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Weekly Update – August 28, 2014

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REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW, AUGUST 29TH – EXCEPT FOR POLARIS CAREER CENTER/OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM WILL BE IN SESSION (BUS SCHEDULE PROVIDED BELOW).

Tomorrow, Friday, August 29th is a staff-only professional development day for the Olmsted Falls School District.  There will be no school for students tomorrow – EXCEPT FOR OFHS STUDENTS ATTENDING POLARIS CAREER CENTER OR OMDUSMAN, WHICH WILL BE IN SESSION. 

Buses this Friday will run ONLY to and from OFHS for Polaris and Ombudsman students in the morning, midday and afternoon. Students should be at the high school 5 minutes prior to the designated departure time.

Please CLICK HERE to see the bus schedule for Polaris and Ombudsman students for this Friday ONLY.

If you have any question about the buses to Polaris and Ombudsman for this Friday, please call the Bus Garage,  440-427-6350.

DISTRICT ALSO CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

School will resume Tuesday, September 2nd, due to Monday being the Labor Day holiday.

VOLUNTEERS HELP PROVIDE EXTRA WARM WELCOME BACK FOR STUDENTS!

The opening of the 2014-2015 school year brought smiles to faces of students and staff members alike last week as 1st – 12th graders returned to the buildings last Thursday, August 21st. To see first day of school coverage from Falls-Lenox Primary School on cleveland.com, please click HERE.

DSC_8716DSC_8709Kindergarten students arrived for their first official day of school at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center this past Monday, August 25th.  Our littlest Bulldogs were greeted at the door by plenty of volunteers with friendly faces – many thanks to PTA and Central Office staff who were on-site to help guide arrivals!

Best wishes to all Bulldog students and staff for an outstanding 2014-2015 school year!

ALERT RE: SCHOOL FEES / EZPAY 

myEZpayLogoPlease note that school fees for all students (grades K-12) for the 2014-2015 school year have been uploaded and are now available for payment using the EZPay system.  This includes any applicable fees for individual courses at Olmsted Falls High School.

New this year for OFHS parents is an integration between EZPay and PowerSchool, which will automatically show individual course fees connected to your student’s schedule.  We hope our high school parents will find this to be a significant improvement over past years when parents had to search and select individual course fees manually.

As always, funds can also be added to student lunch accounts using the EZPay system at anytime.

To access the EZPay website, please click HERE.

To contact EZPay directly by phone for assistance, please call (866) 693-9729.

Thank you in advance for paying your child(ren)’s school fees in a timely manner.

Reminder:  Olmsted Falls School District no longer has the capacity to process credit card payments in school offices or over the phone.  Parents can use their credit card to pay for school fees and school meal accounts using EZPay.  Parents choosing to pay school fees with cash or check can continue to do so by visiting the respective school office.

IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

August

28  Open House (7 pm) **TONIGHT**

September

11 Underclass Picture Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

September

2   7th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

4   Picture Day

4   8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 4-5)

September

3   5th Grade Open House (7 pm)

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)

August

28  1st Grade Open House (7 pm)  **TONIGHT**

September

12  Picture Day

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)

September

3  First Day for Preschool Typical Peers

9  Open House for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (6:00-6:30 pm)

9  Open House for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (7:00-7:30 pm)

If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:

Olmsted Falls High School (440) 427-6100

Olmsted Falls Middle School (440) 427-6200

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (440) 427-6500

Falls-Lenox Primary School (440) 427-6400

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (440) 427-6360

REQUIRED BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS FOR RETURNING STUDENTS PAST DUE

Parents of returning students who have not yet accessed the InfoSnap portal through their PowerSchool parent accounts to verify student information, make changes (if needed), and submit all required start-of-the-year forms (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.) electronically for the 2014-2015 school year are urged to contact your child’s school building today for assistance.  It is important that we have the most current information on file for all students. 

If you are actively using your PowerSchool parent account and are ready to access your returning student’s information now, please click HERE to download more detailed instructions, if needed.

To proceed directly to the PowerSchool parent account log-in page, please click HERE.

Please Note:  Olmsted Falls School District no longer uses paper forms. Any parents/guardians needing access to a computer or assistance with the annual online registration process are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

OFHS COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

Attention: High School Parents

For your reference, following please find the OFHS Counselor assignments for the current school year:

Aimee Caldrone – College and Career Counseling

Maridi Gurtsak – 9th Grade + 12th Grade (Last Names A-F)

Lisa Palmison – 10th Grade + 12th Grade (Last Names G-M)

Lauren Peterson – 11th Grade + 12th Grade (Last Name N-Z)

This information, along with a wealth of other valuable information, can always be found on the “Counselors’ Corner” page of the OFHS website.

DOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR

CalendarGraphicPlease be sure you have the current 2014-2015 School Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls School District by downloading a PDF file HERE.

(Please note this calendar was updated with changes in April 2014, so versions downloaded prior to that will not have the most up-to-date schedule of dates for the school year.)

NEW SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS NOW OPERATING IN O.F. SCHOOLS 

veggies

There are additional new requirements for school news this school year due to the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The Olmsted Falls Food Service Department has already been gradually making some of these changes so it wouldn’t be such a shock to the students when they were finally required.

