FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR
With summer break officially underway, this will be the last blog post of the 2013-2014 school year. Thank you for your patience as we worked to compile a large volume of news and important information for this final post. It has been a pleasure sharing news from our District with you on a weekly basis over the course of this school year.
Regular weekly blog posts will resume in late July, as we begin to prepare for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Best wishes to all for a safe and relaxing summer break!
RETIREES DEDICATED 290+ BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!
Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees. Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to ten dedicated staff members retiring this year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools totals 292 Bulldog years!
This year’s retirees include:
Mr. Todd Bowers, OFHS Math Teacher (25 Bulldog years)
Mrs. Bev Cadle, ECC Paraprofessional (15 Bulldog years)
Mrs. Kathy Dean, OFMS Science Teacher (37 Bulldog years)
Mrs. Martha Grumbach, OFMS Guidance Secretary (19 Bulldog years)
Mrs. Nancy Gulden, OFMS English/Reading Teacher (29 Bulldog years)
Mr. Kevin Gulden, OFMS Band Teacher (36 Bulldog years)
Mrs. Cheryl Keith, Falls-Lenox Primary School Teacher (32 Bulldog years)
Dr. Karen Kolozvary, Fall-Lenox Primary School Teacher (35 Bulldog years)
Mr. Jim Maloney, OFHS Network Technician (14 Bulldog years)
Mrs. Alice Miller, Fall-Lenox Primary School Library Media Assistant (25 Bulldog years)
Ms. Donna Tindera, Falls-Lenox Primary School Technology Assistant (25 Bulldog years)
Retirees were recognized by their buildings/departments as well as at the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for staff. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals, and their impact on the District, will be greatly missed. Congratulations to each of them, and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement!
REMINDER: 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.
OLMSTED FALLS KIWANIS 2014 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
(From left to right): Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club President Mr. Ron Fazulak and Kiwanis Club member Mr. Kris Correll congratulate this year’s Kiwanis Employees of the Year winners: OFHS Math Teacher Mr. Todd Bowers, OFHS Physical Education/Health Teacher Mrs. Dawn Moses, and OFMS Guidance Secretary Mrs. Martha Grumbach.
Staff members are nominated annually by fellow colleagues through a written nomination process. Nominations are reviewed and selected by a special committee of Kiwanis members.
Congratulations to the 2014 Employees of the Year, and thank you to the Kiwanis Club for their continued support of the Olmsted educational community.
DEDICATED BULLDOG COUPLE HONORED WITH “FRIENDS OF EDUCATION” AWARD
The Hentons were honored for their dedication and commitment to the students of Olmsted Falls Schools through their various volunteer efforts. Both Bulldog alumni themselves, Debbie and John Henton have dedicated countless hours to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters, PTA and more!
Congratulations and much gratitude to Debbie and John! Bulldog Country is fortunate to have you working on behalf of the students in Olmsted Falls Schools.
FAREWELL TO THE CLASS OF 2014
Congratulations to the 292 members of the Class of 2014! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 29th to celebrate Commencement. OFHS graduating seniors Judith Norton (pictured at left) and Madelyn Matia (pictured at right) were featured speakers, along with School Board President Jim Weisbarth and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by the talented David Rapchak and Leah Webb.
For more photos of this event, please click HERE. Congratulations again to all of this year’s Bulldog graduates!
INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON-LINE
The 2014 photographs taken by LifeTouch during the commencement ceremony are available online for purchase! If you are interested in viewing and/or purchasing graduation photos, please visit: http://events.lifetouch.com/eventHomepage.aspx?EventID=141210.
OCCUPATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM CELEBRATE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR
The Occupational Work Experience (Work Study) program graduated 13 proud seniors this year. The OWE class consist of credits in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Work Skills, as well as on the job work experience.
This year’s Students of the Year (pictured at left) are: Evan Kagel (employed by Olmsted Falls High School) and Samantha Tresch (employed at Burger King). Evan and Samantha were honored at the annual OWE Awards Day held on May 16th.
Congratulations to Evan, Samantha and all of the OWE graduates.
