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Parent Update – November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 Comments off

Thanksgiving Clipart NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 26TH – NOVEMBER 28TH

Thanksgiving Break is next week, from Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th.

Please note there will be no Weekly Blog Update next week due to the holiday.  Please watch for our next update the week of Monday, December 1st!

Have a very happy Thanksgiving Day!

OFHS KERRI GASPER SIGNS WITH UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

Kerri GasperOFHS senior guard Kerri Gasper signed her National Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at the University of Evansville where she will study nursing.  Kerri, 5’11”, averaged 15 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season.  She earned multiple awards over her high school career, including 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-District, 1st Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-State, Plain Dealer Player of the Week and named to the All-Sun News Basketball Team. She now holds the school record for free throw percentage at 90%.  Kerri has been playing basketball since grade 3 when she played on the OF Boys Travel Team.  She played AAU basketball with TNBA for the past six years. Kerri is a multi-sport athlete where she attained four varsity letters for the OF Girls Volleyball team, earning numerous All-Conference, All-District and All-State awards.  Congratulations, Kerri. To view a photo gallery of the signing, click here.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” THIS WEEKEND! 

Sunshine Boys GraphicDon’t miss the chance to see this season’s theatrical production from our talented group of thespians at OFHS.

The  OFHS Masquers will present the play “The Sunshine Boys” – written by Neil Simon –  this Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22 – both performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets may be ordered in advance by calling 440-427-6070, or purchased at the door.

FL-ECC PTA’S BREAKFAST BUDDIES A BIG HIT

DSCN0129DSCN0106More than 300 attended this year’s Breakfast Buddies at Falls Lenox between the two days.

The Donut Photo Station was a huge success as well. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

To see a photo gallery of the event, click here.

ORDER  YOUR OFHS YEARBOOK DURING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

OFHS yearbookThe Publications staff will have 2014/2015 yearbook pre-sale orders available in the cafeteria during the Nov. 20th and 24th parent/teacher conferences.

The pre-sale price is $45. The 2013-2014 yearbook will be available for $60. There is also the option of purchasing both for $100. Payment methods include cash, check and there will be a computer set up to order online with a credit card.

CPM PRESENTATION AND FAQS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

OFCS Triple A LogoProviding information resources for Bulldog parents regarding the District’s implementation of the College Preparatory Math (CPM) program for students in grades 6-12 is a top priority for Olmsted Falls Schools.  The presentation materials from the recent College Preparatory Math (CPM) Parent Information Night at OFHS are now available on-line for interested parents who were unable to attend.

To view the information presented at the October 29th CPM Information Night for OFHS parents, please click HERE.

Please note that the presentation materials from the CPM Parent Information Night held at OFMS – including video clips specific to the Middle School CPM program – will be ready and available for download following the Thanksgiving break.  (The file is currently being reformatted to reduce the size of the download.)  Please watch the blog for this additional link following the Thanksgiving break.

Additionally, a list of Frequently Asked Questions About CPM has been posted to answer questions generated by parents during the two information sessions and other parent discussions.  To view the running list of CPM FAQs, please click HERE.

OFHS BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE /ALUMNI GAME IS THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 

bulldog paw blueCheer on the 2014-15 boys varsity basketball Team – and the grads – at the November 22nd second annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage/Alumni Game.  The Scrimmage is from 3-4 p.m. and the Alumni game, featuring former Bulldog players, is from 4-6 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Fans, please donate a canned goods item at the door for a local food bank. Contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net if you have questions.

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

Graduates Lifting MortarboardsOFHS students, do you have questions about college decision-making and the application process? Now through Tuesday, November 25th, you may join the College Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays during lunch/study hall in the Guidance Office.  Sign up in the Guidance Office.  Contact Mrs. Caldrone at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net with questions.

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Ohio Means Jobs may be best known as the state’s premiere job and resume bank. However, beginning this fall, Ohio Means Jobs is including FREE career development tools for students, parents and teachers. Students may utilize Ohio Means Jobs to determine career interests, explore in demand careers, search for college and training programs, prepare for college admissions exams, locate scholarships, develop a future budget and more! To access Ohio Means Jobs, click here and click on the K-12 Students icon.

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** Notice To Parents Who Have NOT Yet Completed Online Student Information Update **

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 5TH; STUDENTS WITHOUT COMPLETED UPDATE BY DECEMBER 5TH PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING SCHOOL

There still exists a small percentage of students whose parents need to complete the annual, required student information update through InfoSnap for the current 2014-2015 school year.  Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY DECEMBER 5, 2014 or your son/daughter will be prohibited from attending school after December 5, 2014.   Also, any student whose information has not been updated will be prohibited from attending any scheduled field trips – including those occurring before December 5th.

This annual update includes important Emergency Medical and Emergency Contact information and is critical to the safety of your son/daughter.   Those families who have not yet completed the online student information update have been contacted numerous times in multiple ways regarding this required information update.  The required student information update must be completed by logging into your PowerSchool parent account (https://psof.nccohio.org/public), and then clicking on the “InfoSnap” link, located on the left-hand side of the screen.  Updates must be made separately for EACH student in your household, however the system will automatically transfer basic information changes made in the first student’s record (i.e. address or phone number) to the next student’s record to  make the process of updating multiple students more efficient.

