Parent Update – January 17, 2014
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JANUARY 20TH AND FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH
This is just a reminder that there will be no school this Monday, January 20th for the Martin Luther King holiday. There also will be no school next Friday, January 24th due to a District Staff In-Service Day.
Please note these dates on your calendar. Thank you.
FIRST OF TWO PRESENTATIONS ON NEW COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS PROVIDES VALUABLE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Approximately 50 parents and community members joined Assistant Superintendent Ms. Kelli Cogan in the OFHS auditorium last night for a presentation on the new Common Core State Standards. The presentation focused on an overview of the Common Core Standards for both Reading and Math. Ms. Cogan provided parents with valuable and specific grade level examples.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Ms. Cogan, joined by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, answered additional questions from the audience.
The next presentation on the new Common Core Standards is scheduled for:
Next Thursday, January 23rd
7:00 PM @ Falls-Lenox Cafeteria
Please be sure to mark your calendar to attend this important and informative event. The content of next week’s session will be essentially the same as the content covered at the first session. Parents of students in all grade levels are encouraged to attend next week’s scheduled session.
OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WELCOMES NEWEST MEMBERS, ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2014
Last Thursday, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its Annual Organizational Meeting at 7 p.m., prior to the start of its regular meeting for the month of January at 7:30 p.m. At the Organizational Meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education welcomed two new Board members – Mrs. Holly Neumann and Mrs. Linda Parkowski, who were both elected in the November 2013 election. Mrs. Neumann and Mrs. Parkowski were each officially sworn in by District Treasurer Mr. Mark Hullman. Returning Board member Joe Bertrand, re-elected in the November 2013, was also sworn it to serve another term.
In addition, during the Annual Organizational Meeting, Mr. James Weisbarth was elected to serve as Board President for calendar year 2014; and Mr. Joe Bertrand was elected to serve another year as Board Vice President. Mr. Weisbarth will also serve as the Board’s legislative liaison for 2014.
We extend both congratulations and thanks to these individuals for taking on these additional responsibilities in the coming year.
To learn more about our newest Board members, as well as the other members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, please click HERE, and then click on the names in the upper right corner under “Board Members.”
Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Neumann and Mrs. Parkowski, and in congratulating Mr. Bertrand on his re-election.
2014 Olmsted Falls Board of Education
Front row: Board President Mr. Jim Weisbarth (19th year of service) and Board Vice President Mr. Joe Bertrand (10th year of service). Back row: Board Members Mrs. Holly Neumann (1st year of service), Mr. Greg Surtman (3rd year of service) and Mrs. Linda Parkowski (1st year of service).
BOARD PASSES FINAL RESOLUTION FOR 1.8 MILL BOND ISSUE THIS MAY
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education, at its regular monthly meeting held January 9th, unanimously passed the final resolution required to place a 1.8 mill bond issue for Olmsted Falls High School back on the election ballot this May.
The bond issue, dedicated to addressing overcrowding, safety and security at Olmsted Falls High School through building renovation and expansion, was originally defeated this past November with 2,904 in favor of the bond issue and 3,438 against. The defeat of the issue did not eliminate the need to address these critical issues at the high school. Therefore, the District plans to continue its efforts to educate the community about the need.
Passage of the resolution of necessity back in December was the first legislative step required to place the bond issue back on the ballot in May 2014. The Board’s passage of a resolution to proceed at last week’s monthly meeting for January was the final piece of legislation required to place the issue on the May ballot. Any parents or residents with questions about the 1.8 mill bond issue for Olmsted Falls High School are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 427-6000.
SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH
January is School Board Recognition Month in Ohio. Olmsted Falls School District took the opportunity to publicly thank our local Board of Education members during their regular monthly meeting held this past Thursday. Each Board member – including recently retired Board members Ms. Michelle Theriot and Mrs. Rhonda McCrone (pictured at left)– received a certificate of recognition from the Ohio School Board Association, presented by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.