8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY DRAWS FULL HOUSE
Students, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, counselors and administrators packed the gymnasium at Olmsted Falls Middle School on Tuesday, June 3rd as the 8th grade class participated in the traditional promotion assembly marking the completion of their time at Olmsted Falls Middle School and their transition to Olmsted Falls High School in the fall.
During this special assembly, OFMS students who excelled in a variety of academic endeavors were also publicly honored for their efforts.
Congratulations to all of our 8th grade students!
OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVES NEW CONTRACTS
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education and members of the Olmsted Falls Education Association (OFEA) and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) in Olmsted Falls have approved new negotiated contract agreements which will go into effect beginning July 1, 2014. The three-year contracts (effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017) include a number of major insurance concessions that helped to off-set increases to employees’ base salaries, which have been frozen since 2008.
Changes in insurance coverage included the implementation of a spousal service charge, increases in deductibles and co-insurance amounts, and changes to prescription coverage. Additionally, the Olmsted Falls City Schools health insurance program will now be directly linked to the District’s Wellness Program, providing employees an opportunity to earn additional resources which can help them off-set some insurance expenses.
To read the full press release regarding the new contracts, please click HERE.
LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORTS CLASS OF 2014 GRADS
Thanks to the generous support of more than 70 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year,$118,769.00 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students from the Class of 2014. Seventy-three local sponsors awarded a total of 235 scholarships to graduating seniors this year.
Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients, and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures. This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.
Students in the Class of 2014 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year. To review a list of students who were awarded College/University and other scholarships this year, please click HERE.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2014! Best of luck to you all!
OFHS STUDENTS EARN HONORS IN NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
Congratulations to 22 OFHS students who placed on the 2014 National Latin Examination. More than 154,000 students from 49 states and 17 foreign countries participated in the NLE this year. The OFHS students’ placing attest to their mastery of Latin reading comprehension and grammar, mythology, ancient history and English word derivation. OFHS students who placed in the 2014 National Latin Exam are: Ouen Mali and Mark Drobnak, Gold Medals, Latin I; Aidan Kelley and Amelia Le, Silver Medal, Latin II; Emily Laycock, Jorday Jaeckin, Ryan Strodtbeck, Dan McFadden, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III; Matt Fox, Ryan Glover, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; Matt Johnson, Sean Kock, Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Bennett Graham, Haya Saadeh, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I; Julia Burnell, Bill Steiner, Chandler Laird, Josh Aubel, Maggie Bildstein, Alec Sims, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II; and Emily Raffay and Devon Wren, Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin III.
NOT PICTURED in above collection of photos: Sean Kock (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I), Haya Saadeh (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin I), Maggie Bildstein (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II), Ryan Glover (Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II), and Alec Sims (Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin II).
Please join us in congratulating all of our outstanding Latin students!
OFHS MARCHING BAND SURPRISES MR. GULDEN!
Retiring OFMS Band Teacher Mr. Kevin Gulden had some surprise guests in attendance on the evening of his final Spring Band Concerts. The OFHS Marching Band – full of his former band students – secretly gathered in the Middle School gym and made a surprise entrance in between performances of the Middle School musicians!
Mr. Gulden – and the crowd – enjoyed the special, unannounced performance by the Pride of Olmsted Falls. Mr. Gulden took the opportunity to conduct his talented musicians one last time as they gathered around the perimeter of the cafetorium! Kudos to our OFHS musicians for organizing this very special surprise send-off!
CLEVELAND CLINIC TALKS EXERCISE WITH STUDENTS
Every year the Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives provides a creative learning program called EXPLORERS for K-8 students. Danielle Hicks, Nancy Gulden, Laura Grodek, and Ann Messenheimer were excited to present this opportunity to 7th graders.
Cleveland Clinic professionals spoke with students about important health issues through classroom or virtual presentations. The students participated in a classroom presentation about exercise and then interpreted what they learned through creative writing projects. They were judged by a panel of educators, writers, museum curators, and medical professionals. Olmsted Falls had a strong showing and five students were recognized for outstanding work. They are Kenzie Brown, Blue Ribbon and Best of Show/Language; Bianca Legeza-Narvaez, Red Ribbon; Desiree Jasper, White Ribbon; Jamie Bridle and Morgan Luke, honorable mention. Their pieces are now published in a book and will be displayed in The Galleries at CSU at the Cowell and Hubbard Building in Playhouse Square through the month of June. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BIG HIT FOR STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS
A big Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in the May 22nd Special Olympics Track & Field Day, which the Elyria City School District hosted at Ely Stadium. Fifteen school districts participated whose students have moderate intensive special needs. Students competed in events such as running, long jump and softball throw. Our Bulldog students practiced hard all year and their enthusiasm and sportsmanship were second to none!
