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Parent Update – April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015
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Car Door by OFHS senior Emilio Irizarry earned a National Medal in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This year, 300,000 works were submitted to regional programs of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. 17,000 Gold Key works qualify for national judging. Out of the 17,000 qualifying pieces, only 2,250 National Medals are awarded. This is an outstanding accomplishment by Emilio! His work will be on display in New York! Congratulations! Emilio is the 2nd National Award winner from OFHS; Teresa Wang won a National Medal in this competition in 2013.

OFHS VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS EARN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF AWARDS AT LOCAL, STATE & NATIONAL LEVELS

Visual arts students at Olmsted Falls High School received honors in various competitions this year including Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition and PTA Reflections. Some students earned multiple honors!

Students who received awards include Andrew Barnard, Abbey Boenig-Dombek, Christine Bolton, Carra Garlitz, Alexa Gomez, Heather Grant, Emilio Irizarry, Stormie Kadar, Francesca Klypchak, Julia Korek, Jessica Kukura, Kathryn Lesiak, Nicole MacIvor, Matthew Matzelle,  Meghan O’Brien, Aaron Oehlstrom, Emmy Olszewski, Andrew Oltmanns, Cassidy Rearick, Connie Saylor, Rachel Walsh, Teresa Wang, and Kristen Zakel.

To view the complete list of honors and awards, please click HERE.

To view the award-winning artwork pieces by competition please select from the following links:

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

PTA Reflections Contest

BOARD HONORS BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS FOR LEAN SIX SIGMA ACHIEVEMENTS

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Bulldog Six Sigma team members Don Svec, Cheryl Hennessey, Roberta Gonzalez and Heath Krakowiak attended the March 19th Board of Education meeting to present information about their recent Six Sigma projects and be honored, along with other Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belt team members, for their achievements.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored members of the Bulldog staff at their regular monthly held Thursday, March 19th.

Fourteen staff members were acknowledged for their achievement in the Lean Six Sigma program, and several made presentations to the School Board members about the projects they have completed over the course of the last several months.

These in-depth projects required extensive training, skilled analysis and innovative thinking.

The end products ultimately resulted in increased efficiency in select areas of District operations.

Congratulations to these latest Six Sigma teams and staff members:

GREEN BELT PROJECTS:

“Ensuring Integrity of Production Records”

Roberta Gonzalez, Cafeteria Manager, Falls-Lenox Primary School

Cheryl Hennessey, Cafeteria Manager, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School

“Transfer of Student Demographic Information Across Building and Operational Units”

Don Svec, Principal, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School

Heath Krakowiak, Transportation Supervisor, Transportation Department

Kelly Mendeluk, Treasurer’s Asst./Accounts Payable, Central Office

YELLOW BELT PROJECTS:

“Replacement of Light Fixtures at ECC to LED Lighting”

Dan Binggeli, Grounds Maintenance, Central Office

Tom Dipert, Grounds Maintenance Manager, Central Office

“Six Sigma Falls-Lenox HVAC”

Larry Hamilton, Head Custodian, Olmsted Falls Intermediate/Middle Schools

Harold Haun, Custodian, Falls-Lenox Primary School

Ray Terry, Head Custodian, Early Childhood Center

“Locker Issues at OFMS”

Mike Paul, Head Custodian, Olmsted Falls Middle School

John Stover, Head Custodian, Olmsted Falls High School

Brian Wilson, Custodian, Falls-Lenox Primary School

Pete Workman, Head Custodian, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School

With this latest series of projects completed, Olmsted Falls School District is now home to a total of 36 staff members who are certified in Lean Six Sigma.  Sixteen staff members are certified at the Green Belt Level, and twenty staff members are certified at the Yellow Belt Level.  To date, Olmsted Falls School District has focused Lean Six Sigma training in the areas of building maintenance, finance, food services, human resources, technology and transportation. Thank you again to all of our Lean Six Sigma team members for their positive and tangible impact to help maximize efficiency in District operations!

OFIS STUDENTS BRING STORIES TO LIFE WITH THEIR CREATIVE COSTUMES

OFIS Reading day 1The Friday before spring break OFIS students either dressed as characters from one of their favorite books or wore “comfy” pajamas to school to celebrate “reading day.”

Teachers choose a small group of the most creative costumes inReading day 2 their homerooms and each class voted for their top choices.  Judges then picked the most creative costumes in the school.  Students with the winning costumes received a $10 gift card for Books-A-Million.

The new event was a huge success. Students had so much fun on this “Extreme Bedtime Story Day” that it may become an annual tradition.

To view a picture gallery, click HERE.

