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Parent Update – January 31, 2015

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DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

disability wheelchair cavs 5The week of January 12th was the eighth annual Accepting Differences/Disability Awareness Week at Falls-Lenox Primary School. The activities included guest readers in classrooms, a poster/essay contest and an awesome assembly featuring the Wheelchair Cavs.  Some teachers even got in on the action!disability photo contest 1

Winners of the poster contest were grade 1, Tristan Sammono and Elizabeth LaFraniere; grade 2, Andrew Kreitzer and Dominic DiFilippo.

The week was another chance to celebrate how we are all different, but alike in so many ways, too. Thank you to Mrs. Scott, school psychologist, for organizing the week.  To view a photo gallery of the poster winners and basketball game, click HERE.

DISTRICT SEEKS PARENT INPUT ON MATH PILOT PROGRAMS THROUGH ONLINE SURVEY

cyber computerATTN: ECC/F-L/OFIS PARENTS – Olmsted Falls School District will be seeking important input from parents with students in classrooms currently participating in either the Eureka or Bridges math pilot program at the ECC, Falls-Lenox and/or OFIS.  Please look for a survey link from your child’s teacher that will be coming next week.  We encourage you to access the survey link and share your thoughts on the pilot program.  Your input will be very valuable as the District works toward making a final determination regarding which program to move forward with for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond.

STUDENTS SPARKLE AT ANNUAL TALENT SHOW

Kyle Thompson took the Overall trophy

Kyle Thompson took the Overall trophy

The annual OFHS PTA Talent Show was held at the school’s auditorium January 24th.  Congratulations to the following students who took honors during the event.

In the K-4 Grade Category:

Lindsey Smits – First Place for a vocal performance of “Happiness.”

Cara Myers – Second  Place for a vocal performance of “Radioactive.”

Riley Zahorchak– Third Place tie score for a dance performance to “Be-YOU-tifull.”

Rachel Neumann – Third Place tie score for a vocal/guitar performance of  “The House that Built Me.”

Ellen Bernes – Third Place tie score for a dance/gymnastics performance to “Shake it Off.”

In the 5-8 Grade Category:

Gregory Smith (OFIS) – First Place for his Magic Act “Gregory the Great” featuring friends Elise Grant, Jon Gibson and Raedan Pandaya. 

Camden Chernisky (OFMS) – Second Place for a piano solo featuring “Say Something.”

Adrianna Lakota (OFIS) – Third Place for a hula hoop and gymnastics performance.

Dara Hosta winner

Cara Myers won the Dara Hosta trophy

In the 9th – 12th Grade Category:

Kyle Thompson  – First Place, vocal and piano performance of “Don’t Let Me Down.”

Amanda Holt – Second Place for her vocal and guitar performance of “All of Me” by John Legend.

Ashley Campbell – Third Place, vocal performance of  “Born this Way.”

Cara Myers also received the Dara Hosta Vocal Memorial Award. 

Kyle Thompson also was the Overall Winner of the Talent Show, receiving highest score among all performers. 

Congratulations to all of the Talent Show winners and to all the students who shared their talents in the show. To view a photo gallery of some of the performers, click HERE.

The program cover design winner was Berea Midpark senior  Jennifer Santoro from Polaris Career Center’s  Graphic Arts Design Class. Beautiful job, Jennifer!

Cover Design Winner 2015Many thanks to Miss Courtney Nelson  from Olmsted Falls High School  who sang our National Anthem to open the Talent Show and for her performance during Judges Decision Time – wonderful performances, Courtney!  A shout out as well to Miss Marissa Lakota for her special performance during Judges Decision Time – way to go Marissa!

And what would a Talent Show be without a Master of Ceremonies?  Thank you Michael Doherty, OFHS senior.  Outstanding job as our MC!! Many thanks as well to the  OFHS Stage/Sound/Lighting  Crew and Show Assistant:  Conner Arendak , Maggie Harris, Matt Stricklen, Katy Srickert and Natalie Ferrini.

VIEW  MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER; MONTHLY MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY!

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The monthly Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter includes upcoming events information and the latest music news from across the District.  To view this latest February 2015 edition, please click HERE.

All parents are invited to attend the group’s February meeting THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH at 7 p.m. in OFHS choir room.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR WILL OPEN FEBRUARY 9TH

ATTENTION: PARENTS OF INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!

kinderThe online registration portal for new kindergarten students will open at noon on Monday, February 9th.  All families registering kindergarten students for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year should plan to visit or call the Early Childhood Center Office on or after February 9th to schedule required in-person registration appointments.  Registering a NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENT is a 2-STEP PROCESS:

Step 1:  Contact the ECC Office at (440) 427-6360 to schedule your required in-person Kindergarten Registration appointment.

Step 2:  Complete the online registration process PRIOR TO your scheduled in-person registration appointment.  (A detailed registration instruction sheet will be available at the ECC on or after February 9th.)

*NOTE:  Please do NOT attempt to register your 2015-2016 kindergarten student with the existing New Student Registration link for current 2014-2015.  The 2015-2016 New Student Registration link is a completely separate database and will not be available or posted until noon on Monday, February 9th.

Parents who will have children starting kindergarten in the Olmsted Falls School District next school year (2015-2016) should mark calendars with these IMPORTANT DATES:

February 9th   – Online Registration Opens @ Noon (Call 427-6360 or visit the Early Childhood Center, located at 7105 Fitch Road, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on school days to set up your in-person appointments and get instructions for required online registration step.)

February 26th  Kindergarten Information Night, 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center.  (Babysitting available.)

March 10th – 12th Kindergarten Registration by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

April 14th & 15 Kindergarten Screening by appointment at Early Childhood Center.

Please call (440) 427-6360 with questions or email Melinda Brunner, ECC Director, at mbrunner@ofcs.net.

VOTE FOR OFHS HOCKEY TEAM, PLAYER AT JJHUDDLE/BUCKNUTS

Huddle wrestling voting pixThe OFHS Hockey Team is a nominee Team of the Week and Zach Snyder Athlete of the Week for the JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School awards.

Fans vote for their favorite nominated team and athletes, who decide the winners. Voting is live and will end at noon Monday, February 2nd. You may vote as often as you like.

To vote for Olmsted Falls as the Ohio HS Team of the Week, click HERE.

To vote for Zach Snyder as the Ohio HS Athlete of the Week, click HERE.

bulldog hockeyMORE BULLDOG HOCKEY NEWS:  The OFHS Hockey team is still in pursuit of title!  Click HERE to read latest write-up on the team featured in the high school sports section of cleveland.com.

