Parent Update – February 8, 2014
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
We will see students back in the buildings on Tuesday, February 18th.
THREE OFHS ROBOTICS TEAMS HEAD TO STATE COMPETITION
Four OFHS VEX Robotic Teams competed January 24th in the Zain State VEX Robotic Challenge at Zain State College. After six rounds, the teams were in fifth, eighth, 11th and 15th place. Teams 5658A and 5658D were combined going into the final rounds. They were ready to take the trophy home, but lost in the final competition, coming in second. All team members attending the competition were Matt Bender, Brian Dougher, Moises Garcia Ponce, David Graham, Joselyn Rabbitt, Lucas Schilling, Matthew Seman, Sean Winans, and Julie Wu.
Teams 5658A, 5658B and 5658D will enter the state competition February 22nd in Marion Ohio. If they place first there, they will head to California to compete. Click HERE to see a photo gallery of the competition and HERE for a video of the final rounds.
In other robotics action, two OFHS teams competed in the First Tech Challenge January 11th at Tri C’s Eastern Campus. Unfortunately, they did not return with any trophies, but they did compete, had a good time and looking forward to next year. Team members attending the competition were Ryan Miler, Joselyn Rabbitt, Jacob Rodrigues, Stephanie Schroth and Cory Umbel. To see a video of the FTC competition that Fox8 filmed showing OFHS robots #7918 and #7917, click HERE.
FIRST OF THREE LITERACY NIGHT EVENTS AT FALLS-LENOX A SUCCESS!
The first graders had a great time on Thursday at the “Lasso a Good Book!” Literacy Night! Students and their parents traveled through three ranches where they played fun reading games and learned about the latest reading websites and apps. The ranch stations include Story Stew, Riding through Non-Fiction Text Features, and Technology Round-Up. Students and parents took home many useful resources and had a great night!
To view a gallery of photos from last week’s First Grade Literacy Night, please click HERE.
Second grade Literacy Night is February 20th at 6:00 p.m.; followed by Third Grade Literacy Night on Thursday, March 6th! We look forward to sharing this adventure in reading with our 2nd and 3rd grade students and their families!
COMMON CORE PRESENTATION SLIDES AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Power Point slides from the recent presentations on the new Common Core Standards are now available in pdf format on the District website. More than 100 parents and residents attended the recent information sessions led by Assistant Superintendent Ms. Kelli Cogan.
The presentations focused on an overview of the Common Core Standards for both Reading and Math, and provided parents with valuable and specific grade level examples. School officials also fielded questions from the audience.
A list of frequently asked questions generated from the Q & A portions of each session is currently being compiled and will be posted online shortly. Please watch the blog for that additional information, which we hope parents who were unable to attend either event last month will find useful in addition to the Power Point slides.
To view the Power Point presentation from the January 16th Common Core Presentation at Olmsted Falls High School, please click HERE.
To view the Power Point presentation from the January 23 Common Core Presentation at Falls-Lenox Primary School, please click HERE.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR NOW UNDERWAY
Registration instruction pick-up began Friday, February 7th. The new online registration portal for the 2014-2015 school year will officially open this Monday, February 10th for 2014-15 registrations. All families registering kindergarten students for the coming 2014-2015 school year should plan to visit the Early Childhood Center Office on or after February 7th to pick up a registration instruction sheet and schedule registration and screening appointments.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEXT YEAR’S KINDERGARTENERS
Parents who will have children starting kindergarten in the Olmsted Falls School District next school year (2014-2015) should mark their calendars with these important dates:
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 10th – Online Registration Portal Opens (First step in registration process)
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.
EQUIPMENT DONATION AIDS ECC’S MODERATE INTENSIVE CLASSROOM STUDENTS
ECC’s moderate intensive classroom received a gift of a “squeeze machine.” It provides deep pressure and compression for students who seek this type of sensory input. It helps the classroom students calm their bodies and minds and helps them organize the outside stimuli that can be very difficult for them to process.
A special “thank you” to Joe Little, whose Five Horizons Foundation donated the funds for the piece of equipment. For more details about Five Horizons Foundation, click HERE. For a video students made to thank Joe Little, click HERE. The new “squeeze machine” was dedicated in loving memory of Colleen Cottingham, a dedicated paraprofessional at the ECC, who passed away over the winter break. To view the special memorial plaque, please click HERE.
