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Parent Update – April 25, 2014

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SEVERAL OFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS HEAD TO NATIONAL COMPETITION IN JUNE

engineering comp 3The students from the Pre Engineering classes competed in the Ohio SkillsUSA championship recently in Columbus.

Joselyn Rabbitt and Stephanie Schroth placed first in Robotics and Automation Technology. Lucas Schilling and Matt Seman took top honors in Mobile Robotics. Mike Zeber was part of the Polaris team that placed first in Career Pathways Showcase Manufacturing.

Jake Olszewski, Matt Bender and Thomas Cobb took third in Engineering Technology.Pre Engineering state competition

All  first-place competitors will go to Kansas City in June. This was the most students in Polaris history to compete at the national level in one year.

Also competing in the Automated Manufacturing competition were Scott Dehart, Ryan Bratsch and Matt Metzger.

Congratulations to these fine students. Best of luck at the national competition. To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

OFMS MUSICIANS PERFORM AT SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST 

Olmsted_Falls_MusicOFMS had more than 140 individual entries in 72 events for the Ohio Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest April 12 at Cuyahoga Community Collge.

Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski, Mr. Ryan Patterson, Mr. Kevin Gulden and Mr. Michael Feller, their directors, helped develop the talent of these budding musicians.  Al Demkowicz, Liam Sleggs, Theresa May, Jacob Donofrio, Chris Andrews, Allison Denham, Mark DeMio and Sherri Kovach provided outstanding coaching of these groups.

Student preparation for the competition included before school, after school, during lunch, weekends and evening practices.  To view the names of participating students and their ratings, click here. Congratulations to all these wonderful musicians.

REMINDER: OFMS SPRING PLAY PERFORMANCES TONIGHT & TOMORROW

zombie drawingzombie drawingThe Bulldog Theatre Company will perform its spring play, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.” Remaining performances are Friday, April 25th  and Saturday, April 26th – shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

Over the course of an evening, the 56 undead actors and actresses will explore and contemplate life lessons through a unique perspective that only a zombie could offer. Life lessons, such as “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” “Everyone deserves a second chance,” and “there is no normal,” are some of those lessons.

Tickets cost $5 for adults; $3, students and free to senior citizens and children under 5. We hope to see you there.

DODGE BALL COMPETITION TONIGHT – FRIDAY,  APRIL 25TH

DodgeballGot some good moves? Sign up for the Post Prom’s third annual Dodge Ball game Friday, April 25th from 6-9 p.m. in the high school gym. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to sign up during lunch in the cafeteria beginning April 22nd. The cost is $25 per team that includes five students.

Admission to watch is $3. There will be prizes for the best outfits and winning team. Don’t miss out on the fun. All proceeds benefit the Post Prom.

HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” TONIGHT – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT

Helping hands movie and game nightHelping Hands will host the second “Movie and Game Night” on Friday April 25, 2014 from 6-8:30 p.m. @ OFHS. This event is set up to be a “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed.

Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.

Please send RSVP to Mariel Krakowiak, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, by Wednesday April 23 and inform us of the number of adults and students in your group.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET – TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH – 10 AM to 2 PM

 

drugsSaturday, April 26th will mark the 8th nationwide drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency at locations across the country participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet. The Olmsted Falls Police Department has again partnered with the DEA and PTA to host this event in our community. Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on April 26th please drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Olmsted Falls Police Department.

All items collected will be turned over to the DEA for destruction at a licensed disposal facility. Please pass this information along to your family, neighbors, friends and colleagues. Through this collection event, we keep these medications out of the hands of curious youth and we keep these medications out of our drinking water supply. Check out the DEA’s website and spread the word about collection points in our area.  For additional information:  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

**TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OFHS RENOVATIONS NOW! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

2014-04-17 14_44_26-OFHS--VOTE YES FOR #4 - YouTube - Internet ExplorerVisit the Pride In Olmsted Schools website to view video featuring a virtual tour of proposed renovations to Olmsted Falls High School:

http://www.prideinolmstedschools.com/videos.php

The Pride website also feature additional video clips produced by students!  Enjoy!

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  LESS THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION 

Bulldog Pride yard signPRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4.  The endorsement list keeps growing and the committee continues to seek individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.

To participate, send an email to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.  Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements.  Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support.  Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know.  You are encouraged to create your own poster as well!   Submit your photos or questions to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.

YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return it to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign.  Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community.  Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS Vote by Mail!  Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail  will receive ballots soon. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.

OFMS PARENT ORIENTATION FOR 5th GRADERS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH

parent+meeting+invite+revised+14+15+05+07+14All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting Wedesday, May 7th, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafetorium. The program is designed primarily for parents as students will have their orientation in mid August of 2014.

The agenda includes:

–  6 Grade Teaching Teams

– Typical 6th Grade Schedule

– Tour of Building

–  Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium

While you will not be able to make a specific team request, you may send a note or an email to Mr. Kurz, mkurz@ofcs.net, describing your child in terms of learning style preferences and personality traits so that we may be able to match him/her up with the best possible fit in terms of our 6th grade teaching teams. Please send your note or email to Mr. Kurz by Friday, May 9, or we will not be able to consider your request. Please understand our need to finalize our class lists in a timely manner.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz, 440-427-6201 or mkurz@ofcs.net, in the event you have any questions regarding the middle school. Thank you.