SAVE THE DATE!  The Bulldogs’ final regular hockey game is at 4:15 p.m. February 8th at Brooklyn Recreation Center against North Olmsted.  It is Senior Night. Go Bulldogs!

basketball4MEDIA FEATURES BULLDOG VARSITY BASKETBALL SISTERS

Congratulations to Kara and Kala Marshall who were featured in the January 27th issue of The Morning Journal. This the first year the fraternal twins, who are juniors, are playing together on the varsity team. The two have played basketball since grade 3 in an Olmsted Falls youth league. To see the story, click HERE.

COMPASS LEARNING HOW TO VIDEO FOR PARENTS

downloadOlmsted Falls School District has begun using Compass Learning, a web-based curriculum, to enhance students’ educational experience.  In addition to information that has already been provided by your child’s teacher, a helpful video has been created to demonstrate for parents how to log in to Compass Learning at home.

Please click HERE if you would like to view the video.

TUESDAY!  TUESDAY! TUESDAY!  PTA BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS MOVES TO TUESDAY NIGHT THIS YEAR! 

DodgeballCome out and support your school at the annual PTA Battle of the Schools Dodgeball Tournament – scheduled for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10th this year.  The Battle of the Schools will begin at 7 p.m. in the OFHS gym.  Tickets are $3 for students, $6 for adults and will be on sale at the door!  All money raised for this event goes to PTA scholarship fund.

Come cheer on your school building’s team!

SUPPORT THE FALLS-LENOX/ECC DODGEBALL TEAM WITH A SPIRITED EVENT T-SHIRT!

tshirt images_Page_1Battle of the Schools 2015 is on and the Falls-Lenox/ECC team is ready to gear you up to show your support!  Come out and support your school on Tuesday, February 10 wearing an official “Falls-Lenox P.S./Early Childhood Center – #BringItOn!” fluorescent blue t-shirt!  The cost is $7.00 each for sizes YS – XL; add extra $2 for XXL or XXXL.   Please click HERE to download the order form.  Deadline to order is Friday, February 6th.  Get yours today!

INTERESTED IN PLAYING OFHS SOCCER?  ATTEND TEAM/PARENT MEETING

OFHS soccer decalThe OFHS Boys Soccer Team 2015 Player/Parent meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 11th in the school’s library.

All players planning on playing soccer for OFHS in 2015 must attend the meeting with a parent.  If, for some reason, such as club training, soccer game, etc. you cannot attend, please have your parent attend.

Information concerning the summer and upcoming season will be discussed. Email Coach Walchanowicz, ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net, with any questions.  For more details, go to ofhssoccer.wordpress.com.

OFHS SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

scholarshipsSeveral area businesses and service organizations each year generously award scholarships to deserving seniors based on both financial need and merit. All seniors planning to attend college or technical school are encouraged to apply. Applications are available in the guidance office. The deadline is 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12th. Late applications will not be accepted.

TRI-C TRANSFER INFO NIGHT AT BEREA-MIDPARK HIGH

Berea-Midpark High School and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a Tri-C Transfer Talk from 6-7:30 p.m. February 12th at Berea-Midpark High School’s auditorium, 165 E. Bagley Road, Berea.

Attendees will learn about the advantages of attending Tri-C, completing a degree and transferring to such four-year institutions as Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and others. Click HERE to view a flyer of the event.

CWRU INVITES FAMILIES TO ENGINEERING FUN

CWRU ENGINEERING CARNIVAL FLYER - FREE EVENT - FEB  14 2015Explore the fun of engineering a better world at Case Western Reserve University’s Engineering Challenges Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 14th. The event is free and open to the public, with hands-on activities for Pre-K to grade 8 students and their families.

The event is at Thwing Excellior Ballroom in the Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Avenue. For more details, click HERE.

HELPING HANDS GOES TO THE THEATER – TICKET ORDERS DUE THIS FRIDAY

HH-suessical order formHelping Hands invites all to Seussical the Musical Jr. at 2 p.m. March 21st at the Olmsted Performing Arts Center, 6941 Columbia Road.  A pre-show party begins at 1 p.m. with light refreshments and Dr. Seuss crafts. Tickets are $10 and available with the form by clicking HERE.

Order deadline is THIS Friday, February 6th.

CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!

C-OH04-14238-15_EARLY-WEB_Page_1Camp Invention is coming to Falls-Lenox Primary School this summer!  This innovative, week-long summer camp provides students in grades 1st to 6th with a hands-on, interactive program inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. daily.  Information is being sent home with students this week!  To view the flyer online, please click HERE.  Registration is online at www.campinvention.org.  Students registering BY MARCH 20TH will receive a $25 discount.

Please contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth (mlagruth@ofcs.net) with any questions.

WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR FEBRUARY WEEKEND

lock-in-300x280The grade 8 WEB leaders and grade 6 students are invited to attend the February 20th-21st WEB Lock In at the OFMS.  Drop off time is 8 p.m. with pick up at 7 a.m. the next day.

Activities planned for the event are basketball, dodgeball, cooking, dancing, nail painting with food and more.

Parents may drop off donations for door prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, from January 20th through February 20th in the Guidance Office.  More details to come!

DINE AT CHIPOTLE TO SUPPORT ANNUAL OAPSE SCHOLARSHIP FUND – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

chipotle sandwichThe local Olmsted Falls Chapter of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) invites all to its February 16th fundraiser at Chipotle in North Olmsted. Come in to the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. that day and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the annual OAPSE Scholarship Fund for eligible graduating seniors!

Simply tell the cashier you want to support the OAPSE Scholarship fundraiser, or download the flyer to bring in or show to the cashier on your phone. (The official flyer will be posted here on Monday – please check back or watch for it again in next week’s blog post.)

ENJOY A MARDI GRAS DINNER AT THE  OFHS SWIM/DIVE FUNDRAISER

mardi grasThe OFHS swim and dive team’s annual Dinner and Raffle is February 17th – Fat Tuesday – from 6-9 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Famous Dave’s is catering the event.

The raffle includes more than 50 prizes for children and adults, which local merchants and swim families donated.  Raffles tickets are available at the dinner.

The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.  To obtain a reservation flyer and order details, click HERE. Order and money deadline is February 12th. For more information or to donate a prize, call Tessa, 440-228-8160.

OF ALUMNI WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS @ LAS VEGAS NIGHT

Las Vegas nightPublicity Poster - ALUMNI lAS vEGAS nIGHTWant to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 7th OF Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club. All profits go toward scholarships for the OFHS Class of 2015. The night includes such games as big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em and a 50/50 raffle, side boards and more with a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those 21 and older.

OFMS PTA FROZEN FOOD FUNDRAISER CONTINUES THROUGH 2015

schwans-photoThe OFMS PTA Schwan’s campaign will run the rest of this year. Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. The PTA receives a portion of the proceeds.

For more details and to place orders, click HERE.

SELL/BUY GENTLY-USED KIDS CLOTHES AT BARGAIN BONANZA

bargain bonanza redoneIt’s time to clean your basements, closets and toy rooms to make some extra room and cash at OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza! The sale is Saturday, March 7th, at the OFMS.

Admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Sellers now may register prior to the February 14th deadline. For more details about the sale, click HERE. To download a seller registration form, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

This children’s resale is a tag sale. If you are unfamiliar with this type of event, go to the information sheet or contact Jen Gebbie, sjgebbie@sbcglobal.net.

COMMUNITY

REGISTER FOR YOUTH TRAVEL BASEBALL LEAGUE

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUSign-ups are open for those ages 6-14 to play in the Olmsted Travel Baseball Association’s Lorain County Hot Stove League. The registration deadline is February 7th. The form is available at its website by clicking HERE.

Play is typically a higher degree of talent than players participating in a community recreational league and so is the commitment. A typical season consists of 12-20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. The season begins around May 1 and ends mid-July.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HAS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

preschool cartoon kidsIt’s Open House Registration Night February 11th at Olmsted Community Preschool.  The preschool, 7853 Main Street, welcomes families from 6:30-8 p.m. that day.  Classes are offered at the 3s, Pre K and Pre K Extended levels.  For more information, call 440-235-3869 or email ocprschl@aol.com. The school’s website is olmstedcommunitychurch.org.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

ball glove batOnline registration starts February 1st for the summer baseball/softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18. Sign-ups are at olmstedcc.com. You may also print the forms from that website or the Olmsted Community Summer League website, ocslinfo.org and return the form with payment to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.  There is a late fee for those who register after March 31.  Games begin June 1st.

Returning this year is Co-ed Adult League.  Register as a team or individual. Contact Tracey Rinas, 440-591-0865 or OCC, 440-427-1599 for more details.

JOIN THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY’S SEA OF BLUE CAMPAIGN!

image-of-blue-ribbon bluelightbulbTownship resident Karen Corrigan is bringing the Sea of Blue Campaign to the Olmsted community.  All Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township residents are invited to show support for the nations’ police along with our local community’s police officers by displaying a blue ribbon and/or a blue light.  The campaign kicks off February 1st and residents are encouraged to display a blue ribbon and/or a blue light on the exterior of their home, apartment or place of business.

Blue ribbons are available now at the Olmsted Township Town Hall, Olmsted Township Police Department lobby, Olmsted Falls City Hall and at the courtesy counter of Shakers’ IGA – stop in and pick yours up today!  A local community Sea of Blue rally event is also scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at noon!  Stay tuned for additional details.  All residents are encouraged to leave their blue ribbons and blue lights on display until the rally on March 21st! 

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Parent Update – January 22, 2015

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REMINDER: OFHS JR./SR. PARENTS – COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS PRESENTATION & JUNIOR PARENT COLLEGE NIGHT IS TONIGHT, THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND

CC+All OFHS students and their parents are invited to attend College Credit Plus Night (formerly known as Post-Secondary Options) TONIGHT – Thursday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. The State of Ohio has instituted major changes to the program for the 2015-2016 school year.  Initial information on College Credit Plus can be found at:  https://www.ohiohighered.org/college_credit_plus.

Junior Parent College night will immediately follow the College Credit Plus presentation. All parents and guardians of junior students are invited and encouraged to attend. The presentation will focus on the junior and senior timelines, college preparation and college application process.

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium for these important informational sessions.  

Please direct any questions to Mrs. Caldrone, College and Career Counselor, 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2015

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Mr. Jim Weisbarth (right) was sworn in as 2015 Board of Education President by OFCS Treasurer Mark Hullman at Annual Organization Meeting.

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Mr. Greg Surtman (right) was sworn in as 2015 Board of Education Vice President by OFCS Treasurer Mark Hullman at Annual Organization Meeting.

Last Thursday, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its Annual Organizational Meeting at 7 p.m., prior to the start of its regular meeting for the month of January at 7:30 p.m.   At the Organizational Meeting, Mr. James Weisbarth was elected to serve as Board President for calendar year 2015; and Mr. Greg Surtman was elected to serve as Board Vice President.

Both were officially sworn in for their 2015 leadership positions by District Treasurer Mark Hullman.

Additionally, Board of education member Mrs. Linda Parkowski was appointed to serve as the Board’s legislative liaison for 2015.

We extend both congratulations and thanks to these individuals for taking on these additional leadership responsibilities in the coming year.

SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH

January is School Board Recognition Month in Ohio.  Olmsted Falls School District took the opportunity to publicly thank our local Board of Education members during their regular monthly meeting held this past Thursday.  Each Board member received a certificate of recognition from the Ohio School Board Association, presented by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  Please join us in thanking our dedicated Board of Education members for their countless hours of time and dedication to the Olmsted Falls School District community.

2015 Olmsted Falls Board of Education

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Front row:  Board President Mr. Jim Weisbarth (20th year of service) and Board Vice President Mr. Greg Surtman (4th year of service).  Back row:  Board Members Mrs. Holly Neumann (2nd year of service), Mr. Joe Bertrand (11th year of service) and Mrs. Linda Parkowski (2nd year of service).

SNEAK PREVIEW – RIGHT TO READ WEEK

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Olmsted Falls schools are gearing up for Right to Read Week activities in March. Keep watching this blog for opportunities in which to participate at various district schools.

Changing of the guards at ECC:  Shown in this photo are ECC’s new librarian Michelle Romanowski (left) receiving the school’s official Right to Read Week planning folder from library media assistant Lisa Bartsche, who has spearheaded the annual creative celebration of reading in past years.

OFMS WRESTLERS BREAK TOURNAMENT RECORD

OFMS wrestlersThe OFMS grade 7/8 wrestling team pinned a new honor. This past weekend the team took first place in the SWC tournament. Their top honor meant the team won the SWC for the fifth year in a row – setting a new record.

Congratulations to Coach Miller, Coach Kessen, Coach Schmidt and all team members. The following is list of OFMS tournament individual placers: first place: Caiden Fetterman, Connor Atkins, Nick Dailey, Jack Spellacy, Justin Jaeckin; second place: Nate Kanaba, Tom Pettry, Trae Henderson; third place: David McEwen, Nick Kuntz, Tariq Salti, Noah Riddick and Michael Howard.

OFMS STUDENTS COMPETE IN ANNUAL GEOGRAPHY BEE

Geography bee 2Can you name which African country that National Geographic Explorer Shivani Bhalla works with warriors in the local Samburu community to protect lions south of Lake Turkana? That was the final question in the January 20th annual OFMS Geography Bee.

Geography bee 1All students participated in the qualifying round of the National Geographic Bee in November. From that round, 19 final contestants emerged with 14 participating in the final competition, which the social studies department managed.

National Geographic provided questions for the final competition that were given orally to each of the students. The winner of the competition will take a qualifying state exam, which will determine those heading to that competition in April. The state winner gets an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington D.C. to compete at the National level in May.

