Parent Update – August 21, 2013
Please click HERE for some first day arrival photos from Falls-Lenox Primary School.
Best wishes to all of our Bulldogs for an exciting and successful school year!
BOND ISSUE UPDATE: SCOPE OF WORK DISCUSSIONS
District leaders discussed scope of work options for potential safety and security upgrades at Olmsted Falls High School, which would be made possible by the passage of the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue that has been placed on the November 5th election ballot. Discussions occurred during the regular August meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, which took place in the High School Media Center last Saturday. Passage of the Bond Issue this November would generate one-time funding of approximately $15 million. One of the primary projects included in the developing scope involves expanding the existing Olmsted Falls High School building with the construction of additional classrooms to allow for the elimination of the four modular classroom trailers currently located outside the main building at the edge of the parking lot. The removal of the external modular classrooms at Olmsted Falls High School was one of the main recommendations that came out of last year’s extensive, district-wide evaluation of safety and security. Stay tuned for additional Bond Issue updates and the developing scope of work.
NEW ON-LINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM RECEIVES POSITIVE REVIEWS; PARENTS CONTINUE TO ACCESS AND UPDATE STUDENT INFORMATION
As of Wednesday afternoon, Bulldog parents have logged in, reviewed and updated information for more than 2,000 students using the personal “snap codes” provided in a letter mailed to all families of returning students early last week. The district’s new InfoSnap system enables parents to review and update all of the information for their student(s) on-line, and has replaced the paper forms that are normally sent home at the start of each school year. All parents were asked to review/update the information for their student(s) by the first day of school. Buildings will begin follow-up with families who have not yet accessed/reviewed/updated their information later this week. If you have not received a “Snap Code” letter for your student(s) or if you have any questions about the new system, please contact the main office of your child’s building for assistance.
Thank you again to all of the families who have completed the new process! The district has received many positive comments about the ease and simplicity of using the new system. Parents with multiple students in the district especially appreciate the new system’s ability to automatically update data across multiple students.
PARENT/STUDENT ACCESS TO POWERSCHOOL NOW AVAILABLE
Access to PowerSchool for both parents and students is now open. PowerSchool can be accessed by clicking on the PowerSchool QuickLink, located on the left side of any page on the district website (www.ofcs.net). Please note that the PowerSchool login page features a link for forgotten passwords that can be used to reset existing account passwords, if needed. Please do not create a new account if you have had an active PowerSchool account in the past. Please contact your student’s school office with questions. Thank you.
ALERT RE: SCHOOL FEES / EZPAY
Please note that school fees for the 2013-2014 school year for students in grades K to 8 will be available for payment using the EZPay system within the next 24 hours. We understand that parents attempting to pay school fees using a credit online via the EZPay system were not able to readily access the fees for the 2013-2014 school year. We are currently working with EZPay to resolve this issue, and thank you for your patience.
Again, school fees (for grades K to 8) should be accessible and available for payment shortly. PLEASE NOTE that school fees for Olmsted Falls High School students (grades 9 to12) are not typically posted / available until early September.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FEES – LUNCH PERIOD COLLECTION
Middle school fees will be collected during all lunch periods during the week of August 26-30, 2013. All fees are $90.00. Payments can be made by check (payable to OFMS) or cash. Additionally, credit cards payments can also be accepted using the EZPay system* – accessible by clicking on the EZPay QuickLink located on the left side of any page on the district website. (*Note: please see above blog item regarding accessibility of fees on EZPay.)
IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:
* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.
* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).
* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.
* Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.
BULLDOG MARCHING BAND PARENT PREVIEW & PRESCHOOL NIGHT – THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD
Any little bulldogs, who would like to join us at 6:00 pm on our practice field at the High School, can bring a toy instrument and come and march alongside their favorite instrument prior to the show from 6-6:30 p.m.
(Please note: performance dependent on the weather.)
FALLS-LENOX & OFIS PICTURE DAY REMINDER – NEXT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28TH
Attention Falls-Lenox and OFIS Parents! This year’s annual school picture day is scheduled for next Wednesday, August 28th for students at both Falls-Lenox and OFIS. Attention Falls-Lenox Parents: Please note that this date is earlier than it has been in past years, so we just want to be sure parents have noted the date in their calendars. Additional information will be forthcoming.
ANNUAL PTA ACTIVITIES CALENDAR: UPDATE
The Annual PTA Activities Calendar for the 2013-2014 will be sent home (one per household) the first week in September. These popular calendars are sent home annually with the youngest student in each household, and provide families with an overview of events occurring throughout the school year. For your convenience, you can access a pdf file containing the August 2013 & September 2013 calendar pages of this year’s calendar for your immediate reference by clicking HERE. Watch for your complete 2013-2014 printed calendar to come home with your youngest student in early September.
WELCOME NEW BULLDOGS!
Front Row (seated left to right): Julie Budd – High School Director of Bands; Jessica Morris – HS Science Teacher; Molly Higgins – MS Math/Science/Reading Teacher; Michael Feller -Middle School Band Director; Tom DeLuca – HS P.E./Health Teacher & Head Football Coach; and Matthew Hammon – Falls-Lenox Tutor.
Back Row (seated left to right): James Tatman – Director of Student Services; Amanda Apatzky – 3rd Grade Teacher; Brianna Smith – 1st Grade Teacher; Kelli Cogan – Assistant Superintendent; Jessica Howell – Falls-Lenox Tutor; John Vas – HS Math Teacher; Paul Ferguson – HS IS/Tutor.
