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Parent Update – November 21, 2013

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**THANKSGIVING BREAK REMINDER**

There will be NO SCHOOL next Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 28th. (Please Note: There will also be no District blog update for next week due to the holiday.) School will resume on Monday, December 2nd.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

OLMSTED FALLS RECEIVES NATIONAL CERTIFICATION FOR ITS PRE-ENGINEERING TRACK

Project Lead the Way conference Olmsted Falls recently received National Certification as a Project Lead The Way Pre Engineering School at the Ohio PLTW teachers’ conference in Sandusky. The school also had two students, Matt Bender and Moises Garcia-Ponce, provide at the conference their experienceS in the SkillsUSA Mobil Robotics Competition in Kansas City last year.

Project Lead The Way – PLTW – is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education curriculum programs used in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation.  STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. The programs develop critical reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make students the most productive in the world.

For more photos of the event, click HERE. For more information about PLTW, click on these two websites: http://www.pltw.org/ and http://www.pltwohio.org/.

FALLS-LENOX FUNDRAISER PICK-UP – TONIGHT!! THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST!

Just a reminder:  All ECC and Falls-Lenox parents should pick up their items from the Falls-Lenox fundraiser between 3-7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21st, in the LENOX gym during the Parent Teacher Conferences.

ATTN:  KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS – WEAR RED, WHITE, BLUE TOMORROW!

flagAttn:  All Kindergarten Parents!  All kindergarten students are encouraged to wear red, white and/or blue TOMORROW, Friday, November 22nd, in honor of a special visit from State Senator Tom Patton.  Senator Patton will be visiting the ECC tomorrow morning for a special flag presentation. Watch the next blog for photos!

O.F. SCHOOL DISTRICT BUS DRIVER FEATURED IN SUN NEWS AND CLEVELAND.COM.

Debbie Gorden bus driver of the yearOlmsted Falls bus driver Debbie Gordon, winner of last year’s Driver of the Year award, was highlighted on Cleveland.com and will be in the Sun Post-Herald discussing her experiences as a school bus driver.  She said she drives 86 miles each school day and some of her more unusual bus riders were dogs, who tagged along with their kindergarten families or jumped on when they saw an open door and lots of windows. Click HERE for the online story.

INFORMATION FROM RECENT SAFETY MEETING

For those unable to attend the parent/community safety meeting hosted by District officials and local safety forces on Sunday, November 10th, we have posted a document that provides an overview of the information that was covered at the meeting by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  To view the document, which features the overview as well as commonly asked questions which were covered at the community meeting, please click HERE.  Parents are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office with any additional questions.

FALLS-LENOX SILVER LININGS DAY WELCOMED GRANDPARENTS AND ‘GRANDFRIENDS’

Silver Linings Day 2013 grandparents Falls-Lenox hosted a Silver Linings Day last week for grandparents of second-grade students.   The grandparents enjoyed donuts and coffee, a visit to the classroom where they completed an activity with their grandchild and a concert/sing-along.  The grandparents enjoyed the morning, and the opportunity to visit their grandchild at school.

Prizes were given for those who traveled the farthest – Utah- and the most grandkids – 33! Students and adults  had a great time together. To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS BASKETBALL BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE/ALUMNI GAME 2013

bballDate:               THIS SATURDAY! November 23, 2013

Time:               4:00 pm – 5:00 pm [“Blue & Gold” Scrimmage] / 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm [Alumni Game]

Location:         Olmsted Falls High School

  • Come see the 2013-14 Varsity Bulldogs in the first  “Blue & Gold” Scrimmage!
  • Come see many former Bulldog players from years past in the Alumni Game!!!
  • We are asking that fans donate a canned good(s) for a local food bank at the door!

Any questions regarding the event, please contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net.

OFHS TO HAVE ITS FIRST BOOK FAIR – OPEN NOW!

Visit the first-ever Book Fair at OFHS in its library.  The event will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, November 21st; Friday, November 22nd; Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th. It also will be open during Parent/Teacher conferences.

OFHS PTA – LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS MONDAY’S MEETING

The location for this month’s OFHS PTA meeting – scheduled for Monday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. – has been changed to the HS Auditorium.  While at the High School for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, pop in to get local scholarship hints for your graduating senior or for future reference.  Also, be sure to stop by the first-ever Scholastic Book Fair at OFHS (details above).

OFMS WEB REUNION EVENT SCHEDULED FOR THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH!

