Parent Update – March 7, 2014
Volunteers from the Pride In Olmsted Schools Committee have been staffing multiple events each week – sometimes two events a night – to get the word out to Bulldog parents that OFHS needs their vote in the May 6, 2014 election.
Analysis of voter data from the November 5, 2013 election revealed that out of a total of 4,358 parents in the Olmsted Falls School District, just 37% (1,607) cast a ballot in the November election.
Passage of the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue will provide funding to address overcrowding issues that currently impact safety and security at OFHS. Funds generated from this bond issue will build new, permanent classrooms onto the existing high school building. This will eliminate the need for the classroom trailers currently located at the edge of the parking lot, serving nearly 1,000 students each day. Passage of the bond issue will also allow for much-needed security enhancements for the high school building – including video camera monitoring systems. Any parent or resident with questions about the May bond issue for OFHS are invited and encouraged to call Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd directly with any questions at 427-6000.
The deadline to register to vote in this election is April 7, 2014. To register to vote, check your registration status of request a Vote by Mail application, parents and residents are encouraged to visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/.
BULLDOG COUPON CARD COMING TO HOMES THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY TOMORROW!
The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster has another great Bulldog Coupon Card available to the community. The spring OFHS athletes will be selling the Bulldog Coupon Card door-to-door throughout the community for $20 from 9 a.m. to noon TOMORROW, Saturday, March 8th. There are many local establishments listed on the card, which offer great savings. The funds generated from this fundraiser will help the district’s athletic programs.
Students in grades 8 -11 will begin scheduling their classes for the 2014-2015 school year next week. Current 8th graders received practice scheduling sheets during presentations by the high school counselors at the middle school last week (2/25 and 2/26). The students were instructed to fill them out with their parents. Signed practice scheduling sheets need to be returned to school in advance scheduling sessions next week. OFHS Counselor Maridi Gurtsak will be scheduling courses with 8th graders on Tuesday, March 11th or Wednesday, March 12th.
For current 9th – 11th graders, the OFHS Counselors’ office has created a short (3 min.) video to review the process on how 9th – 11th grade students are to register through Powerschool for 2014-2015 classes. This video is available on the Counselors’ Corner webpage by clicking HERE. Students in grades 9 – 11 will be receiving practice scheduling sheets and watching the video in homeroom this week (3/4-3/7). The scheduling window will be open from Monday 3/10- Monday 3/17. If a student needs to make any changes after the scheduling window is closed, the student will need to contact their counselor. All schedule changes must be made by Thursday, June 12th, 2014.
OFHS STUDENT ACHIEVES NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST STATUS IN 2014 COMPETITION
Annually, approximately 1.5 million U.S high school students vie for National Merit recognition and only 15,000 are chosen for this prestigious honor.
Congratulations again Madeline and her family on this outstanding achievement!
ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR OGT WEEK & LATE START SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK!
Next week, March 10-14, is OGT Testing Week for ALL 10th grade students, as well as any 11th and 12th grade students needing to complete the OGT. Students participating in OGT testing must arrive at OFHS by 7:26 a.m.
As a reminder, during OGT week, students in grades 9, 11, and 12 need to report to school no later than 10:05 a.m. when homeroom will begin.
OGT WEEK BUS SCHEDULES:
There will be two morning bus runs for High School students.
• The first run is the normal AM HS pick-up, which will transport 10th graders and any other students who need to arrive OFHS by 7:26 a.m. for OGT. Students involved in OGT testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at their normal a.m. pick-up time.
• The second morning run (9 routes) will begin at 8:45 a.m. to transport all other OFHS students (not taking OGT). OFHS students NOT involved in OGT testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at 8:45 a.m. Bus pick-up times will vary based on location with most pick-ups occurring between 8:45 and approximately 9:00 a.m.
For Polaris students, bus schedules will run as follows during OGT Week:
FOR POLARIS SENIORS ONLY:
Mon., Wed. & Fri. – report to HR, 1/2°, and 3/4° – Sr. Polaris bus will leave at 11:20 a.m.
Tues. & Thurs. – report to HR and 5/6° – Sr. Polaris bus will leave at regular time.
FOR POLARIS JUNIORS: Buses will operate on a normal schedule departing OFHS at 7:10 a.m.
Should you have any questions, please contact the High School office.
OFMS STUDENT PLACES THIRD IN COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Eighth-grader Jack Wu, who represented Olmsted Falls schools, placed third at Saturday’s Northeast Ohio Media Group Cuyahoga County Scripps Spelling Bee. He completed against 44 other students. Jack spelled such words as “gregarious,” “gazpacho” and “kavya” before ending his run.
