Parent Update – December 7, 2013
FALLS-LENOX WINS $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 GRANT AND SPECIAL VISIT FROM THE CLEVELAND BROWNS
The halls of Falls-Lenox Primary School were filled to the brim with excitement this past Tuesday as nine NFL players from the Cleveland Browns made a special visit to present the school with a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming and/or equipment. Falls-Lenox was one of just thirty-four schools across the country to have been selected as NFL PLAY 60 Super School Contest Winners.
The Super School visit began with the arrival of the Browns players by way of Olmsted Falls School Bus, and included a health and wellness assembly for all students. Participating Browns players included: Billy Cundiff, John Hughes, Alex Mack, Craig Robertson, T.J. Ward, Christian Yount, Jabaal Sheard, Shawn Lauvao, and Davone Bess. Students and staff – clad in brown and orange, of course – welcomed players by lining the hallways with signs, cheers and high-fives. In addition to the assembly, which included an opportunity for students to ask questions of the players, the Browns also led an Ultimate Fitness gym class led by the players!
Many thanks to the Cleveland Browns players and support staff, and to the NFL and Time Warner Cable, who sponsored the $10,000 grant. Thanks also to the great efforts of Falls-Lenox P.E. teacher Greg Hoover and Falls-Lenox parent Jodi DiMarco, who spearheaded the effort to enter the NFL Play 60 Contest back in September – with the help of many volunteers, students and staff. (See Sept. 13th blog post.) Their efforts really paid off! Falls-Lenox will use the $10,000 grant to install a new climbing wall in the west gym.
Brown’s defensive back T.J. Ward sent the following Tweet from the Falls-Lenox event:
To view T.J. Ward’s Instagram post, please click HERE.
To view video coverage of this exciting visit on the Brown’s website, please click HERE.
To view an extensive EVENT PHOTO GALLERY, please click HERE.
ANNUAL OFMA TREE SALE – THIS WEEKEND AT OFHS!
Beautiful Fraiser Firs! Up to 8 ft. $45; Over 8 ft. $55.
Support Olmsted Falls Music Association with the purchase of your fresh tree TODAY!
OFHS BOWLING TEAM RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
The OFHS Bowling Team for the 2012-2013 season had the highest series game bowled of 1183 for a five-man team of ages 17-20 years of age in the entire United States Bowling Congress (USBC). They received national recognition for that honor.
The team consisted of Jake Olszewski, 220; Chris Kuczinski, 246; Nate Paliska, 213; Daniel Becker, 280 and Devin Carver 224. The five-man team was honored with an award this past Saturday at Buckeye Lanes. Congratulations to the boys and their performance! To view a photo of the certificate and team photo, click HERE.
STATE SENATOR TOM PATTON PRESENTS STATEHOUSE FLAGS TO ECC
On Friday, November 22nd, students and staff at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) welcomed Ohio State Senator Tom Patton for a very special presentation. The American flag outside the Early Childhood Center was recently in need of replacement. As a result of outreach to the Senator’s office by ECC secretary Mrs. Loretta McClelland, Senator Patton took steps to secure for the building a new American flag, as well as a State of Ohio flag. Both of these new flags presented by the Senator have previously flown over the Ohio Statehouse.
Senator Patton personally presented the new flags to ECC Director Mrs. Melinda Brunner during a special assembly with kindergarten students and staff. Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd also participated in the special event and assisted in raising the new American flag for the first time. Both flags now fly proudly on the flag pole in front of the ECC. Many thanks to Senator Patton and Mrs. McClelland for making this flag donation a reality. And, special thanks to the students and staff of the ECC who made the flag presentation event extra special! To view a photo gallery from the event, please click HERE.
DON’T MISS ANNUAL SWIM & DIVE TEAM’S HONEYBAKED HAM SALE – DEADLINE TO ORDER IS FRIDAY, DEC. 13TH!
Make your holiday meal preparation faster and easier, and support our Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team! The team will receive 15% of every order. SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE. Product pick up will be on December 23rd at the High School from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Delivery for larger corporate orders can be arranged. New this year is the ability to place your order online and still support the Swim & Dive Team. Use the link below to place your order!
Or, you can still download a hardcopy of the order form by clicking HERE. Thanks in advance for your support of the OFHS Swim & Dive Team! Happy Holidays!
REAL WORLD LEARNING AT OFMS
Sixth-grade students at OFMS are completing a project in which they are aspiring entrepreneurs given the opportunity to start their own restaurant in a Free Market Economy. The project began after John and Jennifer Minkiewicz, owners of Jo Jo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria on Cook Road, talked to the students. The two entrepreneurs spoke to them about supply and demand, menus, pricing, marketing, deals/specials and staffing. The students will be able to use that information in creating their own projects. To view pictures of the event, click HERE. The Minkiewiczs also invited all the kids under 12 to stop into Jo Jo‘s on Thursday nights to make their own pizzas!