Attention all 6th graders…We are excited to announce that our second annual WEB Reunion will be hosted in the Middle School Cafetorium on Tuesday, November 26, 2012. Please arrive to the middle school at 8AM. For those students who take the bus – come in as soon as your bus arrives! We cant wait to see everyone and catch up on your school year!

ANNUAL HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – 5:30 – 8 P.M. @ OFMS

The party is hosted by the OFCS Helping Hands students, and people of all ages and ability levels are invited to attend. We will have a live DJ playing music for dinner and then dancing. The event will take place in the OFMS Cafetorium.  Dinner is being catered by Tony K’s. Crafts and games will also be available for all ages to enjoy. It’s a great way to start the holiday season with your family & friends!  **Please click HERE to download the form.  Return the form and money for dinner to Mariel Krakowiak @ OFHS by Tuesday, November 26.  Email Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

MEET MRS. EIDAM

eidam 13-14 NOID1Y02130Mrs. Robyn Eidam is an OFIS fourth-grade math and language arts teacher.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a Master’s degree from Kent State University. She is involved with the K-Kids, a service organization within our community. Mrs. Eidam enjoys being a Bulldog teacher because she loves seeing the “light bulbs” go on when the kids “get it.”  She has two daughters, Allison, 6 and Hannah, 3.  In her spare time, she likes reading and eating.

CRYSTAL APPLE AWARD – DEADLINE FOR FIRST RECOGNITION PERIOD TOMORROW, 11/22!

cystal apple award photo of appleIs there a teacher who inspired, challenged, supported or helped you realize your full potential?  The Northeast Ohio Media Group is accepting nominations for the Crystal Apple Award.  Bryant & Stratton College is the award’s co-sponsor.

The nominee must teach full time in any grade K-12 public, private or parochial school within the Plain Dealer’s seven-county distribution area. There are four recognition periods, with an independent panel of judges selecting three outstanding educators, one from K-6, 6-8 and 9-12. The recognition periods deadlines are Nov. 22; Jan. 31, 2014, Feb. 28, 2014 and March 28, 2014. They will be recognized at a surprise presentation at their schools and invited to a May 2014 awards banquet.

Students 13 or older may nominate an educator by going to THIS SITE and following the instructions on the form in writing 175-750 words why they deserve this honor. Students younger than 13 should mail their nomination to The Northeast Ohio Media Group Crystal Apple Award, 1801 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 or fax to 216-999-4986. Nominations must include the name, subject/grade taught, school address as well as the entrant’s name, present grade and home address and phone.

OFHS BOYS SOCCER TEAM HONORS

OFHS boys soccer team national coach coach awardThe end of the season honors for the 2013 OFHS boys soccer team included those on the athletic field and in the classroom.  The honors epitomize the term ‘student-athlete.’

All SWC Honors went to the following:  Christian Klein, junior, All SWC First Team;  Erric Skutt, senior, All SWC Second Team and Mike Payne, senior and Ryan MacDonald, junior, All SWC Honorable Mention.

Seniors Erric Skutt and Mike Payne were named to the All-Ohio Academic Team for maintaining a GPA above 3.7.  For maintaining a team cumulative GPA of over 3.4, the Olmsted Falls High School boys varsity soccer team earned the school’s sixth All-Ohio Team Academic Award and the program’s 4th National Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

Senior Mike Payne also earned The National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Senior Excellence Award, an award honoring exceptional contributions to the team while exemplifying the finest attributes of a high school student-athlete. To view a photo of the team and their honors, click HERE.  The team’s website is HERE.

Congratulations to these fine student-athletes.

DEADLINE TO ENTER OLMSTED FALLS PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST IS MONDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING BREAK!

The Reflections art contest is a national arts contest sponsored by PTA as a way to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.  The contest begins with students competing locally within their district.  Winning entries are then advanced to the State and possibly National level.  There are six arts categories under which students can submit their work:  Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, Literature, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.  A student can enter multiple times.   Entry forms and complete rules for each category can be found at www.ohiopta.org/Programs.aspx.  Choose the Reflections tab at the top and links to the student entry form and contest rules will be on the right hand side.  All entries should be returned to the main office of your child’s school no later than Monday, December 2, 2013.  Late entries WILL NOT be accepted.  Please contact the Reflections chair for your child’s school with any questions:

OECPTA:  Sandy Price (rizzoprice@hotmail.com)

Falls-Lenox/ECC:  Julie Smith (haileysmom920@yahoo.com)

OFIS:  Patty Voisinet (scottpatty00@hotmail.com)

OFMS:  Kathy Burkart (iepteacher@sbcglobal.net)

OFHS:  Sandra Graham (slgwhit@cox.net)

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

The National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale is officially underway and will run through December 17th. Please consider supporting National Honor Society through a poinsettia purchase. Simply complete the attached form and return it to the high school with your preferred  method of payment. Funds earned from this sale help support NHS inductions, Chapter scholarships and Relay for Life. Thank you in advance for your support!  To download an order form, please click HERE.