FOUR BULLDOG STUDENTS RECEIVE OHIO PTA HONORS IN THE REFLECTIONS CONTEST

ReflectionsThis year OF PTA Council received more than 70 entries for the National PTA Reflections program that encourages students to explore and be involved in the arts. Our local PTA Council selected district winners as well as 28 entries that were forwarded to the Ohio PTA state level competition.

Two students received first place honors at the state level – Award of Excellence. They are Michael DiFilippo, for his musical composition in the intermediate division and Max Limpert for photography, intermediate. Their entries will advance to the national level since they placed first.

Connie Saylor received the Award of Merit – 3rd place – for visual arts at the high school level. Lillian Bobowicz received an honorable mention for her literature entry at the middle school level.

Congratulations to these fine students and all who participated in the program.

OFHS KEY CLUB MEMBERS BRING EASTER CHEER TO KEMPER HOUSE

Over spring break the senior members of Key Club crafted and put together a gift as their senior project. The gift consisted of hand-made ‘bunny buddies’ (stuffed animals) and candy. All the stuffed bunnies were delivered to the Kemper House a few days before Easter, as a present to the residents.

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NOW IS THE TIME TO SUBMIT ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS

bus2Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up / drop-off address for their students for the 2015-16 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15. Each year new forms are needed even if your requested site is the same. Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2015-2016 school year.

PLEASE NOTE:  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

ECC IS JUST ‘BUGGY ABOUT BOOKS’

_full_dsc8714ECC began its Right to Read Week March 23rd.  The week began with a special visit from Michelle Todd, a children’s librarian from the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library.  On Tuesday, students were treated to a virtual visit from children’s author and illustrator, Steve Harpster. His interactive broadcast was brought into classrooms in real-time via classroom Smart Boards.  Throughout the week, Mystery Readers visited littlest Bulldogs to shares stories with them in their classrooms.  The week ended Friday, March 27, with some special buggy hands-on activity stations.

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Special thanks to all our mystery readers and parent volunteers who helped decorate the building and get the children excited about reading.  The Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA was also generous enough to provide each student with their very own books to take home. The children at the ECC are definitely “Buggy For Books”

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

OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS WERE “LEGISLATORS FOR A DAY!”

20150407_110924Falls-Lenox 3rd grader Leah Kerber and her sister, 8th grader Sara Kerber recently visited our State’s Capital as winners of the ‘Legislator for a Day’ Reading Challenge!   Among the many Olmsted Falls students that participated in the challenge, they were chosen to spend the day in Columbus.   The personal visit with Representative Mike Dovilla included a tour of the State House and an inside look into Ohio’s legislative and judicial systems.  Congratulations to Sara and Leah on being awarded this unique opportunity!

To view more photos from their visit to Columbus, please click HERE.

TWO BULLDOG ATHLETES NAMED TO SOUTH CAROLINA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

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Congratulations to OFHS Varsity Baseball players, junior Nathan Krogh and senior Anthony Savarino, who were named to the 2015 Southeastern Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team in Hartsville, SC last week.

BOWLING TRIP IS RIGHT UP THE 6TH GRADE ALLEY

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The OFMS physical education department won a field trip grant. It paid for the school’s 6th grade students to bowl at Buckeye Lanes on either March 24th or 25th.

The trip was part of the school’s lifetime activities portion of the curriculum.

 

ARTWORK NEEDED FOR OFHS MAY SHOW

clipart artIt’s time to show off your artistic talents. We are looking for artwork entries for the OFHS May Show from various groups – faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  The show is Friday, May 15th.  We are looking also for 2-D and 3-D work.

If you would like to enter work, please complete the entry form found by clicking HERE and return it to Mariel Krakowiak by Friday, May 8th. Dates for drop off and pick up are included on the entry form.  Please email Mariel, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, with any questions.

Students truly enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members!

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE THANKS OLMSTED FALLS PARTICIPATION

Thank You OFHS Helping Hands!A big thank you to all who aided Helping Hands with monetary and pop tab donations.

The OFHS Helping Hands volunteers delivered more than 100 pounds of pull tabs AND donated a fried chickenThank You OFHS Helping Hands! 2 dinner for families.  The group received a thank you from Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland saying our continued service makes a HUGE difference to providing a sense of normalcy for families in a time of crisis.  The letter also said the group is grateful for the support we show the mission and hope we will remain involved and continue making a difference there.

A big THANK YOU to all who made this happen.

SUPPORT POST PROM BY DINING AT SUDS MAGUIRE’S – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerOFHS Post Prom Committee’s final big fundraiser of this school year is THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 12th at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill in Berea.  The eatery will donate 20 percent of each food bill to Post Prom that day from 4 p.m. until closing. Just let them know you are with OFHS Post Prom!

Masquers forensicsMASQUERS PARENTS WILL MEET ON MONDAY

Masquers parents will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13th, in Room W3, the choir room.  All are invited to attend.

