Parent Update – May 22, 2014
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, MAY 26TH
We look forward seeing students and staff back in the buildings on Tuesday, May 27th.
ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORM DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH!
For those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2014-2015 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms is June 15, 2014.
Please click here for additional information and to access Alternate Transportation Forms for the 2014-2015 school year.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR MIDWEST TALENT SEARCH ACHIEVEMENT
Six Middle School students were honored for their achievements in Northwestern University’s Annual Midwest Academic Talent Search competition at last week’s Board of Education meeting. The Midwest Academic Talent Search enables students to participate in ACT and/or SAT tests that are typically taken by college-bound juniors and seniors in high school. Middle school students who achieve a score of 21 or above on the ACT and/or a score of 980 or above on the SAT are recognized as top performers.
OFMS students recognized in this year’s national competition are: Daniel Doherty, Rebekah Ellis, Samuel Gray, Alex Holm, Daniel Hoffman, Andrea Sheetz, and Autumn Towns.
Congratulations to each of these students and to their families!
Additionally, we want to recognize our teachers who worked with these exceptional students along their path up to this point. It is the great education provided at each level, coupled with support in the home, that prepared these students for this achievement, and that will continue to help them thrive in the future. Congratulations again!
OFHS BREAKS RECORD @ ACADEMIC QUIZ CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to the OFHS Academic Team on the WEOL Radio’s Scholastic Quiz Games. The team not only placed first – again – but achieved an unprecedented fourth consecutive academic championship. Team members defeated Amherst Steele High School in a back-and-forth battle, 470-310.
Team members are Andy Nageotte, team captain; Zach Buchta and Xavier Rivera. Andy was named the program’s “Standout Scholar,” which includes a $50 prize for his contribution to the team. Team advisors are Rhonna Smith and assistant Joe Galea.
Amherst had the lead or a tie score following all but the final round, when the Bulldogs went into rapid action. The Bulldogs used quickness with the buzzers – and correct answers – to almost tripling the scoring of their Amherst competitor during that round and winning the game. They broke the most consecutive year titles, which Elyria High held dating back to the 1990s.
Each participating school receive a $500 credit to a deserving student from an area college or university. Semifinalist schools each receive $2,000 in additional credits and a like amount awarded at the championship.
Congrats to all!
OF FALLS-LENOX SHARE WRITING PIECES
Collaboration is essential for continuous improvement! Falls-Lenox strives to set that example for its students. In December, and again in May, Falls-Lenox’s South Community planned a gathering for their students.
Each student brought a writing sample to share. The first time they brought narrative writing and then they shared opinion pieces in May. Each session consisted of a first, a second and a third grade class. In groups of three, students read what they had written, discussed the similarities and differences between writing samples and had some time to just talk with one another. Students were engaged and truly learned a lot from each other. The third graders set high standards for the first and second graders!
To view a photo gallery, click here.
The annual OFHS May Show was last Friday in the gym. The show featured work from the Visual Communications Design & Visual Arts from students as well as alumni, staff and community members.
Seniors had individual displays around the perimeter of the gym. Many community members enjoyed the show that ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To view a photo gallery, click here.
RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON
Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association hosted its annual Retired Staff Spring Luncheon this month. Retired Bulldog staff members attended the annual event at Moosehead and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues. Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd also attended and provided retired Bulldogs with an update on the school district, strategic planning and facilities. Retired staff members were also commended for their ongoing contributions to a scholarship fund to benefit graduating OFHS seniors. Last year, their scholarship fund reached the $10,000 mark and officially became an endowed scholarship.
Additionally, the Alumni Association will award 29 scholarships, including the Retired Staff Scholarship, in the amount of $22,150 to graduating seniors this year.
To view photos from this year’s Retired Staff Spring Luncheon, please click here.
Mariel Krakowiak, OFHS art teacher, was honored last Friday by the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center at a recognition breakfast/ceremony honoring teachers and students for their work and efforts in special education.
Krakowiak was honored for her work and dedication with the Helping Hands student group and parent network. Her work with the group enhances the school experience for all students and parents involved.
Congratulations to Mrs. Krakowiak for this recognition!
FOOTBALL PARENTS MEETING – TONIGHT – THURSDAY, 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.
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.
OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET RESULTS
Olmsted Falls residents participated in the April 26th national drug take-back day that many groups and organizations sponsored. PTA and high school student volunteers assisted Olmsted Falls police officers in collection more than 45 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Overall, northeast Ohio safely disposed of more than 10,800 pounds of outdated or unwanted prescription medications.
If area residents missed the collection and would like to dispose of unwanted medicines, the Olmsted Township police department has a permanent drop box at its station. Many thanks to the Olmsted Falls police and high school volunteer Natalie Ferrini for making this a successful event.
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.
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.
SUMMER FOOD ROCKS PROGRAM
It begins June 11th and runs through August 15th at various North Olmsted locations.
For more details, click here.
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.
OF LACROSSE CLUB HOSTS AREA’S 1ST BOYS VARSITY LACROSSE PLAYOFF GAME TONIGHT!
Why not attend and cheer on the team!
The Olmsted Falls Memorial Day parade is gathering at Falls-Lenox parking lot at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26th. Marchers will begin their route at 9:30. They will travel east on Bagley Road, north on Brookside, east on Mill Street and north on Columbia Road to the Village Green.
The community will have a short service at the Village Green gazebo. The OFHS band is part of the parade. Everyone is invited to watch along the streets and then gather at the Village Green for the ceremony.
BOOTHS AVAILABLE @ JULY 12 HONEY FEST
An Art and Craft Show will be part of the July 12th Honey Fest @ Grand Pacific Junction. Booth applications are available by clicking here.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information about honey and honey bees; bees creating a beard on a man; bee wax candle rolling, face painting, observation hive, educational material, honey-baked goods, flavored honey and stores offering a sidewalk sale are part of the fun.
OPA PRESENTS TWO UPCOMING SHOWS
Olmsted Performing Arts will feature Once Upon a Mattress and Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical.
‘Mattress’ will run from July 11-13. Tickets are $14.25 and $16.25 Jekyll and Hyde is from August 1-3 and 8-10. Tickets are $14.25 and $19.25. Both shows feature pre-show action 90 minutes prior to curtain. Details are at olmstedperformingarts.org.
OPA is at 6941 Columbia Road.
WANTED: RESIDENTS OF OLMSTED FALLS/OLMSTED TOWNSHIP WHO HAVE RESIDED HERE FOR 50 YEARS OR MORE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 – MAY 24TH AND 25TH
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.
TEEN WRITER BOOT CAMP – JUNE 9 – 13
This book camp is for aspiring young authors ages 13-18 who will review the fundamentals of creative writing and guide participants creating new work in poetry, fiction and drama. Bring along a sample of your best work. Registration and a signed parent/guardian release are required. To sign up, click here.
Date: 6/9 – 6/13/2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
End Time: 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Friday 6/13)
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.