Parent Update – December 11, 2013
OLMSTED FALLS STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR DESIGNING OFFICIAL LOGO OF UPCOMING OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
With planning underway for the Olmsted community’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2014, the Olmsted Bicentennial Committee unveiled the official logo this past Monday night during the group’s planning meeting held at the Olmsted Township Town Hall. The official logo of the Olmsted Bicentennial was designed by local student Spencer McCoy, a senior at Olmsted Falls High School and a student of the Polaris Career Center’s Interactive Multimedia Program.
Spencer attended the meeting, along with members of his family, where he was publicly recognized by the Committee for his outstanding design of a logo which captures the Olmsted community’s past, present and future. Bicentennial Committee Marketing Chair Mark Hannah presented Spencer with a special plaque and a $100 check, awarded for his winning logo design.
“Spencer created a logo that met all of our design criteria,” said Mr. Hannah. “He has been very helpful to the marketing committee, and I look forward to working with him throughout the bicentennial celebration.”
Mr. Hannah added, “Spencer certainly has a bright career ahead of him as a designer.”
Spencer’s design was among several submitted to the Bicentennial’s marketing committee for consideration. The marketing committee reviewed all of the designs, requested a few revisions and selected the design that best represented Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township.
“The Polaris Interactive Multimedia Program gave me the opportunity to showcase my work to the community before I graduate from high school,” said logo designer Spencer McCoy. “I’m thrilled that my logo was selected and thankful for this fantastic opportunity.”
A SPECIAL THANK YOU AND ‘BEST WISHES’ TO TWO SPECIAL BULLDOG VOLUNTEERS
For eight years, Karin Kirtner and her service dog, Baby, have volunteered in the district, first at Falls-Lenox, then moving to ECC for weekly visits. The two were part of the district’s Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program, which Karin brought to the schools. The two were certified with Delta Pet Partners as a therapy team in 2005.
Karin and Baby worked with individual special education students as they read for 10-20 minutes. They also worked closely with Franca DeMuth, an intervention specialist. Karin and Baby spent two hours weekly at the schools. DeMuth noted that when seeing the students reading, the two hours a week definitely reflected “quality time.” Students loved reading to Baby and had no reservations. They looked forward to the weekly visits.
Karin began the program to the district as a way of “giving back” to the school community in which her daughter, Ellen, graduated and is now attending law school at Case Western Reserve University. In 2010, Karin and Baby received the Olmsted Falls Friends in Education award.
The photo seen here is of their last visit, since they have retired from the program. They received a gift bag as a small token of appreciation. The schools and district thank Karin and Baby for the life-long impact they had on students. A big Bulldog thank you and best wishes in their retirement. We appreciate the time both spent in the district.
OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SPONSORS ANNUAL APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
Olmsted Falls High School held its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast Friday in the High School Media Center. Guests enjoyed a buffet breakfast and a special holiday performance by the High School’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
In addition, Bulldog alumnus Kathleen Kopp made a special appearance at this year’s event via a recorded video message to express personal thanks and appreciation to the local scholarship sponsors. Katy is currently attending Ohio University and majoring in Special Education. For more photos from this event, please click HERE.
Last year, a total of 77 local sponsors provided nearly $115,375 through 231 scholarships for members of the Class of 2013. Our District extends its continued gratitude to all of these individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous support of our Bulldog graduates! The 2014 Local Scholarship Program is getting underway. For information on sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Mrs. Tommye Laut in the High School Counseling Office at 427-6116.
OFHS BOYS BOWLING TEAM CONTINUES ITS ROLL
The OFHS Boys Bowling Team recently competed in the Berea-Midpark Titan Tournament. The five-man team started a bit slow, but added speed in the second game. After that, the players never looked back. The team took first place in the tournament, bringing home the win and a trophy for the school.
The players’ series included Jake Olszewski, 709; Chad Kuchenmeister, 702; Kyle Alvino, 696, Paul Katz, 655 and Colin Kuchenmeister, 563.
Three of the boys were named to the All Tournament Team – Jake Olszewski, Chad Kuchenmeister and Kyle Alvino. A small photo gallery may be viewed by clicking HERE. Congratulations to the team and coaches.