Maeve Leonard was the district’s torch bearer. Johnny Clemons, Mason Mowery and Liam McIlwee were our district’s opening parade representatives.
Students who participated were Cormac Hannon, Owen Novak, Yohanna Amoah, Jonathan Clemons, Emily Heine and Caden Celesky, Falls-Lenox; Bilal Saaden, Mason Mowery and Brooke VanArnhem, Intermediate School; Liam McIlwee, Ian Kody, Rebekka McElroy, Jakob Belohlavek and Javier Vargas, Middle School and Triston Thompson, Sarah Stevens, Heather Grant and Maeve Leonard, High School. A special moment of silence in honor and memory of Dakota Bihn was observed by all participants from all districts during the opening ceremony.
Staff and other volunteers included Michelle Schoenhofer, Debbie Brasdovich, Carol Binggeli, Jamie Myers, Hollie Andrus, Becky Kryska, Marie Uhl, Angela Marysiak, Lisa Hyppa, Mike Yurmanovich, Chris Harder, Tina Moreno, Maddie Moreno, Greg Hoover, Brigid Radigan, Tom DeLuca, Bob Englehart, Pam Manas, Don Manas, Renee Klan, Kyle Harriger and Helping Hands members Andi Gottfried, Bailey Bihn and Mallory Bridle.
A special ‘Thank You’ to the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters for the use of its tent and flag, and for donating Bulldog water bottles for the athletes. To view a gallery of photos from this event, please click here.
PTA HONORS MANY VOLUNTEERS, STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
Congratulations to Amy Krogh (pictured in photo, top left), who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year. Amy was chosen for her service within Olmsted Falls Intermediate School and its PTA
The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to Leslie Kelly, Olmsted Early Childhood; Jennifer Tedeschi, Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center; Amy Krogh, Intermediate School; Debbie Bush, Middle School and Claudia Ferrini, High School.
Also recognized were each of the respective Building Educator of the Year honorees: Megan Stack, ECC; Dr. Karen Kolozvary, Falls-Lenox; Deana Harb, Intermediate School; Lisa Scalley, Middle School and Mariel Krakowiak, High School.
Hope Burkhart, Michael DeFilippo and Rebecca Nunemaker were honored as the Reflections program state winners.
This year’s senior parents were Elaine Atkinson & Kim Katz.
AUTHOR VISITS OFIS CLASSROOM
What a great teaching moment right before summer break. Ambrosia’s website and a sneak peek of her book can be viewed by clicking here.
FALLS-LENOX PTA ENDS YEAR WITH ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FIELD DAY
It was a beautiful day, and the students had a great time rotating through the various stations. The activities included a bounce house, giant slide, a D.J., corn hole toss, obstacle course, and a magician.
Field day is one of the favorite end-of-the-year activities that the students greatly enjoy.
Thank you PTA!
SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES BOOKS TO OVERSEAS TROOPS
More than 200 books will be sent to overseas troops through the recent Operation Paperback project. A breakdown of various types of books include 17 board books, 78 children’s literature; 53 teen & middle grade; 122 paperbacks and 18 hardbacks. They will be sent periodically over the summer to troops.
A Bulldog thank you to those who donated. This project will return next year.
NEW PTA UNIT PRESIDENTS BEGIN THEIR REIGN
Serving each PTA unit will be: Beth Mordarski – Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Reghan Laki – ECC/Falls-Lenox PTA; Julianne Allen – Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA; Kelly Walker – Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA and Sandra Graham – Olmsted Falls High School PTA.
Amy Krogh will serve another term as Olmsted Falls PTA Council president.
Thank you in advance to each of these PTA presidents for their leadership in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year!
