 3rd       10:00-11:30 AM    Olmsted Falls High School

Wednesday, July 10th     10:00-11:30 AM    Olmsted Falls High School

We will run two floors so that we can separate the players by age/ability level.  All players will be supervised by High School and Middle School coaches and parents you are welcome to stay as well.  Please click HERE to download the information in a flyer.

OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI AND ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION TO HOLD GOLF OUTING

golfdogWho?   Any and all golfers and “want to be” golfers, men and women!!

When?   Saturday, July 13, 2013 – tee times begin at 9:00 a.m.

Where?  Mallard Creek Golf Course, 34500 Royalton Road, Columbia Station

Cost?   $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, a fabulous steak dinner, and favor

Format?   4 Person Scramble, no handicaps

100_1602REGISTER EARLY—all teams and individuals with paid registrations submitted by May 31 will receive four (4) complimentary raffle tickets per golfer for the AWESOME door prize drawings.  There will also be games and a 50/50 raffle!  All proceeds benefit the Alumni Association and its Scholarship Programs.  Next Wednesday on Honor Day, the Alumni Association will be giving away 48 scholarships/awards totaling $29,400!   Pictured at left:  The 2012 Winners – Bob Lehman, Heath Krakowiak, Bob Burton, Joe Miles

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. 

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.

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.  Winners will be announced here on the blog – it is not too late to get your calendar!!

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.  You can download a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.   Entries can be added to the drawing pool throughout the month, however entries will not be eligible for to be included in the drawings until your official payment / entry form has been received.

CASE WESTERN RESERVE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY OFFERING FREE “GIRLS LINK” PROGRAM FOR LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

Girls Link logo“Girls Link” is a five-session series of group meetings being offered locally at the North Olmsted branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library through the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve. Girls ages 10-14, enrolled in Middle School, are encouraged to participate.  The “Girls Link” meetings at the North Olmsted Library are scheduled for Tuesday nights, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16 & July 23, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. “Girls Link” is a prevention program that encourages girls to make new friends and feel more connected to others her age through peer support and skill-building strategies. For additional information, please click HERE for a flyer and HERE for a brochure.  Call and enroll today!

CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY FOR MANY FUN SUMMER PROGRAMS

cuyahoga-logo-footerThe Olmsted Falls library has many exciting opportunities this summer,  including four Kindergarten readiness programs to get our little ones ready for the new school year and two camps for children and teens.  For a complete listing of all the programs, please click here.

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:

  • thLOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE YOUTH TEAM HOSTING RELAY BENEFIT CONCERT IN PARMA – THIS FRIDAY, MAY 24th @ 8:00 P.M. – The Fighting For A Cure Relay for Life Youth Team (led by Stephanie Kollar) is holding a Relay Benefit Concert fundraiser at the Rock City Tap House in Parma.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $8 each for the all-ages show featuring local Cleveland area bands including Burning Down Broadway, C-Level, Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players, and The Frodis Capers (a Monkeys tribute band).  All are welcome to attend this special fundraiser event benefitting Olmsted Falls Relay for Life!
  • puppiesBARK FOR LIFE EVENT, THIS SATURDAY MAY 25th, 9:00 A.M., IN FRONT OF OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOLOlmsted 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.  Please click here for flyer and registration form.
  • cache_4000140904DINE & DONATE TO SUPPORT ROBBY’S VOICE – Friday, May 31st through Saturday, June 1st – LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE IN NORTH OLMSTED – Invite Family, Friends and Neighbors to Lone Star Steakhouse in North Olmsted, Ohio on Friday, May 31st through Saturday, June 1st. Lone Star will donate 15% of full priced items back to Robby’s Voice. Flyer must be presented when you dine. We sincerely appreciate your support!  Please click here for the flyer.
  • swim raceWESTVIEW SWIM TEAM – Looking for a fun, physical activity to get your child off the couch and computer this summer?  The Westview Swim Team is open to children aged 4 to 18 who are residents of Olmsted Falls/Township  AND can swim. We teach competitive swim strokes and compete in meets from June 1 to July 24. We emphasize  sportsmanship, teamwork  and self-esteem. Many swimmers have gone on to swim competitively in high school and college, earning scholarships and building self-discipline. Kids LOVE our awesome events like Donut Fridays, Swim-a-Thon, secret swimmer and Awards Banquet with pool party!  www.whoaconnect.org or contact Catherine Davis @ 440- 427-0514 for additional information.
  • relayRELAY FOR LIFE – SAVE THE DATE: The 4th Annual Relay For Life will be held June 8th– 9th at Olmsted Falls High School. The event begins at 3 p.m. this year! Please help us to Color Out Cancer With A Rainbow Of Hope! Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment, and fireworks! A great FAMILY EVENT! Join us for the opening lap at 3 p.m. – we will be celebrating the survivors of cancer in our community! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is unexplainable….don’t miss it at 9! Luminaria will be followed by an amazing fireworks display and more fun all night long! Getting hungry?? There will be another famous Kiwanis breakfast in the morning. This year’s event is 18 hours and will be attended by thousands of participants and community members! Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays! Visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more information!
  • FallsSTRONG sand volleyball tournament regFALLSSTRONG CO-ED SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH @ 9:30 A.M. AT RAZZLES – Registration:  9:30 – 10 a.m.; Tournament Starts: 10 a.m.  Round-robin; min. 6 players per team.  All proceeds benefit Danny Cuellar, Ryan Hoffer, Alex Stipek, and Chase DuPratt.  Click HERE to download the information / registration form.  Questions?  Please contact jenkanaba@yahoo.com.
  • tennisBOYS/GIRLS INSTRUCTIONAL SUMMER TENNIS CAMP 2013, JUNE 17 – JUNE 21, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. MON, WED, FRI, 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. TUES, THURS, OFHS TENNIS COURTS – For Boys and Girls entering grades 5th -9th.  (Rain Date: Sat, June 22nd),  Registration Deadline:  Friday June 7th.  Cost:  $60.00 / per child (includes OCC water bottle).   Strong fundamental tennis instruction for boys and girls.  Each child should come prepared with:  Sunscreen, sunglasses/visor, water and tennis racquet.  Register online at www.olmstedcc.com  (or fill out & drop off registration form).  Please click here for registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kuntz @ 440.235.2442 or email:  office@olmstedcc.com.
  • 100_1515OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE SUMMER CAMP 2013  –  JULY 22 – 24, 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., OFMS FIELDS, 27045 BAGLEY ROAD –  With the program now growing from 20 players to 200 players, OFLA is pleased to offer a 3 day camp to boys and girls entering grades 1-8 for the 2013-2014 school year.  The cost is $40 and is open to players of all skill levels from beginner to advance.  Players will be separated by age and skill level.  The camp will focus on developing the skills of each individual camper.  Each camper will receive an OF Bulldog lacrosse dri-fit shirt.  Please click here for a registration form.

