Parent Update – November 20, 2014
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
OFHS 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!
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
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
The 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
Providing 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
Cheer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
OFHS STUDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH
OFHS 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 email@example.com 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.
** 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
Each 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
Just 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:
- Login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://psof.nccohio.org/public
- Click the “Power Announcement” link located on the left-hand side of the screen
- Click “Expand All” to review your current contact information / communication preferences and adjust accordingly.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; OFIS: Deana Harb, email@example.com and Margherita DeAngelis, firstname.lastname@example.org; OFMS: Kristie Patton, email@example.com and OFHS: Sandra Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELPING 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 – DECEMBER 20TH
Buy 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
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
The 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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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
Order 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.
THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER – FREE TO OLMSTED COMMUNITY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – THANKSGIVING DAY – 12:00 -4:00 P.M.
Olmsted 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 email@example.com or (440) 391-9942 with any questions.
OF LIBRARY OFFERS WINTER PROGRAMS
The 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
For 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
On 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Olmsted 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!