FALLS-LENOX JUMP ROPE FOR HEART EVENT IS APRIL 16TH

logoFalls-Lenox will be participating in the national Jump Rope for Heart event benefiting the American Heart Association on Thursday, April 16th.

For information on how to get your student signed up and involved, please visit the Falls-Lenox Primary School Jump Rope for Heart Website, or click HERE to download an instruction sheet.

ANNUAL COMBINED MEETING OF OFIS PTA & FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA IS TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST 

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The rescheduled combined meeting of OFIS PTA and Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA is 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.

bulldog over musical noteLATEST OFMA NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

Olmsted Falls Music Association has just published their April 2015 Musical Notes newsletter.  To read the about the latest news and events in the world of Bulldog music, please click HERE.

girl with pompomsGOLDEN BULLETTES TRYOUT INFORMATIONAL MEETING 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.

GET YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE ENTRY IN BY APRIL 30

calendar_raffle_buttonHelp support the OFMS PTA by purchasing an entry in the annual Calendar Raffle.  For $5, you are entered for a chance to win 31 days of fabulous prizes. We pull a different winner every day and a list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like, share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.

Entry forms and cash or a check (made out to MS PTA) can be dropped off at any of the school main offices.  Why not take a chance!  The contest includes many gift cards to area stores, Monsters tickets and other great prizes.  View a copy of the calendar by clicking HERE.

Entry form must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA Calendar Raffle to be eligible.  Checks should be made payable to OFMS PTA. Thanks for your support!

FUN, GAMES AND WALK TO CURE CANCER AT FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL

clownFalls-Lenox invites all to attend its A Carnival for a Cure from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 24th.

The carnival supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  All proceeds from the carnival benefit the ACS June 6-7 2015 Olmsted Relay for Life through the Falls-Lenox for a Cure Team.

Have fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge your principal. Enjoy a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. Walk a mile or more and earn lap beads. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.

COMMUNITY

FINAL DAY FOR OCSL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SIGN UPS – APRIL 15TH
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The last day to register for Olmsted Community Summer League baseball/slow-pitch softball is Wednesday, April 15th. To register, go to the Olmsted Community Center website at olmstedcc.com.

The league is introducing its new Travel Slow-Pitch Softball league for Girls Intermediate division ages 9-11. Games will be played in Olmsted Falls, Middleburg Heights and Brook Park against their girls Junior League ages 10-12.  If  you have questions about this new division, contact League Rep Shelly Bernes, slbernes@aol.com.

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.

FUNDRAISER FOR MOILOV FAMILY – APRIL 24TH @ RAZZLES

razzlesNeighbors and friends of the Moilov family have organized a community fundraiser to support this local family who lost their mother suddenly in February.  All are invited to attend the “Moilov Children Fund for the Future” event scheduled for Friday, April 24th from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Razzles.  Cost is $20 per person and includes wings, pizza, desserts and beverages.  Event also includes:  side boards, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a live DJ playing all your favorite tunes!  Your support is needed!  Bring friends!  For tickets, please call Randy at 440-552-8323.

OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK – SUNDAY, MAY 3RD @ 9:00 A.M.

4630368Don’t miss this annual community event!  The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk will kick-off at Olmsted Falls High School at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 3rd.

Register Online by Thursday, April 30th at www.olmstedspirit.com to guarantee a t-shirt.  Adults $20; Kids/Seniors/Military $15.  Or register race weekend (Sat. from 10-2; Sun. at 8:30 a.m.) at OFHS cafeteria.  All in-person, race weekend entries $25 per person (cash or check only).

For additional information, please visit www.olmstedspirit.com.

OLMSTED RECREATION ANNOUNCES NEW GROUP FITNESS CLASSES

Olmsted Recreation LogoOlmsted Recreation has worked out an agreement with the YMCA to offer FREE fitness classes in April. Classes include Boot Camp and Pilates, and will be held at Olmsted Community Center this month! For class schedules and additional information, please click HERE.

SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP AT OCC

074157_105323_speed&agility_medJoin coach Roger Hutkay for Power Athletes Spring Speed & Agility Camp at the Olmsted Community Center.  This youth camp is open to boys and girls ages 10-16.  It will provide a wonderful opportunity for campers to improve speed, agility, strength, explosive power, balance and coordination; ability to accelerate, decelerate, change direction; and overall running form and mechanics.

DateApril 28th – June 4th, 2015

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm.

Where:  Olmsted Community Center

Cost: $75 for all 12 sessions. (6 weeks)

BALDWIN WALLACE OFFERS SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

BWUlogoColorApplications 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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  1. April 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    emilio, you are so talented. Great work, congrats.

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