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Parent Update – February 20, 2015

February 19, 2015

ALL FALLS-LENOX TEACHERS ARE WINNERS @ ETECH

FL teachers award BrainPOPCongratulations to teachers who attended the recent Ohio Educational Technology (ETech) Conference in Columbus.  They won a 1-year BrainPOP subscription for their entire building.

BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators and bolsters achievement.  It also supports individual, team and whole-class learning.  Its characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts.

VOTE FOR THIS OFMS STUDENT AS ARTIST OF THE WEEK

artsonia%20logoOFMS student James Dulay was selected as a finalist for this week’s “Artist of the Week” award for the grade 7-9 age group on Artsonia.

He will win a $50 gift certificate to Blick Arts if he receives the most votes in his age group.  Art teacher Mrs. Magnone will earn a $100 gift certificate for art supplies for the art department if he comes out on top.

We need your votes daily for James to win!  Please click HERE to vote and bring OFMS a winner! Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group.

OFHS TAKES BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT

dodgeball winnersAt the end of an exciting competition, OFHS was crowned the winner of this year’s Battle of the Schools Dodgeball tournament. Proceeds benefited the OF PTA scholarship fund.

A big thank you to all who participated in various ways. The event raised $2,148 – funds that will help graduating seniors.

9TH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING CANCELLED – IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS

A NOTE FROM OFHS Principal Mrs. Schafer

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Since the District is closed due to inclement weather, the 9th grade Orientation presentation scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19th had to be cancelled.

Since scheduling our 8th graders begins Monday, March 2nd, and it is not possible to reschedule such a large event due to the logistics and scheduling timeline, we’ve worked to create an alternate plan.

Please be assured that our first goal is to provide you with resources and support to assist our students during this important phase and ensure a smooth and positive transition to high school.

We will place the Orientation presentation on the Counselors’ Corner website along with all of the handouts, including our Program of Studies, PE waiver forms, summer school registration and Athletics/Activities lists.

I will also provide late afternoon and evening hours next week so that those of you who have specific questions about your student can have those answered in person.

Upcoming scheduling timeline:

Monday 2/23: Orientation video on the Counselors’ Corner Website providing an overview of scheduling, grad requirements, HS programming, Career Pathways and contact info.

Tuesday 2/24- open/walk-in discussions in the HS media center. 4-7pm
Wednesday 2/25- open/walk-in discussions in the HS media center. 4-7pm
Thursday 2/26- open/walk-in discussions in the HS media center. 3:30-5pm

Week of March 2nd- scheduling at the middle school. High School Counselors will schedule with the 8th graders to help them select their high school choices. Please write any notes/questions for the counselors on the student scheduling sheets sent home and we will check them while we help your students schedule.

August 14th- 9-11am: Open House/Orientation for all incoming Freshmen! 9th graders can pick-up schedules, tour building, set-up lockers. FRESHMEN ONLY! Building is open for incoming 9th graders to have the high school all to themselves. Counselors will be available.

I sincerely thank you for your flexibility and I look forward to working with all of you to support our students during this important time in their lives.

Please forward any concerns/comments to the High School.
Thanks,

Holly J. Schafer
Olmsted Falls High School, Principal

NO CLOWNING AROUND – “CIRCUS, CIRCUS” CONCERTS AWESOME

Circus Circus falls lenox The Falls-Lenox third grade “Circus, Circus” concerts saw more than 100 individual singing, speaking and acting parts!  Kudos to music teachers, Eileen Wallace and Heidi Keppen, who did a great job in organizing and preparing students for a terrific show. 

The staff, students and their families were impressed by the level of participation. Congratulations and great job!

To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

PRESEASON PARENT MEETING RESCHEDULED FOR OFHS TRACK AND FIELD

TrackThe OFHS track and field parent meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10th in the high school media center.  Parents of athletes who plan to participate in the high school sports should attend.

Contact Coach Novotny at jnovotny@ofcs.net for more details.

GRADE 3 GIRLS INVITED TO JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN FUN PROGRAM

gorls on run logoFalls-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!

kinderThe 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 mbrunner@ofcs.net.

WEB LOCK-IN SET FOR THIS WEEKEND – FEBRUARY 20TH-21ST

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, through February 20th in the Guidance Office.

girl with pompomsGOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAY

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.

FLECC PTA MEETING IS THIS TUESDAY, FEB. 24TH

The Falls-Lenox Early Childhood Center’s PTA meeting is at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, February 24th in the F-L cafeteria.  Kelli Cogan and Dawn Carlin will discuss the PARCC assessment and tech skills that students need to take the assessment. You do NOT need to be a PTA member to attend this meeting.

Look for flyers in your children’s book bags Monday announcing the meeting.

DEADLINE TO ORDER OF PTA PASTRY IS FEBRUARY 25!

butter-braidsThe last day to order from the Olmsted Falls PTA’s Butter Braid Pastries fundraiser is Wednesday, February 25th.  Proceeds from this sale go toward OFHS senior scholarships and PTA Council activities. The group earns 40% profit on each item sold.

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 triciao70@hotmail.com with questions.

Pick-up date is from 4-7 p.m., March 18th at the high school.

BRING YOURSELF AND YOUR SOMBRERO TO POST PROM TACO NIGHT

taco1A Mexican feast awaits the community at the March 7th Taco Night at Tony K’s Bar & Grille in Berea. This fundraiser benefits the Class of 2015 Post Prom event.

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.

ADD BARGAIN BONANZA TO YOUR CALENDAR  

bargain bonanza redoneThe popular OECPTA’s Bargain Bonanza is March 7th at OFMS. This children’s resale is a tag sale. This consignment-style resale offers great deals on children’s clothes, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and so much more!

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.

For more details about the sale, click HERE. The PTA’s website is oecpta.org.

 ENJOY HORSING AROUND AT THIS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS EVENT

NightAtTheRacesNavyOlmsted 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.atkins@saint-gobain.com to buy a horse. For tickets, contact Dave Kurz, 440-263-0051 or dktribe@cox.net. For more details about the event, click HERE.  To download a horse form, click HERE.

COMMUNITY

Robotix Blox: HobBOT Day Challenge at Olmsted Falls Library – This Saturday, February 21st

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Date: 02/21/2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM

Description:  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.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=52852

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 bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION

summer baseball imageOnline 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!

image-of-blue-ribbon bluelightbulbTownship 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.

String Camp, June 13-18; Piano Camp,  June 13-18; Band Camp, June 20-25; Music Theatre Camp, June 20-25.

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.

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