Parent Update – May 8, 2013
NEW SECURITY SYSTEM IN PLACE AT FALLS-LENOX
We 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
OFMS Spring Choir Concert – TONIGHT, 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
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.
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 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).
KINDERGARTEN SCREENING A SUCCESS
More 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, 2013. Please 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
Nine 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
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
On 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:
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!
Mrs. 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
Boy 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
Ethan 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
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
Beginning 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 email@example.com 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
Please 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!
Attention 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
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!
The 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 **
A 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
Do you have a child starting Kindergarten in the fall? If so, Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners. It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.
Safety Town in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township is organized through the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families. Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings, while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local Police, Fire and Bus Departments as well as field trips to Police and Fire Departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning. Please click here to find out more and to register.
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.
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.
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
Helping Hands will be hosting their first 5K & 1/4 Mile Walk to promote “Disability Awareness” within the community. We are supporting all “special needs/disabilities” with this event…you can decide what you will run/walk for! There will also be a raffle after the 5K. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship to a graduating Helping Hands senior, a donation to the Helping Hands Relay for Life Team, and some money will be used to fund future Helping Hands events.
People of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. The 1/4 Mile Walk on the track is available for those participants that may not be able to complete and entire 5K (assistive equipment is permitted). The attached registration form has all the specific details for the event. Pre-registration is due back to 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:
- ANNUAL 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.
- OLMSTED 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.
- DOCUMENT 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.
- 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.
- BARK 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, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to register. Please click here for flyer and registration form.
- RELAY 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!
- OLMSTED 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.