If you have been receiving notices and have not yet logged in to complete the update process, please contact the office at your child’s school building immediately.  Assistance can be provided for those who may not have access to a computer or the internet. Thank you for helping us ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for your child each school year.

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

snowdayEach year, with the arrival of winter, we receive a number of questions regarding our District’s policy for closing school due to inclement weather conditions. We understand that the decision to close schools has an enormous impact on all of our families.

To read more about how Olmsted falls School District determines snow days, please click HERE.

REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR PARENT COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES IN POWERSCHOOL

upside down snowmanJust a reminder to all Bulldog parents that Olmsted Falls School District uses a parent communication tool called Power Announcement to connect with parents via email, voice and text messaging.  All parents have the ability to set their own communication preferences for various types of messages – including school cancellation messages – through their PowerSchool parent accounts.

To review your current settings and/or adjust your preferences, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://psof.nccohio.org/public
  2. Click the “Power Announcement” link located on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Click “Expand All” to review your current contact information / communication preferences and adjust accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE:

Email and voice messages are automatically set by default.  To stop receiving email or voice messages to a particular email or phone number, simply click to uncheck the box for the specific email or phone number to remove the default setting.

TEXT MESSAGES can only be sent to parents who OPT-IN to receive text messaging from the school district. To opt-in and begin receiving TEXT messages to a cell phone, simply check the box for the specified cell phone number(s).

Communication preferences MUST BE UPDATED SEPARATELY for each student within your PowerSchool account.

Any parents with questions about accessing their PowerSchool parent accounts, or adjusting communication preferences are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

To download a Power Announcement Parent Guide with more detailed information/instructions, please click HERE.

Reflections NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS – ENTRIES DUE DEC. 1ST

The National PTA’s Reflections program challenges students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts by creating an arts entry relating to a specific theme in one of six arts category:  dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year’s theme is: “The World Would Be a Better Place If . . . “ Entries are due to the main office of your child’s school no later than Monday, December 1st.

Local members from the OF PTA Council  will judge the entries and award 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention to the top entries in each category.  All participants in the district will receive a ribbon and certificate.  Our district will then select 24 entries to be sent to Ohio PTA to be judged at the state level where further recognition is given to the top entries in each arts category.  Last year three students from Olmsted Falls’ schools placed at the state level.  Could you be next?

Entry forms and contest information can be found at your student’s school in the main office or by visiting http://ohiopta.org/PROGRAMS.aspx and choosing the Reflections tab.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reflections chair for your student’s school: Falls-Lenox/ECC: Meg DiFilippo, megdifilippo@gmail.com; OFIS: Deana Harb, dharb@ofcs.net and Margherita DeAngelis, mdeangelis9@yahoo.com; OFMS: Kristie Patton, kristiepatton@cox.net and OFHS: Sandra Graham, slgwhit@cox.net.

HELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTYornaments

Helping Hands annual Holiday Party is Friday, December 5th from 5:30-8 p.m. in the OFMS Cafetorium. This family-friendly event includes dinner, dancing, crafts and games. Tony K’s is catering the event with cookie decorating as the dessert!

To see a flyer of the event and its cost, click here.

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA – DECEMBER 20TH

hockey logoBuy your tickets now as the OFHS Hockey Team plays Cleveland Heights’ team at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday, December 20th. Their 4 p.m. game is played prior to the Lake Erie Monsters who will compete against Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. All players, coaches and fans will need a valid Monster ticket to enter the youth event, plus the first 5,000 fans will receive Lake Erie Monsters ear warmers.

Click here to order tickets, which are discounted to $12 from the usual $24. For questions about the game, contact Coach Brian Thompson.

DINE AT CHICK-FIL-A THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH 

bowling pinsSupport the OFHS Boys and Girls Bowling Teams by visiting the North Olmsted’s Chick-FilaA from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, November 24th.

The teams will receive 20-percent of the sales from those mentioning they are there to support the teams when placing an order.

To see the flyer, click here. You need not, however, show it when you order. Just be sure to say you are there for the OFHS bowling teams prior to placing your order. Thank you for your support.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FUNDRAISER DISCOUNT PRICING NEARS DEADLINE

OFMS’s Schwan’s fundraising campaign continues. 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!

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

poinsettias_3461cThe National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale is officially underway and will run through December 16th. Please consider supporting National Honor Society through a poinsettia purchase. Simply complete the attached form and return it to the high school with your preferred method of payment. Funds earned from this sale help support NHS inductions, Chapter scholarships and Relay for Life. Thank you in advance for your support!  To download an order form, please click HERE.

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)STILL TIME TO ORDER OFHS POST PROM NECKLACES AS GIFTS 

The OFHS Post Prom’s necklace fundraiser is in its final weeks of ordering a one-of-a-kind Bulldog necklace. The group will take orders through December 20th. After that date, you will not be able to obtain them. They make great Christmas gifts. To view a flyer and order form, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact laurieshand@hotmail.com or 95kopy@gmail.com.