The Bigger Changes:

–   Students now will be required to have l/2 cup of fruit or vegetables on their breakfast tray for it to count as a full meal. Anything less than a full mean is charged at a la carte prices. Purchasing items a la carte will be expensive, so we encourage students to buy the full meal as that is the best deal. We plan to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to give students more from which to select.

– 100% of all grains offered must be whole grain rich. This means all bread, pasta, and cereal products must be whole grain rich. Due to this, you will see some changes in the menu offerings.

– The first sodium targets for both breakfast and lunch must be implemented this year.

 Breakfast < 540mg

  • Lunch K- grade 5 < 1230 mg. sodium
  • Lunch grades 6-8 < 1360 mg. sodium
  • Lunch grades 9-12 <1420 mg. sodium

Most entrees are anywhere from 400-1000 mg of sodium.  White milk is 120 mg of sodium and chocolate milk, 240 mg of sodium.  One slice of bread contains about 120 mg of sodium.  Regular condiments contain anywhere from 100-400 mg or more of sodium

Keeping all this in mind, it was a juggling act to meet this requirement.  Because of this new 2014-15 school year mandate on sodium, all condiments will be pre-portioned and the amount a student can take will be limited to keep within the new requirement.  This applies to all salad dressings, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, hot sauce etc.

To help meet this requirement we are also purchasing some low sodium products.

How You Can Help:

–   Encourage your children to try new things at home and school.

–   If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.  We’re here to help! The Food Services Department phone number is 440 427-6440.

actor masksOFMS DRAMA CLUB MEETING TONIGHT – THURSDAY, AUG. 28TH

An informational parent meeting for the Bulldog Theatre Company, OFMS’s drama club, is Thursday, August 28th from 7-7:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafeteria. The meeting will include information about the company’s two shows for this school year, as well as free after-school workshops for students in grades 6-8.

Any questions?  Contact Eric Bartkowski, ebartkowski@ofcs.net.

217745-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Stick-Cheerleader-Girl-Using-A-MegaphoneDEADLINE FOR MINI CHEERLEADERS CAMP IS THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH

OF kindergarten through grade 5 students are invited to attend a mini cheer clinic, then cheer the varsity Bulldogs to victory at the team’s September 5th game against Canton South High School.

The clinic for grades 3-5 is from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 2nd and for K-2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 4th. The OFHS cheerleaders are sponsoring this event with the clinics at  OFIS. To view a flyer with more details, CLICK HERE.

OFHS PTA IS LOOKING FOR SUPER HEROES!

superheroTo download an OFHS PTA membership form, CLICK HERE.  The letter has great reasons why you should join PTA. Senior parents especially are encouraged to do so.  For your child to be eligible for college scholarship money from the OFHS PTA, parents need to be members.  If you join by Thursday, August 28th, you will be entered into a gift card raffle.

Visit PTA at the OFHS Open House August 28th in the cafeteria or turn in your membership form to the school’s office.  Please join, come to a meeting and see what we are all about!! For a list of OFHS PTA meeting schedule, CLICK HERE.

OFAB THANKS ALL FOR PAST HELP AND ENCOURAGE CONTINUED AID

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersOver the last five years, the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters, through the community’s help, has contributed $408,569 in various projects and items.  This funding helps the OF school district continue to be the only conference school without pay-to-play fees or support transportation costs. For a list of projects, CLICK HERE.

Volunteers are still needed to work concessions. You also may become a patron. The group’s meetings are the first Monday of the month starting at 7 in the OFHS media center.  For more details about OFAB, CLICK HERE.

Finally, don’t miss your chance to WIN A 2014 CHEVY CRUZE LS OR $10,000!

OFAB fundraiser carWin a Chevy Cruze LS or $10,000 in the Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters fundraiser.

Tickets are available for $10 each from various athletic teams and organizations including: baseball, football, tennis, boys/girls basketball, bowling, fast pitch, golf, boys/girls soccer, track, volleyball, wrestling, Athletic Boosters, Hockey Association, Masquers, Swim Association, Volleyball Association and Music Association.

In addition tickets will be available in the board office, at all home football games, or by contacting OFAB President Jim Polcar at (440) 724-3454.

Tickets are $10.  There will be a drawing of 10 people at the October 10th football game.  October 31st football game will bring those winners to  see who the ultimate winner is.  Winner will select from a 2014 Chevy Cruze or $10,000.  Winner  must be 18 years or older to win.  More rules on the OFAB website.

Help support your local organizations also involved in the fundraiser by buying a ticket!

Helping-HandsJOIN HELPING HANDS TAILGATE @ THE SEPTEMBER 5 VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME

Help cheer the Bulldogs varsity football team to victory at the 2014 Helping Hands Tailgate for the September 5 game at our Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.  The group will gather from 6-7 p.m. for food and fun, then sit in a designated set of bleachers at the south end of the stadium for the 7 p.m. game.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here and submitting your form to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

oecpta_logoSELLERS/VENDORS NEEDED FOR OECPTA SEPTEMBER 27 RESALE

Do your dressers, attic and garage need cleaning of children’s and maternity items?  Let Olmsted Early Childhood PTA help you.  Its annual Autumn Attic Resale is September 27 at the OFMS.  This resale event is for gently-used infant, children, teen and maternity clothing, furniture, décor, bedding, strollers, activity baby gear, safety, toys, games and other miscellaneous for all ages of children.  Please do not sell car seats or cribs or any recalled items. Vendors also are invited to sell their products.