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Parent Update – May 15, 2013

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ALTERNATE  TRANSPORTATION  FORM  DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2013-2014 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2013Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2013-2014 school year.  Please call the Transportation office at 427-6350 with any questions.

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL LISTED IN NEWSWEEK’S TOP 2000

newsweekCongratulations to Olmsted Falls High School for making this year’s Newsweek list of “America’s Best High Schools.” This year’s ranking highlights the best 2,000 public 1367853244989high schools in the nation – according to Newsweek, “those that have proven to be most effective at turning out college-ready grads.”  Olmsted Falls ranks #1620 on this prestigious list and is among just 77 high schools in the state of Ohio to make the list.  Explore Newsweek’s list in its entirety by clicking HERE.  Read local media coverage including Olmsted Falls High School by clicking HERE.

STUDENTS SHOWCASE VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS TALENTS IN POPULAR SPRING EVENTS

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OFIS Spring Band ConcertTONIGHT, Wednesday, May 15th @ 6:30 p.m.

OFHS Spring Pops ConcertTOMORROW, Thursday, May 16th @ 7:30 p.m.

OFMS Spring Band Concerts – Wed., May 22nd @ 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

OFHS ALUMNUS ADVANCED TO SEMI-FINALS ON JEOPARDY!

Jim Coury - Semi-FinalistCongratulations to OFHS Class of 2011 alumnus Jim Coury for his outstanding performance on Jeopardy last week!

Be sure to tune in TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 19) to watch Jim as he competes in the semi-finals!  Go Jim!!  Go Bulldogs!

INVITATION TO THE OFHS CLASS OF 2013 GRAND MARCH

_Thumb_clipart-of-formal-dancers1-e1320047203323[1]The Olmsted Falls Post Prom Committee invites the community to attend the Class of 2013 Grand March THIS SATURDAY, May 18th at 4 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium. It’s a chance to see all the students in their prom attire.  They will be announced individually, in couples or groups of friends as they walk across the stage. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend and photograph them at this event.  The event is free of charge.

FALLS-LENOX STUDENT INSPIRED BY AUTHOR MO WILLEMS

??????????????????????During an author study in Miss Sanfilippo’s first grade class, student Loai Eqrai became inspired to write a letter to Mo Willems.

Willems is the famous author of many popular children’s books such as Knufflebunny, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and the Elephant and Piggie series.

Miss Sanfilippo’s entire first grade class was thrilled to receive a letter in return!

TUNE IN MONDAY TO HEAR OFHS COMPETE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SCHOLASTIC GAMES OF LORAIN COUNTY

SG13-04 Olmsted Falls Acad TeamThe OFHS Academic Team can be heard competing for the Scholastic Games of Lorain County Championship this Monday, May 20th at 6:05 p.m. on WEOL 930AM.  Be sure to listen and hear our award-winning team in action.

Podcasts will also be available on the WEOL website and can be accessed anytime after it has aired.  To access the podcasts of aired matches, please click here.

DISTRICT TO SURVEY COMMUNITY BY PHONE

Telephones001Beginning this Monday, May 20th, a random telephone survey will be conducted to collect information from residents about their thoughts and opinions regarding the Olmsted Falls School District.  These important phone surveys will be conducted by professionals from Triad Research Group, a local Cuyahoga County company based in Rocky River.  Each phone survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  As a District resident and a parent, your thoughts and opinions are very important to us.  We hope you will consider participating should your phone be among the random numbers called.  ** Please Note:  Caller IDs will show local number (440) 628-7616 for the incoming survey calls. ** Should you have any questions about the upcoming community survey about Olmsted Falls Schools, please contact the Board Office at 427-6000.

OFHS STUDENTS SEND THOUGHTS TO FELLOW BULLDOGS

Bulldog Group Photo with text - May 2013_FinalStudents and staff at Olmsted Falls High School gathered in the gym last week for a special group photo to send their thoughts and well wishes to five fellow students involved in a serious car accident early last week.  Four students remain hospitalized and one has been released.  OFHS Principal Holly Schafer personally delivered a framed photo, inscribed with the message “Our Bulldogs Are In Our Thoughts,” for students and their families at the hospital last week.  Please continue to keep our students in your thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.  Community members are planning a fundraiser for the families in mid-June.  Please watch the community events section of this blog for details to come.

HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MAY SHOW!

DSC_6021Olmsted Falls High school held its annual May Art Show last Friday featuring work by students, alumni, staff, and community members.  A large variety of visual arts, photography, and product manufacturing pieces were on display as students and visitors toured the show, held in the gymnasium, throughout the day.  As always, the special booth exhibits created by Olmsted Falls seniors were a real treat to explore!  Kudos to our graduating bulldogs and all of the show participants for their creativity and talent!

A special thank you to Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club which sponsors the May Show!  To view additional photos from this year’s May Show, please click HERE.

RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

DSC_5925Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association hosted its annual Retired Staff Spring Luncheon last week.  Retired Bulldog staff members attended the annual event, held at Moosehead, and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues.  Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley also attended, expressing heartfelt thanks to the group for their role in creating and maintaining the District’s tradition of excellence.  The group was also introduced to the next Superintendent of Olmsted Falls Schools, Dr. Jim Lloyd, who also made remarks.  To view photos from this year’s Spring Luncheon event for retired staff, please click HERE.

Did You Know?  Olmsted Falls retired staff members contribute to a scholarship fund to benefit graduating OFHS seniors.  Last year, their scholarship fund reached the $10,000 mark and officially became an endowed scholarship.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE THE 1st OLMSTED FALLS SPANISH SPIRIT WEEK!

