Parent Update – January 7, 2015
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! HAPPY 2015!
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT JOINS 844-SaferOH TIP LINE
Olmsted 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
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
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!
These 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”
Olmsted 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
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!
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
As 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.
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 email@example.com.
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW THIS MONTH
The 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-463-8106.
REGISTER FOR ANNUAL DANCE 4 CHARITY FUNDRAISER TODAY
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 email@example.com.
SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE ORDER DEADLINE IS JANUARY 22ND
The 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
All 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.
READ THE LATEST OFMA NEWSLETTER
To view the Music Notes publication, click HERE.
DINE AT CHIPOTLE TO SUPPORT POST PROM ON MONDAY, JANUARY 19TH
The 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.
OF LACROSSE INFO NIGHT IS THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 8TH
The 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
The 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.