OFHS POST PROM FUNDRAISER OFFERS HOLIDAY BAKLAVA

baklava The OFHS Post Prom is selling baklava for your holiday dinners or parties. Orders offer an unbaked 8-by-8-inch pan for $20, which includes about 18 pieces or a 9 –by-13-inch pan for $30 – about 28 pieces. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup.

Payment must accompany the order form, which is HERE. Cash or checks should be payable to ‘OFHS Post Prom. Order deadline is Sunday, December 15th with a 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, December 23th pick-up time at the high school.

4TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SKILLS BASEBALL CAMP!

OF baseballThe 4th Annual Olmsted Falls HS Holiday Skills Baseball Camp will take place on the following dates/times at Olmsted Falls HS:

Saturday, December 21st (Grades 1-3) 12:00pm-3:30pm

Monday, December 23rd (Grades 4-8) 12:00pm-3:30pm

Campers will receive specific baseball instruction from the Bulldog coaching staff, current Bulldog players, and Bulldog Alumni currently playing college baseball. Campers will participate in drills from all aspects of the game, including hitting, fielding, pitching, base-running, and more! Cost is $30 for this one day camp and includes a dri-fit camp shirt! We added 30 extra minutes for 2013, and we are also proud to announce that EVERY camper will receive a professional camp photo from Gengraphics that will go home with them that day!  To download camp registration form, please click HERE.

COMMUNITY

KIDS SHOP OFFERS HOLIDAY BUYING OR GIFT MAKING

The Olmsted Community Center will have its first Kids Shop on Saturday, November 23rd where kids can shop alone for holiday gifts for their family, friends, teachers, coaches and others or make their own creations.  Items range from $1-$5 in price. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. Parents are invited to stay and explore the rest of the shop, including concessions and a bake sale.

2013 DONAUSCHWABEN KINDERGRUPPE SANTA BRUNCH – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST

SantaBrunch_6954Don’t miss this year’s 2013 Donauschwaben Kindergruppe Santa Brunch at the German-America Cultural Center on Columbia Road.  Sunday, Dec. 1st – Doors open at 11 a.m. – Brunch served until 1:30 p.m.  Brunch menu includes carved ham, vegetable frittata, roasted red potato hash, assorted rolls and pastries, fresh fruit salad, juices, coffee and tea.  Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves!  Crafts for kids and a raffle!  Reservations can be made online or by phone.  Click HERE for more details.

OF BOY SCOUTS CHRISTMAS SALE WILL SPRUCE UP YOUR HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Tree SaleBoy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual Christmas Tree Sale Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st, 7th and 8th at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Please stop by, support Scouting and pick up a Scotch pine, Fraser fir, white pine or other tree. Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.

OF CUB SCOUT TROOP OFFERS SANTA’S SECRET SHOP

Christmas wrapped presents Children may holiday shop for family and friends in the one-stop Santa’ Secret Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7th at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

The Cub Scout Pack 102 and its elves will help children shop for items ranging from $1-10. Gift wrapping is included. The Olmsted Performing Arts will provide entertainment.  Parents may check out raffle items, including a VitaMix blender and Kindle Fire. All proceeds benefit the pack.

Grand Pacific Junction Open House – Dec. 7th

3bd8-239x174Christmas Open House Dec 7th Annual Christmas Open House at the Grand Pacific Junction.   Snow Dogs in the Gazebo 11-4 ,  Sleigh/Wagon Rides 12-2  Stories with Santa and Mrs Claus in the Caboose 1-3, Face painting all day. OFMS Golden Harmonies singing Christmas Carols 12-2.   A Dickens Christmas Shop Hop find the Charles Dickens Character in the participating stores and enter drawing for $100  Dec 7th – 19th.

OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION, DECEMBER 12TH 6PM-8PM AND DECEMBER 14TH 10AM-12PM at Falls-Lenox

GirlsFastPitchLogoOlmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association will be holding open registration for the 2014 season. Registration is open to girls in grades 2 thru 12 living within the Olmsted Falls School District. Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch is part of the Emerald Necklace Fast Pitch Association and fields teams who play in divisions ranging from U10-to-U18. Our season typically consists of games played in late May through early July. Our mission is to promote, develop, and teach fast pitch softball to female athletes in our community. Visit www.olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org for additional information and registration form.