Taking top honors locally were Jacob Kerkay, 1st place, grade 8; Robbie Waters, 2nd place, grade 7 and Connor White, 3rd place, grade 8.

Participants in grade 8 were Jacob Kerkay, Dylan Reins, Conner White, Dawei Lu, Elyse Walker, Riley Miranda, Ruthie Ortego, Connor Spencer; grade 7, John Gaba, Robbie Watters, Jasper Markarion, Summer Stevens, Max Vanscoy and grade 6, Brian Berg.

Oh, the country is Kenya.  Did you get it right? Congratulations to these fine students.

CLEVELAND STATE INSTANT DECISION DAY – TOMORROW, FRI., JAN. 23RD

Cute young student girl pondering.Cleveland State University will have an Instant Decision Day at OFHS this FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD.  A representative will meet with students during all lunch periods who plan to attend CSU.

Appointments must be made with Mrs. Laut. Students, however, should complete either the CSU online or paper application prior to their appointment and have their transcript and ACT scores available as well. Students who qualify will receive a conditional college admission decision on the spot. CSU will waive the $30 application fee for all students who participate in this event. Direct any questions to Mrs. Caldrone, College and Career Counselor, 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

OFMS PTA SPONSORS FIRST DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT – THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 24TH

DodgeballFamilies are invited to attend the OFMS PTA’s first Dodge Ball Tournament from 1-3 p.m. this SATURDAY, JANUARY 24TH. The double elimination tournament will offer concessions during the play.

Come and cheer your team to victory!

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW – THIS SATURDAY, JAN.24TH

OFHS PTA talent show clip artThe OFHS PTA’s annual talent show is at 7 p.m. this Saturday, January 24th in the school’s auditorium. This scholarship fundraiser features local students in grades K-12 performing a myriad of talents – singing, dancing, gymnastics, playing an instrument and feats of magic.

Enjoy an evening watching and supporting our talented students. Admission is $5 for adults; $3, students and free for those under age 3.  

photoPOST PROM EXTENDS THANKS FOR SUPPORT OF RECENT FUNDRAISER

Olmsted Falls Post Prom was able to raise $938.76 on Monday, January 19th through the Chipotle Fundraiser!

This truly showed BULLDOG spirit and participation.  Pictured at right is Falls-Lenox student Andrew, one of many who enjoyed a delicious Chipotle dinner while supporting OFHS!

Support of this fundraiser helps ensure this year’s post prom event will be successful and enjoyable for all!  Thank you!

OFHS CHEERLEADERS PRESENT MINI CHEER CLINIC & CHEER NIGHT – REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TOMORROW – FRIDAY, JAN. 23RD

217745-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Stick-Cheerleader-Girl-Using-A-MegaphoneOF students in grades 2-5 again are invited to a mini cheer clinic. Those attending the clinic then will cheer during halftime at a Friday night varsity Bulldog basketball game.

The OFHS cheerleaders will conduct the clinic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 5th at the school’s cafeteria and gym. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, free admission to the 7:30 p.m. February 6th varsity game and a snack. The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each addition one in your immediate family.  Registration and fee deadline is at 3 p.m.  January 23rd.

To view a flyer and registration form, click HERE. Questions?  Email OFHScheerleading@gmail.com for more details.

cabaretLIFE IS A CABARET AT OFHS – NEXT WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28TH

OFHS drama and music students will present a Cabaret Night at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28th. The night features students performing various songs and skits. Enjoy desserts, coffee and talented youth performances!

Tickets are $10 and are available through John Mercer, jmercer@ofcs.net or buy them at the door.

OFHS SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

scholarshipsSeveral area businesses and service organizations each year generously award scholarships to deserving seniors based on both financial need and merit. All seniors planning to attend college or technical school are encouraged to apply. Applications are available in the guidance office. The deadline is 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12th. Late applications will not be accepted.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES AND EVENTS

financial aid clilp artIt is financial aid season for those planning to attend college and technical school next year. Here are a number of resources parents/guardians and their students that will help navigate the financial aid process.

College Now of Greater Cleveland: This organization provides resources and access to education funding.  An advisor is available to OF families for individual appointments to complete the FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Call Mrs. Laut in the OFHS guidance office to make an appointment – 440-427-6116. Available times are Saturdays and evenings.

There is a copy of the January 13th financial aid presentation and handouts available for those who missed the event. They are on the counselor’s corner website under “College and Scholarship Information.” Just go to www.tinyurl.com/bulldogcounselors.

College Goal Sunday is a FREE event where families may meet with financial aid professionals and get FAFSA assistance. It is at 2 p.m. February 8th at Cuyahoga Community College – Corporate College West; Cuyahoga Community College –Western Campus and the Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. To register or for more information, click HERE.

CWRU INVITES FAMILIES TO ENGINEERING FUN

CWRU ENGINEERING CARNIVAL FLYER - FREE EVENT - FEB  14 2015Explore the fun of engineering a better world at Case Western Reserve University’s Engineering Challenges Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 14th. The event is free and open to the public, with hands-on activities for Pre-K to grade 8 students and their families.

The event is at Thwing Excellior Ballroom in the Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Avenue. For more details, click HERE.

CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!

C-OH04-14238-15_EARLY-WEB_Page_1Camp Invention is coming to Falls-Lenox Primary School this summer!  This innovative, week-long summer camp provides students in grades 1st to 6th with a hands-on, interactive program inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. daily.  Information is being sent home with students this week!  To view the flyer online, please click HERE.  Registration is online at www.campinvention.org.  Students registering BY MARCH 20TH will receive a $25 discount.

Please contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth (mlagruth@ofcs.net) with any questions.

WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR FEBRUARY WEEKEND

lock-in-300x280The grade 8 WEB leaders and grade 6 students are invited to attend the February 20th-21st WEB Lock In at the OFMS.  Drop off time is 8 p.m. with pick up at 7 a.m. the next day.

Activities planned for the event are basketball, dodgeball, cooking, dancing, nail painting with food and more.

Parents may drop off donations for door prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, from January 20th through February 20th in the Guidance Office.  More details to come!

ENJOY A MARDI GRAS DINNER AT THE  OFHS SWIM/DIVE FUNDRAISER

mardi grasThe OFHS swim and dive team’s annual Dinner and Raffle is February 17th – Fat Tuesday – from 6-9 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Famous Dave’s is catering the event.

The raffle includes more than 50 prizes for children and adults, which local merchants and swim families donated.  Raffles tickets are available at the dinner.

The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.  To obtain a reservation flyer and order details, click HERE. Order and money deadline is February 12th. For more information or to donate a prize, call Tessa, 440-228-8160.

OF ALUMNI WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS @ LAS VEGAS NIGHT

Las Vegas nightPublicity Poster - ALUMNI lAS vEGAS nIGHTWant to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 7th OF Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club. All profits go toward scholarships for the OFHS Class of 2015. The night includes such games as big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em and a 50/50 raffle, side boards and more with a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those 21 and older.