OFMS gives a big Bulldog thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Minkiewicz for giving up their entire morning to speak to the sixth-grade students.
DISTRICT REVISES ATTENDANCE POLICIES FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 1ST – 12TH
The Olmsted Falls Attendance Procedures have been aligned throughout the district for students in grades 1 to 12. This means that some buildings now have different guidelines when it comes to attendance for students. Please be advised of the following now in effect for all students attending Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS:
- Any student entering the building within 90 minutes of the first bell will be considered tardy.
- Any student entering the building after the first 90 minutes of the school day, will be marked with a ½ day AM absence.
- Any student leaving the building prior to the last 90 minutes of the school day will be marked with a ½ day PM absence.
- In the case of a doctor’s appointment: If your child has a doctor’s appointment and is out of school for less than two hours, it will not be counted as an absence if a doctor’s note is provided upon their return. If a doctor’s appointment runs longer than two hours, it will be coded as either a ½ day excused absence (with a doctor’s note) or a ½ day unexcused absence (without a doctor’s note).
NATIONAL GUARD BRINGS ENGINEERING TO OFHS STUDENTS
Local National Guard recruiters recently visited OFHS’s Pre Engineering program to help students design and build mock up levees. Students had a good time getting dirty and using a design process to determine the outcome. A special thanks to SFC Sandra J. Mesenburg for her help. A photo gallery of the event is available by clicking HERE. For more information about the National Guard Program, click HERE.
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Please click HERE to read the latest message from Dr. Lloyd.
OF SCHOOL BOARD HONORS OFMS TEACHER
Christine O’Brien, an OFMS math teacher, received accolades at the recent school board meeting. This summer she participated in a STEM – Science, Engineering and Math – Fellowship from the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education. She was one of 50 educators across the U.S. selected to spend a week in Washington D.C. learning how to integrate innovative STEM techniques into her classroom.This all-expense-paid immersion program creates a group of STEM ambassadors who can take what they learned into their classrooms and become key influencers in their schools and communities. She collaborated with educators from urban and rural areas across middle and high school grade levels in an effort to bring new and innovative digital tools into the classroom that will enhance STEM teaching and learning. To view photos of her STEM experience, click HERE.
Christine also was honored for earning her National Board Certification renewal. Congratulations, Christine, for these education-enriching honors.
BOARD RECOGNIZES FALL 2013 SCHOLAR ATHLETES & FIRST TEAM ALL SOUTHWESTERN CONFERENCE PERFORMERS
District leaders recognized student athletes from Olmsted Falls High School at the November meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education. Fall athletes who earned Scholar Athlete status (by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher) and those selected as 1st Team All SWC Performers were honored with certificates and a reception.
First Row, Left to Right: Joshua Musial (Scholar Athlete – Cross Country), Rebecca Nunemaker (Scholar Athlete – Cross Country), Kerri Gaspar (1st Team All SWC – Volleyball), Samantha Smitley (1st Team All SWC – Volleyball), Michelle Bertrand (Scholar Athlete – Tennis), and Rosalyn Miranda (Scholar Athlete – Cheerleading).
Back Row, Left to Right: Board President Jim Weisbarth, Ryan Bratsch (Scholar Athlete – Golf), Alex Torres (1st Team All SWC – Golf), Board Vice President Joe Bertrand, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, Christian Klein (1st Team All SWC – Soccer), Michael Payne (Scholar Athlete – Soccer), and Michael Hansinger (Scholar Athlete & 1st Team All SWC – Football)
Not pictured: Ashley Gomez (Scholar Athlete & 1st Team All SWC – Golf), Leah Walchanowicz (Scholar Athlete & 1st Team SWC – Soccer), Lauren Walchanowicz (Scholar Athlete – Soccer), and Katharine Ferster (Scholar Athlete – Volleyball).
RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association hosted its annual holiday luncheon for retired bulldog staff members this past Tuesday at OFIS. More than 60 retired bulldogs were in attendance at this popular event, sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education to recognize the contributions and lasting impact of the District’s retirees.. Retired staff members enjoyed a wonderful hot lunch prepared by the District’s outstanding food services department. Lunch was served by Mr. Jim Ryan’s OWA students from OFHS. Guests were also treated to a selection of song from the Nutcracker by Mrs. Kelly McClellan’s 5th Grade Singers. To view photos from the 2013-2014 Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon, please click HERE.
OFHS JUNIOR CLASS OFFERS APPLEBEE’S FUNDRAISER – THIS MONDAY, DEC. 9TH
The OFHS Junior Class officers have a fundraiser at North Olmsted’s Applebee’s from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, December 9th. Applebee’s will donate 15 percent of your check when dining in its restaurant that day during those specific hours when presenting a flyer, which is available by clicking HERE. Enjoy a meal and help the high school’s 11th graders at the same time. Don’t forget to bring your flyer!
