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Parent Update – March 12, 2015

FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS GET CREATIVE WITH SCIENCE UPCYCLING PROJECT

OFIS 5th grade science students in Mrs. Atkins’ class were offered an extra credit assignment. They were to create an Upcycled project.  Instead of throwing everyday items away, like tissue boxes, 2-liter bottles, cans, etc. the students were to REUSE the items and turn them into something useful. They created banks, desk organizers, bird feeders, vases, and many other unique things.

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The students learned that many things people consider trash can actually be turned into something useful and help conserve our resources!!

THIRD GRADERS SHARE REPORTS ON FAMOUS PEOPLE

class-croppedFalls-Lenox third graders have been working on their research and writing skills. They prepared their research presentation and dressed up as their famous person for the Wax Museum.  Parents and guests visited various ‘wax museum’ presenters and heard about their lives and DSCN0468accomplishments. The third graders had a lot of fun learning about their famous people and sharing their research reports.

To view the Wax Museum photo gallery, please click HERE.

ECC THANKS ATTENDEES FOR ITS BOOK FAIR SUCCESS

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ECC book fair 2A big “Thank You” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center Book Fair. There were many Itty Bitty Bulldogs in attendance at the family night.  There was even a guest appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and his friend, Emily Elizabeth!  What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children to become life-long readers.

A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for providing great volunteers who helped work the Fair all week.

ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT OGT WEEK & LATE START SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK!

ohio graduation test logoThe Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) will be administered next week (March 16-20, 2015).  All 10th grade students will be required to attend each day of the OGT testing. Students are to report to their assigned homeroom promptly by 7:30 a.m.   Students who are retesting will receive a letter from Guidance and will be reporting to the Media Center.

Students must pass all five sections of the test (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Citizenship and Science) in order to receive an Olmsted Falls High School diploma.  Students have received OGT test preparation since their freshman year as part of their language arts, social studies, science and math classes.  Students may also utilize the Ohio Department of Education website for additional OGT test preparation.  The following web address in parentheses will give your student access to the resources from the Ohio Department of Education that will aid in preparation for the tests. (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio-Graduation-Test-OGT).

Students in ninth grade must report to school by 7:26 a.m. for the PARCC Language Arts Test being administered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All ninth graders will be given room assignments by their Language Arts teacher this week.

During OGT week, students in grades 11 and 12 need to report to school no later than 9:55 a.m. when Homeroom will begin.

OGT WEEK BUS SCHEDULES:

There will be two morning bus runs for High School students.

  • The first run is the normal AM HS pick-up, which will transport ninth and 10th graders and any other students needed to arrive at OFHS by 7:30 a.m. for OGT. Students involved in OGT testing or PARCC Assessments should plan to be at their regular bus stops at their normal a.m. pick-up time.
  • The second morning run (10 routes) will begin at 8:45 a.m. to transport all other OFHS students (not taking OGT or PARCC). OFHS students NOT involved in testing should plan to be at their regular bus stops at 8:45 a.m. Bus pick-up times will vary based on location with most pick-ups occurring between 8:45-9 a.m.

Please note:  Polaris and non-public transfer buses will depart OFHS at 7:05 a.m. as usual.

ECC HEALTHY HERO FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY

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Congratulations to Ava Rose who is February’s ECC Healthy Hero. She is pictured here with her mom Mrs. Janet Guzik and teacher Mrs. Laurie Roberto.

The program teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve and sleeping well. The Hero earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too.

Each month one Healthy Hero from ECC and Falls-Lenox are selected from a drawing and receive a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.

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OFSD’s HELPING HANDS PARENT NETWORKING PRESENTS PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Olmsted Falls School District’s Helping Hands Parent Networking has partnered with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities to present:

Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities

March 18, 2015 6:30-7:30 p.m.  CCBDD Logo

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Media Center

27043 Bagley Rd., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138

Representatives from CCBDD will present on eligibility for services and supports for students with disabilities. This program is designed for parents of children with developmental disabilities.

Child care is available upon request. Please email Mariel Krakowiak (mkrakowiak@ofcs.net) with the number and ages of the children requiring care. Child care is provided by High School and Middle School Helping Hands students. Child care is located in the sensory room which is near the Media Center.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please check the HH blog for updates:

http://helpinghandsofcs.wordpress.com

STUDENTS USE THEIR CREATIVITY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK

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Students in Pre-engineering classes took their talents to the task in celebrating National Engineers Week February 22nd through the 28th.

They built newspaper stands, some holding as much as 60 pounds and water crafts powered only by rubber bands. The celebration showed how engineers make a difference in our world, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers and brings engineering to life for students, educators and parents.

For information about Engineers Week or engineering in general, click HERE.  To view photos of the week, click HERE.

MASQUERS PARENTS TO MEET THIS 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.

BOOKS AND MORE AT THE OFMS BOOK SALE NEXT WEEKbook _fair

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.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS GROUP SCHEDULING MEETINGS:  MARCH 16 & 26

CC+Students who have placed into College Credit Plus courses based on COMPASS, ACT or SAT scores have two more opportunities to attend ONE group scheduling meeting with a parent.
The final two meetings are scheduled for March 16th and 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the OFHS library. At the meeting we will review College Credit Plus in more detail and how the college courses work in a student schedule.  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.

JUNIORS: COLLEGE VISIT/JOB SHADOW DAY IS NEXT WEEK

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 3/20

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.

OFIS PTA MEETING NOW SET FOR MARCH 20TH

PTAMark your calendars to attend the upcoming OFIS PTA meeting that has been moved from Tuesday, March 17th to Friday, March 20th. It is at 8 a.m. in the OFIS Media Center.  Please note this is a morning meeting. Join us for an 8 a.m. breakfast, followed by the 8:15 a.m. meeting.

