Parent Update – August 29, 2013
NEW ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM UNVEILED
Late last week, the Ohio Department of Education produced letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) for each of nine measures included in its new accountability system. This new system complies with the demands from the legislature and represents a complete retooling of the previous accountability system (which featured ranking labels such as “Excellent” and “Continuous Improvement”). School district scores were revealed to individual school districts 24 hours before being released to the community. This did not leave school districts with a great deal of lead time to absorb and analyze the new results. Olmsted Falls School District has spent the last several days reviewing our new data and will continue to delve deeper into these latest results. As a district, we feel very positive about our overall performance on these new metrics. There are definitely items of celebration, and there are also areas to improve. To access a summary of the new letter grades for Olmsted Falls City Schools compiled by The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com, please click HERE. To read a more in-depth analysis of each of the nine measures, please click HERE.
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR PARENTS OF RETURNING STUDENTS!
It is very important that we have the most current and up-to-date contact and medical information for all students in case of an emergency. If you are the parent/guardian of a returning student(s) and you have NOT yet gone on-line to review, update and submit important contact, family, health and emergency medical information for your student(s) using the district’s new online registration system, please plan to do so TODAY.
All parents/guardians of returning Bulldog students should have received an important letter via mail the week of August 12th, containing a personal “Snap Code” and instructions on how to access and update the information for their student(s) using the new online registration system which opened to parents/guardians in mid-August. This initial letter requested that parents/guardians login to review, update and submit this year’s information for their student(s) by Tuesday, August 20th.
Email reminders are being sent by building principals this week to families who have not yet completed this important annual information update for their student(s). If you have not completed online registration for your student(s), please watch for these important emails. Please note that the district’s new online student registration system replaces the paper forms – including the emergency medical cards – that are normally sent home at the start of each school year.
Thank you again to all of those who have completed the new process! We have 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.
STATE APPROVES TWO ADDITIONAL STAFF IN-SERVICE DAYS FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT – PLEASE DOWNLOAD UPDATED 2013-2014 CALENDAR
Olmsted Falls School District has just been granted two additional staff development days for the current 2013-2014 school year by the Ohio Department of Education. The district will hold Staff In-Service Days on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and Friday, January 24, 2014. There will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on these days. The district will also still hold its previously scheduled annual Staff In-Service Day on Friday, February 14, 2014.
To download the updated Olmsted Falls School District 2013-2014 School Year Calendar reflecting these additional Staff In-Service Days, please click HERE.
OFHS MARCHING BAND PREVIEW EVENT EARNS RAVE REVIEWS
The Bulldog Marching Band’s special parent preview and preschool night held last Friday night drew a crowd of more than 100 guests. The event was especially popular with the community’s littlest Bulldogs who were encouraged to bring a toy instrument and march alongside OFHS band members prior to the show. To read coverage of this special event featured on Cleveland.com, please click HERE. Kudos to the entire Bulldog Marching Band for hosting this memorable community event!
LADY BULLDOGS VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH FIELD IMPROVEMENTS
“It’s important that our athletes understand the need for community service, giving back and paying it forward,” said Coach DuBois.
Kudos to our Lady Bulldogs for the positive impact they made by volunteering their time and energy!
SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS / YEARBOOK SALES: UPDATE FOR GRADES PRE-K TO 8
Picture days are upon us! Attention Parents of ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS and OFMS Students: Yearbooks will no longer be sold in the school picture packages and will be sold separately later in the year. More information on the sale of yearbooks will come from the individual buildings later in the year. Many parents of students in grades Pre-K to 8 are used to purchasing the yearbook in conjunction with the school picture packages, as this is how it was handled in past years. Please watch for information on yearbook sales to come home separately later in the year. Thank you!
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!
There are still copies available for purchase for $60.
Please contact Mr. John Gaba (427-6050) or Mrs. Leslie Pickenheim (427-6070) with any questions.
ANNUAL MINI BULLDOG CHEER CLINICS & CHEER NIGHT FOR GRADES K – 5 – REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPT. 11TH!
In what has become an annual fall tradition, Olmsted Falls High School Cheerleaders will present a Mini Cheer Clinic and Cheer Night this September. Cheer Night is scheduled for Friday night, September 20th as the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs take on the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees. The Cheer Clinic for grades 3-5 will be Tuesday, Sept. 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and the Cheer Clinic for grades K-2 will be Thursday, Sept. 19th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Participants must attend clinic in order to cheer at game.)
For additional information and to download the registration form, please click HERE.
IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING
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.)