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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The OFHS Swim and Dive team again offers Christmas HoneyBaked Ham and other items. The team will receive 15 percent of all orders from now through Dec. 12th by those ordered through the flyer by clicking here, which also contains a link to the HoneyBaked Ham’s website where you also may place orders. The price is the same in retail stores – no mark up. Place your order and help the team in this fundraising.  Here is the direct link to our sale on the HoneyBaked website: http://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-781-olmsted-falls-high-school-swim-dive-team.aspx

Pick up is Tuesday, December 23rd from 5-7 p.m. at OFHS.

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

baklava pixOrder tasty baklava from OFHS Post Prom in two different pan sizes. The cost is $25 for the 8×8 pan and $35 for the 9×13. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup. To order or for more details, view the flyer by clicking here.

The order deadline is December 20th.

COMMUNITY

THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER – FREE TO OLMSTED COMMUNITY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – THANKSGIVING DAY – 12:00 -4:00 P.M.

yTo7bKATEOlmsted Kiwanis Club, Shakers IGA, First Federal of Lakewood and Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural are partnering to sponsor a FREE Thanksgiving dinner open to all members of the Olmsted community.  All are invited to gather for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner taking place on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the German-American Cultural Center.

Join for dinner, or volunteer to help serve.  Please contact Tony Budak at tbudak@aol.com or (440) 391-9942 with any questions.

OF LIBRARY OFFERS WINTER PROGRAMS

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710The OF Library’s winter programs are scheduled. Some of the upcoming programs include Kindergarten Readiness sessions once a month that focuses on skills and topics children need prior to starting Kindergarten; Terrific Tuesdays that explore science, art, engineering and music with  hands-on activities, plus stories; Jr. Discovers that are similar to Terrific Tuesdays that are at night to accommodate working parents; Students Friends, which include service projects, book discussions and fun activities and From the Page to Stage, children’s literature that is brought to life in song, gestures and movement.

To view the entire program flyer, click here.

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SEEKING INPUT ON “COMPLETE STREETS” INITIATIVE THROUGH ONLINE SURVEY

Olmsted TownshipFor residents of Olmsted Township who missed the recent “Complete Streets” TLCI meeting and are interested in providing input, information and links have been posted to the Township website so that you can provide input to the Township Trustees.  The next TLCI public meeting will be winter 2015…Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) provides grants to strengthen community livability. 

Please visit http://www.olmstedtownship.org/tlci.cfm  to access the online survey.

SANTA SECRET SHOP IS DECEMBER 6TH

santaOn Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of elves. Grownups may buy tickets for a holiday raffle of great items including an Xbox One gaming system and Vitamix blender. Admission is free, with all proceeds benefitting Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.

Tree SaleBOY SCOUTS’ CHRISTMAS TREE SALE COMING SOON

OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual Christmas Tree sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road, over the November 29th-30th and December 6th-7th weekends.  Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.  Pick out a Scotch pine, Fraser fir, white pine or other tree as helpful scouts carry it to your car.  Have questions?  Call Mike Knaggs, 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.

Christmas-Penguin-324x290GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION HOSTS HOLIDAY EVENT DECEMBER 6TH

Enjoy holiday fun December 6th at the Grand Pacific Junction, which will celebrate its Christmas Frozen in Time.

The open house includes snow dogs in the gazebo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; OFMS Golden Harmonies Christmas Carolers, noon to 2; horse-drawn wagon rides, noon to 3; Stories with Santa in the Depot, 1-:3:30 and others.  Tickets for Santa and Wagon Rides are at Dolls and Minis, 440-647-1516.  Collect snowflake letters at participating stores and solve the word puzzle to enter a $100 prize contest.  Pick up a coloring picture of your favorite Frozen characters and return them by December 15th to win a prize in age groups 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10. For more details, click here.

ANNUAL KIWANIS SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH SANTA – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – 5 to 7:30 P.M.

Santa-2spaghettiOlmsted Kiwanis will again host the popular Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner with Santa on Friday, December 12th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the OFHS Cafeteria.  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll, beverage & dessert.  Adults (13 & over) $8; Children (6-12) $6; Seniors (60 & over) $6; Kids 5 & under eat free!  Visit with Santa!  Door prizes and crafters!  Make attending this fun evening a holiday tradition for your family!  Hope to see you there!

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Parent Update – November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 Comments off

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY CELEBRATES  NEW MEMBERS

Natoinal Honor Society inducteesThe National Honor Society held its annual Induction Ceremony October 28th and welcomed new members to its organization. As part of the ceremony, the members stated, “I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected, striving in every way by word and deed to make its ideals the ideals of my school and my life.”

New Senior inductees are Connor Arendec, Nicole Cacioppo, Autumn Cooper, Madeline Finau, Mareena Gentry, Reilly Gomez, Tony Kleem, Kathryn Lesiak, Melania Linderman, Julia McFadden, Alison Pauley, Lindsay Rader, Emily Sheetz and Teresa Wang.

