Parent Update – March 21, 2014
SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE
School will resume on Monday, March 31st.
Have a safe and enjoyable break!
BULLDOG BOWLERS TAKE 2ND IN THE FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE FOR OFHS
The team saw a 97-pin deficit after the first two individual games to complete a 1,017-pin game in the third and continued its winning ways to qualify for the eight-team bracket, and ultimately playing in the championship match. The boys came from the brink of elimination to taking the state runner-up title in Columbus. A major highlight was the players defeating the top-seeded team in their first quarterfinal competition.
The team worked hard all season and came together with all eight boys needing to contribute for the win. That is true team work! Pictured in this photo are players Chad Kuchenmeister, Colin Kuchenmeister, Paul Katz, Jake Olszewski, Nathan Paliska, Dan McFadden, Chris Kuczynski, Andy Oltmanns, Coach Carver, Coach Eric, Holly Schafer and Rob Coxon. Congratulations, team!
The OFHS Academic Team captured its sixth consecutive Southwest Conference Tournament crown recently. The team had a 6-0 record at the tournament.
The team has qualified for the HSNCT National Tournament in Chicago and the PACE National Tournament in Washington, D.C.
OFHS ART STUDENTS EARN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF AWARDS
The OFHS Visual Arts Department is proud to share that 35 individual pieces have earned a total of 40 awards this school year. Kudos and congratulations to the talented visual arts students at the High School! Many of their works have received awards and recognitions in prestigious local, state and national competitions this year.
For a detailed overview of these students’ successes in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, eXpressions, and the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition – including links to online galleries featuring their award-winning work, please click HERE.
Congratulations to all of these students on their awards and honors! Come and see these works, plus many more, at the OFHS May Show on Friday, May 16, 2014. The show runs from 8a.m. -8p.m. in the main gym at OFHS.
OFMS 8TH GRADE MUSICIANS PARTICIPATE IN OMEA’S DISTRICT IV HONORS DAY
Dr. Lisa Wong from the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus directed the Honor Choir, which included Olivia Begeman and Lizzie Vukovic, sopranos; Aleigha Angus and Kayla Falcone, altos; Evan Lambermont, tenor and Alex Bolton, Joey d’Aliberti, Dan Hoffman, Bill Wendling and Jake Wrege, baritone/basses.
The Honors Band was under the direction of Barry Hartz from Cleveland State University. OFMS band members were Abby Simon, flute; Abby Gaba, clarinet; Danny Doherty, alto sax; Joe Bertrand and Andrew Gluvna, trombone; Andrew Barnard, baritone and Josh Dragony and Kayla Mandak, tuba.
The OFMS staff congratulates these students on a fine representation of our school’s musicians.
ANNUAL RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK AT FALLS-LENOX
Earlier this month, Falls-Lenox celebrated a Wild Western Right-to-Read week! To get in the spirit of the week, there was buddy reading between classes, guest readers from the district and the city, and a daily dress up opportunity. Students exceeded their reading goal of 65,000 minutes and were awarded by their principal with a very funny and entertaining guest appearance.
The students also had the opportunity to participate in the can character contest in which students could decorate a can as their favorite book character. Three winners were announced on Friday for their creative efforts and clever can characters.
It was a blast celebrating Right-to-Read week at Falls-Lenox, and next year’s theme is highly anticipated!
To view a gallery of photos from the week, please click HERE.
OFHS STUDENT PLACES AT STATE INDOOR TRACK MEET
Andy’s vault of 14’ 6” was a personal best and earned him 8th place at the meet.
OFMS GOLDEN HARMONIES PERFORM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA
Congratulations to the OFMS Golden Harmonies on their outstanding performance of the National Anthem at the Lake Erie Monsters’ game at Quicken Loans Arena last month. Check out their performance below:
Well done Bulldogs!
PARENTS ATTEND CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION; HANDOUTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
More than 150 parents took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the social media and the cyber world our children are living in today. Olmsted Falls Council of PTAs hosted an important informational event at OFHS, on March 4th, featuring a special speaker from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Mrs. Caroline Wathey from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office presented critical information parents need to know about the apps our kids are using, laws pertaining to the internet, cyber bullying, and more. This informational ADULT ONLY event included what parents need to know about Snap Chat, Ask.Fm, Twitter, Instagram, Kick, Whisper, Backchat, Secret Apps and more.
To download a copy of the handouts that were distributed at the event, please click HERE.
OFHS WINTER BAND CONCERT WOWS CROWD!
Earlier this month, 210 OFHS band students performed for a capacity crowd at the Winter Band Concert. The performance featured Jazz 1 and 2, Concert Band, Symphonic Band , Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. Musically, the evening featured works by composers Gershwin, Swearingen, Sousa, Vaughan Williams, and many more. Our talented high school musicians even found a way to make music on ladders!
