Parent Update – December 5, 2014
Stephanie Schroth and Joselin Rabbitt, OFHS/Polaris pre-engineering students, gave a presentation to the Ohio Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Conference November 20th in Dayton. There are more than 343 schools in the state that have PLTW programs.
More than 400 guests attended the conference, which is held annually. The girls presented on their success with Robotics at the SkillsUSA competition earlier this summer. For more details on PLTW, click here.
Kudos to Stephanie and Joselin for representing Olmsted Falls with your professional and impressive presentation!
DISTRICT LAUNCHES VALUABLE NEW INFORMATION RESOURCE FOR PARENTS
Keeping Bulldogs parents informed is a top priority for Olmsted Falls School District. The District is pleased to announce the launch of a new website designed to provide parents and community members with information on Olmsted Falls curriculum, instruction and assessment (CIA). This specialized website (http://olmstedfallscia.weebly.com) will continue to evolve as additional information and resources become available.
Parents and community members interested in learning more about curriculum, instruction and assessment including Common Core Standards, PARCC Assessments, Instructional Strategies and many other topics of interest will find a wealth of information on the new site. As districts throughout the state and across the country move forward with implementation of the updated standards, it is important that parents have the latest and most accurate information available.
Parents who may have questions about the information on the new Olmsted Falls CIA website, or any curriculum areas that may not yet be included on the website, are invited and encouraged to contact Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000 or email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy exploring this new information resource and encourage you to check back regularly for new information.
OFIS PARTICIPATES IN WORLD CUP STACKING DAY
On November 25th, about 600 OFIS students joined more than 600,000 students across the globe in “World Cup Stacking Day.”
The competition includes cup stacking for at least 30 minutes in a row to be part of the Guinness World Records for the most people around the world cupstacking in one day. Locally, grade 4 and 5 students participated in four stations: free style stacking, timing station, relay station and head-to-head competition. The students received a certificate and sticker to prove they were part of the big day! To view a photo gallery of the cupstacking activities, click here.
SCHOOLS TO ‘BYTE’ INTO COMPUTER FUN WITH GLOBAL “HOUR OF CODE” EVENT
CALLING ALL OFMS PTA DADS
Dads, Grandpas and any other man who likes spending time in your child’s life is invited to OFMS PTA’s Donuts with Dads. You may attend the event from 7:45-8:20 a.m. either on Wednesday, December 10th or Thursday, December 11th in the school’s cafetorium. Don’t worry. If Dad can’t make it, Moms are always welcome.
Although this is a PTA Members Only event, Dad can still sign up to become a member now – or at the door. Simply fill out the form by clicking here and submit it with your dues prior to the event. If you’re unsure whether you’re a member, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is included in your dues.
Be sure to reserve your spot by December 5th. Space is limited. Just click here to upload the Google link and reserve your spot.
RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association hosted its annual holiday luncheon for retired bulldog staff members Tuesday at OFIS. Fifty-six retired Bulldogs attended at this popular event, which the Olmsted Falls Board of Education sponsors to recognize the contributions and lasting impact of the District’s retirees.
Retired staff members enjoyed a hardy beef brisket lunch that Ms. Denise Tabar and the outstanding food services department at OFIS prepared. Lunch was served by Mr. Jim Ryan’s OWA students from OFHS. Guests were also treated to a selection of holiday songs by the 4th and 5th Grade Chorus, directed by Mrs. Kelly McClellan. To commemorate the event, Ms. Sue Magnone, OFIS Art teacher, created beautiful tree ornaments for the guests to take home. Mr. Don Svec, Mr. Mark Tabar, OFIS student ambassadors, and OFIS custodial staff created a hospitable environment for all the guests. To view additional photos from the event, please click here.
The calendar for the 2015-2016 academic school year for Olmsted Falls Schools has been approved by the Board of Education and is now available on-line. To access the 2015-2016 calendar for NEXT school year, please click here.
A download of this calendar (as well as the current school year calendar) can also be accessed from the homepage of the District’s website at www.ofcs.net. (See right side of page, below monthly calendar.)
The Olmsted Falls Music Association and music students will be very busy this month and after the winter break.
To view OFMA’s December 2014 issue of Musical Notes, click here. The newsletter contains information about upcoming holiday performances, hoagie sale and other items.
COCOA & CRAM STUDY SESSION SET FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
Come to the Cocoa & Cram Study Session from 2:16-3:30 p.m. Monday, December 15th in the OFHS Café. Learn study strategies and test-taking tips. To view some of those tips and online resources, click here.
Remember: exams are 20% of your semester grade. The grade calculator is online at the OFHS homepage to help calculate your semester grade.
*Notice To Parents Who Have NOT Yet Completed Online Student Information Update*
IMPORTANT NOTICE: STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE DEADLINE IS TODAY, 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.
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.
OFMA CHRISTMAS TREE SALE @ OFHS THIS WEEKEND
Support the OF Music Association by purchasing a Christmas tree at the group’s annual Tree Sale. The trees, which are in front of the school, will be on sale from 6-9 p.m. December 5th; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. December 6th and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 7th. Trees that are 8 foot and under are $45; 8 foot and taller, $55. Help will be available for trimming your tree and carrying it to your car.
HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY – TONIGHT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH
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.
HONEYBAKED HAMS/TURKEYS ORDER DEADLINE ARRIVING SOON
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.
NHS CONTINUES ITS POINSETTIA SALE
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.
OFHS POST PROM SELLING 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.
SANTA’S SECRET SHOP IS THIS SATURDAY
On Saturday, December 6th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 presents Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids may shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of elves and visit Santa. Grownups may buy tickets for a holiday raffle of such great items as an Xbox One gaming system and Vitamix blender. Admission is free with all proceeds benefiting Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.
WDOK’S TINSEL TEAM COMES TO TOWN THIS SATURDAY
This Saturday, December 6th, Cleveland’s New 102 FM WDOK’s Tinsel Team will be at Mill River Plaza’s parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be prizes and giveaways for everyone. Stop by and join the fun.
OF Boy Scout Troop 201 has its annual Christmas Tree sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road, over this weekend – December 6th-7th. 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 email@example.com.
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!