IMG_0462During the week of April 29th, teachers and students of Spanish celebrated the first Spanish Spirit Week at Olmsted Falls High School.  Each day, the Spanish students participated in an activity to celebrate the Spanish language and culture.  On Monday, students gathered in Mrs. Soto-Kacik’s room to watch the film, “Stand and Deliver.”  The school was filled with red and gold clothing on Tuesday to represent the colors of the Spanish Honor Society who sponsored the week’s activities.  IMG_0449On Wednesday, students and staff gathered in the gymnasium after school to learn Latin dance moves taught by talented instructors from The Latin Soul Dance Studio.  Everyone enjoyed learning to dance the salsa and merengue!  The most popular activity took place after school on Thursday afternoon.  Students played an intense game of soccer.  Several classmates and faculty members came to watch and to cheer their classmates on to a big Spanish fútbol victory!  The week wrapped up with authentic cuisine in Spanish classes and at local Mexican restaurants to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

OLE! FOR OFMS ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS

downloadLast week, Mrs. Radigan’s Adapted Physical Education class at OFMS celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style with “Food, Fun, and the Mexican Hat Dance.” Clothing and accessories for the students and ingredients to make authentic Mexican food were purchased through the NEOEA’s “Food for the Soul” grant, which is awarded to teachers that propose a cultural diversity project. The class also read a story about the history of the Mexican Hat Dance, and then performed the dance. Everyone enjoyed this wonderful cross curricular activity!

MEET MRS. LOFREDO!
LofredoMrs.11-12Mrs. Bernie Lofredo works as the Athletic Department Administrative Assistant/Technology Assistant at Olmsted Falls High School. She loves the athletes she works with as well as the general student population. Mrs. Lofredo does not consider her job “work,” and believes that being around high school students help keep her young!  She loves being a Bulldog because of the Bulldog Spirit shown in various ways (athletic banquets, student camaraderie, etc.) Mrs. Lofredo believes that the new high school administration has re-energized the Bulldog Spirit in the district this year.
She and her husband Art have adult twin daughters, Alissa and Carissa. After she retires, Mrs. Lofredo would like to build a shop where she can refinish furniture.

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. 

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.

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.  Winners will be announced weekly – it is not too late to get your calendar!!

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.  You can download a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.   Entries can be added to the drawing pool throughout the month, however entries will not be eligible for to be included in the drawings until your official payment / entry form has been received.

Congratulations to this week’s winners in the Middle School PTA calendar raffle.  Thanks again to all that participated.

May 8   Michelle Bauer – Bulldog Spiritwear

May 9   Laurie Demchak – Cold Stone Creamery Gift Card

May 10 Mary Goetz – 2 Tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center

May 11  Jillian Scott – Swings N Things Mini golf coupons

May 12  Becky Milligan – Wine tasting gift card and an Entertainment Book

May 13  Rebecca Schuff – 2 tickets to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

May 14  Kristie Marion – Uncle John’s Plant Farm Gift Card

More winners will be posted next week.

CASE WESTERN RESERVE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY OFFERING FREE “GIRLS LINK” PROGRAM FOR LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

Girls Link logo“Girls Link” is a five-session series of group meetings being offered locally at the North Olmsted branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library through the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve. Girls ages 10-14, enrolled in Middle School, are encouraged to participate.  The “Girls Link” meetings at the North Olmsted Library are scheduled for Tuesday nights, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16 & July 23, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. “Girls Link” is a prevention program that encourages girls to make new friends and feel more connected to others her age through peer support and skill-building strategies.  For additional information, please click HERE for a flyer and HERE for a brochure.  Call and enroll today!

CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY FOR MANY FUN SUMMER PROGRAMS

cuyahoga-logo-footerThe Olmsted Falls library has many exciting opportunities this summer,  including four Kindergarten readiness programs to get our little ones ready for the new school year and two camps for children and teens.  For a complete listing of all the programs, please click here.

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:

  • Pile-of-shredded-paperDOCUMENT SHREDDING, THIS 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, THIS 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.
  • thLOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE YOUTH TEAM HOSTING RELAY BENEFIT CONCERT IN PARMA – FRIDAY, MAY 24th @ 8:00 P.M. – The Fighting For A Cure Relay for Life Youth Team (led by Stephanie Kollar) is holding a Relay Benefit Concert fundraiser at the Rock City Tap House in Parma.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $8 each for the all-ages show featuring local Cleveland area bands including Burning Down Broadway, C-Level, Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players, and The Frodis Capers (a Monkeys tribute band).  All are welcome to attend this special fundraiser event benefitting Olmsted Falls Relay for Life!
  • cache_4000140904DINE & DONATE TO SUPPORT ROBBY’S VOICE – Friday, May 31st through Saturday, June 1st – LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE IN NORTH OLMSTED – Invite Family, Friends and Neighbors to Lone Star Steakhouse in North Olmsted, Ohio on Friday, May 31st through Saturday, June 1st. Lone Star will donate 15% of full priced items back to Robby’s Voice. Flyer must be presented when you dine. We sincerely appreciate your support!  Please click here for the flyer.

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  • WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM – Looking for a fun, physical activity to get your child off the couch and computer this summer?  The Westview Swim Team is open to children aged 4 to 18 who are residents of Olmsted Falls/Township  AND can swim. We teach competitive swim strokes and compete in meets from June 1 to July 24. We emphasize  sportsmanship, teamwork  and self-esteem. Many swimmers have gone on to swim competitively in high school and college, earning scholarships and building self-discipline. Kids LOVE our awesome events like Donut Fridays, Swim-a-Thon, secret swimmer and Awards Banquet with pool party!  www.whoaconnect.org or contact Catherine Davis @ 440- 427-0514 for additional information.
  • relayRELAY FOR LIFE – SAVE THE DATE: The 4th Annual Relay For Life will be held June 8th– June 9th at Olmsted Falls High School. The event begins at 3 p.m. this year! Please help us to Color Out Cancer With A Rainbow Of Hope! Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment, and fireworks! A great FAMILY EVENT! Join us for the opening lap at 3 p.m. – we will be celebrating the survivors of cancer in our community! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is unexplainable….don’t miss it at 9! Luminaria will be followed by an amazing fireworks display and more fun all night long! Getting hungry?? There will be another famous Kiwanis breakfast in the morning. This year’s event is 18 hours and will be attended by thousands of participants and community members! Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays! Visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more information!
  • 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!
  • 2013-04-27 12.19.44OLMSTED 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 – May 8, 2013