THREE OFHS STUDENTS TO RECEIVE EAGLE SCOUT RANKING THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 27TH

Matt Fox Eagle ScoutMike Zeber Eagle ScoutGarrett Yoder Eagle ScoutOlmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 members Mike Zeber, an OFHS senior; Garrett Yoder, also a senior, and Matt Fox, a sophomore, will have their Eagle Scout Court of Honor at 2 p.m. April 27th at St. Mary of the Falls Church.  Nationally, only 3 percent of scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Matt rebuilt the Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s shed; Mike built a 75-foot section of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Royalview Mountain Bike Trail and Garrett constructed an EMS access trail throughout the Metroparks’ Royalview trail system.

Congratulations to these fine Bulldog students.

CARNIVAL FOR A CURE EVENT A SUCCESS!

 

pic 1 carnivalOur Carnival for a Cure on April 11th was a huge success! We had so many families that came out to support Relay for Life and the Falls-Lenox for Life team. Every year, through this fundraiser, we raise huge sums of money to create a world with more birthdays! This year we were able to raise $4,007 to help families and individuals who have been affected (or will be affected) by cancer. Wow! A special thank you goes out to all the families and students who came out to support this event, PTA members who contributed time, cupcakes and energy to make it extra special for the kids, high school students who donated their time on the mini-relay, Kiwanis members who graciously served up food, and teachers and staff , friends and family, who stayed all day and night to bring our carnival to life. As you can see, it was a true community event, and it was the Olmsted Falls Bulldog Community who made it truly special. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

To view a photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM’S PIZZA/WING NITE – TOMORROW – SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH

pizzathe OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser is at Razzles/Rockers Café.  Proceeds from the 8-10 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. Take a chance on gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids  6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.

Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

APRIL 30 DEADLINE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE IS NEARING 

calendar_raffle_buttonTime is running out to buy an entry in the annual Calendar Raffle.  For $5, you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of fabulous prizes. A different winner is pulled each day and a list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like, share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.

Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) may be dropped off at any of the school main offices.  Why not take a chance!  The contest includes many gift cards to area stores, Monsters tickets and other great prizes.  View a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.  Thanks for your support

CHICK FIL ACHICK FIL A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE

Chick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of your check when you place an order at the North Olmsted location from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 15. The funds will go to the Olmsted Falls Relay for Life event.

All dine in, carry out, drive through and catering orders will be honored. Be sure to mention OF Relay for Life when ordering.

SPRING SPORTSWEAR SALE – SATURDAY, MAY 3rd

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Club will hold its 2nd Annual Spring Sportswear sale Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale is at the sportswear booth by the concession stand at the football field.

Lots of spring and summer apparel to choose from including shorts, tank tops, visors and more. The sale is also offering 10 percent off all items in stock. It’s free to get in. We look forwarding to seeing you there.

SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD

basketball4Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.

The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY – DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM

Art Show 1Annual OFHS May Art Show is Friday May 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page, found by clicking here,  if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN – DEADLINE IS MAY 10th

safety town logoSafety 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 cpetkosh@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY

April 2014 Saturday Activity NightsCARNIVAL NIGHT IS THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH

Come one, come all students in grades 1-6 to Olmsted Community Center’s Carnival Night at its Saturday Activity Night program.

This Saturday, April 26th, enjoy plinko, ring toss, face painting, games and prizes from 7-10 p.m. at the center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.

For more details, click here.

OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HAS OPEN REGISTRATION – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 27th

swim1Falls Pointe Development welcomes swimmers to its summer program. Registration for the Piranhas swim team is open to any resident of Olmsted Falls or Township.  Registration will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 27th at the Falls Pointe development clubhouse located on Falls Pointe Drive. For more details and contact information, please click HERE.

MAKE A RAIN BARREL OR BUY A COMPOST BIN – DEADLINE MAY 7th

Community members are invited to attend the  rain barrel/composting seminar May 12 at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center. Olmsted Township is hosting the seminar that the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District will head.rain barrel

Attendees will learn to make a rain barrel they will keep and/or buy a compost bin. The rain barrel is $60; compost bin, $50. Rain barrels harvest rainwater for all garden needs and combat storm water pollution. A barrel, downspout diverter and all material will be included.  Composting is a great way to keep organic materials out of landfills and an inexpensive way of adding nutrients to soil.

The 6:30-8:30 p.m. session has a May 7 registration deadline. To register, contact Jared Bartley, 216-524-6580, Ext. 14. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT — LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM

Looking for a fun, recreational activity this summer? Join the Westview Swim Team and come to the annual Meet-the-Coaches Cookout on Sunday, May 18th from 5-6 p.m. @ the Westview pool, 26640 Redwood Drive. You can enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert. Meet the swim team coaches and learn more about the team. Discover what the excitement is all about.

The swim team offers other events throughout the season, such as Donut Fridays, annual Swim-A-thon and end of the season Awards Banquet and pool party. The group emphasizes participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit and self-discipline. Many of the swimmers compete in high school and even college. Registration is available by clicking HERE.  For questions, please email theallenfamily3@netzero.com.

OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis 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 FALLS GARDEN CLUB PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

GARDEN CLUB FLYERDon’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale on Sunday, May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Community Center. 

Large selection of perennial flowers, hostas, grasses, ground cover, flowering shrubs and wildflowers. 