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Parent Update – November 14, 2013

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FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS SALUTE VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE

Falls Lenox Veterans Day More than 100 veterans attended the Falls-Lenox Veterans Day Breakfast & Program Monday.  The school enlarged its program and included a breakfast for military veterans and their families.  The school asked students to “sacrifice for those who sacrificed” by giving up their snack or treat money for three days and donate the total toward the breakfast to help recognize veterans.  They raised about $500, which provided breakfast for about 250 people – their related Falls-Lenox students.  There were three sittings each followed by an outdoor program that included singing, short presentations, the raising of the flag and Taps, which a high school student played.

The morning was enjoyed by veterans, their families, students and staff.  Principal Colleen Longville was very pleased with the veterans’ attendance and the program, which likely will become an annual event. The Sun News on cleveland.com/olmsted ran a story with photos of the event.  To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

7TH GRADERS HOST SUSTAINABILITY FAIR TONIGHT FROM 6 – 8 P.M.

Sustainability Fair PhotoDon’t miss TONIGHT’s Sustainability Fair!  TONIGHT, Thursday, November 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00PM seventh graders at the Olmsted Falls Middle School are hosting a Sustainability Fair for the entire community!

The seventh graders in Mrs. Dean’s science classes have been exploring a variety of methods by which they can improve the environment and begin practicing sustainable living at home.  Projects and experiments include using worm composting bins to convert food scraps into fertile soil; building and maintaining a compost bin; testing homemade, nontoxic cleaning products against their commercial counterparts; as well as building and testing wind turbines and solar ovens.  Also, some students are discovering the benefits of farmers’ markets, rain barrels, and rain gardens.

In addition to the student displays, there will be 17 professional vendors that will provide valuable information regarding sustainable living.  If you happen to be hungry, you may purchase a delicious slice of Il Forno Pizza in front of the middle school (weather permitting)!   We look forward to seeing you!

PARENTS AND RESIDENTS ATTEND SUNDAY MEETING AT OFHS
Approximately 200 parents and community members attended the meeting hosted by District officials and local safety forces this past Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.  The meeting was called to provide an opportunity for parents and residents to learn more about the recent string of hoaxes and evacuations in the District.  Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd began the meeting with overview remarks which included information addressing some of the most frequently asked questions received to date.  Dr. Lloyd’s remarks were followed with remarks from Olmsted Township Fire Chief John Rice and Olmsted Township Police Chief John Minek.  Parents and residents then had an opportunity to ask questions of the panel, which also included Olmsted Falls Fire Chief Cornel Munteanu, local CERT Member Marty Palicka, OFHS Principal Holly Schafer, OFMS Principal Mark Kurz, OFIS Principal Don Svec and District Director of Communication Kim Petrina.  Olmsted Falls School District would like to thank all of the parents and community members who attended the Sunday meeting, as well as our local safety officials who participated.
OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS PRESENTS ARSENIC AND OLD LACE – THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Arsenic and Old Lace Flyer finalThe OFHS Masquers will present Arsenic and Old Lace November 15th and 16th in the high school’s auditorium.  Both performances for the comedy are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3, students and senior citizens.  They are available at the door of the performances or by calling 440-427-6070.

Please click HERE for event flyer.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET A SUCCESS!

IMG_20131026_110747_080Saturday, October 26th marked the 7th 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 student volunteers assisted officers of the Olmsted Falls Police Department to collect over 20 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 812 boxes and 11,958.1 pounds of outdated or unwanted prescription medications.  If 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, Mrs. Ann Simon and our student volunteers Emily Olszewski and Michael Simon for making this a successful event.

ANNUAL OFIS/OFMS COMBINED PTA MEETING – THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH!

Attention all OFIS and OFMS parents!  Mark your calendar for this Tuesday’s annual combined meeting of the OFIS and OFMS PTAs.  This annual combined meeting will take place Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Middle School.  We hope to see you all there!

ATTENTION FALL SPORT BANQUET ATTENDEES

We are asking those who attend the potluck banquet dinner to make sure that each family bring the following:

– A main course which will serve eight

AND

– Families whose last name begins with A-L are being asked to bring a salad or a vegetable

– Families whose last name begins with M-Z are being asked to bring a dessert.

PLUS

All should bring serving utensils; and please remember to bring home your supplies.

