Parent Update – May 15, 2014
JOIN THE OFHS 2014 GRAND MARCH THIS SATURDAY, MAY 17TH
The OF Post Prom Committee invites family and friends to attend the Class of 2014 Grand March just before Prom this Saturday, May 17th at 4:30 p.m. in the OFHS auditorium. It is a chance to see all students in their prom attire. Each couple/group of friends will be announced individually as they walk across the stage. It’s a great way to get photos and it’s free.
Prom goers then will pack the House of Blues for an evening of fun and great memories.
All students should arrive no later than 4 p.m. Saturday, as they will board buses by 5:30 for the prom.
Loghan Maye, second grader, and Kayla Bauer, third grader, are the Healthy Hero honorees for the months of March and April at Falls-Lenox School while John Allen and Caitlin Farber received the honors at ECC, respectively.
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 gift card from Toys-R-Us.
Congratulations, Kayla, Loghan, Caitlin and John.
TWO OFHS/POLARIS STUDENTS DO WELL AT NATIONAL CONTEST
Two Polaris Career Center’s Chef Training teams competed in the 2014 National ProStart Invitational Culinary Team and Restaurant Management competitions in Minneapolis. The contest saw students from 46 states and U.S. territories showcase their talent in a real world setting.
Polaris placed 4th in the Restaurant Management event. Students had to present an original concept to judges that demonstrated their knowledge of the operation and profitability success of a food service establishment. The team created a name and logo design. The presentation included menu design and food costing, facility design and decor, marketing strategies, employment practices and human resources. Finally, the team answered a barrage of critical thinking questions from a panel of food service experts. Bulldog team members included Elizabeth Nunemaker and Morgan Anderson, both juniors.
Polaris also took 4th in the Culinary Team event.
As top five finishers, the Polaris students were awarded $135,000 ($13,500 each) in scholarships.
OFHS STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPANISH SPIRIT WEEK
OFHS teachers and students of Spanish celebrated the second annual Spanish Spirit Week during the first week of May. Each day the Spanish students participated in an activity to celebrate the vibrant Spanish language and culture.
On Monday, the school was filled with red and gold clothing to represent the colors of the Olmsted Falls’ Juan Rulfo Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. On Tuesday, students gathered in Mrs. Soto-Kacik’s room to watch the film, “Spanglish.” Students and staff gathered on Wednesday in the gymnasium after school to learn Latin dance moves taught by a talented instructor from a local dance studio. Everyone enjoyed learning to dance the salsa! The most popular activity took place after school Thursday afternoon. Students played an intense game of soccer. Several classmates and faculty members came to watch and cheer their classmates on to a big Spanish fútbol victory! The week wrapped up with authentic cuisine in Spanish classes and at local Mexican restaurants. To view a photo gallery, click here.
The activities and celebrations were a success and a good time was had by all!
OFHS SENIOR FINAL EXAMS NEXT WEEK – MAY 21, 22, & 23
Senior final exams will take place May 21, 22, & 23. The exam schedule with testing blocks and times is available on the High School website.
You can click HERE now to access the senior exam schedule.
OFMS PTA WELCOMES POWER OF PEN TO MEETING
Schools from all 88 Ohio counties send six-person teams of 7th and 8th grade writers to district tournaments in January. Writers compete in three rounds of writing against other schools. For each round, students receive a prompt and have 40 minutes to develop and write a narrative that addresses it in some way. Students placing in the top 50 percent compete at regionals. The top 20 percent of those advance to the state tournament, which is held prior to Memorial Day in Wooster.
Bulldog writers tryout for the team in October with Mrs. Nancy Gulden and Miss Lisa Scalley. Those who advance through all three rounds of tryouts meet as a team every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. to practice and discuss their writing. The advisors said they are continually impressed by these creative young people’s talent and dedication. We appreciated their attending the meeting.
Six writers earned a spot competing at state this year. They are 7th graders Emma Andrus, Lauren Gumeny and Dylan Reines and 8th graders Alex Enczur, Kayla Falcone and Lizzie Vukovic. Good luck at the next competition.
Here is a chance to get several books for your child’s summer reading.
F-L will have its Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One Free Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 19; Tuesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 21st. There is a great selection from which to choose.
BOGO BOOK SALE AT OFMS – MON., MAY 19TH – WED., MAY 21ST!
The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will be hosting a Buy One, Get One Sale starting Mon., May 19th–Wed. May 21st. The BOGO will be open in the Media Center from 8:30-3:30 each of these three days. This is a great way to stock up on summer reading and the BOGO will include hundreds of books to choose from. Buy one book at regular price and get the second book of equal or lesser value for FREE! The OFMS BOGO is run by Scholastic Merchandisers and is a cash only sale.