OFHS GIRLS SOCCER TEAM RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE; ALONG WITH THREE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Congratulations to the OFHS Girls Soccer Team for being awarded a certificate for “Team Academic Excellence” by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association for maintaining a team grade point average of 3.0 throughout the 2013 season.
Congratulations also to OFHS girls soccer team players Sherilyn Rogers, Lauren Walchanowicz and Leah Walchanowicz for maintaining a GPA of 3.7 or higher during their sport’s season. Each also received individual certificates recognizing that outstanding achievement from the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.
POWER ANNOUNCEMENT LAUNCHED – REMEMBER TO SET YOUR PARENT PREFERENCES
Olmsted Falls School District launched its new school notification system, called Power Announcement, this week. This notification system is loaded with new features that will make it easier for the District to keep in contact with families. Power Announcement provides the ability to contact parents via email, voice and text messaging. Parents have the ability to set their own communication preferences for various types of messages through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOG IN TO YOUR POWER SCHOOL ACCOUNT TO SET YOUR PARENTS PREFERENCES FOR EACH OF YOUR STUDENTS.
To download the “How To” Parent Guide that was included in the launch email earlier this week, please click HERE.
ALSO REMEMBER THAT PARENTS MUST OPT-IN TO BEGIN TO RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES. Phone and email contacts are already selected. If you do NOT wish to receive voice messages or emails to a particular contact within your profile, simply click the checkbox to remove the default setting.
Parents with questions about Power School and/or the new Power Announcement, or in need of assistance in setting parent preferences can contact your child’s school building. We hope all parents will appreciate this new communications system, and the flexibility and efficiency it will provide.
AUTOMATED ATTENDANCE CALLING NOW UNDERWAY
Beginning this past Monday, February 3rd, Olmsted Falls School District began utilizing the Automated Attendance Call feature of Power Announcement, the new parent communication system also launched this week. Parents of students in any school building marked with an unexcused absence for the day now receive personalized automated phone call notifications regarding their student’s absence. While we did encounter a couple of system glitches in the initial calls early in the week, the issues we quickly remedied and the system is now functioning properly. Thank you to those parents who may have received calls in error due to these glitches. This new system enables our buildings to contact parents in a more efficient manner regarding student absences. If you have any questions about the new automated attendance calls, please contact the office at your child’s school building.
DONATIONS TO OFHS ACADEMIC BOOSTER CLUB DIRECTLY BENEFIT STUDENTS
The OF Academic Booster Club, now in its 34th year, recognizes students who excel in the classroom. It annually rewards students with scholarships and hosts the Academic Honors Banquet. The group is seeking donations, with those being recognized at the Academic Honors Banquet program if received by FEBRUARY 15th. All monies directly benefit students. Checks should be made payable to the Olmsted Falls Academic Boosters. If you have questions, contact Patrick McClain, email@example.com. To view a letter about the organization and various donations levels, click HERE.
MINI CHEER CLINIC – THIS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH
A reminder for students in grades 2-5 who have registered in advance that the Mini Cheer Clinic is scheduled for this Tuesday, February 11th. Students attending the clinic will then cheer at the OFHS Friday night basketball game against Avon Lake at 7:30 p.m. February 14th. The clinic, run by OFHS cheerleaders, is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 11th in the OFHS gym. Participants received a Mini Cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game and a snack.
If you have questions, email OFHScheerleading@gmail.com.
OFHS BOYS SOCCER PLAYER/PARENT MEETING – THIS WEDNESDAY, 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 at 7 p.m. in OFHS. (No School On Friday, Feb. 14th!) Tickets are $3 for students & $6 for adults and on sale at the door! All money raised for this event goes to PTA scholarship fund.
ATTN: OFHS SENIORS & PARENTS – LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS THIS THURSDAY, 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.
RESERVE YOUR OFHS YEARBOOK NOW AT DISCOUNTED PRICE
They may be purchased for $50 in the pit during lunches or by ordering online by clicking HERE. Please call Mr. Gaba with any questions.
ATTN: IMPORTANT EVENT FOR PARENTS – OLMSTED FALLS PTA TO HOST CYBER INFORMATION NIGHT – TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH
SAVE THE DATE! Attention All Bulldog Parents: Olmsted Falls PTA is pleased to present a timely and informational presentation for parents covering critical topics relating the cyber world our children our living in today. Please join Olmsted Falls PTA and Olmsted Falls School District as we welcome a special speaker from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Caroline Wathey from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office will present critical information parents need to know about the apps our kids are using, laws pertaining to the internet, cyber bullying, and more. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend, however we ask that you do not bring students to this event.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS TODAY FOR MARCH 4TH AT 7:00 P.M. FOR THIS IMPORTANT EVENT!
