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Parent Update – March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015

FALLS-LENOX IS “WILD ABOUT READING!”

Wild about reading 1Falls-Lenox kicked off this year’s Right-To-Read Week with an entertaining storytelling assembly that Michelle Todd, children’s librarian from the CCPL’s Olmsted Falls branch, presented. An interactive “Virtual Visit” with author/illustrator Steve Harpster was broadcast onto classroom Smart Boards in real-time, allowing students and teachers to actively participate in his educational and entertaining presentation based on his series of drawing books.

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Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was one of many special guest readers visiting classrooms throughout the week.

Students enjoyed special guest readers, ‘wild hair day’ and dressing up in their jungle print clothes. Because they reached their goal of reading an extra 75,000 minutes last week, kids were treated to Miss “Tiger” Longville and Mrs. “Gorilla” Barrett visiting each classroom wearing their ‘Jungle Best.’

The ECC/Falls-Lenox PTA made this year’s RTR Week possible by its generosity and donated time. A special thanks to Jen Vinci, Jennifer Tedeschi, Patty Voisnet and many volunteers including Glen Gardinsky and Anissa Pletcher for a wild and wonderful week.  

To view the Falls-Lenox RTRW photo gallery, please click HERE.

 OFHS IS FIRST BAND TO PLAY WITH BW CONSERVATORY BAND
OFHS band BW conservatory
 The Bulldog band hit another first this year.
This past Saturday, it was the first high school band to be invited to share the stage with the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory Band. 
Under the direction of Mrs. Julie Budd, the band was invited to attend a master class with BW’s Dr. Brendan Caldwell, its Conservatory’s director of bands, and then joined the Conservatory Symphonic Band in the evening.
Dr. Caldwell was quoted in his description of the Wind Ensemble:  They were “receptive” to his points, “played terrific to challenging pieces” and they are a “powder keg. . . ready to be ignited.” He said the vision of BW Wind Band family is to do concerts with “particular, distinguished high schools from North America.” Olmsted Falls is the first high school in this endeavor. The second high school will be Markam High School from Ontario, Canada. The evening was a very special opportunity for the students and they were very excited to perform on the Conservatory stage.

We wish them luck as they head to Large Group Adjudicated Contest on March 14th at Elyria Senior High.

The band was featured recently in the Olmsted Dates and Data column in the Sun Post-Herald. To read the column, click HERE.

OFHS ATHLETES EXERCISE WITH ECC KIDS

OFHS senior volleyball player Jordan Jaeckin teaches more than basic volleyball moves to Angela McNeeley 's kindergarten class as part of an exercise experience during the ECC's Wellness Week.

OFHS senior volleyball player Jordan Jaeckin teaches volleyball moves to Angela McNeeley ‘s kindergarten class.

ECC classes had special guests during its February 23th Wellness Week.

OFHS seniors Jordan Jaeckin and Mallory Bridle, who are in Mr. Ron Goodwin’s Teaching Professions class, taught a lesson about exercise and sports.  They did such a wonderful job that ECC is looking forward to continuing this collaboration with Mr. Goodwin and his students. In fact, several of his students are scheduled already to come during Right To Read Week to read in the preschool and kindergarten classes.

To view a photo gallery of some of the activities, click HERE.

IMG_3262OFMS WEB LOCK-IN EARNS HIGH FIVES

Students had an amazing time hanging out with friends, playing games and dancing the night away at the WEB Lock-in.

A special “Thank You” to the parents who donated items for the raffle, the staff who donated their time and for our ROCK STAR WEB LEADERS for such a great year.

 To view the 2015 WEB Lock-In photo gallery, please click HERE.

THANK YOU PTA!  $50,000+ IN DONATIONS FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS LAST YEAR!

PTADID YOU KNOW?  Olmsted Falls School District is home to five amazing PTA units as well as an active PTA Council.  Over the course of the 2013-2014 school year, Olmsted Falls PTAs were responsible for more than $50,000 worth of event, programming and support for Olmsted Falls School District, its staff and its students!  Following is a brief summary illustrating the 2013-2014 school year donations:

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood PTA:  $6,000

Safety Town, Scholarships, Adopt-A-Family, Heritage Days Parade, Reflections

Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood PTA:  $17,465

Third Grade graduation, Book Fair/Ice Cream Social, Bulldog Party Rock, Field Day, Field Trips, Playhouse Square, Programs & Assemblies, Publishing Company, Right to Read Week, Scholarships, Staff Appreciation

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA: $16,002

Book exchange, Right to Read Week, School Holiday Parties, Socials, Reflections, Scholarships, Field Day, Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, 5th Grade Luau, Student Activity Fund

Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA: $6,700

Student Awards, Field Trips, Student Social Events, Staff Appreciation, Scholarships, Reflections, Washington, D.C.

Olmsted Falls High School PTA: $6,225

Prom, Post-Prom, Staff Appreciation, Scholarships, Talent Show

Olmsted Falls PTA Council: $2,079

High School Scholarships, Staff Welcome, Reflections

2013-2014 TOTAL:  $54,471

GRADE 4 GIRLS BLUE BASKETBALL TEAM HAS PERFECT SEASON
OFIS 4th grade girls basketball

The fourth grade girls Blue basketball team won its 10 league games and five tournaments, including a fourth and fifth grade tournament!  Team members enjoyed a perfect record.