WEB PROGRAM HELPS WELCOME 6TH GRADERS TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
A group of eighth grade students served as WEB leaders for the Where Everyone Belongs program put on for incoming sixth graders. WEB leaders applied and were selected to participate at the end of last year. Each went through two days of special WEB training last week. The WEB Orientation Program was held August 16th for all incoming sixth graders. (Click HERE for more photos!) The day began with an assembly in the Middle School gym, which included activities with the new sixth graders and the WEB leaders. WEB leaders also took groups of sixth graders to individual classrooms for activities to help get to know each other, challenge teamwork skills and provide advice on being successful in the Middle School. Sixth graders also received building tours from WEB Leaders and had an opportunity to find their lockers. The next big WEB activity will be the Tailgate BBQ and home varsity football game September 12th!
OFHS STUDENT ARTISTS BRIGHTEN WALLS AT ECC FOR OUR LITTLEST BULLDOGS
Kudos and many thanks to Becci Boesken, TJ May, Jared Fuller, Morgan Santoro, Taylor Mason, Maggie Grimes, Victoria Hartline and Abigail Hartline for their many hours of work to create this outstanding collection of new kid-friendly murals throughout the building!
Please click HERE to view additional photos.
IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING
Olmsted Falls High School
Open House – Thursday, August 22nd (7 p.m.)
Olmsted Falls Middle School
7th Grade Open House (Parents Only) – Tuesday, September 3rd (7-8 p.m.)
8th Grade Open House (Parents Only) – Thursday, September 5th (7-8 p.m.)
Olmsted Fall Intermediate School
5th Grade Open House – Wednesday, August 28th (7-8:30 p.m.)
Falls-Lenox Primary School
3rd Grade Open House – Monday, August 26th (7 p.m.)
2nd Grade Open House – Tuesday, August 27th (7 p.m.)
1st Grade Open House – Thursday, August 29th (7 p.m.)
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center
First Day of Kindergarten (Students Only) – Thursday, August 22nd
Preschool Orientation – Friday, August 23rd (9 a.m. for A.M. Students; 1 p.m. for P.M. Students)
First Day of Preschool for Special Needs Students – Monday, August 26th
First Day of Preschool for Typical Peers – Tuesday, September 3rd
Open House – Tuesday, September 10th (6 p.m. for AM Preschool & Kindergarten; 7 p.m. for PM Preschool & Kindergarten)
If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:
Olmsted Falls High School (440) 427-6100
Olmsted Falls Middle School (440) 427-6200
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (440) 427-6500
Falls-Lenox Primary School (440) 427-6400
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (440) 427-6360
HERITAGE DAY PARADE
In the annual tradition, Olmsted Falls Board of Education members and District administrators joined the OFHS Marching Band and Bulldog athletes on the parade route in the Heritage Days Parade held August 15th.
Building principals had an opportunity to say “Welcome back” a few days early, as they waved to their many students along the parade route.
As always, students, families and community members lined the streets for the annual event…and for the candy.
Please click HERE to view our Heritage Parade photo gallery.
9TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL GOLDEN GRADS REUNION – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH @ 11:30 A.M.
The 9th Annual Olmsted Falls High School Golden Grads Reunion will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the German American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Reminisce while browsing through old yearbooks and other OFHS memorabilia. Become reacquainted with fellow graduates from the Classes of 1929 – 1969…. and make new friends who also have “Bulldog Pride!” Tickets are $20 per person and include a sit-down lunch, tax and gratuity. Deadline to make a reservation is September 13. For the invitation/reservation form, please click HERE. Or, call Jenny McKeigue, OFHS Alumni Director, at 427-6030 for more information.
OECPTA ANNUAL AUTUMN ATTIC RESALE EVENT – SEPTEMBER 28TH!
Fall Into $aving on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria
(27045 Bagley Road) for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Autumn Attic Resale Event. Want to sell your gently used baby /kids inventory? Here is your opportunity: $ 25.00 – OECPTA members; $ 30.00 – non members. Each space purchased includes a 10’ x 10’ space (tables are available at a cost of $10.00/ table). Sellers keep all profits! Spaces are limited, so return your registration today. Registration forms available at www.oecpta.org. Early Bird 8 am- 9am – $5.00; General 9 am- 12 noon – $ 2.00; Children’s Clothes – Toys – Gear –Maternity – Furniture – Décor – Bedding – Strollers – Activity – Baby Gear – Safety Items/Gear – Toys – Games & Other Misc. Items For All Ages
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS:
10th Annual Olmsted Chamber Golf Outing at Creekwood Golf Course, Columbia Station, on Thursday, August 29, 2013 – The outing will be in a scramble format starting with a shotgun tee-off at 9 AM. Pre-paid registration for the outing is $80.00 per person . Lunch at the turn & BBQ Rib & Chicken dinner is included. Win $10,000 in the hole-in-one contest! Proceeds from the outing will benefit the Olmsted Scholarship Fund. Want to play? Click here to register online. Would your business be interested in sponsoring a hole? Hole sponsorships can be purchased for $100 from DeeDee Alvelo. Contact DeeDee Alvelo at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We hope to see you there!
Saturday Activity Nights at Olmsted Community Center….Opening Night – Saturday, September 7th – 7-10 p.m. New…Grades 1st – 6th! More Fun for Everyone! Parents come visit and get more info at our Parent/Child Open House on 9/7/13 from 6:00 – 6:30 at the Olmsted Community Center. Please click here for event flyer or visit http://www.olmstedcc.com/.
2nd Annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk – Sunday, September 15th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School – This year, along with the 1/2 mile kids dash and tables of kids activities, we have added a “Chris Cakes, pancakes with an attitude” Breakfast, DJ, cash raffle, gift basket drawings, a memorial tribute video and the entire race is being run by Hermes. Please help make a difference by registering for the event at: http://www.robbysvoice.com/2nd-annual-race-iv-awareness-5k/.