OFMS PTA FROZEN FOOD FUNDRAISER CONTINUES THROUGH 2015

schwans-photoThe OFMS PTA Schwan’s campaign will run the rest of this year. Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. The PTA receives a portion of the proceeds.

For more details and to place orders, click HERE.

SELL/BUY GENTLY-USED KIDS CLOTHES AT BARGAIN BONANZA

bargain bonanza redoneIt’s time to clean your basements, closets and toy rooms to make some extra room and cash at OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza! The sale is Saturday, March 7th, at the OFMS.

Admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Sellers now may register prior to the February 14th deadline. For more details about the sale, click HERE. To download a seller registration form, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

This children’s resale is a tag sale. If you are unfamiliar with this type of event, go to the information sheet or contact Jen Gebbie, sjgebbie@sbcglobal.net.

COMMUNITY

REGISTER FOR YOUTH TRAVEL BASEBALL LEAGUE

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUSign-ups are open for those ages 6-14 to play in the Olmsted Travel Baseball Association’s Lorain County Hot Stove League. The registration deadline is February 7th. The form is available at its website by clicking HERE.

Play is typically a higher degree of talent than players participating in a community recreational league and so is the commitment. A typical season consists of 12-20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. The season begins around May 1 and ends mid-July.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HAS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

preschool cartoon kidsIt’s Open House Registration Night February 11th at Olmsted Community Preschool.  The preschool, 7853 Main Street, welcomes families from 6:30-8 p.m. that day.  Classes are offered at the 3s, Pre K and Pre K Extended levels.  For more information, call 440-235-3869 or email ocprschl@aol.com. The school’s website is olmstedcommunitychurch.org.

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Parent Update – January 14, 2015

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No-School1REMINDER – NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY

Monday, January 19th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There will be no school.  Enjoy the three-day weekend!  See you Tuesday, January 20th.

TUNE INTO FOX 8 TOMORROW MORNING – THURSDAY – FOR OFIS AS THIS WEEK’S “COOL SCHOOL”

cool-schoolsCongratulations to Olmsted Falls Intermediate School voted this week’s TV Fox 8 News’ “Cool School” by the station’s viewers!

station provided Cool School photo

A news crew from Fox 8 visited OFIS on Wednesday and interviewed students to learn what makes their building such a “Cool School!”  Tune in to Fox 8 News Thursday to be the first to see the OFIS “Cool School” segment!

Fox 8 will feature OFIS on its newscasts tomorrow, Thursday, January 15th at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Highlights also will be shown during the noon news on Friday and again over the weekend. The story will also will be posted on its website, fox8.com. TV crews were at the school this week to film the segments.

Two OFIS students will also be on air live during tomorrow morning’s newscast to help anchors Wayne Dawson, Kristi Capel and Scott Sabol with Thursday morning’s Coffee Quiz. Congratulations again to OFIS and all those who voted for the “Cool School.”

BULLDOG WRESTLERS COMPETE OVER WINTER BREAK

Locklear3 placersOFHS wrestler Brice Locklear took first place at the Medina Invitational Wrestling Tournament during winter break.  The MIT is considered one of the toughest tournaments in the state. Brice was the school’s first champ since 2002 when Ryan Smith took home the top honor. Brice also received the award for the most ins in the least amount of time for the entire tournament.

This year 50 teams competed in the tournament. Brice also helped lead the team to an 11th place overall finish.  Noel Caraballo placed third and Tony Caraffi, fourth.

Photos here are Brice on the top of the podium and the other includes Bulldogs, from left, Tony Caraffi, Noel Caraballo and Brice Locklear.  Congratulations!

BULLDOGS TAKE TOP SPOT IN 2015 SWC BOWLING TOURNAMENT

The Olmsted Falls High School Bowling Team emerged from the annual SWC Tournament as champions last weekend!

OFHS Bowling - SWC ChampsChampions – Olmsted Falls-3395
Runners-up – North Olmsted-3167

Other honors include:

1st Team All SWC – Boys
1st – Nathan Paliska-582
3rd – Andrew Oltmanns-524

2nd Team All SWC – Boys
2nd Chris Kuczynski-491

2nd Team All SWC – Girls
2nd Colleen Prokop-428
3rd Erika Ratcliff-416

This is the team’s 3rd tournament win this year to go along with a 2nd and 5th place finishes.  The team is currently leading the scratch and OHSAA divisions in the GCIBL (Greater Cleveland Interscholastic Bowling League) with 4 weeks left to go.  The team has 4 more tournaments on the schedule before making a run at the state championship tournament that starts in mid-February.  Go Bulldogs!

OFHS WRESTLING AND BOWLING TEAMS BOTH UP FOR TEAM OF THE WEEK – VOTE ONLINE NOW!

Huddle wrestling voting pixThe OFHS wrestling team and OFHS boys bowling team are both nominees for the JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School Team of the Week Award for the respective sports.

This weekly award is decided by fan vote.  All Bulldogs are encouraged to vote by noon on January 19th and tell all your friends about it.

You may vote as often as you like through the following links:

Vote for OFHS Boys Bowling Team HERE.

Vote for OFHS Wrestling Team HERE.

Winners will be announced January 19th on the JJHuddle.com website.

PARENT MASQUERS WILL MEET JANUARY 19TH

 Masquers LogoThe Masquers and Forensics parent meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, January 19th although there are no classes that day. The meeting will be in Mr. Mercer’s room – Trailer #3.

F/L STUDENTS, BUS DRIVERS DONATE TO CIA

FL pregiftThe Falls-Lenox teachers in the East Hall Community, together with students and families, saw an overwhelmingly generous gift collection for our local Christians in Action. Students helped collect and organize toys and gifts that went to the more than 100 families in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township. This was a great opportunity for students to reflect on their blessings and understand the importance of helping the less fortunate.

The OFSD Bus Garage staff collectively assembled a large donation of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products last month for those served through the food pantry.

CIA extends many thanks to all who made a donation.

Helping hands international day of acceptanceSUPPORT HELPING HANDS’ JANUARY 20TH DAY OF ACCEPTANCE

The Olmsted school community is asked to support Helping Hands’ International Day of Acceptance on January 20th.   

You can do this by wearing your 3elove, LOVE OFCS Helping Hands clothing to support the movement!

HELPING HANDS MEETS THIS MONTH TO DISCUSS FINANCIAL PLANNING, EVENTS

specialed_helping-hands-1Several topics will be discussed at the January 21st meeting of Helping Hands at OFIS Media Center. The 6:30 p.m. gathering topics includes Dance 4 Charity, PARCC Assessments Q&A, Special Olympics update and Skylight Financial Presentation focusing on Financial Planning for special needs children.

