Parent Update – April 30, 2015
BE A MYTH BUSTER: KNOW THE FACTS!
MYTH: Students participating in PARCC testing will be given a survey at the end of the assessment which includes personal questions about family political affiliations, religion, beliefs in global warming, etc., to be used for private data mining purposes.
FACT: Spring PARCC tests do include a survey for students at the conclusion of their assessment focused specifically on evaluating the effectiveness of the new online tests. Student feedback from this survey will help pinpoint potential areas of adjustment for future versions of the online tests, such as clarification of directions or amount of time allotted.
To view the exact list of Student Survey Items for the Computer/Tablet-based PARCC ELA (English Language Arts)/Literacy Tests, please click HERE. To view the exact list of Student Survey Items for the Computer/Tablet-based PARCC Mathematics Test, please click HERE.
ABOUT MYTH BUSTERS: With continuing and significant changes underway in public education – from the implementation of the Common Core State Standards to the launch of new required state assessments – it is important that parents have the facts. Knowing the real facts can help Bulldog parents spot a myth when they hear one – and there are currently a number of myths out there.
Starting this week, Olmsted Falls School District will begin featuring periodic “Myth Busters” on our Weekly Blog Post. These “Myth Busters” will also be compiled on the District’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment website. We hope parents will find this new feature informative and, as always, we encourage you to contact your child’s school building or the Board of Education office with any questions.
OFHS SWIMMER SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT
Congratulations to Mareena Gentry who will continue her academic and swimming career at Ursuline College. She will study nursing in the school’s Accelerated BSN program and receive the Ursuline Presidential Academic and swimming scholarships.
Mareena was this year’s girls Bulldog swim team captain. The versatile swimmer began as a sprinter and finished the season in sprint and backstroke events. She is a four-year varsity letterman and scholar athlete and recipient of the Outstanding Underclass her freshman year. Mareena anchored the 400 free relay team that broke the school record for two consecutive years. She earned All-Conference honorable mention this year. Best of luck, Mareena.
OFMS GOLDEN HARMONIES PERFORM AT LAKE ERIE MONSTERS GAME
Fans at the March 21st Lake Erie Monsters hockey game at Quicken Loans Arena were treated to a mini concert during an intermission break as the OFMS Golden Harmonies performed two songs for the crowd. The group performed I’m Into Something Good and This Little Light of Mine. You can view video footage of this performance below:
BUILDERS CLUB HELPS ANIMAL RESCUE
The OFMS Builders Club held a fundraiser for Berea Animal Rescue. They collected much-needed supplies and money to support the dogs and cats at the shelter as they await a forever home. The middle school students donated money and more than 13 boxes of supplies.
The four homerooms that donated the most enjoyed a visit from a few adoptable puppies and a former ARF alumni dog to say thanks.
BULLDOG SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS GATHER HONORS AT ROAD-E-O COMPETITION
This knowledge and skill based competition is an annual national event. Our district had seven drivers compete, four of them representing OFCS as our district’s team. Heath Krakowiak, OFSD transportation supervisor, attended the event as a judge along with two other local drivers. The district again was well represented at the event! Olmsted Falls had drivers place ninth and sixth overall in the region, out of a total of 84 participants. Pam O’Conke, ninth place, is a third alternate to represent the North Region at the May 2nd State competition. Nancy Hunt, sixth place, will be a member of the North Region team at the State competition. Our district team, which included Kathy Barber, Lisa Clelland-Williams, Nancy Hunt and David Jackson, was awarded first place overall for their combined scores in the competition.
It was a great day for our transportation department and we are looking forward to supporting our “state bound” drivers when they head to Licking Heights for the next level of competition
FALLS-LENOX CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY
The mayor, accompanied by the city’s Shade Tree Commission members, read a proclamation while showing the first graders a Red Oak that will be planted at East River Park. She asked the students various questions about Arbor Day and the importance of trees. Thanks to the city of Olmsted Falls for spending time with our students and sharing our love of trees. To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
OFMA MEETING IS MAY 6TH, NOTABLE NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
The OFMA’s monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. May 6th in the OFHS choir room. The association’s May newsletter, which is available by clicking HERE, includes such information about various upcoming contests and concerts, a list of OFMS students and their performance ratings received at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest at Tri-West and details about the Olmsted Falls Summer Music Program for current grades 5-7.
