Parent Update – May 15, 2015
STOP BY THE OFHS ART SHOW TODAY
It features artwork from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in various forms. It is free and open to all. This year’s art class seniors also will have personalized booths showcasing their creations – these are always must-see exhibits! Be sure to stop in this afternoon or evening!
WORK CONTINUES ON OFMS ENTRANCE
Constructing a new OFMS entrance to improve building security continues at the school. Pictured here is interior work to the school’s new entry vestibule. Once completed, the new entry way will have visitors entering the building directly into the main office rather than the hallway, making it more secure for students and staff.
OFHS SPRING BAND CONCERT FEATURING SMALL AND LARGE GROUP MUSIC
The OFHS bands performed an evening of band favorites and many popular favorites May 7th. All five bands, including Concert Band 7/8, Concert Band 15/16, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz 1, were featured. Jazz Band played combo music that highlighted Golden Expression members. Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble played entries from OMEA State Contest. They also performed fun hits from the movies. Other music included hits from Chicago, Old Time Rock and Roll, Bon Jovi medley, selections from Pirates of the Caribbean and then concluded with a John Williams collection. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker also made a surprise appearance for the evening as well! To make the evening a little more memorable, seniors introduced each piece and made the concert their own.
All bands performed beautifully, and the concert was a wonderful end to a musically successful year. Congrats OFHS for making so many wonderful musical stride this year! To view a photo gallery of the concert, click HERE.
ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS/ PARENTS – COUNSELORS’ CORNER: END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR NEWS
Parents: You may view the list of courses your student scheduled for the 2015-16 school directly in Power School. Click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left of the screen when logged into it. Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 10th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year. Evening appointments are available on June 9th and daytime appointments are available on June 10th. Please call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment. THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 10TH.
FRESHMAN OPEN HOUSE: Incoming ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year are invited to a Freshman Open House at OFHS from 9-11 a.m. Friday, August 14th. A copy of the student’s schedule will be available to pick up and guided tours of the building will be given by Student Ambassadors.
STUDENT AMBASSADORS: Student Ambassadors are meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12thin the OFHS media center. Ambassadors will make welcome posters for the incoming ninth-grade class and call new students to invite them to the Freshman Open House on Friday, August 14th. Ambassadors are also invited to help us welcome the Class of 2019 at the Freshman Open House from 9-11 a.m. August 14th..
Commencement: Photos of commencement will be available after the ceremony at www.Events.Lifetouch.com for about 10 days.
RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON
Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association hosted its annual Retired Staff Spring Luncheon this month. Retired Bulldog staff members attended the annual event at Moosehead and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues. The Alumni Association also hosts a holiday luncheon event for retired staff each December.
Retired staff members were commended by the Alumni Director for their continued contributions to a scholarship fund benefiting graduating OFHS seniors. Retired Bulldog staff members have generously contributed more than $15,000 to this scholarship fund since its inception in 2007. The Alumni Association will award a total of 29 scholarships, including the Retired Staff Scholarship, in the amount of $25,925, to 28 graduating seniors and one outstanding junior this year.
Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd also joined retired staff members at the luncheon, providing the group with an update regarding the District’s new Strategic Plan which features four core areas of focus including: Student Success, Technology Enabled, Aligned Resources and Community Partnerships. The District’s new Career Exploration Volunteer Database – to which Alumni Association members will soon receive a link – was among several items highlighted. Dr. Lloyd also updated the group on the District facilities, including the challenges that continue to face the high school campus.
To view photos from this year’s Retired Staff Spring Luncheon, click HERE.
REMINDER: FLIP-FLOPS FOR THE POOL, NOT SCHOOL
Just a reminder that ECC and Falls-Lenox students are not allowed to wear flip flops to school. There are several good reasons, including health-related ones.
For additional information, please clicking HERE to read an article on WebMD about their dangers.
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.
NO HELPING HANDS PARENT MEETING THIS MONTH
There is NO Helping Hands Parent meeting Wednesday, May 20. Check our website at https://helpinghandsofcs.wordpress.com/ for summer events.
FALLS-LENOX BOGO BOOK FAIR IS NEXT WEEK
The Scholastic BOGO Book Fair at Falls-Lenox runs from May 18th to the 20th. It is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. All items include this special package – buy one, get one free.
Books make great birthday and Christmas gifts, thank you items and just great reading.
MEET THE VOLLEYBALL COACHES NIGHT
Current and prospective volleyball players are invited to the Meet the Coaches Ice Cream Social from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26th in the OFHS cafeteria. Meet some of the 2015 OFHS and OFMS coaches. All current and future players and their parents are welcome.
Please RSVP by May 25th by clicking HERE.