Email Mariel Krakowiak at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net if you would like childcare and include the number and ages of the children. OFHS and OFMS Helping Hands students will provide childcare, which will be in the sensory room near the Media Center.

If you are unable to attend, check the HH blog for updates by clicking HERE.

PSAT RESULT INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR HS STUDENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 21st

PSATTwo information sessions are available for high school students to attend on Wednesday, Jan. 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 at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

ATTN: OFHS PARENTS! COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS & JUNIOR COLLEGE PARENT NIGHT IS NEXT THURSDAY, JANUARY 24TH

CC+All students and their parents are invited to attend College Credit Plus Night (formerly known as Post-Secondary Options) on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. The State of Ohio has instituted major changes to the program for the 2015-2016 school year.  Initial information on College Credit Plus can be found at:  https://www.ohiohighered.org/college_credit_plus.

Junior Parent College night will immediately follow the College Credit Plus presentation. All parents and guardians of junior students are invited to attend. The presentation will focus on the junior and senior timelines, college preparation and college application process.

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium for these important informational sessions.  

Please direct any questions to Mrs. Caldrone, College and Career Counselor, 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.”

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW THIS MONTH

OFHS PTA talent show clip artThe OFHS PTA’s annual talent show is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 24th in the school’s auditorium. This scholarship fundraiser features local students in grades K-12 performing a myriad of talents – singing, dancing, gymnastics, playing an instrument and feats of magic.

Enjoy an evening watching and supporting our talented students. Admission is $5 for adults; $3, students and free for those under age 3. Questions? Contact Sharon Knaggs, msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or 440-463-8106.

OFMS PTA SPONSORS FIRST DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT

DodgeballAll grades are welcome to participate in the school’s first Dodge ball Tournament, which includes boys teams, girls teams or co-ed.  Each team consists of six players. The double elimination tournament is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 24th. The $20 team registration and payment is due January 16th. Registration and team rules are in the school’s main office. Ski club members are eligible even if they arrive late. Parents are welcome to cheer their children – or volunteers to referee a match! Concessions will be open.

To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  To download registration and rules, click HERE.

REGISTER FOR ANNUAL DANCE 4 CHARITY FUNDRAISER BY THIS FRIDAY, JAN. 16! 

Helping Hands dance Back again this year is the popular Dance 4 Charity, which is the annual fundraiser for Helping Hands. It is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 28th in the OFHS main gym. The event includes dancing, concessions, raffles and activities with a live DJ and inspirational speaker Justin Bachman, who is the founder of Honor Good Deeds. The event website is viewable by clicking here.

Everyone is invited to recruit family members and friends to raise money for one of the following charities:  Connecting for Kids; Cure Tay Sachs Foundation – CTSF; Special Olympics or The Upside of Downs. Then attend the event to celebrate your team’s success.  Each of these local groups provide support and services for special needs children and their families. Register your team by Friday, January 16th.  Click here to download the 2015 Dance 4 Charity Registration Packet.  For more details, click here to download the event flyer, OR contact Mariel at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

BE A FLU FIGHTER!

NoFluforYou-2013-Flyer-Student.ashxREMINDER:  Flu season is upon us.  The Ohio Department of Health has put together flu information sheets for both parents and students – including tips on flu prevention.

To view the ODH flu information for parents, please click HERE.

To view the ODH flu information for students, please click HERE.

Thanks for doing your part to stop the spread of flu!

DINE AT CHIPOTLE TO SUPPORT POST PROM – THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 19TH

 chipotle sandwichThe OFHS Post Prom Committee invites all to its January 19th fundraiser at Chipotle in North Olmsted. Bring the fundraiser flyer to the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. that day and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls Post Prom! You also may show the flyer on your smart phone or simply tell the cashier you want to support the O.F. Post Prom fundraiser.

To download the flyer, click HERE.

SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE ORDER DEADLINE IS JANUARY 22ND

OFHS Super Bowl hoagie saleThe Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale is now occurring.  Each student has the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2.50 for each $5 hoagie the individual sells.  The funds go toward that student’s music travel in high school.  Students traveling to Disney this year will receive spending cash per hoagie upon boarding the bus destined to Florida.   Students must see their music teacher for an order envelope.

Orders and monies are due Thursday, January 22nd.  No funds will be distributed to students who have not ordered by January 22nd with the appropriate envelope. To download an order form, click HERE.

Hoagie pickup is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. January 31st at Shaker’s MarketPlace. Extra sandwiches will be available for in-store purchase. The 8-inch hoagie has an Italian sandwich roll, pepperoni, salami, shaved ham and provolone cheese. Lettuce and tomato are wrapped separately to preserve the freshness of the ingredients.    Help our student musicians share their talent and enjoy school travels by purchasing Super Bowl hoagies.

OFHS CHEERLEADERS PRESENT MINI CHEER CLINIC & CHEER NIGHT

217745-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Stick-Cheerleader-Girl-Using-A-MegaphoneOF students in grades 2-5 again are invited to a mini cheer clinic. Those attending the clinic then will cheer during halftime at a Friday night varsity Bulldog basketball game.

The OFHS cheerleaders will conduct the clinic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 5th at the school’s cafeteria and gym. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, free admission to the 7:30 p.m. February 6th varsity game and a snack. The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each addition one in your immediate family.  Registration and fee deadline is at 3 p.m.  January 23rd.

To view a flyer and registration form, click HERE. Questions?  Email OFHScheerleading@gmail.com for more details.

WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR FEBRUARY WEEKEND

lock-in-300x280The grade 8 WEB leaders and grade 6 students are invited to attend the February 20th-21st WEB Lock In at the OFMS.  Drop off time is 8 p.m. with pick up at 7 a.m. the next day.

Activities planned for the event are basketball, dodgeball, cooking, dancing, nail painting with food and more.

Parents may drop off donations for door prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets and games, from January 20th through February 20th in the Guidance Office.  More details to come!

ENJOY A MARDI GRAS DINNER AT THE  OFHS SWIM/DIVE FUNDRAISER

mardi grasThe OFHS swim and dive team’s annual Dinner and Raffle is February 17th – Fat Tuesday – from 6-9 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Famous Dave’s is catering the event.

The raffle includes more than 50 prizes for children and adults, which local merchants and swim families donated.  Raffles tickets are available at the dinner.

The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.  To obtain a reservation flyer and order details, click HERE. Order and money deadline is February 12th. For more information or to donate a prize, call Tessa, 440-228-8160.

OF ALUMNI WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS @ LAS VEGAS NIGHT

Las Vegas nightWant to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 7th OF Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club. All profits go toward scholarships for the OFHS Class of 2015. The night includes such games as big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em and a 50/50 raffle, side boards and more with a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those 21 and older.

