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Parent Update – December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014

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IMPORTANT REMINDERWINTER 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

Neurochemistry Neuroscience Senior Benjamin Brown '15Benjamin Brown, an OFHS grad and Baldwin Wallace University senior, is listed as an author on a study that appears in the December 3rd edition of Nature.

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.”

Congratulations, Benjamin.

STUDENTS SERENADE CLASSES & PERFORM FLASH MOB @ MALL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOFHS band and choir students continued the annual traditionOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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

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Margie Strekal

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Mary Harding

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

MS Donuts with Dad1Dads, grandpas and others who attended the OFMS PTA Donuts with Dad had a great time.

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

food drive photo to useA 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

wrestling hall of fameAll are invited to attend the Thursday, December 18th wrestling events at OFHS.

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

DARE 1aParents 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!

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersBULLDOG WEAR AVAILABLE @ FRIDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL GAME

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!

Book treeIT’S ALL IN THE NUMBERS FOR A F/L THIRD GRADER

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

Healthy hero falls lenoxBrie Kelly was the Falls-Lenox Healthy Hero for November. She is seen here with Mrs. Margie Strekal, a health aide.

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.

Congratulations Brie.

POST PROM TO RAFFLE AUTOGRAPHED CLEVELAND BROWNS HELMET

Cleveland Browns helmetOFHS Post Prom is raffling off an authentic Cleveland Browns helmet signed by Brian Hoyer.   It comes with a certificate of authenticity.   There are only 221 squares to sell.  Each square is $10.

Please contact any post prom committee member or Beth Kopycinski at 440-668-0368 to purchase squares.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUOFHS BASEBALL HOLIDAY SKILLS CAMP SIGN UP

Please follow this link to register ONLINE for the 5th Annual OFHS Baseball Holiday skills camp Dec 22-23.

http://register.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=68087

Dec. 22: Grades 1-3 12:30-4:00 OFHS GYMNASIUMS

Dec. 23: Grades 4-8 12:30-4:00 OFHS GYMNASIUMS

COST IS $35 and includes a Dri-fit shirt!!

 STUDENTS JOIN OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD IN COMPUTING

HOC3More than 1,500 OF students in grades 1-8 participated in the voluntary international Hour of Code during last week’s Computer Science Education Week. They delved into the world of computer programming since computer science is foundational for virtually every field today. Some of the activities included Tynker, building their own game; Coding with Anna & Elsa from Frozen; Lightbot and Coding with Scratch. One student said, “It was the coolest thing ever and I can’t wait to try it again tomorrow.”

Many did not have enough time in class to complete the activities so they were encouraged to continue them at home. Many did and brought in their printed “Certificate” to share with their classmates and teachers. Students are encouraged to continue learning about “coding.” The website, code.org has several resources for students and parents, including links to local camps that teach computer coding. To view a photo gallery showing many students participating, click here.

‘TIS THE SEASON – IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF ILLNESSES!

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Flu and cold season are here. Your School Health Care Team is aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered.

Please remember that if your child has any flu-like symptoms — such as a fever, chills, vomiting, general aches and pains — to keep her/him home from school.  If you are called to pick up your child because of illness, please try to pick up her/him as soon as possible.  Students must be kept home for 24 hours after any fever and any episode of vomiting or diarrhea without help of any medication.  Please keep in mind that following these policies, as well as practicing proper hand washing techniques, will significantly cut down on the spread of illness to others.

The school clinic has provided a one-sheet summary of guidelines to cover the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations for keeping children home from school and daycare.  Please click here to download the guidelines.  Also, please click here for additional information on cold and flu season.  Thank you for your attention to this important health matter.

REMINDER – OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS OFFER DAILY BREAKFAST FOR STUDENTS

BreakfastResearch shows children who eat a nutritious breakfast are healthier, more attentive, more social and perform better in school.  Eating a healthy breakfast not only fuels children for the day, but it also allows children to learn lifelong healthy eating behaviors.