The new Junior inductees include Claire Barratt, Jennifer Bertrand, Lauren Boros, Zachary Buchta, Julia Burnell, Matthew Fox, Emily Gerycz, Nicole Giangrasso, Abigail Harder, Kristin Kawecki, Marisol Lambermont, Joshua Lambert, Amelia Le, Kala Marshall, Kara Marshall, Courtney Nelson, Meghan O’Brien, Emily Olszewski, Isaac Rivera, Leah Russo and Mallory Taylor.

Congratulations to all the society’s members. To see the induction program, click here.

FALLS-LENOX WELCOMES VETERANS DURING ITS SPECIAL PROGRAM

wall of honor 7Many military veterans who have relatives attending Falls-Lenox Primary School attended the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday. They enjoyed a breakfast with their families and then went outside to view a short program that included the raising of the Flag, songs and presentations. Ninety-nine veterans and their related Falls-Lenox students were able to attend this year’s event ceremony.

Students were seen assisting with check-in, serving, and clean-up during breakfast. First graders were tasked with creating place mats that were used at the breakfast.  Second grade students sang songs and third graders spoke at each community’s ceremony.  Cub Scouts, Daisies, and Brownies helped with the pledge and raising of the flag.  Olmsted Falls High School students Emily Laycock and Hailey Ryszka closed the flagpole ceremony with the playing of “Taps”.  We are very thankful for all our veterans and grateful that they could join us in celebrating this special day.

To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.  To view a Sun News summary of the event, click here.

ECC HOSTS VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON VETERANS DAY 

IMG_0529The Early Childhood Center also hosted a special visitor on Veterans Day.  Sgt. Kenneth Walden, a dad to ECC student Mia, talked with students and shared pictures of his three years of deployment in Afghanistan.

He also read The Daddy Book, a special story he shared with his daughter Mia upon his return home. To view pictures of his visit presentation, click here.

Thank you Sgt. Walden!  And thank you Mia for sharing your dad!

JORDAN JAECKIN SIGNS COMMITMENT TO OHIO DOMINICAN

jordan and familyOFHS four-year volleyball letterman Jordan Jaeckin recently signed a letter of commitment to attend and compete at Ohio Dominican University. She receives a Division II Athletic Scholarship to the university.

Jordan was All Conference in 2013, 14; All-District II, 2013, 2014; All-District II All-Star n 2014; received the 2014 Most Valuable Player Team Award and received the 2014 3D Award – Dedication, Desire and Determination.

She is a 12-year member of the Cleveland Volleyball Company. Congratulations, Jordan. To see more pictures of her signing, click here.

GRANDPARENTS VISIT FALLS-LENOX SECOND GRADERS

silver linings 4Grandparents of second-grade students visited Falls-Lenox for Silver Linings Day November 5th and 7th.   Children and their grandparents completed a writing activity and read a story together in the classroom.  The children then performed a small concert where they sang several patriotic songs.

It was a great morning and we would like to thank all of the grandparents who came out to visit their grandchild and support their education at F-L. For more pictures, click here.

important** Notice To Parents Who Have NOT Yet Completed Online Student Information Update **

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 5TH; STUDENTS WITHOUT COMPLETED UPDATE BY DECEMBER 5TH PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING SCHOOL

There still exists a small percentage of students whose parents need to complete the annual, required student information update through InfoSnap for the current 2014-2015 school year.  Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY DECEMBER 5, 2014 or your son/daughter will be prohibited from attending school after December 5, 2014.   Also, any student whose information has not been updated will be prohibited from attending any scheduled field trips – including those occurring before December 5th.

This annual update includes important Emergency Medical and Emergency Contact information and is critical to the safety of your son/daughter.   Those families who have not yet completed the online student information update have been contacted numerous times in multiple ways regarding this required information update.  The required student information update must be completed by logging into your PowerSchool parent account (https://psof.nccohio.org/public), and then clicking on the “InfoSnap” link, located on the left-hand side of the screen.  Updates must be made separately for EACH student in your household, however the system will automatically transfer basic information changes made in the first student’s record (i.e. address or phone number) to the next student’s record to  make the process of updating multiple students more efficient.

If you have been receiving notices and have not yet logged in to complete the update process, please contact the office at your child’s school building immediately.  Assistance can be provided for those who may not have access to a computer or the internet. Thank you for helping us ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for your child each school year.

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPT. PROVIDES AED TRAINING TO DISTRICT STAFF

image2 IMG_3009Olmsted Falls School District would like to extend thanks to Lieutenant Joe Fudale and the Olmsted Township Fire Department for providing training to staff members across the district over the course of the last two weeks.   Lieutenant Fudale held training sessions at buildings throughout the district to demonstrate for staff how to operate the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) units that are installed in each building.

The American Red Cross estimates that access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives a year. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background as you wait for responders to arrive on scene.

Thank you again to Lieutenant Fudale and Olmsted Township Fire Department for partnering with Olmsted Falls Schools to bring this valuable training to our staff members.

OCTOBER’S HEALTHY HEROES

Healthy hero 1ahealthy hero fl 2Congratulations to October’s Healthy Heroes, Riley Thomas and Zoe Nechvatal!

Riley is pictured here with her parents, Dawn Porter and Brandon Johnson; Zoe is pictured with District Nurse Carol Meszaros.