OFMS PTA FUNDRAISER PICK-UP NEXT WEEK
Don’t forget to pick up your jewelry and Love Bag orders on Tuesday, December 10th from 4-6 p.m. in the OFMS cafeteria. This is a ONE DAY pick-up opportunity only. Thank you so much for participating in our OFMS PTA fundraiser!
OECPTA FIVE BELOW FUNDRAISER – DEC. 1ST – 24TH
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA has partnered with Five Below in North Olmsted for an ongoing fundraiser during the month of December. Download the invitation flyer by clicking HERE and bring it with you to Five Below. 10% of your purchase will be aid the OECPTA. Stop in between now and December 24th for some holiday shopping and to help raise money for OECPTA! Thanks in advance for your support!
OFHS BLOOD DRIVE GIVES HOPE FOR PATIENTS
The OFHS Student Council recently sponsored a blood drive for the American Red Cross. The efforts provided 45 pints of blood needed for patient care. Of the 61 individuals who tried to donate, there were about 25 first time blood donors. For every 50 pints collected, a scholarship fund is set up for the seniors. Thanks for all those who volunteered their time from set up to registration to canteen assistants. A Bulldog thank you goes also to the boys basketball team for removing tables and chairs and giving up some of their practice time in the gym.
The next blood drive is scheduled for April 22, 2014.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP FOR K-8 STUDENTS
Did you know that the Cuyahoga County Libraries offer FREE homework help in all subject areas for students in grades K-8? The North Olmsted Library has a homework center staffed by trained homework coaches and volunteers from 4:00-5:15 p.m. and 6:00-6:30 p.m. To register your child for homework help, visit the library and for more information, please visit the Cuyahoga Library Website: http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/Homework-Centers.aspx.
KIWANIS SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH SANTA – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH
Olmsted Kiwanis hosts the Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner with Santa on Friday, December 13th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the OFHS Cafeteria. Dinner includes salad, roll, beverage & dessert. Adults (13 & over) $8; Children (6-12) $6; Seniors (60 & over) $6; Kids 5 & under eat free! Door prizes and crafters! SAVE THE DATE!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE ANNUAL BULLDOG SPORTSWEAR SALE ON DEC. 14TH
Christmas is right around the corner! Plan to complete some of your holiday shopping when you attend the OFAB Bulldog Sportswear Sale held in High School Cafeteria on December 14 from 9 a.m – 1 p.m. Tons of great items for mom, dad, kids, grandparents, and friends! In addition to our wide selection of Bulldog clothing, there will be flags, decals, stadium seats, hats, jewelry, travel mugs and more. New this year are camouflage items along with sparkling apparel! OF Cheerleaders will be on hand to wrap your gifts too!
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.
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.
SANTA’S SECRET SHOP IS THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH
Children may shop for holiday gifts for family and friends at Santa’s Secret Shop this Saturday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Cub Scout Pack 102 and its elves will help children select items priced from $1-10. Gift wrapping is included. Olmsted Performing Arts will provide entertainment. Parents may enter a raffle of items including a Vitamix blender and Kindle Fire. All proceeds benefit the pack.
FINAL WEEKEND FOR BOY SCOUTS CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 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.
OF LIBRARY OFFERS ITS WINTER ACTIVITIES
The Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library has many activities and offerings for the community. Some of them require registration. A flyer that lists activities for all ages is available by clicking HERE.
The library also released its 2013 Great Books for Kids website, which is available by clicking HERE. Librarians from its many branches selected their choices of the best children’s and teen literature.
DECEMBER ACTIVITY NIGHTS AT OCC! Attention: Parents! Get your Christmas shopping done while kids enjoy our Fun Nights for Grades 1st-6th. December brings extra fun for kids at the Saturday Activity Night Program at The Olmsted Community! Mark your calendars for our December Holiday Fun Nights from 7-10p.m. Visit www.olmstedcc.com or click HERE to download information flyer.
THIS SATURDAY, December 7th – inFocus Photo Booth Night and Santa. Dress up as Elves, Reindeers, Santa, Silly Fun for everyone. Christmas craft making, Christmas Bingo, Dodgeball, Candy Cane Limbo and a Special Visit from Santa! NEXT SATURDAY, December 14th – Holiday Rainbow Loom Bracelet Night. We have all the Holiday colors, plus…Christmas charms and bells to add on. Countdown chain making, and everyone receives a candy cane tonight!
*These are the last two Saturday Activity Nights of the year. We resume on January 11th for our Wacky New Year’s Party for kids grades 1st-6th from 7-10p.m. Mark your Calendars!FIRST FEDERAL OF LAKEWOOD & OLMSTED COMMUNITY CHURCH HOST FREE PICTURES WITH SANTA TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES
Bring your little ones to share their holiday gift list and get a free picture with Santa. Enjoy free cookies & cocoa! For each family that brings their children in, $5 will be donated toward local food pantries.
THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH @ First Federal of Lakewood, North Olmsted Branch (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.); and NEXT Saturday, December 14th at Olmsted Community Church (3-6 p.m.). Please click HERE to download flyer.
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.