ANNUAL ‘COCOA & CRAM’ STUDY SESSION WELL ATTENDED
It took place from 2:16-3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and was well attended. A special thanks to Student Ambassadors who hosted the session and to those who participated in preparing for the exams.
OF HOCKEY TEAM MEMBER MAKES PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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HELPING HANDS’ DANCE 4 CHARITY EVENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TODAY – JAN. 17TH
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.
2014 TALENT SHOW TRYOUTS TOMORROW – SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH
OFHS TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL OFHS GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL SKILLS CLINIC – THIS MON., JAN. 20TH
Olmsted Falls High School is very proud to announce that we will be hosting the 1ST Annual OFHS Girls Fastpitch Softball Skills Clinic on Monday January 20th, 2014 (MLK Day) from 1:00-4:00pm for all interested girls grades 1-8! The cost is $25, and includes a camp shirt! The camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Come join us for a day of valuable softball knowledge and fun. Instructors will include the OFHS softball coaching staff, OFHS Head Baseball Coach Dan Largent, former Strongsville Head Coach Jeanette Howard, and current Bulldog players. All ability levels are welcome to attend – even beginners!
Registrants can either bring their form/payment directly to camp on 1/20, or mail to the address on the form by Wednesday 1/15! Please click HERE for registration form.
The regular monthly meeting of the OFIS PTA, originally scheduled for January 21st, has been canceled to allow for members to attend the very special family event with renowned author Donald Davis. OFIS PTA encourages all OFIS parents and families to attend “An Evening with Donald Davis” (see above) at 7 p.m. in the OFIS gym instead of the monthly PTA meeting. “An Evening with Mr. Davis” is an event you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars and enjoy!
Middle School student received yearbook order forms to bring home this week. If you are interested in ordering a 2013-2014 Olmsted Falls Middle School Yearbook, please return the order form, along with your check payable to LIFETOUCH, to the Middle School by Tuesday, January 21st at the latest. You may also place yearbook orders online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob, with yearbook ID code: 11666914.
A BIG BULLDOG THANK YOU!
The Olmsted Falls Swim & Dive Boosters would like to thank everyone who supported our Ham Sale this season. We had record-breaking sales and were able to raise additional funds to help pay for added pool time for our team. In addition, a big thanks to all those who volunteered their time, to organize the event, print materials, encourage sales and help with the sorting and delivery of all that ham right before Christmas! We appreciate the support and the swimmers and divers appreciate their improved scores with all that additional practice! Thanks again to the Olmsted communities!
OECPTA’ BARGAIN BONANZA REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Bargain Bonanza is a consignment-style super sale. This year the OECPTA-sponsored event is March 8 at the OFMS cafeteria. The cafeteria is organized with thousands of clothing items for sale all sorted by size and gender and the gymnasium is packed full of toys, baby gear and so much more. Anyone may register to be a seller, but the PTA does have a cap of 130 sellers. Unlike other sales, this one allows sellers to drop off their items with tags purchased from OECPTA and members do all the hard work of sorting and running the actual sale. After all the tags are added up, checks are cut and you get your proceeds minus 10% for members of OECPTA and 12% for non-members.
The OFHS wrestling team would like to honor all past OFHS wrestlers on Friday, January 24th. We will wrestle Bay Village and Valley Forge that evening. Wrestling will begin at 6 p.m. We would like to recognize all former wrestlers halfway through the match, at about 7 p.m. Coach Bryce Burkhard asks that when you arrive, please check in with Johnny Miller so your name will be announced at that time. Please help celebrate the past success of the wrestling program.
ANNUAL SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE FOR OFHA BAND/CHOIR NOW ACCEPTING ORDERS UNTIL JAN. 23
Olmsted Falls Music Association is sponsoring its annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale where each student has the opportunity to earn at least $3 for every $5 hoagie they sell. Funds will be placed in the child’s own account to be used for music travel in high school. Students must see their music teacher for order forms.