A portion of proceeds from this sale benefit Falls-Lenox 3rd graders for the Minnesota Fast Seed program (formerly known as Veggie U).

LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS OVER MEMORIAL WEEKEND

The Lorain County Regional Airport will feature a night air show, aircraft displays, airplane rides, aerobatics, drone demonstrations and sky divers at its Aviation Days May 24th and 25th. Admission is $10, with those under 17, free. There also is free parking. To see the event’s flyer, click here.

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis 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.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

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.

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE.

OPA dine with royaltyDINE WITH ROYALTY @ OPA’S PRINCESS SHOW

 Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergarten through grade 5.

The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

 

 

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Parent Update – April 16, 2014

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REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW,  APRIL 18TH AND MONDAY, APRIL 21ST

Easter BunnyThere will be NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, April 18th and NO SCHOOL on Monday, April 21st.  Please enjoy the long Easter weekend.

School will resume Tuesday, April 22nd.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

UPDATED CALENDAR FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE

 

2014-2015 Academic Calendar - UPDATED - Final - 4-17-14ATTN: BULLDOG PARENTS!  Olmsted Falls School District has made changes to the previously posted school year calendar for 2014-2015 (next year).  New requirements from the Ohio Department of Education made it necessary for the District to review and revise our original calendar for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. 

 

The most significant change to note for parents is that the first day of school for students has been shifted back by one day to Thursday, August 21st.  The previous calendar had students’ first day of school as Wednesday, August 20th; the first day of school for students for the upcoming 2014-2015 is now Thursday, August 21st.  Another important change to note is the addition of a staff professional development day on Friday, August 29th; there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on August 29th.

 

This revised calendar meets the state’s new requirements for number of school hours across all grade levels, allows for sufficient staff development opportunities, and provides for potential calamity days.  The updated calendar for 2014-2015 is now available for download on the District website (www.ofcs.net), or by clicking HERE.

 

Thank you for your patience as we made the necessary revisions. 

TWO OFHS STUDENTS TAKE 3RD PLACE @ NATIONAL ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

National Robotics ChallengeOFHS students Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt attended Friday’s National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio.

They placed third in the Pick and Place competition. To view a photo gallery, click HERE and a video of the competition, HERE.

Congratulations to Joselyn and Stephanie!

OFMS SPRING PLAY OPENS TONIGHT – PERFORMANCES RUN APRIL 24th – 26th

zombie drawingzombie drawingThe Bulldog Theatre Company, previously known as the OFMS Drama Club, is back and ‘deader’ than ever!

Its spring play is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie.” It is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th, Friday, April 25th  and Saturday, April 26th – all shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

Over the course of an evening, the 56 undead actors and actresses will explore and contemplate life lessons through a unique perspective that only a zombie could offer. Life lessons, such as “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” “Everyone deserves a second chance,” and “there is no normal,” are some of those lessons.

Tickets cost $5 for adults; $3, students and free to senior citizens and children under 5. We hope to see you there.

OFHS STAYS ALIVE IN SCHOLASTIC GAMES

OFHS academic radio 1 redoneOFHS Academic Team is in the semi-final rounds of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County, the weekly quiz program on WEOL radio, AM 930. Its hopes for a record-breaking four consecutive championship remains alive after the team’s 440-210 win over Keystone High School in the quarter finals. The team will next face Lake Ridge Academy May 5th at 6:06 p.m.  The championship is May 19. 6:06 p.m.

OFHS academic radio 2Team members were Xavier Rivera, Zach Buchta and Andy Nageotte, captain and who was named the program’s “Standout Scholar.” Ms. Rhonna Smith is the team’s advisor. A photo gallery is available by clicking HERE.

Each participating school receives a $500 credit to go to a deserving student from an area college or university. Up to $1,000 in additional credits are awarded to each school that enters the quarterfinal and subsequent levels in the playoffs. Contributing institutions include Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lorain County Community, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Tiffin University and Ursuline College.

Good luck, team, for continued success.

LOCAL SENIORS VIEW DRESS REHEARSAL OF ‘OKLAHOMA’

photo 2Area senior citizens watched a dress rehearsal of ‘Oklahoma’ as part of the OFHS PTA Senior Citizen Outreach Program.

They enjoyed pastries and coffee during the rehearsal that was in the school’s auditorium. Musical Director John Mercer greeted and welcomed the ladies and gentlemen before the performance and thanked them for providing the students an opportunity to practice in front of an authentic audience before the “real” show!

Steve Matia, president of the Masquer’s Boosters, and Elaine Atkinson, PTA chairperson, worked to make the evening out a success for more than 100 of our local residents. To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

**TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OFHS RENOVATIONS NOW! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

2014-04-17 14_44_26-OFHS--VOTE YES FOR #4 - YouTube - Internet ExplorerVisit the Pride In Olmsted Schools website to view video featuring a virtual tour of proposed renovations to Olmsted Falls High School:

http://www.prideinolmstedschools.com/videos.php

The Pride website also feature additional video clips produced by students!  Enjoy!

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  LESS THAN 3 WEEKS BEFORE IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION 

Bulldog Pride yard signPRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4.  The endorsement list keeps growing and the committee continues to seek individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.

To participate, send an email to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.  Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements.  Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support.  Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know.  You are encouraged to create your own poster as well!   Submit your photos or questions to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.

YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return it to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign.  Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community.  Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS Vote by Mail!  Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail  will receive ballots soon. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.

BULLDOG PARTY ROCK, WELL, ROCKED

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFalls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA’s Bulldog Party Rock was a huge success. About 300 students, their parents and grandparents enjoyed dancing, face painting, pizza and dessert snacks.

Students also enjoyed a photo booth and getting pictures taken with friends.

Thanks to PTA for sponsoring such a fun night out for students and their families!

OFMS PARENT ORIENTATION FOR 5th GRADERS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH

parent+meeting+invite+revised+14+15+05+07+14All parents of 5th graders are invited to attend an orientation meeting Wedesday, May 7th, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafetorium. The program is designed primarily for parents as students will have their orientation in mid August of 2014.

The agenda includes:

–  6 Grade Teaching Teams

– Typical 6th Grade Schedule

– Tour of Building

–  Question & Answer Session in Cafetorium

While you will not be able to make a specific team request, you may send a note or an email to Mr. Kurz, mkurz@ofcs.net, describing your child in terms of learning style preferences and personality traits so that we may be able to match him/her up with the best possible fit in terms of our 6th grade teaching teams. Please send your note or email to Mr. Kurz by Friday, May 9, or we will not be able to consider your request. Please understand our need to finalize our class lists in a timely manner.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Kurz, 440-427-6201 or mkurz@ofcs.net, in the event you have any questions regarding the middle school. Thank you.

DODGE BALL COMPETITION HEATS UP APRIL 25TH

DodgeballDo you have great reflexes and move easily? Why not sign up for the Post Prom’s third annual Dodge Ball game Friday, April 25th from 6-9 p.m. in the high school gym? Students in grades 9-12 are invited to sign up during lunch in the cafeteria beginning April 22nd. The cost is $25 per team that includes five students.

Can’t play, but want to watch? Admission is $3. There will be prizes for the best outfits and winning team. Don’t miss out on the fun. All proceeds benefit the Post Prom.

DEADLINE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE IS APRIL 30

calendar_raffle_buttonHelp support the OFMS PTA by purchasing an entry in the annual Calendar Raffle.  For $5, you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of fabulous prizes. We pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like, share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.

Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be dropped off at any of the school main offices.  Why not take a chance!  The contest includes many gift cards to area stores, Monsters tickets and other great prizes.  View a copy of the calendar by clicking here.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA.  Thanks for your support!

PICK-UP FOR SWIM/DIVE TEAM’S HAM SALE IS TONIGHT – THURSDAY, APRIL 17th!!

HoneyBakedA big thank you to all who participated in the Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team’s HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser.

Pick up is THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the OFHS, band entrance. We thank everyone for their support to help pay for the “two a day” pool practices. The team receives 15% of all the proceeds.

HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT

 

Helping hands movie and game nightHelping Hands will host the second “Movie and Game Night” on Friday April 25, 2014 from 6-8:30 p.m. @ OFHS. This event is set up to be a “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed.

Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.

Please send RSVP to Mariel Krakowiak, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, by Wednesday April 23 and inform us of the number of adults and students in your group.

 

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH

pizzaMunch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café.  Proceeds from the 8-10 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids  6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.

Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

 SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD

basketball4Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.

The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Art Show 1Annual OFHS May Art Show is Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN 

safety town logoSafety 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 cpetkosh@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY

WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT — LEARN ABOUT THE TEAM

Looking for a fun, recreational activity this summer? Join the Westview Swim Team and come to the annual Meet-the-Coaches Cookout on Sunday, May 18th from 5-6 p.m @ the Westview pool, 26640 Redwood Drive. You can enjoy hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert. Meet the swim team coaches and learn more about the team. Discover what the excitement is all about.

The swim team offers other events throughout the season, such as Donut Fridays, annual Swim-A-thon and end of the season Awards Banquet and pool party. The group emphasizes participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit and self-discipline. Many of the swimmers compete in high school and even college. Registration is available by clicking HERE.  For questions, please email theallenfamily3@netzero.com.

OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HOLDS OPEN REGISTRATION

swim1Falls Pointe Development welcomes swimmers to its summer program. Registration for the Piranhas swim team is open to any resident of Olmsted Falls or Township.  Registration will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 27th at the Falls Pointe development clubhouse located on Falls Pointe Drive. For more details and contact information, please click HERE.

NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS

summer baseball imageAfter many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult softball 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 SPIRIT 5K RACE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis 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 FALLS GARDEN CLUB PERENNIAL PLANT SALE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

GARDEN CLUB FLYERDon’t miss the annual Olmsted Falls Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale on Sunday, May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Community Center.  Large selection of perennial flowers, hostas, grasses, ground cover, flowering shrubs and wildflowers. 

A portion of proceeds from this sale benefit Falls-Lenox 3rd graders for the Minnesota Fast Seed program (formerly known as Veggie U).

OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis 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.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

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.

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE.

OPA dine with royaltyDINE WITH ROYALTY @ OPA’S PRINCESS SHOW

 Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergarten through grade 5.

The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

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Parent Update – April 10, 2014

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OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AGAIN DESIGNATED AMONG  ‘BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION’

10_BC4ME_Sticker_fThe National Association of Music Merchants Foundation announced Olmsted Falls School District is a 2014 Best Communities for Music Education honoree. This award honors districts and schools that set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education. NAMM evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. Olmsted Falls School District is one of 376 districts across the nation that received the honor this year; this is the eighth consecutive year it has received this honor.