Breakfast in OF schools consists of an entrée (i.e. cereal, toast, eggs, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast pizza, etc.), fruit and milk.     An entire month’s breakfast menu is on the our website by clicking here.

Breakfast times vary per school:

Early Childhood Center:       7:50 – 8:10 am            Cost:   $1.25

Falls-Lenox Primary:             7:30 – 7:55 am            Cost:   $1.25

Intermediate School:            7:40 – 8:00 am            Cost:   $1.25

Middle School:                       7:50 – 8:19 am            Cost:   $1.50

High School:                           6:50 – 8:20 am            Cost:   $1.50

Also available is “Breakfast in a Bag”.  If your student arrives at school too late to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, they may eat their breakfast in the classroom during announcements.  This breakfast is available to all children for the same cost as a breakfast in the cafeteria.  Also, at the OFMS, is a Breakfast Kiosk where the students may grab a breakfast bag and eat in their classroom.

Why not take advantage of our breakfast program.  Breakfast at school provides your child with approximately 25% of their daily nutrient needs.   It is a wonderful way for your child to get a healthy start to the school day and save you time and money.

Remember,  if your student currently receives a free or reduced price lunch, they are also entitled to receive a free or reduced price breakfast.    The cost of the reduced breakfast meal is $ .30.   Students receiving free lunch may come into school and also receive a free breakfast.

If you have any questions, contact Denise Tabar at 427-6440.

REGISTER NOW: KIDS’ CAREER DAY FOR GIRLS IN GRADES 1 -6

KidsDayBrochure2015-Cover Image_Page_1Do you know any elementary aged girls interested in science, math or hands-on projects?  Then they may be interested in signing up for the 16th annual Kids’ Career Day sponsored by The University of Akron, Lockheed Martin and Margaret Donovan on February 28th, 2015!  Kids’ Career Day is a ½ day program that is designed to involve children in first through sixth grades in interactive activities related to occupations in engineering, science, technology, and math. Each activity at Kids’ Career Day is led by and showcases professional women who are currently employed as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The program is held at the University of Akron Campus, Student Union and registration is limited and often closes prior to the registration deadline.

Cost is $9.00 per girl and includes continental breakfast and snack.  In addition each child will get to take home what they build and a bag filled with mementos of the day. Registration forms can be found by going to www.wiep.uakron.edu and clicking on the link for Summer Camps/Kids Career Day or by filling out a Kids’ Career Day registration form attached.   Forms can be e-mailed to hec9@uakron.edu or mailed to Heidi Cressman @ Auburn Science and Engineering Center, 201 Akron, OH 44325-3901. Credit card payment is accepted online at www.wiep.uakron.edu and clicking on the link for Kids Career Day or participants may pay by check made out to “The University of Akron, Women in Engineering Program”. Registration will not be accepted on the day of the event. Payment is non-refundable.  The program is able to accommodate 300 girls and the event fills up almost every year, so register early to save your spot!  Registration is now available and ends January 31st, 2015 (no exceptions).

PSAT RESULT INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR HS STUDENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY

Two information sessions are available for students to attend on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:05 AM and 2:20 PM in the library. Students should plan to attend ONE of these sessions to receive scores and find out how to improve scores for the SAT. If students are unable to attend either session, please contact Mrs. Caldrone 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

POLARIS ANNOUNCES ACT PREP CLASSES 

Please click HERE for schedule of upcoming ACT Prep classes being offered by Polaris Career Center – on campus and online options available – for January and February 2015.

APPLEBEE’S FUNDRAISER IS TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17thApplebees

Support the OFHS Junior Class officers as they raise money to reduce the price of prom tickets.  Dine in or order carry-out food at Great Northern’s Applebee’s Restaurant between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. TODAY – Wednesday, December 17th.  Please bring the flyer, which is available by clicking here.

SATURDAY IS DEADLINE TO ORDER OFHS POST PROM NECKLACES  

Post Prom Fundraiser information sheet revised (1)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.

LAST CHANCE: OFHS POST PROM 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 Saturday, December 20th.

OFHS HOCKEY TEAM AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA THIS SATURDAY 

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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