Parent Update – May 6, 2015
SENATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TESTING ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS
The Senate Advisory Committee on Testing – which was convened following the rollout of the new State assessments this past February – has completed its recommendations to improve state testing for next year. In an effort to keep our Bulldog parents informed on these latest developments, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a link below to information from State Senator Peggy Lehner regarding these recommendations.
Olmsted Falls School District is hopeful that these very solid recommendations will indeed make their way into the administration of State assessments for next year. We will continue to keep you updated with further developments.
Please click HERE to read the overview of components to be featured in the formal written recommendations of the Senate Advisory Committee on Testing.
GRADE 5 PARENTS – PLEASE REVIEW – PARENT ORIENTATION TONIGHT @ OFMS
All parents of fifth graders are invited to an orientation meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6th at OFMS’s cafetorium. The program is designed primarily for parents, as students will have their orientation in mid-August.
The agenda includes: grade 6 teaching teams, typical grade 6 schedule, building tour and a questions and answer session.
Although you will not be able to make a specific team request, you may send a note or an email to Mr. Kurz – firstname.lastname@example.org – describing your child in terms of learning style preferences and personality traits so that we may be able to match him/her with the best possible fit in terms of our grade 6 teaching teams. Please send your note or email by May 8 or we will not be able to consider your request. Please understand our need to finalize our class lists in a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding the middle school, please contact Mr. Kurtz, 440-427-6201 or email@example.com.
VEHICLES WHEELED FUN INTO ECC
A motor home, 1948 Buck Roadsters, box truck, ambulance, construction vehicles, fire truck, police bike, truck car and SUV were part of ECC’s Vehicle Day April 30th. Added fun included the American Limousine Service and a 1930 Ford Model A from Grandma and Grandpa Mansell!
The Itty Bitty Bulldogs met various community helpers and explored the world of work in a unique and “hands-on” way. A big thank you to all who helped make this day extra special.
OFMA MEETING IS TONIGHT – MAY 6TH
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.
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS ENJOYED NIGHT AT THE RACES
A special thank you to sponsors, patrons, attendees and donors.
To view a photo gallery, click HERE.
NEW VERSION OF EZPAY WILL SIMPLIFY TRANSACTION FOR PARENTS
This Friday, May 8th, Olmsted Falls School District parents who use EZPay for student lunch account and school fees will notice a new look and functionality on the EZPay. This change is being applied free of charge to all school districts who partner with EZPay for its online payment service.
The updates to the EZpay website make it easier for parents to complete multiple transactions from a single page, and also make it easier to use EZPay from a tablet or smart phone. All account login / password information will remain the same. Please contact 866-MY-EZPAY (866-693-9729) with any questions on the new website.
OHSAA PHYSICALS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR BEING OFFERED AT OFHS – MAY 21ST!
Attention: All Bulldog Athletes! You will need an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2015-2016 school year. Avoid making a separate appointment with your doctor, or waiting in line at the local clinic. Get your physical right at Olmsted Falls High School!
How Much: The cost is $20. Cash or checks made payable to “OFAB” or “Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters” will be the only forms of payment accepted.
Bring: (1) Money (Cash or Check), and (2) an OHSAA Physical Form* with ALL of your information filled out to save time!
* Please note that there are two separate links to download the form packet for Middle School and High School athletes.
To download the OHSAA Physical Form for Middle School athletes, please click HERE.
To download the OHSAA Physical Form for High School athletes, please click HERE.
(**If you are under 18, parents MUST sign the form before your physical.)
This is a great option for O.F. athletes because: 1. It is cheap! 2. It is convenient! 3. It is a fundraiser for OFAB!
TO SIGN-UP FOR YOUR PERSONAL APPOINTMENT SLOT TODAY, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
AUDIENCE SEES TALENT DISPLAYED AT OFMS PLAY
Performances were last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Congratulations to all those involved in the play.
To view a photo gallery, click HERE.
KINDERGARTNERS GIVE ADVICE TO GRADUATING SENIORS
For the fourth year, graduating seniors will receive advice from kindergartners at their practice commencement.
The youngsters at ECC are given the prompt: “The most important think I learned in Kindergarten. . . “
They then write and illustrate their responses on a sheet of paper.
Each response is rolled inside a laminated copy of Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”
It is tied with blue ribbon and used by OFHS as diplomas during the graduating seniors’ commencement practice.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN OFMS PTA CALENDAR RAFFLE
Is your name listed here?
May 1st: Brian Mader; 2 – Tony Smits;3 – Pat Brediger; 4: Mary Hechko; 5:Timothy Golden; 6: Laura Kennedy; 7: Patrick Smits; 8: Christine Moore; 9: Laurie Wikle; 10: Sara Kerber; 11: Eve Hollingsworth; 12: Linda Bartos; 13: Mary Goetz: 14: Donna Vanrooy; 15: Ron Katona; 16: Adelyn Blackman; 17: James Tatman; 18: Mark Mader; 19: Bob Baumann; 20: Sandra Graham; 21: Debbie Woods; 22: Patty Voisinet; 23: Angela Andrews; 24: Colin Atkins; 25: Lisa Rahas; 26: Teri Vavro; 27: Altricia Black; 28: Barb Gareau; 29: Jerry Hechko; 30: Jessica Timms; 31: Aaron Strang.
All winners will be contacted by OFMS PTA directly with information on collecting your prize!
Thank you to everyone for your support!
ARTWORK NEEDED FOR OFHS MAY SHOW – DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
STUDENT HEALTH CARE PREPARATIONS FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR
Health Care Action Plan: If your child has a medical condition that may require treatment at school, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan from from your child’s clinic staff. The forms will be sent home prior to the end of this school year. These action plans, which the parent and physician will complete, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. The forms should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic in August during the first week of school.
If your child will need to take medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.
Medication Pick Up: If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times. Medications not picked up by June 19th will be discarded.
New grade 7 students: Ohio law requires a Tdap booster vaccine given prior to entry into the seventh grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic in August during the first week of school.
MASQUERS & FORENSICS PATRONS TO MEET NEXT WEEK
This month’s Masquers & Forensics Patrons meeting is THIS MONDAY, May 11th at 7:00 P.M.
It is in Room W3, the choir room.
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.
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.
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.
STILL TIME TO REGISTER 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.
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
MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL POPS ONTO OPA STAGE
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.
FLOWERS, VEGGIES GALORE AT OF BOY SCOUTS FLOWER SALE – THIS WEEKEND + MAY 16TH
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.
SENIOR ACTIVITIES AT OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER
The Olmsted Rec and Olmsted Community Center have many activities scheduled for area seniors this month. To view a calendar of May events, click HERE.
A special event at Olmsted Community Center is retired U.S Air Force Lt. Col. Angelo Nuzzo’s discussion of his being at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001 – the day terrorists attacked the U.S. and that facility. His appearance is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19. Reserve your spot for the talk by calling 440-427-1599. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.
PAWS FOR SOME FUN AT BARK FOR LIFE MAY 23RD FUNDRAISER
Olmsted Falls Relay for Life will host its annual Bark for Life fundraiser May 23rd in front of the OFMS. Registration begins at 10 a.m., including $15 registration fee at the door. Pre-register for a $10 fee per dog and $5 for a second canine. Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile walk. Afterward, there will be games, activities, food, treats and fun. For more details or to register, contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or email email@example.com To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.
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.
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.