Order and monies will be due Thursday, January 23rd. Hoagie pickups will be Saturday, February 1, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Shaker’s IGA. Extra sandwiches will be available for on-hand purchase. Please help our student musicians share their talent and enjoy school travels.
OFHS SWIM & DIVE TEAM SETS FEBRUARY 18TH AS ITS ANNUAL DINNER AND RAFFLE
The OFHS Swim & Dive Team invites the community to its annual Dinner and Raffle from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, February 18th at the OFHS cafeteria. This year the event has a luau theme. For more details, or if you have a donation for the raffle, call Tessa, 440-228-8160. Some of the raffle items this year include a 42-inch flat screen TV, iPad Air, SOL headphones and much more! Dinner tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for those 10 and younger. Order deadline is February 14th. For a dinner registration form, click HERE.
SAVE THE DATE: OFMS WEB LOCK-IN IS FEBRUARY 21ST AND 22ND
The OFMS Web lock-in is from 8 p.m. Friday, February 21st to 7 a.m. Saturday, February 22nd. The event is for eighth grade WEB leaders and sixth grade students only. Participants will have the opportunity to play basketball, dodge ball, snacks, nail painting, cooking, dancing and other activities. Donations for door prices, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, will be accepted in the Guidance Office from January 21st through February 22nd.
The 11-U Olmsted Falls Travel Baseball winter tryouts are on Jan. 25 in the Olmsted Falls High School gym. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with tryouts, 9-10 a.m. For more details, contact Duane Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-773-7668; Jon Vas, email@example.com, 440-759-8632 or Jeff Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 440-773-8614. For a complete flyer, click HERE.
OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
The Olmsted Falls Soccer Association is now accepting registrations for their Recreational Program for this fall season. This program is opened to players between the ages of 4 to 14. They are also offering a REC high school division. All the games are played on Shady Soccer Fields in Olmsted Township on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please visit their website to register your child and for more information. The registration deadline is April 2nd. www.olmstedsoccer.com
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS OFFERS CHILL BREAKER FOR KIDS 5-14 JANUARY 24.
Olmsted Performing Arts offers a way to break this chill. Kids are invited to its mid-winter Luau and Lock-In. The Luau is from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, January 24 and the Lock-In, 9 p.m. Friday, January 24 through 7 a.m. Saturday, January 25. Kids ages 5-14 are welcome. Admission to the Luau is free and includes live music. Tickets may be purchased for $1-5 each or 25 for $20 to participate in games, crafts, sundae bar, photo booth and food that Jo Jo’s Italian Restaurant will provide.
The annual lock-in, which includes a Nerf war, dance off, open gym and more, immediately follows the luau. The Lock-In costs $20 a person. Online registration is available by clicking HERE or calling 440-235-6722.
REGISTER FOR OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION’S LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE TEAMS
The Olmsted Travel Baseball Association now is accepting registration for players ages 6-14 who want to participate in its Lorain County Hot Stove League (LCHS). Registration is on two dates: January 22nd and February 5th both from 6-8 p.m. in the OFHS cafeteria. Teams will play on fields up to 45 minutes away. Play begins around May 1 and ends mid-July. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball. The registration form may be downloaded from the OTBA website by clicking HERE. A detailed flyer about the registration is obtainable by clicking HERE.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS
Parents are invited to bring your kids inside the Olmsted Community Center for its weekly Saturday Activity Nights to run off their energy. They can enjoy some warm fun indoors! Each session runs from 7-10 p.m. and costs $8 for those in grades 1-6.
The next event is Saturday, January 18th with a 16-foot inflatable slide by AJ Bouncers and enjoy games, prizes, basketball, crafts and fun with your friends. A special guest — DJ “A”– is an interactive DJ for Saturday, January 25th, who mixes, scratches and gives new meaning to dance and remix music fun. Also enjoy basketball, dodge ball and fuse art.