Parent Update – February 12, 2015
Please be sure to note there will be NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, 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.)
DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN SHOWCASED IN GCSSA NEWSLETTER
Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was recently invited to share news regarding Olmsted Falls School District’s strategic planning process and implementation with education leaders throughout the region in an article published in the January newsletter of the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents Association (GCSSA). The Olmsted Falls School District’s strategic planning process got underway last spring and has already had a measurable impact as a valuable tool to help guide District decision-making.
To read Dr. Lloyd’s article published in the January GCSSA newsletter, please click HERE.
To review the District’s complete Strategic Plan, please click HERE.
Parents, students, staff or residents with questions about the District’s Strategic Plan are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 427-6000.
GETTING TO KNOW ECC STUDENTS
Mr. Dame visited ECC preschool and kindergarten classes to better understand the way the staff incorporates gross motor activity into their classrooms and gave him an opportunity to get to know his students in settings other than the gym. To view photos of his exercising with preschoolers in Alison Doick’s classroom, click HERE.
The children in the photos are kindergarten-bound, which helps Mr. Dame to begin to know them and their strengths and needs. He, in turn, offered them a preview of what PE class will be like in kindergarten.
This activity is the beginning of a building-wide effort to get teachers into one another’s classrooms so they can learn from one another, increase consistency between classrooms, ease the transition from preschool to kindergarten and strengthen the program.
OFHS 9TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION IS FEBRUARY 19TH
To help ease eighth graders into planning their high school program and maximize their educational experiences, all parents and students are invited and encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation at 7 p.m. February 19th in the high school auditorium. The session will include such topics as guidance services, high school courses and curriculum, graduation requirements and scheduling.
Students will complete their freshman schedule with a high school counselor at the middle school shortly after this meeting. Please discuss course selection with your students prior to their scheduling date. Students should bring home a copy of scheduled courses at that time.
If you have questions or concerns after receiving your student’s schedule, an individual conference may be scheduled with a high school counselor by calling the high school guidance office, 440-427-6116. Please ensure all schedule change requests are completed prior to June 12th.
These efforts should answer any questions regarding high school scheduling process and ensure a smooth transition into ninth grade.
WINTER PEP RALLY AND GUEST SPEAKER AT OFHS
School spirit was out in force at OFHS last Friday as the student body and some special guests participated in a winter pep rally. Mini-color wars were in effect with freshman in gold, sophomores in blue, juniors in white and seniors in black.
Guest speaker Justin Bachman, founder of Honor Good Deeds, spoke to the packed gymnasium and helped kick-off the rally. Justin’s story and message empowers people to “embrace differences and live loud!” Many thanks to Justin for his inspiring words.
Also on hand for the rally were the moms of the OFHS Varsity Basketball players – whose participation came as a complete surprise to their bulldog boys!
DEADLINE IS TODAY – FEB. 12TH – FOR LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
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. TODAY, February 12th. Late applications will not be accepted.
This month’s Masquers/Forensics Parent meeting is at 7 p.m. this Monday, February 16th. The meeting will be in Mr. Mercer’s room, trailer 3. Hope to see all there.
TWO STUDENTS ARE DISTRICT’S LATEST HEALTHY HEROES
Samantha Huelsman, a student at ECC and Emily Krofta at Falls-Lenox, are January’s Healthy Heroes.
Both schools support the program, which teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power
washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. They earn a prize for doing healthy tasks at home. Every month one from each school is selected from a drawing and receives a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card. Congratulations, Amy and Samantha.
Remember, the flu season is still with us. This is a good time for all to be Healthy Heroes by performing healthy tasks. Hand washing with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent any communicable disease.
FALLS-LENOX GRADE 1 LITERACY NIGHT IS FEBRUARY 19TH
Please see the invitation by clicking HERE for more details and return the RSVP at the bottom of the handout to the Falls-Lenox office.
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 recently. 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.
