Parent Update – September 6, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS TO OFHS ATHLETE LEAH WALCHANOWICZ – WKYC’s STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK!
Please click HERE to read the story and watch the on-air coverage.
Congratulations Leah! Go Bulldogs!
OFHS STUDENTS MAKE STRONG SHOWING AT NATIONAL ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION
Congratulations to the team of OFHS students Mat Bender and Moises Garcia Ponce, whose first place performance at the Ohio SkillsUSA Mobil Robotics Competition last April earned them a spot in National Competition in Kansas City, MO, this summer. The competition, held June 23-29, was to build a robot using VEX robotics parts.
The robot had to be able to move bean bags from specified locations and place them in troughs on the competition floor. Each team was challenged to design the robot to move autonomously and humanly driven. They had to design the robot before the competition and rebuild the robot at the competition in one day.
After four rounds of competition, our Bulldog team earned an impressive 6th place in this prestigious national competition. To view additional photos from the competition, please click HERE. Kudos to Mat and Moises for their hard work and success! Great job!
BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE
District officials recognized staff members for their years of service to the District during the annual opening staff meeting to kick off the 2013-2014 school year. 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 continue to 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 15 Bulldog years!
“15 Year Bulldogs” (Front Row, L to R): Deborah Campanalie (Transportation); Roberta Gonzalez (Falls-Lenox); Kathryn Genemans (Transportation); Paula Schiely (Falls-Lenox); Veronica Kelly (OFMS). (Back Row, L to R): Joyce Bigley (Transportation); Tracy Blake (OFHS); Cheryl Crozier (OFHS); Gloria Mechling (Transportation); Joy Rathwell (OFMS). Not pictured: Lillian Piktel (Falls-Lenox) and Marie Uhl (OFMS).
ATTEND OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ NEXT MEETING – MONDAY, SEPT. 9TH
New members needed! Thank you!
ECC OPEN HOUSE – TUESDAY, SEPT. 10TH
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center will host its Open House this coming Tuesday, September 10th. The ECC Open House will be at 6 p.m. for parents of AM Preschool & Kindergarten students; and at 7 p.m. for parents of PM Preschool & Kindergarten students. All ECC parents are encouraged to attend.
If you have any questions about the ECC Open House event, please contact the ECC office at (440) 427-6360
ATTN: OFHS PARENTS – POST PROM IS CALLING YOU – TUESDAY, SEPT. 10TH
Post Prom is calling you! In just a few short months, our seniors will be graduating. Bring any talents you have and come on board to help with Post Prom. Our first meeting will be held Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.
SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER PTA MEETINGS
Sept. 10th OFMS PTA Meeting *NEXT WEEK*
Sept. 12th OECPTA Meeting *NEXT WEEK*
Sept. 17th OFIS PTA Meeting
Sept. 23rd OFHS PTA Meeting
Sept. 24th Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Meeting
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.
TITLEWISH FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT OFIS LIBRARY
Please support the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Library Fundraiser. This unique online Titlewish fundraiser is currently underway and will be active through September 20th. 100% of the money raised will go directly to purchasing new books for the OFIS school library PLUS Follett will give OFIS an additional 10% of the total donations. Please participate to help us raise $2,500.00
Funds will be used to purchase new books to enhance the Guided Reading program at OFIS. To help us meet our goals, please visit www.titlewish.com and use the FIND YOUR SCHOOL bar to type in Olmsted Falls Intermediate School to access our school’s Titlewish site.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!
LITTLE BULLDOGS VOLLEYBALL CLINICS – SEPTEMBER 17TH, 24TH & OCTOBER 1ST
The OFMS volleyball program will be holding volleyball clinics for Olmsted Falls students in grades K-1 on September 17th, September 24th, and October 1st from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. in the OFMS gym. The goal of the clinics are to develop beginner volleyball skills and to gain an appreciation for physical activity and being part of a team. Registration forms are being sent home from school with K-1 students this week.
To obtain additional registration forms or for questions, please contact Mrs. Brigid Radigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
District school buildings are currently reaching out to Bulldog 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 communication via email and regular mail. 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 who have completed the new process! We continue to receive 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.
**REMINDER: TWO ADDITIONAL STAFF IN-SERVICE DAYS ADDED TO CURRENT 2013-2014 OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR
Olmsted Falls School District has 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.
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.
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!!!!
OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY HOSTS ACT PREP WORKSHOP – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
Olmsted Falls Library, in partnership with College Now Greater Cleveland, is offering an ACT Prep workshop Thursday, September 19th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Knowledge is power! College Now Greater Cleveland will help you set your personal ACT score goal based on your talents. Learn specific strategies for each subject section, and make a plan to reach your ACT score goal! Registration is required. Click HERE for additional information and online registration.
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/.
NATIVE SONS & DAUGHTERS INFORMATION MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH @ 7:00 P.M. – FALLS-LENOX CAFETERIA - SIGN UP FOR PARENT/CHILD ADVENTURES! The Native Sons & Daughters program gives parents the opportunity to create lifelong memories with their children. Our local chapter is called the Crooked River Longhouse. We are signing up new families with children in grades K and older. We will have an information meeting this Thursday, Sep 12th in the Falls-Lenox cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. Please bring your child to learn more about all the exciting adventures you can have together. We will have a craft for the kids. Our program offers activities for all ages. Kindergarteners are the perfect age to join! Please CLICK HERE for more information and to view our flyer. Hope to see you there!
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/.
CALLING ALL BASEBALL COACHES! Friends of Olmsted Baseball Hosts 1st Annual Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Clinic – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH (Browns Bye Week) at Olmsted Falls Middle School — Whether you coach a T-ball team or are a high school coach, you want to make sure that you come see some of the best college and high school coaches in the state of Ohio speak on a variety of baseball topics. There will also be plenty of vendors on hand. Scheduled speakers include Chris Holick from Ohio State, Brian Harrison from Baldwin-Wallace, Josh Sorge from Strongsville high school, our own Dan Largent, many many more! You can get more information and preregister online at: www.neobaseballclinic.com.