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Parent Update – November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014

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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