Parent Update – September 3, 2015
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th – EXCEPT POLARIS CAREER
CENTER & OMBUDSMAN PROGRAMS WILL BE IN SESSION
Tomorrow – Friday, September 4th – is a staff-only professional development day for the Olmsted Falls School District. There will be no school for students tomorrow – EXCEPT FOR OFHS STUDENTS ATTENDING POLARIS CAREER CENTER OR OMBUDSMAN, WHICH WILL BOTH BE IN SESSION TOMORROW.
Buses this Friday will run ONLY to and from OFHS for Polaris and Ombudsman students in the morning, midday and afternoon. Students should be at the high school 5 minutes prior to the designated departure time. Students riding on these transfer buses were provided bus schedule information by their drivers last week. To view a copy of the information letter provided, please click HERE.
If you have any question about the buses to Polaris and Ombudsman for this Friday, please call the Bus Garage, 440-427-6350.
DISTRICT ALSO CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
School will resume Tuesday, September 8th. Enjoy the long holiday weekend!
ADDED TECHNOLOGY ASSISTS STUDENTS WITH ASSIGNMENTS
The district added 857 Chromebooks to schools over the summer and 30 Android tablets at the ECC. The district also is in the process of planning a Technology Information Night for parents to give them an opportunity to learn more about the technology and how it can be integrated at home.
To see a photo gallery of Mrs. Megery’s Falls-Lenox students using Google classroom to work on virtual class assignments, click HERE.
MULTI-SPORTS ATHLETES GET BULLDOG APPLAUSE
Olmsted Falls High School head coaches met in April to recognize the three-sport athletes who help support the Bulldog Culture with Pride, Spirit, Enthusiasm and Leadership. The student-athletes gathered for a photo for recognition by their coaches and peers. They each received a Bulldog Multi-Sport Athlete T-shirt that the Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association sponsored
Jeff Coach, head cross country and assistant track & field coach, helped organize this recognition event. “We think that it is very important to recognize our three-sport athletes. These athletes are training and working every day of the year to better the athletic programs here at Olmsted Falls High School. They do not believe in an off-season and are constantly working to better school spirit and the overall school environment by being active student – athletes. We are proud that they choose to represent the blue and gold all year long,” Congratulations to these fine student-athletes.
Pictured in the photo are, top row, left to right: Sullivan Kilbane, Zach Wolanin, Adam Skutt, Tom Brady, Ian Buchikas, Bill Wendling, Andrew Ade, Alex Bolton and Alex Kho. Bottom row, starting left, are Maggie Bildstein, Bret Asadorian, Kala Marshall, Morgan Zbin, Brice Locklear, Alexis Howe, Andrew Turski, Joselyn Rabbitt, Sarah Makari, Sam Weber, Maggie Backus and Kellie Garrity.
OFCS STAFF MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN OVERVIEW OF A.L.I.C.E. TRAINING DURING SCHEDULED STAFF
A portion of Friday’s scheduled Staff Development Day will have District staff members learning more about the A.L.I.C.E. program, which Olmsted Falls School District plans to implement in its school buildings this year. ALICE stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. ALICE training prepares individuals to handle an active threat within the school setting. ALICE teaches individuals to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety.
Following Friday’s overview of the ALICE program, each school building will work to adapt the protocol to their own building. OFCS School Resource Officer Gabe Smolik will be working closely with each school building to plan the implementation of ALICE. Parents can expect future communication directly from building principals on this topic in advance of any building-level drills.
To learn more about ALICE, please visit the official ALICE Training Institute website.
REQUIRED UPDATES OF RETURNING STUDENT INFORMATION/FORMS SUBMITTED FOR 80% OF STUDENTS DISTRICT WIDE – INFORMATION/FORMS FOR REMAINING 20% OF STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 15TH
Many thanks to all of those parents and guardians who have already logged in to your PowerSchool Parent Accounts and submitted the annual required student information updates for the current 2015-2016 school year. Approximately 20% of students district wide still need to have their information reviewed, updated and submitted. Please note that this information MUST BE UPDATED BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 in order for your student to continue to attend school. Students without completed information/forms updates after September 15th will be prohibited from attending school until the required updates have been submitted to ensure that all health and emergency contact information is current and correct in the event of an emergency.
This annual update that all parents of returning students are asked to complete includes important Emergency Medical and Emergency Contact information and is critical to the safety of your son/daughter. All parents of returning students should either already have an existing PowerSchool Parent Account or have been contacted by your child’s school building with information regarding setting up a new PowerSchool Parent Account, which will allow you to access the link to update information for your student(s).