OFMS PTA FROZEN FOOD FUNDRAISER CONTINUES THROUGH 2015

schwans-photoThe OFMS PTA Schwan’s campaign will run the rest of this year. Schwan’s markets and distributes more than 350 top quality frozen foods through home delivery and mail order services. The PTA receives a portion of the proceeds.

For more details and to place orders, click HERE.

SELL/BUY GENTLY-USED KIDS CLOTHES AT BARGAIN BONANZA

bargain bonanza redoneIt’s time to clean your basements, closets and toy rooms to make some extra room and cash at OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza! The sale is Saturday, March 7th, at the OFMS.

Admission is $5 for those during the 8-9 a.m. Early Bird hour; $2 from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 per bag from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Sellers now may register prior to the February 14th deadline. For more details about the sale, click HERE. To download a seller registration form, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

This children’s resale is a tag sale. If you are unfamiliar with this type of event, go to the information sheet or contact Jen Gebbie, sjgebbie@sbcglobal.net.

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GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION IS THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 15

12805177-vector-illustration-silhouette-of-a-fastpitch-softball-player-pitchingThe Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association has registration from 6-8 p.m. January 15th at Falls-Lenox. It is open to girls in grades 2-12 living the OFSD. Its mission is to promote, develop and teach fast pitch softball to female athletes in our community.  The teams are part of the Emerald Necklace Fast Pitch Association, which fields teams in divisions ranging from U10 to U18. Games are held in late May through early July.

For more details, go to olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org. To download a registration form, click HERE.

REGISTER FOR YOUTH TRAVEL BASEBALL LEAGUE

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUSign-ups are open for those ages 6-14 to play in the Olmsted Travel Baseball Association’s Lorain County Hot Stove League. The registration deadline is February 7th. The form is available at its website by clicking HERE.

Play is typically a higher degree of talent than players participating in a community recreational league and so is the commitment. A typical season consists of 12-20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. The season begins around May 1 and ends mid-July.

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DISTRICT CLOSURE ALERT FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 9TH

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All Olmsted Falls School District buildings will be CLOSED TODAY, FRIDAY,  JAN. 9TH due to inclement weather. 

Please stay safe and warm!

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Parent Update – January 7, 2015

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Happy New YEar 2015

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!  HAPPY 2015!

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT JOINS 844-SaferOH TIP LINE

speak_up_posters_Page_3Olmsted Falls School District has joined 844-SaferOH – Ohio’s new school safety tip line.  SaferOH provides students, parents, teachers and school administrators a way to anonymously report student safety threats to school officials and law enforcement officers whether they involve a potential incident of mass violence, a suicide threat or the bullying of a single student.

 Trained professionals at Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) unit answer all calls and texts to 844-SaferOH. When action is needed, TAP staff immediately forward information to our school district. Local law enforcement agencies or others may also be notified, if the situation warrants. Tip line staff will follow-up quickly with the affected school and law enforcement agencies to make sure the incident was investigated and the outcome was tracked.

The tip line serves our community 24 hours a day, whenever a student or concerned adult senses a threat to student safety. The call center guarantees the anonymity of the person who calls or texts. Tip line workers may ask for additional information, but the one who calls or texts may remain anonymous or leave contact information for follow-up.

Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew something but didn’t report it for fear of being identified.  Governor John Kasich asked Ohio’s law enforcement and education leaders to establish the confidential SaferOH tip line.  This free service is available to any Ohio public or private school. To read more about SaferOH, please click HERE.

SCHOOL BOARD HONORS OFHS FALL ATHLETES FOR SWC FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE AND SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS

Fall sports honorees

Pictured in the photo with OFHS Principal Holly Schafer and Board President Jim Weisbarth (first row) are honored OFHS athletes Reilly Gomez, Constance Saylor, Ryan Kolonick, Meredith Ashton and Kaitlyn Owens, and (in the back row) Paige Bokman, Allison Baldwin, Ryan Klimchak, Austin Mitchell and Nicholas Storc. Unable to attend due to other athletic events/conflicts that evening were: Brian Candow, Katharine Edgington, Kerri Gasper, Emily Gerycz, Emilio Irizarry, Sarah Makari, Kevin Meehan, Ryan Sosic and Alexander Torres.

Several student athletes attended the December 17th Board of Education meeting to be recognized for their being named either First Team All Conference or Scholar Athletes for the Fall 2014 sports season.  The student athletes received a special certificate of recognition from the Board of Education.

Students honored for SWC First Team All Conference selection include – Girls Cross Country: Sarah Makari, 1st team; Football: Ryan Sosic, 1st team – offensive line; Nicholas Storc, 1st team – defensive end; Kevin Meehan, 1st team – linebacker; Boys Soccer: Ryan Kolonick, Austin Mitchell, 1st team; Girls Soccer: Kaitlyn Owens, 1st team; Volleyball: Katharine Edgington, Kerri Gasper, 1st team.

Students honored for being named Scholar Athletes for maintaining at least a 3.0 are Emilio Irizarry, Boys Cross Country; Reilly Gomez, Girls Cross Country; Brian Candow, Football; Alexander Torres, Boys Golf; Emily Gerycz, Girls Golf; Ryan Klimchak, Boys Soccer; Meredith Ashton, Girls Soccer; Paige Bokman, Girls Tennis; Allison Baldwin, Volleyball; and Constance Saylor, Cheerleading.

Congratulations also to these OFHS athletes who also received SWC All Conference recognitions – Boys Cross Country: Emilio Irizarry, Caleb Prante, honorable mention; Girls Cross Country: Elizabeth Neudeck, 2nd team; Kellie Garrity, Stormie Kadar, honorable mention; Football: Noel Caraballo and Timothy May, 2nd team – linebacker; Matthew Garrett, 2nd team – running back; Patrick Simon, honorable mention – offensive line; Brian Candow, honorable mention – defensive back; Boys Soccer:  Kevin Lemin, Austin Lockhart, 2nd team; Joseph Bement, Christian Klein, honorable mention; Girls Soccer: Skyelar Altstadt, 2nd team; Taylor Hurt, Mary Piper, honorable mention; Boys Golf: Alexander Torres, 2nd team; William Eyssen, Adam Skutt, honorable mention; Girls Golf: Emily Gerycz, Gabrielle Zemaitis, honorable mention; Girls Tennis: Jennifer Bertrand, Paige Bokman, honorable mention; Volleyball: Kacie Burton, Jordan Jaeckin, 2nd team; Alisha Good, Alexa Lombardo, honorable mention.

Congratulations to all of these fine student athletes! 

OFMS PE TEACHERS HONORED WITH STATE AWARD

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Pictured from left are Jim Weisbarth, board president; OFMS physical education teachers Steve Hunter, Brigid Radigan, and Laura Sheldon, and OFMS assistant principal Krista Kotecki.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education at its December meeting recognized three physical education teachers from Olmsted Falls Middle School who received the Ohio Gold Award at the Bronze Level. It is one of only seven such awards granted across the state, which the Ohio Association of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teachers bestows.