Sellers manage their own tables and keep ALL their profits.  The cost per space is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Set up is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The registration deadline is September 17.

All are invited to attend the OECPTA’s first meeting of the new school year at 7 p.m. in the OFMS media center.  The group is for families with children ages 6 and under. Membership is open to anyone in the Olmsted communities interested in enriching the lives of our preschoolers, toddlers and infants.  For more details, go to oecpta.org.

To view a flyer of all the details, CLICK HERE.

bulldog hockeyOLMSTED FALLS HOCKEY INVITES ALL TO HIT THE GREENS SEPTEMBER 20

The 22nd annual OF Hockey Golf Outing is September 20 at Emerald Woods Golf Course, 12501 S. Boone Road, Columbia Township. The four person scramble shotgun event includes continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, steak and potato dinner and refreshments for $75. The games pay out all funds paid in – $20/team skins, $1/closest to pin, $1 longest drive.

For more details/tickets, contact Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822 or email brianethompson@sbcglobal.net. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

SIX TO BE INDUCTED INTO ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

161This year’s inductees into the Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame are Art Gibel, class of 1968, business; Dave Schuster, ’70, business/science; Lora Hirschberg, ’81, entertainment; Scott Highhouse, ’82, health/education; Debbie Koeppen Berry, ’87, science/math and Craig Barbee, educator.

The induction ceremony is Thursday, September 18th at the German American Club.  The community is invited to attend the ceremony and its dinner. Tickets are $25.

CLICK HERE for a reservation form.

The association is on facebook and you can “friend” it by CLICKING HERE.

Contact Jenny McKeigue, alumni director, 440-427-6030 or ofhsalumni@yahoo.com for more details.

Bulldog_Animated_GolferOFAB TO BENEFIT FROM USP GOLF OUT SEPTEMBER 20

An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters golf outing that United Parcel Service will sponsor is set for Sept. 20 at the Springvale Golf Club, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $80 a person or $25 for dinner only.  It includes a four person scramble 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, contests for the best score by a foursome, longest drive (women and men) closest to the pin and basket raffles.  All money is due Friday, September 12.

Contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b6fritz2003@yahoo.com to reserve your foursome or to sponsor a hole. This UPS-sponsored event also will benefit United Way.

OF MUSIC ASSOCIATION STRIKES UP ITS 2014-15 ACTIVITIES

OFMA bulldog and noteThe OFMA is ready for this year’s activities.  Its first meeting is September 3rd at 7 p.m. in the OFHS choir room.  It invites parents and community members to become members and volunteer at various music activities. The band will travel and play at DisneyWorld from Feb. 12-17, 2015.

It has various fundraisers occurring and is offering Spirit Wear, with a Sept. 3 order deadline.  To view the group’s Musical Notes September newsletter, CLICK HERE.  It contains membership and Spirit Wear forms.

 COMMUNITY

  Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS FALL PROGRAMS

Youth, teens and adults will find various programs at the Olmsted Falls Library.  This fall they range from Coffee 101, Welcome to Medicare to teens learning how to make interactive video game or sharing their writing and children enjoying finger play and rhymes with their families.

The Library’s fall flyer with its program listing is available by CLICKING HERE.

wreathVENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

The Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe on November 15th.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.  Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.

To download a space application form, CLICK HERE.  To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

Labor Day concert signTHANK AMERICA’S SAFETY FORCES @ MONDAY, SEPT. 1 CONCERT      

The community is invited to a special Safety Forces Tribute Concert Sept. 1 at East River Park.

The event begins at noon with a safety vehicle display. Victory Highway will play from 2-4 p.m. There also will be a moment of silence to those police and fire officers who died in the line of duty.

donutsBECKER’S OF COLUMBIA STATION ANNIVERSARY RAFFLE TO BENEFIT LOCAL AREA FOOD PANTRIES – SATURDAY, SEPT. 6TH – 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Becker’s Donuts of Columbia Station and help raise funds for local area food pantries.  Raffle drawing (1 ticket for $1 / 8 tickets for $5) for prizes including Handmade Quilt by Sharon Sew & Sew; Gift Certificate for 1 Free Large One Topping Pizza from Sundae Funday’s; Gift Basket from Pampered Chef; Bracelet from Keith Jewelers; Sunoco Gas Card; Becker’s Gift Basket.  All proceeds benefit local area food pantries.

 Robby's-Voice-2014-Poster-print-no-crops3rd Annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk with Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, September 14th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School –  For additional information,

please click HERE to download the event flyer, or visit http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/robbysvoice.asp

to register online.