To view a gallery of photos from the Winter Band Concert, please click HERE.
SEVERAL OFMS 6TH GRADE SINGERS PERFORM IN THE OBERLIN HONOR CHOIR
Several 6th grade choir members recently participated in the Oberlin Chorister’s Children’s Honor Choir. Kristina MacMullen from the Ohio State University was the guest director. Olmsted Falls’ students were among several others selected from 14 different schools.
Those who performed were Josh Andrews, Katrina Bongiovanni, Paige Chernisky, Audrey Guildoo, Kayla Kippes, Kim Lenart, Jackson Lethbridge, Madison Malensky, John Munoz, Keegan Skoczen, Neil Spooner, Laney Ventimiglia, and Anya-Lynn Zurawski.
Mrs. Kiedrowski and Mr. Patterson congratulate these students on their hard work and dedication to preparing for this inspirational day!
OFHS MUSIC STUDENTS PERFORM WELL AT DISTRICTS; VOCALISTS BOUND FOR STATE COMPETITION
Congratulations to the high school Symphonic Band, Treble Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Chorale who recently competed at the Ohio Music Education Association District Large Group Contest. All groups performed well. Treble Choir and Chorale earned Superior ratings and advance to state level competition on April 25th and 26th. Good luck!!
TWO STUDENTS NAMED HEALTHY HERO FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY
Joshua Hoydic, a Falls-Lenox third grader, and Natalie O’Neal, an ECC student, are February’s Healthy Heroes.The Healthy Hero Program helps teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits, such as eating healthy, exercising every day, power washing their hands, coughing and sneezing in their sleeve and sleeping well. Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants are entered into a drawing to win a $5 Target gift card compliments of the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA. Pictured with Natalie is her mother, Kristina, and her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Doyle. Congratulations to Joshua and Natalie!
STUDENTS SHINE AT ANNUAL OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW
Congratulations to the following students for their winning performances:
In the K-4 Grade Category
Cara Myers (Falls-Lenox) – First Place for a vocal performance of “When I’m Gone “.
Riley Zahorchak (ECC) – Second Place for a vocal/ballet performance “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
Rachel & Becky Neumann (Falls-Lenox) – Third Place for a violin duet “Minuet 1″.
In the 5-8 Grade Category
Neil Spooner (OFMS) – First Place for tap dance performance of “Hot Chocolate” from Polar Express
Madison Sherman (OFMS) – Second Place for a Vocal & Piano performance of “The Scientist” by Coldplay.
Morgan Ciolek & Katrina Bongiovanni (OFMS) – Third Place for a vocal performance of “Over the Rainbow”
Madison Sherman was also the recipient of the DaraHosta Vocal Memorial Award presented by the Hosta Family.
In the 9th – 12th Grade Category
Dylan Bessette – First Place for a vocal and Piano performance of “Say Something”.
James Holt & Joe Kolenz – Second Place with their Vocal & Guitar performance of “One Love” an original song written by James
Colin Harrimann – Third Place for his Vocal & Guitar performance of his KISS tribute “Detroit Rock City”
Dylan Bessette was also the All Winner of the Talent Show, having received the highest score among all performers.
Congratulations also to program cover design winner, OFHS senior Lindsay Richards from the Graphic Arts Design Class at Polaris Career Center. Beautiful job Lindsay! (Program cover pictured at right.)
Finally, many thanks to the Golden Harmonies performers from Olmsted Falls Middle School who sang the National Anthem to open the Talent Show, and to Charlie Gross and Brad Caruso from Olmsted Falls High School, and members of “On the Other Hand,” for performing an acoustical set to close our show. These performances were outstanding!
I am so proud of each and every one of the performers, and hope that they will be back to perform again next year. -Mrs. Ferrini (OFHS PTA Talent Show Chair)
A big THANK YOU also to Mrs. Ferrini for all her hard work coordinating and promoting this huge event!
OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA!–APRIL 11TH& 12TH
Don’t miss the OFHS Masquers’ Spring Musical, Oklahoma!, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood. Our talented thespians will present this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic on Friday, April 11th (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12th(2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) in the OFHS auditorium.
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the door of the performances, or by calling 440-427-6070 to reserve in advance.
Please click HERE for event flyer.
OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
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.
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program. 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.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th– 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town. Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June. Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety. If you are interested – we need your help! This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours. For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014. Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE. Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at email@example.com.
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.
MASQUERS PARTNERS WITH CHICK-FIL-A FOR DELICIOUS FUNDRAISER – APRIL 17TH
The Olmsted Falls Masquers& Forensics Patrons have a fundraising event coming up on Thursday, April 17th from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to show your support during this “Dine to Donate” event at Chick-Fil-A (located at 4779 Great Northern Blvd.) on April 17th! 20% of all sales will go to OFHS Masquers& Forensics when you mention our organization or present the flyer.