If you have an existing PowerSchool Parent account, know your username name and password, and would like to login now to complete this important update for your student(s), please click the following link: https://psof.nccohio.org/public. Once you have successfully logged in to your account, please click on the “Returning Student Registration” link, located on the left-hand side of the screen to get started. NOTE: Updates must be made separately for EACH student in your household, however the system will automatically transfer basic information changes made in the first student’s record (i.e. address, email or phone number) to the next student’s record to make the process of updating multiple students more efficient.
If you need assistance in accessing or setting up your PowerSchool Parent Account, please contact your child’s school building as soon as possible. Assistance can be provided for those who may not have access to a computer or the internet. Individual buildings will begin following up directly with those families who have not yet completed the online student information update next week – please plan to watch for and respond to these important emails.
Thank you to all parents and guardians for helping us to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for your child each school year.
LITTLEST BULLDOGS PARTICIPATE IN BUS SAFETY TRAINING AT ECC
Thank you to our Transportation Department for the annual bus safety training sessions presented to students at the ECC last week. The sessions are designed to actively engage students in practicing important bus safety skills that they will use everyday they ride the bus.
Topics reviewed and practiced included waiting for driver to signal for safely get off the bus; designated “point of safety” (the spot where the children are to stand so the driver can see them, count them, and know that they’re all safe before he/she pulls away); and safely crossing the street.
To view a gallery of photos from the bus safety training, click HERE.
IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS, BY BUILDING
Below is a list of important back-to-school events for each building.
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL: grades 9-12
September 10th – Underclass picture day
OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL: grades 6-8
3rd – Grade 8 parent night: 7-8 p.m. **TONIGHT**
11th – WEB Football Tailgate: 6-9 p.m.
FALLS-LENOX PRIMARY SCHOOL: grades 1-3
September 11th – Picture day
OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER – grades: preK – K
September 16th – Picture day
If you have questions about any of the above back-to-school activities/events, please contact the building office directly. For your convenience, below please find the main line phone numbers for each building:
Olmsted Falls High School: 440- 427-6100; Olmsted Falls Middle School: 440-427-6200; Olmsted Falls Intermediate School: 440- 427-6500; Falls-Lenox Primary School: 440-427-6400; Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center: 440-427-6360.
TAILGATE WITH HELPING HANDS @ SEPT. 11TH FOOTBALL GAME
Wear your Bulldog gear, bring a friend and cheer the Bulldogs to victory at the Helping Hands Tailgate this Friday, September 11th at our football stadium. Food and fun begin at 6 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. kick off.
Helping Hands participants and chaperones will sit in designated bleachers at the south end of the field. Look for the tent that will have tables with snacks. Pre-registration is a must by 3 p.m. Sept. 8. To download a registration form, click HERE.
Questions? Contact Mariel Krakowiak, 440-427-6086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINI CHEER CLINIC/NIGHT SET FOR THIS MONTH
Each participant must attend the Cheerleading clinic, which is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. September 15th for grades 3-5 and 6:30-8 p.m. September 17th for kindergarten through grade 2. The clinic will be at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School gym and led by Bulldog cheerleaders.
Each participant will receive a Mini Cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game and a snack at the game. The cost is $20 for the first child in your family and $15 for each additional one. To download a registration form, which has a September 9 deadline, click HERE. Questions may be answered by emailing email@example.com.
REGISTER FOR LITTLE BULLDOGS VOLLEYBALL CLINICS
The OFMS volleyball program will hold volleyball clinics for Olmsted Falls girls and boys in grades K-1 this month. The time and dates are 5:45-6:30 p.m. September 15th, September 22nd and September 29th at the OFMS. The cost is $25.
The program’s goal is to develop beginner volleyball skills, gain an appreciation for physical activity and being part of a team. Balloons and volley trainers will be used during skill play. Anyone wearing the Little Bulldog T-shirt will be admitted free to the October 8th Youth Volleyball Night against Midview High School. To see a registration flyer, click HERE.
OFCS, OTHER DISTRICTS JOIN YOUR TEEN MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL COLLEGE EXPO – SEPTEMBER 21ST
Are you looking for in-depth information about the College Process? On September 21st, Your Teen Magazine and Lake Ridge Academy will lead interactive discussions to help you navigate this process successfully. Register for this event TODAY. yourteenmag.com/register-LRA
Your Teen and Lake Ridge Academy present “The College Event”
Includes a Parent Expo and Breakout Sessions for Parents AND Teens
WHEN: Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Lake Ridge Academy
COST: $10 per family
COMPLIMENTARY CODE for FREE REGISTRATION FOR FAMILIES OF OLMSTED FALLS: 2015LRA
To download a copy of the event flyer, please click HERE.
ATTN: BULLDOG PARENTS – GET INVOLVED!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FIRST MEETINGS OF THE YEAR!