 

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Weekly Update – August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014 Comments off

OFMS 6TH GRADERS MET WITH CHEERS, FRIENDLY FACES @ ORIENTATION

OFMS orientation 1OFMS orientation 20The new 6th graders at Monday’s orientation at OFMS ran through a cheering receiving line in the gym, played games and learned their older classmates – and teachers – are willing to help them through every step toward their academic success.

About 70 WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) members greeted the 300 sixth-graders at the start of  the 4 l/2 hour orientation session that begin with music, cheers and happy faces.

They worked in large groups and individually, learning the ins and outs of the school, their new educational environment and strategies to be successful students at OFMS.   They were told it is OK to do things their way, to be different – and that teachers are there to support them.

To view a photo gallery, click here.

What a great way to start the new school year in a new school! Kudos to our Middle School staff and WEB leaders!

WELCOME BACK – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Olmsted Falls School District staff members have been busy preparing for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.  We look forward to the return of students beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 21st.

The FIRST DAY of school is:

Thursday, August 21st for Grades 1-12

Monday, August 25th for Kindergarten

Wednesday, August 27th for Preschool (Special Needs Students)

Wednesday, September 3rd for Preschool (Typical Peers)

NEW SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS BEGIN THIS MONTH

veggies

There are additional new requirements for school news this school year due to the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The Olmsted Falls Food Service Department has already been gradually making some of these changes so it wouldn’t be such a shock to the students when they were finally required.

The Bigger Changes:

–   Students now will be required to have l/2 cup of fruit or vegetables on their breakfast tray for it to count as a full meal. Anything less than a full mean is charged at a la carte prices. Purchasing items a la carte will be expensive, so we encourage students to buy the full meal as that is the best deal. We plan to offer a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to give students more from which to select.

– 100% of all grains offered must be whole grain rich. This means all bread, pasta, and cereal products must be whole grain rich. Due to this, you will see some changes in the menu offerings.

– The first sodium targets for both breakfast and lunch must be implemented this year.

 Breakfast < 540mg

  • Lunch K- grade 5 < 1230 mg. sodium
  • Lunch grades 6-8 < 1360 mg. sodium
  • Lunch grades 9-12 <1420 mg. sodium

Most entrees are anywhere from 400-1000 mg of sodium.  White milk is 120 mg of sodium and chocolate milk, 240 mg of sodium.  One slice of bread contains about 120 mg of sodium.  Regular condiments contain anywhere from 100-400 mg or more of sodium

Keeping all this in mind, it was a juggling act to meet this requirement.  Because of this new 2014-15 school year mandate on sodium, all condiments will be pre-portioned and the amount a student can take will be limited to keep within the new requirement.  This applies to all salad dressings, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, hot sauce etc.

To help meet this requirement we are also purchasing some low sodium products.

How You Can Help:

–   Encourage your children to try new things at home and school.

–   If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.  We’re here to help! The Food Services Department phone number is 440 427-6440.

WELCOME NEW BULLDOGS!

Please join us in welcoming some new faces to our classrooms this year!

new staff 2014 2015

Front Row (L to R): Libby Elkhe – 2nd Grade Teacher; Laryssa Byndas – OFHS Math Teacher; Valerie Weimer – Falls-Lenox Tutor; Dawn Carlin – Technology Integration Specialist; Pam Madak – OFMS Tutor; Andrea Porte – Falls-Lenox Tutor; Lauren Kallevig – Speech Language Pathologist for Falls-Lenox, OFIS  & OFMS.

 

Back Row (L to R):  Aimee Caldrone – OFHS Guidance Counselor; Heidi Keppen – Falls-Lenox Music Teacher; Paul Faulkner – OFMS Band Director; Jordan Eaton – OFHS Physical Education Teacher; Danielle Hicks – OFMS Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher; Katrina Muzingo – OFHS Intervention Specialist; Kristen Crawford – 1st Grade Teacher.

 

BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

District officials recognized staff members for their years of service to the District during the annual opening day staff meeting to kick off the 2014-2015 school year.  Employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 “Bulldog years” were acknowledged in front of their peers for their contributions to the District’s success.  Congratulations to all! They are listed in alphabetical order.

35 Year Bulldog

“35 Year Bulldog!”

Director of Business Affairs Tim Atkinson helped honor OFHS Cleaner Rose Cortimilia for her 35 years of service to the Olmsted Falls School District during Wednesday morning’s Opening Day Meeting for all staff.  Congratulations and thank you to Rose Cortimilia!