His third-place finsh is the best performance to date by an OFMS student at the Bee.
Congratulations, Jack, who is shown in these photos taken at the event.
BULLDOG SWIMMERS SET NEW SCHOOL RECORDS AT DISTRICT
Tommy Petro crashed the 200 free, 100 fly and the 50 free. Jake Bolton broke the 100 breast record and the girls 400 free relay of Lauren Higgenbotham, Kate Heine, Mareena Gentry and Sarah Mowery, also set a new record. Morgan Jedrezek finished sixth overall in diving. Also competing at districts were Nick Thielman, Eric Andrews and Claire Greller.
OFHS DRILL TEAM TO HOST MEETING, TRYOUTS – THIS MONDAY, MARCH 11TH
Are you ready to dance for the Bulldogs? Attend the OFHS Drill Team informational meeting this Monday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the high school’s Room W-3. Bring a parent and friend to learn about the precision dance group.
The team will have clinic sessions from Monday, March 17th through Thursday, March 20th from 6-8 p.m. in the OFMS gym. Tryouts for the drill team is on March 21st starting at 6 p.m. in the OFMS gym. Please wear shorts, a T-shirt and athletic shoes for the clinic and tryouts.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORT BANQUET ATTENDEES
We are asking those who attend the potluck banquet dinner to make sure that each family bring the following:
– A main course which will SERVE EIGHT (8)
– Families whose last name begins with A-L are being asked to bring a salad or a vegetable
– Families whose last name begins with M-Z are being asked to bring a dessert.
All should bring serving utensils; and please remember to bring home your supplies.
Thank you in advance for helping ensure that there will be enough food for our hungry athletes and their dedicated family members.
GYMNASTICS & WRESTLING 3/10/14 @6:30 PM
HOCKEY/SWIM & DIVE 3/11/14 @6:30 PM
BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL & CHEERLEADING 3/18/14 @6:30 PM
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING BOOK FAIR – MARCH 13TH – 20TH
Middle School Media Center will be hosting a Scholastic Spring Book Fair that will run from Thursday, March 13th-Thursday, March 20th . The fair will be open from 8:30-3:30. Students will have an opportunity to visit the fair during their scheduled class time, Star period and during homeroom. All book fair profits will go towards purchasing new and exciting titles of all genres for our Media Center.
HELPING HANDS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING – THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH
The next Helping Hands Parent Leadership Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, 3/13 at OFIS at 6:30pm. Topics to be discussed include the role of the school psychologist presented by OFCS psychology intern Katherine Petzke. District behavioral consultant John Dunning will present concepts of positive behavior interventions and supports and how parents can support their child’s behaviors in home and community settings. Mr. Dunning has done initial work with building level crisis prevention teams and performs ongoing individual consultations when necessary. Child care is available if requested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFHS STUDENTS CELEBRATE NATIONAL ENGINEERING WEEK
They had plenty of ideas, including wallets, shoes, backpacks – and the winning entry – a Batman mask. Students also visited Beckett Gas manufacturing plant, which was highlighted in last week’s school blog and ended the week by competing in the Ohio State VEX robotics championships.
The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions that engineers make to society. For more information about National Engineering Week, click HERE.
MEET MRS. ULMENSTINE
Mrs. Laura Ulmenstine, a Kent State University graduate, has been with the district for the past two years as our OFMS Spanish teacher. She enjoys her job because she LOVES the moment when she sees “light bulbs” go off in a student’s eyes when something finally clicks with them!
Mrs. Ulmenstine’s favorite thing about being a Bulldog is the sense of community she feels within the district, city and township. She and her husband Jake are Olmsted Township residents. In her spare time, Mrs. Ulmenstine enjoys running, reading, listening to music, and working on her house and in her yard.
OFHS BASEBALL EARLY BIRD BASEBALL CAMP – SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH – REGISTER ONLINE
The Olmsted Falls High School Baseball Early Bird Camp will take place on Saturday, March 15th at OFHS. When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 Where: Olmsted Falls High School Times: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Grades 1-4; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Grades 5-8 Cost: $ 20.00 Registration will take place online. We are piloting a new registration process through the Olmsted Community Center to handle our camp registrations. Please click HERE to register online. For those who still wish to register by check, you can click HERE to print off the attached form and take it to the Olmsted Community Center.