Research shows that music actually changes the brain by adding new neural connections that prime the brain for other communication. Children involved in music tend to have larger vocabulary and better reading ability than those not exposed to music education. Children with learning disabilities are especially helped by music lessons. Ultimately, music helps shape individual development.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd is very pleased with the district again receiving this designation.

“While our core business is academics, the Olmsted Falls School District prides itself on educating the whole child. Our music programs empower our students to be creative, innovative and expressive. These elements support the academic program and help our students make a difference in the lives of others,” he said. “Finally, music serves as a universal language, and the music programs performed by our students bring joy and admiration from our community.  We are very proud to have earned the distinction of being among the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the nation again this year.”

Congratulations to staff, students and the community for supporting music education in our schools.

To learn more about the NAMM Foundation, click HERE.

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN FALLS-LENOX GYM THANKS TO NFL PLAY 60 GRANT

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThrough the implementation of our traverse wall into the physical education curriculum, F-L students have an authentic outlet through which to focus their natural disposition to climb, increase experiences for genuine success, options for improving fitness levels, and a means of promoting teamwork and leadership.  But best of all, it’s fun!

This traverse wall, which measures 8’ by 40’ was funded from winning the $10,000 Fuel-Up to Play 60 Grant through the NFL this year and was installed in the Falls gymnasium by members of the physical education department, custodial staff, and PTA.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff, students, PTA, and the Cleveland Browns organization for their support in making this dream a reality.   Thank you so much!

To view additional photos of the new traverse wall, please click HERE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT-PARENT SPORTS INFORMATION MEETING – TONIGHT @ 7:00 P.M.!

bulldog_leftThe annual athletic informational night for parents and students in grades 5 through 8 is being held TONIGHT, Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m.,  in the OFMS Cafetorium. The purpose of this meeting is to provide student athletes and parents with some general information about our middle school and high school athletic programs and to meet the varsity coaching staff.  OFHS varsity athletic coaches will be speaking.  The program for the evening is available by clicking HERE.

If you are not able to attend this meeting, the general informational packet will be available in the following manner:

1. Follow OFMS on Twitter @ofmsbulldogs and you will find the informational packet on Friday morning after the meeting.

2. It will be posted on the OFMS web page on Friday morning after the meeting.

‘OUR SCHOOL REPORT’ RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR ITS CONTENT, COMMUNICATION

2014 OHSPRA Award - OFCS Print NewsletterThe Ohio School Public Relations Association recently recognized Olmsted Falls School District with an Achievement Award during its annual state Spring Conference. The district received a Mark of Excellence award for Our School Report, which is mailed to residents four to six times per year. Print newsletters were judged on content, design, writing, editing, graphics, photography and print quality.

The competition is open to all public or private schools and districts, career and vocational centers and education-related organizations across the state.

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE – COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SURVEY OPEN

As mentioned in last week’s blog, Olmsted Falls School District is completing a strategic planning process to help guide our efforts over the course of the next 3-5 years. The steering committee continues to seek feed back from the community to help identify the highest priorities for the District’s strategic direction.

cyber computerAn online survey is available to help gather input from parents, residents, staff members and local business owners. OFHS students will be surveyed for their feedback as well.  A link to the online survey was sent directly to parents and other community stakeholders to obtain feedback on the strategic planning work that has been compiled thus far. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this brief online survey.

If you are interested in completing the survey now, you are encouraged to do so by clicking HERE.

Input from all segments of our community will be a critical component to finalizing the strategic planning process. Thank you in advance for your time and input.

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION NEWS 

Bulldog Pride yard signPRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4.  The committee is currently seeking individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.  To participate, send an email to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.  Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements.  Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support.  Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know.  You are encouraged to create your own poster as well!   Submit your photos or questions to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.

YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return in to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign.  Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community.  Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS Vote by Mail!  Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail  will receive ballots soon. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR CONTINUES THROUGH APRIL 11TH!

book _fair Stop by the Falls-Lenox book fair that is occurring now through Friday, April 11th.

 

A REMINDER – BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP IS TONIGHT –  THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH @ OFHS

WS_pastryThe Butter Braid pick up is set for this THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH FROM 4:00PM until 6:00PM – PICK UP WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL.

Please remember the butter braids are frozen and perishable, please return them to the freezer promptly after pick up.  Please contact Linda Parkowski at 440-225-8703 if you have any questions.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA! ON APRIL 11TH& 12TH

oklahoma copyDon’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.

SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – DEADLINE TO ORDER IS APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH

HoneyBakeddiving-into-waterBack 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!

 

OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM WANTS YOU!

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThe OFHS Post Prom Committee needs help and support to make this year’s event a wonderful experience for the Class of 2014.  Here are some ways you can help:

We need any type of gift card donations for seniors. They may include movies, restaurants, bed/bath, gas, WalMart, Target, Giant Eagle, iTunes – just to name a few. Mail them to OFHS Post Prom, 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or drop them off at the high school in an envelope marked “Post Prom donation.”

