Parent Update – October 1, 2014
TWO O.F. ART TEACHERS HONORED FOR ART EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
Art teachers Renee Wagner and Jason Skocdopole at Falls-Lenox and ECC received Artsonia’s Annual Leadership Award that honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in art education. Artsonia is the largest student art museum/gallery online.
The honor was given to teachers from only 10 states across the nation. The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts progam. It shows a teacher’s initiative and dedication to not only the field of art education, but cultivating family involvement and enhancing the learning experience of students.
Due to their efforts, Falls-Lenox and ECC’s online art gallery ranks 1st in the state and 12th in the nation! Last year’s tally shows 7,808 pieces of artwork from the two schools were published there; it has 1,573 active fan club members; 719 comments were left for the artists and artists left 590 statements about their work.
Congratulations for blending students, staff and community participation together into a great learning experience. To view Artsonia.com, CLICK HERE.
Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? The latest session of OFHS’s Coffee & College is scheduled for this Friday, October 3rd. OFHS is offering several dates this fall for parents to meet together for coffee and discuss the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid.
The times are 8-9 a.m. on October 3rd, October 24th and November 7th in the OFHS media center. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or firstname.lastname@example.org To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.
Olmsted Falls Middle School is up for the Fox 8 News “Cool School of the Week!” Parents, students and staff are encouraged to help make our Middle School the next “Cool School of the Week” by voting today.
Voting is taking place on-line now at http://fox8.com/2014/09/29/its-time-to-vote-for-the-next-cool-school/.
VOTING ENDS at 5:59 a.m. on Thursday – so CAST YOUR VOTE TODAY!!
We are proud to announce that the Olmsted Falls Middle and Intermediate Schools will be sharing Rachel’s Challenge with their students and staff this year! In addition to student assemblies, which will occur during the school day this Monday, October 6th, we are hosting a community-wide evening presentation that we encourage everyone ABOVE THE AGE OF 12 to attend on Monday, October 6th at 7pm in the OFMS cafetorium. Please click HERE to download the event invitation.
You are invited to come hear an incredible true story of courage & hope and experience one of the most powerful school programs in America as you here the story of Rachel Scott, the 1st Columbine shooting victim, at our Rachel’s Challenge community event.
When Rachel was 13 years old, she traced her hands on the back of her dresser and wrote in big black letters, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of peoples’ hearts”. Her life and writings have impacted over 15 million students over the last 11 years, and we hope you’ll be able to come hear the inspiring true story of hope, acceptance, and redemption.
Rachel’s Challenge is the largest school assembly program in America. It is designed to help school administrators, parents, and students create safer and more productive places to learn and achieve. The goal is to motivate and equip students and administrators to embrace new values of kindness and compassion, so that no one is left behind because of fear and violence in their school. It is our mission to eradicate violence, prejudice, bullying, and overall hatred in our nation. We are doing this by passing on the legacy of Rachel Scott nationwide in hopes that people will follow her example and accept her challenge to spread kindness and compassion to others. http://vimeo.com/33291369
Feel free to forward this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues, as we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience this outstanding program first-hand.
From now through Nov. 7 college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Most of the days will see at least two colleges present at that time. Schedule your visits through the Guidance Office.
It’s a great way to become more familiar with various colleges, their programs and activities. Click HERE to view a timetable of each college’s visit to the school.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH (CPM) INFORMATION NIGHTS FOR OFMS/OFHS PARENTS – OCT. 9TH & 29TH
Parents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming information nights to learn more about the new College Preparatory Math (CPM) program being used by 6th – 12th grade students this year. (Parents of students in lower grade levels are also welcome to attend.) CPM is a resource that uses problem-based lessons, collaborative student study teams, and learning strategies that are consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practices. These informational meetings will provide parents with an overview of CPM and what a typical lesson looks like for the students. If you are unable to attend, we will be posting the meeting notes on the Olmsted Falls District website following the presentations.
CPM Parent Information Nights are scheduled as follows:
Middle School CPM Meeting
Thursday, October 9th
7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria
High School CPM Meeting
Wednesday, October 29th
7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center
We look forward to seeing you there.
Helping Hands is selling T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts designed especially for Olmsted Falls schools. They are available online through the 3elove.com website.
Papers orders, along with payment, must be to Mariel Krakowiak, at OFHS by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th. Online orders must be submitted by OCTOBER 12TH at www.3elove.com/ofcs.
See the order form for more details by clicking HERE. You can receive FREE shipping on your order if you select “ship to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS.” Orders will be shipped the week of October 20th.
Helping Hands is looking forward to another successful year filled with educational opportunities, fun activities, events – and overall acceptance within the district.
DISTRICT NURSES PERFORM ROUTINE SCREENINGS
The Health Clinic staff began vision and/or hearing screenings in some schools. All students in grades PreK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7* and 9 will be screened, as well as any students new to the District this year. These screenings will continue through early spring. If a child fails the first screening, he or she will be re-screened in about four weeks. If a child fails both screenings, his or her parent/guardian will be notified in writing.
Also, scoliosis screenings for students in grades 5-7 will begin this winter. Parents will receive more information on scoliosis screenings later in the year.
Parents are encouraged to contact the health clinic at their child’s school with any questions.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested in becoming a substitute teachers for Olmsted Falls Schools, please contact our substitute teaching service provider, Renhill, for more information. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, applicants must have a strong desire to work with and inspire students, be able to communicate well, have flexibility and adapt to change, and exhibit patience, kindness and fairness. If interested, please contact:
Rose White, Marketing & Selection Specialist, Renhill Group, (216) 986-2745, www.renhillgroup.com
The next recruiting day for Olmsted Falls School District is currently scheduled for October 8th.