9TH GRADE ORIENTATION MOVED TO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH
Attention Parents of Current 8th Graders: The 9th Grade Orientation event, originally scheduled for February 20th, has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th. The time, 7:00 p.m., and the location, OFHS Auditorium, have NOT changed. Please update your calendars with this important date change. Thank you.
OECPTA BARGAIN BONANZA STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATION
This year the OECPTA-sponsored consignment Bargain Bonanza is March 8th 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.
DINE TO DONATE TO OFHS POST PROM – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
Organization when placing order & 20% of sales goes to OFHS Post Prom!
Dine-in, Carry-out, Drive Thru or Cater! Click HERE to download flyer.
THINK ‘WARM’ AT OFHS SWIM & DIVE TEAM’S FEBRUARY 18TH DINNER AND RAFFLE
It’s that time of year to plunge into some fun at this year’s OFHS Swim & Dive Team’s dinner and raffle. The 6-9 p.m. February 18th dinner, which Applebee’s will provide, includes chicken alfredo, broccoli, salad, pop, water and assorted desserts. The event’s Luau theme certainly will bring some warmth into the recent low temperatures. The venue is in the OFHS cafeteria. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for those 10 and younger. For an order form that can be dropped off at the school office or mailed, 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.
OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS AT LAS VEGAS NIGHT – FEBRUARY 22ND
Want to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? The OF Alumni Association has its annual Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, February 22nd. ALL profits go toward scholarships for the Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2014.
The night includes a cash bar, refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza, big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em , 50/50 raffle, Vitamix raffle and side boards The event is at the West Side Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Road (south off Bagley, west of Stearns), in Olmsted Township. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Call the Alumni office, 440-427-6030, for tickets or more information. Those 21 and older are invited to the event.
LACROSSE CLINIC FOR COACHES & PARENTS – THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH
The Lacrosse Coach clinic THIS SUNDAY, February 9, is from 10 a.m. to noon at OFMS. The clinic will be split into classroom and field training sessions, which is a great way to learn about the sport of lacrosse from the area’s very best. Xcelerate Cleveland’s Brian Lalley, an Ohio State University lacrosse alumnus and past Canisius College coach, and Steve Anderson, a Virginia lacrosse alumnus and former Rocky River head coach, will conduct the clinic. They will be joined with very special guests MLL Boston Cannon players Malcolm Chase and Marty Bowes. The clinic will include rules review, practice planning and game strategy.
The cost is $15 per attendee to cover the use of the school on a Sunday. This clinic is not just for coaches, but parents may attend to learn more about the sport of lacrosse. For more about the clinic, click HERE. To register online, click HERE.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – THIS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12TH
Olmsted Community Preschool has its annual Registration Open House on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30-8 p.m. The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street, Olmsted Falls. Classes offered are at the three. pre-k and pre-k extended age levels. For more information, please call 440-235-3869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the preschool’s website by clicking HERE. olmstedcommunitychurch.org.
OFSA RECREATIONAL SPRING SOCCER SIGN UPS NOW OPEN
Registration is now OPEN for the Olmsted Falls Soccer Association’s Spring Recreational Soccer Program. This program is open to players between the ages of 4-14. It also has a high school division. All games are played at the Shady soccer field complex between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday mornings. To register your child and access OFSA’s website, click HERE. April 2nd is the sign up deadline.
OFSL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL REGISTRATION IN PROGRESS
Online registration for Olmsted Community Summer League’s summer baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18 begins February 1st. Sign ups are available through the Olmsted Community Center. Registration forms may be printed from the OCSL website by clicking HERE and mailing them or dropping them off with payment to the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138. A late fee will be charged for those who register after March 31.
The games will begin June 2nd. New this year is a Co-ed Adult league. Register as a team or as an individual. Contact Tracey Rinas, 440-591-0865, with any questions regarding the Co-ed Adult league.
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES SPRING PRODUCTIONS
Olmsted Performing Arts (6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls) will present ROMEO & JULIET March 3 & March 6-9. Tickets $16.25. OPA will also present Bye-Bye Birdie April 4-6. Tickets $12.25 – $16.25. Tickets and details online at www.olmstedperformingarts.com or by calling (440) 235-OPAC.