Thank you in advance for helping ensure that there will be enough food for our hungry athletes and their dedicated family members. 

MULTICULTURAL CLUB FIELD TRIP

MCTRIPIMG_0702[1]The Multicultural Club participated in the Day of the Dead Celebration at Gordon Square, in Cleveland, on the 2nd of November.  Students had the opportunity to experience an authentic Mexican celebration, featuring parades, arts and crafts, altars filled with pictures and food, and Mariachi music.  Thanks to Mrs. Schafer and Mr. Baker for providing the club with a bus to get to this unique celebration!

NOMINATE AN EDUCATOR FOR THE LOCAL MEDIA’S CRYSTAL APPLE AWARD

cystal apple award photo of appleIs there a teacher who inspired, challenged, supported or helped you realize your full potential?  The Northeast Ohio Media Group is accepting nominations for the Crystal Apple Award.  Bryant & Stratton College is the award’s co-sponsor.

The nominee must teach full time in any grade K-12 public, private or parochial school within the Plain Dealer’s seven-county distribution area. There are four recognition periods, with an independent panel of judges selecting three outstanding educators, one from K-6, 6-8 and 9-12. The recognition periods deadlines are Nov. 22; Jan. 31, 2014, Feb. 28, 2014 and March 28, 2014. They will be recognized at a surprise presentation at their schools and invited to a May 2014 awards banquet.

Students 13 or older may nominate an educator by going to THIS SITE and following the instructions on the form in writing 175-750 words why they deserve this honor. Students younger than 13 should mail their nomination to The Northeast Ohio Media Group Crystal Apple Award, 1801 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 or fax to 216-999-4986. Nominations must include the name, subject/grade taught, school address as well as the entrant’s name, present grade and home address and phone.

FALLS-LENOX FUNDRAISER PICK-UP – NOVEMBER 21ST!

This is a reminder to all ECC and Falls Lenox parents the pick-up for the Falls Lenox Fundraiser will be on Thursday,  November 21st from 3:30 – 7:30 during Parent Teacher Conferences.   Thank you.

OFMS WEB REUNION EVENT SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH!

Attention all 6th graders…We are excited to announce that our second annual WEB Reunion will be hosted in the Middle School Cafetorium on Tuesday, November 26, 2012. Please arrive to the middle school at 8AM. For those students who take the bus – come in as soon as your bus arrives! We cant wait to see everyone and catch up on your school year!

OLMSTED FALLS BASKETBALL BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE/ALUMNI GAME 2013

basketball4Date:               Saturday, November 23, 2013

Time:               4:00 pm – 5:00 pm [“Blue & Gold” Scrimmage] / 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm [Alumni Game]

Location:         Olmsted Falls High School

  • Come see the 2013-14 Varsity Bulldogs in the first  “Blue & Gold” Scrimmage!
  • Come see many former Bulldog players from years past in the Alumni Game!!!
  • We are asking that fans donate a canned good(s) for a local food bank at the door!

Any questions regarding the event, please contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net.

ENTER THE OLMSTED FALLS PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

ReflectionsThe Reflections art contest is a national arts contest sponsored by PTA as a way to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.  The contest begins with students competing locally within their district.  Winning entries are then advanced to the State and possibly National level.  There are six arts categories under which students can submit their work:  Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, Literature, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.  A student can enter multiple times.   Entry forms and complete rules for each category can be found at www.ohiopta.org/Programs.aspx.  Choose the Reflections tab at the top and links to the student entry form and contest rules will be on the right hand side.  All entries should be returned to the main office of your child’s school no later than Monday, December 2, 2013.  Late entries WILL NOT be accepted.  Please contact the Reflections chair for your child’s school with any questions:

OECPTA:  Sandy Price (rizzoprice@hotmail.com)

Falls-Lenox/ECC:  Julie Smith (haileysmom920@yahoo.com)

OFIS:  Patty Voisinet (scottpatty00@hotmail.com)

OFMS:  Kathy Burkart (iepteacher@sbcglobal.net)

OFHS:  Sandra Graham (slgwhit@cox.net)

ANNUAL HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – 5:30 – 8 P.M. @ OFMS

The party is hosted by the OFCS Helping Hands students, and people of all ages and ability levels are invited to attend. We will have a live DJ playing music for dinner and then dancing. The event will take place in the OFMS Cafetorium.  Dinner is being catered by Tony K’s. Crafts and games will also be available for all ages to enjoy. It’s a great way to start the holiday season with your family & friends!  **Please click HERE to download the form.  Return the form and money for dinner to Mariel Krakowiak @ OFHS by Tuesday, November 26.  Email Mariel Krakowiak with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXTENDS THANKS TO BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS

The middle school just finished hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, which ran from Nov. 4th – 12th and was open for both conference evenings until 7:30 p.m.  OFMS would like to thank all the staff, students and parents who supported the fair.  This year’s fall book fair was a huge success and all book fair profits will go towards new books for the Middle School Media Center.   OFMS would also like to thank the PTA volunteers who worked the fair and helped made it such a success. We truly couldn’t host these book fairs without all the help from our wonderful PTA.  This year’s  volunteers included:  Tracy Knierim, Doleda Howard, Nicole Allmandinger, Susie Asadorian, Joanna Bernard, Donna McKee, Tammy Walston, Deidre Little, Angela Fonseca, and Anissa Lewis.  Thank you again to everyone!

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIE SALE UNDERWAY

The National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale is officially underway and will run through December 17th. Please consider supporting National Honor Society through a poinsettia purchase. Simply complete the attached form and return it to the high school with your preferred  method of payment. Funds earned from this sale help support NHS inductions, Chapter scholarships and Relay for Life. Thank you in advance for your support!  To download an order form, please click HERE.

OFHS POST PROM FUNDRAISER OFFERS HOLIDAY BAKLAVA

baklava The OFHS Post Prom is selling baklava for your holiday dinners or parties. Orders offer an unbaked 8-by-8-inch pan for $20, which includes about 18 pieces or a 9 –by-13-inch pan for $30 – about 28 pieces. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup.

Payment must accompany the order form, which is HERE. Cash or checks should be payable to ‘OFHS Post Prom. Order deadline is Sunday, December 15th with a 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, December 23th pick-up time at the high school.

OFSA STUDENT ATHLETES MAKE STRONG SHOWING AT REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

Several Olmsted Falls Soccer Association (OFSA) soccer teams represented the Olmsted community with pride last month as nine teams participated in the OHTSL Ohio Travel Cup, in Lodi, Ohio.  The US Club sponsored soccer tourney hosted over 160 teams from Ohio and West Virginia.  The strong showing by our local athletes was truly impressive.  The following teams were very successful:

  • U13/14 Olmsted Falls Lady Bulldogs: CHAMPIONS of the U14 Girls Division (Coaches Joe Vitale and      Mario Francescone)
  • U12 Olmsted Falls Lady Bulldogs: RUNNERS-UP of the U12 Girls Division (Coaches Mario Francescone and Terry Klimchak)
  • U11 Olmsted Falls Bulldogs: CHAMPIONS of the U11 Boys Division (Coach Nathan Goins)
  • U10 Olmsted Falls Lady Bulldogs: RUNNERS-UP of the U11 Girls Division (Coaches Bob Illig and      Ryan Niehaus)
  • U10 Olmsted Falls Bulldogs: CHAMPIONS of the U10 Boys Division (Coach Jeff Sigan)

U13 Olmsted Falls Girls Champions U12 Olmsted Falls Girls RunnersUp U11 Olmsted Falls Boys Champions U10 Olmsted Falls Girls RunnersUp U10 Olmsted Falls Boys Champions

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION FUNDAISER IS SATURDAY 

of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21Support the newest sport for girls and boys in town.  The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association offers a night out from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, November 16th at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include refreshments, pizza, wings and rigatoni. There will be raffle boards, 50/50 and gift baskets, too. This year’s fundraising activities will assist in further growing the program with additional high school uniforms as there will be  JV and Varsity boys’ teams and more girls playing as well.  The money raised also will help keep registration fees at 2013 levels.  Please contact olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com for ticket information or  Kelly Atkins at  bobcatteach@gmail.com  with donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big ticket item.

KIDS SHOP OFFERS HOLIDAY BUYING OR GIFT MAKING

Christmas wrapped presents The Olmsted Community Center will have its first Kids Shop on Saturday, November 23rd where kids can shop alone for holiday gifts for their family, friends, teachers, coaches and others or make their own creations.  Items range from $1-$5 in price. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. Parents are invited to stay and explore the rest of the shop, including concessions and a bake sale.

OF CUB SCOUT TROOP OFFERS SANTA’S SECRET SHOP

santaChildren may holiday shop for family and friends in the one-stop Santa’s Secret Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7th at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

The Cub Scout Pack 102 and its elves will help children shop for items ranging from $1-10. Gift wrapping is included. The Olmsted Performing Arts will provide entertainment.  Parents may check out raffle items, including a VitaMix blender and Kindle Fire. All proceeds benefit the pack.