There will be many volunteer opportunities available for the spring “rush” that is soon to come as well as the announcement of the nominees for the Executive Board next school year.

The combined meeting of OFIS PTA and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA previously scheduled for March 17th is now on Tuesday, April 21st.  OFIS PTA welcomes all parents of current third graders to the OFIS cafeteria at 6 p.m. for dinner and a tour of the school.  Principal Mr. Svec will be there to answer questions.  The combined meeting of OFIS and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTAs will follow at 7 p.m.

For the latest news from OFIS PTA, follow us on http://www.ofispta.wordpress.com, www.facebook.com/OFISPTA and www.tritter.com/OFISPTA.

CAMP INVENTION DISCOUNT ENDS SOON!

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Are you curious? Are you a gadget maker or taker-apart?  Do you and your friends like to create and build?  Camp Invention may be for you! Camp Invention is an innovative, week-long summer camp that provides students in grades 1-6 with a hands-on, interactive program that the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame inspired.

Camp Invention will run from June 8-12th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at Falls-Lenox School. To view the online flyer, click HERE. Registration is online at www.campinvention.org.

Students registering BY MARCH 20th will receive a $25 discount. Scholarship funds are available. If you have a financial need, please contact us so we can help you join us at camp.  Questions?  Contact Camp Invention Director Michelle LaGruth, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINARS SPONSORED BY SENATORS SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN

Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join an informational session on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Horizon Science Academy. 6000 South Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH 44103. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend by calling an Academy Coordinator at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-6446 then press 1.

HELPING HANDS WILL TAKE PULL TABS TO RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald houseHelping Hands will visit the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, April 2nd, which is during Spring break.

We will take a prepared meal to the residents. Having regular meals provided help families in many ways.  It eliminates the burden of making time to prepare food, thus allowing families to spend more time with their hospitalized child.  It also removes the financial hardship of buying groceries or eating out and offers healthy options for families.

We will also drop off the aluminum pull tabs that were collected this school year. If you regularly collect pull tabs and would like us to drop them off for you, please mark them “Helping Hands” and drop them off at OFHS by Friday, March 27th They collect aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) and work with a local recycler to turn the tabs into money for their Family Fund. This fund helps support the families who stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies and giving families special moments – like small gifts for children if they have a birthday while at the House.  Last year more than 15,000 pounds of pull tabs generated over $7,500 for RMH!

Click HERE for a pull tab collection label if you would like to collect tabs for us through March 27th.  Thank you for supporting our local Ronald McDonald House.

drill team figureGOLDEN BULLETTES TRYOUT INFORMATIONAL MEETING IS APRIL 28th

Those wanting to tryout for the Golden Bullettes Drill Team should attend the 7 p.m. April 28th informational meeting.  It will be in the OFHS Room W-3. Please bring a parent.

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 ONLINE 

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.

A NIGHT AT THE RACES IS ROUNDING THE FINAL TURN AND HEADING HOME 

NightAtTheRacesNavyOlmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is March 21st at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River.  All proceeds support the district’s athletic teams.  Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket includes a buffet dinner and refreshments.

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.

butter-braidsBUTTER BRAID PICK-UP IS MARCH 18TH @ OFIS

Butter 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.

OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SPRING HONEYBAKED HAM SALE ORDERS

HoneyBakedThe OFHS Swim and Dive Team presents its Spring 2015 HoneyBaked Ham Sale. The online orders are available until March 27th.

To order, go to http://honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-1134-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx. Proceeds go to the swim and dive team.  Pick up is from 4-7 p.m. April 2nd @ the OFHS band entrance. Call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405 with any questions.

 

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL OFFERS ADULTS NIGHT OUT THIS SATURDAY

The community is invited to attend the Olmsted Community Preschool’s Adults Night Out fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14th. It is at Razzles/Rockers Café, 27128 Bagley Road. The cost is $20 per person. The price includes all-you-can-eat pizza/wings and limited beverages.  There will be a DJ, Chinese raffle and more. Tickets are available at the door or contact the preschool office by phone, 440-235-3869, or email ocprschl@aol.com.

SUMMER LEAGUE HAS IN-HOUSE SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY @ OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER

BaseballSoftballThe Olmsted Community Summer League will offer an in-house registration from 1-4 p.m. THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15th @ Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.   If unable to attend, you also may register through the center via online at http://www.olmstedcc.com/. You also may view the league’s newsletter and flyer on that website. This information also is available at ocslinfo.org. Those signing up after March 31st will incur a late fee charge. Registration deadline is April 15, with the season beginning June 1.

The league also is offering a co-ed adult slow-pitch softball league. You may register as an individual or as a team at olmstedcc.com. Contact the center, 440-427-1599, with questions.

ENJOY THIS WRITING EXPERIENCE AT OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY
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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

STOP BY THE CITY OF OLMSTED FALLS’ OPEN HOUSE

olmsted falls city hall pixThe city of Olmsted Falls’ second Open House is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22nd.   Residents can meet the administrative staff, City Council members and members of the police, fire and service departments.

There will be light refreshments and music. A ground-breaking ceremony will occur at 2 p.m. for the new Senior Center that will be located in City Hall.

BOY SCOUTS FLIP PANCAKES AT ANNUAL BREAKFAST

Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 252The Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 252 will have its annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22nd in St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

Donations will be accepted at the all-you-can-eat-pancakes with all the fixin’s.

SIGN UP FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM

swim raceThe Falls Pointe Swim Team registration is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19th. It is open to any Olmsted Falls or Olmsted Township resident.

Team members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. It’s guaranteed your kids will have a blast this summer. Some fun activities include Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is that you must be able to swim independently across the pool.  For more details, go to its website by clicking HERE.

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