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NEW SECURITY SYSTEM IN PLACE AT FALLS-LENOX

DSC_5944We are pleased to announce that a new security system with voice intercom, video monitoring and door access control features has been installed at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  This new system became fully operational last Friday. From now on, all visitors to Falls-Lenox will use this new intercom/buzzer system to enter at the building’s main entrance. The inner foyer doors will now remain locked at all times. The intercom/buzzer is located on the wall just to the right of double-doors inside the entry foyer. The front door will continue to be monitored by Mr. George Elioff. Once buzzed in, guests will be issued visitor badges at the desk in the front lobby before they will be permitted to proceed further.

Installation of this new security system was one of the recommendations made by PLE Group during the District’s assessment/evaluation, which has been underway since early November.  This upgraded security system for Falls-Lenox was funded through the District’s Permanent Improvement Levy, passed in November 2011.  With these funds, similar intercom/buzzer systems will soon be installed at the Early Childhood Center and the High School as well.

STUDENTS SHOWCASE VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS TALENTS IN POPULAR SPRING EVENTS

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Mark your calendar for these annual spring events:

OFMS Spring Choir ConcertTONIGHT, Wednesday, May 8th – 6:00 p.m. (7th grade singers) & 8:00 p.m. (8th grade singers)

OFHS Spring Band Concert– TOMORROW, Thursday, May 9th @ 7:30 p.m.

OFHS May Art Show – This Friday, May 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

OFIS Spring Band Concert – Wednesday, May 15th @ 6:30 p.m.

OFHS Spring Pops Concert – Thursday, May 16th @ 7:30 p.m.

OFMS Spring Band Concerts – Wednesday, May 22nd @ 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

OFHS ART STUDENTS EARN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF AWARDS

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“CoCo” by Teresa Wang

Kudos and congratulations to the talented art students at Olmsted Falls High School!  Many of their works have received awards and recognitions in prestigious local, state and national competitions this year. We invite you to explore our collection of on-line galleries (links below) to view the impressive work of our award-winning OFHS students. For each gallery, click on the first image to activate larger images with captions crediting each student.

2012-2013 Regional PTA Reflections

2012-2013 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

2012-2013 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

2012-2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Sophomore Teresa Wang, recipient of a Gold Key award for her drawing titled, “CoCo” (featured at right), will travel to New York City later this month, where she will be presented with her award during the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony to be webcast live from Carnegie Hall!

SEE THE WORK OF ALL OUR TALENTED ARTISTS THIS FRIDAY AT THE ANNUAL MAY ART SHOW HELD IN THE OFHS GYM FROM 8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM!

OFHS ALUMNUS ADVANCED TO SEMI-FINALS ON JEOPARDY!

Jim Coury - Semi-FinalistCongratulations to OFHS Class of 2011 alumnus Jim Coury for his outstanding performance on Jeopardy last night!

Jim will advance to the semi-finals next week.

His next episode will air on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 19 (WOIO).

Congratulations Jim!!

KINDERGARTEN SCREENING A SUCCESS

screening4More than 200 incoming kindergarten students for next school year were screened over the course of two days last week during the annual kindergarten screening process.  This next generation of Bulldogs was met with colorful chalk drawings and messages on the sidewalks out front, welcoming them to the Early Childhood Center as they arrived for their appointments.  This year, for the first time, vision and hearing screenings were incorporated into the educational screenings thanks to coordination of District Nurse Carol Meszaros and the volunteer support of Dr. Scott Sedlacek, Olmsted Falls Kiwanis and PTA.  In past years, vision and hearing screenings have typically been conducted after the start of school each fall.  Incorporating the vision and hearing screenings earlier will help parents address potential issues before their child starts school.

The information gathered during the annual screening process assists the ECC with class placements and early interventions as well as provides kindergarten teachers with valuable background information on their new students.  Many thanks to the staff, parents, students and volunteers for making this year’s kindergarten screening process a success!  Please click HERE to view additional photos from Kindergarten Screening days.

ALTERNATE  TRANSPORTATION  FORM  DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH

For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2013-2014 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2013Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2013-2014 school year.  Please call the Transportation office at 427-6350 with any questions.

DISTRICT BUS DRIVERS COMPETE IN REGIONAL SCHOOL BUS ROAD-E-O

Clelland-WilliamsMrs.11-12Nine members of the District bus driver staff competed in the regional round of the annual School Bus Road-E-O knowledge and skill-based competition held at Western Reserve High School this past Saturday.  Our drivers scored very well individually and as a team.

A special congratulation goes to O.F. Bus Driver Lisa Clelland-Williams (driver of Bus #70) for finishing 5th place in the region and qualifying for the upcoming state competition!

Please join us in wishing her the best of luck!

OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

2013 NTHS Photo

Back row 2nd from right: Kevin Cottingham Back row 6th from right: Ryan Krantz 2nd row 3rd from right: Mike Zeber 2nd row 5th from left: Joab Smith

Polaris Career Center inducted 39 students into the National Technical Honor Society during a special ceremony on April 25th.   Four were Olmsted Falls High School students:  Kevin Cottingham (Aerospace, junior), Ryan Krantz (Criminal Justice, junior), Joab Smith (Electronics, junior), and Mike Zeber (Electronics, junior).

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is America’s highest award for excellence in career and technical education. Fewer than two percent of America’s secondary students are nominated for membership into this prestigious organization. Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership and character.  To be eligible, students must:  earn all A’s in his / her Polaris program; maintain a 95 percent or higher attendance rate; and maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average.  Congratulations to these outstanding students!

OFHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS HOLD DANCE FOR RENAISSANCE RESIDENTS

prom2prom3On Tuesday April 16th, our NHS members held a dance in the HS cafeteria for residents of the Renaissance on John Road. Our students provided refreshments and our attendees took home flowers donated by Uncle John’s Plant Farm and Schuster’s Greenhouse. Emily Kocjan spearheaded the endeavor and a committee made up of other members helped put everything together. Most of our members attended and spent over an hour dancing to the cha cha slide, the hokey pokey and a number of other typical dance classics. They were also exposed to music from the 30s, 40s and 50s. It really was a great night! Click here for a short article and pictures from the evening. Our students are awesome!  If you know anyone in NHS, please ask them about the evening. I’m sure they would love to share.  Thanks again to Jan for her copy skills (she made our decade-themed placemats) and to our custodial staff. We appreciate all that you do!

OFHS STUDENTS COMPETE AND WIN AT POLARIS/PROJECT LEAD THE WAY CHALLENGE

Teams of students from Olmsted Falls, Berea, Midpark, Brooklyn and Fairview that are enrolled in a Project Lead the Way Pre Engineering or Bio Medical class, competed in the 3rd annual Polaris / PLTW Challenge.  The Competitions were in IED (Introduction to Engineering Design), POE (Principles Of Engineering), DE (Digital Electronics), VEX Robotics, Bio Medical Skills and Bio Medical Art.  Winning students / teams from Olmsted Falls included:

winkel - olszewski1st Place VEX Robotics team members Cameron Winkel  and Jacob Olszewski  (pictured at left)

1st Place Bio Medical Art – Brooke Gabel

2nd Place IED team members Samantha Buck  and Joshua Aubel

3rd Place POE team members Brian Kohler and Matthew Helmick

3rd Place Bio Medical Art team members Ruchi Patel, Celina Hayes, Paige Tymke                       

3rd place Bio Medical Skills team members Sara Hathcock, Gavin Lucietta, Marisol Lambermont

Congratulations to all!  Please click HERE to view photos from the competition; click on the first photo in the gallery to access larger images and captions.

MEET MRS. BARGHOLT!

BargholtMrs.11-12Mrs. Carrie Bargholt has been a Bulldog for the past ten years. Currently, she works as the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria Manager. Mrs. Bargholt’s favorite part of her job is interacting with the students. She loves the fact that she isn’t just selling food, but is offering our students good nutrition.

Mrs. Bargholt loves being a Bulldog because she believes it is a district that takes pride in everything they do.

She and her husband, Darren, have two children, Eden (10) and Sal (7) who attend Falls-Lenox. In her spare time, she loves reading, gardening, and spending time with family.

OFHS STUDENTS ACHIEVE PRESTIGIOUS EAGLE SCOUT AWARD

2013 EaglesBoy Scout Troop 201 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on April 28th to honor three Olmsted Falls High School students with the prestigious Eagle Scout Award.  Junior’s David Graham and Michael Stamper and Sophomore Timothy Fox received the Eagle Scout Award during the ceremony. Many local dignitaries presented the boys with special awards including Olmsted Falls School District  Superintendent Dr. Hoadley and Board of Education Vice President Joe Betrand who presented the boys each with a proclamation. All three young men are active in both Scouting and activities at Olmsted Falls High School. Troop 201 has been an active Troop in Olmsted Falls since 1926 and is Chartered by the Kiwanis. David, Michael and Timothy are the 128th, 129th and 130th Eagle Scouts of Troop 201 since its founding 87 years ago.

OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNUS PLACES FIRST IN PHOTO CONTEST

12593595-small12593443-mmmainEthan Kocjan, bulldog graduate 2011,was recently announced as a  first place winner in the 2013 Plain Dealer travel photo contest for armature photography. His winning photo was taken on his recent trip to Japan which he traveled to with classmates from the University of Cincinnati’s honors program where he is a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. His prize consists of a four-night trip for two to Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, courtesy of Apple Vacations and Barcelo Hotel & Resorts.  Ethan is taking his sister Emily, an Olmsted Falls senior.  For more information, please click here for The Plain Dealer article.

HEALTH CLINIC NEWS

clipboardPreparing for the 2013-14 School Year:  

Health Care Action Plans:  If your child has a medical condition which may require treatment at school such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, or severe allergies, etc. you will receive a Health Care Action Plan form from your child’s clinic staff.  These will be sent home before the end of the school year. These action plans, which are completed by both the parent and the physician, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school.  These should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic during the first week of school in August 2013.

If your child will need to take a medication at school a medication order form is available on the district’s website.

Medication Pick Up:  If your child has medications at school please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of the school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times.  Medications not picked up by June 18th will be disposed of.

7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic during the first week of school in August 2013.

DISTRICT TO SURVEY COMMUNITY BY PHONE

Telephones001Beginning in mid-May, a random telephone survey will be conducted to collect information from residents about their thoughts and opinions regarding the Olmsted Falls School District.  These important phone surveys will be conducted by professionals from Triad Research Group, a local Cuyahoga County company based in Rocky River.  Each phone survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  As a District resident and a parent, your thoughts and opinions are very important to us.  We hope you will consider participating should your phone be among the random numbers called.  ** Please Note:  Caller IDs will show local number (440) 628-7616 for the incoming survey calls. ** Should you have any questions about the upcoming community survey about Olmsted Falls Schools, please contact the Board Office at 427-6000.

LOOKING FOR BILINGUAL PARENT VOLUNTEERS

In an effort to support the Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and parents in our school district, the Student Services Department is looking for parents who are bilingual and willing to volunteer within the school district.  Specifically, we are looking for volunteers to translate important paperwork and act as translators for activities such as parent-teacher conferences.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lisa Williams, the Assistant Principal at Falls-Lenox, at lwilliams@ofcs.net or (440)427-6403 by THIS FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013.   In your e-mail, please include your name, phone number, languages, and the names/grades of children within the Olmsted Falls City Schools.