30 Year Bulldogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“30 Year Bulldogs”

Susan Magnone (OFIS) and Tim Tygart (OFHS)

 

25 Year Bulldogs

“25 Year Bulldogs” 

Tom Gibeaut (OFHS); Blake Johnson (OFHS); John Klembarsky (Falls-Lenox); John Mercer (OFHS); Michael Moore (OFIS); Michael Schafer (OFIS); Charles Smith (OFMS/OFIS); Maria Tessier (OFIS); Donna Tindera (Falls-Lenox); Elaina Tzolakis (OFIS) and Nancy Womack (OFMS).
20 Year Bulldogs

 

“20 Year Bulldogs”

Kristen Gillespie (OFMS); Suzanne Gross (OFMS); Trisha McGhee (OFIS); Diane Metzger (ECC); James Munchick (OFHS); Brian Reid (Transportation); Jayne Reitz (Falls-Lenox); Rhonna Smith (Falls-Lenox); Irene Stoyka (OFHS/Transportation); Teresa Tantanella (OFMS); Lisa Topolski (OFHS) and Marjorie Vormelker (Falls-Lenox).
15 Year Bulldogs

 

15 Year Bulldogs”

Susan Chaplin (OFMS); Michelle Cifranic (Transportation); Robert Coxon (OFHS); Tom Dipert (Central Office); Robyn Eidam (OFIS); Debra Lackey (OFIS); Laurie LaGruth (OFHS); Suzanne Maddocks (OFHS); Janet Messinger (OFHS); Sean Pellerite (OFHS); Debra Pojman (OFIS); Cathy Rachid (OFIS); Kristina Robertson (Falls-Lenox/OFIS); Lucinda Serrani (Falls-Lenox/Transportation); Martin Simon (Falls-Lenox); Jim Smith (OFMS); Mark Tabar (OFIS);  Denise Tabar (Central Office) and Kimberly Urban (OFMS).
10 Year Bulldogs

“10 Year Bulldogs”

Patricia Binggeli (OFHS); Shannon Chichester (Falls-Lenox); William Davis (Transportation); Yvonne Frieg (OFIS); Mark Harbison (OFHS); Diana Hill (OFHS); Heath Krakowiak (Transportation); Dr. Jim Lloyd (Central Office); Breanna Milligan (OFMS); Jamie Myers (OFIS); Martha Pickenheim (OFHS); Benjamin Ricci (OFIS); Robin Scott (Falls-Lenox); Stacie Ware (OFMS) and Erika Wyman (OFMS).

ATTN: PARENTS OF RETURNING STUDENTS – REQUIRED BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS / UPDATES MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Olmsted Falls School District uses the online InfoSnap portal for parents to verify information we have on file for their child(ren), make changes if necessary, and submit all required start-of-the-year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.).  IMPORTANT CHANGE:  This year, parents of RETURNING STUDENTS will access the InfoSnap information for their student(s) via your existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  To get started, simply log-in to your PowerSchool account and then click on the new “InfoSnap” link located on the left side of the page.  (No “Snap Codes” will be needed this year due to the integration of InfoSnap directly into PowerSchool.)

More than 2,000 returning students have already been updated/submitted online – THANK YOU!  If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the online registration for your returning student(s), now is the time.  Please plan to log-in to your PowerSchool parent account to review/update the information for your student(s) and submit the required forms for the 2014-2015 school year electronically BY THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PASSWORD OR HAVE NEVER ACTIVATED YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BUILDING FOR ASSISTANCE.   (See phone numbers below.)

2. PLEASE DO NOT RE-REGISTER YOUR STUDENT THROUGH THE “NEW STUDENT” REGISTRATION LINK ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE; THIS WILL CREATE A DUPLICATE STUDENT DATA FILE INSTEAD OF UPDATING YOUR RETURNING STUDENT’S EXISTING INFORMATION.

3. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE LOGGING IN TO YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT; ACCESS TO THE INFOSNAP RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION LINK IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR STUDENT’S POWERSCHOOL ACCOUNT.

4. IF YOU ARE LOGGED INTO YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT AND RECEIVE AN ERROR MESSAGE WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE INFOSNAP LINK FOR YOUR STUDENT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BUILDING RIGHT AWAY. (This is a rare problem that has impacted only three families to dat

While several of our main office staff have been participating in training sessions /  district-wide meetings on and off this week, all offices will be open with all key office staff ready to assist those parents still in need of help.

If you are actively using your PowerSchool parent account and are ready to access your returning student’s information, please click HERE to download more detailed instructions, if needed.

To proceed directly to the PowerSchool parent account log-in page, please click HERE.

Please Note:  Olmsted Falls School District no longer uses paper forms. Any parents/guardians needing access to a computer or assistance with the annual online registration process are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

If you have any questions, need assistance with accessing your PowerSchool parent account, or need to schedule a time to come to the school for computer access, please contact your child’s school building directly:

Olmsted Falls High School  (440) 427-6100  

Olmsted Falls Middle School  (440) 427-6200

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (440) 427-6500

Falls-Lenox Primary School  (440) 427-6400

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center  (440) 427-6360

Thank you in advance for your time and attention to this important task.

IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

August

21  First Day for Students*

28  Open House (7 pm)

September

11 Underclass Picture Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

August

21  First Day for Students*

September

2   7th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

4   Picture Day

4   8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 4-5)

August

21  First Day for Students*

27  Picture Day

27  4th Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

3   5th Grade Open House (7 pm)

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)

August

21  First Day for Students*

25  3rd Grade Open House (7 pm)

26  2nd Grade Open House (7 pm)

28  1st Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

12  Picture Day

 EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)

August

21  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / A-L (8:30-9:30 am)

21  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / A-L (12:30-1:30 pm)

22  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / M-Z (8:30-9:30 am)

22  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / M-Z (12:30-1:30 pm)

25  First Day for Kindergarten Students

26  Preschool Orientation – A.M. Classes (9-10 am)

26  Preschool Orientation – P.M. Classes (1-2 pm)

27  First Day for Preschool Special Needs Students

September

3  First Day for Preschool Typical Peers

9  Open House for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (6 pm)

9  Open House for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (7 pm)

If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:

Olmsted Falls High School (440) 427-6100

Olmsted Falls Middle School (440) 427-6200

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (440) 427-6500

Falls-Lenox Primary School (440) 427-6400

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (440) 427-6360

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?