GRADE 3 GIRLS INVITED TO JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN FUN PROGRAM
Falls-Lenox is starting a Girls on the Run program for girls in grade 3. It’s a program of learning to play games, make new friends, learn about yourself, become healthier and run a 5K. It is not about running fast.
Girls may begin registering for the program at 9:30 a.m. February 19th through noon February 26th. Signups are online at gotrgreatersummit.org. Students recently brought flyers home about the program. The season begins the week of March 9th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-4:10 p.m.
PARENTS: ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!
The online registration portal for new kindergarten students is now OPEN. All families registering kindergarten students for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year should plan to visit or call the Early Childhood Center Office now 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 is available at the ECC.)
*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 on that site.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
TRI-C TRANSFER INFO NIGHT AT BEREA-MIDPARK HIGH – TONIGHT, 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. TONIGHT, 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: OFHS TRANSFER BUS INFORMATION FOR THIS 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.
WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR NEXT WEEKEND FEBRUARY 20TH-21ST
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.
Do you have great school spirit? Why not attend the Golden Bullettes Drill Team clinics and tryouts during the week of May 4-8. The sessions will be in the high school’s main gym. Mark your calendar for this upcoming event.
TAKE A BITE OUT OF PTA COUNCIL’S PASTRY FUNDRAISER
Olmsted Falls PTA is now taking orders for its Butter Braid Pastries fundraiser, with proceeds going toward OFHS senior scholarships and PTA Council activities. The group earns 40% profit on each item sold.
The last day to order is February 25, with a March 18th pick-up date from 4-7 p.m. at the high school. Checks should be made to Olmsted Falls PTA Council. Click HERE to view a flyer and order form.
Contact Tricia Vidovich, 440-785-9965 or email@example.com with questions.
DINE AT CHIPOTLE THIS MONDAY, FEB. 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
MARDI GRAS DINNER ORDER FORMS DUE TODAY, FEB. 12TH
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/money deadline is today, February 12th. For more information or to donate a prize, call Tessa, 440-228-8160.
BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT
Tickets are $20 for the event that runs from 8-11 p.m. The night includes raffles, baskets of items to raffle, auction gifts and 50/50 sideboards – to name a few.
Enjoy a fun night out and help support the Class of 2015. For tickets or questions, contact Heather Fritz, 216-513-7372.
THIS SATURDAY IS DEADLINE TO REGISTER AS SELLER AT BARGAIN BONANZA
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For attendees, 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.
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.email@example.com to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details about the event, click HERE. To download a horse form, click HERE.
Robotix Blox: HobBOT Day Challenge at Olmsted Falls Library
Build and program a robot to free the dwarves from trolls, escape the goblins, defeat Smaug and complete Bilbo’s quest in Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit. Space is limited. Registration required.
Grades 5 and up.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS FITNESS CLASSES
Get moving with group activities that the Olmsted Rec and West Shore Family YMCA now offer. Kickboxing is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays; boot camp, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and pilates, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at Olmsted Community Center. For more details, see a flyer by clicking HERE.
Yoga classes begin March 2nd from 4:450-5:45 p.m. Mondays during that month in City Hall Council Chambers. The yoga class cost is $10 per session.
For more details on any of these activities, contact Olmsted recreation Director Danny Colonna at 440-427-9952 or email@example.com.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION
Online registration is now available for the summer baseball/softball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-18. Sign-ups are at olmstedcc.com and a form is available by clicking HERE. 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!
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!
BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY ACCEPTING MUSIC SUMMER CAMP SIGN UPS
Applications are being accepted for Baldwin Wallace University’s Summer Music Programs. Four camps are for grades 4-9, with applications due May 1. Click on the camp below for more details.
Three camps are for high school students, with application and audition deadline April 1: International Guitar Festival, May 16-17; CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive, July 12-25; Music Theatre Overtures, July 19-24
For more details and applications, click HERE.