Attend the April 12th Reverse Raffle Taco Night – THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.  It will be from 7:30-10 p.m. at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. It’s an all-you-can-eat taco feast – hard and soft shell – salsa, chips, toppings plus beverages. There will be a 50/50, baskets and reverse raffles and side boards. Contact Teri Petro, 440-236-6482 or email her at petrot@roadrunner.com to order tickets.

Sign up for the April 25th Dodge Ball Tournament at OFHS. Teams may register in the cafeteria the week prior to the event. Check for details on the website. IGA has a Tasting Event April 25th. For more details, contact John Burnell at john@burnell.com. You also may simply volunteer the day of Post Prom. Contact Mercedes Hathcock, Mercedez0625@gmail.com.

Join us for upcoming meeting dates:  April 16th and May 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS library.  The committee thanks you for your continued support.

HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT

HH logoHelping Hands “Movie and Game Night” is on Friday April 25, from 6-8:30pm. The event is FREE, but RSVP IS REQUIRED by Wednesday April 23 (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net). Please include the number of adults and the number of children you will have attending.

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends.

Movie and Game Night is set up to be “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. Everyone is welcome!

Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH

pizzaMunch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café.  Proceeds from the 8-10 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids  6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.

Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

ONE DAY SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD

basketball4Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.

The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Art Show 1Annual OFHS May Art Show will be held on Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

safety town logoSafety 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 cpetkosh@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY 

FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – THIS FRIDAY,  APRIL 11TH

Carnival Invite-Flyer 2014The 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.

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH

Pancake Breakfast FlyerMark your calendars for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.

ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast includes pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice and/or coffee!  $5 donation (Kids under 3 eat free.)

Pictures with the Easter Bunny; Chinese Raffle; plus chance to win Kindle Fire!!  See you there!

OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HOLDS OPEN REGISTRATION

swim1Falls Pointe Development welcomes swimmers to its summer program. Registration for the Piranhas swim team is open to any resident of Olmsted Falls or Township.  Registration will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 27th at the Falls Pointe development clubhouse located on Falls Pointe Drive. For more details and contact information, please click HERE.

NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS

summer baseball imageAfter many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult softball 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 SPIRIT 5K RACE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis 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

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis 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.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

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.

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE.

OPA dine with royaltyDINE WITH ROYALTY @ OPA’S PRINCESS SHOW

 Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergartenKidsFirst Summer Camp page 2-2 through grade 5.

The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

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Parent Update – April 5, 2014

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STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE – SEEKING COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

As you may already be aware, Olmsted Falls School District is currently completing a strategic planning process to help guide our efforts over the course of the next 3-5 years. (Please see February 12, 2014 blog post for previous, extended story.)  The steering committee, representing a wide cross-section of District stakeholders, is now seeking feedback from the community to help identify the highest priorities for the District’s strategic direction.

cyber computerTo that end, an online survey has been created to help gather input from parents, residents, staff members and local business owners. OFHS students will be surveyed for their feedback as well.  A link to the online survey will be sent directly to parents and other community stakeholders in the coming week to obtain feedback on the strategic planning work that has been compiled thus far. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this brief online survey.

If you are interested in completing the survey now, you are encouraged to do so by clicking HERE.

Input from all segments of our community will be a critical component to finalizing the strategic planning process. Thank you in advance for your time and input.

OFHS/POLARIS SENIOR IS RUNNER-UP IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION

polaris auto competitionOFHS and Polaris Automotive Technology senior Dean Houlis, shown left in the photo,  and team partner Mike Coleman  of  North Olmsted High School, placed second in the recent 22nd Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition at the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show.

During the event, each team was challenged to diagnose and troubleshoot real world vehicle problems that Cuyahoga Community College instructors planted.  Dean and Mike just missed first place by two points. Congratulations, Dean.   To see a Plain Dealer story about the competition, click HERE

OFHS BOYS BASKETBALL HITS HIGHLIGHTS ON/OFF COURT

Adam basketballOF Varsity BoysGrades played a big part in the OFHS boys basketball achievements this year. The team finished 23rd in Ohio for top team GPAs with 3.548 Grade Point Average. Senior Adam Asadorian was named Academic All Ohio. It is the second consecutive year that the team had a player named Academic All Ohio.

Adam also broke the state record for Single Season 3-point percentage with a 54.2 percentage. He also now ranks third in Ohio for career 3 Point Percentage at 44.6 percent. To read a Chronicle Telegram story on his accomplishments, click HERE.

OFHS SPANISH CLUB INDUCTS 19 STUDENTS INTO ITS CHAPTER

spanish iconLast month the OFHS Spanish Department inducted 19 talented students into the Juan Rulfo Chapter of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.  The ceremony was at Nuevo Acapulco, a North Olmsted restaurant. The new members include Meredith Ashton, Allie Baldwin, Ashley Belohlavek, Alexis Benisek, Olivia Collins, Autumn Cooper, Meg Coury, Mikaela Eisenloeffel, Brooke Eisenmann, Meredith Ashton, Mareena Gentry, Molly Grimes,  Brianna Laszlo, Deborah Makari, Amanda Mitchell, Victoria Pishkula,  Brandon Pusateri, Evan Rawbon and Diana Vargas.

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the society. There are more than 2,000 national and International chapters.  The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies.

Congratulations to these fine students.

BULLDOG BASEBALL AT CRUSHERS STADIUM IN AVON – THIS WEEKEND!

baseball2cjpg-9e254f0fa2cc45ad_largeThe OFHS Baseball Program (all levels) will be playing baseball at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon (Crushers Stadium) this weekend.