Coaches Dawn Moses and Kim Urban are extremely proud of the teamwork the girls showed and how they each reached their individual goals.

Team members include Kylee Urban, Sydney Moses, Paige Kohler, Mia Kalich, Claire Harries, Ally Kronik, Kayla Bauer, Leah Allman, Kendall Getz and Haley Zgodzinski. Congrats, girls.

  

A HUGE THANKS TO ALL FOR DANCE 4 CHARITY SUCCESS

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Special thanks to guest speaker Justin Bachman, founder of Honor Good Deeds, who helped kick off this year’s event with an inspirational speech. Thanks Justin!

D4C-5To all who participated, volunteered and donated to Dance 4 Charity, thank you. The total amount of money raised was $12,000! The 14 dance teams raised $9,000 between the four local charities – Connecting for Kids, CTSF, OFCS Special Olympics and The Upside of Downs. Concessions, raffle and general admission collected $3,000 for the organization.

Olmsted Falls truly is a caring community. The OFCS special needs families are lucky to be surrounded by such caring families, friends and community, but also making a difference in the lives of other families by supporting events like this one.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD . . . TO END THE WORD

pledge to show respectThe community is invited to become a fan of respect and join Helping Hands in an ongoing campaign to stop the use of the R-word and pledge #Respect for everyone.

More than 500,000 people have pledged their support online since the campaign launched in 2009. We hope you can join us by making your pledge to end the use of the R-word.

OFCS created a video to support the campaign. Please view it and feel free to share it. To view the video, click HERE.

Visit http://www.r-word.org/ and take the pledge. Pass the link along to all your friends so together we can create communities of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

PRESEASON PARENT MEETING FOR OFHS TRACK & FIELD – THIS TUES., MARCH 10TH

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.

Got%20BooksBOOKS AND MORE AT THE OFMS BOOK SALE

OFMS will have a Scholastic Book Fair from March 16th-20th.

The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All book fair profits will go toward new books for the school’s Media Center.

MASQUERS PARENTS TO MEET MONDAY, MARCH 16TH

Masquers LogoThe Masquers Parent meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16th in the choir room, which is Room W3.

We look forward to seeing you there.

SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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 Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming Kindergarteners.  It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to children as they practice real-life situations.
Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program. Class sizes are limited and held at Falls-Lenox Elementary School with hands-on practice. Sessions run in the morning and afternoon during either June 8-12, June 15-19 and June 22-26.  For more details see the flyer and registration form by clicking HERE.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION FORMS FOR 2015-2016 AVAILABLE ON-LINE 

school busFor those parents needing to designate a single, alternate pick-up / drop-off address for their student for the 2015-16 school year, the deadline for submitting Alternate Transportation Forms will be Monday, June 15, 2015. 

For additional information and to view/download 2015-16 Alternate Transportation Forms, please click HERE and scroll down to the “About Alternate Transportation Requests” section.

 
 COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP SCHEDULING MEETINGS
CC+Students who have placed into College Credit Plus courses based on COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores MUST attend ONE group scheduling meeting with a parent. At the meeting we will review College Credit Plus in more detail and how the college courses work in a student schedule. Preregistration for this meeting is not needed. Current PSO students need not attend this meeting and will meet with their grade level counselor. For more details, contact Aimee Caldrone, college and career counselor, at 440-427-6152 or acaldrone@ofcs.net.Meetings will be held in the high school library on the following days: March 9th, 2:20 p.m. and March 26th, 6 p.m.
TRI-C TO HOST COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS INFO NIGHTS
Qualified OF students may take a single course or enroll in a full-time schedule at Tri-C while working toward their high school diploma.  Many of these classes are TAG – Transfer Assurance Guide – courses, which carry the guarantee that credits will transfer to any of Ohio’s public institutions of higher learning.  To view a flyer about the dates and times of the informational nights, click HERE. They begin March 11th.

CHECK OUT VIDEO ON REGISTERING FOR OFHS 2015-16 CLASSES
scheduleOFHS counselors created a short video to review the scheduling process on how students register through PowerSchool for their 2015-16 classes.  To view the video, click HERE. Students will receive practice scheduling checklists and watch the video in their homerooms this week. Scheduling will be available only through Wednesday, March 11. Should a change be required after that time, students must contact their counselor personally for assistance.  OFHS counselors will be available through June 10th. Counselors will host extended hours for students and parents on Tuesday, June 9th from noon to 7 p.m. for any final course adjustments. All course changes for the 2015-2016 school year must be made by June 10th.
VOTE FOR OFHS STUDENT AS AMERICA’S FASHION IT GIRL
Teresa WangOFHS senior Teresa Wang is in the running to be America’s next Fashion IT Girl.  Fashion eCommerce Leaders, ASOS and Fame & Partners are sponsoring the contest.The grand prize winner receives a two-week paid intensive learning internship with Fame & Partners and ASOS in New York AND the chance to design a dream formal dress, made just for the winner ($1,000 value). Runner up prizes are spectacular, too. Click HERE, then scroll down and put in Teresa Wang in the search box to vote for her.

