Parent Update – November 8, 2013
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
Staff 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Falls-Lenox/ECC: Julie Smith (email@example.com)
OFIS: Patty Voisinet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
OFMS: Kathy Burkart (email@example.com)
OFHS: Sandra Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
OFHS POST PROM FUNDRAISER OFFERS HOLIDAY 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.
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.
OF CUB SCOUT TROOP OFFERS SANTA’S SECRET SHOP
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
Support 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 email@example.com for ticket information or Kelly Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org with donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big ticket item.