If anyone is interested in coming out to watch our OFHS baseball teams in action this weekend in a great environment, following is the schedule:

OF baseballSATURDAY (4/5): FROSH at All-Pro vs Avon at 3:00 

SUNDAY (4/6): JV at All-Pro at 12:30 and Varsity at 3:30 

Come out and support the Bulldogs!!

GO BULLDOGS!

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteSuperintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd posted a new message on the District website this week.

Please click HERE to read the latest message from Dr. Lloyd.

Also, don’t forget to follow Dr. Lloyd on Twitter @OFCSSuper.

JOIN THE OFIS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM

OFIS Science olympiad 1All students in grades 4 and 5 are eligible to participate in the Science Olympiad Team – and more than 110 already have joined this year’s team.

Nine practice sessions will occur through the end of April, with competition days taking place the last week of April. OFMS students, OFIS staff and NASA volunteers are this year’s coaches!

The three favorite events from last year’s Olympiad return – Egg Drop, Catapult and Aerodynamics! Six new events were added to align with the Ohio Model Curriculum for Science, with an emphasis on hands-on experience. Those events include Circuit Wizardry; Music Makers; Landform Jeopardy; Sinking Ships; Reflection Relay and Derby Downs with K’Nex cars.

To see a photo gallery, click HERE

OFHS FORENSICS TEAM SEES GREAT SUCCESS AT STATE TOURNAMENT

???????????????????????????????The OFHS Forensics Team competed at the Speech and Debate tournament last month.

Senior Joe Gibson placed third in the state with his Curious George humor piece.  Junior Kat Karolak advanced to the semifinals in original oratory, placing her in the top 12 competitors in the state. Junior Julia McFadden qualified for the tournament for the first time this year.

Overall, the competition was very exciting for the students.

To view additional photos from the competition, please click HERE.

OFHS NEEDS YOU!  IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION NEWS – VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE THIS MONDAY!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE The deadline to register to vote on the Bond Issue for OFHS in the upcoming May 6, 2014 election is THIS MONDAY, APRIL 7TH.  Voter registration forms can be downloaded by clicking HERE.  Completed forms MUST be received by Cuyahoga County Board of Elections by end of business THIS MONDAY, APRIL 7th.  Completed forms can be dropped off at the local library or any school office on Monday.

PRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4.  The committee is currently seeking individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue.  To participate, send an email to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.  Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements.  Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support.  Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know.  You are encouraged to create your own poster as well!   Submit your photos or questions to prideinolmstedschools@gmail.com.

YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return in to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign.  Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community.  Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS Vote by Mail!  Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail should begin receiving ballots this coming week.  Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR IS THIS COMING WEEK – APRIL 7TH-11TH!

book _fairMark your calendars for the annual Falls-Lenox book fair being held April 7th – 11th.

Wednesday, April 9th will be the FAMILY NIGHT event including an ICE CREAM SOCIAL! 

Stop by and purchase a bowl of ice cream before you shop!!

OFMS STUDENTS COMPETE IN REGIONAL POWER OF THE PEN

Misc and Power of the Pen 3-15-14 687Several OFMS students competed with others from 65 schools in the Regional Power of the Pen competition at St. Joseph Academy last month.  Lizzi Vukovic, grade 8, placed third and received the Best of the Best award. Kayla Falcone, grade 8, placed 14th, Lauren Gumeny, grade 7, 15th and Emma Andrus, grade 7, received the Donald Baker Award.

Other students who competed include  eighth graders Abby Gaba, Alex Enczur and Maggie Harris and seventh graders Jamie Bridle, Dylan Reines and Ally Rice. Congratulations to all these students.  To view a gallery of photos from the competition, please click HERE.

ECC CELEBRATES RIGHT TO READ WEEK

ECC Right to Read Week The children at our district’s Early Childhood Center were “Buggy about Books” during this year’s Right to Read Week.

Each hallway had a designated bug from one of Eric Carle’s books – firefly, caterpillar, cricket and lady bug. Teachers, paras, students and parent helpers worked together to decorate the hallways accordingly, with Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. Cogan judging them and awarding ribbons to the buggiest, flashiest, hungriest, most colorful, quietest, starriest hallways and those with the most legs and best read caterpillar. IIllustrator Steve Harpster made virtual visits to each classroom via the Smart Boards, with students drawing animals and other creatures with him. Students also welcomed two librarians with the Cuyahoga County Public Library system and ate special snacks that Teresa Haun created. The students made buggy hats, read each other’s shirts and joined other classes with partner reading. Mrs. B, the queen bee, surprised each class with new books for their classroom libraries.

To view a colorful photo gallery, click HERE.

MORE THAN 180 OFHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT 34TH ANNUAL ACADEMIC HONORS BANQUET

ABC_PROGRAM_Page_1Hundreds were in attendance at the 34th Annual OFHS Academic Honors Banquet held last month at Baldwin Wallace College as more than 180 OFHS students were honored for their academic achievements. Students were joined by their families and other special guests for this special dinner and awards ceremony.

The selection criteria for this year’s honored students marked the beginning of a transition from a GPA-only based criteria to a selection model that will honor students ranking within the top 10% of students in their class (based on GPA).  This change in selection criteria was being phased in this year beginning with this year’s freshmen class only.  For current sophomores, juniors and seniors, the selection criteria remained the same as in past years as follows:  sophomores maintaining a 3.9 GPA or higher; juniors maintaining a 3.8 GPA or higher; and seniors maintaining a 3.7 GPA or higher.

To view the event program, including the list of students honored, please click HERE. (Note: the number of asterisks (*) following a student’s name indicated how many years they’ve been invited to attend the event.)  To learn more about how you can get involved in helping OFHS Academic Boosters, please contact Mrs. Rhonna Smith at rsmith@ofcs.net.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students and their families!

OFMS SPRING BOOK FAIR A HUGE SUCCESS

thank_youThe OFMS Media Center personnel thanks the school’s amazing  student, parents and staff for supporting its Scholastic Spring Book Fair. With some of the profits, the Media Center was able to buy $1,200 new books so far. The balance will go towards Scholastic Dollars to order more books in the future.

A big thank you to PTA volunteers who gave up their valuable time to help with the fair.  The volunteers include Joanna Bermard, Donna McKee, Ellen Dregalla, Kathleen Burkart, Cindy Purdy, Susie Asadorian and Rachel O’Malley. Again, thank you!

OFHS POST PROM WANTS YOU!

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThe OFHS Post Prom Committee needs help and support to make this year’s event a wonderful experience for the Class of 2014.  Here are some ways you can help:

We need any type of gift card donations for seniors. They may include movies, restaurants, bed/bath, gas, WalMart, Target, Giant Eagle, iTunes – just to name a few. Mail them to OFHS Post Prom, 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or drop them off at the high school in an envelope marked “Post Prom donation.”

Attend the April 12th Reverse Raffle Taco Night. It will be from 7:30-10 p.m. at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. See the notice above for more details.

Sign up for the April 25th Dodge Ball Tournament at OFHS. Teams may register in the cafeteria the week prior to the event. Check for details on the website. IGA has a Tasting Event April 25th. For more details, contact John Burnell at john@burnell.com. You also may simply volunteer the day of Post Prom. Contact Mercedes Hathcock, Mercedez0625@gmail.com.

Join us for upcoming meeting dates:  April 9th, April 16th and May 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS library.  The committee thanks you for your continued support.

BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP – THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH

WS_pastryA big thank you to all of you who participated in the Olmsted Falls PTA Council Butter Braid Fundraiser.

A reminder – Butter Braid pick up is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH FROM 4:00PM until 6:00PM – PICK UP WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL.

Please remember the butter braids are frozen and perishable, please return them to the freezer promptly after pick up.  Please contact Linda Parkowski at 440-225-8703 if you have any questions.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA! ON APRIL 11TH& 12TH

oklahoma copyDon’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.

POST PROM HOSTS APRIL 12TH REVERSE RAFFLE TACO NIGHT

taco1You’re invited to the OFHS Post Prom’s Reverse Raffle Taco Night from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, April 12th at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. It’s an all-you-can-eat taco feast – hard and soft shell – salsa, chips, toppings plus beverages. There will be a 50/50, basket and reverse raffles and side boards. Contact Teri Petro, 440-236-6482 or email her at petrot@roadrunner.com to order tickets.

HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT

HH logoHelping Hands “Movie and Game Night” is on Friday April 25, from 6-8:30pm. The event is FREE, but RSVP IS REQUIRED by Wednesday April 23 (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net). Please include the number of adults and the number of children you will have attending.

Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends.

Movie and Game Night is set up to be “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. Everyone is welcome!

Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.

OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH

pizzaMunch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café.  Proceeds from the 7-9 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids  6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.

Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

ONE DAY SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD

basketball4Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.

The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.

ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Art Show 1Annual OFHS May Art Show will be held on Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community.  We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

safety town logoSafety 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 cpetkosh@gmail.com.

SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – ORDER NOW THROUGH APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH

HoneyBakeddiving-into-waterBack 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!

COMMUNITY 

COLUMBIA ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING TO BE CLOSED APRIL 8TH.

railroad sign small 2Norfolk Southern Railway must close the Columbia Road crossing on April 8th, with a rain date of April 9th.

Signage is posted to alert motorists of the closure and the detour route for traffic and trucks.

FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH

Carnival Invite-Flyer 2014The 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.

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH

Pancake Breakfast FlyerMark your calendars for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.

ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast includes pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice and/or coffee!  $5 donation (Kids under 3 eat free.)

Pictures with the Easter Bunny; Chinese Raffle; plus chance to win Kindle Fire!!  See you there!

NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS

summer baseball imageAfter many years of discussion, the Olmsted Community Summer League will start a co-ed adult softball 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 SPIRIT 5K RACE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThis 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

Olmsted Bicentennial logoThis 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.

BW INVITES YOUTH TO ITS SUMMER MUSIC CAMPSBW Boesel musical arts  center

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.

OPA OFFERS ACTING SUMMER CAMPOPA Summer Camp

Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE (olmstedperformingarts.com.)

OPA dine with royaltyDINE WITH ROYALTY @ OPA’S PRINCESS SHOW

 Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.

KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN

KidsFirst Learning Centers offer a FunFirst Summer Camp scheduled from June 9 through August 15 for kids entering kindergartenKidsFirst Summer Camp page 2-2 through grade 5.

The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.

Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.

 

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