Weekly Update – September 4, 2014
Congratulations to Falls-Lenox third-grade teacher Leslie Sparks. Battell for Kids recognized her as one of the top-tier of effective teachers in Ohio as part of its Celebrate Teaching initiative. Celebrate Teaching is Battelle for Kids’ commitment to identify highly effective teachers, celebrate their achievements, learn from their practices and share the lessons learned with teachers.
State Superintendent Richard Ross and Dr. Jim Mahoney, Battelle’s executive director, presented Mrs. Sparks with her award.
We are fortunate to have her as an outstanding district teacher!
O.F. BUS DRIVERS BENEFIT FROM CONTINUOUS TRAINING & LOCAL SAFETY PARTNERSHIPS
As teachers and administrators prepared for the start of a new school year inside the buildings, Olmsted Falls School District bus drivers used their professional development time wisely as well with a number of beneficial in-service trainings. The transportation department hosted Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Hirsch who provided a presentation for all drivers and mechanics on the importance of school bus safety specifically as it relates to pre-trip inspections, proper operation and procedures. Olmsted Falls School District OBIs (On the Bus Instructors), who train and re-certify District bus drivers, organized a bus inspection competition with the help of mechanic staff by producing a list of defects for the mechanics to create on two separate school buses. Bus drivers (in teams) then took turns inspecting the buses and identifying the defects. Finally, Olmsted Township Fire Department Lt. Joseph Fudale provided all drivers with a demonstration lesson on how to handle and fire an extinguisher. As part of this training session, each of District bus drivers had the opportunity to extinguish a small contained fire on the back lot of the bus garage property. Kudos to our transportation department for continually providing these beneficial trainings for all drivers; and thank you to the Olmsted Township Fire Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol for partnering with Olmsted Falls Schools to facilitate these enhanced training sessions!
SAVE THE DATE FOR OFHS PICTURE DAY!
Olmsted Falls High School Picture Day is Thursday, September 11th.
Please mark this date on your calendar. Parents interested in ordering portrait packages in advance online, please click HERE.
The OFHS Picture Day ID is WP924453Y0.
IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES, BY BUILDING
September 11 OFHS Underclass Picture Day
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)
September 4 8th Grade Parent Night (7 pm) **TONIGHT**
FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1-3)
September 12 Falls-Lenox Picture Day
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Grades: PreK – K)
September 9 Open House for A.M. Preschool/Kindergarten (6:00-6:30 pm)
September 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
This year’s Principles of Biomedical Science Class at Olmsted Falls High School is solving the crime! As part of the PLTW curriculum, students will be investigating the crime scene and learning how to analyze DNA, hair samples, finger prints, powders, food and trying to solve the case of Anna Garcia!
“This scene really brings “to life” the field of forensic science”, says Pete DuBois, teacher of the program.
The 2014-2015 PTA Activities Calendar will arrive in District tomorrow, Friday, September 4th. Thanks in advance to our PTA volunteers who will be helping to label and sort calendars within the next few days, in order to provide one calendar for each family. Attn: All Bulldog Parents – Watch for calendars to come home with the youngest student in your household early next week!
DOWNLOAD UPDATED 2014-2015 CALENDAR
Please be sure you have the current one-page 2014-2015 school year overview 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.)
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 very 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.
Varsity football presale tickets will be on sale Fridays at Olmsted Falls High School – Student Office,
Student presale tickets will be on sale the day of every football game, at ALL school buildings for $4.00. Adult presale tickets will be available for home games only, at Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.
Home games are September 5th against Canton South; October 3rd, Berea-Midpark; October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night
The OF kindergarten through grade 5 students who are attending the mini cheerleading camp will participate with the OFHS cheerleaders at the 7 p.m. football game this FRIDAY. Cheerleaders and families should arrive no later than 6 p.m. in the HS cafeteria Friday.
While the grades 3-5 clinic was earlier this week, the K-2 clinic is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 4th.
Only those who attended the clinic may cheer with the OFHS cheerleaders at the game.
All participating in Helping Hands’ tailgate at the Bulldog varsity football game this Friday, September 5th, should 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.
Contact Mariel Krakowiak with any questions at email@example.com.
All are invited to attend the Monday, September 15th OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron Parent meeting that starts at 7 p.m. in Room W3, the choir room.
OFMFP is a nonprofit booster group charted to support performing arts, speech and debate at the school. Performers need support in their endeavors. Please attend to see how you can help.
PARENTS: NEW SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS NOW OPERATING IN O.F. SCHOOLS
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.
A CHANCE TO WIN A CHEVY CRUZE OR $10,000!
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!
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 Thursday, September 11th 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.
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.
SIX TO BE INDUCTED INTO ALUMNI HALL OF FAME
This 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.
The association is on facebook and you can “friend” it by CLICKING HERE.
Contact Jenny McKeigue, alumni director, 440-427-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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 email@example.com to reserve your foursome or to sponsor a hole. This UPS-sponsored event also will benefit United Way.
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.
Thursday Sept 11th 7-9 pm; Falls Gym closest to Kids first; Enter at side door. Scouting is a great way to do a ton of fun things with your children! The Packs, Troops, Crew of Olmsted Falls will be there. The Pack is for boys 6-11 or first grade to 5th. The Troop is for boys 11-18 or 6th grade to 12. The Crew/Venturing is for boys AND girls 14-21. Come out and see what it’s all about! We hope it is something you’d love to do. Sign up and get started. Information and questions? Call Sandra Graham 235-2588.
SIGN UP FOR PARENT/CHILD ADVENTURES
The Native Sons & Daughters program offers parents the chance to create lifelong memories with their children. Our local chapter is called the Crooked River Longhouse. New families with children in grades K and older may now sign up.
There are two Recruiting Rally & Cookouts Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 5:30-8 p.m. at the William J. Green Picnic area in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Reservation.
Parents and their children are free to come anytime during these events. Hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be provided. The group’s officers will give a brief presentation about the program. Music, activities a craft, rocket launch and displays will highlight the events. To view the club’s website and flyer, CLICK HERE.
LEARN ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS @ SEPTEMBER 11TH OPEN HOUSE
Girl Scouts provide many opportunities to girls – to show they can anything they ever dreamed of or imagined. Visit its September 11th Open House at Falls-Lenox School. CLICK HERE to view a flyer about Girl Scouts and the event.
VENDORS 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.
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.
please click HERE to download the event flyer, or visit:
http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/robbysvoice.asp to register online.