The Healthy Hero Program helps teach kids in grades pre-K to 3rd healthy habits, such as eating right, exercising every day, power washing their hands, coughing and sneezing into their sleeve and sleeping well. Students earn a small prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month, participants are entered into a drawing to win a $5 gift card from Toy-R-Us.

Sunshine Boys GraphicOFHS MASQUERS PLAY SET FOR NOVEMBER 21ST, 22ND

The OFHS Masquers will present the play The Sunshine Boys at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22.

Tickets may be ordered now by calling 440-427-6070.

THANK YOU TO BLOOD DONORS!

american red cross redone sizeThe 2014 OFHS Student Council’s November Blood Drive was a success.  The final count saw 48 students, teachers and parents donate and provide 38 pints of blood to the American Red Cross. Thanks to the PTA, Student Council and blood donors for this successful campaign.

OFMS EXTENDS THANKS TO PTA

thanksvolunteers3The annual Scholastic Book Fair at Olmsted Falls Middle School just concluded.  OFMS would like to thank our wonderful PTA for all their help!  The OFMS PTA  played a vital role in making the fair such a success.  OFMS would like to especially thank the following members:  Nicole Humphrey, Joanna Bernard, Donna McKee and Nicole Allmandinger.  A big shout out to Donna McKee who went above and beyond by working all afternoon and then staying to help for the Thursday night conferences when the Scholastic volunteer couldn’t make it.  It was the highest grossing night of the fair!!  Thank you again to our volunteers, and to all of the students and parents who took time to shop this year’s book fair!

AS WINTER APPROACHES…REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR PARENT COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES IN POWERSCHOOL

upside down snowmanJust a reminder to all Bulldog parents that Olmsted Falls School District uses a parent communication tool called Power Announcement to connect with parents via email, voice and text messaging.  All parents have the ability to set their own communication preferences for various types of messages – including school cancellation messages – through their PowerSchool parent accounts.

To review your current settings and/or adjust your preferences, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://psof.nccohio.org/public
  2. Click the “Power Announcement” link located on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Click “Expand All” to review your current contact information / communication preferences and adjust accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE:

Email and voice messages are automatically set by default.  To stop receiving email or voice messages to a particular email or phone number, simply click to uncheck the box for the specific email or phone number to remove the default setting.

TEXT MESSAGES can only be sent to parents who OPT-IN to receive text messaging from the school district. To opt-in and begin receiving TEXT messages to a cell phone, simply check the box for the specified cell phone number(s).

Communication preferences MUST BE UPDATED SEPARATELY for each student within your PowerSchool account.

Any parents with questions about accessing their PowerSchool parent accounts, or adjusting communication preferences are encouraged to contact your child’s school building for assistance.

To download a Power Announcement Parent Guide with more detailed information/instructions, please click HERE.

DETERMINING SNOW DAYS

snowdayEach year, with the arrival of winter, we receive a number of questions regarding our District’s policy for closing school due to inclement weather conditions. We understand that the decision to close schools has an enormous impact on all of our families.

To read more about how Olmsted falls School District determines snow days, please click HERE.

DINE AT CHICK-FIL-A AND SUPPORT OFHS BOWLING TEAMS

bowling pinsSupport the OFHS Boys and Girls Bowling Teams by visiting the North Olmsted’s Chick-FilaA from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, November 24th.

The teams will receive 20-percent of the sales from those mentioning they are there to support the teams when placing an order.

To see the flyer, click here. You need not, however, show it when you order. Just be sure to say you are there for the OFHS bowling teams prior to placing your order. Thank you for your support.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE UNDERWAY

poinsettias_3461cThe National Honor Society Poinsettia Sale is officially underway and will run through December 16th. Please consider supporting National Honor Society through a poinsettia purchase. Simply complete the attached form and return it to the high school with your preferred method of payment. Funds earned from this sale help support NHS inductions, Chapter scholarships and Relay for Life. Thank you in advance for your support!  To download an order form, please click HERE.

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

Graduates Lifting MortarboardsOFHS students, do you have questions about college decision-making and the application process? Now through November 25th, you may join the College Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays during lunch/study hall in the Guidance Office.  Sign up in the Guidance Office.  Contact Mrs. Caldrone at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net with questions.

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Ohio Means Jobs may be best known as the state’s premiere job and resume bank. However, beginning this fall, Ohio Means Jobs is including FREE career development tools for students, parents and teachers. Students may utilize Ohio Means Jobs to determine career interests, explore in demand careers, search for college and training programs, prepare for college admissions exams, locate scholarships, develop a future budget and more! To access Ohio Means Jobs, click here and click on the K-12 Students icon.

OFHS BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE /ALUMNI GAME IS NOVEMBER 22ND 

bulldog paw blueCheer on the 2014-15 boys varsity basketball Team – and the grads – at the November 22nd second annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage/Alumni Game.  The Scrimmage is from 3-4 p.m. and the Alumni game, featuring former Bulldog players, is from 4-6 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Fans, please donate a canned goods item at the door for a local food bank. Contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net if you have questions.

ornamentsHELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTY

Helping Hands annual Holiday Party is Friday, December 5th from 5:30-8 p.m. in the OFMS Cafetorium. This family-friendly event includes dinner, dancing, crafts and games. Tony K’s is catering the event with cookie decorating as the dessert!