HELPING HANDS PARENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL’S LAST MEETING OF YEAR
The last meeting of the HHPLC is Wednesday, May 21st @ 6:30 p.m. in the OFIS Media Center. Karen Gaede, the district’s transition coordinator, will share strategies and experiences parents can work with their child to develop skills for interacting with others in work and social settings. To be successful in the community, students need universal skills for positive interactions with others. This includes concepts like making good eye contact, turn taking, being a dependable member of a group and many other skills that allow for positive interactions. By fostering these skills, students will be more successful in a community or employment setting.
HHPLC supports the unique learning needs of children within the district. Comprised of representatives of the OFSD’s administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children’s educational planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support.
Please email Mariel Krakowiak, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you require childcare during the meeting. Students in the Helping Hands group provide the childcare. For more details, click here for the group’s website.
FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING MAY 22nd
What: Football Parents meeting
When: May 22nd, 7:00 P.M.
Where: High School Auditorium
Who: 2014 football player parents, grades 9-12.
2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE
A listing of 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps put on by the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department has just been added to the District website. The list includes camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information, and links to individual camp and registration information.
Please click HERE for the latest 2014 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.
8TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP
Conducted by the Olmsted Falls High School Boys Coaching Staff and Varsity Players, the Soccer Skills Camp will be held July 29 – July 31, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Schady Road Soccer Complex. The camp is open to All Recreational and Travel Soccer Players U6-U14 (Ages 5-14). During the three-day camp, players will be grouped by age and by skill level; focus will be on Individual Technique, Foot-skills, Speed and Agility, Passing, Trapping, Dribbling, Finishing, Goalkeeping, Contests, and Prizes.
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Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE.
The event raised nearly $20,000 over the four years. In addition to the baseball games, this year’s tournament featured a special presentation to honor Dakota Bihn, an Olmsted Falls student who lost her battle with the disease April 21. A memorial plaque will permanentlyl hang in the Bulldog baseball dugout to honor Dakota. Special thanks to Gengraphics for designing and donating the beautiful plaque. To view a photo gallery, click here.
A huge thank you to Dan Largent who works tirelessly to not only plan this event, but to raise awareness and money for Tay-Sachs disease and the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation. His efforts have made this event a success every year!
Congratulations to Zack Dragony of Boy Scout Troop 228, who earned the ranking of Eagle Scout. He will have his Eagle Court of Honor June 1st.
The senior Bulldog’s Eagle Scout project was building a hospitality seating area and informational bulletin board at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Westlake.
PTAs ACCEPTING BOOKS THROUGH MAY 27TH FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS
The Olmsted Falls PTAs are participating in Operation Paperback. They are collecting gently used and new books to send to troops overseas. They would appreciate any donation to the cause. Please send the books into school with your children and they can place them in the appropriate collection box by May 27th. Contact Amy Krogh, 440-235-0582 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
For adults: Action/adventure: such authors as Clancy, Chrichton, Cussler, Brown; biographies; contemporary literary fiction: Morrison, Stockett.
Classic literary fiction: Dickens, Steinbeck, Hemingway; fantasy: Salvatore, Butcher, Weis & Hickman, Martin; horror: King, Koontz, Harrison, Hamilton.
Mystery: Kellerman, Roberts, Baldacci; science fiction: Herbert, Bradbury, Zahn; true crime; historical fiction; suspense/thrillers: Patterson, Johansen, Hoag; westerns; women’s fiction.
For children: teen and preteen fiction: Rowling, Collins, Dahl; children’s literature; children’s board books.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 12TH ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING
The 19th annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is July 12th at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Township. The event that the OF Alumni Association sponsors is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. It’s a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, 12-ounce steak dinner, golf-themed favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85. This year the outing will be a SHOTGUN start if there are at least 144 golfers. Otherwise, the format will be a 4-person scramble. Tee times begin at 9 a.m.
Don’t miss this great event and a chance to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs. If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at email@example.com or call us at 440-427-6030.
7TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE
May 8 – David Wilson ($25 Target Gift Card)
May 9 – Julie Sicking (2 sky zone passes & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 10 – Walter Mruk ($25 Jo Jo’s Italian Restaurant Gift Certificate)
May 11 – Becky Milligan (OF Bulldog Sweatshirt & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 12 – Karen Ebenger ($25 Giant Eagle Gift Card)
May 13 – Sobieski Family (2 Trolley Tours of Cleveland & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 14 – Jennifer Victor ($20 Falls Family Restaurant Gift Certificate & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 15 – Cindy Bennett (OF Bulldog Sweatshirt & Chipotle BOGO card)
May 16 – Brandi Straubhaar ($25 Kohl’s Gift Card)
May 17 – Eileen Smits (D’Qwell Jackson Autographed Browns Football)
Thanks for your support and watch the blog for next week’s winners.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS
A list of courses your students have scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year beginning in August may be viewed directly in Power School. Please click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged in. Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year. Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments are available June 12th . Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment. THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY SCHEDULING ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 12TH.