REMINDER: UPCOMING HOLIDAY CONCERTS
TOMORROW, Thursday, December 12th – 7:00 p.m. – OFIS Choir Concert @ OFMS Cafetorium
Tuesday, December 17th – 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. (Two shows!) – OFHS Holiday Choir Concert @ OFHS Auditorium
Thursday, December 19th – 7:30 p.m. – OFHS Holiday Band Concert @ OFHS Auditorium
2 DAYS LEFT TO ORDER YOUR HONEYBAKED!! FRIDAY ORDER DEADLINE NEARS FOR ANNUAL SWIM & DIVE TEAM’S HONEYBAKED HAM SALE
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 order deadline is Friday, December 13th with a pick update December 23rd at the High School from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Delivery for larger corporate orders may 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!
POST PROM MEETING WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH
Planning continues with the OFHS Post Prom Committee. It is not too late to get involved. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 18th in the high school library. Join the group in planning a fun-filled and safe Post Prom for the seniors.
HELP OFIS STUDENT BECOME INTERNATIONAL ‘ARTIST OF THE WEEK’
OFIS student David needs your help. The fifth grader is in the running for “Artist of the Week” on Artsonia, the world’s largest online student art museum. The finalist who receives the most online votes now until THIS Saturday, December 14th, will become the winner.
To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click HERE. David is listed as David4702. You may vote once a day until the deadline. That is his drawing on the left. The “Artist of the Week” will be featured on the Artsonia homepage, receive a commemorative plaque, a gift certificate toward art material and the school will earn some funds, too. Good luck, David.
LOCAL PTA UNITS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL OHIO PTA AWARDS
OFCS Parents and Staff – we need your help! Take a moment and ask yourselves the following questions: Do you know a PTA volunteer or school staff member who has been an outstanding part of your child’s school year so far? Would you like the opportunity to recognize the contributions and special qualities of one of your child’s teachers or a fellow educator?
Every year, Ohio PTA presents awards to educators and volunteers/staff who show outstanding and remarkable support of youth. The Outstanding District Educator Award is presented to a certified educator who is a PTA member and is nominated by a fellow staff or parent in the school district. The Helping Hands Award is given to an outstanding volunteer or school district staff member (non-certified educator) who is a PTA member nominated by fellow staff or parents. The local deadline for this year’s nomination is FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH! Please click HERE to download nomination forms and learn more.
OECPTA FIVE BELOW FUNDRAISER CONTINUES - 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!
KIWANIS SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH SANTA – THIS 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!
THE ANNUAL BULLDOG SPORTSWEAR SALE IS THIS SATURDAY - DECEMBER 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 HOLIDAY BAKLAVA ORDERS DUE THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH
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 NEARS DECEMBER 17TH ORDER DATE
The National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale will run through December 17th. 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.
WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE
REMINDER: This year’s Winter Break begins Monday, December 23rd and runs through Friday, January 3rd. School will resume on Monday, January 6th. Please note that next week’s blog post will be the last one posted before break; there will be no blog updates during the break. The blog will resume the week of January 6th.
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 the Fun Nights for Grades 1st-6th. December brings extra fun for kids at the Saturday Activity Night Program at The Olmsted Community! This Saturday — December 14th — from 7-10 p.m. is Holiday Rainbow Loom Bracelet Night. Make them and take them home. The usual activities are available as well. Go to www.olmstedcc.com or click HERE for the center’s website.
OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION IS THIS WEEK
Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association will hold open registration for the 2014 season December 12th from 6-8 p.m. and December 14th from 10 a.m. to noon at Falls-Lenox Primary School. 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. The 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.
4TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT – DEC. 31ST, 7:30 P.M. – 12:30 A.M. AT NORTH OLMSTED RECREATION CENTER
Join us for a fun evening of ice skating, swimming, games, prizes and balloon drop at midnight.
Purchase advance tickets at the N.O Rec Center for $12 or $15 at the door. Admission includes all activities, snack and beverage. For more info, please call 440-734-8200. Event Co-sponsored by Cleveland Edges Skating Club and N.O. Recreation Department.