Parent Update – February 7, 2015
Please be sure to note on your calendar that there will be NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH due to a District Staff In-Service Day. The District will also be CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH in honor of President’s Day. All school buildings will be back in session on Tuesday, February 17th.
(*Transfer Bus information for OFHS Polaris and Ombudsman students for Feb. 13th can be found below in this week’s blog post, and was also sent home by Transportation Department.)
POWER OF THE PEN PLACE 1ST AND 2ND IN COMPETITION
Seventh- and eighth-grade Power of the Pen teams recently traveled to Cuyahoga Heights Middle School for the first creative writing tournament of the season. The results were great! The seventh-grade team took first place and the eighth-grade team, second! Congratulations to the following writers for their successes:
Grade 7 team included Emily Kasl, who came in first; Kayla Kippes; Nicole Latona; Rhiannon Lloyd; Kristen Miller, who came in eighth; Ashley Rice; Neil Spooner and Summer Stevens, who came in 10th place.
Those on grade 8 team were Emma Andrus, who took second place; Jamie Bridle, who came in 15th place; Lauren Gumeny; Morgan Luke; Cameron Nelson; Ally Rice, who came in 11th place; Jillian Scott and Victoria Steiert.
Pictured above are: (Back row) Miss Scalley, Lauren Gumeny, Ally Rice, Cameron Nelson, Jillian Scott, Jamie Bridle, Victoria Steiert, Morgan Luke, Emma Andrus and Mrs. Hicks; (Front row) Ashley Rice, Nicole Latona, Summer Stevens, Kayla Kippes, Emily Kasl, Kristen Miller and Rhiannon Lloyd. Not pictured is Neil Spooner.
OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM TAKES CREATIVE AWARD
Four OFHS teams participated at the Cleveland State Regional VEX Robotics Competition. The event included 40 teams from across Northeast Ohio. Two Bulldog teams battled to the semi-final round before being defeated.
The highlight of the event was the team consisting of Molly McCafferty, Joselyn Rabbitt and Stephanie Schroth, who won the Creative Award. The honor is earned by a team whose robotic design incorporates a creative engineering solution to the design challenges of this year’s game.
Judges looked for teams that demonstrated a highly creative engineering process that incorporates solid mechanical ability, unique design solutions and innovative approaches to the game play.
Congratulations to this team and all Bulldogs in the competition!
DISTRICT SEEKS PARENT INPUT ON MATH PILOT PROGRAMS THROUGH ONLINE SURVEY
ATTN: ECC/F-L/OFIS PARENTS – Olmsted Falls School District is 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. Survey links were sent out by teachers to parents of students in the current pilot classrooms this past 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.
OFHS KERRI GASPER HITS THE 1,000 POINT MARK
Congratulations to senior varsity basketball player Kerri Gasper who recently scored her 1,000th point.
She achieved this landmark level January 28th on the home court against Westlake High School.
To view a photo gallery click HERE.
FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOCKEY GAME – TOMORROW, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
The Bulldogs’ final regular hockey game is at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, February 8th at Brooklyn Recreation Center vs. North Olmsted. It also is Senior Night. If you are unable to attend, you may view the replayed game at 8 p.m. February 8th on Time Warner SportsChannel 1311 HD & 311. Go Bulldogs!
GRADE 3 DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK POSTER WINNERS
Last week’s blog did not include the third-grade winners in the poster contest for Falls-Lenox’s Accepting Differences/Disability Awareness Week. The two third grade winners were Natalie Delgado and Meah Peltz. Congratulations to them both, and congratulations to all the poster contest winners!
To view the complete photo gallery from Accepting Differences/Disability Awareness Week events, click HERE.
ATTENTION: PARENTS OF INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS – ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS THIS MONDAY!
The online registration portal for new kindergarten students will open at NOON this 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 email@example.com.
The OFHS wrestling team is a nominee for the JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School Wrestling Team of the Week. Fan votes decide the winner. Voting is live and will end at noon on Monday, February 9th. You can vote as many times as you like.
Help make the Bulldogs surpass all the teams this week by voting now – and often. Click HERE to vote.
PTA BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS MOVES TO TUESDAY NIGHT – THIS TUESDAY, FEB. 10th – THIS YEAR!
Come out and support your school at the annual PTA Battle of the Schools Dodgeball Tournament – scheduled for this TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10th. 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!
INTERESTED IN PLAYING OFHS SOCCER? ATTEND TEAM/PARENT MEETING – THIS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11TH
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.