To see a flyer of the event and its cost, click here.

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

hockey logoBuy your tickets now as the OFHS Hockey Team plays Cleveland Heights’ team at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday, December 20th. Their 4 p.m. game is played prior to the Lake Erie Monsters who will compete against Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. All players, coaches and fans will need a valid Monster ticket to enter the youth event, plus the first 5,000 fans will receive Lake Erie Monsters ear warmers.

Click here to order tickets, which are discounted to $12 from the usual $24. For questions about the game, contact Coach Brian Thompson.

ReflectionsATTENTION ALL 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS – ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM GETTING UNDERWAY

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to CREATE ART inspired by a specific theme. The 2014-2015 theme is “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”

You can create art in any of the following 6 areas:

  1. Dance Choreography
  2. Film Production
  3. Literature
  4. Musical Composition
  5. Photography or
  6. Visual Arts

The top prizes recognize the most creative interpretation of the theme in each of the arts areas.

Entry forms and entry box are located inside the Middle School’s main office. You can also download the required forms from the OFMS PTA web page by clicking HERE.  Deadline for entries is December 1st.

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive team again offers Christmas HoneyBaked Ham and other items. The team will receive 15 percent of all orders from now through Dec. 12th by those ordered through the flyer by clicking here, which also contains a link to the HoneyBaked Ham’s website where you also may place orders. The price is the same in retail stores – no mark up. Place your order and help the team in this fundraising.

Pick up is Tuesday, December 23rd from 5-7 p.m. at OFHS.

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

baklava pixOrder tasty baklava from OFHS Post Prom in two different pan sizes. The cost is $25 for the 8×8 pan and $35 for the 9×13. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup. To order or for more details, view the flyer by clicking here.

The order deadline is December 20th.

COMMUNITY

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710JOIN THE ROBOTIX BLOX: MOCKINGBOT CHALLENGE @ OF LIBRARY – TOMORROW

When: November 15th

Time:  2-4 p.m. 

Who: grades 5 and up

Description: Tick Tock, program a robot to survive the clock, the clock arena that is from Catching Fire! Help it fight off crazy monkeys, dodge the lighting, and conquer other challenges Katniss and Peeta encounter in the action packed Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER 15th FUNDRAISER

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association Fundraiser is Saturday, November 15th, 7-9 p.m. at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include pizza, wings and rigatoni, refreshments and FUN!! There will be raffle boards, 50/50, and as always, great gift baskets! The money raised will help keep registration fees at 2014 levels. Contact Kelly Atkins at bobcatteach@gmail.com for tickets, donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big-ticket item. Attendees must be 21 and over.

OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

crafts4Crafters and vendors help kick off your holiday season, November 15, 2014 from 9-4 at the Olmsted Falls Community Center located at 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH  44138.  Handmade jewelry, soaps, wreathes and much more.  Kids craft corner, swag bags, gift wrapping and refreshments available.  Free Admission.

To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER – FREE TO OLMSTED COMMUNITY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – THANKSGIVING DAY – 12:00 -4:00 P.M.

yTo7bKATEOlmsted Kiwanis Club, Shakers IGA, First Federal of Lakewood and Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural are partnering to sponsor a FREE Thanksgiving dinner open to all members of the Olmsted community.  All are invited to gather for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner taking place on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the German-American Cultural Center.

Join for dinner, or volunteer to help serve.  Please contact Tony Budak at tbudak@aol.com or (440) 391-9942 with any questions.

Save the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!

santaMark your calendars for this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop on Saturday, December 6TH from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This event lets kids shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. Grownups can buy tickets for our holiday raffle of items including an Xbox One and Vitamix blender. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Olmsted Falls’ Cub Scout Pack 102.

Tree SaleBOY SCOUTS’ CHRISTMAS TREE SALE COMING SOON

OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual Christmas Tree sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road, over the November 29th-30th and December 6th-7th weekends.  Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.  Pick out a Scotch pine, Fraser fir, white pine or other tree as helpful scouts carry it to your car.  Have questions?  Call Mike Knaggs, 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net.

ANNUAL KIWANIS SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH SANTA – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – 5 to 7:30 P.M.

Santa-2spaghettiOlmsted Kiwanis will again host the popular Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner with Santa on Friday, December 12th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the OFHS Cafeteria.  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll, beverage & dessert.  Adults (13 & over) $8; Children (6-12) $6; Seniors (60 & over) $6; Kids 5 & under eat free!  Visit with Santa!  Door prizes and crafters!  Make attending this fun evening a holiday tradition for your family!  Hope to see you there!

CHEER THE OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA

hockey logoBuy your tickets now as the OFHS Hockey Team plays Cleveland Heights’ team at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday, December 20th. Their 4 p.m. game is played prior to the Lake Erie Monsters who will compete against Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. All players, coaches and fans will need a valid Monster ticket to enter the youth event, plus the first 5,000 fans will receive Lake Erie Monsters ear warmers.

