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Parent Update – January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015

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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