CARNIVAL FOR A CURE = HUGE SUCCESS
This annual fundraiser helps raise huge amounts of money to create a world with more birthdays. This year the team was able to raise $4,806.51 to help families and individuals who have been – or will be affected – by cancer. A special thank you to all the families and students who came out to support this event; PTA members who contributed time, cupcakes and energy to make it extra special for the kids; high school students who donated their time on the mini-relay, game rooms and face painting; Kiwanis members who graciously served up food and teachers and staff, friends and family who stayed all day and night to bring our carnival to life. As you can see, it was a true community event. It was the Olmsted Falls Bulldog Community who made it truly special. Thank you, thank you, thank you! To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
DISTRICT CONTINUES TO SEEK INPUT FROM PARENTS RE: TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Olmsted Falls Schools is requesting parent input and feedback on technology integration in our schools. MANY HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE ONLINE TECHNOLOGY SURVEY – THANK YOU. The survey link was emailed out to all parents in the District last week. The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. All are invited and encouraged to participate.
Survey results will be used internally to help guide decision-making as it relates to technology integration and training, and the District’s Strategic Plan. Please note that the District will also be surveying students (grades 2-12) within the next few weeks regarding their use of technology at school and home.
Being Technology Enabled is one of four areas of strategic focus in the Olmsted Falls School District’s Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan’s other three areas of focus include: Student Success, Aligned Resources and Community Partnerships.
Please click the following link to take the technology survey now:
Thank you in advance for your time and input!
2015 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFO ON DISTRICT WEBSITE
When school is out for summer, Bulldog students will have many opportunities to stay active with a variety of 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camps that begin in June. The OF Athletic Department has posted a list of sports camps available to students this summer – including camp dates, registration deadlines, contact information and links to individual camp forms and registration details.
Please click HERE for the latest 2015 Bulldog Summer Sports Camp information.
BULLDOG BASEBALL CAP MAKES TOP 10 LIST – CAST YOUR VOTE + ORDER YOUR OWN CAP TODAY!
The Olmsted Falls High School baseball team is having a hat sale in honor of the school’s placement in the Top 10 for NE Ohio baseball caps. To read the article and cast your vote to put OFHS on the top of the list, please click HERE. (Voting will remain open through May 4th.)
For information on how to order your very own Bulldog baseball cap, please click HERE. DEADLINE TO ORDER CAPS IS THIS TUESDAY, MAY 5TH. The caps will be done around the last week of school, and there will be pick-up times made available when they arrive. This would make a GREAT Father’s Day present! Please check www.twitter.com/ofbaseball for updates.
The caps are $20 each and must be ordered by midnight on 5/5/15 – no exceptions!!
ONLY 3 SESSIONS REMAIN OPEN FOR SAFETY TOWN
All morning sessions for this year’s Safety Town are closed. Sessions that are available for your child to attend are 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. June 15th-19th and 12:30-3 p.m. June 22th-26th. They are held at Falls-Lenox Primary School.
The program introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to children who will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own. Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town” in a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads, railroad crossings while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local police, fire and bus department, as well as field trips to police and fire departments, all help children enjoy and understand what they are learning.
The cost is $50 per child, which includes the class and a Safety Town T-shirt. To download the registration form, click HERE. The form must be mailed to Olmsted Early Childhood PTA/Safety Town.
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR THE JUNE SAFETY TOWN
Cuyahoga Community College will present an Opportunity Night to learn about youth and adult pathways in obtaining a higher education including credit and non-credit programming. The event is from 5-7 p.m. May 6th in Room 10 at its Metro Campus Center, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland. It is free and open to the public. The program will include information table visits, financial aid workshop and Ohio Means Jobs overview. For more information, call Verna Curry, 216-987-6310.
REMEMBER TO SUBMIT ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS BY JUNE 15TH
Parents 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 15th. 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.
ARTWORK NEEDED FOR OFHS MAY SHOW – SIGN UP DEADLINE MAY 8TH
It’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, email@example.com, with any questions.
Students truly enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members!
MONDAY IS OFMS PTA’S DINE-2-DONATE
Dine at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill from 5:30-8 p.m. May 4th and 20 percent of all sales will go to the OFMS PTA. Added fun during that time includes raffle items such as Dave & Buster Power Cards, a night at the Courtyard Marriott, Southwest Gift Card & Swings-N-Things Karts Plus passes. ALL STUDENTS who dine will have a chance to spin the Dave & Buster prize wheel.
Suds Maguire’s is at 1270 W. Bagley Road, Berea.
REGISTER TODAY FOR THIS SATURDAY’S MAY 2ND BIKE RODEO – FREE HELMETS AVAILABLE
The Olmsted Bike Rodeo runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. THIS SATURDAY, MAY 2nd at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive. The Rodeo includes a series of skills stations directly related to every day bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Grab your bikes, wear your helmets and join our local safety forces in this one-day FREE event to promote Bike Safety Week and ‘Put A Lid On It – Protect Before You Pedal.’
To secure one of the free helmets – there are 90 available in various sizes – register either online at olmstedcc.com or in person at the center.
OPA OFFERS TEA, MARY POPPINS PLAY
The Olmsted Performing Arts’ princesses return to give little princesses an intimate story time tea. Times and dates are 6 p.m. May 1st; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 2nd and 2:30 p.m. May 3rd. Tickets are $12. With limited availability, your princess will receive special attention with three classic princesses over a story, tea and dessert. Pictures and autographs will be available. Register now – space is limited.
Mary Poppins the Musical runs from May 8-10 and 15-17 at OPA. Tickets are $18 or $22 and available at opatickets.com. Attend a magical backstage tour 90 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets for the tour are $5. For more details on all events, go to olmstedperformingarts.com. Click HERE to view a flyer of the events.
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY EVENT
Date: May 2nd, 2015
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Description: Program a robot to master challenges based on James Patterson’s popular Middle School series and help troublemaker Rafe Khatchadorian chase after a record to break every single rule in the school code of conduct. Space is limited. Registration is required by clicking HERE. Open to those in grades 5 and up. http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=56194
OF GARDEN CLUB OFFERS PERENNIAL PLANTS AT ITS UPCOMING SALE
The Olmsted Falls Garden Club has its Perennial Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3rd outside the Jenkins Community Center, corner of Columbia Road and Main Street. There will be a large selection of perennial flowers, hostas, grasses, ground cover, flowering shrubs and wild flowers. Proceeds benefit such community projects and public gardens, grade 3-4 garden programs and adult education programs.
OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK – THIS SUNDAY, MAY 3RD @ 9:00 A.M.
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.
FLOWERS, VEGGIES GALORE AT OF BOY SCOUTS FLOWER SALE
It’s that time of year again for the annual Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 Flower Sale. Flower baskets, flats and vegetable flats will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10th – Mother’s Day and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16th at the Jenkins Center, corner of Columbia Road and Mill Street, across from Olmsted Community Church. Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts. Stop by, support Scouting and shop locally!
All proceeds help the troop purchase tents and other equipment throughout the year. For more details, contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106.
CANCER SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER? JOIN 1ST LAP @ BULLDOG’S RELAY FOR LIFE
Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life on June 6th at Olmsted Falls High School stadium. The Survivors Lap will start at 1 p.m. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate in this honorary lap around the track. Survivors also will be honored with a free lunch from Chick-Fil-A, a T-shirt and a “goody” bag, which includes free coupons. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent. There are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.
If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Olmsted Falls/Township event, visit www.relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls or call the American Cancer Society, 888-227-6446, Ext. 1212.
SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP AT OCC
Join 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.
Date: April 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
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.
SUMMER CONCERTS BEGIN IN JUNE
The Sunset Country Band is the featured group for the first monthly concert that Olmsted Falls’ Parks and Recreation Board annually sponsors.
The concert is from 6-8 p.m. June 28th at East River Park.
The Brunch Box will be parked at the concert with several food selections.