Click here to order tickets, which are discounted to $12 from the usual $24. For questions about the game, contact Coach Brian Thompson.

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Parent Update – November 6, 2014

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OFHS STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE ENGINEERING SKILLS AT CONFERENCE

engineering demoOFHS/Polaris Career Center students Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbit attended the Industrial and Manufacturing Conference at Lorain County Community College, which the Cleveland Engineering Society sponsored.

The two demonstrated how to program and use the Articulated Robot Arm that they used to win third place at SkillsUSA competition last summer.

Very impressive – great job!

OFIS 5TH GRADE SCIENCE FAIR HAD AMAZING EXPERIMENTS

science fair 3Students in Mrs. Atkins, Mr. Schafer and Mrs. Harb’s 5th grade science classes showed their experiments at the annual OFIS Science Fair. They applied what they learned about the Scientific Method after completing several classroom experiments and then chose one of their choice. The students wrote hypotheses, step-by-step instructions, collected data in charts and created graphs and wrote a conclusion based on their results and hypothesis. Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came to OFIS to support our young ‘scientists!’

To view the Science Fair photo gallery, click here.

powder puff football pinkSUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TEAM – TONIGHT

What: Seniors versus Juniors @ Powder Puff football game

When: 7 p.m. – Thursday, November 6th

Where: OFHS

Cost: $5

BIDDING CLOSES AT 9 TONIGHT FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT ON-LINE SURPLUS AUCTION 

Olmsted Falls School District is participating in an oOFCS Triple A Logon-line auction to sell no longer needed equipment and supplies.  This on-line auction is open to the public.

For information on how to access the auction site, please click HERE.

Bidding Closes:  Thursday, November 6th at 9:00 p.m.

College and Coffee_Fall 2014FINAL OFHS COFFEE & COLLEGE SESSION FOR PARENTS IS TOMORROW, NOV. 7TH

Confused about what is needed to get your student ready for college? The last session of OFHS’s Coffee & College is set for this Friday, November 7th in the OFHS media center. The time is 8-9 a.m.  For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college & career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

To view a flyer of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH

Graduates Lifting MortarboardsOFHS students, do you have questions about college decision-making and the application process? Now through November 25th, you may join the College Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays during lunch/study hall in the Guidance Office.  Sign up in the Guidance Office.  Contact Mrs. Caldrone at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net with questions.

To view a flyer, including dates, click here.

Copy of Donuts for Dads 002FALLS-LENOX BREAKFAST BUDDY EVENT FOR DADS, GRANDPAS & OTHERS SET FOR NOV. 12TH & 13TH

The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA invites Falls-Lenox dads, grandpas and other important men in the lives of the school’s students to share some time together this month.  The Breakfast Buddy dates are as follows:

Wednesday, November 12 (for last names that begin with A-L)

Thursday, November 13 (for last names that begin with M-Z)

The Breakfast Buddy event is in the Falls-Lenox Cafeteria from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on those mornings.  Donuts, coffee and juice will be served.  We hope to see you there!

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MORE PHOTOS/VIDEO OF OFHS ROBOTICS CLUB COMPETITION

The Robotics Club competed against 36 other teams in the qualifying rounds to come in 1, 4, 5, 11 and 13.  Two of the teams competed in the finals and took second.  Members of the 2nd place team are Brian Dougher, Zach Basso, Kristen Zakel, Logan Petruziello, Logan Klink and Bobby Illig. A photo gallery is available here.  A video of the final round may be viewed by clicking here.  Again, congrats!

OHIO MEANS JOBS OFFERS FREE CAREER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Ohio Means Jobs may be best known as the state’s premiere job and resume bank. However, beginning this fall, Ohio Means Jobs is including FREE career development tools for students, parents and teachers. Students may utilize Ohio Means Jobs to determine career interests, explore in demand careers, search for college and training programs, prepare for college admissions exams, locate scholarships, develop a future budget and more! To access Ohio Means Jobs, click here and click on the K-12 Students icon.

OF SCHOOLS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN COSTUME

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStudents – and teachers – dressed for the Halloween spirit in some of our OF schools.  Whether dressed as a skeleton, Princess Elsa, crayon or cowgirl, they enjoyed the day:

To view the ECC photo gallery, click here.

To view a Falls-Lenox photo gallery of costumes, click here.

To view a photo gallery of OFIS, click here.

To view Cleveland.com photos of those in costume attending the Oct. 31 Bulldog football game, click here.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT MIDDLE SCHOOL – THIS WEEK

book _fairThe OFMS Media Center has its Scholastic Book Fair running from now until Wednesday, November 12th. The fair is open TONIGHT during conference evening from 4:00-7:30 as well.

Be sure to stop by!  Great opportunity to start your holiday shopping early!

 

FINAL WEEK TO MEET COLLEGE REPS

Friday is the final day college representatives will visit OFHS to meet students. All visits are at 2:20 p.m. in the OFHS media center. Be sure to schedule your visit through the Guidance Office. 

ornamentsHELPING HANDS INVITES ALL TO ITS HOLIDAY PARTY

Helping Hands annual Holiday Party is Friday, December 5th from 5:30-8 p.m. in the OFMS Cafetorium. This family-friendly event includes dinner, dancing, crafts and games. Tony K’s is catering the event with cookie decorating as the dessert!

