Parent Update – October 16, 2014
IMPORTANT REMINDER: NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17TH
There is NO SCHOOL TOMORROW – Friday, October 17th.
The Olmsted Falls School District, along with other districts throughout the State, will be closed tomorrow for the annual NEOEA Day.
OFHS VOLLEYBALL TEAM WINS SWC CHAMPIONSHIP; PLAYS TONIGHT IN SECTIONAL MATCH
OFHS volleyball team, now ranked 9th in the state in this week’s coaches poll, plays North Olmsted at 6 p.m. October 16th at Midview in the sectional final game.
The SWC champs are 20-2 on the season and 11-1 in the conference. Its only loss in conference play was to Amherst in the early season. The Bulldogs did not lose a game at home this year – due to the home court advantage of its great fans. The team’s two losses were to North Royalton and Amherst. North Royalton is now ranked 6th in the state and Amherst, 11th. The two teams were both ranked in the top 10. The Bulldogs are ranked 3rd in the District tournament.
Congratulations and best wishes Bulldogs for a continuing successful year. Come cheer the team at tonight’s competition!
Congratulations to the Bulldog cross-country team on their outstanding performances this past Saturday at the SWC CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! The boys, who finished last at the preview meet, had an amazing day to finish in 3rd place overall! Leading the boys and scoring for them were Caleb Prante, Erik Pfisterer, Emilio Irizarry, Caleb Budic, and Drew Ade. The guys look to continue their upset-minded ways this week at the District championships, with an eye on trying to qualify for regionals! Great job guys!
The girls varsity team also finished 3rd overall in their Championship race! Leading the varsity girls were all SWC runners Sarah Makari (6th) and Liz Neudeck (10th). Also scoring for the girls were Stormie Kadar, Kellie Garrity, and Kaylee Gomez. The girls also run at the district championships this Saturday, where a trip to regionals lies in wait for them! Great job teams!
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL RESPONSE TO EBOLA
The health and safety of students and staff in our school system is always a top priority. To read the email update sent to parents by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd this afternoon regarding Ebola, please click HERE.
The Olmsted Falls School District will continue to closely monitor updated information about Ebola from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education-sponsored Health Fair was held October 7th for OFSD employees. This annual event helps maintain the health and wellness of its employees. Healthy employees keep the cost of insurance premiums to a minimum level. It also encourages employees to be aware of their own health status by measuring glucose, cholesterol, LDL, HDL, BMI and blood pressure and offering flu shots.
This year 204 employees received the biometric screening and 205 employees received a flu shot!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES/ENGINEERING PROGRAMS
Do you have knowledge and experience in either biomedical sciences or engineering? Would you like to share your experiences with Bulldogs in these studies?
The OFHS Biomedical Science and Engineering programs are looking for parent volunteers as guest speakers, job shadows, site visits and mentors who would bring the real world into the classroom.
The school community is invited to the OFHS Masquers and Forensics Patron meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, October 20th, in Room W3 at the high school.
Senior Jordan Jaeckin, OFHS volleyball captain, was profiled recently in the Sun News about her volleyball skills, academic accomplishments, the role her family plays in athletics and her future endeavors. She is a quality student-athlete and one who represents the volleyball program and the district’s entire athletic program in a very successful and special way.
Congratulations to Jordan!
To view the story, click HERE.
OFMS students involved in Friends of Rachel Club spoke to their classmates about the club and invited them to join. The club is at the OFMS and OFIS.
At the assembly, JB from Rachel’s Challenge shared Rachel Scott’s story. Rachel was the first shooting victim at Columbine High School’s tragedy. Rachel 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.” It was found there after her death. Her life and writings have impacted more than 15 million students in live settings in the last 11 years since the tragedy.
JB spoke how one small act of kindness can cause a chain reaction that could change the world. JB challenged our students to dream big, forgive. be forgiven and treat others with respect.
A special thanks to OFMS and OFIS PTAs for sponsoring this wonderful program.
To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
The OF varsity football team beat Amherst Steele with a 21-7 score at last Friday’s Homecoming game. The evening also saw Reilly Gomez and Michael Doherty crowned queen and king. The homecoming court also included Meredith Ashton, Andi Gottfried, Deborah Makari, Lindsay Rader, Brian Candow, Tim Fox, Ryan Hanna and Aaron Volle.
To view a Sun News photo gallery and story, click HERE. Photo courtesy of Bruce Geiselman, NEOMG.
More than 180 Bulldog Alumni from the classes of 1938 to 1969 attended the Annual Golden Grads Reunion luncheon October 9th. Many traveled from out-of-town and stayed through the weekend for a variety of reunion and Homecoming festivities. The Classes of ’49 celebrated its 65th Reunion; ’54, its 60th; 59, its 55th and ’64 kicked off its 50th Reunion at the event.
OFHS memorabilia was displayed, which included a diploma from 1889, trophies dating from 1922-1962, yearbooks from 1928-1973, class composites from 1933-1967. Four donated Olmsted Falls jackets from the years 1939, 1957, 1960 and 1966.
For more pictures of this event, you can click HERE or visit and friend us on Facebook at “Olmsted Falls.” If you would like to donate any historical OFHS for future Golden Grads reunions and our Alumni Display case at the high school, please contact Jenny McKeigue, 440-427-6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two of the three railroad closures are expected to be closed again this week.
The STEARNS ROAD crossing was to be completed October 14th.
The MAPLEWAY and LEWIS roads crossings will remain closed until October 17th.
All students should continue to be at their assigned bus stops at the usual time during the scheduled closures.
The road closures are related to work needing to be completed by Norfolk and Southern at railroad crossings in our community. The railroad 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.
The Fitch Road overpass remains opens as well as Bronson Road and Brookside Drive crossings. We continue to ask you to please drive safely.
Parents of students in grades 6 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend the last information night to learn 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 meeting 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.
The next CPM Parent Information Night is:
Wednesday, October 29th
7:00 pm @ Olmsted Falls High School Media Center
If you are unable to attend, presentation information as well as a FAQ list will be posted online. Please watch upcoming blog for links.
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Auxiliary Gym
ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, November 3, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 COLLEGES
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.
Click HERE to view a timetable of each college’s visit to the school.
From now until Monday, November 3rd, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.
New this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.
To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, click HERE. Please contact Sharon at Gentrys10@aol.com for more information.
OFMS has its Schwan’s fundraising campaign occurring now. 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!
HELPING HANDS OFFER FUNDING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS GRANTS, EVENTS
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.
VARSITY FOOTBALL PRESALE TICKETS – LAST HOME GAME OCTOBER 31ST
Student presale tickets will be on sale that day at ALL school buildings for $4.
Adult presale tickets will be available that day only at the Olmsted Falls High School (Student Office) from 8 am. to 2:30 p.m. for $6.00.
The OFHS Post Prom’s Reverse Raffle and Clambake is THIS SUNDAY, 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 for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township officials changed their trick-or-treat day from October 31st to November 1st. The hours are 6-8 p.m.
They based their reasoning on safety. The Bulldogs final home game – and Parents Night – is October 31st. It is against neighboring North Olmsted. There will be more-than-normal traffic on our streets that night, especially in the northern section with North Olmsted fans coming to the game.
CELEBRATE OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL WITH AN OCTOBER 25TH 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