FruitPrinted 2014-2015 Breakfast and Lunch menus will be available to students beginning on the first day of school.  The 2014-2015 menus (for K-5; 6-8; and 9-12) are also available online. 

To view the menus online or download a pdf to print yourself, please click HERE. Printed menus will be sent home with all students (K-8) this week. 

Printed menus will be available in the high school cafeteria for all OFHS students.

New SR CoverPageBACK-TO-SCHOOL ISSUE OF OUR SCHOOL REPORT

To view the current Our School Report, click here.

It has important start-of-the-school-year information and highlights P.I. projects that were completed around the district over summer.

 

 

CalendarGraphicDOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR

Please be sure you have the current 2014-2015 School Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls School District by downloading a PDF file HERE.

(Please note this calendar was updated with changes in April 2014, so versions downloaded prior to that will not have the most up-to-date schedule of dates for the school year.)


school busIMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bus cards have been mailed out. Any family who has not yet received their bus card(s) in the mail should contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350.

The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:

* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.

* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).

* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.

Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.

OFHS marching band preschool 2013OFHS MARCHING BAND PRESCHOOL PREVIEW – THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 EVENT

Young Bulldogs aged preschool to grade 5 are invited to join the OFHS marching band on the practice field at 6 p.m. Friday, August 22. Bring your own instrument from home to play along with the Bulldog musicians! After this initial time, participants are invited to march with the band to the football stadium where the Pride of Olmsted Falls will perform a special preview show at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

HERITAGE DAY PARADE HIGHLIGHTS

olmsted falls heritage days 2014 marching bandIn the annual tradition, Olmsted Falls Board of Education members and District administrators joined the OFHS Marching Band and Bulldog athletes on the parade route in the Heritage Days Parade held August 14th.  Building principals had an opportunity to say “Welcome back” a few days early, as they waved to their many students along the parade route.  As always, students, families and community members lined the streets for the annual event…and for the candy.

Please click HERE to view our Heritage Parade photo gallery.  Also, click HERE to view local media coverage of the event.

Helping-HandsJOIN HELPING HANDS TAILGATE @ THE SEPTEMBER 5 VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME

Help cheer the Bulldogs varsity football team to victory at the 2014 Helping Hands Tailgate for the September 5 game at our Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.  The group will gather from 6-7 p.m. for food and fun, then sit in a designated set of bleachers at the south end of the stadium for the 7 p.m. game.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

actor masksIS  YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS INTERESTED IN DRAMA?

An informational parent meeting for the Bulldog Theatre Company, OFMS’s drama club, is set for Thursday, August 28th from 7-7:30 p.m. in the OFMS cafeteria. The meeting will include information about the company’s two shows for this school year, as well as free after-school workshops for students in grades 6-8.

Any questions?  Contact Eric Bartkowski, ebartkowski@ofcs.net. We hope you are able to join us!

bulldog hockeyOLMSTED FALLS HOCKEY INVITES ALL TO HIT THE GREENS SEPTEMBER 20

The 22nd annual OF Hockey Golf Outing is September 20 at Emerald Woods Golf Course, 12501 S. Boone Road, Columbia Township. The four person scramble shotgun event includes continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, steak and potato dinner and refreshments for $75. The games pay out all funds paid in – $20/team skins, $1/closest to pin, $1 longest drive.

For more details/tickets, contact Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822 or email brianethompson@sbcglobal.net. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

Bulldog_Animated_GolferOFAB TO BENEFIT FROM USP GOLF OUT SEPTEMBER 20

An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters golf outing that United Parcel Service will sponsor is set for Sept. 20 at the Springvale Golf Club, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $80 a person or $25 for dinner only.  It includes a four person scramble 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, contests for the best score by a foursome, longest drive (women and men) closest to the pin and basket raffles.  All money is due Friday, September 12.

Contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b6fritz2003@yahoo.com to reserve your foursome or to sponsor a hole. This UPS-sponsored event also will benefit United Way.

 

bulldog flag logoOFAB NEEDS HELP AT CONCESSIONS

Volunteers are needed for the fall football concessions.  The funds help keep Olmsted Falls void of pay-to-play fees. All SWC schools, except OF, have these fees. The boosters soon will send out e-blasts about fall high school and middle school football schedules.

The OFAB is raffling off a Chevy Cruze! Tickets are $10.

 COMMUNITY

Robby's-Voice-2014-Poster-print-no-crops3rd Annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk with Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, September 14th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School –  For additional information,

please click HERE to download the event flyer, or visit http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/robbysvoice.asp

to register online.