To see a flyer of the event and its cost, click here.

OFMA ANNUAL WING/PIZZA NIGHT – THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH @ TONY K’S

Olmsted_Falls_MusicDon’t miss out on a fun evening and great opportunity to support Olmsted Falls Music Association!  This year’s annual Wing/Pizza Night fundraiser will take place at Tony K’s from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th – featuring OFMA’s popular Music Trivia Contest!  $20 Door Entry per person, includes all you can eat wings/pizza/salad buffet and drinks – plus a chance at a valuable door prize.  Seating is limited, arrive early to secure your seat for the music trivia contest.  Registration for Music Trivia closes at 6:50 p.m.; $15 per person additional entry fee to participate in Music Trivia Contest.  Teams up to 6 players – cash prizes.  Note: You do not need to participate in Music Trivia to attend.

HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive team again offers Christmas HoneyBaked Ham and other items. The team will receive 15 percent of all orders from now through Dec. 12th by those ordered through the flyer by clicking here, which also contains a link to the HoneyBaked Ham’s website where you also may place orders. The price is the same in retail stores – no mark up. Place your order and help the team in this fundraising.

Pick up is Tuesday, December 23th from 5-7 p.m. at OFHS.

OFHS POST PROM HAS BAKLAVA FOR THE HOLIDAYS

baklava pixOrder tasty baklava from OFHS Post Prom in two different pan sizes. The cost is $25 for the 8×8 pan and $35 for the 9×13. Each pan includes baking instructions and syrup. To order or for more details, view the flyer by clicking here.

The order deadline is December 20th.

WINTER BASKETBALL SIGN-UP DEADLINE CLOSE FOR BOYS & GIRLS GRADES 1-3

basketballThe Athletic Department of Olmsted Falls Schools offers an opportunity for primary school students to play winter basketball.

Grades 1-3 will have various playing times. Grade 1’s league is once a week for about 8-10 weeks. Grades 2 and 3 will play in their leagues twice a week – one practice, one game – for 8-10 weeks. The program’s cost is $25 per student.  Information and registration forms for the Winter Basketball Program are online.  Please click HERE to download the registration information.

Registration and money is due NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th to Falls-Lenox school office. Informational half-sheet flyers will be sent home in backpacks to all 1st-3rd graders this week.

ReflectionsATTENTION ALL 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS – ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM GETTING UNDERWAY

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to CREATE ART inspired by a specific theme. The 2014-2015 theme is “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”

You can create art in any of the following 6 areas:

  1. Dance Choreography
  2. Film Production
  3. Literature
  4. Musical Composition
  5. Photography or
  6. Visual Arts

The top prizes recognize the most creative interpretation of the theme in each of the arts areas.

Entry forms and entry box are located inside the Middle School’s main office. You can also download the required forms from the OFMS PTA web page by clicking HERE.  Deadline for entries is December 1st.

OFHS BLUE & GOLD SCRIMMAGE /ALUMNI GAME IS THIS MONTH

bulldog paw blueCheer on the 2014-15 boys varsity basketball Team – and the grads – at the November 22nd second annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage/Alumni Game.  The Scrimmage is from 3-4 p.m. and the Alumni game, featuring former Bulldog players, is from 4-6 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Fans, please donate a canned goods item at the door for a local food bank. Contact Coach Kevin Ciolek at kciolek@ofcs.net if you have questions.

 

COMMUNITY

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710JOIN THE ROBOTIX BLOX: MOCKINGBOT CHALLENGE @ OF LIBRARY 

When: November 15th

Time:  2-4 p.m. 

Who: grades 5 and up

Description: Tick Tock, program a robot to survive the clock, the clock arena that is from Catching Fire! Help it fight off crazy monkeys, dodge the lighting, and conquer other challenges Katniss and Peeta encounter in the action packed Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

of-lacrosse-banner_8x4-21OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION HAS NOVEMBER 15th FUNDRAISER

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association Fundraiser is Saturday, November 15th, 7-9 p.m. at the Upper Deck, 375 Bagley Road, Berea. Tickets, which cost $20, include pizza, wings and rigatoni, refreshments and FUN!! There will be raffle boards, 50/50, and as always, great gift baskets! The money raised will help keep registration fees at 2014 levels. Contact Kelly Atkins at bobcatteach@gmail.com for tickets, donations of gift basket items or funds toward the big-ticket item. Attendees must be 21 and over.

OLMSTED FALLS 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

crafts4Crafters and vendors help kick off your holiday season, November 15, 2014 from 9-4 at the Olmsted Falls Community Center located at 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH  44138.  Handmade jewelry, soaps, wreathes and much more.  Kids craft corner, swag bags, gift wrapping and refreshments available.  Free Admission.

To view a flyer of the event, CLICK HERE.

Save the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!

santaMark your calendars for this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop on Saturday, December 6TH from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This event lets kids shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. Grownups can buy tickets for our holiday raffle of items including an Xbox One and Vitamix blender. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Olmsted Falls’ Cub Scout Pack 102.

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