MEET FALLS-LENOX’S LATEST HEALTHY HERO
Kindergartner Mia Suchan was April’s Healthy Hero at Falls-Lenox.
She is shown here with her parents and Mrs. Heinrich.
The Healthy Hero 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 is selected from a drawing and receive a Toys-R-Us $5 gift card.
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 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 Friday, June 12th 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.
KIDS TO RAISE FUNDS WITH KICK-IT FOR CANCER EVENTS
The OFIS will have its fifth Kick-It for Cancer Field Days on May 26th and 27th. (The 4th grade Kick-It for Cancer Field Day is May 26th (rain date: May 29th); the 5th grade Kick-it for Cancer Field Day is May 27th (rain date: May 28th). These field days, which K-Kids sponsors, allow children to raise money for pediatric cancer. Kick-It was founded in Chagrin Falls by Quinn Clarke, 10, during his second battle with cancer. He asked his parents if he could have a kickball game with his friend, Ava Harb, to raise money for research. He was shocked when more than 500 people came to support them. That afternoon inspired people from across the country – as far away as Hawaii and Australia – helped to save the lives of children with cancer. Kick-It partners with medical advisory boards to identify promising research projects and clinical trials. They focus on raising money so the researchers can focus on finding cures.
After a few weeks of raising money, OFIS students will play kickball during field day as a way to celebrate and honor children who are kicking cancer out of their lives. The OFIS staff is extremely proud of the students for their ability to think of others, raise much-needed awareness and fund research for children with cancer.
To donate and support a fifth-grade classroom, click HERE.
To support a fourth-grade classroom, click HERE.
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.
The OFHS Class of 1995 will celebrate its 20th class reunion June 20th at the West Side Irish-American Club. The event is from 6-11 p.m. For more details, contact Carly at email@example.com.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS ANNUAL JOHN SANDERS GOLF OUTING – MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 25TH!
The 20th Annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing is Saturday, July 25th! This event is open all golfers and “want to be” golfers and will be held at Creekwood in Columbia Station. Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ Ribs and Chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85. Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs. If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, please contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 440-427-6030. Please click here for the registration form. http://www.ofcs.net/docs/Golf%20Registration%20Form%202015.docx.
FLOWERS, VEGGIES GALORE AT OF BOY SCOUTS LAST FLOWER SALE DAY – MAY 16TH
Flower baskets, flats and vegetable flats are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16th at the annual Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop Flower Sale @ Jenkins Center, corner of Columbia Road and Mill Street, across from Olmsted Community Church.
Saturday, May 16th is the last day of the sale!
BROADWAY ACTING CAMP COMES TO OLMSTED FALLS
In conjunction with local Voice Variations/Amy Hanratty, A Class Act NY will bring its Broadway Camp to Olmsted Falls June 15-20. Students work closely and personally at this six-day camp with Natalie Gallo of Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia and Halle Morse of Mamma Mia. Other Broadway pros include Deborah “Ingy” Ingersoll and our own, Amy Hanratty.
The sessions are for ages 7-17, but only 30 applicants will be accepted. Campers will take workshops in dance, improvisation, stage combat, musical theater audition and on-camera work. All students will be featured and have solos in the showcase finale. The sessions will be at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive.
For more details and to register, go to eventbrite.com and search for A Class Act.
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 soon. 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.
DANCE TO FITNESS AT OCC
The sessions focus on arms, legs and core to music and songs that you request. It burns calories, builds muscle and you perform movements that are comfortable to you based off of your own ability, style and workout goals.
Classes, which are $6 each, are from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and 7-8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays at the center. For more details, contact Holly, 330-371-9396 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She also is on facebook at Fitness with Holly. To view a flyer, click HERE.
OCC OFFERS SUMMER BASKETBALL, TENNIS CAMPS
Girls and boys going into grades 1 through 8 may attend Olmsted Community Center’s Summer Basketball Camp. The sessions are from July 14 through August 6. Session are $75. Register online at olmstedcc.com or stop by the center. To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.
The center’s Tennis Camp is for those going into grades 5-9. Participants will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The five-day camp is $60, which includes a water bottle. To view a flyer, click HERE. Register at olmstedcc.com or at the center.
SUMMER ART AND FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH OLMSTED RECREATION
Youngsters in kindergarten through grade may enjoy a week of creating art programs from June 15th through the 26th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. The program is through the Olmsted Rec. The activities include silk screening, watercolor portraits and hanging mobiles. The cost is $40 per student. A detailed flyer is available by clicking HERE.
Flag football is a recreational and FUNpetitive league. It is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through grade 4. Games will be played at OFIS, with practices beginning the week of Aug. 31. To view a flyer, click HERE.