THE 27th ANNUAL OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW HITS THE STAGE MARCH 14TH
The annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show is set for Friday, March 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS auditorium. The show will feature 19 acts ranging in age from kindergarten through grade 12 demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic, comedic and magical talents.
Please come and support these amazing students and bring your family and friends. Admission is $5. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the 2014 OFHS scholarship fund for graduating Seniors.
Talent Show participants will have a mandatory dress rehearsal Wednesday, March 12th from 6-9 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Bring your labeled CDs, music, instruments, props and wear your costumes, if appropriate. For more information, contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894.
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA & OFIS PTA INVITE PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO ANNUAL COMBINED SPRING DINNER MEETING – TUESDAY, MARCH 18TH
ATTN: Third grade parents and students (as well as anyone else interested) are invited and encouraged to attend this special joint meeting. Please plan to arrive at 6:00 PM for a guided tour of the Intermediate School and then enjoy dinner, drinks and dessert.
We encourage you to stay for our PTA meeting to hear about the many student activities available at the Intermediate School and learn how you can be involved in PTA. Babysitting services will be provided.
Tuesday, March 18th
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School Cafeteria
6:00 PM Guided Tours
6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM PTA Meeting
Hope to see you there!
OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Do you have a child starting Kindergarten in the fall? If so, Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners. It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.
Safety Town in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township is organized through the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families. Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings, while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local Police, Fire and Bus Departments as well as field trips to Police and Fire Departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.
Registration is now open. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I: June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II: June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer. Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.
OF LIBRARY “LEGISLATOR FOR A DAY” READING CONTEST FOR GRADES 1-6 STUDENTS – DEADLINE MARCH 14TH
The Cuyahoga County Library’s Olmsted Falls branch and State Rep. Mike Dovilla invite students in grades 1-6 to join a reading program in which one participant from each branch will be selected as Legislator for the Day and spend a day in Columbus. Students who read five books and record them on a book mark by March 14 will be placed in a drawing. The winner from each branch will receive a VIP tour of the Ohio Stathouse, which includes participating in a mock legislative hearing and lunch with Rep. Dovilla. Registration is available at the Library. To view the letter from Rep. Dovilla explaining the program, click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA SPONSORS BULLDOG PARTY ROCK – FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH
Save the Date! Bulldog Party Rock, sponsored by Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA, scheduled for Friday, April 4th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This is a social event designed to get Falls-Lenox students together and have some fun! There will be a DJ, age appropriate music, dancing, snacks, and plenty of time to hang out with friends. All students attending must be accompanied by an adult the entire time. Tickets are $5.00 if bought in advance, by March 21st; and $7.00 at the door. Please check back on next week’s blog to download the official event flyer with ticket order form.
OF SCHOOLS INVITED TO COMPETE IN MILK CARTON COMPETITION
Evergreen Packaging, which has a plant in Olmsted Falls, invites OF students to use their creativity to build art creations from recycled school milk cartons. The Spring 2014 Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest’s theme is “Stories.” Teams may use 100 or more cartons to build a character, symbol or scene from a story. Entries are now being accepted until April 16. Schools may win up to $5,000 for their creations. To view contest details and previous entries, click HERE. See how your student may become creative and more eco-friendly by using school milk cartons to create art.
YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER UNDERWAY – ENDS MARCH 17TH It’s time for the Falls-Lenox / ECC PTA Yankee Candle sale, which runs from Friday, February 28th through Monday, March 17th. Order forms and catalogs are available at either school. Online ordering also is available by clicking HERE. www.yankeecandlefundraising.com The group number needed for online ordering is 9900504451.
PTA COUNCIL BUTTER BRAID PASTRY FUNDRAISER – THROUGH MARCH 18TH
Proceeds support O.F. PTA Council activities and OFHS senior scholarships. For each item sold, O.F. PTA Council earns $4.80 – a 40% profit on each item! Butter Braid Pastries are frozen, hand-braided pastries filled with a variety of mouthwatering fillings. Just thaw, rise and bake! Please click HERE to download additional information and order form. Orders are due by March 18th and can be turned into your child’s school building. Thank you in advance for your support!
ACT PREPARATION OFFERED AT THE OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY – THIS SATURDAY
Huntington’s ACT Prep Test Workshop was developed for college-bound high school students and is designed to guide them through the college entrance exam process. The Olmsted Falls Library offers the ACT Prep Test Workshop this Saturday, March 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will take an actual practice exam at the workshop. Participants must attend the follow-up on Wednesday, March 12th at 7 pm to learn test results, discuss strategies to improve their score and tips on preparing for the real exam.