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Weekly Update – August 16, 2014

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FIRST BLOG OF 2014-2015

We hope that everyone is enjoying the final days of summer break.  As we prepare to open the 2014-2015 school year, we are officially activating our district’s Weekly Blog Update to provide you with a summary of important back-to-school information.  This Weekly Blog Update will be published each week that school is in session throughout the school year.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Olmsted Falls School District staff members have been busy preparing for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.  We look forward to the return of students beginning this coming week.

The FIRST DAY of school is:

Thursday, August 21st for Grades 1-12

Monday, August 25th for Kindergarten

Wednesday, August 27th for Preschool (Special Needs Students)

Wednesday, September 3rd for Preschool (Typical Peers)

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersOF ATHLETIC BOOSTERS GARAGE SALE –TODAY!

The OFAB will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 16th, at the district’s football stadium booth.

There will be many discounted items to purchase.

Come see the entire new line that will be sold at the home football game. Stop and see what is new!

RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION

Our District will continue to use the online InfoSnap portal for parents to verify information we have on file for their child(ren), make changes if necessary, and submit all required start-of-the-year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.).  This online registration system for RETURNING STUDENTS is now open.  More than 1,500 returning students have already been registered online – THANK YOU!

If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the online registration for your returning student(s), now is the time.  Please plan to log-in to your PowerSchool parent account to review/update the information for your student(s) and submit the required forms for the 2014-2015 school year electronically BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST.

IMPORTANT CHANGE:  This year, parents of RETURNING STUDENTS will access the InfoSnap information for their student(s) via your existing PowerSchool parent accounts.  To get started, simply log-in to your PowerSchool account and then click on the new “InfoSnap” link located on the left side of the page.  (No “Snap Codes” will be needed this year due to the integration of InfoSnap directly into PowerSchool.)

IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR PASSWORD OR HAVE NEVER ACTIVATED YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BUILDING FOR ASSISTANCE.   (See phone numbers below.)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. PLEASE DO NOT RE-REGISTER YOUR STUDENT THROUGH THE “NEW STUDENT” REGISTRATION LINK ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE; THIS WILL CREATE A DUPLICATE STUDENT DATA FILE INSTEAD OF UPDATING YOUR RETURNING STUDENTS EXISTING INFORMATION.

2. PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE LOGGING IN TO YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT; ACCESS TO THE INFOSNAP RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION LINK IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR STUDENT’S POWERSCHOOL ACCOUNT.

To download more detailed instructions on how to access and update your returning student’s information through PowerSchool, please click HERE.

To proceed directly to the PowerSchool parent account log-in page, please click HERE.

Please Note:  Olmsted Falls School District no longer uses paper forms. Any parents/guardians needing access to a computer or assistance with the annual online registration process are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

FOR PARENTS WITH MULTIPLE STUDENTS: Once you have completed the online registration for your oldest student, please follow these steps to complete the 2014-2015 registration for another RETURNING STUDENT in your household:

  1. Return to your PowerSchool parent account main page.
  2. Click on the student tab for the next student you would like to register. (Student tabs are located along the top of your parent account screen.)
  3. Then click the “InfoSnap” link to review, update and submit this student’s information.
  4. Repeat above 3 steps for each student in your household.

FOR PARENTS OF NEW STUDENTS:  If you are a parent of a NEW STUDENT who has been recently registered (for the first time) in Olmsted Falls School District for the 2014-2015 school year, you do not need to review/update your student’s information again at this time.

If you have any questions, need assistance with accessing your PowerSchool parent account, or need to schedule a time to come to the school for computer access, please contact your child’s school building directly:

Olmsted Falls High School  (440) 427-6100  

Olmsted Falls Middle School  (440) 427-6200

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (440) 427-6500

Falls-Lenox Primary School  (440) 427-6400

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center  (440) 427-6360

Thank you in advance for your time and attention to this important task.

Olmsted Falls high school trainer roomVISIT THE IMPROVED OFHS TRAINING ROOM THIS MONDAY, AUGUST 18THolmsted falls high school trainer room ice machine

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters invites the community to its Open House of the updated Training Room.  It is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 18 at the OFHS.

The group made more than $20,000 in improvements to the room and its equipment to make the room a better place for those injured to go. Volunteers completed all the work this summer in preparation of the fall athletic season. Many of the items were repurposed within the room. Click here to see the flyer for more details and share the information with others.

Also meet the trainer from Southwest General Health Center Sports Medicine and the volunteers who made this project possible.

VARIOUS FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES AVAILABLE AT OFHS – TUESDAY, AUGUST 19TH & WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20TH

supplies 3The OFHS Student Council accumulated many barely-used school supplies at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.  They are supplies 4available for anyone in the community whose children attend district schools.  The items will be available in Room G26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August  19 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 20.

The majority of the supplies includes, but not limited to, notebook paper, folders, three-ring binders, locker stands and writing utensils.

Please visit Room G26 on these days and help yourself to the items that will be on desks.