Falls-Lenox Primary School
1st Grade Open House – Thursday, August 29th (7 p.m.) **TONIGHT**
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center
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
OAPT URGES EXTRA CAUTION BY MOTORISTS AS SCHOOL BUSES RETURN TO ROADS
The Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT) has distributed an important press release to local media outlets to remind and encourage motorists to use caution as school districts across the state resume and school buses head out on the roads. Please click HERE to read a copy of this important OAPT Press Release.
ATTEND OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ NEXT MEETING – MONDAY, SEPT. 9TH
New members needed! Thank you!
SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS
Sept. 10th OFMS PTA Meeting
Sept. 12th OECPTA Meeting
Sept. 17th OFIS PTA Meeting
Sept. 23rd OFHS PTA Meeting
Sept. 24th Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting OFHS PTA NEEDS YOU!!
All OFHS Parents: Click HERE to download the Olmsted Falls High School PTA 2013-2014 membership form. Please read it to find out all the great reasons that you should be joining the High School PTA. Senior parents are especially encouraged to join. You need to be a member so that your child is eligible for scholarship money from the High School PTA. So please join and come to a meeting and see what we are all about!! Click HERE for a list of this year’s meeting dates.
ANNUAL PTA ACTIVITIES CALENDAR: UPDATE
The Annual PTA Activities Calendar for the 2013-2014 will be sent home (one per household) 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. Please note that this year’s production schedule has been extended slightly to ensure the 2013-2014 calendar is as complete and accurate as possible. Extending the production schedule results in a slight delay in delivery. 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. Please watch for your complete 2013-2014 printed calendar to come home with your youngest student in September.
OFMS PTA SPIRIT WEAR SALE GETS UNDERWAY
Please help support your OFMS PTA by sporting around an “Olmsted Falls Middle School” t-shirt or show your Bulldog spirit by wearing a “Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog” t-shirt or sweatshirt. We’re also selling Bulldog nylon drawstring bags, as well as, Bulldog flannel pants. Please note the flannel pants only come in junior sizes. We will have these items for sale at the September 3rd open house for the 7th grade and the September 5th open house for the 8th grade.
ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY SEPTEMBER 12TH to be received on September 27th. Orders placed after September 12th will be available at the Middle School parent teacher conference on November 4th and November 7th. Please click HERE to access the order form. Thank you so much for all your support of our OFMS PTA!!!!
OFEA RECOGNIZES LOCAL RESIDENTS FOR VOLUNTEER WORK AT ECC
OFEA President Jeff Kho recognized ECC volunteer readers Bill and Mary Kubat at last week’s opening staff meeting. Mr. & Mrs. Kubat were honored with the annual “Friends of Education Award,” presented by the Olmsted Falls Education Association.
The Kubat’s were unable to attend the annual Records Day breakfast in June to receive the special recognition, which was also awarded to Jim and Karen Polcar for the 2012-2013 school year.
It was an honor to have Mr. & Mrs. Kubat in attendance to receive this well-deserved award as part of the district’s opening staff meeting.
The Kubat’s were recognized for their ongoing commitment to our littlest Bulldogs at the Early Childhood Center, to whom they read each and every week! Their dedication is truly inspiring and appreciated. Congratulations!
BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE
District officials recognized staff members for their years of service to the District during last week’s annual opening staff meeting. Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 “Bulldog years” were acknowledged for their contributions to the District’s success. Please join us as we acknowledge and congratulate each of these special groups of Bulldogs in the coming weeks! This week, we are proud to recognize our staff members with 10 Bulldog years!
“10 Year Bulldogs” (Front Row, L to R): Robin Tenerowicz (OFMS); Marlene Slagle (OFMS); Kristen Rupp (OFMS); Verna Kristie Kovacevic (OFIS); Laura Connelly (OFIS); Jennifer Cieker (Falls-Lenox); Casey Lehmann (OFMS); Laura Kennedy (OFMS); Lisa Rahas (OFMS); Sarah Reisner (OFMS); Sandra Tatro (OFIS); Michelle Schoenhofer (Falls-Lenox). (Back Row, L to R): Don Svec (OFIS); Jim Kwilecki (Falls-Lenox); George Elioff (Falls-Lenox); Holly McFadden (Central Office); Erica Jama (OFMS); Jessica Caraballo (OFIS); Carrie Bargholt (OFHS); Charles May (OFHS); John Novotny (OFHS). Not pictured: Kelly Ely (Falls-Lenox) and Kevin Peepers Baker (Falls-Lenox).
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:
New Season of Activities, Sports & Programs at Olmsted Community Center (OCC) – The Olmsted Community Center (OCC), a non-profit 501c3 organization, is now ready for a new season. We are partnering with local organizations to help provide a single point of registration for community activities, sports and programs. Check out all we’ve got in store at www.olmstedcc.com: all new Saturday Activity Nights (see below), Cheerleading, Friday Night Workshops, Football, Zumba, Yoga and more! 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/.