Parent Update – October 9, 2014
Here is a list of events for this weekend’s Homecoming for students and the community:
Come cheer the Bulldogs @ the varsity football game against Amherst Steele this Friday, October 10th at the stadium. Homecoming festivities – including the crowning of the Homecoming King & Queen – will take place prior to the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. The football game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.
The OFHS Homecoming Dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11th in the OFHS gymnasium. Tickets are being sold all this week at school. Reminder: Tickets must be bought by Friday. There will be NO tickets sold Saturday in the building, or at the door Saturday night. Parents: Please make sure your son/daughter is picked up at 10:30 p.m.
Attend the FREE Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, October 12th at the OFHS cafeteria.
BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS RECOGNIZED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized several teachers at its October 1st meeting.
Falls-Lenox teacher Leslie Sparks was recognized as one of the top-tier teachers in Ohio as part of the Celebrate Teaching Initiative through Batelle for Kids. See the September 4th school blog for more information on Sparks’ recognition as a top Ohio teacher.
Elementary school art teachers Renee Wagner and Jason Skocdopole were acknowledged for receiving Artsonia’s Annual Leadership Award for the 2013-2014 school year. This honor is only extended to 10 schools per state across the United States. See last week’s blog post for more on this award received by Mrs. Wagner and Mr. Skocdopole.
OFIS teacher Deana Harb was recognized for her work in coordinating the “Kick It for Cancer” program at the school, and the recent award of a $100 Community Involvement Grant from NEOEA for the program.
Through OFIS Field Days’ Kick-It event, more than $50,000 have been raised over the past four years. That amount is enough to fund a research study. Several physicians have had their research funded through local Kick-It games, likes those at OFIS. One included a program at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital by Dr. Alex Huang. To view a list of Kick-It Funded Research studies, click HERE.
Congratulations for these fine teachers.
Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan presented OFSD treasurer office employee Holly McFadden a proclamation as this year’s Citizen of the Year. Pictured here with Holly are Mayor Ann Marie Donegan, Holly’s husband Jay and her mother.
Holly was nominated for her dedication to several volunteer groups, her positive contributions to the quality of the community and her time and talents that add to the betterment of everyday life in the community.
A few of her volunteer efforts include various roles in Olmsted Falls PTAs and many of their fundraising efforts; Olmsted Falls Alumni Association; Olmsted Falls American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; co-teaching in St. Mary of the Falls PSR program and the parish’s Athletic Boosters and others.
Parents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend the two 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
TONIGHT – 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.
Second graders visited Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio on October 3rd. It was an excellent way for students to match the Social Studies of standard of change over time. The highlight of the trip for many was being able to see the glassblower, candle maker and the blacksmith and their lives in an earlier time.
To view a photo gallery, click HERE.
Several parent and school staff volunteers spoke at Career Day for OFMS seventh graders last week. Parents were able to participate in this day when they signed up at Open House.
The objective of this special day is for students to hear about careers that they showed interest in and to give them a “real world” perspective on them. Speakers discussed the pros/cons of their jobs, necessary training, job responsibilities and salary ranges. All seventh graders will write a report on a career of their choice.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all who participated during Career Day. Parents included Mr. Ellis, CPA/partner; Mr. Dorrow, IT/computers; Mrs. Dorow, RN; Mr. Graham, associate director of Space Flight System, NASA; Officer Ketterer, Olmsted Township police department; Mr. McKeigue, sales/marketing/vice president; Mrs. Miller, engineer, NASA; Mr. Miller, forensic pathologist/physician; Mr. Olsen, national sales manager, VitaMix; Ms. Petkac, customer service/inside sales representative and Mr. Surman, trainer/OFCS board of education member. District staff included Mrs. Cogan, assistant superintendent; Mr. Largent, teacher, coach; Mrs. Meadows, administrative assistant; Mrs. Petrina, director of communications and Mrs. Tabar, director of food services.
REMINDER: There are three major road closures going into effect in our community beginning Wednesday, October 8th. We are providing the following information so that you will be aware of the impact on school bus routes as well as your own personal navigations around the community.
Please be aware that these road closures will likely create some unavoidable delays for all bus routes in our District. Any students arriving late to school due to anticipated traffic delays experienced on their bus route will NOT be marked tardy. Please know that our bus drivers and transportation department will be doing our best to get all students both to school and back home in the most efficient and timely manner possible. Also note that there will be no changes to your student’s normal bus pick-up time. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE AT THEIR ASSIGNED BUS STOPS AT THE USUAL TIME THROUGHOUT THE SCHEDULED CLOSURES.
The scheduled road closures are related to work needing to be completed by Norfolk and Southern at railroad crossings in our community. The railroad has contracted with RoadSafe to coordinate these detours and there will be a presence during the entire course of the closure to assist with redirecting traffic, changing or altering the detour as needed.
Following are the road closures getting underway this week:
STEARNS ROAD (October 8th – October 14th) – The Stearns Road crossing will be closed on October 8th at 8:00 a.m. and remain closed until October 14th.
MAPLEWAY ROAD (October 8th – October 17th) – The Mapleway Road crossing will closed on October 8th at 8:00 a.m. will remain closed until October 17th.
LEWIS ROAD (October 10th – October 17th) – The Lewis Road crossing will be closed on or about October 10th and remain closed until October 17th.
Obviously, the Fitch Road overpass will remain open and be a valuable route for crossing the railroad tracks during these closures. In addition, the railroad crossings at Bronson Road and Brookside Drive will also remain open and available for crossing – with the exception of normal train traffic.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these closures. Please drive safely.
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.
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 THIS SUNDAY, 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.
OFMA WILL SELL GLOW STICKS, SNACKS @ SATURDAY’S HOMECOMING DANCE
Light up the Homecoming Dance with a glow stick that Olmsted Falls Music Association members will sell Saturday night. The group also will have snacks and refreshments. All items are just $1 each.
OFMS will run a Schwan’s fundraising campaign beginning October 13th. All funds raised will help pay for programs, such as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, dances and scholarships.
Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. Ordering is quick and easy. Visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter the OF campaign ID code – 15281 – when placing an order or call 1-855-870-7208 and give the representative that same ID code. OFMS PTA will receive 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases through November 26th. OFMS PTA will still receive 5% of sales after November 26th for a full year! Anyone may order using our campaign ID code so friends, family and neighbor can order from any locale.
For more details on ordering, click HERE. Thank you for supporting the OFMS PTA!
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.
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 10th, Amherst, Homecoming and October 31st, Parent Night.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Have you got talent? Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tumble, juggle, perform magic tricks or do something else amazing? Are you in kindergarten through 12th grade? It is time to audition for the OFHS PTA Talent Show Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to noon in the OFHS auditorium. Practice, practice, practice!
Mark your calendars now. The talent show will be held on Saturday, January 24th. Contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894, or Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or email@example.com with questions.
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.
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