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: Incoming 9th graders for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to a Freshman Orientation at the high school on Friday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m. A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up. Student Ambassadors will give guided tours of the building. Student Ambassadors will meeting Wednesday, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s Media Center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming 9th grade class and call new students to invite them to the orientation on August 15th. Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2018 at the Freshman Orientation on August 15th from 9-11 a.m.
Photos of commencement will be available at www.Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the ceremony.
HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR & THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR
Health Care Action Plan – Parents of children who have such medical conditions as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., which may require treatment at school, will receive a Health Care Action Plan from the school’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home before the end of this school year. These Action Plans, which both parent and physician must complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic the first week of school in August. A medication order must be completed if your child needs to take a medication at school. The form is available on the district’s website.
Medication Pick Up – If your child now has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to the days/times. Medications not picked up by June 16th will be destroyed.
New 7th grade students – Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine to children prior to their entering the 7th grade. Please bring in your documentation that your health clinic completed as your child returns the first week of school in August.
CHICK-FIL-A DINING WILL HELP OLMSTED FALLS RELAY FOR LIFE – TODAY, THURSDAY, MAY 15TH
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 for the organization to receive credit.
ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FLOWER SALE OFFERS ONE LAST DAY – THIS SATURDAY, MAY 17
Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold the final day of its annual flower sale on Saturday, May 17th 10th (9 am-3pm) at the Jenkins Center at the corner of Columbia Road and Main Street, across from the Olmsted Community Church. The Scouts will have hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables available at good prices. Stop by, support Scouting, and shop locally!
WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM HOSTS MEET-THE-COACHES COOKOUT THIS SUNDAY, MAY 18: COME 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will celebrate the community’s 200 year anniversary on July 4. As part of this Bicentennial Celebration, the community is honoring residents who have lived in Olmsted Township or Olmsted Falls for 50 years or more. If you are one of these residents, please contact Jeanene Kress, 235-3459 or email@example.com. These long-time residents will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, email address, if any, and the year they moved into either Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township.
The July 4th celebration will be an old fashioned, family event that will feature a parade, food, fun for all ages and live music. There also will be a “Battle of the Barrel” featuring fire departments and, lastly, fireworks. All activities will occur at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.
For more details about the overall celebration, click here.
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM
One way to keep your child’s reading level at least maintained over the summer is to keep reading during that time. The Olmsted Falls branch library is now accepting registration for its “Ready. Set. Read!” Summer Reading Game. The rules are available by clicking here. It also has many programs available over the summer. To view a flyer of all the events, click here.
OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM
Registration open as of Wednesday, 5/14/2014 at 9:00 AM.
Book Buddies – Big Buddies
Date: Mondays,6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30PM (2:45 PM on 6/16 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:15 PM
Description: Grades 5-12: Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 2:45PM before the first Buddy session on 6/16.
Book Buddies – Little Buddies
Date: Mondays, 6/16/2014, 6/23/2014, 6/30/2014, 7/7/2014
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM
Description: Grades 1 – 3: Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Must be able to read. Please attend all 4 sessions.
Saturday Activity Night Program … SPRING INTO FUN 1st – 6th Grades
In the month of May, kids grades 1st-6th can enjoy, Baseball Fever Night, Karaoke, Jungle Fever, and Guest DJ’s. All leading up to the final fun night of the year…Beach Blast Night on Saturday, June 7th. All activities are held at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls from 7-10p.m. Cost: $8. visit: http://www.olmstedcc.com/.
LORAIN COUNTY CELEBRATES AVIATION DAYS 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
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. To download the Cornerstone Festival flyer, please click HERE. 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.
CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE
Forms to reserve booth space at the Bicentennial Cornerstone Festival are now available. Any school or community booster group or association, local crafters, local businesses, etc., interested in reserving booth space at the festival must complete and submit the vendor application form. Please visit http://www.olmstedbicentennial.org/ and click on the “Vendors & Permits” link at the top of the page to download the form. Deadline to submit: June 15, 2014.
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 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.
KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN
The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.
LOCAL PRESCHOOL HAS FALL OPENINGS
Olmsted Community Preschool has openings available for the 2014/2015 school year. The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street, Olmsted Falls. Classes offered are at the 3, pre-k and pre-k extended age levels. For more information, please call 440-235-3869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the preschool’s website by clicking here and go to the preschool tab.