OFHS SENIOR PART OF NEWSNET5 BEST OF CLASS
Congratulations to Lauren Anne Walchanowicz who was featured as a NewsNet5 Cleveland Best of Class senior – part of an annual media recognition for students across the Cleveland viewing area. Lauren was ranked #1 (weighted cumulative GPA) in the OFHS 2014 graduating class. Lauren was featured in the NewsNet 5 Best of Class video, which is currently airing on NewsNet 5, along with other top ranking students from high schools throughout Northeast Ohio. Congratulations Lauren!
To view the video, click here.
OFHS VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS EARN 51 AWARDS
Students who received awards included Jessica Bobik, Victoria Hartline, Jessica Kukura, Sarah Fissel, Carra Garlitz, Emmy Olszewski, Andrew Oltmanns, Teresa Wang, Shaun Zeno, Olivia Collins, Dominic Dulin, Brian Grove, Emilio Irizarry, Kathryn Lesiak, Lauren Palkovic, Katie Tvorik, Jenna Yanchak, Kate Ferster, Josh Musial, Stormie Kadar, Kacey Kovacs, Kayla Nock, Holly Taylor, Rachael Krantz, Becca Nunemaker; Julie Wu, Nicole Reinig, Morgan Reiser, Jennifer Bertrand and Laney Haviland.
For a detailed account of these awards, click here. To view a gallery of these award-winning artists’ work, please click the following links: Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition; eXpressions; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
ECC HELPS EDUCATE CHILDREN ON SAFETY AROUND PETS
Dr. Elizabeth Feltes, a local veterinary behaviorist and owner of The Behavior Clinic, recently visited ECC. Dr. Feltes educated young students on how to stay safe around pets and what to do when an unfamiliar dog approaches. Most dog bites in the U.S. occur to those in the age group served by the ECC program.
The community is invited to take a survey about dog/cat bites and enter a drawing for a $50 Starbucks card. The survey is available by clicking here.
OFFICIAL BOND ISSUE RESULTS FROM MAY 6, 2014 ELECTION
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has officially certified the following election results for the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue for OFHS, which appeared on the May 6, 2014 election ballot:
TOTAL VOTES CAST: 5,485
Total FOR the OFHS Bond Issue: 2,718
Total AGAINST the OFHS Bond Issue: 2,767
Overall, the 1.8 Mill Bond Issue for OFHS failed by 49 votes. While this margin was close, it was not close enough to trigger an automatic recount.
In Cuyahoga County, 2,693 residents voted in favor of the Bond Issue, while 2,697 voted against the Bond Issue. The Bond Issue failed by 4 votes in Cuyahoga County across all Cuyahoga County precincts. In Lorain County, 25 residents voted in favor of the Bond Issue, while 70 voted against it. The Bond Issue failed by 45 votes in Lorain County.
In the coming weeks, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education will meet to analyze the defeat of this critical bond issue and determine next steps. Precinct by precinct breakdowns of election results are currently being compiled. Overall, voter turnout for the May 6, 2014 election was low.
OF STUDENT RECEIVES RESOLUTION @ OHIO STATE HOUSE
Lindsey LaPinta, an OFIS student who is this year’s Ohio State Level 5 All Around gymnastic champion and the Ohio State vault champion, was invited by Rep. Mike Dovilla to the Ohio State House of Representatives. She also placed second in two events — beam and floor.
She received a Resolution in her honor. Part of it reads: Whereas, a fifth-grade student in the Olmsted Falls City School District, Lindsey LaPinta has combined talent and competitive spirit with the highest ideals of good sportsmanship to establish herself as a truly exceptional athlete. With admirable dedication, she has worked diligently toward attaining ultimate proficiency in gymnastics, and as a result, she won first place in the vault and all-around and second place in beam and floor exercise events in this year’s Ohio State Level 5 Meet.” Congratulations, Lindsey.
ATTN: PARENTS! ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS TO OPEN IN LATE JULY – WATCH FOR IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS
Following this year’s successful implementation of the District’s new on-line enrollment system for both new and RETURNING students, Olmsted Falls School District prepares to continue with the on-line registration system (InfoSnap) for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Please watch for important information about the launch of on-line registration for returning students this summer. Instructions on how to access, review and update your child’s information will be provided in mid-to-late July.