IMPORTANT: COMPASS TESTING REQUIRED FOR ENROLLMENT IN COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS CLASSES AT OFHS NEXT YEAR SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 13TH & 18TH – REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
For any student interested in registering for College Credit Plus classes next year, OFHS is offering the COMPASS test on February 13, 2015 and February 18, 2015. We have 150 spaces available for students to test in the areas of Language Arts and Math. Students cannot register for College Credit Plus classes without passing the COMPASS test. College Credit Plus (formerly known as Post-Secondary Options) provides students the opportunity to earn transferable college credit while still in high school. The following courses will be offered at Olmsted Falls High School next school year (2015-2016):
Drawing I (Art)
*College Composition I & II (Language Arts)
*United States History I & II (Social Studies)
Fundamentals of Sports Management (Health & Physical Education)
*College Algebra/Trigonometry (Math)
*Indicates a weighted grade will be issued.
For complete registration information, including the one-page application, visit the OFHS webpage and click on the “Counselor’s Corner.” Please feel free to contact your student’s counselor with questions or for additional information.
MUSIC EVENTS LISTED IN THIS MONTH’S MUSICAL NOTES
Do you plan to attend the OFHS wind ensemble performance at Baldwin Wallace University February 28th? Read about this event and other music news in the February Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes newsletter.
It is available by clicking HERE.
ATTN: OFHS TRANSFER BUS INFORMATION FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH
Olmsted Falls City Schools will not be in session on Friday, February 13, 2015. Please be advised that TRANSFER BUSES ONLY will be operating to and from the Olmsted Falls High School to/from Polaris and Ombudsman in the morning, mid-day, and afternoon. Please have students at the high school 5 minutes prior to the designated departure time. Students should plan accordingly for transportation to and from the high school.
A.M. TRANSFER FROM O.F.H.S. TO POLARIS & OMBUDSMAN
(Departs at 7:05 a.m.)
MID-DAY TRANSFERS (POLARIS)
(Departs Polaris at 10:55 a.m.)
(Arrives OFHS at 11:10 a.m.)
(Departs OFHS at 10:45 a.m.)
MID-DAY TRANSFERS (OMBUDSMAN)
(11:15-Depart OFHS with PM Ombudsman)
(11:25-Drop PM Ombudsman/Pick up AM Ombudsman)
(11:40-Arrive OFHS with AM Ombudsman)
P.M. TRANSFER FROM POLARIS & OMBUDSMAN TO O.F.H.S.
(Departs Polaris at 2:25 p.m.)
(Arrives OFHS at 2:43 p.m.)
(Arrive Ombudsman at 3:25 p.m.)
(Arrive OFHS at 3:35 p.m.)
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Bus Garage at 440-427-6350.
OFHS SENIORS: LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE THIS THURSDAY, FEB. 12TH
Several 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 – THURSDAY, FEB. 12TH
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.
ATTN: PARENTS OF INCOMING FRESHMAN – ORIENTATION SET FOR FEBRUARY 19TH
Welcome, Bulldog Class of 2019 to OFHS! An orientation for parents of freshman entering the high school next year is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, February 19th in the OFHS auditorium. All parents of current 8th grade students should plan to attend to discuss scheduling, assessments, and to meet our some of our faculty members. Guidance Counselors will be on hand to answer questions as well. We look forward to seeing you there!
WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR FEBRUARY 20TH-21ST WEEKEND
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, through February 20th in the Guidance Office. More details to come!
CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!
Camp 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
OF ALUMNI WAGES ALL ARE WINNERS @ LAS VEGAS NIGHT – TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 7TH
Want 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.
OFHS CLASS OFFICERS FUNDRAISER @ CHIPOLTE – THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH
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, please click HERE.
DINE AT CHIPOTLE NEXT MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH TO SUPPORT ANNUAL OAPSE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The 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. To download the flyer, please click HERE.
ENJOY A MARDI GRAS DINNER AT THE OFHS SWIM/DIVE FUNDRAISER – FEB. 17TH
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.
SELL/BUY GENTLY-USED KIDS CLOTHES AT BARGAIN BONANZA
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.
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, email@example.com.
ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT
Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is one of its biggest fundraisers of the year. All proceeds support the district’s athletic teams. It is March 21st at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a buffet dinner and refreshments.
The community can help in raising funds for the March 15th event by purchasing a ticket to attend or buying one or more horses. Everyone, whether an individual, civic groups, clubs or businesses, may participate. There are 90 horses available to buy. If your group wishes to buy all nine horses in a given race, contact us ASAP. We will make that happen.
Contact Terry Atkins, Terence.firstname.lastname@example.org to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or email@example.com. For more details about the event, click HERE. To download a horse form, click HERE.
HURRY! REGISTER FOR YOUTH TRAVEL BASEBALL LEAGUE BY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH
Sign-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
It’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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The school’s website is olmstedcommunitychurch.org.
JOIN THE OLMSTED COMMUNITY’S SEA OF BLUE CAMPAIGN!
Township resident Karen Corrigan has brought 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. 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!