OF BOY SCOUTS CHRISTMAS SALE WILL SPRUCE UP YOUR HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Christmas tree saleBoy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual Christmas Tree Sale Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st, 7th and 8th at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Please stop by, support Scouting and pick up a Scotch pine, Fraser fir, white pine or other tree. Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.

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Parent Update – November 8, 2013

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PARENT/COMMUNITY SAFETY MEETING THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 10TH @ 3 P.M.

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH AT 3:00 P.M. Olmsted Falls School District will hold a community meeting for parents and residents to discuss the recent string of bomb threat hoaxes and building evacuations.  This meeting will be held at the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium, and is open to all parents and residents.  The Olmsted Falls School District will lead this meeting in partnership with Olmsted Township Police Chief John Minek and Olmsted Township Fire Chief John Rice.

We look forward to the opportunity to discuss recent events directly with the community.  Please forward this information to your family, friends and neighbors throughout the community who may be interested in attending.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

WHAT: Parent/Community Safety Meeting

DATE: Sunday, November 10th

TIME: 3:00 P.M.

PLACE: Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium

* TRAFFIC NOTE:  Beginning Saturday morning, Bagley Road will be taken down to one lane from Old Fitch Road to the Intermediate School driveway for road repair and repaving.  Traffic will be maintained for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be finished by end of day Monday.  While no road work is scheduled for Sunday, November 10th, we did want to make you aware of the project.  Please follow signs and take care in driving on that stretch of road.

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES PARADE THROUGH SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS

Halloween 2013Staff and children celebrated Halloween in their various schools.  Many school personnel and families shared photos taken inside rooms, hallways and outside.  Falls-Lenox Primary School Principal Colleen Longville said the school had its annual parade followed by classroom celebrations with food and fun activities. She thanks all for their support and family involvement to create a safe, enjoyable afternoon.

For photos of ECC, click HERE. For a photo gallery of Falls-Lenox Halloween, click HERE.  OFIS also shared photos, which are available HERE.

ELECTION RESULTS

This past Tuesday’s general election asked voters in our community to vote on Board of Education members to fill three open seats, as well as to vote on Issue 86, the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue to address overcrowding, safety and security issues at Olmsted Falls High School.

Current Board of Education member Joe Bertrand was re-elected and will continue to serve on the Olmsted falls Board of Education.  In January, Olmsted Falls will also welcome two new Board of Education members – Mrs. Linda Parkowski and Mrs. Holly Neumann – as long-time Board members Rhonda McCrone and Michelle Theriot officially retire from public service to our school district.  Congratulations to Mr. Bertrand, Mrs. Neumann and Mrs. Parkowski.

Unfortunately, Issue 86, our Bond Issue to address overcrowding, safety and security at OFHS was defeated. (Official polling data broken down by precinct will be provided as soon as it is available.) The defeat of Issue 86 does not eliminate the need to address issues at Olmsted Falls High School.  We will continue discussions about these important needs and make a determination about placing the bond issue on the ballot.

Olmsted Falls School District wishes to thank those that participated in the campaign to inform the community about Issue 86.  Your efforts were very much appreciated. 

HELPING HANDS PARENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (HHPLC) MEETING – THIS WEDNESDAY

What is HHPLC?  Olmsted Falls Parent Leadership Council has been formed to support the unique learning needs of children within the district. Comprised of representatives of the school district administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children*s education planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support.

Please attend our first meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 6:30pm

Where: OFIS Media Center (enter main doors & follow signs)

Topics of Discussion: IEP 101, OCALI, Special Olympics, Circle: Intimacy & Relationships Workshop, Helping Hands Holiday Party

Please email Mariel Krakowiak (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net) if you require child care during the meeting. Child care is provided by the students in the Helping Hands group.   If you cannot attend our meeting please visit our website/blog for HHPLC updates:  http://helpinghandsofcs.wordpress.com.  Thank you.

7TH GRADERS TO HOST SUSTAINABILITY FAIR – THIS THURS., NOV. 14TH, 6 – 8 P.M.

Sustainability Fair PhotoMark your calendars!  On Thursday, November 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00PM seventh graders at the Olmsted Falls Middle School are hosting a Sustainability Fair for the entire community!