Congratulations to teachers Steve Hunter, Brigid Radigan and Laura Sheldon on this prestigious award!

MSPE presentationThese innovative teachers received the honor during the association’s conference held December 4th at Kalahari, where they also made a presentation of their best practices. Their topic was “A Winter Olympic Unit in Physical Education Class: Assessing the Standards & Cross Curricular integration.  Congratulations again to these outstanding Bulldog teachers.

VOTE TODAY FOR OFIS AS FOX 8 NEWS “COOL SCHOOL OF THE WEEK”

cool-schoolsOlmsted Falls Intermediate School is up for the Fox 8 News “Cool School of the Week!” Parents, students, staff and the community are encouraged to help make our Intermediate School the next “Cool School of the Week” by voting today. Voting ends at 5:59 a.m. this Thursday – that’s tomorrow!  It is a very close race for the top spot, so CAST YOUR VOTE TODAY!

Voting is taking place online at http://fox8.com/2015/01/05/vote-for-the-fox-8-cool-school-of-the-week/

OFHS HOCKEY PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE MEDIA

hockey logoCongratulations to sophomores Will Moyse and Cam Wilson who were featured in a recent The Morning Journal story about the OFHS hockey team.

The two played last year with the Tier 2 Cleveland Barons, an amateur hockey team, but decided to switch to being teammates with the Bulldogs.  They are leading the team in points. To view the story, click HERE.

THE FLU CONTINUES – 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. 

SOS – SIGNS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM BEGINS AT OFMS

SOS Parent Newsletter 12 13_Page_1As a proactive way to address the important topic of teen depression and related issues, OFMS annually offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training through the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Middle School Program. The SOS Program at OFMS will include a classroom presentation that will be conducted by our own school counselors and school psychologists. The classroom presentation includes a video that is followed by a class discussion. All seventh graders will participate in this program on the following days: Phoenix Team on Monday, January 12th and the Griffin Team on Tuesday, January 27th.

Detailed information on the scheduled SOS Program is being provided to parents this week. To read the letter sent to Middle School parents, please click HERE.  To download the SOS: Signs of Suicide Parent Newsletter, please click HERE.  Please contact Middle School Principal Mark Kurz with any questions at 427-6200. 

PSATPSAT RESULT INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR HS STUDENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY

Two information sessions are available for high school students to attend on Wednesday, Jan. 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 at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.

OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW THIS MONTH

OFHS PTA talent show clip artThe OFHS PTA’s annual talent show is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 24th in the school’s auditorium. This scholarship fundraiser features local students in grades K-12 performing a myriad of talents – singing, dancing, gymnastics, playing an instrument and feats of magic.

Enjoy an evening watching and supporting our talented students. Admission is $5 for adults; $3, students and free for those under age 3. Questions? Contact Sharon Knaggs, msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or 440-463-8106.

REGISTER FOR ANNUAL DANCE 4 CHARITY FUNDRAISER TODAY

Helping Hands dance Back again this year is the popular Dance 4 Charity, which is the annual fundraiser for Helping Hands. It is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 28th in the OFHS main gym. The event includes dancing, concessions, raffles and activities with a live DJ and inspirational speaker Justin Bachman, who is the founder of Honor Good Deeds. The event website is viewable by clicking here.

Everyone is invited to recruit family members and friends to raise money for one of the following charities:  Connecting for Kids; Cure Tay Sachs Foundation – CTSF; Special Olympics or The Upside of Downs. Then attend the event to celebrate your team’s success.  Each of these local groups provide support and services for special needs children and their families. Register your team by Friday, January 16th.  Click here to download the 2015 Dance 4 Charity Registration Packet.  For more details, click here to download the event flyer, OR contact Mariel at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE ORDER DEADLINE IS JANUARY 22ND

OFHS Super Bowl hoagie saleThe Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale is now occurring.  Each student has the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2.50 for each $5 hoagie the individual sells.  The funds go toward that student’s music travel in high school.  Students traveling to Disney this year will receive spending cash per hoagie upon boarding the bus destined to Florida.   Students must see their music teacher for an order envelope.

Orders and monies are due Thursday, January 22nd.  No funds will be distributed to students who have not ordered by January 22nd with the appropriate envelope. To download an order form, click HERE.

Hoagie pickup is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. January 31st at Shaker’s MarketPlace. Extra sandwiches will be available for in-store purchase. The 8-inch hoagie has an Italian sandwich roll, pepperoni, salami, shaved ham and provolone cheese. Lettuce and tomato are wrapped separately to preserve the freshness of the ingredients.    Help our student musicians share their talent and enjoy school travels by purchasing Super Bowl hoagies.

OFMS PTA SPONSORS FIRST DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT

DodgeballAll grades are welcome to participate in the school’s first Dodge ball Tournament, which includes boys teams, girls teams or co-ed.  Each team consists of six players. The double elimination tournament is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 24th. The $20 team registration and payment is due January 16th. Registration and team rules are in the school’s main office. Ski club members are eligible even if they arrive late. Parents are welcome to cheer their children – or volunteers to referee a match! Concessions will be open.

To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  To download registration and rules, click HERE.

READ THE LATEST OFMA NEWSLETTER

musicThe Olmsted Falls Music Association’s January newsletter is now available.

To view the Music Notes publication, click HERE.

 

DINE AT CHIPOTLE TO SUPPORT POST PROM ON MONDAY, JANUARY 19TH

 chipotle sandwichThe OFHS Post Prom Committee invites all to its January 19th fundraiser at Chipotle in North Olmsted. Bring the fundraiser flyer to the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. that day and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls Post Prom! You also may show the flyer on your smart phone or simply tell the cashier you want to support the O.F. Post Prom fundraiser.

To download the flyer, click HERE.

COMMUNITY

OF LACROSSE INFO NIGHT IS THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 8TH

lacrosse groupThe Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association will have its Information and Registration Night at the OFMS Cafetorium from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, January 8th to kick off its sixth season.  The program now is more than 200 strong and developing some of the best players in Northeast Ohio.  The lacrosse programs are for boys and girls in grades K-12.  The meeting will last one hour where you can learn about the “fastest game on two feet.” For more details, go to olmstedfallslax.com.  To view a flyer, click HERE.

GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

12805177-vector-illustration-silhouette-of-a-fastpitch-softball-player-pitchingThe Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association has registration from 6-8 p.m. January 15th at Falls-Lenox. It is open to girls in grades 2-12 living the OFSD. Its mission is to promote, develop and teach fast pitch softball to female athletes in our community.  The teams are part of the Emerald Necklace Fast Pitch Association, which fields teams in divisions ranging from U10 to U18. Games are held in late May through early July.

For more details, go to olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org. To download a registration form, click HERE.

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