You’re invited! Here is a listing of the first meetings of the year for our many supportive parent groups:
OFHS Swim & Dive Boosters – Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 7 pm
OECPTA (@OFMS Café) – Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 7 pm
OF Athletic Boosters – Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7 pm
OFIS PTA – Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7 pm
OFHS Post Prom – Wednesday, Sept. 16 @ 7 pm
OFHS Masquers & Forensics Patrons (OFHS Room W3)– Monday, Sept. 21 @ 7 pm
Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA (@ Falls-Lenox) – Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 7 pm
OFHS PTA Meeting – Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7 pm.
The Portman for Senate campaign is seeking students interested in learning more about campaigns and politics. It offers flexible hours for students and willing to work with various schedules.
To view an application form, click HERE.
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION FEATURES PLAYERS, COACHES AND TEAM
Inductees include James Laut, ’61; Gary Slusar, ’92; Rush Williams, ’03, Coach Jim Ryan; Coach Patrick Donahue; Coach Bill McGrain and the 1980 Girls Cross Country Team. For photos of the inductees, please click HERE.
The Induction Ceremony and Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at the German American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road. Tickets are $35. The community is invited to attend. Reservation forms for the ceremony is available by clicking HERE or contacting Cathy Hess with the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESALE VARSITY FOOTBALL TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HOME GAMES
Presale tickets will be on sale at OFHS in the Student Office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To view a list of the dates presale tickets will be sold, click HERE.
Adult presale tickets, however, will only be available for HOME games. Tickets are $6 and will be sold in the OFHS Student Office. Student presale tickets are $ 4 and will be sold for every varsity game at all school buildings.
GET YOUR OFHS YEARBOOKS!
A limited number of additional copies are also available for sale for $60 each. So buy yours today, before they are sold out!
DINE OUT AND HELP OFHS PTA
Join Olmsted Falls High School PTA in supporting its North Olmsted Chipotle fundraiser. Visit the restaurant from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 15th, show the flyer or tell your cashier that you are supporting PTA’s fundraiser and Olmsted Falls High School PTA will receive 50 percent of the proceeds of your order. To view the flyer, click HERE.
OECPTA AUTUMN ATTIC SALE TABLE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 16
The annual OECPTA Autumn Attic Sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 26, at the OFMS. The deadline to reserve a selling spot is September 16th. Sellers manage their own table and keep all of their profits of new or gently-used children’s items. There is a $25 registration fee for members per space and $30 for non-members.
Early bird entry is from 8-9 a.m. at $5 a person. The general public is from 9 a.m. to noon at $2 a person.
To download a seller’s registration form, click HERE.
JOIN HOCKEY BACKERS AT ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
The entry fee is $80 a person and $340 for a team. The 4-man scramble shot-gun start includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, prizes and other amenities. For more details, contact Laura Wilson, 216-965-3384, email@example.com; Coach Brian Thompson, 216-470-2822, firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE for a registration form. To see a pamphlet of the event, click HERE.
COLLEGE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SET FOR OCTOBER
This opportunity, which is a collaborative effort with Gahanna Lincoln High school, Central Ohio Technical College, The Ohio State University at Newark and Muskingum University, is a chance to explore various programs. For more details, contact Phyllis Solove, email@example.com. or 614-478-5500, Ext. 126.
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS FALL PROGRAMS
The Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library provides programs throughout the year.
A list of Fall programs for youngsters, teens and adults is available by clicking HERE.
The Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch September 12th will bring the Liverpool Lads, a locally favorite Beatles tribute band, to the West Side Irish American Club. The 6-10 p.m. event costs $20 and includes live music, food, refreshments, prize baskets and raffles. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets before the event. Tickets also are available at the door. The center is at 859 Jennings Road.
4TH ANNUAL ROBBY’S VOICE RACE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 13TH
Start stretching for the annual Robby’s Voice Race IV Awareness Sunday, September 13th. It includes a 5K run and 1 mile walk with a pancake breakfast – all at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. The race’s purpose is to raise awareness about drug addiction.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; followed by a 9 a.m. to noon pancake breakfast; 9:30, pre-race ceremony; 10 a.m. 5K and 1 mile walk; 11, kids dash and then the post-race awards and raffle, the latter that includes a 32-inch LG smart TV, Bose True Sound headphones and $100 cash.
Mail-in registration must be received by September 9th.
OLMSTED RECREATION OFFERS YOGA CLASS
Yoga classes by Serenity Yoga will begin October 19th at Olmsted Falls City Hall. The classes, which are from 4:45-5:45 p.m., cost $10 per class or six classes for $49. Register at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, call 440-427-1599 or the day of the class. To view a class flyer, click HERE.