It is critical that all Bulldog parents complete the on-line registration process for all returning students prior to the first day or school. Completion of the on-line registration for your student provides the school with critical emergency medical and contact information for your child. Additionally, the process includes a number of required forms (i.e. Acceptable Use Policy) that are electronically signed during the on-line registration. All school buildings will be scheduling open lab hours for any Bulldog parents / guardians who may be in need of a computer. Parents / guardians may also call to schedule a convenient appointment time outside of the open lab hours.
ATTENTION 2014-15 MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Are you good with helping people and have a passion to work with people with disabilities? You can be part of the OFMS team of students working with Rachael Papa, intervention specialist and Helping Hands advisor. If you are interested in helping, but nervous because you aren’t sure you know what to do – don’t worry. The special education staff will hold a teaching session for all interested in learning how to work with and help people with disabilities become successful independent students. The date will be announced later.
Please complete the form by clicking here and return by Aug. 1st to become a Peer Buddy to OFMS students with disabilities.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW
Attn: All Bulldog Students! You have all summer to get your act together for the annual OFHS Talent Show. Auditions for next year’s big show are currently scheduled for Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Student talent is also being sought for the annual PTA Reflections Contest. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is: “The world would be a better place if…”
Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts. Watch for additional information coming this fall.
2014 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION 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.
HELPING HANDS SUMMER EVENTS
The group will have an outing June 13 at Preston’s H.O.P.E., the largest fully-accessible playground in Northeast Ohio. The group will carpool from the high school. July 8 is Play Date @ ECC Playground on Fitch Road. August 12th is Meet the Teams where the group will travel around the OFHS campus to “meet” and participate with the varsity athletes in a drill/exercise and even get some autographs. To view details of each event, click here.
8TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOG SOCCER SKILLS CAMP
For More Information: email@example.com
Registration form available on OFSA website and by clicking HERE.
DEADLINE TO CHANGE OFHS CLASS SCHEDULE IS JUNE 12TH
Check Power School for a list of courses your child selected for the coming school year. Click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link. Counselors are available through June 12th to discuss your student’s course selections. Evening appointments are available on June 11th and daytime appointments 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 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.
WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS OR $10,000
Tickets are available for $10 each from the various groups. The winner will be determined at a 2014 Bulldog football game. Tickets will be sold through September. Help support your local organizations also involved in the fundraiser by buying a ticket! For official rules, click here.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 12TH ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING
Help support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.
Contact the Alumni Office @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-427-6030 for more details and tickets.
LOCAL NFL FLAG FOOTBALL SIGN UPS
The NFL Flag Football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league, with the focus taken from winning to providing each partipant with an enjoyable and educational experience. It is open to boys and girls in grades K-4. Registration is occurring now through June 30 at www. Olmstedcc.com. To view the organization’s detailed flyer, click here.
BUY A BRICK TO HELP PRESERVE OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER
The Olmsted Community Center’s Brick-for-a-Brick Program invites you to help restore the community’s former school. The old brick building, built-in 1938 as an addition to the district’s 1916 school, is in need of substantial repair. Emergency repairs that began last year continue as funds are raised.
Each ‘inside’ memorial brick purchased in the program will cover the cost of repairing FIVE bricks on the outside of the historic, old school building. Memorial brick donations are $100 each, which is a tax-deductible donation.
For more details, click here. Reserve your family’s space in Olmsted history!
BUSY BEES COMMUNITY GARDEN IN OLMSTED FALLS SEEKS INTERESTED GREEN THUMBS
If you are interested in a garden plot in the new Busy Bees Community Garden in Olmsted Falls, please click HERE to download the Welcome Packet which includes application/rules/waiver/etc. Please print, complete and mail with check as indicated. You can also drop off completed forms at Olmsted Falls City Hall. The growing season is short, so the sooner you get your garden going the better! Garden plots will be assigned as soon and form/payment is received.
For questions or additional information, please contact Susan Prehoda, BBCG Coordinator at email@example.com. Happy gardening!
HERITAGE DAYS CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE
This year’s city-wide garage sale during the Heritage Days Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15.
To view a flyer with more details, click here.
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
Each pair takes turns reading and listening to each other and playing reading/word games and activities.
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.
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.