Thanks to successful fundraisers over the last 2 l/2 years, Helping Hands has developed the “HH Special Needs Grant & OFCS Event Funds Request” opportunities.
The grant is for OFCS special needs program enhancement items or events. The OFCS Event Funds Request will provide financial support for special needs students, and their immediate family members, to participate in OFCS events/activities. Both are open throughout the school year, but each require a specific process.
Attached are the forms for both fund requests. Each application will undergo a review when received. Funds will be awarded according to availability in the Helping Hands accounts.
For more details and to view the application forms, click HERE.
BUYING SCHOOL LUNCH SAVES FAMILIES MONEY
Do you know that buying school lunch is actually cheaper than packing your child’s lunch? Statistics show that fact. You can save $240.72 for grades K-5 or $178.77 for grades 6-12 per school year for each child.
School lunches are made fresh, served at the correct temperatures and don’t have to sit in your student’s locker for half of the day before being consumed.
VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS
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 October 3rd, Berea-Midpark; October 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night.
The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter includes many upcoming events and information.
This month’s issue includes volunteer opportunities, information on the band’s February 12th-17th DisneyWorld trip, details on various bands, private lessons, performances, accolades and pictures. To view this month’s copy, click HERE.
The OFMA’s mission is to support, encourage, advance and cultivate, through volunteerism and fundraising, the musical education of students in the OFCS.
Membership contributions and fundraising money provide added equipment, extra support and new learning experiences for all district music programs. To become a member, click HERE for the membership form.
Come attend the group’s meeting TONIGHT – OCTOBER 1ST – at 7 p.m. in OFHS choir room.
Enjoy some clams and maybe luck at the OFHS Post Prom’s Reverse Raffle and Clambake on October 19th at the West Side Irish American Club. The cost is $35 for a full meal, which includes clams, chicken, corn, yams, a refreshment, etc., and $7 for a kid’s meal of hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. Extra clams are $9. The event runs from 3-7 p.m. at the center on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. See a Post Prom member for tickets or contact Beth Kopycinski at email@example.com.
The 2014 Boys Developmental Basketball League is accepting registration from boys in grades 4-6. They will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays and one Wednesday during November and December. The OFHS varsity coaches and players will teach the skills and emphasize basic skills, game rules and teamwork in an educational and fun atmosphere.
The participants will play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.
The cost is $50 if registration occurs prior to October 24th and $60 after that date and up to the November 1st deadline. To see a detailed flyer on registration, click HERE.
AUDITIONS TO OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW ARE OCTOBER 25
Attention: ALL OF dancers, singers, comedians, musicians, jugglers, bands and magicians, kindergarten through grade 12! Is there a talent you have? Well, get your act together. Why not bring it to the 28th annual OFHS PTA Friday Night Talent Show auditions that will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 25th in the OFHS auditorium. Start preparing for your audition now. The key is practice.
Watch this weekly blog, look for posted flyers in your school and check your school’s website for more details. Contact Mrs. Ferrini or Mrs. Knaggs with questions at 440-427-0894.
Back by popular demand is the OFHS Post Prom customized and personalized necklaces. There are three designs, two different chain lengths and various add-ons available with each purchase.
CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT THE BOBKOVICH FAMILY – THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 4TH STARTING @ 2 P.M.
Please join us this Saturday for a fun afternoon in support of the Bobkovich Family. The event, open to the public, kicks off this Sat., Oct 4th with a Cornhole Tournament from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the OFHS cafeteria. Cost is $20/team. We will follow with an evening Wing/Pizza Fundraiser at Razzles from 6:00-8:30 pm. Cost is $20/adult and $10/student. For additional information on registering a team or buying tickets, please click HERE, or call Jen Kanaba at 440-821-5248. Hope to see you there!
The community is invited to attend the 1-4 p.m. October 5th Falls Day in the Park at East River Park on Lewis Road.
The event includes crafts, vendors, food, refreshments, games, music and, of course, an appearance by the OFHS Bulldog marching band. The event is free and open to all. This also will be the final chance to buy tickets to win a Chevy Cruze through a multi-group school district fundraiser.
Players 8 years of age may tryout from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 4th for the 2015 OF travel team in The Cuyahoga Valley Baseball Association. The location is at the OFMS east field. Rain date is October 5th – same time and field. The league birthday cut-off date is May 1st. Field location may change so check the Olmsted Travel Baseball Association by clicking HERE. For more details about the league, click HERE.
To see a flyer detailing tryouts, click HERE.
CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH A MURDER MYSTERY
Dressed to Kill: Murder at the Costume Ball promises a lighthearted night of mystery. The 6-11:30 p.m. event on October 25th is courtesy of the Olmsted Bicentennial Commission and presented by Floriano Productions at the German-American Cultural Center on Columbia Road. The night includes light hors d’oeurvres, served roast beef or pecan chicken dinner, interactive murder mystery entertainment with a nod to the Spirits of Olmsted, music, dancing and historical displays – all for $49 a person. A cash bar will be available. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Advanced ticket sales only, which are available at T & S Mower, 25438 Sprague Road or by CLICKING HERE.
Members of the community’s very own Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club will demonstrate a room-size operating miniature railroad display between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 1st at the Olmsted Falls Library. The display will include a Lionel O-scale model railroad trains and live action accessories.
While at the library, stop and visit its railroad-theme Children’s Department and garden-scale model railroad train in action.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW