Parent Update – January 22, 2014
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH
COMMON CORE STANDARDS MEETING AT FALLS-LENOX – TOMORROW NIGHT, THURS., JAN. 23RD
The presentation focuses on an overview of the Common Core Standards for both Reading and Math. Parents will see valuable and specific grade level examples. School officials will field questions from the audience. About 50 parents and community members attended last week’s presentation.
Please be sure to mark your calendar to attend this important and informative event. Parents of students in all grade levels are encouraged to attend this scheduled session.
SOS: SIGNS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM GETS UNDERWAY AT OFMS
As a proactive way to address the important topic of teen depression and related issues, OFMS annually offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training through the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Middle School Program. The SOS Program at OFMS will include a classroom presentation that will be conducted by our own school counselors and school psychologists. All seventh graders will participate in this program on the following days: Phoenix Team on Wednesday, January 27th; and the Griffin Team on Monday, February 10th.
Detailed information on the scheduled SOS Program is being provided to parents this week. To read the letter sent to Middle School parents, please click HERE. To download the SOS: Signs of Suicide Parent Newsletter, please click HERE.
Please contact Middle School Principal Mark Kurz with any questions at 427-6200.
OFMS AND OFIS STUDENTS COMPETE IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY BEE
All students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle schools participated in the qualifying round of the National Geographic Bee in November. Ultimately, 19 finalists emerged from the middle school. The national organization provided questions for the final competitions that were given orally to each contestant.
Taking first place at OFMS was Joey Calabrase; 2nd place, Shalin Desai and 3rd place, Abby Gaba. All are eighth graders. OFMS participants included Nathan Mader, Joey Lippus, John Gaba, Jacob Kerkay, Matthew Thielman, Michael Thielman, Emma Andrus, Mallory Witt, Ryan Palyo, Jake Dahlinger, Alex Bolton, Grayson Stallman, Ryan von Keyserling, Maggie Harris, Lindsay Rowe and Andrea Sheetz.
OFIS first place winner was Hank Long and second place, Sanat Subhash. OFIS participants were Megan Nguyen, Ryan Graham, Issac Spittal, Jimmy Cooney, Anthony DeMarco, Kaimo Pamesa, Alaina McCollum and Jon Siudowski.
The winner of the middle school competition will take a qualifying state exam. Results of that exam will determine qualification for the April 4th state competition. The state competition winner will win an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington D.C. to compete at the National level May 19-21. Congratulations to all the Bee Bulldogs and good luck in your next competition. For more OFMS photos, click HERE. For a photo of OFIS finalist participants, click HERE.
Oh, the answer to the winning question: Indonesia. Did you know it?
CALLING ALL FORMER OFHS WRESTLERS – JOIN US THIS FRIDAY, JAN. 24TH
The OFHS wrestling team would like to honor all past OFHS wrestlers this 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 join us to help celebrate the past success of the Bulldog wrestling program.
ECC STUDENTS & STAFF TO CELEBRATE 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL – FRIDAY, JAN. 31ST
Learning and growing every day is cause for celebration at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center! Students and staff at the ECC will celebrate the 100th day of school next Friday, January 31st, with a variety of “100” themed activities. (Please note that there has been a date change for this ECC event; it was originally listed on this year’s printed activities calendar as January 30th.)
ATTN: OFHS SENIORS & PARENTS – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEB. 13TH
For seniors interested in applying for the Local Scholarship Program, applications are now available in the OFHS Counseling Office. All Local Scholarship Applications must be returned no later than 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13th. Last year, thanks to the generosity of 77 local community donors, the OFHS Local Scholarship Program awarded more than $115,375 through 231 scholarships for members of the Class of 2013. Local Scholarship Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office, or downloaded from the Counselors’ Corner section of the High School website. Please contact Ms. Tommye Laut, 427-6116, with any questions.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEXT YEAR’S KINDERGARTENERS
February 7th – Registration Instruction Pick-Up Begins at the Early Childhood Center, 7105 Fitch Road, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on school days.
February 27th Kindergarten Information Night, 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center. (Babysitting available.)
March 11th – 13th Kindergarten Registration at Early Childhood Center, by appointment.
April 30th & May 1st Kindergarten Screening at Early Childhood Center, by appointment.
Please call (440) 427-6360 with questions or email Melinda Brunner, ECC Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
OFHS BOYS SOCCER PLAYER/PARENT MEETING FEBRUARY 12TH
Players and parents are invited to attend the 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th meeting for the 2014 OFHS Boys Soccer program in the high school media center. All players in grades 8-11 who plan to try out and play soccer for OFHS in 2014 must attend with a parent. If for some reason, such as club training, soccer game, etc. you cannot attend, please have a parent attend. Important information about the off-season and upcoming season will be discussed. For more details, go to the soccer website by clicking HERE. If you have questions, contact Coach Walchanowicz, OFHSSoccer@sbcglobal.net.
Thursday, February 13, 2013
7:00 PM @ Olmsted Falls High School
(No School On Friday, Feb. 14th!)
Tickets are $3.00 for Students & $6.00 for Adults and on sale at the door!
All money raised for this event goes to PTA scholarship fund.
ANNUAL SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE FOR OFHA BAND/CHOIR – DEADLINE FOR ORDERS IS TOMORROW, JAN. 23RD
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 TOMORROW 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.
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, are being accepted now through February 22nd.
The 11-U Olmsted Falls Travel Baseball winter tryouts are this Saturday, January 25th 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, email@example.com or 440-773-7668; Jon Vas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 440-759-8632 or Jeff Cooney, email@example.com, 440-773-8614. For a complete flyer, click HERE.
OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registration is now OPEN for the Olmsted Falls Soccer Association’s (OFSA) Spring Recreational Soccer Program (REC). This program is opened to players between the ages of 4 to 14 and a high school division. All the games are played at Shady Soccer Fields in Olmsted Falls on Saturday mornings between 9:00 – 2:00 pm.
Please visit our registration web page to register your child and to access more information under the “league” tab and “recreation league” selection at www.olmstedsoccer.com. The registration deadline is April 2nd.
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS OFFERS CHILL BREAKER FOR KIDS 5-14 THIS FRIDAY, 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.
FIRST OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE TEAMS SIGN UP WEDNESDAY 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
Olmsted Community Center’s Saturday Activity Nights’ January 25th event highlights a special guest – DJ “A” – who will mix, scratch and give new meaning to dance and remix music fun. Those in grades 1-6 also can enjoy basketball, dodge ball and fuse art. The session runs from 7-10 p.m. and costs $8. For full details about the event, click HERE.
OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS CREATIVE CAKE/COOKIE DECORATING
Learn some basic skills in original cake and cookie decorating, then enter your creativity in a contest. The Olmsted Falls Branch Library has the class from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, February 6th where those in grades 6-12 get hands-on experience using frosting tips, a pastry bag and colored frosting. All supplies are provided. They also take their cookies home! Registration is required.
They then can try their decorating skills by entering the Bake-A-Book, Win a Nook contest on Saturday, April 12th in the Parma-Snow Branch Library’s auditorium. A parent or legal guardian must sign a release and hold harmless form before the program for the teens to be able to work with food. Contact the OF Library for the form. To learn more about the contest, click HERE.