GRADE 3 GIRLS SIGN UP TO JOIN GIRLS ON THE RUN PROGRAM BEGINS WEEK OF MARCH 9TH – SIGN UP TODAY!

RegistrationGOTR2015_Spring FINAL 12_18Falls-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 register through THIS Monday, March 9th.  Please click HERE to download a copy of the program flyer.  Signups are online at gotrgreatersummit.org. The season begins the week of March 9th and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-4:10 p.m.

JUNIORS: GET READY FOR COLLEGE VISIT/JOB SHADOW DAY

job shadowMarch 18th is College Visit/Job Shadow Day for OFHS juniors. It’s a day to explore options for your future by scheduling a college visit or spending the day with a professional in a career that interests you. To be excused from school for the day, students should fill out and submit either a college visit or career shadowing form by March 13th. Forms may be found in the guidance office.

ARMED SERVICE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT @ OFHS

applicants_homeThe ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given Friday, March 20th, at OFHS during OGT week. Students interested in post high school enlistment into a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces should take this assessment. Students may sign up in the high school guidance office. For more information, call the official ASVAB website, asvabprogram.com.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR ARRIVES IN APRIL IN CLEVELAND

nacac-logoThe Cleveland National College Fair will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 12th at the Cleveland Convention Center. The fair allows students to meet and speak with college admissions representatives from in-state and out-of-state colleges. A list of participating colleges is available by clicking HERE. Students and parents are encouraged to preregister for the event at nacacnet.org/ncfstudent. There also will be workshops on ACT and SAT testing, the athletic recruiting process, finding the right college and how to make the most of your college search process.

GOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM CLINICS, TRYOUTS IN MAYgirl with pompoms

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.

CAMP INVENTION IS COMING!

C-OH04-14238-15_EARLY-WEB_Page_1Camp 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 atwww.campinvention.org.  Students registering BY MARCH 20TH will receive a $25 discount.

Please contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth (mlagruth@ofcs.net) with any questions.

BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP IS MARCH 18TH @ OFIS

butter-braidsButter Braid Pastry order pick-up is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th from 4-7 p.m. at OFIS.  All those who placed orders for these delicious treats through Olmsted Falls PTA Council’s annual fundraising sale should mark your calendars for March 18th.  

For anyone who may have missed the sale, and is still interested in purchasing Butter Braids to serve at your upcoming spring events or as a special treat for your family, last-minute orders may be submitted BY EMAIL ONLY THROUGH NOON THIS MONDAY, MARCH 9TH.  Please email final order directly to triciao70@hotmail.com by noon on Monday.  Checks should be made to Olmsted Falls PTA Council. Click HERE to view a flyer and order form.  Please contact Tricia Vidovich, 440-785-9965 or triciao70@hotmail.com with questions.

Proceeds from this sale go toward OFHS senior scholarships and PTA Council activities. The group earns 40% profit on each item sold.

Thank you for your support!

OFIS ANNUAL MALLEY’S CANDY SALE IS ONLINE!

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 The Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Malley’s Chocolates sale, which runs through March 30, is accepting ONLY online orders this year. A website is available specifically for OFIS. 

To connect to this site, click HERE  and share it with family and friends. The OFIS registration number is 4634. All orders totaling $60 receive free shipping to one address.

 All purchases made on the site will directly benefit student activities at OFIS.

OECPTA KIDS RESALE BARGAIN BONANZA IS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH

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.

POST PROM TACO NIGHT IS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 7th 

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.

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

ENJOY THIS WRITING EXPERIENCE AT OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY
 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710
Writer Visit: Rhonda Helms
Date: 03/18/2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Attention aspiring writers!  Engage in some quick and fun writing activities to get your creative ideas going with author and editor Rhonda Helms.The program is for grades 6-12. To sign up, click HERE.

OF FASTPITCH OFFERS SKILLS CLINICS, PLAYER EVALUATIONS

12805177-vector-illustration-silhouette-of-a-fastpitch-softball-player-pitchingGirls ages 8-18 are invited to participate in skills clinics this month to get ready for the upcoming Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch season.  The first one is March 7, focusing on pitching. Coaches and members of the OFHS varsity team, Batting Coach Gary Saunders and members of the Baldwin Wallace University’s team will be on hand to offer instruction and work with the players.  To see a flyer detailing the clinic and dates, click HERE.

 

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.

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

BWUlogoColor Applications are now being accepted for Baldwin Wallace University Summer Music Programs. For students in grades 4 – 9 (application deadline: May 1) String Camp, June 13 – 18 Piano Camp, June 13 – 18 Band Camp, June 20– 25 Music Theatre Camp, June 20 – 25 For high school students (application & audition deadline: April 1) International Guitar Festival, May 16 – 17 CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive, July 12 – 25 Music Theatre Overtures, July 19 – 24 Go to www.bw.edu/summer-music-programs for more details and applications.

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