Parent Update – November 21, 2013
**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
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.
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!
Attn: 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.
Olmsted 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
FALLS-LENOX SILVER LININGS DAY WELCOMED GRANDPARENTS AND ‘GRANDFRIENDS’
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
MEET MRS. EIDAM
Mrs. 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!
Is 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
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 (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)
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
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!
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.
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
Don’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
Boy 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 email@example.com.
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.
Grand Pacific Junction Open House – Dec. 7th
Christmas 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
Olmsted 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.