The seventh graders in Mrs. Dean’s science classes have been exploring a variety of methods by which they can improve the environment and begin practicing sustainable living at home.  Projects and experiments include using worm composting bins to convert food scraps into fertile soil; building and maintaining a compost bin; testing homemade, nontoxic cleaning products against their commercial counterparts; as well as building and testing wind turbines and solar ovens.  Also, some students are discovering the benefits of farmers’ markets, rain barrels, and rain gardens.

In addition to the student displays, there will be 17 professional vendors that will provide valuable information regarding sustainable living.  If you happen to be hungry, you may purchase a delicious slice of Il Forno Pizza in front of the middle school (weather permitting)!   We look forward to seeing you!

OLMSTED FALLS MASQUERS PRESENTS ARSENIC AND OLD LACE – NOV. 15-16

Arsenic and Old Lace Flyer finalThe OFHS Masquers will present Arsenic and Old Lace November 15th and 16th in the high school’s auditorium.  Both performances for the comedy are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3, students and senior citizens.  They are available at the door of the performances or by calling 440-427-6070.

Please click HERE for event flyer.

OLMSTED FALLS BASKETBALL BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE/ALUMNI GAME 2013

Date:               Saturday, November 23, 2013

Time:               4:00 pm – 5:00 pm [“Blue & Gold” Scrimmage] / 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm [Alumni Game]

Location:         Olmsted Falls High School

  • Come see the 2013-14 Varsity Bulldogs in the first annual “Blue & Gold” Scrimmage!
  • Come see many former Bulldog players from years past in the Alumni Game!!!
  • We are asking that fans donate a canned good(s) for a local food bank at the door!

Any questions regarding the event, please contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net.

ENTER THE OLMSTED FALLS PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

The Reflections art contest is a national arts contest sponsored by PTA as a way to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.  The contest begins with students competing locally within their district.  Winning entries are then advanced to the State and possibly National level.  There are six arts categories under which students can submit their work:  Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, Literature, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.  A student can enter multiple times.   Entry forms and complete rules for each category can be found at www.ohiopta.org/Programs.aspx.  Choose the Reflections tab at the top and links to the student entry form and contest rules will be on the right hand side.  All entries should be returned to the main office of your child’s school no later than Monday, December 2, 2013.  Late entries WILL NOT be accepted.  Please contact the Reflections chair for your child’s school with any questions:

OECPTA:  Sandy Price (rizzoprice@hotmail.com)

Falls-Lenox/ECC:  Julie Smith (haileysmom920@yahoo.com)

OFIS:  Patty Voisinet (scottpatty00@hotmail.com)

OFMS:  Kathy Burkart (iepteacher@sbcglobal.net)

OFHS:  Sandra Graham (slgwhit@cox.net)

OFHS POST PROM FUNDRAISER OFFERS HOLIDAY BAKLAVA

baklava The OFHS Post Prom is selling baklava for your holiday dinners or parties. Orders offer an unbaked 8-by-8-inch pan for $20, which includes about 18 pieces or a 9 –by-13-inch pan for $30 – about 28 pieces. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup.

Payment must accompany the order form, which is HERE. Cash or checks should be payable to ‘OFHS Post Prom.’ Order deadline is Sunday, December 15th with a 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, December 23th pick-up time at the high school.

COMMUNITY

KIDS SHOP OFFERS HOLIDAY BUYING OR GIFT MAKING

Christmas wrapped presents The Olmsted Community Center will have its first Kids Shop on Saturday, November 23rd where kids can shop alone for holiday gifts for their family, friends, teachers, coaches and others or make their own creations.  Items range from $1-$5 in price. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. Parents are invited to stay and explore the rest of the shop, including concessions and a bake sale.

OF CUB SCOUT TROOP OFFERS SANTA’S SECRET SHOP

santaChildren may holiday shop for family and friends in the one-stop Santa’ Secret Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7th at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

The Cub Scout Pack 102 and its elves will help children shop for items ranging from $1-10. Gift wrapping is included. The Olmsted Performing Arts will provide entertainment.  Parents may check out raffle items, including a VitaMix blender and Kindle Fire. All proceeds benefit the pack.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER

of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21Support the newest sport for girls and boys in town.  The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association offers a night out from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, November 16th at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include refreshments, pizza, wings and rigatoni. There will be raffle boards, 50/50 and gift baskets, too. This year’s fundraising activities will assist in further growing the program with additional high school uniforms as there will be  JV and Varsity boys’ teams and more girls playing as well.  The money raised also will help keep registration fees at 2013 levels.  Please contact olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com for ticket information or  Kelly Atkins at  bobcatteach@gmail.com  with donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big ticket item.

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