Click HERE to download and print a flyer reminder for your fridge! Dine-in, carry-out, drive-thru or cater!
SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – ORDER NOW THROUGH APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH
Back by popular demand! Make your Easter meal preparation faster and easier, and support our Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team! WE STILL NEED POOL FUNDS! Let’s make sure all those wonderful freshmen swimmers have enough money next year to pay for those “two a day” pool practices! Just as with the Christmas sale, the team receives 15% of all the proceeds. SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE, no waiting in line. All orders must be placed online for the Easter sale; the Easter sale is an ONLINE ORDER SALE ONLY.
Go to: https://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-438-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx to place your order by April 12th.
Product pick up will be on THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School, band entrance side. Thanks so much for your support!
THREE OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS EARN TRIP TO USA HOCKEY NATIONALS
Three Olmsted Falls students, from left, Cameron Wilson, freshman, Quinn Warmuth, 8th grader and William Moyse, freshman, all play for the 99 Cleveland Barons hockey team. Their team played in the Ohio State Tournament in the Tier II U14 division this past weekend at Kent State University and won the state championship. The team beat the Shaker Heights Red Raiders 11-0, and the Columbus Capitals 5-1 to capture the state title. The win qualified the team for the USA Hockey Nationals in Hackensack, New Jersey beginning on April 2nd.
Only 16 teams from across the country qualify for this event in their division. It is quite an accomplishment! Congratulations and good luck in New Jersey!
FALLS-LENOX RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM HOSTS MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISERS
The Falls-Lenox Relay for Life Team launched its first annual Falls-Lenox Movie Night series this year. Movie nights are being held for each grade level to raise funds for the Falls-Lenox Relay for Life Team. The First Grade Movie Night held February 28thraised $700 to support the American Cancer Society! Thank you First Grade Families! The Second Grade Movie Night drew 153 kids and raised $765! Positive feedback has been received from parents and students alike about these fun new events to benefit the American Cancer Society.
SAVE THE DATE! THIRD GRADE MOVIE NIGHT is scheduled for April 25th! The Falls-Lenox Relay for Life Team is very appreciative of all of the Falls-Lenox families who are supporting this great cause. All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.
BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN LAUNCH MEETING – TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 6-7 P.M.
Busy Bees Community Garden Launch Meeting – Tuesday, March 25th, 6-7 p.m. @ Olmsted Falls Library (Meeting Room A). Learn the steps to getting a community garden started and meet others interested in establishing a community garden in Olmsted Falls. A representative from the Ohio State University Extension Urban Agriculture Program will be present. Click HERE to download a meeting flyer.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION CURRENTLY OPEN – REGISTER BEFORE 3/31 TO AVOID LATE FEES
Olmsted Community Summer League registration is currently open for summer baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4 thru 18. HOWEVER, the deadline to register without a late fee is quickly approaching. Registrations AFTER March 31, 2014 will be charged a $20 late fee per registrant and the registration process will conclude on April 15th, so register now!!! Please register online at www.olmstedcc.com through the Olmsted Community Center website under “Youth Programs”. The coaches meeting will be held at the Olmsted Community Center on Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm. All league practices will begin mid May and the regular season games will start June 2, 2014.
NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS
Co-Ed Adult Softball!! After many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult league. Register as a team or individually. Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.
OLMSTED FALLS SOCCER ASSOCIATION ACCEPTING REGISTRATION
The Olmsted Falls Soccer Association is accepting sign ups for its spring rec soccer season. This program is for children ages 4 to 14. Please go to the website by clicking HERE for more information about the soccer program. The first games will be played April 20th at Shady Soccer Fields. To avoid being charged a late fee of $10.00, please register by April 1st. Should you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH; PRE-ORDER T-SHIRTS BY APRIL 2ND
The Falls-Lenox Annual Carnival for a Cure event is scheduled for Friday, April 11th from 6-9 p.m. Admission is a donation of $5 per student. (Donations also accepted for adults.) We will have games, prizes, and tons of fun! We will even have a Principal’s Challenge! Food will be available for $3. You have your choice of a hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. We hope to see a record number of families out to support the Falls-Lenox for Life Team as we raise money for the America Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year’s Carnival for a Cure features carnival games, the Cake Walk, face painting, a money cube, and more! Special thanks to Kiwanis and PTA for their support each year.
Event t-shirts can be pre-ordered for $8 each – T-SHIRT ORDER DEADLINE IS APRIL 2ND. Click HERE to event flyer and t-shirt order form.
NAME CHANGE OF FORMER DARA HOSTA OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE KEEPS SCHOLARSHIPS INTACT
This year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family. They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit. It is set for Sunday, May 4th.
The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara. All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors. One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need. The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!
OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG
This year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration. Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.
Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.
We invite you to ‘like’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.
Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1. The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26. Click on the highlighted camps for applications.