ROBBY’S VOICE FOUNDERS TO GIVE SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON DRUG PREVENTION

emotionheaderPlease join the Middle School PTA on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m., in the Middle School Library.  We will be featuring Middle School Musical talent at 7:00 p.m.  At 7:30 p.m., Rob and Carla Brandt, founders of ROBBY’S VOICE, will be sharing their insights and personal story, highlighting the realities of the growing drug epidemic in our communities.  With the first time drug experience in Ohio being 12 years old and getting younger, this is information we as parents need to know regarding the pressures, opportunities and temptations being aimed at our kids; information that may save a life.  We welcome you to join us to learn more about this growing epidemic.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS FOR POST PROM NOW!

ticketAttention All Seniors!! Post Prom is on Sunday, May 19th from Midnight-4:30 a.m. at the high school. This year’s theme is “Going Places in 2013!” The event will be jam-packed with entertainment, activities, food, & prizes! Tickets are being sold in the high school cafeteria during all lunch periods through Friday, May 10th. The cost of tickets is $10.00, payable by cash or check written to “OFHS Post Prom Committee.” Please note that tickets will only be sold in advance; NO ticket sales at the door. For additional information or ticket sales after Friday, May 10th,  contact Amy Lesiak @ 440-793-6485.

INVITATION TO THE OFHS CLASS OF 2013 GRAND MARCH

_Thumb_clipart-of-formal-dancers1-e1320047203323[1]The Olmsted Falls Post Prom Committee invites the community to attend the Class of 2013 Grand March on Saturday May 18th at 4 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium. It’s a chance to see all the students in their prom attire.  They will be announced individually, in couples or groups of friends as they walk across the stage. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend and photograph them at this event.  The event is free of charge.

FALLS-LENOX MEDIA CENTER SAYS THANK YOU!

58thanksThe Falls-Lenox Media Center Staff would like to thank the parents, students and staff for their generous support of our Scholastic Book Fair.  We send a big thank you to PTA chair, Lori Surtman, for her continued dedication and masterful organizational skills and to all the parent volunteers!

Book Fair proceeds financially support our library and make it possible to buy new books for the library, equipment, special programs and enable us to supply books to children throughout the year at events like Literacy Night.  With the “All For Books” donations we were able to award 70 students a chance to choose books from the fair.  Scholastic will match our $674.00 “All For Books” money and provide books for students in need around our country.

Again, thanks so much to all those that supported this event!

BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION & REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE  ** JUST ADDED:  GIRLS SOFTBALL CAMP **

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. 

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.

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.  Winners will be announced weekly – it is not too late to get your calendar!!

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.  You can download a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.   Entries can be added to the drawing pool throughout the month, however entries will not be eligible for to be included in the drawings until your official payment / entry form has been received.  

Congratulations to the 1st week of winners in the May 2013 Middle School PTA Calendar Raffle:

May 1 – Brian Grove (Lake Erie Monsters tickets)

May 2 – Thomas Candow (Jo Jo’s Pizza gift card)

May 3 – Cathy Samuel (Bulldog jacket and travel mug)

May 4 – Susan Bevel-Dufresne (Subway gift certificates)

May 5 – Evonne Dennis-Zavatchen (RYCO sportswear gift card)

May 6 – Louise McCormick (Lake Erie Crushers tickets)

May 7 – Cheryl Silas (Starbuck gift card)

Thanks for all your support and watch the blog for next week’s winners.

ATTENTION:  SENIOR PARENTS!! THIS FRIDAY – MAY 10TH!14969154-jar-with-coins-isolated-donation-concept

POST PROM COMMITTEE will be having a donation collection at the high school THIS FRIDAY, MAY 10th from 6-9.

Just pull up in your car and we will be happy to accept your donation at that time. Donations of gift cards, non-perishables and monetary will help make the event for our seniors spectacular! Any questions please call Denise Olszewski 440-235-8666 or Gayle Boesken 235-5151.

HELPING HANDS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL 5K & 1/4 MILE WALK – REGISTER BY THIS FRIDAY, 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 Mariel Krakowiak by THIS Friday May 10th.

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:

  • spring_flower_sale-300x215ANNUAL FLOWER SALE, THIS 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.  Please click here for flyer and registration form.
  • relayRELAY FOR LIFE – SAVE THE DATE: The 4th Annual Relay For Life will be held June 8th– June 9th at Olmsted Falls High School. The event begins at 3 p.m. this year! Please help us to Color Out Cancer With A Rainbow Of Hope! Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment, and fireworks! A great FAMILY EVENT! Join us for the opening lap at 3 p.m. – we will be celebrating the survivors of cancer in our community! The Luminaria (candle remembrance) Ceremony is unexplainable….don’t miss it at 9! Luminaria will be followed by an amazing fireworks display and more fun all night long! Getting hungry?? There will be another famous Kiwanis breakfast in the morning. This year’s event is 18 hours and will be attended by thousands of participants and community members! Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays! Visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more information!
  • 381498_10201124101448540_1626973127_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 – May 1, 2013

DISTRICT HOLDS THIRD SAFETY MEETING WITH DISTRICT LEADERS, LOCAL OFFICIALS, PARENTS

DSC_5917Olmsted Falls School District held its third safety meeting last week in an ongoing series of meetings regarding the assessment and updating of all current safety plans throughout the District.  The extensive process of reviewing and updating the District’s existing plans is being led by an outside security company, PLE Group.  The District Safety Committee includes District administrators, local safety leaders, elected officials and parent representatives.  PLE representatives remarked during last Thursday’s meeting that they were very impressed by the large number of stakeholders that have been consistently involved in this process since it began in November.

Since the committee’s last meeting in late January, PLE has been working to analyze information gathered through parent, staff and student surveys as well as the information gathered during their professional on-site assessments conducted at all District buildings in late-January and February.  Preliminary drafts of safety / security recommendations have been provided to building principals for input, and were also reviewed during last week’s meeting.  Principals have already been working with staff to implement a number of the recommendations – even though the final updated safety plans are still to be finalized.

The District Safety Committee will meet again to review and discuss the next phase of this important project, which involves finalizing of the updated plans.  We look forward to providing additional information to parents regarding the safety / security recommendations that we have received and addressed during this school year.

Another special thank you is extended to our local safety leaders, elected officials, and parents who are serving on this important committee.  We are truly fortunate to have so many caring and concerned adults in the Olmsted community!

5TH GRADE PARENT MEETING AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST

All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting TONIGHT, 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!

LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS ATTEND ADVANCE SHOWING OF “GREASE”

DSCF5118_full_DSCF5123Olmsted Falls High School PTA invited local senior citizens to attend the final dress rehearsal of the High School Masquers’ production of “Grease” on April 18th at the High School auditorium.  These special guests provided a perfect audience for our talented thespians as they prepared for two nights of performances.  Pastries and coffee were served by the High School PTA volunteers.  Everyone enjoyed the performance and “night – out- on- the- town”!  After the performance, the students gathered with the audience to thank them for attending.  To view more photos, please click here.

TUNE IN MONDAY TO HEAR YOUR OFHS BULLDOGS IN THE SEMI-FINALS OF THE SCHOLASTIC GAMES OF LORAIN COUNTY

SG13-04 Olmsted Falls Acad TeamThe OFHS Academic Team taped their semi-final match against Elyria High School this past weekend.  The Semi-Finals will air on WEOL 930AM this coming Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.  Listen in and hear our award-winning team in action.

Podcasts will also be available on the WEOL website and can be accessed anytime after it has aired.  To access the podcasts of aired matches, please click here.

OFHS ALUMNUS JIM COURY COMPETES IN COLLEGE JEOPARDY!

JeopardyTune in Tuesday to see Bulldog Alumnus Jim Coury, Class of 2011, competing in the Jeopardy College Tournament!  His episode will air this Tuesday, May 7th!  Jim, a former Team Captain of the Olmsted Falls Academic Team, will represent his college Georgetown.  Please click here to read an article about Jim in the Sun News; here for an article in the Hoya;  here for an article in the Chronicle-Telegram.

OFHS PRE-ENGINEERING STUDENTS COMPETE IN OHIO SKILLSUSA COMPETITION

4On Tuesday April 23 students from the Pre engineering class went to  Columbus  to compete in the Ohio SkillsUSA Competition.  Connor Hughes competed in the Technical Drafting Competition, Timothy Knaggs, Steven Hocevar and  Brian Jones competed in the Automated Manufacturing Competition, Katarina Karolak and Lillian Perkins competed in the Robotics Automation Technology Competition and Matthew Bender &  Moises  Garcia Ponce competed in the Mobile Robotic competition.  Matt and  Moises, pictured above left, were awarded 1st place and will be competing in Kansas City June 23-29. Congratulations!  To view more photos, please click here.  To view videos of this event, please click here and here.

DISTRICT TO SURVEY COMMUNITY BY PHONE

Telephones001Beginning in mid-May, a random telephone survey will be conducted to collect information from residents about their thoughts and opinions regarding the Olmsted Falls School District.  These important phone surveys will be conducted by professionals from Triad Research Group, a local Cuyahoga County company based in Rocky River.  Each phone survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  As a District resident and a parent, your thoughts and opinions are very important to us.  We hope you will consider participating should your phone be among the random numbers called.  ** Please Note:  Caller IDs will show local number (440) 628-7616 for the incoming survey calls. ** Should you have any questions about the upcoming community survey about Olmsted Falls Schools, please contact the Board Office at 427-6000.

ECC PARTNERS WITH COMMUNITY FOR 1ST ANNUAL VEHICLE DAY

DSC_5912ECC hosted its 1st ever Vehicle Day last Thursday and it was a wonderful success!  Volunteers and community businesses shared their time and efforts to help provide a unique, hands-on learning opportunity for the Itty Bitty Bulldogs!

Many thanks to Knapp’s Tow Service, Louvonda Lenart, The Olmsted Township Fire Department, The Olmsted Falls Police Department, The Olmsted Falls City Schools Bus Garage, Jeff Marshall from the North Olmsted Recreation Center, Christine Reese and The Olmsted Falls City Service Department for sharing their vehicles with us!

The students dodged some raindrops and learned about the world of work through things that go!  To view more photos please click here.

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 TODAY – Wednesday, May 1st!

OFIS STUDENTS CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN MANY CREATIVE WAYS

image003Mrs. Atkins’ 5th grade science students spent Monday, April 22nd, participating in some Earth Day fun!! They wrote haiku poems, brainstormed ways to recycle, reduce, and reuse our resources, helped pick-up litter around OFIS and the Middle School properties, and ventured over to the 6th grade courtyard to pull weeds.

The kids had a really good time taking part in helping our environment!

FALLS-LENOX TEACHER AWARDED WITH A SPECIAL VISIT

???????????????????????????????Third grade teacher, Amanda Marsco was chosen as a winner in the MAC College and Career Awareness Contest.  As a prize, student-athletes Paul Print (a former Bulldog) and Kerri Krawczak made a visit to her classroom along with Laurie Switzer from WVIZ/PBS and the WVIZ Zebra mascot! The classroom visit included motivational remarks and a Q&A session from the college scholar-athletes encouraging students to develop the necessary academic skills essential for college entrance and success.  Additionally, the scholar-athletes stressed participation in activities/sports and the importance of beginning to consider college and career options as early as possible. The students even received mini MAC basketballs and pins from PBS!  For more photos, please click here.

OFMS STUDENTS MUSICAL TALENT ON DISPLAY AT CONTEST

music-notesOn Saturday, April 20, 2013, Olmsted Falls Middle School had 140 individual entries in 53 events for the Ohio Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Cuyahoga Community College.  Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski, Mr. Ryan Patterson, Mr. Kevin Gulden, and Mr. Michael Feller, their directors, helped develop the talent of these budding musicians.  Al Demkowicz, Brian Griebel, Michael Feller, Allison Denham, Mark DeMio, and Sherri Kovach provided outstanding coaching of these groups. Student preparation included before school, after school, during lunch, weekends and evening practices.  To view the impressive results achieved by our Middle School students at the Ohio Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest, please click HERE.

FALLS-LENOX 3RD GRADERS VISIT CITY HALL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe third grade students at Falls-Lenox visited City Hall as part of their third grade social studies curriculum.  Highlights from the visit included, Mayor Blomquist speaking to the students about how city government works.

The students also learned about how police dispatch emergency calls.  Mr. McLaughlin also spoke with students about building codes.  The students learned a lot and had a great time visiting City Hall!   To view more photos, please click here.

