Parent Update – December 17, 2014
IMPORTANT REMINDER – WINTER BREAK
The OF school district’s winter break is from December 22nd to January 2nd. School will resume Monday, January 5th.
This will be the last blog of the 2014 calendar year, with it resuming the week of January 5th, 2015. Have a very safe holiday season and Happy New Year!
OFHS GRAD CO-AUTHORS SPINAL CORD RESEARCH
Benjamin was among the heavyweight Case Western Reserve-led scientists who developed a new chemical compound showing “extraordinary promise in restoring function lost to spinal cord injury. The study details remarkable new research on a peptide that helped to heal paralyzed muscles in lab animals. Brown, 21, and a Columbia Township resident, is a neuroscience/chemistry major.
“To me, publishing in a top-tier scientific journal is a great validation that the effort I have been putting into becoming a successful researcher so far in my academic career is paying off,” Brown said in a BW publication. “It’s also incredibly rewarding to contribute to such an important scientific investigation.”
STUDENTS SERENADE CLASSES & PERFORM FLASH MOB @ MALL
OFHS band and choir students continued the annual tradition of holiday caroling in classes throughout the district. They performed in each of the district’s school buildings. The choir also sprang a flash mob on unsuspecting people at the Great Northern Mall.
To see a photo gallery of the caroling, click here.
TWO HEALTH CLINIC STAFF MEMBERS HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE
Congratulations to Falls-Lenox Health Aide Margie Strekal and OFHS Medical Assistant Mary Harding for being recognized by PSI (Partners for Success and Innovation) with the organization’s annual Excellence In Service award for their respective positions. PSI gives these awards annually, which are based on evaluations and feedback from building principals. Kudos to both Margie and Mary for providing stand-out health clinic services to the students of Falls-Lenox and OFHS! A sincere thanks for the special care and attention you provide to students each day.
OFMS DADS ENJOY DONUTS @ SCHOOL
They had a chance to attend one of two sittings last week. Those who were not PTA members had a chance to fill out a form at the event to join the group. A big ‘Thank You’ to all who shared this time with their child, grandchild or family member. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.
OFHS FOOD DRIVE A BIG SUCCESS
A big thank you to all who supported this year’s Student Council Food Drive. Donations included 2, 032 items, all of which will help needy families in the Olmsted Falls/Township communities! The drive’s nine-year total amounts to 17,022 food items.
A special thank you to Sean Pellerite, winning homeroom for the fourth time in six years; Dawn Moses, runner-up homeroom; Judy Crandall, for adding to this collection effort through her Holiday Concert; Ed August, for offering up the Little Debbies for any homeroom over 150 and the entire Library, custodial, housekeeping and grounds staff for helping us store and move all this food. Pictured in this photo are Zach Buchta, Amelia Le, Connie Saylor, Marisol Lambermont, Erin Hetchler and Matt Archual, who are Student Council members. Others who played a big part on “moving day” were Alyssa Tonissen, Michael Doherty and Samantha Finnerty.
Happy Holidays to all of you!
OFHS WRESTLING HONORS SENIORS, NEW HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The night begins at 5:50 p.m. when Bulldogs seniors will be honored. The first of three matches then start at 6 p.m. with our Bulldogs against Brecksville. North Olmsted vs Brecksville will follow that match with the Bulldogs pitted against North Olmsted in the final contest.
Also that night, the newest class of the OF Wrestling Hall of Fame – Kevin Atkins, Brendan Bergan, Chris Odon and Mike Theriot – will be honored. All four have supported and represented OF wrestling to the fullest. Attend and cheer on all the Bulldogs, current and former.
GRADE 6 STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM DARE PROGRAM
Parents of all sixth graders were invited to the DARE Graduation program Monday. OFMS Principal Mark Kurz and Olmsted Township Police Officer Jackie Ketterer, as well as participating students, spoke to the crowd.
The annual DARE program teaches children how to resist peer pressure; gives children 8 ways to say, “No;” informs children of the dangers of smoking, alcohol, and drugs; provides children with ways to deal with bullying as it relates to social media; and teaches children that policeman are here to help us stay safe and make good decisions. Congratulations to all of our sixth graders for their completion of this important program!
The OFAB sportswear will be sold during Friday, December 19th basketball game at the high school. The group will be there from 5:30-9 p.m. selling Bulldog apparel. This is a chance to purchase last-minute Christmas gifts. Items include hoodies, sweatpants, Tervis tumblers and many more.
OFAB sportswear will be sold at the boys basketball game this Friday, December 19th. We will be there from 5:30-9pm selling bulldog apparel. Get your last-minute Christmas gifts! We have hoodies, sweatpants, Tervis tumblers and much, much more!
Falls-Lenox Library staff created a holiday tree with books and asked students to guess the number of books that made up the tree.
Madison Bond, a third grader in John Klembarsky’s class, won the contest, guessing 310 – which was only one number away from the 309 books used. Congratulations, Madison.
FALLS-LENOX AWARDS ANOTHER HEALTHY HERO
The program is in Falls-Lenox and ECC. It helps teach kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. They earn a prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Each month one is selected from a drawing and receives a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.
POST PROM TO RAFFLE AUTOGRAPHED CLEVELAND BROWNS HELMET
Please contact any post prom committee member or Beth Kopycinski at 440-668-0368 to purchase squares.
Please follow this link to register ONLINE for the 5th Annual OFHS Baseball Holiday skills camp Dec 22-23.
COST IS $35 and includes a Dri-fit shirt!!