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING

HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

August

21  First Day for Students*

28  Open House (7 pm)

September

11 Underclass Picture Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

August

18  6th Grade WEB Orientation (8 am-12:30 pm)

18  6th/7th/8th Grade Special Education Parent Night (7 pm)

21  First Day for Students*

September

2   7th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

4   Picture Day

4   8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm)

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 4-5)

August

21  First Day for Students*

27  Picture Day

27  4th Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

3   5th Grade Open House (7 pm)

FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)

August

21  First Day for Students*

25  3rd Grade Open House (7 pm)

26  2nd Grade Open House (7 pm)

28  1st Grade Open House (7 pm)

September

12  Picture Day

 EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)

August

21  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / A-L (8:30-9:30 am)

21  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / A-L (12:30-1:30 pm)

22  Kindergarten Orientation A.M. / M-Z (8:30-9:30 am)

22  Kindergarten Orientation P.M. / M-Z (12:30-1:30 pm)

25  First Day for Kindergarten Students

26  Preschool Orientation – A.M. Classes (9-10 am)

26  Preschool Orientation – P.M. Classes (1-2 pm)

27  First Day for Preschool Special Needs Students

September

3  First Day for Preschool Typical Peers

9  Open House for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (6 pm)

9  Open House for P.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (7 pm)

If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:

Olmsted Falls High School (440) 427-6100

Olmsted Falls Middle School (440) 427-6200

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School (440) 427-6500

Falls-Lenox Primary School (440) 427-6400

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (440) 427-6360

New SR CoverPageBACK-TO-SCHOOL ISSUE OF OUR SCHOOL REPORT
The August 2014/Back-To-School issue of our School Report will hit homes this week.

For an advanced look at this latest issue – featuring fresh updates to the masthead design – please click HERE.

 

 

CalendarGraphicDOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR

Please be sure you have the current 2014-2015 School Year Calendar for Olmsted Falls School District by downloading a PDF file HERE.

(Please note this calendar was updated with changes in April 2014, so versions downloaded prior to that will not have the most up-to-date schedule of dates for the school year.)


school busIMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bus cards have been mailed out. Any family who has not yet received their bus card(s) in the mail should contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350.

The Olmsted Falls Transportation Department would like to remind parents of the following as we begin the new school year:

* Scheduled pick-up times provided on bus postcards are approximate based on the student roster as of the time the routes were made.

* Pick-up/Drop-off times may vary during the first 2-3 weeks of school due to additional or withdrawn students (and therefore more or less stops).

* Weather conditions, road construction, traffic and train delays can also impact pick-up times.

Routes can run slower for the first week or so of school.

OFHS marching band preschool 2013OFHS MARCHING BAND PRESCHOOL PREVIEW AUGUST 22 EVENT

Young Bulldogs aged preschool to grade 5 are invited to join the OFHS marching band on the practice field at 6 p.m. Friday, August 22. Bring your own instrument from home to play along with the Bulldog musicians! After this initial time, participants are invited to march with the band to the football stadium where the Pride of Olmsted Falls will perform a special preview show at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

Helping-HandsJOIN HELPING HANDS TAILGATE @ THE SEPTEMBER 5 VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME

Help cheer the Bulldogs varsity football team to victory at the 2014 Helping Hands Tailgate for the September 5 game at our Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium.  The group will gather from 6-7 p.m. for food and fun, then sit in a designated set of bleachers at the south end of the stadium for the 7 p.m. game.

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.  Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

bulldog hockeyOLMSTED FALLS HOCKEY INVITES ALL TO HIT THE GREENS SEPTEMBER 20

The 22nd annual OF Hockey Golf Outing is September 20 at Emerald Woods Golf Course, 12501 S. Boone Road, Columbia Township. The four person scramble shotgun event includes continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, steak and potato dinner and refreshments for $75. The games pay out all funds paid in – $20/team skins, $1/closest to pin, $1 longest drive.

For more details/tickets, contact Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822 or email brianethompson@sbcglobal.net. To view a flyer of the event, click here.

Bulldog_Animated_GolferOFAB TO BENEFIT FROM USP GOLF OUT SEPTEMBER 20

An Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters golf outing that United Parcel Service will sponsor is set for Sept. 20 at the Springvale Golf Club, 5871 Canterbury Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $80 a person or $25 for dinner only.  It includes a four person scramble 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, contests for the best score by a foursome, longest drive (women and men) closest to the pin and basket raffles.  All money is due Friday, September 12.

Contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b6fritz2003@yahoo.com to reserve your foursome or to sponsor a hole. This UPS-sponsored event also will benefit United Way.

 

bulldog flag logoOFAB NEEDS HELP AT CONCESSIONS

Volunteers are needed for the fall football concessions.  The funds help keep Olmsted Falls void of pay-to-play fees. All SWC schools, except OF, have these fees. The boosters soon will send out e-blasts about fall high school and middle school football schedules.

The OFAB is raffling off a Chevy Cruze! Tickets are $10.

 COMMUNITY

Robby's-Voice-2014-Poster-print-no-crops3rd Annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk with Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, September 14th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School –  For additional information,

please click HERE to download the event flyer, or visit http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/robbysvoice.asp

to register online.

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