FALLS-LENOX TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE

Redcross LogoFalls-Lenox will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, May 13th from 3 – 7 PM in the Falls Gym.  The program encourages students to invite adults to give blood on their behalf.  Participants can schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org (search by zip code), or by returning the bottom portion of the flier that went home with students on Monday, April 29th.  Donors will need to bring their donor card or photo identification to the event.  All students who invite an adult will receive a nylon Frisbee and will be invited to a special lunch with the principal.  For answers to additional questions you may have regarding eligibility, please visit the website or call 1-866-236-3276.  Please consider donating blood and help save a life!

MEET MISS REISNER!

Reisner.SMiss Sarah Reisner has been a Bulldog employee for the past ten years. She also serves as a Student Council advisor, academic leader, and a teacher mentor. Currently, Miss Reisner teaches 7th grade math. She went into education because she loves working with kids and enjoys helping middle school students grow in several ways, including educationally, socially, and emotionally.

Miss Reisner loves being a Bulldog because she works in a district that cares about each student and his/her success.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and participating in yoga.

PARENT VOLUNTEER DR. SCOTT SEDLACEK TO BE HONORED FOR HIS WORK WITH OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS

DSC_5673Congratulations to Dr. Scott Sedlacek, O.D., who will be honored at the Cleveland Crain’s Health Care Hero Awards Luncheon later this month.  Dr. Sedlacek has been selected as the 2013 Recipient of the Cleveland Crain’s Health Care Hero Community Outreach Award.  Each year Crain’s honors Northeast Ohio’s world-class medical and wellness professionals for their achievements and outstanding level of care.  Dr. Sedlacek partnered with Olmsted Falls Schools and District Nurse Carol Meszaros to volunteer his time earlier this year to help complete vision screenings of more than 1,000 students in grades K-9 with the assistance of the Olmsted Kiwanis Club and PTA.  Dr. Sedlacek also implemented the first annual “Vision Week,” which included presenting the Realeyes program to preschool and kindergarten students with a message about the importance of eye and vision care.  Thank you Dr. Scott, and congratulations on your well-deserved award!

LOOKING FOR BILINGUAL PARENT VOLUNTEERS

In an effort to support the Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and parents in our school district, the Student Services Department is looking for parents who are bilingual and willing to volunteer within the school district.  Specifically, we are looking for volunteers to translate important paperwork and act as translators for activities such as parent-teacher conferences.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lisa Williams, the Assistant Principal at Falls-Lenox, at lwilliams@ofcs.net or (440)427-6403 by Friday, May 10, 2013.   In your e-mail, please include your name, phone number, languages, and the names/grades of children within the Olmsted Falls City Schools.

9TH GRADE ADVANTAGE EVENT GIVES STUDENTS AN EARLY LOOK AT POLARIS – TOMORROW, MAY 2ND

MultiPage PDF FileFreshmen interested in attending Polaris as juniors are invited to the 9th Grade Advantage event along with their parents TOMORROW, 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!  OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT MASQUERS AND FORENSICS TONIGHT!

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

Chick-Fil-A – TONIGHT! 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!

POWDERBUFF VOLLEYBALL GAME – TOMORROW NIGHT, MAY 2ND

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.

SPRING SPORTSWEAR SALE –  THIS 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!

POST-PROM WING NIGHT AT UPPER DECK THIS SATURDAY, MAY 4TH

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.

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!

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.  Winners will be announced weekly – it is not too late to get your calendar!!

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.  You can download a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.   Entries can be added to the drawing pool throughout the month, however entries will not be eligible for to be included in the drawings until your official payment / entry form has been received.  Thanks for your support!

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

POST PROM COMMITTEE will be having a donation collection at the high school on Friday, May 10th from 6-9.

Just pull up in your car and we will be happy to accept your donation at that time. Donations of gift cards, non-perishables and monetary will help make the event for our seniors spectacular! Any questions please call Denise Olszewski 440-235-8666 or 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, DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY, MAY 3

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.

CARNIVAL FOR A CURE ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS THIS YEAR!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Carnival for a Cure was a huge success! We had so many families that came out to support Relay for Life and the Falls-Lenox for Life team. Every year, through this fundraiser, we raise huge sums of money to create a world with more birthdays! This year we were able to raise $2,750 to help families and individuals who have been affected (or will be affected) by cancer. Wow! A special thank you goes out to all the families and students who came out to support this event, PTA members who contributed time, cupcakes and energy to make it extra special for the kids, high school students who donated their time on the mini-relay and face painting, Kiwanis members who graciously served up food, and teachers and staff , friends and family, who stayed all day and night to bring our carnival to life. As you can see, it was a true community event, and it was the Olmsted Falls Bulldog community who made it truly special. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  To view photos from this event, please click HERE.

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:

  • swim raceWESTVIEW SWIM TEAM MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT – THIS SUNDAY, MAY 5TH – 5-6 PM @ WESTVIEW POOL, REDWOOD DRIVE (Rain Date: May 19th) – Looking for a fun, physical activity to get your child off the couch and computer this summer?  Join us for our Meet-The-Coaches Cookout and see what the whole city is buzzing about!!  The Westview Swim Team is open to children aged 4 to 18 who are residents of Olmsted Falls/Township  AND can swim. We teach competitive swim strokes and compete in meets from June 1 to July 24. We emphasize  sportsmanship, teamwork  and self-esteem. Many swimmers have gone on to swim competitively in high school and college, earning scholarships and building self-discipline. Kids LOVE our awesome events like Donut Fridays, Swim-a-Thon, secret swimmer and Awards Banquet with pool party!  www.whoaconnect.org or contact Catherine Davis @ 440- 427-0514 for additional information.

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  • OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – THIS 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, THIS, SUNDAY MAY 5TH 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.
  • tennis-racket-vector-clip-art_93901TENNIS FUN! KIDS TENNIS LESSONS & ADULT CARDIO TENNIS, SUNDAYS – May 5th AND 12th, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., OFHS TENNIS COURTS, 26939 BAGLEY ROAD –  For ages 7 & up.  Mark your calendars for the Junior’s tennis camp, June 5th -7th.  Questions?  Please call  440-567-6910 or email Championstennis1@aol.com.  To view the flyer, please click here.
  • 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.
  • Snow WhiteWORLD OF FANTASY BOUTIQUE (AGES 2-12), 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).
  • 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.
  • 100_3250OLMSTED 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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